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  1. Updates for Tuesday 11 April 2017
  2. Rapist jailed for 'sadistic' sex attack
  3. Dog rescued from cliff face
  4. Thatched Grubenhaus burnt down by vandals
  5. Toyota reports best UK sale figures in a decade
  6. Care home workers quit in the East Midlands
  7. Leicester's Ayerza announces retirement
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Amy Woodfield and Khia Lewis-Todd

All times stated are UK

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Andy West

Spanish football writer

Driven by the pain of two final defeats, Atletico Madrid are fearsome Champions League opponents for Leicester, writes Andy West.

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Our live coverage across the day

That's all from East Midlands Live - updates will continue on Wednesday at 08:00.

Weather: Cloud will increase but remaining dry

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Cloud will steadily increase overnight but it’ll remain mostly dry. 

Lows of 8C (46F).   


Stranded dog had been missing for a week

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

It turns out the rescued dog we told you about earlier (16:13) is called Bella and has been missing since 31 March.

Derbyshire police say they have contacted Bella's owners and they are over the moon to know she is safe and can't wait to have her back home.

What a happy ending.

Stranded dog
Derbyshire Police

City road set for resurfacing works

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A road and slip road in Nottingham will be closed from next Tuesday as part of resurfacing works, Nottingham City Council has announced.

The work, on Queens Drive on the inbound lanes between Clifton Boulevard (A52) and the electricity sub station, will mean the road - from the roundabout at Clifton Boulevard to the sub station as well as the Electric Avenue slip road for traffic accessing Queens Drive - will be closed.

The work - which will take place outside normal working hours from 7pm to 5am - is expected to take four days.

The second phase of the work - on the inbound lanes between Castle Bridge Road and Waterway Street - will begin on 24 April and is expected to take about four days to complete.

Queens Drive
Nottingham City Council

Watch: Smoke from gallery just a test

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Don't worry. Nottingham Contemporary isn't on fire, they're testing a new art installation due to be exhibited later in this year.

Surrounding businesses and the fire service were warned beforehand.

Still, bit of a shock for people walking past.

Retired police chief 'asked for Janner investigation to be stopped'

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

It's emerged that a former chief constable asked for investigations into the late Leicester MP and peer Lord Janner to be stopped. 

Tony Butler, who was an assistant chief constable in Leicestershire before leading the Gloucestershire force, said other investigations had met public concerns. 

But Professor Alexis Jay, chair of the national Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has confirmed she's rejected the request.

Lord Janner

She said this section of the national independent inquiry will carry on - once it's clear the hearings won't interfere with other legal cases.

Lord Janner's family continue to say the investigation is "misconceived" and that Lord Janner was innocent of all allegations made against him.

Professor Alexis Jay

Severe accident: A616 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A616 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, between B6034 Swinecote Road and Netherfield Lane.

A616 Nottinghamshire - A616 Worksop Road in Budby closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B6034 Swinecote Road junction and the Netherfield Lane junction, because of an accident involving lorry and cyclist.

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

Atletico Madrid v Leicester: Fernando Torres on how 'we all became Leicester fans'
Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres reflects on Leicester's "spectacular" achievement winning the Premier League last season.

More volunteers needed for Derbyshire Scouts

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

The Derbyshire scouts say they need at least 200 more volunteers to help provide enough clubs in the county. 

There are currently 580 children on the movement's waiting lists between the ages six and eight.

The Scouts

The organisation says if they find enough people to help, they could open another 14 clubs.

Being part of Scouting and sharing our values gives young people skills for life, makes them more employable and offers them a wide range of opportunities and adventures."

Sue HarrisRegional commissioner

Travel: All lanes reopen on the A42 north

BBC News Travel

One lane was closed on the A42 north earlier near Ashby de la Zouch because of a broken down vehicle.

The lane has now been reopened with minor delays.

Broken down vehicle
Highways England
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BreakingVictims of double-fatal crash near Creaton named

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Two people killed in a three-vehicle road crash in Northamptonshire on Sunday have been named by police.

The A5199 Welford Road, near Creaton.

Guy Marriott, 25, of Theddingworth, Leicestershire, and Sophie Griffin, 22, of Lutterworth, also in Leicestershire, both died on the A5199 Welford Road, near Creaton.

It's believed Mr Marriott was driving a blue Vauxhall Corsa and Ms Griffin was a passenger.

The crash happened at about 20:45 and also involved a blue Hyundai i40 and white Peugeot Partner van.

Northamptonshire Police is appealing for any witnesses of the crash - or anyone who spotted the vehicles beforehand - to get in touch.

Rapist jailed for 'sadistic' Bede Park attack

Press Association

A "damaged and dangerous" killer has been given a life term for a "sadistic" sexual attack on a woman in Leicester.

Michal Podlaszczyk has already served 12 and a half years for the equivalent of manslaughter in his native Poland - now he has been jailed for a minimum of seven and a half years after subjecting a 55-year-old woman to a savage attack as she walked through Bede Park in October last year.

Bede Park

The 33-year-old punched the woman to the ground, raped her and stole £1.15  from her purse saying he needed it for beer. 

While he was carrying out the attack, he asked the victim for her PIN which he used to steal £20 from her bank account.

Podlaszczyk was released from prison in Poland in July 2015 and settled in the UK in August 2016.

Judge Philip Head said the attack was "sadistic". He said the defendant took "great pleasure from it by humiliating her by some disgusting actions".

Podlaszczyk, of no fixed address, admitted counts including three charges of rape, sexual touching, assault, robbery and attempted robbery and showed no emotion as he was sent down. 

Hinckley artist designs solid Easter egg

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Ever cracked open an Easter egg and thought it would be so much better if it was solid? I know I have.

Well it's that thought that inspired a Hinckley artist to design this SOLID egg.

Solid egg
Inkymole Limited

It weighs 540g and contains 2,500 calories - maybe not one you should eat in one day.

This isn't the first time Sarah J Coleman has created these but every year they do become more popular.

In fact production was nearly quadrupled this year because of high demand.

Sarah J Coleman with solid egg
Inkymole Limited

A familiar sight for former Foxes player

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

Pictured here is former Leicester City defender and BBC Radio Leicester analyst Matt Elliott - returning to the Vicente Calderon for the first time since 1997 when he played for the Foxes in the UEFA Cup first round.

Matt Elliott

Dog stranded on rocks rescued by firefighters

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

To adapt a well-known phrase, it would seem this dog was barking up the wrong rocks... 

Derbyshire Police

But don't worry, because the canine has been rescued by firefighters from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service today.

Firefighters based in Buxton received a call from Nikita Murray after she spotted the stranded canine on the rocks above a railway track.

Paw thing...

Pictured left to right: Neil Dewick, Delwyn Quigley, Nikita Murray, Steven Clark and David Hodgson. 

Dog rescued
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Foxes fly off to Spain for Champions League clash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Foxes team set off to Spain this morning for their Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid tomorrow. 

Christian Fuchs and Ron-Robert Zieler (pictured here on Leicester City's Instagram page) look fairly relaxed...

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Watch: Maundy money recipient speaks of excitement

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

There are just two days to go until the Queen hands out Maundy coins in the traditional Royal service at Leicester Cathedral. 

Ninety-one men and 91 women will be presented with the coins in recognition of their service to the church and community. The number of male and female recipients represents the Queen's age eight days after the service.

I have been meeting one of them...

Mansfield man jailed after grooming girl, 14, online

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man who groomed a 14-year-old girl online was jailed last week after being convicted of sexual offences, Nottinghamshire Police has said.

Nottingham Crown Court heard how Daniel Meakin, 21, of Scarcliffe Street, Mansfield, targeted the girl via a social media app and made numerous demands and threats to her which resulted in her sending him indecent images of herself. 

The force launched an investigation after the girl reported it to the police and Meakin was arrested on 16 January. When he was detained, Meakin was found to be in possession of eight indecent images of children, aged between eight and 12, and cannabis was recovered from his bedroom. 

Daniel Meakin
Nottinghamshire Police

Meakin pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a girl aged 13 to 15 years to engage in sexual activity between 10 October 2016 and 20 December 2016, attempting to meet a girl under 16 years following sexual grooming between 10 November 2016 and 15 December 2016, and making indecent photographs of children on 16 January.

Meakin also admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis on 16 January and admitted breaching a conditional discharge.

He was jailed for four years and nine months.

Your photos: Tuesday across the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's a few great snaps sent in by our Weather Watchers.

Bicycle Bob has submitted this shot from Duffield...

Bicycle Bob

Keeping up with the wasp theme... Parth T has sent in this in from Leicester.

Parth T

And Buster9 sent in this beautiful picture of the sunrise in Misterton.


Bird flu restrictions to be lifted this week

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Farmers across the East Midlands have welcomed the news that restrictions to protect their poultry from bird flu are being lifted this week. 

The government announced that birds, including chickens, will be free to roam again from Thursday. 

Poultry and bird keepers will have to continue to comply with strict biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of bird flu. A ban on poultry fairs and gatherings remains in place. 


It follows updated advice from vets on the spread of the  H5N8 virus.

Roger Hoskins, who owns Highfields Happy Hens in Etwall, said the news is "marvellous".

It's going to be marvellous because we are an open farm and it's horrible seeing lovely green fields empty, it's been quiet depressing in many ways and when we are all covered in chickens again it's going to be brilliant.

Roger HoskingOwner of Highfields Happy Hens

Woman disturbs burglars inside her home

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A woman returned to her home in Chaddesden over the weekend and inadvertently disturbed burglars who had broke into her house, Derbyshire Police said .

At about 22:00 on Saturday, the woman returned to her property in Cowsley Road to hear banging inside. Police said she saw three people climb over her back fence.

The woman then discovered burglars had searched the house and stole a hairdryer, hair straighteners and a gold and silver Michael Kors watch.

Cowsley Road
Tom Youngs

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

The proposed 10-month Premiership rugby season "fills players with dread", says Leicester Tigers captain Tom Youngs.

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Delays on M1 expected as police escort quarry truck

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Look out for these monsters on the roads today...

Quarry Truck
Derbys Road Police

Derbyshire's road policing team will be escorting the quarry trucks from Marchington to the M1 via the A515 and A50. Slight delays are expected.     

Toyota reports best UK sale figures in a decade

BBC Radio Derby

Car manufacturer Toyota has reported its best monthly UK sales figures for a decade, saying it's seen an increase in demand for hybrid cars.  

In March the company sold 29,415 vehicles and demand for the Auris built at Burnaston near Derby has increased by more than 40% compared to the same period last year.


The company recently announced a  £240m investment in the Derbyshire plant.

Man jailed for trying to smuggle Indian national into UK

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This 24-year-old man from Leicester has been jailed for 16 months after he was caught attempting to smuggle a man into the UK...

Gurpal Bharth
Home Office

Gurpal Bharth, from Western Road, was stopped by Border Force officers at the Channel Tunnel last year on his return from France - in his car was a passenger with a UK passport. 

Bharth told officers that the man was a friend and that he was giving him a lift. 

This turned out to be a lie. The man was an imposter and the passport he presented had been cancelled by its holder in 2009.

The person was actually an Indian national and he was passed to French police.

Bharth was arrested and charged with assisting unlawful immigration into the UK.

Today, on the second day of his trial at Canterbury Crown Court, Bharth changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to 16 months in jail.

Bharth knew exactly what he was doing. He knew the passenger was an immigration offender and told Border Force officers a pack of lies in an attempt to bring him into the UK illegally. He’s now paying the price for his criminality. This case serves as a warning that abuse of our immigration rules will not be tolerated, especially by those trying to do so in order to make a profit.”

David Fairclough Immigration enforcement criminal and financial investigations team

Listen: Hoax 999 caller claimed girl had died

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The East Midlands Ambulance Service is asking parents to talk to their children about not making hoax 999 calls.

It's after the air ambulance, a fast response paramedic and two ambulances were sent out to this 999 call, voiced here by actors...

EMAS said the call on Friday cost the emergency service nearly £2,500 and saw an ambulance diverted from a real emergency where someone was experiencing chest pains.


EMAS said they received a further three hoax calls from children yesterday.

Hoax calls can put people’s lives in danger by diverting resources away from genuine emergencies and can delay responses attending serious or life threatening emergency calls. They also place additional strain on emergency services at a time when the Trust is dealing with a rising number of 999 calls. Think - your life, or the life of someone you care about, could be put at risk by making a hoax call.”

Simon Tomlinson General Manager for EMAS Emergency Operations Centres

EMAS said police are aware of this hoax call. It refused to say where the call was made.

Photos: Eddie Stobart anti-fracking Daventry demonstration

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

About a dozen anti-fracking demonstrators gathered at Eddie Stobart's haulage depot near Daventry earlier today.

Four people laid in the road to block the barriers to the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) in protest at the transport firm delivering equipment to a test site in Lancashire.

The demonstrators, thought to be from Leicestershire, turned out at 06:45 and called off the protest about four hours later after one of the firm's managers read out a statement.

I took these photos of the scene.

Protesters outside Eddie Stobart's Daventry depot
Protesters outside Eddie Stobart's Daventry depot
Lorry at depot's road barrier

Anti-fracking protesters disrupt Eddie Stobart's Daventry depot

Anti-fracking demonstrators blockaded an Eddie Stobart haulage depot near Daventry this morning.

Protesters outside Eddie Stobart's DIRFT depot
Mel Gould

They closed off entrances and exits to the firm's site at Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) to protest against the firm's equipment deliveries to  Cuadrilla's test site  for fracking in Lancashire.

Eddie Stobart then issued a statement saying three deliveries in March had been sub-contracted by them for the Cuadrilla site, but they had no plans to make any future deliveries to that or any other test fracking site.

The protesters, believed to be from Leicestershire, left shortly afterwards, but said they would return if Eddie Stobart changes its position.

Police said no arrests were made.

Protesters outside Eddie Stobart's DIRFT depot
Mel Gould

Charity 'inundated' with 40 baby hamsters

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Check out these little cuties...


The RSPCA in Derby has been inundated with 40 baby hamsters.

It's after 12 adult hamsters taken to the rehoming centre last month turned out to be pregnant.

They are all being cared for at the Abbey Street branch at the moment but the charity said they need somewhere to live.

They are all absolutely adorable and all of the staff have fallen in love with them, however we’d love to get them into new homes. We are appealing for anyone who would like to adopt an adult or a baby to get in touch. Also, if anyone has an unused hamster cage in their garage or shed that they would like to donate to us or any hamster food or bedding, that would be wonderful too.”

Lucy BellRSPCA animal care manager

Fight between rugby teams leaves player with serious facial injuries

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A fight broke out between two rugby teams when the referee halted the match because of a foul, leaving one player with serious facial injuries

Police are investigating after the player was left with a broken eye socket, fractured cheek bone and a broken nose after brawl between Matlock and Glossop.

Details have only just been released of the altercation which happened at Cromford Meadows on 22 March.

Ex-Tigers players take to twitter about Ayerza retirement

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some former Leicester Tigers players have been tweeting well-wishes to Marcos Ayerza who has retired after 11 seasons at the club... 

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Foxes fans in Madrid for Champions League match

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator in Madrid

Foxes fans are soaking up the atmosphere and looking forward to the game...

Leicester City fans

Madrid has pockets of Foxes everywhere.

Chippie offers battered Creme Egg for Easter

BBC Radio Nottingham

Look yummy? 

I'm not so sure - this is battered Creme Egg with chips being served up as an Easter special at a chip shop in Stapleford in Nottinghamshire.

Battered creme egg with chips

We took some out in Stapleford to see what people thought - "horrible" and "not too bad" were some of the responses.

Something a bit different at least.

Travel: Lorry fire on the M1 south

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

More cloud around this afternoon but there’ll still be some bright and sunny spells with highs of 14C (57F).