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By Amy Woodfield and Alex Smith

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from the East Midlands live page - updates will start again on Wednesday at 08:00.

  2. Drayton Manor death: Live coverage continues

    Live coverage following the death of an 11-year-old girl at Drayton Manor Park will continue this evening.

    The youngster, believed to be from the Leicester area, was on a school trip to the Staffordshire theme park.

    Drayton Manor Park
  3. BreakingGirl who fell from Drayton Manor Park ride has died

    The 11-year-old girl who fell from a ride at Drayton Manor Park has died, Staffordshire Police have confirmed.

    The girl, believed to be from Leicester, was on a school trip, police have said.

  4. Shop assistant to spend days in a glass box

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    This 31-year-old woman from Leicester is preparing to spend 50 hours locked in glass box to raise awareness of autism.

    Elena Turland

    Elena Turland from Netherhall works at the local Tesco store in Hamilton - that's where the box will be.

    She'll go inside at midday on Thursday and will not leave until 14:00 on Saturday.

    Quote Message: I’ll definitely do it. I’m going in with my eyes wide open and I’ll take it as it comes. I’ll do plenty of reading in the box and I’ve also lined up some entertainment to keep me occupied." from Elena Turland
    Elena Turland
  5. Men wanted following early morning 'disturbance'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Do you recognise any of these men? Police want to talk to them about a "disturbance" in Derby last month. 

    It happened on Sadler Gate at around 04:00 on 1 April near the entrance to an alley leading to the Blue Note Club.

    CCTV images
  6. Police find handgun in Nottingham house

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A man from Nottingham has appeared in court after being charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition.

    The 25-year-old from Nottingham Road in the city was arrested after police found a handgun at a house in Basford on Friday.

    He was remanded into custody and is due at Nottingham Crown Court on 5 June 2017.

  7. Weather: Sunny and warm Wednesday

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will steadily clear overnight leaving clear spells. There’s the chance of a touch of frost in sheltered rural spots. 

    Lows of 4C (39F) in towns and cities.


    The weather’s looking fine and dry Wednesday with plenty of sunshine and some scattered cloud. 

    Highs of 17C (63F).

  8. BreakingYoung girl falls from water ride

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A ride at Drayton Manor theme park has been closed following a major incident involving a child believed to be from the Leicester area.

    Helicopter at Drayton Manor theme park

    Staffordshire Police were called just before 14:30 to reports that a young girl had fallen from a water ride at the park.

    The girl, thought to be 11 years old, has been airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

  9. Man who found hand-sized tarantula 'afraid of spiders'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Michael Fields has been showing the BBC where he discovered the abandoned tarantula on Narborough Road in Leicester...

    Michael Fields

    I want to call him "spider man" now - but he's actually very scared of them.

    He said finding the creature was his "worst fear".

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, on J23A for A42.

    M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound on J23a A42, because of an accident.

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

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  12. Cathedral asked to 'urgently' relocate Richard III performance

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Plans for Leicester Cathedral to host performances of Shakespeare's Richard III this summer have been criticised by the group who led the project to find the remains of the former king.

    Richard III tomb

    The Looking For Richard Project has said it was with "great shock and deep disappointment" they found out about the performance where King Richard now lies at rest. 

    The group has said their hope in finding the remains was to be able to give the king the "respect and human dignity so conspicuously denied in 1485" when he was killed on the field of battle.  

    Leicester Cathedral

    They've accused Leicester Cathedral of using their connections with the last Plantagenet monarch as a "commercial and promotional venture". 

    The Dean of Leicester, Revd David Monteith, explains their decision to host the performance...

    Video content

    Video caption: The Dean of Leicester explains why they agreed to host Richard III performance

    Along with the Richard III Society, Looking For Richard Project are urgently calling for the performances to be relocated to an alternative venue.

  13. Council pays the price of fly tipping increase

    BBC Radio Nottingham

    There's been a big increase in the number of fly tipping cases in Mansfield. 

    Fly tip

    The district council recorded a rise of 18% over the past year, which it said cost it an extra £12,000 to clear up. 

    The authority has used CCTV cameras to try to catch offenders, though the number of prosecutions fell from 11 to nine.

  14. Notts County votes for academies to play in EFL Trophy - despite fan survey

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    Notts County has voted for "category one" academies and B teams to play in the EFL Trophy next season and in the 2018-19 campaign - despite 94% of Magpies fans voting against their inclusion.

    In fact, almost half of those surveyed wanted the competition scrapped completely.  

    Meadow Lane

    Notts County owner Alan Hardy has been defending the club's stance on Twitter... 

    View more on twitter
  15. Watch: Scene of Passchendaele battle

    Ben Jackson

    BBC Radio Leicester presenter

    This is Polygon Wood in Ypres in Belgium - it's where 600 soldiers from the Leicestershire Regiment lost their lives in 1917...

    Video content

    Video caption: Polygon Wood where 600 soldiers from the Leicestershire Regiment lost their lives in 1917
  16. Notts County owner tweets displeasure after being hit with parking fine

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    It looks like yesterday wasn't a great day for Notts County owner Alan Hardy... 

    View more on twitter

    Rushcliffe Borough Council replied to Mr Hardy on Twitter, saying: "Tickets are available in half hour increments (50p per 30 mins) for this reason.

    "However, if you think the fine was issued unfairly you can challenge it."