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  1. Pensioner's terrified 999 call after armed robbery released
  2. Council pledges more than £100k to help the homeless
  3. Nottingham's Ice Bar is back and it's twice the size
  4. Investigation into firework devastation continues
  5. University makes 'misleading' claims
  6. Derby to get own Walk of Fame
  7. Live updates for Wednesday 15 November 2017

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By Maryam Qaiser and Amy Woodfield

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Severe accident: A511 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A511 Derbyshire both ways severe accident, between A514 Hartshorne Road and Butt Lane.

A511 Derbyshire - A511 Burton Road in Woodville closed and queuing traffic in both directions between New Inn Roundabout and the Butt Lane junction, because of a serious accident.

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

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East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 Thursday morning.

MP reports tweets after Brexit mutineers front page

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

At least five threatening tweets have been reported to the police by Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry.

She said it came after a number of pro-European Conservatives, including Rushcliffe's Ken Clarke, were branded "Mutineers" in the Daily Telegraph this morning and "Collaborators" in the Daily Mail.

Ms Soubry said the move amounts to "bullying" and told the House of Commons the matter had been referred to the police.

Front page

Prime Minister Theresa May says she hopes that parliament can "come together" over Brexit and is insisting that she's "listening carefully" to the government's critics.

Weather: Cloudy night with mist and fog

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy night with some mist or fog developing and a few spots of drizzle possible by dawn.


Early fog patches will soon clear to brighter spells tomorrow morning but it will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain moving in from the northwest by midday.

This rain and cloud will clear to the southeast during the afternoon with sunny skies following on behind with a maximum temperatures of 11 Deg C (52F).

Family deck out their property with thousands of lights

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

These Christmas decorations have become a bit of a family tradition at one home in Nuthall.

Christmas lights
Nottingham University Hospitals Trust

The Swifts used hundreds of lights and baubles to decorate their home in Nuthall and this weekend will officially turn them on, ably assisted by the Siddiqui family, off Channel 4's Gogglebox.

Thousands of people have visited their property over the years, raising more than £80,000 to date for charities.

This year they are fundraising for Hayward House, the palliative care unit at Nottingham City Hospital and When You Wish Upon A Star.

Here's hoping this year is as successful as last, pictured.

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust

Peter Shilton: 'Jack Butland should be England goalkeeper'

BBC Derby Sport

England's most capped player Peter Shilton has told the BBC that Stoke's Jack Butland should be first choice goalkeeper for his country.

Butland (pictured) missed the recent goalless draws with Germany and Brazil with a broken finger.

Jack Butland

Jordan Pickford and Joe Hart each played in his absence.

Shilton played 125 games as keeper for England and made 1,249 appearances for clubs including Leicester City, Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

Crash closes lane on A42

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Worth knowing if you're about to hit the road near Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

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Pedestrian hit by van in Woodville

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A pedestrian has been hit by a van on High Street in Woodville. The road is now closed.

Police have said the man on foot suffered "serious injuries" and has been airlifted to hospital in Nottingham.

High Street in Woodville
Nick Martin

Nick Martin said the robber was "biting and scratching" when he tackled him in the street.

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Officers praise man who caught violent robber

Giles Taylor

BBC East Midlands Today reporter

Police have praised a man who single-handedly apprehended a violent robber.

Claudio Rosu, 24, (pictured) carried out a series of attacks in Beeston in September, the court has heard.

The Romanian national was eventually tackled by local man Nick Martin on Beeston High Road, two days after he had seen a CCTV appeal for Rosu.

Claudio Rosu

Nick (pictured below) said: "I look over at the doors of Sun Valley amusements and he just came walking out of the doors and I instantly recognised him.

"I sprinted after him just down the road and got him in a choke hold. He was wriggling to get through, he was biting, scratching, spitting but he managed to get into his wallet and he was pulling out money and saying 'I'm sorry'... I think he was thinking he was getting some sort of karma."

Nick Martin

Rosu was today jailed for four years after pleading guilty to robbery, assault and theft at Nottingham Crown Court.

The judge expects him to be deported as soon as his sentence is finished.

Your comments: Donating umbilical cord blood


Some of you have been in touch on Facebook to share your stories of donating umbilical cord blood.

It's after the Anthony Nolan charity made an appeal for more new mums to register to donate theirs after giving birth.

Jess Burton said she donated the cord from her twin girls born in June - they have matching vests to prove it.

Twin girls
Jess Burton

So did Cher Williamson when little Matilda was born in August.

Cher Williamson

Charlotte Ryan said: "I donated four years ago and they found a match and my sons cord saved a life. It’s not until recently in July when I gave birth the ladies from Antony Nolan told me that not everyone’s cord actually matches and she cried when I told her Tyler’s did. As it’s very rare. Nice knowing you saved a life."

Money stolen during robbery at convenience store

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Cash has been stolen during a robbery at a shop in Bestwood.

Nottinghamshire Police said a man went into Bargain Booze in Beckhampton Road and demanded money from the till.

Bargain Booze

It is thought he then ran towards Pedmore Valley at about 22:00 yesterday.

Officers said the suspect was white, in his 20s and was wearing dark clothing.

Man 'critical' after Chaddesden stabbing

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with an assault on a man in Chaddesden last night.

They've said the victim was found on Race Course Park after being stabbed. He remains in a "critical condition" in hospital in Nottingham.

Investigations into the assault are continuing. Police believe another person was involved.

New strike action over special schools pay

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Unison members at Derby's special schools have voted to take new strike action over the city council's pay review.

The industrial action had stopped earlier this year with the two sides in the dispute appearing to have come to a deal.


Unison has accused the council of going back on its promises, but the council says it did what it said it would.

Antique Christmas tree to be auctioned for charity

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is one of Britain’s first ever artificial Christmas trees.

It was brought by Diana Rigby's parents in the 1930s and is thought to have come from Woolworths at a cost of just sixpence.

Diana Rigby with Christmas tree

Mrs Rigby said the 3ft 6ins Christmas tree used to take pride of place her family home when she was growing up.

She said: "It used to come out every Christmas and it was the main family tree. I don’t remember much about those days, or how it was decorated, but my mother told me I once thrashed the tree around when I was very little because I was angry that she’d put the baubles on without me.”

Diana Rigby with Christmas tree

Mrs Rigby, from Derby, has decided to sell the tree at auction to raise money for children’s Cancer Research.

Badger rescued from sewage tank

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

How many people does it take to free a badger from a giant tank? Quite a lot apparently.

Badger rescue mission

The fire service received a call from the RSPCA requesting assistance to release the animal trapped inside a tank used for processing sewage in Whetstone.

Thankfully, it wasn't full at the time.

Badger rescue

They then had to wait for a vet to arrive to sedate the animal but once it had been tranquillised two firemen managed to go inside and retrieve the badger.

At least there was a happy ending after all that.

Megan Bannister: Schoolgirl 'left to die on backseat'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A Leicestershire schoolgirl was left to die on the backseat of a car, a court has heard.

Jason Burder and Adam King have gone on trial at Birmingham Crown Court following the death of 16-year-old Megan Bannister.

Megan Bannister
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Miranda Moore, prosecuting, said the defendants drove the girl around while ringing escorts and stopping to buy beer.

Megan was found half-covered by a coat, lying in the back of a car that had been involved in a crash near Enderby on Sunday 14 May.

Desford Road, Enderby

Mr Burder and Mr King, both 28, are accused of her manslaughter by gross negligence by supplying her with MDMA, strangling her and then neglecting her life-threatening condition.

Blood tests revealed she had "10 times the amount of MDMA" in her system than either of the two men.

Mr Burder, of Braunstone Avenue, and Mr King, of Waltham Avenue, Leicester, deny wrongdoing and the trial continues.

New unemployment figures for area

Barbara Stimpson

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

New figures show unemployment rose in the East Midlands by 1,000 in the three months to September.

94,000 people are out of work in the region. That's a rate of 4%.

In Lincolnshire just over 7,000 people claimed out of work benefits last month.

Notts County make Colin Slater honorary vice-president

BBC Sport

Colin Slater, BBC Radio Nottingham's former Notts County reporter, has been named as an honorary vice president of the League Two club.

The 83-year-old retired at the end of the 2016-17 season having covered more than 2,500 Notts matches.

Colin Slater

Slater, who was made an MBE in 2001, said: "It's difficult to express how honoured I feel.

"It's something I never thought would happen in my wildest dreams."

Alleged bomb plotter was 'trying to get a fake passport'

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

A Derby man has been telling a terrorism trial why he sent messages to a commander from the so-called Islamic State.

Munir Mohammed said he was only trying to get a fake passport and didn't know the man from IS until he talked about organising an attack.

Munir Mohammed
Julia Quenzler

Mr Mohammed and chemist Rowaida El Hassan, from London, both denied trying to make a bomb or ricin poison.

The trial continues.

Pudsey bear gets a tour of Nottingham

BBC Radio Nottingham

Pudsey Bear has been out and about with our presenters in Nottingham ahead of BBC Children in Need on Friday.

Pudsey 1
Pudsey 2
BBC Sport

Pudsey Bear made his television debut in 1985 when Terry Wogan introduced the new, brown cuddly mascot to the audience.

In the two decades which have followed, Pudsey has received letters, drawings and e-mails from youngsters all over the UK.

Pudsey 3
Pudsey 4

Retail firm launches Christmas food bank appeal

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The Co-Op is launching it's first ever Christmas food bank appeal in the East Midlands today.

The firm hopes customers will drop off items like cereal and tinned food to its in-store collection points to help provide meals for those in need.

Food bank
Getty Images

Rob Smyth from the Co-Op said: "As soon as the campaign finishes, it runs from today until December 20, it will all be collected by local food bank partners.

"They will take it to their food banks and create parcels to hand out to people who need it on a weekly basis, so it will probably go right into 2018 helping people for several months."

Your photos: Emotional animals

BBC Weather Watchers

Don't animals just do the funniest things? You've been capturing some of their "emotional" moments across the East Midlands.

These alpacas in Ripley seem to be having a romantic kiss - although it looks like they've got an audience.

Alpacas in Ripley

No quite so loving in Ruddington though where this swan got a bit cross.

Swan in Ruddington
Maggie T

Delays after tram and car crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A tram and a car crashed in Beeston this afternoon.

Nottinghamshire Police said they were called to the accident in Inham Road at about 11:50.

Nobody was injured but there are still some delays to the tram service while the car is recovered.

Inham Road

Have you seen missing Kyle Tuck?

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Officers are appealing for information after an 18-year-old man went missing.

Derbyshire Police said Kyle Tuck was last seen leaving his house in Elyn Avenue, Chesterfield, on Friday.

Kyle Tuck
Derbyshire Police

He was wearing a dark grey tracksuit, burgundy waterproof coat and carrying a drawstring bag.

Council pledges more than £100k to help the homeless

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Nottingham City Council has committed £106,000 to help rough sleepers this winter after it found the numbers had gone up.

The authority says there are now 49 people sleeping on the streets compared with 35 last year.

The money, which is part of the Cold Weather Plan, will help fund winter shelter arrangements and wider support.

Emmanuel House manages the winter shelter arrangements in partnership with city churches and other agencies.

Rough sleepers
Getty Images

The money will provide more bed spaces and a nurse-led team to provide healthcare, treatments and advice.

There will also be a homeless prevention service to work with people who have drug and alcohol problems and are "sofa-surfing".

Pensioner's terrified 999 call after armed robbery

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have released the 999 call made to them by an elderly woman after she was robbed at knifepoint in her own home.

Anthony Ormond from Parker Street in Derby was caught on CCTV as he went into the 71-year-old's home stealing her bag with cash inside.

Last week the 30-year-old was sentenced to nine years in jail after a jury at Birmingham Crown Court found him guilty of robbery.

This was a very nasty offence against an elderly, vulnerable woman. Mr Ormond was caught on CCTV in the flat complex but denied the offence, meaning the victim then had to re-live her ordeal in court."

PC Chris SheltonDerbyshire Constabulary

Appeal after man threatened with a knife

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A man was threatened with a knife by two men demanding his phone and wallet in Nottingham.

The 22-year-old managed to run away before anything was taken.

Police have now released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attempted robbery which happened in North Sherwood Street on Monday at about 22:00.

Both men are believed to have fled the scene in a dark coloured Volkswagen, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Nottinghamshire Police

Officers are linking this to a robbery on Thursday when a man was held at knifepoint and dragged to a cash machine in Mansfield Road.

Tram delays in Beeston after accident

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

There are further tram delays following an accident on Inham Road in Beeston.

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Watch: Blind child helped with toys

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

More than 2,000 projects in the East Midlands are currently being funded by BBC Children in Need.

I've been to visit a family who use one of them - South Leicestershire Toy Library.

They change the lives of children through the use of special toys.

Nottingham's Ice Bar is back and it's twice the size

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Last-minute festive carving is under way ahead of the official opening of Nottingham's Ice Bar.

Ice Bar 1

Workers are currently piecing together more than 15 tonnes of ice - twice the size of last year's attraction.

Ice Bar 2

It will be part of the Winter Wonderland in the Old Market Square which will open on Friday.

That's also when the Christmas lights will be switched on at the Council House.

Ice Bar 3

This year there's a Narnia-esque feel - it's been decked out with fairy lights and golden forest branches.

Snooker: Selby success in Shanghai

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester's Mark Selby is through to the last 16 at the Shanghai Masters.

Mark Selby
Getty Images

The world number one survived a fightback from Alan McManus to clinch the match in a final-frame decider.

Selby will face the winner of the match between Mark Williams and Gerard Greene.

Severe disruption: A1 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between A57 and A634 Spital Road.

A1 Nottinghamshire - A1 Worksop Road blocked and stationary traffic northbound between Apleyhead in Ranby and Blyth South Junction in Blyth, because of a police incident.

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

Jewellery and two gold watches stolen from house

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Jewellery and two gold watches were among some of the items stolen during a burglary in Derby.

Derbyshire Police said it happened at a house in Chellaston Road at about 12:40 on 8 November.

Chellaston Road

Officers say a man was seen in the area who was wearing a beanie style hat, a black and grey top and blue jeans.

Should sexual harassment be a criminal offence?

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The sex scandal spanning Hollywood, Parliament and beyond has exposed a possible gap in UK legislation - sexual harassment is not actually a criminal offence in its own right.

But in Nottinghamshire, the police record misogynistic abuse as as a hate crime.

Conservative MP Maria Miller, who chairs the Commons Women and Equalities Committee, said if was taken up by other forces, it would be a straightforward way to record incidents and get an idea of the scale of sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment
Getty Images

The Equality Act currently covers sexual harassment in the workplace but outside work, prosecutors must use different pieces of legislation, depending on the nature of the offence.

Critics say this leaves us without a proper definition of the types of behaviour that amount to sexual harassment - or clear boundaries.

Religious leader meets thousands of Christians

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

About 3,000 people from churches across Leicestershire and Rutland took over the Leicester Riders stadium last night to pray with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Worshippers at Leicester Riders stadium

The Most Rev Justin Welby is on a three day tour of the city and county - this morning he's been to see children at Billesdon Church of England Primary School.

Archbishop of Canterbury with children at Billesdon Primary School

The Archbishop will be at Loughborough University this evening taking questions from non-Christians.

Man in 'critical condition' after assault

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man has "life threatening" injuries after being assaulted in Chaddesden.

Police found the man on Race Course Park off Berwick Avenue late last night. He was taken to hospital in Nottingham in a "critical" condition.

The area has been cordoned off by police while they investigate. It's thought that the man’s attacker was known to him.