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  1. Funeral has taken place for Leicester schoolgirl after theme park death
  2. Teenager's body found in car after Leicester crash
  3. Murder probe after man found in Leicester street
  4. Derbyshire PCC wants force to be 'more representative' of community
  5. Buses powered by poo launched in Nottingham
  6. Nottingham Forest boss 'impressed' with new Greek owner
  7. Updates for Tuesday 16 May 2017

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Jimmy Spencer

Mansfield agree deals to sign Plymouth Argyle striker Jimmy Spencer, Ipswich Town man Paul Digby and Northampton's Paul Anderson.

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Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It’ll be cloudy with further outbreaks of rain tonight, which may be heavy in places. 

Feeling mild tonight with lows of 10C (50F).

Tomorrow will start cloudy with the potential for some heavy rain.    


Former Ipswich defender joins Mansfield

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Paul Digby, who was released by Ipswich Town at the beginning of the month, has joined League Two side Mansfield Town.

Paul Digby

The 22-year-old arrived at Portman Road on loan from Barnsley in January of last year, before agreeing to a one-year deal in June. 

However, Digby struggled for first team football during both spells with the Blues, making just seven starts and five substitute appearances in total.

It is expected that Digby will be used as a central midfielder at the One Call Stadium, despite operating mainly at centre half under Mick McCarthy.

Police appeal for help with murder investigation

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police have asked for help with a murder investigation after a man found with injuries in St Matthews Way, Leicester, died.

Leicestershire Police have asked for anyone who saw what happened or has heard any of the rumours to get in touch.

Det Ch Insp David Swift-Rollinson, said: "We know there were a number of people in the area at the time, who may have witnessed what happened, saw the build-up or the aftermath. It’s these people we urgently need to trace."

St Matthews Way

Officers have asked for people to send them any footage they have from CCTV, dashboard cameras or mobile phones.

A cordon remains in place in St Matthews Way and a 17-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.

A post-mortem examination was due to take place today.

Evha Jannath: Classmates will return to school with 'heavy heart'

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

The service in memory of Evha at Saffron Hill Cemetery earlier was short and sombre.

Hundreds of mourners packed into a room at the cemetery, with many having to stand outside.


It was attended by male relatives and members of the community in Leicester, who may not know the family as they are new to the area, but were there to show their support.

A prayer was said before the coffin was carried out again for the burial.

Afterwards the head teacher of Evha’s school said her classmates had been given the afternoon off and said they would all “go back in tomorrow with a heavy heart”.

Padley Centre given £80,000 to help disadvantaged

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

The Padley Centre in Derby is being given nearly £80,000 by the county's police and crime commissioner to try and help street drinkers, the homeless and drugs users in the city.


The pilot project, which will run for a year, begins next month and will specifically target those who are reluctant to get help.   


Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said robust action will be taken to help those with severe social problems get their lives back on track.

More volunteers needed to adopt canals

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

The Canal and River Trust is urging more people to adopt parts of the network to help them maintain the waterways.  

Four volunteer groups in Derbyshire have adopted stretches of canal across the county. 


Volunteers from Cromford, Long Eaton and Findern have already taken up the Canal and River Trust on the offer. 

The Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association already looks after a stretch in Long Eaton.  

The chairman Norman Cornwell believes there are clear benefits to canal adoption.


The Canal and River Trusts don't have the people and probably the money to do all the work that's needed on every canal in the country. So those that get lots of use obviously get more attention and those which don't get that much use are looked after by volunteers."

Norman CornwellErewash Canal Preservation and Development Association chairman

Ilkeston death: Picture released of pensioner

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

This photo of Derek Levers with his grandson has been released by Derbyshire police.

Derek Levers
Derbyshire Police

The 86-year-old collapsed after a reported dispute with another man at his home in Ilkeston on Sunday.

He was helped by a passer-by and taken to hospital but died on Monday.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested and is being questioned by detectives.

Cricket: Play to begin again in a shortened game

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Play between Worcestershire and Derbyshire will begin after a break for rain.

Derbyshire were on 35-1 when play stopped in the Royal London One-Day Cup. The game is now reduced to 36 overs a side.

You can hear full commentary on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

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Be part of election debate audience

BBC Radio Nottingham

The panellists have been confirmed for our general election debate at the National Justice Museum (formerly the Galleries of Justice) on Wednesday 24 May.

They are: 

  • Conservative: Mark Spencer, standing in Sherwood
  • Green: Kat Boettge, standing in Nottingham East
  • Labour: Chantal Lee, standing in Newark
  • Liberal Democrat: Robert Swift, standing in Gedling
  • UKIP: Fran Loi, standing in Broxtowe    

You can be a part of the audience and put your questions to the candidates by filling in this online form.

Men remain in custody over teenager's death

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police say two men arrested over the murder of 16-year-old Megan Bannister remain in custody where they are being questioned by detectives.

The men, aged 27 and 28, were arrested following the crash on Desford Road, Enderby in Leicestershire on Sunday morning.

The force said detectives were continuing their investigation to establish the exact circumstances into her death. 

Desford Road
Gary Rowett

Manager Gary Rowett wants Derby to have a "real physical edge" and has vowed to push them hard in pre-season training.

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Alfreton Town

Alfreton manager Russ O'Neill ends a 10-year association with the side to to allow new investors to come into the club.

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Watch: Ex-footballer opens addiction centre

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Former Nottingham Forest player and Derby County defender Gary Charles is using his experience of alcoholism and addiction to stop other sports stars taking a similar path. 

Charles got call-ups to the England squad in the late 1980s and 90s, but after being forced to retire through injury, he ended up being jailed for 6 months for dangerous driving. 

The former footballer - who has been sober for 10 years - says he's determined to have a positive influence now.

Boris Johnson in Nottinghamshire

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been in Nottinghamshire this afternoon visiting a haulage firm in Lenton.

During his visit for the Conservative campaign he said he hoped wages would rise with a strong economy after Brexit.


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Derby earlier this month and Leicester where he held a rally at the Leicester Tigers's Welford Road ground.

People gathered to 'show support' to family

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Spokesman for the family, Keith Vaz, said: "This is a terrible day, not just for them [the family] but for all of us in Leicester.

"A huge number of people turned out to show the support and love that we have for the family and the devotion and sadness of this very young girl's death.

"This tragedy has affected so many people."

Keith Vaz

Teacher says school will work on 'fitting tribute'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Speaking after the service, the headteacher of the Jameah Girls Academy, Erfana Bora, said Evha's friends had been given the morning off school to visit her family and say their goodbyes.

She said the school would remain closed this afternoon.

Ms Bora said they would now work to establish a "fitting tribute" for Evha at the school.


She said: "In the meantime Evha's mum has asked me to keep her name on the school register.

"I'm happy to do so as Evha will always be in our hearts and a part of our school."

Evha Jannath funeral: Service ends

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The short service at the cemetery has finished.

The coffin is now being taken for burial, with hundreds of mourners following behind it. 


Evha Jannath funeral under way

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The 11-year-old schoolgirl's coffin arrives at the cemetery.

Mourners arrive at schoolgirl funeral

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

More than 100 mourners have arrived at the Saffron Hill Cemetery in Leicester for the funeral of 11-year-old Evha Jannath who died after a fall from a theme park ride.

The accident happened at Drayton Manor last Tuesday.

Evha Jannath
Notts County Ladies

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Women's Super League Two clubs are invited to apply to join WSL 1 for the 2017-18 winter season, to replace Notts County.

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Tears of joy as dog reunited with owner after three years

A dog found wandering in a country lane has been reunited with its owner after it was identified three years after it went missing.

Dasha the greyhound was stolen from the back garden of his owner’s home in Derbyshire during the summer of 2014.

Jessica Miller
Herefordshire County Council

The dog was spotted by a farmer and recovered by Herefordshire Council, who were able to contact its owner, Jessica Miller, who had previously used social media to try and find the missing dog.

Enforcement officer Dave Poolton said "When I saw that the dog was last registered in Derbyshire several years ago, I naturally assumed that the microchip was out of date. Nevertheless, I called Jessica, and the first thing she did was burst into tears. I have to admit, I welled up a little myself.”

I genuinely believed I would never see Dasha again. He was only four when he was stolen from our back garden. As soon as we had the call from Dave, I travelled straight down to Herefordshire to get Dasha and bring him back home.”

Jessica MillerOwner

Man named in Leicester street murder probe

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A man who died after he was found injured in St Matthews Way yesterday afternoon has been named as 22-year-old Abdirahman Abdirizak Mahmoud Adam from Leicester.

He was taken to hospital with his injuries at about 15:10 but later died.

Leicestershire Police said their enquiries continue to establish if Mr Adam sustained his injuries during an incident in the street or elsewhere.

St Matthews Way

Cricket: Derbyshire v Worcestershire commentary

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

You can hear ball-by-ball commentary on Worcestershire's Royal London One-Day Cup game against Derbyshire at the 3aaa County Ground, starting a 14:00.

Listen on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency, and online.

Not first accident at Leicester firm

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

The inquest has heard that in 2010 another employee at Nylacast in Leicester had a similar accident when the end cap on a piece of machinery flew off and hit them on the hand. 

General manager at Nylacast in Leicester, Damien McCormack, said this happened before he started at the firm and told the assistant coroner there was no mention of it in the company's accident book - which he would have expected to be logged.


Tarsem had worked at the company for more than 20 years and Mr McCormack said he was 'very very familiar' with all the machinery and was 'highly skilled.'  

The hearing continues.

Woman tells jury of 'sadness' at husband's factory death

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

I'm back at the inquest into the death of 52-year-old Tarsem Singh who was fatally injured at the Nylacast factory in Leicester where he worked.

Tarsem was operating a pressurised piece of machinery in April last year when a piece from the machinery flew off and struck him in the chest. 

The trauma led to a heart attack.

tarsem Singh
Family handout

On the second day of the inquest, a statement from his wife, Kalwender Kaur, was read to the jury.

She said: "It is so sad that he has been taken away from me just like that."

Cricket: Preparing for play this afternoon

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

Conditions are currently fine and dry at Wantage Road, venue for Northants versus Notts this afternoon. 

It is very humid though.  

We're a while off the teams being confirmed but the official scorecard has made a very interesting stab at guessing the Notts XI...

You can listen to ball-by-ball commentary to the match here.


Bearded Theory Festival tickets sold out

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Organisers of Derbyshire's Bearded Theory festival say all tickets have now sold out and there won't be any available on the gate. 

They're warning people not to try and turn up without a ticket as they'll be turned away. 

Madness and Seasick Steve are on the bill for the 10th festival held at Catton Hall at Walton upon Trent on the last weekend in May.

Bearded Theory

GP computer systems expected to be back today

BBC Radio Nottingham

NHS bosses say they aim to get all GPs across Nottinghamshire to restart computer systems today after Friday's cyber attack prevented them from accessing medical records and other information.

Teams of engineers have been working on the updates after doctors were told not to switch on their computers yesterday and go back to using paper and pen.

But the chair of Nottinghamshire's Local Medial Committee, Dr Greg Place, a GP at the Ashfield House Surgery, said fixing computers had been much slower than originally thought.

computers cyber attack

Meanwhile, Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, which runs Kingsmill in Sutton-in-Ashfield says it's still having problems with emails and at the QMC, say A&E has been busy as a result of problems at doctors' surgeries.

Megan Bannister death: Further tests to be carried out

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Leicestershire Police said a post-mortem examination carried out on Megan's body yesterday was "inconclusive".

However the force said it revealed her injuries were not consistent with the crash on Sunday morning between the car and motorbike.

Further tests will be carried out today to find out how Megan died. 

Megan Bannister
Bannister family

Man arrested over Ilkeston death

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of an 86-year-old pensioner in Ilkeston.

Police and paramedics were called to Derek Levers' home on Station Road at about 10:30 on Sunday following reports he'd been involved in a dispute with another man. 

Mr Levers collapsed and was taken to hospital where he died yesterday morning.

Station road
Mark Warburton

Boss Mark Warburton is impressed by the 'aggressive' plans potential new owner Evangelos Marinakis has for Nottingham Forest.

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Weather: Feeling muggy out there

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Dull, cloudy and showery this afternoon with a few heavy downpours possible at times.

Highs of 19C (66F)


College tribute to 'funny and friendly' Megan Bannister

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Wigston College, where 16-year-old Megan Bannister was studying her GCSEs, said she was due to take her first exam today.

"The whole college community has been devastated by the news of Megan’s death. Megan was funny, friendly and good," a statement read.

The school said Megan had a dream to be a midwife.

They continued: "She’d have been brilliant at it.

"She was popular and had a wide range of friends: she liked people and they liked her and this is how we will remember her."

Wigston College

Funeral for girl killed in theme park ride fall

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The funeral takes place today of Leicester schoolgirl Evha Jannath, who died after falling from a ride at Drayton Manor Park.

The 11-year-old was on a school trip last week when she fell from the Splash Canyon ride.

Her funeral is being held at a cemetery in Leicester this afternoon. 

Evha Jannath
Jannath family

Reds boss 'impressed' with new owner's plans

BBC Nottingham Sport

Forest manager Mark Warburton has been talking to BBC Radio Nottingham about Evangelos Marinakis's takeover. 

After five years in charge, the Fawaz Al Hasawi era seems to be coming to an end and Warburton said he's excited about the plans, with the Greek's ownership currently being assessed by the Football League.

Evangelos Marinakis
Getty Images

"We have been very impressed with what we have heard," he said.

"The aspirations for the club are aggressive, they know the history of the club and what they want to achieve, and hopefully things can go forward from there."

Woman 'punched and bitten' in city centre attempted robbery

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A woman was punched in the face and bitten during an attempted robbery in Derby city centre, police said.

The 56-year-old was approached by two men and a woman as she walked outside the intu shopping centre in Traffic Street at about 05:00 yesterday.

One of the men pushed her over demanding cash and then punched her in the face and bit her ear before checking her pockets, police say.

Traffic Street

Two men aged 27 and 31 have been arrested in connection with the incident and remain in custody.

Officers are urging people who may have been in the area to come forward.