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Summary

  1. Tributes paid to Nottingham graduate
  2. Council yet to fulfil sprinkler promise
  3. Great Northern Railway Warehouse "endangered"
  4. Nottinghamshire quilt gifted to America
  5. Live updates for Wednesday 13 September 2017

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By Amy Woodfield and Maryam Qaiser

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: A609 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A609 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, between Lambourne Drive and A6514 Middleton Boulevard.

A609 Nottinghamshire - A609 Wollaton Road in Nottingham closed in both directions between the Lambourne Drive junction and Crown Island, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Hardus Viljoen

South African Hardus Viljoen takes 7-80 as Derbyshire take control over Sussex on day two at Hove.

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Brett D'Oliveira

Brett D'Oliveira's unbeaten century keeps Worcestershire well in contention in their Division Two match against Kent.

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Neil Dexter

Neil Dexter's unbeaten century helps Leicestershire post 325-7 on day one against promotion-chasing Worcestershire.

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Our live coverage has ended

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.

Weather: More sunshine and showers

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Remaining blustery to end the day with a few heavy showers, these have the potential to be thundery but will move through quickly.

Overnight it will be largely dry with clear spells, however a few showers will remain. Min 9C (48F).

Weather
BBC

Sunshine and showers is the theme again on Thursday. Showers may be heavy at times with the risk of thunder.

Remaining breezy and feeling cool with a maximum temperature of 16C (61F).

Man in court for neglecting dalmatian puppy

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The RSPCA has said a man has been disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years after his pet dalmatian was found in an emaciated state.

Penny
RSPCA

Alastair Watt, from Sherwood Road, in Worksop pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the puppy at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.

The eight-month-old dog, called Penny, had been seen by builders who were at Watt’s house to carry out some work. They were so shocked that they contacted the charity.

RSPCA inspector Becky Harper said: "She was so thin and you could see her hip bones, spine and ribs. She was also very nervous but clearly desperate for food.

"She weighed 9kg, which is far from what she should have weighed. It was clearly obvious that she was in a state of neglect."

Penny
RSPCA

Penny has been in RSPCA foster care since February and has made a full recovery. She will be available for rehoming soon.

Cycling scarecrow

Brent Bookwalter's wife said the scarecrow effigy hitting the back of a car was "funny and disturbing".

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Rise in rough sleepers in the region

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

There has been a significant rise in the number of homeless people in the last seven years in the East Midlands.

New figures by the National Audit Office estimates there were 255 rough sleepers in the region last year compared to 111 in 2010.

Rough sleepers
BBC

It backs up other recent figures for Nottingham which showed a three-fold rise in the last three years to 35 rough sleepers.

Your photos: Weather and wildlife

BBC Weather Watchers

Some wonderful photos from Derbyshire this afternoon taken by Janice's Patch in Wingerworth and Anne in Brailsford.

Swans in Wingerworth
Janice's Patch
Rainbow in Brailsford
Anne
Cow in Brailsford
Anne

PCC attacks government over police pay rise

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire's police and crime commissioner has described an increase in police pay as "a cynical deception".

Yesterday the government announced that police officers would receive a one-off 1% bonus in addition to a 1% increase in base salary.

Police officers
BBC

Willy Bach said: "Her Majesty's government has offered police officers a 1% bonus for the next calendar year but who is to pay for this extra 1%?

"You might have thought it would be the government putting its money where its mouth is but you would be wrong - Her Majesty's government is not putting a penny piece into this bonus.

"This money is to come from the already absurdly reduced Leicestershire Police budget."

Emile Heskey relatives missing in Barbuda

Leicester's Emile Heskey has revealed some of his family have been missing since Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean.

Emile Heskey
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The former footballer, who played for the Foxes between 1995 and 2000, said his parents are safe in Antigua but his mother has had no contact with relatives in Barbuda for almost a week.

Barbuda
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Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said Barbuda had been left "barely habitable".

Views sought on reducing beggar numbers

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you often spend time in Leicester city centre you may have noticed a large number of street drinkers and people begging for money.

Leicester City Council said there's about 50 people who beg on the city's streets with up to 15 of these begging at any one time in a 24-hour period.

Beggar in Leicester
BBC

The authority has now launched an eight-week consultation asking for public views on how to tackle the problem.

One potential solution it has come up with is the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that would mean police and authorised council officers could order people to stop begging.

New life for Western Park properties

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

A future has finally been found for buildings around the entrance to Leicester’s Western Park.

Western Park
BBC

On one plot of land there is a Grade II listed former "open-air school". The second plot of land is home to the Eco House that opened in 1989 as a flagship environmental project.

Western Park
BBC

Parmar Properties is hoping to finalise the purchase of both plots of land within the next two weeks.

It plans to demolish the Constance Jackson Centre, better known as the Mencap building, and the building housing Fosse Riders Motorcycle Association. On the site they will build 20 new homes.

The former Eco House and a part of the school building will be handed over to Western Ward Community Enterprises. It plans to open cafes and community rooms on both sites.

The rest of the school building will be turned into offices.

Anniversary for Nottingham fire station

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Happy Birthday!

London Road Fire Station is celebrating its first birthday today. In the 12 months it's been open crews have attended nearly 2,600 calls.

London Road Fire Station
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Concern for missing man

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have said they are "concerned" for the safety of this man who has been reported missing from his home in South Wingfield.

Richard Cano
Derbyshire Police

The family of 37-year-old Richard Cano haven't heard from him since the end of August.

They would like to hear from anyone with information on where he is.

'Teenagers robbed by moped riders'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Three teenagers were punched and robbed by two moped riders in Derby.

The boys, aged 16, were cycling along the River Derwent near Raynesway, when the riders stopped and blocked their path.

One boy had his Samsung phone stolen, Derbyshire Police said.

River Derwent in Raynesway
Google

One rider was wearing a purple Derby County away shirt with the name Forsyth and the number four on the back and the second moped rider was wearing a grey puffer jacket with an orange zip.

It happened at about 16:00 on 23 August.

Keep your eyes peeled for this apple

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

This amazing apple has been created by a farmer who ploughed the shape in a field.

The apple in Halam Hill
Extraordinary John Starkey Bramley Apple Products

Farmer Tim Butler created it for Sir John Starkey and it represents the Bramley apple.

In 1910, Mr John R. Starkey, then MP for Newark, planted a Bramley apple orchard and his grandson, Sir John Starkey, and his daughter, Suzannah have kept the fruit-growing tradition alive at their home in Norwood Park.

All Bramley apples are descended from the original tree grown in nearby Southwell in 1809. It still stands today.

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident.

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

'Assault' during row along Clifton tram route

BBC Radio Nottingham

Officers are investigating a row which went on for seven hours between Friday night and Saturday morning.

It involved a man and a woman at various locations along the tram route on South Church Drive in Clifton, Nottingham.

South Church Drive, Clifton
Google

There were allegations of an assault, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, at J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound at J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of an accident.

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

Derby's Market Hall reopened

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The Market Hall in Derby has reopened.

It was closed earlier today because of fears the strong winds from Storm Aileen could cause damage to the glass panes on the roof.

Marker Hall
Google

Linda Aston, chairman of the Market Hall's traders association, said a building inspection was done before it reopened.

Rugby: Tigers consider injury cover for Tuilagi

BBC Sport

Leicester Tigers are considering using injury dispensation cover to bring in a replacement for centre Manu Tuilagi.

Manu Tuilagi
Getty Images

The England international is expected to be sidelined for more than 12 weeks with a knee injury sustained in the opening Premiership game of the season.

Tigers are therefore entitled to break the salary cap to make a signing.

We have the potential to use injury dispensation on Manu so we will see what is available."

Matt O'ConnorLeicester Tigers, Head coach

Officer sings while waiting for recovery truck

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

This is certainly one way to pass the time...

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The officers had seized an abandoned car and were waiting for it to be taken away.

Man sentenced for killing housemate

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his housemate at their home in Allenton.

James Eames stabbed Liam Pennick, 43, several times in March, Derbyshire Police said.

The court heard how Mr Pennick was found with bruising to his head, face and chest and evidence of being stamped on while he lay on the ground.

Eames was sentenced to life with a minimum term of six years at Nottingham Crown Court today.

James Eames
Derbyshire Constabulary

Eames, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, was assessed by psychiatrists who said he was suffering from both organic personality disorder and schizoaffective disorder.

Significant increase in Hinckley house prices

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

One part of Leicestershire has experienced the second fastest growth in house prices in the country - Hinckley.

The Crescent in Hinckley
Google

The multi-million pound redevelopment of the town centre was completed last summer and since then house prices in the area have gone up by almost 15% according to the Office for National Statistics.

Local estate agents have told the BBC that homes in nearby Burbage are particularly desirable.

John Sheridan appeal against Notts County

BBC Sport

John Sheridan is having an appeal hearing today against his sacking from the manager's role at Notts County.

Mr Sheridan was replaced by the Magpies chairman Alan Hardy he bought the club.

He said it was for gross msconduct following a foul mouthed tirade against officials during the two-nil defeat to Wycombe in December and not for the club's poor run of form.

John Sheridan
BBC

According to the League Manager's Association, Mr Sheridan, who was given a five-game touchline ban for the incident, is arguing that it wasn't the only reason why he was fired.

Football: Burton boss hails 'tremendous character' in Norwich draw

BBC Sport

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough says he needed to see a response from his players after their 5-0 loss to Leeds United and "we got it" at Norwich City.

Josh Murphy (far right) went closest to winning it for Norwich against Burton
Rex Features

The Brewers held the Canaries to a goalless draw at Carrow Road to earn their first point away from home in 2017-18 and more out of the bottom three in the Championship.

Burton's Jamie Allen went close to goal in the second-half while, at the other end, goalkeeper Stephen Bywater made two crucial saves to preserve their point.

We needed a response and we got it. The players showed tremendous character to come to a difficult place like this and pick up a point. It's our first clean sheet, our first away point and gives us something to build on."

Nigel CloughBurton Albion manager

Vandalism at allotment site

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Officers are launching regular patrols after fencing at Grindleford allotments was damaged.

Fruit has also been picked and thrown around the site, Derbyshire Police said.

Allotments
BBC

Regular patrols will take place and signs will be put up urging people to report any anti-social behaviour.

More unemployment in Derbyshire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The unemployment rate is down to its lowest level since 1975 - it fell to 4.3% last month.

The total number of people out of work dropped by 75,000 in the three months to July.

Job Centre in Derby
Google

That doesn't seem to be reflected in Derbyshire where the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance rose.

There were more than 100 new people on out-of-work benefits last month.

False sexual assault claim

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police investigating reports of a sexual assault in Ellistown have found the offence didn't actually take place.

They began investigating the alleged crime last month - it was claimed it happened near a footpath in the Beveridge Lane and Rushby Road area.

Cricket: Full commentary of the second day at the cricket

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Leicestershire resume their first innings on 325 for 7 on day two of the County Championship match against Worcestershire at New Road.

I'll be bringing you full commentary on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

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Your comments: Great Northern Railway Warehouse

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You've been sharing your thoughts on the Great Northern Railway Warehouse in Derby being named as one of the 10 most endangered buildings in England and Wales.

Great Northern Railway Warehouse
Victorian Society

Mark Reid said: "It would make some nice apartments, plenty of parking, gardens...etc. Could be an amazing space".

Ann Moran said: "Needs preserving before its too late."

John Powell said: "Should have been sorted years ago instead of being left to rot."

House prices rise fastest in the East Midlands

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

House prices in the East Midlands have risen by 7.5% in the last year according to new figures.

The Office for National Statistics said the cost of renting a house in the region had gone up by 2.8%.

House prices
BBC

Julie Davies from Sneinton said the value of her house had gone up when she was selling it.

She said: "Initially I was testing the water a bit so I had some evaluations and I was quite surprised at what it was priced at.

"It was definitely higher than what it was a year ago...but I made a significant amount from when I first brought it."

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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Kitten rescued from under floorboards

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Firefighters have rescued a three-month-old kitten from under the floorboards of a house in Leicester.

They had to use a heat seeking camera to find the pet that had crawled through a hole left by workmen.

It all ended well with the animal being rescued safe and sound.

Hurricane Irma: Mansfield man relieved to be alive

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A man from Mansfield said he was left without water and slept in his car for days after the island he was on was hit by Hurricane Irma.

Stephen Wiffen was staying on St Martin in the Caribbean for three months selling his time shares but he was eventually evacuated to Panama.

Stephen, who said he was "petrified" and "still traumatised" said the roof of his hotel had come off.

Stephen on the island after the hurraince
Stephen Wiffen

"There was so much relief that we were alive and we survived it but I didn't realise we were in the eye of Hurricane Irma."

Stephen claimed Americans were helped first and "three planes had landed on the first day to collect them".

"If you were American they were letting you on the plane but they wouldn't allow any British or Dutch on the planes - it was disgusting. I felt so let down and ashamed."

A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said evacuation is based on individual need rather than nationality, with the most vulnerable prioritised but more help was on its way.

Hurricane Irma
Stephen Wiffen