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  1. Man admits killing wife
  2. PCC investigate police custody death
  3. Teenager hit with syringe
  4. House blocked by bus stop
  5. Live updates for Friday 07 July 2017

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By Maryam Qaiser and Amy Woodfield

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Liam Noble

Forest Green "may complain to the Football Association" over alleged wrongdoing in Notts County's pursuit of Liam Noble.

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Our live coverage across the day

That is all from East Midlands live - updates will start again on Monday at 08:00

Weather: A cloudy and dry start to the weekend

BBC Weather

It’ll remain fairly cloudy tonight with the chance of a few more showers - they should disperse by the early morning.

It’ll feel warm and muggy tonight with lows of 14C (57F).


Saturday will be rather a cloudy and mainly dry day with some bright spells early on with a sunny afternoon likely in most parts.

It’ll be slightly fresher with highs of 21C (70F).

Project will detect pilots' stress and anxiety levels

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Stress levels of aeroplane pilots will be monitored by using smart textiles, as part of a European research project with Nottingham Trent University.

The university’s advanced textiles research group will explore how smart textiles embedded in cockpit seats and pilot clothing can measure anxiety.

Professor Tilak Dias who leds the group said: "By using smart textiles we’re able to provide new prognostic and diagnostic techniques for pilot monitoring in a completely non-intrusive way."

Tilak Dias
Nottingham Trent University

Indicators of stress including a variable heart rate, perspiration and body temperature will be monitored by putting sensors into the yarns which are used to make clothing and textiles.

The heart rate will be monitored and it will be possible to monitor fatigue and if a pilot is losing alertness.

The project, which is called Active Simulator Cockpit Enhancement, will enhance cockpit simulators which is funded with £1.24m from the European Commission.

It is led by SerTec Engineering in Spain, with Paragon SA in Greece, and Nottingham Trent University.

Jonny Howson and Cyrus Christie

Middlesbrough sign Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson and Derby defender Cyrus Christie for undisclosed fees.

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Barman left with serious facial injuries

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A barman has had to have almost 50 stitches after he was attacked on his way home from work.

Joseph Coupe was left with serious facial injuries and will need extensive dental treatment after two men attacked him on Albert Street, in Hucknall on Saturday at 02:00.

He said he was now too afraid to leave his house and believes the attack was unprovoked.

"I know a lot of people in Hucknall. I get on with everyone in Hucknall, I have never been in a fight before in my life.

"But now it makes me not even want to walk out of my house," he said.

Police are investigating but Joseph said he hadn't had any further visits since the first officer came to see him.

Nottinghamshire Police said officers took him to hospital for treatment and have kept him informed of their ongoing investigation.

A police spokesperson said: "This report of this serious and seemingly unprovoked attack is currently being investigated and we would assure Joseph and his family that it is being taken very seriously and we will leave no stone unturned to find those responsible."

Picture captures Newark thunderstorm perfectly

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

This amazing picture of the lightning over Newark was taken by photographer Teresa Martin, from Balderton.

Newark lightning
Teresa Martin

Travel: Crash blocking M69

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Traffic is at a "complete stand still" on the M69 northbound following a multi-vehicle crash.

Highways England has said the Air Ambulance may be attending.

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Man admits killing wife over fear of her leaving

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 39-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife.

Baldeep Singh admitted killing 35-year-old Amandeep Kaur at their home on Dovedale Road in Thurmaston.

Amandeep Kaur
Family handout

After Singh killed his wife in February he called the police to tell them - he said he did it because he thought she was going to leave him.

Officers then found Amandeep dead in her bedroom. A post-mortem examination revealed she died as a result of a laceration to the neck.

Due to Singh’s actions two young children have lost their mother and he now faces a prison sentence with little or no contact with his children. I hope today’s guilty plea will help Amandeep’s family move on with their lives and put the events of her murder behind them."

Detective Inspector Chris BarrattLeicestershire Police

Singh will be sentenced in September.

Severe disruption: A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between J34 for A614 Bawtry Road and J35 for M18.

A1(M) Nottinghamshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J34 A614 Bawtry Road and J35 M18, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Man injured after gun fired at a house

A 25-year-old man has been charged with firearms offences after a gun was fired at a house in Leicestershire.

Gibson Road

A man remains in hospital after he was injured in the incident at the property in Gibson Road, Sileby.

A 25-year-old from Quorn appeared before magistrates in Leicester earlier and was remanded into custody, Leicestershire Police said.

He was charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, criminal damage, driving while disqualified and while unfit through drugs and possession of Class B drugs.

Two men aged 19 and 26, and two women aged 21 and 25 were also arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and have been released under investigation.

Weekend-long closure for A50 for new bridge work

Hazel Morgan

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Motorists travelling between Stoke-on-Trent and Uttoxeter this weekend will have to find an alternative route to the A50.

Staffordshire County Council is closing it from 20:00 tonight until 05:30 on Monday from the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge to the B5030 junction at Uttoxeter.

The site on the A50
Staffordshire County Council

It's being done because the authority's using a huge crane to lift six 47m (154 feet) long steel beams into position for a new bridge.

The council says diversions will be flagged up from the wider road network by Highways England, including notices on the M6 and M1.

Investigation into how man died in police custody

The police watchdog is to investigate after a man died in custody at Mansfield police station.

Darren Brown, who was 50 and from the town, was arrested in a park on 23 June and taken into custody.

Mansfield Police Station

An ambulance was called when he was found unresponsive at about 04:30 the following morning but he was pronounced dead by a paramedic.

Nottinghamshire Police referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission which is now investigating.

An inquest into Mr Brown's death is due to open on Monday.

CCTV images released in connection with Derby robbery

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Officers investigating a robbery in Derby have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to.

A man was threatened with a knife during a robbery on Ashbourne Road, Derbyshire Police have said.

The victim's money and mobile phone were stolen on 24 June at about 05:00.

Derbyshire Police
Derbyshire Police
Derbyshire Police
Derbyshire Police

In pictures: Recognition for women's war efforts

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

The role of women in the war effort has been marked at the National Memorial Arboretum today and the site's tweeted photos from the event.

It says people have heard stories ranging from Bletchley Park codebreakers to the first recipient of the Military Cross.

The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps was formed exactly 100 years ago, allowing women to enrol in the British army for the first time.

Two women at the Women's war event
National Memorial Arboretum
Two more women at the event
National Memorial Arboretum
Women gathered at the event
National Memorial Arboretum
Dublin-born Jeff Hendrick has been capped 33 times by the Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick is found not guilty of violent disorder by a jury in Dublin.

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Watch: Mahrez trains with Foxes

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Riyad Mahrez arriving for training at Leicester City earlier...

It's been five weeks since he announced he wanted to leave the club...

Elderly woman attacked during a robbery

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A 78-year-old woman suffered a broken arm and ribs after she was attacked by a boy who stole her handbag, Nottinghamshire Police said.

The suspect, believed to be a teenage boy wearing a school blazer, approached the lady as she entered a block of flats off Newark Street, Sneinton on Wednesday at about 18:15.

He pulled her handbag dragging her to the floor causing her to suffer a broken arm and ribs and grazes to her wrists and elbow, which has needed stitches.

Nottinghamshire Police

The boy ran off with her bag, which was later recovered but items were missing.

A member of public chased the boy, who is described as being aged 15-18, of mixed race, about 5ft 8ins tall and of stocky build.

Schools 'too focused on exams', says new Nottingham MP

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

As the exam period is in full swing, the newly elected MP for Nottingham North Alex Norris, has said schools are becoming too obsessed with results.

He said more attention should be given to what children actually achieve than what exam results they get.

Mr Norris said: "If all Ofsted ever talk about are about results and progress, then that is what teachers and leaders... are going to skew towards.

Alex Norris

"If we look more about what children went on to do after leaving secondary school for example, how well skilled they were in the world, we would see a bit more focus there.

"The balance I believe is much too one way than the other."

We'll let you know what Ofsted say when they get back to us.

BBC Weather Watchers: The storm over Newark

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's a great little video from last night's storm as it reached Newark. Spectacular stuff!:

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School pupil dies in mini bus crash

BBC Radio Derby

A teenage girl has died after a crash involving a minibus of pupils.

The collision between the bus - carrying youngsters from John Taylor High School in Barton Under Needwood - and a lorry happend this morning in Birmingham.

Paramedics and staff from the air ambulance say they treated 26 patients from the minibus as well as the lorry driver.

The school says it's aware pupils from year 9 and year 12, who were on a trip to Wolverhampton Art Gallery, were caught up in the accident.

Football: Forest Green row 'baffles' Notts County chairman

Alan Hardy
Getty Images

The owner and chairman of Notts County has responded to Dale Vince with a lengthy statement of his own.

In it, Alan Hardy said he felt "compelled to set the record straight" and denied releasing statements to the press about Forest Green player Liam Noble.

He confirmed a number of bids had been made with a final offer of £100,000, payable immediately.

"Why Dale Vince would deny this when it is fact baffles me," he said.

"Dale Vince also claims they have been very clear from the outset that they did not want to sell Liam. While this may be the case, they have also been very clear from the outset that an offer of £100,000 guaranteed would be acceptable. It was only when this bid was lodged that they changed their minds," he added.

Nottingham students selected for Student World Cup in Australia

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Four students from Nottingham Trent University will be flying over to Australia to represent their respective countries at the Student Rugby League World Cup.

Matt Ross and Dan Harrison will represent England Universities, Adrian Chaima is part of the Welsh Squad, and Elliot Munnelly will be donning the green of Ireland.

NTU Rugby League squad
Nottingham Trent University

The students were selected following a great season for the NTU Rugby League (pictured above).

They topped their best season in two years with a varsity match win against The University of Nottingham.

The tournament will start today and last 10 days.

Football: Forest Green row breaks out with Notts County

Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince is not happy with Notts County having alleged "behind-the-scenes contact" with their player Liam Noble.

Liam Noble

In a statement on the club's website the chairman criticised Notts County's approach to the player.

"We've been very clear from the outset that we did not want to sell Liam and the antics of Notts County since then have only firmed up that position.

"We want Notts County to stop what they are doing, including the behind-the-scenes contact with the player, which we consider to be a breach of FA rules."

A response from Notts County will follow shortly...

Teenager hit with syringe thrown from former factory

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A teenager needed hospital treatment after a syringe was thrown at her from a derelict building in Hinckley.

Sophie Doucet had her skin pierced by the needle that hit her on the back as she walked past on Sunday.

Derelict building

The 13-year-old is now awaiting the results of blood tests and will have to return to hospital for more checks.

Leicestershire Police have confirmed they are investigating the matter.

"Keep out" sign on fence

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council has told the BBC the building had been due to be demolished in April this year after they served an enforcement notice.

This didn't happen because ownership of the land changed hands and the council is now in discussion with the new owners.

The council has been expecting to receive a planning application for potential redevelopment of the site.

Nottingham Greggs shut after robbery

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A shop worker was threatened when she was opening the Greggs bakery in Carrington Street, in Nottingham this morning.

The male offender escaped on a push bike with cash at about 05:20, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Greggs shut

He was wearing a yellow hi-vis bib, a blue hooded top and his face was covered with a mask and possibly sunglasses.

The store remains closed.

Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, at Trowell Services.

M1 Nottinghamshire - M1 slip road into the services closed northbound at Trowell Services, because of a vehicle fire and a car fire.

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

Bus shelter blocking house in Langley Mill

The estate agent says the house is attracting interest despite residents branding it 'bizarre' and 'a joke'.

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House built in front of bus stop
A house which is blocked by a bus stop is up for sale for £140,000.

Hucknall festival to celebrate poet Lord Byron's life

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The life of poet Lord Byron will be celebrated at the annual Hucknall Byron Festival.

At the age of 10 he became the 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale and inherited the ancestral home, Newstead Abbey, in Nottinghamshire.

He died in 1824 and is buried at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Hucknall.

Lord Byron

The festival will take place around Hucknall and Newstead Abbey starting today until 14 July.

There will be activities, craft fairs, heritage bus tours and classical car shows throughout the week.

Appeal following car crash assault

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have just released these CCTV images in an appeal after a 32-year-old man in Leicester was assaulted.

They would like the public to help identify this man and woman...

CCTV of wanted people
Leicestershire Police

It's in connection with an assault on Strasbourg Drive in the Beaumont Leys area in May this year.

The victim had collided with a BMW and was assaulted by the people inside when he asked for insurance details.

Exeter won their first English title eight years after winning promotion to the top flight

Premiership champions Exeter will begin their title defence at Gloucester when the 2017-18 season starts on 1 September.

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Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, at J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham affecting Trowell Services.

M1 Derbyshire - M1 entry slip road partially blocked and slow traffic southbound at J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of an accident. Congestion to Trowell Services.

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

'Severe' hailstorm explained

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We've been in touch with the weather experts about these large hailstones that fell in Rutland last night.

They've told us they would be classed as "severe" on the TORRO scale and that this size is rarely recorded in the UK.


Here's an explanation as to how it happens...

Particularly in summer, the temperature at the surface of the Earth will not necessarily dictate whether we see hail or not, so it is quite possible that it is hot outside and then in a shower or thunderstorm you would see hail. Hailstones form in cumulonimbus clouds, as indeed we saw yesterday across the East Midlands. Within these clouds, air circulates up and down – as the air rises it cools and water droplets freeze. Big thunder clouds like yesterday can contain very strong updraughts and downdraughts and can hold hailstones (the frozen water droplets) for a long time, thus allowing them to become large. Eventually, gravity wins over and they fall to Earth – many will melt and turn back to rain (especially in summer when temperatures closer to the Earth’s surface are warmer), but if they are really big, then they are still frozen as they land, and that is what we know as hail."

Steven KeatesBBC meteorologist

Arrest after fatal crash near Burton

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A man's been arrested in connection with the fatal crash on the A38 near Burton last night.

Staffordshire Police says a 39-year-old from Hull was arrested after the collision between a pedestrian and a car.

The force says the victim, a woman, has yet to be formally identified and they're still trying to work out how she died.

A38 fatal crash: Pedestrian's heart was restarted after collision

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Paramedics managed to get a woman's heart restarted at the scene of a crash near Burton last night but she later died in hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called, along with other emergency services, to the A38 near Branston where a pedestrian had been hit by a car.

They say they found the woman had gone into cardiac arrest after suffering serious injuries but their staff restarted her heart through CPR and other efforts.

However, they say she died after she was airlifted to hospital in Coventry.

Railway redevelopment to cause 'significant' disruption

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Network Rail has announced plans for a £200m redevelopment of Derby railway station next summer...

Derby Station
Network Rail

Network Rail said the current "historic layout" of the railway is "inefficient" and that bottlenecks on the lines restrict the movements trains can make and the platforms they can access.

Derby Station

There will be 79-days of engineering starting on 22 July 2018 - during this time the track and signalling will be removed meaning there will be "significant" disruption to the train timetable.

CrossCountry trains won't use the station and will have buses instead.

East Midlands Trains will prioritise trains to London, but other journeys might also need to be made by bus.

It is many decades since the rail infrastructure at Derby saw this kind of investment and we have spent a huge amount of time working with our train operators, stakeholders and local businesses to make sure we keep disruption to a minimum while getting this vital work done as quickly as possible."

Rob McIntoshNetwork Rail

Would you buy a house with bus shelter blocking the entrance?

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

There will be no excuse for the buyer of this house not to use public transport...

Bus stop

The two-storey home on Station Street in Langley Mill has been built right next to a bus shelter - leaving the entrance completely blocked.

It is up for sale and is described as "perfectly located" but these passers-by aren't so sure about the bus stop being so close to the door.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire County Council said: "The bus stop and shelter has been there for many years but we're working with the developer to find a suitable nearby position."

The estate agents marketing the £140,000 house said there has already been "quite a bit of interest" and confirmed the shelter is being moved.

Drivers fined on Nottingham's new red routes

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

In the first month of new road restrictions coming into force in Nottingham, 22 drivers were caught out.

Double red lines were introduced on Canal Street, London Road and around the railway station in May which means drivers can't stop or wait on roads.

It is to keep traffic flowing during the Broadmarsh redevelopment.

Red Routes

The Broadmarsh bus station and car park will be demolished and rebuilt, expected to take two and half years.

A council spokesman said the bus station is closing from Monday with special stops scattered around the city. The car park will close later in the month.