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  1. Chatsworth Flower Show opens
  2. Download festival begins
  3. Rams sign new defender
  4. Rugby: Cole starts for Lions
  5. Updates for Wednesday 7 June 2017

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By Amy Woodfield and Maryam Qaiser

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East Midlands Live has now finished - updates will start again at 08:00 on Thursday.

Travel: Congestion expected near Download Festival

BBC News Travel

Drivers are being warned to avoid roads near Castle Donington and East Midlands Airport over the coming days because of increased traffic to the Download Festival.

Download Festival
Leicestershire Police

Revellers heading to the rock festival have been told to allow plenty of time to reach the site, which opened at lunch time today.

Meanwhile an accident on the M1 south was causing lenghthy tailbacks in the area but these are now beginning to clear.

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Your photos: Across the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

You've been sending in your photos from across the East Midlands throughout the day.

This was taken by aurora in Dronfield...


Phil took this one along the Grantham Canal in Cotgrave...


This was taken by mogjo in Birstall...


Weather: Unsettled forecast to continue with rain and sun

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The breezy weather will continue into this afternoon with some heavy showers.

There will be some light showers tomorrow which will get heavier towards lunchtimes with temperatures reaching 17C (63F).

Weather for East Midlands

Over the next few days the weather will remain unsettled with blustery rain and sunny spells.

Your Pictures: Weeping Window of poppies

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher: A B Hudson has taken this beautiful picture of the poppies of the Weeping Window display at The Silk Mill, Derby.

Weeping Window
A B Hudson

It was created by Derbyshire artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper and will be on display from Friday.

The display has several thousand handmade ceramic poppies, originally seen pouring from a high window to the ground below at the Tower of London.

It was part of the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

Each poppy represented a British and colonial soldier who died during World War One.

HGV crash causing four-mile delays

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It looks like this crash on the M1 southbound is causing some long delays...

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Plans revealed for Oakham town centre redevelopment

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two different plans for the redevelopment of Oakham town centre have been released.

This is Option A...

Oakham Town Centre
Rutland County Council

There is a one-way system between New Street and Mill Street, with wider pavements, trees, a revised parking layout with loading bays for shops and more public seating.

This is Option B...

Oakham Town Centre
Rutland County Council

This keeps the current two-way traffic flow along the High Street but has an "enhanced pedestrian environment".

The groups that represent people and businesses in the town have told us they’d like a High Street with less traffic and congestion and more space for people to walk, shop and relax. This has helped us settle on two options for the town centre that would make these improvements possible.”

Dave BrownDirector for Places at Rutland County Council

Both designs also include improvements to the Market Place. A consultation on the options will start next week.

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J23A for A42 and J23 for A512.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J23a A42 and J23, A512 (Loughborough), because of an accident.

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

Chatsworth show: Parking arrangements caused gridlock

Council workers and police officers have been working with the Royal Horticultural Society after Chatsworth became gridlocked today.

Drivers saw long delays as they headed to the first day of the show.

Changes to the parking arrangments had to be made following the poor weather yesterday.

Chatsworth became grdilocked

A spokesman from Derbyshire County Council said: "Unfortunately, for an event as popular as this and a limited number of routes to Chatsworth, traffic congestion can be expected.

"We would advise anyone planning on visiting the show or travelling in the local area this week to be mindful that there may be delays, to consider using alternative routes and to check local media for traffic updates.”

Abnormal load closes A38

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you got caught out by the closure of the A38 last night - this is why...

Brewery drums
Derbyshire Police

The huge brewery drums had to be safely escorted through South Derbyshire to the Molson Coors site in Staffordshire.

Police tweeted afterwards to say: "If you were delayed many thanks for your patience and understanding."

Brewery drums
Derbyshire Police

Listen: Voters question candidates ahead of election

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An election debate was held at the BBC in Leicester last night.

The future of the NHS, HS2, tuition fees, immigration and fox hunting were just some of the topics raised by audience members.


In the firing line were Zuffar Haq for the Liberal Democrats, Roger Helmer for the UK Independence Party, Labour's Chris Kealey, Conservative Nicky Morgan and Mags Lewis for the Green Party.

Zuffar Haq, Roger Helmer, Chris Kealey, Nicky Morgan and Mags Lewis

It was a muscular 60-minute exchange with the panel of party candidates interrogated and held to account.

You can listen to the whole debate here...

Cats abandoned in park 'lucky' to be found

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

These two cats have been recovering with the RSPCA after being found abandoned in a Leicester park.

Dandelion and Burdock

Dandelion and Burdock were discovered by a member of the public on Aylestone Recreation Ground last Thursday.

They were inside this plastic carrier in heat of 28C...

Plastic cat carrier

It is lucky that they were found or they would have suffered a horrible death. They were very scared when they were discovered, which is understandable as being abandoned is very stressful for an animal. This is no way to treat animals and it is about time some people took responsibility for their pets."

Sharon KnightAnimal Collection Officer, RSPCA

Power cut in Ibstock

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It looks like a power cut in Leicestershire could last several hours...

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Chatsworth Flower Show live

Maurice Flynn is live at the Chatsworth Flower Show.

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Download: Police security dog at festival

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

This is Riley - she's sniffing for explosives as people arrive at the Download Festival...

Police dog

Pictures: Chatsworth garden show

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Here are a few snaps from around the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show earlier...

Chatsworth Garden Show
Chatsworth Garden Show
Chatsworth Garden Show
Chatsworth Garden Show

Flower show extended over traffic delays

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The sun might be shining now but yesterday's wet weather is still causing problems at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

The Royal Horticultural Society has said the damp ground means they are having to be extra cautious in parking cars on the showground - this is making it slower than expected.

Chatsworth House

We are doing all we can to solve this and ask for everyone’s patience. We are also keeping the show open an extra hour this evening, until 19:00.”

Royal Horticultural Society

Chatsworth show: Visitors warned over heavy traffic

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Visitors heading to Chatsworth for the Royal Horticultural Society's show should allow plenty of extra travel time.

The entrance to the flower show's site is currently gridlocked.

Heavy traffic

RHS Chatsworth crowns Quarry Garden with Gold medal

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The Show Garden from The Institute of Quarrying is celebrating a hat trick of awards at the Royal Horticultural Society's show today.

It received the Gold Medal from RHS judges and the quarry garden has won Best in Show and Best Construction category.

Paul Hervey-Brookes
Redbrick Communications

At 480 sq m, the Quarry Garden is one of the largest RHS show gardens ever.

It is designed by award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes.

Enthusiasts drive tractor around UK coastline

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's not very often we get a tractor in Jubilee Square...

Tractor and hut

It was brought over to BBC Leicester by Phil Gibson and Peter Plehov from a tractor enthusiast club in Loughborough. They came to talk to us about a challenge they've just completed.

They drove the tractor and hut right around the British Coastline to raise money for a children's centre in Shepshed - that's more than 5,000 miles in about seven weeks.

It was quite good going through the town centres - Liverpool, Edinburgh. We seemed to get right of way with most of the car drivers. It made us smile, people looking up at us like 'what the hell is a tractor doing in the middle of the city'."

Phil GibsonChairman, Blue Force tractor enthusiast club

Vulnerable kittens dumped on doorstep now recovering

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Three vulnerable kittens were dumped on a doorstep in Derby when they were just 10 days old.

They were found by a member of the public in the Pear Tree area of the city.

Three kittens are recovering

The little bundles of fluff are now recovering well at the RSPCA’s Derby branch.

The kittens, which are called, Yoda, Gonzo and Rizzo, are being fed every two hours to help them grow.

Council faced two cyber attacks

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

Derby City Council has said it faced two cyber attacks in the last year – but didn’t report either of them to the police.


In response to a Freedom of Information request, the council said it had only recently started to log cyber attacks.

The two attacks in 2016/17 were "ransomware" and the authority didn’t meet the hackers’ demands.

Severe accident: A638 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A638 South Yorkshire both ways severe accident, near A631 Gainsborough Road.

A638 South Yorkshire - Slow traffic on A638 South Parade in both directions in Bawtry near the A631 Gainsborough Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on.

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

Anna Soubry

Michael McAlpine posted the comment about Conservative MP for Broxtowe, Anna Soubry, last December.

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Mother 'overwhelmed' by £50k donations

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A mother from Derby, who has incurable bowel cancer, has said she's been "overwhelmed by the feeling of love and support" she's received.

Lisa Foster is 36 years old and has three young children - Ruby, Zach and Scarlett. She's been told half of people with her diagnosis die within nine months.

Lisa and Craig Foster with Ruby, Zach and Scarlett
Foster family

In just six days the family managed to raise £50,000 to help her look after her children while she has chemotherapy.

Ruby, Zach and Scarlett
Foster family

She's posted on Facebook saying: "Your generosity is beyond my wildest expectation... Thank you, everyone, from the bottom of my heart, you are wonderful people."

She's hoping to live long enough for her seven-month-old baby to remember her.

Charlie Raglan

Oxford United sign defender Charlie Raglan on a permanent contract from Chesterfield following a successful loan last season.

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Villagers left with flat tyres by scattered nails

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Scattered nails in East Leake have left many drivers with flat tyres, residents have claimed.

People who live in Damson Road and Mulberry Way said handfuls of nails have often been found over the last two years.

East Leake village

Police say one family was stranded on the M1 after they got a flat tyre from three nails which they think they picked up in the Nottinghamshire village last month.

Mosaic removed from ancient site

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Specialist workers have begun lifting a huge piece of Roman mosaic from a building site in Leicester...

It's off to Grantham to be restored before returning to feature in the city's Jewry Wall museum.

The mosaic was discovered by archaeologists on land near the Highcross shopping centre - it is one of the largest pieces to be found in Leicester in the last 30 years.

University of Leicester

Men stabbed in Hucknall town centre

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Two men were stabbed in Hucknall in a series of connected public order incidents on Sunday evening.

There were reports of a group of abusive men outside the Plough and Harrow pub at 20:30 before the stabbing in High Street at 22:30.

There then followed reports of a man threatening people with a knife at the Chequers pub at 23:15.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the events and Nottinghamshire Police are looking for another man, aged 18 to 20.

Lorry strikes Hinckley railway bridge

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A lorry has hit the bridge on the A5 Hinckley AGAIN...

Lorry after hitting Hinckley bridge

This bridge has caused problems for lots of lorry drivers recently - earlier this year we reported it had been hit 11 times in 12 months.

Network Rail has pleaded with HGV drivers to heed "low bridge" warning signs.

Man sentenced for offensive 'Jo Cox' tweet

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Anna Soubry, Conservative candidate for Broxtowe, said the man who called for someone to "Jo Cox" her, has been handed a suspended jail term.

The man was arrested at his home in Bethnal Green, east London, in December last year for the Twitter post which was directed at Ms Soubry.

It was a reference to the Labour MP Jo Cox murdered the week before the EU referendum.

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Ms Soubry was a prominent remain campaigner in the EU referendum.

Labour, the Liberal Democrats, Green Party and UKIP are all standing in Broxtowe in tomorrow's election.

Cycling: Road closures ahead of Women's Tour

Road closures across Warwickshire will be in place on Friday for Stage 3 of the Women's Tour.

Women's Tour road closures
Warwickshire County Council

The 151km race starts in Atherstone at 10:00 and finishes in Leamington Spa at about 14:00, passing through Warwick and Kenilworth.

Full details of road closures and parking restrictions can be found here and click here for a route map.

Curtis Davies

Derby County sign defender Curtis Davies from Hull City for an undisclosed fee on a two-year contract.

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Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Mel Coles

BBC Weather presenter

A blustery start to the day but it looks like it's shaping up quite nicely later on.

Teenager missing for five days

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have said they're concerned about this 14-year-old girl who went missing on Friday...

Courtney Stothers
Derbyshire Constabulary

Courtney Stothers left her home in Allenton that morning and has not been seen since.

Travel: Updates from across the region

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

  • The A52 westboundat the junction with the A5111, near Derby is currently congested
  • Up to 10 minute delays on the A50 eastbound between the junctions with the M1 J24A and the M1 J24, near East Midlands Airport
  • Also near the airport, the entry slip road at the M1 north at junction J23A is busy
  • The A453 southbound between the A52 and the junction with the A42 near Kegworth is congested

Rams sign new defender

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Derby County have announced their first signing of the summer - defender Curtis Davies.

Curtis Davies
Getty Images

The 32-year-old has come from fellow Championship side Hull City for an undisclosed fee.

It's a two-year deal with the option of a third.

School's woodland nature area damaged

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A woodland nature area used by Stonebroom Primary School, Alfreton, has been damaged.

Plastic canopies and a wooden door at the forest school were damaged and hammocks and shelters the children had built were pulled down.

It is believed it happened sometime between 9:00 and 14:00 on Saturday 20 May.

Woodland area damaged
Derbyshire Constabulary

PCSO Kate Hodnett said: “The children use the space for lessons on nature, using tools or games and other community members are quite upset."

Wooden door damaged
Derbyshire Constabulary

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show to open today

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Luckily there is some bright and warmer weather today, which is pretty well because the first new Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) show in a decade will open at Chatsworth.

Garden show

The show at the Derbyshire stately home features eight display gardens.

Strong winds yesterday forced the closure of the preview day for the media and celebrities.

Organisers are expecting almost 90,000 people to visit the event, officially opened by Alan Titchmarsh and Mary Berry, over five days.