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By Calum McKenzie and Maryam Qaiser

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  1. Busy Nottinghamshire road could be improved

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    The junctions along the A52 in Nottinghamshire could be improved as part of a multi-million pound programme.

    Work, which should begin in the next six months, will include signalisation and junction reconstruction.

    It is part of the government's upgrade to the road network in England.

    A52 Nottinghamshire

    The Department for Transport said drivers will see shorter journey times, reduced congestion and increased capacity on roads, creating better local connections and improved passenger journeys.

  2. Vandals smash four ambulance windows and steal equipment

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    Four ambulances have had their windows smashed and equipment stolen in the early hours of this morning while parked outside of Gorse Hill ambulance station.

    East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) estimates the damage will cost them and the taxpayer £85,000.


    Mark Gregory, paramedic and general manager for Leicestershire, said: “This reckless act means four ambulances require major repair works and can’t respond to emergencies.

    "Whoever did this clearly didn’t think of the impact that their actions would have on their community.

    “Further to this, the loss and replacement of four lifesaving defibrillators will divert valuable funds from frontline resource."

    Ambulances smashed

    EMAS added Leicestershire Police is investigating.

  3. Forensic investigation under way following car fire

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    BBC reporter Gavin Bevis has just sent these pictures from Redwood Park in Derby, where the police are investigating a car fire.

    Forensic cordon

    Derbyshire Police said they were called to the car park, just off Sinfin Lane in the city, at about 05:50 BST this morning.

    Forensic cordon

    Forensic officers are on the scene and police have said that the car park will be closed "for some time."

    Nearby Redwood Primary School remains open as normal.

  4. Driver suffers serious injuries in crash

    Kevin Stanley

    Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

    Police are investigating after a man suffered serious injuries after his car crashed into a tree.

    He was found in his car off Newark Road in Caunton at about 01:00 this morning.

    Newark Road

    He was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre where his condition is described as serious but stable.

    Officers are appealing to anyone who may have seen anything in the area around the time it happened, particularly in relation to a green hatchback car.

  5. University to remove cladding from accommodation blocks

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    Cladding will be removed and replaced on three Nottingham student accommodation blocks "as a matter of urgency" following the Grenfell Tower fire.

    Nottingham Trent University carried out an immediate review of Byron House following the blaze in London and evacuated a number of students.

    The university, along with UPP which owns and manages the Byron House accommodation, carried out further tests on the cladding, prompting the removal.

    University Tower Blocks

    It is not known when the cladding will be removed but the university said it hopes to complete the work by the start of the new academic year in September.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J21 for M69 and J22 for A50.

    M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road from M69, one lane closed and very slow traffic northbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J22, A50 (Coalville), because of an accident.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A515 Derbyshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A515 Derbyshire both ways severe disruption, between A53 Station Road and Scarsdale Place.

    A515 Derbyshire - A515 Terrace Road in Buxton closed in both directions between the A53 Station Road junction and the Scarsdale Place junction, because of a serious fire.

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

  8. Tigers bolster back division with Owen signing

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Leicester Tigers have completed the signing of centre Gareth Owen from the Scarlets.

    Gareth Owen

    Owen, 28, who has been capped by the Wales Sevens side, can also play at full back and fly-half.

    "Everyone knows about the size of the Leicester Tigers and the support for the club, and I am looking forward to getting started," Owen told the club's official website.

    "There is always competition for places at Tigers but I was very keen to come here when I heard about the opportunity."

  9. Missing Derbyshire teenager was heading to Nottingham

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    A teenager, who has gone missing from Riddings, Derbyshire was believed to be heading to St Ann's in Nottingham, Derbyshire Police have said.

    Officers said they are increasingly concerned for Sara Gillott, 16, from Heanor, who has not been in contact with her family since 24 June.


    She was believed to be heading to St Ann’s when she left her sister’s address in Riddings at about 10:00.

    Sara is described as white, 5ft 8ins with long, straight, blonde hair and she was wearing a grey crop top, black leggings and black Nike trainers.

  10. Two cats shot with air rifle

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    A cat was shot with an air rifle, hours after its owner's other pet was put down because it had also been shot.

    Vet Janice Dixon said a radiography showed the first cat Dizzy had a fractured hind leg because of an air gun pellet.

    Unfortunatelay Dizzy had to be put down because of its age.

    Janice said: "[The owner] returned to the surgery three or four hours later, absolutely devastated, with her younger cat Pepper. It had also been shot, in the exact same place, right hind leg."

    Vets in Rainworth

    Pepper is now recovering at home in Hucknall after the pellet was removed.

    It comes just days after pet owners in Netherfield claimed their cats had been poisoned with anti-freeze.

    Two cats in the area have died.

  11. Businesses see surge in trade thanks to poppy display

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    A Derby pub claims the Tower of London poppy display on show in the city has "doubled" its daily trade.

    Tower of London poppies in Derby

    The Weeping Window display, designed by Derbyshire-based artist Paul Cummins, went on show to the public at Derby's Silk Mill and will remain there until 24 July.

    It is part of a nationwide tour for the ceramic poppies after they first went on show at the Tower of London in 2014.

    Sophie Tillett, from the Old Silk Mill pub in Derby, said: "They've pretty much doubled our daily business.

    "So it has been really, really phenomenal. It has been quite funny because people have been coming in here thinking the poppies are in here rather than across the road.

    "People have been coming from all over, definitely."

  12. Tennis: Leicestershire youngster learns Wimbledon draw fate

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Katie Boulter will take on the American world number 59 Christina McHale in the first round at Wimbledon.

    Katie Boulter

    Boulter, 20, from Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire, is making her debut in the main draw at SW19 after being handed a wild card for the All England Club.

  13. Football: Tom Ince nearing Rams exit

    Ed Dawes

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    It's believed a deal to take Derby's Tom Ince to Huddersfield Town is very close.

    Tom Ince

    The Terriers had a £7.5m bid rejected previously.

  14. M1 crash: Lane remains closed after three-vehicle collision

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News Online

    Three vehicles were involved in a crash shortly after 08:00 after junction 23a on the northbound carriageway of the M1, a Highways England spokesman said.

    One lane remains closed while the incident is dealt with, which is affecting traffic in the area around East Midlands Airport.

    Leicestershire Police said there was also a minor crash at junction 23 shortly before this larger collision.

    M1 motorway crash Leicestershire
  15. Delays after tram failure

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    There are still delays on Nottingham's tram network after the earlier breakdown between Highbury Vale and Bulwell.

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  16. George Formby's banjo ukulele to be auctioned today

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    Popular 1930s and 40s entertainer George Formby's banjo ukulele will be auctioned today. Here he is in action in a British Pathe clip...

    Video content

    Video caption: Banjo ukulele owned by George Formby for sale at auction

    It has an estimated sale price of £30,000 in but in 2008 another George Formby banjo ukulele sold for £72,000 at auction to Queen's Brian May.

    The Gibson UB3 banjolele is due under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers, in Etwall, Derbyshire and is expected to attract worldwide interest.

  17. Watch: Rare bee-eaters caught on camera

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    These little exotic birds will definitely brighten your morning up.

    Andrew Chick captured this video of the bee-eaters who are visiting the Cemex quarry in East Leake...

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    Hundreds of people have flocked to the site since they were spotted earlier this week with many more expected this weekend.

    It prompted the RSPB to urge visitors to use the official car park and warning police will be called if anyone seeks unauthorised access.

    The birds are usually seen in Southern Europe but may have headed north because of climate change. the RSPB said.