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  1. Photo found in Romania was of Branson family

    Heather Burman

    BBC News

    A photo, which was the subject of a police appeal after being found during a raid in a house in Romania, belongs to Sir Richard Branson's family.

    Derbyshire Police were trying to find the owners of the photo discovered by police in Vaslui two weeks ago.

    The force said it believed the photograph was stolen by a Romanian burglary gang which was then based in the Midlands.

    The force has now confirmed that the picture, found alongside jewellery and silverware, is of the Branson family.

    The stolen photo

    "Several members of the public have contacted us in recent days to suggest the picture is that of the Branson family.

    "We have identified that this is the case and we are in touch with representatives of the family," a Derbyshire Police spokesperson said.

    A Virgin Group spokesperson said: "We can confirm that the pictures do show members of the Branson Family and we are now liaising with Derbyshire Police on this matter."

    The photo was found alongside a handwritten note "to Richard" dated 18 July 1995 which says: "To wake you up and so come home safely, love Mum and Dad. "The Global Virgin Challenge."

    Richard Branson
  2. Silver 4x4 used to rip out cash machine

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    A cash machine was ripped out of a shop in a ram raid in Worksop in the early hours of this morning.

    Police said a group of people used power tools to get into the Co-Op shop in Plantation Hill just before 00:15.

    They then used a chain attached to a silver 4x4 vehicle to pull the front of the cash machine out.

    CCTv of 4X4

    Det Insp Steve Wragg said officers had spoken to a number of witnesses and were reviewing CCTV.

    “This was clearly a pre-planned hit, which has caused a lot of disruption to a valued local business," he said.

    "I would encourage anyone with information, and in particular anyone who may have seen a silver 4x4 in the area, to come forward."

  3. Arrest after police discover 'chop shop'

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    A 24-year-old man has been arrested in Retford, Nottinghamshire, after the discovery of a suspected shop where cars are taken apart and sold.

    Police said they found the 'chop shop' after a car that had been stolen in West Yorkshire was tracked there.

    The man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.

    Car parts found in Retford

    Nottinghamshire Police said car parts and several stripped down cars were found at the address in Westfield Road.

    Det Sgt Jamie Moore said these shops are where stolen cars are usually taken to be broken down into parts, which are then added to other cars or sold.

    "The use of chop shops is clearly something we want to tackle as part of our work to disrupt the market for stolen cars," he said.

    Car parts found in Retford
  4. Bike and bottle thrown at shopkeeper

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A shop owner has reported being racially abused by a man that threw a bottle of coke and a bicycle at him in Stapleford.

    Police were called to Brookhill News at about 08:00 on Saturday 27 June.

    Brookhill News

    Officers said it happened after the man refused to pay for an item.

    The force called the behaviour "completely unacceptable" and said it was looking at CCTV footage to find the man responsible.

  5. BAME residents to be consulted over 'colonialist' items

    Eddie Bisknell

    Local Democracy Reporter

    The review and potential removal of Derbyshire council property linked to racism, slavery, colonialism must not be carried out by a “bunch of white people,” councillors say.

    Derbyshire Dales District Council voted on Thursday to review all of the items it owns after national uproar over its “racist” wooden black head sculpture in Ashbourne.

    Members repeatedly stressed that the review must rely heavily on the help of outside agencies and black and minority ethnic residents and visitors.

    Black head sculpture

    They stressed this to avoid decisions being made by an almost entirely white authority.

    All councillors on the council are white – except for Jacqueline Allison who is mixed-race.

    Thousands of people signed a petition calling for the black head sculpture, which had formed part of a historic pub sign, to be removed – calling it racist and offensive – and at best outdated.

    However, it was removed by local protesters then returned to the council.

    An independent investigation into that series of events and councillor involvement in the item’s removal and storage is being carried out and due to be completed by the end of August.

  6. Rape arrest after woman found in bushes

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a woman was found in a park bush on Monday afternoon.

    Police were called to Victoria Park in Leicester shortly after 16:30 where the woman was "in distress".

    Victoria Park

    A 27-year-old man has been arrested and since released on police bail pending further inquiries.

    Police are appealing for witnesses and specifically asked for anyone who heard a woman shouting or saw a man "acting suspiciously".

  7. Mayor and minister dispute data over Leicester lockdown

    Amy Orton

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A minister and Leicester's mayor have blamed each other for the city's renewed coronavirus lockdown.

    Restrictions have been brought back after 944 people tested positive in the last two weeks.

    Health Minister Nadine Dorries rejected the idea the government waited too long, saying they had been working with the authority for a "number of weeks".

    Leicester station

    "They had information on the data from 11 June, but there was kind of a local disparity in that I don't think that there was a willingness to accept the data," she said.

    "If we look at Bradford who are number two on the list, they've had the same data and the same information and the actions which Bradford have taken in terms of dealing with the spike in their area.

    "They immediately kicked into action, they put a huge number of community measures in place."

    Leicester mayor Sir Peter Soulsby and Health minister Nadine Dorries

    But Sir Peter Soulsby said: "It is simply not true to say we have had access to this vital data at the time we needed it.

    "We have only in the last few days received postcode data and we have been asking for it for weeks.

    "The government should be able to prove the trail of emails, if that were the case, but it will not be able to."

  8. Camp fire and BBQ warning for Derbyshire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Visitors to Derbyshire's parks and countryside are being reminded that fires and barbecues are not allowed.

    It's after a camp fire was left to burn with a disposable barbecue on top at Elvaston Country Park on Wednesday.

    Fire at Elvaston Country Park

    Derbyshire County Council said it was found by a warden before any further harm could be caused.

    The authority said on Facebook: "Please respect our country parks and countryside and don’t light any fires or use barbecues."

  9. Arrest after 'paint thrown over 14 vehicles and ATM'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A man has been arrested after police said paint was thrown over 14 vehicles and a cash machine in a "senseless series of incidents".

    Nottinghamshire Police added it happened overnight on Thursday in the Arboretum area of the city.

    Cash machine

    The cars and van were parked on Gedling Grove, Arthur Street and Burns Street.

    Mount Vernon House and the cash machine at Sainsbury's in Waverley Street were also targeted.

    In addition to the green and white paint, a far-right political sticker was stuck to a van and building.

    A 61-year-old man was detained on suspicion of racially-aggravated criminal damage.

    The force said the possibility of the incident being a hate crime is being explored.

  10. Confusion over service station 'divided by lockdown'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Confusion over the Leicester lockdown boundary zone has extended to a service station on the M1.

    The zone, drawn up by Leicestershire County Council, has been branded "stupid" by residents living on a street where some houses are in lockdown and others are not.


    When asked by BBC Radio Leicester if situations like this could have been avoided, council leader Nick Rushton said: "No, you have to put a line somewhere and there are some areas that are like that.

    "Look at Leicester Forest East service station - one side is in, one side is out, it's just unfortunate.

    "The rules are if you arrive on the south, on the side in the restriction zone, you're not supposed to cross the bridge to go over to the other side."

    Leicester Forest East Service Station

    This has been disputed by Welcome Break, which runs the service station.

    A spokesperson said both sides of Leicester Forest East service station were open and customers can walk across the bridge.

    "In line with guidance from the Department for Transport and Public Health England, Leicester Forest East - north and south - currently remain open as we provide an essential service for drivers," the spokesperson added.

  11. Bradgate Park urges lockdown residents not to visit

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News

    One of Leicestershire's most popular parks has asked residents from the city's locked-down areas not to travel to visit the beauty spot over the weekend.

    Bradgate Park Trust said it's not changing its opening hours ahead of this weekend, but advised people living in Leicester and other affected areas not to come and to pay attention to the latest government advice.

    More police will be out in force in Leicester this weekend to ensure local lockdown procedures are followed.

    Deer Bradgate Park
  12. The Leicester lockdown

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    Video caption: How local lockdowns will work, Leicester’s is likely to be the first of many.

    The new lockdown in Leicester is likely to be the first of many, so how should local lockdowns work and when should they be introduced? David Aaronovitch asks the experts.

  13. Leicester to have more police on duty than New Year’s Eve

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Leicestershire Police says it will have more officers on duty this weekend than they would for a typical New Year's Eve - traditionally one of the force's busiest days.

    There will be an operation dedicated to policing the city lockdown and supporting the reopening of pubs, bars and restaurants in the areas not included.

    People are being asked to plan their days and to abide by any new operating rules.

    Leicestershire Police van

    Temporary assistant chief constable Kerry Smith said: "We want people to be able to enjoy themselves but to do so responsibly, having respect for others and socialising safely.

    "We will be continuing our approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging people to do the right thing.

    "Of course, we have the option of enforcement open to us which we will use where appropriate."