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  1. Stepfather admits manslaughter of boy, 5, at water park
  2. Fourteen men arrested in child abuse crackdown
  3. 'Cheeky' Hendrix autograph to go under the hammer
  4. Yorkshire terrier killed in three-dog attack
  5. Lawrence of Arabia sandals to be sold in Derbyshire
  6. Live updates for Tuesday 5 December 2017

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By Gavin Bevis and Maryam Qaiser

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Severe accident: A52 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A52 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, between Sandy Lane and A46.

A52 Nottinghamshire - Queuing traffic on A52 Radcliffe Road in both directions between the Sandy Lane junction in Radcliffe on Trent and Saxondale Island in Newton, because of an accident involving a car and a lorry earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho

Leicester City's Under-21's field six overage players and a side worth around £45m as they beat Scunthorpe in the Checkatrade Trophy.

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Severe disruption: A38 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Nottinghamshire both ways severe disruption, between B6021 and B6022 Station Road.

A38 Nottinghamshire - A38 Kings Mill Road East in Sutton In Ashfield closed in both directions between the B6021 junction and the B6022 Station Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

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Weather: Grey evening ahead with some drizzle

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It will be cloudy and mostly dry with a small chance of a few spots of drizzle under thicker cloud this evening.

BBC weather

Tomorrow will be cloudy and mild with a strengthening wind.

Most places will stay dry but there is the chance of a few patchy showers spreading eastwards with highs of 10C (50F).

Tim and Monica O'Connor

The husband of a woman who died when a speedboat capsized hopes "appropriate lessons can be learned".

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Chesterfield pair up for monthly awards

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Chesterfield boss Jack Lester has been nominated for the League Two manager of the month award for November.

It comes after the struggling Spireites picked up two wins and two draws in the month.

Striker Kristian Dennis (pictured) is also nominated for the player award. The winners are due to be announced on Friday morning.

Kristian Dennis
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Breastfeeding cafe owner shortlisted for award

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A mother who set up a purpose built breastfeeding café in Nottingham has been shortlisted for a national award.

Charlotte Purdie who opened The Milk Lounge in Arnold last year has been shortlisted for the young entrepreneur category for the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.

The 23-year-old opened a second café in Beeston after she noticed a gap in the market.

Charlotte Purdie at her cafe

The winners will be announced in March next year at a ceremony in Glasgow.

Man arrested after child grabbed in Loughborough

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a five-year-old boy in Loughborough.

Police said the child was allegedly grabbed and pulled about 10ft from his mother as they walked along a footpath between Warwick Way and Braddon Road on Friday evening.

The boy wasn't hurt but he and his mother were both shaken up. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Braddon Road and Warwick Way

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J29 for A617 and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed 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

Charity bids to run 10 city libraries

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Derby City Council says it's had formal bids to run all 10 of the libraries it wants to hand over to voluntary groups.

The bids have been put in by one charity - Direct Help and Advice - which has offered to take over the running of all of the libraries the council wanted to offload.

The council will spend the next few weeks evaluating the charity's bids.

Council House

Man's skull fractured in baseball bat attack

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A man has been arrested after an assault which left a 53-year-old man with a fractured skull.

The victim also suffered a bleed on the brain when he was hit on the head with a baseball bat on St Albans Road in Nottingham.

St Albans Road

Nottinghamshire Police said it happened at about 23:30 on 24 November.

A 44-year-old man, from Bulwell, was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Train strike could affect Newark and Retford

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Newark and Retford train services could be affected if members vote in favour of strike action.

Virgin Trains East Coast staff are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pay and conditions.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said poor conditions were being imposed on workers as well as changes to working conditions and sick pay.


If members vote in favour of strike action, walkouts could take place early in the new year.

Man arrested over arson spree in Loughborough

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of starting fires at seven different locations in Loughborough last night.

Police said the first fire was started in the middle of Belton Road at about 19:50.

Over the next three hours, fires were started in Russell Street, Mill Lane, Bridgeland Road, Wolsey Way, Morris Close and Queens Road.

Belton Road

The Russell Street fire caused damage to a block of flats and led to one person being taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

Police said the man was arrested this morning on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and remains in custody.

Lawrence of Arabia

The sandals are part of a collection, including books and photographs, left to a family friend.

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Victoria Park attack: Jury shown victim's head injuries

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A jury has been shown a life-size replica of a severe head injury suffered by a rape victim who was attacked by a teenager in Leicester's Victoria park.

The 3D print-out - compiled from CT scans of an area of impact on the woman's skull - was presented in evidence to Leicester Crown Court at the trial of a 17-year-old boy who denies attempted murder.

The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, has admitted causing grievous bodily harm, two counts of rape, and stealing the victim's handbag in July.

Prosecutors allege the teenager tried to "silence" the victim by using a paving slab to cause life-threatening head injuries.

Victoria Park cordon

The jury of eight women and four men were shown a scaled-down model of the victim's skull and told a rectangular object appeared to have been used to inflict injuries - possibly a paving slab.

The trial continues.

Prolific beggar banned from the city centre

Nottingham Post

A prolific beggar has been given a three-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) which stops her from begging in Nottingham's city centre.

Charlene Wright, 32, of London Road, has been banned from begging or placing herself in positions to beg within the city centre.

Manslaughter charge dropped for Charlie Dunn's mother

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Charlie Dunn, who lived in Tamworth, was discovered in a pool at Bosworth Water Park near Hinckley in Leicestershire on the first day of the school summer holidays in July last year.

He was found two hours after being allowed to play unsupervised in the park.

Charlie's mother Lynsey Dunn (pictured) had denied manslaughter by gross negligence but the jury was discharged and the court heard that she would now not stand trial for that allegation.

Separately, the 28-year-old, from Tamworth, admitted two charges of child cruelty.

The pair were told they will be sentenced on 20 December.

Lynsey Dunn

BreakingStepfather admits manslaughter of boy, 5, at water park

Press Association

The stepfather of a five-year-old boy found drowned in a pool at a water park has pleaded guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence.

Paul Smith, 36, had denied any wrong-doing in relation to the death of Charlie Dunn at Bosworth Water Park but changed his plea part-way through the trial on Tuesday.

Charlie Dunn
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Delays after lorries and van crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Something to be aware of.

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MP asks if Nottingham prison 'inmates are safe'

Lewis Scrimshaw

News editor, BBC Radio Nottingham

The Labour MP for Nottingham North Alex Norris has once again asked ministers to update him on what is being done to ensure inmates at Nottingham prison are safe.

It comes after five deaths in a four week period earlier this year.

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Woman gets kidney from her best friend

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A woman from Nottingham has been given a new lease of life after her best friend donated his kidney.

Nicola Rose was diagnosed with kidney disease five years ago and required seven hours of dialysis every day.

But her friend Scott Christian stepped in to help and Nicola had the transplant on 18 October.

Nicola Rose with best friend Scott Christian

She said: "I look at him differently now, we have known each other for 10 years but now I look at him as my angel and lifesaver.

"For somebody to give you that lease of life you just can't put it into words."

'Bonkers' Christmas request to former MP Ed Balls

Former Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls has had a rather strange request from a school in Nottingham today:

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The former shadow chancellor and Strictly Come Dancing star replied with:

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Teenager in critical condition after being hit by a car

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A 13-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Leicester.

The teenager was struck on Scraptoft Lane at about 08:25 yesterday morning, Leicestershire Police said.

Officers say a silver Citreon C3 was involved and are urging anyone who might have seen anything to call 101.

Scraptoft Lane

Charity offers to help rehome two army dogs

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A dog rescue charity has offered to help rehome two former military dogs based in Melton who were due to be destroyed.

The Ministry of Defence had claimed they were struggling to find a home for Belgian shepherds Kevin and Dazz, who served in Afghanistan and were retired from frontline service in 2013.

The East Midlands branch of the German Shepherd Dog Rescue charity has now stepped in to offer its support.

One of the dogs, Dazz, was featured in MoD publicity shots at the Defence Animal Centre

An online petition - launched by former soldier turned author Andy McNab - which opposed to the dogs being destroyed attracted almost 400,000 signatures.

More than £68,000 raised for cancer man

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

More than £68,000 was raised for a cancer sufferer at a fundraising dinner in Nottingham over the weekend.

Hareem Ahmed, 24, was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in August - just six days before his first wedding anniversary to wife Nazia Malik.

His family said the chances of chemotherapy working were "slim", and that they are aiming for £180,000 to pay for immunotherapy treatment in America.

Hareem Ahmed
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The event at Excelsior Suites Ltd was organised by Hareem's brothers Humzah, 22, Hateeb, 21, and a group of friends.

Prior to the dinner, £40,000 had been generated through fundraising and donations.

Fourteen men arrested in child abuse crackdown

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Police say 14 men have been arrested as part of a crackdown on child sexual abuse in Nottinghamshire.

More than 500 exhibits have been seized in 15 raids over the past month as part of an operation focused on internet-facilitated offending, from viewing indecent images of children, live streaming abuse and grooming.

Police said all the men have now been bailed or released while investigations continue and that "safeguarding measures" have been put in place for 19 children identified as being connected to the men.

Generic grooming image

'Cheeky' Hendrix autograph to go under the hammer

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A woman who stormed Jimi Hendrix's tour bus to get his autograph when she was 15 has decided to put it up for auction.

Lynda Huckerby, from Glenfield, Leicester, dashed on board the coach after the guitar legend had performed as a support act for The Walker Brothers at the city's De Montfort Hall in April 1967.

Jimi Hendrix autograph

She said: "He took it all in his stride and signed my concert programme, ‘To Linda – Love & happiness, Jimi Hendrix’.

"I didn’t have time to tell him it was Lynda with a ‘y’. His bassist, Noel Redding, signed it too."

The autograph is due to go under the hammer in Derbyshire on 18 December, with a guide price of £800.

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 on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Derby man called 999 threatening to 'kill the Islamics'

Derby Telegraph

A Derby man high on alcohol and crack cocaine called 999 three times in 30 minutes to tell the emergency services operator he was going to “kill the Islamics”.

Wesley Marriott also swore at the call handler and shouted racist abuse down the phone during his half-hour tirade.

Yorkshire terrier killed in three-dog attack

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A Yorkshire terrier dog has died after being attacked by three larger dogs while on a walk.

It happened when the dog, called Mitch, was being walked by his owner at the junction of Castleton Avenue and Offerton Avenue in Derby.

Police said the three dogs, described as similar to huskies or white German shepherds, were being walked by a woman who had them tied around her waist.

Mitch the Yorkie
Owner photo

Mitch suffered three broken ribs and a pierced abdomen and died four days after the attack.

Police are now trying to trace the owner of the three dogs.

Two men arrested after armed pub robbery released

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Two men arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a pub in Oadby have been released while inquiries continue.

The Cow and Plough on Gartree Road was targeted at about 23:30 on Sunday night.

The Cow and Plough

Three masked men armed with weapons, including what's thought to be a gun, stole cash.

Leicestershire Police said a man was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Ditch death crash driver named by police

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Police have named a man who died after his car crashed into a ditch in Leicestershire.

Sam Walton, 25, from Wigston, was killed when his Subaru Impreza left the A426 Lutterworth Road in Dunton Bassett and hit a tree.

The crash was reported to police at about 07:45 yesterday but Mr Walton died from his injuries at the scene.

A426 in Dunton Bassett

Your photos: Monday rainbows

BBC Weather Watchers

There were some lovely rainbows in the East Midlands yesterday. These photos were taken in Castleton, Attenborough and Stoney Middleton.

Chester Drawers
Beeston Birdman
Stoney Middleton
Sam's House
The social supermarket was established to help people who use food banks.
The not-for-profit shop is selling surplus supermarket food to help those struggling financially.

Public toilets could close in Oadby and Wigston

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Shops and businesses in Oadby and Wigston could be asked to let passers-by use their toilets.

The borough council is to consider a report that recommends all public toilets should be closed permanently - even though they are regularly used by shoppers.

The report also suggests that a community toilet scheme is introduced to allow people to use toilets in shops and businesses.


Some of the toilet areas attract anti-social behaviour according to the council, which currently spends £31,000 a year on the facilities.

The toilet at Wigston cemetery will be kept open.

Man hit by two cars in Leicester city centre

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A man's in a serious condition in hospital after being hit by two cars in Leicester on Saturday.

The 45-year-old was crossing the junction of Southgates and Friar Lane when he was clipped by a Honda Civic which knocked him into the path of a Vauxhall Astra.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw the crash, which happened at about 23:30.

Friar Lane

Teen arrested over Christmas lights PCSO assault

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after a PCSO was assaulted at Swadlincote's Christmas lights switch-on event last month.

The officer dislocated her elbow when she was allegedly pushed to the ground after challenging a group of young people about a cannabis smell.

Derbyshire Police said the teenager, from Church Gresley, had been released while investigations continue.

High Street in Swadlincote