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  1. Updates for Thursday 27 April 2017
  2. Second murder arrest following Leicester stabbing
  3. Ten sentenced after Forest and Notts County fan violence
  4. Dying Derby mum to tie the knot after donations
  5. Documentary on Leicestershire schoolgirl's murder to be aired
  6. Derbyshire cricket club assured over Elton John show

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By Calum McKenzie and Khia Lewis-Todd

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Our live updates have now ended and will return tomorrow from 08:00. 

East Midlands weather update: Potential for some frost overnight

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Showers will steadily ease overnight leaving some clearer spells.    

weather grid

There’s the chance of frost – particularly in rural spots.

Snooker: Leicester's Selby trails Ding Junhui in Crucible last four

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Ding Junhui scored five half-centuries and a ton to lead Leicester's Mark Selby 5-3 after an intriguing start to their World Championship semi-final.

mark selby and ding junhui

Both players demonstrated their potting prowess before the mini-break, scoring alternating fifties to share the opening four frames.

But China's Ding got the better of two of three scrappy frames to edge 4-3 ahead before taking frame eight with a brilliant 110.

The contest resumes on Friday morning, with the winner of the first-to-17 match playing either John Higgins or Barry Hawkins in the final.

BBC reporter meets 'Britain's biggest dog'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Apparently this is how Balthazar greets all his friends... 

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I'd hate to get on the wrong side of him... 

Supercar convoy travels through Nottingham

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Children from Rainbows Hospice have had a day to remember with a ride in some supercars through Nottingham. 

Supercars in Nottingham
Mike Pattinson

The cars travelled from Bestwood village to Old Market Square. 

The convoy was also used to promote the Luxury Motor Show at Goosedale in Nottingham next month.

Supercar in Nottingham
Mike Pattinson
Supercars in Nottingham
Mike Pattinson

Michael Richardson makes his highest 50-over score before rain ends Durham's One-Day Cup opener against Derbyshire.

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Man sexually assaulted woman as she slept on coach

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A man has been jailed for four years for sexually assaulting a woman as she slept on a coach. 

Admir Senaj
Leicestershire Police

Admir Senaj, 29, attacked the woman on a coach journey from Nottingham to London as they travelled down the M1. 

The woman, who was sat next to Senaj, woke up to find him assaulting her. 

Senaj was jailed today after being found guilty of assault by penetration at Leicester Crown Court. 

Dan Robberts, from Leicestershire Police, said: "Senaj preyed on a young woman while she was in a vulnerable state and was brazen enough to do so surrounded by other people on a busy coach. 

"He then fled the scene when he realised the police had been called.

"I hope the guilty verdict today will be some sort of closure for the victim." 

Cricket: Rain affecting Nottinghamshire's victory chances

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Michael Lumb hit 104 from 126 balls as Notts Outlaws posted 273-6 from their 50 overs against Worcestershire Rapids at New Road. 

Michael Lumb
Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Unfortunately, rain has delayed the start of the home side's chase. 

If we get any more play in the West Midlands, you can follow it live here.

Wet New Road in Worcester

Boy injured after whisky bottle 'smashed' in attempted robbery

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A 16-year-old boy has been left injured after an attempted robbery in which a whisky bottle was smashed.

The attempted robbery took place on Saturday, April 22 at about 17:30, when the victim was playing football with his friends on West Park in Long Eaton.

The friends were approached by a group of four youths, one of whom was drinking from a bottle of whisky. The drinking youth then threatened the victim to hand over his bike and when he didn't, he smashed the bottle causing cuts to the victim's hand.

The group then walked off empty-handed, Derbyshire Police said.

West Park

The youth with the bottle has been described as white, 15 to 16 years old, about 5ft 4ins with an average build. He was wearing a dark coloured padded jacket and all black Nike Air max trainers.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.   

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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Murdered woman was 'possessed' by ex-boyfriend, father says

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The father of a woman from Leicestershire murdered by her ex-boyfriend has said he never suspected she was in any danger. 

Clive Ruggles

On Wednesday, Lance Corporal Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon was sentenced to 22 years in jail for stabbing Alice Ruggles to death.

Clive Ruggles said: "I felt that he [Dhillon] was telling me what I wanted to hear.

"He told me that he was going to look after her and she would not having any financial worries...of course, it's now chilling looking back on that that you see he wanted to possess her. 

"But that wasn't how it came across [at the time]." 

Tram services in Nottingham 'now running'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Delays to the service are expected though... 

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CCTV released after elderly woman's home burgled

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Do you know these two women? 

Derbyshire Police are keen to speak to both of them after an 83-year-old woman's house in Woodville was burgled.

The woman's handbag was stolen from her home on Ashby Road on Tuesday 4 April between 16:00 and 16:45.   

Several withdrawals and purchases were later made using the victim's card. 

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East Midlands weather update: Cloudy with outbreaks of patchy rain

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It will be fairly cloudy throughout the rest of this afternoon, with outbreaks of light and patchy rain. 

The odd brighter interval or sunny spell will be likely at times, particularly later in the day.

Snooker: Selby and Ding level at interval

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Leicester cueman Mark Selby and Ding Junhui are all-square at the mid-session interval, winning two frames apiece.

Keep up to date with the match here.


Services stopped due to 'failed tram' in Nottingham

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A heads-up for tram users...

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If you have a tram ticket for today, then Nottingham City Transport (NCT) buses and East Midlands Trains are accepting tickets and passes, Nottingham Express Transit (NET) has said.  

Watch: CCTV captures mass brawl between fans outside Nottingham pub

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

Two men have been jailed for their part in a pre-arranged mass brawl between Nottingham Forest and Notts County fans outside a city centre pub last year. 

CCTV footage of the fight at the Major Oak pub has been released.

CCTV footage of mass brawl at city pub

In total, 10 men, all in their 20s from across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, were sentenced this afternoon for taking part in the fight after pleading guilty to affray.

The rest received a combination of suspended sentences and community orders. 

The judge, Gregory Dickinson QC, described the fight - in which punches and missiles, including chairs, were thrown - as "serious disorder". 

He said the behaviour of the group was "astonishing" and "stupid".

'New Derby bus station poorly designed'


Earlier on we told you about bus operators meeting with Derby City Council to discuss the bus station congestion.

Yvonne Kerry has tweeted us to give her take on the problem... 

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Facebook Live: Leicestershire County Council elections debate

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

We are live on Facebook at the BBC Radio Leicester studio for a Leicestershire County Council elections debate.

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Watch: Car rolls across M1 lanes

Eric Simpson

BBC News Online

Dashcam footage has been released showing a driverless car rolling off the hard shoulder and crossing the M1 in Nottinghamshire.

No-one was hurt as the car finally ended up on the central reservation on the southbound side, near Mansfield.

Motorist Daniel Richardson filmed the video on his car's dashcam in March 2015.

Strategy to bring Derby and Nottingham closer together launched

BBC Radio Derby

It's hoped a closer relationship between Derby and Nottingham will benefit both cities. 

The "Metro Strategy" was officially launched yesterday and the leaders of Derby City Council and Nottingham City Council hope it'll improve the region's standing on a global stage. 

Ranjit Banwait, Derby's council leader, says the authority will be looking at various ways to improve links between the two cities.

Derby Nottingham
Derby City Council

For years now we have been talking about the importance of devolution, the importance of councils working collaboratively together in these tough times. If you look at the two cities, they have unique identities with their own strengths. If we're going to compete in the national and international stage, it's better to do that together."

Ranjit BanwaitDerby City Council leader

Nottinghamshire Police chaplain dies following illness

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire Police has announced their chaplain, the Reverend Thomas Irvine, has passed away aged 77 following an illness.

Mr Irvine was a minister at Hucknall United Reformed Church and started his voluntary police role in the late 1980s after being invited by former area inspector Pete Sadler.

Revd Thomas Irvine
Nottinghamshire Police

Originally his role was to talk to people who had been taken into the cells at Hucknall police station, but he was later asked to be chaplain for the whole force, offering comfort and support to officers who had encountered traumatic incidents. 

He leaves behind his wife Jean Irvine, and daughters Alison Irvine and Kirsteen Buxton - who works as a Nottinghamshire Police control room operator.

Conservative reselected as North East Derbyshire candidate

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Lee Rowley has been reselected as the Conservative candidate for North East Derbyshire for June's general election.

Mr Rowley - who contested the seat in the 2015 general election - said he was "honoured" to have been selected again. 

Lee Rowley
The Conservative Party

Your photos: Ducks having a 'quacking time' in Loughborough

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Translucidus for sending in this picture of what appears to be a family of ducks enjoying a day out on the water in Loughborough. 

Ducks in Loughborough
Translucidus/BBC Weather Watchers

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A5 and J11 for A42.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 northbound between J10, A5 (Tamworth) and J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent), because of a spillage on the road.

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

Nottingham hospital trust gets new chairman

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has announced its new chairman. 

Eric Morton
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Eric Morton (pictured), will replace Louise Scull, who announced she was stepping down earlier this year. 

Mr Morton has worked in senior positions at hospital trusts across the country, including Sherwood Forest, Burton and Northern Lincolnshire. 

His role as chairman entitles him to a remuneration of £40,000. 

Travel: Accident closes road in Leicester

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Snooker: Selby bidding for place in Crucible final

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester cueman Mark Selby begins his bid to reach the final of the World Snooker Championship later (13:00). 

Mark Selby

Selby, the world number one and reigning champion, faces China's Ding Junhui in a repeat of last year's final. 

Their best of 33 frames semi-final takes place across four sessions today, tomorrow and Saturday.

The winner will face either John Higgins or Barry Hawkins in the final. 

Cricket: Derbyshire Falcons set to face Durham

BBC Derby Sport

The Derbyshire Falcons are in action today. 

It's their first match of the One-Day Cup and they're playing against Durham Jets. 

To hear ball-by-ball commentary, click here.


Derbyshire County Cricket Club assured over Elton John show after infection

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire County Cricket Club say they have had assurances Sir Elton John will be playing at the 3aaa County Ground in June.

The singer suffered from a "potentially deadly" bacterial infection during a tour, forcing him to spend two nights in intensive care and cancel concerts in the US.

Sir Elton is now recovering at home, according to his management team.  

He has already cancelled a number of US shows but will resume his UK tour - including an appearance at the cricket club on 4 June.

Sir Elton John

We've had the assurances that he's well and well on the way to recovery - he clearly had excellent medical treatment. We're fully geared up and working extremely hard. It's going to be amazing. We're expecting about 14,000 and we're delighted that Elton's making a full recovery."

Simon StoreyDerbyshire County Cricket Club chief executive
Ferret scout car

The vehicle had previously been given by Lady Rozelle Raynes as a birthday present to her husband.

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Police cordon in place after 'attempted sexual assault' in Nottingham

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire Police has cordoned off a small stretch of a canal towpath in the city centre following a report that a man attempted to sexually assault a woman.

The cordon is in place between the HMRC office and Sainsbury's following the report that came in at about 03:10 this morning, the force added. 

Two more chosen to contest Nottingham seats at general election

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Labour has chosen Alex Norris (pictured) to stand for them in Nottingham North at June's general election. 

Alex Norris

Mr Norris replaces Graham Allen, who is stepping down as MP after more than 30 years due to ill health. 

Elsewhere, Jane Hunt has been chosen as the Conservative candidate for the Nottingham South constituency. 

Second murder arrest following Leicester stabbing

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A second man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 20-year-old man in Leicester.

Cropthorne Avenue

Isaac Williams was found on Cropthorne Avenue, Leicester, last Friday and died in hospital early on Monday. 

A post-mortem examination has revealed he died as a result of injuries sustained by a stab wound, Leicestershire Police said.  

A man, 20, was arrested on suspicion of murder overnight and will be questioned by detectives. 

A 19-year-old man, also arrested on suspicion of Isaac’s murder, and a 22-year-old woman - detained on suspicion of assisting an offender - remain in custody.

A 23-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been released with no further action. 

Missing Dronfield woman found

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we told you about 20-year-old Janessa White, who was last seen in Dronfield.

Derbyshire Police say she has been found safe and well in Manchester.

Dying Derby mum to tie the knot after donations

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A Derby woman with terminal cancer will tie the knot with her fiancé after many offers of help made the wedding possible. 

Sarah Lowndes, 40, was told she had breast cancer several years ago and it has since spread.  

She and fiancé David Moore say they have been overwhelmed by kindness after they received free catering, flowers, a wedding dress and venue hire.  

Sarah Lowndes
Sarah Lowndes

Ms Lowndes, who has two children (below), said the family was "very excited".  

The 40-year-old said: "I can't believe that so many people donated something for someone they didn't know."  

She and Mr Moore, who met driving buses, had been unable to fund their wedding due to her illness.

Sarah Lowndes
Sarah Lowndes

The wedding is due to take place at Makeney Hall, in Milford, Derbyshire, on Friday.  

Murder raises questions about abuse reporting, charity says

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Women reporting abuse "must be taken seriously every time," a charity has said following the murder of a woman originally from Leicestershire.

Alice Ruggles
Northumbria Police

Alice Ruggles was stalked and then killed by her ex-boyfriend Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon after their relationship ended. 

Dhillon was jailed for life for her murder on Wednesday.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Women's Aid, said Alice's murder was "a potent reminder" that authorities have a duty of care towards anyone worried about their safety.

County council candidates at studio for election debate

Ian Skye

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

In one week, Derbyshire residents will go to the polls for the county council elections. 

Labour currently runs the authority and have done since 2013.

They've got a sizeable majority - 43 seats to the 18 seats held by the Tories and the three Liberal Democrat seats - but their opponents think that majority can be overturned.

Here's a little bit more information on each candidate (pictured left to right).

  • UKIP's Martin Fitzpatrick stood as an MP in Mid Derbyshire in 2015, and in 2010 ran against Nick Clegg. He's from Melbourne and is the chairman of UKIP in Derbyshire
  • The Green Party's Sue MacFarlane also ran for Parliament in Mid Derbyshire in 2015. She's a singing tutor from Belper
  • Conservative Barry Lewis has been the leader of the opposition since 2014. He co-owns a vineyard near Wessington, where he lives 
  • Liberal Democrat David Lomax was head of special needs at New Mills School, where he taught for 26 years. He's from Whaley Bridge. In 2010 he stood against George Osborne in the general election   
  • Labour's Anne Western has led Derbyshire County Council since 2013. She's from Barlborough and last year received a CBE from the Queen for services to local government 
County council candidates

All of the candidates are currently in the studio - if you have any questions you would like to ask them, feel free to email or tweet us.