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Summary

  1. Shopkeeper child grooming trial hears from first witnesses
  2. Rams fan gets lifetime ban for Billy Sharp son death jibes
  3. Nottingham homes 'infested' by rodents
  4. Bar staff threatened with knife during robbery
  5. Lucky escape after car almost plunges into reservoir
  6. Rare bird spotted in Loughborough
  7. Drinkwater asks to leave Leicester City
  8. Live updates for Wednesday 30 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis and Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, at J27 for A608 Hucknall.

    M1 Nottinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound at J27, A608 (Hucknall), because of a spillage on the road.

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

  2. Our live coverage across the day

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

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

  3. Tonight's weather outlook

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Showers will slowly fizzle out in the first half of the night with dry and clear spells developing in the early hours. Lows of 6C (43F).

    Weather map
  4. Village to unveil tribute to 'secretive' war hero

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    A memorial in honour of a Boer and First World War veteran, who was buried in an unmarked grave, is set to be unveiled at the weekend.

    Sharrad Holland Gilbert

    Sharrad Holland Gilbert died in 1961, after serving in elements of the Leicestershire Regiment for about 35 years.

    He was then buried in an unmarked grave in Burbage.

    A permanent memorial to him is to be unveiled on Saturday at St Catherine's Church in the village.

    Local historian, Greg Drozdz, said: "By nature, he was a quiet man. He was a little bit reclusive, a little bit secretive.

    "Whilst he did contribute to the community, it was never in the limelight, it was always in the background."

    Sharrad Holland Gilbert Memorial
  5. Fatal stabbing victim named by police

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    A man who died in Long Eaton on Tuesday morning has been named as 63-year-old Nigel McGurk.

    A post-mortem examination of Mr McGurk, who was found injured in West Park Court and died at the scene, concluded he had been stabbed.

    A 46-year-old man remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

  6. Football fans complain about body searches

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Some football supporters have complained that searches at last night's Mansfield and Lincoln match were inappropriate.

    Field Mill

    One Lincoln supporter told the BBC that a steward joked about a bomb and female fans weren't given the option of being searched by another woman.

    "Searches need to be done in a proper way," Imps supporter Jonathan Bellshaw said.

    "If you're going to search kids there's a way to do it and that is first asking the consent of the parent and tell the kids what's going on... you certainly don't make jokes about bombs."

    Mansfield Town has said it takes the complaints very seriously and has begun the process of establishing the details of the incident.

  7. Historic stones taken in 'organised' raid

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Thieves have stolen 20 heavy gritstones from a popular and ancient path in Matlock.

    Police believe the slabs, which went missing from the games area in Hurst Rise during the weekend of 19/20 August, may have been sold on.

    Gritstone path

    James Bowler, from Derbyshire Police, said: “This crime has had a significant impact on the local community and ruined a footpath that’s been in place for over 250 years.

    “The seemingly organised nature of this offence causes particular concern that similar incidents could follow if we are unable to track the offenders down.”

    Gritstone path
  8. New school welcomes first intake of pupils

    BBC Radio Leicester

    Lessons have begun at a new school in Leicestershire, which was built to ease the high demand for places in the area.

    school classroom

    Hallam Fields Primary, in Birstall, took less than a year to build and welcomed its first intake of four-year-old students on Tuesday.

    "The Hallam Fields estate has been growing over the last 14 years," headteacher Scott Fewster told BBC Radio Leicester.

    "The two existing primary schools had become heavily oversubscribed, as a result of that, the school has been really needed and campaigned for.

    "So the fact that it is now open means we can join the partnership in the local community."

  9. 'Too big' beauty queen row: 'What planet are they on?

    Facebook

    Plenty of reaction on Facebook to our story about a size 10 beauty queen who was told she was "too big".

    Michelle Sirell posted: "Size 10 too big?!?!?!?!?! What planet are they on?"

    Ni Mo wrote: "Disgusting attitude ... certainly NOT too big. Quite stunning."

    Felicity Zeb said: "Too big? I dream of being that too big."

    Zoiey Smale
  10. Your questions: Was there a castle in Derby?

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    A reader got in touch via Your Questions and asked us this puzzler: There's a new development in Derby called Castlefields. Was there ever a castle and where was it?

    As you can see from the photos below, there are plenty of references to castles in the Cock Pitt area of Derby - but was there a castle there?

    Historian Philip Davis, who has carried out extensive research into castles across the country, said evidence suggested there was a castle built in that part of Derby around the start of the 11th Century - but it was most likely a modest timber structure that was abandoned within a few hundred years.

    Castleward Boulevard

    On his website, he writes: "Although Derby was the county town administratively Derbyshire tended to be considered with Nottinghamshire and was administered from Nottingham Castle from an early date and, therefore, a castle at Derby would have little function.

    "The site has undergone several periods of intense development, demolition and redevelopment, it is now completely built over and it is unlikely anything survives from this short-lived castle site."

    Castle Nursery

    Please feel free to get in touch if you know anything else about Derby's castle.

    Castle Walk
    Castle and Falcon
  11. 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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  12. Watch: Bottle smashed over man's head in Long Eaton

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Video footage showing an assault in which a man was smashed over the head with a glass bottle and punched has been made public by Derbyshire Police.

    The force has appealed for witnesses to the attack, which happened at about 03:10 on Sunday.

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