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  1. Syria trip pair jailed for terror charges
  2. Loan firm 'duped' mum out of benefits
  3. 'Large shop fire' in Sandiacre
  4. Woman donates £1,500 to help pug breathe
  5. Nottingham congestion 'not reduced' by parking levy
  6. More women on Nottingham City Council cabinet than men
  7. Live updates for Monday 20 May

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield and Nick Smith

All times stated are UK

  1. Dumped asbestos road remains closed

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    A four-mile stretch of road is set to be closed until at least Friday after a "significant" amount of asbestos was fly-tipped.

    A number of bags were dumped on Ollerton Road, which is closed from Sparken Hill, Worksop to Netherfield Lane, Budby following advice from the Health and Safety Executive.

    Bassetlaw District Council has said it will be doing all it can to find and prosecute those responsible.

  2. Landlord banned for 11 years over £7.9m tax bill

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    A pub landlord who owed £7.9m in taxes has been banned for 11 years from running a company for submitting inaccurate tax returns.

    Kirpal Rathaur, 51, from Nottingham, was banned after an investigation by the Insolvency Service, prompted by his company entering into voluntary liquidation in November 2018.

    Mr Rathaur, who was director of Edward & Moore which ran nine pubs in Nottingham and Derby, has been banned from promoting, forming or managing a company for 11 years from today.

    The investigation established that Mr Rathaur caused the company to file inaccurate tax returns between February 2010 and November 2014 and removed it from the business tax list in March 2015, building up £7.9m in unpaid taxes.

    Martin Gitner, Deputy Head of Investigations, of the Insolvency Service said: "Directors cannot pick and choose what taxes they want to pay but this did not deter Kirpal Rathaur from avoiding paying business duty that he rightfully owed."

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, from J29A for A6192 Erin Road Markham Vale to J30 for A616 Worksop.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J29a, A6192 (Markham Vale) to J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Council plans festival celebrating Derbyshire

    Aleena Naylor

    BBC Radio Derby

    A Festival of Derbyshire is being planned to help boost the county's tourism industry.

    The event would celebrate a series of key cultural and historic anniversaries for Derbyshire including the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park and 20 years since Derwent Valley Mills became a World Heritage Site.


    The county council has said it would help promote Derbyshire to national and international audiences.

    Tourism is worth £2.1bn to the local economy supporting 29,000 jobs directly and indirectly.

    It's hoped a Festival of Derbyshire may replicate some of the success Yorkshire has enjoyed - after hosting the Tour de Yorkshire it's seen record numbers of overseas visitors.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J24A for A50 and J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J24a A50 and J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  6. Police looking to speak to bikers after crash

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Police would like to speak to the people pictured below following a crash yesterday.

    A parked vehicle was hit in Station Road, Whitwell yesterday afternoon and Derbyshire Police believe the people pictured could have information which could help their inquiries.

    Investigations are ongoing.

  7. Firefighters take on dawn to dusk cycling challenge

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A team of Leicestershire firefighters are preparing to cycle 200 miles in memory of a colleague who died while on duty in 2016.

    The 14 firefighters will travel from Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear to Prestwick in Scotland in the Chase the Sun challenge.

    Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Cycling Club

    Before his death, Paul Wilkens suggested the event to his colleagues in the cycling club but sadly he never got to take part.

    The 47-year-old was found dead while on duty at a fire station in what Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service called a "sudden and tragic loss".

    Paul Wilkens

    The Chase the Sun challenge is now a "tradition" for the cycling club as a way of remembering Paul and raising money for charity.

  8. House fire in Burbage closes road

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Emergency services are dealing with a house fire in Burbage.

    Firefighters were called to the blaze on Lutterworth Road just before 13:30 - on arrival crews confirmed a property was "fully involved in fire".

    Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has said all people are accounted for. Police are also at the scene and have closed the road.

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  9. Syria trip pair jailed for terror charges

    Sonia Kataria

    BBC News

    Two men found guilty of trying to get into Islamic State-controlled Syria to commit terrorist acts have been jailed for 14 years.

    Hanzalah Patel, 23 and Safwaan Mansur, 23, were arrested at an Istanbul hotel in June 2017 after contacting a US agent posing as an IS sympathiser.

    Hanzalah Patel (left) and Safwaan Mansur

    The pair, who denied preparation of terrorist acts, claimed the talk was just "thoughts and banter".

    Patel, from Leicester, and Mansur, from Birmingham, were given 14 years in prison at Birmingham Crown Court.

    They were also sentenced to 12 months on extended licence.

  10. A38 closed after lorry crash

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    A driver was freed from a lorry after a crash on the A38 northbound this morning.

    Two lorries were involved in the collision near Somercotes at 11:05 and clean-up and recovery work is currently under way.

    One of the drivers has been taken to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre but there are not believed to be any serious injuries.

    Heavy traffic is expected in the area, with queues stretching back past the A610 junction.

  11. Arrest made after man knocked out

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    A man has been arrested after another man was knocked unconscious in Gringley on the Hill this weekend.

    A 34-year-old man was punched in the head in Laycock Avenue at about 00:40 on Saturday.

    He remains in hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life-altering, police said.

    The man arrested, 39, has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

    Laycock Avenue
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    Severe accident: M42 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, from J11 for A42 to J10 for A5 Watling Street.

    M42 Leicestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M42 southbound from J11, A42 (Burton-Upon-Trent) to J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of an accident.

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

  13. Appeal to find medals left on bus

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A bag of military campaign medals has been left on a bus between Derby and Nottingham.

    The Royal British Legion bag was left on the YourBus Y5 service in Chaddesden on Wednesday 17 April.

    Man with a carrier bag

    A man was later seen leaving the bus in Attenborough carrying a similar bag but the medals have not yet been handed in.

    There are seven medals missing including at least two WWII stars and two Korea Medals. They're believed to be replacements and might not have the owner's service details on them.

    Derbyshire Police would like to speak to the man seen in this picture.

  14. Council 'pulling out all the stops' to reopen bridge

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    This was the moment a temporary, steel bridge was put into place over the B5056 near Brassington.

    The original bridge was demolished after it was hit by a lorry last month.

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    The absence of a bridge has caused disruption to the High Peak Trail but it is due to reopen by the weekend.

    Derbyshire County Council has said plans to rebuild a permanent bridge are being drawn up.

  15. Community helps underused church to reopen

    BBC Radio Derby

    A church and community centre in Fritchley has officially reopened after being closed for more than a year.

    It had to shut due to dwindling congregation numbers - this also meant the village hall was out of action.

    Fritchley Congregational Church reopening

    Local people have rallied around to get Fritchley Congregational Church back up and running again and now have a year to prove it's being used.

    Ian Chinn was one of those who helped get the church open again - he said: "We're going to take more care of the church and the hall in the village because everyone had an assumption that it was booming along happily with no risk.

    "People find other things to do on a Sunday - watch the football or stay in bed a bit longer. So one of the first things we've done is the service won't be in the morning anymore. They'll be at 14:30 in the afternoon."

  16. More women on council cabinet than men

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Nottingham City Council now has more female cabinet members than male for the first time.

    View more on twitter
  17. New World Record for Paralympic sprinter

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Loughborough's Paralympic 100 metre champion Sophie Hahn has broken her own world record.

    The 22-year-old was running in the T38 event yesterday for only the third time this season, and clocked a time of 12.43 seconds.

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    Severe accident: A38 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, from A61 Derby Road to M1 J28 Alfreton.

    A38 Derbyshire - A38 closed and queuing traffic northbound from Watchorn Island in Alfreton to Alfreton in South Normanton, because of an accident involving two lorries. Congestion to A610. Diversion in operation - Off at the A61, right onto the B6019 then follow to the M1.

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

  19. Driver hits two trees at 'ridiculous speed'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Police are still looking for the driver of this car, which crashed on Saffron Lane in Leicester on Saturday.

    Crash on Saffron Lane in Leicester

    Police have said the man lost control and hit two trees "at a ridiculous speed".

    He fled the scene leaving his female passenger trapped in the car - fortunately she only had minor injuries.

    Crash on Saffron Lane in Leicester

    Leicestershire Police said: "The driver will be dealt with when we find him."