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  1. Man bailed in exhumed body murder probe
  2. Airport shamed for disabled passenger provision
  3. Pedestrian dies after being hit by lorry
  4. Woman found on A38 'may have committed suicide'
  5. Football: Foxes begin season at Arsenal
  6. Live updates for Friday 11 August 2017

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By Amy Woodfield and Calum McKenzie

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BBC Athletics commentators Steve Cram and Brendan Foster

Mark Lawrenson takes on BBC athletics commentators Brendan Foster and Steve Cram on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

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Andreas Bouchalakis

Andreas Bouchalakis marks his EFL debut with two stunning strikes as Nottingham Forest win at Brentford.

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Olivier Giroud

Jonathan Jurejko

BBC Sport

Olivier Giroud heads in a dramatic winner as Arsenal fight back to beat Leicester in a thrilling start to the new Premier League season.

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Harvey Barnes

Barnsley sign Dijon forward Mamadou Thiam, adding Leicester City midfielder Harvey Barnes on a season-long loan.

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Weather: Showery rain overnight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be cloudy for the rest of today with occasional light, drizzly showers.

Remaining cloudy tonight with showery rain clearing in the early hours. Lows of 12C (54F).


There’ll be variable amounts of cloud around tomorrow - expect a few scattered showers mixed with some bright spells where the cloud thins and breaks. High of 19C (66F).

Watch: Should Isis Way be renamed?

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Who would live in a street like this? The local parish council asked residents of Isis Way if they should change the name. Only seven people replied.

And if you're wondering, it's named after a river.

Killed dachshund 'loved by everyone'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The owners of this big-eyed dachshund - killed in an apparent dog attack - have said he was their three-year-old daughter's "best friend."

Little Larry is believed to have been attacked by four American bulldogs in Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone, on Wednesday. A woman and a child were also injured.

Four dogs have been seized under the Dangerous Dog Act.

Larry's family

The family said: "We are heartbroken over what has happened.

"Larry was loved and cherished by all who met him, especially our three-year-old daughter who referred to him as her best friend."

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J24 for A6 and J24A for A50 Derby.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J24, A6 (Kegworth) and J24a, A50 (Derby), because of an accident.

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

Police find man trapped in window

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Officers responding to reports of a house burglary found a man stuck in a small window.

Nottinghamshire Police were called to Olga Street in St Ann's, Nottingham, in the early hours of this morning where they made the discovery.

After freeing the man he was taken to hospital with minor injuries caused by broken glass.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Bridge to be shut for strengthening work

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Work to strengthen a bridge in Burton for lorries is due to start on 29 August and take up to three months to complete.

The county council says £6.1m is being spent on St Peter's Bridge and will also go on improving Burton Bridge in the New Year.

St Peter's Bridge
Staffordshire County Council

As well as the strengthening work, they're also waterproofing and resurfacing the crossing.

The council says it'll mean St Peter's Bridge is shut both ways until the end of November.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road and heavy traffic northbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Football: Reds boss putting sentiment aside to get win

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton has admitted he is relishing his return to Brentford, as the Reds look to maintain their 100% start to the season.

Mark Warburton
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Warburton, who took over at the City Ground in March, was manager at Brentford for two years.

"Brentford are a very talented squad and will give us a different kind of game to the last league game against Millwall but we are looking forward to the challenge," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"It's a tremendous old football ground. There is a great atmosphere, a good playing surface and a good team. I am very much looking forward to going back, seeing some old friends and hopefully delivering a good performance."

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - Queuing traffic on the exit slip road on M1 northbound at J23a A42, because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

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

Redundancy fears for Wilko workforce

Press Association

Thousands of jobs at retailer Wilko are at risk after the firm confirmed it has entered redundancy consultation with nearly 4,000 staff.

wilko sign

The news comes just days after the Worksop-based retailer warned of rising costs as a result of the pound's Brexit-induced collapse.

The homeware retailer said it is consulting with 3,900 of its store supervisory team about a new management structure, alongside trade union the GMB.

It added that 1,000 new senior supervisor roles will be created as part of the shake-up, as well as a "significant amount" of customer service roles.

Stolen tool returned to windmill

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We've had some good news from Heage Windmill Society - after reporting the windmill had been broken into earlier this week the stolen item has been found.

Police have returned the mill bill - a tool used for sharpening millstones - to the society chairman Piers Bostock.

Mill bill
Heage Windmill Society

It has been amazing how local people have rallied round our much loved windmill - thus enabling the bill to be recovered within 24 hours."

Piers BostockHeage Windmill Society

The tool will now go back on display while work to repair the damage caused by the thieves is still underway.

I do love a happy ending.

Cyclist killed in tractor crash named

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have named a cyclist who died after a collision involving a tractor near the village of New Inn last month.

New Inn

Phillip Thompson was travelling along the B6047 in Leicestershire towards Market Harborough when the crash happened.

The tractor was travelling behind the 64-year-old in the same direction.

Severe disruption: M42 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, after J11 for A42.

M42 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 southbound after J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent), because of vehicle tyre change.

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

Art inspired by Brexit campaign

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An exhibition opening at the New Art Exchange gallery in Nottingham today is all about questioning our "British Values".

Creator Sarah Maple has been working on the collection over the last two years while there's been a considerable amount of national uncertainty.

Here are some photos from her "Brexit" series...

Scones with jam and cream
Sarah Maple/NAE
Stick of rock
Sarah Maple/NAE
Tea cup and saucer
Sarah Maple/NAE

Ms Maple said she was inspired by the feeling of nostalgia for "the good old days" during the Brexit campaign.

The gallery describes the work as bold, brave, mischievous and occasionally controversial.

They believe it challenges perceptions of cultural and religious identities.

Football: New ticket details for Grimsby-Rams match

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Some important information for Rams fans who were at Tuesday night's postponed game...

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Bookmaker fined for allowing punters to smoke in shop

BBC Radio Derby

A bookmaker has been fined for allowing others to smoke in his shop.

Double D racing in codnor

Ian Douglas, the owner of DD Racing, in Codnor, was charged with smoking on the premises and allowing others to smoke.

Douglas was fined £318 in total.

Councillor David Taylor, from Amber Valley Borough Council, said: "Legislation regarding smoking in public places has made a very positive impact and we will always act to enforce the law."

Severe disruption: A57 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A57 Derbyshire both ways severe disruption, between A6013 and Hurst Road.

A57 Derbyshire - A57 Snake Pass closed in both directions between Ladybower Reservoir in Bamford and Royal Oak Inn, Glossop in Glossop, because of recovery work.

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

Travel: A50 closed for weekend

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Worth noting if you're planning on heading into Leicester over the weekend...

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Murder arrest man bailed after woman's body exhumed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man arrested on suspicion of the murder of a woman whose body was exhumed at Carlton Cemetery yesterday has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Jennifer Blackwell

The body of Jennifer Blackwell - who died in April - was exhumed yesterday after police received new information.

At the time, her death was thought to be "non-suspicious". The arrested man was "known to her", police confirmed.

Severe accident: M69 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J1 for A5 Hinckley and M6 J2.

M69 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M69 southbound between J1, A5 (Hinckley) and M6 J2, Coventry, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Watch: Foxes boss hoping for 'positive' start to season

East Midlands Today

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare has admitted his side have a "challenging, but exciting" start to the new season.

The Foxes open their campaign against Arsenal (19:45) this evening.

They then face the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool before the end of September.

The political art challenging British values

BBC Radio Nottingham

A new exhibition, which wants visitors to challenge their beliefs surrounding British values, has opened in Nottingham.

Artist in a gallery

The work, which is on show at the New Art Exchange gallery in the city, has been created by Sarah Maple.

She has embedded messages into iconic British things like the Queen, cups of tea and seaside rock.

Ms Maple told BBC Radio Nottingham: "It has been created over the last two years, which seem to have been some of the craziest years we've seen politically.

"So a lot of the work is reflecting that time."

Weather: Some rain around this afternoon

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It’ll be a mostly cloudy afternoon with the chance of the odd shower around.

BBC weather map

It’ll be fairly breezy and feeling cool with highs of 18C (63F).

Men charged with theft offences in Melton

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two men have been charged with a string of theft related offences in Melton.

A 29-year-old was remanded into custody accused of three thefts, three burglaries and two counts of criminal damage after a court hearing yesterday.

A 53-year-old man has been charged with two counts of handling stolen goods and one count of fraud by false representation.

He was bailed to appear in court next week.

Man arrested over armed robberies at pubs

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested in connection with armed robberies at pubs across Nottinghamshire.

Riverbank Bar and Kitchen

It follows raids by a gang of three on the Harvester in Castle Bridge Road, Castle Marina, the Riverbank Bar and Kitchen (pictured), Trent Bridge, and the Nottingham Knight, Ruddington.

The group used knives and other weapons to steal cash during all three robberies in July and August.

Police are continuing to question the 27-year-old on suspicion of robbery.

Your comments: Model railway club's expansion plan derailed


The plight of the model railway club in Sutton in Ashfield (see 10:26) has certainly got you all talking over on the BBC East Midlands Facebook page.

Model train

Julie McCarthy writes: "Bureaucracy. Let them have the building. Who is it harming!?"

Richard Mozzy Moo Morrison adds: "Shame.. I'd like to of seen them back on track."

Listen: Rams boss looks ahead to Wolves match

BBC Derby Sport

Gary Rowett has been talking to the BBC about injuries, transfer targets and the visit of Wolves to Pride Park this weekend.

Woman found on A38 'may be suicide'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Police believe a woman who was found dead on the A38 last week may have killed herself.


The woman, 24, was found on Thursday 3 August in the southbound carriageway near to Ripley.

"We appealed to the public last week to contact us with information and to provide any dashcam footage that they may have," Sgt Scott Riley from Derbyshire Police said.

"I would like to thank the public for their response to this as many people contacted us with useful information and dashcam footage that has assisted us in our investigation."

Council display plans for town centre development

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

People living in Loughborough are being invited to give their opinions on a plan to regenerate the town centre.

Charnwood Borough Council has designed a "masterplan" that looks at the future of parking, traffic, development and business support.

It suggests pedestrianising more areas to be more "pedestrian friendly".

Loughborough Town Centre map
Charnwood Borough Council

The plan also suggests introducing two-way traffic in Southfield Road to reduce vehicle numbers in Bedford Square and Ward’s End.

Plan for Bedford Square
Charnwood Borough Council

It suggests six sites for potential development including Baxter Gate, which it says would be suitable for retail development and a two-storey car park.

The council's masterplan is now on display at Loughborough Town Hall until 17:00 tomorrow when it will move to the council offices in Southfield Road.

Four UK airports poor for disabled travellers, regulator says

Man in wheelchair at airport
Getty Images

Four airports - including East Midlands - have been rated poor for disabled travellers in a report from the UK's aviation regulator.

Some passengers were not treated with "dignity and respect" with waits of one to two hours to get off planes cited, the Civil Aviation Authority said.

Manchester, Exeter and Heathrow airports also received the low rating, but 26 airports were given a good or very good rating.

East Midlands Airport said it has made improvements.

Man in wheelchair at airport

Heathrow 'poor' for disabled travellers

The UK's largest airport is among four sites to be given a low rating by the Civil Aviation Authority.

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Police appeal after break in at historic mill

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for information about a break in at a 220-year-old Grade II listed windmill in Derbyshire.

Break in at mill
Heage Windmill Society

Thieves got into Heage Windmill in Belper sometime on Wednesday or Thursday by forcing their way through the west door.

The Heage Windmill Society said it was particularly upset by the theft of one item - a 150-year-old mill bill used to sharpen the millstones.

Mill bill
Heage Windmill Society

"Witnesses or anyone with information should call us on 101," a spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said.

Cricket: West Indies using Derby trip to 'formulate plans' for Test match

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

West Indies captain Jason Holder has said their three-day match against Derbyshire is important preparation for the Test series against England.

Jason Holder

The tourists take on Derbyshire in a day/night match at the County Ground as preparation for next week's historic pink ball test with England at Edgbaston next week.

"It is important that we get accustomed to the pink ball here in England," Holder said.

"[We want to] see what it does, see what it doesn't do and try to formulate some plans."

Cricket: Moores urges focus with quarter-finals in sight

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Notts Outlaws could book their place in the T20 Blast quarter-finals tonight if they beat Birmingham Bears and other results go their way.

Notts Outlaws celebrate
Getty Images

The Outlaws lost their opening two matches of the competition but won six out of seven completed matches to top the North Group.

Head coach Peter Moores told the club's official website: "The way I’m looking at it is that our group is still very, very tight, so it’s important that we don’t take our eye off the ball."

Elsewhere, seventh-placed Leicestershire Foxes know they need to beat Northamptonshire to keep their slim hopes of reaching the last eight alive.

The Foxes are currently four points off the qualification places.

Leicestershire Foxes after a match
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East Midlands Airport passengers face an average 14-minute delay

BBC Business News

Air passengers leaving East Midlands Airport have had, on average, a 14 minute delay during summer getaways.

Airport departure board

The analysis, by the BBC's data journalism team, is based on the last two years of Civil Aviation Authority data for all flights from or to UK airports during June to August.

Passengers leaving Gatwick had the worst average delay of all major UK airports of 27 minutes.