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Summary

  1. Live updates for Thursday 6 July 2017
  2. Victoria Park attack: Police continue questioning youth
  3. Sports Direct boss is a 'power drinker'
  4. Derbyshire cricketer investigated over 'indecent exposure'
  5. Nottingham prison violence blamed on staff shortages
  6. Residents flee as masked men break into Gedling home with axe
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

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By Gavin Bevis and Maryam Qaiser

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: A38 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between A5121 and A5121.

A38 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on A38 northbound in Burton Upon Trent between Branston Interchange and Clay Mills, because of accident investigation work.

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

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer both take three wickets to bowl Leicestershire out for 281 and help Sussex edge ahead.

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James Pattinson

Nottinghamshire have to settle for a draw after resilience from Kent's tail and bad weather deny them victory.

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Chris Read

Notts Outlaws wicketkeeper Chris Read will be part of the club's coaching staff rather than play in this season's T20 Blast.

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Kelechi Iheanacho

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester City's 20-year-old Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho is close to making a £25m move to Leicester City.

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Live coverage has ended

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.

East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

Weather: Yellow warning for rain across the region

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A weather warning has been issued for rain across the East Midlands today.

There will be isolated thunderstorms and possible heavy downpours later this afternoon.

It will be dry overnight and should remain clear but it will feel muggy with warm temperatures of 16C (61F).

Weather for this afternoon
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Friday will see a clear and bright start to the day with some clouds but it will feel warm with temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

There’s a chance of showers over the weekend and it’ll be quite cloudy.

It’ll feel cooler than the last few days.

Cricket: Derbyshire captain feeling regretful after loss

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman has been reflecting on this afternoon's six-wicket defeat to Durham in the County Championship.

Watch: Topiarist shows off Elvis-shaped hedge

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Warning - this video might leaf you all shook up...

Men jailed after knife-point robberies in Hucknall

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Two men, who stole £1,000 from an off-licence during a knife-point robbery in Hucknall, have been jailed.

Samuel Jonathan Langley and Nathan Dean Ford entered the Tipple and Tape, on Annesley Road, at 17.55 on 7 May.

Langley was carrying a knife as they forced their way around the counter, threatening two female workers, before taking the money from the till.

Langley also robbed the Pepper's convenience store on Watnall Road on 26 April.

He waved a knife in the direction of a female worker before leaving with some cash.

Samuel Jonathan Langley
Notitnghamshire Police
Samuel Jonathan Langley

Nottingham Crown Court heard that Ford perverted the course of justice by providing false details to police after being detained for a theft at Sainsbury's on Waverley Road on 30 May.

Langley, 29, formerly of Chatsworth Drive, was jailed for nine years and four months after pleading guilty to two charges of robbery and possession of a blade whilst committing the offences.

Nathan Dean Ford, 26, formerly of Moor Street, Mansfield, was jailed for six years and six months after pleading guilty to charges of robbery, theft and perverting the course of justice.

Nathan Dean Ford
Nottinghamshire Police
Nathan Dean Ford

Missing woman was last seen in Rutland

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police say they're concerned for the safety of a 53-year-old woman who's gone missing.

Joanne Lewis, from Lincolnshire, was last seen in the Tinwell area of Rutland at about 15:00 yesterday.

Officers have urged anyone who's seen her to call 101.

Joanne Lewis
Leicestershire Police

Train delays after lightning damages signalling system

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Some bad news for rail passengers this evening...

There has been lightning which has damaged the signalling system between Ely and Norwich, but this is disrupting trains on the Nottingham/Norwich/Liverpool route.

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Crackdown on teenage troublemakers in Long Eaton

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police have been granted extra powers to deal with teenagers causing a nuisance in Long Eaton this weekend.

The 48-hour dispersal notice was prompted by "numerous reports" of underage drinking, criminal damage and loud music being played around market stalls in the town centre.

It means officers can order groups of two people or more to leave the area if they suspect they have the potential to cause trouble.

It starts at 18:00 on Friday and concludes at 18:00 on Sunday.

Long Eaton town centre
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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J23 for A512 and J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J23, A512 (Loughborough) and J23a A42, because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

Residents flee after axe-wielding burglars break into Nottinghamshire home
CCTV footage films three men climbing over the fence before entering the home in Gedling.

Prison staffing levels have 'improved' since critical report, government says

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The government says improvements have been put in place following a critical report into a Nottingham prison.

A report by the Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) said HMP Nottingham's "very significant problem" with violence has been made worse by a lack of staff.

Its report recorded 199 assaults on staff, 457 attacks on prisoners by inmates and 82 fires in 12 months.

Prison
BBC

A Prison Service spokeswoman said staffing levels have "improved significantly" since the report.

"HMP Nottingham has begun work to improve access to education and has reopened a number of workshops for prisoners," she said.

“There remains progress to be made on mental health provision, and the prison will work closely with health colleagues in order to implement the recommendations made in the report.”

Watch: Gedling residents flee axe-wielding burglars

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Police have released CCTV footage of the moment three men - one carrying an axe and another wearing a Scream-style mask - broke into a house in Gedling on 8 June.

New mural unveiled in Derby city centre

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Have you seen this new feature in St Peter's Street in Derby?

The mural, by artist Peter Barber (pictured below), has been added to the front of the disused BHS store and was commissioned by intu - which owns the shop - to brighten up its appearance.

Mural
BBC
Mural
BBC

Five arrests after man injured in Sileby 'gun incident'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences after a 26-year-old man was injured at a house in Leicestershire.

Three men and a woman from Skegness were questioned, along with another woman from Loughborough, after a gun was fired at a property in Gibson Road, Sileby, in the early hours of Sunday.

Police say a woman and a man from Skegness have since been released while investigations continue but the other three remain in police custody.

Gibson Road
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The force added the injured man was still in hospital and the circumstances surrounding his injuries were still being investigated.

Gerrard to face Brewers in first managerial match

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Steven Gerrard's first game in charge of Liverpool's U18 side will be against Burton Albion's youth side at St George's Park - but the 14 July fixture will not be open to spectators.

The former England international came through Liverpool's youth ranks before embarking on a glittering career that's seen him recognised as one of the club's best ever players.

He was appointed manager of the Reds' U18 side in April.

Steven Gerrard
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Dan Robinson, manager of the Brewers academy side, said: "It’s a great opportunity for our players to test themselves against a Premier League academy."

Jack Burnham

Jack Burnham and Ryan Pringle's nerveless unbroken stand of 137 takes Durham to 285-4 in a six-wicket win over Derbyshire.

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Vehicles and power tools recovered after police warrants issued

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Four men, two women and a youth have been arrested on suspicion of theft as part of a crackdown on vehicle crime.

Officers searched residential addresses in the Golf Course Lane area in Leicester.

A number of vehicles and a large quantity of power tools, which are suspected to be stolen, were recovered, Leicestershire Police said.

Golf Course Lane
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The four men - aged 18, 25, 25 and 40 - a 16-year-old youth and two women, aged 18 and 19, remain in custody.

The force said there was an increase in thefts from vehicles with particular tools being taken in the last month.

Residential addresses and hotel car parks have also been targeted.

Nottinghamshire buildings get safety checks after Grenfell tragedy

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

The Fountaindale residential respite care school in Mansfield and other residential properties are having their cladding checked by Nottinghamshire County Council in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

The authority says 21 places where people sleep overnight - such as Clayfields House in Stapleford - will have a full fire safety review, although the authority stresses there is no evidence that there are any fire risks to any of the properties.

Grenfell fire
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Concern over rise in young drink-drivers

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police say they're disappointed drink-driving appears to be on the increase in Leicestershire.

The force said it made 60 arrests for the offence in June plus two for drug-driving - an increase of 13 on the previous June.

Breathalyser
PA

Jonathan Clarkson, from the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership, said: “Despite our best efforts, the dangers of drink and drug-driving continue to be ignored by a stubborn minority of motorists.

"Worryingly, around a third of those arrested were younger drivers, which appears to be a growing trend with each of our campaigns.”

Missing Chesterfield teenager could be heading for London

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Concern is growing for a 16-year-old who has gone missing from Chesterfield, police said.

Amanuel Liben was last seen in Chatsworth Road at about 16:00 on Tuesday, according to officers.

He has links to Shepherd’s Bush, Brent and Hammersmith in London and may be travelling to the city.

Amanuel
Derbyshire Police

Amanuel is black, 5ft 7in tall and slim with short black curly hair and stubble, and he might have been wearing a black hooded top when he went missing.

Weeping Window gets 82,000 visitors in first fortnight

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

More than 82,000 people visited the ceramic poppy art installation at Derby Silk Mill in its first two weeks, it's been revealed.

Marketing Derby, which is in charge of promoting the city, said the Weeping Window display had been viewed by visitors from New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and the USA.

It was created by Derby artist Paul Cummins and features poppies used in his hugely popular Tower of London display in 2014.

Weeping Window
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Watch: Balloon astrobiology experiment shows stunning views over England

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Physics students from the University of Leicester have flown a new high altitude balloon in an astrobiological experiment.

The flight - which lasted seven hours and 15 minutes - was launched near to Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, on 27 June, and reached a maximum height of 23.5km (14.6 miles) above Leicester before drifting and landing near the Humber estuary.

The students achieved a successful test of their descent system, which could help in the development of stratospheric flights in the future and may enable future balloons to be reused after recovery.

The balloon was also carrying a harmless strain of E.coli to test how life copes in extreme environments.

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley tells court he's a 'power drinker'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has told a High Court judge he is a "power drinker" who likes to get drunk.

He was giving evidence on the fourth day of a trial in London where he is being sued by investment banker Jeffrey Blue.

Mr Blue says the tycoon promised to pay him £15m if he used his expertise to increase Shirebrook-based Sports Direct's share price to £8 each - but he only ended up with £1m.

Mr Ashley has dismissed the claims as "nonsense".

Mike Ashley
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The court heard the dispute relates to a conversation in a central London pub four years ago.

Mr Ashley told the judge he would have had four to five pints within an hour, after being asked how much he had drunk by a lawyer representing Mr Blue.

"It was a fun evening, drinking at pace," he said. "I like to get drunk. I am a power drinker.

"My thing is not to drink regularly. It is binge drinking. I am trying to get drunk."

The hearing continues.

Farm that helped troubled youngsters is put up for sale

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A Derbyshire farm that has spent more than 30 years helping troubled young people is being put up for sale.

Highfields Happy Hens, in Etwall, originally helped to get homeless teenagers back on track through work such as collecting eggs. It later expanded to offer support to young offenders and excluded school pupils.

Now its owner Roger Hosking has put the farm on the market due to ill health but he told BBC Radio Derby he hopes whoever buys it will continue with the youth work.

Roger Hosking
BBC

Long delays in West Bridgford after driver taken ill

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Drivers are being urged to avoid Loughborough Road and Radcliffe Road in West Bridgford after a driver was taken ill in their vehicle near the Trent Bridge Inn.

Radcliffe Road
Google

Paramedics are at the scene but the incident is causing long traffic delays and there are changes to some of the bus services in West Bridgford.

Cool cows and swans

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It's pretty warm today - luckily these cows (and swans - click the right arrow on the picture) knew just how to cool down.

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Project to celebrate mixed race relationships in Nottingham

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

An £81,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be used towards a project to celebrate mixed race relationships in Nottingham.

The Colour of Love will preserve people's stories from the 1940s to the 1970s for future generations.

The grant has been given to St Ann’s Advice Centre in partnership with Freedom Art to run the project.

Coleen Francis, who is organising the project, said they will record people's stories and turn it into a DVD.

Kenya family
BBC

One of the families whose story will feature on the DVD is a family who were forced to leave Kenya in the 1960s.

Sisters Ndinda and Elizabeth Kimuyu (above) fled the country with their mother Ruth to Nottinghamshire in 1965.

Ruth - originally from Kirkby-in-Ashfield - was working as a missionary in Kenya during the 1950s when she met the sisters' dad, who is African. But the family were forced out of the country.

Nottingham has the highest population of people from dual heritage after London.

Derbyshire cricket star investigated over 'indecent exposure'

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby sport

Derbyshire cricketer Shiv Thakor has been suspended on full pay while police investigate a report of an indecent exposure in Derby.

Police have confirmed to me that they received a report that a man had indecently exposed himself to women on two separate occasions at a housing development off Radbourne Lane in Mackworth on 12 June.

Shiv Thakor
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A 23-year-old man voluntarily attended St Mary's Wharf police station in Derby and was interviewed in connection with the alleged offences.

He has been released under investigation. A report has been forwarded to the Crown Prosecution Service, which will decide whether to charge him.

Missing Leicestershire teenager 'does not have phone'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Concerns are growing for a 14-year-old boy from Leicestershire who's been missing for nearly a week.

Oscar Duncan-West was last seen at his home in Asfordby Hill on Friday afternoon.

Police said the teenager, who has links to the Syston area, is without his mobile phone and is not thought to have access to any money.

Oscar Duncan-West
Leicestershire Police

Is it a moth or a bird?

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The hummingbird hawk-moth looks a bit like both, don't you agree?

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