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  1. Live updates for Monday 21 August 2017
  2. Man jailed for life for Leicester murder
  3. Football fan charged over homophobic abuse
  4. Convict back in jail after 22 years on run
  5. Ibiza death man was 'sensible drinker'
  6. Baby deer born at Twycross Zoo

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By Dave Wade and Amy Woodfield

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Derby County defeat 10-man Grimsby Town to secure a second round tie against Barnsley in the EFL Cup.

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Leicester players celebrate

Goals from Islam Slimani, Demarai Gray and Ahmed Musa take Leicester past Sheffield United and into the EFL Cup third round.

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Severe accident: A6 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6 Derbyshire both ways severe accident, between Haig Street and Wisgreaves Road.

A6 Derbyshire - A6 London Road in Derby closed in both directions between the Haig Street junction and the Wisgreaves Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - use Brighton Road.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, at J29 for A617.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound at J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down car.

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

Severe accident: A5460 Leicestershire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A5460 Leicestershire eastbound severe accident, at Turnball Drive.

A5460 Leicestershire - A5460 Narborough Road South in Leicester blocked into town at the Turnball Drive junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: A6 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6 Derbyshire both ways severe disruption, between Wisgreaves Road and Haig Street.

A6 Derbyshire - A6 London Road in Alvaston closed in both directions between the Wisgreaves Road junction and the Haig Street junction, because of a serious police incident.

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

Sulaiman Sillah

Sulaiman Sillah ran after his victim when an argument at a party spilled into the street.

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Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Nottinghamshire southbound severe disruption, between J26 for A610 Nottingham and J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

M1 Nottinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J26, A610 (Nottingham) and J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Our live coverage across the day

Regular live coverage on this page has ended for the day, but breaking news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear through the night.

East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

Watch: 'Weird' toe wrestling championships take place

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's a nice video to sum up this weekend's unusual competition in Ashbourne...

Your photos: Wildlife in the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

Our wonderful wildlife has been caught on camera by photographers across the region.

This spider was getting in a spin in Belper.


Meanwhile, this cheeky little squirrel was caught stealing nuts in East Leake.

Maggie T

And this busy bee has bee-n enjoying himself on this bee-utiful Monday in Birstall.


Hundreds of Leicester children benefit from free breakfast

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Up to 700 children in Leicester have taken up the offer of a free breakfast over the summer holidays.

The scheme to help disadvantaged families was launched by Verity Bryan, a mum from New Parks, who was concerned that children who relied on free school meals would go hungry.

Breakfast box
Breakfast BOXES

The breakfast boxes were made up of donations from the public and local groups.

Megan and her one-year-old son were supported by the project.

She told the BBC: "I am on benefits and I struggle anyway. I've not long moved into my own house so there's mountains and mountains of things that you've got to pay for.

"The help that Verity gave us was incredible. For myself, my little boy, my mum and her son, we could not have got through the holidays without it."

'Technical issue' disrupting police's 101 number

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This might explain why you're struggling to get through to Derbyshire Police on their 101 number.

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Watch: CCTV shows fatal stabbing

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

CCTV footage has shown the moment Lauric Lebato was murdered in Leicester.

It forms part of an emotional video put together by Mr Lebato's father Tagbeu following his son's death in Albion Street in February.

Tagbeu Lebato said his life has been destroyed by his son's death.

He describes how he left his home in the Ivory Coast to give his son a better future in England.

Watch: Baby deer born at Twycross Zoo

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Twycross Zoo has announced the birth of their latest arrival - a baby Michie’s tufted deer.

Michie’s tufted deer
Twycross Zoo

The species are usually found in a small area of south eastern China but they're listed as "near-threatened" due to overhunting.

The little boy seems to be finding his feet...

Cash machine ram raids 'could be linked'

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Two ram raids on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border involving diggers may be linked to a series of cash machine raids elsewhere in the country.

Earlier this month, police in the East Midlands said they believed a string of such incidents on the Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire border showed a "distinctive focus".

Raiders rip out cash machine in Leicestershire

They said the offences almost always happened in the early hours, involved the use of a digger, a pick-up truck to take the cash machine away and then a car as the final getaway vehicle.

The two linked ones in the West Midlands happened in Kings Bromley on 2 August followed by a robbery in nearby Hatton the next day.

Today, Staffordshire Police says it's working with the forces in the East Midlands to establish if they are all linked together or not.

JCB used in botched Kings Bromley cash machine raid

East Midlands weather update: A cloudy but mostly dry evening

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It’ll be cloudy and overcast for the rest of today with the chance of a few drizzly showers in places.


Tonight, it’ll be cloudy but mostly dry with a chance of some mist patches forming in places. Lows of14C (57F).

MP: 'I didn't bow before big clock'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A crowd of people gathered in Parliament Square earlier to witness Big Ben's final chimes at 12:00 today.

While many were upset, others like engineer Neil Tomlinson, from Derbyshire, took a pragmatic approach.

"It's got to be repaired, so they're repairing it," he told the BBC, bemused at the fuss the plans have caused.

Derby North MP Chris Williamson was also unimpressed with the fuss some of his colleagues were making...

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Man jailed for life for Leicester murder

Andy Trigg

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

A man has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 24 years for the murder of Lauric Lebato in Leicester.

Sulaiman Sillah
Leicestershire Police

Sulaiman Sillah, 20, of Bateman Road in the city, was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court earlier today.

Mr Lebato, 22, died after being stabbed at a house party in Albion Street in February.

Another man, 20-year-old Sheriff Oluwa, of Upperton Road, was also found guilty of violent disorder and jailed for 30 months.

Sheriff Oluwa
Leicestershire Police

Ambulance staff cars broken into

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Cars belonging to ambulance staff in Retford have been broken into while they were at work treating patients, EMAS has said.

retford ambo break-in

It happened in the car park of the North Road ambulance station on Saturday evening.

The items stolen were of low value - including headphones and an empty sunglasses case - but damage was caused to the vehicles.

Wendy Hazard, from EMAS, said: "Whoever did this did this would have known they belonged to our staff."

Convict back in jail after 22 years on run

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man who absconded from HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire 22 years ago is back behind bars after being arrested in France.

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Michael John Ashworth was arrested while trying to board the Eurotunnel yesterday.

Today, magistrates in Medway, Kent, told the 57-year-old, who's been living in Holland, he must serve the rest of his sentence.

He had been accused of escaping from lawful custody, but the case was withdrawn by magistrates who heard he was on temporary licence and should not have been charged with the offence.

The court heard Ashworth should have been charged with being "unlawfully at large following expiration of temporary licence".

Ashworth said he had told police he wanted to hand himself in.

Car park collapse

Nottingham City Council said it wanted "assurances about the safety of NCP's other car parks" in the city.

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Newark murder accused appears in court

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man accused of murdering a woman in Newark has appeared in court.

mill gate

Nottinghamshire Police were called to an address in Mill Gate on Wednesday.

Karen Jacquet, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Yousuf Mohammed, 65, of Mill Gate, was remanded in custody and is due back at Nottingham Crown Court in November.

Investigation into Nottingham car park collapse begins

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

NCP is starting a "thorough internal investigation" into the partial collapse of a car park in Nottingham city centre this weekend.


A spokesman said they "have informed the landlord, and will co-operate with any investigation conducted by the regulatory authorities".

The car park will remain closed until further notice, with customers advised to use the nearby St James Street car park.

Man found guilty of Leicester murder

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man has been found guilty of murdering another man following a party in Leicester.

Lauric Lebato, 22, died in hospital after being found with a stab wound in Albion Street at about 04:00 BST on 11 February.

Lauric Lebato
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Sulaiman Sillah, 20, from Bateman Road in Leicester, has been found guilty of murder, wounding with intent and violent disorder by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court.

His co-defendant, Sheriff Oluwa, was convicted of violent disorder.

Both will be sentenced later this afternoon.

Football fan charged over homophobic abuse

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

One of two men arrested at Leicester City's clash against Brighton has been charged with chanting indecently under Section 3 of the Football Offences Act.

A 44-year-old Leicester man is accused of making homophobic comments during the match at the King Power Stadium.

A second man, who was arrested on suspicion of making homophobic comments, has been given a conditional caution.

King Power Stadium
Getty Images

In total, Leicestershire Police said three people were removed from the ground for "disorderly behaviour". Two were Brighton fans and one was a Leicester City fan.

Their details are being passed on to their clubs for them to consider their attendance at future matches, the force added.

Wayne Madsen

Derbyshire batsman Wayne Madsen hopes the county's home form can see them through to their first T20 Blast Finals Day.

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Watch: BBC reporter in filming 'stand-off' with horse

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

This is what happened when I tried to do some filming near this mighty beast near Bennerley Viaduct...

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J23 for A512.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane blocked on entry slip road northbound at J23, A512 (Loughborough), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

East Midlands weather update: Possible rain this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It will be dull, cloudy and overcast throughout the afternoon with some light rain possible at times, particularly in northern parts of the region.


Highs of 19C (66F)

Eurotunnel arrest over 1995 prison escape

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

A man accused of absconding from prison 22 years ago has been arrested by Kent Police at the Channel Tunnel in France.

Michael John Ashworth, 57, was held in Coquelles on Sunday while trying to board a Eurotunnel shuttle to the UK.

He is alleged to have absconded from HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire in 1995, where he was serving a five-year sentence for drug offences.

He has been charged with escaping from lawful custody and is due before Medway magistrates later.

channel tunnel
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Nottingham park cordon taken down

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Another update from police about the alleged assault in Nottingham's Arboretum.

The police cordon was taken down at about 11:00.

Police added a woman, who was believed to have been punched in the face, suffered minor injuries and didn't require hospital treatment.

Man to stand trial for murder

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

I'm at Nottingham Crown Court, where the trial of Rajesh Khunti is due to start.

The 30-year-old denies the murder of Dilovan Mohammed, who was found stabbed outside Leicester railway station in March.

London Road in Leicester

Yarn from sheep will help to keep ewe warm

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Forget style and colour - this winter you can choose your woolly jumper by sheep.

An animal sanctuary in Bilsthorpe is ensuring a flock of sheep named "The Hooligans" earn their keep by selling their wool.


You can chose a new woolly number made from a ball of Edward, Hilda or Dumpy. All have heartwarming tales of rescue.

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Woman 'punched in face' in Nottingham park

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police have now told us a woman was believed to have been punched in the face in Nottingham's Arboretum last night.


Officers were called to Addison Street yesterday at about 16:30.

A cordon was in place this morning at the park entrance.

Man in serious condition after Worksop 'assault'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man remains in a serious condition in hospital after an alleged assault in Worksop in the early hours of Friday.

Nottinghamshire Police said the incident took place in Bridge Place at about 02:10 BST.

The 22-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

A 19-year-old man was arrested and has now been released under investigation, the force added.

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Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

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

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