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  1. Live updates for Wednesday 5 July 2017
  2. Attempted murder and rape arrest after Leicester attack
  3. Two dead in three-vehicle crash on M1
  4. Leicester acid attacker ordered to pay compensation
  5. Labour MEP set to retire later this year
  6. East Midlands Tory MEP expert on ghosts and paranormal

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By Dave Wade and Calum McKenzie

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Mike Ashley head shot

Ben King

Business reporter, BBC News

The Sports Direct boss was in court today and gave some fascinating insights into how he does business.

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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J20 for A4303.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound at J20, A4303 (Lutterworth), because of a car fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

Clint McKay

Leicestershire seamer Clint McKay claims 4-59 as the Foxes take the upper hand against Sussex on day one at Arundel.

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Alex Hughes

Derbyshire's Alex Hughes scores an unbeaten century to set up a tricky run chase for Durham at Chesterfield.

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Our live coverage across the day

Our dedicated live coverage has ended for Wednesday, but automated news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear overnight.

East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

Weather: Humid night

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

A settled end to the day with some evening sunshine.


It remains dry with clear spells overnight. However feeling warm and humid. Minimum temperature 16C (61F).

Sports Direct owner says Shirebrook a 'very boring and lonely' place

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Mike Ashley, the owner of Shirebrook-based Sports Direct, has described the town as a "very boring and lonely" place.

Mike Ashley

Mr Ashley, who also owns Newcastle United, made the remarks during a case at the High Court in London.

He is being sued by investment banker Jeffrey Blue, who claims he was promised £15m in a pub drinking session for increasing Sports Direct's share price to £8 each.

Mr Blue claims he was paid just £1m for the increase in share price.

But Mr Ashley said it "would be obvious" to anyone at the pub where they were drinking that he "was not serious."

Your photos: July across East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

These cows look as if they're enjoying the sun in Glapwell, north east Derbyshire. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Pinfold for sending it in.

Cows in Glapwell

Sticking with the watery theme - thanks to Maggie T for this effort from Ruddington.

Parkland in Ruddington
Maggie T
Charlie Dunn

Charlie Dunn, five, drowned in a lake on a visit to Bosworth Water Park in Leicestershire last year.

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Shakespeare: We've got to aim higher than just survival


Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare has said the club must look beyond Premier League survival next season and set higher targets.

Craig Shakespeare
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"Premier League survival is good," Shakespeare told the club's official website.

"But I look at the squad and the players we're trying to attract - I want to be better than that, and I think the players want to be better than that.

"I think our aim is to try and be competitive in every match, whether we're playing Chelsea as Premier League winners last season or a team that's just come up."

The Foxes finished 12th in the Premier League last season, ten points above the relegation zone.

Football: Notts County interested in Forest Green midfielder

Liam Noble
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League Two side Notts County are keen on re-signing Forest Green Rovers midfielder Liam Noble.

Noble, 26, spent two seasons at Notts but was released in June 2016 and joined Forest Green on a two-year deal.

Click here to read the full story.

Weather: Yellow warning for rain

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

There's a Met Office yellow weather warning in place for rain from 06:00 on Thursday to 02:00 on Friday.

Isolated thunderstorms are likely to develop across England and Wales from early Thursday morning before clearing by early Friday.

While these storms may miss many places, where they do develop intense downpours are likely, bringing the threat of sudden flooding of roads, transport routes, homes and businesses.

Lightning and hail may be additional hazards.

Hughes closes on on hundred

Derbyshire 368 & 180-7 (53 overs) v Durham 301 - tea

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Alex Hughes

Durham have conceded the lead in six of their nine Championship matches so far and have lost four of them, drawing the other.

And Derbyshire's lead passed the 200 mark at around 3.00pm with Durham looking flat in the field and their bowling lacking any real threat - but three wickets then fell in seven balls.

Matt Critchley was on 28 when he clipped Barry McCarthy down the legside to the keeper; Daryn Smit went for 4, second ball, caught in the slips off McCarthy, and Ryan Pringle had Tony Palladino caught behind for a third ball duck.

Derbyshire lead by 247 at tea, but Alex Hughes is leading the way for them with 87.

Bridgen: Time for people to bring photo ID in order to vote

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

People should have to provide photo ID in order to vote at elections, according to North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen.

Andrew Bridgen

Mr Bridgen said that people could vote "all day long in different polling stations."

"It's been highlighted that when someone goes to vote, all they need is a name and address," he added.

"In theory someone could get hold of a telephone directory and vote all day long in different polling stations.

"Does the minister agree with me that it is time for photo ID to prevent electoral fraud?"

Ballot paper

Chris Skidmore, the constitutional affairs minister, said that there would be voter ID pilots carried out at next year's local elections.

Watch: Dalek and Cyberman invade Derbyshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A Dalek and a Cyberman walk into a bar.

Not the start of a joke but something you might have seen in Swadlincote...

Deputy mayor 'going nowhere immediately'

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

Rory Palmer's told me precise dates for the change over are yet to be confirmed but he will quit being Leicester's deputy mayor and as a ward councillor ahead of October, when he is set to replace Glenis Willmott.

"I'm going nowhere immediately and continue to work across my current responsibilities," he said.

Listen: Man tells Burger King staff restaurant is on fire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's Craig Lilley describing the moment he saw smoke coming out of the Burger King restaurant in Nottingham, this morning...

Fire crews left the Lady Bay Retail Park a few hours ago after tackling a blaze at the restaurant.

At its height, 15 firefighters from three crews were at the scene.

Leicester deputy mayor to become Labour MEP

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

Leicester's deputy mayor, Rory Palmer, has told the BBC that he will be Labour's MEP in the East Midlands.

Rory Palmer
Labour Party

His announcement comes after Labour's Glenis Willmott announced earlier today that she would be retiring in October.

East Midlands MPs at PMQs

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

In the House of Commons for Prime Minister's Questions today...

  • Labour MP for Nottingham East, Chris Leslie, and Tory MP for Erewash, Maggie Throup spoke on voter registration
  • Nottingham North's Labour MP, Alex Norris, asked for police to have resources to tackle cyber security
  • Sherwood's Conservative MP, Mark Spencer, had a good bellow and point at the Labour benches
  • Bolsover's Labour MP, Dennis Skinner, was up and down in a sprightly manner eager to get in
  • Meanwhile Conserrvative MP for Broxtowe, Anna Soubry, came to the defence of tuition fees, saying more working class and poor young people are going to university
Barrie McKay

Nottingham Forest sign winger Barrie McKay from Rangers for an undisclosed fee thought to be about £500,000.

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Teenager charged after four injured by car

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

A 19-year-old man will appear in court after four pedestrians were injured by a vehicle in Leicester city centre last year.

Three men and a woman were hit by a car that failed to stop on Humberstone Gate on 1 November.

Wahid Rob, from Neston Road in Leicester, has been charged with four counts of attempted grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving.

He is set to appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court on 10 July.

Leicester Magistrates Court

Man charged after 'gun fired' in Worksop

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man has been charged after a shot was allegedly fired in Worksop in the early hours of Monday.

Armed officers searched an address in Cheapside after they received a report of a gunshot in Gateford Road at about 01:40.

A 23-year-old, from Cheapside, was charged with possession of a firearms weapon with intent to endanger life and appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court this morning.

He was remanded into custody to appear at Nottingham Crown Court next month.

Man dies after Nottinghamshire crash

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

An 84-year-old man has died after a crash between a lorry and car on the B6463 in Nottinghamshire.

It happened at about 10:00 on Tuesday between Oldcotes and Styrrup.

A police investigation is under way.

BreakingStaff members change plea over pupil's brain damage

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

Two staff members admitted failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of a disabled teenager after an 18-year-old suffered brain damage at a Leicester school.

West Gate School Leicester

Marilyn Smith and Eileen Coull, from Ratby, Leicestershire, changed their pleas from not guilty and will be sentenced next Thursday

The teenager, who has mental and physical disabilities, slipped out of his rubber ring and was underwater for a minute and a half at the West Gate School, before being revived.

He also suffered lung damage following the swimming lesson.

Water park lake death parents deny manslaughter

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

The mother and stepfather of Charlie Dunn, 5, who drowned in a Leicestershire lake have appeared at Leicester Crown Court this morning where they denied manslaughter by gross negligence.

charlie dunn
Family handout

Lynsey Dunn and Paul Smith also deny five child cruelty offences.

Charlie, from Tamworth, was found submerged in a paddling area while on a day out at Bosworth Water Park on 23 July last year.

Alfreton Town get Conference North fixtures

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Alfreton Town will begin the 2017-18 season with a home game against Blyth Spartans.

Impact Arena in Alfreton
Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The Reds then have away trips to Boston and Darlington.

Full details of the Reds' fixture list can be found here.

Man taken to hospital after city crash

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A man has been taken to hospital with what are thought to be non life-threatening injuries following a crash in Nottingham (see 12:54).

Nottinghamshire Police said they were called at about 11:45 to Mansfield Road after a collision involving a car and a bus.

Two lanes were closed but have now reopened, the force added.

East Midlands MEP to retire later this year

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

East Midlands MEP Glenis Willmott tweets...

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BreakingVictoria Park attack: Boy further arrested on suspicion of rape

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A teenager has been now arrested on suspicion of rape - after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an attack at Victoria Park in Leicester.

Victoria Park cordon

The victim, who police believe was in her 20s, remains in a critical condition in hospital following the attack in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The 17-year-old remains in custody and is being questioned by detectives.

Wimbledon: East Midlands players in action

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Having just missed out on a place in the main draw singles, Derby's Jay Clarke, playing alongside Marcus Willis, plays his opening match in the men's doubles later.

Jay Clarke
Getty Images

The pair will pay Jared Donaldson and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in the last match on court eight.

Meanwhile, Leicestershire's Katie Boulter, playing alongside fellow Brit Katie Swan, opens her doubles campaign against Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova.

The match, which has not yet been assigned a court, will not take place before 17:00.

Travel: Crash in Nottingham

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

We're getting reports of a crash in Nottingham.

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Acid attacker told to pay compensation to partner she tried to kill

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A woman who poured sulphuric acid on her partner as he slept has been told to pay him almost £20,000 in compensation.

Katie Leong
Leicestershire Police

Katie Leong, who is serving a life sentence for the attack on Daniel Rotariu, in Leicester last July, asked the judge to let her keep some of her savings for her eventual release but this was rejected.

"I want to state that obviously I am in prison for a while and when I come out I don't want to be dependent on my family," Leong, 52, told Leicester Crown Court.

"So I will need some money, I need a little bit myself for when I come out."

Judge Nicholas Dean told Leong that her plea was "not really how it works" and ordered her to pay £19,300 to Mr Rotariu.

East Midlands Tory MEP expert on ghosts and paranormal

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A new Conservative MEP for the East Midlands has denied claims he believes in aliens.

Conservative rosette
AFP/Getty Images/Jack Taylor

Rupert Matthews takes over as one of the party's two MEPs, after Andrew Lewer was elected to the UK Parliament in last month's General Election.

But it is Mr Matthews' previous life as an author that has grabbed national headlines.

"I’ve written a few books on the subject [poltergeists and alien sightings] but it was some years ago now," he told BBC Radio Derby.

"I did some books on haunted York, haunted Chester…I’m mainly a historian, I write a lot of history books and magazine articles and so on."

Asked by BBC Radio Derby presenter Ian Skye if he believed in little green men, he replied "no".

He added his role in the European Parliament would be to secure the best possible Brexit deal for the people of the East Midlands.