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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

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By Maryam Qaiser and Chris Fawcett

All times stated are UK

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  1. Tenants to have more protection from rogue landlords

    Samantha Fisher

    BBC News Online

    Private tenants in Nottingham will now have more protection from rogue landlords after the government approved a new licensing scheme.

    A report by the Building Research Establishment group estimated that 21% of Nottingham’s privately rented properties are likely to have ‘category one hazards’, for example exposed wiring, a dangerous boiler, cold bedrooms, a leaking roof, mould or a vermin infestation.

    However, Nottingham City Council said its new licensing scheme will help ensure these issues are addressed.

    Nottingham houses

    Councillor Jane Urquhart said: "It will help to improve standards for private tenants and landlords will know exactly what they must do to be able to rent their properties out.

    “Having a selective license will allow landlords to demonstrate that they provide good accommodation for tenants."

    The scheme covers more than 30,000 privately rented homes in Nottingham and the city council said it is the largest outside London to be given approval by the secretary of state.

  2. First phase of huge housing scheme tipped for green light

    Derby Telegraph

    The first phase of a huge Derbyshire housing development looks set to be given the go-ahead.

    Back in 2016, Belper-based Peveril Homes successfully applied for outline permission to build up to 600 properties on the 125-acre Lily Street Farm, in Derby Road, Swanwick, near Alfreton, close to the junction with the A38.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

    M1 South Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. 'Iconic' Nottingham building could be turned into hotel

    Nottingham Post

    An 'iconic' building on a key route between Nottingham railway station and the city centre is set for a complete transformation after it was the subject of numerous bids – with a hotel one of the uses under consideration.

    Nottingham City Council, which owns the 19th century City Buildings in Carrington Street, has received “very strong interest” after putting it on the market with an asking price of up to £4m.

  5. Prison's monitoring board share safety concerns

    Samantha Fisher

    BBC News Online

    Nottingham Prison's Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) has said it shares the concerns raised by the chief inspector of prisons in relation to safety and high levels of self-harm there.

    After the chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke said the jail was "fundamentally unsafe" last month, Justice Secretary David Gauke published an action plan to make improvements at Nottingham Prison this morning.

    The IMB has now said: "Since publication of our most recent report in July 2017, our concerns grew following the deaths in custody in the autumn of 2017.

    "We look forward to receiving a copy of the secretary of state’s response and are keen to know what steps will be put in place at Nottingham to have a positive impact on the lives of prisoners and improve safety."

    Nottingham Prison
  6. Appeal to trace owners of stolen goods in High Peak

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Derbyshire police are hoping to track down the owners of various items that are believed to have been stolen from the High Peak area.

    They include drills, tool boxes, fishing equipment, stamp albums, coins, jewellery, ornaments and a military hat.

    Items
    Items
    Items

    Police would like anyone who recognises the items to get in touch.

  7. 'Bionic' woman training for second marathon

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    A woman from Melton Mowbray is preparing for her second marathon, despite being paralysed from the chest down.

    Claire Lomas

    Claire Lomas is hoping for a new personal best after first completing the 26.2 mile challenge while wearing a 'bionic suit' in 2012 over 26 days.

    On the build up to the event she raised more than £200,000 for spinal injury research.

    Claire said she's hoping to "smash it" after having a few years to adjust to the suit and "being fitter" than ever before.

    Her next marathon gets under way in Manchester in April.

  8. Children 'don't need' more testing in schools

    Lewis Scrimshaw

    News editor, BBC Radio Nottingham

    Thousands of eight and nine-year-olds in England will be formally tested on their times tables this spring as part of a government trial.

    School classroom

    Ministers want mandatory checks by 2020 to identify pupils who need extra support but unions oppose the idea.

    Ben Waldram, headteacher of Lowdham Church of England Primary school says children "need to be good mathematicians".

    But he added: "It's a good foundation block for learning but they don't need testing through something like this."

  9. Upgrade promised for Sheffield-Manchester rail route

    The Hope Valley rail line which connects Sheffield with Manchester is to be upgraded, the government has confirmed.

    Hope Valley line

    The line is currently affected by slow freight trains between Bamford and Dore.

    The planned improvements will allow passenger trains to overtake, with three fast trains per hour instead of the two which currently run on the line, according to the government.

    Quote Message: Improved rail connections to Manchester are a key Sheffield City Region priority and something we have been pressing very hard for with ministers, and something the private and public sectors have been working together to achieve for some time." from Martin McKervey Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board
    Martin McKerveySheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board
  10. Teenager stabbed in attack involving a group of males

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    A 17-year-old boy is in a serious condition after being stabbed in Buwell.

    Nottinghamshire Police said he suffered a number of serious injuries following the attack involving a group of males.

    They were called to Stock Well at about 19:30 yesterday.

    Stock Well
  11. Beeston man wins world croquet title

    Pip Watts

    Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

    A 30-year-old Nottinghamshire man has won the AC World Croquet Championships in New Zealand.

    Croquet

    Paddy Chapman from Beeston has been playing croquet since he was 11 years old.

    The title winner said: "I enjoyed it very much, it was a great result for me - to beat Reg Bamford in the final - who's the best player in the world - was the extra cherry on top."

  12. Council officials 'postpone leave' to complete care plan

    Wesley Mallin

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    Officials in Derby have said they are postponing annual leave and spending more than half a million pounds to meet a deadline for children with special needs.

    Derby City Council

    An Education, Health and Care plan has to be written for every child in the city with special needs, by the end of March.

    Derby City Council's previously reported making slow progress compared to other authorities, however the council's told the government it's committed to meeting the deadline.

  13. Shrovetide action to restart later

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    It took until 21:30, but the ball was finally goaled in the first day of Royal Shrovetide Football yesterday.

    Fitness Instructor Tom Boulton-Lear was the "chosen one" for the Down'Ards, who are chasing their first win since 2010.

    Shrovetide Day One

    Darren Wearing who goaled the ball for the Down'Ards in 1996, said: "Tom will be ecstatic - his head will be in the clouds.

    "It's such an important game here in Ashbourne - it's a better feeling than any Olympic medal or FA cup win."

    Mr Wearing said the ball had been missing for an hour before it was goaled yesterday.

    The second day of Royal Shrovetide begins again at 14:00.

  14. Action plan for 'fundamentally unsafe' prison

    BBC Radio Nottingham

    The Justice Secretary David Gauke has published an action plan to make improvements at Nottingham Prison this morning.

    It comes after the chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke said the jail was "fundamentally unsafe" last month.

    He issued Mr Gauke with an urgent notification letter demanding action within 28 days.

    Nottingham prison

    The Ministry of Justice is to spend an additional £200,000 to improve mental health services there.

    Specialist staff will also spend more time with inmates most at risk of self-harm.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

    M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  16. Rams unbeaten run comes to an end

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    It took 12 matches but Derby County's unbeaten run came to an end after they lost 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday last night.

    Gary Rowett

    The Rams hadn't lost since November, but went behind midway through the first half through Lucas Joao, who doubled the home side's lead just after the break with a shot from 25 yards.

    After the game, Derby manager Gary Rowett said: "We should have had a penalty, a very clear one at that - I thought the referee had a very poor game tonight."