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Summary

  1. DNA recovered in rape and attempted murder probe
  2. Brothers behind 'largest' cannabis farm jailed
  3. Blaze rips through derelict factory
  4. Anti-abortion group targets QMC
  5. Patrols stepped up after stabbing
  6. Updates on Wednesday 14 February 2018

Live Reporting

By Maryam Qaiser and Chris Fawcett

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Dedicated live coverage has ended for today but some breaking news, sport and travel will continue to appear through the night. We will be back again tomorrow at 08:00.

  2. East Midlands weather outlook

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    There will be outbreaks of rain this evening and in to tonight which will slowly ease away to the east.

    These will be followed by some clear periods with brisk winds easing.

    Minimum Temperature: 3-6C (37-43F).

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  3. Costs 'too great' to fix Ripley Clock

    Jonathan Baker

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    The Rowell's clock has been a meeting point for courting couples in Ripley for many years - unfortunately, it has stopped.

    The clock's been there since the 1970s, and to get it back up and running is going to cost about £8,000.

    Ripley Clock

    Currently, it's built onto the SmartMove Homes building, where the directors have come under fire, despite not owning the clock.

    The directors, David and Nicola Lancaster said it would be great to get it working again, but it's too expensive.

    "The quotes are to take the clock down, strip it to it's bare bones and then reconfigure it, and re-modernise it internally, then put it back up with scaffolding...we've tried everything, the costs are too great." Nicola said.

    The BBC has attempted to approach the owner of the building, but had no success.

  4. Cannabis farm 'largest found in city'

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Two brothers who produced four thousand cannabis plants in a former Nottingham factory have each been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

    Drugs in Nottingham

    Mohammed Anwar and Mohammed Imran - both of St George's Rise in Bradford - pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis between 1 June and 6 August last year at a hearing in Nottingham yesterday.

    Police discovered what they described as the "largest ever grow" found in the city inside the former paper mill.

    It's believed the drugs found carried a street value between £1m-£3.5m.

    Det Insp Gareth Harding, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "It was an industrial scale operation that would have yielded an incredible amount of drugs... I hope this serves as a warning to other criminal gangs that think Nottingham is a place that they would like to set up operations."

    Nottinghamshire police produced this walkthrough of the haul.

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  5. Trent Bridge hoping to secure 'major matches'

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Cricket fans in Nottinghamshire will be keeping an eye out later as Trent Bridge will be informed of its major match programme from 2020 to 2024, after today's ECB board meeting.

    Trent Bridge

    Bids were submitted to the ECB from every international cricket venue in England and Wales back in December, before a presentation was made last month to help sway their preferred match choices.

    The bids and presentations were independently graded by ECB's High Profile Match Group who can make recommendations during today's board meeting.

    The matches on offer include, five Ashes Tests in the 2023 Ashes, as well as Pakistan, India, New Zealand and South Africa Test tours.

  6. County council leader owned Ashby mill destroyed in blaze

    Leicester Mercury

    The former flour mill destroyed in a huge blaze last night belonged to the leader of Leicestershire County Council.

    Nick Rushton, who said he was shocked by what had happened, revealed the derelict Holywell Mill in Burton Road, Ashby, had been due to be demolished next month.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, at J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale.

    M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound at J29a, Markham (Markham Vale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  8. Royal Shrovetide: Day two is under way

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    The Up'Ards face an uphill battle today as they look to overturn the 1-0 lead the Down'Ards hold in today's Royal Shrovetide Football.

    Mayfield's John Webb turned up the ball for the start of the second day of the ancient match at 14:00.

    Shrovetide

    It was a long day for both teams yesterday - longer still for the marshalls, who work tirelessly to keep the game going.

    Many of them said they feel privileged to help out.

    Barry Wright said: "As you grow old you realise how special it is... with so many things closing down, we're fortunate to have this tradition still going."

  9. Large police presence after stabbing

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    Officers have spent the day talking to residents in Bulwell after a 17-year-old boy was stabbed.

    He suffered a number of injuries and remains in a serious condition following the attack which involved a group of males.

    Scene in Stock well

    Nottinghamshire Police were called to Stock Well at 19:30 yesterday.

    Talking to residents in Buwell
    Police presence
  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Stranded horse rescued from River Soar

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    This poor horse was rescued after it got stranded in the River Soar.

    Horse being rescued

    Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, who were called at about 12:04 yesterday, said the horse was returned to the owner.

  12. 'Unsafe' levels of egg found in takeaways

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Samples of meals for customers with egg allergies in Derbyshire have been found to contain unsafe levels of egg protein.

    Chinese food

    The county council trading standards officers took samples from 12 Chinese takeaways across the county and in some cases, meals contained levels of egg protein 470 times the safe level for an allergy sufferer.

    Cabinet member for health and communities, Cllr Carol Hart said: "It's really important that all food outlets stick to strict rules, and ensure that people are being served what they have asked for - the consequences to people unknowingly eating food they are allergic to can be really serious."

  13. University students to give free legal advice

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    De Montfort University is to help people who require legal aid by offering a new service that will be free to clients.

    The De Montfort University Legal Advice Centre will allow students along with tutors to provide the service to help with all legal matters using strict, tried and operational rules.

    De Montford University

    Law students Sam Glover and Anisa Khan told BBC Radio Leicester it helps prepare them for life after university.

    "We're final year students - so this provides a bit of experience and shows us real-life situations," Anisa said.

    Dr Aurelien Portuese is senior lecturer in law at the university, he says: "Advisers are there to help support the students to give this advice, obviously students need to stick to a code of ethics - but they'll be learning throughout."