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Summary

  1. Live updates for Wednesday 26 July 2017
  2. Record-breaking Peaty wins 50m breaststroke gold
  3. Boots to sell Beeston factory
  4. Driver hurt as bus crashes into house
  5. Sports Direct boss wins High Court case
  6. Attempted murder suspect sought after stabbing

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By Calum McKenzie and Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: A610 Derbyshire both ways

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A610 Derbyshire both ways severe disruption, at New Road.

A610 Derbyshire - A610 Riversdale in Ambergate blocked in both directions at the New Road junction, because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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East Midlands weather update: A dry night with clear spells

Anna Church

BBC East Midlands Today weather presenter

A few sharp showers are possible to end the afternoon but these will ease through the evening to leave a dry night with clear spells.

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City of Derby swimmer Adam Peaty wins breaststroke gold

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

No world record this time - but City of Derby swimmer Adam Peaty has won gold in the 50m breaststroke final at the World Aquatics Championships.

Peaty won in 25.99 seconds - four hundredths of a second outside the world record time he set yesterday.

It's his second gold of these championships following his triumph in the 100m breaststroke on Monday.

Adam Peaty
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Attempted murder suspect sought after pub stabbing

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A man is being sought in connection with an attempted murder after a stabbing at a Nottingham pub.

Nottinghamshire Police is seeking to trace Steven Mitchell, 48, after a man suffered serious injuries following the stabbing at the Mechanics Arms in St Ann's on Wednesday, July 19.

The force said Mr Mitchell is known to frequent numerous pubs around the city and is linked to a number of addresses in Nottingham.

Steven Mitchell
Nottinghamshire Police

Anyone who sees Mr Mitchell has been urged not to approach him, but to instead call 999.

Burglar absconds from open prison

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have launched an appeal to the public for their help in tracing a prisoner who absconded from HMP Sudbury about two months ago.

Daniel Fenn-Dawkins
Derbyshire Police

Daniel Fenn-Dawkins was convicted of aggravated burglary in June 2015 and was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison.

The 27-year-old - who absconded from the prison on May 26 - has links to the Derby area.

Watch: Former One Direction star arrives in Nottingham

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's the moment former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson arrived at BBC Nottingham earlier - some fans had been outside since 07:00!

The pop star visited the station for an interview with local radio presenter Dean Jackson.

Louis Tomlinson arriving at BBC Nottingham
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Businesses looking at how to 'maximise benefits' of leaving EU

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The impact of Brexit has dominated talks among business leaders from Nottinghamshire as they met to discuss the future of the region's economy.

UK and EU flags
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At a meeting of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, which covers Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, the boss of Boots UK called for the government to provide "frictionless trade" with the EU once Britain leaves.

David Ralph, the chief executive of D2N2, added: "Ideally we would prefer to be in those mechanisms [the single market and customs union] but we are beyond that.

"So actually it is now it is about how we can maximise the opportunities and reduce the impacts [of leaving the EU] really."

Council preparing to mark Derby city milestone

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Who doesn't like a giant birthday card?

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Fallen tree blocking road

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Your comments: Boots' Beeston factory to be sold

East Midlands Today

The news that Boots' parent company is planning to sell off its manufacturing business, including its factory at Beeston, has prompted a strong reaction on Facebook.

Boots factory in Beeston
BBC

The proposed deal would see the international company Fareva take over Boots Contract Manufacturing.

The Beeston site produces many of Boots' own label beauty brands.

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Over on BBC Radio Nottingham Facebook page, Ben King writes: "The start of the end for Nottingham's last big manufacturer?"

Debbie Kings adds: "May as well just list the whole of the UK on eBay - none of our manufacturing greats belong to us anymore - even the miniscule amount we actually still have....."

Power cut in South Derbyshire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you're wondering why you can't turn the kettle on...

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Watch: Caravan stolen from farm

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have released this CCTV footage after a caravan was stolen from Duckmanton...

Warning: Video may contain third party advertising.

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The caravan was taken at around 12:10 on Monday 17 July. It had been parked at Middle Farm on Rectory Road.

Police want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time - especially a woman who was seen walking her dog.

Your photos: July across Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Could someone lend this pheasant an umbrella?

Pheasant in the rain
Anne/BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Anne in Brailsford for the pic.

MPs urged to pressure government over rail electrification

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

MPs need to leave party allegiances to one side and "work collectively" to try and get the Midland Mainline electrified, according to the vice chairman of East Midlands Councils.

Rail track
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Electrification of the route was scrapped by the Department for Transport last week, in favour of using bi-mode trains, which can run on electricity from London to Kettering, before switching to fuel.

Jon Collins told BBC East Midlands Today: "I think it is really important that our MPs work collectively to put pressure on government there is a future for the electrification of Midland Mainline.

"It is absolutely essential that this happens for everyone across the region."

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the switch to bi-mode trains would avoid the need for disruptive electrification works.

Watch: Homeowner's 'nightmare' over builder

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

More customers let down by a Leicestershire builder have been describing the nightmares they've experienced.

Earlier this year we told you some customers had struggled to get work completed by builder Darren Hill.

The owners of this house in Rutland have now told the BBC they paid £81,000 for an extension and loft conversion that he didn't finish...

House in Rutland
BBC

In regards to this job Mr Hill said he was "robbing Peter to pay Paul" which put him completely in a mess.

John Olynn from Groby paid Mr Hill nearly £30,000 for an extension - he then had to pay another builder £13,000 to finish the job...

Mr Hill has already been given a formal warning by Nottingham's trading standards - now another council is considering whether to investigate.

Mr Hill said the standard of his work is "good".

Watch: Ferraris celebrated at Belvoir Castle

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Belvoir Castle welcomed more than 100 Ferraris yesterday as the firm celebrated 70 years since building its first road car...

Lord Byron abbey welcomes new arrivals

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Five baby peacocks have been born at Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron.

The births mean the Abbey has more than doubled the numbers of peacocks in the grounds.

Tracey Bailey, the Abbey's retail manager, said: "It is not every day you get to see baby peacocks.

"I had some kids in yesterday who couldn't wait to get to the cloisters to see the babies."

Nottingham City councillor dies

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A councillor who was instrumental in setting up the UK's first council-owned energy company, has passed away.

Alan Clark
Nottingham City Council

Nottingham City Councillor Alan Clark served on the council for 29 years, representing Byron Ward and Byron Forest Ward.

"This is very sad news indeed," council leader Jon Collins said.

"He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and worked with him. He worked tirelessly for his local community and played a major role in many of the important decisions for our city over the years."

Severe disruption: A631 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A631 South Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between Bawtry Road and B6463 Blyth Road.

A631 South Yorkshire - A631 Bawtry Road in Tickhill closed in both directions between the Bawtry Road junction and the B6463 Blyth Road junction, because of a police incident. Traffic is coping well.

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Your photos: July across Nottinghamshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It might be wet and gloomy out there but that does not mean we haven't had any pictures from our BBC Weather Watchers.

Clumber Park
Viki the Blue/BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Viki the Blue for capturing this rather dramatic looking sky over Clumber Park near Worksop.

Hero's welcome for World Cup winner

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Women's World Cup winner Jenny Gunn tweets...

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Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Rain will gradually clear leaving the afternoon dull and drizzly for a time before a brighter and sunnier end to the day.

Highs of 21C (70F)

Watch: Milk vending machine

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This fresh milk vending machine has been installed at a farm near Kedleston Hall...

Inn Farm Dairy in Weston Underwood near Kedleston Hall fills the machine with fresh milk each day. It's whole milk that's been pasteurised but does cost more than most supermarkets.

Farmer John Hutchinson said the village doesn't have a local shop so it's a service for the community.

Customers also get to see the cows and the calves when getting their milk.

The farm is also trying to help customers to be environmentally friendly by selling reusable glass bottles to collect the milk in.

Airport proposes railway station name change

Kevin Stanley

BBC Radio Nottingham newsreader

East Midlands Airport is offering £2.5m in a bid to improve connections by rail.

East Midlands Parkway station
BBC

It wants to rebrand the East Midlands Parkway station with its name, have more services stopping there and improve bus connections to the terminal.

The plans have been published ahead of the new East Midlands regional rail franchise, which is due start in August 2019.

Cricket: T20 Blast roundup

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Falcons are involved in a five-way tie at the top of the T20 Blast North Group after Gary Wilson's side beat Lancashire by 35 runs.

Luis Reece
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Luis Reece made an unbeaten 97 off 55 balls against his former club as Derbyshire posted 211-5, with Lancashire managing 176-9 in reply.

"It is nice to get back to our ground [after the Elton John concert and the Women's World Cup]...it was important that we set the tone on this ground," Reece told BBC Radio Derby.

Elsewhere, Notts Outlaw's mini revival continued with a nine wicket win at Durham Jets.

Opener Alex Hales hit a 22-ball 44, Riki Wessels 49 not out and Brendan Taylor an unbeaten 33 to help the visitors overhaul a target of 124 with four overs to spare.

The Outlaws play Worcestershire Rapids at Trent Bridge tonight (18:30).

Riki Wessels
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Jack O'Connell portrait revealed

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A new photograph of This Is England actor Jack O'Connell has been unveiled by the National Portrait Gallery.

Jack O'Connell
Tereza Cervenova/National Portrait Gallery

The gallery said the picture was taken in the garden at O'Connell's family home in Derby to challenge the image of an angry youth normally associated with his acting roles.

They include teenager Pukey Nicholls in This Is England, a young murderer in Eden Lake and a drug addict in Harry Brown.

"Jack was very generous not only with his time but also with his thoughts and stories," photographer Tereza Cervenova said.

The photograph will go on display at the gallery in 2018.

Teen reported missing

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are reporting this Derbyshire 16-year-old as missing...

John Brierley-Edwards
Derbyshire Police

John Brierley-Edwards was last seen yesterday evening on Cotmanhay Road in Ilkeston.

Listen: Peaty has 'done the impossible'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Athens 2004 bronze medallist Steve Parry has heaped praise on Adam Peaty, as the City of Derby swimmer goes for gold later in the 50m breaststroke.

The defending champion, 22, won the semi-final in 25.95 seconds, becoming the first person to break 26 seconds in the breaststroke and eclipsing his 26.10 in the heats.

Parry told BBC Radio 4's Today programmme: "Just to give you the context...it is like a hurdler doing the 110m hurdles in a time that you would expect sprinter runners to be doing it."

If Peaty wins today's final (at around 17:00) he will replicate his achievements at the World Championships two years ago when he took the 50m and 100m titles.

Mike Ashley wins Sports Direct court case

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has won a High Court battle with an investment banker over a £15m deal allegedly made in a pub.

Mike Ashley
Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Jeffrey Blue told the court Mr Ashley reneged on a promise to pay him a multi-million-pound sum if he increased the Shirebrook-based firm's share price.

The court heard about "drink-fuelled" meetings in pubs, including one where Mr Ashley "vomited into a fireplace".

Mr Ashley's lawyers said he had won a "comprehensive" victory.

Man trapped in two vehicle crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A van and a car have crashed on the A6006 near Asfordby.

The fire service has reported one man trapped in a vehicle - the roof has been removed and emergency service are working together to assess the casualty.

Police have warned of the road closure...

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Bus crashes into house

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A bus crashed into a house in Leicester last night...

Bus crashed into house
Hassan Dossani

A witness told the BBC it made a "loud bang" and residents heard it from a "fair distance away" when it crashed in Headland Road at about 20:00.

Police told me no passengers were on the single story bus at the time of the crash and no injuries were reported from inside the house.

East Midlands Ambulance Service has confirmed they did take one patient to Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Bus crash
Renuka Odedra

Headland Road and Ethel Road were closed until 01:00 when the bus recovered.

Police are not investigating the crash - it was believed to be an accident.

Severe accident: A6006 Leicestershire westbound

BBC News Travel

A6006 Leicestershire westbound severe accident, between Valley Road and B676 Six Hills Lane.

A6006 Leicestershire - A6006 Valley Road closed and slow traffic westbound between the Valley Road junction in Melton Mowbray and the B676 Six Hills Lane junction in Ragdale, because of an accident.

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

Pollution charges could be imposed on East Midlands roads

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Polluting vehicles could be charged by local authorities to drive on some roads across Derby and Nottingham, the environment secretary has suggested.

Michael Gove
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Newspaper reports highlighted that some of the country's most polluted roads are the A52 Brian Clough Way, A601 in Derby and the A6514 in Nottingham.

Michael Gove told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I don't believe it's necessary to bring in charging, but we will work with local authorities in order to determine what the best approach is.

"And if a local authority believes that charging is necessary in order to ensure compliance then we will work to ensure that plan can be implemented appropriately."

But Labour's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokeswoman Sue Hayman MP said the government had a "squeamish" attitude to clear air zones, and was shunting the problem on to local authorities.

Cars
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