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  1. Updates for Wednesday 24 May 2017
  2. Increased armed police patrols across region
  3. Broadmarsh car park set for demolition
  4. Baby bunny dumped in park
  5. Boots archive in Nottingham opens to public
  6. Vigil in Leicester later for Manchester attack victims
  7. Ex-Foxes boss Ranieri 'would take another English job'
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Calum McKenzie and Dave Wade

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  2. Your photos: May across Leicestershire

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Looks like there are plenty of people out enjoying the warm weather in Market Harborough...

    Canal in Market Harborough

    ...and you know what? I don't blame them.

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Billie's View for the pic.

  3. Leicestershire County rugby side set for Twickenham final

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    I'm sure you all know about the successes of Leicester Tigers - but this weekend is a big one for Leicestershire's men's and women's county teams.

    Leicestershire vs. Staffordshire

    Both sides have made it through to the final rounds of their respective County Championships.

    The men will play their final against Hampshire at Twickenham, after the England vs. Barbarians match on Sunday.

    The women will play their final against Essex at the Athletic Ground in Richmond.

    Leicestershire vs. Yorkshire women

    Mark Powell, the county's director of rugby, said: "This is without hesitation our best season with the men's and ladies' county senior teams, each reaching their respective finals.

    "It has been a long road but a very enlightening and richly rewarding one to see the evolution of players and the success they have all achieved however great or small that may have been."

  4. Council leader steps down

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    The leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council has stepped down following his election to Nottinghamshire County Council last month.

    Neil Clarke

    Neil Clarke has led the Conservative-run council since May 2005 and was first elected in 1986.

    He became councillor for the Bingham West ward at the county council elections on 4 May.

    He'll stay on as a borough councillor, representing Radcliffe-on-Trent.

    Rushcliffe councillors will pick a new leader at the annual council meeting tomorrow.

  5. Preparations under way for Manchester attack vigil in Leicester

    Emily Anderson

    BBC East Midlands Today reporter in Leicester

    Leicester uniting with Manchester after Monday night's attacks.

    Chalking the pavement ahead of a vigil

    People are writing "Leicester Loves Manchester" in chalk at Town Hall Square ahead of a vigil tonight.

  6. Car park will be missed 'like a hole in the head'


    You've been reacting to the news that Nottingham's Broadmarsh car park is looking set to be demolished over on Facebook.


    We asked: "Will you miss it?"

    Dave Bramwell said: "Like a hole in the head!"

    Jane Gott said: "It desperately needs a facelift. A little disruption would be worth it. The bus station is drab and tied looking. Bring it on."

    But Samantha Wyld will be sad to see it go. She posted: "Noooooooo!!! Why the hell have they just spent a fortune replacing all the ticket barriers?? They can't knock it down."

  7. Weather: Staying warm

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC weather presenter

    It’ll be warm this afternoon with lots of sunshine and variable amounts of scattered cloud. Highs of 23C (73F).


    Clear spells will develop overnight and it’ll stay dry with light winds.

    Feeling mild with lows of 10C (50F).

  8. Watch: Wicket of Alex Hales in One-Day International

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales made 61 before being caught behind off Andile Phehlukwayo in today's opening One-Day International against South Africa at Headingley.

    Former Outlaws bowler Imran Tahir is in the South Africa XI.

    You can follow live coverage of that match here.

  9. Watch: Shopper reacts to seeing armed police in Leicester

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    I've been speaking to Jason Carey, from Leicester, who has seen the armed police patrols whilst out shopping...

    Video content

    Video caption: Jason Carey from Leicester speaks about seeing armed police in the city
  10. International cricket trophies on show in Leicester

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    There's a nice bit of bling on show in Leicester this afternoon - the ICC Champions Trophy and Women's World Cup have come to visit.

    ICC Champions Trophy and Women's World Cup

    Both tournaments are being held in England during June and July.

    Leicester will be hosting seven matches in the Women's World Cup, including England vs. Pakistan.

    There are also matches in Derby and warm up games for the women in Oakham and Chesterfield.

  11. NSPCC condemns 87-year-old's abuse of young girls

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    The NSPCC has condemned the abuse of young girls by 87-year-old George Cobbledick - who was jailed for 15 years for the attacks on girls aged eight and 12.

    Cobbledick, from Derby, was found guilty of rape and serious sexual assaults against the eight-year-old in the early 2000s.

    At Derby Crown Court he was also convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in the mid-1990s.

    George Cobbledick

    Now a spokesman for the children's charity has said: "Cobbledick's campaign of abuse will have had a devastating impact on his young victims and by denying his crimes, he subjected them to even more pain and suffering.

    "We commend their courage in helping to bring him to justice and hopefully this sentence will bring them a sense of closure."

  12. Shoppers 'feel safer' with armed police presence

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Shoppers in Leicester have said they feel reassured there are armed police on the streets after the UK terror threat level was raised to its highest level in the wake of Monday's attacks.

    Armed police in Leicester

    Pete Sheffield (pictured below), from the city, said: "Unfortunately we live in a country where at the moment we need armed police.

    "I don't have an issue with the armed police being on the streets at all.

    Jason Carey, also from Leicester, added: "I understand in the heightened tension they will be about.

    "And do I feel a bit safer? Probably yes."

    Pete Sheffield
  13. Notts County avoid liquidation after 'dramatic compromise'

    Colin Fray

    BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

    Notts County have avoided the threat of liquidation after a winding-up petition against them was dismissed at the High Court.

    meadow lane

    The case was brought by Pinnacle Advantage Limited, who had stepped in as a "substitute creditor" when a previous order brought by HM Revenue and Customs had been settled.

    Pinnacle Advantage are in liquidation, and among their directors is former Notts County owner, Ray Trew,

    But the matter was settled when, according to lawyers: "A dramatic compromise was reached outside the court."

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, at J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham affecting Trowell Services.

    M1 Derbyshire - Heavy traffic on M1 southbound at J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Trowell Services.

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

  15. 'Be strong Manchester'

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC Radio Nottingham

    Several messages have already been left in a book of condolence at Nottingham's Council House for the victims and families of those affected by the Manchester attack.

    book of condolence

    Some have simply written: "Thinking of you at this sad time", while another reads: “Be strong Manchester. Be positive”.

    Someone else had written: “Manchester always united. The spirit of the city lives on.”

    A spokeswoman for the city council said this book and a second at Clifton Cornerstone would stay open "for as long as people needed them".

    They will then be sent to the Mayor of Manchester.

  16. Armed police on streets of Leicester

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Leicestershire Police announced this morning there would be increased patrols of armed officers across the county after the attack in Manchester.

    These officers were spotted in the city centre this afternoon opposite Highcross Shopping Centre.

    armed police Leicester

    It follows the UK terror threat level being raised to its highest level of "critical", meaning more attacks may be imminent.

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham and J26 for A610 Nottingham.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J25, A52 (Nottingham) and J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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