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  1. Live updates for Thursday 31 August 2017
  2. Two arrested after death of five-year-old boy
  3. 'Bladed article' arrest 'not terror-related'
  4. East Midlands ambulance 'catastrophes' on the rise
  5. Man appears in court over fatal stabbing in Long Eaton
  6. Jimi Hendrix note to 'Foxy Lady' up for auction

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By Gavin Bevis and Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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  1. Spireites sign Scotland international on loan

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Chesterfield have signed Scotland Under-21 defender Zak Jules on loan from Shrewsbury Town.

    The 20-year-old has signed until 14 January, with no recall option.

    Zak Jules
  2. Leicester 'bladed article' arrest 'not terror-related'

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Police have confirmed the arrest of a 45-year-old man in Leicester city centre earlier on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon was not terror-related.

    humberstone gate

    Leicestershire Police said officers responded to calls from the public that a man was carrying a "bladed article" in the pedestrianised section of Humberstone Gate.

    A force spokeswoman was unable to confirm whether the weapon was a knife.

  3. Transfer Deadline Day: All quiet on the Derby front

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    As expected, it’s been quiet at Derby so far. Youngsters Timi Max Elsnik and Kellan Gordon have joined Swindon on loan, but that’s been it for the Rams. I wouldn’t rule out a couple of dominoes falling later in the day though.

    It’s a bit more interesting at Burton Albion. The Brewers are definitely chasing a couple of players, including Sheffield United defender John Brayford (pictured right).

    If Nigel Clough gets his man, it would be the fourth time he’s signed him.

    John Brayford in action while on loan at Burton Albion last season
  4. Badger vaccinations pass the 100 mark in Derbyshire

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust says it's now vaccinated 104 badgers against bovine TB this year.

    Here's a photo of badger number 100.


    The trust's vaccination programme resumed earlier this year after being temporarily halted due to a vaccine shortage.

  5. East Midlands weather update: Some scattered showers

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC weather presenter

    There’ll be variable amounts of cloud this afternoon with some bright spells and scattered showers.


    There’ll be some showers in the first half of tonight but these will fade away to the east. After that expect clearer spells in the early hours. Lows of 7C (45F).

  6. Your comments: Was there ever a Derby Castle?

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Our update yesterday on whether there might have been a castle in Derby at some point has got you talking on Facebook.

    Paul Blakeman wrote: "The name Cockpitt hill derives from the name Copecastel in 1085, meaning 'market castle' suggesting that an original castle was a trading post in Norman times although there is no strong evidence for it.

    "It was suspected that a castle stood here by the moat shaped hill in the area."

    Castle Walk in Derby

    Jane Liquorish added: "I believe there was a wooden castle at the end of London road (Castle Hill). In the 10/11thc.

    "One of its main purpose was to guard the north south road and stop / allow goods and people to move north and south. Whomever held it could control money and goods.

    "It became obsolete when Duffield Castle came into use. This had the same purpose but could better control both road and river, and the degree to valley. Strategically better than the Derby castle."

  7. Road opens again following two-lorry crash

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    The A619 in Whitwell has now reopened following this morning's double lorry crash, police have said.

  8. Your photos: Little owl has a hoot in the sun

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Owl tell you what, it's been a lovely day in Kimberley.

  9. Your photos: Sun-loving cat

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Looks like someone's enjoying today's warm weather. Thanks to scrappy in Kegworth for the pic.

  10. Man with 'bladed article' arrested in Leicester

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been arrested after police received reports of a man in Leicester city centre with a "bladed article".

    Humberstone Gate

    The arrest happened at about 13:35 today in Humberstone Gate.

    Police have recovered the weapon and the man is currently in custody.

    We'll bring you more on this when we get it.

  11. An Interesting Journey, Ndidi

    Video content

    Video caption: Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi on being banned from playing football by his dad.

    Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi on being banned from playing football by his dad.

  12. 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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  13. Watch: 'Difficult' for PM to lead at next election

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Loughborough Conservative MP Nicky Morgan has told BBC's Hardtalk it would be "difficult" for Theresa May to lead the party into the next election, which is due in 2022.

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    Video caption: Nicky Morgan: 'Difficult’ for PM to lead at next election

    The chair of the Treasury select committee said the Conservatives needed to think about “how to renew our franchise”.

    Ms Morgan said: "If that means the prime minister has to bring in new people in order to do that, to have that fresh policy thinking, we shouldn't be afraid of that."

    The prime minister has said she intends to remain in power.

    Last year she sacked Ms Morgan as education secretary.

  14. New Rolls-Royce engine passes European safety checks

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    A new Rolls-Royce engine has been cleared by safety inspectors to enter service later this year.

    Officials from the European Aviation Safety Agency spent hours testing the Trent XWB-97, which the Derby-based firm says is the world's most efficient large civil engine.

    It will be used to power the new Airbus A350-1000 superjumbo.

    Rolls-Royce engine
  15. Fresh appeal over stolen luggage

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    British Transport Police have made a fresh appeal after luggage was stolen on a train in Newark in July.

    Officers want to speak to this man.

    View more on twitter
  16. Kebab shop closed after numerous zero hygiene ratings

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    A Hucknall takeaway has been shut down after a string of zero ratings for food hygiene.

    hucknall kebab

    After a visit by environmental health officers last month, the Hucknall Family Kebab and Pizza House was deemed to pose a serious risk of harm to the public.

    Officers from Ashfield District Council noted that food handlers at the High Street takeaway displayed a very poor knowledge of hygiene.

    The shop will not be able to reopen without approval from the council.

  17. Bat put down after 'horrific injuries' from fish hook

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A bat has had to be put to sleep after being found in Burton with "horrific injuries" caused by a fish hook.

    X-ray of bat

    The RSPCA says the animal was found dangling on a fishing line from a tree at Branston Golf and Country Club last week.

    The charity says the daubenton bat was taken to their Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich where they found the hook had gone through a cheek, tongue and then the other side of its face.

    They say that the injuries were so severe it had to be put to sleep.