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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 4 April 2017
  2. Police appealed directly to missing mum
  3. Dead badgers found in the Peak District
  4. Police investigate 'fall' in Hockley
  5. Corbyn gets council leader's name wrong
  6. Children learn how to avoid 'garden crime'
  7. Rugby: Tigers await arrival of O'Connor
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Amy Woodfield and Khia Lewis-Todd

All times stated are UK

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Newcastle overcome a controversial disallowed penalty to beat Burton and go back to the top of the Championship.

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Leicester City celebrate

Emlyn Begley

BBC Sport

Leicester make it six wins from six under Craig Shakespeare as Sunderland mark the two-month anniversary of their last goal with another defeat.

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for the East Midlands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

Weather: A cloudy but dry Wednesday

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Some slightly brighter weather to end the daytime ahead of a mainly dry and clear night with temperatures falling to 6C (43F).

Weather
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Some brightness around first thing on Wednesday but it will quickly cloud over leaving a dull and overcast day with plenty of dry weather and just a couple of spots of drizzle. 

Highs of 11C (52F).

Newcastle United v Burton Albion tomorrow

BBC Derby Sport

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough told today's press conference he's expecting a bottle of something in the post from their next opponents Newcastle United.

The Brewers' win at Huddersfield allowed Newcastle and Brighton to extend their lead in the automatic promotion spots. 

Nigel Clough
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Marvin Sordell also said he believed he'll be able to enjoy the trip to Newcastle United.

"The pressure on them isn't as great as in other games".

Marvin Sordell
BBC

Burton get ready to play Newcastle tomorrow.  

Mystery still surrounds dog 'poisonings' at Poppy Wood Park

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

The Forestry Commission said it can't confirm what has been making dogs ill at Poppy Wood Park with reports a further 15 animals were sick.

The site, in Melbourne, was closed last week and searched for "poison" after one dog died and at least two others became poorly .

Alan Dowell from the commission said: "We did everything we could last week, there were no toxic chemicals in the water -  so we don't know if it's linked to the site.

Poppy Wood Park
BBC

"There is no cast iron guarantee as we have cleared and checked the park and it seems to be safe enough.

"A volunteer mentioned around a total of 15 dogs are ill but nothing has been confirmed that it's linked to the site."

Mr Dowell urged dog walkers to keep a close eye on their pets

Huddersfield v Burton

Huddersfield and Burton are charged with misconduct by the Football Association following Saturday's Championship game.

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Leicester v Sunderland commentator's notes

Conor McNamara

BBC MOTD commentator

Just over a month ago these clubs were both in the relegation zone with only two league places separating them.

It seems incredible, but if Craig Shakespeare's side win this game - and other results go their way - Leicester could be 11 places ahead of Sunderland by Wednesday night.

Craig Shakespeare
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Shakespeare has been like a defibrillator for Leicester. The Foxes heartbeat is pumping again with five wins in a row in all competitions.

Sunderland - without as much as a goal in their last five games - can only dream of such a jolt, their pulse still stubbornly flat lining at the foot of the table.

Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J35 for M18 and J34 for A614 Bawtry Road.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - One lane closed on A1(M) southbound between J35 M18 and J34 A614 Bawtry Road, because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, between J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale and J30 for A616.

M1 Derbyshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J29a, Markham (Markham Vale) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of an accident.

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

Body-in-suitcase trial: Gambler 'murdered friend to steal identity'

An "insatiable gambler" murdered his friend to assume his identity and clear huge debts, a court has heard.

Yang Liu
GMP

Ming Jiang spent £178,000 at 235 Casino in Manchester in the two weeks after he allegedly killed Yang Liu  (pictured), Minshull Street Crown Court was told. 

It is claimed Mr Jiang murdered the 36-year-old and dumped his body in a suitcase in a remote Derbyshire lay-by so he could use Mr Liu's funds to repay gambling debts of £273,115.

Mr Jiang, 43, denies murder and the trial continues.

Police investigating sexual assault on teen

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire police are investigating a sexual assault on a teenaged girl in Sinfin. 

The 16-year-old spoke to police yesterday.

Tenpin Bowling
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It is believed to have happened in a wooded area off Osmaston Park Road between 15:00 and 16:00 on Sunday.  

Decomposed rat found in Coalville butchers

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A butcher’s shop in Coalville has been closed by North West Leicestershire District Council after health inspectors found rat droppings and the remains of a dead rat caught in a trap.

Rat droppings in Summerfield Butchers, Coalville
North West Leicestershire District Council

The Environmental Health Team inspected Summerfield Butchers on Thursday 30 March - it was closed the following day after they found there to be "unacceptable hygiene practices".

As well as evidence of vermin they found there to be cross contamination when preparing cooked and uncooked food, a failure to check that meats were adequately cooked, incorrect use of equipment and contaminated hand washing facilities.

Work surface in Summerfield Butchers, Coalville
North West Leicestershire District Council

The council has said owner Gerald Spadaccini, of Leicester Road in Mountsorrel, has been ordered by court to pay their legal and investigative costs of £2,341.

Food seized from the premises is now being destroyed and the shop is to remain closed until the council is satisfied there is no risk to public health. 

The inspection revealed a number of food preparation and cleanliness practices to be at a very low standard, so the team opted to close the business for the protection of the public. We are disappointed that we have had to take this action, as we have been working with the business to improve its practices, including assisting with a deep clean of the premises in autumn last year."

Lee Mansfield Environmental health manager, North West Leicestershire District

Honesty box thief 'shamed enough'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

James Burton, who had an  honesty box taken  from his farm, near Kedleston told BBC Radio Derby: "In a statement the woman said she had all intentions to pay the money back but due to the media interest she didn't think anybody would believe her.

"That's as good as it gets and due to the media interest she was shamed enough."

Children learn how to avoid 'garden crime'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police created this outdoor scene at a school in Wigston this morning as a way of teaching children about "garden crime".

Toy garden in school hall
BBC

The visit to Tythorn Field Primary School is one of 20 in the South Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area.

Children learnt how to keep garden tools and equipment safe from opportunistic thieves - PC Annette Dowey said she hoped the children can use this knowledge to remind busy parents who might sometimes forget.

Tythorn Field Primary School children
BBC

'Tired' Corbyn gets council leader's name wrong

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Jeremy Corbyn has been in Nottinghamshire today ahead of the local council elections - the Labour leader was caught out twice calling the leader of the county council by the wrong name.

At the start of his speech in Newark, Mr Corbyn called Alan Rhodes Alan "Rouse" as he thanked him for welcoming him to the town.

Jeremy Corbyn
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Then, in an interview with BBC Nottingham he made the same mistake.

Afterwards a spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn said he'd been "tired" and insisted he knew Alan Rhodes well.

Leicester travel: Accident on London Road

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

There are reports of an accident on London Road between the Mayfield roundabout.

Leicestershire Police say nothing has yet been reported...

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'It means everything to them'

#PeoplesCup

Nick Elgar is the coach of disability team Woking Wolves and dad to two of its players. 

He tells us what it means for his two disabled boys and the rest of the Wolves team to be able to play competitive football...

FA People's Cup semi-finals - Woking Wolves

To see more stories from the semi-finals of the FA People's Cup , watch our highlights programme, available now on the iPlayer.

Derbyshire police speak to Lords committee over alcohol pricing

Rory Gallimore

BBC Radio Derby

Derbyshire Police has told a House of Lords committee it has concerns about the way local authority licensing committees for alcohol work.

Alcohol
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Peers were told the system had become "too political", with councils "frightened of making a tough decision" in case of appeals by big drinks companies.  

Dead badgers found in the Peak District

Aleena Naylor

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Five dead badgers have been discovered together in the Peak District. 

The animals were found on Dam Lane in Alsop-en-le-Dale.

Dead Badgers
@DerbyshireRCT

Derbyshire Police's Rural Crime Unit is appealing for information to find out what happened to them.  

Missing mum and sons: 'We desperately need to know the boys are alright'

Nottinghamshire Police have appealed directly to missing mum Samantha Baldwin to make contact with them.

Samanthan Baldwin and the boys
Nottinghamshire police

Ch Supt Helen Chamberlain urged the 40-year-old, from Newark, to let them know her sons Dylan and Louis Madge are ok.   

Sam, we need to speak to you directly. I know this is a difficult time for you. I can't imagine what you are going though and what you are thinking at this time. As a mother of a child of a similar age I can empathise. We desperately need to know the boys are alright."

Ch Supt Helen Chamberlain Nottinghamshire Police

Nottingham traffic causing bus delays

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Anti-social behaviour order in place at Leek bus station

A special order which aims to target anti-social behaviour has come into force at Leek bus station today.

The station is the first site in the Moorlands to be covered by a Public Space Protection Order designed to stop activities which have a detrimental effect on local residents, police say. 

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and the police worked together to introduce the measure following concerns about noise, criminal damage, misuse of alcohol and vehicle nuisance. 

It remains in place for three years.

Police
BBC

Rugby: Tigers await arrival of O'Connor

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers new head coach Matt O'Connor should arrive at the club by Thursday according to coach Geordan Murphy.

Matt O'Connor
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He also said Matt Toomua is making "good progress" but will still be out injured for the game against Bath on Saturday.

Marcos Ayerza and Ed Slater are also not available this weekend. 

Duo admit theft of honesty box

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Remember this theft of a farm shop's honesty box?

It happened back in January at a farm near Kedleston Hall and this CCTV went viral on social media.

Despite the man's attempts to disguise his identity with a bag of potatoes, police tracked the pair down.

A 39-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man, from Heanor, admitted the theft and have been cautioned by police.

Travis Hackett finds out on Skype that he will be going to watch Leicester City tonight
A 13-year-old teen with leukaemia is told he's being taken to watch his beloved Leicester City.

Are other clubs sniffing around Wilfred Ndidi?

Daily Mirror

Leicester are worried Arsenal and Manchester United will lure midfield ace Wilfred Ndidi  away from the King Power Stadium.

Wilfred Ndidi
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Vardy's 'Sliding Doors' moment

BBC Sport

Jamie Vardy - England international and Premier League winner.

But it all could have been so different.

According to Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare, Vardy once had to be talked out of quitting the game and heading to Ibiza to work as a party rep.

Jamie Vardy
Getty Images

Vardy struggled in the 2012-13 campaign after joining the Foxes from Fleetwood and, having scored just five goals in 29 games, considered quitting the game.

But Shakespeare, who was joint-assistant manager at the time under Nigel Pearson, says they were able to persuade Vardy to remain at the club.  

Speaking on Monday, Shakespeare said:  "Thankfully he didn't go to Ibiza and it's fair to say he made the right decision, considering how well he has done."  

Sneinton drug dealer jailed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 26-year-old man has been jailed for five years and seven months after police caught him with 22 wraps of crack cocaine and 29 of heroin.

Ashley Knight also had more than £850 in cash on him when he was stopped in Sneinton. 

He pleaded guilty to two charges of having Class A drugs with intent to supply.

This is an example of how the targeted use of stop and search is hugely beneficial to communities. In this case undercover officers worked with the local beat team using police intelligence to target those causing serious harm to the Sneinton community and we have been able to get these illegal drugs and money off the streets."

PC Tom AndrewsNottinghamshire Police

Police investigate after man 'falls' in Hockley

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have this cordon up in Goosegate, Hockley - it's after a man was found with serious injuries.

Cordon in the Goosegate area of Hockley
westbridgfordwire.com

They've said they were called at 04:00 after paramedics responded to reports that a man had fallen.

He was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre where he remains in a "serious condition".

The man's identity is still being established. 

Cordon in the Goosegate area of Hockley
westbridgfordwire.com

Men jailed after police find guns, ammunition and drugs

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two men from Nottingham have been jailed for seven-years each for drug and firearms offences.

Cameron Green, who is 24 years old and from Mildenhall Crescent in Bestwood, admitted possessing a firearm without a certificate as well as possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply.

Cameron Green
Nottinghamshire Police

Christopher Asbury, who is 25 years old and from Mansfield Street in Sherwood, pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited firearm and ammunition without a certificate and possessing cannabis.

Christopher Asbury
Nottinghamshire Police

Police searched two properties - in Bestwood they found over £17,000 worth of drugs along with a loaded shotgun and almost £17,500 in cash. 

In Sherwood they found a revolver, ammunition and shotgun parts. There was evidence that Asbury was operating a workshop where he converted deactivated handguns ammunition, officers said.

Green and Asbury were found to be working together when Asbury’s fingerprints were discovered on a shotgun box at Green’s address.

These are two very dangerous individuals, a drug dealer and an underworld armourer, who would still be operating in Nottinghamshire had we not searched their homes."

Detective Constable Marvyn Johnson Nottinghamshire Police

Watch: New stables for top race horses

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

Mick Appleby owns one of the largest private racing stables in the country.

He moved from Newark to Langham, near Oakham, just before Christmas – quite a move considering he brought 90 horses and 22 staff with him.

They’re housed in this brand new stables with - amongst other facilities - a mile long gallop track which runs alongside the main Melton to Oakham Road.

Mick doesn’t actually own the horses, he trains them for owners who are spread across the world. They are thoroughbreds worth up to £1m. 

His horses are racing somewhere most days of the year - today he has six racing at Southall.

Race horse
BBC

Train disrupted due to trespasser on railway

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Problems on the railway...

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Mix up over new road signs

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two streets in Sneinton have got caught up in an unfortunate mistake by a sign manufacturer.

Both Loughborough Avenue and Finsbury Avenue, just off Sneinton Dale, have received two new signs but they've left residents slightly confused...

Road signs
BBC

As you can see the signs say the streets are called Loughborough/Finsbury Road when really they are called Loughborough Avenue and Finsbury Avenue.

To add to the confusion, older signs still on the road have the real name...

Road signs
BBC

The city council has said it's a mistake by the manufactures and they will be replaced in the next few days.

Lubrizol plans for £8m eco-friendly centre

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire based chemicals company Lubrizol is planning to build an £8m eco-friendly training centre at their site in Hazelwood.

The new building will replace the centre's old facility and will be built below ground using solar power, grey water recycling, a geo-thermal heating system and a living green roof planted with grasses.

Lubrizol
Lubrizol

The building will open at the end of next year and plans to work with local farmers and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. 

Your pictures: Spectacular sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

We were lucky enough to be sent in this morning's early sunrise from across the region.

A lovely snap from mogjo in Birstall.

Birstal
mogjo

Stoneyford view in Heanor.

Heanor
Stoneyford view

Buster9 captured this great shot in Misterton.

sunrise
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Derby County v Fulham tonight

BBC Derby Sport

Derby County have the chance to hamper Fulham's play off hopes even if they can't reach the sixth spot themselves with a win.

The London club are the visitors to Pride Park tonight. 

A win for the Rams would leave them five points behind Fulham.

Pride Park
BBC
Ex-West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is returning to Lancashire as a Kolpak player

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of the new campaign.

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