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Gavin Bevis and Amy Woodfield

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  1. By Shamoon Hafez

    BBC Sport

    Peter Crouch

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes says Peter Crouch "changed the game for us" as the substitute salvaged a draw against Leicester.

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  2. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have now finished. They will start again at 08:00 on Monday.

  3. Weather: Rainy night ahead

    BBC Weather

    After a dry start with some clear spells, thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain across the region by midnight. Rain will become persistent and locally heavy by Saturday morning.

    Weather chart
  4. Salesmen jailed for selling 'dangerous' cars

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Three men have been sentenced for a scam where dangerous cars were sold to hundreds of people across the East Midlands.

    Car sales premises

    The businesses based in Leicester went by 16 different names during the five years between 2011 and 2016. Among them were Abbey Car Sales, The Car Shop Leicester, Affordable Used Cars and Quality Used Cars.

    Vehicles were sold with serious mechanical failings like problems with brakes, steering, exhaust systems, body work and engines. In some instances, cars sold were completely un-roadworthy.

    Paul Hanna, Jingesh Manani and Justin John

    In court, Paul Hanna, on the left, was described as the "driving force" behind the companies. The 51-year-old from Braunstone Close was jailed for three and a half years at Leicester Crown Court earlier.

    Jingesh Manani, pictured in the middle, from Abbey Lane was "the most forceful, conniving and deceitful of those who dealt directly with customers", according to the prosecution. The 33-year-old was jailed for two years.

    Justin John was "not a senior figure" and was involved in duties like valeting, sales and administration. Despite this the judge said the 34-year-old from Deacon Street was fully aware that the company was defrauding customers and was handed a 120 hour community order.

  5. Basketball: Riders look 'sharp' ahead of Plymouth clash

    Owynn Atkin

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    The Leicester Riders are back in BBL Championship action tonight at the Leicester Arena.

    They host the Plymouth Raiders where they’ll welcome back former Rider, Neil Watson.

    Leicester Riders court

    The Riders will be looking to avoid a third straight defeat, after being beaten by the Glasgow Rocks and the London Lions.

    Managing director Russell Levenstone has said the squad had a good week of practice and are looking sharp ahead of the clash.

    You can keep up to date with all the action on the BBC Leicester Sport Twitter page. Tip off is at 19:30.

  6. Sexual assault reported in Coalville

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A woman in her 40s has reported being sexually assaulted in Coalville last weekend.

    She left a pub on London Road early on Sunday morning and walked towards Forest Road - about two hours later she was found on a path.

    London Road

    Police said the woman flagged a taxi down, which took her back to her home address. They want to speak to the taxi driver as well as anyone who was in the London Road / Forest Road area early on Sunday morning.

  7. Low-flying aircraft 'kill' owls and hawks

    Sarah Teale

    Reporter, East Midlands Today

    An owl and hawk trainer claims 30 of his birds have died in the past ten years because of low-flying military aircraft.

    James McKay has been rearing birds for years and trains some of them for TV programmes and films, including the Harry Potter series, in Ashover, Derbyshire.

    Video content

    Video caption: An bird trainer said at least 30 owls and hawks have been frightened to death by aircraft.

    "We bought this place specifically for training... but then the MoD started using it as a low fly area and in particular the Red Arrows and Battle of Britain flight use this as a short cut back to their base and come over at a couple of hundred feet," James said.

    "That petrifies the birds and they end up injuring themselves or very often killing themselves."

    The Ministry of Defence said it takes the issue very seriously and appreciates it is not always popular but it is an essential part of operational training.

  8. Train disruption continues after lorry hits bridge

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    East Midlands Trains says services around Chesterfield are being delayed by up to 40 minutes due to a lorry hitting a bridge near Dronfield.

    Network Rail has now declared the bridge safe for trains to cross but delays are expected to continue until 19:30.

    Affected area on map
  9. Broadmarsh demolition gets under way

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Work has started to demolish the Broadmarsh car park and bus station in Nottingham.

    It's replacement should start to take shape next year and is due to open in late 2019.

    Broadmarsh demolition
  10. Train strikes herd of cows

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Rail services have been disrupted by a herd of cows - not these two - on the line at Barrow upon Soar.


    Many East Midlands Trains services between Lincoln Central and Leicester have been cancelled and replacement buses are being provided.

  11. Teenager accused of interfering with hit-and-run probe

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    A woman has been charged with perverting the course of justice after a man was allegedly deliberately hit with a car in an attempt to murder him.

    The 27-year-old man was left with life-changing injuries when he was struck by an Audi in Derby Road, Ripley on 21 August.

    A 22-year-old man from Heage was charged with attempted murder last week and remanded into custody.

    His younger sister, also from Heage, has been charged after allegedly making threats to people involved with the investigation.

    Derby Road in Ripley

    The 19-year-old appeared before magistrates and was also remanded into custody.

    Derbyshire Police said they were still keen to hear from anyone with information that could help their investigation.

  12. Watch: Protest to save bus service

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Campaigners stood outside the Arriva depot in Thurmaston earlier in protest over losing the Number 6 bus service.


    The route between Syston, Thurmaston and Leicester will end tomorrow.

    Over 2,000 signed a petition to save it.

    Video content

    Video caption: People who use the Number 6 bus explain why they want it to remain in action.

    Bus operator Arriva has apologised to users but said not enough people use the service to cover the cost of running it.

  13. Trains disrupted after lorry hits bridge

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    East Midlands Trains says services running between Chesterfield and Sheffield are being disrupted because a crashed into a bridge near Dronfield.

    It says no trains will be able to travel along the stretch until 17:00.

  14. Man found guilty of murdering teenager in bike row

    Eric Simpson

    BBC News Online

    A 21-year-old drug dealer has been found guilty of murder after a teenager was stabbed to death in a dispute over a bike.

    Nathan Towsey (pictured below) of Braunton Crescent in Gedling, stabbed Matthew Rothery, 18, at his home in Mapperley on 14 April.

    A jury at Nottingham Crown Court found him guilty after deliberating for five hours.

    Nathan Towsey

    Notts Police said Towsey took out a knife and stabbed Mr Rothery (pictured below) in the knee and arm at his home as they argued about a borrowed bike.

    The teenager was taken to hospital in Nottingham but died shortly afterwards.

    Towsey will be sentenced on Tuesday.

    Matthew Rothery
  15. Your comments: Cash machine raids 'getting silly now'


    On Facebook you've been commenting on the latest cash machine ram raid in Leicestershire.

    Early this morning a 4x4 was used to get inside the Aldi store in Ashby de la Zouch. A lot of damage was caused but those involved failed to steal any money.

    It's the 22nd time a cash machine has been targeted in the county in the last 18 months - the fourth just this week.

    Aldi in Ashby

    Elaine Hutcheson said: "Just getting silly now, inconveniencing everyone. Must be affecting all these companies insurance. We'll just end up being able to get cash back at till soon as no shops will want these machines."

    Andrew Tennant said: "Obviously quite a lucrative pursuit. Making hay while the sun shines and before they are hopefully caught."

    Kevin Ault said: "It's about time they beefed up security. Make the notes unusable after a raid or something."