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  1. Murdered toddler's memorial vandalised
  2. Fatal car crash fire engine not on emergency call
  3. Woman released in murder investigation
  4. Track workers near miss on rail line
  5. Trick or treaters 'superglued front door shut'
  6. Live updates for Tuesday 24 October 2017

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

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Van and motorbike crash closes road

A serious crash involving a motorbike and a van has closed Diamond Avenue in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.


Emergency services are at the scene of the collision, which happened at about 16.40 this afternoon.

Trent Barton said buses on the road have been diverted.

Weather: Breezy evening ahead

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

It’ll be cloudy with rain clearing to the south overnight and into the early hours but it will feel breezy.

Showers will soon clear to the south first thing tomorrow morning.


After that a dry day is expected with bright and at times sunny spells where the cloud thins and breaks.

Temperatures will reach highs of 15C (59F).

Police name head-on crash victim

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have named the 30-year-old man killed in a crash near New Whittington on Sunday as Daniel Spooner from Newbold.

The car he was driving collided head-on with another on Whittington Road between New Whittington and Barrow Hill.

Whittington Road

The driver of the other car was a 72-year-old man. He suffered life-threatening injuries and remains at hospital in Sheffield in a critical but stable condition.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who have not yet come forward to get in touch with them - particularly if they've captured footage of the vehicles on a dashcam.

Derby athlete to compete in Australia

BBC Derby Sport

Heptathelete Niamh Emerson has been named in the Team England squad for the Commonwealth Games.

Niamh Emerson
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The 18-year-old from Derby will compete in Australia next April.

Her team mates will include Adam Gemili, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Greg Rutherford and Dina Asher-Smith.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J24 for A6 and J24A for A50 Derby.

M1 Leicestershire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J24, A6 (Kegworth) and J24a, A50 (Derby), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Blocked river cleared in Ollerton

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Environment Agency has been in Nottingham clearing a blockage from the River Maun at Ollerton.

River being unblocked
Environment Agency

The blockage was caused by a large branch lodged across the bridge channels. It was causing weeds and debris to get caught restricting the flow of the river.

River being unblocked
Environment Agency

Track workers near miss on rail line

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

An investigation is under way after a team of track workers narrowly avoided being hit by a train.

It happened on the East Coast Mainline at the Egmanton level crossing near Newark on 5 October.

The train was approaching at 125 mph when the driver saw a group of track workers in the distance.

Egmanton level crossing near Newark.

The driver sounded the train's warning horn but could see no response from the group and after sounding the horn again he applied the emergency brake.

The group moved out of the way shortly before the train passed.

There were no injuries but the driver mistakenly thought he'd hit someone.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch will establish whether the line side work was competently planned and authorised.

Man dies in motorcycle crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A 31-year-old motorcyclist has died after a crash involving a car this morning.

It happened in Drayton Road between East Drayton and Stokeham at about 06:40, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Drayton Road

The road has since reopened.

Matty Fryatt

Former Nottingham Forest forward Matty Fryatt is training at Walsall after more than two years out injured.

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Council to spend £8.5m on tower block sprinklers

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Councillors have this afternoon approved plans to spend nearly £8.5m to fit sprinklers in high-rise flats.

Nottingham City Council has agreed to foot the bill after the government refused to pay for the work following the Grenfell Tower Fire.


City council leader councillor Jon Collins has warned it might delay other projects.

Mr Collins said: "Our MPs raised this matter on a regular basis and from our perspective we have now made a commitment that we will be doing this work come what may, but we would like a contribution from government."

Memorial garden for murdered toddler vandalised

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fish have been poisoned and items have been damaged at a memorial garden to murdered toddler Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith.

Dead fish in a pond
Ricky Booth

Ricky Booth dedicated an area in his front garden to his 21-month-old daughter who was murdered by her mother in 2014.

Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith.
Family handout

Mr Booth told the BBC the garden is the only thing that's kept him sane while he's been grieving for the toddler.

Ricky Booth cleaning pond in memorial garden

The vandalism was discovered on Saturday morning. Police were contacted and are investigating.

Plans to 'maximise Nottingham's cultural life'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A 10-year plan is being drawn up on how to best maximise Nottingham's cultural offering.

The University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham City Council are working together on ideas for the next decade and comes just days before the bid for European Capital of Culture.

Market Square

Nottingham City Councillor David Trimble said: "We will have a real coming together of everybody working together over the next 10 years.

"A major part of that will be putting a bid in for the European Capital of Culture...we will have everybody working together...we want to reach every school and community."

Conservative MP hopes to reconnect with young voters

The Daily Politics

Mansfield Conservative MP Ben Bradley says "inspiring" people is the key to attracting young voters.

The 27-year-old, who is the first Tory MP for the town, said his party didn't have the positive messages which Jeremy Corbyn campaigned for during the general elections.

Mr Bradley has now set up a new group of young Conservative MPs in the hope of reconnecting with young voters.

Foxes face Leeds in Carabao Cup

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

The fact this game is probably the third talking point in the bars ahead of tonight's clash tells you that it’s either not very exciting prospect as a clash, or a lot is going on at King Power Stadium at the moment.

Personally, I think it's the latter.

King Power Stadium

The game provides a good chance for the Foxes to progress through to the quarter finals of the competition against a Leeds side who are expected to make a number of changes.

Leeds are focused solely on promotion from the Championship into the Premier League and this competition could get in the way of the busy fixture schedule in England’s second tier.

So the conversations will likely be on who the next Foxes boss will be, how they’ll cope without midfielder Adrien Silva until January, then maybe a word or two on the game before the fans file into the stadium tonight.

Car crash firefighters not on emergency call

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have confirmed a fire engine involved in a fatal crash in Leicester at the weekend was not responding to an emergency call at the time.

Lubbesthorpe Way

The fire engine collided with a car on Lubbesthorpe Way early on Sunday morning killing the 26-year-old driver James Sarson.

Ambulance crew review 'good for rural areas'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Health bosses have reassured rural communities they will still get an ambulance when they dial 999 even though they're reviewing where crews are based.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said it is looking at proposals which could mean some stations will have fewer ambulances.

Review on EMAS

David Whiting from EMAS said: "It is about making sure we have got the right number of resources in each area and then we will have less drift from particularly the rural areas into the urban patches.

"These moves are positive for rural communities."

Posh pooches receive fake branded bedding

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

How cute is this chap? He doesn't care that the Chanel blanket he's rolling around on is a fake.


Nottingham City Council’s Trading Standards donated 41 of the fake designer blankets to Castlefield Dog Rescue in Ilkeston.

Police name man who died in fire engine crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A 26-year-old man who died following a crash involving a fire engine has been named by police.

James Sarson from Attleborough in Nuneaton was driving a BMW when it was involved in a collision with a fire engine on Sunday.

He was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary where he died shortly afterwards.


His passenger, also 26, sustained non life-threatening injuries and remains in hospital.

The crash happened on the southbound carriageway of the A563 Lubbesthorpe Way in Leicester.

Severe disruption: M42 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J11 for A42.

M42 Leicestershire - M42 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Adrien Silva

Leicester City will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against Fifa's decision to reject Adrien Silva's registration.

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Joe Worrall: Nottingham Forest defender signs long-term deal

BBC Sport

Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall has signed a new four and a half year deal at the City Ground.

He is a product of the club's youth academy and has made more than 30 appearances for the reds since making his debut against Reading nearly a year ago.

Getty Images

Worrall, 20, made his England Under-21 debut earlier this month.

Police escort 'disruptive' passenger off plane

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Staff working for Ryanair had to call Leicestershire Police for help yesterday when a passenger became "disruptive" during a flight from Palma.

Ryanair plane

Ryanair said the aircraft landed normally and the passenger was removed and detained by police.

The airline said: "We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority."

Police have confirmed they helped airline staff escort the passenger from the plane but said that no-one was arrested.

Your pictures: Fungi flourishing in mild autumn

BBC Weather Watchers

Lots of fungi has been popping up around the East Midlands with the mild, wet weather.

This was spotted by scrappy in Kegworth.

Fungi in Kegworth

This was taken in Smalley by moss master.

Fungi in Smalley
moss master

This was seen growing in Birstall by mogjo.

Fungi in Birstall

Three arrests after 'hit-and-run'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a pedestrian was hit by a car and left with life-threatening injuries.

A woman has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A 27-year-old man remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition following the crash in Derby Road, Ripley, at about 2:00 on Saturday.


The two men, aged 22 and 27, remain in police custody along with a 26-year-old woman.

School girl 'told to get into a car by man'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a school girl was approached by a man.

He asked the girl to get into his grey or silver Mercedes in Mellbreak Close in Gamston, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Nottinghamshire Police

The man, who is described as being aged late 40 to 50s with an Asian accent, was wearing a white shirt with a blue tie and a dark coloured coat.

It happened on Thursday between 15:15 and 15:35.

Police defend attempts to tackle slavery offences

Peter Salter

Radio Derby Reporter

Derbyshire Police have responded to a report criticising the way in which police forces around the country tackle modern day slavery.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary said victims are being let down by some forces at every stage. It said many cases are closed without any inquiries being made or even without victims being spoken to.


Derbyshire Police said they're currently involved in 21 separate anti-slavery operations.

They have a specialist team to find and engage with potential victims and they've recently arrested six people under Operation Doubrava.

They've said work to tackle the problem will increase.

University graduate scoops farming award

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A young farmer from Nottinghamshire has been named agricultural student of the year.

Ben Theaker, who doesn't come from a traditional farming background, is a graduate from Nottingham Trent University.

British Farming Awards

He is now carving out a career in Worksop and is a member of Nottinghamshire Young Farmer's.

Ben scooped the British Farming Award at a ceremony in Birmingham.

Joe Worrall

Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall signs a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the Championship club.

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Foxes 'powerless' to appeal FIFA ruling on Silva

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester City have decided not to contest a FIFA decision that prevents new signing Adrien Silva from playing.

The deadline to register the new midfielder was missed by 14 seconds during the transfer window last month.

The Foxes said they feel "powerless to continue to challenge the decision" but will support Adrien if he decides to make a personal appeal.

Adrien Silva
Getty Images

It has been made clear to us that FIFA will not support an expedited process, forcing the Club to reluctantly accept the single-judge ruling of FIFA’s Players’ Status Committee without reasonable opportunity for independent arbitration that is timely enough to be effective."

Leicester City Football ClubSpokesman

The football club said it intends to register Adrien at the "earliest opportunity" and in the meantime he continues to train with the squad.

Severe accident: A515 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A515 Derbyshire both ways severe accident, between A5270 and B5059 Dale Road.

A515 Derbyshire - A515 in Buxton blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the A5270 junction and the B5059 Dale Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Buildings to turn purple to raise awareness of polio

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Some of Derby's most well-known buildings will turn purple for polio this evening.

It will mark the centenary of Derby's Rotary Club, which together with other clubs around the world, has campaigned to eradicate the disease.

In the last year only 11 cases of polio have been recorded in two countries - Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Fake designer blankets given to abandoned dogs

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Versace, Louis Vuitton and Chanel... it's a tough life for the abandoned dogs at a kennels in Ilkeston.

They've been give 41 designer blankets to keep warm this winter - the only thing is, they're fakes.

Nottingham City Council

They're among 200 items seized by Nottingham City Council’s Trading Standards earlier this year.

Instead of destroying them they've been given to Castlefield Dog Rescue.

It would be a shame to just throw away so many blankets, especially knowing that they could make lots of rescued dogs comfy this winter. We are delighted to donate these blankets to Castlefield Kennels and hope all the dogs will enjoy their new gifts.”

Nottingham City Council

Car smashes into bungalow in Retford

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries after crashing into a bungalow in Retford last night.

Luckily no-one inside the home, in Morley Avenue, was injured in the crash, which happened at about 17:10.

The building has been made safe by the council. Notts Police said there had been no arrests.

Bungalow crash
Bassetlaw District Council
Bungalow crash
Bassetlaw District Council
Flag of Henry Kilpin, Corinthians-Casuals v Corinthians and Lionel Messi

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport

Find out how the English founded some Italian giants, gave El Clasico its colour and popularised football in Brazil.

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Man charged with causing fatal crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 33-year-old man is due to appear in court in connection with a fatal crash in 2014.

Young Noel Munyanyi, of no fixed address, is charged with causing death by dangerous driving and death by careless driving whilst being unfit through drink.

The crash happened on Aikman Avenue in the New Parks area of Leicester. As result 30-year-old Kainos Mupungu, who was a passenger in Mr Munyanyi's car, died.