Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Live updates for Thursday 13 July 2017
  2. Loughborough rapist has sentence increased
  3. Trent Bridge gets anti-terror barriers
  4. Teenage cyclist seriously injured in Derby crash
  5. Call for more ethnic minority teachers in Leicester
  6. Official opening for Ilkeston Railway Station
  7. Derby libraries shake-up approved
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis and Maryam Qaiser

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Our live coverage has ended

    Regular live coverage on this page has ended for the day, but breaking news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear through the night.

    East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 on Friday.

  2. Weather: Dry and bright evening ahead

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    It will be a bright evening ahead with some showers but it will generally feel mild with temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

    There will be some clouds which will thicken during the night but it should remain largely dry.

    Weather for 13th July

    Tomorrow will see some light drizzle in the morning but with sunny spells later in the day.

    Temperatures will reach highs of 19C (66F).

  3. Thank you tea for community police officers

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    Two community police officers were invited to afternoon tea by the Sheriff of Nottingham, councillor Glyn Jenkins to thank them for their service.

    CPO Flora has been with the Hyson Green beat team since 2008 but is leaving to take up a new job with Derby City Council.

    Flowers and a card, signed by local residents were also handed to CPO Flora, who is leaving the Hyson Green policing team after nine years.

    View more on twitter
  4. Airport sees a hike in passengers

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    This summer is set to be the busiest on record at East Midlands Airport.

    In the last 12 months, 4.7 million people used it and numbers will continue to rise, according to their website.

    During May alone there was a 4% rise in passengers compared to the previous year.

    East Midlands Airport

    Jack Kelly, from the airport said: "If you look at how people are going to get to the airport, as we plan to double our passengers over the next 10 to 15 years, we are going to have to get people here by some other way than road.

    "We are desperate for the government to make big improvements to East Midlands parkway with that we will put our money where our mouth is and put £2.5m into improving connections to the airport from that facility."

  5. Ice cream for train visitors

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    It may not have been a typical summer's day but ice cream was handed out to guests at the official opening of Ilkeston Railway Station today.

    View more on twitter
  6. Man used false name to store illegal cigarettes

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    A man, who used a false name to store and sell thousands of pounds worth of illegal cigarettes, has been been sentenced.

    Philip Tatham, 53, of Alfreton Road, in Sutton-in-Ashfield, used another name to rent a storage unit to hold 198,000 illegal cigarettes and 125kgs of hand rolling tobacco, worth £74,989.16 in unpaid duty.

    He was sentenced to 18 months suspended for two years at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday.

    Following an investigation, a Stanley knife with Tatham’s DNA on it was found, at the storage unit in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

    He admitted renting the unit but claimed he sub-let it to a third party who must have owned the cigarettes.

    Tatham was charged with storing cigarettes and keeping rolling tobacco with intent to defraud.

  7. Murder accused claims teen girl's strangle death was accident

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    A man accused of murdering a 16-year-old girl by strangling her in his bedroom has told a court he did not intend to kill her.

    James Morton, 24, denies murdering Hannah Pearson after taking her back to his home in Newark.

    Hannah Pearson

    Mr Morton told the court Miss Pearson's death was an accident caused by him strangling her as they began to get intimate, having seen it in a film a few weeks earlier and being curious to try it.

    Asked by his defence counsel whether he intended to harm Miss Pearson, he replied "not at all".

    He gave the same response when asked whether it was his intention to kill her and he said there was no reason he would have wanted her dead.

  8. Stop-smoking project facing the axe

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

    A scheme which gave new Derbyshire mums £750 if they stopped smoking looks set to be scrapped.

    Derbyshire County Council will make a decision next week.

  9. Man jailed for shooting bouncer

    Samantha Fisher

    BBC News Online

    A man who deliberately shot a doorman in the leg after he was kicked out of a nightclub has been jailed for 20 years.

    Theodore Antonio Paget, 29, was told to leave Sub8ten, in Leicester, but returned soon after on 8 May 2016.

    Theodore Paget

    Leicester Crown Court heard he pulled a gun on one doorman, then shot and injured another who intervened.

    Paget, of no fixed address, was found guilty by a jury of wounding with intent after admitting unlawfully wounding.

  10. Man critically ill after Alvaston assault

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    A man is in a critical condition following an alleged assault in Alvaston.

    Police said the 34-year-old was reportedly attacked in Cropton Close on Friday afternoon.

    Cropton Close

    An 18-year-old man has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and remanded in custody.

    Two other men, aged 18 and 20, were questioned about the incident but have been released while investigations continue.

  11. Loughborough University rapist has sentence increased

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    A rapist who targeted students at Loughborough University has had his prison sentence increased.

    On three separate occasions during a six-week period in 2010, Ibrahim Elamin lay in wait and attacked male students as they walked home from nights out.

    The 35-year-old was jailed for seven years and eight months at Leicester Crown Court in May.

    However, Elamin's sentence has been increased to 11 years and three months after the Court of Appeal agreed with the Solicitor General Robert Buckland that the original sentence was unduly lenient.

    Ibrahim Elamin

    Speaking after the hearing, Mr Buckland said: "These were premeditated attacks, preying on young men on their way home. Young people should be able to enjoy a night out and walk home without fear.

    "I felt the original sentence did not accurately reflect the seriousness of this offending and I am pleased that the Court of Appeal agreed with me."

  12. Have you seen missing Macey?

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Macey Bondswell, 14, was reported missing from Southwell at 11:00 this morning.

    Macey Bondswell

    Nottinghamshire Police believe she has links to Hyson Green, St Ann’s and Carlton.

  13. Derby North MP Williamson wants to halt library shake-up

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Labour's Derby North MP Chris Williamson has called on Derby City Council to look at alternatives to its community-run libraries plan.

    The Labour authority's cabinet last night approved plans to hand 10 of the city's 15 libraries to volunteers as part of a shake-up of the service aimed at saving £700,000 a year.

    Library consultation sign

    Mr Williamson said he wanted to help the council find "alternative solutions that don't require librarians to be made redundant".

  14. Summer sunsets in Rothley and Breedon


    Leicestershire was treated to some stunning sunsets last night - these two pics (use the right arrow to flick to the second one) were taken in Rothley and Breedon on the Hill.

    View more on instagram
  15. 'Knife arrests' at Derby school

    James Roberson

    Reporter, East Midlands Today

    Pupils at Da Vinci Academy in Derby witnessed fellow students being arrested for trying to carry in weapons this morning.

    However, the arrests were not actually real - they were part of an elaborate scenario dreamt up by students - and supported by the emergency services - to drive home a hard-hitting message on the dangers of carrying knives.

    Watch my report...

    Video content

    Video caption: Fake arrests are carried out at a Derby school to steer pupils away from carrying knives.
  16. 'Increase in hate crime reports'

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    Reports of hate crime in Nottingham have increased by 47% since the Brexit vote and the recent terror attacks, say police.

    Nottinghamshire Police said 1,418 hate crimes were reported between June 2016 and May 2017, but it put the increase down to people being more confident about coming forward.

    Victims of hate crime held a meeting at the Karimia Centre in Nottingham to speak about their experiences.

    Hate Crime

    Tyrone Nash, who has Asperger's syndrome, described some of the terms people have used again him.

    He said: "I have had people calling me a freak, spaz, mong. I have had it on buses, I have had it in town, but now I'm older, I just think the people who call me those sort of names need to grow up."

  17. Teenage cyclist 'serious but stable' after Little Eaton crash

    Samantha Fisher

    BBC News Online

    A 13-year-old boy is in hospital in a “serious but stable condition” after he was hit by a car while on his bike.

    Paramedics, an air ambulance and police officers were all called to Alfreton Road in Little Eaton at about 18:00 yesterday and the teenager was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham.

    The road was closed following the crash and re-opened at about 21:45.

  18. Ilkeston Railway Station officially opened

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    Ilkeston Railway Station was officially opened today.

    Trains began running again in April - for the first time in 50 years - but a special event was organised by East Midlands Trains this afternoon.

    Train station opens

    School children have been invited to design new railway safety posters to mark the opening of the station.

  19. Coalville regeneration allocated £777,000

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    Three significant projects in Coalville will benefit from £777,000, as part of the regeneration of the town.

    North West Leicestershire District Council said this means they have invested a total of £3m in the town's regeneration between 2015 and 2019.

    The first project will see £577,000 used to redesign Marlborough Square to make it easier for pedestrians to use and reduce the number of vehicles, including buses and taxis.

    Marlborough Square

    A total of £25,000 will be used to improve the Memorial Square by creating a space for people-held events or the display of commemorative artwork.

    Out of the total budget, £175,000 will be used on improving traffic on Ashby Road and investing in Snibston Country Park.

    Work includes straightening the carriageway and planting trees to create an attractive route into the town centre.

  20. Derbyshire brass band perform at Coldplay show

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    A brass band from Derbyshire welcomed fans to Coldplay's show in Cardiff yesterday.

    Cressbrook Band performed the hit Speed of Sound.

    View more on twitter