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Summary

  1. Leah Fray death: Teenager arrested on suspicion of murder
  2. Grieving families urge tourists to avoid Goa
  3. East Midlands Debenhams branches safe - for now
  4. Flats plan rejected to protect 'historic' city building
  5. 'Flurry of activity' expected for Broadmarsh rebuild
  6. Nottingham museum shortlisted for top award
  7. Updates for Friday 26 April 2019

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis and Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

  1. Boyzone farewell tour to revisit Nottingham

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Boyzone have announced one of their last ever concerts will take place in Nottingham.

    The 1990s chart stars have added nine dates to their Thank You and Goodnight arena tour - with a show at Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena on 17 October their final stop before farewell performances at the Manchester Arena and the London Palladium.

    The group, shown below looking melancholy but optimistic, previously performed at the arena in January as part of the same tour.

    Boyzone
  2. Derbyshire firefighters get body-worn cameras

    East Midlands Today

    Firefighters in Derbyshire are to trial body-worn video cameras.

    The service hopes the technology will help capture evidence of buildings that fail to meet fire safety regulations and aid prosecutions when rules have been broken.

    Footage may also be used in fire prevention awareness campaigns.

    Body camera
  3. East Midlands Debenhams branches safe - for now

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Debenhams has not included any East Midlands outlets in a list of 22 stores it's planning to close as part of a shake-up.

    The closures will start next year but the retailer's Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Mansfield and Chesterfield have escaped the axe.

    The firm has said it plans to close 50 stores in total but wants to "save as many stores and as many jobs as we can, while making the business fit for the future."

    Debenhams store
  4. 'Flurry of activity' expected for Broadmarsh rebuild

    Kit Sandeman

    Local Democracy Reporter

    The man in charge of planning the Broadmarsh redevelopment has said there is about to be an flurry of activity around the area as construction gets under way.

    Chris Deas, Nottingham City Council's head of major projects, said he understood why people were cynical after "years of false dawns" but visible progress would soon be evident.

    Preparation for the demolition of part of the shopping centre is expected to start next week, while contractors are due on site at the car park, bus station and library at the beginning of next month.

    Chris Deas

    He said: "In all major projects, there's a period where it looks like nothing is happening, but actually there's a lot of paddling beneath the water.

    "Very soon everybody will know it's happening because they'll see it. It will be quite disruptive, but at least it's not spread over a lot of years - it's a relatively small but intense period."

    Mr Deas said the decision to add the library to the project, approved in December, had delayed the final completion date but had significantly improved the overall scheme.

    The bus station, car park and library are now expected to be finished in early 2021, and the shopping centre in summer 2021.

  5. Former Panthers forward returns in new management role

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Nottingham Panthers have appointed former player Gui Doucet as their new director of hockey.

    The newly-created role will see the 32-year-old overseeing recruitment of players and a new head coach.

    The club said it expects the coaching position to be settled within the next few weeks.

    Gui Doucet
  6. Grieving families urge tourists to avoid Goa

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    The sister of a Derby woman who died in mysterious circumstances in Goa has joined other grieving relatives in calling for the government to warn tourists not to travel to the Indian destination.

    Denyse Sweeney, 34, was found "in a distressed state" outside a bar in Goa in 2010 and died in hospital.

    Her family believe she had been hit over the head by someone in the bar but no-one has been arrested or charged.

    Denyse Sweeney

    According to Foreign Office records, 59 British travellers died in Goa between 2009 and 2016. There have been other deaths and sexual assaults since then.

    Maureen Sweeney, one of her two older sisters, said: "Murderers continue to walk free and until there is a proper warning from the Foreign Office, they have a clear message that nothing will be done about it.

    "There is a seedy underbelly and women are incredibly vulnerable there."

  7. Nottingham museum shortlisted for top award

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Nottingham Contemporary has been named among five finalists for the Art Fund's Museum of the Year 2019.

    The venue, which opened in 2009, is up against HMS Caroline in Belfast, Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, Cardiff's St Fagans National Museum of History and V&A Dundee for the honour.

    Nottingham Contemporary

    The Art Fund, which has supported and celebrated British museums for more than a century, praised Nottingham Contemporary's showcasing of female artists and virtual reality exhibition tours.

    A £100,000 prize will be given to the winner on 3 July with runners-up receiving £10,000 each.

  8. Flats plan rejected to protect 'historic' city building

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans for a major new redevelopment in Leicester city centre have been turned down as it would involve a "historic" building being pulled down.

    Developer Lee Contracts had applied to build up to 438 flats in four towers in an area near the Lee Circle car park, along with a cinema and games room.

    Fleet House

    Councillors voted against the scheme as it would involve the demolition of Fleet House, which features on the authority's list of locally significant heritage buildings.

    The Victorian structure was the former headquarters of engineering firm British Steam Specialities, which relocated to Enderby in 2015.

    The council said it had received 130 objections to the development.

  9. Man injured in city centre fight

    BBC Radio Derby

    A man has been taken to hospital after being assaulted in Derby city centre last night.

    Police said they were called to Duffield Road at about 20:30 following reports of a group of men fighting.

    No arrests have been made.

    Duffield Road
  10. Off-roading blunder for 'stolen jacuzzis' van driver

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Police say they stopped a suspected stolen van loaded with stolen jacuzzis last night.

    Derbyshire Police said the transit van with cloned plates was spotted by officers on the M1 near Worksop and got stuck when it tried to leave the road while being pursued. One man has been arrested.

    Stopped van
    Suspected stolen jacuzzis
  11. Leah Fray death: Teenager arrested on suspicion of murder

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead in a burning flat.

    Leah Fray, 27, was found by firefighters in Mere Road, Leicester, on Sunday morning.

    Leicestershire Police said the teenager was arrested in Leicester yesterday afternoon and remains in custody.

    Leah Fray

    A 56-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday has been released with no further action.

  12. Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    After a bright start. we're expecting cloud and showers this afternoon.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather for the East Midlands on Friday 26 April 2019.
  13. Good morning: Join us for today's live updates

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Hello everyone. Today's news, sport, travel and weather updates will be written by Nick Smith, Sandish Shoker and myself.