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  1. Man charged with woman's rape and attempted murder
  2. Arson charge after Ratby cottage fire
  3. Police divers help recover bridge stone
  4. Suspected brothel raids: Two men charged
  5. Tributes to former Nottingham broadcaster Dale Winton
  6. Updates on Thursday 19 April 2018

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By Amy Woodfield and Gavin Bevis

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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 - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J25, A52 (Nottingham) and J24a, A50 (Derby), 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 J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham and J26 for A610 Nottingham affecting J23 for A512.

M1 Derbyshire - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J25, A52 (Nottingham) and J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of an accident involving three lorries and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 1 hour 15 minutes. Congestion to J23, A512 (Loughborough).

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

Severe disruption: A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between J34 for A614 Bawtry Road and J35 for M18.

A1(M) Nottinghamshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on A1(M) northbound between J34 A614 Bawtry Road and J35 M18, because of a vehicle fire.

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

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Weather: Fine and mostly sunny

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Staying dry tonight with often clear skies however some low cloud and fog may form in places towards the end of the night.

A minimum temperature of 9°C.


Tomorrow will see any early low cloud and local fog soon dispersing to leave another fine and mostly sunny day.

It will be another warm day with only light winds. A high of 22°C.

Hospital failings in stillborn death

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A mother, whose son was stillborn, has said she's not sure she will ever come to terms with what happened.

Doctors were unable to resuscitate Freddie Webster after he was born by Caesarean section at King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield in June last year.

An investigation has since found there were a number of failings in the care Freddie and his mother Kayleigh.

King’s Mill Hospital

Kayleigh was sent home from hospital after her waters broke but was later admitted showing signs of sepsis.

The next day tests showed Freddie’s heart rate was slowing down and not normal. Another test, nearly four hours later, highlighted further serious concerns about his heart rate and an emergency Caesarean was performed.

Freddie's footprints
Kayleigh Turton and Scott Webster

A report has found hospital staff missed three chances to raise concerns about Freddie’s condition and that a busy ward impacted on the care Kayleigh received.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals has "sincerely apologised" for what happened to Kayleigh and claims it has since taken action in a bid to stop further incidents like this.

A full investigation has taken place and since this happened we have made a number of changes within our maternity services. For example we have reviewed practises around the monitoring of babies’ heart rates and clarified the process about how and when to escalate issues to senior colleagues."

Andy HaynesSherwood Forest Hospitals

Police target anti-social behaviour

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A dispersal order has been put in place for Chesterfield Town Centre this weekend.

This means police officers and PCSOs have the power to move on anyone over the age of 10 years old who they believe could cause anti-social behaviour or crime.

Chesterfield Market Place

Derbyshire Police said it's in response to reports of underage drinking and large groups of young people gathering in the area and playing loud music. Damage has also been caused to the market place and members of the public have reported feeling intimidated.

The order will be in place from 10:00 on Friday until 10:00 on Sunday.

Appeal to find injured peregrine

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Can you help the RSPB find out what happened to this peregrine?

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Leicester footballer banned for six years

BBC Sport

Footballer Bradley Wood, who is originally from Leicester, has been banned from football for six years after being found guilty of two match-fixing offences.

Bradley Wood
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A Football Association tribunal found he intentionally got booked in two matches in order to "influence a football betting market".

Wood denied deliberately being booked against Ipswich Town and Burnley.

But betting firms said there had been "unusual bets" placed on him being cautioned in both games.

Wood has been banned until 8 March, 2024.

Power cut in Sapcote

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Inconvenient but at least you won't miss the central heating.

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Cricket: Talks to introduce 100-ball format

BBC Sport

A new style of cricket could soon be coming to Trent Bridge.

The England and Wales Cricket Board wants to introduce an innovative '100 balls' format into its new eight-team, city-based tournament.

Notts Outlaws winning the 2017 T20 Blast
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The concept could see innings consist of 15 traditional six-ball overs, and a final 10-ball over.

That would be 20 balls shorter than traditional T20 matches.

Those devising the competition believe a 100-ball 'countdown' would attract new audiences and be popular with broadcasters.

The ECB is proposing the competitions starts in 2020 and will feature a side playing at the Nottingham ground.

Sunbathing turtle at park pond

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

An unusual sighting at Brocks Hill County Park in Oadby. This turtle appears to be enjoying the sunshine in one of the parks ponds.

Turtle at Brock's Hill County Park in Oadby
Turtle at Brock's Hill County Park in Oadby

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council has told the BBC its staff at the park are not aware of any turtles in the water there.

Supermarket Sweep worker recalls 'friendly' Dale Winton

Geeta Pendse

Arts reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

I'm currently filming at the former Lenton Lane studios where Supermarket Sweep was made in Nottingham.

Ivan who worked on the show, described Dale Winton as a really friendly person who had time for everyone on and off set.

Lenton Lane studios

Your photos: East Midlands heatwave

BBC Weather Watchers

The warm weather has seen plenty of you getting your cameras out. The pics below were taken in Matlock, Hoveringham, Chesterfield and Kegworth.

Steve A
Viki The Blue

Police 'not at fault' for elderly man's crash death

An officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing after an elderly man was knocked down and killed by a police car on its way to an emergency call-out.

Dennis Wilson, 91, died when he was hit by a single-crewed car in Loundsley Green Road in Chesterfield in September.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct said several witnesses had reported Mr Wilson had stepped into the road without looking before he was struck by the car, which had its siren and blue lights on.

Loundsley Green Road

The watchdog's regional director Derrick Campbell said: “The consequences of this incident were tragic and Mr Wilson’s family have my deepest sympathy.

"After conducting a thorough investigation we found that the speed and manner of the officer’s driving in responding to an emergency call were consistent with local and national guidance, and his training.”

Junior doctors lose test case over work breaks

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The High Court has ruled against a group of junior doctors who claimed Derby Hospitals NHS trust breached their contracts of employment by not ensuring they had proper breaks during the working day.

The 21 doctors, led by Dr Sarah Hallett, argued they were due a 30-minute break for every four hours they are continuously on duty or be paid double for the time.

NHS lawyers argued this could cost the trust £250,000 and open up claims from junior doctors across England.

Striking junior doctors in Derby

Mrs Justice Simler ruled that the trust had "responsibly" emailed junior doctors to emphasise the importance of taking natural breaks.

The British Medical Association, which supported the test case, called the verdict "deeply disappointing" and said it was planning to appeal.

Clumber Park charred by fire

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

An area of Clumber Park, the size of three football pitches, has been been left charred by a forest fire.

Fire at Clumber Park

Firefighters have said it's too early to say what caused the blaze near to a campsite.

No one has reported being injured and Nottinghamshire Police have told the BBC it is not investigating.

Fire at Clumber Park

New cargo aircraft unveiled in East Midlands

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Boeing is unveiling a new, quieter and more fuel efficient cargo aircraft at East Midlands Airport.

West Atlantic, based in the East Midlands, is the first operator to use the 737-800 cargo plane.

737-800 cargo plane

The 737-800 is already used by many airlines for passenger flights but with a new generation of passenger aircraft coming onto the market, Boeing is converting them into cargo carriers.

737-800 cargo plane

East Midlands Airport claims to be the second biggest cargo airport in the UK terms of the total tonnage that passes through it annually.

Neil Robinson, from the airport, said this is one way it is trying to minimise the impact of their operations on the local community.

The new 737-800 BCF will start by flying twice a night between the East Midlands and Belfast for Royal Mail.

North Derbyshire to get four new nurseries

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

Four new nurseries are to be set up in north Derbyshire by the county council.

It comes after the government doubled the amount of free childcare some parents are eligible for from 15 hours a week to 30 hours.

Derbyshire County Council said it did not have a shortfall in free childcare but it wanted to get ahead of the game because of the arrival of more families as a result of housing developments and natural population growth.

The authority is looking for a new provider to set up day care centres at four sites - vacated former children's centres at Coton-in-the-Elms Primary School, Tupton Primary School and Church Street, Brimington, along with a former pupil referral unit at Bolsover Secondary School.

The Conservative-run cabinet approved the procurement of contracts for the four sites in February.

Nursery school children
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Homeless deaths inspire marathon run

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A Leicester psychiatrist is one of thousands of people planning to run the London Marathon on Sunday.

Dr Girish Kunigiri is raising money for a homeless charity he's involved with in the city after five of their rough sleepers died in the cold weather this winter.

Dr Girish Kunigiri running

In the last three/four months, due to a bad winter, some of our guests who regularly come for the service died. It becomes very important and very emotional for us to get involved in helping this very specific group."

Dr Girish Kunigiri

Grayling denies misleading public over electrification

BBC Politics

Labour is demanding an apology from the transport secretary over a decision to scrap the electrification of the Midland Mainline and other routes.

Last year Chris Grayling cited faster "bi-mode" trains as a reason electrification was not needed but has been accused of misleading Parliament after a report from the government's spending watchdog said the new trains didn't exist yet and the decision was actually down to cost.

Chris Grayling told the Commons he stood by his previous statements.

Paul Nixon

Head coach Paul Nixon enlists the help of the Special Air Service to try to improve Leicestershire's fortunes.

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Children hit by car 'seriously injured'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Two children have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car in Hinckley last night, say police.

Overlord Drive

The 10-year-old girl and nine-year-old boy were hit by a white Kia Sportage car on Overlord Drive at around 17:45.

They were taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw the crash or the children before it happened.

Man in court over Ilkeston rape and attempted murder

BBC Radio Derby

A man from Ilkeston has appeared in court charged with the rape and attempted murder of a woman in the town in November.

Anthony Dealey, 42, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court.

He was remanded into custody and will appear at Derby Crown Court tomorrow.

Queens Avenue

Sunny stadium ahead of Saints match

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

There have been worse days to sit outside and watch a football match.

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Wheely unfortunate breakdown on A38

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The A38 northbound is currently down to one lane between Little Eaton and Coxbench due to this stricken car.

Derbyshire Police said a recovery vehicle was en route.

A38 breakdown
Derbyshire Police
A38 breakdown
Derbyshire Police

Question Time comes to Chesterfield

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Tonight's BBC Question Time is being filmed at Chesterfield's Winding Wheel.

On the panel are chief secretary to the treasury and former justice secretary Liz Truss, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, Lib Dem leader Vince Cable, Guardian columnist Nesrine Malik and LBC presenter Iain Dale.

It's on BBC One at 22:45.

David Dimbleby

Road rage driver ordered to attend anger management class

Derbyshire Times

A Derbyshire driver will have to undergo anger management counselling after a road rage incident when he assaulted a van driver.

Your comments: Presenter Dale Winton dies


We've had several Facebook comments about the death of the former Radio Trent (Trent FM) presenter Dale Winton.

Dale Winton

Jan Wheelhouse said: "He came out to our house in the late 70s to measure our Sunflower for the giant sunflower competition. He was such a giggle."

Andrew Hawley said: "RIP Dale. A great DJ at Radio Trent who I had the pleasure of meeting when we were running our mobile disco. A lovely man."

Glynis Marshall said: "Very sad news, I remember meeting him down Isabella's night club at the same time I first met my husband."

'Horrendous' car crash scam call

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A woman from Countesthorpe is warning others about a telephone scam she was almost duped into.

Beth Bodycote received a call from someone saying her husband had been injured in a car crash and taken to hospital. They told her she had to make an online payment of £300 for his surgery.

Mobile phone

The call seemed genuine because it appeared to come from her husband's phone.

She almost parted with the cash but then she got a call from her husband on another line. He confirmed he had not been in a crash at all.

It was absolutely horrendous. These callous people that play on people's emotions. It wasn't just me that was involved, it was my children. It was so upsetting. I don't want anyone else to have to go through what I went through."

Beth Bodycote

That wasn't the last they heard from the attempted scammer though. The following day Beth's husband received a call from his wife's phone number to say she had been involved in a car crash. He ended the call straight away.

Watch: 'Home Office made me miss mother's funeral'

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A Chesterfield man who's lived in the UK for 60 years has been telling BBC Newsnight how he missed his mother's funeral when he was barred from re-entering the UK from Jamaica last year.

Junior Green said he wasn't allowed on his flight back to the UK and was left stranded in Jamaica for several months because his paperwork hadn't met Home Office requirements.

Home secretary Amber Rudd has this week apologised for problems faced by the Windrush generation since immigration rules were tightened in 2012.

Petition to save children's centres handed to council

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

A petition with 3,000 signatures has been handed to Leicestershire County Council calling for all 34 Sure Start children's centres across the area to remain open.

The authority claims it needs to save up to a third of the current £12m budget and wants to create a new 0 to 19 family support service, using fewer service hubs.

Leicestershire County Council

Mum-of-two Rachael Harris said the centres are crucial for other mums like her.

She said: "They gave good support with breast feeding and also mental health when I had my first son. Without these centres I think more mums would struggle. I think it gives a lot of women a lifeline."

She added: "I know some of these hubs they want to create aren't on the best public transport routes and know a lot of people who don't drive or only have one car in the family. I think they would struggle to get to them."