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  1. Live updates for Monday 12 June 2017
  2. Soccerdome fire 'started deliberately'
  3. Warning to secure bicycles
  4. Visitor centre opens at Gedling Country Park
  5. Loughborough beaten by Wasps in final
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Amy Woodfield and Maryam Qaiser

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Our live coverage has now ended and will return on Monday from 08:00.

Dinosaurs arrive in Nottingham

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Dinosaur skeletons and fossils have sailed 50,000 miles from China for an exhibition at Wollaton Hall and Nottingham University’s public arts centre Lakeside Arts.

It will take two weeks for the installation process to be complete before the Dinosaurs of China exhibition opens on 1 July.

The display, which will tell the story of how dinosaurs evolved into birds, will include some of the best-preserved specimens in the world.

Dinosaurs of China
Dinosaurs of China

Exhibition curator Dr Adam Smith said: “It’s absolutely incredible to have the Dinosaurs of China here, having completed their two-month long inter-continental journey.

"Seeing such important finds up close is really thrilling and we can’t wait to start the installation process so we can share them with the rest of Nottingham this summer."

Dinosaurs of China
Dinosaurs of China

Visitors to Lakeside Arts will be greeted by two dinosaur skeletons - the Alxasaurus and the Dilophosaurus.

The exhibition will be on until 29 October.

Dinosaurs of China
Dinosaurs of China

Weather: Clear but mild evening

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

It will be a rather clear night with some showers across the region this evening.

There will be some cloud while temperatures reach up to 16C.

It will drop to 13C later tonight.


There will be cloud and rain early tomorrow across northern parts of the region which should clear, with winds easing and sunny spells developing.

School on lockdown after 'malicious call'

BBC Radio Derby

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after a school was placed on lockdown earlier this afternoon.

Police were called to the Pingle Academy in Swadlincote after a "malicious message" was received.

Pingle Academy

Derbyshire police said there was no risk to students or staff and pupils were allowed to leave as normal at the end of the school day.

Officers have remained at the site this afternoon to offer reassurance to pupils, parents and staff.

The teenager was arrested in Lincolnshire.

Women’s Tour: Massive crowds cheer on cyclists

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Tens of thousands of people cheered on cyclists during stage four of the Women’s Tour on Saturday around Derbyshire.

Australia's Sarah Roy sprinted to victory in the stage which finished in Chesterfield.

Sarah Roy won

Derbyshire County Councillor Simon Spencer said: "It was a fantastic event, showcasing the world’s best cycling talent.

“Tens of thousands turned out to see it and the Derbyshire crowds did us proud, cheering on the riders along the route as well as in Chesterfield where it started and finished."

Mr Spencer said: “Derbyshire is a great place to cycle, for beginners to the most experienced riders as well as the sport’s elite, and I’m really pleased we were able to showcase the county again at this great event.”

Cables cut on railway lines

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Thieves tried to steal cables from the railway lines between Nottingham and Sheffield twice in the last week, police said.

British Transport Police said cable was cut on two consecutive nights in locations near Worksop in Nottinghamshire last weekend.

On one occasion, rail workers disturbed a group of men on a crossing near the station.

The men fled but left trailers, bikes and cut cable at the scene.

Grand old lady of the road returning home

A 1950s coach, restored by an enthusiast in south Norfolk, is finally on her way home to the Shetland Islands.

The 1950s coach

For years, the Bedford OB was a lifeline to hundreds of islanders, taking children to school, fishermen to their boats, even used for Sunday School picnics.

Interior of coach, showing dashboard and upright driver and passenger seats

After many years of service and many miles, the coach ended up in Norfolk for retirement, and Nick Taylor (pictured right) spent six years lovingly restoring her at his home in Weybread in Suffolk - before gifting the old lady back to the island from whence she came.

It will take 12 days for the vintage bus to travel the 1,200 miles - and behind the wheel is the coach's original driver, 73-year-old John Watt (pictured left).

Nick Taylor, on the right, and John Watts, standing left, by the vintage coach

Before she sets off, there was time for a blessing from the Bishop of Norwich. It was a first for the Right Reverend Graham James - he'd previously blessed an ambulance and its passengers, but not a bus and crew.

The Bishop of Norwich standing by the coach

With no sat navs, but an old-fashioned map (remember them?), the first leg of the journey takes the crew 100 miles from Norwich, via Aylsham, Hunstanton, King's Lynn, and Newark to Gainsborough where they'll spend their first night.

The coach outside Norwich Cathedral

If you see her on her journey of a lifetime, give her a wave!

The coach departing through Cathedral arch

NASA technology to grow vegetables in developing countries

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A student has used space technology to grow vegetables without soil and very little water.

Nikian Aghababaie developed the low cost growing kit so families with limited resources in harsh climates can cultivate food using 90% less water than traditional methods.

Nottingham Trent University

NASA uses a complex version of the technology at the International Space Station so astronauts can grow fruit and veg in space.

The technology works by suspending seedlings or cuttings from plants or vegetables mid-air in a growing chamber.

Nikian, who is studying product design at Nottingham Trent University, said: “It was important to me to design an affordable product which communities can make themselves, maintain and adopt."

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6 affecting J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M1 northbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of a broken down car. Congestion to J23a A42.

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

Man who died after suspected crash named

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Police have named a man who died after apparently being hit by a vehicle in Leicester city centre.

Robert Allen, 63, was found seriously injured in Lower Brown Street, at its junction with Norton Street on the night of 1 June.

Collision in Leciester

Mr Allen was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre, where he died the next day.

A 25-year-old man from the city was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident and released pending further inquiries.

Bomb squad raid: Two men charged with drugs offences

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Two men have been charged with drugs offences after a police raid in Sneinton, which saw the bomb squad called in.

A 55-year-old and a 45-year-old, both from Manvers Court, have been remanded in custody, Nottinghamshire Police said.

On searching the property officers found equipment and materials used for making drugs.

Both men were charged with production of a class B drug and the attempted production of a class A drug.

They will appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 7 July.

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

Hospital heroes to be celebrated

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Patients are being asked to nominate a member of staff who may have helped them or a relative.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is looking for candidates for this year's 2017 NUHonours Awards in November.

Queen's Medical Centre

Last year, 650 staff from the QMC and City Hospital were nominated.

Vinyl tributes to historical figures

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

These two giant vinyls have gone up at Leicester Market...

Two vinyls in Leicester Market

They are a tribute to the prominent suffragette Alice Hawkins and Amos Sherriff who led the fight against unemployment and poverty in Edwardian Leicester.

Until the 1930s, the market was the largest open space in Leicester – and it was the place where people would come together to celebrate or protest. Although the space is very different to how it was when Alice Hawkins and Amos Sherriff were campaigning for change, it remains a fitting location for this tribute to the achievements of two remarkable people."

Peter SoulsbyLeicester City Mayor

Cricket: Ball misses out on England place to focus on day/night practice

BBC Sport

Nottinghamshire opener Alex Hales has been named in England's 16-man squad for their T20 series against South Africa.

Alex Hales
Stu Forster/Getty Images

Hales' county colleague Jake Ball has been left out so he can play in the round of day/night County Championship fixtures at the end of the month.

England play West Indies in their first ever day/night test match in August.

Ken Clarke: Rushcliffe MP set for role in opening of new Parliament

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The re-elected MP for Rushcliffe, Ken Clarke, now has an important role to fulfill at the beginning of this new Parliament.

Ken Clarke

Mr Clarke, in his role as father of the House, will preside over the election of a Speaker.

The former Speaker, John Bercow, is not expected to face a challenge and will give a speech of thanks before being congratulated by senior figures.

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J24 for A6 and J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic and three lanes blocked on M1 southbound between J24, A6 (Kegworth) and J23a A42, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

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

Errol Christie: Tributes to 'hugely talented' boxing champ

BBC News England

Frank Bruno has led tributes to champion boxer Errol Christie (pictured left), who has died after battling lung cancer.

Errol Christie fights Mark Kaylor

The Leicester-born former European middleweight title winner's death was announced on Sunday by his nephew, Derby and Republic of Ireland footballer Cyrus Christie.

Bruno said he was "very, very saddened" to hear about the death of such a talented man. Chris Eubank described him as "one of the old masters".

Christie, 54, is the only Briton to win 10 amateur titles.

Cyrus Christie's tweet

Robot mower stolen

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This electric robot mower has been stolen from a showroom in Hinckley...

electric robot mower
Leicestershire Police

It had been on display at Farol Limited on Coventry Road - it was taken at about 12:30 on Wednesday 7 June.

The mowers sell online for about £2,000.

Your photos: Floral East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

Our Weather Watchers have been out in the East Midlands with their cameras this weekend capturing some beautiful floral photos.

This was taken by scrappy in Hathern...

Flowers in Hathern

This was taken in Warsop by Annbie...

Flower in Warsop

This was taken by bry in Ilkeston...

Flowers in Ilkeston

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Plenty of cloud around throughout the afternoon with only a few brighter spells.

Breezy with a high pollen count and top temperatures of 18C (64F).


Watch: Police play football at Download

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

You may have seen the stories over the weekend about armed police at Download Festival - well revelers and officers were determined it would be a friendly atmosphere.

As well as stopping for dozens of selfies, officers took on party-goers in a game of football. What a goal...

Leicestershire Police said armed officers were at the rock festival, at Castle Donington, in light of the attacks in Manchester and London.

About 80,000 people attended the event over the weekend which saw performances from System of a Down, Every Time I Die, Rob Zombie, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith.

Crowds at Download festival
Armed police at Download
Leicestershire Police

Chris Leslie a 'sad, lonely, bitter man'

BBC Radio 5 live

There has been further criticism of Chris Leslie, Nottingham East's re-elected MP, after he said he "can't be a cheerleader" for Thursday's general election result.

Fellow Labour MP Clive Lewis described Mr Leslie as a "sad, lonely bitter man"...

Watch: Pitch inspection at Grace Road

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

I've been taking a look at the pitch ahead of day four between Sussex and Leicestershire...

You can listen to ball-by-ball commentary on the BBC here.

Council to spend extra £1m on potholes

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

An extra £1m will be spend on repairing potholes in the county.

Nottinghamshire County Council is hoping to fill 19,000 before the end of March next year.


They currently spend around £2.5m on pothole road repairs - around half of which comes from the government.

The extra funding boost will come from underspent budgets from the last financial year.

The council said this means it won't affect spending in other areas but it will mean less will go into the council's reserves.

Open letter urges MP to stop criticising Jeremy Corbyn

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

More than 400 members of the Labour Party have told the Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie to stop publicly criticising Jeremy Corbyn.

Grassroots supporters, local councillors and political activists are among those who've signed an open letter urging Mr Leslie to confine his personal views to discussions within the party.

It's after he told Radio 4 on Saturday that, despite the gains, Labour "can't pretend" it won the election...

Mr Leslie was re-elected in Nottingham East for the Labour Party with a increased majority of over 19,000.

Nottingham City Councillor Adele Williams is one of the signatories.

She said: "We got the biggest swing to Labour since Clement Attlee. Once Jeremy Corbyn had a fair hearing in the media throughout the election campagin, we were able to achieve that swing. If you look at the polls now we are on 45% and the Tories are on 39%.

"What we would like to see is a clear endorsement from Chris because he is a Labour MP and in fact the increase majority that we see in seats like Nottingham East is in very large part to do with inspiration that Jeremy Corbyn has offered."

'Leavers' vote Tory in General Election

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

Not totally surprising but Derbyshire constituencies which voted most strongly to Leave in 2016 tended to see bigger increases in Conservative vote share last week...


CCTV shows trampoline park arson

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have released these CCTV images of an arson at a trampoline park in Derby last Friday...

CCTV image
Derbyshire Constabulary
CCTV image
Derbyshire Constabulary

They want to speak to the man seen in the footage - it's thought he may have suffered burns.

It happened between 01:30 and 02:30 in the Oxygen Freejumping building at Pride Park.

Netball: Loughborough beaten by Wasps in final

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Loughborough Lightning have finished as runners up in the Netball SuperLeague - it's after a "heart breaking" defeat to Wasps in the Play-Off Final yesterday.

They lost 55-51 at the Barclaycard Arena.

Loughborough Lightning
Loughborough University

The team had won all but one of their matches this season and were the first side to confirm their place in the play-offs with five games to spare.

Getting the win tonight would have been the icing on the cake and it would’ve been nice to be recognised a little bit more for being league winners and for being so consistent. But that’s how finals netball works. It’s a one-off game and we just didn’t quite match up. I’m still so proud of the squad this year in all that we’ve achieved.”

Karen AtkinsonHead coach, Loughborough Lightning

Visitor centre opens at Gedling Country Park

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A £1.2 million visitor centre will open at Gedling Country Park today.

The centre, which took nine months to complete, has a cafe and outdoor seating area and coincides with the build of a £120,000 children's play area.

The centre is shaped like a piece of coal, reflecting the site's previous life as a pit.

Gedling Country Park

Brian Osborne, from the Friends of Gedling Country Park, says the group is keen to introduce old craft classes at the centre.

Mr Osborne said: "Nottinghamshire was the centre of willow weaving in the UK and we are going to start willow weaving class as soon as we have taught ourselves."

The centre is part of the £1.6 million Gedling Country Park, which officially opened in March 2015.

Warning to secure bicycles ahead of Bike Week

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's time to get your bike out of the shed and dust off the cobwebs - it's Bike Week.

The focus week is organised by Cycling UK which is encouraging more people to take to the saddle.

Woman on a bike

However you might want to make sure you have a secure lock before you take it out. Figures show bike thefts are a huge problem in the East Midlands.

More than 1,500 were reported stolen in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire in the first four months of this year.

Primary school and nursery reopens after water damage

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A school in Nottingham will reopen today after it was forced to close following a fire.

Holygate Primary School and Nursery in Hucknall closed for an extra week after half term because of water damage caused by the sprinkler system.

Headteacher Nicola Davies said the fire was not related to the maintenance or construction of the school building.

Soccerdome fire 'started deliberately'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Soccerdome in Derby remains closed following a fire on Friday morning...


The chief executive of trampoline park Oxygen Freejumping David Stalker said the fire was started deliberately and that he has CCTV footage of someone doing it.

He said the park, based in the Soccerdome building in Pride Park, could be closed for months and may have to be rebuilt.

Police and the fire service are investigating the blaze.


Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Should be a fine start to the week.