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  1. Updates for Monday 22 May 2017
  2. Men jailed for killing man for life savings
  3. Gunshots heard in Leicester
  4. Man threatened with knife at tram stop
  5. Gym reopens after chemical mix-up
  6. Jamie Vardy puts house up for sale
  7. David Bowie outfit made from 15,000 drinking straws
  8. Leicester's Roman mosaic to go on display
  9. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Amy Woodfield and Dave Wade

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That's all from the East Midlands live page - updates will start again on Tuesday at 08:00.

Darren Stevens

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens hits a 96-ball century to guide them to a draw with Leicestershire at Grace Road.

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Julie and Tony Wadsworth

Julie Wadsworth invited boys to follow them into the trees "one at a time", a court hears.

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Weather: Staying warm

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Staying dry and bright with some late spells of sunshine this evening.


Overnight, cloud will clear for a time. It’ll be mild with the risk of a few mist and fog patches in prone spots.

Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Tony Fisher 'a true gentleman'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Philip Shears, prosecuting, read out a number of victim impact statements during the sentencing hearing.

Reading a statement from Tony Fisher’s wife, Elaine, Mr Shears said: “Her husband she describes as a funny, charming, hard-working man who fought for his place in life.”

Mr Shears also spoke of Mr Fisher’s pride in his two children and their achievements, as well as Mr Fisher’s grandchild, who was the “light of Mr Fisher’s life”.

Tony Fisher
Nottinghamshire Police

Reading a statement from Mr Fisher’s son, Andrew, Mr Shears said: “[He was a] true gentleman and can never be replaced.”

The court also heard Mr Fisher was one of nine siblings and was a “local lad, born and bred in Nottingham”.

Tony Fisher murder: Jury applauded

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Following the sentencing hearing, the judge was quick to praise Mr Fisher’s family for their “incredible dignity and restraint”.

“I convey my condolences to you all,” he said.

The jury were also applauded by members of the public gallery as they left the courtroom.

Murderer 'recruited' son and cousin

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Sentencing Marcus Barton, Mr Justice Jay called him a “career criminal”, adding Barton was responsible for recruiting his son, Jaydon Roberts-Barton, and his distant cousin Nathan Barton.

The judge at Nottingham Crown Court said Marcus Barton had shown no remorse, and the decision to recruit his son was “both perplexing and sad”.

nottingham crown court

Nathan Barton, who was acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter, was told he was "not a bright young man".

"You were downstairs while Mr Fisher was being tortured. Once Simon Palmer’s violence started, it must have been obvious there was a risk of death.”

Addressing Jaydon Roberts-Barton, the judge said: “The horror of this case has not escaped you. For whatever reason, your father wanted you to be there that night."

Royal medal for plane crash policeman

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Talk about being "thrown in at the deep end" - this Derbyshire policeman had to deal with the aftermath of the Kegworth air disaster just two days out of probation.

Now, Jack Atwal - who went on to lead Derby police - has received a medal at Buckingham Palace...

Jack Atwal
Derbyshire Constabulary

The former chief superintendent has now retired after 30 years in the service but last week he was given the Queens’ Police Medal (QPM) for his distinguished service.

I was immensely proud to receive the award from Prince Charles. The event was excellent and hearing the citations of ordinary, hardworking individuals serving their community was humbling. The day was also tinged with sadness as it was the last day I will wear my police uniform, something I was always very proud to do.”

Jack AtwalFormer Chief Superintendent, Derbyshire Constabulary

Murderer was a 'devious and dangerous man'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Mr Fisher was subjected to the “brutal, vicious assault” for an estimated 15 to 20 minutes and that he died several minutes afterwards, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

“Overall, what this amounts to is Mr Fisher was tortured to give up the contents of his safe,” Mr Justice Jay said.

He added as the men left “clutching bundles of £20 notes”, Mr Fisher was left for dead in his chair “with blood everywhere”.

Simon Palmer
Nottinghamshire Police

Addressing Palmer, the judge called him the “ringleader of this enterprise”.

“You are undoubtedly a devious and dangerous man. You have a considerable record for crimes of violence," he said.

“You are the sort of man who does not hesitate to use extreme measures to compel others to act against their will. You are a calculated and practiced liar.”

As he was being taken away by dock officers, Palmer shouted “I didn’t do it”, and was later heard to shout: “I’m an innocent man”.

Tony Fisher
BBC / Nottinghamshire Police
Chris Cooke

Nick Webb

BBC Wales Sport

Colin Ingram and Chris Cooke steer Glamorgan to an unlikely draw against Nottinghamshire after batting out two days.

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Your pictures: East Midlands soaks up sun

BBC Weather Watchers

A lot of you have been out and about enjoying the sunny weather today.

Here's Hathern in Leicestershire...


...Chesterfield in Derbyshire...


...and Gedling in Nottinghamshire.


Milk bottles 'best way to advertise'

Sandish Shoker

BBC Radio Nottingham

We showed you these milk bottles earlier that were found in reporter Dave Wade's garden.

milk bottles

Lucy Thomas from the Theatre Royal said they were the quirkiest way of advertising their plays.

“Back in the day before the internet, the best way of reaching someone’s hand was a milk bottle because people in the '80s and '90s had their milk delivered and it was in their hand at breakfast time," she said.

“Today there are smartphones and social media and people don’t get their milk delivered anymore or, if they do, it’s in plastic bottles.”

Frank Bruno

She said the theatre had some bottles in its archives, including one advertising a panto featuring Frank Bruno in the '90s, and would love to see any other memorabilia people had found in their attics - or gardens.

Body identified following public appeal

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A social media appeal has helped police to identify a man who died in the grounds of Leicester Royal Infirmary on Wednesday.

Police had been unable to identify the man but following the appeal his family has now been informed.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Have you seen missing teenager?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police have issued an appeal to find a 16-year-old who has gone missing from Radford in Nottingham.

Braydon Forbes
Nottinghamshire Police

Braydon Forbes was last seen at around 10:00 last Tuesday.

He is known to have connections to the Grantham area.

BreakingMen jailed for killing Carlton dad

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The four men who killed Tony Fisher in his home in Carlton last January have been jailed.

Nottinghamshire Police

Simon Palmer, 43, of Daybrook (pictured top right) has been sentenced to life in prison and ordered to serve a minimum of 33 years for murder and conspiracy to rob.

Marcus Barton, 42, of Bestwood (top left), was also given a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years for the same charges.

Nathan Barton, 23, of Basford (bottom left), has been jailed for 19 years for manslaughter and 14 years concurrently for conspiracy to rob.

Jaydon Roberts-Barton, 21 (centre), of St Ann's was sentenced to 18 years for manslaughter and 13 years concurrently conspiracy to rob.

Vincent Hawkins, 33, of Sneinton (bottom right), was jailed for five years for perverting course of justice.

Men who killed dad 'callous, heartless, cowards'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Tony Fisher’s wife, Elaine, and son, Andrew, issued a statement saying their lives "changed forever" when they found his body last January.

It was all your worst nightmares and an image that can never leave my mind...To know his last moments on this earth were filled with fear and pain has been something all of Tony’s family have struggled to both comprehend and cope with...Everyone locally will also know Tony was a decent, hard-working man...We know he co-operated with the men that broke into the house. They didn’t need to terrorise or kill him....They are callous, heartless, cowards - the very worst of mankind and there is no place in our community for them."

Elaine and Andrew Fisher
Tony Fisher
Nottinghamshire Police
Joe Leach

Worcestershire captain Joe Leach takes 5-32 as his side beat Derbyshire to claim their third straight Championship win.

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Four men 'tortured' and killed man for life savings

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Four men have been found guilty of killing a man in Carlton and robbing him of his life savings, police have said.

Tony Fisher, 58, was found dead at his home in Coningswath Road by his family in January last year after being tortured and suffering multiple stab wounds.

Simon Palmer, Marcus Barton, Nathan Barton, Jaydon Roberts-Basrton Vincent Hawkins
Nottinghamshire Police

Marcus Barton, his son Jaydon Robert-Barton, another relative Nathan Barton and Simon Palmer broke into Mr Fisher's home and brutally beat him to force him to reveal where he kept his money.

The men made off with between £10,000 and £14,000 after Mr Fisher gave them access to his safes.

Palmer, 43, of Daybrook (pictured top right), Marcus Barton, 42, of Bestwood (top left), Nathan Barton, 23, of Basford (bottom left), and Jaydon Roberts-Barton, 21, St Ann's (centre), were each charged with murder and conspiracy to rob.

A fifth man, Vincent Hawkins, 33, of Sneinton, was charged with assisting an offender after he took the men's clothes and burned them in a park in Carlton Hill.

They all denied the offences but were found guilty by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court today. They will be sentenced at the same court later today.

Det Ch Inspector Hayley Williams said Mr Fisher was "a decent, hard-working family man".

"The evidence showed that the injuries to Tony amounted to torture. The next door neighbours heard a commotion lasting up to 20 minutes which shows Tony’s ordeal was prolonged," she said.

Four Yorkshire players in World Cup cricket squad

BBC Sport

Congratulations to Yorkshire Cricket players Katherine Brunt, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston and Lauren Winfield.

They've all been selected to represent England at the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup, with the first game of the tournament due to be played against India at Derby on 24 June:

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Biker's family told of fatal crash

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

The family of a motorcyclist have been told of his death, police say, as they investigate a crash with a lorry on the M6 in Cheshire.

Cheshire Police says the 53-year-old man from Midway, Derbyshire, died at the scene after the northbound collision just before junction 18 on Saturday morning.

Tony and Julie Wadsworth: Witness denies being 'mistaken'

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

The barrister defending Julie Wadsworth, cross-examining today's witness, suggested he was mistaken, he'd got the wrong couple.

The witness said when the couple were first charged with similar offences he searched the internet for their images and recognised them immediately.

The case continues at Warwick Crown Court.

Tony and Julie Wadsworth: Teenagers told to return to sex scene to 'have a play'

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

After having sex with her husband in view of teenage boys, the court heard, Julie Wadsworth told the teenagers to "come back next week at the same time" and that she might "let them have a play".

Giving evidence at Warwick Crown Court the alleged victim said he and another 14-year-old boy did return to the scene and were both indecently assaulted by her in the presence of her husband.

They were scared, he claimed, of Tony Wadsworth standing by with a camera around his neck.

The pair deny all charges against them.

Tony and Julie Wadsworth: Pair 'had sex in full view of boys'

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

A jury has heard from a man who claims he was indecently assaulted in an Atherstone park by a female radio presenter when he was 14.

Julie and Tony Wadsworth

Jurors at Warwick Crown Court heard the man, now in his 30s, claim Julie Wadsworth also touched another boy indecently while her broadcaster husband Tony Wadsworth stood close by.

The alleged victim said in the course of the encounter the couple had sex up against a tree in woods on the edge of the park, in full view of him and other boys.

The couple, of Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, deny indecent assault and outraging public decency.

Men guilty of Carlton murder

Nottingham Post

Two men have been convicted of murder following the death of Tony Fisher.

Marcus Barton and Simon Palmer
Nottinghamshire Police

Political visit to Derby train builder

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has been visiting Bombardier in Derby...

Philip Hammond
David Vaughan

Nottingham Forest's 34-year-old midfielder David Vaughan signs a new 12-month contract with the Championship club.

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Residents tackle speeding in Derby

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Residents in a suburb of Derby are taking matters in to their own hands when it comes to speeding motorists.

Volunteers in Littleover are going out on to the streets with a speed camera to urge drivers to slow down.

Here they are on Pastures Hill, which they said is a particularly problematic road...

The Littleover Speedwatch team

Drivers who are speeding will get a letter from the group telling them they have broken the law but they won't get a fine.

Their data is fed back to Derbyshire Police though and can lead to an officer going to an area with an enforcement camera which will fine speeding drivers.

So far today eight people have been caught speeding.

Your Questions: Was there a thriving hat industry in Leicester in the 19th Century?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Carole West got in touch with us using the Your Questions tool on our website - she wanted to know about the hat making industry in Leicester in the 1800s.

Her great-grandfather was a hatter and moved to Leicester around 1883.

Children wearing hats in 1860
Getty Images

I've been speaking to Cynthia Brown who is a social historian in Leicestershire. She told me Leicester wasn't known for its hat making - that was generally centred around Luton in Bedfordshire.

Hat making in Luton
Getty Images

She found evidence of three hat making factories in Leicester at that time:

  • Hammond and Co, Slate Street
  • Watters and Vincent, Atlas Works, King Street
  • Thomas Webster & Co, warehouse in East Bond Street, factories in Darker Street and Foxon Street

The Thomas Webster warehouse is mentioned in The Diary of Ada Jackson 1883 published in 1993.

This is a sketch of the building from the book...

Sketch of Thomas Webster warehouse

Ada Jackson worked there mainly embroidering badges onto caps.

We don't know which of the three factories Carole's great-grandfather worked in but it could have been this one.

Man recorded abusing dog

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man has been sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to a dog after a member of the public recorded him beating and shouting at the pet.


Martin Johnson, 33, of Grassmoor in Chesterfield, can be heard shouting, “If I tell you to do something, I expect you to do it” while the dog, called Sooty, is heard whimpering in distress.

The RSPCA said Sooty was removed from Johnson's care after being contacted on 3 February.

Inspector Rachel Leafe said: “What it came down to was the fact that Sooty was going to the toilet inside the flat. Johnson said in interview that he gave the dog ‘a bit of a pasting’ as a result, and that he went ‘over the top’."


She said Sooty had lumps on top of his head, his spine, on one of his legs and a fractured toe.

In an interview he told the RSPCA he had grabbed the dog by his testicles and pinned him down by his ears to stop him messing in the flat, Ms Leafe said.

At Chesterfield Magistrates Court on Friday, Johnson was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for a year, fined £315 and has been banned from keeping all animals for eight years.

Sooty was signed over to the RSPCA's care, as was his other dog, Pearl.

Pitch art at King Power Stadium

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Leicester City groundsman has really upped his game towards the end of the season - this was the pitch artwork yesterday...

King Power Stadium
Getty Images

General Election: Join our debate

East Midlands Today

Don't forget - today is the last day you can register to vote in next month's general election.

Election logo

If you're still undecided about who to vote for then our East Midlands election debate on 29 May might be able to help you.

You can apply for tickets to be in the audience here.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy puts house up for sale

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Remember this moment when Leicester City players celebrated winning the Premiership?

Well that house - owned by star striker Jamie Vardy - is now on the market and could be yours for a cool £1.25m.

Loose change...

Jamie Vardy's house in Melton Mowbray

It's an eight-bedroom property in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

Hallway of Jamie Vardy's house

Jamie and his wife Becky said: "It’s a big part of history for us but it’s the right time to move to a home with more space for our family and where we can enjoy a sense of privacy."

Jamie Vardy's kitchen

Bowie outfit made from 15,000 straws

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Ziggy Straw-dust? There's a straw man waiting in the sky...? (OK, there's definitely a pun in there somewhere.)

David Bowie was known for his distinctive and ever-changing style but would he have worn this...

David Bowie straw costume
Nottingham Trent University

This costume, inspired by the Starman singer, is made entirely out of straws - almost 15,000 of them.

Saffron Bramley-Astle, from Derby, who is studying costume design and making at Nottingham Trent University, attached each drinking straw one by one and hand-cut them into shape, as part of her final degree show.

She designed the piece shortly after his death last year.

“I was inspired by the great legacy that David Bowie had left, not only on the world of music but also through his iconic looks particularly that of his Ziggy Stardust character,” she said.

Saffron’s work is to go on display at the university’s degree show next month.

Remember Nottingham's panto milk bottles?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, apparently a great way of promoting Nottingham's panto was on milk bottles.

I discovered these three bottles in my garden this weekend, advertising the 1989 and 1991 performances at the Theatre Royal.

milk bottles

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs featured Irish singer, Dana, while the 1991 performance of Cinderella, featured Anne Charleston who was Madge from Neighbours (pictured below).

milk bottle
milk bottle

Do you remember having the Theatre Royal pantomime milk bottles left on your doorstep?

Let us know.

Mosaic during excavation

While 'all options' were considered, officials say the mosaic will go into a revamped nearby museum.

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New reverend to attract ethnic minorities to church

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Reverend Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy has been appointed as the first Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) mission and ministry enabler for Leicester Diocese...

Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy
Nick Clarke

He is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and for the last four years he's been working as a vicar in Kent.

Lusa’s new role is to lead a five-year project aimed at encouraging more members of the Christian BAME population to be active members of church congregations.

He'll also help to develop and mentor the work of the leaders of churches, which serve BAME communities in the city and county.

It is an honour to have been appointed to serve the Diocese of Leicester in this way and I am very much looking forward to all that lies ahead."

Rev Nsenga-NgoyBAME Mission and Ministry Enabler

Bournemouth celebrate top-half Premier League finish

BBC Sport

Bournemouth secured their highest top-flight finish with a draw at Leicester on the final day of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

Junior Stanislas

Junior Stanislas put the Cherries ahead after just 59 seconds, smashing in a rebound from Ryan Fraser's shot at the end of Lys Mousset's driving run.

Leicester started poorly but were transformed after the break and Jamie Vardy poked in Islam Slimani's knockdown early in the second half.

Vardy had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside nine minutes later as he stabbed in after Slimani's blocked shot, while Slimani headed badly wide when found in space by a Riyad Mahrez free-kick with five minutes to play.

Gunshots heard in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have closed a road in the Beaumont Leys area of Leicester following reports of a group of men in the street and gunshots being heard.

Tolton Road

They were called to Tolton Road about 22:30 last night. No one was found injured at the scene and there have been no reports of anyone going to hospital with firearm injuries.

The road remains closed at the junction with Appleton Avenue to Wheatley Road for a full forensic examination.