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Summary

  1. Corpse sex fetish inmate appeals against 45-year sentence
  2. Two people arrested after fatal A1 crash
  3. Family tribute to 11-year-old girl killed in crash
  4. Police cleared after pedestrian killed by fleeing car
  5. Adam Peaty made MBE at Buckingham Palace
  6. Live updates for Wednesday 11 October 2017

Live Reporting

By Maryam Qaiser and Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, between J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale and J30 for A616.

M1 Derbyshire - Two lanes closed on M1 northbound between J29a, Markham (Markham Vale) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - Two lanes closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J23a A42, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, between J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham and J26 for A610 Nottingham.

M1 Derbyshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J25, A52 (Nottingham) and J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of an accident involving two vans.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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Weather: Rain expected this evening

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BBC Weather

Rain will clear to the southeast during the evening with showers following, which could be locally heavy.

It will ease later in the night and it will become rather chilly under clear skies.

Weather
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Thursday will be a bright and breezy day with some good spells of sunshine.

Through the day cloud will tend to increase but it will remain dry with maximum temperature reaching 15C (59F).

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J23A for A42 and J24A for A50 Derby.

M1 Leicestershire - Very slow traffic on M1 northbound between J23a A42 and J24a, A50 (Derby), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. Travel time is 45 minutes. Congestion to J22, A50 (Coalville).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Women's psychiatric intensive care unit to open

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A new specialist psychiatric intensive care unit is to open at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester this month.

Griffin ward will have six bedrooms and will help women with acute mental health problems.

It will also allow patients to stay closer to home.

Hospital
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Rebecca Dennis, 21, who has anorexia, depression and obsessive compulsive personality disorder, has had to travel across the country for treatment for seven years.

She said: "Because of the lack of beds in my local area, I have had to go out of area to receive treatments."

Veteran who saved wife from bomb celebrates anniversary

Helen Astle

BBC East Midlands Today reporter

Meet veteran Percy Johnson. He saved his wife Eliane from a bomb blast in Belgium during World War Two.

'Long delays' on the M1

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Worth noting if you are heading towards the M1 junction 24 near Nottinghamshire.

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Shot fired at Derbyshire restaurant

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police are investigating after an air gun was fired into a restaurant in Shirebrook.

The pellet was shot through the door of The Two Flags in Market Street and hit a wall on Sunday 1 October.

One person was sat in the restaurant at the time but was not injured. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Delays in Carlton after bus breaks down

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

It maybe best to avoid Carlton Road in Nottingham for a while this afternoon.

A bus has broken down at the junction with Porchester Road which is causing some delays.

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A1 crash: Two dead and man and a woman arrested

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police has just released more details about those involved in a fatal crash on the A1 in Lincolnshire at around 01.00 this morning.

Officers say two people were killed in the crash which involved a car and a lorry. A man aged 41 and a woman aged 36 who were in the lorry were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A1 sign
BBC

The police say the two arrested people remain in custody and they are still in the process of informing family members of the two people who died.

It's expected more details about the victims will be released once all the relatives have been informed.

The A1 northbound near Colsterworth, where the accident happened, has been closed for most of the day, but is now fully reopen.

Car gutted in garage fire

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Fire crews from Mansfield and Edwinstowe were called to this garage fire involving two cars earlier this afternoon in Mansfield Woodhouse.

Car
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J28 for A38 Alfreton and J29 for A617.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J28, A38 (Alfreton) and J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Speeding M1 driver hit with massive fine

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A driver has had to fork out more than £1,000 after being caught driving at 91mph on the M1.

A speed camera snapped the 39-year-old man speeding along the northbound carriageway near Tibshelf in a Kia Sportage when the variable limit had been reduced to 60mph due to a lane closure.

The driver, from Castle Donington, was fined £876 plus costs and banned from getting behind the wheel for a week.

Speed camera sign
BBC

Man jailed after head-on death crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A 23-year-old man has been jailed after crashing head-on into a car while overtaking on a blind bend, killing the other driver.

Ashley Lakin admitted causing the death by dangerous driving of Amy Young near Wymeswold in the early hours of 4 August last year.

At Nottingham Crown Court earlier Lakin, of Burrough Street, Kegworth, was jailed for four years and banned for driving for five years.

He also admitted possession of cannabis.

Ashley Lakin
Nottinghamshire Police

Speaking after the sentencing, Sgt Ash Thornton said: "His manoeuvre was dangerous and unnecessary and it tragically resulted in a head-on collision with the vehicle being driven by Amy Young in the opposite direction.

"This has obviously devastated Amy’s family who have been very patient throughout a lengthy investigation."

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A1 crash: All lanes reopen

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

The A1 northbound is now open after emergency repairs. They were needed after a fatal accident which happened in the early hours of this morning:

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Peaty and Rose become MBE buddies

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Adam Peaty wasn't the only sports star being appointed an MBE at Buckingham Palace today.

Here he is, post-ceremony, with golfer Justin Rose. Wonder if they'll keep in touch?

Adam Peaty and Justin Rose
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Your photos: Autumn in Leicestershire

BBC Weather Watchers

A clever little shot by Busters Boy, from Loughborough.

Loughborough leaves
Busters Boy

A1 crash: Road could reopen at 16.00

Martin Slack

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

We've just heard from Simon Mansfield from the Highways Agency - he says the A1 northbound near Colsterworth may be open as early as 16.00.

The road's been closed since the early hours of this morning after a fatal crash between a car and a lorry.

There's currently a diversion via the A606 and A607 which goes through Melton - something Mr Mansfield said was "not ideal".

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BBC

He told BBC Radio Lincolnshire the closure had been necessary to resurface the road after the incident. Lincolnshire Police have not released details of the victims of the crash, who were travelling in the car.

The two people who were travelling in the lorry have been arrested and are being questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Corpse sex fetish inmate appeals against 45-year sentence

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A prisoner who threatened to kill a cop, judge and prison officers and have sex with their corpses is appealing his "unprecedented" 45-year sentence.

Richard Ford, 38, was serving a short term at Nottingham Prison for possessing a knife when he penned the sadistic letters in his cell.

He was charged with making threats to kill and handed the lengthy sentence after a judge voiced fears his fantasies could become a reality.

Richard Ford
Nottinghamshire Police

Ford, who has spent much of his adult life behind bars, appealed against the 45-year sentence at the Court of Appeal in London.

His solicitor told appeal judges despite the danger he posed, the term he received was "unprecedented and manifestly excessive".

Appeal court judge Lady Justice Hallett said Ford was "clearly highly dangerous" and the case was "all about protection of the public".

The appeal was then adjourned to allow a psychiatrist to evaluate whether a move to a mental institution would be the most appropriate action.

Police cleared after pedestrian killed by fleeing car

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police have been cleared of any wrongdoing after an elderly pedestrian died when he was hit by a car fleeing officers.

Barrie Arkesden, 75, was killed in April when a Vauxhall Astra being driven by Matthew Hogg crashed into him in Main Street, Hilton.

Mr Hogg, 24, from Etwall, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for eight years.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) heard the pursuit, which was partly caught on camera, was prompted by Hogg failing to stop for officers but was abandoned after three minutes when the police driver decided it was too dangerous to continue.

Their investigation concluded the pursuit was carried out appropriately and in accordance with force policies.

Starved dog's amazing transformation as former owner sentenced

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A dog found in such an emaciated state that her ribs, hips and spine could be clearly seen has made an amazing recovery after being found a new home.

The RSPCA said Coco was seriously ill and "really down" when they visited her home in Buxworth in April but said she is now a "totally different dog".

Her previous owner has received a lifetime ban from keeping animals and has been ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work by magistrates after pleading guilty to three animal welfare offences.

Coco in April
RSPCA

RSPCA inspector Heather Morris said: "It is hard to believe she's the same dog I took into our care earlier this year. Back then she was so quiet and clearly suffering, but now she is so playful and happy.

"It goes to show what difference love and care makes towards a dog.”

Coco now
RSPCA

Watch: Peaty made MBE at Buckingham Palace

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Olympic champion swimmer Adam Peaty swapped trunks for his smartest suit to be invested as MBE at Buckingham Palace today.

The former City of Derby swimmer, now with Loughborough, said he was nervous before the ceremony but found the occasion "amazing".

Art trail to feature robins with a theme

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Three robin sculptures that will be part of an art trail in Nottingham have been unveiled.

The trail called Hoodwinked will run throughout the city from July to September next year.

It has been organised by Nottingham City Council and Wild in Art to boost the city's economic, social and cultural life and raise funds for Nottinghamshire Hospice.

Robins
BBC

One of the birds represents Robin Hood and the second bird is called Independence to celebrate Pakistan and India's Independence.

Businesses are being encouraged to sponsor the third robin, which doesn't have a theme yet.

Burmese python found abandoned in a box

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A 7ft-long Burmese python has been found abandoned in a plastic box on a Nottingham street.

The snake, which is one of the five largest species of its type in the world, was found by a member of the public in Kentwood Road, Sneinton.

Snake
RSPCA

It has gone to a specialist exotics vet to be cared for before it is moved to a rescue centre for rehoming.

Simon Parker, chief inspector for the RSPCA in Nottingham, said they were "rescuing hundreds of reptiles every year", including snakes.

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Robin Hood beer and cider festival starts

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

More than 1,200 real ales will go on sale at the Robin Hood beer and cider festival.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Nottingham Castle for the four day event which starts this afternoon.

Generic photo of Robin Hood Beer Festival
BBC

Suzie Hale, from Grafton Brewery in Worksop, says tastes are changing all the time.

She said: "You look around and you see niches and how the market is growing but beer has fashion as well...in the summer we like to drink a lot of pale beers and in the winter we like to drink a lot of dark beers."

Fatal crash leads to tailbacks in Leicestershire and Rutland

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Drivers in Leicestershire and Rutland are facing major delays after a fatal crash led to the closure of part of the A1 in Lincolnshire.

Police have not said how many people died in the collision, between a car and a lorry near Colsterworth at about 01:00, but two people from the lorry have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A stretch of the northbound carriageway will be closed until this evening to allow for emergency resurfacing, which has led to heavy traffic on other roads in the area, including in Oakham and Melton.

Police operation to crack down on cross-border crime

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Officers stopped 20 vehicles in just four hours during a police operation in Leicester to tackle "travelling criminality".

It was part of European-wide initiative Operation Trivium and saw three people arrested and four vehicles seized in the Narborough Road area of the city.

In this vehicle officers found a package containing a large quantity of cash.

Police operation
Leicestershire Police‏

Change in GCSE syllabus frustrates speed skater

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A change in the PE GCSE syllabus means elite speed skater Kyle Ross-Waddell cannot study the sport he loves.

The 16-year-old from Bramcote will now be assessed in football and athletics instead and worries it will affect his final result.

Hundreds of cannabis plants found at Codnor house

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A 29-year-old man has been charged with drug production after police found 200 cannabis plants at a house in Codnor.

A 39-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman were also arrested in Ripley following the raid in Glasshouse Hill on Friday.

Codnor cannabis
Derbyshire Police
Codnor cannabis raid
Derbyshire Police

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale and J29 for A617.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J29a, Markham (Markham Vale) and J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Speedway boss considers selling up after online abuse

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Lions owner Damien Bates says he'll need convincing to carry on after being subjected to online abuse.

Bates, who owns Leicester and their play-off rivals Sheffield, says he was accused of fixing the result of Monday's first-leg, in which Leicester secured a huge 28-point lead.

Bates denies he's done anything wrong and says he'll listen to offers for the Lions, who he rescued from financial difficulties after the end of last season.

Leicester Lions logo
Leicester Lions

A statement issued by the club's management said: "The foul language, abuse and shocking allegations made against us are not acceptable and we will now take stock of the season in a much different light."We would remind the trolls and keyboard warriors to be extremely careful what you wish for. Without us, two clubs would have been defunct."