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  1. DNA recovered in rape and attempted murder probe
  2. Brothers behind 'largest' cannabis farm jailed
  3. Blaze rips through derelict factory
  4. Anti-abortion group targets QMC
  5. Patrols stepped up after stabbing
  6. Updates on Wednesday 14 February 2018

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Elise Christie

British speed skater Elise Christie says she will "still be racing fearless" at the Winter Olympics despite falling in the 500m short-track final.

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Fire rips through derelict Leicestershire factory
The leader of Leicestershire County Council is a director of the company that owns the site.
40 Days for Life activists in Nottingham during Lent in 2017

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News

The trust banned the group from its site, saying it causes patients "very considerable distress".

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Our live coverage across the day

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Dedicated live coverage has ended for today but some breaking news, sport and travel will continue to appear through the night. We will be back again tomorrow at 08:00.

East Midlands weather outlook

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There will be outbreaks of rain this evening and in to tonight which will slowly ease away to the east.

These will be followed by some clear periods with brisk winds easing.

Minimum Temperature: 3-6C (37-43F).


No Ashes test at Trent Bridge in 2023

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club tweets...

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Costs 'too great' to fix Ripley Clock

Jonathan Baker

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

The Rowell's clock has been a meeting point for courting couples in Ripley for many years - unfortunately, it has stopped.

The clock's been there since the 1970s, and to get it back up and running is going to cost about £8,000.

Ripley Clock

Currently, it's built onto the SmartMove Homes building, where the directors have come under fire, despite not owning the clock.

The directors, David and Nicola Lancaster said it would be great to get it working again, but it's too expensive.

"The quotes are to take the clock down, strip it to it's bare bones and then reconfigure it, and re-modernise it internally, then put it back up with scaffolding...we've tried everything, the costs are too great." Nicola said.

The BBC has attempted to approach the owner of the building, but had no success.

Cannabis farm 'largest found in city'

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Two brothers who produced four thousand cannabis plants in a former Nottingham factory have each been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Drugs in Nottingham
Nottinghamshire Police

Mohammed Anwar and Mohammed Imran - both of St George's Rise in Bradford - pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis between 1 June and 6 August last year at a hearing in Nottingham yesterday.

Police discovered what they described as the "largest ever grow" found in the city inside the former paper mill.

It's believed the drugs found carried a street value between £1m-£3.5m.

Det Insp Gareth Harding, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "It was an industrial scale operation that would have yielded an incredible amount of drugs... I hope this serves as a warning to other criminal gangs that think Nottingham is a place that they would like to set up operations."

Nottinghamshire police produced this walkthrough of the haul.

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Trent Bridge hoping to secure 'major matches'

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Cricket fans in Nottinghamshire will be keeping an eye out later as Trent Bridge will be informed of its major match programme from 2020 to 2024, after today's ECB board meeting.

Trent Bridge
Robin Macey

Bids were submitted to the ECB from every international cricket venue in England and Wales back in December, before a presentation was made last month to help sway their preferred match choices.

The bids and presentations were independently graded by ECB's High Profile Match Group who can make recommendations during today's board meeting.

The matches on offer include, five Ashes Tests in the 2023 Ashes, as well as Pakistan, India, New Zealand and South Africa Test tours.

County council leader owned Ashby mill destroyed in blaze

Leicester Mercury

The former flour mill destroyed in a huge blaze last night belonged to the leader of Leicestershire County Council.

Nick Rushton, who said he was shocked by what had happened, revealed the derelict Holywell Mill in Burton Road, Ashby, had been due to be demolished next month.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, at J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale.

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound at J29a, Markham (Markham Vale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Royal Shrovetide: Day two is under way

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

The Up'Ards face an uphill battle today as they look to overturn the 1-0 lead the Down'Ards hold in today's Royal Shrovetide Football.

Mayfield's John Webb turned up the ball for the start of the second day of the ancient match at 14:00.

Nathaniel Kay

It was a long day for both teams yesterday - longer still for the marshalls, who work tirelessly to keep the game going.

Many of them said they feel privileged to help out.

Barry Wright said: "As you grow old you realise how special it is... with so many things closing down, we're fortunate to have this tradition still going."

A427 near Dingley

Three people died and two people are in hospital being treated for serious injuries.

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Large police presence after stabbing

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Officers have spent the day talking to residents in Bulwell after a 17-year-old boy was stabbed.

He suffered a number of injuries and remains in a serious condition following the attack which involved a group of males.

Scene in Stock well

Nottinghamshire Police were called to Stock Well at 19:30 yesterday.

Talking to residents in Buwell
Police presence

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

David Denton

Leicester Tigers sign Worcester Warriors and Scotland back row forward David Denton for the 2018-19 season.

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Stranded horse rescued from River Soar

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

This poor horse was rescued after it got stranded in the River Soar.

Horse being rescued
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, who were called at about 12:04 yesterday, said the horse was returned to the owner.

'Unsafe' levels of egg found in takeaways

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Samples of meals for customers with egg allergies in Derbyshire have been found to contain unsafe levels of egg protein.

Chinese food

The county council trading standards officers took samples from 12 Chinese takeaways across the county and in some cases, meals contained levels of egg protein 470 times the safe level for an allergy sufferer.

Cabinet member for health and communities, Cllr Carol Hart said: "It's really important that all food outlets stick to strict rules, and ensure that people are being served what they have asked for - the consequences to people unknowingly eating food they are allergic to can be really serious."

University students to give free legal advice

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

De Montfort University is to help people who require legal aid by offering a new service that will be free to clients.

The De Montfort University Legal Advice Centre will allow students along with tutors to provide the service to help with all legal matters using strict, tried and operational rules.

De Montford University

Law students Sam Glover and Anisa Khan told BBC Radio Leicester it helps prepare them for life after university.

"We're final year students - so this provides a bit of experience and shows us real-life situations," Anisa said.

Dr Aurelien Portuese is senior lecturer in law at the university, he says: "Advisers are there to help support the students to give this advice, obviously students need to stick to a code of ethics - but they'll be learning throughout."

Tenants to have more protection from rogue landlords

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

Private tenants in Nottingham will now have more protection from rogue landlords after the government approved a new licensing scheme.

A report by the Building Research Establishment group estimated that 21% of Nottingham’s privately rented properties are likely to have ‘category one hazards’, for example exposed wiring, a dangerous boiler, cold bedrooms, a leaking roof, mould or a vermin infestation.

However, Nottingham City Council said its new licensing scheme will help ensure these issues are addressed.

Nottingham houses
Nottingham City Council

Councillor Jane Urquhart said: "It will help to improve standards for private tenants and landlords will know exactly what they must do to be able to rent their properties out.

“Having a selective license will allow landlords to demonstrate that they provide good accommodation for tenants."

The scheme covers more than 30,000 privately rented homes in Nottingham and the city council said it is the largest outside London to be given approval by the secretary of state.

First phase of huge housing scheme tipped for green light

Derby Telegraph

The first phase of a huge Derbyshire housing development looks set to be given the go-ahead.

Back in 2016, Belper-based Peveril Homes successfully applied for outline permission to build up to 600 properties on the 125-acre Lily Street Farm, in Derby Road, Swanwick, near Alfreton, close to the junction with the A38.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Archie Stinchcombe

Archie Stinchcombe won ice hockey gold at the 1936 games in Germany, with his medal being presented by Adolf Hitler.

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Starling murmuration over Cossington
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'Iconic' Nottingham building could be turned into hotel

Nottingham Post

An 'iconic' building on a key route between Nottingham railway station and the city centre is set for a complete transformation after it was the subject of numerous bids – with a hotel one of the uses under consideration.

Nottingham City Council, which owns the 19th century City Buildings in Carrington Street, has received “very strong interest” after putting it on the market with an asking price of up to £4m.

Prison's monitoring board share safety concerns

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

Nottingham Prison's Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) has said it shares the concerns raised by the chief inspector of prisons in relation to safety and high levels of self-harm there.

After the chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke said the jail was "fundamentally unsafe" last month, Justice Secretary David Gauke published an action plan to make improvements at Nottingham Prison this morning.

The IMB has now said: "Since publication of our most recent report in July 2017, our concerns grew following the deaths in custody in the autumn of 2017.

"We look forward to receiving a copy of the secretary of state’s response and are keen to know what steps will be put in place at Nottingham to have a positive impact on the lives of prisoners and improve safety."

Nottingham Prison

Appeal to trace owners of stolen goods in High Peak

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Derbyshire police are hoping to track down the owners of various items that are believed to have been stolen from the High Peak area.

They include drills, tool boxes, fishing equipment, stamp albums, coins, jewellery, ornaments and a military hat.

Derbyshire Constabulary
Derbyshire Constabulary
Derbyshire Constabulary

Police would like anyone who recognises the items to get in touch.

'Bionic' woman training for second marathon

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

A woman from Melton Mowbray is preparing for her second marathon, despite being paralysed from the chest down.

Claire Lomas

Claire Lomas is hoping for a new personal best after first completing the 26.2 mile challenge while wearing a 'bionic suit' in 2012 over 26 days.

On the build up to the event she raised more than £200,000 for spinal injury research.

Claire said she's hoping to "smash it" after having a few years to adjust to the suit and "being fitter" than ever before.

Her next marathon gets under way in Manchester in April.

Children 'don't need' more testing in schools

Lewis Scrimshaw

News editor, BBC Radio Nottingham

Thousands of eight and nine-year-olds in England will be formally tested on their times tables this spring as part of a government trial.

School classroom

Ministers want mandatory checks by 2020 to identify pupils who need extra support but unions oppose the idea.

Ben Waldram, headteacher of Lowdham Church of England Primary school says children "need to be good mathematicians".

But he added: "It's a good foundation block for learning but they don't need testing through something like this."

Upgrade promised for Sheffield-Manchester rail route

The Hope Valley rail line which connects Sheffield with Manchester is to be upgraded, the government has confirmed.

Hope Valley line
Chris Morgan

The line is currently affected by slow freight trains between Bamford and Dore.

The planned improvements will allow passenger trains to overtake, with three fast trains per hour instead of the two which currently run on the line, according to the government.

Improved rail connections to Manchester are a key Sheffield City Region priority and something we have been pressing very hard for with ministers, and something the private and public sectors have been working together to achieve for some time."

Martin McKerveySheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board

Teenager stabbed in attack involving a group of males

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A 17-year-old boy is in a serious condition after being stabbed in Buwell.

Nottinghamshire Police said he suffered a number of serious injuries following the attack involving a group of males.

They were called to Stock Well at about 19:30 yesterday.

Stock Well

Beeston man wins world croquet title

Pip Watts

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

A 30-year-old Nottinghamshire man has won the AC World Croquet Championships in New Zealand.


Paddy Chapman from Beeston has been playing croquet since he was 11 years old.

The title winner said: "I enjoyed it very much, it was a great result for me - to beat Reg Bamford in the final - who's the best player in the world - was the extra cherry on top."

Council officials 'postpone leave' to complete care plan

Wesley Mallin

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Officials in Derby have said they are postponing annual leave and spending more than half a million pounds to meet a deadline for children with special needs.

Derby City Council

An Education, Health and Care plan has to be written for every child in the city with special needs, by the end of March.

Derby City Council's previously reported making slow progress compared to other authorities, however the council's told the government it's committed to meeting the deadline.

Shrovetide action to restart later

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

It took until 21:30, but the ball was finally goaled in the first day of Royal Shrovetide Football yesterday.

Fitness Instructor Tom Boulton-Lear was the "chosen one" for the Down'Ards, who are chasing their first win since 2010.

Shrovetide Day One
Ollie King

Darren Wearing who goaled the ball for the Down'Ards in 1996, said: "Tom will be ecstatic - his head will be in the clouds.

"It's such an important game here in Ashbourne - it's a better feeling than any Olympic medal or FA cup win."

Mr Wearing said the ball had been missing for an hour before it was goaled yesterday.

The second day of Royal Shrovetide begins again at 14:00.

'Gridlock' warning on A5

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

Drivers are being advised to avoid the A5 in Leicestershire....

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Action plan for 'fundamentally unsafe' prison

BBC Radio Nottingham

The Justice Secretary David Gauke has published an action plan to make improvements at Nottingham Prison this morning.

It comes after the chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke said the jail was "fundamentally unsafe" last month.

He issued Mr Gauke with an urgent notification letter demanding action within 28 days.

Nottingham prison

The Ministry of Justice is to spend an additional £200,000 to improve mental health services there.

Specialist staff will also spend more time with inmates most at risk of self-harm.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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