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  1. Labour MP's home targeted by thieves
  2. Ashover Show 'will go on' despite rain
  3. Farm apologises over free pass error
  4. Anniversary of Joe Orton's murder
  5. Roma 'engaged' in deal to sign Mahrez
  6. Live updates for Wednesday 9 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Calum McKenzie and Liam Barnes

All times stated are UK

Tom Huddlestone, John Terry, Garry Monk, Harry Redknapp

Who will win promotion? Who is going down? Predict how the Championship table will end in 2017-18 and share with your friends.

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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J22 for A50 and J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J22, A50 (Coalville) and J21, M69 (Leicester), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Our live coverage across the day

Dedicated live coverage on this page has ended for today, but some news, sport and travel will continue to appear through the night.

East Midlands Live returns tomorrow from 08:00.

Woman injured in dog attack

Four dogs have been seized and another died after a woman was attacked in a country park earlier.

The 23-year-old was taken to hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening after the incident at Vicars Water Country Park in Clipstone this morning.

Vicars Water

Nottinghamshire Police said they had recovered a dog which they believe died as a result of the incident.

Four others have been seized as part of the investigation.

Weather: Mainly dry, but cool night ahead

Anna Church

BBC East Midlands Today weather presenter

The rain from earlier is now clearing away and it will be a dry end to the day with a few bright spells possible before dark.

Weather map

Remaining dry overnight with clear spells, feeling cool for the time of year.

Minimum temperatures of 10C (50F).

Police 'can't prosecute every single minor traffic offence'

BBC Radio Nottingham

A police force is urging people to think twice before sending in dashcam footage from cars or bikes.

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Nottinghamshire Police said due to the rise in popularity of the cameras, it had also seen an increase in the amount of footage sent in.

"We can't prosecute every offence that comes to light," Dave Keen from the Nottinghamshire Police Federation said.

"It would be inconceivable for the police to say that they will prosecute every single minor traffic offence brought to their attention."

Nottingham's Froch predicts 'hungry' McGregor could shock Mayweather

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Floyd Mayweather's two-year break from boxing gives Conor McGregor a chance of causing an upset in their controversial cross-code fight, Carl Froch has said.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor
Harry How/Getty Images

UFC champion McGregor faces legendary American boxer Mayweather, 40, in Las Vegas on 26 August in a boxing match that could earn both men $100m.

Nottingham boxer Froch told BBC Sport: "Everyone expects Mayweather to win.

"But McGregor is 29. He is young, fit, hungry and confident."

The four-time super-middleweight world champion added: "I know McGregor is not a boxer; he's a cage fighter.

"But Mayweather could just come unstuck early on and might get caught with something. That's the big concern. It's a fascinating match."

Brett Hutton

Nottinghamshire beat Derbyshire by an innings and 61 runs to extend their lead in Championship Division Two to 35 points.

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Cricket: Notts beat Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Notts have beaten Derbyshire and the Great British weather...

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...the win puts Peter Moores' side 35 points clear at the top of Division Two.

Bosworth Battlefield targeted by illegal metal detectorists

BBC Radio Leicester

Bosworth Battlefield, famous for being the place where Richard III was killed, has been targeted by illegal metal detectorists.

Views over Bosworth Battlefield
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Leicestershire Police has confirmed it recovered property left behind by the illegal searchers last month.

The battlefield was also found with several holes dug into it.

The force said the illegal detectorists had possibly removed historical artifacts.

"Advice was given about ways in which to improve the security of the site," a force spokesperson added.

Richard III killed in battle
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Three arrested after house searched by police

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Two men and a woman have been arrested after officers from Derbyshire Police found what they believe to be Class A drugs at a house in Ripley.

A 33-year-old man and 34-year-old woman, both from the area, and an 18-year-old man from Birmingham were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs after the search on Park Road on 26 July.

They have been questioned and released while police continue their investigation, a spokesman for the force said.

Park Road Ripley

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J28 for A38 Alfreton and J29 for A617.

M1 Derbyshire - Delays and very slow traffic on M1 northbound between J28, A38 (Alfreton) and J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 15 minutes.

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

Man fined after 30 cats and ferret found in faeces-ridden house
Some of the cats were put to sleep as they were suffering with feline AIDS.

Keith Vaz: Labour MP's home targeted by thieves

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thieves have attempted to break into the house of Labour MP Keith Vaz.

Keith Vaz
Getty Images/AFP/Oli Scarff

Leicester city councillor Deepak Bajaj said Mr Vaz's home in Leicester was targeted at around 01:00 on Tuesday.

Mr Bajaj added that the thieves, who were trying to gain access to Mr Vaz's property via a garden, were scared off by neighbours.

Shakespeare: Mahrez has given me 'no problems' despite wanting to leave

BBC Sport

Riyad Mahrez will continue to feature for Leicester despite wanting to leave, Foxes boss Craig Shakespeare has said.

Craig Shakespeare

Mahrez, 26, who is a target for Serie A side Roma, has featured for the Foxes throughout their pre-season campaign.

"I can only speak about how I have found him and he hasn't given me one problem," Shakespeare said.

Road closed following serious crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A serious crash has closed Station Road in Sutton-in-Ashfield in both directions, Nottinghamshire Police have said.

Station Road towards A38

Officers are currently on the scene and have told drivers to avoid the area near the A38 junction.

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J24 for A6 and J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham affecting J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 northbound between J24, A6 (Kegworth) and J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of an accident involving three cars. In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 15 minutes. Congestion to J23a A42.

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

Richard Keogh

Richard Keogh says Derby "always be in his heart" after being confirmed as captain by manager Gary Rowett.

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Vocational training centre set to close after failing to plug funding gap

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

An education centre in Leicestershire that teaches children who find mainstream school difficult is set to close after failing to secure funding.

Man uses a measuring tape on wood

The Enterprise Centre in Lutterworth, which has charity status and teaches vocation skills like woodwork, needed to find £150,000 to keep going but has not been able to.

"These children who come here are against the tide," centre trustee Bernard Johnson told BBC Radio Leicester.

"Whatever that tide is, it is different for every child. At the centre they get one to one tuition that sets them for life."

Barriers at Newark Castle station reopened

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The level crossing barriers at Newark Castle station have reopened after they became stuck for 90 minutes.

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Your comments: Trent Bridge barriers set to remain?


There's been plenty of chatter over on the BBC Radio Nottingham Facebook page about the proposals that could see the Trent Bridge barriers become a permanent fixture.

Ben King writes: "What a joke. They are a death trap for cyclists. They are an over reaction. And they are a bloody eyesore. Who on earth is making the decision to keep them?"

Daley Pearson Ash adds: "Makes getting in and out of the city ground a nightmare, especially with 2 young boys getting squashed in the crowds."

But Steven Taylor is in favour: "About time we started doing some thing to stop or even limit a terrorist attack."

Barriers stuck at Newark Castle station

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

If you're having problems on the roads around Newark today, it may have something to do with the level crossing near Newark Castle station.

Network Rail said the barriers failed to rise shortly after 13:00, and they've been stuck down while engineers work to solve the problem.

The issue's been having knock-on effects around the area.

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Severe accident: A38 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, at Station Road.

A38 Nottinghamshire - A38 Kings Mill Road East in Sutton In Ashfield closed and slow traffic in both directions at the Station Road junction, because of an accident involving a vehicle and cyclist. Also affecting Station Road at Norman Avenue.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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Video: Inside faeces-covered house where 30 cats and ferret lived

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

This footage shows the scene when an inspector from the RSPCA investigated a house in Shirebrook that was found to house 30 cats and a ferret.

All of the animals were removed from the property and inspected, but while some were rehomed sadly a number of the cats had to be put down as they were suffering from feline AIDS and other conditions.

Man fined after 30 cats and ferret found in faeces-ridden house

There were 30 cats and a ferret living in this bungalow and they were all feral, just left to fend for themselves. It had, quite simply, become overrun with the animals. The conditions in the house were horrific - there was so much animal faeces which in some parts of the bungalow were waist-high and completely embedded in surfaces.

Debra ScotcherRSPCA inspector

Man fined after 30 cats and ferret found in faeces-ridden house

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Cat Shirebrook RSPCA

A man has been fined after 30 cats - some of which were suffering from feline AIDS - and a ferret were found in a faeces-ridden house owned by his late mother.

Martin Jones, of Yew Tree Drive in Shirebrook, pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to animals when appearing at Chesterfield Magistrates' Court last week.

He was sentenced today to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £400 costs and £115 victim surcharge.

Shirebrook cat house
Shirebrook cat house

Weather update: Brighter but breezy conditions expected

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any lingering showers will clear this afternoon and we’re expected to have some brighter conditions.

It’ll be a little bit breezy and cloud will begin to break up with some sunny spells later on. Feeling fairly warm with highs of 18C (64 F).

Overnight it will remain dry and fairly clear. Winds will ease a little and it could be feeling slightly chilly with lows of 10C (50 F).

Premier League predictions: Leicester to finish ninth?

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Leicester City looked much more like the side that won the Premier League after Craig Shakespeare took over from the sacked Claudio Ranieri last season - but will full command be different to temporary charge for a talented coach?

Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy

Riyad Mahrez's future remains in doubt but the Foxes have shown their ambition with the arrival of Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City, while plenty regard the signing of Vicente Iborra from Sevilla as a coup.

Shakespeare will hope there is no more upheaval before the end of August, with Chelsea being linked with midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

And with one or two more additions (Harry Maguire may prove a shrewd acquisition in defence) then this could be a very decent season at the King Power.

Police appeal over attempted Nigerian credit card Rolex fraud

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Police want to speak to this man about an attempted fraud in which a Nigerian credit card was used to pay for Rolex watches.

A man wanted for fraud
Derbyshire Police/BBC News

Derbyshire Police said the man tried it three times, twice in Chesterfield and once in Derby.

Two of the shops refused to accept the card. However, one did allow the purchase to go through, but the payment was later cancelled.

"The photographed man may have links to Nottingham and London," PC Andy Marshall of Derbyshire Police added.

Riyad Mahrez

Roma still want to sign Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, but their sporting director says they are also "working on other solutions".

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White Post Farm: Trading Standards responds to 'unfortunate error'

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

After White Post Farm said it would not honour an offer of a free annual pass accidentally given out over social media, some of the people who had booked to visit the attraction demanded to keep the freebie.

Some even called for Trading Standards to be brought in - and the authority has weighed in on the matter.

A spokesman for the Nottinghamshire branch said the incident appeared to be the result of "an unfortunate error" by the farm, one which was quickly rectified with a message on its Facebook page.

And for anyone looking to gain compensation, it didn't offer much hope.

White Post Farm Mansfield

No money was involved in this offer. Under contract law a binding contract cannot be formed without a number of elements - one of these being some form of payment - and would not be enforceable in the event of an obvious mistake.

Nottinghamshire Trading Standards

Football: New date for Mariners-Rams set following postponement

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Derby County tweets...

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Weather Watchers: Wet Wednesday walkabouts

BBC Weather Watchers

It feels more like November than August outside, but a few intrepid snappers have been exploring a rather damp East Midlands today.

Rose Belper

LindafromBelper has taken this great shot of a sodden rose in Derbyshire, while scrappy managed to capture this damp moggie - who doesn't appear to be feline fine - on the prowl in Kegworth.

Wet cat Kegworth

Up in Papplewick it looks like there are more wet pets on the horizon, with Molesend sending us a lovely picture of a dog paws-ing for thought at a rather ominous puddle blocking the path.

Papplewick dog puddle
The Knife Angel

Rachel Webb is among 100 relatives of knife crime victims who want the Knife Angel sculpture on the Fourth Plinth.

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Grace Road rain

Leicestershire and Durham settle for a draw after play is abandoned for a second day between the Division Two sides.

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Gary Brazil

Nottingham Forest academy manager Gary Brazil signs a new undisclosed-length long-term contract with the Championship side.

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Council considering cutting swimming pool opening hours

Eric Simpson

BBC News

Leicester City Council is proposing to cut swimming pool opening times at six of its seven locations in the city.

Swimming pool in leicester

The authority wants to save £1.5m over the next three years by making the changes, but also plans to invest £1.8m to attract more visitors to the city.

The authority is proposing that the money would be spent on gym equipment, putting on more classes and new air conditioning units at swimming pools.

Kids at a swimming pool

Leicester city councillor Piara Singh Clair said: "Under the proposals, opening times at our smaller pools could be reduced, while hours would be extended, or remain largely the same, at our larger pools."

The consultation, which began on Monday, runs until October.