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  1. Christmas presents for ill children stolen
  2. More buildings 'at risk' in the East Midlands
  3. Muslim leaders offer to talk with pork attackers
  4. Man in court over pavement crash
  5. Leicester City appoint ex-Southampton manager
  6. Live updates for Thursday 26 October 2017

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By Amy Woodfield and Calum McKenzie

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James Anderson and Moeen Ali

Mark Lawrenson takes on England cricketers Moeen Ali and James Anderson in the next round of Premier League matches.

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Calverton Nottinghamshire helicopter crash

The 57-year-old victim has been taken to hospital in Nottingham after crashing in a field.

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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

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M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J24 for A6 and J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

M1 Leicestershire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J24, A6 (Kegworth) and J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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New car park for Nottingham

Heather Burman

Journalist, BBC News Online

A new car park will be built in Nottingham in time for Christmas, the city council has confirmed.

The car park on the Island Site, off London Road, will "help with the loss of the Broadmarsh and Unity Square car parks", the council said.

Island Site
Nottingham City Council

Delay in Carabao Cup draw

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Wondering who Leicester City will play in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup? Aren't we all?

The draw was supposed to be made at 16:00 but there's a delay.

If you're interested the BBC has some hilariously entertaining coverage going on here.

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Cocaine dealing gang jailed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Six men from Leicestershire have been jailed for a total of almost 39 years between them for their parts in a conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Mug shots of drug dealers
Leicestershire Police

Police have said they recovered about 2.5 kilos of high purity cocaine and £42,000 in cash during their investigation.

Investigator Victoria Stather said the men were members of an organised crime group supplying Class A drugs across the city.

'Illegal rave' to be disbanded

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police have warned an illegal rave that may be taking place in north Derbyshire this weekend will be disbanded.

A post on the police website says officers will be attending to stop the event in Hollingwood and they're urging people not to go.

They're also asking parents to warn their children against attending.

Watch: Row of ticketed cars in Nottingham

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There will be a few glum faces this evening when these are discovered.

These ticketed cars were filmed this afternoon in the Sheriff's Lodge car park in Canal Street, Nottingham.

A Nottingham City Council spokesman said the cars were either not displaying a valid permit or not displaying a valid ticket.

Staff from the BioCity building have permits for this site which is also being used as an overflow car park while the Broadmarsh car park is being demolished.

Taggart positive about Puel appointment

BBC Leicester Sport

A former Leicester City player has said fans who doubt new manager Claude Puel must look back at his track record.

The response by fans to the Frenchman's appointment has been underwhelming but Gerry Taggart said his achievements in club football speak for themselves.

Claude Puel
Getty Images

It speaks for itself - Champions League semi-final, second or third place I think it was with Nice and then obviously what he did with Southampton. Look at Southampton now. I bet the majority of Southampton fans would love to have Claude Puel back."

Gerry TaggartFormer Leicester City defender

Tigers players make England autumn international side

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Five Leicester Tigers players have been named in a 34-man squad for the autumn internationals.

Jonny May, George Ford, Ben Youngs, Dan Cole and Ellis Genge are the players named.

England face Argentina on 11 November, before playing Australia and Samoa.

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Weather: Temperature dropping

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be cloudy this afternoon with a few patches of drizzle here and there.

It’s feeling cooler with highs of 13C (55F).


Tonight there’ll continue to be a few drizzly spells overnight with quite cloudy conditions expected.

The cloud will start to clear in the early hours. Lows of 6C (43F) in rural spots.

Jewellery stolen from house in Long Eaton

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A Rolex watch was among a number of jewellery items stolen from a house in Long Eaton.

Rolex watch
Derbyshire Police

The property on Conway Street was broken into on 3 October while the owner was out.

It's thought the burglar got in through the kitchen window after coming down a side alley into the back garden.

Other items taken were a Thomas Sabo bracelet, charms and rings.

Self-service wine bar opens in city

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Love wine and hate talking to people?

another? wine bar
Another? Wine Bar

Nottingham's first self-service wine bar, called Another? Wine Bar, opens in Trinity Square tomorrow.

Drinkers are given a tab card, which can be used to activate machines that offers reds, whites, rosés, sparkling wines, Prosecco and Champagne.

At the end of the evening, they hand their tab in and pay their bill.

Man jailed for attempted smuggling

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man from Leicester has been jailed after he attempted to smuggle two men into the UK.

The Home office has told the BBC Jaswinder Singh was sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting a charge of assisting illegal entry.

UK Border Control
Getty Images

The 54-year-old was stopped by Border Force officers at the UK Control Zone in France. He presented his own British passport and two British passports for his passengers.

Not convinced the passengers were British they were interviewed and revealed they were Indian and had no right to enter the UK.

Armed police arrest man with 'bladed weapon'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Armed police were deployed to the Knighton area of Leicester this afternoon following reports of a man with a "bladed weapon".

Pendlebury Drive

A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray and has been remanded into police custody.

It's not thought that anyone was injured.

Replacement Christmas presents donated to railway

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A spokesman for the Great Central Railway has been telling the BBC he can't understand why their Christmas presents for poorly children have been stolen.

More than 370 of the wrapped gifts were taken from a cart at Quorn and Woodhouse station.


Michael Stokes said: "It's very upsetting. I'm not quite sure why people would want to hit children in that way.

"The wonderful thing is, although we've just reported it this morning, we've already had people offering us presents to replace them which is absolutely fantastic.

"One way or another I'm sure we'll be able to help the children out."

East Midlands police dog Kyle dies after illness

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

An East Midlands police dog has died following a lengthy battle with a serious illness.

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Four-year-old Kyle had been recovering at home following emergency surgery last month to remove his twisted colon.

Nottinghamshire Police

Handler PC Paul Burns said Kyle spent his last hours with him at home with his wife and their three children.

"He was the most beautiful, loving and hardworking dog, respected by all," he said.

“It’s not fair that such a natural police dog just coming into his prime with years more service to come has suffered this bad luck."

Bare shelves at scene of charity Christmas gifts theft

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

These are empty shelves at the Great Central Railway in Quorn, which had been full of Christmas presents for sick children across Leicestershire.

Quorn theft
Quorn theft

The 370 gifts were all wrapped ready to be given to the children's ward at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Rainbows Children's Hospice.

But they were all stolen at some point in the last fortnight.

Leicestershire Police said they are investigating the theft.

Derbyshire flasher reports 'could be linked'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police believe three cases of sexual exposure on consecutive nights in South Derbyshire might be linked to another incident earlier this month.

deepdale lane

On 15 October at about 03:00 a 34-year-old woman was driving along Deepdale Lane in Barrow upon Trent when she saw a man standing on a canal bridge exposing himself.

On the next two nights the same woman reported seeing a man walk towards her vehicle while touching himself.

Police said the exposures have similarities to an incident in Etwall on 7 October when two women riding horses reported seeing a man touching himself in a field next to the path.

The man was described as chubby, in his 50s with short light coloured, greying hair.

Money stolen from woman's purse in Derby

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for help to identify this woman after a burglary on Madeley Street in Derby.

CCTV of woman
Derbyshire Police

A 66-year-old woman was followed into her flat by another woman who asked her for change for a note.

She then took money from the victim’s purse before leaving the flat. The same woman then tried to go back inside the property again a few days later.

Crash death man named

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man who died after a crash in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, has been formally identified.

Diamond Avenue

Scott Wilcox, from Huthwaite, was one of two men on a motorbike that collided with a van in Diamond Avenue on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old died at King's Mill Hospital shortly afterwards.

The other man on the bike, a 22-year-old, remains in a critical condition.

A 46-year-old man has been arrested and released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Mark Warburton

Manager Mark Warburton says Nottingham Forest's young players still need time and will make mistakes.

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Gary Rowett

Derby County manager Gary Rowett says he still expects more from his side despite a fourth home win in five matches.

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Miniature housework at Calke Abbey

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some major housework is under way at Calke Abbey.

They've started their big winter clean that includes three days of vacuuming and dusting their dolls' houses.

Dolls house cleaning at Calke Abbey

All of the rooms and their 210 contents will be cleaned including tiny china ornaments, dolls, beds and clocks.

Dolls house cleaning at Calke Abbey

Phew - I thought normal housework was bad.

Knife used in attempted robbery

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is the knife used by a teenage boy attempting to rob a jogger in Etwall earlier this year.

Derbyshire Police

The 38-year-old woman was on the bridleway that runs alongside the A516 when she was approached by the boy.

He held up the knife and demanded her phone - when she refused to give it to him, he threw the knife into bushes.

Police hope that by releasing a photo of the knife they can find out where it came from and who the teenager was.

Letter 'proves Mayflower Pilgrim was from Scrooby'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

New research has confirmed one of the original Mayflower Pilgrims was from Nottinghamshire, a local historian has said.

Sue Allan said a letter written by Susanna White-Winslow's second husband in 1623 confirms her father was Richard Jackson, the leaseholder of Scrooby Manor in north Nottinghamshire.

Before now the origin of Susanna has been a mystery.

Mayflower Pilgrim woman
Cartwright Communications

This is really exciting – Susanna was a very important figure; not only was she aboard the Mayflower ship, she was also pregnant during the voyage and gave birth to the first child to be born once the Mayflower reached the New World."

Sue AllanHistorian

The Mayflower was an English ship that famously transported the first English Separatists from Plymouth, UK to the "New World".

Just over 100 passengers made the journey across the Atlantic to establish a new church.

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Mainly dry but also mainly cloudy throughout this afternoon with just some occasional drizzle possible at times.

Highs of 13C (55F).

Watch: Couple marry 40 years after meeting

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

A couple from Loughborough, kept apart by the woman's strict father, have married almost 40 years later.

Your comments: Stolen Christmas gifts


It comes as no surprise that the stolen Christmas presents from the Great Central Railway in Quorn have got you talking on Facebook.

Christmas presents

Geraldine Hunt said: "Just how sick must they be to steal from poorly children, hope karma will get them quick."

Graeme Wells said: "Nothing to do with the criminals being sick - they don't care who the stuff is for. Probably doesn't even enter there heads they just see money."

Claire Wood said: "I'm sure there will be at least 370 people who could put one extra gift in their basket to replace the presents and help sick children. Count me in for one."

Driver escapes police car crash

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A driver says he feels lucky to "still be here" after a crash with a police car in Derbyshire resulted in both cars being set on fire.

Car crash
Robson Green

Robson Green told the BBC he was in a queue of traffic on the A515 between Cubley and Ashbourne when the police car crashed into the back of him.

He said he had to kick his door open to escape, while his passenger climbed out of the window.

This is how the cars ended up looking.

Car crash
Robson Green

Derbyshire Constabulary said they could not comment on specifics while they investigated the crash.

Severe disruption: M42 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M42 Leicestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M42 southbound between J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Christmas presents for ill children stolen

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Hundreds of Christmas presents, meant for poorly children in Leicestershire, have been stolen.

At some point over the last two weeks 370 gifts were taken from a carriage at the Great Central Railway in Quorn.

Great Central Railway

They were supposed to be donated to the Leicester Royal Infirmary children’s ward and Rainbows Children's Hospice.

The gifts were all donations that had been wrapped and were ready for delivery.

The police are investigating the incident and have asked anyone with any information to get in touch.

Council plans for Assembly Rooms to continue

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The future of the Assembly Rooms in Derby was up for discussion last night.

Conservatives and Lib Dem councillors wanted the Labour administration to revisit their plans to turn it into a live music and comedy venue costing £32m.

Artist impression of Assembly Rooms
Derby City Council

One of the main gripes was over the lack of public consultation.

Deputy leader of the city council, Martin Rawson, admitted they could have done better at asking members of the public and the arts community what they wanted to see done with the Assembly Rooms. He stressed everyone would get a chance to have their say at some stage.

Assembly Rooms

Plans can continue though. A vote in front of the executive scrutiny committee finished seven votes to six in favour of the council's cabinet.

More buildings 'at risk' in the East Midlands

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The East Midlands has the highest proportion of buildings on the Heritage at Risk Register than in any other English region.

Historic England’s latest annual list has been published today and included 458 places across the East Midlands.

Derby Cathedral Quarter shops

In our region, 20 sites have been removed from the list while 41 places have been added.

Derby city centre’s conservation area is no longer "at risk" thanks to eight years of investment in Cathedral Quarter shops.

Kibworth Harcourt Mill

However Kibworth Harcourt Mill is among buildings now considered "at risk".

The mill dates back to 1711 and there are now concerns about the strength of parts of the timber structure.

The East Midlands has the highest proportion of highly graded buildings on the Heritage at Risk Register of any region. This means we will need to continue to make good use of our own grant aid, working in partnership with others in finding solutions. There are some hard nuts to crack remaining on the Register, but this year’s success stories demonstrate the wholly positive impact regenerated heritage has for us all."

Louise BrennanHistoric England
Police car crashes into back of stationary car

The 22-year-old driver said he had to kick open the door to escape as both vehicles caught fire.

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Muslim leaders 'happy' to talk to mosque pork attack pair

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Two men who have been sentenced for smearing pork on the door of a mosque have been offered the chance to meet faith leaders to learn more about Islam.

Two men admitted religiously aggravated offences on Wednesday after the attack at the Al-Quba Masjid mosque, in Nottingham, earlier this year.

Dr Saeed Mughal, who is the mosque committee chairman, said: "They [the attackers] do not understand how Muslim people are.

"We, as a community, are happy to meet them and if they need any advice or guidance we are more than happy to offer it."

Watch: East Midlands weather

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter