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  1. Taxi office fire treated as arson
  2. Man 'pulled child from mother'
  3. Student block cladding removed after Grenfell fire
  4. Anger at Coca-Cola truck wait time
  5. Woman injured in Derby city centre attack
  6. Live updates for Monday 4 December 2017

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By Amy Woodfield and Gavin Bevis

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Dazz in MoD publicity shot

The Ministry of Defence planned to destroy the dogs because it said they were too aggressive to rehome.

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Severe accident: A50 Derbyshire westbound

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A50 Derbyshire westbound severe accident, between J3 A514 Swarkestone Road Swadlincote and J5 A516 Derby Road.

A50 Derbyshire - A50 closed and slow traffic westbound between J3, A514 (Swadlincote) in Chellaston and J5, A516 (Etwall) in Hilton, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, at J30 for A616.

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound at J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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That's it for today's live updates. We'll be back with more from 08:00 tomorrow.

Weather: Dry but cloudy night

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be mostly dry tonight although there is the chance of drizzle under thicker cloud. It’ll be quite cloudy tonight with some clear spells.

Weather chart

Jubilee Square ice rink taking shape

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Looks like the ice rink in Leicester's Jubilee Square is coming along nicely - it's due to open on Saturday.

Ice rink
Victoria Park attack

The woman suffered serious head injuries when she was "attacked with a paving slab" in Leicester.

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Taxi office fire 'happened at worst possible time'

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The owner of a Derby taxi firm says he's "heartbroken" after a suspected arson attack caused major damage to his offices in Curzon Street.

Derbyshire Police have appealed for information on the blaze, which broke out at PJ Cars at about 06:00 yesterday.

Fire at PJ Cars

Mudas Ahmed said: "I just couldn't believe it. It's the busiest time of the year and our drivers rely on that spot.

"The backroom's totally finished and the flat above that has come down. The only room left is the front room - it's the only room that's safe at the moment, everything else has gone."

A46 to stay closed for repairs

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

You have been warned.

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Shock closure for city centre bar

Nottingham Post

Christmas party revellers are having to find a new venue for their festive drinks after the closure of a Nottingham bar.

The Bear and Lace, on the corner of Maid Marian Way and St James’s Street, shut its doors at the end of November without warning.

Your photos: Misty Rutland

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a bit foggy in Rutland this afternoon. Pete took this photo near Market Overton.

Market Overton

Lengthy tailbacks after M1 crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Oh dear - Highways England says there are three miles of queuing traffic on the M1 northbound up to J25 following a crash.

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Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J24A for A50 Derby and J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J24a, A50 (Derby) and J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 75 minutes.

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

Concern over lack of peregrine breeding activity

Eric Simpson

BBC News Online

Peregrine falcons have failed to breed in part of the Peak District for the first time in more than 30 years.

A new report on birds of prey in National Park shows there were eight peregrine pairs in the Dark Peak but no new chicks in 2017.

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The Peak District National Park Authority said it was a "real cause for concern" although peregrine numbers in the White Peak had improved.

The report also highlights a number of birds of prey persecution incidents.

Firefighters finish putting out burning pile in Hilton

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Firefighters have finished dealing with a pile of waste in Hilton that's been on fire for almost two weeks.

Efforts to put out the blaze in Sutton Lane, which started on 22 November, have been hampered by difficult ground conditions and concerns about contaminated water run-off to the nearby Hilton Gravel Pits, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Hilton fire
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Bob Curry, area manager for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Firefighting has now ceased and we are in the process of handing the land back to the landowner.

"I’d like to thank everyone who has participated in the multi-agency response to this incident, and their efforts in coming together to resolve the incident as quickly as possible."

Victoria Park attack: Rape victim 'hit with paving slab'

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A 17-year-old boy raped a woman in a park and left her for dead after using a paving slab to cause her "truly dreadful" head injuries, a court has heard.

Leicester Crown Court was told the teenager attempted to kill the victim and dragged her into undergrowth, where she was found by a passing cyclist almost an hour later.

The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, has admitted causing grievous bodily harm, two counts of rape, and stealing the victim's handbag, but denies attempting to murder her in Leicester's Victoria Park on 3 July.

Cordon in Victoria Park

After showing the jury CCTV of the defendant allegedly carrying a paving stone, Mr Aspden told the court the woman was walking through the park when the defendant appeared at her side, violently forced her to the ground and raped her.

He said: "There was violence throughout. He struck her repeatedly. She was hit on the head at least twice with that heavy object that the defendant had brought with him for that very purpose.

"As a result of those blows she suffered truly dreadful, life-threatening head injuries."

The trial continues.

A426 at Dunton Bassett

Despite ambulance, fire and police attending, the man was declared dead at the scene.

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Rare 'holy grail' of telephones found

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

A "rare" example of the "first modern telephone" has been uncovered at an antiques market.

General Post Office telephone

A jade green General Post Office (GPO) telephone, dating back to 1934, was brought to the market in Market Harborough and is set to be sold at auction later this month.

"This is the holy grail of telephones," Adrian Rathbone, from Hansons auctioneers said.

"Back in the 1930s, if you were affluent, a member of royalty or lucky enough to be a film star, you could apply to the GPO for a telephone in a colour other than standard black.

"Only three other colours were on offer - ivory, Chinese red and jade green. These were more expensive to make and incurred substantially increased rental fees.

"They were a luxury few could afford in the depression era. To have one was a statement of wealth".

Teenage cello star Sheku to release first album

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is to release his debut album in the new year.

Inspiration will feature music performed by the Nottingham musician with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at two concerts in Nottingham and Birmingham.

It will include Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No.1 - the piece that helped the 18-year-old become the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician competition earlier this year.

The album's due to be released on 26 January.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason album

Footballers at hospital to hand out festive gifts

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Notts County tweets...

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Model railway club's expansion plan hits buffers

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

A model railway club's bid to try to expand into a neighbouring building has reached the end of the line.

Model railway
Getty Images

The Elizabethan Railway Society, based in Sutton-in-Ashfield, had hoped to takeover a building that was being vacated by St John Ambulance.

But a clause in the charity's lease meant the building had to be demolished and despite attempts by the railway club to stop the building being flattened, no resolution could be found.

"We've made our best efforts to take on that building but it has been unsuccessful," the club's show organiser Trevor Peat said.

"I always thought it was a long shot and this outcome was at the back of my mind."

Watch: High flying Magpies looking to extend cup run

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Notts County are a side Premier League teams will want to avoid in tonight's FA Cup third round draw, according to former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane.

The Magpies, who are second in League Two, made it through the third round with a 3-2 win over Oxford City at Meadow Lane.

Commenting on the work of Notts manager Kevin Nolan, Kilbane said: "He's doing a very, very good job."

County, along with the likes of Leicester, Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Mansfield, will find out their opponents when the draw takes place at 19:00 this evening.

Public 'tricked into nominating election candidates'

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

A political activist from Derby has gone on trial, accused of duping people into nominating local election candidates for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.

The TUSC party stood in eight of Derby's electoral wards at the 2016 local elections.

To do that, their party agent, 59-year-old Christopher Fernandez of Wingfield Drive in Chaddesden, had to collect dozens of nominating signatures from members of the public.

Ballot boxes

The prosecution says 80% of the signatories believed they were signing a petition about the closure of Moorways swimming pool.

Mr Fernandez has accepted two charges relating to false signatures, but has denied 14 other charges.

The trial continues.

Oasis cover railway building becomes holiday home

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

This humble station in Cromford features in a round-up of some of the most interesting railway stations in the UK.

Why? It's because it was used for the cover of Oasis's 1995 single Some Might Say.

The stone building, situated on the now disused southbound platform, has been converted from a waiting room to a holiday cottage.

Cromford railway station
Oasis/Ashley Dace via Geograph

Vydra up for top player award

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Derby County's Matej Vydra has been nominated for the Championship player of the month award for November.

It comes after he scored five goals for the Rams - including a hat-trick at Middlesbrough.

He's up against Albert Adomah (Aston Villa), Willy Boly (Wolves), Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolves), Barry Douglas (Wolves) and Leon Clarke (Sheffield United), with the winner announced on Friday.

Matej Vydra
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Man dead after car crashes into ditch

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A man who was found in a car in a ditch in Leicestershire this morning died at the scene, police have said.

Officers were called to the A426 in Dunton Bassett at 07:43 and found the man inside the car.


A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: “Work is being carried out to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“The road is currently closed and is likely to be for a number of hours."

More details are expected to be revealed by the force later. It was earlier reported that the ambulance service took someone to hospital suffering hypothermia.

No charges for Hales over nightclub trouble

BBC Sport

England and Notts batsman Alex Hales will not face criminal charges over an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol in September and is available for selection, the England and Wales Cricket Board says.

He had been with all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

Hales, 28, was not arrested but was interviewed under caution by police and was not considered for selection.

Alex Hales

He could still be punished by the ECB, which has put its internal disciplinary process on hold until any criminal proceedings against Stokes are concluded.

"Alex Hales will now be considered for England selection," the ECB said in a statement.

Woman donates huge Christmas tree to children's hospital

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A woman from Duffield is donating a 30ft Christmas tree she planted in her garden more than 40 years ago to a children's hospital.

Jean Hunt, 84, said she wanted to give something back to the Royal Derby Hospital, where it's based, as a thank you for giving her excellent treatment over the past few years.

The Norwegian Spruce was cut down this morning by a local tree surgeon who offered his services for free.

Tree being cut down
Tree cut down

Armed robbers threaten pub staff

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Three masked men - one armed with a possible firearm - stole cash from a pub in Oadby.

Police said three men went into the Cow and Plough on Gartree Road at about 23:30 last night.

Cow and Plough

One of the men was carrying what was believed to be a gun - it's thought the other two were also armed.

A man has been taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Police deployed an armed response team to the scene. Two men, both aged 22, have been arrested and remain in police custody.

Teenager kicked and robbed in park

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A teenager was tripped to the ground, kicked by a group of men and had his phone stolen while walking through a park in Derby.

Police said the 19-year-old was attacked and robbed near Mackworth Road at about 18:00 on Friday 17 November.

The victim said the robber and his friends fled after being shouted at by a passing dog walker.

Details of the attack have only just been released by police.

Mackworth Road

Road to remain closed after cement mixer crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police have said they don't expect the A46 to reopen until tomorrow morning.

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The road is closed southbound between the A6006 and A607 after two lorries and a cement mixer crashed.

Ditch crash driver in hospital

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A driver has been taken to hospital after crashing into a ditch off Lutterworth Road between Cosby and Dunton Bassett.

The ambulance service told the BBC a call was received just after 8:00 this morning and a person was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The air ambulance was also sent to the scene of the crash.

Lutterworth Road

Your comments: Two hour queue for Coca-Cola truck


Were you one of those that queued to see the Coca Cola lorry in Mansfield? It seems to have sparked quite a debate on Facebook.

Coca Cola truck

Penny Glover said: "Has the world gone mad? Two hours in the cold to see what amounts to a mobile advert for a product everyone knows about anyway."

Emma Leigh said: "I love the coke truck and so do my kids or any trucks. We go as a family and kids love it.

undefinedDylan Pavier said: "Rather them than me....warm cosy pub anyone?"

Thorne returns as Rams climb table

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

George Thorne made his first league start for Derby County since May 2016 in their 1-0 win over Burton Albion on Saturday.

The influential midfielder, who played 79 minutes, said his return had been "a long time coming" and he had felt very good physically before "running out of steam" late on.

The victory took the Rams back into the play-off positions. Their next game is away at Barnsley on Saturday.

League table

Driver taken to hospital after A46 crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Not the best photo but it gives you an idea of the crash police are dealing with on the A46 in Leicestershire.

Crash on A46

Two HGVs and a cement mixer were involved in the collision just before the junction with Seagrave at about 07:00.

One driver has been taken to hospital in Nottingham with a leg injury.

Recovery is at the scene and arrangements are being made to clear the fuel spillage and repair damage to the central reservation.

Pie panic prompts 999 call

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Someone in Nottinghamshire recently phoned 999 because they were worried about a pie that had been left cooking in their oven.

The call was highlighted by Notts Police as an example of the type of situation that shouldn't be phoned in to their emergency call handlers.

The force has a page on its website advising people of the most suitable way of reporting a wide range of scenarios.

Pie panic graphic
Notts Police

Worcestershire switch for city council boss

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Derby City Council has now confirmed the departure of chief executive Paul Robinson.

He's leaving to take on the same role at Worcestershire County Council but is staying around until April.

Leader Ranjit Banwait thanked Mr Robinson for his "significant contribution" in his 10 years with the council.

Paul Robinson
Derby City Council

Santa Paws is coming to town

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Here are some of the dogs from the best dressed category at this weekend's Nottinghamshire PugFest.

Pug dressed as a Christmas tree
Rob Clowes

Around 150 pugs and pug cross-breeds were at the event at Oakridge Arena, at Collingham near Newark.

Pugs dressed up
Rob Clowes

Organisers added they are looking forward to returning next year.