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  1. MP's wife threatened with rape by anti-Semite
  2. Arrest over rape and attempted murder
  3. Mum 'goes bananas' over £930 fruit bill
  4. Appeal to find owner of 'injured' dog
  5. Tributes left to mark explosion victim's birthday
  6. Updates on Wednesday 18 April 2018

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Weather: More warm sunshine

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A dry night to come with long clear spells. Winds will be light, allowing for a few mist patches to develop.

Staying mild with lows of 9C.


Tomorrow it will be generally dry and fine with plenty of warm sunshine and just patches of cloud.

There will be a gentle breeze with temperatures well above average for the time of year. A high of 24C.

Teen hospitalised with 'slash wounds'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A 15-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with "slash wounds" following an assault in Nottingham.

Police were called to Ripon Road at around 15:30. They have since arrested a 15-year-old boy.

The teenager's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Severe disruption: A515 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A515 Derbyshire both ways severe disruption, between B5055 Tagg Lane and Stonebench Lane.

A515 Derbyshire - A515 in Flagg closed in both directions between the B5055 Tagg Lane junction and the Stonebench Lane junction, because of a broken down lorry.

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

New day care centres for nursery children

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

Four new nurseries are to be set up in Derbyshire for parents who want to give their children 30 hours of free childcare.

The government standard for free childcare for children aged thee to four is 30 hours a week, as of September 2017. This had been doubled from 15 hours a week.

Children doing a puzzle and colouring

To meet this requirement, the county council is on the hunt for a new provider to set up day care services at four sites. Three are former children's centres in Coton-in-the-Elms, New Tupton and Brimington. The fourth is at a former pupil referral unit at Bolsover.

The council has said there is not currently a shortfall in free childcare places but it is planning ahead with the likelihood of the arrival of more families as a result of housing developments and natural population growth.

Concern over county development plans

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

Hinckley and Bosworth councillors have put on record their concerns over the "sheer volume" of major development proposals currently under consideration in Hinckley and the surrounding areas.

Map of Leicestershire
OpenStreetMap contributors

Councillor David Bill moved a motion at a Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council meeting highlighting issues surrounding the strategic growth plan. This includes the proposed development of an A46 expressway and a freight depot.

Cllr Bill said that his reasons for raising the motion were concerns over local people not being as aware as they could be of the proposals.

We know that Leicestershire is a prosperous area and that businesses want to operate here and people want to live here. It is totally understandable. But the people who already live and work here should have the opportunity to have their say when it comes to development. Ultimately, they are the ones affected."

Councillor David BillHinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

Watch: Dogs help with loneliness

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A new initiative has launched in Melton Mowbray to help combat loneliness within the elderly population.

MS sufferers successfully appeal PIP decision

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Hundreds of people with multiple sclerosis have won back more than a total of £500,000 after overturning their benefit assessments.

Citizen's Advice in Nottingham has helped 339 people challenge a decision made on the eligibility of Personal Independence Payments.

The cases were taken to tribunal which overturned the initial decision taken by an assessor.

Citizen's Advice

In most cases people are believed by tribunal, whereas the assessors are very much looking at what they see in front of them and not considering how the person's illness affects them during the day or during the week."

Simon MeeCitizen's Advice

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J23 for A512 and J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J23, A512 (Loughborough) and J23a A42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Delays on M1 after three-car crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Something to be aware of if you're planning to head north on the M1.

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Man questioned over Clumber Park indecent exposure

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A 30-year-old man has been interviewed under caution following a report of indecent exposure at Clumber Park on Monday evening.

Police want to speak to any potential witnesses to the incident, which allegedly happened between 17:00 and 18:00.

Clumber Park

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, between J28 for A38 Alfreton and J29 for A617 affecting J27 for A608 Hucknall.

M1 Derbyshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J28, A38 (Alfreton) and J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of an accident involving three cars. Travel time is 40 minutes. Congestion to J27, A608 (Hucknall).

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

Toddler home from hospital for birthday celebrations

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

If you saw the BBC Two programme Hospital last night you might recognise Amaya.

Viewers saw the toddler receive treatment for pneumonia at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.


She's quite used to hospital though. She spent 10 months of her life there after being born very prematurely at 24 weeks.

Today she is celebrating her second birthday at home in Nottingham - a time her mum Mel Ibrahim thought she might not see.

Nottingham theatre bosses toast War Horse success

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Theatre bosses say War Horse has proven to be one of the most successful productions ever staged at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall.

More than 55,000 people went to see the play during its three-and-a-half week run at the venue.

War Horse
War Horse

Sales director Jonathan Saville said: "Without a doubt this was the biggest, most exciting, and best-selling show we’ve had at the Royal Concert Hall in recent memory, possibly in its history."

The National Theatre’s next visit to Nottingham will be in January 2019 when they will bring a new production of Macbeth to the Theatre Royal.

Cyclists in balaclavas and car occupants involved in fight

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police are investigating a fight in Stapleford last night that resulted in a car crashing into the front garden of a house.

Car crashed into garden
Nottinghamshire Police

Officers say three men in a Mercedes clashed with five people on pushbikes wearing balaclavas. It happened at about 17:30 on Whitley Close.

Later, the car is said to have hit one of the bikes in Tevery Close, causing the rider to fall off. The car then mounted the kerb and crashed into the front garden of a house and caused damage to a parked car.

All of those involved left the scene but police have recovered the car.

Timmy Mallett announced as carnival guest

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Timmy Mallett will headline the Market Harborough Carnival this summer.

The TV presenter, known for his wacky shirts, colourful glasses and foam mallet, will make an appearance on the main stage and perform a version of his latest show.

Timmy Mallet

Next step for Garden Village plans

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Initial proposals for the redevelopment of St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham will be published next month.

The leader of Rutland County Council has said this marks the start of an "important conversation" between the council, the Ministry of Defence and Rutland residents.

St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham
Rutland County Council

At the moment it's being proposed the former military site be turned into a Garden Village, with up to 3,000 new homes as well as enterprise, leisure and recreation facilities.

People living in the area will be able to see the plans and share their thoughts on them during public exhibitions at Victoria Hall in Oakham and Oakham Library. There will also be a roadshow around Rutland that will take the proposals to communities in other parts of the county.

Bag of bananas costing 11p

Bobbie Gordon says she learned of the banana drama after being contacted by a fraud team.

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Asda apologises for £930 banana blunder

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Asda has sent us this tongue-in-cheek response after an online shopper from Sherwood was mistakenly charged £930 for a single banana.

The firm said: “Whoops, looks like we’ve slipped up here. Whilst our bananas are excellent, even we agree that they are not worth that much and clearly there has been a glitch in our system.

"We would like to thank Mrs Gordon for keeping her eyes peeled and flagging this error to us and we are investigating to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

Single banana shopper was charged £930 for
Bonnie Gordon

Watch: Harborough MP requests Windrush update from PM

BBC Politics

Harborough MP Neil O'Brien had the first question of today's PMQs and asked Theresa May for an update on the Windrush deportation row.

Theresa May responded there has been a "great deal of concern and anxiety" and that "these people are British, they are part of us".

She said the government had "no intention of asking anyone to leave who has the right to remain here" and offered an apology for anyone whose status in the UK has been challenged.

Authorities meet to discuss flooding

East Midlands Today

The sun might be shining today but last week was a total wash out - as a result a village in Nottinghamshire flooded twice.

A meeting is being held today to discuss flooding issues in Normanton-on-Soar.

Some people living there have told the BBC it's the worst it's ever been and believe the drains are causing the problems.

The county council, Environment Agency and Severn Trent are due to meet this afternoon to discuss the cause of the problem.

Magpies star Grant named in PFA team of the year

BBC Sport

Notts County midfielder Jorge Grant has been named in the Professional Footballers' Association's League Two Team of the Year.

The 23-year-old, on loan from Nottingham Forest, has played a key role in the Magpies' promotion push.

Team of the year

Appeal to find owner of 'injured' dog

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

An "emaciated and injured" dog has been handed to the RSPCA after it was allegedly found dumped in Leicester.


The dog, called Mango, had apparently been found wandering in Western Park with a green rope around his neck.

The RSPCA has said the animal was "quite skinny" and "extremely nervous" when he arrived at the centre on 5 April.

Poor Mango had a broken tail and an open wound on the tip of his tail where the bone was completely visible - it looked extremely sore. When I arrived at the centre to see him, he was very frightened and cowered in his kennel."

Inspector Richard DurantRSPCA

The RSPCA is investigating what happened to Mango and would like to hear from anyone with information about his owner.

Photo appeal after Hyson Green car theft

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A photo's been released of a woman police want to speak to about a walk-in burglary in Hyson Green.

A set of car keys were taken from a house in St Paul's Avenue at about 05:20 on 7 January and the car was subsequently stolen.

Police said the vehicle was recovered in Wollaton a short time later. Call 101 if you recognise the woman.

Details of the theft have only just been released.

CCTV photo
Nottinghamshire Police

Your photos: Spring lambs

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to DLong from Ripley for snapping these two cuties.


BreakingMan arrested over Ilkeston rape and attempted murder

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A 42-year-old man has been arrested over the attempted murder and rape of a woman in Ilkeston last year.

Derbyshire Police said the man was detained yesterday on suspicion of attempted murder, rape, robbery and sexual assault and remains in police custody.

The woman was assaulted on a residential street after getting off a bus in the town at about 04:00 on 26 November.

Police cordon in Ilkeston

Captain America 'helps with cliff rescue'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Jozef Mordawska is also known by some as Captain America - this is because the owner of Bugtopia Zoo in Empingham can often be seen wearing the outfit at work.

But while on holiday in Devon he became a real life superhero.

Jozef Mordawska
Jozef Mordawska

On 5 April Jozef joined a search for an 11-year-old boy who had gone missing in the in the area of Wringcliff bay. He found him on rocks on the shore.

Ilfracombe RNLI said the child had fallen approximately 200 ft and had "extensive injuries".

Rescue operation
Ilfracombe RNLI

To keep the boy calm Jozef used his Captain America persona. He told the BBC: "I literally said to him 'it's ok, my day job is Captain America aren't you lucky?' and I actually saw him breath a sigh of relief as soon as I said that."

Jozef signalled to the lifeboat team which was on exercise in the area and came to the rescue, winching the boy from the beach and transferring him to a waiting air ambulance.

I would like to thank the member of the public who signalled to us, these extra minutes gave our casualty the best possible chance."

Leigh HanksIlfracombe RNLI

Shopping centre deal called off

BBC Business News

Shopping centre owner Hammerson is hoping to pull out of an acquisition of rival firm Intu, owners of centres in Derby and Nottingham.

Hammerson - which already runs Leicester's Highcross - previously announced plans for a £3.4bn takeover.

Highcross Leicester

But it is no longer urging shareholders to vote in favour of the acquisition in part because of "market concerns" surrounding the retail property market.

Intu owns Broadmarsh and the Victoria Centre in Nottingham and Intu Derby.

Humble toast rack could be worth thousands

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A simple toast rack could make its owner a fortune when it goes under the hammer in Derbyshire next month.

The unnamed seller, from Coalville, told Hansons Auctioneers the rack was bought by his wife's parents for next-to-nothing at a church auction in 1936.

The seller was then informed by the firm's decorative arts specialist John Keightley (pictured) that the rack was a much sought-after piece by celebrated designer Christopher Dresser.

Toast rack
Hansons Auctioneers

Mr Keightley said: “I had seen his work before and recognised the toast rack design. That’s because one just like it has sold at Christie’s for £11,250. Others have sold for £4,000.

“I was delighted as it is an original 1878 design and is embossed on the back with the words ‘Designed by Dr C Dresser’, which adds to its value.

“I have put a modest estimate of £200-£400 on it as there is some slight damage but it could fetch far more thanks to its rarity and pedigree."

The rack is due to be auctioned in Etwall on 19 June.

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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Vydra named in PFA team of the year

BBC Sport

Derby County striker Matej Vydra has been named in the Professional Football Association's Championship Team of the Year.

The honour follows a season in which the Czech Republic international has netted 20 goals in 38 appearances so far.

Team of the year

Big Issue seller now accepts card payments

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A Big Issue seller says his sales have rocketed since he started accepting cashless payments with a card reader.

Paul Snape, who sells the magazine in West Bridgford, spent £33 of his proceeds on the device earlier this month.

Paul Snape

The 47-year-old told BBC Radio Nottingham: "A lot of businesses do it so I thought I'd do it too. Some people are shocked when I tell them I've got a card machine now. I've picked up a few new customers from it."

Mr Snape added he had no plans to stop accepting cash.

Death threat prisoner absconds from open prison

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A man who was serving a five-year sentence for making threats to kill has gone on the run from Sudbury open prison.

Police said Jason Hatton, 43, was jailed in April 2017 but absconded on Sunday.

He's been described as 5ft 9in (1.75m) tall with brown hair and an angel tattoo on his back.

Jason Hatton
Derbyshire Police

Medical emergency prompts tram diversion

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Something to be aware of if you're getting a tram this morning.

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Shopper's shock at £930 banana blunder

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A woman from Sherwood got the shock of her life when she was charged £930 for a single banana.

Bobbie Gordon had chosen the fruit as part of an online order from Asda that arrived last night.

The bill should have been about £100 but the banana blunder saw the delivery driver hand over a receipt totalling more than £1,000.

Asda bill
Bobbie Gordon

She told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I was out and when I came home my husband told me 'you won't believe what's happened'.

"We thought it was just a silly mistake and they couldn't possibly be charging us for it but then we got a text from my credit card company saying they detected fraud and that they had tried to charge me for it."

The stunned shopper stopped the payment but said it was too late in the evening to contact Asda's customer service team to straighten things out.

She said: "I'll talk to them [Asda] today and try to get it sorted out. I've told my seven-year-old daughter to cherish every mouthful. Hopefully it'll be especially tasty."

Bobbie Gordon

We've asked Asda about the fruity bill.