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Summary

  1. Live updates for Tuesday 4 July 2017
  2. Victoria Park attack: Victim fighting for her life
  3. Man 'strangled teen in bedroom', court told
  4. Drayton Manor girl 'struggled alone'
  5. Sports Direct boss dismisses £14m claim as 'drink banter'
  6. Nottingham mosque windows smashed with worshippers inside

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By Maryam Qaiser and Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Regular live coverage on this page has ended for the day, but breaking news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear through the night.

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Weather: Warmer evening ahead

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It will be a warm evening with some clouds later today although it will feel slightly muggy.

Tomorrow will begin to feel summery again with some sunny spells but possible clouds.

Temperatures will reach highs of 24C (75F).

Weather for the weekend ahead
BBC

The high pollen count will remain for the rest of today and tomorrow.

There is a risk of some heavy and thundery showers on Thursday but Friday is looking drier and warm.

Search for missing rapist moves north

The search for a convicted double rapist has moved to Leeds after a possible sighting in the city.

Sean Perry, 46, who also uses the surnames Cawthray and Goldthorpe, was last seen at his probation-approved address in Leicester on 19 June.

A man fitting Sean's description was spotted talking to a young woman with a child outside The Duncan pub in Duncan Street, Leeds, on Sunday afternoon.

Police have warned members of the public not to approach him.

Sean Perry
Leicestershire Police

Watch: Mosque window smashed during prayers

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

We told you earlier about the mosque which was attacked while prayers were being said in Radford.

Here's the damage at Masjid Umar Mosque and Islamic Centre from the inside...

A 49-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage in connection with the incident.

Travel: M1 in Derbyshire reopens

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Meanwhile further north up the M1, there's better news for drivers...

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Boulter wins first set but loses match in Wimbledon debut

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Katie Boulter's Wimbledon debut has ended in an honourable defeat.

The Leicestershire player lost her first-round match to Christina McHale 6-3, 5-7, 3-6.

Katie Boulter
Reuters

Travel: M1 southbound closed

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The M1 southbound between junctions 19 and 20 in Leicestershire is closed following a serious accident.

Traffic near the junction with the A14 is so bad, drivers have been spotted leaving their cars.

Accident on the M1
Highways England

Traffic is being diverted off junction 20 and towards A4303 westbound past Magna Park.

People who need the M6 or the A14 should take the M1 northbound towards junction 19.

Leicestershire Police warned the motorway could be shut until 22:00.

Convict absconds from prison

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A convicted fraudster has failed to return to open prison.

George John McHugh, 49, absconded from HMP Sudbury, in Derbyshire, this morning.

McHugh from Castle Derg, County Tyrone, was sentenced at Chester Crown Court in March to two-and-a-half years for fraud and failing to surrender.

George John McHugh,
Derbyshire Police

He has previously lived in Anfield, Liverpool.

World's oldest football club begins new season tonight

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

The oldest football club in the world, Sheffield FC, begins its 160th season tonight with a pre-season friendly against Chesterfield.

The two sides first met in 1872 and if you're going tonight, the match kicks off at 19:30.

The match takes place at Sheffield's Coach and Horses ground, which looks all set for the fixture:

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Victoria Park attack: Police cordon remains as investigations continue

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

The area which borders onto Victoria Park in Leicester remains closed, following a serious attack.

A woman in her 20s is fighting for her life after suffering severe injuries to her head and upper body, Leicestershire Police have said.

Officers have cordoned off the area around the recycling bins near St Leonard's Road and the nearby pond.

Area remains closed
BBC

This is usually a busy access to the popular park, particularly with students heading for the University of Leicester from parts of Clarendon Park.

Remains closed
BBC
Officers in Leicester
BBC

Missing Leicester man spotted in Scotland

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A Leicester man who's been missing for four days has been spotted in Scotland.

Mark Edwards, 37, was reported missing by his family on Friday after failing to return to his home in Hillsborough Close, Glen Parva.

Mark Edwards
Leicestershire Police

However, a "confirmed sighting" in the Glenrothes area last night has seen the police search shift to north of the border.

Sgt Darren Richardson said: “We and Mark’s family are concerned for his welfare. He’s never been missing before and this is extremely out of character.

“We would ask the local community in Glenrothes to contact us if they have seen Mark recently."

Car was held together with dressing gown cord

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Thank goodness this is off the road...

Police in Derbyshire have shared photos of a car they recently seized that had its suspension held in place with a wheel clamp and dressing gown cord.

The force said it was one of the worst set-ups it had ever encountered.

Seized car
Derbyshire Roads Police
Cord holding car together
Derbyshire Roads Police

Victoria Park attack: CCTV footage released

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The woman who suffered a "horrific attack" in a Leicester park last night is fighting for her life, police said.

Officers have released CCTV footage of a man who was seen in Victoria Park shortly before a woman in her 20s was attacked late last night.

The woman was walking from Granville Road across the park towards Victoria Park Road at about 23:40 when she was attacked and dragged into some bushes.

Det Ch Insp Rob Widdowson said: “Whoever carried out this attack is clearly dangerous and must be caught without delay.

“He will have gone home last night covered in his victim’s blood and today he is likely to be highly agitated and may well be behaving out of character.

“This young woman is today fighting for life in hospital and we need the public’s help in identifying the person who did this."

Major crash on M1

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's a photo of the M1 which has three lanes closed southbound between J30 and J29a following an accident.

We've asked police for more information and will let you know if we hear more.

M1 crash
Highways England

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, between J30 for A616 and J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale affecting J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - Very slow traffic on M1 southbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J29a, Markham (Markham Vale), because of an accident involving lorry and two cars earlier on. Travel time is around 20 minute. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J31, A57 (Sheffield).

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

Leicestershire woman makes Wimbledon debut

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Katie Boulter has made a solid start on her maiden appearance in the main draw of the women's singles at Wimbledon...

McHale v Boulter
BBC

...and by the wonders of modern technology you can catch the rest of her match with American Christina McHale here.

Man who sent staff to Sports Direct guilty of forced labour

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

A man who sent Polish workers to Sports Direct in Shirebrook has been found guilty of forced labour and fraud.

Dariusz Parczewski kept the men in squalid caravans in Nottingham and his family kept their benefits and pay.

Dariusz Parczewski
Nottinghamshire Police

He recruited the men in Poland with offers of houses and well-paid jobs but were crammed into caravans outside the family's lavishly decorated homes in Aspley.

The jury found that his wife Bozena took part in the crimes as well but she wasn't fit to stand trial. Their son Krystian has also been convicted of fraud.

Today the jury heard all three weren't in court, because they went missing before the trial. The Polish authorities have been contacted, and an application is being made for a European Arrest Warrant.

Officers wait to speak to attack victim

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Officers are waiting to speak to the woman who was involved in a "serious and violent attack" in Victoria Park in Leicester.

The woman, in her 20s, suffered head and upper body injuries late last night.

Leicestershire Police are waiting for her condition to improve before they speak to her about the attack.

Serious park attack
Google

Det Ch Insp Rob Widdowson, who is leading the investigation, said: “What is known is that this young woman suffered an extremely serious and violent attack.

“At present her medical treatment takes priority, and until we have an opportunity to speak to her, anything else is speculation.

“We are supporting her family who are understandably devastated by what has happened, and on their behalf, and on behalf of the investigation, it would be helpful if people would stop speculating on social media sites about the precise nature of the attack.”

Officers are investigating the area near the recycling bins in Victoria Park where the woman was found.

Nottinghamshire quilt to be gifted to US museum

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A quilt showcasing 400 years of Nottinghamshire's history is being donated as a special gift to the United States.

It was created by the Nottinghamshire branch of the Quilters' Guild, highlighting the origins of the Pilgrim Fathers.

Quilt
BBC

BBC Radio Nottingham has been campaigning to honour the likes of William Brewster, from Scrooby, who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620.

Richard Pickering is deputy executive director of Plimoth Plantation - a living history museum in Massachusetts - which is where the quilt is going.

He said: "It is beautiful, absolutely gorgeous, and as a historian I think if history was conveyed more by quilts, people would know more history.

"It is so engaging, vibrant and we will make sure this gift is revered and always protected."

Man arrested after reports of gun shot in Worksop

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested on suspicion of firearm possession after reports of a gun shot in Worksop yesterday morning.

Nottinghamshire Police said they received a report that a gun had been fired in the Gateford Road area at about 01:40 BST on 3 June.

Armed officers then searched an address in Cheapside this morning and arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the firearms incident. He remains in custody.

Arrests
Google

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between Leicester Forest East Services and J21A for A46 Leicester North.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between Leicester Forest East Services and J21a, A46 (Leicester North), because of a broken down motor home.

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

Mosque windows smashed with worshippers inside

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage after a mosque's windows were smashed as people worshiped inside last night.

Witnessed detained a 47-year-old man at Masjid Umar Mosque and Islamic Centre in Radford, Nottinghamshire Police said. He was later arrested.

Mosque
Google

Officers, who recovered a hammer, are trying to trace further witnesses, including occupants of a red vehicle who helped in the detention of the suspect.

Nottinghamshire Police said it is believed to be an isolated incident. The man remains in custody.

The attack comes two days after two men were charged with racially aggravated public order offences after meat, believed to be pork, was allegedly smeared on the front door of Al-Quba Masjid mosque in Sherwood.

Sports Direct boss set to give evidence over share price disagreement

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

An investment banker who has sued Mike Ashley (below) after claiming that he is owed £14m, has been accused of making up evidence.

Mike Ashley
CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images

Jeffrey Blue believes Mr Ashley, who owns Newcastle United and Shirebrook-based Sports Direct, did not stick to a commercial agreement.

Mr Blue says Mr Ashley promised to pay him £15m if he used his expertise to increase Sports Direct's share price to £8 a share. But he alleges that Mr Ashley paid only £1m.

David Cavender QC, who is leading Mr Ashley's legal team, accused Mr Blue of "making up evidence."

The hearing, at the High Court in London, is expected to hear evidence from Mike Ashley later today.

Man 'strangled teen in bedroom', court told

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

A man who "enjoyed strangling women" murdered a 16-year-old girl in his bedroom at his parents' house, a court heard.

James Morton, now 24, denies murdering Hannah Pearson in Newark in July last year.

Hannah
BBC

Michael Evans, QC, prosecuting, said: "He was someone who increasingly enjoyed the sensation of strangling women.

"He knew it was dangerous, that was what turned him on."

Mr Evans told Nottingham Crown Court that Mr Morton rang the police just after midnight to say he had killed her but that it was an accident.

Jurors heard Mr Morton's parents were away at the time.

The trial continues.

Watch: Boulter 'excited' ahead of Wimbledon debut

BBC Sport

Katie Boulter has promised herself that she will "enjoy every moment" of her Wimbledon main draw debut.

Boulter, 20, from Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire, was handed a wildcard into the main draw, having previously competed at SW19 in the junior competition.

"I'm very excited for what is going to come and I'm going to enjoy every moment of it," Boulter told BBC Sport.

Her match is second on court 12 against the American Christina McHale.

Trams now running after power failure

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

All tram services across Nottingham are now running but there are still 30 minute delays.

Trams had stopped running earlier this morning after a power failure which meant shuttle buses were being used instead.

Nottingham Express Transit said it is working to resume a full timetable as quickly as possible.

Watch: Youngsters record 'peace' song following terror attacks

East Midlands Today

Following the recent terror attacks across the UK, a school in Leicester decided to record a message of peace through song.

Over to you, children of Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy...

Your comments: Chaddesden Park travellers told to leave

Facebook

People have been getting in touch on Facebook to share their views after police stepped in to remove travellers from Chaddesden Park.

Derbyshire Police said they had been monitoring the group for several days and had become concerned about damage.

Marcia Warren said: "Heard the kids have been riding round on quad bikes, so no doubt damage has been caused to the park that the council can't afford to repair never mind the clean up bill."

Derbyshire police evict travellers
Derbyshire Police

Lynne Hope said: "They seized two uninsured vehicles outside my house too. Someone now has clear up their human waste they should have made them do it."

Rich Sloman said: "Concrete posts around all greens, yes it will cost money. However far less than the clean-up, police, and eviction costs.

Number of elected councillors in Harborough set to be cut

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

The local government boundary commission has approved plans to cut the number of elected members on Harborough District Council.

Ballot box
BBC

Final recommendations for the the area, published this morning, mean the electorate now will choose 34 councillors at the next election, down from 37.

The new arrangements will take effect in time for the next council elections in 2019.

Woman suffers serious head injuries in park attack

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Victoria Park in Leicester has been cordoned off following a serious assault there.

Victoria Park
Google

Emergency services were called to the park in the early hours of this morning and a woman has been taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

"Investigations are in the very early stages and a cordon is in place on the park," a spokesperson for Leicestershire Police added.