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Summary

  1. Shopkeeper jailed for having sex with girls as young as 13
  2. Council consults families about half term holidays
  3. Babington Hospital to close
  4. Council calls for rethink on electrification of Midland Mainline
  5. Leicester sixth fastest growing city centre
  6. Man in 'tangle' sends police a thank-you note
  7. Seven shops and businesses targeted in ram-raids
  8. Latest updates Friday 22 June

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By Sandish Shoker and Samantha Fisher

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound at J29a, Markham (Markham Vale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

School meals rise 'would hit most vulnerable'

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

School meals in Derbyshire could increase for the first time in three years under new proposals.

Under county council plans, primary, nursery and special school meals would go up by 10p day to £2.10 and secondary school meals are to rise 5p to £2.40.

Meanwhile, the cost of adult meals served in schools would increase by 5p to £2.88.

county hall
BBC

The authority says the increase is needed due to rising costs but Labour has criticised the plans, saying it would hit the most vulnerable the hardest.

Councillor Jim Coyle said: "This administration has hammered us with the biggest tax rise in recent memory, and now this.

"How much more pain do they plan to dish out to Derbyshire people?"

Take-up of school meals has increased over the past 12 months, with more than two-thirds of primary and nursery pupils and over half of secondary school pupils receiving meals each day.

Councillor Alex Dale said: "The council has held recommended school meal prices at their current level since 2015. However, our costs are increasing and we do need to respond to that to ensure we can continue to provide high quality meal options for all children in our schools."

A discussion into the proposals will be held later this month behind closed doors due to business and cost sensitivity.

Shopping arcade murals restored

Dave Wade

BBC News

Historic murals in a shopping centre, depicting Robin Hood and moments from Nottingham's history, have been restored to their former glory.

robin hood
GF Tomlinson

The artworks in the dome of Exchange Arcade, behind Nottingham Council House, were orignially painted 90 years ago but have deterioated because of water damage.

They show the Vikings capturing the city in the ninth Century, William the Conqueror ordering the building of Nottingham Castle in 1068 and King Charles I raising his Standard at the start of the Civil War.

There's also a picture of Nottingham's most famous outlaw and his Merry Men, which was the most damaged.

vikings mural
GF Tomlinson

Restoration work started inside the Grade-II listed building in March.

Leader of the city council Jon Collins, said: "I would encourage everyone to look up when they enter The Exchange and see the final results for themselves.”

king charles mural
GF Tomlinson

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J20 for A4303 and J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J20, A4303 (Lutterworth) and J21, M69 (Leicester), because of an accident.

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

Man in court over street attack

Giles Taylor

BBC East Midlands Today reporter

A man has appeared in court following an assault in Derby over the weekend.

stenson fields assault
BBC

Police were called to Pilgrims Way in Stenson Fields early on Sunday morning where they found a 31-year-old man with serious injuries.

A 27-year-old man, from Borrowash, appeared at Derby Magistrates' Court today charged with grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm and affray.

He's been remanded in custody and will appear again before magistrates next month.

Six arrested after town centre brawl

Dave Wade

BBC News

Five men and a woman have been arrested after a fight in Mansfield on Saturday evening.

leeming street mansfield
Google

Nottinghamshire Police said it happened in Leeming Street at about 20:20.

An 18-year-old woman and men aged, 24, 28, 30, 44 and 44, were arrested on suspicion of affray over the weekend.

They've been bailed with conditions not to enter Mansfield town centre between 20:00 and 06:00.

Council says food hygiene success 'down to hard work'

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Erewash Borough Council has given its reaction after Which? magazine named it the local authority area with the best food hygiene standards for the second year in a row.

Nearly 400 areas were analysed by the consumer group and Erewash - which has about 950 food outlets - finished top of the pile.

Fry-up
Reuters

Garry Hickton, the borough council's lead member for environment, said: “What an achievement by our team, ensuring that Erewash retains its title as the best performing local authority for food hygiene enforcement.

"Our officers work hard all year round to maintain and improve food safety and health and safety standards for the residents of Erewash. Well done to all involved.”

Sheffield FC withdraws from Women's Championship

Sheffield FC, a women's football team which has been playing for the last 15 years, is to withdraw from the league as it's becoming too expensive.

Player in blue chases a ball
Getty Images

The Dronfield-based side has played in the FA Women’s Championship, but the club's directors now say that will end.

However, Sheffield FC says it will continue to participate in girls' and women's football.

Sheffield FC has been a pioneer of women’s football in Sheffield, and has competed with honour, pride and considerable success against clubs with much greater resources. The financial commitments necessary to compete at this level are proving now too onerous."

Club statement

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J23a A42, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Uni tackles student mental health problems

Dave Wade

BBC News

A total of 95 higher education students killed themselves in England and Wales in the 12 months to July 2017, it's been revealed for the first time.

While it's lower than for the general population of similar ages, a report published last year showed the numbers of students disclosing mental health problems had increased fivefold in the last decade.

University of Derby
University of Derby

Students at the University of Derby are required to take a course in mental health wellbeing to help them cope with the demands of their academic and personal lives.

It's among a number of different techniques to help assist students who suffer from mental health problems.

Vice-chancellor, Kathryn Mitchell, said: "Our approach is we understand that students will arrive, probably with significantly higher levels of stress in undertaking their degrees, but our job is to make sure that whether some students are more stressed than others they can get the best outcome for their degree."

Crash closes A38 sliproad

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Not great news with rush hour fast approaching.

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Pair in miracle escape after M1 crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Police have shared photos showing the aftermath of a single car crash on the M1 in Nottinghamshire yesterday.

Amazingly the two people inside the vehicle escaped with only "very minor injuries" but the crash did cause major delays.

M1 crash
Nottinghamshire Police
M1 crash
Nottinghamshire Police

What is a sun pillar?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Sun pillars, which were spotted across the East MIdlands at sunset last night, are vertical columns of light which can appear near the horizon, often at sunrise and sunset.

Here's one spotted in Heanor last night.

Heanor
Stoneyford View

They are formed when light interacts with ice crystals in the atmosphere.

These crystals are usually flat and hexagonal and they usually fall through the air more or less horizontally, just gently tilting from side to side.

As the light passes through these horizontal crystals they act like a huge mirror, reflecting the light upwards into a pillar or column shape.

With high pressure in charge of the weather at the moment, there isn’t a lot of cloud formation.

However, there are some wisps of thin high level clouds made of ice crystals (such as cirrostratus) and when you get these conditions it’s perfect for sun pillars to form.

Sun pillars spotted across East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

Check out this beautiful solar phenomenon spotted in the skies above our region at sunset last night.

Sun pillars were spotted in Mickleover, Derby.

mickleover
du gare

Kinoulton, Nottinghamshire.

kinoulton
Belvoir Bob

And Market Bosworth, Leicestershire.

market bosworth sun pillar
Summer on the cut

Severn Trent: No plans for hosepipe ban

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Severn Trent says water usage across the sun-hit region yesterday was 11% higher than an average June day.

The firm says it is confident a hosepipe ban will not be necessary during the predicted heatwave but it has asked customers to do what they can to preserve water supplies.

It's suggested people take showers instead of baths and limit their use of sprinklers.

Swithland
Annie's Path

Water efficiency manager Doug Clarke said: “Our reservoirs and other water sources are in a healthy position and looking good at the moment but we’re asking our customers to think about being ‘water wise’ in whatever they do as the hot temperatures continue.

"If there’s even a chance that it’s going to be a long dry summer, then we need to get into good habits now.”

Elderly romance fraud victim 'considered killing himself'

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A Chesterfield pensioner says he considered killing himself when he realised a woman he fell in love with after meeting her online had run up a £6,000 debt on his credit card.

The man, in his 80s, was targeted by the fraudster on an online dating site.

He said: “We spent an enormous amount of time on the phone and messaging. At one point she arranged to come down to Chesterfield to visit me but she had maxed her cash card and couldn’t come unless I could send her my card details.

“In hindsight how stupid was that? The next thing I knew she had run up £6,000 worth of debt on my credit card. I couldn’t put petrol in the car, I couldn’t even buy food and I considered committing suicide."

Using computer
BBC

The victim went to police and eventually had his money refunded. Now his story is being shared by Derbyshire Police to raise awareness of so-called romance fraud.

The force has published a number of steps people can take to avoid being taken advantage of while using online dating sites.

Cabbies to get training to spot child exploitation

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

Erewash Borough Council is set to ensure all its licensed cabbies have mandatory training to be on the look-out for potential child sexual exploitation.

The training has already been introduced by most other authorities in the county - including Chesterfield, Derby City, Amber Valley, North East and Bolsover, and South Derbyshire.

The council will now require all currently licensed drivers to take the training before their current permit expires - or they will have it taken away.

Taxi sign
BBC

There are currently 260 existing licensed drivers in Erewash who will require the training and must complete it before November.

New applicants for hackney or private-hire licenses must complete the training within a year of gaining their permit.

Man arrested over assault and drug offences

Dave Wade

BBC News

A man has been arrested in Nottinghamshire on suspicion of common assault, grievous bodily harm and drug offences.

Nottinghamshire Police said they were called to reports of an assault in Ravenswood Road, Arnold, at about 21:00 last night. A small cannabis grow was discovered at the scene.

The 44-year-old man was further arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and threats to kill while in custody, where he remains.

ravenswood road arnold
Google

Monks unveil UK's first Trappist beer

Liam Barnes

BBC News

I'm at Mount Saint Bernard Abbey in Leicestershire, where monks have brewed the UK's first Trappist beer.

Thirsty work!

trappiste beer monks
BBC
Trappist beer monks
BBC

Severe disruption: A42 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

A42 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J13 A511 and M1 J23A.

A42 Leicestershire - A42 blocked northbound between J13, A511 (Ashby-De-La-Zouch) in Lount and the M1 J23a junction in Leicestershire.

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

Trapped people freed from cars after A42 crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The fire service says all casualties have been successfully freed from their vehicles and taken to hospital following a three-car crash on the A42 southbound in Leicestershire.

Recovery is now being arranged for the cars and attempts are being made to get traffic flowing again.

The crash has caused huge tailbacks between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Tonge.

A42 crash
Highways England
Rare World War One munitions factory footage shown
The film was shot a year or two before an explosion at the factory killed 134 people.

World Cup star gets Kane-ine namesake

Dave Wade

BBC News

Can you see the similarity...?

England captain Harry Kane is top dog in terms of goals scored at this year's World Cup after his hat-trick against Panama.

Let's hope the roar of the crowds doesn't give him earache, like his canine namesake, from Nottingham.

Kane Kane
PDSA/Getty Images

Eight-year-old Kane is part of a PDSA squad of injured pets named after World Cup footballers.

The Staffie was treated at the charity's pet hospital in Nottingham for an ear problem.

Other pets to feature in the PDSA’s World Cup side include a cat named Vardy, Messi the terrier and Ronaldo the cat.

School leavers' booze party plans foiled by police

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

More than 50 cans and bottles of alcohol were confiscated from underage drinkers in Heanor last week.

Derbyshire Police said the haul was seized from young people during patrols in the town's Market Place, Shipley Park and a supermarket on Wednesday.

Seized alcohol
Derbyshire Police

Police Community Support Officer Rio Lyons said: “We had reports from the community that some local school leavers were planning on getting together and drinking alcohol to celebrate.

“We understand that young people may want to honour the end of their school life with their friends, but drinking under age is not only illegal but also has the potential to fuel anti-social behaviour and could put their safety at risk.”

Watch: Rare WW1 munitions factory footage

Dave Wade

BBC News

This year marks 100 years since World War One's deadliest explosion on British soil.

On 1 July 1918, eight tonnes of explosives ignited at the Chilwell Munitions Factory, killing 134 people and injuring many more.

Now footage of workers in the factory, from a year or two before the explosion, has been painstakingly restored by the Imperial War Museum.

Incredibly, it lay hidden in a garden shed in Beeston until it was discovered by a BBC documentary team, fronted by Kate Adie, four years ago.

The film will be shown tonight at St Mary’s Church, Attenborough, where most of the victims were buried in a mass grave.

Severe accident: A42 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

A42 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between M1 J23A and J13 A511.

A42 Leicestershire - A42 closed and stationary traffic southbound between the M1 J23a junction and J13, A511 (Ashby-De-La-Zouch), because of an accident involving a van and two cars. Diversion in operation - follow the hollow diamond symbol, by continuing ion the M1 to J23, follow the A512 Westbound to re-join the A42 Southbound at Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

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

Travel: A42 closed southbound

Dave Wade

BBC News

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said it was a crash involving three vehicles between junctions 13 and 14, between the A511 for Ashby-de-la-Zouch and the A453 at Tonge.

Three casualties were trapped and crews are cutting them free.

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Council considers raising price of school meals

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The cost of lunch at Derbyshire's schools could be about to go up.

The county council is proposing to increase the recommended selling price of meals by 10p to £2.10 at its nursery, primary and special schools and by 5p to £2.40 at its secondary schools.

The authority said the switch - which would take effect from September - would be considered by the council's cabinet member for young people Alex Dale at a meeting on Friday.

Knife and fork
BBC

Pupils who receive free school meals would be unaffected and schools would retain the right to set their own prices if they prefer.

If approved, it would be the first school meal price increase since 2015.

#GetInspired

England's Jesse Lingard and Harry Maguire showed just what they can do on the pitch in Sunday's 6-1 victory over Panama.

But how did they get on in our BBC Get Inspired skills challenge (with Jack Buckland) prior to the tournament?

Lingard, Butland & Maguire take on our skills challenge

If you've been inspired by England to find out how to get into football the BBC Get Inspired guide can help you.

Man seriously hurt in pub fight

Lewis Scrimshaw

BBC Radio Nottingham

Detectives are investigating a fight outside a pub in Nottingham which left a man with a serious head injury.

top house
Google

They were called to the Top House in Bardney Drive, Bulwell, at about 18:30 yesterday.

It's believed a number of men were involved.

A 17-year-old's been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remains in custody.

Travel: A42 lane closed after three-car crash

Dave Wade

BBC News

Best to avoid the area if you can.

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Motorbike crash closes road

Dave Wade

BBC News

A motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries in a crash in Mansfield Woodhouse this morning.

peafield lane
Google

Peafield Lane was closed between the A60 and Forest Road junctions after the collision, which didn't involve any other vehicles.

The air ambulance was at the scene of the crash which happened at about 09:20.

The road's expected to be shut for some time, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Falcon fledgling returned to nest

Dave Wade

BBC News

This will put a Pere-grin on your face...

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The same pair of peregrine falcons have been nesting successfully at Derby Cathedral since 2006 when a nest platform was installed there.

Chellaston teenager goes missing

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

An 18-year-old woman has gone missing from her home in Chellaston.

Derbyshire Police said Jasmine Chahal has not been seen for six days and has links to Birmingham.

They've asked anyone who knows where she is to call 101.

Jasmine Chahal
Derbyshire Police

Magpies chairman criticises Lineker's 'F-bombs'

Dave Wade

BBC News

Notts County chairman, Alan Hardy, has joined the criticism of BBC football presenter Gary Lineker's swearing on Twitter.

alan hardy
Dan Westwell

Alan Hardy says the Match of the Day presenter, from Leicester, has a responsibility to his 7m followers, even to those too young to have their own Twitter account.

"I know it's supposed to be a minimum 13 years but my kids, who are eight, nine and 10, often say, 'What're Alan Shearer's views?', 'Was it really a penalty?', 'What does Lineker think of that penalty?'" he said.

"I'm not keen on them reading it when there's lots of F-bombs flying around."

gary lineker
BBC

Lineker tweeted a swear word following Germany's 2-1 win over Sweden on Saturday.

He's since tweeted: "To the tiny minority: I like swearing as it adds emphasis occasionally", adding "you can always unfollow" if it offends.

Mary Berry to preside over Chatsworth Country Fair

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Mary Berry has been named as the president of this year's Chatsworth Country Fair.

She follows in the footstep of Olympics hero Jessica Ennis-Hill, broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh and popstar-turned-farmer JB Gill in being handed the position.

She'll be putting on a baking display at the three-day event, which gets under way on 31 August, along with fellow Great British Bake-Off stars Paul Hollywood and Nadiya Hussain.

Mary Berry
Georgie Glynn-Smith

Floodlights down at Notts County

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

This is the current scene at Meadow Lane where Notts County's floodlights have been lowered for maintenance. They couldn't have chosen a nicer day for it.

Lowered floodlights
Notts County
Lowered floodlights
Notts County

Ice lolly treat for gun cop

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

What a Fab-ulous gesture.

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