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  1. Live updates for Wednesday 21 June 2017
  2. Couple charged over water park death
  3. Pair jailed over burst football killing
  4. Man arrested after girl's body found
  5. Sprinklers to be 'urgently' installed
  6. Missing man has mental health issues
  7. New Peak District footpath opens
  8. Cricket: Foxes heaviest innings defeat for 85 years
  9. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Calum McKenzie and Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M1 Nottinghamshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Nottinghamshire southbound severe accident, between J26 for A610 Nottingham and J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

M1 Nottinghamshire - Rolling road-block and an accident involving three vehicles on M1 southbound between J26, A610 (Nottingham) and J25, A52 (Nottingham).

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

Charlie Dunn

Charlie Dunn's mother and stepfather are accused of manslaughter by gross negligence over his death.

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Our live coverage across the day

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

That's all from Amy and I today - but breaking news, sport, and travel updates will be posted automatically through the evening.

East Midlands Live returns from 08:00.

Weather: Warm night with the chance of thunderstorms

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Another muggy night with the risk of an isolated thunderstorm through this evening and the first part of tonight.

BBC Weather grid

They could potentially be heavy with hail, gusty winds, and lightning.

Lows of 17C (63F).

Your photos: 'Hottest day of the year'

BBC Weather Watchers

Our BBC Weather Watchers have had their cameras out on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year. Thanks to this effort from Anne in Allestree...


This was sent in by scrappy in Shepshed.

Deckchairs in shepshed

Thanks as well to Tony the TA for this pic from Wollaton Park.

Deer in Wollaton Park
Tony the TA

Your photos: 'Chilled' pooch beats the heat

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

How many of us have been like this over the last few days?

Dog on the bed with a fan
Chris Moonburst

Charlie in Ilkeston knows how to cool off.

Alvaston actor set to play Ronnie O'Sullivan in film?

BBC Radio 5 live

Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan has said it would be "fantastic" if Jack O'Connell played him in a film about his life.

The five-time world champion added that O'Connell, from Alvaston, is "quite up for playing the part".

One of Jack's most recent roles was a snooker player in a play at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Weather warning for rain issued

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Before we get to the main forecast, the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain for the East Midlands (valid between 22:55-02:00).

Rain cloud

Not everyone will see a shower, for many it’ll be dry with largely clear skies.

Crash closes A47 in Uppingham

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The A47 has been closed at the Uppingham roundabout following a collision - here's the latest update from Oakham Police...

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Severe accident: A47 Rutland both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Rutland both ways severe accident, between A6003 and Leicester Road.

A47 Rutland - A47 in Uppingham closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A6003 junction and the Leicester Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J23 for A512 and J22 for A50.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J23, A512 (Loughborough) and J22, A50 (Coalville), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Farm fined for polluting river and killing fish

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The operators of a poultry farm in Burton on the Wolds have been fined after they polluted the Walton Brook killing thousands of fish.

The Environment Agency (EA) started their investigation in July last year after a member of the public contacted them about dead fish in the river.

Dead fish
Environment Agency

Officers found it was caused by staff at Sturdee Poultry Farm making mistakes during routine cleansing of the poultry sheds.

A highly polluting discharge of wash water went into the Walton Brook that was toxic to fish and invertebrates.

It affected nearly four kilometres of watercourse, killing an estimated 6,400 fish.

These are water samples from Walton Brook taken by the EA...

Water samples from Walton Brook
Environment Agency

The EA has told the BBC Hudson & Sanders Limited, the operators of the farm, have been fined £1,000.

They have also been ordered to pay the EA's full investigative costs of nearly £8,000.

New 190-mile Peak District footpath open

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A new footpath, designed to raise awareness of the Peak District's "magnificent landscapes," has been officially opened.

Peak District
Getty Images

The 190-mile route, designed by the Friends of the Peak District, takes in the Derbyshire Dales, the edges of Sheffield and Oldham and parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Julie Gough, from the Friends of the Peak District, said: "One of the reasons for devising the route was to raise awareness of the edge of the National Park and its magnificent landscapes – and to encourage people to cherish and protect them."

"The walk follows existing paths and trails and takes you away from the usual ‘honeypots’, into quieter, less well-known corners of the Park, giving you a new perspective on the Peak District."

Evington Road death not suspicious

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have confirmed the death of a man outside a shop on Evington Road in Leicester is not suspicious.

The man in his 40s was found unconscious on Monday morning, he died soon after.


BreakingCouple charged over water park death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have charged two people over the death of five-year-old Charlie Dunn who drowned following an incident at Bosworth Water Park in July last year.

Lynsey Dunn and Paul Smith, Charlie's mother and step-father, are accused of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Charlie Dunn
Family handout

The 28 and 36-year-olds, from Glascote Heath in Tamworth, have also both been charged with seven child neglect offences.

Paul Smith has also been charged with two counts of witness intimidation, one count of threats to damage or destroy property by fire and eight driving offences.

They are both due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on 5 July.

Watch: How are you coping with the heatwave?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's another very hot day across the East Midlands - we've been asking some of you what you make of the soaring temperatures...

Liam Boyce

Championship side Burton break their club record to sign Ross County striker Liam Boyce on a three-year contract.

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'Slave' washed in garage full of hens

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

A former Sports Direct worker has told a "modern slavery" trial how he was controlled by a Polish couple, who kept him in appalling conditions in Nottingham.

Jaroslaw Kilian said workers had to share beds in a caravan, and wash in a garage full of hens.

He said he was offered well-paid work, and accommodation in Nottingham.

He said he sometimes had to do painting jobs without any pay and the agency that sent him to Sports Direct were given a false address.

Bozena and Dariousz Parczewski are charged with forced labour, and fraud.

Mr Kilian said at least 20 people had worked for them.

Joe Davis made 32 first-team appearances for Fleetwood Town

Port Vale re-sign defender Joe Davis from Fleetwood Town and add Burton goalkeeper Sam Hornby, both on two-year deals.

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Notts in 'awesome touch'

BBC Sport

Nottinghamshire have beaten Leicestershire by an innings and 280 runs - the Foxes heaviest innings defeat for 85 years.

The visitors were twice all out for 134... that's just 21 runs more than Samit Patel hit on his own in the first innings.

Former Notts batsman James Taylor is impressed...

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Cricket: International trio available for Lord's final

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Some good news for Notts fans...

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...Australian fast bowler James Pattinson is also available for the game before heading back down under.

Mountsorrel quarry owners 'shocked and saddened' by death

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The owners of Mountsorrel Quarry, have confirmed that the man who died there earlier today (see 11:49) was a contractor working on the site. Tarmac have just released this statement:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm a contractor, working at Mountsorrel quarry, lost his life earlier today (21 June). Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies are with the man’s family, friends and colleagues. We are all shocked and saddened by this news and will continue to do all we can to help the authorities with their investigations, and to provide care and support for the team on site. As this investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this stage."

Luke Fletcher

Nottinghamshire extend their lead at the top of Division Two with a resounding innings win over neighbours Leicestershire.

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Pair jailed over football puncture manslaughter

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This father and daughter have just been jailed for seven years each for the manslaughter of Kelly Machin.

Natalie Bollen and William Gary Jelly
Leicestershire Police

Natalie Bollen, who is 28 years old and from Leicester Forest East was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court along with her father 48-year-old William Gary Jelly from Thorpe Astley.

In August last year Bollen and Jelly got into a row with Ms Machin. The 34-year-old had punctured a football belonging to one of Bollen's children after it landed in her back garden.

Bollen punched Ms Machin and Jelly pushed or punched her to the ground. She later died as a result of internal bleeding.

Kelly Machin
Leicestershire Police

A seemingly minor incident resulted in a person losing their life. The defendants’ actions on that day were excessive and they attacked Kelly without regard for the consequences. They now face a lengthy prison sentence and two families have been left devastated.”

Det Ch Insp Martin SmalleyEast Midlands Special Operations Unit

Watch: Dennis Skinner's Queen's Speech joke

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It wouldn't be a Queen's Speech without a quip from Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner and this year was no different...

...the veteran Labour MP's remarks were a nod to the Queen's love of racing and the current Ascot meeting.

Here's a list of some of his other best lines.

Children send messages of support following terror attack

Sandish Shoker

BBC Radio Nottingham

Pupils at a Nottinghamshire school have written messages of support to children in Manchester following last month's terrorist attack.

Pupils in Farndon

After hearing stories in the news, children from St Peter's Cross Keys Primary School in Farndon were inspired to share positive messages with other children their age after the horrible events.

"Some of the responses that they came out with were 'we stand as one' and 'one forever,'" their teacher Teresa Sharpe said.

"I think it is an extremely grown up response that children of today are teaching grown ups how to behave to be honest with their reactions."

Letter to Manchester

Walking boots go walkies from lorry

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Don't you just hate it when your walking boots go for a walk without you?

Police said about 150 pairs of these Scarpa boots have been stolen from a lorry in Markfield.

They look a lot like this...

Walking boots
Leicestershire Police

The lorry was broken into on Tuesday morning while parked at the services off Little Shaw Lane in Markfield.

Police are asking the public to let them know if they are offered any for sale.

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A largely dry afternoon with plenty of blue sky and sunshine and occasionally some cloud as well.

There could be a couple of heavy showers this evening with hail likely.

Humid with highs of 30C (86F).

Animals cool down with iced treats

Rebecca Woods

Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC News Online

We all crave ice lollies as temperatures soar - and the animals at Twycross Zoo are no different.

We've been sent a series of pictures of the zoo's residents cooling down with iced fruit.

Marmoset licking iced fruit
Twycross Zoo
Alpaca eating iced fruit
Twycross Zoo
Gorilla eats iced fruit
Twycross Zoo

Man dies at Mountsorrel quarry

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man has died at a quarry in Mountsorrel.

Police have said they were called to the quarry on Wood Lane just after 05:00 after a reports of an injured man - he then died at the scene.

Mountsorrel Quarry

The Health and Safety Executive is assisting police to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.

Murder probe after teenaged girl found dead in Mansfield

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A 17-year-old girl has been found dead at a house in Mansfield.

Foston Close sign

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and will be questioned later, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Forensic investigations are currently taking place at the property on Foston Close in the town.

Officers believe it is an isolated incident.

Family raise thousands for life saving machine

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A family from Northamptonshire has donated £32,000 to the children’s charity Heart Link at Glenfield Hospital.

The money will buy an Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine - an advanced heart and lung machine - for the hospital's specialist congenital heart unit.

Page family with ECMO machine and staff at Glenfield Hospital

This machine helped five-year-old Willow Page in 2013 after she was diagnosis with an inflammation of the heart muscle caused by parainfluenza. She suffered three heart attacks and a stroke.

Iain Page with poorly Willow
Page Family

Her family has raised the money through skydiving, fetes, bag packing at supermarkets and birthday donations.

Willow's parents Denise and Iain Page said: “We are forever grateful to the nurses, doctors and consultants at Leicester’s hospitals who helped save our beautiful little girl. This is our way of giving something back.”

ECMO machine called Willow

The new ECMO machine has been officially unveiled at the hospital and has been named after Willow.

Two other machines, costing about £28,000 each, have also been funded by Heart Link.

Watch: Cow takes cable car ride

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a gold plastic cow...

It is one of three that were on show at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show earlier this month.

They went up for auction after the show had ended and were bought by the Heights of Abraham.

To celebrate the purchase - a cow has been going up and down in one of the cable cars.

Lets hope it has a head for heights...

Child hit by car in Ibstock

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A girl has been taken to hospital in an air ambulance after she was hit by a car in Ibstock this morning.

Air ambulance in Ibstock
Trevor F Moore

Police have told the BBC they were called to Chapel Street at 08:29 - they closed the road but it has since reopened.

Chapel Street in Ibstock
Trevor F Moore

The child was taken to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham with injuries not thought to be life threatening.

The driver of the car was not injured.

Tennis: East Midlands players learn Wimbledon wildcard fate

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Katie Boulter has been handed a wildcard into the ladies' singles at Wimbledon.

Katie Boulter, Jay Clarke and Jocelyn Rae
Getty Images for LTA

It means Boulter, 20, from Woodhouse Eaves, goes straight into the first round and could face the likes of world number one Angelique Kerber.

The wilcard is also worth at least £35,000, with that being the amount a first round loser gets.

She also has a wildcard into the women's doubles.

Derby teenager Jay Clarke has got a wildcard alongside Marcus Willis into the men's doubles, but he has missed out on a main draw wildcard.

There are still three to be announced so he could yet get a reprieve.

Meanwhile, Arnold's Jocelyn Rae has received a wildcard into the first round of the ladies' doubles alongside partner Laura Robson.