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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 5 April 2017
  2. Former teacher found 'not guilty' of raping girl
  3. Police stand-off with men on roofs
  4. Body recovered from River Soar
  5. Burton shop robbed at knife-point
  6. Tram firm makes changes after man's death
  7. Foxes move up the Premier League after 2-0 win
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday.

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By Sandish Shoker and Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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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: Warmer than last night

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After another dry day, the cloud that’s pushed in through the daytime will remain overnight leading to a warmer one than last night.

Overnight lows of 7C (45F).

weather
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My kingdom for a... banana

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Leicester

Erm, we're not sure why Richard III has a banana now.

Richard III statue
BBC

Rugby: Youngs looks forward to facing England teammate

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester and England scrum-half Ben Youngs has said he's excited at the prospect at being reunited with his England partner George Ford this weekend.

George Ford and Ben Youngs
Getty Images

The two will go head-to-head when the Tigers travel to Twickenham to face Bath in a Premiership game, which could go a long way to deciding who gets the final play-off place.   

Elderly woman in hospital after Hinckley robbery

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An elderly woman has a broken hip and wrist after she was robbed and assaulted in Hinckley yesterday.

The 87-year-old was walking on Westfield Road at about 21:00 when a man pushed her from behind - she fell head first into the kerb.

He then took her handbag and ran off.

Inquest opens into death of man killed in six-vehicle crash on A1

Lincolnshire Reporter

An inquest has opened into the death of a man killed in a six-vehicle crash on the A1 last month.  

crash
Lincolnshire reporter

Cloister Street stand-off continues

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

As we head into the evening rush hour Abbey Street in Nottingham is congested as there continues to be a big police presence around Cloister Street and Warwick Street in Dunkirk.

It has now been almost 10 hours since police were first called to reports of the two men on the roofs of properties in the street.

A force spokesman said negotiations were continuing with the men and residents from about 10 homes that were evacuated are still unable to return home.

Cloister Street Nottingham
Harj Thandi

Teenager arrested over sexual assault

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police in Derbyshire have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with a sexual assault.

It's believed to have happened on Sunday afternoon in a wooded area near Foresters Leisure Park in the Sinfin part of Derby.

Teenage cancer surviver watched Foxes beat Sunderland

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we told you about the Leicester City fan Travis Hackett from the US.

The teenager is recovering from leukaemia and was surprised by a charity with a trip to watch the Foxes play Sunderland last night.

Well when he arrived the club had a few surprises for him - like being a mascot. It looks like he enjoyed his day...

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Football: Quartet of Burton injury concerns for Newcastle

BBC Sport

Burton Albion have injury doubts ahead of their game this evening away at high-flying Newcastle United.

Kyle McFadzean
Clint Hughes/Getty Images

The Brewers have concerns over Lewis Akins, John Brayford, Kyle McFadzean (pictured) and Tom Flanagan. 

Akins's knock was picked up in training while the other three carry concerns from Saturday's win at Huddersfield.

Bowling firm announces new Derby site

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Confirmation that bowling is still a popular day out.  

Hollywood Bowl has confirmed it is opening a new site in Derby as it announces a rise in sales so far this year.

It reported sales had increased 7.8% in the first half of this year and that it would also be opening new sites in three other areas.

Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl

Cloister street stand-off: Residents still not allowed home

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police said the Cloister Street stand-off is still ongoing and it is not yet clear when residents will be able to return home. 

Several homes in the Dunkirk street were evacuated this morning when two men appeared on the roofs of houses.

The pair have been seen throwing items, believed to be bricks and tiles, from the top of the properties.  

Nottinghamshire Police has advised people to stay away from the area.

Jury fail to reach verdicts on sex offence charges

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

The jury in the trial of Christopher Metcalfe has now been discharged after failing to reach verdicts on two remaining charges against the defendant.

The case has been adjourned until 27 April.

Teacher cleared of second indecent assault charge

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

The jury in the trial of former teacher Christopher Metcalfe has come back with a verdict of not guilty for a third charge.

This was a claim that he indecently assaulted a girl on his farm in South Normanton.

Earlier he was found not guilty of rape and another indecent assault charge. The jury has asked for 15 more minutes to try to agree on the final two verdicts.

Cloister street standoff: Men 'using hammer' to break off bricks

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Two men are still on top of roofs in Cloister Street, Nottingham and there is still a big police presence in the area.

The Nottingham Post has photos of the men using a hammer to break off bricks from chimneys and roof tiles, which they are throwing into the road.

Lloyds branches to close in region

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Four Lloyds Bank branches across the East Midlands are to close as the bank announces plans to shut 100 branches between July and October.

The branches include Nottingham's Market Square and three in Bakewell (pictured), Clay Cross and Wirkworth, Derbyshire.

Lloyds Bakewell
Google

Staff were told about the plans this morning and are among the 9,000 staff whose job cuts were previously announced along with 400 other branch closures. 

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J28, A38 (Alfreton) and J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down van.

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

Wife attack cricketer's suspended sentence to be reviewed

A cricketer who was spared jail after admitting beating his wife with a bat is to have his sentence reviewed .

Mustafa Bashir
Pat Isaacs/Cavendish

Mustafa Bashir, of Middleton, who admitted two counts of assault was given an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years, at Manchester Crown Court in March.

Judge Richard Mansell QC was told Bashir, 34, would be employed as a professional by Leicestershire County Cricket Club, which was "wholly false".

The judge was criticised by domestic abuse charities for saying his wife was not vulnerable as she was a graduate.

Bashir was said to have beaten his wife with a cricket bat and forced her to drink bleach.

The sentence will be reviewed at Manchester Crown Court on Friday.

Re-live great goal from 1997

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Derby County fans, this magic moment from Wanchope was 20 years ago today.

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Accident at bus station

A spokeswoman from Trent Barton said one of its buses had been in a collision at the station but there were no injuries. 

There are still delays of up to 20 minutes on Derby services.

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Residents told to wait in nearby pub

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The closure of Cloister Street and Warwick Street is causing some traffic problems in the area.

Police said residents who cannot get into their homes while the men remain on the roof have been told to go to the nearby Johnson Arms pub which is providing food and refreshments. 

Cloister Street
Harj Thandi

Peregrine lays egg at Derby Cathedral

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The first peregrine falcon egg of the season has been laid at Derby Cathedral this morning...

Peregrine and egg at Derby Cathedral
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

It's the latest in the year one's been laid since 2007 - that is thought to be down to the disruption caused by the arrival of a new male peregrine.

There were fears he might not be able to breed, but he's proved the doubters wrong and is now bringing frequent offerings of food to his new partner.

Your photos: Spring in the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

Some lovely spring photos from across the East Midlands today - this was taken at a field in Kingston on Soar...

Field in Kingston on Soar
South Notts

Flowers in Kegworth...

Flowers in Kegworth
scrappy

Monsal Head viaduct in Derbyshire...

Monsal head viaduct Derbyshire
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Fernandez pleads guilty to electoral fraud charges

BBC Radio Derby

A 59-year-old man has pleaded guilty to two charges relating to electoral fraud at Derby Crown Court this morning.

Christopher Fernandez, of Wingfield Drive, Chaddesden, admitted making false statements on two nomination forms. 

He stood as a candidate for the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition in the 2016 local elections in the city and worked as an agent for the party. 

He pleaded not guilty to 14 other similar charges. He's been released on bail and a trial date has been set for late November.

Former teacher found 'not guilty' of raping girl

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A retired teacher has been found not guilty of raping a teenage girl more than 30 years ago.

Christopher Metcalfe, from Blidworth, was also cleared of indecently assaulting a nine-year-old pupil in a primary school.

The jury at Derby Crown Court is still deliberating on three further charges. 

Artist impression of Christopher Metcalfe in court
BBC

The 70-year-old was a rural studies teacher at a former children's home at Skegby Hall, near Mansfield.

He denied the five separate sex offences.

Tractor dumps muck outside Derby Crown Court

A note left in the window of the tractor said it was a protest against a "flawed judicial system."

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Your photos: Lizard spotted at Bradgate Park

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Lynn Cook has sent in this photo of a common lizard she spotted at Bradgate Park on Monday.

I think I'd have jumped out of my skin.

Common lizard
Lynn Cook

According to the Leicestershire and Rutland nature website NatureSpot they are "uncommon" in our area but they have been seen before.

One was seen at Charnwood Lodge in 2016, Ketton Quarry in 2014 and Bardon Hill in 2013.

Gary Rowett

Boss Gary Rowett says Derby must improve their intensity despite beating Fulham to stretch their unbeaten run to three games.

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Police were in Dunkirk for burglary investigation

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We've been told by a Nottinghamshire Police spokesman the reason they were at a house in Cloister Street, Dunkirk this morning was because they had a warrant as part of a burglary investigation.

The men then emerged on the roofs and the police response increased, with ambulances and fire officers on standby.

Riot police Cloister Street
BBC

Stand-off with men on roofs continues

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's photos of the two men who have been in a stand-off with police on Cloister Street, Dunkirk since 08:00 this morning. 

There have been police in riot gear, ambulances and firefighters at the scene and Warwick Road is also closed. 

BBC reporter Mike O'Sullivan said he saw debris being thrown by the men onto the road, which looked like bricks or tiles.

Cloister Street
BBC
Cloister Street
BBC

Slate works shortlisted for award

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

The company famous for mining Collyweston slate has been shortlisted for a national award.

In January, Claude N Smith Ltd extracted the first slate for 40 years. 

The rare limestone is used to roof historic buildings, including The Guildhall in London and King's College in Cambridge.

Replacing the roof of Stamford Railway Station
Claude N Smith

The company is one of four finalists in the UK Roofing Award in the Heritage Roofing category.  

The nomination is for their work on Stamford Railway Station.

The winner will be announced on 19 May.

Man who dumped tonnes of 'bark chip' on court steps apologises

Press Association

A 49-year-old man has pleaded guilty to criminal damage in relation to an incident where "muck" was dumped on the steps of a court.

Charles Hirons used a tractor and a muck spreader to cover the steps of Derby Crown Court on the morning of 17 January.

'Muck' dumped on court steps
BBC

Hirons, from Nottingham Road in Draycott, appeared at Derby Magistrates' Court this morning where he accepted the charge.

Council workers had to clear dirt from the steps in the hours following the spreading.

A note was seen in the window of the tractor's cab which suggested the muck spreading was a protest against a "severely flawed judicial system".

Note in the window of the tractor
BBC

Hirons said the material used to cover the steps was bark chip and he apologised "unreservedly" for the offence.  

Body recovered from River Soar

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police have confirmed they recovered a woman's body from the River Soar yesterday afternoon.

They were called to Aylestone Road at 14:10 to reports of a body in the water. 

The death is not thought to be suspicious.

Plaque commemorating Leicester's shoe making history

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The city council has unveiled a new heritage panel commemorating the British United Shoe Machinery Company...

British United Shoe Machinery Company plaque
BBC

The new panel is located outside Indikal on Belgrave Road directly opposite the BUSM Union Works building.

Six former BUSM employees were there for the unveiling alongside some councillors.

Former BUSM employees and councillors
BBC

The new panel is one of more than 100 now scattered around the city with information on Leicester’s 2,000 years of history.

Council and union 'delighted and relieved' at end of school staff dispute

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

Derby City Council has said it is "delighted" that teaching assistants have voted to end the long running dispute over changes to their pay and working time. 

Councillor Baggy Shanker said: "The council recognises the commitment of parents and the school community across Derby.

"Our schools and our school employees can now concentrate on what they do best - educating Derby's children."

In a statement, Unison also said support staff were "relieved this dispute is behind them".

Teaching staff
BBC

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A few sunny spells are still possible on an otherwise increasingly cloudy afternoon with plenty of dry weather around and highs of 12C (54F).

Consortium taking possession of Haymarket Theatre

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester's Haymarket Theatre is today being officially handed over to a consortium who are hoping to reopen it as a performance and training venue by the end of the year.

Haymarket Theatre
BBC

The city council is handing over the keys to the building to the Haymarket Consortium - it's been unused for almost a decade now at a cost of £1.5m to the authority.

Burton shop robbed at knife-point

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two men have been arrested following a knife-point robbery at a shop in Burton-on-Trent.

Staff at Hadfield Stores on Rosliston Road were threatened at about 22:10 last night and a quantity of cash was stolen. No one was hurt.

Hadfield Stores on Roslistion Road
Google

Witnesses reported seeing two men in a small white van - a few hours later a van matching the description was found. 

Two men aged 35 and 46 have been arrested in connection with the robbery and are being questioned by police.