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  1. Live updates for Friday 23 June 2017
  2. Pork smeared on mosque's front door
  3. Water company cautioned over chlorine scare
  4. Major revamp of Highcross moves a step closer
  5. Police appeal after Newark pub attack
  6. Tribute to Mark Selby goes up in Leicester

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By Calum McKenzie and Maryam Qaiser

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates have now finished for the day.

    We will be back at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the East Midlands.

  2. Parade to welcome Nottingham's new mayor

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    The annual procession from Nottingham's Council House to the gates of Nottingham Castle will take place tomorrow to welcome the new mayor.

    Councillor Michael Edwards, who has recently been sworn in as the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, will request entrance from the Sheriff of Nottingham, councillor Glyn Jenkins, when he reaches the gates.

    Nottingham Council House

    Mr Edwards said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be the new Lord Mayor for Nottingham and to take part in what is fast becoming a popular annual event."

  3. Tennis: Boulter gets wildcard for Wimbledon warm-up event

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Katie Boulter will warm up for her first appearance in the main draw of the women's singles at Wimbledon with a trip to the seaside.

    Katie Boulter

    The 20-year-old, from Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire, has been handed a wildcard into a new event at Southsea, Portsmouth.

    Quite the contrast - Southsea's Canoe Lake Leisure club, followed by potentially Centre Court a few days later...

  4. Watch: Man disarmed after trying to steal knife from Leicester restaurant

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Here's the moment a man was disarmed - after walking into a Chinese restaurant in Leicester and trying to walk off with a knife...

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    Video caption: Watch: Man disarmed after attempted Chinese restaurant knife theft in Leicester

    No-one was injured in the incident at the restaurant on London Road, Leicestershire Police said.

  5. Your photos: June across the East Midlands

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It might not have been quite as warm today - but that hasn't stopped the BBC Weather Watchers from getting their cameras out. This pic is from Kings in Crich...


    Another of the BBC Weather Watchers, scrappy, has sent this in from Kegworth.

    Bee on a plant

    Thanks as well to Steve A for this pic of Bennerley Viaduct.

    Bennerley Viaduct
  6. Weather: Cooler weekend ahead

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    It will stay mostly dry this evening with some light rain, temperatures reaching 15C (59F).

    Tomorrow will start off cloudy with some bright spells and outbreaks of showery rain.

    The day will feel mostly cooler with temperatures reaching 20C (68F).

    Weather for the weekend

    Sunday will be a breezy day with a few brighter intervals but mostly cloudy.

    Maximum temperatures will reach 17C (63F).

  7. Man with 'gun' is part of a film crew

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    Shoppers in Nottingham should not be alarmed if they see a man with a gun on a roof as apparently someone's making a film...

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  8. Swarm of bees causing a buzz in Leicester city centre

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Part of Jubilee Square in Leicester has been cordoned off as specialist beekeepers deal with a swarm of bees.


    The bees were in a tree near BBC Radio Leicester and Wygston's House restaurant.

    Specialists knocked the bees out of the tree and into a bucket and they are now in the process of moving them to a temporary hive (the white box).

  9. Man jailed for trying to import 'child-like' sex doll

    BBC News England

    A man has been jailed for trying to import an "obscene" child-like sex doll, in what police say is the first case of its kind in the UK.

    Andrew Dobson

    Andrew Dobson, from Crewe, was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail and has been put on the sex offenders' register for life.

    Following the discovery of the doll - at East Midlands Airport - searches found indecent images on his computer.

    The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to four counts at Chester Crown Court.

    'Child like' sex doll purchased in Hong Kong
    East Midlands Airport exterior
  10. Sinkhole opens in busy Worksop road

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    A skin hole has opened up on Carlton Road in Worksop this afternoon.

    Temporary lights will be installed later so it can be repaired, but Nottinghamshire County Council has made the site safe with barriers in the meantime.

    Hole in the road
    Skinholle in Worksop
  11. 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 and slow traffic 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

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J21 for M69 and J20 for A4303.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J20, A4303 (Lutterworth), because of a broken down lorry.

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

  13. Envelope update

    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 on M1 northbound at J29a, Markham (Markham Vale), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

  14. Cricket: Derby set for opening game of Women's World Cup

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    The Women's Cricket World Cup has been launched at an event in Derby.

    Women's World Cup novelty lettering

    Schoolchildren have been trying their hand at cricket in the city's market place before the action gets underway tomorrow.

    England host India in the opening match of the tournament at the County Ground.

    Charlotte Edwards

    "There's a real buzz around here," former England captain Charlotte Edwards told BBC East Midlands Today.

    "This fan park is absolutely brilliant... to think that kids can come along and try cricket hopefully this'll grow the game."

  15. Chlorine levels 'nearly triple that of a swimming pool'

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Earlier today we told you that Severn Trent Water had been cautioned by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) after more than 3,500 properties in Derbyshire and Leicestershire were left without safe water for 26 hours last March due to high levels of chlorine.

    The DWI has since clarified that typically, there is 0.5mg of chlorine per litre of drinking water.

    The highest reading detected in the distribution system in this case was 8.8mg per litre - nearly triple the typical chlorine level of swimming pools, which usually have up to 3mg per litre.

    Discoloured water

    The scare was caused by failures at the chlorine dosing unit at the Castle Donington service reservoir in Derbyshire.

    The DWI's investigation found that in this "very unusual event", there were a "number of missed opportunities to identify and rectify the problem before the event".

    Earlier today, Severn Trent accepted the DWI's decision and apologised to its customers for the inconvenience caused.

    Discoloured water

    At the time, the company's website crashed due to the demand for information after a monitoring systems alarm alerted them to the problem.

    Staff handed out water bottles at Sainsbury's in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, and Tesco in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. Residents said Swadlincote was "solid with traffic and there was no water on the shelves".

    Some of those affected had criticised the way the situation had been handled and said bottles should have been distributed at more places than just the two supermarkets.

    People queue for bottled water
  16. Labour MEP hopes for a 'softer approach' to Brexit

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    It's a year to the day since the UK voted on whether or not to leave the European Union.

    Prime Minister Theresa May will meet EU leaders in Brussels today to look at the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British nationals in Europe.

    Leaders are hoping to come to an arrangement to secure the status of about 3.2 million EU nationals living in the UK, and 900,000 Britons overseas.

    Glenis Willmott

    Glennis Wilmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, said: "Maybe this gives up hope for a better deal than we may have had before because many of us were worried that we were going hell for leather for this cliff edge, this hard Brexit and that is in nobody's interest.

    "It would have affected our businesses and jobs in the UK, it is now hopeful we will take a more soft approach."