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Summary

  1. Harry and Meghan to visit Nottingham
  2. Men not guilty of Megan Bannister manslaughter
  3. Newark 'the worst place to grow up poor'
  4. 'Rare' football programme sells for £1,300
  5. Tyler Walker signs new Forest deal
  6. Live updates for Tuesday 28 November 2017

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield and Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: A38 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, at A50 J4 affecting A5121.

A38 Derbyshire - Delays and queuing traffic on A38 northbound in Willington at Toyota Island, because of an accident involving two lorries and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Clay Mills and on A5121 Derby Road to the Meadow Lane junction.

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

Severe accident: A38 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, between A516 and A50 J4.

A38 Derbyshire - A38 in Littleover closed southbound between the A516 junction and Toyota Island, because of a multi-vehicle accident. Diversion in operation - southbound follow the black diamond symbol, exit the A38 and join the A516 southbound towards Hilton, join A50 eastbound then re-join the A38.

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

Joe Ledley carries the ball forward against QPR

Derby County and Wales midfielder Joe Ledley signs a new contract to stay with the Rams until the end of next season.

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Armed robbery at Leicester shop

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An armed robber threatened staff with a gun before making off with cash, Leicestershire police said.

Armed officers were called to the One Stop shop on Evington Road at about 04:20 this morning after reports of the raid but nobody was caught.

One Stop shop on Evington Road
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The man stole cash before making off on foot towards Beckingham Road. No one was injured during the robbery.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the Evington Road area at that time and may have seen the suspect.

Two-week firearm surrender 'success'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A total of 123 firearms and more than 1,500 rounds of ammunition have been handed in to Leicestershire Police during the national two-week surrender.

Gun
Leicestershire Police

More than 100 of these weapons were handed in at a police station.

Among the weapons handed in were revolvers, pistols, handguns, rifles and shotguns.

Although gun crime is low in Leicestershire we must never forget that firearms are extremely dangerous, and can be deadly if they get into the wrong hands. This surrender has ensured that these weapons will now be deactivated or destroyed."

Assistant Chief Constable Rob NixonLeicestershire Police

People who surrendered firearms will not automatically be charged, but could face prosecution if they are later connected to a crime.

Severe accident: A5132 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5132 Derbyshire both ways severe accident, between Sinfin Lane and A514.

A5132 Derbyshire - A5132 Swarkestone Road in Swarkestone closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Sinfin Lane junction and the A514 junction, because of an accident. Also affecting Lowes Lane at A5132 Barrow Lane.

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

Cricket: Notts Outlaws to open 2018 T20 Blast

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Reigning champions Notts Outlaws will kick-off next year's T20 Blast against Birmingham Bears at Trent Bridge.

Outlaws celebrate T20 win
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The match, a repeat of this year's final, is on Wednesday 4 July and is the start of a 45-day group stage.

Leicestershire Foxes open their campaign away to Northamptonshire on the same night, with Derbyshire Falcons beginning two days later, at home to Lancashire.

Man in van 'approaches schoolgirl'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are increasing patrols around the Chaddesden area of Derby after an 11-year-old girl reported being approached by a man as she walked home from school.

It's thought to have happened on Monday afternoon. A van pulled up alongside the girl and a man got out. The child ran away and told her parents when she got home.

We are stepping up patrols in and around the area tonight and over the coming days - as well as speaking to local schools to reiterate safety advice to pupils. I am also urging drivers who were in the area at the time to check any dash cam footage that may have images of the man involved. "

Sgt Edward BrowneDerbyshire Police

Accident recovery work on M1

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J20 for A4303 and J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J20, A4303 (Lutterworth) and J21, M69 (Leicester), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J27 for A608 Hucknall and J28 for A38 Alfreton affecting J26 for A610 Nottingham.

M1 Nottinghamshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J27, A608 (Hucknall) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of an accident involving three vehicles and debris on the road. Travel time is around 60 minutes. Congestion to J26, A610 (Nottingham).

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

Harry and Meghan 'to meet Nottingham public on Friday'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's visit to Nottingham on Friday will begin with a civic reception, Kensington Palace has said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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The reception for the prince and Ms Markle will be held at the National Justice Museum.

They will then go on a walkabout where they will be able to greet members of the public as an engaged couple for the first time.

Details emerge of Harry and Meghan's Nottingham visit

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Friday's visit of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Nottingham will allow the prince to introduce her to a "community that has become very special to him," Kensington Palace has said.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Getty Images

The prince and Ms Markle, 36, will visit a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair and speak to staff and mentors at Nottingham Academy.

The couple will find out about the school's Full Effect programme, which helps young people turn away from violence and crime.

Mark Selby

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport

World number one Mark Selby begins his UK title defence delighted to have shown he can mix style with substance.

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BreakingHarry and Meghan's first engagement will be in Nottingham

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will carry out their first official engagement together in Nottingham on Friday, Kensington Palace has said.

Prince Harry and Meghan
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Watch: Rugby teams dismantle posts with scrum

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The full power of a rugby club's scrum was demonstrated on Saturday when it knocked over the posts.

Hinckley Rugby Club, who play in English rugby's fourth tier, drove opponents Luctonians back towards their own tryline, wiping out the goalposts in the process.

Club chairman John Tilley said: "I didn't really think anything of it until the post started falling down, the bloke behind ran for cover and then I just thought 'well there's £7,000 gone like that'.

"We didn't score either."

The match was moved to an adjacent pitch and Hinckley ran out 52-12 winners.

Mouse droppings found inside restaurant oven

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A restaurant in Leicester has been banned from preparing food after mouse droppings were found throughout the building - including inside the oven.

Shere Punjab in Melton Road was inspected by Leicester City Council on Thursday last week. They found the "dirty conditions" that were posing a risk to safety.

Shere Punjab
Leicester City Council

Mouse droppings were found around the freezer, fridge toilet and hand wash basin. They were also seen on a chapati pan, an oven shelf and the bottom of an oven.

As well as mouse droppings the inspector found "long standing" dirt and debris over the kitchen.

Mouse droppings
Leicester City Council

The dirty conditions and evidence of mouse activity our officers found at Shere Punjab were sufficient to request a prohibition order, preventing the restaurant from preparing any more food until it addresses the problems. Magistrates granted that order at court this week. Officers will be making a return visit to Shere Punjab to ensure the restaurant has carried out the work needed before it is allowed to reopen.”

Cllr Piara Singh ClairLeicester deputy city mayor
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Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi is set to return to action after three months out with a knee injury.

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Grenade handed in as part of firearms surrender

East Midlands Today

More than 245 items of firearms and ammunition have been handed into Nottinghamshire Police during a nationwide two-week surrender.

Firearms handed in
BBC

Some of the items handed in included old war rifles, a shotgun disguised as a walking stick, and even a hand grenade.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who handed in a weapon during the surrender," Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper said.

"Your weapons can now no longer fall into the wrong hands and be used to harm or threaten people in Nottinghamshire."

Megan Bannister: Father pays tribute to daughter in court

Victoria Hicks

Reporter, East Midlands Today

In a statement read out to court Megan Bannister’s father said: "The silence without Megan in our lives is deafening.

"She was the heart of her family."

Scene of crash
BBC

The teenager had MDMA in her system when her body was found in the back of a car that crashed in Enderby in May this year.

Today Jason Burder, from Braunstone Avenue, and Adam King, from Waltham Avenue, Leicester were found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter.

Burder admitted supplying Ms Bannister with MDMA and three other drugs offences.

King admitted being concerned in the supply of MDMA.

Afternoon weather update

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Expect plenty of sunshine this afternoon but cloud will increase over the course of the day.

Some showers may move southwards later on this afternoon - highs of 5C (41F).

Rugby: Ex-Leicester forward's 'brutal' retirement

BBC Sport

Former Leicester, England and British & Irish Lions forward Tom Croft says being forced to retire because of injury has been hard to accept.

The 32-year-old won the Premiership title four times with the Tigers and played 40 times for England, but quit the game last month on medical grounds.

Fingerprints 'impossible' to erase with new technology

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Scientists at Loughborough University claim to have created forensic technology making it “impossible” for criminals erase their fingerprints from crime scenes.

Finger print
Loughborough University

They've developed an advanced detection technique allowing investigators to take prints from more difficult exhibits.

This advancement opens up possibilities for evidence retrieval in situations where traditional methods either struggle or fail completely – for example, when attempts have been made to destroy print evidence through burning or washing."

Dr Paul KellyLoughborough University

The technology will now be refined for commercial use.

It was created in partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) - part of the Ministry of Defence.

The lead scientist on the project said the technology made it “impossible” for criminals to eliminate fingerprint evidence.

Tyler Walker: Forward signs new Forest deal

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottingham Forest forward Tyler Walker has signed a new long-term deal to stay at the City Ground, the club has announced.

Tyler Walker
Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Walker, 21, who joined the Reds as an eight-year-old, has made 10 appearances this season, scoring three goals.

"I am buzzing to sign a new contract," Walker said.

"I am just trying to get on with my football but I am glad to secure my future here and I can get on with playing football for the team."

Walker's new deal with the Reds runs until 2021.

Men found not guilty of Megan Bannister manslaughter

Victoria Hicks

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Two men from Leicester have been found not guilty of the gross negligence manslaughter of 16-year-old Megan Bannister.

Megan Bannister
Family handout

The teenager's body was found in the back of a car that had been involved in a crash in Enderby earlier this year.

For legal reasons the judge directed the jury that there was no case to answer on the gross negligence manslaughter charge.

Jason Burder and Adam King sketch
BBC

In court Jason Burder, from Braunstone Avenue, pleaded guilty to supplying Ms Bannister with a quantity of the drug MDMA. He also admitted three other drug offences.

Adam King, from Waltham Avenue, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of MDMA.

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Rise in Nottingham's rough sleepers

East Midlands Today

Almost 600 people have been found sleeping rough on the streets of Nottingham in the last year, according to a charity.

People help a rough sleeper
BBC

Framework has said in the 12 months up to November it came across 576 people sleeping on the city's streets, up from 490 in 2015-16.

The charity added it came across 379 rough sleepers in the city in 2014-15, 250 in 2013-14 and 192 in 2012-13.

Bus running on Nottingham-Worksop rail route

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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Afternoon racing at Southwell

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

There is an eight-race meeting at Southwell this afternoon.

Entrance to Southwell Races
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The meet gets under way at 12:10, with the final race at 15:40.

Luke Morris, who is the leading jockey in the 2017-18 All-Weather Championship, is down to feature alongside 2008 Grand National winner Timmy Murphy.

Weather affecting stately home's grounds

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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Man fined for failing to clean up land

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The owner of this "untidy" farm in Whetstone has been ordered to pay a fine and court costs of nearly £5,000.

In May 2016, Blaby District Council issued Peter Thomas with a Community Protection Warning after they received complaints about the land off Enderby Road.

Tyres on Bulls Hit Farm
Blaby District Council

The land contained broken down containers, vehicle parts, car tyres, as well as piles of bricks, rubble and refuse.

The notice required the 69-year-old, from New Bridge Road in Glen Parva, to remove the waste items.

Bricks on Bulls Hit Farm
Blaby District Council

He failed to do this, so the council prosecuted him for non-compliance with the notice.

Leicester Magistrates’ Court found Thomas guilty and ordered him to pay a fine of £1,500 and full costs of £3,300.38.

Derby-based experts to help make commerical electric plane

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Experts from Derby-based manufacturer Rolls-Royce are to be part of an "exciting" collaborative project to develop an electric-hybrid plane.

Hybrid-electric plane
Airbus/Rolls-Royce/Siemens

The project, being run in conjunction with Airbus and Siemens, could see the aircraft on a test flight as soon as 2020.

Rolls-Royce has said its East Midlands-based experts will help in developing the electronics and will also support the modification and integration of the motor into the aircraft.

Paul Stein, the company's chief technology officer, said: "This is an exciting time for us.

"This technological advancement will result in Rolls-Royce creating the world’s most powerful flying generator."

Little Mix to perform in Derby

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Calling all "Mixers" - guess who will be performing in Derby next year?

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The Little Mix gig at the 3aaa County Ground follows their performance at Donington Park this summer.

'Rare' Derby County programme sells for £1,300

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A "unique" football programme has fetched more than £1,000 at auction.

Football programme from 1937
Hansons

The programme, for a match between Derby County and Hearts in September 1937, smashed its pre-auction estimate of £150-180, making £1,300.

Alistair Lofley, from Hansons auctioneers in Etwall, said: "The price could have gone even higher because of the scarcity value.

"I have been collecting football programmes since I was eight or nine years old and have 25,000 Derby County programmes but I have never seen this one before.

"Fellow Derby County memorabilia collectors also told me they had never seen it before. It may be the only one in existence."

Mr Lofley said the programme was made for a friendly match at the Baseball Ground to raise money for the Red Cross.