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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 2 June 2017
  2. Son claims Mick Philpott was 'framed'
  3. Ex-BBC host found woodland sex 'erotic'
  4. Cyclist told 'to go away' by police after near-miss
  5. Man 'critically injured' in Leicester
  6. East Midlands property hotspots revealed
  7. Stage being built for Elton John gig
  8. Tennis: Boulter and Clarke get Surbiton wildcards
  9. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

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By Maryam Qaiser and Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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Our live updates have now ended and will return on Monday from 08:00.

Weather: Clear and mainly dry night ahead

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Showers will steadily die down this evening leaving some clear spells overnight.

BBC Weather map
BBC

Lows of 10C (50F).

Mick Philpott 'writing poems about the children he killed'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Mick Philpott is writing poetry about his children while he serves time for killing them, according to his son.

Michael Philpott
Channel 5/The Philpotts: five years on

Philpott was jailed in 2013 for 15 years for killing six of his children in a fire at his Derby house.

Michael Philpott, who has never spoken on TV before, revealed how his father was spending his time in jail in a soon to be broadcast Channel 5 documentary.

He told The Philpotts: five years on: "My dad’s been trying to get some counselling as well, but he’s struggling.

"He spends a lot of time writing poems about the kids. He expresses how he feels in poems. Sometimes it’s memories about their future and how things would have been. Just stuff like that.”

Severe accident: M69 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, at M1 J21.

M69 Leicestershire - M69 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic southbound at M1 J21, Leicester, because of an accident.

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

Pollution 'kills all life' in a stream

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A stream in Netherfield Lagoons has been so badly polluted all life has been killed in it along with a large amount of vegetation on the bank, Gedling Conservation Trust said.

Samples have been taken for analysis but the source of the pollution is not yet known at the Nottinghamshire nature reserve.

The trust says a smell is associated with the contamination and the stream discharges into the River Trent.

Netherfield
The Gedling Conservation Trust

Mark Glover, chairman at the trust which owns the nature reserve said: "It has contaminated a stream running through the most important nature reserve in Gedling, killing everything that lived in it.

"The smell in the area is horrendous and, considering the polluted water crosses a public right of way, it is possible that there is a threat to human health."

The BBC has contacted Nottinghamshire County Council and the Environment Agency.

Your photos: June across the East Midlands

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher KevH for this stunning pic of Ladybower Reservoir in the Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire.

Ladybower Reservoir
KevH

Sticking with Reservoirs - the pic below is from another of the BBC Weather Watchers, Pete, at Holwell Reservoir near Melton Mowbray.

Holwell Reservoir
Pete

Thanks as well to Bird Watcher for this pic of the chapel in Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.

Clumber Chapel
Bird Watcher

An excellent effort all round I think you'd agree?

Watch: Jean slows traffic with a hair dryer

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Remember the video of quad bikers speeding round Nottingham city centre?

Well Jean Brooks from Hucknall has come up with her very own deterrent to slow traffic...

Watch: Building Elton John's 60ft stage

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's a look behind the scenes at preparations for Elton John's concert at the County Ground in Derby...

BBC Election Panel: Have you decided who to vote for?

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The BBC held an election debate on Wednesday with senior politicians from seven parties.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May was was not part of the debate.

BBc Debate
BBC

We been asking a panel of voters with much campaigning going on ahead of the 8 June election, has this changed your views on who to vote for?

Wayne, Nottingham: "Yes. I'm less inclined to vote conservative. Fox hunting vote, dementia tax have contributed to this change."

Ron, Leicester: "Not changed..sticking with Labour..they have more things which are relevant to me."

Tess, Nottingham: "No not changed and already voted as a postal voter. so cannot change now

Yasmeen, Nottingham "No I will be voting labour"

Kirstie, Derby: "No not changed"

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 and heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Man jailed for causing death of teen hit by car

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A man has been jailed for three years for causing the death of a teenager who died when he was hit by a car.

Jack Archer was hit while riding a bike
BBC

Jack Archer, 14, from Newton, Nottinghamshire, was hit while riding his bike on Chapel Lane, in Bingham, in July.

Steven Mills, 29, of Closes Side Lane, East Bridgford, admitted causing death by careless driving and failing to stop after the collision.

He was sentenced to three years and four months at Nottingham Crown Court.

Nottinghamshire officers to assist with crowd safety in Manchester

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Officers from Nottinghamshire Police will continue to assist with large crowd safety over the weekend following the terrorist attack in Manchester.

They will assist Great Manchester Police and South Wales Police in relation to on-going events in Manchester and the Champions League final in Cardiff.

A spokesman from Nottinghamshire Police said: "Officers that have already been in Manchester have received a huge warm welcome from the locals, something that is greatly appreciated.

"Over in Cardiff our specialist officers will be assisting with security as the Champions League final plays out.

"Interactions with the public can make a real difference to our officers’ shifts, so if you are at either of the events this weekend, please do have a chat with them – they are very friendly."

Critically injured man 'possibly involved in road traffic collision'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police believe the man found injured in the city centre (see 09:25) might have sustained his injuries in a crash.

Lower Brown Street
BBC

The man, who was found in Norton Street, Leicester at around 22:40 last night, remains in a critical condition at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

All roads closed earlier for a forensic investigation to be carried out have now reopened.

Police also still want to speak to the occupants of a black Audi who stopped to help the man but left before the emergency services arrived.

Police officers to take part in 200-mile charity bike challenge

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Police officers across the East Midlands will take part in a 200-mile bike ride for charity.

COPS UK Police Unity Tour will raise funds for Care of Police Survivors, which supports families of officers who have lost their lives while on duty.

PC Sarah Stables is riding in memory of Nottinghamshire PC Ged Walker who was killed in Bulwell, Nottingham, in January 2003.

Sarah joined the force the same year Ged died and has worked with his daughter.

Sarah Stables
Nottinghamshire Police
PC Sarah Stables

PC Stuart Kershaw and PC Malc Shakespeare from Derbyshire Police are also taking part.

The officers involved are setting off from locations around the country, finishing at the National Arboreturm Remembrance Centre in Staffordshire.

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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Son claims Mick Philpott was framed for fire that killed six children

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The son of convicted child killer Mick Philpott has told a TV documentary that he believes his father is "innocent" and would never do anything to "put the kids in danger."

Michael Philpott
Channel 5/The Philpotts: five years on

Philpott was jailed in 2013 for 15 years for killing six of his children in a fire at his Derby house.

"I’m 100% positive that my dad’s innocent," Michael Philpott (pictured) told Channel 5's The Philpotts: five years on.

"It’s just - there’s no way on God’s Earth that my dad could have done that. I’m 100% positive.

"I don’t think he ever would do anything to jeopardise or put the kids in danger – something – that could go so wrong so quick. I just I know I don’t…I don’t believe he couldn’t have done it like that.

"There’s no way on God’s Earth that my dad could have done that, I’m a 100% positive. Someone’s put it on him, someone used his bad name against him."

Netball: Lightning semi-final moved amid Manchester safety concerns

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Loughborough Lightning's Netball Superleague semi-final has been moved from Manchester following last Monday's arena attack.

Loughborough Lightning
Pete Matthews/Loughborough University

The Final Four event, staged over 10-11 June, has been moved to Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena.

A statement from England Netball said: "Due to the on-going operation at Manchester Arena and despite the best efforts of England Netball, Manchester City Council and relevant authorities, unfortunately the decision has been made to move the Vitality Netball Superleague Final Four.

"Whilst all parties would have loved to have hosted the Final Four in Manchester, due to recent circumstances and to allow event preparations to be finalised we are moving to an alternative venue."

Lightning will be joined in the semi-finals by Wasps, Manchester Thunder and either Team Bath or Surrey Storm.

Demolition of 'eyesore' Broadmarsh car park and bus station welcomed

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Residents have welcomed the news that the Broadmarsh car park and bus station is set to be demolished.

Nottingham City Council has officially approved plans for the car park and bus station to be flattened as part of the redevelopment of the Broadmarsh shopping centre.

The council said temporary car parks will be put in place nearby but with fewer spaces.

Broadmarsh car parks
BBC

Geoff Williams, who runs the Tokenhouse on Bridlesmith Gate and Framework gallery on Derby Road, said the car park was an "eyesore".

He said: "The thing is an eyesore and car parks by their nature are ugly." He added the loss of spaces was "inevitable".

Others have taken to our Facebook page to express their concerns about the lack of temporary spaces.

Alan Wragsdale said: "It's in poor condition so I'm pleased that it's going to be demolished, I just hope the council have found a solution to the loss of parking once it's down and gone."

Shelley Musson said: "Pointless, it's going to cause more congestion. Where are folks that use this car park all the time going to park instead? It's hard to find a parking space in town as it is."

Work on the car park is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Guide dog heads for 'retirement by the sea'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

We had a very special visitor here at Local Live HQ earlier...

Rufus the guide dog
BBC

Say hello to Rufus.

He is retiring after nine years working as a guide dog with his owner Sarah Davison.

Sarah's employers, Leicestershire Police, have even recognised Rufus with his own special award.

"Rufus has stopped me from falling off the edge of a platform at a station," Ms Davison told BBC Radio Leicester.

"He has weaved me and himself through market stalls, walked up Snowdon and charmed his way into many people's affections both at work and at home.

"I really will miss my fantastic and faithful friend but know he deserves a happy retirement by the sea."

Student uses mushrooms to design speakers

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A student from Nottingham Trent University has designed speakers made from the roots of mushrooms.

Bertie Ford, who created FungiSound as part of his BSc Product Design degree, says his project sends out an environmental message about the imaginative use of natural materials.

Mushroom
Nottingham Trent University

He has used mycelium – a material produced underground by mushrooms - and has made casing which also acts as sound dampening for loud speakers.

Mushroom
Nottingham Trent University

Tennis: Boulter and Clarke get Surbiton wildcards

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Two East Midlands-based players have been handed wildcards for next week's Wimbledon warm up event in Surbiton.

Katie Boulter and Jay Clarke
Getty Images

Katie Boulter, from Leicestershire and Derby's Jay Clarke have been handed the chance to get in some grass court practice.

"We're thrilled that Katie and Jay are joining us at Surbiton," tournament director Dave Malia said.

"We know that the crowds at Surbiton will really get behind the British players and create a fantastic atmosphere to play and watch tennis in."

The Aegon Surbiton Trophy, which runs between 5-11 June, will also feature former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis and grass court specialist Dustin Brown.

Injury blow for Foxes favourite on international duty

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester sport

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has been ruled out of Denmark's friendlies with Germany and Kazakhstan with a thigh injury.

Kasper Schmeichel
FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

Zoo hope recycling phones will save apes

A zoo in Atherstone is urging people to recycle their old mobile phones to help protect great apes in the wild.

Bonobo
BBC

From Monday, Twycross Zoo is encouraging visitors to dispose of their unwanted handsets in an environmentally friendly way.

It's part of a scheme to raise awareness of the plight of the endangered bonobo species in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rams fan lays touching tribute to Manchester attack victims

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A Derby County season ticket holder has laid this tribute in Manchester to remember the victims of last Monday's attack.

Rams flag in Manchester
Stuart Faulkner

Stuart Faulkner, who has lived in Manchester for eight years, said he was moved to lay the tribute after seeing first hand the impact the attack had had on the city.

"I work in St Ann's Square [where the tribute is]," Mr Faulkner told BBC News.

"I'm an adopted Mancunian now and I saw a lot of flags from elsewhere so I just thought I would go and put mine down."

Mr Faulkner added that the number of tributes has continued to grow.

Rams flag
Stuart Faulkner

Beer festival to celebrate 40 years of success

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A Nottinghamshire brewery, known for naming beers after celebrities and unsung heroes, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Castle Rock Brewery started out as one pub in Newark and now runs 21 across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire.

BBC reporter Hayley Compton speaks to Chris Holmes from the brewery.

There will be a weekend-long party in the brewery's yard, which is next to the Vat and Fiddle in Queensbridge Road.

Derbyshire choir 'raring to go' in Britain's Got Talent semi-final

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A children's choir from Derbyshire will perform on national television later tonight in an attempt to win a place in the final of Britain's Got Talent.

Pitch Perfect
Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect, from Great Longstone, are made up of youngsters aged from eight to 14, and wowed the judges in the audition phase with a medley of Disney songs.

"We're all very excited to be honest," the choir's musical director Emma Hopkins said.

"We've been waiting all week watching all the other live shows and we're just raring to go."

Cyclist told 'to go away' by police after near-miss

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

If you haven't seen it, here's the video of a cyclist's close call with a car as it pulled into a bus and cycle lane.

Jonathan Hunt had to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision but when he reported it to police he was told to "go away", he said.

Officers have now said they will investigate.

Appeal to find good Samaritans after man 'critically injured'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was found seriously injured in Leicester last night.

Lower Brown Street cordon
BBC

Lower Brown Street in the city centre remains closed whilst a forensic investigation is carried out.

Leicestershire Police added it would like to speak to the people who were in a black Audi who stopped to give medical help, but left before the emergency services arrived.

Five days, nine trucks and up to 25 workers to build 180ft Elton John stage

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Preparations are underway at Derbyshire County Cricket Club for the big Elton John concert there on Sunday evening.

Stage and chairs
BBC

The stage, which is 180ft (55m) wide and 60ft (18m) tall, takes five days to build.

"We are well ahead of where we should be," site manager Mark Wolliscroft told BBC Radio Derby.

"The stage came in on about nine trucks, there's a crew of approximately 20-25 guys everyday just building the stage."

Setting up chairs
BBC

Severe disruption: A38 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between A61 Alfreton Road and Coxbench Road.

A38 Derbyshire - A38 in Little Eaton closed northbound between Little Eaton Island and the Coxbench Road junction, because of a lorry fire.

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

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Worth taking your brolly out with you today as a band of rain is due to sweep across the region.

Leicester City: When 12th earns more than being Champions

BBC Sport

Leicester City's 12th place finish in the 2016-17 Premier League pocketed them more money than when they won the division.

Christian Fuchs and Riyad Mahrez
Getty Images

The Foxes' total payment from the Premier League for 2016-17 was £115.8m, up from the £93.2m they received the year before.

The increase is down to the 2016-17 season being the first year of a record £5.1bn TV deal.

Your photos: Beautiful sunset

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Maggie T for sending in this stunning pic of last night's sunset over East Leake.

Sunset over East Leake
Maggie T/BBC Weather Watchers

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, at J29 for A617.

M1 Derbyshire - An accident involving van and a lorry on M1 southbound at J29, A617 (Chesterfield).

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

Passengers warned over train changes

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Some trains in the region will be busier than usual today.

East Midlands Trains says this is because it has a higher than usual number of trains needing "essential maintenance".

Several services between Nottingham and Liverpool Lime Street, which stop at Crewe and Derby, will have two coaches instead of four.

East Midlands Trains
PA