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  1. Live updates for Monday 17 July 2017
  2. HS2 route will bypass East Midlands Airport
  3. Final day of Glenfield heart surgery consultation
  4. Pub 'saved' by community re-opens
  5. Council repairing Leicester sink hole
  6. Cricket: England hammered at Trent Bridge

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By Calum McKenzie and Maryam Qaiser

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Leicester City defender Robert Huth

Leicester City defender Robert Huth is expected to be out for six to eight weeks after ankle surgery.

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Britt Assombalonga

Middlesbrough break their transfer record to sign striker Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest for a fee of £15m.

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Our live coverage across the day

Our dedicated live coverage has now ended for Monday.

News, sport and travel updates will continue to appear overnight, with hosted live coverage returning from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

Weather: Warm weather to continue

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

It will remain largely dry with plenty of clear skies with some light winds this evening.

Tonight will feel relatively warm with temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

Weather for this evening and Tuesday

Tomorrow will be another warm day with some sunshine.

There will be clouds in the afternoon but in the evening there will be some thundry showers.

Tuesday will see some temperatures reach 25C (77F).

Watch: Quarry opens to butterfly enthusiasts

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A quarry in Derbyshire - normally closed to the public - has opened as a butterfly reserve.

Derbyshire school put in special measures

Wesley Mallin

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

The largest school in Derbyshire has been placed in special measures after it was found to be inadequate by inspectors.

Ofsted's report into John Port School, in Etwall, highlighted several areas of concern including the quality of teaching in most subjects being weak or inadequate.


It also said pupils were put at risk because of safeguarding issues and incidents of poor behaviour had increased.

In a letter to parents the school said "significant changes and actions had already been put in place to move the school forward".

The previous inspection of the school rated it as good.

Plans to stop resettling child asylum seekers criticised

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Plans to end resettling child asylum seekers in Nottinghamshire have been criticised.

Nottinghamshire County Council is looking at suspending the project because of a funding shortfall.

County Hall

A small protest was held outside outside County Hall earlier today to oppose plans.

Eve Leadbeater said she arrived in the country as a child refugee in 1939.

"I can't believe it is the same country, I don't recognise it. I think yes, compassion has flown out of the window," she added.

Philip Owen, the Conservative county councillor responsible for children and young people, said the authority was in a "difficult situation" and had to make "every penny count".

A34 Crash driver "completely ruined" family's lives

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

The mother of a toddler killed in a crash on the A34, who also lost her unborn child, has said the driver responsible had "completely ruined" her family's lives.

Collette Wiggin read out a victim impact statement in Oxford Crown Court ahead of the sentencing of Thomas Hunter, 59, who had admitted causing death by dangerous driving and serious injury by dangerous driving.

Her daughter, Isla died two days after the crash on the A34 at Hinksey Hill, Oxford, on 25 August.

Hunter was jailed for six years.

Thomas Hunter
Thames Valley Police

"My perfect life was ripped away from me, as the result of the thoughtless act of another. I am broken, all I ever wanted to be was a mother, and I absolutely loved being mummy. He has completely ruined the lives of good people who did nothing at all to deserve it. A huge part of me died with my children."

Collette Wiggin

Diamond encrusted Cartier watch stolen

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

An unusual diamond encrusted watch has been stolen from a house in Chellaston.

Cartier watch
Derbyshire Police

The Cartier Tank Francaise, was taken from a property in Orlando Court, Derbyshire Police said.

Standard models do not normally have diamonds and cost from about £3,000. Second hand Cartier Tank Francaise - with diamonds around the edge - can sell for almost £9,000.

The owner noticed it was missing in mid-June.

Britt Assombalonga undergoes Boro medical

BBC Tees

BBC Tees Sport

Nottingham Forrest striker Britt Assombalonga is undergoing a medical at Middlesbrough, BBC Tees Sport understands

Assombalonga scored 14 goals in 32 appearances for Forrest last season as they avoided relegation from the Championship by goal difference alone.

The deal to bring the 24-year-old to the club is not yet complete.

Britt Assombalonga
Getty Images

HS2 to pass through Long Eaton via high level viaduct

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The government has also revealed that the HS2 high-speed rail line will go through Long Eaton on a high level viaduct, adjacent to the existing railway line.

HS2 train in a station

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has also decided not to proceed with a proposal to move the line to the east of Measham, Leicestershire.

The railway will run to the west of the village with a viaduct extended to mitigate the impact on commercial properties.

Isla Wiggin

Isla Wiggin died two days after the crash in which her pregnant mother suffered a miscarriage.

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HS2 rail link through East Midlands revealed

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The government has revealed what route the high-speed rail link HS2 will take through the East Midlands.

HS2 map
Department for Transport

Among decisions taken by the Department for Transport, HS2 will pass the eastern side of East Midlands Airport's runway, rather than via a tunnel underneath.

You can find all the finer details of the route here.

Listen: 'It feels like I'm coming home,' says Huddlestone

BBC Radio Derby

Returning Derby County midfielder Tom Huddlestone has admitted he is "very excited" about the challenge of attempting to get the club back into the Premier League.

Huddlestone, 30, who left the Rams 12 years ago to join Tottenham, has signed a two-year-deal, with the option of an extra year.

Your comments: Sheep has close shave with M1


The sheep that was caught by police wandering towards the M1 near Chesterfield (see 11:26) has certainly got you all talking on Facebook.

Richard Armes writes: "Police...stopping and searching...just because you look Sheepish?....Disgusting!!!"

Steve Murcott adds: "Arrested for ram raiding."

Basketball: Riders coach signs new four-year-deal

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Riders tweet...

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Council repairing sink hole in Leicester

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

There will be an investigation into what has caused a section of pavement in Leicester to collapse and create a sink hole, the city council has said.

It appeared earlier this afternoon (see 15:35) near the foot of the steps up to the Haymarket Theatre.

A Leicester City Council spokesperson said: "As soon as we were made aware of this hole, we fenced it off and will be investigating the cause before we fill and repair it."

Can you help find missing teen?

Have you seen missing Kyronne Grant?

The 17-year-old hasn't been seen since he left his home in the Sherwood area of Nottingham on Thursday.

Kyronne Grant
Nottinghamshire Police

Watch: England hammered in Trent Bridge test

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

England have been beaten for the first time in a test match at Trent Bridge in ten years.

Joe Root's side were bowled out for 133 in their second innings, losing by 340 runs to South Africa, who have levelled the four match series at 1-1.

England's last test defeat in NG2 was a seven wicket loss to India in 2007.

Sinkhole appears in Leicester

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A sink hole has opened up in the pavement in Leicester city centre.


It is near the steps up to the Haymarket Theatre.

Watch: Glenfield's results 'second to none,' hospital says

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Over 6,500 people have so far responded to the consultation on the future of heart surgery at Glenfield.

The consultation, which ends later today, has asked for people's opinions on plans to move services away from the Leicester-based hospital.

NHS England said the hospital's three surgeons are not meeting a total target of performing 375 operations a year.

But, Alison Poole, from University Hospitals Leicester, praised staff for their "commitment" during the uncertainty of the consultation and said that the unit's results "are improving."

A final decision on the unit's future will be made at a public meeting by NHS England, on a date yet to be specified.

Customers evacuated from IKEA

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

There was an emergency evacuation at the IKEA store at Giltbrook at lunchtime today.

The duty manager of the store said it was an "accidental alarm" and staff and customers were allowed back into the building soon after the initial alert.

This shopper praised staff at the store:

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Golf: Westwood learns pairing for The Open

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Lee Westwood will tee off at 14:59 in Thursday's first round of the The Open at Royal Birkdale.

Lee Westwood

Westwood, 44, from Worksop, will play alongside Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed for the first two rounds.

Elvaston food and drink fair attracts decent crowd

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

I went along to the Elvaston Castle Food and Drink Festival at the weekend.

The free two-day event looked well attended. The car park was pretty full and there were plenty of people at each stall and inside the marquees.

Food festival

I saw quite a wide selection of locally-produced food and drink on offer - burgers, hot dogs, hog roasts, beer, Derbyshire wine - and even cup cakes for dogs.

Of course Elvaston is no stranger to this type of event - it hosted the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair in 2014 before the event relocated to Kedleston Hall.

Food festival
Gboly Ariyibi

League One side MK Dons sign winger Gboly Ariyibi on a season-long loan deal from Nottingham Forest.

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Your photos: July across Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Sam's House for this stunning pic of Curbar in the Derbyshire Dales.

Sunrise over Curbar in the peak district
Sam's House/BBC Weather Watchers

Castle dig aims to uncover English Civil War clues

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Work is under way at Nottingham Castle to uncover new evidence of the city's history including information about the English Civil War.

The team from We Dig the Castle is returning for its annual excavation in the hope of finding never before seen treasures and clues to Nottingham's past.

Nottingham Castle dig continues

Alison Montgomery, from Trent and Peak Archaeology, which is behind We Dig the Castle, said: "This year we are going down lower than ever and we are hoping possibly we may find evidence of the civil war.

"It was at Nottingham Castle that civil war started, where the king rose his standard, in effect announced war and we know that the castle was under siege throughout the war.

"We know that a cannon was fired from the top of St Nicholas' Church, on Maid Marion Way but we have never found any evidence of that in the castle ground, and now this might be our year."

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, at J29 for A617.

M1 Derbyshire - M1 entry slip road closed and slow traffic southbound at J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Shane Bryant

Friends of Shane Bryant, who fell ill during an arrest outside a shop, say he was "much loved".

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Do you know where Joseph the scarecrow is?

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Can you help find Joseph?

He's actually a scarecrow - not a human child - and has gone missing from Scargill School in West Hallam.

Scarecrow has gone missing
Scargill Primary School

The school, which has appealed to people on Facebook to help find him, said he was behind a 6ft fence and are not sure how he was taken.

They need the costume for a school play next week.

Road closed after serious collision on the A46

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

You may want to avoid the A46 in Nottingham for a while...

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Severe accident: A46 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A46 Nottinghamshire northbound severe accident, between Cropwell Road and A52.

A46 Nottinghamshire - A46 in Saxondale closed and queuing traffic northbound between the Cropwell Road junction and Saxondale Island, because of an accident.

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

Watch: Children returning to school 'malnourished'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A group of enterprising parents across Leicester have teamed up to try to ensure fewer children go hungry this summer.

Food parcels in a car

Across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, nearly 12,000 children eat a free school meal during term time.

But this provision ends during the school holidays, with many parents struggling to provide food.

Verity Bryan, who organised the scheme, told BBC East Midlands Today: "We've had parents having to go without meals for days on end to make sure that their children get something to eat."

A spokesperson for Leicestershire County Council, said: "If any families contact us, we'd encourage them to contact local charities who provide support, including the Trussell Trust and Fareshare."

Your photos: July across East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

There was a beautiful sunrise across the East Midlands this morning. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Anne for this pic from Brailsford, Derbyshire.

Brailsford sunrise

This was how it looked in Kegworth, Leicestershire. Captured on camera by BBC Weather Watcher scrappy.

Sunrise in Leicestershire

And finally, thanks to blackcat13 for this pic of the sunrise over Wollaton Hall.

Sunrise over Wollaton

Runaway sheep's close shave with M1 motorway

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

You don't see this everyday...

Sheep caught on the motorway
Derbyshire Constabulary

Members of the public were spotted desperately trying to stop the sheep from joining the M1 motorway near Chesterfield.

PC Pete Harley and PCSO Simon Galley managed to catch the sheep and get it safely into the back of their car before returning it to its field last week.

The "baaa-rmy" tale raised eyebrows on Instagram when the officers posted it on the force's account. .

Grass in Derby set to be cut less to fund roadside plants

BBC Radio Derby

Plants in roadsides, verges and roundabouts are set for a return to Derby, according to the city council.

David Ramos/Getty Images

The authority, which stopped the planting in 2013, has said it will be paid for by reducing the number of times the grass is cut in places like Pride Park, Alvaston, Mackworth and Spondon.

Nottingham a 'hotspot for illegal dog selling'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

It appears Nottingham is a hotspot for illegal trade in puppies, according to the RSPCA.

The animal charity says the city is one of the areas with the highest number of ads offering dogs for sale.

Nationally criminal gangs have been found making £35,000 a week.


Amy Ockleford, from the RSPCA, says simply asking about a puppy's background may not be enough.

She said: "These people will bring in fake mums, they will hire houses, and dress them to look like family homes, they will really go to any lengths to convince the public that they are buying from families who can be trusted when in fact they have probably come from a farm yard or a couple of sheds out the back where they are being kept in awful conditions."

Cricket: England battling to save Trent Bridge test

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

England's batsmen must look to dig in for 180 overs to have any chance of saving the second test against South Africa at Trent Bridge.

Set a world record 474 to win, England's openers Alastair Cook (above) and Keaton Jennings survived a nervous four overs late on Sunday evening.

"The groundsman here at Trent Bridge reckons the pitch will get flatter the more the sun comes out," ex-England batsman and BBC commentator Ed Smith said.

"Let's hope for England's sake he is correct."

Cafe to sell up after 23 years

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The owner of an independent cafe in Nottingham is selling up after almost 25 years, blaming big national chains.

Wendy Baird opened The Picnic Basket in Carrington Street in 1994 but said the change in the area, including the influx of chain establishments, is one of the reasons she's shutting up shop.

She said: "Tesco's was the first, and Starbucks, and Sainsbury's, and Greggs, Subway, (Caffè) Nero, I could go on and on, considering it is only a very short street."

Picnic Basket

Wendy added: "Every time someone opens we take a big hit of some sort... 10% or 20%.

"It is important to support the independents because not only are you supporting me... my suppliers are small suppliers.

"My coffee guy is in Basford, my bread supply is in Carlton, my veg supplier is in Hyson Green, so it is not just about me, it is about whoever else I support."