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  1. Man jailed for at least 25 years for murder
  2. Woman, 86, dies after crashing car
  3. Derbyshire to stop prescribing gluten-free foods
  4. Stabbing victims' anger over attacker's sentence
  5. Private Derby XXXII meets Prince Charles
  6. Calls for review into school places in Oadby
  7. Investigations continue after suspected Nottingham shooting
  8. Updates on Monday 12 February 2018

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Severe accident: A38 Staffordshire northbound

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A38 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between A513 Alrewas and B5016 Barton-Under-Needwood.

A38 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A38 northbound between Alrewas and Barton-Under-Needwood, because of an accident earlier on and a fuel spillage.

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Nottingham Tennis Open looking for volunteers

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Preparations are underway for this year's Nottingham Open tennis tournament - one of the city's biggest sporting events.

If you're a fan and want to get closer to the action, the Nottingham Tennis Centre is looking for volunteers to help.

The roles include; court stewards, practice court supervisors, ticket checkers and even buggy driving - you must however be 16 or over to apply.

Nottingham tennis open
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Mike Wisener, the Tennis Centre's chief executive said: "The ideal person would be someone who likes to interact with the public and wants to give all our visitors to the city the Nottingham smile and experience - I'm sure there will also be some training in how to stop yourself being starstruck too."

Police apply for funding in Madeleine McCann search

Press Association

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have applied for more funding for the search.

The Home Office confirmed it is considering an application from the Metropolitan Police for more money to keep the probe into the Leicestershire girl's disappearance.

Madelein McCann

A spokeswoman said: "The Home Office has provided funding to the Metropolitan Police for Operation Grange and the resources required are reviewed regularly with careful consideration given before any new funding is allocated."

Government funding for the investigation has been agreed every six months, with £154,000 being granted from October last year until the end of March, bringing the total to £11m spent so far on the Met's investigation.

Madeleine, from Rothley, disappeared aged three while on holiday in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, near J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound near J23a A42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Ashbourne prepares for centuries-old game

Dave Wade

BBC News

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Burst water main caused traffic headache

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

If you were wondering what caused congestion across Derby this morning, it turns out it was a burst main - and it could cause problems all week.

Severn Trent had to carry out emergency repairs in Alfreton Road in Chester Green, causing huge disruption for commuters across the city.

The firm has apologised to drivers for the closure, but say it was necessary "to keep their workers safe".

Alfreton road

Peter Edney from Severn Trent Water told BBC Radio Derby: "I can appreciate the frustration, but at the same time, the pipe was leaking so we needed to get down to it, we wanted to do it without closing the road, but unfortunately we couldn't access the correct part of the pipe."

The road is likely to be closed for the remainder of the week

Woman who stabbed man in head admits attempted murder

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

A 54-year-old woman who repeatedly stabbed an elderly man in the head has admitted attempted murder.

Teresa Lavin's victim needed 120 stitches after she stabbed him in the head, face and body with a kitchen knife in Poplars Close, Groby, in November last year.

Poplars Close

Leicestershire Police said that although the victim was seriously injured, he was able to call a friend to tell her what had happened.

Officers found Lavin at her home, also in Poplars Close, in possession of a blood-stained knife and had blood on her clothing.

Det Con Kevin Sharkey, the investigating officer, said: “This was a vicious and sustained attack on an elderly man who had pre-existing health conditions, he sustained significant injuries and has been left incredibly shaken."

Leicester crown court

Lavin was remanded into custody after entering a guilty plea at Leicester Crown Court earlier today and will be sentenced next month.

Woman, 86, dies after car crash

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

A woman has died this morning from injuries sustained in a crash on Friday.

Stapleford Road

The 86-year-old crashed into two parked cars in Stapleford Road, Trowell, at about 10:55.

Nobody else was injured. Nottinghamshire Police is investigating.

Dead puppy dumped outside Mackworth church

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

A "tiny" French bulldog puppy was found dead outside a church in Mackworth, Derby.

The RSPCA is investigating after the dog, thought to be 10-12 weeks old,was discovered in a small pet carrier underneath the church's noticeboard in Lower Road on Sunday evening.

Puppy in carrier

When found she'd been wrapped in two items of children's clothing - a pink dress and a rabbit print jumper.

RSPCA Inspector Sarah Burrows who is investigating, said: “This was a very upsetting discovery, it’s unclear at the moment if the puppy was already dead when she was dumped or if the poor mite died later.

"The puppy does not have a microchip and there is no CCTV in the area so we are appealing for anyone who may have seen someone outside the church with a small pet carrier."

Man jailed for 25 years for 'unprovoked' murder

Alex Thorp

BBC News

A man has been jailed for at least 25 years for the "senseless and unprovoked" murder of a hostel resident.

Martin McDermott, 60, stabbed Leslie Salmon, pictured, in the neck at Burdett Lodge in Derby last year.

Leslie Salmon
Derbyshire Police

McDermott, of Bass Street, had previously admitted murder and was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court earlier to life with a minimum of 25 years.

Det Insp Gemma Booth said: "The sustained assault and suffering inflicted on Leslie was the worst I have seen within my career. Today's sentence reflects the gravity of the violence and brutality of the attack."

Roadworks to begin as part of Broadmarsh redevelopment

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Two months of roadworks are due to start in Nottingham today as part of the redevelopment of the Broadmarsh area.

There will be off-peak restrictions around Waterway Street and Wilford Road while junctions are widened.

It will form part of the new southern relief route, which traffic will use once Collin Street is closed.

Road works planned

Parade marks execution of Lady Jane Grey

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A horse-led procession was held through Bradgate Park to mark the anniversary of Lady Jane Grey’s execution.

Lady Jane, whose childhood home was Bradgate House, was queen of England for just nine days in 1553 before she was executed for treason.

Lady JAne

Hundreds of people joined the procession along the route from Newtown Linford to the Bradgate House ruins, where white tulips were laid.


Force supports national campaign to tackle knife crime

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Nottinghamshire Police are supporting a national campaign which aims to tackle knife crime.

Operation Sceptre began today and follows at least 10 knife-related incidents in the county since the beginning of the year.

Hooded youth with knife

On Friday, a 19-year-old man was given a six-month sentence for having a machete at the Victoria Centre car park during a fight last week.

Det Supt Simon Firth has been appointed as Nottinghamshire's first dedicated knife crime co-ordinator. He says he hopes to "build confidence in young people" so they don't need to pick up a knife.

Severe accident: A427 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A427 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between A427 Main Road and B664 Sutton Road.

A427 Northamptonshire - A427 Harborough Road in Dingley closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A427 Main Road junction and the B664 Sutton Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Care home to remain open following protests

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

The Hazelwood Care Home in Cotmanhay will remain open until a replacement is built following public protests.

Derbyshire County Council had planned to close the facility because of mounting repair costs estimated at £3m - but the council will now do repairs to the roof to keep it open until the new facility is built.

Hazelwood care homes

Councillor Jean Wharmby, cabinet member for adult care, said: "We listened carefully to what people told us which is why we are now recommending that the home remains open while we look into building a new one in the area.

"The quality of care offered at Hazelwood has never been in doubt, but significant repairs and refurbishments are needed to bring it up to the standards that people expect and deserve."

Family-of-eight 'lucky to escape' house fire

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Ambulance crews say a family in Rolleston-on-Dove had a lucky escape in the early hours of the morning after their house caught fire.

Station Road

Emergency services were called to the property off Station Road at about 02:00 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said two parents, both in their 30s, managed to get their six children out of the house by smashing a first-floor window and clambering on to the conservatory roof.

All of them suffered the effects of smoke inhalation and were taken to Queen's Hospital in Burton.

An ambulance service spokeswoman added: “When crews arrived, the house fire was being tackled by the fire service.

"All eight occupants had already managed to escape from the property - they were incredibly lucky to escape and is testament to the quick-thinking of both parents.”

Man charged over Lincoln hit-and-run

A 20-year-old man from Mansfield has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run in Lincoln at the weekend.

A man and a woman were taken to hospital after being struck by a car on West Parade in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Callum Payne, from Bracken Hill, is charged with driving without due care and while over the alcohol limit.

He's also charged with failing to stop after the crash.

Parents 'should visit pharmacies for minor illnesses'

East Midlands Today

A public health campaign is urging parents in the East Midlands to visit a pharmacist for minor illnesses, instead of their GP or the hospital.

The NHS says if more used them, it would free up GPs for sicker patients and save around £850m a year.

Research for the NHS shows just 9% of parents in the region with children under the age of five, would consider getting help from a high street pharmacist.

More people should visit pharmacies

Forest midfielder 'never wanted to leave the club'

BBC Nottingham Sport

The returning Nottingham Forest midfielder Adlene Guedioura says he never wanted to leave the club four years ago.

The Algerian international was sold to Crystal Palace after three-and-a-half seasons at the City Ground.

He returned to the Reds on transfer deadline day.

Adlene Guedioura

Milkman credits Blue Planet with rise in customers

East Midlands Today

Milkman Rob credits BBC series Blue Planet with an increase in the number of people wanting milk in glass bottles.

Safety app created after attack

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A woman from Lutterworth has created a safety app after she said a teenager was sexually assaulted in the area.

Annette Wilcox said if she had known about the attack she would have gone to help the victim.

It inspired her to create the street safe rescue app, which allows people to tap it, setting off an alert.

The alert goes to the phones of everyone with the app in a 3km radius and when 10 people accept the call, they go to the aid of the person. All crimes are reported to the police.

App created to protect people
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Annette said: "I didn't want to be in a situation again where someone else was attacked near me and feeling helpless and not being able to do anything."

She said she has already met Leicestershire Police and the police and crime commissioner Lord Willy Bach to discuss the app.

'Major disruption' expected in Mickleover until the end of the year

Derby Telegraph

Roads in Mickleover are set for major disruption between now and end of the year as Severn Trent says the area's underground pipes are in need of urgent replacement.

The work is to be carried out mainly on roads within Station Road between the junctions of Onslow Road and Uttoxeter Road but other areas could be affected as well.

Derby 'too far away' for Dragon

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

One of the dragons from Dragons' Den has turned down an entrepreneur - because he lives in Derby.

Fashion-retail tycoon Touker Suleyman said he wouldn't invest in Ed Hollands' plan to put adverts on the sides of lorries because "Derby is too far away" for him to come into the office every day.

New dragon Jenny Campbell was less worried and gave him £30,000. Ed told BBC Radio Derby it's been great working with her.

Ed Hollands embrace

He said: "I speak to her regularly over email and we have a board meeting every couple of months. It was difficult at the start, but I can now see the fruits of my labour."

Herd of small goats stolen

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A herd of small goats have been stolen from a farm in the Derbyshire dales.

Officers said 10 goats - along with two lambs - were reported missing from near Elton and Winster some time overnight on 7 February.

Derbyshire Rural Crime Team

Derbyshire police said due to the "small size of the goats, they may be offered as pets".

Derbyshire Rural Crime Team

Derbyshire Rural Crime Team

Nottingham man to travel around Europe with his pet ferret

Nottingham Post

A man has sold all of his belongings to travel around Europe with his pet ferret, "Bandit".

Charlie Hammerton, 23, from Arnold is doing it all to raise money for charity, after suffering a number of tragic losses has made him realise "the importance of life".

Derbyshire to stop prescribing gluten-free foods

Wesley Mallin

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Gluten-free food will no longer be available on prescription from Derbyshire's four clinical commissioning groups.

Their stance is that "there are plenty of naturally gluten-free products available for coeliacs".

This is going against the advice of the government, which wants some products to stay available via prescription.

Gluten-free bread

Pamela Robinson from Alvaston has been a coeliac for 27 years - and because she's over 60, she doesn't pay for prescriptions. She believes that her shopping bill could "go up by £100 a month".

She added: "The treatment for coeliacs is diet - the treatment for diabetes is insulin, they get that on prescription, of course they do - are they going to stop that? It's our medication."

Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J35 for M18 and J34 for A614 Bawtry Road.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A1(M) southbound between J35 M18 and J34 A614 Bawtry Road, because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Have you seen Anthony Larvin?

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Officers are concerned for the safety of Anthony Larvin who has been reported missing from Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Police said the 68-year-old was last seen in West Bridgford on Saturday 3 February.

Anthony Larvin
Nottinghamshire Police

Stabbing victims' anger over attacker's sentence

Two young men who were stabbed in Sheffield have questioned the length of sentence given to their attacker.

Leon Cheslett
Charlotte Baxter Photography

Jake Lee and Leon Cheslett (pictured above) were both stabbed by 23 year-old Zak Pywell (pictured below) who had been high on cocaine and alcohol.

Zak Pywell
South Yorkshire Police

Pywell, of Birley Spa Lane, is now serving four years and three months after being convicted at Sheffield Crown Court.

Leon Cheslett says Pywell's action have blighted his life.

He's given his impact statement to the BBC which was read out in court. This is part of what he had to say:

My attacker has taken away part of my strong, confident personality, something that I will struggle to regain, long after the events of that night no longer affect them."

Leon Cheslett

His other victim, Jake Lee, from Chesterfield, feels the sentence is a lenient one:

There's nothing in place for him when he comes out. There's no rehabilitation. I mean [a sentence] of just over two years served is an invitation for crime."

Jake LeeStabbing victim

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6 affecting J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

M1 Leicestershire - Very slow traffic on M1 southbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. Travel time is 35 minutes. Congestion to J25, A52 (Nottingham).

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

Private Derby XXXII meets Prince Charles

Press Association

The Prince of Wales has met one of the newest recruits to the Mercian Regiment - a ram called Private Derby XXXII.

The mascot, which is known for it's feisty reputation, met Prince Charles who visited the Mercian Regiment to mark his 10 years as colonel-in-chief.


Private Derby XXXII, who is a 20-month-old Swaledale, only took up it’s role a few weeks ago.

The Mercian Regiment recruits soldiers from Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Cheshire.

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Calls for review into school places in Oadby

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

There are calls to review the school admission code to help families who move to Oadby during term-time.

Some parents claim they are unable to get places at local schools for their children.

This means Leicestershire County Council has to provide transport to take the children to the nearest school with a free place.

School places

County councillor Jeff Kaufman said: "It is a problem because we have a large number of students with parents moving into Oadby and they can't get their children into local schools because they are full in mid-term.

"The schools with any vacant places are filled up with students being sent there by the parents from the city of Leicester."

The review will look at possible ways to solve the problem.