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  1. Men held after raids at suspected brothels
  2. Arrest after cottage devastated in fire
  3. East Midlands cities ranked on 'Hipster Index'
  4. Watch: Bread making for mental health
  5. Schmeichel set to miss Saints clash
  6. Updates on Tuesday 17 April 2018

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By Gavin Bevis and Amy Woodfield

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Exeter narrow the gap to rivals Wycombe in the race for promotion to League One with a nervy home win over Chesterfield.

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

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

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

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Dedicated live coverage on this page has now ended for today, but some news, sport and travel will continue to be posted automatically overnight.

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Weather: Lengthy sunny spells

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It should stay largely dry through tonight however it will be quite breezy. Cloud is likely to become increasingly broken, allowing for some clear spells.

Feeling mild with a minimum temperature of 10C.


There's a warm day to come tomorrow, although there will be a noticeable breeze. There will be some sunny spells in the morning and come the afternoon, these will be lengthy in nature.

A maximum temperature of 21°C.

River Derwent set to rise

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The Environment Agency is warning the River Derwent could noticeably rise tomorrow as water from Ladybower Reservoir is released.

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MP's marathon run for domestic abuse charity

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Who said politics was all suits and meetings? Labour MP for Nottingham North is getting ready for the London Marathon this weekend.

Alex Norris

Alex Norris is raising money for the Nottingham based domestic abuse charity Women's Aid Integrated Services (WAIS).

Workplace creches 'could help attract more nurses'

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

Health bosses in Derbyshire are considering opening creches for nursing staff across the county to help them recruit more workers.

The move is among the options being considered by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust as it works to plug a shortfall of 400 nurses.

The trust said it wanted to make roles more flexible to take into account the work/life balance for staff.

Amanda Rawlings
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

Amanda Rawlings, who is helping to draw up a new People Strategy, said: "As a trust we operate out of more than 100 locations across the county and could look into introducing creches to some of these, if that would help retain or bring in more staff.

"The NHS as a whole does have an issue with the gap between people leaving and joining, which isn't huge in Derbyshire or within our trust, but there are 400 open positions for nurses Derbyshire-wide."

East Midlands cities ranked on 'Hipster Index'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

It would seem the East Midlands is quite a "hipster" place to live - with Nottingham, Leicester and Derby all featuring in the latest "Hipster Index".

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The index was compiled by MoveHub, who looked at 446 cities across 20 countries. The number of vegan cafes, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques and coffee shops were all taken into account.

Nottingham was crowned the 57th most hipster city - that's a higher ranking than London and New York.

Leicester took 217th place followed by Derby in 263rd place.

Watch: Bread making for mental health

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A bread-making club is being set up in Leicestershire to help people living with mental health issues.

Sessions will be run by volunteers who will encourage people to talk as they're baking.

Rapist who fled to Germany after Bradford attack jailed

A man who raped a sex worker in Bradford and then went on the run to Germany has been jailed for eight years today.

Miroslav Cicak
West Yorkshire Police

Miroslav Cicak, 24 of Stubley Lane, Dronfield attacked the woman in Girlington in April 2014 - He walked with his victim to a car park where he asked her for sex, pulled a knife out and raped her.

An appeal was made on TV show Crimewatch to track Cicak down and in August 2017 a European Arrest Warrant was issued after it became apparent he left the country.

Three years after the attack officers found him in Germany and he was arrested and brought back to the UK.

He will now serve his sentence before being deported to Slovakia.

Today’s outcome brings a successful conclusion to a lengthy investigation and I would like to thank everyone who helped us to locate Cicak."

Det Const Simon WilcockWest Yorkshire Police
Telusa Veainu

Leicester's Telusa Veainu expects training to involve a few "punch-ups" after a below-par display in defeat by Northampton.

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Paralysed woman breaks marathon record

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

In case you missed it yesterday - this was the moment Melton's Claire Lomas finished the Manchester Marathon after eight days of walking in a bionic suit.

She beat her 2012 record, where she finished the London Marathon in 17 days.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J23 for A512 and J22 for A50.

M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J23, A512 (Loughborough) and J22, A50 (Coalville), because of emergency repairs.

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

Men held after raids at suspected brothels

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Two men have been arrested and five potential victims identified as part of an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring.

Police said two suspected brothels in Violet Street, Normanton, and Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, were visited this morning along with flats at Station Court, Burton.

One man was arrested in Burton while a second man was detained at the Uttoxeter New Road house.

The pair, aged 32 and 27, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic with a view to exploitation and are in custody ahead of questioning.

Brother raid
Derbyshire Police

Concern for missing Bulwell man

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Have you seen Jonathon Wallace? He was reported missing from the Bulwell area of Nottingham yesterday evening.

Police have said they are "concerned for his safety".

Jonathon Wallace
Nottinghamshire Police
Cobus Reinach of Northampton off loads the ball during the Premiership match between Leicester Tiger

Northampton inflict a heavy blow on Leicester's Premiership play-off hopes with a dramatic win at Welford Road.

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Church Street to remain closed after cottage fire

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The road has been cordoned off since crews arrived to tackle the blaze, which broke out shortly before 04:00.

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Schmeichel set to miss Saints clash

BBC Leicester Sport

Claude Puel confirms that Kasper Schmeichel is a major doubt for the visit of Southampton on Thursday.

The Foxes goalkeeper has an ankle knock and did not train today.

Shinji Okazaki is also a doubt and will be assessed tomorrow. Daniel Amartey trained today but the Southampton game comes too soon. Ndidi is back from suspension.

Kasper Schmeichel

Derby unemployment reaches three-year high

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in Derby has risen by 23% in the last six months to 3,275 - its highest level in three years.

In some areas, like the Arboretum ward of the city, the proportion of people claiming out-of-work benefits has risen by 38% in that time.

Nationally, the JSA claimant rate in England increased by 13% over the same period.

Corn Market in Derby city centre

Rutland's Captain America rescues boy after cliff fall

Leicester Mercury

A Rutland zoo owner who dresses up as Captain America has turned out to be a real-life superhero.

Jozef Mordawska, who plays the superhero to entertain children at Bugtopia The Zoo, at Rutland Water, pretended to be the comic book legend to calm an 11-year-old boy who had injured himself after falling 200 feet down cliffs in Devon.

Watch: Derby MP questions Syria chemical attack evidence

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Derby North MP Chris Williamson has questioned whether the chemical attack in Douma that prompted UK air strikes in Syria actually took place.

He told BBC Daily Politics: "I just think before we enter into a situation where we're committing air strikes, potentially leading to a wider conflagration in the region, possibly pitching two nuclear super-powers against one another, we need better evidence than was presented."

Theresa May said at the weekend the UK government had worked with its allies to establish what happened and "a significant body of information, including intelligence, indicates the Syrian regime is responsible for this latest attack".

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Leg wounds 'caused by knife'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A 19-year-old man has been found in the St Ann’s area of Nottingham with "minor cuts" to his leg - thought to have been caused by a knife.

Police have said they discovered the man after being called to Rushworth Close at about 18:30 yesterday.

Rushworth Close

Delays 'easing' following car fire

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Highways England has said traffic between junctions 22 and 21A of the M1 has been released but two of the three lanes remain closed while the fire service deals with a car fire.

It said: "Traffic flowing and delays easing."

Traffic on M1
Highways England

Fewer delays despite increase in vehicles

BBC Radio Nottingham

If you commute into Nottingham you might think the traffic is horrendous but apparently it's getting better.

The Department for Transport has said journey times in the city seem to be quicker despite there being more cars on Nottinghamshire's roads.


Over 400,000 cars were registered in the county last year - that's 29,000 more than five years ago.

Back in January, research for the Local Government Association found congestion had gone down in Nottingham since the introduction of the Workplace Parking Levy.

Car fire halts traffic on M1

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A warning if you're looking to go on the M1 in Leicestershire soon...

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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J22 for A50 and J21A for A46 Leicester North.

M1 Leicestershire - Stationary traffic on M1 southbound between J22, A50 (Coalville) and J21a, A46 (Leicester North), because of all traffic being temporarily held and a vehicle fire.

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

Your photos: Spectacular Peak District

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's a lovely shot of Edale in the Peak District as it celebrates the 67th anniversary of becoming the UK's first national park.

Sam's House

New Canadian coach for Panthers

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Panthers have appointed Rich Chermonaz as their new coach.

The 54-year-old Canadian, who's spent his entire coaching career in Germany, takes over from long-serving Corey Neilson, who left at the end of the season.

Corey Neilson
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Rams forward honoured by supporters

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Matej Vydra has been named as the Derby County Supporters' Club Player of the Year for the 2017/18 season.

The 25-year-old forward picked up the award at the club's end-of-season dinner at Pride Park Stadium last night.

The Czech Republic international has made 38 appearances in all competitions for Derby this season, scoring 20 goals.

Matej Vydra with Gary Rowett
Derby County

Suspected brothels raided in Derby

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

We've asked Derbyshire Police for more information.

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DMU choir on TV talent show

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Did you see the De Montfort University choir raise the roof on Britain's Got Talent over the weekend?

They certainly managed to impress the judges with a "yes" from every one.

Warning: May contain third party advertising.

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It's not the first time the DMU Gospel Choir has been up on the big stage - they performed at Leicester's King Power with Kasabian two years ago.

Jerry from the choir told the BBC it was a "crazy day" seeking verification from everyone. The episode was actually filmed a while ago so Jerry said he was "jumping and screaming" with excitement when he watched it on TV on Saturday.

'Pyjama paralysis' hospital drive to go nationwide

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A scheme to speed up hospital recovery rates that was piloted in Nottingham is being rolled out nationwide.

England's chief nurse, Professor Jane Cummings, is spearheading a drive to end "pyjama paralysis" by persuading patients to get back into normal clothes as quickly as possible during hospital stays.

She said evidence showed staying in nightwear reinforces feeling unwell and can prevent a speedy recovery.

The push has been piloted in Nottingham and eight other areas since last year and is credited with reducing total hospital stays by 91,728 days.

PJ Paralysis poster

Prof Cummings said: "One of the most valuable resources is a patients’ time and getting people up and dressed is a vital step in ensuring that they do not spend any longer than is clinically necessary in hospital."

Medical inspectors close GP practice

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

GPs at a surgery in Thurmaston have been ordered to stop seeing patients following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.


The CQC said it is taking "urgent enforcement action" to close Thurmaston Health Centre - which has about 7,600 registered patients - after an inspection last week.

It has said it is now working closely with West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England to make sure patients still have access to a GP.

The CCG said services previously provided by Leicester Medical Group at Thurmaston Health Centre have been transferred to the provision of Charnwood GP Network.

We were pleased to be chosen to take over the services at Thurmaston Health Centre. Charnwood GP Network is made up of GP practices from across Charnwood, so we understand the local area, and our priority is to reassure patients that they will see no further impact on their services going forward.”

Dr Anu RaoChair of Charnwood GP Network

Illustrator in copyright row

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A well-known illustrator has told the BBC she's facing more and more cases of the illegal use of her work.

Sarah J Coleman from Hinckley claims she's been a victim of copyright theft several times - most recently over the use of this book cover.

To Kill a Mockingbird cover
Sarah J Coleman

She said this image has so far been used on 24 different products without her permission which has a financial implication on her business.

She believes a lot of people have the opinion "if it's on the internet it's mine for the taking".

She's since taken measures to stop these sales or to receive some of the profits.

Driver injured in Markeaton Island road rage attack

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A man needed hospital treatment after being punched twice in the face when he overtook a car being driven erratically through Derby.

The 44-year-old, from Belper, told police he had passed the Vauxhall Astra after it kept braking sharply in front of him near Markeaton Island.

The Vauxhall driver then got out of his vehicle when they were stopped at traffic lights further along and hit him twice in the face.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the alleged assault, which happened at about 14:45 on Easter Sunday.

Markeaton Island
Luton Town striker Danny Hylton

Five Luton Town players, including striker Danny Hylton, are named in the PFA's League Two Team of the Year for 2017-18.

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