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  1. Updates for Wednesday 24 May 2017
  2. Increased armed police patrols across region
  3. Broadmarsh car park set for demolition
  4. Baby bunny dumped in park
  5. Boots archive in Nottingham opens to public
  6. Vigil in Leicester later for Manchester attack victims
  7. Ex-Foxes boss Ranieri 'would take another English job'
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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Your photos: May across Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Looks like there are plenty of people out enjoying the warm weather in Market Harborough...

Canal in Market Harborough
Billie's View

...and you know what? I don't blame them.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Billie's View for the pic.

Leicestershire County rugby side set for Twickenham final

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

I'm sure you all know about the successes of Leicester Tigers - but this weekend is a big one for Leicestershire's men's and women's county teams.

Leicestershire vs. Staffordshire
Ian Palfreyman

Both sides have made it through to the final rounds of their respective County Championships.

The men will play their final against Hampshire at Twickenham, after the England vs. Barbarians match on Sunday.

The women will play their final against Essex at the Athletic Ground in Richmond.

Leicestershire vs. Yorkshire women
Ian Palfreyman

Mark Powell, the county's director of rugby, said: "This is without hesitation our best season with the men's and ladies' county senior teams, each reaching their respective finals.

"It has been a long road but a very enlightening and richly rewarding one to see the evolution of players and the success they have all achieved however great or small that may have been."

Council leader steps down

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council has stepped down following his election to Nottinghamshire County Council last month.

Neil Clarke
Rushcliffe Borough Council

Neil Clarke has led the Conservative-run council since May 2005 and was first elected in 1986.

He became councillor for the Bingham West ward at the county council elections on 4 May.

He'll stay on as a borough councillor, representing Radcliffe-on-Trent.

Rushcliffe councillors will pick a new leader at the annual council meeting tomorrow.

Preparations under way for Manchester attack vigil in Leicester

Emily Anderson

BBC East Midlands Today reporter in Leicester

Leicester uniting with Manchester after Monday night's attacks.

Chalking the pavement ahead of a vigil

People are writing "Leicester Loves Manchester" in chalk at Town Hall Square ahead of a vigil tonight.

Car park will be missed 'like a hole in the head'


You've been reacting to the news that Nottingham's Broadmarsh car park is looking set to be demolished over on Facebook.


We asked: "Will you miss it?"

Dave Bramwell said: "Like a hole in the head!"

Jane Gott said: "It desperately needs a facelift. A little disruption would be worth it. The bus station is drab and tied looking. Bring it on."

But Samantha Wyld will be sad to see it go. She posted: "Noooooooo!!! Why the hell have they just spent a fortune replacing all the ticket barriers?? They can't knock it down."

Weather: Staying warm

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It’ll be warm this afternoon with lots of sunshine and variable amounts of scattered cloud. Highs of 23C (73F).


Clear spells will develop overnight and it’ll stay dry with light winds.

Feeling mild with lows of 10C (50F).

Watch: Wicket of Alex Hales in One-Day International

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales made 61 before being caught behind off Andile Phehlukwayo in today's opening One-Day International against South Africa at Headingley.

Former Outlaws bowler Imran Tahir is in the South Africa XI.

You can follow live coverage of that match here.

Watch: Shopper reacts to seeing armed police in Leicester

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

I've been speaking to Jason Carey, from Leicester, who has seen the armed police patrols whilst out shopping...

International cricket trophies on show in Leicester

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

There's a nice bit of bling on show in Leicester this afternoon - the ICC Champions Trophy and Women's World Cup have come to visit.

ICC Champions Trophy and Women's World Cup

Both tournaments are being held in England during June and July.

Leicester will be hosting seven matches in the Women's World Cup, including England vs. Pakistan.

There are also matches in Derby and warm up games for the women in Oakham and Chesterfield.

NSPCC condemns 87-year-old's abuse of young girls

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The NSPCC has condemned the abuse of young girls by 87-year-old George Cobbledick - who was jailed for 15 years for the attacks on girls aged eight and 12.

Cobbledick, from Derby, was found guilty of rape and serious sexual assaults against the eight-year-old in the early 2000s.

At Derby Crown Court he was also convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in the mid-1990s.

George Cobbledick
Derbyshire Police

Now a spokesman for the children's charity has said: "Cobbledick's campaign of abuse will have had a devastating impact on his young victims and by denying his crimes, he subjected them to even more pain and suffering.

"We commend their courage in helping to bring him to justice and hopefully this sentence will bring them a sense of closure."

Shoppers 'feel safer' with armed police presence

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Shoppers in Leicester have said they feel reassured there are armed police on the streets after the UK terror threat level was raised to its highest level in the wake of Monday's attacks.

Armed police in Leicester

Pete Sheffield (pictured below), from the city, said: "Unfortunately we live in a country where at the moment we need armed police.

"I don't have an issue with the armed police being on the streets at all.

Jason Carey, also from Leicester, added: "I understand in the heightened tension they will be about.

"And do I feel a bit safer? Probably yes."

Pete Sheffield

Notts County avoid liquidation after 'dramatic compromise'

Colin Fray

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Notts County have avoided the threat of liquidation after a winding-up petition against them was dismissed at the High Court.

meadow lane
Getty Images

The case was brought by Pinnacle Advantage Limited, who had stepped in as a "substitute creditor" when a previous order brought by HM Revenue and Customs had been settled.

Pinnacle Advantage are in liquidation, and among their directors is former Notts County owner, Ray Trew,

But the matter was settled when, according to lawyers: "A dramatic compromise was reached outside the court."

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, at J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham affecting Trowell Services.

M1 Derbyshire - Heavy traffic on M1 southbound at J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Trowell Services.

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

'Be strong Manchester'

Sandish Shoker

BBC Radio Nottingham

Several messages have already been left in a book of condolence at Nottingham's Council House for the victims and families of those affected by the Manchester attack.

book of condolence

Some have simply written: "Thinking of you at this sad time", while another reads: “Be strong Manchester. Be positive”.

Someone else had written: “Manchester always united. The spirit of the city lives on.”

A spokeswoman for the city council said this book and a second at Clifton Cornerstone would stay open "for as long as people needed them".

They will then be sent to the Mayor of Manchester.

Armed police on streets of Leicester

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police announced this morning there would be increased patrols of armed officers across the county after the attack in Manchester.

These officers were spotted in the city centre this afternoon opposite Highcross Shopping Centre.

armed police Leicester

It follows the UK terror threat level being raised to its highest level of "critical", meaning more attacks may be imminent.

Male toilet sign

Denis Doherty

BBC political research unit

More than 100 constituencies across the UK have no female candidates standing, BBC research says.

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham and J26 for A610 Nottingham.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J25, A52 (Nottingham) and J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Minute's silence for Manchester victims

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

Your photos: May across Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

I've been enjoying the recent warm weather - but it appears the cows in Shardlow, Derbyshire might be finding it a little too warm...

Cows in the Rover Trent
sky girl

...or, the water in that particular part of the River Trent is especially tasty.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher sky girl for the pic.

British stars' participation boosts Nottingham Open

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The participation of British stars Johanna Konta and Heather Watson at next month's Nottingham Open has helped boost ticket sales, according to the city council.

Jo Konta and Heather Watson
Getty Images for LTA

The city lost its ATP 250 men's event, but it will still host a lower ranking Challenger Tour event alongside the women's tournament.

Councillor Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for culture and leisure, said: "We've got Heather Watson and Johanna Konta coming and ten of the world's top 50.

"Ticket sales for the week are above 10,000.

"We would take as big a tournament as possible, but it is worth remembering we didn't have a tournament for while."

Pom poms on the shoulder of a dress

Halima Umer will this evening display a collection inspired by her experience of cystic fibrosis for her final year university project.

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Severe congestion: A1 Rutland southbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Rutland southbound severe congestion, between B668 Stretton and B1081 Great Casterton.

A1 Rutland - Queuing traffic and heavier than usual traffic on A1 southbound between Stretton and Great Casterton in Tickencote.

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

Weather: Cloudier later

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cloud building this afternoon but there’ll still be some sunny spells and it’ll feel very warm.


Highs of 23C (73F).

Campaigners take opposition to Kedleston Hall houses to High Court

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Campaigners trying to stop 400 homes being built near Kedleston Hall are at the High Court in London trying to overturn the decision.

Kedleston Hall

The campaign group, Kedleston Voice, argues that the development would spoil the setting of the hall near Derby.

Granting planning permission in 2016, planning inspectors acknowledged the hall was a "heritage asset of the greatest importance" but that the 120 affordable homes within the 400 would be of "great public benefit".

Festival to go ahead despite Manchester attack

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

This weekend's Dot to Dot Festival, which is being held in Manchester on Friday, is to go ahead as planned.

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The festival, run by Nottingham-based DHP Family, is held across multiple venues in three cities - Manchester on Friday, Bristol on Saturday and Nottingham on Sunday.

Despite Monday night's attack in Manchester, the events will be unaffected, the organisers said on Instagram.

Dot to Dot, which champions new music, sold out last year in Manchester.

Youth, 16, arrested over Leicester 'gunshots' incident

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Police have arrested a 16-year-old on suspicion of firearms offences following an incident in Leicester at the weekend.

Police cordon

Officers were called to Tolton Road, Leicester, at around 22:25 on Sunday 21 May after getting reports of gunshots.

No one was found injured and no one was taken to hospital as a result of the incident.

The 16-year-old youth remains in police custody.

'The Beatles' set to rock Leicestershire farm

Sophie Cook

BBC Radio Leicester producer

Preparations for a music event dubbed "The World's Best Tribute Festival" is underway on a Leicestershire farm.

Glastonbudget Festival

Glastonbudget is expected to welcome 12,000 fans to Turnpost Farm, Wymeswold, over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Bootleg Beatles
BBC Radio 2

Among the acts performing are the world-renowned Bootleg Beatles (pictured above), Abba Revival and Gordon Davis' Elvis Presley.

Manchester attack: No military personnel on East Midlands' streets

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Police has said there will be increased armed patrols but they "will be used discretely to avoid heightening community fears".

Like the Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire forces, Derbyshire said it's not expecting military personnel to be deployed in the county.

peter goodman
Derbyshire Police

Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman (pictured) said: "In response to this heightened threat, the public may see an increased policing and security presence to help reassure communities but there is no cause for alarm."

He said security arrangements are being reviewed for "key sites" across the county and public events.

“Terrorists want to create discord, distrust and fear. We stand together with all communities in Derbyshire and we would ask residents to be our eyes and ears and report anything suspicious they may see, be this a package, person or vehicle," Mr Goodman said.

He said there hasn't been a rise in reported hate crime since the attack on Tuesday night.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J23A for A42 and J23 for A512.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J23a A42 and J23, A512 (Loughborough), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Body scans of fans at Pride Park 'an intelligence-based decision'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Derby County's head of security has said decisions on whether to regularly use body scanners on fans before matches will be based on "intelligence information."

Pride Park in Derby
Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Gary Parkin was commenting on the club's security arrangements following the attack at Manchester Arena on Monday evening.

"We want the public to come to a football match or concert and be safe," he said.

"There are times when we've had events here when we've had bodyscanners.

"We don't do that as a matter of course, but if we were given the intelligence information then we probably would do."

Jones: Leicester Tigers switch 'right thing for Ford's development'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

England head coach Eddie Jones hopes that fly-half George Ford's switch from Bath to Leicester Tigers will see him develop better as a player.

George Ford and Eddie Jones
Getty Images

"Sometimes players in their clubs are asked to play in a different way and it doesn't suit them," Jones said.

"I saw plenty of effort from George. How he was being asked to play for Bath doesn't really suit how he plays and it restricted his development."

Meanwhile, Ford, 24, who is returning to Welford Road after four years away, has said he is "looking forward" to challenging for silverware in the East Midlands.

Demolition of Broadmarsh car park set to be approved

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Could the end finally be in sight for the Broadmarsh car park in Nottingham?

City councillors look set to approve the demolition of the much maligned concrete building at a meeting next week.

broadmarsh car park

They'll be told on Thursday that demolishing and rebuilding the car park is cheaper than refurbishing it.

The replacement building will contain shops and cafes, as well as a car park and bus station, while the surrounding streets will be traffic free.

Demolition could begin straight away and be complete within six months, with the new car park completed by the end of 2019.

Council leader, Jon Collins, said: “There can be few people in the city that would be sorry to see the Broadmarsh car park go."

Minute's silence for Manchester victims

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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Baby bunny dumped in park

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A four-week-old bunny found dumped in a Nottinghamshire park wouldn't have survived long on its own, the RSPCA has said.


The bunny, named Woody by inspectors, was spotted by a member of the public near a cardboard box containing straw bedding not far from the main car park at Bestwood Country Park.

The box had been dumped in a patch of nettles and there was an adult rabbit nearby - presumed to be Woody's mum - which had been dead for about two days.

woody box

RSPCA inspector Rachel Leafe said neither rabbit was chipped so there's no way of tracing their owner.

"We also don’t know if there were more than two rabbits dumped, as some may have gotten away," she said.

She added: "The baby rabbit was probably found just in time, it’s unlikely she would survive on her own so it is lucky that she was found when she was.”

Woody is currently being cared for by the RSPCA until she is old enough to go to a new home.


Paper talk: Shakespeare heads to France for talks over manager's job

The Daily Telegraph

Craig Shakespeare has flown to France for talks with Leicester's owners about the permanent manager's job, according to John Percy in The Telegraph.

Craig Shakespeare