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  1. Live updates for Friday 21 July 2017
  2. Derby murder: House-to-house enquiries continue
  3. Shocking CCTV footage of cyclist hit and run
  4. Opposition to farm for 220,000 chickens
  5. Bulldog puppies stolen in robbery

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By Dave Wade and Gavin Bevis

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Weather: Turning rainy

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Dry to start the evening however it will turn increasingly unsettled overnight with rain arriving from the West.


The rain will be heavy at times but it should clear by dawn. Minimum temperature 13C (55F)

Cyclist hurt in tractor crash

Wesley Mallin

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

A cyclist has been airlifted to hospital after he got trapped under a tractor trailer in Marchington.

The incident happened on Stubby Lane earlier this afternoon.

The man's been taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with serious injuries.

Spondon traveller eviction almost complete

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A police operation to evict a group of travellers who have been parked on a park in Spondon since earlier this week is almost complete.

Derbyshire Police said the group, which had been served with an eviction notice by the city council, have mostly left but officers were staying at the site to make sure the last few vehicles leave.

Travellers being evicted
Derbyshire Police

Insp Lauren Woods, who leads policing in the area, said: “The city council served the eviction notice, which is the proper course of action when travellers arrive on public land.

“However we noticed that there was an increase in the waste being left by the group and so we decided quickly to use section 61.

“This is available to us in certain circumstances and on this occasion, waste being strewn across the fields meant we could evict them using these powers."

Uttoxeter's Adam Peaty on medals, tattoos and legacy

Nick Hope

BBC Sport Olympic sports reporter

As Adam Peaty prepares to defend his 100m breaststroke gold at the World Championships in Hungary, BBC Sport's been given wide-ranging access to his training camps in Thailand and Tokyo.

We've spoken to the 22-year-old from Uttoxeter about the scale of his achievements so far including the world record and Olympic gold.

Adam Peaty: Olympic champion explains his Project 56

Plus why he has a giant tattoo off a lion on his left bicep and just what his 'Project 56' is all about.

Read the full story here on the BBC Sport website.

The couple, who both had cancer as teenagers, want to have a second baby but cannot afford it.

Traffic warning as start of holiday season clashes with truck show

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Something to bear in mind if you're jetting off this weekend.

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Would-be robber handed gun threat note to cashier

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A would-be bank robber who passed a note to a cashier threatening to "start shooting" unless she handed over cash has been jailed.

Danny Powell, of no fixed address, queued up in the Lloyds branch in Market Street, Eckington, before handing over the folded piece of paper, Derbyshire police said.

The hand-written note said he had a gun and would start shooting unless he was given "all the cash".

However, no firearm was seen and he left the branch empty-handed a short time later, leaving his note behind.

Lloyds in Eckington

Derbyshire Police said the botched raid took place on 27 March - two days before he used the same trick at a bank in Kent and left with some money.

He was arrested in June by Kent Police and was last week at Canterbury Crown Court he was jailed for four-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to robbery and attempted robbery.

Watch: Countdown to Leicestershire v Northants

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's how the Grace Road pitch looks ahead of tonight's T20 Blast encounter.

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Watch: Tips for avoiding summer traffic jams

Traffic jams are an unavoidable feature of any British holiday - or are they?

These tips might help you reach your destination more quickly.

Rams head to Germany for friendly

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Derby County continue their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Kaiserslautern tomorrow afternoon.

The former German champions now play in their country's second flight and finished 13th last season.

Gary Rowett's side then travel to Northampton Town on Tuesday ahead of the start of the new season two weeks today.

Gary Rowett
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Severe accident: A46 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A46 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, at B6166 Farndon Road affecting Lodge Lane.

A46 Nottinghamshire - Queuing traffic on A46 in both directions in Farndon at the B6166 Farndon Road junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to the Lodge Lane junction.

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

Cash machine raid ends in failure

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Thieves tried to use a car to break in to a cash machine at a shop in Mountsorrel last night - but ended up leaving empty-handed.

Police said a Toyota 4x4 was used to pull the cash machine from its position at the shop in Granite Way shortly before 23:30 - but the thieves were then unable to open the machine to access the money.

Anyone who saw the attempted raid or a dark coloured Audi near the scene has been asked to call Leicestershire Police on 101.

Ex-social worker not guilty of care home abuse

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A former social worker at a Nottingham children’s home has been acquitted of historical child sex offences, police have said.

Lewis Castillo, of Stapleford, was charged with five counts of indecently assaulting a child in August last year.

The 53-year-old denied the offences, which were alleged to have taken place against one victim at the Redtiles home in Bestwood, between 1989 and 1990.

He was found not guilty today after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Your photos: Summer in Derbyshire

BBC Weather Watchers

This is what we like to see - lovely blue skies in Clowne, Thanks to fluffyduckweb for the pic.


Watch: Mum's Facebook friends raise £2,000 for IVF

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It doesn't get much more heartwarming than this...

Marisha Chaplin and Jon Hibbs, from Cotgrave in Nottinghamshire, say they are overwhelmed by a £2,000 donation from Facebook friends to help them get IVF treatment.

About 75 women in the May Babies 2016 Facebook group raised the money.

The pair already have a daughter, one-year-old Evie, as a result of IVF but couldn't afford a second round of treatment.

Travel: Woman cut from car on A1

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Rail firm merger talks near end

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

Reuters reports Bombardier and Siemens are in the final stages of talks about merging their rail operations.

Reuters' sources say the companies have offered extensive guarantees on jobs.

Bombardier is a big employer in Derby, while Siemens has locations in Nottingham and Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Severe accident: A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J34 for A614 Bawtry Road and J35 for M18.

A1(M) Nottinghamshire - Very slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J34 A614 Bawtry Road and J35 M18, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

The Affair star picks up honorary degree

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A Hollywood actress has picked up an honorary degree from the University of Nottingham.

ruth wilson
University of Nottingham

Ruth Wilson, who won a Golden Globe in 2014 for her role in US TV series, The Affair, and starred in the BBC's Luther, already has a degree in history from the university, graduating in 2003.

This time, her degree of Doctor of Letters recognised her outstanding contribution to acting.

During her time in the city, her "passion for theatre and acting was ignited" she told the degree ceremony yesterday.

“So thank you University of Nottingham and the New Theatre, because without this experience here for those three years, I probably wouldn’t have gone into acting itself," she said.

Hundreds of students across the city have been attending graduation ceremonies all this week.

Footpath closed after man attacked

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A path alongside the River Trent in West Bridgford has been closed after a man was assaulted this morning, police have said.

The victim suffered a serious head injury after an argument with another man on the footpath off Trentside North, close to Trent Bridge, at about 10:30.

He has been taken to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, where his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Guernsey cricket

Guernsey vice-captain Josh Butler hopes Leicestershire will allow Will Fazakerley to play in World Cricket League Five.

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Police search for missing 12-year-old boy

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police say they're worried about a 12-year-old Nottinghamshire boy who's gone missing.

Troy Hollingsworth was last seen in the Mansfield area at about 20:00 yesterday. He was wearing jogging bottoms, a grey hoodie and trainers. Call 101 if you've seen him.

Troy Hollingsworth
Nottinghamshire Police

Water problems in Leicester

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

People in the LE4 postcode area of Leicester may be experiencing interruptions to their water supply due to repair work being carried out nearby, Severn Trent has said.

The firm said its engineers were working "tirelessly" to fix the problem.

Map of affected area
Severn Trent

Travellers removed from Spondon park

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Travellers who have been living on a park off Willowcroft Road in Spondon for the past few days are being evicted by police today.

Travellers being evicted
Derbyshire Police

Derbyshire Police said they were enforcing Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act to remove the travellers. You can read up on that here.

Final weekend for Weeping Window poppies

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

The poppies are about to disappear...

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Nottinghamshire's Flashback Festival cancelled

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A retro pop festival due to take place in Worksop next month has been cancelled by organisers.

Flashback Festival, which included OMD (pictured), Kim Wilde, Heaven 17, Go West and The Human League on its line-up, was due to take place at the Thoresby Estate in Worksop on 18-20 August.


But organisers have today posted a statement on the event's website saying they have taken the "unavoidable decision" to cancel it.

They added that refunds would be issued "in due course".

Legal threat to National Trust over fracking surveys

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The National Trust is being threatened with legal action over plans to carry out surveys for shale gas in Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.

clumber park

The engineering firm, Ineos, says the trust has repeatedly refused a meeting to discuss the proposals.

The trust has yet to respond.

Derby rapist handed extra punishment after failed appeal

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A rapist serving a life sentence for attacking six women in one night has failed in a bid to clear his name.

Harbinder Singh Khatkar was jailed for a minimum term of 14 years in 2013 after he attacked three women in the street in Derby and broke into the homes of three others.

He tried to challenge his convictions at the Court of Appeal, in London, making a series of allegations against the judge at his trial, the police and even his own lawyers.

But his case was rejected as being "totally without merit" by three of the country's top judges.

Harbinder Khatkar
Derbyshire Police

Lord Justice Irwin, sitting with Sir Wyn Williams and Judge Mark Brown, said the appeal bid "should never have been made".

And, as a punishment for wasting judicial time, the court took the rare step of ordering Khatkar to serve an extra month behind bars before he can seek parole.

Pic appeal after Rams v Foxes violence

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Photos have been released of several men police want to talk to about trouble before Derby County's FA Cup clash with Leicester City in January.

Supporters from both clubs clashed at various locations around Derby city centre before the game, including Ryan's Bar, off St Peter's Street, and outside Pride Park Stadium.

Derbyshire Police urged anyone who recognises the faces to call them on 101.

CCTV images
Derbyshire Police

Severe disruption: M69 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J2 for B4669 and M1 J21.

M69 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M69 northbound between J2, B4669 (Burbage) and M1 J21, Leicester, because of an earlier vehicle fire.

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

Travel: M69 clean-up under way

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Severe disruption: M69 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for B4669.

M69 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M69 northbound at J2, B4669 (Burbage), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Boots in morning-after pill cost row

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottingham-based Boots has been accused of refusing to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills for fear of criticism from campaigners.

Getty Images

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), which provides abortion care, wants Boots and other pharmacies to reduce the cost of emergency contraception Levonelle.

Boots told the BPAS it wanted to avoid "incentivising inappropriate use".

The company said it was "disappointed by the focus" BPAS had taken.

CCTV appeal after fuel stolen from lorries

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police want to speak to this pair after diesel was stolen from two lorries parked in a yard in Barlborough.

It happened in High Hazels Road on Monday 19 June.

The force acknowledged the image quality wasn't great but said it was still hopeful someone might recognise the men.

CCTV image
Derbyshire Police

Chicken farm 'a step too far'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council has added his objection to plans for a huge chicken farm.

chicken farm

Some 220,000 birds would be housed in four barns on land near Cropwell Bishop.

The applicants have issued a statement, saying the farm would comply with the highest hygiene and safety standards.

Council leader, Simon Robinson, has said he's objecting in a personal capacity.

"This is a step too far. We just don't feel it's something we would like in Rushcliffe."

Watch: Rams legends spring birthday surprise on 107-year-old supporter

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A 107-year-old Derby County got a big surprise when three club legends turned up at her birthday party.

Roger Davies, Roy McFarland and her favourite player Kevin Hector gifted Dolly Smith a shirt with 107 on the back as she celebrated with friends and family at her home in Alvaston.

Mrs Smith has supported the Rams for more than 70 years and still listens to every game on the radio.

She put her longevity down to "plenty of porridge".

'I'm not drunk, I have a brain injury'

BBC Radio 5 live

Former Royal Marine Tom Birch, from Nottingham, sustained a serious brain injury in 2006 while serving in Afghanistan.

The injury has left him with slurred speech, and as a result he finds getting served in bars difficult because staff often think he's drunk.