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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 18 May 2017
  2. Megan Bannister death: Two men in court charged with manslaughter
  3. Greek Marinakis buys Nottingham Forest
  4. Son admits stabbing father to death
  5. Teenager appears in court charged with Leicester murder
  6. Man speaks out after Kim Jong-un family picture goes viral

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By Amy Woodfield and Khia Lewis-Todd

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Terry Hawkridge

Notts County sign winger Terry Hawkridge from National League champions Lincoln City on a two-year contract.

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Football: 'Valuable' defender Barker gets six-month Burton deal

BBC Sport

The Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough says defender Shaun Barker is a valuable squad member, following the news he's signed a new six-month contract.

Shaun Barker
Empics

The 34-year-old's deal is the third short-term contract he has signed since joining the Championship club last summer after four injury-plagued years.

Barker only made five substitute appearances, but helped the Brewers avoid relegation.

Six months is perfect. Physically I feel no different than I did in my mid-20s. I am fit enough and can still do sessions like everyone else. But I have a reaction with my knee so have to be careful."

Shaun BarkerBurton Albion defender

East Midlands weather update: Rain to return overnight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be dry this evening but cloud will increase overnight. Rain, which may be heavy at times, will move in during the early hours.

Lows of 8C (46F).

Weather
BBC

Watch: Dry weather reveals reservoir's past

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It might be hard to believe after yesterday's downpour, but water levels at the beautiful Derwent Reservoir in the Peak District are much lower than usual.

The receding water has revealed a mysterious set of pillars, which played a crucial role in the building of the reservoir just over a century ago.

Eight men arrested on day of Notts County v Mansfield fixture

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Eight men have been arrested in connection with public order offences at a Nottingham city centre pub on the day of a Notts County versus Mansfield Town match.

The disorder took place at the Major Oak pub during the afternoon of 14 January, Nottinghamshire Police said.

The men, aged between 18 and 56, remain in police custody.

Nottingham dancers to perform at Chelsea Flower Show

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Nine Nottingham dancers are heading to this year’s renowned Chelsea Flower Show.

Dancers from The Dance Studios will be taking part in the show to perform a tap piece.

The girls, aged between 12 and 15, have been specially selected to perform an exclusive dance - set to Michael Flatley's Feet of the Flames.

TDS
The Dance Studios

Maxine Loydall, director at The Dance Studios, said: "The chance for these girls from a Nottingham city centre dance school to perform at such a world famous event like the Chelsea Flower Show is a real privilege."

TDS
The Dance Studios

Son admits stabbing father to death

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A 31-year-old man has pleaded guilty to murdering his father at the house they shared.

Geoff Seggie (below) was found dead at his home in Marylebone Crescent, Mackworth, during the night on 1 December.

Mr Seggie, 59, described by his family as a "hero", had suffered multiple stab wounds, Derbyshire Police said.

Daniel Seggie, who lived at the same address, admitted murder at Nottingham Crown Court and is due to be sentenced on 31 May.

Geoff Seggie
Derbyshire Police

Pictures emerge of rubbish pile dumped at Stapleford Woods

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Gas cylinders, white goods and a chair are among the items that have been found fly-tipped at Stapleford Woods on the Nottinghamshire-Lincolnshire border.

Fly tipped rubbish
Nottinghamshire Police
Fly tipped rubbish
Nottinghamshire Police
Matt Oakley

Exeter City's former Southampton midfielder Matt Oakley announces he will retire at the end of the season.

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Watch: New Forest owner wants to work with fans

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Nottingham Forest have a new owner - it's Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis.

He's already the owner and president of Greek club Olympiacos, and now Marinakis has an 80% stake in Forest.

Evangelos Marinakis
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He's promising stability and investment - but he's facing accusations of match-fixing in Greece. However, he has passed the EFL's owners' and directors' test.

He has been speaking to the BBC about getting the fans involved in decision making...

Nottingham Forest: Evangelos Marinakis denies match-fixing
Nottingham Forest's new owner Evangelos Marinakis denies accusations of match-fixing and criminality in Greece.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

M1 Derbyshire - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on M1 northbound at J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of emergency repairs. Diversion in operation - up the exit slip road and back down the entry slip road.

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

Lee Angol

Mansfield sign Peterborough duo Lee Angol and Hayden White, the sixth and seventh signings since the end of their season.

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Teenager appears in court charged with Leicester murder

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A 17-year-old boy has appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court charged with the murder of 22-year-old Abdirahman Adam, who died from a stab wound after being found injured in St Matthews Way, Leicester, on Monday.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has also been charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

During the hearing, the boy confirmed his name and age. He has now been remanded in custody.

He will next appear at Leicester Crown Court tomorrow morning.

St MAtthews Way
BBC

Derby charity praises BBC drama Three Girls

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A Derby charity - which works with victims of child abuse - has praised a BBC drama about grooming.

Three Girls stars two Derby actresses and focuses on child grooming in Rochdale - a case which led to nine men being jailed.

Three girls
BBC

NWG Network chief executive officer (CEO) Sheila Taylor believes we all have to be aware of grooming in all its many guises.

The value of seeing a drama like this is that it does create a public awareness. I think the portrayal of what happened is quiet accurate to a number of cases that we've seen."

Sheila TaylorNWG Network CEO

Stags sign striker Angol for undisclosed fee

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Lee's five goals helped Lincoln City win promotion from the National League last season...

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Man arrested after police chase crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested after a car crashed following a police chase in Sutton-in-Ashfield last night.

Officers were called to Forest Road, Skegby, at about 19:00 following reports that a man was trying to kick a door down.

Nottinghamshire Police said when officers arrived, they tried to stop a car that had been seen driving away suspiciously, but the car continued to drive away at speed before crashing on Dalestorth Road.

The 29-year-old driver was arrested in a nearby garden on suspicion of drug and driving offences as well as possession of an offensive weapon.

Argos warehouse workers begin two weeks of strike action

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Warehouse workers at Argos in Lutterworth are among 1,400 union members that have taken strike action in a dispute over job security and terms and conditions.

The union Unite claims Argos is planning to transfer nearly 500 workers from its Lutterworth distribution hub to Wincanton logistics in Kettering.

The workers - who prepare deliveries for Argos stores - are fearful that a "contracting out culture" will lead to job losses and a deterioration of working conditions, the union added.

Argos workers on strike in Lutterworth
Paresh Patel

The walkout - which began this morning - is expected to last two weeks.

Argos workers on strike in Lutterworth
Paresh Patel

Argos has said customers won't be affected...

We strongly believe this dispute to be wholly unnecessary as the union has made a series of demands in the full knowledge that they cannot be met for legal reasons. We can reassure customers that we have strong contingencies in place and their orders and deliveries will not be affected.”

ArgosSpokesman

Megan Bannister death: Third man arrested

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A third person has been arrested in the investigation into the death of 16-year-old Megan Bannister.

A 34-year-old has been detained on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

He remains in police custody.

Jason Burder, 28, of Braunstone Avenue, Leicester, and Adam King, 27, of Waltham Avenue, Leicester, appeared in court earlier today over Megan's death. They were arrested and later charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J29 for A617 and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down van.

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

Shaun Barker signs new contract with Burton Albion

Joe Shennan

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Shaun Barker has signed a new six-month contract with Burton Albion.

The former Derby County defender joined the club last August having been sidelined for more than four years with injury.

Barker's new deal will keep him at the Pirelli Stadium until January 2018.

Shaun
BBC

Megan Bannister death: Men appear in court

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two Leicester men have appeared in court in connection with the death of Megan Bannister.

Court drawing of Jason Burder and Adam King
BBC

Jason Burder (left), 28, from Braunstone Avenue, and Adam King (right), 27, from Waltham Avenue, have both been charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

Megan's body was found in a car which had been involved in a collision with a motorbike on Desford Road in Enderby on Sunday.

The pair were refused bail and are due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on 15 June.

Your comments: 'It's an iconic structure'

Facebook

Yesterday we told you about the charity Sustrans bidding for £6m to restore the Bennerley Viaduct between Awsworth and Eastwood into a cycling and walking route.

This got you talking over on our Facebook page...

Bennerly Viaduct
Steve A

Tina Walker said: "Great idea, let's hope it gets the go ahead."

Garald Barrass wrote: "Money can be spent better elsewhere."

Brian Gamble also wrote: "It is an iconic structure and should be put to use."

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham affecting J23 for A512.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound at J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of emergency repairs. Congestion to J23, A512 (Loughborough).

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

Nottinghamshire archer continues to make bows after 55 years

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Is this Nottingham's modern day Robin Hood?

Keith Gasgoigne
BBC

As well as being a keen archer, Keith Gascoigne has been making bows for 55 years.

He's also based just a stone's throw from Sherwood Forest.

Keith Gasgoigne
BBC

His craftsmanship might not have benefitted the famous local figure, but he has made three bows that have been used, and won medals, in the Paralympic Games.

Prince Charles was also presented with one of his bows when he visited a school in the county.

Ex-West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is returning to Lancashire as a Kolpak player

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of the new campaign.

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Man speaks out after Kim Jong-un family picture goes viral

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

If you like your social media, chances are you are going to have seen these pictures doing the rounds.

Jake Slater, from Derby, tweeted them on 5 May after his brother Ben changed a family picture in the hallway from a picture of Ben at a cousin's christening to a picture of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.

The original tweet has now been retweeted more than 64,000 times and liked more than 151,000 times.

Ben spoke to us today and told us how he did it to "make a few people laugh".

Family swap picture
@Slatez

I just got a bit bored and thought it might make a few people laugh. It was up there for about a week to start with, then I told my brother. Then another week went by and my mum and dad didn't even notice. The photo's still on the wall, it's not changed, it'll stay there until somebody can be bothered to change it."

Ben Slater

Police appeal following six distraction burglaries

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police need help to identify this man following six distraction burglaries in Leicester.

CCTV of wanted man
Leicestershire Police

The burglar targeted elderly people in the Westcotes and Beaumont Leys areas between 7 and 10 May.

Money was stolen in the majority of the incidents.

We are linking all six distraction burglaries and hundreds of pounds have been taken in the incidents. Please take a look at the photo and if you recognise the man or have any details that can help, please call us.”

PC Richard WilsonLeicestershire Police

Multi-million pound redevelopment planned for Highcross

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is what the Highcross in Leicester could soon look like...

Highcross
Hammerson

The redevelopment plans come as House of Fraser prepare to leave the shopping centre, freeing up a very large retail space.

Highcross
Hammerson

The plans will provide the opportunity to upsize existing retailers to flagship standard stores and introduce new concepts to the city. Bringing previously underutilised areas of the scheme into active retail use will enable us to complete the streetscape at the entrance to St Peter’s Square and improve the integration between the high street and the scheme."

Peter CooperHammerson director of UK shopping centres

BBC Radio Leicester election debate to take place next month

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Do you want to be part of BBC Radio Leicester's general election debate?

Election logo
BBC

It's happening on Tuesday 6 June between 18:00 and 19:00 at BBC Radio Leicester and is being hosted by Ben Jackson.

There's more information on how to apply here.