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  1. Live updates for Thursday 27 July 2017
  2. Man arrested over child abduction scare
  3. Lorry's bodged 'Blue Peter' windscreen
  4. Third cash machine ram-raid in weeks
  5. Coping with daughter's murder 'not easy'
  6. Deadly air raid remembered 75 years on

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By Maryam Qaiser and Amy Woodfield

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, 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 a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

East Midlands weather update: A chance of thunder

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

There will be a few sharp showers to end the afternoon and these will continue into the evening.

The odd rumble of thunder is also possible. However, there will be plenty of sunny spells in between.


Man rushed to hospital after Meadows stabbing

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A man has been rushed to hospital after being stabbed in the chest this afternoon, Nottinghamshire Police has confirmed.

The force said they were called to Humber Close, in the Meadows, at about 13:40 BST.

Humber Close

The victim's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening or altering.

Horse found dead in flooded field

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

An animal welfare group is calling for more to be done - after a horse was found dead in a field by the A61 near Little Eaton island.

The charity Help for Horses wants more action to stop horses being left to die in Derbyshire after the dead animal was brought to their attention.

It's not clear who owned the horse. The incident has now been passed on to the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner's office.

Watch: Train in near miss with tractor

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

With harvest season around the corner, British Transport Police has released video footage to warn farmers of the dangers of crossing the railway.

This was recorded by a train in Huncote...

Mick Newell

Director of cricket Mick Newell says Nottinghamshire will look to bolster their squad, but are keen to give youth a chance.

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Watch: Family living in fear after burka robbery

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You might remember this burglary at a house in Leicester back in April - two men wore burkas to break into a house on Dorothy Road...

Police have said three men and a woman have since been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

The victim, who had a hand and several ribs broken in the attack, has spoken out about what happened to him...

I just went to the door and was attacked in my own home without warning. I want the people responsible caught so that I can stop living in fear and to stop this happening to anyone else. This has left me and my family scared every time someone comes to the door or a car passes the house.”


Despite having made arrests police have said they need the help of the community.

They are asking the public to think back and see if they can remember anything out of the ordinary.

Search for missing Syston man

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are concerned for welfare of this 21-year-old man who has been reported missing...

Liam Jones
Leicestershire Police

Liam Jones was last seen yesterday by a family member at his home in the Syston area.

It looks like the Lowland Search & Rescue Unit is also helping with the search...

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Welly weather at Y Not Festival

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Better pack your wellies if you're heading for the Y Not Festival - police have just shared these photos of the festival site...

Y Not Festival
Derbyshire Police
Y Not Festival
Derbyshire Police

Morgan on 'tipping point' abuse online

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Nicky Morgan has been speaking to the BBC about receiving death threats on Twitter.

Nicky Morgan

The Loughborough MP said there are limits to what anyone should have to put up with on social media.

She told: "I think all MPs are used to pretty robust political debate and we're quite used to being sworn at on Twitter or people making it very clear what they think of us.

"But I think the threat of violence is something for me that is a tipping point."

Man arrested over attempted child abduction

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A 36-year-old man was arrested after reports a girl had been followed into a house in Beeston last night.

The suspect was spotted acting suspiciously on Central Avenue just after 16:30 BST.

Burrows Avenue

Police said when they arrived in the area, members of the public helped them track down the man.

Here's Inspector Steven Wragg...

New garden is quiet place for cancer patients

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

This beautiful garden has been created at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham for cancer patients.

New garden at the QMC

The garden, which opened today in the Ear Nose and Throat Centre, will be a quiet and relaxing place for patients to go while they are having treatment.

Catherine Behenna, who is from the hospital, has led the project.

She said: "This was such an unloved area for so many years and I spent a lot of time looking out thinking wouldn't it be fantastic if we could get patients into this space.

"Gardens make us all feel so much better and we just needed somewhere our patients could come and have a moment of reflection and take some time away."

New garden at the QMC
BBC Sport

The opening coincided with World Head and Neck cancer day.

Watch: Policeman punched while on duty

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A total of 243 Leicestershire Police officers were assaulted on duty during 2016/2017 according to police statistics.

This shocking video shows one of the attacks...

These figures are of great concern. It is totally unacceptable for officers to be assaulted as they carry out their duties protecting their communities. Police officers understand their role puts them into contact with people in extreme situations but that does not mean that they should see being assaulted as part of the job."

Tiff LynchLeicestershire Police Federation, chairman
Jamie Whiteman

Vicky Johnson

Health Correspondent, BBC Look North

The ice skater, who represented Great Britain as a junior, admitted a total of 16 sex offences in 2015.

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Alcohol stolen from Tesco Express

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Several bottles of alcohol were stolen from the Tesco Express store in Hucknall Road, Nottingham.

The front window of the shop was smashed at about 03:30 today, Nottinghamshire Police have said.

Tesco break-in

The store will remain closed today while police investigate.

Store will stay shut

Watch: Man beaten with wooden pole

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This shocking video footage was captured by a passer by on Duffield Street in Leicester on Monday.

Luckily the police weren't too far away...

Teen memorial stolen from crash site

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Friends and relatives of four teenagers who died in a crash are desperately trying to find a memorial which has been stolen from a roadside near Bilsthorpe.

The cross was put up on the A614 in 2009 when the group of young men and an elderly couple died.

It was made by Paul Thompson whose 18-year-old son Jay was killed.

Cross stolen
Paul Thompson

Mr Thompson said: "It has been here for the last eight years now and it has never been touched. All of a sudden it has disappeared.

"I just don't know where it has gone and I can't find out anything in this moment in time."

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

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

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ATM stolen in another Co-op ram-raid

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have now released more information about the damage caused to the Co-op in Stoney Stanton overnight.

Just before 03:00 thieves used a JCB digger to smash through the shop window and take the ATM from inside.

The JCB had been stolen from Gilmorton earlier in the night.

Stoney Stanton Parish Council

Police are now investigating if this recent theft could be linked to others in Thringstone on 5 June and Ashby on 10 July.

We are in the process of looking through CCTV from the local area and would urge anyone who may have caught any part of the incident on their private or commercial CCTV cameras to contact us immediately. If you were in this area during the early hours of this morning and witnessed the incident or saw anyone acting suspiciously prior to the theft then we’d like to speak to you.”

Detective Sergeant Dave SpeightLeicestershire Police

Woman 'shocked and distressed' after attack

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 25-year-old woman has reported being pinned to the ground, touched inappropriately and then assaulted in Leicester.

It happened on Saturday 15 July at about 04:00 while the victim walked along New Walk.

New Walk

Police have issued this image of a man they would like to speak to....

CCTV images
Leicestershire Police

The victim has an injury to her face and is "quite shocked and distressed" by what happened.

Man to appear in court after machete attack

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A man who was charged in connection with a machete attack will appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court today.

Nottinghamshire Police said a man had been stabbed in the neck on Pleasant Row in Hyson Green yesterday.

A 54-year-old man was arrested at the scene and was later charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and being in possession of an offensive weapon.

Pleasant Row

The victim was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Window smashed in Tesco break-in

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The Tesco Express store in Hucknall Road, Nottingham, remains closed following a break-in.

Tesco store

We can confirm our Nottingham Hucknall Road Express store is currently closed following a break-in overnight. We are assisting police with their enquiries and expect to be open again for our customers shortly.

Coping with daughter's murder 'not easy'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's been nine months since Alice Ruggles from Leicestershire was stalked and murdered by her former partner Trimaan Dhillon.

Her mother has now spoken to the BBC about coping with the loss.

Alice Ruggles
Family handout

The 24-year-old was living in Gateshead after studying at Northumbria University.

She had broken up with Dhillon but he continued to harass her. Alice spoke to police about his behaviour the week before he broke into her house and cut her throat.

Alice Ruggles

Sue Hills, who live in Tur Langton, said her daughter was manipulated by Dhillon during their short relationship and that he drove away a lot of her friends: "She did at one time ring me and say 'mum I don't want to live in Newcastle anymore - I want to come back to Leicester because I haven't got any friends at all'."

Sue Hills

You do think about it all the time. It doesn't get any easier but I think you get better at dealing with it. Originally I couldn't talk about it without crying, now I can. That doesn't mean it feels better, it just means I can cope with it."

Sue HillsMother of Alice Ruggles

The family has set up a trust in her name that aims to work with the police on how they deal with reports of harassment.

They also want social media platforms to take more responsibility at spotting potentially dangerous behaviour and making victims aware of help available to them.

Ms Hills said the trust will be worthwhile if they manage to save "just one more person".

Earlier this year Dhillon was jailed for a minimum of 22 years for Alice's murder.

Broadmarsh redevelopment 'on course' for 2020

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

The owner of Broadmarsh shopping centre, Intu, has confirmed it is on course to complete an £89 million redevelopment of the centre by 2020.

In a trading update it confirmed plans for a multiplex cinema at the heart of the project.

REdevelopment of Broadmarsh

Serious damage to front of Co-op

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Looks like the Co-op in Stoney Stanton has been broken into overnight - possibly another ram raid...

Stoney Stanton Parish Council

More information on this as we get it.

Travel: Shed load in Coalville

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Village to promote its 'rich heritage'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

These new signs have appeared in Ruddington to celebrate the area's heritage.

Ruddington signs

The new signs, which show a steam train and period buildings, have appeared on a number of roads.

The village is branding itself as "the museums village" to highlight its heritage and history.

It is also aiming to attract more visitors to the area.

Andy Bone, from the Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington, said: "We have got three museums here, we are not a particularity big village.

"I think it is vital. Otherwise if people are just passing through the village, they won't know of the existence of it, and therefore we need to draw people's attention to them, because they have not necessarily seen our website."

Whaley Bridge explosion: Man arrested

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion to endanger life.

The police's bomb disposal team were called to Elnor Lane in Whaley Bridge following a blast early this morning.

Nearby residents had to be evacuated - they have now been allowed to return home.

No one has been injured and one house is still under cordon.

Elnor Lane

'Concerns over jobs at Boots base in Beeston'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Unions say they are concerned about the future of 1,100 jobs at the Boots base in Beeston.

This week the parent company of Boots announced it was planning to sell its contract manufacturing business to French company Fareva.

The business makes up to a million products a day at three factories including the D10 building at Beeston.

Although the firm has said there is no immediate threat to jobs, Daniel Adams from the union, USDAW, wants an urgent meeting with bosses.


Daniel said: "At this stage we are seeking reassurance from the business around any potential impact on jobs, and obviously in terms of protecting our members' terms and conditions.

"It is a concerning time for the membership, there is no doubt about that.

"It is a hard working and loyal workforce at BCM and it is more questions than answers at this stage."

Homes evacuated after 'explosion'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have been dealing with an "explosion" at Whaley Bridge.

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A few houses were evacuated overnight for "residents' safety" but no-one has been injured, according to officers.

The area has been made safe and the outer cordon has now been removed.

Prison 'did not monitor suicidal inmate'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A prisoner found hanged in his cell at the Glen Parva young offenders' institution should have been monitored as a suicide risk, according to a report.

Jamie Roberts had been sentenced to four years for theft in 2014 and received a further 15 months for wounding with intent.

HMP Glen Parva

Despite telling drug and alcohol staff and a mental health nurse he had suicidal thoughts, procedures to monitor him had been stopped in July last year. The following month the 24-year-old was found dead.

The prison has now closed for redevelopment. A government spokesperson said they had acted on the recommendations.

HMP Glen Parva accepted and addressed the recommendations made by the Prison and Probation Ombudsman prior to its closure in June 2017. The safety and welfare of people within our custody is our top priority. We are putting more funding into prison safety and are implementing a range of initiatives to reduce levels of self-inflicted death, self-harm and violence across all establishments.”

Government spokesperson

Travel: updates from across your region

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

  • The A453 southbound between the M1 and the A42 near Nottingham is busy this morning
  • There are some delays on the A5 northbound between the M69 and the A47 near Hinckley

Tribute to Derby air raid victims

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The 23 people who died when a German bomber targeted Rolls-Royce in Derby during the Second World War will be commemorated later.

Workers and civilians died during the Luftwaffe raid on the aero-engine works in Nightingale Road in the city 75 years ago.

Air raid in Derby

A memorial is going to be unveiled in the garden behind the Marble Hall.


A New Zealand man whose mother died during the air raid will be a special guest at a ceremony.

Harold Franklin told the BBC he was four and his sister was two at the time. He said their mother told them to hide behind an armchair while she went to warn a neighbour about the air raid - she was then killed.