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  1. Updates for Friday 7 April 2017
  2. Man who faked cricket contract jailed for beating wife
  3. Mother bailed after abduction arrest
  4. Two teenagers charged for Dunkirk disruption
  5. Policeman's funeral at Leicester Cathedral
  6. Suspected cat poisoning in Croft
  7. Morgan injury could affect Champions League line-up
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

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By Amy Woodfield and Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Romelu Lukaku

Mike Henson

BBC Sport

Everton move within goal difference of Arsenal in sixth as Romelu Lukaku scores twice to check Leicester's recent renaissance.

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Lloyd Dyer

Lloyd Dyer's second-half equaliser earns struggling Burton Albion a vital point as Aston Villa's play-off hopes fade.

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Tom Ince

Tom Ince hits a late winner as, on his return to St Andrew's, Gary Rowett's Derby beat Gianfranco Zola's Birmingham.

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Eric Lichaj

Huddersfield's automatic promotion hopes are dealt a further blow as Nottingham Forest give manager Mark Warburton his first win.

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Anthony Watson celebrates Bath's late winner

England winger Anthony Watson scores two late tries as Bath come from behind to beat Leicester at Twickenham.

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Our live coverage across the day

That's all from East Midlands Live - updates will start again at 08:00 on Monday.

East Midlands weather update: A sunny weekend

Kay Crewdson

BBC East Midlands Today weather presenter

It will be a chilly start Saturday with a little patchy mist and fog in places but then there will be long spells of sunshine with light southerly winds. 

Temperatures will be above average for the time of year - around 18C (64F). 

The evening looks lovely too; fine and dry with clear skies.


Cricket: Shreck calls kill threat allegation 'wholly false'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire cricketer Charlie Shreck has spoken out about the bad language he used during the match against Loughborough last month that resulted in him being suspend for two County Championship games.

His comments come in response to an article in The Times newspaper that said: “The Times was told by one source that Shreck said he would 'kill' Loughborough University opener Hasan Azad, although the county deny that.”

Charlie Shreck
Getty Images

Shreck has released this statement through the club to stress further that this was not what he said...

"I did not use that wording on the cricket field. To say that I threatened to kill somebody is wholly false. I accept the three penalty points for the Level 1 offence, and the club’s punishment, and will now work hard on gaining my place in the First XI for the Specsavers County Championship game against Glamorgan."

Charlie Shreck Leicestershire County Cricket club

Watch the Sharks on the BBC

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Fans of the Sheffield Sharks can watch their side play tonight live on the BBC Sport website.

The Sharks play top of the table Leicester Riders.

Coverage starts at 19:30 here and it's also being streamed on the BBC Sport app and selected Connected TVs.

Riders v Sharks basket ball promotional flyer

Listen: Chris Baird on Derby County's new boss

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Derby County defender Chris Baird has been telling BBC Radio Derby's sport team how the arrival of Gary Rowett has given all the players the opportunity of a fresh start.

Travel: Update on Leicestershire and Derby roads

BBC News Travel

  • There are delays of 15 minutes on the M1 northbound in Leicestershire between junctions 22 and 23
  • On the  A38 northbound  in Derby there are delays of 20 minutes between the A52 and the junction with the A61

Police: 'Fake crashes hurt us all'

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Here's a little more from Det Con Kevan Handley after 11 members of a "cash for crash" gang were jailed earlier .

He said: "We are all victims of this type of offence, from the victims who were unwittingly involved in the crashes to your regular drivers, who as a result of all this have their premiums increased.

Fake crash gang members
Derbyshire Police

"It's not just about the cost to the insurance companies or drivers, as these incidents can potentially lead to serious injury, if not worse.

"It's luck of the draw really - you only need one thing to go wrong and somebody dies."

Homes evacuated due to 'possible gas leak' after death

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

The sudden death of a man at a house in Bulwell this morning is not thought to be suspicious, police have said.

Officers were called to the Spruce Gardens property at about 09:30 following the death and two neighbouring homes were evacuated as a precaution due to a possible gas leak.

Kick-start your career with street cricket


As the County Cricket season gets underway today,  England opener Haseeb Hameed gives his support to a different form of the game....

Street Cricket: From tape balls to playing at the highest level

If you want to find out more about how to get into cricket, take a look at the Get Inspired guide.

Leicester GP surgery to remain open

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Patients will be able to use the Merlyn Vaz Centre on Spinney Hill Road in Leicester for at least another three years.

The GP surgery had been earmarked for closure, but the city's clinical commissioning group has said they took into account the views expressed by patients and decided it wasn't a good idea to move the service until there is more clarity on the future of the General Hospital site.

This is under consultation as part of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

The Merlyn Vaz Centre

“Coupling the views of patients and stakeholders with the lack of certainty about what other services may or may not be provided from the General campus in the future, we felt that now was simply not the right time to move the service. By procuring the contract for a minimum of three years it enables us to offer certainty to patients in the medium term."

Professor Azhar Farooqi GP and Chair of Leicester City CCG

Police: Fake crash gang 'ran complex operation'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

The detective who led an investigation into a "cash for crash" gang that targeted drivers  said today's sentencing showed police were serious about cracking down on the practice.

Kevan Handley

Det Con Kevan Handley said: “The gang all played their part in this complex fraudulent activity, their roles ranged from carrying our fraudulent medical examinations of personal injury claims, driving the vehicles involved in the collisions to providing fraudulent vehicle examination forms.

“This type of crime will always be taken seriously, investigated thoroughly and will not be tolerated; the sentences received today reflect this.”  

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

Listen: Gary Rowett on Birmingham return

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Derby County boss Gary Rowett has been talking to BBC Radio Derby about his return to St Andrew's tomorrow.

Rowett was sacked by Birmingham City in December after two years in charge.

Cricket club welcomes Mustafa Bashir prison sentence

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire County Cricket club has welcomed a judge's decision to jail Mustafa Bashir for attacking his wife.

The 33-year-old had originally been given a suspended sentence after falsely claiming in court he had been offered a contract by the club.

His sentence was reviewed by the judge after his lying was exposed.

Chief executive Wasim Khan said: “The club is deeply committed to the White Ribbon campaign set up to tackle domestic violence, so we were horrified at being used as a means for someone who had been convicted of appalling violence to his wife to escape imprisonment.

"His new sentence of 18 months in prison is a much more fitting punishment for what he did and good news for the fight against domestic violence.”

Mustafa Bashir
Greater Manchester Police

Rock festival announces plan to minimise mud

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Organisers of the Download Festival say they have spent half a million pounds to try to make sure this year's event isn't as muddy as last year .

Heavy rain transformed the Donington Park rock festival into a mudbath last summer but 3,000 metres of extra drainage is being installed at the site this time around to try to head off similar problems.

A stage has also been moved, traffic routes into the site altered and extra workers taken on to deal with any issues.

Download 2016

Media question Shakespeare ahead of Everton match

BBC Leicester Sport

More from Craig Shakespeare now following his pre-Everton press conference.

No need to worry about Riyad Mahrez and his mosquito bite - apparently he's now "fine".

Riyad Mahrez
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The Foxes boss also spoke about Wilfred Ndidi who yesterday tweeted about rumours he was looking to leave Leicester City - he said "I'm 200% with Leicester".

Shakespeare said he showed maturity in the way he approached it.

Wilfred Ndidi
Getty Images

There was also talk of Ahmed Musa following several reports that he'd been arrested.

Shakespeare said he'd spoken with the striker who assured him "there wasn't a lot in it" and that it was a police matter that had been cleared up.

When it comes to the team he'll pick for the match on Sunday, he said he'll choose players that can win the game and that he'll not be thinking about the upcoming Champions League game. 

Eleven jailed over "cash for crash" scam

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Eleven people who made hundreds of thousands of pounds from in a "cash for crash" scam have been jailed for fraud offences.

At least 41 crashes were staged in 2011 and 2013 across Derbyshire, with gang members acting as drivers, passengers, witnesses and in other roles.

Nottingham Crown Court heard one victim missed a funeral as a result of a crash, with an elderly woman too shaken to drive again after one incident.

Derbyshire Police welcomed the sentences.

Crash for cash gang

Fracking protesters target drilling firm

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Anti-fracking activists have chained themselves to a deep drilling company's gates "in solidarity" with campaigners  opposed to fracking in Lancashire.

Protestors outside a drilling company
Reclaim the Power

Reclaim the Power said it targeted Marriott Drilling in Chesterfield as it had links to a company behind the UK's first horizontal fracking site. 

The pressure group also said the action was "in solidarity" with campaigners opposed to fracking in Lancashire

Ten people have been arrested in connection with the demonstration. 

This protest is the latest in a fortnight of action against companies Reclaim the Power believes has links to the fracking industry. 

Cigarette smuggler tracked down in pub

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A lorry driver who was jailed in his absence for trying to smuggle nearly six million cigarettes through Dover is behind bars.

Richard Curtis, who's 57 and from Bawtry in South Yorkshire, was sentenced to three years and nine months at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday, but failed to appear.

He was found in a pub in Jacksdale near Nottingham, when a member of the public spotted him following a media appeal.

The illicit cigarettes, which were found hidden in a load of frozen food, would have cost the exchequer £1.3m in lost duty.

Richard David Curtis
UK Border Force
Frozen chips cover load
UK Border Force
Smuggled cigarettes
UK Border Force

Trent Barton cuts bus service in Derbyshire

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Residents living in Egginton are unhappy about cuts to their local bus service.

From the end of May, the Trent Barton buses will be changing their routes and won't stop in Egginton. Locals say they'll have to walk miles to their nearest route.

The Villager bus

Trent Barton said changes have been made due to low customer numbers, and as a result other services would be more frequent and punctual.

Benefit centre staff protest against closure plan

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham political reporter

A protest is being staged this lunchtime by staff at a Nottinghamshire benefits office facing closure. 

Around 130 jobs are at risk after the Department for Work and Pensions decided the base in Annesley is no longer needed.

DWP strike

Police 'farewell' to PC Jackson

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The chief constable of Leicestershire police has just tweeted following the funeral of a "great colleague"...

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Morgan injury could affect Champions League line-up

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

Craig Shakespeare has confirmed Captain Wes Morgan will not be available for Sunday's clash with Everton and suggested he may miss the Champions League game with Atletico Madrid.

Leicester City press conference

Bashir 'wasn't listening' in court

Judith Moritz

BBC North of England Correspondent

After admitting to beating his wife with a cricket bat and forcing bleach into her mouth Mustafa Bashir had been spared jail.

It's after he told the court he'd lose a professional cricketing contract with Leicestershire. 

At Manchester Crown Court today we heard how Bashir played local league cricket in Bolton and previously for Islamabad. He had a "net session" at Leicestershire but there was no pending contract.

A sports agent had written to court to say Bashir had a "very bright future ahead of him" as he'd been selected for Leicestershire. The new defence said the probation officer and previous defence had the "wrong end of the stick" and that the sports agent "mistyped" the letter to court.

The sports agent has since been spoken to by police.

Bashir's defence said he didn't have any intention of misleading the court and that he "wasn't listening" when his barrister spoke about the professional cricket contract.

Man on the run from prison found in Nottingham pub

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A lorry driver who was missing from court when jailed in January has been found in a Nottinghamshire pub.

Richard David Curtis from Bawtry in South Yorkshire was given a three-year and nine-month sentence for his involvement in a £1.3m illicit tobacco plot.

Richard David Curtis
HM Revenue & Customs

The 57-year-old smuggled 5.7 million cigarettes into the Port of Dover. They had been hidden under boxes of frozen chips inside his HGV.

Seized products
HM Revenue & Customs

Curtis had said he was unaware of the illicit cigarettes but was found guilty by a jury. He is now behind bars. 

Listen: Leics v Notts

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

Early action from Grace Road where Leics are taking on Notts on the first day of the new County Championship season. Live commentary here .

Leicestershire v Notts

Drilling firm protesters arrested

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

The anti-fracking protest at PR Marriott in Chesterfield has now come to an end.

Derbyshire Police said 11 people were arrested on suspicion of public order related offences.

PR Marriott protest
Reclaim The Power

Suspected cat poisoning in Croft

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Three cats in Croft, near Hinckley, are believed to have died from suspected antifreeze poisoning.

The animal charity RSPCA was contacted by one cat owner after her pet died on Thursday last week (30 March).

The animal was examined by a vet and is believed to have ingested the toxic substance near to their home on Hill Street.

This is a very upsetting incident which has resulted in the deaths of a much-loved family pet. The cat’s owner has also been made aware of two other cats in the area which have also died as a result of suspected antifreeze poisoning, which is a huge concern. At this stage we do not know if these were accidental incidents or deliberate."

Allison NorthRSPCA inspector

Tigers name team to face Bath

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers have named an unchanged starting 15 for match against Bath at Twickenham tomorrow...

Tigers team

This will be Ben Youngs' 200th appearance in a Tigers shirt and Freddie Burns 50th Premiership appearance for the club.