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  1. Updates for Friday 21 April 2017
  2. Notts County Ladies fold over finances
  3. Car fire closes A52 westbound
  4. Sports Direct takes on £78m debt from US retailer
  5. Brewer helps break ballooning record
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

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By Khia Lewis-Todd and Amy Woodfield

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Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper celebrates his goal

Steven Fletcher's fourth goal in four games helps play-off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday fight back to beat Derby County.

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Britt Assombalonga celebrates

Nottingham Forest all but end Reading's automatic promotion hopes with a win that boosts their Championship survival bid.

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Pablo Hernandez (left)

Leeds' play-off hopes suffer a significant blow as they lose at struggling Burton Albion, who all but secure their safety.

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That's all from East Midlands Live today.

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Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

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

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Weather: Cloud will thicken with light rain

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

The cloud will thicken overnight with some patchy light outbreaks of rain at times.

Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).


Water issues in Glenfield

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Watch: "Smoke" at Nottingham Contemporary

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Smoke has been rising from Nottingham Contemporary again today - don't be alarmed though.

It's just part of a new exhibition...

Kittens found abandoned in Derbyshire street

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Six tiny kittens were found crammed into a cat carrier and dumped in a Derbyshire street.

The RSPCA said they were about six weeks old and thought to be very distressed when they were discovered in off Main Street in Long Eaton.

All six kittens are now being cared for by the animal charity.

Abandoned cats

The kittens had been squashed into this cat carrier and were very distressed when they were discovered. It is appalling to think that someone abandoned defenceless kittens like this. Thankfully they were found and are doing well, but it could have been a much worse situation

Dave McAdamRSPCA inspector

Man, 64, set to run 100th marathon

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

For most people running one marathon would be enough but not for Peter Finn from Rothley.

On Sunday the 64-year-old is running the London Marathon - if he finishes he'll join the 100 marathon club...

Peter Finn

Peter began his 100 marathon challenge in 2007 and has since completed marathons all over the world, including New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. 

He didn't even stop in 2013 when he had a hip replacement.

It feels utterly fantastic and unbelievable to be about to run my 100th marathon. I only meant to run the one when I first set out, but the euphoric feeling I got at the end made me want to do another and I got the bug. After my hip replacement, I was determined to not let that stop me running. It hasn't been easy, but I enjoy the challenge."

Peter FinnMarathon runner

Travel: A52 cleared following car fire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The car that was on fire on the A52 in Nottingham has now been recovered according to Highways England.

They've said they are now inspecting the carriageway for any damage before re-opening it.

Overturned car near Alfreton causing lengthy tailbacks

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is what is causing the delay on the A38 southbound near Alfreton...

Overturned car
Highways England

Highways England has tweeted to say they have closed the entry slip road from the B600 to assist with the crash.

Delays are back to the M1.

One driver is said to be uninjured. It is not yet clear what if any injuries were suffered by the others involved.

Travel: Broken down car causing delays

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Glamorgan claim Dearden wicket

Leicestershire 177-4 v Glamorgan - tea

Nick Webb

BBC Wales Sport

A career-best 87 from teenager Harry Dearden helped Leicestershire to a respectable position by tea, despite losing three partners in quick succession early in the session.

Dearden and Mark Pettini added 90 before Dearden drove over the top of a flighted delivery from spinner Andrew Salter.

Earlier two wickets in two balls from 19-year-old Glamorgan seamer Lukas Carey halted Leicestershire's progress after Dearden and Paul Horton started with a stand of 85.

Travel: Delays on the A38 and M1

BBC News Travel

  • Derbyshire - An overturned car on the A38 southbound is causing  20 minutes of delays between the junction with the M1 and the A61 Alfreton.
  • Leicestershire - There's congestion on the  M1 northbound between junctions J23 and J23A 

Car fire closes A52

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Highways England have confirmed that the A52 westbound is still closed between the A606 and A60, due to that vehicle fire...

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Back-up bus service for rural villages

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

From tomorrow Leicestershire County Council will be putting on some essential transportation for communities affected by changes to bus services.

Arriva bus in Leicester

The council is providing bookable taxi services for people living in Littlethorpe, Cosby, Carlton, Barton in the Beans, Nailstone and Cotesbach.

There will then be a subsidised local bus service for people living in Thurnby.

It's after the bus operator Arriva decided to stop the services in these villages due to the low usage.

Severe accident: A38 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, at B600 affecting M1 J28 Alfreton.

A38 Derbyshire - Heavy traffic on A38 southbound in Alfreton at the B600 junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Alfreton.

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

Boys are racially abused

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Four boys who were playing football in Chesterfield were approached by a man who shouted racial abuse at them, police say.

It happened between 12:30 and 13:00 on Sunday 2 April at Highfield Park .

Highfield park

The man has been described as white, around 6ft tall with long grey hair and he was wearing a green coat, baggy trousers and had a black greyhound type dog.   

Anyone with information is asked to contact Derbyshire Police.  

World Cup warm-up in East Midlands

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Women's cricket World Cup practice matches have been confirmed - all are in our region.

Women cricketers
Getty Images

The national sides involved are New Zealand, India, England, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Pakistan, Australia and South Africa.

Throughout June, warm-up games will be played in Derby, Chesterfield, Leicester and Oakham.

'Take the leg away, and he will run another marathon'

#Get Inspired

Seven inspiring runners taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday

Those were the words of Denise Arthey to doctors after she and her husband Chris were involved in a road accident while on holiday.

Chris and Denise are just some of the thousands of inspiring runners who will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday. 

Read more about there story here and follow the live text commentary on this website from 08:25-16:00 BST on the day.

If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know by using the #GetInspired on social media and we could feature your message!

Watch: Poetry festival underway

East Midlands Today

Nottingham's poetry festival is back with 50 events taking place over the next 10 days. 

It follows on from the first of it's kind which was held in 2015.

Poets poster

This years line-up Includes Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy as well as local performers.

We've been asking some of you about your favourite poems...

Watch: Car fire on A52

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

In Nottingham the A52 westbound has been closed between the junctions with the A606 and the A60.

It's because of this car fire...

The section of road is expected to reopen around 15:15 - 15:30.

There are also 15 minutes of delays leading up to the road closure.

.@HighwaysEMIDS The fire has closed the northbound carriageway of the #A52 while crews extinguish the fire. Please……

Man had teeth knocked out in Melton

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man had two teeth knocked out when he was punched in the face in Melton Mowbray over the weekend.

The 19-year-old was standing next to a cash machine near the King’s Head on Nottingham Street when it happened.

Nottingham Street

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm - police are appealing for the public to come forward with any information.

Football: Burton & Huddersfield given FA fine for failing to control players

BBC Sport

Burton Albion must pay £5,000 and Huddersfield have been fined £12,500 after admitting a Football Association charge of failing to control their players.  

Dean Whitehead and Tom Flanagan were given yellow cards after grabbing each other
Rex Features

The charge related to an incident which led to Huddersfield's Dean Whitehead being sent off during a 1-0 defeat at the John Smith's Stadium on 1 April.

Whitehead was given a second yellow card after a clash with Tom Flanagan.

Huddersfield have been handed a bigger fine after being punished for a similar incident against Leeds in February.

The FA said players failed to conduct themselves "in an orderly fashion" around the 88th minute of the Championship match.

Severe disruption: A52 Nottinghamshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A52 Nottinghamshire westbound severe disruption, between A606 Melton Road and A60 Loughborough Road.

A52 Nottinghamshire - Heavy traffic on A52 westbound in Tollerton between Wheatcroft Island and Nottingham Knight Island, because of an earlier vehicle fire.

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

Brewer helps break ballooning record

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A brewer from Old Dalby has been involved in a world record breaking hot air balloon challenge.

Colin Brown, who's head brewer at Belvoir Brewery, was one of 82 balloonists who flew from Dover to the French coast...

Hot air balloons over English Channel
Matt Rowley

This was the highest number of balloons ever to fly simultaneously across the English Channel - the previous record was 49.

Colin told BBC Radio Leicester the challenge took about two and a half hours and that it was "good to be a part of".

Development fund promises more jobs

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

More jobs, housing and a better transport infrastructure have all been promised by those behind the "Midlands Engine" project.

That's councils, business and universities who form the local enterprise partnership for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and were handed £63m by the government.

They say good quality jobs are important to boost productivity in the East Midlands and hang on to highly qualified staff. 

At the moment most graduates choose to find work in other parts of the country.


Are you running in London this weekend?


Meet Fran - she's just one of the many thousands who will be taking on the London Marathon this weekend.....

London Marathon 2017: Beating the bullies, Fran's inspiring story

If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know about it using the #GetInspired hashtag on social media and we could feature you in our live text commentary or messages on the TV coverage during the day. 

Foxes see off early threat

Leicestershire 81-0 v Glamorgan - lunch

Nick Webb

BBC Radio Wales Sport at Leicester

Leicestershire openers Paul Horton and Harry Dearden got their team off to their best start of the season despite unsurprisingly being asked to bat by Glamorgan on an overcast morning.

The experienced Horton looked solid at one end though left-handed teenager Dearden was dropped on one off Lukas Carey, and flirted with peril occasionally outside off-stump.

Carey and Michael Hogan both caused the odd problem but Leicestershire saw off the initial threat and forced Glamorgan to turn to spin before lunch, which arrived with Horton on 39 and Dearden 36.

Couple sought after 87-year-old has purse stolen

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Police want to trace a couple (pictured) in connection with the theft of a purse from an 87-year-old woman in Glossop.

A man is thought to have distracted the victim and a woman then took the purse from her handbag, police say.

Couple wanted over stolen purse
Derbyshire Police

It happened at the Co-op on Norfolk Street on Wednesday 12 April at about 11:00.  

Couple wanted over stolen purse
Derbyshire Police

Tears at Meadow Lane

Colin Hazelden

BBC East Midlands Today Sports Reporter

At Meadow Lane - really upsetting day with Notts County Ladies players leaving in tears.

Fern Whelan of Notts County
Getty Images

FA 'working with Ladies players'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Football Association has issued a statement about Notts County's decision to fold its Ladies team...

Meadow Lane
Getty Images

“The FA is aware of the situation and is liaising with all involved parties. Our priority is the welfare of the players and we will work closely with them, the PFA and wider stakeholders to support them through this time.”

Football AssociationSpokesperson

Skateboarding badger?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The animal charity RSPCA has tweeted about their badger rescue mission in Gedling...

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Your photos: Misterton sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

Buster9 sent in this stunning sunrise picture from Misterton this morning.


Notts County boss tweets 'devastation'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Happy National Tea Day!

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Happy National Tea Day... to all my fellow brew lovers.

Today's the perfect day to drink as much tea as you like.

I love a good cuppa, and Susan Ward who runs Victorian Vintage Tea Rooms in Draycott says she's very busy with afternoon tea bookings today.

If you're at home, get the kettle on!

Victoria Vintage Tea Rooms
Tom Lawrence

Ipswich Town have "no chance" of signing on-loan Tom Lawrence on a more permanent deal, says manager Mick McCarthy.

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Notts County Ladies folding

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Notts County has announced their ladies team is folding for financial reasons.

The club chairman and owner has said he's facing a near £1m bill to keep the club afloat this season and is now "admitting defeat".

Notts County ground
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According to the club, Alan Hardy inherited six-figure HMRC debts from Ray Trew - and despite weeks of negotiations with lawyers, the HMRC and the FA, has called time on his plans to save the team.

Notts County Ladies has now been officially withdrawn from the Women's Super League and will play no matches in the Spring Series.

“I am devastated that we cannot continue the Ladies project but the numbers simply do not stack up. Continuing would have been little short of financial suicide. When I took over the club, HMRC and other creditors had in excess of £350,000 of unpaid liabilities. Additionally, I was extremely concerned that to operate Notts County Ladies for the current season was going to cost us approximately £500,000 - a figure principally made up of player and coaching salaries. Our total projected incoming revenue from attendances and sponsorship was £28,000."

Alan HardyNotts County chairman and owner