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  1. Live updates for Wednesday 25 October 2017
  2. Officers close down 15 'noisy student parties'
  3. Loan repayment boost for teaching students
  4. Pair admit smearing pork on mosque
  5. Fan cautioned for 'racial slur' at Foxes match
  6. Footballer in 'stable condition' after car crash

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By Maryam Qaiser and Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J21 for M69 and J20 for A4303.

M1 Leicestershire - Queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J20, A4303 (Lutterworth), because of an accident and a rolling road-block.

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 J21 for M69 and J20 for A4303.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J20, A4303 (Lutterworth), because of an accident.

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

The Listening Project proposal: 'Sometimes it's worth waiting 40 years'
Bill proposed to Madeleine while they told their story to The Listening Project on BBC Radio 4.

Severe accident: A1 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe accident, at Vicarage Lane.

A1 Nottinghamshire - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on A1 northbound at North Muskham, because of an accident and a fuel spillage. Diversion in operation - traffic is diverting down the exit slip road and back up the entry slip road.

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

The Cooperage, Newcastle upon Tyne

"Little Dorrit's church" and Brighton's Royal Pavilion Gardens are added to Historic England's register.

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Claude Puel

Former Southampton boss Claude Puel succeeds Craig Shakespeare to become Leicester City's third manager this year.

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Craig Shakespeare and Michael appleton

Leicester City's players are "a bit raw" following manager Craig Shakespeare's sacking, says caretaker boss Michael Appleton.

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Two men admit religiously motivated attack on mosque
The pair also hung a St George's flag outside the mosque and then took selfies with it.
Jamie Mullins (l) and Matthew Sarsfield

Magistrates call both men "idiots" and say their actions are "not acceptable in a civilised society".

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Weather: Mild evening ahead

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

This evening will be cloudy which will thicken overnight with the chance of a few outbreaks of drizzle possible by dawn.

It will be a cooler night but still fairly mild.


Tomorrow will be a cloudier day with the chance of some drizzle in the morning.

We could see one or two brighter spells a bit later on.

Feeling cooler with highs of 14C (57F).

Community defibrillator goes missing

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A community defibrillator has gone missing in Bingham.

An ambulance crew last used it on 8 October but nobody has seen it since.

It is usually kept in the telephone kiosk in the Market Place but Martin Fagan from the Community Heartbeat Trust says it hasn't been returned.


Mr Fagan said: "It is really important that we get it back because that device needs recommissioning and making sure that it is ready and is a device that could save someone's life."

The machine is used to deliver a therapeutic shock to the heart and treat conditions that affect the rhythm of the heart such as a cardiac arrest.

Traffic at a standstill on the M1

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Worth noting if you are planning to use the M1 this evening.

There are still long delays following the accident between junctions 23A and 24 for Kegworth.

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Peak District volunteers win environment award

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Some of the Peak District's volunteers have won an award for their work recording information about the park's habitats.

Peak District
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The "Moors for the Future" group beat off competition from 26 other projects to claim the £2,000 prize.

Sarah Fowler, chief executive of the Peak District, said: "The award is great recognition for the sterling work of our wonderful volunteers.

"Their efforts are key to collecting the data needed to help us study how climate change is affecting plants, animals and habitats.

The project plans to spend its cash prize on new equipment to help volunteers continue with their work, which will including monitoring otters, mink and water voles in and around the park.

Nicky Morgan: Parliament 'must get say' on Brexit deal

The Daily Politics

Parliament not getting a vote on the government's final Brexit deal would be "clearly unacceptable," according to a prominent Conservative MP.

Nicky Morgan

Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough, was responding to comments from Brexit secretary David Davis, who said any deal may not be done until the "59th minute of the 11th hour".

"It would be completely pointless to have such a vote at that stage and so it is clearly unacceptable," Ms Morgan told the Daily Politics on BBC Two.

The former education secretary added that she was confident Theresa May would make sure the UK and European Parliament would "have time" to vote on any deal.

The government agreed earlier this year to give Parliament a "meaningful" say on the outcome of the current negotiations but Downing Street has not said when it will be.

Matt Toomua

Matt Toomua will miss Leicester's game with Newcastle on Sunday with his knee injury expected to keep him out for a couple of weeks.

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Lane closed on M1 after crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Delays are building on the M1 following a crash on the northbound side between junction 23a and 24 for Kegworth.

Highways England said the crash has happened in an area where there are roadworks.

One lane is closed.

Highways England
Highways England

Jobs at risk as tax office set to close

BBC Radio Derby

The tax office in Derby is set to close with more than 130 jobs at risk.

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs said it's planning to shut Northgate House in January 2019 as part of plans to create 13 regional centres.


A number of staff will relocate to offices in Nottingham.

Lorry gets stuck under low bridge

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News low bridge correspondent

A lorry has become stuck after trying to drive under a low bridge on Barkby Road in Leicester.

Lorry stuck under low bridge

These types of incidents, known as "underline bridge strikes", are surprisingly common - there were 1,665 recorded by Network Rail over 2016-17.

One of the most frequently struck bridges across the rail network is the A5 Watling Street in Hinckley. It was struck 10 times last year - putting it at number eight in the top ten.

For obvious reasons, Barkby Road remains shut but trains are running as normal.

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J23A for A42 and J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J23a A42 and J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Fan cautioned for 'racial slur' at Leicester-Leeds match

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A man has been cautioned and released by police after he was arrested at last night's Carabao Cup match between Leicester City and Leeds United.

Leicester poster outside King Power Stadium
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Leicestershire Police said the 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order.

He was then given a conditional caution and was released from custody.

Last orders at pub in a boat?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A pub in the shape of a boat is set to be knocked down as part of a university's £500m renovation plans.

Dry Dock

Under proposals unveiled by the University of Leicester, Dry Dock, on Freemen's Common, would be knocked down to make way for student accomodation.

In a statement, the university added that plans are still being "developed" and that they have been liaising "closely with the pub landlord".

Customers in Dry Dock

Council to buy market

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Gedling Borough Council has announced plans to buy Arnold Market.

There have been ongoing talks between the owner and the council since the early part of the year.


Last year more than 1,600 people signed a petition warning the market is in "dire need of renovation".

A group of residents and traders set up a Facebook group called Save Arnold Market who have been campaigning to bring the market back to its "former glory".

Boy, 11, knocked off his bike by van

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Officers are appealing for information after an 11-year-old boy was knocked off his bike.

It happened in Carsic Lane in Sutton-in-Ashfield on 22 September but police have only just released details.

Nottinghamshire Police say the victim suffered only minor injuries when he was hit by a silver or grey transit van.


The van, which did not stop, then turned in to Davis Avenue.

Police say there were three people in the van at the time.

Motorcyclist dies in crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A 27-year-old man has died following a crash involving a his motorcycle and a van.

Nottinghamshire Police said a 22-year-old man remains in hospital with critical injuries.

The crash happened on Diamond Avenue in Kirkby-in-Ashfield yesterday afternoon.

Fatal crash

A 46-year-old man who was arrested has been released while an investigation continue.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Two men admit smearing pork on mosque

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Two men have pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated offences after pork was smeared on the front door of a mosque in Nottingham.

A St George's flag was also placed near the Al-Quba Masjid mosque in Sherwood in June.

Jamie Mullins, 28, of Nottingham Road, Basford, admitted causing alarm or distress by displaying the flag and religiously aggravated criminal damage.

Matthew Sarsfield, 31, of Sherbrook Road, Daybrook, also pleaded guilty to causing alarm or distress at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

Prosecutors told the court the pair had been watching a boxing match involving an English boxer and were feeling patriotic prior to the incident.

The court was shown CCTV which showed Mullins smearing pork sausage meat on the lock of the prayer room door.


The pair then draped a St George's flag over a flower display nearby before taking selfies.

Mullins, who the court was told has sympathies with the English Defence League, is to be sentenced this afternoon but Sarsfield was fined £115.

He addressed the magistrates himself, saying he would never harass someone intentionally and that he's "deeply sorry".

East Midlands weather update: Mild through the afternoon

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It’ll continue to be a dry and bright afternoon with some sunny spells.

Weather map

Cloud will gradually build up towards the evening but it’ll still feel mild in the sunshine with highs of 16C (61F).

Fan arrested at Leicester v Leeds match over 'racial slur'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A man was arrested at last night's Carabao Cup match between Leicester City and Leeds United following reports of a racial slur.

Corner flag at King Power
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Leicestershire Police said officers arrested an 18-year-old male at the match on suspicion of racially aggravated public order.

The force could not confirm if he was a Leicester or Leeds fan, but added that he remains in police custody.

Richard III professor runs special DNA class for kids

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Hundreds of schoolchildren have been taught about the latest scientific developments in DNA as part of a one-off lesson in Leicester.

Pupils in a science class

The pupils, from seven different schools across the city, were taught by Professor Turi King, an academic who helped work on identifying the remains of Richard III.

It is hoped that the class, with the University of Leicester-based professor, will inspire the youngsters to become scientists.

Turi King

E-cigarettes 'help smokers quit'

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

The long term risks of smoking e-cigarettes are to be examined by MPs.

Nearly three million people in the UK now "vape" regularly - four times more than in 2012.

Professor John Britton, who is the director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies at the University of Nottingham, says there's clear evidence that e-cigs are helping people to quit smoking.


He said: "If you look at smoking prevalence figures for the UK over the last three years, you see a decline which is almost twice as fast as was happening before electronic cigarettes came along.

"The challenge for all of us now is to make sure we harness that benefit while protecting users against any unnecessary and avoidable risk."

Fines for anti-social behaviour in city centre

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

People who are caught begging, loitering or drinking alcohol in large parts of Derby could be fined £100.

It's under proposals for a public space protection order put forward by Derby City Council.

This would allow police to fine people for anti-social behaviour including riding a bike or skateboard in an "annoying manner".

Anti-social behaviour
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The fine will not be issued automatically but only if a person breaches a public space protection orders which came into force in 2014.

Malcolm Bibbings from Derbyshire Police said: "We have drug and alcohol work groups that can deal with the people and we do refer the person on to these particular establishments.

"There is a core element of people who do not engage with these agencies and it is these people who are causing problems in the city centre."

Severe disruption: A6011 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6011 Nottinghamshire both ways severe disruption, between Meadow Grove and A6520 Radcliffe Road.

A6011 Nottinghamshire - A6011 Lady Bay Bridge in Nottingham blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Meadow Grove junction and the A6520 Radcliffe Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

Footballer in 'stable condition' after car crash

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A decision on whether a professional footballer will need surgery following a car crash will be made later.

Jordan Flores
Getty Images

Jordan Flores, 22, who is currently on loan at Chesterfield from Wigan, was involved in a car crash in the Derbyshire town on Monday.

A statement from the club said that he had been transferred from Chesterfield Royal Infirmary to a hospital in Sheffield, where he remains in a stable condition.

Hospital helipad postponed for five years

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Plans for a new helipad over a car park at the QMC in Nottingham have been postponed by five years.

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust said it will now be part of a new urgent and emergency care centre.

It was originally going to be built in 2018.

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust
Nottingham University Hospitals Trust

Peter Homa, chief executive at the trust, said: "Our future ambition is to build a new urgent and emergency care centre with a helipad that provides direct access to our emergency department.

"Importantly, this will provide much faster access times and far fewer patient movements."

Claude Puel would be a 'surprising' appointment for Foxes

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Claude Puel's potential appointment as the new Leicester City manager would be "underwhelming," according to ex-Foxes winger Matt Piper.

Claude Puel
Steve Bardens/Getty Images

National newspaper reports have suggested that Frenchman Puel, who was sacked by Southampton in the summer, is the leading contender to replace Craig Shakespeare.

Piper told BBC Radio Leicester: "If I'm honest, [I'm] a little bit underwhelmed.

"I was surprised when I heard his name, but I was surprised when I heard [Claudio] Ranieri's name and we all know what happened after that.

"He [Puel] did a decent enough job at Southampton...I'm sure some of the players came out after he was sacked and said they didn't enjoy his playing style, but he got them eighth and a cup final."

'Overwhelming' response to tummy tuck fundraising bid

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A man who is hoping to raise £15,000 for an operation to remove excess skin caused by weight loss has said he has been "overwhelmed and humbled" by the response so far.

Paul Stevenson, from Alvaston, once weighed 52 stone, but after having a gastric sleeve fitted he shed 30 stone.

"I've had people come up to me in the gym and give me money to the fund," Mr Stevenson told BBC Radio Derby.

"There has been a gentleman who came and knocked on my door where I live and he dropped off some money.

"It is really overwhelming and really humbling to know people are seeing what I am trying to do and they are really supportive of it."

Mr Stevenson has so far raised around £3,000 for the procedure.