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  1. Murderer jailed for wrong man stabbing
  2. Person 'fell from city centre building'
  3. Obese girl could be taken from mother
  4. Memorial balloon find goes viral
  5. Woman jailed over Rutland Water suicide pact death
  6. Family's shock at backpacker's death in Sydney
  7. Updates on Friday January 2018

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By Chris Fawcett, Gavin Bevis and Maryam Qaiser

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Demarai Gray and Riyad Mahrez

Craig Lowe

BBC Sport

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez both score to give Leicester victory over struggling Watford.

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Ben Osborn (left)

Championship leaders Wolves see their 13-match unbeaten league run end as Aitor Karanka secures his first win as Nottingham Forest boss.

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

East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 on Monday morning.

New speed limit 'could reduce accidents' near school

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A new 20mph zone, which will cost £90,000 to implement, will be introduced on residential streets around a school in Hamilton.

Leicester City Council impose the speed limit around Kestrels’ Field Primary School so it can reduce accidents and encourage more cycling and walking.

Kestrels’ Field Primary

The scheme, which follows a public consultation, will be paid for by housing firm Redrow Homes as part of the planning conditions on a nearby development.

Weather: Cold and frosty night ahead

BBC Weather

It will be a cold and dry night with some frost at first and some wintry showers throughout the evening.

There will be some clouds later in the far south with rain possible towards dawn.

Weather outlook

Tomorrow will be a dull and cloudy start but the cloud should thin to allow for some brighter weather in the afternoon.

Temperatures will reach highs of 5C (41F).

Teen hacked US intelligence chiefs

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

A 15-year-old gained access to the accounts of some of the world's most powerful intelligence chiefs from his bedroom in Coalville, the Old Bailey has heard.

Kane Gamble, now 18, targetted high-profile figures including the director of the CIA, the FBI and the US Department of Justice.

He took control of people's email addresses and phone lines, released details of thousands of security agents and a 47-page application for top-secret security clearance.

Kane Gamble

His barrister told the sentencing hearing that he is on the autistic spectrum and was 15 at the time.

Last October, Gamble, of Linford Crescent, Coalville, pleaded guilty at Leicester Crown Court to eight charges of performing a function with intent to secure unauthorised access to computers and two charges of unauthorised modification of computer material.

He will be sentenced at the Old Bailey when the hearing resumes at a later date.

CCTV shows a knifeman pursuing his intended target after killing the wrong person.
Murderer Remee Jarrett attacked his intended target after fatally stabbing the wrong man.

UK terrorism memorial set for dedication in May

Allen Cook

BBC News

A memorial dedicated to UK victims of terrorism overseas is going to be officially dedicated at the National Memorial Arboretum in May.

Still Water memorial
Angus Mills/UK Government

The sculpture, called Still Water, has been installed at the Staffordshire site and the government says it commemorates all UK citizens who have been killed in terrorist attacks overseas.

Defence minister Tobias Ellwood's said today that the dedication will be on 17 May and the families of victims are being invited to apply to attend the dedication.

Watch: PCSO's piano playing pleases pensioner

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Isn't this just lovely - when Nottinghamshire police visited a 93-year-old victim of theft, one PCSO "made his day" by playing one of the man's favourite pieces.

A nocturne by Chopin, if you were wondering.

Investigations continue into fatal crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Officers are appealing for information after a motorcyclist died in a crash near Mansfield.

Ralph Weller, 56, of Sutton-in-Ashfield was killed on the A617 on Thursday last week after the collision involving the motorbike and a car near the junction with Water Lane.

A617 at the junction with Water Lane

Nottinghamshire Police said a 38-year-old woman who was a passenger on the bike suffered serious injuries and the car driver was also injured.

Officers want to speak to the drivers of three cars, a silver Mini, a white Ford Kuga and a silver Volkswagen Beetle, who might have seen what happened.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Tory MP Ben Bradley admits his language was 'inappropriate'

Chris Mason

Political Correspondent

A Conservative MP who suggested in a 2012 blog post that benefit claimants should have vasectomies has said some of the language he used was "inappropriate".

Ben Bradley, who was made Tory vice-chairman for youth in last week's reshuffle, hit out at what he called a "vast sea of unemployed wasters".

Ben Bradley

In a statement issued by the Conservative office on behalf of Mr Bradley, he said: "I wrote a number of posts when I was in my early 20s and I accept some of the language I used was inappropriate and I apologise for that.

"They were written at a different time of my life, getting married, becoming a father and now being an MP have changed my outlook."

Mapperley Hall Drive

Media coverage of the first case prompted a second victim attacked a month earlier to come forward.

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 northbound at J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Fallen tree blocks Melton Mowbray brook

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Environment Agency staff have been clearing a tree from the Scalford Brook in Melton Mowbray this afternoon following stormy weather on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

They also removed other bits of debris that were clogging up the waterway to prevent flooding.

Scalford Brook clearance
Environment Agency Midlands

Nottingham station fire: Police cordon off alleyway

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

An alleyway has been cordoned off so searches can be carried out as part of the investigation into the blaze at Nottingham's railway station.

British Transport Police have closed the alleyway in Station Street so forensic officers can search the area.


The fire at the station burned for 12 hours after a new section of the station caught fire on 12 January.

Scene of the fire
British Transport Police

Man who fell from city centre building has died

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A man who fell from a building in Nottingham has died, the charity Framework said.

London Road was closed temporarily when emergency services, including an air ambulance, were called to the Framework hostel at about 12:15.

The man was a resident at the hostel.


Dave Smith, director for the charity, said: "This tragic incident has been very traumatic for residents and for staff who attempted to give first aid at the scene."

CCTV shows chaotic moments in shop after murder

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

This video shows the moments after the fatal stabbing of Reuben Morris-Laing.

Remee Jarrett, 30, killed Mr Morris-Laing thinking he was someone else, before chasing his intended target around a shop last March.

He's been sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court to life in prison with a minimum of 23 years.

M1 northbound clearing following tanker crash

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Some information for those heading north on the M1.

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Boy's balloon tribute to grandfather floats to Norfolk

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A balloon released by a three-year-old boy to mark his grandfather's death has been traced to a field 60 miles away after its discovery went viral.

David James and his brothers each let off a helium balloon in Basford in December to mark the passing of David McDonald.

Balloon message
Emma James

The young boy's balloon was found in Norfolk on 8 January - the anniversary of Mr McDonald's funeral.

He got it back after a picture of it was shared more than 1,400 times.

Man convicted of indecent assault 25 years on

Quentin Rayner

East Midlands Today chief news reporter

A man who confessed to the rape of a student 25 years ago has today been found guilty of indecently assaulting another teenager a month earlier.

Christopher Scott, 65, carried out the attacks in Nottingham in 1992.

Last year, he admitted the kidnap and rape of a student following a DNA match but a second woman came forward after recognising him in a custody photo released following the court hearing.

Christopher Scott
Nottinghamshire Police

The first attack happened in September 1992 when Scott indecently assaulted and attempted to kidnap the 17-year-old on Mapperley Hall Drive but she managed to flee.

Nottingham Crown Court

A month later he grabbed an 18-year-old student at a bus stop on Mansfield Road at knifepoint, dragged her into a car and attacked her.

DNA taken at the time matched a sample taken from Scott for another matter almost 25 years later and he confessed.

He is due to be sentenced on 15 February.

No Cyrille Regis tribute planned for Rams game

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

I'm told there will be no minute's applause for Cyrille Regis at tonight's Derby County v Bristol City match.

The Premier League is doing armbands and applause but the EFL hasn't issued any instructions.

Cyrille Regis
Cameron Jerome

Derby boss Gary Rowett jokes that signing Cameron Jerome gives him a fine striker, as well as a fine card-playing hand.

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Two appear in court accused of terrorism offences

Two men have appeared in court charged with the preparation of terrorist acts.

Sheffield Crown Court

Farhad Salah, 22, of no fixed address, and 31-year-old Andy Star, of Sheffield Road, in Chesterfield, are accused of conducting research into the manufacture of explosive substances.

Both appeared via videolink at the Old Bailey from prison in Wakefield.

Both men spoke only to confirm their names and their nationality as Kurdish Iraqi.

They were remanded in custody until a pre-trial review at Sheffield Crown Court in March.

Ben Youngs training with the England squad

Leicester Tigers' England scrum-half Ben Youngs signs a new deal with the Premiership club, after agreeing new terms.

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Tailbacks building after M1 tanker crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

It's not looking great on the M1 northbound, where three lanes are closed following a crash involving a tanker. Delays are now stretching back to junction 22.

The picture below is from a Highways England camera just north of J22 a few minutes ago.

Tailbacks at J22
Highways England
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Hospital 'not prepared to allow' protests

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

The trust which runs Nottingham's two main hospitals says it will put the safety of its patients, visitors and staff first, ahead of an anti-abortion vigil.

The campaign group 40 Days for Life is planning a protest at the Queen's Medical Centre on next month but Nottingham University Hospitals Trust said it doesn't give the group permission to come on site.

Chief executive Tracy Taylor said: "Previous protests by this group have caused very considerable distress to patients, visitors and staff, which we are not prepared to allow to happen again."

A similar protest was held outside QMC last year
40 Days for Life

A spokesman from 40 Days for Life said: "We are always peaceful, even when we are intimidated and abused by pro-abortion protesters, whose aim (publicly stated on social media) is to intimidate and harass us until we are forced to leave."

George Thorne

Derby midfielder George Thorne signs a new contract which keeps him at the club until the the end of the 2019-20 season.

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Your photos: Snow in Derbyshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Plenty of snow in north Derbyshire with more on the way. Ditchdigger Eve took this photo near Charlesworth.

Ditchdigger Eve

New deal for Rams midfielder

BBC Derby Sport

Derby County midfielder George Thorne has signed a contract extension. It will keep him with the Rams until 2020.

George Thorne
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Person 'fell from city centre building'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Nottinghamshire Police have said emergency services have responded to reports that a person fell from a building in the city centre.

Officers were called to London Road at 12:37 today. The force added enquiries are ongoing.

Scene at London Road

Man detained in Pakistan over businessman killing

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A Derby man suspected of shooting dead a businessman almost two years ago has been detained in Pakistan, police say.

Akhtar Javeed, 56, was killed in February 2016 during a botched armed robbery at his warehouse in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Officers believe 27-year-old Tahir Zarif fled and went into hiding in Pakistan five days after the shooting.

Akhtar Javeed
West Midlands Police

In September 2016, Suraj Mistry was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for 23 years.

Two other men were jailed for seven years and six years and eight months respectively for conspiracy to rob.

Det Insp Caroline Corfield, from West Midlands Police, described the arrest as "fantastic news for the family of Mr Javeed".

Murderer said 'soz bro' to the man he wrongly killed

Liam Barnes

BBC News

The court heard from prosecutor Peter Joyce QC that Jarrett "bore a grudge" against Rakeem Thomas, but did not harbour any grievance against the "entirely innocent" Mr Morris-Laing (below).

CCTV captured Jarrett arriving at the shop on Robin Hood Street shortly before 21:25 GMT, when Mr Thomas and Mr Morris-Laing were both inside.

"They were both wearing similar clothing and had arrived in similar cars," Mr Joyce said.

"As has been seen from the CCTV footage, Jarrett waited immediately outside the store with a large knife in his hand and was intending to stab Rakeem Thomas as he left the store."

Reuben Morris-Laing
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Mr Joyce told the court Mr Morris-Laing left the shop first and was "immediately stabbed" in the abdomen by Jarrett.

He said Jarrett "knew straightaway that he had stabbed the wrong man", and a store assistant heard Jarrett say "soz bro" to the unintended victim before he went into the shop and chased Mr Thomas.

Mr Thomas threw items off the shelves to try to stop Jarrett, but was stabbed in the shoulder.

After Jarrett fled, passers-by attempted to help Mr Morris-Laing, but he died at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham that evening.

Woman jailed over Rutland Water suicide pact death

Phil Shepka

BBC News

A woman who backed out of a suicide pact, leaving a man to die alone, has been given a four-year jail term.

Natasha Gordon, 44, was convicted at Leicester Crown Court in December, two years after Matthew Birkinshaw, 31, was found dead in his car at Rutland Water.

Natasha Gordon

She met the postman, from Walsall, West Midlands, on an internet forum where she agreed to be his "suicide partner".

Gordon, described as a "suicide advocate" in court, was found guilty of encouraging Mr Birkinshaw's suicide.

Third lane closed on M1 after tanker crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Three lanes are now closed on the M1 northbound between junctions 23a and 24 following a crash.

Highways England said there was a tanker across lanes two and three with delays back to junction 23.