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  1. Updates for Tuesday 6 June 2017
  2. Girl's dress burned 'like tissue paper'
  3. Jury retires in trial of ex-BBC hosts
  4. 'Palace' landlord admits slavery charges
  5. Bridge collapse linked to ruptured main
  6. Wind closes RHS Chatsworth Flower Show preview day
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Maryam Qaiser and Amy Woodfield

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

Your pictures: Damp day in the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

The weather's been pretty miserable today, but that's not stopped our Weather Watchers from grabbing some great photographs.

Here's a very arty shot of raindrops in Wingerworth.

Stu's walks

And Scrappy may have stayed indoors but still managed to capture the essence of the day in Kegworth...

Kegworth weather

Meanwhile in Clipstone, Windyshepherd made the most of a gap in the rain for a slightly soggy walk.

Clipstone weather

Eight arrests over town centre 'disturbance'

Eight people have been arrested after a 'disturbance' in Mansfield town centre, Nottinghamshire police said.

Five men and three women, aged between 25 and 37, are being held on suspicion of affray and assault in connection with an incident in Church Street at about 18:00 yesterday.

Weather: Yellow weather warning still in place this evening

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The yellow weather warning, issued by the Met Office, will remain in place this evening.

Gusts of 40 to 50 mph are likely with isolated gusts close to 60 mph over the hills.


There will be some rain this evening with possible thundery showers.

Tomorrow will see some wind in the morning but it will become warmer and brighter with some clouds.

National Space Centre to welcome young carers

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Young carers have been invited to visit the National Space Centre to mark National Carers' Week.

Leicestershire County Council is holding the event on Monday, which will also encourage youngsters to speak about their experiences with one another.

National Space Centre
National Space Centre

The work they do is incredible, so we want to say thank you, but also hear how they are, and ensure they are getting the support that they need."

Jane Moore, the county council’s assistant director for children and family services

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J28, A38 (Alfreton) and J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Travel: updates from across the region

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

  • Drivers should expect some delays on the A453 northbound between the junctions with the M1 and the A52, Nottinghamshire.
  • There are some queues at the junction of the A42 and the M1 J23A, near Kegworth.
  • The A52 eastbound between the junctions with the A6011 and the A46, Nottingham, is congested

Rock fans warned to expect longer queues at Download

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Download Festival organiser Melvin Benn has urged music fans to be patient about extra security checks at this year's event.

He said: "We strongly advise you do not bring a bag into the Arena at Download as there will be long queues while all bags are searched.

Download Festival

"All ticket holders will be subject to extra searches of their vehicles, bags and their person at this year’s festival.

"Your safety is our utmost concern and we’re asking that all festival goers are patient if there are longer queues than normal, and cooperate with any security requests and searches.”

Download festival: Armed police and extra security checks

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

After the terror attacks in Manchester and London, security at Download festival this weekend is being increased.

Police have said there will be armed officers and plain clothed officers patrolling Donington Park as well as Download’s security company.

If you're going to the festival it's worth noting there will also be additional security checks - people and bags will be searched.

Police at Download
Leicestershire Police

We have reviewed the security arrangements and made some changes but this is designed to reassure festival goers that they can come and enjoy their favourite bands while we work with on-site security to make sure everyone has a good time. Armed officers are ordinary police officers with specialist skills so if you see them them go and say hello, they will be happy to talk to you.”

Supt Martyn BallLeicestershire Police
Police pursuit ends in thief's canal plunge
The man whose bike makes the big splash has been jailed over smash-and-grab raids on fruit machines.

Football fans banned from grounds after pub brawl

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Eight men have been banned from every football ground in the country after a brawl on the day of Notts County's home match against Mansfield Town, Nottinghamshire police said.

All eight, who are from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, were arrested in January following a fight at the Major Oak in Nottingham city centre.

They all admitted disorder when they appeared before Nottingham Magistrates' Court and were given a fine and a combination of community service and curfews.

One man was jailed for three months for breaching an existing suspended sentence.

As well as being banned from league football grounds for three years, all eight must also hand their passports into a police station whenever England play away.

Thieves steal 2m tall 'iconic' wooden sculpture

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This wooden owl sculpture has been stolen from outside the village hall in Burton on the Wolds...

Owl sculpture
Cotes and Prestwold Parish Council

The two metre high object made from elm was seen being loaded into a 4x4 vehicle at just before 23:30 last night.

This is what the community in Leicestershire woke up to this morning...

Missing Owl statue
Cotes and Prestwold Parish Council

It had been in the village for eight years but was expected to last for up to 40 years.

Police have confirmed they are investigating and would like to hear from anyone with information.

The much loved and iconic owl sculpture has been stolen from outside the village hall. The owl is much admired by the local children and the uniform of both the village primary school and playground has the owl motif as its emblem."

Cllr Alan CarrChairman, Cotes and Prestwold Parish Council

Headteacher under fire for Labour letter

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A headteacher has been criticised for writing an open letter urging people to vote Labour in the general election.

Sally Pearce, from Seeley Primary and Nursery School in Nottingham, said she was anxious about cuts to the education system.

Seely Primary and Nursery School
Google images

"We face a future of unprecedented cuts and it's going to have a devastating affect if we don't act now and change the course of where it is heading," she wrote in a letter distributed in Nottingham by Labour.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said staff have the right to speak out, but former teacher Jane Cook said they should remain impartial and unbiased.

Mrs Cook said: "I fail to see how she [Sally Pearce] can do that when she sent letters out to parents telling them how to vote in an election."

Labour's manifesto pledges a £25bn package for education, while the Conservatives have said they would increase the overall schools budget by £4bn by 2022 and promised that no school will have its budget cut as a result of a new funding formula.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have said they will invest an extra £5.8bn for school budgets.

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J22 for A50 and J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J22, A50 (Coalville) and J21, M69 (Leicester), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J24 for A6 and J24A for A50 Derby affecting J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J24, A6 (Kegworth) and J24a, A50 (Derby), because of a fallen tree. In the roadworks area. Congestion to J23a A42.

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

A garden with a giant ant in it near Chatsworth House

Almost 90,000 visitors are expected to visit the stunning estate over the next five days.

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Stephen Bywater

Experienced goalkeeper Stephen Bywater and striker Marvin Sordell agree new contracts with Burton Albion.

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Three arrested after drugs seized in Mansfield

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Cannabis, heroin, amphetamine, cocaine and black mamba were all seized in Mansfield during a night of action to tackle violence and drugs in the town.

Three people were arrested and a further four are set to be interviewed under caution.

The town's beat team, special constables, a drugs dog and a dog handler took part in the operation.

Assistant chief constable Stuart Prior also attended, along with a licensing officer from Mansfield District Council.

Mansfield Police
Nottinghamshire Police

Jury retires in trial of ex-BBC hosts

A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the trial of two former BBC radio presenters charged with sex offences involving under-age boys.

Julie and Tony Wadsworth

Husband and wife Tony and Julie Wadsworth, from Broughton Astley in Leicestershire deny five charges of outraging public decency.

Julie Wadsworth, 60, also denies 11 charges of indecent assault and her 69-year-old husband denies nine allegations of indecent assault.

The trial at Warwickshire Justice Centre has heard how the Wadsworths enjoyed sexual activity outdoors close to Atherstone Golf Club.

Julie Wadsworth is alleged to have engaged in sex acts with teenage boys whilst her husband looked on.

Her defence barrister has accused prosecutors of launching a cheap attempt to paint her as "predatory" public figure.

Meadow Lane, Nottingham

BBC Radio 5 live presenter Darren Fletcher is one of six appointments to Notts County's new board of directors.

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Severe accident: A537 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A537 Derbyshire both ways severe accident, between A54 and Ankers Lane.

A537 Derbyshire - A537 closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A54 junction in Cat And Fiddle and the Ankers Lane junction in Macclesfield Forest, because of an accident involving a lorry.

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

Police hold recruitment drive in under represented communities

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A recruitment drive took place in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to encourage people from under represented communities to join the police.

Officers from the Shirebrook Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team and one of the force’s recruitment specialists met with residents in the town to speak about career options with Derbyshire Constabulary.

It is part of a rolling programme of events across the county as part of the force’s positive action initiative, which aims to ensure it represents the community it serves.

Specialist team sent to clear polluted lagoons

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Investigations continue into what polluted a stream at Netherfield Lagoons, wiping out all the wildlife.

The Environment Agency sent a specialist team to clean up the area and is trying to establish the cause.

The  Netherfield Lagoon
Gedling Conservation Trust

But conservationists say they are frustrated as the issue was first reported three weeks ago.

Mark Glover, from the Gedling Conservation Trust, said: "Everything has blackened and the vegetation alongisde it is dead, as is all life in the stream.

"But it is the smell which really gets to you, in fact it is so bad, it would make you gag if you were close-by to it."

Murder investigation after man found dead

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 66-year-old man in Mansfield Woodhouse.

The police and ambulance were called just after 21:00 last night to a house on Long Meadow - they found the man with serious injuries.

Long Meadow

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police have arrested a 21-year-old woman who is now being interviewed by officers.

Met Office warn of gale force wind

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

There is a yellow weather warning for wind valid until 22:00.

Warning logo

Strong to gale force winds will affect many areas - gusts of 40 to 50 mph are likely.

Expect some localised transport disruption with some trees perhaps uprooted.

In pictures: RHS Chatsworth Show preview day

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here is a first look at some of the displays at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Displays at the RHS Chatsworth show

The show, the society's first new event in a decade, is set to welcome almost 90,000 visitors across five days.

Garden at RHS Chatsworth
Garden with a giant ant in it at the RHS Chatsworth Show

Unfortunately, it had to close its preview day earlier because of high winds.

Listen: Could Robins rise out of liquidated football club?

BBC Radio Derby

Supporters of Ilkeston Football Club has initial plans for a new community club at New Manor Ground...

Andreas Weimann

Wolves end their interest in signing Derby forward Andreas Weimann on a permanent deal after Paul Lambert's departure.

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Liberal Democrat leader: Regional prospects 'look good'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Since the general election was announced we've had all sorts of political figures coming to the East Midlands - Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Ed Miliband to name a few.

But they're all Labour or Conservative - where are the senior politicians from the Liberal Democrats?

Tim Farron

Our political editor in Westminster asked Tim Farron why he hasn't made a campaign visit to the region.

"Well we're campaigning right across the country and we're absolutely of the view that if you look at the election in just a few days’ time the prospects of the Liberal Democrats are extremely good across the region and across the country," he said.

High winds shut Chatsworth Flower Show preview day

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

High winds have forced the closure of Chatsworth Flower Show's press day.

Two 20ft (6m) trees have been blown over, which has caused all the marquees to close.

Exhibitors have been asked to take down anything which could blow away.

The show, the first to be held, is due to open tomorrow to the public.

Tree fallen over at the garden show.

Book of condolence for terror attack victims

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A book of condolence has been opened at Leicestershire County Hall for people to leave a message for the victims of Saturday night's terror attack in London.

Anyone wanting to pay their respects is welcome to sign the book.

Council leader Nick Rushton and chairman Janice Richards
Leicestershire County Council

Council leader Nick Rushton and chairman Janice Richards have already signed the book.

Minute's silence in Nottingham for London attack victims

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Dozens of people defied the rain to pay tribute to the victims of terrorism outside Nottingham Council House.

Michael Edwards, the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, gave a speech to the crowd before a minute's silence was held.

Rosey Palmer, who grew up in London but now lives in Nottingham, said her desire to stand together with the victims was strengthened after being unable to attend the vigil for those affected by the recent attack in Manchester.

Rosey Palmer Nottingham London attack

I grew up in London, so if I couldn't get myself together for today what can I do?"

Rosey PalmerNottingham resident

Repair work contributed to bridge collapse, report concludes

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Workers repairing a railway bridge contributed to its partial collapse, a report has concluded.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch concluded in its report that the collapse at Barrow upon Soar, which caused chaos last year, was contributed to by workers drilling through a water main.

They had been "coring" the surface of the bridge to investigate a subsidence in the footpath.

Barrow bridge

It's thought this, along with a vertical crack along the wall, disturbed a pressurised water main causing it to rupture, leading to the collapse.

The report also concluded that the Victorian design of the bridge, a long-standing crack in the wall and a slow leak in the water main contributed to the incident.

Barrow bridge

The RAIB has made two recommendations to Network Rail in their report including making more information available to its staff.

Severe accident: A46 Nottinghamshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A46 Nottinghamshire eastbound severe accident, between Folly Lane and Newark Road.

A46 Nottinghamshire - A46 in Swinderby closed and queuing traffic eastbound between the Folly Lane junction and the Newark Road junction, because of an accident. Expect delays.

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

Student creates adrenaline pen for allergy sufferers

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A student from Nottingham Trent University, who suffers from a nut allergy, has designed a compact adrenaline pen to encourage people to carry the device.

William Charteris, studying a degree in product design, was inspired to create the device after becoming frustrated with carrying around his EpiPen.

William with his pen
Nottingham Trent University

He said: “I’ve had an EpiPen for around 15 years and I have always hated carrying around this large, ugly device since I was a child. People would ask what it was and point out that it looks scary and intimidating."

William's work will be displayed at the university's 2017 Degree Show from 3 to 10 June.

Your photos: I thought it was summer?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Pigeons in the rain
Martin Broughton

Delays on the M1 north after three lorries collide

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Three lorries have been involved in a crash on the M1 north between junction J23 for Leicester and J23A for East Midlands Airport.

One lane is closed while the vehicles are recovered.

Three HGVs collide
Highways England