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  1. Updates for Thursday 8 June 2017
  2. Polls open across region for General Election
  3. Hairdryer gran is 'national hero', say fans
  4. 'Random' bag searches at shopping centre
  5. Tower of London poppies go on show in Derby
  6. Celebrities back toddler's cancer treatment bid
  7. Shakespeare named permanent Foxes boss

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By Maryam Qaiser and Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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Internet sensation Jean Brooks is stopped in the street for selfies and fans visit her home.

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Our live coverage across the day

Today's live updates have ended - for now.

Amy Woodfield will be with you from 22:00 this evening to bring you results, reaction and analysis from the general election in the East Midlands.

East Midlands weather update: Chance of heavy rain

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Some clear spells will develop in the first half of tonight.

BBC weather grid

In the early hours, cloud will increase with the chance of some showers which could be heavy.

Lows of 10C (50F).

Work begins on new university health centre

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A ceremony has been held to celebrate the start of work on a new wellness centre.

The Cripps Health Centre, at the University of Nottingham, is set to become one of the country's largest wellness centres.

The new facility will contain clinical consulting rooms, minor operations suites, a patient observation bay, physiotherapy areas, dentist treatment rooms, a pharmacy and mental health suite as well as training rooms and offices.

The new wellness centre will open in 2018
University of Nottingham

Work will be completed by 2018.

Leicester academics find therapy that could stop superbugs on farms

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Researchers at the University of Leicester have shown that it might be possible to develop an alternative to antibiotics for treating diseases in pigs.


They have identified a range of viruses, called bacteriophages, that can be used to kill common pig infections.

The aim is to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistant bacteria emerging on farms that could also infect humans.

If trials in pigs work, the new therapy could be extended to treat people.

Shakespeare 'will help us take club forward,' vice chairman says

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

In a statement on the club's official website, Leicester City vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said that Craig Shakespeare was the "ideal choice" to become the club's permanent manager.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha
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"Craig has shown all the qualities in leadership, motivation and talent management that are required to be successful in this role," Mr Srivaddhanaprabha said.

"Those qualities, aligned with his first class coaching acumen, his knowledge of Leicester City and its philosophy, and the respect he has earned at every level of the club make him the ideal choice to help take us forward."

Craig Shakespeare

Leicester City name caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare as their permanent manager on a three-year deal.

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Leicester confirms Craig Shakespeare as its new permanent manager

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's the official confirmation...

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Shakespeare 'fully deserves' Leicester job

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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Motorcycle racing suits stolen

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Several racing suits have been stolen by three masked burglars, Derbyshire Police have said.

The offenders smashed the windows at Pidcok Motorcycles in Draycott Road, Breaston.

The suits, including Spidi, RST and Alpinestar branded leathers, were stolen at around 22:40 on 27 May.

After the break-in, the offenders drove off towards Long Eaton in a dark coloured car, which had its boot open for a while.

Analysis: Appointing Shakespeare as Foxes boss 'sensible'

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

Appointing Craig Shakespeare as the new Leicester boss is a sensible decision in my view.

Craig Shakespeare
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The big test for him now is attracting quality players this summer.

Swimming: Peaty backs 'mixed events' for next Olympics

Nick Hope

BBC Sport Olympic sports reporter

Rio 2016 champion swimmer Adam Peaty believes the introduction of mixed events for Tokyo 2020 would make the Olympics "more fun".

Adam Peaty
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide the medal events for each sport in 2020 on Friday, 9 June - a month ahead of schedule.

The IOC believes mixed events and mixed relays will help promote gender equality.

"I'm 100% in favour as it would add spice," City of Derby swimmer Peaty told BBC Sport.

Watch: Tower of London poppy artist on his creation's homecoming'

East Midlands Today

Tower of London poppy artist Paul Cummins has said bringing his creation to Derby's Silk Mill for seven weeks is "overwhelming"...

Derbyshire hoping major cycling event brings tourism boost

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Final preparations are under way across a number of Derbyshire towns and villages as they get ready to welcome the Women's Tour of Britain on Saturday.

Women's Tour of Britain

The county is hosting Stage 4 of the race and it will pass through places including Chesterfield, Belper and Wirksworth.

Toby Wilton, who works at a cafe in Crich, said: "I think there will be a fair few crowds round the village.

"I think it will be very good, [it'll bring publicity for] people who don't know where Crich is.

"Overall, I think that there is some great excitement for the race."

Today's stage sees the riders in Stoke-on-Trent before the race heads to Leamington Spa on Friday.

Chatsworth RHS: Long queues to enter site

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Visitors to Chatsworth for the Royal Horticultural Society's show have been met with long queues to get into the site.

Traffic was also building up this morning with some drivers stuck in 11 miles of queuing traffic.

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Analysis: Tigers' Euro draw 'offers the chance to right the wrongs of 2016/17'

Chris Egerton

BBC Radio Leicester rugby reporter

The draw offers an early chance to put things right against opponents very familiar in Munster and Racing 92.

Tigers lose in Munster
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Despite home victories last season against both, it will be fascinating to see whether Tigers do better on the road under Matt O’Connor, having notched one penalty goal at Thomond Park (38-0 loss) and the Stade Yves Du Manoir combined (34-3 loss).

Castres meanwhile will be fresh opponents for Leicester with the two having never met before in Europe.

Rugby: Tigers learn European Champions Cup fate

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Tigers have been drawn alongside Munster, Racing 92 and Castres for the pool stage of the European Champions Cup.

Leicester Tigers
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Dash cam appeal following serious crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire Police hope drivers with dash-cam footage can help them with an investigation into a serious crash on the A46 at Collingham.

It happened at the Station Road junction at 21:45 on 6 June.

The drivers of both cars involved, a woman and an elderly man, were taken to hospital with chest, leg and back injuries.

Delays on M1 after van overturns

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

There are long delays on the M1 northbound between J15A and J16, near Nottingham,after a van overturned.

Emergency services have now removed the vehicle.

Delays on the M1
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School will reopen on Monday following fire

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A school, which has been closed following a fire, has confirmed it will reopen on Monday.

The blaze at Holgate Primary and Nursery in Nottingham, was quickly brought under control but the sprinkler caused extensive water damage to the classrooms.

Nottinghamshire County Council has confirmed the school will open on Monday.

Executive headteacher Nicola Davies said they have worked closely with the local authority to dry out, sterilise and clean-up the school.

Gate to Southwell music festival opens

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Around 5,000 visitors are expected to descend on Southwell for a four-day music festival.

The Gate to Southwell, now in its 11th year, opened today.

Around 50 artists will perform, including headliners Kate Rusby and Jon Boden.

There will be poets, storytellers, workshops and food stalls, as well as a beer and cider festival and a craft fair.

This year the festival has a new front stage, and on Saturday a procession along King Street will take place with a host of dance performances.

Gate decorated on the Burgage, Southwell
Gate to Southwell

In the run up to the festival, gates, fences and doors across the town were decorated.

Chatsworth RHS: Heavy traffic

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Traffic is building up around Chatsworth as people head to the Royal Horticultural Society's show for its second day.

Although organisers have been working with Derbyshire County Council and the police to resolve the issue, some drivers are queuing to enter the site again today.

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Stags sign goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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Headteacher apologises for lack of communication

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A school has apologised to parents who said they were frustrated with the lack of communication following a fire.

Holgate Primary and Nursery in Nottingham has been closed for a week after half term, since the blaze.

Although the installed sprinkler system put the fire out, it caused water damage to classrooms.

But many parents say they have been left in the dark about the incident.

The school has been closed for almost two weeks

Executive headteacher Nicola Davies, said: "We can only apologise for the inconvenience this unforeseen closure has had on parents and carers coming directly after the half-term holidays."

Ms Davies said the fire was not related to the maintenance or construction of the school building and that they would update parents through the Parentmail system, school website and the Facebook page.

The school is expected to open on Monday

Bomb squad called out after drugs raid

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A bomb disposal unit was called to a block of flats in Manvers Court, Sneinton today.

Police have confirmed it was not terrorism related but they were searching for drugs.

A spokesman from Nottinghamshire Police said: "On searching the property officers believe they found equipment and materials typically used in the production of making drugs.

"Some of the materials at the property have required the attendance of Joint Services Explosive Ordinance Disposal Engineers to make sure they are safe."

Two men, a 55-year-old and a 45-year-old, have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and remain in police custody.

Your comments: Tower of London poppies in Derby


The Tower of London poppy display going on show in Derby has certainly got you all talking over on the BBC Radio Derby Facebook page.

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Trisha Langlois writes: "We saw the weeping window when it was in Liverpool but this installation looks absolutely awesome."

Melanie Drewery adds: "How beautiful. Amazing how they look spectacular, fresh and stir emotions in every different venue they visit."

Festival police 'will still do selfies'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Despite an armed police presence at Download, officers say they will still pose for pictures.

Download Festival mascot
Kennerdeigh Scott

Superintendent Martyn Ball, from Leicestershire Police, said armed police would help make people feel "safe and secure".

The rock music festival at Donington Park will have armed police at the site over the weekend.

About 80,000 people are expected to attend the site over the next few days.

Customers subject to 'random' bag searches at Highcross

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Shoppers at the Highcross in Leicester will be subject to "random cursory bag searches," the centre's management has said.


The measures have come into force following the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London.

"We would like to make customers aware that the centre is operating random cursory bag searches and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause," a spokesperson for Highcross said.

"It is important to note that this measure does not relate to any specific threat, but is part of our enhanced security procedures following recent events.

"The safety of our customers and colleagues remains our number one priority. Customers should remain alert but not alarmed, and should report anything suspicious to the police."

Caravan converted into polling station

Amy Harris

BBC East Midlands Today reporter

Is this perhaps the East Midlands' most unusual polling station?


It is on a farm near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

The caravan, like every other polling station in the country, opened at 07:00 this morning and will remain open until 22:00.

Rugby: Tigers set to learn Euro fate

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Tigers will learn who they will face in next season's European Champions Cup later this afternoon.

Leicester Tigers vs. Munster
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"They're all very difficult groups whichever one you end up with - with the exception of [if you draw] Benneton Treviso," Tigers supporter Ian Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester.

Ian believes the best draw for Tigers would be Scarlets, La Rochelle and Treviso.

The worst possible scenario in Ian's opinion is Clermont, Leinster or Munster and Glasgow.

The draw, which takes place in Switzerland, is incredibly complicated but you can learn more about the process here.

Nottingham College formed following merger

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Two colleges have merged today, in what they say is a bid to improve career prospects for young people in the city.

New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham have merged to create Nottingham College.

It will deliver technical skills through apprenticeships and post-16 and adult education.

Central College Nottingham
Central College Nottingham
New College Nottingham

“Today we begin a radical transformation of post-16 education in Nottingham. We have a unique opportunity to bring students and employers into a single, dynamic learning environment and I want to encourage employers, partners, parents and students to join us as we design a new and very different kind of college.

Nottingham College CEO John van de Laarschot

Work on a new City Hub on derelict land near the Broadmarsh Centre, off Canal Street, will start in 2018 and will be home to the new college.

The new hub was meant to open in 2018 but the college said there were some delays because the merger had to be completed before the hub could open.

It will now open ready for the new school year in September 2020.

Foxes mural artist 'blown away' by city's street art pedigree

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The artist behind the famous mural depicting Leicester's Premier League-winning squad has returned to the city to see how his work has inspired others.

Richard Wilson looks at some art

Leicester City Council commissioned their own murals celebrating the title win and the history of Leicester Tigers.

Last month, a number of walls in the city's cultural quarter, near the Curve Theatre, were decorated as part of a street art festival.

"It is a year to the day since I finished the mural in Kate Street and every time I come back I see more incredible artwork," Richard Wilson told BBC Radio Leicester.

"I'm just blown away. I think Leicester is probably the city in the UK with the most street art in it."

Leicester City mural
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White van transformed into Smurf haven

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Have you ever wondered how many Smurfs you can fit into one van?

Well Michael White and his son Christopher have 9,330 - mainly collected from car boot sales - in theirs.

Famous faces back toddler's cancer treatment bid

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Celebrities including Steve Coogan, Jason Manford and Fiona Phillips have all pledged their support to a campaign to help a toddler who has a rare form of cancer get treatment in the US.

Steve Coogan and Wendy
Wendy Willcock

The Dollar for Dawson campaign was set up to help 20-month-old Dawson Willcock, from Sutton in Ashfield, who has been diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a form of liver cancer.

The family has also received support from Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans and Dan Hatfield (pictured below) from Channel 4's Posh Pawnbrokers.

"Their time and popularity helps [with the campaign]," Dawson's mum Wendy Willock said.

"All the support we've had from everyone, including strangers, has been overwhelming."

They're hoping to raise enough money to send Dawson to the US for treatment or pay for a specialist drug to be brought over to the UK.

Dawson and Dan Hatfield
Wendy Willock

Viral hit Hairdryer Jean gets German surprise

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Here's a heartwarming update on Jean Brooks from Hucknall on Nottinghamshire, who's become an Facebook sensation thanks to her pretend speed gun (a hairdryer), which she claims has helped slow down traffic on her street.

Well, yesterday Jean got a special visit from a German hitchhiker who decide to pay a visit to the "local hero".

Artist 'proud' to be displaying poppies in home city of Derby

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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Tennis: Aegon Trophy roundup

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Katie Boulter (pictured left) has been knocked out in the first round of the Aegon Surbiton Trophy.

Katie Boulter, Jay Clarke and Jocelyn Rae
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Boulter, 20, from Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire, was beaten 6-3, 7-5 by Tereza Martincova.

Derby's Jay Clarke opens his campaign later this morning against Romnia's Marius Copil.

Doubles specialist Jocelyn Rae, from Nottingham, begins her tournament alongside Laura Robson against Paula Kania and Anna Smith.

Vandalised bus shelters 'are affecting the community'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

People are calling for tougher action on bus shelters being repeatedly vandalised.

Residents and passengers say vandals keep targeting shelters along Hucknall Road and Mansfield Road in Nottingham.

Callum Wright from A Wright Butchers and Sons says it's having a negative impact in the area.

He said: "Something like this does affect us... people don't want to get on and off the bus because of smashed glass there."

Severe accident: B6019 Nottinghamshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

B6019 Nottinghamshire eastbound severe accident, at Cliff Lane.

B6019 Nottinghamshire - B6019 Kirkby Lane in Kirkby In Ashfield blocked eastbound at the Cliff Lane junction, because of an accident involving 2 cars.

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

East Midlands weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Take your umbrella out today!