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  3. M1 shut after lorry sheds loads
  4. Derby lacking disabled-friendly rental properties
  5. Rutland County Council's drug and alcohol services cut by almost half
  6. Updates on Friday 11 May 2018

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By Calum McKenzie and Gavin Bevis

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    Marc McNulty celebrates his goal for Coventry

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at the Ricoh Arena

    Coventry City net a controversial late penalty to draw level with Notts County in their League Two play-off semi-final.

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    Live coverage on this page is now over for another week. East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 on Monday.

  3. Weather: Some rain around overnight

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    Patchy and mainly light rain will spread from the west later in the evening, but this will die out after midnight with some clear spells by morning.

    Quite breezy to start the night with winds decreasing in the early hours of Saturday. Minimum temperature 5C (41F).

  4. BreakingNottingham submits bid to be home of Channel 4

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    Nottingham has bid to become the new home of Channel 4.

    Channel 4 logo

    The broadcaster is searching for a base and two other hubs outside London with plans to move hundreds of jobs.

    Jon Collins, the leader of the city council, said: "Nottingham would be the perfect fit for Channel 4, it shares the same sense of rebellion and radical ideas that have always driven and shaped our city."

    The city will face competition from the likes of Liverpool and Newcastle and Gateshead, who have also submitted bids.

    A decision on the new hubs' locations is expected later this year and it is intended they will open in 2019.

  5. Council writes off almost £2,000 of parking tickets

    More than 70 parking tickets issued to foreign cars and totaling almost £2,000 have been written off by Leicestershire County Council.

    A Freedom of Information request revealed 74 tickets issued by the local authority since 2016 to foreign registered vehicles were never paid.

    The total cost written off by the council was £1,965 and is calculated at the 50% early repayment rate, the local democracy reporter service reported.

    Leicestershire County Council
  6. Council urged to help fund Lancaster memorial

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    Nottinghamshire County Council is being urged to spend £10,000 towards a full size replica of a Lancaster bomber between Newark and Lincoln.

    Artists impression of a Lancaster

    The group behind the project, the Bomber County Gateway Trust, hopes to have it in place by Armistice Day later this year.

    It wants to raise around £35,000 to fund the model and has so far raised £5,655, the local democracy reporter service reported.

    The request for funding will be considered by the authority's policy committee next Wednesday.

    A report is recommending they approve it.

  7. England fans sentenced for breaching banning orders

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    Four men have admitted breaching football banning orders after failing to hand in their passports before an England match.

    Corner flag and big screen at the Amsterdam Arena

    They had been due to hand them in to Derbyshire Police before Gareth Southgate's side faced the Netherlands in Amsterdam in March but failed to do so.

    Jorge Groves-Eley, 24 and Michael Sinnott, 54, both from Derby, were handed six-month conditional discharges.

    Alex May, 20, from Long Eaton was also handed the same conditional discharge and James Findley, 27, from Glossop, was ordered to pay costs.

    PC Allan Guy said: "This sends out a message ahead of the World Cup in Russia that positive action will be taken against anyone that breaches their banning orders."

  8. Dealer found with £10k worth of drugs in his car

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    A man has been jailed for four years after being caught with drugs worth an estimated £10,000 in his car.

    Kasim Haque

    Police first arrested Kasim Haque in June 2017 on suspicion of of possession with intent to supply cannabis and cocaine.

    Officers later found the 34-year-old's car contained more cannabis, cocaine, MDMA, nitrous oxide gas canisters and cash.

    Haque, previously of New Basford, had been due to stand trial, but changed his plea to guilty to four drug supply charges. He was sentenced yesterday.

  9. Police find 'more than 50' cannabis plants at house

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis after police discovered dozens of plants at a property in Coalville.

    Cannabis plants

    Police made the discovery of more than 50 plants at around 07:30 this morning and then detained a 28-year-old male.

    The man, who is from Coalville, remains in police custody.

  10. Football: Cummings hoping Forest will sell him

    Press Association

    Jason Cummings has said he would like to stay at Rangers rather than return to Nottingham Forest when his loan deal ends.

    Jason Cummings

    The 22-year-old is due to return to the East Midlands after Rangers' final game of the season on Sunday against Hibernian.

    He said: "We've still not worked anything out but personally I want to stay. I want to be here.

    "The new manager [Steven Gerrard] will definitely be watching and it will be up to him who he brings in. As I say I want to stay here so I'll have to do my best to impress him.

    "I'm not too sure if Forest will want me back. I think they will be happy to sell me on. Hopefully I can sign for Rangers."

  11. Concern over speed of prison building scheme

    Danny Shaw

    BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

    Plans for 10,000 new prison places for men are well behind schedule.


    The Ministry of Justice had also promised to "invest £1.3bn to build up to 10,000 new adult prison places" by the end of 2020, enabling the closure of poorly maintained and expensive-to-run Victorian jails.

    But the only new building work to have started since is on the site of Stocken Prison, near Stretton in Rutland, where a new house block will provide 206 places.

    Planning permission has been granted for new jails on land at Glen Parva prison, Leicestershire; Wellingborough, Northamptonshire; and Full Sutton, Yorkshire, but no construction work has begun yet.

    Officials acknowledged there had been delays in the prison building programme but said the department remained "committed" to providing 10,000 additional prison places.

  12. No new deals on offer at relegated Chesterfield

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Chesterfield FC have announced none of their first-team players whose contracts are due to expire this summer will be offered new deals.

    The club, which has been relegated from the football league, said Ian Evatt (pictured), Sam Hird, Drew Talbot, Josh Kay, Giles Coke, Dylan Parkin and Jack Brownell would all be departing.

    Director Ashley Carson said: "When we spoke to the short-listed candidates for the managerial vacancy, they all supported the view that we needed a fresh start following relegation."

    Ian Evatt
  13. School material loan service set to be axed

    Eddie Bisknell

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A scheme that loans books and learning material to schools in Derby and Derbyshire is set to be axed due to a lack of demand.

    A report due to go before Derbyshire County Council's cabinet next week recommends the Derbyshire and Derby City Schools Library Service ends on 31 July and is completely decommissioned by 31 March.

    The authority said only a third of eligible schools currently borrowed material.

    School Library Service base in Derby

    The service offers a range of loanable educational resources, including books, artefacts, framed paintings, prints and posters, DVDs, CDs, textiles and resource packs.

    These would be shared out permanently between schools in the area and any resources deemed not suitable offered to museums or auctioned off.

    Four jobs would be lost as part of the closure.

  14. Fines for car window rubbish drops 'set to double'

    Amy Orton

    Local Democracy Reporter

    People caught dropping rubbish from their vehicle will be fined £150 if councillors approve a penalty increase.

    Cigarette butts

    Blaby District Council's cabinet is set to double the existing £75 fine when it meets on 14 May.

    Changes to environmental policy could also see the vehicle owner fined if the perpetrator is unable to be identified, meaning drivers could be left footing the bill for passengers.

    The new penalty amounts will be introduced after national guidelines were altered giving more power to local authorities.

    The changes are expected to come into force on 1 June.

  15. Armed police swoop after school fancy dress mix-up

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Armed police rushed to a suburban street in Newark today following reports people were walking along carrying deadly weapons - only to discover they were local school leavers in fancy dress.

    The misunderstanding happened in Baines Avenue, New Balderton, early this morning.

    Armed police

    A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: "We were called just after 7:35 today with a report of a hooded man carrying a baseball bat and a man wearing a mask carrying what appeared to be a gun.

    "Firearms officers quickly attended and searched the area and were satisfied there was no genuine threat. After making further inquires it emerged there were a number of school leavers in the area in fancy dress."

  16. Sheep left feeling sheepish after hedge rescue

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Life as a police officer isn't always about drug raids and tackling violent criminals.

    Officers in Rutland were called upon earlier to help rescue a poor sheep that had got itself stuck in a hedge.

    The stricken creature was successfully pulled from its precarious position and helped back to a field off Wing Road in Oakham.

    Sheep stuck in hedge