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By Sandish Shoker and Gavin Bevis

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  1. Actor joins campaign to save forest

    BBC Radio Nottingham

    Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance has added his support to a petition to 'save' Sherwood Forest from fracking.

    Ineos Shale has been granted permission to carry out seismic tests to see if there is gas reserves in the area but has always insisted fracking won't happen in protected areas.

    Mr Rylance has made a video for campaign group Friends of the Earth who claim the historic forest is in danger.

    Mark Rylance

    In the video he says: "This is the latest threat to our increasingly industrialised countryside. I feel we have to make a special effort to protect a place like Sherwood Forest."

    "We need Robin Hood back," he adds.

  2. Missing man could be in Leicester

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Police believe a missing man from Nuneaton could be in Leicester or Northampton.

    Sam Dixon, 38, vanished nearly two weeks ago. He's been described as having short brown hair and numerous tattoos on his arms, stomach and legs.

    Anyone who knows where he might be is asked to call police on 101.

    Sam Dixon
  3. Lampard has month to wait for first training session

    BBC Derby Sport

    After yesterday's formalities, today is Frank Lampard's first day in charge of Derby County.

    The 39-year-old said it was a little frustrating he won't be able to actually start training his players until after the World Cup.

    Frank Lampard

    He said: "I'm very excited to get started. We've got a month now before we get started - we'll get started at the end of June.

    "But it's probably good to get my thoughts together and get a real plan of action. Then as soon as we start training, from day one we'll all be at it."

  4. Cricket: Players warming up at Trent Bridge

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    Notts Outlaws are back in one-day action in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Trent Bridge.

    It's a very important match with Notts Outlaws - the defending champions - up against the leaders of the North Group, Worcestershire.

    You can follow commentary online when the match starts at 11.00.

  5. Ponies banned from charity street collection

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    A children's charity has been banned from taking Shetland ponies on street collections after a councillor claimed it could lead to "lions and tigers" on the streets.

    The local democracy reporting service writes that Phoenix Children's Foundation, based in Packington, Leicestershire wanted to take the animals around Derbyshire to help gather donations.

    But councillors at South Derbyshire District Council were having none of it and said making an exception for the charity would "open the flood gates" for other organisations to do the same.

    Shetland pony

    The charity said the ponies were a "fundraising mascot" and help them "make a massive impact" on their work.

    Councillor Trevor Southerd, who represents Labour in Woodville, said: "If we make an exception here we could end up with lions and tigers and who knows what else coming down the street."

    A policy was introduced by the council in 2016 which banned animals from accompanying charity collectors and required organisations to apply for permission first.

  6. Europe's largest shared battery to be switched on in Notts

    East Midlands Today

    Europe's largest set of community batteries are to be officially switched on today - powering homes in Nottingham.

    The two-megawatt-hour battery is part of a renewable energy network in a 500-home development in the Trent Basin.

    It allows residents to generate, store and use solar electricity in specialised Tesla batteries.

    It's hoped the ground-breaking project led by the University of Nottingham will help cut bills dramatically

  7. Firm trying to stop drug users in car parks

    BBC Radio Leicester

    Car park firm NCP says it is doing "all it can" to stop people taking drugs in its car parks in Leicester.

    In the last few days discarded needles have been found in NCP run facilities on St Nicholas Circle and Lee Circle, with people saying Rutland Street is a major problem too.

    The city council said its teams have cleared up 13,000 discarded needles across Leicester since the start of 2015.


    Wayne Henderson works for Inclusion Healthcare which supports homeless people in Leicester with drug addictions and says the only way to prevent drug users leaving needles lying around is by helping them beat their habit.

    He said: "We need to engage them...and encourage them to get support. That's the first step.

    "If we can reduce the number of people using on the streets it's going to reduce the number of discarded needles."

  8. Pharmacy scheme set to be scrapped

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    A scheme to relieve the pressure on GP surgeries in parts of Derbyshire is set to be scrapped.

    Pharmacy First, which operates in South Derbyshire and Erewash, allows pharmacists to hand out medicines which might otherwise need a GP appointment.

    Pharmacists say it's helped more than 12,000 people since it was introduced 18 months ago.

    Derbyshire Clinical Commission Group, which funds the scheme, said it has a new plan to reduce the number of people who go to the doctors with illnesses they could treat themselves.


    Jackie Buxton, from Derbyshire's local pharmaceutical committee, says the original scheme dealt with many minor illnesses and helped people who needed a GP appointment to get it quicker.

    She said: "Our worry is that if the service is decommissioned it will be harder for GPs to manage their appointment booking systems with lots of patients trying to get a limited number of appointments."

  9. No direct weekend trains between East Midlands and capital

    East Midlands Today

    There will be no direct trains between London and the East Midlands this weekend because of engineering works.

    Trains from Derby and Nottingham will terminate at Leicester where a replacement bus willl continue the journey to Bedford. Buses will also collect passengers at Market Harborough.

    Network Rail says it is essential work to upgrade the track and signalling equipment.

  10. Police hunt killer on anniversary of death

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Two years since a 21-year-old was stabbed to death in a car in Forest Fields police have re-appealed for help to find his killer.

    Aqib Mazhar died when a group of men travelling in three vehicles blocked his car in Russell Road - the street where he lived - then attacked him.

    As he tried to escape he was stabbed in the back and died later in hospital.

    Aqib Mazhar

    Five men have been jailed for their involvement in his death, however the person police believe delivered the fatal blow is still on the run.

    Last month CCTV of the attack was released and Mr Mazhar's mum also made a heartfelt plea for information.

  11. Hairdryer speed gun gran reflects on year of fame

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Remember Jean Brooks from Hucknall who used a hairdryer to stop vehicles speeding down her street?

    A year after her story and video went viral she says she has "never experienced anything like it".

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    Video caption: Hairdryer gran Jean Brooks reflects on viral video
  12. Weather: Yellow warning for rain in East Midlands

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    What will the weather be like? Charlie Slater has your forecast...

    Video content

    Video caption: Charlie Slater has a look at the weather for the East Midlands.
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    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

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