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  1. Derbyshire could get more armed police officers
  2. School considering early Friday finishes
  3. University of Derby conned out of £300,000
  4. Police crackdown on M1 car cruising
  5. Homophobic bullying above national average in East Mids
  6. Live updates for Tuesday 27 June 2017

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By Gavin Bevis and Liam Barnes

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of flooding. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M69 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between M6 J2 and J1 for A5 Hinckley.

M69 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M69 northbound between M6 J2, Coventry and J1, A5 (Hinckley), because of an accident involving a vehicle that has left the carriageway.

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

Steven Mullaney

Steven Mullaney's career-best 168 helps Nottinghamshire remain in control over Kent at Trent Bridge.

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Tony Palladino

Derbyshire lead by 53 runs with all 10 second-innings wickets in hand after Tony Palladino and Jeevan Mendis help bowl Glamorgan out for 237.

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Ben Sanderson

Three-wicket hauls for Ben Sanderson, Richard Gleeson and Muhammad Azharullah keep Northants on top over Leicestershire.

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Our live coverage across the day

The dedicated live coverage is over for today, but news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear throughout the night.

East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

Fire crews rescue trapped horse

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Heartwarming news from Belper - the horse which was trapped in a ditch has now been freed.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

Fabulous team work.

Pair jailed over gunpoint raid on building society

Two men who admitted robbing a building society at gunpoint have been jailed, Leicestershire police said.

Christopher Dennis, left, and Marlon Watson
Leicestershire police

Christopher Dennis, left, and Marlon Watson made off with almost £5,000 after threatening staff at Shepshed's Nottingham Building Society with a firearm in March.

Earlier today, Dennis, 48, of Pedley Street, Ilkeston, was jailed for eight years. Watson, 31, of French Street Ilkeston, was sentenced to nine years and four months.

They had both admitted two counts of robbery and possession of a firearm at an earlier hearing.

This was, understandably, a frightening incident for the two members of staff who were in the premises at the time.People should be able to go to work in the morning and not have to worry about being a victim of an offence such as this."

Det Con Emma KunneLeicestershire police

Foxes star may head back to France

Sky Sports

Leicester midfielder Nampalys Mendy could be set for a return to France with Bordeaux after reportedly saying he wants to join the Ligue 1 club.

Nampalys Mendy
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Weather: Wet night ahead

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a wet evening and night with heavy bursts of rain continuing into the early hours.

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)


Tomorrow will bring another wet day with spells of heavy rain. A few drier and brighter intervals will develop during the afternoon with further showers in between. It will also feel cooler.

Stags boss backs himself to outshine Brad Pitt

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Steve Evans detailed a fictional scenario in which he was competing with Brad Pitt for the love of a beautiful woman after being asked by reporters what he thought of Mansfield being promotion favourites...

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Watch: Fancy walking an alpaca?

Carol Hinds

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

This pair of animal lovers from the Charnwood Forest started keeping alpacas as a hobby. It's now a thriving business with 10 staff and will be visited by 15,000 people this year...

Mansfield man to compete at World Cup of cobblers

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A Mansfield cobbler is heading to California to go toe-to-toe with some of the world's best shoe repairers.

Dave Lee has been invited to the compete in the World Cup event at the Shoe Service Institute of America's annual convention, due to take place next month on board a cruise liner in Long Beach.

His invitation comes after he came first in a UK competition last year.

Dave Lee

He told BBC East Midlands Today: "I'll be up against people from across the world - it isn't just Americans.

"I know I've got a trophy coming as they don't invite you out otherwise but I don't think I'll win the thing looking at some of the other repairs - although you never know."

Chesterfield drivers facing months of roadworks

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Drivers in part of Chesterfield have been warned to expect disruption until the end of this year as a major project to replace water pipes gets under way.

Severn Trent is spending £500,000 upgrading about 2.1 miles (3.4km) of pipes beneath Upper Newbold.

The firm said it would be working hard with its contractors to minimise disruption.

Severn Trent logo
Severn Trent

Fire crews head to horse emergency

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

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Dirty takeaway closed down after inspection

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A takeaway restaurant in Nottinghamshire has been shut down after inspectors found a host of food safety, hygiene and health and safety breaches.

Matiz Ali and Choudhry Shoaib-Ur-Raza, who ran Kirkby Balti House in Kingsway, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, were handed Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Orders after the district council decided standards at the eaterie posed a danger to the public.

Dirty fridge
Ashfield District Council
Dirty fridge door
Ashfield District Council

Inspectors cited a lack of separation between raw and ready-to-eat food, inadequate cleaning and poor personal hygiene by the two men.

Nicolle Ndwiweni, from the council, said: "Preparing food in a dirty environment is not just bad practice, it can lead to serious illness or even death."

Asbestos dumped in Leicestershire street

North West Leicestershire District Council's environmental protection team tweets...

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Early school finish idea 'not fair on working parents'


We've had plenty of comments on Facebook about proposals by Danemill Primary School in Enderby to close early on Fridays.

Adina Ridgeon said: "Think of the parents who are working, but barely managing financially..... they will have to consider additional childcare costs and if they think they can't manage the extra cost may be forced out of work."

Danemill Primary School

Christopher Frith wrote: "Secondary schools maybe as most are old enough to take themselves home, but primary school children they're too young and not fair on working parents."

Shots fired from speeding car during M1 chase

Leicester Mercury

A handgun was fired from a speeding car during a terrifying 36-mile chase from Fosse Park and onto the M1 motorway.

Video appeal after Derby break-in

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Video footage has been released of a cyclist police want to talk to about a burglary in Derby.

A laptop and two tablet devices were taken from a house in Balfour Road on 27 May.

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East Midlands Aeropark smashed up by burglars

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Two thieves smashed up a shop and stole a safe full of cash from East Midlands Aeropark just hours after the venue had hosted an open day.

The pair damaged doors, windows, display cases and computer equipment during the break-in at the Castle Donington attraction on Sunday night.

Aeropark damage
East Midlands Aeropark

A statement on the aeropark's Facebook page said: "We are a charity and we rely on public funding and donations, which is why we have our open days.

"To say we are gutted and disappointed is putting it mildly."

Aeropark damage
East Midlands Aeropark

The aeropark is home to a selection vintage planes and vantage points to view East Midlands Airport's runway.

Unlucky squirrel causes power cut in Chilwell

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

We've learned this morning's power cut in Chilwell was caused by a hapless squirrel making a connection with two cables.

Western Power Distribution said it wasn't unusual for squirrels to climb on the pylons but they rarely touch two cables at the same time.

Unsurprisingly the squirrel didn't survive the adventure - the cable was carrying about 11,000 volts - but nearly all the 655 homes affected by the power cut now have electricity once again.


Ofsted places Chesterfield school in special measures

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A Derbyshire secondary school has been placed in special measures.

Tupton Hall School, in Chesterfield, was rated as inadequate by regulators Ofsted.

The school, which has 1,552 students, was said to offer poor teaching, meaning students made slow progress.

In the report, the quality of teaching was said to require improvement after it has been "weak for too long".

Their sixth form was rated good, with inspectors saying it is a strength of the school.

Tupton Hall Chesterfield Ofsted

Police appeal over attempted robbery in Carlton

Officers investigating an attempted robbery in Carlton are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Nottinghamshire Police said a man was seen walking into Carlton News, on Foxhill Road East, at about 21:00 on Monday.

A spokesman said he was carrying an item wrapped in a plastic bag and demanded money from staff at the counter, but left without taking anything after the shop-worker challenged him.

Foxhill Road East Carlton

Weather Watchers: Wet and grey Tuesday all around

BBC Weather Watchers

It's not been a very summery day in Brailsford, as you can see from this rain-splattered picture sent in by Anne.

Weather Watchers Brailsford Anne

It's also been pretty cloudy down in Leicestershire, as scrappy's pic from Kegworth shows.

Kegworth Weather Watchers

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, at J23 for A512.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J23, A512 (Loughborough), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Power cut in Chilwell to continue for hours

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Bad news if you're currently one of those in Chilwell without power - it's going to be several hours before your electricity gets restored. However, the supplies in Newark are back on track.

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Picture appeal over Gravel Street violence

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police want to speak to this man about a fight in Leicester that landed three people in hospital.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of public order and assault offences following the clash in Gravel Street on 14 May and have been released while investigations continue.

The three injured people were not seriously hurt and were discharged from hospital the same day.

CCTV image
Leicestershire Police

'Very ambitious' striker signs for Mansfield Town

BBC Sport

Mansfield Town have announced the signing of 23-year-old striker Omari Sterling-James from non-league Solihull Moors.

Stags manager said the player, who can also be used on the wing, is "very ambitious" and was being chased by a number of clubs.

Sterling-James is a former trainee with Championship club Birmingham City, and has also played for Cheltenham Town.

Omari Sterling-James
Mansfield Town

I do see Omari as a striker and not as a wide player, although he can be deployed in a wide area very effectively, should we decide to utilise him in that position."

Steve EvansMansfield Town manager

Severe accident: Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, near Fremount Drive.

Nottinghamshire - An accident on Beechdale Road in Beechdale, Nottingham near the Fremount Drive junction.

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

Lions held by Hurricanes after late yellow card

BBC Sport

There was disappointment for the British and Irish Lions as they were held to a 31-31 draw by the Hurricanes in Wellington.

The tourists, who featured Leicester's Dan Cole in the starting lineup, had gone into the last 15 minutes 14 points up, but coughed up two tries following Iain Henderson's yellow card.

Despite two tries from Scotland's Tommy Seymour and one from Welshman George North, the final midweek game ended on a sour note.

Dan Cole British Irish Lions Hurricanes
Omari Sterling-James

Mansfield agree to sign attacker Omari Sterling-James on a free transfer from National League side Solihull Moors.

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All lanes back open on M1 northbound

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Looks like the M1 is heading back towards normal after this morning's tailbacks...

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Brunt and Hazel play for England in World Cup match

BBC Sport

England's women cricketers are playing their second World Cup group game today against Pakistan in Leicester with two Yorkshire players making the team.

Barnsley's Katherine Brunt will be leading the bowling attack, with Danielle Hazell also in the side.

Here's the moment the squad arrived at Grace Road earlier:

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England lost the toss and have been put into bat.

It's an important game for the hosts following defeat to India in the first group match.

You can listen to ball-by-ball commentary of the match via the BBC Sport app and here.

Fraudsters behind £12m scam jailed

Fraudsters who conned NHS hospitals, councils and a government out of more than £12m have been sentenced.

Leicester Crown Court

Ten conspirators, including two from Lancashire, were given sentences at Leicester Crown Court of up to 10 years in prison.

In each case forged letters, emails or faxes were sent to the 22 targeted organisations, pretending to be from a legitimate firm already carrying out contract works.

The biggest victim was the Guernsey government, which lost £2.6m.

Imitiaz Khoda, 44, from Lancaster, was jailed for 54 months for conspiracy to launder money.

A second man, 42-year-old Oghogho Ehanire, 42, from Preston, received 12 months suspended for two years for laundering.

M1 breakdown leads to tailback

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Not looking great on the northbound side of the M1 near Junction 28 - the congestion's been caused by a broken down car.

Highways England

Earlier kick-off for Stags v Mariners

Mansfield Town's home game against Grimsby Town has been brought forward by two hours on the advice of police.

The League Two match will now kick off at 13:00 on 9 September.

Mansfield Town
Getty Images

Yesterday it was announced both of Mansfield's games against Chesterfield this season will also be 13:00 kick-offs following police advice.

Via Gellia closed for fortnight after rockfall

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

An emergency road closure is in place along a major route through the Derbyshire Dales after a rockfall.

A section of the Via Gellia is shut from Ryder Point to Grangemill for the next two weeks while the debris is removed and the remaining rocks are made safe.

Via Gellia map

Work, which had been planned for August, has now been brought forward. Diversions are in place via the A6, A5270 and the A515.

Power cut in Chilwell

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

If you're without power in Chilwell at the moment, hopefully things should be back to normal by lunchtime...

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