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  1. Live updates for Monday 26 June 2017
  2. Funerals for Hinckley brothers
  3. Chinese firms in Nottingham for trade summit
  4. Water 'still affected' by chlorine failure
  5. Belper's Mr Potato Head gets fixed
  6. Tennis: Clarke wins at Wimbledon qualifying

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By Calum McKenzie and Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, at J29 for A617.

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound at J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down car.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

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

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

Ben Duckett

England's Ben Duckett hits an 89-ball century as Northants have the better of things against Leicestershire on day one.

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James Pattinson

Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire have the upper hand against Kent as James Pattinson takes three wickets in eight balls.

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Wayne Madsen

Derbyshire's tail steer them to a respectable 288 after Glamorgan's seamers dominate the twilight session, with the home side 5-0.

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Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J21 for M69 and J20 for A4303.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J20, A4303 (Lutterworth), because of an accident involving caravan and lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Our live coverage across the day

The dedicated live coverage is over for today, but news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear throughout the night.

East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

Joule's Brewery to produce Everards ales

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Joule's Brewery is to take on the production of Everards Ales as the 169-year-old Leicester-based brewery moves into a smaller facility.

The Everards team will be working alongside the Shropshire brewers making Old Original and Sunchaser golden ale.

Joule's brewery in Market Drayton

The two companies have been working towards the partnership for the past year.

Management at Joule's say they hope it will lead to further investment at the Market Drayton plant, and the creation of new jobs.

Leigh Wood: Nottingham boxer eyes title after winning return

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

Nottingham featherweight boxer Leigh Wood has said his clinical win in his first fight after 15 months out injured shows he is ready to challenge for a title.

Leigh Wood
Getty Images

The 28-year-old beat Lithuania's Simas Volosinas on points in Bingham on Saturday to take his record to 18 wins and just one defeat.

"It's like I'd never been gone," Wood told BBC Sport. "My shots and my timing were there.

"It'll definitely be a title fight next. I don't need to box eliminators."

Your photos: June across the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's a look at the best of the BBC Weather Watcher pictures from the East Midlands. Thanks to Phil for this one from Gedling Country Park near Nottingham:

Gedling Country Park

John Leigh has been to Chatsworth House...

Bridge and river at Chatsworth
John Leigh

...and thanks as well to scrappy for this panoramic shot at Kegworth.

Fields near Kegworth

Weather: Some rain around overnight

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It’ll stay dry through this evening and the first part of the night with a few clear spells.

BBC Weather map

Showery rain will move eastwards in the early hours.

Lows of 13C (55F).

Tribute paid to schoolboy brothers

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The heart-broken mother of two brothers Adam and Matthew spoke of "the most difficult time".

A message read on behalf of the Sally Stokes thanked friends, Adam and Matthew's friends, and the whole community for all uniting together.

She also thanked the police, church, school, her counsellor and the medical staff who treated her.

Flowers for Adam and Matthew Stokes

During the service, friends and family heard how Adam "enjoyed life" listening to music on YouTube, playing on his Xbox and enjoying rugby and football with friends.

Matthew was "extremely happy" - Rev John Whittaker said he loved his mum and was very affectionate to her.

St Mary's Church of England primary school

The boys' headteacher, Rachel Ayres, of St Mary's Church of England primary school also paid tribute to the boys.

She said fellow pupils were still "struggling to come to terms" with their deaths and that the school had been left "deeply shocked and saddened by the deaths".

The school had been closed at lunchtime as a mark of respect to the youngsters.

Young brothers laid to rest seven months after death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

More than 100 mourners, including school friends, have gathered at a church in Hinckley to pay their respects to Adam Stokes, 11, and his five-year-old brother Matthew.

Seven months ago their bodies were discovered by police at their home in the town. The boys' father was also found dead inside the house on Welwyn Road in November last year, having suffered a stab wound.

The family have had to wait until now to be able to lay the children to rest.

Sally Stokes in tears outside Hinckley church

As the coffins arrived at church, their mother broke down in tears and was comforted by close family.

Each coffin was topped with a single rose; one red, the other blue.

Coffins for Matthew and Adam Stokes

Five-year-old Matthew's coffin was accompanied by a Minion character, arranged in flowers of yellow and blue, while his older brother's arrived with a floral rugby ball.

The boys had been close in life, and on the end of each coffin was a photograph them arm-in-arm.

Matthew Stokes coffin

Watch: Mother releases balloons at sons' funeral

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Sally Stokes, the mother of Adam and Matthew, has released two balloons representing her sons after their funerals in Hinckley...

Sally Stokes releasing balloons

Derby 'transformed into virtual reality'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It is hoped a number of 3D scans of some of Derby's most well known buildings will encourage more visitors to come to the city.

Virtual reality map

The virtual reality versions of buildings, including Derby Cathedral, can now be explored online.

Richard Shaw, from the company which developed the map, added that he sees it being used by a number of different types of people.

"There are obviously people that for physical and health reasons are unable to climb 189 steps in the Cathedral," he told BBC Radio Derby.

"So for those people they wouldn't be able to explore that space in real life anyway."

Driver crashes into house 'to avoid cat'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 17-year-old man from Melbourne said he crashed into a house when he swerved to avoid hitting a cat.

It happened last Friday in Chellaston...

Car crashed into house

The driver - who did not want to be named - told the BBC he was driving down Parkway at about 30mph when a cat ran out.

He said: "I swerved to the right and the back of the car went out, I then swerved to the left and lost control - I couldn't bring it back."

Car wreckage

Managing to avoid two parked cars and a tree he ended up in the wall - "it was a big impact."

He said swerving to avoid the cat was a "natural reaction" but he claims he is still in shock from hitting the wall.

After the crash he managed to get out of the car and went to hospital. He has since been discharged but said he still has some pains in his leg and neck.

Police have reported the driver for driving without due care or attention. He will be asked to appear in court at a later date.

Severe disruption: A5012 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5012 Derbyshire both ways severe disruption, between B5056 and B5023.

A5012 Derbyshire - A5012 in Grangemill closed in both directions between the B5056 junction and the B5023 junction, because of fallen rocks. Traffic is coping well.

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

Michael Appleton

Outgoing Oxford United head coach Michael Appleton says his successor will inherit a club in "a very good place".

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Cricket: Update on 'historic' pink ball Championship matches

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It feels a bit strange writing this at gone 16:00, but all of the County Championship games involving our sides are currently at lunch.

James Pattinson
Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

This is because they are all involved in a day/night four-day matches that are scheduled to end at 21:00.

  • At Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire's James Pattinson (pictured) has taken three wickets to reduce promotion rivals Kent to 101-5.
  • Leicestershire are on the back foot at Northampton where the hosts' Ben Duckett has smashed an 89-ball hundred in their total of 141-2.
  • In Cardiff, an unbeaten 61 from Wayne Madsen has steered Derbyshire to 86-1 against Glamorgan.

Chinese businesses hear about 'economically important' Midlands region

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Delegates from China have been hearing about the "great potential" of trading with the East Midlands at a summit in Nottingham.

Sir John Peace

Businesses from the Zhejiang province in China want to forge links with companies here.

"As a region we are talking 12 million people," the chairman of the Midlands Engine Sir John Peace said.

"It is the largest economic region outside of London and the south east and as a region I think we are strategically and economically important to the region."

Delegates at a summit

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J21 for M69 affecting J21A for A46 Leicester North.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J21, M69 (Leicester), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J21a, A46 (Leicester North).

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

Watch: Brothers funeral underway

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

The coffins of Adam and Matthew Stokes have arrived at St Mary's Church in Hinckley for their funeral service...

The brothers were found inside a house on Welwyn Road in November last year following a disturbance.

Football: Burton boss 'always liked ' new signing Warnock

BBC Sport

The Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough says he "always liked" full-back Stephen Warnock, after signing him on a one-year deal, following his release by Wigan.

Stephen Warnock

The 35-year-old made 48 appearances for the Latics last season as they were relegated to League One.

Warnock, who has two England caps, has also played for Liverpool, Blackburn, Aston Villa, Leeds and Derby.

Severe accident: A607 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

A607 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, at A563 Troon Way.

A607 Leicestershire - A607 Melton Road in Leicester closed and very slow traffic northbound at the A563 Troon Way junction, because of an accident.

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

Purse stolen from pensioner's bag

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Do you recognise this woman? Police want to speak to her after an elderly woman had her purse stolen from her bag in Derby...

CCTV of wanted woman
Derbyshire Constabulary

It happened last month in the Nationwide on Albion Street.

This woman was in the bank at the same time and may have information to help police with their inquiry.

Travel: Crash on Melton Road

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Matt Green

Lincoln bring in ex-Mansfield striker Matt Green, former Orient forward Ollie Palmer and re-sign Josh Ginnelly on loan.

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Watch: Lottery scam 'ruins lives'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police in Leicester are warning of a lottery scam that's seen victims conned out of almost £200,000.

At least 20 people have fallen victim so far - all older Asian men.

Police putting up scam warning poster

They are approached by someone claiming to have a winning lottery ticket.

They tell the victim they are an illegal immigrant and can't collect the winnings but offer to sell them the ticket.

In some cases as much as £50,000 in cash and jewellery has been taken.

Here's Det Con Catherine Thompson...

Hinckley deaths: Funeral to be held for Stokes brothers

Amy Harris

BBC East Midlands Today reporter in Hinckley

This is the scene at St. Mary's Church in Hinckley ahead of the funerals of Adam and Matthew Stokes.

Flowers in Hinckley

The bodies of Adam, 11, and Matthew, five, were found by police at their home in Welwyn Road, on 2 November following a disturbance.

David Stokes, 43, was found dead from a stab wound. The children's mother, Sally Stokes, was injured at the house and was treated in hospital.

Leicestershire Police said the cause of the boys' deaths had not yet been "conclusively ascertained".

No arrests have been made and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Tennis: Derby youngster progresses at Wimbledon qualifying

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Jay Clarke is through to the second round of qualifying at Roehampton as he bids for a place in the main draw of Wimbledon.

Jay Clarke

Clarke, 18, from Derby, beat Marcelo Arevalo 6-3, 6-4.

He will face Sweden's Elian Ymer next.

Weather: Dry and pleasant afternoon

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Cloud will generally increase through the day, turning the sunshine hazy into the afternoon.

Lucy Martin and the weather map

Staying dry and bright with light north-westerly winds.

Maximum temperatures of 19C (66F).

The couple

A man who gave evidence against Tony and Julie Wadsworth in court says the pair will "feel the punishment".

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Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

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

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Firefighters dealing with hay bale fire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Firefighters are currently at the scene of a fire near Owthorpe, near Cotgrave.

40 tonnes of bailed rubbish, trees and undergrowth are alight.

The fire crews are set to remain on the scene for the rest of the day, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue added.

Firefighters were called out in the early hours of Saturday morning to a fire at the same site.

Confusing conclusion in restaurant awards

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The winner of the Nottinghamshire Food and Drink Awards has caused confusion - because the restaurant is actually in Derbyshire.

Knife, fork and a restaurant bill

La Rock, in Sandiacre has an NG post code, but the town is actually in the borough of Erewash in Derbyshire.

The Nottingham Post, which organised the competition, has defended the decision by saying the restaurant has long been popular with its readers.

Meanwhile, Nick Gillespie, the restaurant's owner and chef, said: "We're really lucky to be right on the border.

"Our clients come from Derbyshire as well as Nottinghamshire...we're a Nottingham postcode, a Nottingham address, but Derbyshire apparently by border."

Storm in a teacup? Or champagne flute perhaps...

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of a broken down vehicle.

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