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Summary

  1. Live updates for Tuesday 20 June 2017
  2. Ex-presenter stripped of doctorate after conviction
  3. Men charged over Crich Post Office robbery
  4. Train builder Bombardier lands £900m contract
  5. Homes left without water on hottest day
  6. Leicestershire Police 'require improvement' on child protection

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By Maryam Qaiser and Liam Barnes

All times stated are UK

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MP Ruth George 'shocked' by link to Hitler tweet
The MP says tweets which compare Amber Rudd to Adolf Hitler have nothing to do with her.

Our live coverage across the day

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

We hope you have enjoyed today's Local Live updates.

We'll have more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Updates on breaking news will continue throughout the night.

Watch: Cancer patient who campaigned for new drug on NHS

East Midlands Today

Janine Brook has breast cancer and campaigned for the Kadcyla drug to be available on the NHS. She said it's made a huge difference to her life...

Two arrests after unexplained death

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body after a man was found dead in a house in Leicester.

Officers were called to the property in Glazebrook Road, New Parks earlier today and are investigating the cause of death.

A 35-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man remain in police custody.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained, Leicestershire police said.

Glazebrook
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Weather: Cooler evening ahead

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Tonight will be rather cooler after yesterday's heatwave but still a warm night.

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office from 03:00 tomorrow to 06:00 on Thursday.

There is a risk of a thunderstorm with torrential downpours, which could cause some localised flooding across the region, although many will not see one at all.

It will remain warm with temperatures reaching 30C tomorrow.

Weather
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Animal owner who kept dogs in 'little prison cells' sentenced

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A woman who kept dozens of dogs in stacked crates with no food, water, blankets or toys has been banned from keeping pets.

Margaret Greaves, 64, kept 30 dogs, six puppies, two cats and two parrots, in squalid conditions at her home in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

At Mansfield Magistrates' Court she admitted six charges which included failing to meet their needs and causing unnecessary suffering by not providing veterinary treatment.

Dogs in crates
RSPCA

RSPCA inspector Laura Kirkham said: “They were living in their own little prison cells - it was absolutely horrific and not something you expect to see in this day and age.

"The smell was disgusting - it was so overpowering that it was burning my throat."

Greaves has been given a lifetime ban on keeping dogs, a 12 week prison sentence suspended for a year, banned from keeping all animals for three years, and ordered to pay £500 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Dogs
RSPCA

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, at J30 for A616.

M1 Derbyshire - Very slow traffic on M1 northbound at J30, A616 (Worksop), because of an accident involving lorry and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Cricket: Leicestershire looking at mountain to climb at Trent Bridge

BBC Sport

As if it wasn't bad enough for Leicestershire fans watching top-of-the-table Nottinghamshire rack up 548 runs before declaring, they're now watching their own side struggle at Trent Bridge.

The away side are already five wickets down, having only put 76 runs on the board.

Nottinghamshire's attack, led by Stuart Broad, has been looking very dangerous.

Both sides have now broken for tea, but it's looking like a tough task for Leicestershire to get back into this match.

Nottinghamshire Leicestershire cricket
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Polish man 'forced to work by couple', court hears

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

A modern slavery trial's heard that a Polish man was forced to work at Sports Direct, by a couple who committed benefit fraud "on an industrial scale".

Nottingham Crown Court heard that seven men were crammed into two squalid caravans in a garden in Aspley.

Nottingham Crown Court
BBC

Bozena and Dariusz Parczewski have both been charged with forced or compulsory labour.

The jury heard they kept half the man's wages, then charged extra for rent and bills.

He was sent to Sports Direct through an agency called Blue Arrow, and the jury heard that he was assaulted and threatened if he didn't do what he was told.

The couple and their son Krystian are also charged with fraudulently claiming housing benefit, Jobseeker's Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, and Carer's Allowance.

The prosecution say they withdrew the money from cashpoints, using cards in the names of several Polish men.

The trial is taking place in their absence.

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, at J21 for M69.

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

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

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

M1 Leicestershire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Tony Wadsworth stripped of honorary doctorate

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Former BBC radio presenter Tony Wadsworth has been stripped of an honorary doctorate he was awarded by De Montfort University.

Wadsworth, of Broughton Astley, was jailed for five years alongside his wife Julie after they were found guilty of indecently assaulting under-age boys.

A spokesman for De Montfort said the doctorate, which was awarded in 2012, was formally withdrawn following his conviction.

Tony Julie Wadsworth
BBC

Wadsworth and his wife, who went by the name Julie Mayer, presented together for more than 20 years for BBC local radio in Leicester and Birmingham.

Cricket: Notts declare for 548 against Leics at Trent Bridge

BBC Sport

It's been a productive day of batting for Nottinghamshire in their match against local rivals Leicestershire at Trent Bridge.

Stuart Broad managed to hit a rapid 50 off 52 balls, but the headline act was Samit Patel, who smashed 29 fours and two sixes on his way to a score of 247.

Notts have declared for 548-9, leaving Leicestershire with a lot to do.

Follow the action here on BBC Sport's live blog.

Samit Patel Notts cricket
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Ancient oak 'destroyed by barbecue'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A 200-year-old oak tree in Bradgate Park was destroyed after ashes from a discarded barbecue were thrown on the base.

Rangers from the trust which runs the ancient parkland had to fell the tree because of safety concerns.

Tree
Bradgate Park Trust
Tree
Bradgate Park Trust

The trust said barbecues are not permitted at the park and have warned visitors not to drop cigarettes particularity during the hot and dry weather.

Police appeal after Swadlincote schoolboy 'punched by man'

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Police are appealing for witnesses to a suspected assault of a 15-year-old from Swadlincote to come forward.

The boy was allegedly punched in the leg by a man while walking along Eureka Road at about 09:15 on 15 June as he was on his way to school.

The man is said to be white, in his 20s, about 5ft 9in tall and heavily bearded.

PC Ian Morley, who is leading the investigation, said it appears to be "an unprovoked attack".

Eureka Road Swadlincote
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Nottingham's cave system explored through sound

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A new art exhibition is to explore the history of Nottingham's caves using experimental music.

Heavy Note is an audio art work created by Rebecca Lee, working with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham City Museums and Galleries.

It will tell the story of the caves through music along with recorded interviews.

The university said it hoped the project would examine how sound might be used in new ways in museums.

Caves
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Family of boy, 9, killed on holiday 'cheated of justice'

Eric Simpson

BBC News Online

The family of a nine-year-old boy killed when he was hit by a motorcyclist in Greece said they feel "cheated of justice" after the driver escaped jail.

Jamie Leek, of Clifton, died on his ninth birthday on the island of Zante while on holiday.

Jamie Leek
Leek family

Spiridon Koklas was convicted of involuntary homicide. An appeal court in Greece has just upheld his sentence of four years and ten months but suspended it for three years meaning he won't go to jail.

Jamie's mum Lydia said: "We are mortified by this and at a loss for words. We have to accept it is probably the end of the line in legal terms."

'Most homes' in Arnold now have water supply

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Water supplies have now been restored in most homes in Arnold, although some residents will still experience delays, according to Severn Trent.

Many people were left without water yesterday evening until about 04:00 today after a broken pump was fixed.

The water then went off again this morning because of airlocks in the pipes.

We've just had this update...

Some customers in the Arnold area of Nottinghamshire may still be experiencing problems with their water supply as we continue to move water around our network to meet the high demand caused by the hot weather. We now believe that most customers are back on supply but some people might still be experiencing an intermittent supply as the problem with airlocks we had earlier gets closer to being sorted.

Yellow weather warning for heavy storms

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit the region after the massive heatwave which saw temperatures rise to 31C.

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office from 3:00 tomorrow to 6:00 on Thursday.

Lightning is expected along with torrential downpours, which could cause some flooding.

It will remain warm with temperatures reaching 29C tomorrow.

Weather
BBC

Body found in search for missing teenager

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Officers who have been searching for missing 16-year-old Maisie Cousins-Stark have found a body, Nottinghamshire Police has confirmed.

The force said it was discovered in the Misterton area at about 05:00 BST today.

Formal identification has yet to take place, but a spokesman said officers were working closely with the family and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Two charged over Crich post office robbery

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Two men have been charged with robbery after an incident at Crich post office on 26 April.

One man from Stoke-on-Trent and another from Nottingham are now set to appear at Derby Crown Court on 25 September.

Your photos: Warm day across East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

It might not be quite as warm as yesterday - but it is still a pleasant day across the East Midlands. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Pete for this pic from Melton Mowbray...

Cloud over Leicestershire
Pete

This is Weather Watcher LindafromBelper's effort from (unsurprisingly) Belper...

Ducks in Belper on water
LindafromBelper

Thanks as well to Emmyloo for this pic from East Bridgford.

Farmers field in East Bridgford
Emmyloo

Asylum seeker 'sad' at legal battle to stay in UK

Ian Skye

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

Hafizullah Husseinkhel worked with the British Army as an interpreter, and after leaving Afghanistan he hoped to settle in the UK.

He's been living in Derby for the last 18 months, but as he was fingerprinted in Austria on his way here he faces being forced to leave the country, despite glowing references from the Army.

The Home Office said asylum seekers are supposed to claim asylum in the first safe country they arrive in, saying it's only "fair" that the UK doesn't "shoulder the burden of asylum claims that should rightly be considered by other countries".

A judicial review next week is set to decide his future, but Hafizullah said it's "unfair" he might have to leave after working with the Army.

Hafizullah Husseinkhel
BBC

Sprinkler systems to be installed in Nottingham tower blocks

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Nottingham City Homes said it plans to install sprinkler systems in blocks of flats following the fire at Grenfell Tower in London which killed at least 79 people.

The housing association, which manages properties owned by Nottingham City Council, said that it was a "priority" in all 13 towers in the city.

Grenfell Tower
BBC

In a statement, the association said: "We plan to install sprinklers in corridors and communal areas in all our tower blocks as an added safety measure. We will also ask residents whether they would like sprinklers installed in their flats."

Body found in Little Bowden park

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

The body of a man was found in a park in Little Bowden, near Market Harborough, this morning.

Leicestershire Police said officers were called to Bellfields Recreation Ground at about 04:30, where they found the body.

A spokesman for the force said the death is not being treated as suspicious, and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

Bellfields Recreation Ground Little Bowden
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Listener offers to help ex-army interpreter's deportation battle

Aleena Naylor

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

A Radio Derby listener has offered to fund an Aghan asylum seeker's solicitor after hearing he is due to be deported next week.

Hafizullah Husseinkhel, a former interpreter for the British Army, is due to be deported to Austria, the country he first arrived in when he fled to Europe.

Hafizullah Husseinkhel Derby asylum seeker
BBC

June from Burton called to offer to pay for a solicitor - but the Derby Refugee Advice Centre says unfortunately money isn't the only issue.

Janet Fuller, from the centre said: "The problem is that only certain solicitors can support asylum seekers with legal aid, and most asylum seekers don't have money, so it would be impossible for them to have a solicitor who doesn't have legal aid. It's a very complex case for Hafizullah, and there's only a week to prepare."

'Children dehydrated' after customers left without water

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Angry customers in parts of Nottingham said they were left without water for most of the evening on the hottest day of the year yesterday.

It was restored at about 4:00 but some homes in Arnold are without water again this morning.

Melanie Commins from Kirkby in Ashfield said: "I was a bit concerned because I have children as well, they were dehydrated.

"I went shopping but they had run out of water because everyone was grabbing what they could."

Taps
BBC

Severn Trent Water repaired the fault "quickly" but said "unprecedented demand" meant it was taking longer to refill the system.

Issues with airlocks leaves homes without water

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

If you're in Arnold today you may still have problems with your water supply. We've just had this update explaining why...

We're experiencing some issues with airlocks in our pipes which means that customers may be experiencing their water coming and going. This will clear in time and everything should get back to normal soon. We're sorry for the inconvenience caused, but our teams have been working round the clock, and will continue to do so through today."

Severn Trent Water