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  1. Man jailed for killing 22-year-old father
  2. Three arrested in Nottingham modern slavery operation
  3. Safety concerns raised after fatal gas blast
  4. Lord Mayor cleared in corruption probe
  5. Memorial service for Big Issue seller
  6. Updates on Thursday 26 April 2018

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By Calum McKenzie and Sandish Shoker

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Vereniki Goneva celebrates a try against Leicester

Newcastle Falcons secure a dramatic win at play-off rivals Leicester thanks to Ally Hogg's controversial late try.

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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

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), 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

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Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

The head of English rugby, Steve Brown says the current financial situation at many Premiership clubs is a concern.

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Weather: Turning cloudy tonight

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any isolated showers should fade away during the evening. It will then be dry with clear spells for a time, but cloud will thicken with the chance of some light rain later.

Minimum Temperature: 4 to 7°C (39 to 45°F)

Tomorrow will be overcast and feel rather chilly with periods of rain


Politicians row about speeding role

BBC Radio Derby

A row has broken out between Derbyshire County Council's deputy leader Simon Spencer and police and crime commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, about who is responsible for speeding concerns.

Mr Spencer has accused Mr Dhindsa of providing reassurances to councils and residents about speed reduction, despite it being the council's responsibility.

"The police and crime commissioner will not have that detail. It's his job to focus on speed management and that's where he should focus his attention in my opinion," he said.

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In response, Mr Dhindsa said speed limits are often brought up when he speaks to residents and he always directs them to the county council.

He added: "However if I think speed limits can help reduce accidents I would be happy to support their applications to the county council."

Netball star: England win sees spike in interest

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Loughborough Lightening netball star Beth Cobden has been talking about the feeling of winning a gold with England at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

"It was surreal," she told BBC East Midlands Today. "The whole game seemed like a blur and when we finally won, at the very last second, it was just brilliant."

Beth Cob

Ms Cobden said the team's big win against favourites Australia had grabbed people's attention and had seen interest in netball rise.

She added: "Already we've seen numbers increase in participation, so it's been brilliant, and we really appreciate the support we're getting and we hope it continues."

Police appeal after commode theft

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Police are trying to find two people who are thought to have broken into a woman's home in Alfreton and stolen a wheelchair commode.

The pair entered through the garden of the house on Southcroft Avenue about 23:50 on Friday 23 March and abandoned the commode down the road.

Commode theft
Derbyshire Constabulary

The force has released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the theft.

PC Sean Davies said: “This is not the first time that this lady has been targeted so we are keen to catch those responsible. We believe there may have been two people involved."

Taxi driver fined for refusing to take guide dog

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A taxi driver who claimed to be asthmatic and allergic to dogs has been fined £1,000 for not taking a passenger with a guide dog.

Mohammad Jauffer, who works for Everest Taxis in Leicester, was booked to take Haseeb Ahmad and his guide dog Walt from the BrewDog pub to the Flamingo Bar in September last year.

Yesterday, Leicester Magistrates Court heard how 36-year-old Jauffer, of Stockton Road, Leicester, failed to show the necessary medical exemption certificate when asked by the Mr Ahmad to show proof of his illness.

Haseeb Ahmad
Haseeb Ahmad

Jauffer pleaded guilty to the offence and was also told to pay an added £100 in compensation to Mr Ahmad.

A city council committee will now assess whether Jauffer is entitled to keep his taxi and licence.

Refusing to take a guide dog is an offence under the Equality Act 2010.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham and J24 for A6.

M1 Derbyshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J25, A52 (Nottingham) and J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Stretch of M1 to close for a weekend

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

If you're travelling on the M1 in about two weeks' time, it will be closed between junctions 23a and 24 to allow the new Kegworth Bypass Bridge to be installed.

The southbound carriageway will close at 22:00 on Friday 11 May and the northbound side will shut two hours later. Both will reopen shortly after 15:00 on Sunday.


Accident closes A52

Delay to park revamp after vandal attack

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

Vandals have caused thousands of pounds of damage and delayed a £60,000 project after wrecking machinery in a Blaby park.

Resurfacing work at a park
Gridforce/Local Democracy Reporting Service

Resurfacing work at Oakfield Park was on course to be finished on Friday but the equipment is out of action after the attack.

Workers from Gridforce, the contractors carrying out the work, discovered the damage when they arrived on site this morning.

Stuart Dove, a director for the firm, said: "It isn't just smashed windows. Stones have been put in the engine and fuel lines have been pulled. Whoever did this knew exactly what they were doing."

Leicestershire Police said it is investigating.

Timetable for train changes now available

Residents angry over flytipping

Derby Telegraph

Residents living in a Derby street say they are angry and frustrated after “grotesque” waste continues to be fly-tipped.

They say abandoned sofas, mounds of mess and black bags of rubbish have been dumped in Osmaston Road for the last two years.

Football: Key duo still missing for Foxes, says Puel

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Leicester will be without Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki for Saturday's game at Crystal Palace.

Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki
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The pair both limped out of the defeat at Burnley earlier this month and missed the 0-0 with Southampton last Thursday.

Newark mother went out for meal and came home blind
Carol Hiscock and her daughter Amy, who has cerebral palsy, now look after one another.

Illicit alcohol and cigarette tax scam man avoids jail

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

A man has avoided jail for an illegal cigarettes and alcohol scam, worth £33,000 in unpaid tax.


Sanmukh Prajapati was caught with more than 50,000 cigarettes, 63kg of hand rolling tobacco and hundreds of bottles of whiskey and vodka not for UK sale.

The 41-year-old said the cigarettes, which had been discovered in bin bags at his Leicester home, had been left by a friend and the alcohol had been bought from Tesco.

He had previously been warned for selling alcohol at his shop on Belgrave Road that was not meant for UK sale.

Richard Young, from HMRC, said: "This is theft from the taxpayer, denying public services much-needed money, as well as undermining legitimate traders."

Prajapati was given a ten-month jail term, suspended for two years, and told to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.

He was also told the alcohol and cigarettes would be seized and destroyed.

Stealth nightclub, in Nottingham

Mehr Talwar was allowed continue studying after attacking a fellow student, pending the outcome of a trial.

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Trent Bridge to host five 2019 World Cup matches

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Nottingham will host five games, including England v Pakistan, at next summer's Cricket World Cup.

Trent Bridge
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The matches, which will all start at 10:30, also include Australia v West Indies and India v New Zealand.

Nottingham city councillor Dave Trimble said: "We can’t wait to welcome the world to Nottingham and to showcase our city to international visitors."

Yearly rise in crime across East Midlands

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

There has been a rise in the amount of crimes being recorded by police forces across the region, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Police officer by a cordon
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Nottinghamshire Police noted down 93,800 crimes in 2017, an increase of 24% on the year before.

Leicestershire Police recorded 79,250, a rise of 21% on 2016.

Police in Derbyshire saw the smallest rise in the region of 5%, having detailed 55,641 crimes in 2017.

The figures do not include fraud offences.

Three arrested in Nottingham modern slavery operation

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

A married couple and one of their brothers have been arrested on suspicion of trafficking Romanian workers to Nottingham, then keeping them as slaves, after police targeted a terraced house in Basford this morning.

One neighbour told me he had called the council after he was concerned about the number of people living there and seen going in and out of the house.

Basford raid

Police were made aware after four people came forward and said they had been lured to Britain with the promise of getting paid work.

Det Sgt Mike Ebbins said: "They were kept in the address, beaten, threatened. They didn't have any beds so had to put boxes together to sleep on, and they didn't have any food to eat so had to find scraps in neighbours' bins in order to survive."

They're now being cared for by the Salvation Army.

Memorial service for Big Issue seller

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A memorial service for a popular Big Issue seller known as "Happy Dave" is taking place in Nottingham this afternoon.

Dave Hale, 43, died earlier this month after spending seven years selling the magazine outside Marks and Spencer on St Peter's Square.

Tributes have lined the wall outside the church and today friends, local shop workers and members of the public gathered at St Peter's Church.

The Big Issue
Dave Hale
The Big Issue

Friend Ash Medley said: "He rallied people round; he encouraged them. Dave's humility shone through."

Another friend, Phillip Davidson, said: "He was such a nice guy. He didn't have a bad word to say about anybody. There were so many people who did him wrong and he still helped them. That's the kind of person he was."

Campaign to find relatives of VC war heroes

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A campaign has been launched to track down the relatives of six Nottinghamshire Victoria Cross recipients who were recognised for their bravery during World War One.

The heroes include Sapper William Hackett, from Sneinton, who died trying to help injured comrades escape after an enemy mine explosion in France, Sergeant William Henry Johnson, from Worksop, who single-handedly took out two German machine-gun nests and Captain Albert Ball, a fighter pilot from Lenton, who saw off multiple enemy aircraft alone.

Victoria Cross men
Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottinghamshire County Council is trying to find descendants of the men to help with an exhibition to mark 100 years since the end of the conflict.

This is something we ought to do, as a county, to remember these people. This is part of our history, this is remembering people's extraordinary courage, extraordinary bravery and self sacrifice. We'd love to find more of the descendants. We don't really know where most of them are because, of course, there have been several generations since then [WWI] so please come forward."

Kay CuttsCouncil leader

Rugby: Youngs and Tuilagi start vs. Falcons

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

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Man jailed for killing Derby father

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

A man has been jailed for the manslaughter of a 22-year-old father after a fight in Derby city centre.

Richard Last
Derbyshire Police

Richard Last, 32, attacked Oliver Falivena in the Market Place in August 2016.

Mr Falivena fell to the ground and hit his head, causing brain injuries. He died in hospital days later.

Last, of of Bridgeside Way, Spondon, argued he acted in self-defence, but was found guilty by jurors.

He was handed a three-year prison sentence and told to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

Oliver, Sophie and their daughter
Derbyshire Police

Det Ch Insp Emlyn Richards said: "Oliver had recently bought a house with his partner, Sophie, for them and their young child.

"Oliver had everything to look forward to and his life has been tragically cut short. My thoughts are with Sophie, Oliver’s parents, siblings and extended family at this very difficult time."

Councils make homelessness pledge

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Councils and charities in Nottinghamshire say they have pledged to increase their spending and provision on homelessness this winter.

Both Nottingham City and Mansfield District councils say they have begun planning how to help people who are sleeping rough or homeless in the winter months.

Tracy Dickinson
Tracy's Street Kitchen

Tracy Dickinson, who was homeless when she was 14 and now runs a street kitchen, said homelessness should be treated as a public health issue.

She said: "We need to understand their needs... so we can help these people move forward."

Burst pipe causing water supply issues

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

A burst water pipe is causing supply issues in Shepshed, according to Severn Trent.

The firm said it is looking at the problem and will attempt to get it fixed as quickly as possible.

Appeal following Co-op steak theft

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Police would like to speak this man after some meat was stolen from a shop in Darley Dale.

CCTV image of a man
Derbyshire Police

Police said the steak was taken at around 16:30 from the Co-op on Tuesday 17 April.

Competition to find country's 'big cheese'

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Dairy firms from across the UK and Ireland are in Melton Mowbray for this year's Artisan cheese awards.

Cheese sample being taken

More than 500 entries are competing across 16 categories, with the overall winner taking a £1,000 cash prize.

Matthew O’Callaghan from the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership, said: "I’m really delighted to have so many of Ireland’s incredible cheeses coming over here for the awards and the fair.

"However, there are a lot of award-winning cheeses produced in the UK as well, from the tip of Scotland right down to Cornwall."

Union welcomes ambulance recruitment plans

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Unison has welcomed plans by the East Midlands Ambulance Service to recruit 300 more staff if it gets an extra £20m of funding from commissioning groups.

We reported yesterday that the service is currently failing to reach response time targets and says it can only improve if the funds are released and more front-line staff can be employed.

EMAS ambulance

Scott Kingswood, from the union, said: "The stress levels are high. They've been worked to more than capacity over the winter and I think that's still the case.

"The ambulance service is working very, very hard to meet the demands that are placed on them and our members are feeling it."

Meetings are being held this week to decide whether local health commissioners can meet the request.

Foxes chief to lead review of county cricket

BBC Sport

Wasim Khan is to chair a group looking at the structure of county cricket in 2020.

Wasim Khan
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The committee has been set up after the Professional Cricketers' Association raised concerns about the future of the game when the new 100-ball tournament starts.

Leicestershire chief executive Khan will be joined on the panel by Andrew Strauss and Warwickshire's Ashley Giles, Yorkshire's Martyn Moxon and Keith Greenfield of Sussex.

Third charge over trafficking and prostitution ring

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A third man has been charged with human trafficking and running a brothel as part of an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring.

Laszlo Balogh, 57, from Burton upon Trent, has been charged with conspiracy to traffic a person with a view to sexually exploiting them and controlling a brothel for the purpose of prostitution.

Two other men, Geza Horvath, 32, from Station Court, Burton, and Daniel Zemencsik, 27, of Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, have already been charged with the same offences and will appear at Derby Crown Court in May.

Uttoxeter New Road

The men were arrested when Derbyshire police raided houses in Uttoxeter New Road and Violet Street, Derby, and Station Court, Burton, last week.

Five women were found at the two Derby houses and police said they suspect they had been exploited and trafficked around the UK.

Diamond ring worth thousands found at charity shop

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A diamond gold ring found by a woman inside a plastic tub while rummaging through a charity shop is set to fetch up to £8,000 at an auction in Derbyshire this summer.

The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, discovered the ring at a shop in London, paying just £5.50 for the entire tub of jewellery and for months thought it was a fake stone.

The lucky finder said: "My dad looked at it a couple of times and said, ‘I’m not sure if that’s real’ but decided it wasn’t because, like me, he thought the stone was too big.

"I wanted to have an opal pendant valued and only decided to take the ring at the last minute. I didn’t think it could possibly be real."

diamond ring

The ring, featuring a huge 2.30 carat diamond, will now go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire, in June.

Jewellery specialist, David Byrne said: "The stone’s a real sparkler. They say diamonds sparkle and this stone genuinely does.”

Crackdown on illegal parking near beauty spot

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Police say they are cracking down on illegal parking near a Peak District beauty spot.

Illegal parking
Derbyshire Police

Tickets were issued to cars left on the B6521 at Nether Padley, between Grindleford and Longshaw, on Thursday and Friday last week.

PCSO Anthony Boswell said: "This is an issue which tends to happen during the spring and summer period, and during nice weather spells, as more visitors are attracted to the beauty spot."

It is illegal to park in places where there is a solid white line as it forces drivers on to the other side of the road.

Bank facade 'badly damaged' in crash

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

A well-known bank facade in Matlock has been badly damaged in a car crash.

debris after a crash

The colonnade, which is believed to date from around 1904 and is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland building, was hit during a two-car collision on Wednesday.

Police said a 21-year-old man suffered a minor head injury in the crash, which involved a Ford Fiesta and a BMW.

debris after a crash