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  1. Live updates for Friday 28 July 2017
  2. Man denies attempted child abduction charges
  3. Men held in Swiss prison over 'race'
  4. Inquest into death of robbery suspect adjourned
  5. Derby celebrates 40 years of city status
  6. Nottingham's QMC also turns 40 today

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By Maryam Qaiser and Liam Barnes

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East Midlands weather update: A wet weekend ahead

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There will be plenty of rain this evening which will turn into heavier showers later.

It will be dry throughout the night but will remain breezy with temperatures reaching 12C (54F).

Weather Saturday

Tomorrow will be dry with some sunny spells but it will rain in the afternoon.

Sunday will see frequent heavy showers with a risk of thunder at times.

Leicester drug dealer jailed for five years

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A 36-year-old man has been jailed for several drug offences.

Kyle Garner pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, two counts of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and possession of an offensive weapon.

Leicestershire Police said officers raided Garner's home in Leicester last July and found a quantity of class A and B drugs with a street value of more than £1,000.

Kyle Garner
Leicestershire Police

He was subsequently charged but while he was on bail, officers executed another warrant at his address and recovered a quantity of class A and B drugs with a street value of more than £3,000. A baton was also recovered from Garner's car.

He was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on Wednesday.

Mansfield Town in talks to build hotel

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Most football fans hope for a new striker in the summer transfer window, but Mansfield Town could be set to get a different sort of investment.

The Stags have confirmed they're in talks with international hotel chain Hilton over plans to build the only hotel in the town.

A club spokesman says the plans are in their "embryonic stage", but the plans are understood to be a 100-room hotel on land next to the Quarry Lane stand of the One Call Stadium.

Mansfield Town One Call Stadium
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Man denies attempted child abduction charges

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A man has pleaded not guilty to the attempted abduction of a child.

Mikolaj Zawilinski, of Farfield Avenue, Beeston, also denied other charges at Nottingham Magistrates' Court - including sexual assault on a child under 13 and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Mr Zawilinski has been remanded in custody and is due to stand trial at Nottingham Crown Court on 25 August.

M1 delays following broken down vehicle

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A broken down vehicle on the M1 is causing delays heading south between junctions 29 and 28 for Alfreton.

Highways England has closed one lane.

M1 delays
Highways England

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 and very slow traffic on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Shane Bryant: Inquest into death of robbery suspect adjourned

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

An inquest into the death of a suspected robber has been opened.

Shane Bryant was stopped by members of the public following an armed raid on the Co-op on Market Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, on 13 July.

The 30-year-old died in hospital two days later, and an initial post-mortem examination did not find a cause of death.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating.

Shane Bryant robbery death Ashby
Shane Bryant/Facebook
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Newsbeat speaks to the people behind three festivals which have sprung up from nothing in the past decade.

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Police release image of wanted man

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

This is Scott Harris, who is wanted for recall to prison.

The 42-year-old is from Castle Gresley, but Derbyshire Police say he is thought to have connections with Leicestershire.

They're asking anyone who spots him to get in touch.

Scott Harris Castle Gresley
Derbyshire Police

CCTV released of attempted robbery

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Police have released dramatic CCTV footage showing the attempted robbery of a shop in Nottingham.

It happened at about 23:00 BST on 18 July.

The staff who managed to prevent the suspect taking any money were uninjured.

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Weather Watchers: Wet and windy across East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

It's not been a glorious day on the weather front, but the Weather Watchers have still been sending in some great pictures.


Raquel has captured the fountain at Renishaw Hall in Eckington looking splendid, while Annbie has gone arty with a rain-splashed picture of the weather in Warsop.

Warsop rain

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J29 for A617.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound at J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Leicester Tigers unveil new kit

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Leicester Tigers will be in action tonight in the Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens in Northampton, and they'll be running out in their new strip for the first time.

The new kits are "geared towards performance", according to kit manager Clive Galloway, so maybe they'll help Leicester improve on what was a turbulent season last time out.

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers

Three arrested after police pursuit

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Three men have been arrested after police searching for suspected burglars spotted a car believed to be stolen.

Nottinghamshire Police said three men thought to be wearing balaclavas and carrying weapons entered a house in Sheffield early on Thursday before fleeing in the car, which was seen by an officer on the A614 in Ollerton.

The car was brought to a halt at Burntstump Hill in Arnold at about 16:00 BST yesterday, and after the suspects fled on foot they were tracked down.

All three men have been taken back to South Yorkshire for questioning.

Burntstump Hill Arnold

QMC tram bridge named after MRI pioneer

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The new £1.4m tram bridge, which opened at the Queen's Medical Centre today, has been named in memory of professor Sir Peter Mansfield.

Sir Peter, who died in February, was one of Nottingham’s science pioneers and a Nobel prize-winner.

He invented the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner.

Sir Peter Mansfield

His name was the most popular suggestion in a competition held to find a new name for the tram bridge, which will provide direct access from the tram platform to the south side of the hospital.

Lady Mansfield was at the official opening of the bridge, which marked the hospital's 40th birthday.

Sir Peter Mansfield

Titanium chippings on fire

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

About 15 firefighters from Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire are tackling a blaze at a warehouse on Old Trent Road in Beckingham.

Twenty tonnes of titanium chippings are on fire.

Fire in Beckingham
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cigarette smuggling ringleaders jailed

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The leaders of a cigarette smuggling gang, who evaded almost £1.2m in taxes, have been jailed.

Alan Rashid, 33, and Goran Mohamed Ahmed, 34 from Derby were caught with more than three million illegal cigarettes.

The pair masterminded the operation over four years, along with gang member Hiwa Kadar, 34, of West Bromwich.

The three men were caught with a delivery of 3,120,200 Mayfair cigarettes when HMRC officers raided a yard in Brickhouse Lane, West Bromwich, in September 2014.

Cigarettes found
HM Revenue & Customs

Tens of thousands of cigarettes were seized at several other addresses linked to Rashid and Ahmed, who were also connected to smuggled cigarettes seized in 2010.

Rashid and Ahmed were both jailed for four years and six months at Derby Crown Court on Wednesday.

Hiwa Kadar was sentenced to 10 months in prison suspended for 18 months, 120 hours unpaid work and a curfew between 20:00 and 05:00 for three months.

Cars on a lake side break

The men have been held for seven weeks without charge and dispute claims they were racing.

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Mansfield Library turns 40

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

It seems 28 July is a day for celebrating 40th birthdays.

Not only has the Queen's Medical Centre turned 40 today but Mansfield Library marks four decades of being open.

It was officially opened by the Queen who visited Mansfield with Prince Philip in 1977.

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QMC celebrates its 40th birthday

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

It's become a landmark in the city, and today marks the 40th anniversary since Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre opened.

Here's a short video on some of the surprising stats and famous faces that have passed through its 26 miles of corridors over the last four decades.

Former college site to be redeveloped

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Undeveloped land, which has been empty for 20 years, will be transformed into a retail park in Derby.

Supermarket Aldi is the first company to announce it is moving onto the development when it is completed next summer.

Card Factory, Indigo Sun and Greggs currently have units under offer on the site, which was once home to Mackworth College.

Catherine Haward
Cartwright Communications

Catherine Haward, land director for Wheatcroft, which is leading the project, said: "This is a site which has been left undeveloped over the past 20 years and I am really pleased to be bringing it back to life – things are finally happening."

Work to construct a new road and access to the existing highways has already started.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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Alec Baldwin celebrating one of Leicester's favourite sons

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Alec Baldwin Joe Orton
University of Leicester
Alec Baldwin (left) and Dr Emma Parker

Leicester and Hollywood don't always go together in people's minds, but one of Tinseltown's most storied actors will be lending a hand to pay tribute to one of the city's favourite sons.

Alec Baldwin has recorded a special message for Yours Faithfully, Edna Welthorpe (Mrs), an event celebrating the spoof letters written by playwright Joe Orton under a pseudonym.

He's also written a letter in the style of Edna Welthorpe, which will be read at the event on 9 August, the 50th anniversary of Orton's murder.

Dr Emma Parker, from the University of Leicester, said Baldwin - who made his Broadway debut in Orton's play Loot in 1986 - has always had a passion for the Leicester-born writer's work.

Joe Orton
Lewis Morley

Police investigating indecent exposures

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Police are investigating two cases of a man reportedly exposing himself to women near the High Peak Junction Visitor Centre in Cromford.

A spokesman for the force said a man with his face covered exposed himself at about 14:30 BST on 17 July, and that a similar incident happened on 5 July.

High Peak Junction Visitor Centre

QMC to open £1.4m tram bridge

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A new £1.4m bridge, which will connect the Queen's Medical Centre's tram stop to the main hospital, will open this afternoon.

The new walkway will provide direct access from the tram platform to the south side of the hospital, which is the same level as the hospital's main entrance.

Tram bridge opening

The opening will coincide with the hospital's 40th birthday today.

Cakes to celebrate QMC milestone

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

These yummy treats were handed out to customers outside tram stops to mark the Queen's Medical Centre's 40 birthday today.

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Police arrest absconded prisoner

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

A man who absconded from a prison in Derbyshire has been recaptured by police.

Michael Ford failed to return to HMP Sudbury on 14 May, but has now been re-arrested by Staffordshire Police.

He was sentenced to eight years and ten months in prison in December 2014 for grievous bodily harm, robbery and conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

Michael Ford
Derbyshire Police

Footage shows BMW police chase

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

This footage showing officers chasing a stolen BMW has been released by police.

The car was taken after a gang broke into a house on Hollin Cross Lane in Glossop and stole the keys.

They also took bank cards, which they then used in Sheffield - alerting police in the city.

The men appeared at Derby Crown Court on Wednesday, when Ivor Martin was jailed for 44 months, Carl Flowers for 43 months and Ali Luthfur for 38 months.

They all admitted burglary and taking the car without the owner’s consent in February.

Martin and Luthfur also admitted fraudulently using credit cards stolen during the burglary.

Rainbow rising: Your colourful pictures from Notts

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

The rain may have been torrential last night, but on the plus side it did give us ample opportunities to look up at some wonderful rainbows across Nottinghamshire.

You've been sharing some of your stunning pictures with us on the Radio Nottingham Facebook page.

Drake House Dave

Drake House Dave took a shot of this wonderful arc of light near Newark, while Jan Barlow managed to capture a double rainbow over Gedling.

Rainbow Nottinghamshire
Jan Barlow

And who knows who lives at the end of this rainbow in Bulwell? A fine shot by Malcolm Shearstone.

Rainbow Nottinghamshire
Malcolm Shearstone
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Derby marks 40 years since being granted city status
The Queen came to hand over "Letters Patent" which granted the engineering town new status.

Nottingham's QMC turns 40

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham is celebrating its 40 birthday today.

It took a decade of planning and construction but on 28 July 1977 it was officially opened by the Queen.

The hospital's medical school was the first to be established outside of London in the 20th Century.

In 2012, the hospital established its Major Trauma Centre.

Archivist Paul Swift from the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said the planning of the QMC caused some controversy.

Archivist Paul Swift

He said: "There was a terrific campaign against it, for example the West block entrance, because it was all compulsory purchase, because two houses had to be demolished.

"The gardens around the existing houses had to be reduced and, believe it or not - this is hilarious just thinking about it - but the residents of Wollaton and Lenton formed vigilante groups against it."

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Derby celebrates 40 years of city status

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Forty years ago Derby had one of its proudest moments as it was awarded city status, with the Queen coming up to mark the occasion.

Thousands of people came out to watch, as this video shows.

Happy 40th Derby!

Clip shows drug users in 'zombie' state

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

This shocking video, which was filmed by a member of the public, shows the effects of so-called zombie drugs.

The two men in the clip, filmed by Ray Mckenzie in St Ann's, are thought to be under the influence of the psychoactive drug known as spice or mamba.

Formerly known a "legal high", it became illegal a year ago.

Severe accident: A1 Nottinghamshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Nottinghamshire southbound severe accident, between A6075 Newark Road and B1164 Carlton.

A1 Nottinghamshire - A1 partially blocked and queuing traffic southbound between Tuxford Junction in Tuxford and Carlton in Carlton-on-Trent, because of an accident involving car and lorry.

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

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Here's how Friday is shaping up.

Beeston child abduction attempt: Man charged

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A man has been charged with the attempted abduction of a child following a huge police operation on Wednesday.

Mikolaj Zawilinski, 36, of Farfield Avenue, Beeston, was also charged with sexual assault on a child under 13 and with trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence


Officers were deployed after a man was spotted acting suspiciously in Central Avenue, Beeston.

Mr Zawilinski has been remanded in custody and will appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court today.

Travel: Updates from across the region

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

  • The A46 southbound between A607 near Syston and junction A6 is busy
  • There is a broken down vehicle blocking a lane on the A46 near Birstall causing long queues before the Wanlip turn back past the Hobby Horse island
  • Drivers should expect some delays on the A453 southbound between M1 and the A42 towards Nottingham

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Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

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