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  1. Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith: Experts 'missed danger to toddler'
  2. Drug bag 'exploded' in student's stomach
  3. 'Staircase tax' could affect small companies
  4. Shared space roads 'causing problems'
  5. Nottingham striker to take on Germany
  6. Live updates for Tuesday 5 September 2017

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By Maryam Qaiser and Liam Barnes

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Adrien Silva

Steve Crossman

BBC Sport

Fifa rejects Leicester's application to register midfielder Adrien Silva after the club missed the deadline at the end of the summer transfer window.

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale and J29 for A617.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J29a, Markham (Markham Vale) and J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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Regular live coverage on this page has ended for the day, but breaking news, sport and travel updates will continue appear through the night.

East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

Severe accident: A47 Leicestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Leicestershire both ways severe accident, around Uppingham Road.

A47 Leicestershire - A47 Uppingham Road in Skeffington closed and heavy traffic in both directions around the Uppingham Road junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Suspected carbon monoxide poisoning on the rise

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The number of children across the East Midlands visiting the A&E with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning is rising, a study has revealed.

Figures through freedom of information requests by the campaign group Shout showed the number of cases is up 27%.

Carbon monoxide poisoning on the rise in the region

Rob Lyon, campaign director for the group, said: "Carbon monoxide is lethal at lower levels, you will feel very lethargic with almost flu-like symptoms.

"Over a long period of time it can leave you with very severe after-effects but with higher levels it can kill very quickly."

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane blocked on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Weather: Dry but mild evening ahead

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The rain will ease into the evening and there will be clear spells allowing temperatures to fall much lower than last night.

It will stay dry with minimum temperatures reaching 10C (50F).

Weather for tonight

Tomorrow will be mostly dry with with patchy clouds and a few bright spells.

There will be a risk of isolated showers with maximum temperatures of 17 C (63F).

Man's face slashed in failed robbery

A man was slashed across his face in an attempted robbery.

Three men demanded a mobile phone and wallet off the 27-year-old man when he stopped in a layby in Warren Hill Road near Coalville.

Warren Hill Road

He was then attacked with a knife, suffering wounds to his head and hand.

The men made off empty handed.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses to the incident which happened on the afternoon of 31 August.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale and J30 for A616.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J29a, Markham (Markham Vale) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

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

Police helicopter used to chase two cars

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Three men were arrested after a police chase in Leicester city centre.

Police were initially trying to stop a vehicle in Vaughan Way yesterday afternoon when they spotted a second car driving dangerously near Belgrave Gate.

Police helicopter

A police helicopter was used in the pursuit but officers couldn't trace the first car.

A 20-year-old man has been charged with dangerous driving, driving without insurance and while disqualified. He is due before city magistrates later this month.

Two other men who were arrested were issued with a community resolution for drugs offences.

Ed Barnard

Second-placed Worcestershire have the better of a rain-shortened first day against Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire.

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Sports Direct 'broke promise' to axe zero-hours contracts

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Sports Direct has been accused of breaking a promise to offer store staff guaranteed hours instead of zero-hours contracts.

Unite, the union, said the retailer was still advertising for casual workers and offering flexible contracts on Sport Direct store fronts and job websites.

They vowed to stop the practice during last year’s annual meeting.

Mike Ashley

Sports Direct holds its annual shareholders' meeting at its Shirebrook headquarters in Derbyshire tomorrow.

Steve Turner, Unite's assistant general secretary, said: "This revelation shows it is 'business as usual' at Sports Direct and casts doubt on just how sincere it is about cleaning up its act.”

The firm has been approached for comment.

Handbags at lunch! 'Illusion' cake takes the biscuit

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Some people try to have their cake and eat it, while others are just happy wearing it...

When a guest promises to bring in cake it's likely to cause a bit of a stir in the office, but when Dawn Butler came into BBC Radio Nottingham with her baked creation it stole the show.

Inspired by the all-conquering Great British Bake Off, she designed her own 'illusion' cake, which looked far more Gucci than gooey.

Let's hope she doesn't get it mixed up with her real handbag, or it might take her a while to get her keys back.

Witnesses sought after football fans clash

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Did you witness any disturbances between Chesterfield and Coventry City fans when the two sides played on Saturday?

Chesterfield Coventry City fight police

Derbyshire Police said they're looking for witnesses to come forward after a fight broke out at the roundabout next to the Donkey Derby pub on Sheffield Road just before kick-off.

A police spokesman said three men from the Chesterfield area were arrested but have been released under investigation.

University building enters property construction competition

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The refurbished Leicester Castle is a finalist in a regional property competition.

The building, which was once the home of the crown and magistrates' courts, is now part of De Montfort University's business school and is in the regeneration category of the ProCon Awards.

De Montfort University

The university spent £3.7m on the refurbishment and the building is now used by students and staff.

It is regularly opened to the public for events and as part of Leicester City Council’s Heritage Sundays programme.

Grace Road

Leicestershire's batsmen struggle against Gloucestershire before rain brings early end to play at Grace Road.

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Cricket: Notts play last home game

BBC Sport

It's already been a fantastic season for Nottinghamshire cricket, and fans will hope they can mark their last home match of the season with a win to help them on their way to the Division 2 County Championship.

Play has started at Trent Bridge, with the home team on 143-6 against Worcestershire.

Trent Bridge Notts cricket

Derbyshire, who unlike their neighbours are second-bottom and struggling, will play Glamorgan tomorrow after today's action was called off due to the weather, while basement-dwellers Leicestershire are currently on 90-4 against Gloucestershire.

Follow all the action with BBC Sport here.

Weather Watchers: Squirreling about in the rain

BBC Weather Watchers

Squirrel East Leake
Maggie T

It's been a funny old day weather-wise, with spots of showers and streaks of rain taking it in turns across many places, but some hardy souls have made a day of it.

Maggie T managed to capture this inquisitive squirrel out and about in a bright spell between stints of rain in East Leake, while skygirl captured this great sunny shot at Breedon on the Hill.

Breedon on the Hill

And andydmac managed to look on the bright side of downpours in Derby by shooting this rainbow cutting through the gloom.

Derby rainbow

University of Nottingham '147th best in the world'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The University of Nottingham has featured among the best in the world.

It was ranked 147th by the Times Higher Education's world ranking table for 2018, which lists the top 1,000 universities in 77 countries.

Nottingham uni

The University of Oxford scooped top place with Cambridge University second, up from fourth place last year.

A key factor in the rankings is income and both universities saw this rise in the past year, partly in the form of European Union research grants.

Quarry plans received by council

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Plans for a new quarry off the A453 near near Barton in Fabis have been formally received by Nottinghamshire County Council.


The planning committee will consider the plans, which last year received more than 1,000 objections, when councillors approved their Minerals Local Plan.

It is a blueprint for quarrying in the county until 2030.

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, between J28 for A38 Alfreton and J27 for A608 Hucknall.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J28, A38 (Alfreton) and J27, A608 (Hucknall), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J18 for A5 and J19 for M6.

M1 Northamptonshire - Very slow traffic and delays on M1 northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of an accident involving two lorries earlier on. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 35 minutes. Congestion to J16, A45 (Daventry).

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

County Ground Derby

Nick Webb

BBC Wales Sport

No play is possible on the first day of the County Championship match between Derbyshire and Glamorgan because of rain.

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Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith death: Council says sorry to family
The director of Derbyshire children's services says the toddler's murder was 'absolutely tragic'.

Police launch manhunt for offender

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for help from the public to trace a man wanted for a range of offences.

Riaz Sanchez Jones, formerly of Falcon Way in Derby, is wanted by Nottinghamshire Police following a breach of a restraining order in Nottingham.

The 27-year-old is also wanted over the breach of a court order in Birmingham, and in connection with an assault in Stoke-on-Trent.

Riaz Sanchez Jones Derby Nottingham Birmingham Stoke
Nottinghamshire Police

Drug bag 'exploded' in Notts teen's stomach, inquest hears

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

An 18-year-old law student died in an Ibiza hotel room after a bag of ecstasy "exploded" in her stomach, an inquest at Nottingham Coroner's Court heard.

Rebecca Brock (right), from Nottinghamshire, was found unresponsive in her room by hotel staff in September 2015.

Spanish police began an investigation after the amount of the drug in her system was double the fatal dose level.

Rebecca's mother Margarita said her daughter may have been forced to swallow the bag of drugs.

Coroner Mairin Casey concluded Rebecca's death was "drug-related".

Rebecca Brock

Vandalism spree causes 'thousands of pounds worth of damage'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Vandals who targeted several vehicles and buildings in Leicestershire last night caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, according to police.

Officers received more than 25 reports of windows being smashed after ball bearings were hurled at vehicles and buildings in locations including Newbold Verdon, Enderby, Glenfield, Whetstone, Leicester Forest East and Blaby.

Police are searching for the vandals

Leicestershire Police said they suspect a vehicle was used to travel around the various areas yesterday.

Det Insp Mark Parish said: “This type of thoughtless vandalism will not be tolerated, those responsible have caused many thousands of pounds worth of damage over the space of a couple of hours."

Concerns over management of visitor centre and country park

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

More than 500 people have signed a petition demanding that Brocks Hill Visitors Centre and Country Park in Oadby remains council-run.

This evening councillors at Oadby and Wigston Borough Council will look at plans to hand over the lease of the building and its maintenance to SLM (Sports Leisure Management).

Country park could be managed by a new firm

The firm already runs the neighbouring Parklands Leisure Centre for the council and 140 leisure and cultural facilities across the country.

But residents are concerned about how Brocks Hill Visitors Centre and Country Park would be run.

Council leader John Boyce said: "The most important thing is that the country park will remain open access and be improved and maintained appropriately in the sustainable long term future."

Scene after M1 crash

The six men and two women were travelling to London when their minibus was hit, the inquest hears.

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Taxi driver jailed for rape and kidnap

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

A taxi driver who kidnapped and raped a female passenger has been jailed for 12 years.

Saeed Shaikh, of Hextall Road in Leicester, was found guilty of two counts of rape, one count of kidnap and one count of sexual assault.

Saeed Shaikh Leicester rapist jailed
Leicestershire Police

The 41-year-old, who was sentenced this morning at Leicester Crown Court, will also be subject to a lifelong Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Leicestershire Police said Shaikh had picked up the victim in Leicester city centre in the earrly hours of 5 March, but instead of taking her home he stopped the taxi in country lanes and attacked her.

Det Con Kasie Carter-Moore said the victim is "struggling to come to terms with what happened to her" but hopes the guilty verdict and sentencing "will allow her to start to deal with what happened".

M1 crash deaths inquest opens

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The inquests into the deaths of eight people who were killed while travelling on the M1 from Nottingham to London were opened today.


Minibus driver Cyriac Joseph, 52, pictured below, died along with Panneerselvam Annamalai, 63, Subramaniyan Arachelvan, 58, Tamilmani Arachelvan, 50 and Lavanyalakshmi Seetharaman, 32.

Rishi Rajeev Kumar, 27, Vivek Bhaskaran, 26, Karthikeyan Pugalur Ramasubramanian, 33, who all worked for Wipro, a Nottingham-based company, also died.

Their colleague Mano Ranjan Panneerselvam was also critically injured in the crash, which involved two lorries, last month.

Cyriac Joseph

Four other people in the minibus - including a four-year-old girl left orphaned by the tragedy - are in hospital.

The cause of death of all the victims was given as multiple injuries.

The inquest has been adjourned pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.

Woman dies after Long Clawson crash

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

A woman has been killed after a car and a lorry crashed in Long Clawson this morning.

Long Clawson fatal crash Leicestershire

Leicestershire Police said an Audi A1 and Volvo 410 HGV collided on Melton Road at about 08:25.

The woman, who was driving the car, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the lorry driver was uninjured.

A spokesman for the force said Melton Road has been closed between West End in Long Clawson and Long Clawson Lane while officers investigate, and called for 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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Recommendations made after toddler murder

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith

In total nine recommendations were made by the serious case review by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board into the death of Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith.

Among the recommendations were calls that:

  • Parental drug use, mental health and history "should be taken into account when assessing future risks",
  • Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board should review children subject to supervision orders to check on any care plans
  • Fathers and male partners are "adequately consulted, supported and assessed" by social workers

Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith: County council accepts serious case review findings

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

The strategic director for Derbyshire County council's children's services has backed the findings of a serious case review into the death of 21-month-old Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith, who was killed by her mother Kathryn Smith in 2014.

Jane Parfrement said the report highlighted "good practice" and pointed out the social worker dealing with the case "was quite persistent in asking for child protection medicals".

She also acknowledged Kathryn Smith was "very good at hiding what was really happening in her household", and said authorities "need to have the skills to get underneath what's happening within families".

Ayeeshia-Jayne's death is an absolute tragedy and everyone that was involved with her is totally devastated. I met with her family last night and her dad, and the impact on him has been totally and utterly devastating. He talks in such loving and affectionate terms about Ayeeshia-Jayne and I can't help but be affected by that and all of our staff are.

Jane ParfrementStrategic director for Derbyshire County Council's Children's Services
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