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Summary

  1. Live updates for Wednesday 14 June 2017
  2. UKIP MEP denies EU cash misuse claims
  3. Two houses damaged by fire in Bilsthorpe
  4. Disgraced presenter could lose honorary degree
  5. Doctor suspended over boy's death
  6. Poppies display still proving popular
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Gavin Bevis and Maryam Qaiser

All times stated are UK

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Today's updates have now finished. Local Live will return at 08:00 on Thursday.

Weather: Muggy night in store

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It's going to be a mild and muggy night, with variable amounts of cloud and clear spells into the early hours.

Lows of 16C (61F)

weather
BBC

A bright start tomorrow with some sunshine first thing but cloud will push in from the west fairly quickly. Some sunny spells through the afternoon, with the odd isolated shower. Mild but breezy.

Highs of 20C (68F)

Leicester 'road rage' attacker still not found

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

An irate driver who was caught on camera assaulting another motorist has yet to be identified, police have said.

Dashcam footage showed the man driving his BMW over the pavement to undertake and block a Renault Clio before reaching into the car's window to attack the driver.

It happened in Blackbird Road in Leicester on 31 May. Police have appealed for the public's help in identifying the man.

More than 100 victims of modern slavery rescued in East Midlands

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

Police forces across the East Midlands have discovered 140 suspected victims of modern slavery in the last three years.

They include foreign children and women, some of whom were sold into prostitution.

Red Cross
BBC

Many of the suspects were never prosecuted because victims were often too scared to given evidence, police said.

A Red Cross team supports the work of the police by taking clothing, food and blankets to victims who are rescued in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Derbyshire's Assistant Chief Constable Chris Haward said: “It’s estimated that there are more than 20,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK at the moment.

“This includes victims of domestic servitude, forced labour and sexual exploitation."

Buildings in Nottingham to be assessed for safety

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Premises will be assessed to ensure safety measures are put in place following the blaze which has destroyed a block of flats in London.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said, although incidents like this were extremely rare, they would continue to work with partner agencies to assess the fire safety measures in premises.

Assistant chief fire officer Craig Parkin, said: "Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragic incident, including our emergency services colleagues who have worked through the night and are still on scene."

Tower fire
BBC

Nottingham City Homes held an emergency meeting today to discuss safety measures for its buildings.

At least 12 people have died in Grenfell Tower in London after a fire ripped through the tower block.

Extra cash made available for Assembly Rooms replacement

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A further £2.5m has been found to rebuild Derby's Assembly Rooms after the fire there three years ago.

Assembly Rooms
BBC

The D2N2 enterprise partnership - which funds projects in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire - is proposing to give the city council the full £8.6m needed for the rebuild by postponing some of the projects on its list in order to prioritise others.

Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between J27 for A608 Hucknall and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Nottinghamshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J27, A608 (Hucknall) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

High rise residents offered fire safety advice after London blaze

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Fire safety experts are to visit Derbyshire's only high rise block of flats to reassure residents in the wake of the devastating tower block fire in London.

Area manager Alex Johnson said: “I would like to assure everybody that Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service carries out regular inspections of blocks of flats, including Rivermead House, owned and managed by Derby City Council and Derby Homes, which fully complies with current fire safety regulations."

Rivermead House
Google

Fareed Hussain, Derby City Council's cabinet member for urban renewal, said it was "understandable" if council tenants were concerned about their own safety.

He said: “Our organisations would like to reassure residents that fire safety precautions are given the highest priority across all of the properties we manage.

"All blocks of flats have fire risk assessments in place and are subject to regular inspection and review.

"Rivermead House, our only high rise block, fully complies with current fire safety regulations. The construction of the block is designed to prevent the spread of fire between flats and between floors."

Fire safety experts will be at Rivermead House from 11:30 to 12:30 on Thursday.

Your photos: Summer in Leicestershire

BBC Weather Watchers

A splendid photo of a busy bee, taken by Maggie T in Loughborough.

Bee
Maggie T

Concern for missing Derby man

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police are searching for a 48-year-old Derby man who's been missing for nearly a week.

Matthew Collymore was last seen in the Kingsway area on Thursday afternoon.

He's about 5ft 7in, with a slim build and dreadlocks.

Matthew Collymore
Derbyshire Police

Loughborough thieves take triathlon star's bike

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Double Commonwealth gold-winning triathlete Jodie Stimpson says thieves in Loughborough stole her new bike and a swimming bag last night.

She branded the person responsible a "scumbag" and is circulating photos of the white Amira bike in a bid to try to get it back.

Jodie Stimpson's stolen bike
Jodie Stimpson
Jodie Stimpson stolen bike
Jodie Stimpson

Racist abuse 'a regular thing', says Derby tennis star

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

British tennis player Jay Clarke has been talking about the racist abuse he receives online.

The 18-year-old, from Derby, told BBC Sport he receives 15 to 20 abusive messages via social media a month and it is "not a surprise" when it happens.

He highlighted one abuser who repeatedly referred to him as a monkey and included a series of monkey emojis.

Jay Clarke
PA

"The first few times it's a shock, now you're almost waiting for it," he said.

Rolls-Royce investigating Sydney engine emergency

James Roberson

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Derby-based Rolls-Royce is investigating after damage occurred to an airliner's engine, forcing it to turn back to Sydney.

The Airbus A330 had been on its way to China two days ago when the hole appeared in the engine casing.

Damage to plane's engine
Reuters

The firm said: "We are aware of the incident, and we will be working closely with our customer, and relevant partners, to understand the cause of the issue."

Airbus also said it was discussing the incident with Rolls-Royce.

Detectives search for Asfordby sock thieves

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police are on the hunt for burglars who broke in to a garage in Asfordby and helped themselves to a load of socks.

School socks, novelty socks and walking socks were taken during the raid in St John's Road at the weekend along with Christmas candles and a couple of gazebos.

Police said they were keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious or had been approached about buying socks.

St John's Road
Google

Three people hurt in Brailsford crash

London fire 'was accident waiting to happen'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A Nottingham woman who once lived in the London tower block that was gutted by a huge fire overnight said the blaze "was an accident waiting to happen".

Agnes told BBC Radio Nottingham there were concerns over safety at Grenfell Tower.

Six people have been confirmed dead following the fire. Police say they expect that number to rise.

Nottingham vice-chancellor given honorary degree in Canada

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The vice-chancellor of the University of Nottingham has received an honorary degree from a Canadian university.

Sir David Greenaway attended Spring Convocation at the University of Western Ontario where he was given an honorary Doctor of Laws for "his contribution to both economics and education over the last four decades".

Sir David, who has been vice-chancellor since 2008, is an economist, researcher, teacher and academic leader.

Sir David Greenaway
University of Nottingham

He will retire from his post in September.

Renowned Sherwood-born singer to be honoured

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A renowned Nottinghamshire-born singer will be honoured with a blue plaque tomorrow as part of BBC Music Day 2017.

Constance Shacklock OBE began her career at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham with the Nottingham Operatic Society.

After more than a decade of performances with the Covent Garden Opera Company, she spent six years playing Mother Superior in the original production of the Sound of Music in London's West End.

Constance Shacklock
BBC

BBC Nottingham asked people to vote for their favourite Nottinghamshire musicians or music venues that deserved a blue plaque in their honour.

Floods of nominations were made for the late singer, who died in 1999 aged 86.

Charity cyclists pass through Leicester on 700km ride

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

You might have spotted this lot riding through Leicester yesterday - they're midway through a 700km cycle through seven cities in five days to raise awareness about diabetes.

The group - named Team Novo - says there are about 1,000 new cases of diabetes diagnosed in Leicester each year.

Their route also includes Derby, Sheffield, Leeds, Coventry, Birmingham and Oxford.

Team Novo in Leicester
Team Novo

Man threatened with knife in a Leicester park

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A man was threatened with a knife in an attempted robbery as he walked along the canal in Leicester's Abbey Park.

The victim was approached by a man on a bike on Sunday late afternoon who stopped and asked him for a lighter. As he handed it back, the cyclist produced a knife and demanded his wallet, Leicestershire Police said.

The victim managed to flee without anything being stolen.

Abbey Park
BBC

Blue plaque for influential Derby blues musician

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Influential Derby musician Kevin Coyne is to be honoured with a blue plaque tomorrow as part of BBC Music Day 2017.

The prolific singer-songwriter, who was born in Normanton in 1944 and died in 2004, has been cited as an influence by many well-known musicians including Sting and John Lydon.

As well as his intense bluesy vocals and unorthodox guitar style, Coyne was also an accomplished artist and produced the artwork for many of his own album covers.

Kevin Coyne
Getty Images

He's among more than 40 legendary artists, groups and venues being honoured following a vote by BBC local radio stations.

Coyne's blue plaque will be installed at a yet-to-be-disclosed location in Derby tomorrow morning.

Britain - share your personal bests!

London 2017

Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley
So Let's Go Running Bexley
Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley

This summer, London is hosting the biggest global sporting events of the year - the 2017 World Athletics and Para Athletics Championships - and the organisers have launched a scheme to get people involved in athletics right around the country.

It's called Team Personal Best and the idea is that local sports clubs or community groups across the UK sign up and put on events with an athletics theme.

It doesn't have to be a track-and-field meet - it can be a fun run, family sports day, even an event screening or bake sale with activities. There's a list of suggestions on the TeamPB submission page, here.

Event participants are then encouraged to share their athletic achievements - no matter how big or small - with the hashtag #TeamPersonalBest to build a nationwide buzz around the championships.

You can find events near you here and if you want more information about how to get started in athletics, check out our Get Inspired guide.

Your views: Tough start for Foxes

Facebook

We've had a few comments on Facebook after Leicester City learned they will face Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Liverpool in the first few weeks of the new season.

Dave Howard wrote: "Need to make sure beat Brighton and Huddersfield then anything else will be a bonus."

Philosophical Andy Spooner posted: "Gotta play them at some point."

Weeping Window still proving popular

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Derby's political reporter took this photo at Derby Silk Mill a little earlier - looks like the Weeping Window display is still proving a major draw.

Weeping Window
BBC

Helmer pens blog on Euro cash allegations

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Soon-to-retire UKIP MEP Roger Helmer has given his response to newspaper claims of financial rule-breaking in a lengthy blog post.

Mr Helmer said he had complied with a request by the European Parliament to provide details on the work of two of his staff members but had not heard anything since.

Roger Helmer
BBC

Meanwhile, the European Parliament told us it didn't comment on individual cases but gave us a statement on how it investigates the work of MEPs' assistants.

It said: "MEPs' assistants are paid out of the European Parliament budget for work that is strictly related to the exercise of the mandate of a member of the European Parliament.

"Whenever the financial administration have serious questions about the actual work performed by a MEP assistant (i.e. if the work performed is really related to the European mandate), they will ask the MEP concerned for clarifications and justifications.

"In cases where these justifications are not forthcoming, the assistant's contract may be suspended.

"Should clarifications still not be forthcoming, the administration may reclaim the funds for which no justification of work has been provided."

Bilsthorpe fire: Witness reports hearing explosion

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A dog walker said she heard an explosion as she passed the burning house in Bilsthorpe yesterday evening.

Jo Power saw flames leap from the home in the fire which damaged two properties and three vehicles in Highfield Drive.

Helmer: Retirement unrelated to newspaper allegations

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

UKIP's Roger Helmer told BBC East Midlands Today his decision to stand down as East Midlands MEP was nothing to do with claims in the Guardian that he is being investigated by the European Parliament for breaking financial rules.

Mr Helmer has denied the allegation.

Nottingham's work place parking levy wins national award

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A controversial workplace parking levy in Nottingham has won an award for helping to improve the city's air quality.

Businesses with more than 11 car parking spaces have to pay £387 per place to the council which funds public transport in the city.

Scheme wins an award
Nottingham City Council

Matthew Boam, director at Print 4 in Bulwell, has praised the city for the award, but said the annual £6,579 he pays does hurt profits.

"The cost of living is rising all the time, it would be very unfair to pass that on [to staff] and it affects us directly as a business. It comes off the bottom line."

But Stephen Joseph, chief executive for Campaign for Better Transport, says the scheme is "critical for tackling air pollution".

Since it was introduced in April 2012, there are an extra five million journeys a year on public transport, Nottingham City Council said.

The scheme, which also aims to reduce the number of cars coming into the city, was awarded the 2017 Ashden Award for Clean Air in Towns and Cities.

Nottingham fire rules reviewed after London tower block blaze

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

The MP for Nottingham South has said the London tower block fire has prompted a review of fire safety procedures across all council-owned homes across the city.

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Council defends children's services after report criticism

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

The councillor responsible for protecting children in Derby has insisted they are still "safe" despite a new report saying the authority could be doing more.

Ofsted's report marked Derby City Council's child safeguarding services as "requiring improvement", although it gave the whole department an overall rating of "good".

It said: "The strategic and operational response to children missing from home, care or education, or at risk of child sexual exploitation is effective.

"However, the quality of return home interviews needs to improve. The quality of assessments is variable, and many lack in-depth analysis and recommendations, which in turn means that planning is weaker than it could be."

Derby City Council
BBC

Sara Bolton told BBC Radio Derby: "All our children are safe in Derby - and I'm sure all your listeners will be most positive about that. This is a good news story.

"We did a self-assessment last autumn and what Ofsted were most impressed with was that we know ourselves - we know our strengths and our weaknesses."

Wisdom set for Rams return?

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

One of the stars of the Derby County team that reached the Championship Play-Off final three years ago looks like he's on his way back to the club.

It's being reported a fee has already been agreed with Liverpool for defender Andre Wisdom, though Derby tell us talks are still ongoing.

Andre Wisdom
Getty Images

The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg and would be Gary Rowett's second signing of the summer.

Leicester City to start season away at Arsenal

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Next season's Premier League fixtures are out - and the Foxes will start their campaign at Arsenal.

Craig Shakespeare's side will then host newly-promoted Brighton before travelling to Manchester United.

On Boxing Day it's Watford away and the season will conclude with a trip to Spurs.

Craig Shakespeare
Getty Images

Man, 80, tries to tackle neighbouring house fire

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A man in his 80s used a hosepipe to try and tackle the fire last night which severely damaged two houses in Bilsthorpe.

Neighbours pulled back Rob Waldron as he tried to tackle the blaze in Highfield Drive as it tore through the buildings and a campervan.

These dramatic pictures show the extent of the damage. Thankfully nobody was injured.

Highfield Drive
Other
Highfield Drive
Other

An appeal has now been launched on Facebook to collect clothes, toys, shoes and blankets for the young familiy who lived in one of the houses.

Tony Wadsworth: Disgraced presenter may lose honorary degree

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

De Montfort University has confirmed it is considering whether to strip disgraced BBC broadcaster Tony Wadsworth of an honorary degree given to him five years ago,

Wadsworth and his wife Julie were jailed for five years on Friday after being found guilty of a string of indecent assaults on under-age boys.

Julie and Tony Wadsworth
PA

A spokesperson for the university said: "Following news of the verdict in this case, the university is now reviewing its award of an honorary degree made in 2012, in accordance with its procedures."

The pair, who lived in Broughton Astley, worked for more than 20 years for BBC local radio in Leicester and Birmingham.