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  1. Live updates for Friday 14 July 2017
  2. Robbery suspect 'apprehended' after Co-op raid in Ashby
  3. Student killer breached bail 24 times
  4. Test match at Trent Bridge 'to bring in £10m'

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Weather: Breezy weekend ahead

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

This evening will remain dry but cloudy which will gradually increase overnight with little rain.

It will be a warm night with lows of 13C (55F).

Weather for the weekend

The start to the weekend will be breezy with some clouds and drizzle but it will be drier in the afternoon with some sunny spells.

It will begin to feel warm with temperatures reaching highs of 21 C (70 F) on Saturday.

Sunday will be brighter with some rain but Monday and Tuesday will be dry with sunny spells and some light winds.

Two cannabis farms discovered

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A 54-year-old man has been arrested after cannabis plants - worth over £300,000 - were found in Mansfield.


Officers uncovered the first group, which has an estimated worth of up to £250,000, in Hermitage Lane, last week.

The second was found in Wellow Close yesterday, worth up to £65,000, and the arrest was made at the scene.

The man, from Mansfield, has been bailed.

Travel: M42 crash

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

An accident on the M42 southbound is causing problems heading out of Leicestershire.

Highways England

The crash, near Tamworth, has now been cleared but lengthy tailbacks are taking a while to clear.

Officers release man in connection with Co-op robbery

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm has been released pending further investigations.

He was arrested in connection with the robbery at the Co-op in Market Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch last night.


A gang of men threatened staff and demanded cash.

A member of the public managed to stop a 30-year-old old man on the street before he was arrested in connection with the robbery.

When he was arrested he was taken ill and remains in Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Some of the suspects made off in a vehicle which was waiting outside, Leicestershire Police said.

Man stabbed drinking partner six times

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A man who stabbed another man six times in the chest and head after an argument has been jailed for 11 years, Nottinghamshire police said.

Attilla Luzsanyi, 54, formerly of Player Street, in Radford, Nottingham, had been drinking with two other men when he fell out with one of them.

He repeatedly stabbed his victim with a kitchen knife.

Attilla Luzsanyi jailed for 11 years
Nottinghamshire Police

The victim made a full recovery after he was taken to hospital.

Luzsanyi denied wounding with intent earlier this month but was convicted following a five-day trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

He was sentenced yesterday to 11 years in prison and was given a four year extended license period after release.

Severe accident: M42 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J11 for A42 and J10 for A5.

M42 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 southbound between J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of an accident.

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

Let the sunshine in

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

It has certainly been a lovely day with plenty of sunshine.

Anne, one of our Weather Watchers, has sent us this picture of the sun in Derbyshire.

We thought it was such a great picture we posted it onto our BBC Derby Instagram account.

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'How safe am I on the road?'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

In 2015, Polly's friend, Ian Massey from Enderby, died after he was knocked down by an elderly driver who was driving the wrong way up a dual carriageway in the A5 in Leicestershire.

In the wake of Ian's death, Polly, who is 75 years old, has decided to voluntarily take a driving assessment which will determine how safe she is on the road and whether she can continue driving.

If she fails, Polly will lose her independence as she says her inability to drive will leave her trapped in her house.

Man charged with attempted rape

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A 25-year-old man has been charged with attempted rape after a woman reported she'd been attacked on her way home from work in Nottingham.

The 22-year-old managed to fight off a man after he allegedly assaulted her in Waverley Street at the junction with Raleigh Street in the early hours of Saturday.

He was due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates this afternoon.

Blower's bus tribute

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Howzat for an honour? Cricket commentating legend Henry Blofeld has had a bus named after him on the first day of England's Test match against South Africa.

Henry Blofeld

And not just any bus - it's the first of Nottingham City Transport's gas powered fleet.

Kept a secret from Henry, the presentation took place at Trent Bridge to coincide with his last Test Match Special commentary from the ground

Henry Blofeld

Henry, who's retiring later this year after 45 years, always mentions the colourful buses passing Trent Bridge when he's commentating in Nottingham.

Rob Hicklin, from NCT, said: “Over the years, Henry has mentioned Nottingham City Transport’s buses going past the ground hundreds of times and we thought it would be a fitting gesture and tribute to thank him for that by naming one of our brand new gas buses after him."

Henry Blofeld

Ashby Co-op robbery: Cordon still in place

Quentin Rayner

East Midlands Today chief news reporter

Police are still at the scene of the robbery in Ashby.

It's the second robbery on the street this week - a cash machine was ripped from the wall of the nearby Nationwide early on Monday.


Weather: Warming up

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any remaining showers should disperse in the next hour.


The cloud will also begin to clear as we go through the afternoon. It will stay dry with sunny spells.

There’ll be some light winds and it’ll be feeling quite warm in the sunshine with highs of 20C (68F).

This evening will remain dry but cloud will gradually increase overnight with a little patchy rain or drizzle possible by early morning.

A warm night with lows of 13C (55F).

Your comments: Co-op robbery


People have been getting in touch on Facebook to share their views after the robbery at the Co-op store in Ashby-de-la-Zouch last night.

A gang of men threatened staff with a baseball bat and golf club, and afterwards one suspect was held in the street by a member of the public. Police have made two arrests.

Martin Avins said: "Well done to those members of the public who assisted in the apprehension and restraining of this chap and also to those emergency services personnel attending the scene."

Your comments on our Facebook page

Nat Gray said: "Oh my gosh it's all happening in Ashby isn't it."

Karl Savill said: "Police station closes, crime increases! Who would have guessed?"

Street orchestra to play in Leicester

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The Street Orchestra of London will be performing 20 different pieces of music, including classical and jazz, in Leicester today.

As part of their summer tour, the band is performing at six different locations, including Jubilee Square.

They've already played at Leicester Prison and Leicester Hospital's oncology centre.

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Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, between J29 for A617 and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of an accident.

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

New car seized

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The owner of a car, which is thought to have only just been purchased, has had their car sized because it didn't have insurance.

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Further arrest in connection with Co-op robbery

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Officers have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in connection to the robbery at the Co-op store in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

The man remains in police custody, Leicestershire Police said.

A group of men, who targeted the store, used a baseball bat and golf club to threaten staff yesterday night.

Co-op arrests

A 30-year-old, who was stopped by the public in the street, fell ill while police arrested him and was taken to Queen's Medical Centre.

He remains in a critical condition.

Market Street remains closed while enquiries are being carried out.

Flasher on popular walking trail

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man exposed himself to two women walking on the High Peak Trail, police have said.

High Peak Trail

It happened in the area known as The Dingle, near to the High Peak Junction Visitor Centre in Cromford on Wednesday morning.

He was described as around 5ft 10in, wearing a dark coloured hooded top pulled tightly over his face.

University staff volunteer with charity

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A group of volunteers from Nottingham Trent University spent the day helping out at Flower Pod, a social enterprise in Southwell, run by the charity Reach.

The volunteers cleared the ponds and made willow headbands for the service users to sell at the Deerstock Music Festival later this month.

Volunteers from the uni
Flower Pod

Reach, a Nottinghamshire-based charity, supports adults with learning difficulties who use Flower Pod to produce and sell cut flowers.

Police watchdog at scene of robbery

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Independent investigators have been deployed to the Co-op store in Ashby-de-la-Zouche following the robbery last night.

Co-op store was targeted last night

The IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) is aware of the incident in Ashby last night involving Leicestershire Police. We are currently in assessment mode, and have deployed independent investigators to the scene and to the ongoing post incident procedures."

Travel: Test causing delays

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Maid Marian's funeral to be held today

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottingham's official Maid Marian is being laid to rest today.

Tim and Sally

Sally Pollard lost her battle with breast cancer last month.

She was just 39 and had a three-year-old daughter, Scarlett, with her husband Tim.

Sally Pollard
Tim Pollard

Her funeral is being held today in private. Tim said Sally planned it herself.

"She's going to be buried and there'll be an oak tree planted over the grave," he said.

"So in years to come Scarlett and I can go and see what we call the mummy tree."

Staff left 'shaken' after robbery at Co-op

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Staff who were threatened during the robbery at the Co-op in Ashby-de-la-Zouch last night were "unharmed" but left "shaken".

We can confirm that an attempted armed robbery took place on Thursday 13 July, at our Ashby store. The members of staff on duty are unharmed, but they are obviously shaken by the incident and our primary concern is their safety and wellbeing. We are giving our full support to the police while they investigate this matter."

SpokesmanCentral England Co-operative

Councillor 'made racist comment'

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

A Derby city councillor is being investigated over an allegation that they made a racist comment in front a council employee.

derby city council

The council won't say which councillor has been accused.

Bus drivers to wear football shirts for Bradley Lowery

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Bus drivers in Nottingham will be wearing football shirts in memory of Bradley Lowery, who died on 7 July.

He was diagnosed with neuroblastoma - a rare type of cancer - when he was 18 months old.

The six-year-old, who was a Sunderland fan, was the club's mascot and became "best mates" with his hero, striker Jermain Defoe.

Bradley's funeral will be held today.

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Playgroup shuts after four decades

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

It's the end of an era for a playgroup, which has shut down after 40 years.

Generations of families have come through the doors at Playaway Playgroup in Markfield, which closed yesterday because the owner is retiring.

A special farewell event will be held tomorrow, where past and present children who have used the playgroup can reminisce.

Play group is based at the church

Owner Angela Berry said: "I have a family where the grandparents are bringing the two little grandchildren, who 30 years ago were bringing their own daughters in, so we have gone the full cycle."

Do shop mannequins cause low self esteem?

BBC Radio 5 live

Shannon Guild, from Derbyshire, is campaigning for shops to use mannequins that reflect a healthy weight.

The 21-year-old student, who's recovering from an eating disorder, believes they cause low self-esteem in women.

She's campaigning for shops to use a range of shapes and sizes.

"Everybody is different and we all deserve to feel beautiful," she said.

Seal spotted in Trent for first time in six years

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Check out this incredible picture of a seal in the River Trent.

seal girton
Craig Radford

It's the first time since 2011 that a grey seal, usually more at home in the sea, has been seen in the river, which is tidal down to Cromwell Lock near Newark.

It means the plucky swimmer must have travelled from the Humber Estuary, about 40 miles away.

This one was snapped by Craig Radford near Girton, north of Newark, on Wednesday.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust said another marine mammal - the harbour porpoise - is spotted more often in the area, with the last one recorded in 2015.

Craig Radford

Plans for extra 100 homes in Derby development

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

Developers have submitted plans for phase two of the Castleward development in Derby (marked in red).


It's a major £100m housing development opposite the Intu centre and is eventually supposed to reach 800 homes, shops and a primary school.

Phase one was for 163 homes, while phase two, for which they’re now seeking permission, is 108 homes.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J29 for A617 and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - Lane blocked and heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Trent Bridge opens for Test

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Parts of Market Street remains closed after robbery

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Here's another photo of the scene outside the Co-op, where the robbery took place last night.

We've asked Leicestershire Police for more details, but they've not confirmed yet whether the robbers were armed or if they took anything.

Police cordon outside co-op

Test match 'to bring in £10m'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The Test match at Trent Bridge could see Nottinghamshire's economy benefit by an estimated £10m.

trent bridge
Getty Images

Thousands of cricket fans are in town to see England take on South Africa.

Some 60,000 tickets have been sold for the first four days and nearly every one of Nottingham's 4,371 hotel rooms is full.

It all adds up to a big boost for the ground and dozens of local businesses.

Safety checks on high rise buildings to be completed today

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Today is the deadline for firefighters in Leicestershire to carry out checks on local high rise buildings following the Grenfell Tower disaster, which killed at least 80 people in June.

People living in high rises have been receiving "reassurance visits" and inspections since the tower block fire.

High rise buildings

Matt Cain from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service says some regular home safety visits have been delayed while these high rise inspections are completed.

He said: "We make sure we go and deliver to the most venerable people, to anybody that we think is at high risk from fire - we continue to visit as swiftly as possible to do their fire safety in their own home.

"But a number will now have a delayed response from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service while we focus in on delivering fire safety in high rise buildings."

Student killer had breached bail 24 times

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Bail breaches by a man from Derby who killed a student in Leeds six years ago were handled in a "fundamentally flawed" manner, an IPCC report has found.

Jagdip Randhawa

Jagdip Randhawa, 19, (pictured), from Hounslow, hit his head on a pavement after he was punched by boxer Clifton Ty Mitchell in Leeds in 2011.

He died in hospital five days later.

Mitchell, now 26, from Derby, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for seven years in 2012.

He'd breached bail conditions for a previous violent offence 24 times in the preceding five months but no action was taken.

The procedure in place at the time of the incident was fundamentally flawed and was not fit for the control of persons deemed by the court system to require active monitoring. This process was in my opinion so flawed that none of the staff operating under it appeared to recognise the ongoing issues with this one individual and see the obvious opportunities missed."


Derbyshire Police has said procedures have since been reviewed and were now more robust.