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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 28 April 2017
  2. Hundreds of lives saved by bowel cancer programme
  3. Weeks of roadworks to start in Nottingham
  4. Peregrine chicks hatch on top of university building
  5. Man arrested over canal towpath sex assault
  6. Murder charge after Leicester stabbing
  7. Man avoids jail after dragging puppy across cemetery
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Sandish Shoker and Khia Lewis-Todd

All times stated are UK

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Leicester City move closer to Premier League survival as they beat West Brom to secure their first win in four Premier League games.

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Substitute Luke Varney scores his first Burton goal to confirm the club's Championship status with a draw with Barnsley.

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Owen Williams

Leicester Tigers take a big step to securing a top four finish with a bonus-point win against Sale at Welford Road.

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

New rugby pitch 'could increase chance for young players'

Wesley Mallin

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Derby Rugby Football Club is angling for an artificial pitch from the Rugby Football Union. 

The club says it would secure the future of the sport in the city - allowing more games to be played and increase the chances for young players.

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Weather: A fairly mild weekend with some sunny spells

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It’ll be dry tonight with variable amounts of cloud and a few clear spells.

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It’ll feel milder tomorrow with light winds, sunny spells and scattered cloud, with a small chance of light showers.

There’s some uncertainty about the extent of rain on Sunday. It’s likely to start bright and breezy with rain possible later.

Football: Burton Albion have proved a lot of people wrong, says midfielder

BBC Sport

Midfielder Jackson Irvine says Burton Albion have confounded the critics who felt they could not survive their first-ever campaign in the second tier.  

Jackson Irvine scored the winner for Burton against Derby in August.
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The Brewers, 18th in the table, have all but secured a second season in the Championship, just eight years after winning the National League title.  

Irvine's 10 goals for the Brewers this season include the injury-time winner at Huddersfield and the decisive strike against rivals Derby.  

As a collective I think we've proved a lot of people wrong. We've shown we're capable of not just staying at this level but competing."

Jackson IrvineBurton Albion midfielder

Roads to close for Leicester Sikh parade this weekend

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Just a reminder there will be several rolling temporary road closures in Leicester on Sunday afternoon as thousands of people take part in the annual parade to celebrate the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.

Up to 10,000 people are expected to walk through the city centre from the Guru Nanak Gurdwara at Holy Bones in the city centre to the Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara in East Park Road.

Froch gives verdict on Joshua v Klitchsko fight

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottingham boxer Carl Froch has been giving his thoughts on Anthony Joshua's huge fight at Wembley tomorrow night. 

Joshua will take on Wladimir Klitchsko in front of a record 90,000 crowd and Froch thinks he'll be under pressure taking on his toughest fight yet.

"This is his acid test against the veteran Wladimir, who can throw a good punch and knows how to move and survive when he needs to.

"Joshua will be nervous and being at Wembley Stadium will add to those nerves."

Carl Froch
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Dying Derby mum ties the knot

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Earlier on we told you about a Derby mum who was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Sarah Lowndes and David Moore tied the knot after strangers helped pay for catering, flowers, a wedding dress and venue hire.

Now she is a married woman...and my word she looks absolutely picture perfect.

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Wedding
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Man guilty of murdering and dismembering friend

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A man described by a judge as an "insatiable gambler" has been found guilty of dismembering his wealthy friend and dumping his remains in a suitcase in Tintwhistle, Derbyshire - on the edge of the Peak District.

The court heard Ming Jiang, 43, tried to solve his gambling and debt problems by killing his friend Yang Lui (pictured), 36, before chopping up his body and stuffing the torso in a suitcase.

The suitcase was found by walkers on October 10 last year in a lay by just off the A628.

The other body parts have never been found.

Yang Liu
Greater Manchester Police

During the trial the court heard Jiang was a heavy gambler who "lost more than he won".

After murdering his friend he assumed his identity, gaining access to his apartment and bank accounts, where he took a total of £800. 

Jiang will be sentenced on Tuesday.

BBL continues on the BBC tonight

Surrey Scorchers v Leicester Riders

BBC Sport

BBC Sport's coverage of the British Basketball returns this evening with league leaders Leicester Riders travelling to Surrey Scorchers. 

The Scorchers have had an indifferent season and are currently in eighth position. They narrowly lost their last game to Bristol Flyers (79-71) but showed their potential in the match before, in which they were impressive in beating Plymouth Raiders (90-73). 

Although the Riders top the table, they will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing their last two - to Worcester Wolves (80-77) and Newcastle Eagles (83-76).

Coverage begins from 19:30 BST across the BBC Sport website, app and selected Connected TVs. You can watch it here and you can learn more about the BBC's coverage of the BBL and WBBL here.

Surrey Scorchers v Leicester Riders
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Man robbed petrol station three times in one week

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

CCTV images have been released of a man who robbed a petrol station three times this week.

The man covered his face with his hand in the first robbery at the Marmion service station in Carlton Road, Nottingham at about 12:50 on Sunday.

He threatened staff before escaping with cash from the till as well as chocolate and energy drinks.

He returned again that night wearing a mask from the film Saw taking more cash and cigarettes.

Police said the man went back to the same petrol station at 03:30 on Tuesday but failed to take any money and fled with more cigarettes. 

Petrol station robbery
Nottinghamshire Police

New contract for Reds defender

BBC Nottingham Sport

Michael Mancienne has agreed a new contract at Nottingham Forest.

He is expected to sign today.  

Michael Mancienne
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Two burka-clad 'men' steal safe and van from house

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Two burka-clad people, believed to be men, are wanted in connection with a burglary at a house in Dorothy Road, Leicester, shortly before 10.30 yesterday.

The pair stole a safe containing cash, watches, personal belongings and made off in a silver VW van which was parked outside.

Police said the homeowner was assaulted and was treated in hospital for minor injuries.

Third person faces murder charge over Gregory Kelly death

A third man has been charged with murdering Gregory Kelly in Mancetter at the end of March. 

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The 26 year old died five days after being found with critical head injuries on Manor Road. 

Robert Keavey, 38, of Princess Road in Atherstone was remanded in custody at an appearance at Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court earlier.

The rugby team in a football final

#PeoplesCup

You don't even need to be a football team to play in the FA People's Cup.

LBoro Rangers are a group of university students who are taking part in the Higher Education category......

LBoro Rangers will be in action in the Higher Education finals on Sunday

Catch up with what's been going on in the FA People's Cup so far - and follow live coverage of the FA People's Cup finals on Sunday, 30 April and Monday, 1 May.

Hundreds of lives saved by bowel cancer programme

East Midlands Today

The East Midlands' first bowel cancer screening programme is marking its 10th anniversary today.

The scheme, at the Royal Derby Hospital, said it has saved more than 660 lives since it started. 

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Kevin Nettleship credits the programme with saving his life. 

The 61-year-old took a simple test, sent to him through the post, which revealed he had the disease. 

Bowel cancer
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Because of the diagnosis being so soon and effective the cancer was cut out. I've had no chemo. I now get on with life - as far as I'm concerned it's not a life changing situation, it's a slight inconvenience on the rest of my life - but nothing more than that."

Kevin NettleshipBowel cancer survivor

Man avoids jail after dragging yelping puppy 150 metres across cemetery

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A man has avoided prison after being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a puppy he dragged 150 metres across a cemetery, causing her to yelp out in pain.

Liam Smith, of Tuckers Road, Loughborough, appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court yesterday to be sentenced following his conviction.  

The court heard horrified onlookers tried to intervene during the incident, in which 16-week-old American bulldog Cash was dragged across Loughborough Cemetery on 20 April last year.

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Smith was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and banned from keeping animals for five years.  

He was also ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and fined £615.

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RSPCA

Cash was yelping out in pain and the skin on the pads of all four paws was damaged. This was also an incredibly distressing incident for people to see and it left witnesses very upset. It was Cash’s yelping which made people stop and look. It is horrible to imagine how terrified she must have felt."

Sally KearnsRSPCA inspector

Pupils warn parents about parking at school gates

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Children at Manor High School in Oadby took matters into the own hands this morning to confront parents who were parking dangerously outside the school gates.

With the help of teachers and police, they warned parents about the issues and handed out leaflets.

Headteacher Liam Powell said they hoped it would guilt parents into changing their ways.

Driver 'nearly crashes into police while on phone'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

This driver appears to have started off the weekend on the wrong side of the law... 

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Bus operators have 'positive' meeting with city council

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Bus operators using Derby bus station said the meeting with the Derby City Council yesterday was positive. 

A number of solutions were suggested to try to reduce the congestion in the terminal which has been causing delays to services.

One caller yesterday described the congestion as "horrendous" with long waiting times to leave the station. Here's what some passengers had to say.

It was a positive meeting. We've looked at a number of different options which the city are going away to model - to see how big those impacts will be."

Tom MorganTrent Barton

Watch live: Nottinghamshire County Council elections debate

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

Put your questions or messages to the candidates in the upcoming county council elections.

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Weather: Sunny spells but plenty of cloud

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

There will be sunny spells and plenty of cloud this afternoon with the risk of just an isolated shower. Highs of 12C (54F).

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How will the works affect you?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If you want a map to try and understand where the work will be and what the council will be doing, here you go:

Canal Street
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Canal Street
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Weeks of roadworks to start in city centre

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If you're going to be driving into Nottingham on Tuesday, you should be warned that major roadworks are going to be starting around Canal Street and London Road.

It's all part of the Broadmarsh redevelopment which will see a section of the area between the shopping centre and railway station pedestrianised. 

The city council said the work is expected to take between six to eight weeks and will take place between 09:30 and 15:30 to "minimise disruption on busy roads".

Canal Street
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There are full details of the work and the closures on the council website.

Councillor Nick McDonald said the work being done outside of peak hours should help avoid the gridlocked roads we saw earlier this year when a lane was closed on Canal Street for emergency National Grid works.

Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be.....

#PeoplesCup

Images from the 2017 FA People's Cup
BBC Sport

....there'll be just under a hundred teams taking part in the FA People's Cup finals this weekend hoping to book their trip to Wembley.

Each of the winners in the 16 categories in the free five-a-side competition will win tickets to the FA Cup final on 27 May, where they will be presented with their trophies.

You can catch up with what's been going on in the competition here - and you'll be able to follow live coverage from the finals in Birmingham on Sunday and Monday.

Jackson Irvine

Midfielder Jackson Irvine says Burton have defied the critics who felt the club would not survive in the Championship.

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Behind the scenes at a Belper care home

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Our reporter Heidi Booth spent the morning in Spencer Grove care home in Belper - getting an insight into what staff and residents get up to.

It hosts a variety of activities all year round for residents and staff, including theme days, pantomimes and street parties.

Margaret who lives independently at Spencer Grove, lost her husband a month ago while they were both in the home - she says her perceptions on care homes have changed tremendously.

"I enjoy the friendliness and enjoy spending my days here with people - the activities keep us well entertained so we never get bored."

Spencer Grove
BBC

This job is very rewarding and there's nothing better than knowing you have put a smile on someone's face and made their day that little bit better."

Donna AnnabelSpencer Grove car home manager

Peregrine chicks hatch on top of university building

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The full clutch of four chicks is finally here!

Hard to believe these fluffy little cuties will one day turn into cold, hard killers.

Thanks to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for this footage taken from the live webcam trained on the nest atop Nottingham Trent University's Newton and Arkwright building.

iPhone 'snatched from woman's hand'

A woman who was walking along a street in Derby had her iPhone stolen from her hand, police said.

The 21-year-old was walking along Nuns Street when she was approached by a man from behind - he grabbed the phone after a struggle and ran off in the direction of Five Lamps.

The theft happened at about 18:35 on Wednesday.

Nuns street
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The man was described as white, 6ft tall, of skinny build, and aged between 35 and 40 years old. 

Man arrested over canal towpath sex assault

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault on the canal towpath in Nottingham.

A small stretch of the towpath was cordoned off from 03:10 yesterday between the HMRC offices and Sainsbury's near the Castle Marina following the report. 

It has now been lifted.

Pupils take action on dangerous parking

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Students at Manor High School in Oadby, Leicestershire have put together a video in a bid to stop parents parking dangerously outside the school.

This morning they were outside the school handing out leaflets and talking to anyone they spotted parking their car where they shouldn't.

Manor High School's video is a dramatisation of parent parking.

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Trainers fans queuing outside shop

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

People who have been queuing for the new Kanye West Yeezy trainers in Nottingham have just one more day to wait.

These people have been camped outside a Nottingham shop since Wednesday to get their hands on the rapper's limited edition trainers. 

It's the second time this year sneakerheads have travelled from across the country to queue up outside 18Montrose in Lower Pavement.

Kanye West trainers
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