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  1. Gas leak shuts town centre road
  2. Aston Hall doctor 'would have faced police probe'
  3. Anger at festival's gazebo ban
  4. Doctor struck off over boy's death to start appeal
  5. Heatwave reveals ancient Chatsworth gardens
  6. Forest fire 'probably started by illegal campers'
  7. Leicester teenager still missing after five days
  8. Live updates on Wednesday 25 July 2018

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By Dave Wade and Gavin Bevis

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Jack Marriott applauds the Peterborough United fans

Derby complete the signing of Peterborough striker Jack Marriott and remain keen on signing Martyn Waghorn from Ipswich.

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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, from J24 for A453 to J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J24, A453 (East Midlands Airport) to J23a A42, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Teacher and student writing

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

Cases included teachers kissing pupils, showing them pornography or sexual relationships.

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

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

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, from J29 for A617 Chesterfield to J28 for A38 Alfreton Road.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound from J29, A617 (Chesterfield) to J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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Live updates on East Midlands Live have now finished for the day.

Some posts may continue to appear overnight however normal service won't resume until 08:00 on Thursday.

Weather: Another warm night

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Tonight will remain dry with mostly clear skies, although a few areas of cloud are likely to drift up from the south.

Another warm night - a minimum temperature of 13°C.

Alex Hamilton

A hot and humid day tomorrow with periods of sunshine.

There is the chance of the odd shower breaking out though, locally heavy and thundery. A maximum temperature of 32°C.

Rail service disruption following bridge crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Not ideal if you're about to catch a train home.

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Police puppy growing up

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

What a difference a few weeks can make - this is Nottinghamshire police dog Taggart.

Nottinghamshire Police

The photo on the left shows him at just eight weeks old. Let's be honest, he wouldn't have frightened many criminals looking like that.

He's now 15 weeks old and Nottinghamshire Police have said his confidence is "growing every day".

Revamped castle will 'attract more international visitors'

Kay Wright

BBC Radio Nottingham

The man leading on the £30 million revamp of Nottingham Castle says he's confident it will pull in more overseas visitors once it's completed in two years time.

Professor Ted Cantle chairs the Nottingham Castle Trust that's behind the ambitious project which has seen the Grade I listed tourist attraction closed to the public until 2020.

He says what's being planned will change visitors' experience of the castle through new attractions like the cave system and a Robin Hood and Rebellion Gallery.

Nottingham Castle
Google Maps

The new Robin Hood and Rebellion Gallery will pull in visitors from around the world."

Ted CantleChairman, Nottingham Castle Trust

Parch marks appear at Hardwick

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

When the National Trust took over the running of the Elizabethan Hardwick Estate it removed this "high maintenance" design from the front garden.

National Trust

About 50 years on, following weeks of dry weather, patterns from the former design are starting to reappear.

National Trust

The National Trust has said the initials E and S were for Elizabeth the Countess of Shrewsbury – commonly known as Bess of Hardwick.

Properties without power

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

More than 1,400 properties are without power in the Shepshed area.

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Watch: Corbyn takes to the track

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

Choo choo!!

It's the first day of Parliamentary recess and Jeremy Corbyn has been in Derby driving a new Bombardier train.

Neighbours urged to care for street trees in heatwave

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

A West Bridgford woman is urging her neighbours to adopt trees on their street and water them regularly during the heat wave.

Environmentalist Penney Poyzer fears some urban trees may perish during the hot weather as their root systems struggle to find moisture.

So she's calling on her neighbours and other communities to draw up rotas for watering trees on their streets.

Branches of an ash tree with blue sky

It's hard for some trees in built-up areas to find moisture through their root systems."

Penney Poyzer

Huge increase in 'deliberate' grass fires

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Firefighters in Nottinghamshire have dealt with nearly 350 grass fires so far this month - that's a 600% increase on July 2017.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said it believes most of these fires were set "deliberately".

Grass fire
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

The service is asking parents in the county: "​Do you know what your kids will be getting up to this summer?"

Parents, teachers, coaches and other influential people are being asked to spread the message that fires are "simply not fun".

When our crews are mobilised to deal with grass fires, which can be large or small, they are potentially being taken away from attending more serious incidents where lives may be at risk, and I am sure that nobody wants that on their conscience."

Paul GairNottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Gas leak cordon in place for 'several hours'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The fire and rescue service remains at the scene of a gas leak in Worksop. It's been caused by a fractured gas pipe on Sandy Lane.

A 150m cordon is expected to be in place for "several hours" yet.

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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, from A14 to J18 for A428.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from A14, Catthorpe Interchange to J18, A428 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A54 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A54 Derbyshire both ways severe accident, from A537 to Wildboarclough turn off.

A54 Derbyshire - A54 in Ladmanlow closed in both directions from the A537 junction to the Wildboarclough turn off junction, because of an accident involving a motorbike.

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

Mansfield v Owls friendly ends in fracas

Mansfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday pre-season friendly ends in fracas
A bad-tempered pre-season friendly between Mansfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday ended in chaos.
The Football Association say they are looking into the fracas, which started following a tackle from Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri.
Mansfield won the match 2-1.

Sewing machine sells for £2,000 at auction

A 144-year-old sewing machine made in Kettering has sold at auction for 33 times its estimated value.

The machine, found at a property in Derbyshire and sold by Hansons Auctioneers, attracted a winning bid of £2,000 from a private buyer, despite an estimate of just £60-£80.

Charles Hanson holds the sewing machine
Hansons Auctioneers

It was made by Owen Robinson and Co at the Champion Works in Kettering, with the model believed to have been manufactured from 1874.

The Champion Sewing Machine Works began in the town's Victoria Street in about 1872 and were founded by Owen Robinson, originally a silk weaver and also a clock and watch repairer.

The maker's mark on the sewing machine
Hanson Auctioneers

Charles Hanson, owner of the auction house, said: “It’s wonderful when forgotten items like this turn out to be sought-after treasures.”

Third man questioned over Nottingham gunshots

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A third man has been arrested after shots were fired outside a pub in Nottingham last month.

The 28-year-old was detained on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to commit an offence after the incident near The Park Tavern in Old Basford on 21 June. There were no reports of any injuries.

A 26-year-old man was previously arrested and released on bail and a 24-year-old was released while investigations continue.

The Park Tavern

Stabbed police dog 'could be back on duty soon'

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A Derbyshire police dog who was stabbed several times during an arrest is likely to return to his duties soon, the force has said.

PD Axle spent several days receiving emergency treatment from vets after he was attacked in High Street, Riddings on 4 July.

Derbyshire Police shared a new photo of him on Twitter and posted: "PD Axle sends his thanks to all who have mentioned and sent their best wishes to him and his handler.

"He’s recovering well and will soon be back on duty."

PD Axle
Derbyshire Police

FA investigates fight at pre-season friendly match

BBC Nottingham Sport

The FA say they're investigating this fight at the end of the game at the One Call Stadium last night.

Stags won 2-1 during the pre-season friendly against Sheffield Wednesday.

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Old library building to become housing

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

A former library in Nottingham is set to be turned into new houses after Nottingham City Council offered the site out for sale.

The library in Carlton Road, St Ann's closed in 2011 and has been derelict since.

The city council, which owns the building, has now offered it out to developers, who have been told they must use it for building accommodation.

A spokesman for the city council said: "It would be suitable for a small number of flats and would complement the new housing and supermarket developments in the area."

Carlton Road library

Severe disruption: A52 Derbyshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A52 Derbyshire eastbound severe disruption, before M1 J25 Nottingham.

A52 Derbyshire - A52 Brian Clough Way blocked and stationary traffic eastbound before Nottingham, because of emergency repairs.

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

Police software project criticised by auditors

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A software project involving Nottinghamshire Police has gone millions of pounds over budget, is years behind schedule and is still not fully operational, a new report has found.

Nottinghamshire joined forces from Northants and Cheshire in 2014 to work on the Multi Force Shared Service (MFSS), which would be used for pay roll, rota and other human resource functions .

The scheme has been partly up-and-running for 18 months but a full launch has been postponed from April to November following a number of issues setting up the software.

Sherwood Lodge

Mark Kimberley, head of finance for Nottinghamshire Police, said; "While the Fusion project has been delayed slightly, it will deliver savings and it will set us up to enhance service delivery, by investing in more modern systems."

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire's police and crime commissioner, said: "To set something up costs you, but in the long term, I'm determined we're going to get savings from it, but to make it work we've had to put some extra resources into it."

An independent audit by KPMG said the project was "late, over budget, not to specification, and would not deliver the expected savings" but concluded the force otherwise provided good value for money.

Derbyshire spinner Matt Critchley

All-rounder Matt Critchley caps a fine display by taking 6-106 as Derbyshire earn a thrilling 39-run win over Northants.

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Watch: Reservoir lake bed exposed after hot weather

If you head west of Sheffield to Ladybower reservoir this week, you might be surprised to see just how low the water levels are.

As the video below shows, the lake bed is cracked and looking very dry after the recent heatwave and lack of rain.

Thanks to Michael Stephenson for sending it in to us.

Country park dig gets underway

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Volunteers are cracking on with the community archaeological dig at Clumber Park.

People can visit from now until Sunday to see what they find.

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Games challenge for transplant man

Nigel Bell

BBC Radio Nottingham

Chris Beeley, from New Basford, Nottingham, used to fall asleep in work meetings.

He found out he had a liver condition that required a transplant.

Chris, 39, received a new liver just over a year ago. Next month he's competing in the British Transplant Games in Birmingham to raise awareness about organ donation.

Athlete prepares to race

I'm just going for fun to see what I can do."

Chris BeeleyTransplant recipient

Missing man 'would sometimes walk to Birmingham'

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Police have appealed for help tracking down a 50-year-old man who's been missing for more than a week.

Simon Bradshaw, who was last seen on 16 July, has lived in both Mansfield and the Old Whittington area of Chesterfield recently.

He also has links to Birmingham and police said he had been known to walk there from Derbyshire.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts has been asked to call 101.

Simon Bradshaw
Derbyshire Police

Rams keen on Ipswich striker Waghorn

Natalie Jackson

BBC East Midlands sports editor

Derby County are interested in signing Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn but I understand any suggested fee of £8m is wide of the mark.

The 28-year-old scored 16 goals for the Championship side last season.

Martyn Waghorn
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Severe disruption: A60 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A60 Nottinghamshire both ways severe disruption, between A57 and B6040 Gateford Road.

A60 Nottinghamshire - A60 Sandy Lane / Babbage Way in Worksop closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A57 junction and the B6040 Gateford Road junction, because of a gas leak.

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

Heat reveals ancient Chatsworth House gardens

The ornate designs, dating back to 1699, can be seen under the scorched grass at Chatsworth House.

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Cordon extended after Worksop gas leak

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A cordon put in place due to a fractured gas pipe in Sandy Lane, Worksop, has been extended from 50m to 150m by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Liam Golds, a manager at a nearby McDonald's, said: "They've shut the road at the roundabout and aren't letting anyone through.

"A couple of our staff have had to take a detour to get into work.

"When I last looked there were a couple of police cars, a couple of police vans and what I believe was an unmarked fire engine."

Sandy Lane