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  1. Updates for Thursday 20 April 2017
  2. Teen's legs amputated after Donington Park crash
  3. Man charged over A52 biker death
  4. Derbyshire road murder suspect in police custody
  5. Leicester scientists excited by dementia 'wonder drug'
  6. Four-month delay to A52 roadworks
  7. Derby ring road mobility scooter rider 'given advice'
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

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Weather: Cloudy night

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A few showers this evening and then a largely dry and cloudy night. 


The cloud could be thick enough to produce the odd spot of rain at times, particularly over high ground.

Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

Your pictures: Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

BBC Weather Watchers

Yes and yes.

Aeroplanes and pigeons in flight over Kegworth on this grey day.


Police step up patrols over park vandalism

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Not long ago (16:42) we told you about the vandalism at West Park in Long Eaton...well over the last week vandals haven't just been targeting trees but outbuildings as well.

Derbyshire police say after the spate of damage which has taken place they are now stepping up patrols.

Derbyshire Police

We have been speaking to our partners at Erewash Borough Council and increasing our patrols on the park. These patrols will be both high visibility and plain-clothed. The particularly upsetting part of this damage is that the offenders are spoiling a facility that is there for all to enjoy and so I would encourage anyone who knows anything about the incidents to make contact with us.

Sergeant Damien ShannonSafer Neighbourhood policing
Derbyshire Police

Man charged after elderly man attacked in Worksop

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man has been recalled to prison over an attack in Worksop that left a 79-year-old man with serious head injuries.

mansfield mags

It happened in Gateford Road in the early hours of Saturday 3 December, police said.

The 33-year-old man has been charged with robbery and causing grievous bodily harm.

He was recalled to Nottingham Prison in December after he was arrested in connection with the investigation.

He is due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates' Court on 18 May where he'll also face two burglary charges and one of fraud by false representation.

Your comments: 'Still can't believe you have left to make cakes'


Our Facebook page has been filled with comments on James Reid who won gold at the international cake competition after leaving his job as a policeman to look after his children.

Scott Riley wrote: "Still can't believe you have left to make cakes (and look after the kids) and you have made it work fantastically!! Top man, well deserved."

James Reid

Rach Forte added: "Truly deserved Jim, your ideas and cakes are amazing."

Shelley Smith said: "My sons cake was excellent. Fantastic!! Emirates cake. Highly talented is James. Excellent eye for detail."

Severe disruption: M69 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at M1 J21.

M69 Leicestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M69 northbound at M1 J21, Leicester, because of a police incident.

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

Beast of Bolsover to stand in general election

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

An MP since 1970, Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner has seen a lot of elections.

Now it looks like the 85-year-old is going to see another after it was announced he'll stand again in the Derbyshire seat in June.

Dennis Skinner

He was one of the 13 MPs that opposed holding the election in the Commons vote yesterday.

He's given no official word as to why but during PMQs he asked for a guarantee that those Tory MPs under investigation for election expenses would not stand. 

For him, failure to do that would make the whole campaign "the most squalid in my lifetime".

Travel: Motorway lights back on

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Council 'disappointed' at M&S closure

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The company said it plans to open a new store in Retford.

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MP meeting after park vandalism

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we told you about vandals damaging 25 newly planted trees at West Park in Long Eaton over the Easter weekend. 

The MP for Erewash Maggie Throup will be holding a meeting with borough council chiefs over the vandalism.

West Park

Ms Throup said the "mindless" vandalism was carried out "by a small minority" and was spoiling what the community had to offer. 

West Park

Derbyshire police say they have stepped up patrols in the area.  

Second F1 driver donates £15k for amputee teen

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Max Verstappen is the latest F1 driver to add to the ever-growing fundraising campaign for 17-year-old Billy Monger, who lost his legs in a crash at Donington Park.

max verstappen

He's matched Jenson Button's pledge of £15,000 on a JustGiving page set up for the teenager.

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Multi-million pound Silk Mill plans unveiled

BBC Radio Derby

Earlier this week we told you Derby's Silk Mill is expected to close its doors at the end of the month whilst it undergoes a £16m transformation.

Well today designs for the multi-million pound revamp have been revealed. 

Silk Mill

You will get an immediate sense of what this building is about and importantly what it was about. The worlds first factory positioned as a southern gateway on the Derwent Mills site - a real introduction to why the Derby Silk Mill was built and the stories that surround it.

Jim ParkinSilk Mill project worker

Travel: Traffic lights out at motorways junction

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Cannabis farm accused appears in court

Lisa Teanby

Newsreader, BBC Radio Nottingham

A man accused of production of cannabis after a farm was uncovered inside a former restaurant, has appeared in court.


Amarildo Spahiu, 26, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody at the hearing at Nottingham Magistrates Court.

Police discovered over 1,000 plants growing inside the building in Brinsley yesterday.

He'll next appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 18 May.

Donington Park 'to examine every aspect of teen's injury'

Giles Taylor

BBC East Midlands Today reporter

We've just had a statement through from the manager of Donington Park racecourse where 17-year-old Billy Monger was injured on Sunday.

He's had to have part of both legs amputated.

Donington Park circuit is working with the UK and international governing bodies of motor sport in order to ensure that every aspect of Billy Monger’s accident here on Sunday 16 April is fully examined. At this difficult time, Donington Park encourages the media and the wider community to respect the wishes of the Monger family for privacy while they are staying with Billy and his expert doctors in hospital. We can all see and endorse the global support Billy is receiving from the world of motor sport, and we all pray for the best possible outcome for him.”

Christopher TateManaging director of Donington Park

Your pictures: Spring scenes in Notts

BBC Weather Watchers

Lambs in East Bridgford and bluebells in Kimberley. How much more springlike can you get? 

east bridgford
Steve A

Boy, 14, missing for nine days

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Have you seen missing Mala-Kye Braithwaite?

Mala-Kye Braithwaite
Leicestershire Police

The 14-year-old was reported missing from his home in Gleneagles Avenue in Leicester on 11 April.

Police said there have been sightings of him in the Gypsy Lane and Tudor Road areas of the city in the last few days.

Burglary spree around Derby ring road

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Homeowners around Derby's ring road are being urged to make sure their properties are secure after a spree of break-ins.

There were four burglaries between 4 and 8 of April around Kenilworth Avenue and Newdigate Street.

Derbyshire Police say computers, money and a car were taken.


Bus diversion after crash

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A diversion is currently in place for the 3A bus in Sutton-in-Ashfield...

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Police seek men after town centre fight

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Do you recognise any of these men?

fight images
Leicestershire Police

Police have issued the appeal today after a fight broke out in Market Harborough town centre last month.

The fight, involving as many as 20 men, happened on High Street at about 03:00 on Sunday 19 March.

An 18-year-old suffered a head injury but officers believe others may have been hurt but haven't reported their injuries.

Traffic light fault on M1 junction fixed

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Good news for people heading in this direction...

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Buxton woman charged with assaulting police officer

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A 23-year-old Buxton woman has been charged with assaulting a police officer, criminal damage, resisting arrest and assault.

Officers were called to a property on Holker Road at 13:30 last Friday. 

Derbyshire Police say when they attended, the woman attacked an officer.

Holker Road

The 23-year-old was remanded in custody on Monday and is due to appear in court at a later date, police said.

Disruption to bus services for East Midlands Airport

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

If you need to travel by bus to East Midlands Airport tonight, some services aren't running due to a closure on the A453 Ashby Road between junction 23A and 24.

The road will be shut between 21:00 and 05:00, which means the following Skylink Express journeys won't be running:

  • 21:30 and 22:30 - departures from Broadmarsh
  • 22:00 and 23:00 - departures from East Midlands Airport

Man attacked with bladed weapon in Melton

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man is in a stable condition in hospital after he was assaulted with "a bladed weapon" in Melton Mowbray, police have said.

Drummond Walk

Officers were called to Drummond Walk at around 16:40 yesterday, where they found the man, aged in his 20s, injured.

Police said "for operational reasons" they couldn't confirm how the man was injured, what kind of bladed weapon was used in the attack or whether it has been recovered.

Your photos: Cheeky calf


Didn't your mum tell you not to pick your nose...?

Bicycle Bob tweeted us in this great picture - taken somewhere in Derbyshire.


Stay-at-home dad wins gold at cake competition

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A former police officer from Little Eaton who decided to become a stay-at-home dad has bagged gold in an international cake competition.

James Reid entered the competition at the NEC in Birmingham at the last minute and impressed the judges with his Ghostbusters themed cake.

James Reid

The 47-year-old told Radio Derby that baking doesn't distract from his duties at home.  

So who ya gonna call...  James and the Giant Cake - well that's what he calls his business anyway.

James Reid

Button donates £15k to amputee teen

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live


Jenson Button has pledged £15,000 to a fundraising page set up to support Billy Monger, the 17-year-old Formula 4 driver who had both legs amputated following a crash.

As of 12:00 today, £477,000 had been raised via a JustGiving site to help the teenager.


The 2009 world champion F1 driver who retired last month wrote on Instagram: "This guy needs our help. I will be doing as much as I can to help this dude out."

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Lewis Hamilton also offered his support, tweeting...

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Afternoon weather: Cloudy with light rain

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

This afternoon will be staying mainly cloudy this afternoon with some occasional light rain possible at times on an otherwise dry afternoon. 

Highs of 15C (59F).

M&S to close Worksop store

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Worksop's Marks and Spencer food store in the Priory Shopping Centre is one of six stores to close as part of plans to improve the business.

worksop m&s

M&S previously announced it's to open 36 new stores over the next six months, creating more than 1,400 jobs.

One of the new stores will be a Foodhall in Retford, it's now been revealed.

Traffic light fault on M1 at J24

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Be careful if you're heading in that direction...

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Derby County manager to join us live on Monday

BBC Derby Sport

Look who'll be joining us in the studio on Monday...

Derby County manager Gary Rowett will be here to speak to fans and answer your questions.

So if you have something to ask - then Monday's your day to do so. 

Gary Rowett

'Buddy Holly's' guitar stolen

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A Buddy Holly impersonator has had his beloved guitar stolen.

Rob Holsman

The Fender stratocaster was taken from the back seat of singer Rob Holsman's car in Bestwood, Nottingham, on Tuesday while he left it for ten minutes to feed his cats.

Rob (pictured second right) is set to play the 50s rock n roll singer in an amateur production at the Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton later this year.

the crickets
Rob Holsman

The guitar, worth £1,500, similar to the one played by Holly himself, is sunburst red with a maple neck and has sentimental value.

"My dad bought it for me when I was 16 and it has been with me through every band and every single gig and recording session I have done in the last 27 years," he said.

The production team for the charity show have offered free tickets for information leading to the recovery of the guitar.

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed it was stolen from an unlocked car in Holmewood Crescent.

Snooker: McLeod shocks World Championship

BBC Sport

Leicester snooker player Rory McLeod has caused a major upset at the World Championships, knocking out tournament favourite Judd Trump.

McLeod, a 46-year-old, is ranked world number 54 and was a 1,000-1 outsider to win the tournament.

Peaty hopes to break 26 seconds

BBC Derby Sport

Adam Peaty says he believes he can break the 26-second mark for the 50m breaststroke at this summer's world championship - after winning the British title last night in the second-fastest time in history.

Peaty was just shy of breaking his own world record in the race at Sheffield, which you can watch below.

Having given his 100m gold medal away to Harry Brancham, Peaty said he was saving his 50m medal for his grandmother.  

Missing teen found

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A 15-year-old girl who was reported missing from Glen Parva in Leicester has been found safe and well, police have said.

Chloe Hallam was last seen at 22:00 last night in New Parks.

Your pictures: A pheasant surprise

BBC Weather Watchers

Weather Watcher Anne reckoned the female pheasant, with her back to the picture, was playing hard to get in this picture taken in Brailsford, Derbyshire, today.


Man who died in A38 collision named

Rory Gallimore

BBC Radio Derby

A man who died in a crash on the A38 in Derbyshire last Saturday has been named as 38-year-old Michael Collins.

It happened between the Palm Court and Little Eaton roundabouts.

Derbyshire Police say they're still investigating, and are continuing to appeal for witnesses.