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Summary

  1. Crimewatch 1992 bus stop rapist jailed
  2. Mum still seeking answers over death
  3. Car overturns 'after reversing' on motorway
  4. Parents without childcare after sudden nursery closure
  5. Man 'safe and well' after 'disturbance'
  6. Bird hide vandalised at nature reserve
  7. Plaque honour for knitting pioneer
  8. Royal Shrovetide football ends in draw
  9. Updates on Thursday 15 February 2018

Live Reporting

By Maryam Qaiser and Chris Fawcett

All times stated are UK

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Laura Bellamy

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News

Three women and one man describe the shock, guilt and distress of losing a baby through miscarriage.

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group discussion

Katherine Sellgren

BBC News education reporter

Quality RE lessons help stop religious stereotyping, says the Religious Education Council.

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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.

Weather: A dry night with clear spells

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

It is expected to be dry through tonight with some long clear spells.

Weather for tonight
BBC

It has potential to turn rather cold with the risk of some frost developing too.

Minimum temperatures of -2 to 1C (28-34F).

Thousands of fake cigarettes found in raids

Allen Cook

BBC News

Thousands of fake cigarettes have been found in raids on four shops in Burton.

Some of the seized tobacco
Staffordshire County Council

Trading standards offices with sniffer dogs went to the stores on Saturday and found 43,500 illicit cigarettes and 10kg of hand-rolling tobacco.

Staffordshire County Council says two foreign nationals were arrested in the raids and handed over to immigration enforcement officers.

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 - Two lanes closed and slow traffic 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

Nottingham building up for design awards

BBC Radio Nottingham

One of Nottingham's newest buildings has been shortlisted for three leading design awards.

Biocity
Google

The BioCity Discovery centre on Pennyfoot Street was completed last year and cost about £30m.

It's in the Commercial, Design and Regeneration categories of the awards run by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Man jailed over machete robbery

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison after threatening a couple with a machete in their home.

John Quinn
Derbyshire Constabulary

John Quinn, formerly of Derby, and now of Burnaby Road, Stoke, broke into the house on Browning Street in Sunny Hill in September and demanded cash before running upstairs and ransacking a bedroom.

He admitted attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon at Derby Crown Court.

The court was told how his previous 97 offences included robberies in Derby going back to the 90s.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J23A for A42 affecting J23 for A512.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road and very slow traffic northbound at J23a A42. Congestion to J23, A512 (Loughborough).

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

Broken-down van moved from M1

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Better news for those heading north on the M1.

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Christopher Scott

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News

Christopher Scott was caught by an "out of the blue" DNA match taken in a separate investigation.

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Lane closed on M1 after van breaks down

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Here's the broken-down van that's closed a lane on the M1 northbound between J24a and J25.

It looks like the recovery operation is well under way, so hopefully things should return to normal soon.

Broken down van
Highways England

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J24A for A50 Derby and J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

M1 Leicestershire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J24a, A50 (Derby) and J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of a broken down van.

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

Newspaper jobs under threat as websites renamed

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Almost 50 print jobs are under threat as publisher Trinity Mirror rolls out its "Live" online brand to seven of its regional dailies, reports journalism news website Hold the Front Page.

The shake-up will see the Derby Telegraph, Nottingham Post and Leicester Mercury websites rebranded as Derbyshire Live, Nottinghamshire Live and Leicestershire Live.

Newspaper logos composite
Trinity Mirror

Fish photo earns major award

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A Leicestershire photographer has won an award for an image he took under water.

Tony Stephenson's shot of pike, taken at diving site Stoney Cove, near Sapcote, was among 11 images honoured at the Underwater Photographer of the Year awards.

How Many Pike?
Tony Stephenson

He picked up the gong for Most Promising British Underwater Photographer.

Woman 'pushed' off National Express coach by driver
National Express apologised and said the driver involved had been suspended.

Watch: National Express driver 'drags woman' from bus

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Here's footage of a National Express driver trying to drag a woman from a bus in Nottingham.

Witnesses said the woman was "visibly distraught" during the altercation which was reportedly over an e-ticket.

The company said it couldn't comment on the reason behind the incident but apologised for the driver's actions. He has since been suspended.

Photo appeal after 'hate crime' on train

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Police want to speak to this man after a woman was allegedly racially abused on a train between Doncaster and Newark Northgate.

The woman told officers she was verbally assaulted in a quiet carriage after asking a man to stop being so loud.

CCTV photo
British Transport Police

It happened at about 18:00 on 3 February, British Transport Police said.

Man admits raping elderly woman in her home

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A man has pleaded guilty to raping an elderly woman at her home in Wigston.

Police said Shyhiem Frances-Myers, 21, knocked on the woman's door and forced his way in before attacking her and stealing a bank card.

At Leicester Crown Court, Frances-Myers, from Wigston, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and one count of theft. He's due to be sentenced on 9 April.

Cricket club future in doubt after vandalism

Jonathan Baker

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

A cricket club has said its future may be in doubt because of "mindless vandalism".

Allestree Cricket Club has been broken into three times since Christmas, with the pavilion and a storage shed being the main targets.

Allestree cricket club
BBC

Club chairman Chris Haseldine said the £1,500 repair costs were "seriously affecting the future of the club".

Allestree cricket club
BBC

"Cricket has been played here since 1860. I'd hate to see it end," he said.

Man jailed for 1992 rape and sex assault

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

A man has finally been jailed for a "brutal, terrifying" abduction and rape featured on Crimewatch - thanks to an "out of the blue" DNA match 24 years later.

Christopher Scott has also been jailed for sexually assaulting another woman, after she recognised his photo in a news report about the rape conviction.

The 65-year-old, from Nottingham, sexually assaulted a 17-year-old in Mapperley Hall Drive in Nottingham as she walked home in September 1992.

A month later he raped an 18-year-old woman twice after dragging her from a bus stop in Mansfield Road in Nottingham.

Christopher Scott
Nottinghamshire Police

A full reconstruction was featured on Crimewatch in February 2008 which generated more names of suspects but none of them were a DNA match.

However, in July 2016 Scott was arrested for a public order offence and his DNA matched the sample from the rape case.

He admitted kidnap and rape in May 2017 and was found guilty of sexual assault last month.

Today he was sentenced to 20 years with an extended licence period of five years.

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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Wood workshop helps stroke patients

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Patients who have lost the use of their hands as a result of a stroke are taking part in workshops at a hospital to help them gain some movement.

Workshop
BBC

The wood workshops at King's Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield, is also open to those who have broken limbs or have suffered nerve damage.

Workshop
BBC

Sherwood Forest Hospitals' Trust said the aim was to improve patients' functional activity.

Firefighters raise money for colleague with terminal cancer

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Two firefighters are gearing up to walk 51 miles to raise money for a colleague with breast cancer.

Chris Binch and Gaz Mulligan want to raise £2,000 in sponsorship money, which will go towards paying for immunotherapy treatment for Karen Land.

The mum-of-five has stage four breast cancer and says she has just three months live.

Karen, 39, from Retford needs £100,000 to pay for the treatment in Germany and has so far raised just over £64,500.

Karen Land
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Chris and Gaz, who work for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, will be walking from the fire station in East Leake to Misterton’s station on 3 March.

Chris and Gav
Chris Binch

They will carry 10kg in weight in their rucksack, which is the equivalent to a breathing apparatus set and an air cylinder, used by firefighters.

Dementia patients relive 'golden days' of Derby County

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Fans relived Derby County's golden days as part of an evening to help people living with dementia at Pride Park.

European cup games from the 1970s were shown, with the Rams playing some elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Juventus and Benfica at the Baseball Ground.

Dementia Evening
BBC

Legends Roger Davies, Roy McFarland, Archie Gemmill and Kevin Hector were also talking about what it was like being a part of those games.

Alan Glossop, who was there with his daughter Sam, said: "I can remember everything from the [Benfica] game.

"The ground was rocking. I have never seen Derby play like that before."

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, between J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham and J24A for A50 Derby.

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic on M1 southbound between J25, A52 (Nottingham) and J24a, A50 (Derby), because of an accident involving a van and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Elise Christie tweet

Laura Savvas

BBC Sport

Elise Christie's day started off perfectly, but as the morning went on, everyone started to get a sense of deja vu

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Rehabilitation unit set to stay open

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A specialist rehabilitation unit, which was threatened with closure, is to stay open.

The Chatsworth ward at Mansfield Community Hospital treats people with long-term brain injuries and neurological conditions.

But last year health bosses had planned to close it, saying it was underused and had faced problems in recruiting enough specialist staff.

The Clinical Commissioning Group for Newark and Sherwood has agreed to keep the service going.

Mansfield Hospital
Google

The CCG and Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, which runs the hospital, is planning to introduce a new community service to allow patients to receive rehabilitation and care at home or in local community settings.

Campaigners have described the outcome as "a fantastic victory".

Apology to motorists over water pipe delays

Heidi Booth

Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

Motorists have suffered delays on their commutes into Derby this week due to repair work being carried out on a leaking water pipe.

The work on the Alfreton Road pipe is being carried out by Severn Trent.

Burst pipe area
Google

Steve Briggs, from the water company, apologised to people caught up in the increased traffic due to the work but said it was "essential".

"It couldn't have waited until next week (school holidays).

"The leak had a possibility of a catastrophic burst...water has been stopped at both ends of the leak and is being diverted overground to still serve customers," he said.

Seven Trent Water hope to have the work done by Sunday - ready for the rush-hour traffic on Monday morning.

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

Two men arrested after stabbing

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Two men have been arrested after another man was stabbed in Wollaton.

The man remains in a stable condition at the Queen's Medical Centre following the attack in Dentdale Drive on Monday.

Nottinghamshire Police said the 18-year-old and 23-year-old were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Dentdale Drive
Google

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J24 for A6 and J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J24, A6 (Kegworth) and J23a A42, because of an accident. In the roadworks area.

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

Traffic building on M1

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Something to bear in mind if you're heading that way...

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Shotgun taken in Heanor burglary

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Derbyshire police are appealing for witnesses after a shotgun was taken during a burglary at a home in Heanor.

Shotgun
Derbyshire Constabulary

An Aya 12 bore shotgun, a wallet and mobile phone were taken from the property in Bestwick Avenue on 10 February.

PC James Shaw said: “The gun, which is the property of a licensed shotgun holder, is stamped with a six digit serial number ending in 198."

Savage to join celebs for 12-hour football challenge

BBC Sport

Former Leicester City and Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage is to play five-a-side football for 12 straight hours to raise money for Sport Relief 2018.

The Match of the Day pundit will lead a team of celebrities, including Olympic hockey gold medallist Sam Quek and presenter Kirsty Gallacher, for the endurance challenge on 23 March.

He said: "Twelve hours of football is no easy feat, but for such a great cause it'll be worth it."

Robbie Savage
BBC

Severe disruption: A606 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A606 Nottinghamshire both ways severe disruption, between Tollerton Lane and A52.

A606 Nottinghamshire - A606 Melton Road in Tollerton closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Tollerton Lane junction and Wheatcroft Island, because of a vehicle striking a bridge.

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

Suspected drug dealer arrested in Derby Black Mamba crackdown

Derby Telegraph

Police made four arrests in one morning in a city centre crime crackdown - including one man from Birmingham on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Black Mamba.

Officers from the city centre safer neighbourhood team launched another day of action to tackle problems in the area which include drug taking, drug dealing, street drinking, begging and anti-social behaviour.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Here's what's in store for us for the rest of Thursday.