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  1. Severe delays on M1 after lorry fire
  2. Anthony Joshua backs anti-knife crime campaign
  3. Mobile phone shop smashed in ram raid
  4. Bikers in tribute ride to Owen Jenkins
  5. Foxes 'won't accept £30m' for Mahrez
  6. Live updates for Monday 24 July 2017

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By Calum McKenzie and Maryam Qaiser

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Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A5 and J11 for A42.

M42 Warwickshire - Lane closed and slow traffic on M42 northbound between J10, A5 (Tamworth) and J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A631 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A631 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, between High Street and Tethering Lane.

A631 Nottinghamshire - A631 Bawtry Road in Everton blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between the High Street junction and the Tethering Lane junction, because of an accident and recovery work.

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

Shaun Brisley

Notts County sign former Macclesfield, Peterborough and Carlisle defender Shaun Brisley on a two-year contract.

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Our live coverage across the day

Dedicated live coverage on this feed has now ended for the day.

Some news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear overnight before East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

Weather: Dry night ahead

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be a mostly dry night with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells. Lows of 11C (52F).


Expect a cloudy start to the day tomorrow. Thicker cloud will start to thin and break over the course of the day leaving some brighter spells in the afternoon. Highs of 21C (70F).

Your photos: July across the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

It has been a bit of a funny old day out there weather-wise. But here is what the BBC Weather Watchers have been capturing on camera.

This was taken by Chalps at Glossop.


Thanks as well to scrappy for this pic from Loughborough.

Water in Loughborough

And how a bit of greenery to finish? This was taken by Buster9 at Misterton.

Stream in Misterton

Weeping Window display leaves Derby

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

These beautiful poppies were taken down at The Silk Mill, in Derby yesterday as they prepare to make their way to the next location as part of their UK-wide tour.

The Weeping Window exhibition was first seen at the Tower of London and commemorated those who died in World War One.

One lane remains closed on the M1

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

There are still long queues on the M1 north between junctions 29A Chesterfield and 30 for Sheffield following the lorry fire.

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Peaty takes gold in World Aquatics Championships

BBC Sport

City of Derby swimmer Adam Peaty set a new World Championship record as he successfully defended his men's 100m breaststroke title in Budapest.


The 22-year-old Olympic champion, who also set a World Championship record in qualifying, clocked 57.47 seconds.

Peaty, who won gold in Rio last summer in a world record 57.13, told BBC Sport: "You aim for world records, but they are world records for a reason."

Summer switch for Africa Cup of Nations set to benefit Foxes?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester City could be the Premier League team set to benefit the most, when the Africa Cup of Nations moves to the summer.

Mahrez and Slimani playing for Algeria

The tournament, which has traditionally been held in January and February, will move to June and July from 2019.

Research compiled by the Press Association found that the Foxes had seven African players playing 9,116 Premier League minutes last season.

No other team in English football's top flight relied as heavily on African players.

The seven players? Riyad Mahrez, Daniel Amartey, Wilfred Ndidi, Islam Slimani, Yohan Benalouane, Ahmed Musa and Jeff Schlupp (moved to Crystal Palace mid-season).

Watch: Mum's death 'haunts our dreams'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The family of a grandmother, who was stabbed to death in her own home four years ago, have said her death still "haunts our dreams."

Two of Sandra Bainbridge's daughters were speaking following the publication of a report that concluded a mental health trust let down their mother and her killer.

Andrea Cutler, who has a long history of mental illness, was detained indefintely under the Mental Health Act following the killing in Belper.

Helen Dixon (pictured left), added that her mother's death had impacted on the lives of all their family.

M1 lorry fire picture reveals extent of blaze

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

This dramatic picture has emerged of the lorry fire which closed the M1 north between Chesterfield and Sheffield earlier today.

Lorry fire

Highways England has now reopened two of the four lanes but there are still lengthy tailbacks.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and the police were called at about 10:10 to a 40 tonne lorry which caught fire.

Abandoned dog could have 'strangled himself'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A diseased dog, abandoned and tied to a chicken wire fence, could have "strangled himself," the RSPCA said.

Abandoned dog

Protection officers from the animal charity said the lead the black Patterdale cross was tied to in Hamilton, Leicester, was so short he was unable to move.

He was also suffering from a flea allergy and demodectic mange which has left him with bald patches on his tail, back legs and neck.

"This is a horrible case of abandonment of a very poorly dog who could have strangled himself the lead was so short," Inspector Richard Durant from the RSPCA said.

The dog was found on Friday on Sandshill Avenue and is currently recovering at Woodside Animal Centre in the city.

Severe delays remain on M1 north

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

There are still severe delays on the M1 north five hours after a lorry fire between Chesterfield and Sheffield earlier.

Highways England

Specialist equipment is at the scene to clear the debris but with only one of four lanes open there is an estimated hour-and-a-half delay.

Highways England

The lorry was carrying recycled waste and caught fire at about 10.20 this morning. It's not known when the road will fully reopen.

Masked robbers threatened bar staff with knives

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Armed robbers forced their way into a pub and threatened staff with knives before making off with a haul of cash.

Trent Bridge

Detectives are investigating the raid on the Brewhouse and Kitchen on Nottingham's Trent Bridge at about midnight last night.

It's thought the three masked robbers fled along the Embankment towards The Meadows area.

NHS Trust 'failings' contributed to squatter killing grandmother

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

An NHS report has highlighted failings by a mental health trust that led to a woman under its care killing a stranger.

Sandra Bainbridge
Family issue

The report concludes Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust let down not only the victim, Sandra Bainbridge (pictured above), but also Andrea Cutler, the woman who killed her.

Ms Bainbridge, 70, was stabbed to death at her cottage in Belper after returning from holiday in December 2013.

Cutler, who then continued to live at the cottage as a squatter after the stabbing, has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

Andrea Cutler
Police issue

The report's conclusions include the fact that there were no comprehensive reviews of Cutler's care, poor sharing of information about the dangers of her mental illness and a lack of a long term strategy regarding her care.

Helen Dixon and Lele Bobeszko

Two of Ms Bainbridge's daughters, Helen Dixon (pictured left) and Lele Bobeszko, were in Derby to see the publication of this report and said their mother's death still impacts on their life.

Ms Dixon told BBC East Midlands Today: "It haunts our dreams, it affects our life, family life and our careers."

Aftermath of M1 lorry fire

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

This is the aftermath of the lorry fire that's caused major delays on the M1 northbound between junctions 29a for Chesterfield and 30 for Sheffield.

Lorry fire
Derbys Roads Police

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is still dealing with pockets of the fire within the load area of the lorry.

Highways England has said the motorway is expected to clear by 17:30 this evening.

Man jailed for almost killing pedestrian

Lewis Scrimshaw

News editor, BBC Radio Nottingham

A man who deliberately drove into a pedestrian in Sutton-in-Ashfield, almost killing him, has been jailed for five years.

Gary Frankish carried out the attack following a family dispute.

Nottingham Crown Court was told that Frankish drove his car into a man and his son in February this year.

The 57-year-old was taken to the QMC with critical injuries but pulled through.

Frankish had pleaded guilty to common assault and damaging property - but denied a string of more serious charges, including grievous bodily harm and and causing injury by dangerous driving.

He was found guilty on all counts following witness accounts.

Aerosols caused 'mini explosions' at shop fire

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

An explosion at a shop was thought to be caused by an electrical fault igniting aerosols.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service was called at about 22:35 to the Persian Super Market in Radford Road last night after eyewitnesses reported "mini explosions".


Police also attended the incident.

Leicestershire Police sees rise in phone calls

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police's chief constable, Simon Cole, has described a increase in 999 and 101 calls to his force as a "huge challenge."

999 call

Between April and June, the force's control room experienced an extra 10,000 calls compared to the same period last year.

Supt Lucy Bachelor said it is still not clear what caused the rise in calls but extra permanent call handlers may be needed.

"Well our recruitment is ongoing and open and has been for a little while," she told BBC Radio Leicester.

"We answer as many calls as we can with the resources we've got."

Leicestershire Police said it dealt with 136,055 calls between April 2016 and April 2017.

Weather: Some rain around this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cloudy, breezy and occasionally drizzly with some light showers possible.

Charlie Slater's weather map

Some brighter weather likely for a time this evening with highs of 18C (64F).

Your photos: July across Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Ryan Harris got in touch via the BBC East Midlands Today Facebook page with this dramatic pic taken at Winnats Pass in the Peak District.

Misty skies over Winnats Pass
Ryan Harris

There's magic in the mist...

M1 remains closed after lorry fire

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The M1 remains shut after a 40 tonne lorry caught fire on the northbound carriageway earlier.

Highways England said the motorway between junctions 29a for Chesterfield and 30 for south Sheffield is expected to be closed until about 14:15 today.

Traffic is also slow heading south because of the fire.

Van on fire
Derbys Roads Police

Fire crews from Clowne and Staveley fire stations are at the scene with Derbyshire Police.

They were called at about 10:10 to reports of the lorry fire on the motorway hardshoulder.

Van on fire
Derbys Roads Police

Gossip: Foxes 'won't accept £30m' for Mahrez

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Roma have held talks with Leicester's Riyad Mahrez, but the Foxes are apparently still unwilling to accept a £30m offer, according to Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio.

Riyad Mahrez
Victor Fraile/Getty Images

Lorry fire blocking the M1 north

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

It maybe best to avoid the M1 northbound.

There is a lorry on fire which has meant traffic between junctions 29a for Chesterfield and 30 for Sheffield is blocked.

Lorry fire
Highways England

Watch: Train like Adam Peaty

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Ever wondered what it takes to become an Olympic champion like Adam Peaty?

The City of Derby swimmer, 22, has been sharing some of his training regime with BBC Sport.

Looks very similar to my attempts down the gym...

Civil War cannon ball and toe bones set for auction

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Human toe bones and a cannon ball found in a vegetable patch and believed to be from the English Civil War go on auction over the next 48 hours.

Garden finds
Hansons Auctioneers

The iron cannon ball could have been fired in the decisive Battle of Naseby, Derbyshire-based auctioneers Hansons said.

Other finds include 17th Century belt buckles, bottle seals and rifle flints.

The items were discovered in gardens around Lutterworth in Leicestershire over the last 40 years.

More roadworks in Nottingham

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Get set for more roadworks in Nottingham - nine weeks of construction started this morning on the Abbey Bridge roundabout in Lenton.

Traffic access is being increased in preparation for diversions during the wider works around the Broadmarsh.

Abbey Bridge Roundabout

Work will be done between 07:30 to 18:00 Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays and 09:00 to 15:00 on Sundays.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Children by cruise ship

Anna Allatt

BBC News, East Midlands

Traditionally seen as the domain of the over 60s, cruise companies are seeing increasingly different groups of passengers on board.

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Derby says farewell to the Weeping Window

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

An exhibition featuring thousands of handmade ceramic poppies in Derby attracted 200,000 visitors.

But it was time to say goodbye yesterday as the Weeping Window moved onto the next stage of their UK tour

The display had a "massive" cultural and economic impact on Derby, the city council said, with nearby businesses enjoying increased trade and footfall.


The Weeping Window was first seen at the Tower of London and commemorated those who died in World War One.

The exhibition had been at The Silk Mill, Derby, since 9 June.

Darren Bent

Derby County striker Darren Bent says he is "gutted" to be sidelined until Christmas with a hamstring injury.

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Cricket: T20 Blast roundup

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Falcons captain Gary Wilson admitted his side "weren't on the money" with bat or ball as they lost to Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast.

Luis Reece
Getty Images

Luis Reece (pictured) top scored with 33, but the Bears' total of 197 proved too much as the Falcons fell 20 runs short.

"I just think we got it wrong in both departments," Wilson told BBC Radio Derby.

"I don't think we were quite on the money with the bat and we certainly weren't on the money with the ball."

Elsewhere, Notts Outlaws got their first wins of the competitions on Friday and Saturday, whilst Leicestershire Foxes fell to their first defeat against Northants Steelbacks.

Shop damaged after fire and explosion

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

An explosion and fire badly damaged a shop in Radford Road, Nottingham last night.

People living near the shop - thought to be the Persian Store - heard a loud bang at about 22:30 last night.

There were no reports of injuries.

Video footage shows the front plate glass window smashed.

Appeal for information after ram raid

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

More details of the ram raid and break-in at a mobile phone shop in Derby have been released.

Smashed up Carphone Warehouse

Derbyshire Police confirmed it had been called out to the Carphone Warehouse, on Ashbourne Road, at about 03:30 this morning after reports that a silver car had been driven into the front of the store.

Officers believe several men entered the shop and stole products before fleeing the scene in a red car.

The silver vehicle was left behind, Derbyshire Police added.

carphone warehouse

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - Lane closed on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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