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  1. Live updates for Friday 16 June 2017
  2. Ex-teacher Paul O'Neill who paid men to abuse children jailed for life
  3. The 57-year-old directed the abuse of youngsters in the Philippines
  4. Murderer jailed for 'frenzied attack'
  5. Architect shares Grenfell Tower cladding concern
  6. Cyclist killed in crash on A50 in Hilton
  7. Foxes in talks with Hull City keeper
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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Weather: Warm weather for the weekend ahead

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The warm weather is set to continue this evening and into the weekend.

Tonight will be dry with some light winds and temperatures will reach 19C.

It will be a great start to the weekend with plenty of sunny spells and temperatures reaching 27C on Saturday and Sunday.


Rams set to sign Wisdom

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Derby County have agreed a deal to sign Liverpool's Andre Wisdom for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old right-back, who can also play at centre-back, has agreed personal terms and is set to sign after taking a medical when he returns from holiday later in June.

Andre Wisdom
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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 - Very slow traffic and two lanes closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Renovation for Gedling tower block on hold

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Plans to renovate and improve the appearance of Walton Court tower block in Gedling have been put on hold in the wake of the Grenfell fire.

While investigations focus on the role that exterior cladding may have played in the blaze, Gedling Homes says it has cancelled the proposed works indefinitely.

The London tower block fire has killed at least 30 people with many more still missing.

Your photos: Summer in Derbyshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Like you've just stepped out of a salon....!

Pic taken by Bolsover Weather Watcher Rockape.


Primary school children to get lessons in how to deal with stress

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Pupils at St Paul's Primary School, in Leicestershire, will be given lessons in how to deal with stress.

Head teacher Cal Hurst said it was important particularly in the wake of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London.

School in Leicestershire

Mrs Hurst said: "There is a lot of demands on children today and society is running at such a high speed, we need to give them the skills to handle stress but also for us to recognise if they are feeling stressed."

Pupils at the school in Woodhouse Eaves are being encouraged to talk about things that are worrying them such as exams.

Graphic details of ex-teacher's crimes

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

After pleading guilty to 30 counts of sexual offences - including rape of a child, causing a child to engage in sexual activity and making indecent images - Paul O'Neill was sentenced to life in prison today.

The 57-year-old former teacher, from Wroxham Drive in Wollaton Vale, faced away from the public gallery as the details of the abuse were read out at Nottingham Crown Court.

Many of the details are too graphic to be published, but Judge Gregory Dickinson said O'Neill "demanded" young children "suffer pain and degradation".

O'Neill must serve a minimum of 12 years as part of his sentence, though the judge warned him it is "highly likely you will remain in custody for considerably longer".

Paul O'Neill
Nottinghamshire Police
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Abuser 'treated children as commodities'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Paul O'Neill's conviction for the rape and abuse of victims over the internet is thought to be one of the first cases of its kind.

He used webcams and chatlogs to instruct adult abusers in the Philippines, often paying thousands of pounds on the exploitation.

Charlotte Caulton-Scott, district crown prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that he "presented himself as a respectable citizen" while carrying out the abuse behind closed doors.

O’Neill may have been thousands of miles away but because the offences were taking place on his instigation, with him issuing instructions about what was to take place, he was guilty of the offences himself. O’Neill treated his victims as commodities, hiding behind the perceived anonymity of the internet, but these were real children suffering horrendous abuse at his direction.”

Charlotte Caulton-ScottDistrict crown prosecutor

Ex-teacher 'was obsessed with the horrific abuse' of children

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A judge has told former teacher Paul O'Neill he is a danger to children and likely to offend again.

The 57-year-old used webcams to direct rape and the sexual abuse of girls as young as four in the Philippines.

The apparently-respectable churchgoer, who retired from a school in Nottingham last year, preyed on poverty-stricken families to become a "virtual" child rapist during years of sickening abuse, the court heard.

Sentencing O’Neill to life in prison, Judge Gregory Dickinson said: “You are a danger to children. Given the chance, you will offend again.

“You are obsessed with, and addicted to, this most vile and horrific abuse.”

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J20 for A4303 and J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J20, A4303 (Lutterworth) and J21, M69 (Leicester), because of a vehicle fire.

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

BreakingLife sentence for former teacher who paid men to abuse children

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A former teacher has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 12 years for the rape and abuse of children as young as four.

Paul O'Neill, 57, of Wroxham Drive, Wollaton Vale, paid men to abuse the youngsters in the Philippines while he watched and directed over the internet.

Nottinghamshire Police

O'Neill admitted 30 charges at Nottingham Crown Court.

Missing woman found safe

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Chesterfield woman Pamela Payne, who was reported missing earlier, has been found safe and well, Derbyshire Police have said.

Robber attacks cyclist with metal pole

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A cyclist was hit on the head with a metal pole by a balaclava-clad robber, while he was riding along the canal in Ilkeston, Derbyshire Police said.

The robber took the victim's cash, a Samsung mobile phone and a gold chain before running towards Cotmanhay on 4 June.

The victim was taken to Ilkeston hospital and received stitches for his injuries.

Canal near the path

Details of the attack have only just been released by the police.

East Midlands teams learn EFL Cup fate

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

The draw has been made for the first round of the EFL Cup - now rebranded as the Carabao Cup. Here's who our East Midlands teams will be playing:

  • Nottingham Forest v Shrewsbury Town
  • Mansfield v Rochdale
  • Grimsby v Derby
  • Oldham v Burton
  • Sheffield Wednesday v Chesterfield
  • Scunthorpe v Notts County

Leicester City will enter the competition in the second round, along with other Premier League sides not involved in Europe.

Defeat for travellers in Barlestone caravan site battle

Leicester Mercury

A group of travellers have lost their eight-year battle to stay on a caravan site.

Investigation into Keith Vaz newspaper claims reopens

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A House of Commons investigation into Leicester MP Keith Vaz has reopened after being put on hold during the general election.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards began an inquiry after allegations were made about the Labour MP's private life in September last year.

Keith Vaz

North West Leicestershire Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen had argued his actions amounted to a breach of the parliamentary code of conduct.

A police investigation into newspaper claims he paid for the services of two male escorts and indicated to one of the men that he would pay for cocaine was closed without charge in December.

Championship challenge for Port Vale and Crewe in League Cup first round

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Both Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra will face Championship opposition in the first round of next season's League Cup.

Carabao Cup in stadium
Carabao Cup

The Vale travel to Leeds United, while The Alex host Bolton Wanderers.

Meanwhile Burton Albion are away at Oldham Athletic - all ties will be played the week starting 7 August.

Shoe collection for London victims

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

About 1,500 shoes will be collected to help people who have lost their possessions in the London fire.

Lee Todd, who is the founder of Nottingham charity Shoe Aid, will be giving the shoes to help victims following the huge blaze at Grenfell Tower.

At least 30 people were killed in the fire and many more are still missing.

Lee Todd

Lee said: "We know that these people have lost literally everything and it is not the case of supplying them with one kind of shoe, we want to make sure, what they lost we can replace with the same sort of thing."

Shoe Aid boxes have been placed at various locations including some supermarkets in Nottingham.

Ex-teacher 'paid men to abuse children in Philippines'

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

A former teacher who paid men to abuse young children as young as four in the Philippines has pleaded guilty to rape.

Paul O'Neill, 57, of Wroxham Drive, Wollaton Vale, taught maths at The Becket School, in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, for 25 years.

O'Neill admitted 30 charges - including rape, arranging or facilitating child sexual offences and making indecent images - at Nottingham Crown Court.

Nottingham Crown Court

The court heard he had paid £6,000 to people who procured children to be abused, which he watched online.

He is due to be sentenced later.

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, between J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham and J24A for A50 Derby.

M1 Derbyshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J25, A52 (Nottingham) and J24a, A50 (Derby), because of an accident. Travel time is around 15 minute. In the roadworks area.

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

London fire: Gedling Homes tower block renovation put on hold

Eric Simpson

BBC News Online

Plans to renovate a tower block in Gedling have been put on hold in the wake of the Grenfell Tower block fire in London.

Residents in Walton Court have been told in a letter by Gedling Homes that proposals to add new cladding have been postponed until the end of an inquiry into the massive fire - which has so far claimed the lives of at least 30 people.

A statement from the housing association said: “Please be assured that this work (installing new external cladding) is on hold until the outcome of the full investigation at Grenfell Tower and we will keep you fully informed.”

The association also sent out advice to the residents of the tower block on what to do in the case of a fire.

Walton Court

Aleksandra Mrozik murder: Every room 'covered in blood'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Officers found blood in every room of a house following the murder of a woman and the attempted murder of a man in Nottinghamshire.

Three weapons were also recovered and blood stains were found on front doors in Gleneagles Drive, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Pawel Lupa, of the same address, stabbed his partner Aleksandra Mrozik (below), who died on the way to the hospital. He also stabbed Wojcek Bocek.

Aleksandra Mrozik
Nottinghamshire Police

Mr Bocek told police he had been punched and stabbed by Lupa after they had had an argument.

He said he tried to escape from Lupa after he'd been hit with a metal pipe.

Mr Bocek was treated in hospital for 16 separate stab and slash-type injuries.

Missing man 'could be sleeping rough'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police believe a 49-year-old man who has gone missing in Long Eaton may be sleeping rough.

David Hutchinson had been staying at an address in Main Street but has not been seen since Wednesday.

He also has connections with the Heanor area.

David Hutchinson
Derbyshire Police

Train services hit by 'obstruction on line'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Train services are currently unable to travel between Nottingham and Langley Mill because of an obstruction on the line, East Midlands Trains has said.

A statement on the firm's website said: "Where possible our trains will divert via Derby and will be unable to call at Ilkeston, Langley Mill or Alfreton."

Motorcyclist dies in car transporter crash in Leicestershire

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A motorcyclist has died after being involved in a crash with a car transporter in Leicestershire this morning.

Police said the crash happened close to a lay-by on the A4304 between North Kilworth and Walcote at about 06:45 BST.

The biker, 22, died at the scene but the transporter driver was uninjured.

A4304 between North Kilworth and Walcote

The road is expected to stay closed for several hours while police investigations are carried out.

Your photos: Cows on the moo-ve

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to JoJen in Elton, Derbyshire, for this wonderful photo.


Swimming: Adam Peaty frustrated by 50m Olympic omission

Nick Hope

BBC Sport Olympic sports reporter

Uttoxeter swimmer and Rio gold medallist Adam Peaty says the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a mistake by not including three new 50m sprint events for Tokyo 2020.

Adam Peaty
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The IOC said last week that men's 800m and women's 1500m freestyle races would be added to the swimming programme.

Peaty, who won 100m breaststroke gold at last summer's Olympics, was in favour of including 50m races in breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly.

Sprints engage people more than distance events. I don't like that there's another distance event and I don't think that's what's needed. I'm a bit disappointed."

Adam PeatyUttoxeter swimmer

Kitten thrown out with rubbish near children's play area

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

This poor starving kitten, suffering from fleas and ear mites, was "thrown out like rubbish" when only a couple of months old.


The black kitten, called Pickle and aged eight to 10 weeks, was rescued from a bin near a children's play area in Litton Road, Mansfield.

Paula Jones, from the RSPCA, said: “She was undernourished and in a very thin condition, suffering from fleas and ear mites.

“I don’t believe she could have entered the bin on her own so it would appear as though she was dumped there by someone.”

Pound coin nightmare finally over for Derbyshire Dales drivers

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Put out the bunting... it may have taken three months but the new pound coin can finally be used in pay machines at council-run car parks in the Derbyshire Dales.

The district council said: "We would of course have liked the conversion to happen earlier, but there is a continuing huge demand on the company doing this conversion work across the whole of the UK.

New-look pound coin

“While we weren't the first local authority to get the work done, we are certainly not the last."

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Neighbour comforted dying woman

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

A woman stabbed to death by her partner was comforted by a neighbour as she lay bleeding on her doorstep, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Aleksandra Mrozik was knifed by Pawel Lupa, 41, at their home in Gleneagles Drive, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, in July last year.

This morning, Lupa was jailed for life with a minimum of 23 years for Ms Mrozik's murder and the attempted murder of Wojcek Bocek.

Aleksandra Mrozik
Nottinghamshire Police

Defending Lupa, Peter Joyce QC said all three of them were heavy drinkers.

“I’ve never seen a greater consumption of alcohol in any case."

He added Lupa and Ms Mrozik had a “loving relationship” before the murder.

Judge Gregory Dickinson said: “You showed a callous disregard for her.”

Download 2018 tickets go on sale

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

It may only be a few days since this year's Download Festival finished but tickets for next year's event have already gone on sale.

Headliners are Terrorvision, Emma Bunton and Jimmy Nail. Just kidding - no line-up details have been revealed yet.

Download Festival fans
Sarah Koury/Download Festival

Three injured in Hockley knife attack

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Three men have been taken to hospital with knife injuries following a disturbance in Nottingham city centre early this morning.

Police said two 23-year-old men and a 21-year-old man are being treated for non life-threatening injuries to their legs following the incident in Goose Gate at about 03:20.

Goose Gate

A section of Goose Gate, Brightmoor Street and Wing Walk has been cordoned off while police investigate.

Kibworth air pollution 'double the UN limit'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Pollution levels in Kibworth have reached more than double the UN recommended limit, it's been revealed.

It's led to the Harborough District Council making the A6 through the town an Air Quality Management Area.

Kibworth from the air

This means the local authority must set out measures to tackle the issue and prevent people breathing in dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide.

BreakingLife sentence for man found guilty of murder and attempted murder

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A man found guilty of stabbing his partner to death and attempting to murder another man has been jailed for life.

Pawel Lupa, 41, of Gleneagles Drive, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, will serve a minimum term of 23 years.

Lupa was convicted yesterday of the murder of Aleksandra Mrozik and the attempted murder of Wojcek Bocek on 16 July last year.

Graffiti daubed on the West Bridgford Conservative Club

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The West Bridgford Conservative Club in Nottingham appears to have been targeted by vandals.

The word "scum" has been sprayed onto the side of the building, which is near Rushcliffe MP Ken Clarke's constituency office.

Scum on West Bridgford building

Nottinghamshire Police hasn't yet confirmed the damage has been reported to them.