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Summary

  1. Live updates for Thursday 23 May
  2. Murder arrest after man found dead in flat
  3. Robbers storm shop with machetes
  4. 'Unique Iron Age shield discovered'
  5. Gun shots heard in 'targeted attack'
  6. Police officers 'ignoring' body-worn camera rules
  7. Savage talks dementia with Foxes fan

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield and Nick Smith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    We've reached the end of our live updates for today. We'll be back with all the news, sport, travel and weather on Thursday at 08:00.

  2. Weather: Dry and clear night ahead

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry tonight, with mostly clear skies and light winds. One or two mist patches could also develop.

    There will be more in the way of cloud tomorrow, which could allow an isolated shower to develop.

    It should remain largely dry however.

    Weather
  3. Leicestershire voters casting ballots in a caravan

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    One of the stranger polling stations you'll see today...

    A group of Leicestershire electors have headed to a farm in Garthorpe to fill in their ballot slips inside a caravan.

    Caravan
  4. Plans for giant waterpark to be built in quarry

    Eddie Bisknell

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Ambitious plans for a giant waterpark, hundreds of apartments and straw bale lodges, a huge hotel and restaurant have been proposed for a former Derbyshire quarry.

    The massive scheme, planned by Hillcrest (Crich) Limited, would see the current derelict 44-acre Crich quarry entirely redeveloped as the Amber Rock Resort.

    This month the firm has applied to Amber Valley Borough Council for an environmental impact screening, ahead of formal planning applications.

    If approved, the brownfield development would be built entirely in the quarry to obscure it from view. All of the car parking for the site, which would have more than 800 spaces, would be built below ground.

    Access to the car parking would be through a tunnel.

    A modern block of 210 holiday apartments would be built - inset into the quarry - over five levels, with suites ranging from one-bed through to four-bed.

    Waterpark
  5. Gunpoint jewellery robbers jailed

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Four men have been jailed for robbing a Hinckley jewellers at gunpoint.

    The group appeared at Leicester Crown Court on 24 April and pleaded guilty to one count of robbery over the raid at Goldust Jewellers in Market Place.

    They are:

    • Aiden Rudock, 18, of Gloster Road, Lutterworth (top left)
    • Grant Samuel, 22, of Milverton Road, Coventry (top right)
    • Orrin Stevenson, 24, of no fixed address, who also pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm (bottom left)
    • Timothy Wardrop, 22, of no fixed address (bottom right)
    Robbery

    Rudock, Samuel and Stevenson were all sentenced to nine years in prison.

    Wardrop was locked up for 10 years, having pleaded guilty to other unrelated offences.

    Leicestershire Police said the men went into the shop about 11:00 on 25 January, armed with two machetes and what appeared to be a double-barreled shotgun, though the weapon was never recovered.

    They threatened two members of staff before taking up to £80,000 worth of jewellery, and drove off in a BMW X5.

  6. Two lanes of M1 closed by crash

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    There are currently delays on the M1 due to a crash just past the Catthorpe Interchange.

    Two lanes of the southbound carriageway between J19 and J18 are currently closed.

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  7. Rams fans spends £1,600 on league-winning shirt

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    A football-mad Rams fan added to his 200-strong shirt collection today, buying one worn by a league-winning player at auction for £1,600.

    Paul Tattershaw fought off competition from phone and internet bidders at Hansons auction house to buy a shirt worn by Ron Webster in the 1971-72 season, when Derby won the First Division for the first time.

    Mr Tattershaw, 49, a maintenance engineer from Hilton, said: "I’m a massive Rams fan, a season ticket holder for 30 years and collector of memorabilia.

    "I’ve got 200 Derby shirts at home and really wanted this one because it was worn when they became league champions for the first time."

    He also confessed he had his eye on an England shirt worn by Roy McFarland, but feared he had already spent his budget.

    Paul Tattershaw
  8. Dogs head to the polls for EU elections

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The best thing about polling day? #dogsatpollingstations of course.

    Leeloo the rescue greyhound has been with her owner to vote in Leicester.

    Leeloo the rescue greyhound

    It looks like Laika enjoyed the walk to the polling station in Beeston.

    Laika

    Bandit the Havanese needed a lift but that didn't stop him from joining in with the fun in Ilkeston.

    Bandit the Havanese
  9. Netball: Panagarry makes World Cup squad

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Congratulations to the Loughborough Lightning captain Natalie Panagarry who has been selected to represent England in the Netball World Cup.

    She will join the Red Roses squad for the tournament in Liverpool in July. She said: "I’m living a childhood dream of mine to be selected for a major tournament and I still can’t believe it."

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  10. Butterfly flies back to National Trust site after 50 years

    East Midlands Today

    A small colony of rare butterflies has been reintroduced to a site in South Derbyshire.

    Grizzled skippers haven't been seen at Calke Abbey for more than 50 years but the National Trust has been working with Butterfly Conservation to bring them back.

    Grizzled skipper

    Mike Slater, from the charity, said the site used to be a quarry with lots of bare ground where finding food was easier. Now the area is full of trees that shade the ground and make it impossible for the butterfly to survive.

    However, Calke Abbey staff have made a habitat more suitable for the insect.

    Site ranger Ian McGowan said: "What we've been doing is removing some of the small trees to reduce the shading.

    "We've also been planting up some more wild strawberries and trying to remove all the grass, get it back to bare ground, so there's a good habitat for the grizzled skipper to thrive in."

  11. Dogs barred from Nottingham polling station

    David Pittam

    BBC News Online

    A Nottingham voter was shocked to find she couldn't take her dogs in to vote in the European Elections.

    Cathy Symes says she and her friend (Jane Hodgson, pictured) took their dogs to the Mapperley Community Centre to cast their vote.

    "An officer came towards us and said, 'I'm afraid you're not allowed to take them in,'" she said. "We voted at the same place in the local elections and it was fine."

    In a tongue-in-cheek post on Twitter she added the "well-behaved" dogs - Dolly, Bunny and Albert - considered it "a threat to democracy".

    Woman with two dogs

    Dogs outside polling stations are a common sight but electoral guidelines state you can also bring a dog inside as long as it is alright with the venue.

    Pet charity Blue Cross warns owners not to leave them tied up outside while they go in because of the threat of theft.

    Nottingham City Council, which manages the stations, said it had chosen to remind officers of their right to bar dogs after complaints during the local elections.

  12. Two jailed for motorbike crash death

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Two men have been jailed for five years after their 26-year-old friend died in a motorbike crash.

    Police said Ben Gilson, Kayne Price and Benjamin Wilson had been riding motorbikes at speeds of up to 83mph along Wollaton Road in Nottingham when they crashed.

    Kayne Price and Benjamin Wilson

    Father-of-two, Ben Gilson (pictured below), died at the scene.

    Both Price and Wilson (pictured above) pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

    Ben Gilson

    Price, of Westerham Close in Bilborough, had been riding a stolen motorbike and also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.

    Wilson, from St Martin’s Road in Strelley, fled the scene of the crash and also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

    Mr Gilson's partner Marcelle Smith described Ben as her "soul partner" and said: "He was our life and gave me strength. I have nothing but beautiful memories now."

  13. Disabled voter calls for better polling station access

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    A man has said he was left "disappointed" over disabled access at a polling station.

    Grange Hall

    Rob Maddison, 44, went to cast his vote at the Old Grange Hall in Radcliffe-on-Trent this morning but found it difficult to access the building.

    Mr Maddison, who is a paraplegic and in a wheelchair, said: "It showed a lack of awareness.

    "I had to ring a bell and nobody came so I ended up shouting. At which point the staff came with a ramp.

    "I can't fault the staff at all however and I spoke to them and they said they would put up another sign to make it clearer."

    Rushcliffe Borough Council's returning officer Allen Graham said: "Clearly I would be saddened and regret any difficulties a voter had in exercising their democratic right to vote and I thank him for bringing to our attention any difficulty he had gaining access to the hall."