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  1. Man, 73, arrested after city centre stabbing
  2. Mock terrorist training exercise held at intu Derby
  3. Fresh safety calls over pedestrian deaths
  4. Two men injured in Leicester fire
  5. Cricket: Nixon named Foxes head coach
  6. Live updates for Monday 16 October 2017

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Six arrests at Derby-Nottingham Forest match

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Six people were arrested during Sunday's Derby County and Nottingham Forest match at Pride Park.

Pride Park
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One man received a banning order for a public order offence and the pitch invader was given a caution.

Three others were given fixed penalty notices.

A sixth man was interviewed under caution and released without charge.

Four of the people arrested were Derby fans and two are Forest supporters, Derbyshire Police added.

Timothy Smith

Tim Smith, 45, was stabbed in the heart in his car after meeting a man through the Badoo app.

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Weather: Plenty of sunshine ahead

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It is a fine end to the day with plenty of sunshine before dark, feeling unusually warm for the time of year.

However it will remain blustery with gusts of 30 to 40mph.

Tonight will be dry and winds will gradually ease towards dawn with minimum temperatures of 11C (52F)


Although it will still be breezy on Tuesday, it is a much quieter day.

Staying dry with plenty of sunshine but it is feeling much fresher, Max 15C 59f

Severe accident: A1 Lincolnshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Lincolnshire northbound severe accident, between B1174 Great North Road and A17.

A1 Lincolnshire - Queuing traffic on A1 northbound between Great Gonerby Turn Off in Grantham and Newark Showground in Newark, because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on.

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

Vigil for doctor who died in crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A candlelit vigil will be held this evening for a cyclist who was hit by a lorry last week.

Suzanna Bull, 32, from Farnsfield died on a busy road in Birmingham.

She was working at Birmingham Children's Hospital as part of her GP training when the crash happened last Monday afternoon.

West Midlands Police

Paramedics tried to save her but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The lorry driver stopped and is assisting police with investigations but they are still appealing for witnesses.

Foxes out to ease pressure after early season losses

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A win for Leicester City against West Brom this evening would move the Foxes out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Craig Shakespeare
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The Foxes' tally of five points from seven games is their joint-lowest return at this stage of a Premier League season.

They were relegated on each of the previous three occasions.

Passengers urged to check flight status

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A number of flights from East Midlands Airport to and from Ireland and Glasgow have been cancelled because of Hurricane Ophelia.

The airport is urging people travelling to either destination today to check its website or the airline before setting off.

East Midlands Airport

Your photos: Unusual red sky and sun

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

BBC Weather Watchers across the East Midlands have been out with their cameras capturing the unusual red sky and sun - including Kristine at Melton Mowbray.

Red sky at Melton Mowbray

David e got this stunning shot of the sky at Stanage Edge, near Hathersage in the Peak District.

Red sky near Stanage Edge
David e

This effort - from lottie3 - was taken over Caunton, near Newark.

Red sun

Five arrests after cannabis seized

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Five people have been arrested in connection with two separate cannabis grows in Nottinghamshire.

Officers raided a house on Portland Road in Hucknall yesterday afternoon where they seized 70 plants.

Nottinghamshire Police said a 40-year-old woman and two men aged 49 and 57 were arrested.

Portland Street

As part of a separate inquiry officers searched a house in Millers Way, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, where about 20 plants were discovered.

A 26-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were arrested there.

Matej Vydra

Derby County manager Gary Rowett wants Matej Vydra to prove he is the best creative striker in the Championship.

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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - Heavy traffic on M1 northbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Magpies and Stags await FA Cup fate

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Notts County and Mansfield Town will out later who they will face in the first round proper of this season's FA Cup.

Steve Evans, FA Cup and Kevin Nolan
Getty Images

The Stags are ball number 26 and County are 31 for the 80-team draw, live on BBC Two from 19:00 this evening.

Both clubs could face opposition from League One or one of three sides from English football's eighth tier - Hyde United, Ossett Town or Heybridge Swifts.

All ties will be played over the weekend of 3-5 November.

Severe accident: A515 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A515 Derbyshire both ways severe accident, between Hollies Lane and B5033 Cockshead Lane.

A515 Derbyshire - A515 in Great Cubley closed in both directions between the Hollies Lane junction and the B5033 Cockshead Lane junction, because of an accident and a vehicle fire.

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

Student party 'causes wall to collapse'

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Residents were left "distressed" by "continuous noise" coming from student parties in Lenton over the weekend, a community group has said.

Lenton house party Nottingham
Lenton Drives and Neighbours Residents Association

Kate Loewenthal, chairman of Lenton Drives and Neighbours Residents Association, said "well over 100 students" were present at one party, which she said went on until 05:00.

A wall between two properties is believed to have collapsed during one event, and there were also reports of fighting at some of the gatherings.

Ms Loewenthal said community protection officers were "ignored" by the students, and criticised the local universities for not "giving out strong messages and giving sanctions that will have any impact".

Nottingham City Council has said the disruption was "unacceptable" and that the names of students involved have been taken and passed on to their respective universities.

Nottingham Trent University added that it was following up the disturbances "as a matter of urgency" and that it regretted any disruption caused by its students.

Teen found guilty of Shepshed murder

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A teenager has been found guilty of the murder of a man who was found with stab wounds in a crashed car.

Mark Anthony Law and Mason Casey
Leicestershire Police

An investigation found Timothy Smith's injuries were not consistent with the crash and a post-mortem examination revealed he had died of a stab wound to the heart.

Mr Smith, 45, from Staffordshire, was found in a car on an industrial estate in Shepshed, Leicestershire earlier this year.

A jury at Leicester Crown Court convicted 18-year-old Mason Casey (pictured right), of Ludlow Place, Shepshed, of Mr Smith's murder earlier today.

A second man, 20-year-old Mark Anthony Law, of Sandringham Rise, Shepshed, had pleaded guilty to the murder last month.

The pair will be sentenced at a later date.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J28 for A38 Alfreton and J29 for A617.

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic on M1 northbound between J28, A38 (Alfreton) and J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Reasons for red sky and sun this afternoon

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Wondered why there is an "unusual" reddish sky and red-looking sun (pictured below in Nottingham) across the East Midlands?

Red sky and sun in Nottingham

BBC weather presenter Simon King said it is due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara.

He added that debris from forest fires in Portugal and Spain was also playing a part.

Train delays because of points problem

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

There were delays on the trains this morning after a points problem near Derby.

Some customers travelling on the Nottingham to Birmingham line had to change trains.

The problem has now been resolved by Network Rail.

Severe accident: A6002 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6002 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, between B682 Hucknall Lane and Ludford Road.

A6002 Nottinghamshire - A6002 Hucknall Lane in Nottingham closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B682 Hucknall Lane junction and the Ludford Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Man, 73, arrested after city centre stabbing

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A 73-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after a stabbing in Nottingham city centre.

Officers were called to Emmanuel House in Goose Gate where a woman was stabbed and a knife was recovered.

Goose Gate

Nottinghamshire Police said the woman was taken to hospital but her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

It happened at about 10:20 this morning.

Former department store gets listed status

BBC Radio Leicester

An iconic Leicester department store has been listed by Historic England as a building of special architectural and historic interest.

Fenwick of Leicester

The Fenwick store on the corner of Market Street and Belvoir Street was built in 1880, but closed earlier this year due to a fall in trade.

Historic England has said the listing helps protect the building for future generations.

Nottingham MP urges FA to give Wembley tickets to kids

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottingham South's Lilian Greenwood is one of over 120 MPs calling for the FA to give unsold England football tickets to schoolchildren.

Empty seats at Wembley
Getty Images

There were over 28,000 unsold tickets for the national team's last game at Wembley, a 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Slovenia.

The letter reads: "We appreciate the work the FA does in the community, but there is more to be done.

"Where they can foresee large blocks of empty seats at Wembley - they need to commit to giving these to schools across the country."

Lilian Greenwood
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Mock terrorist training exercise held at intu Derby

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Around 200 people gave up their Sunday evening to take part in a mock terrorist attack at intu shopping centre in Derby.

Armed officers take part in mock terrorist attack
Derbyshire Police

The event was staged to test the emergency services' response if there was to be a genuine attack.

The scenario saw four "terrorists" enter the centre with knives and guns before carrying out an assault.

Man is covered in fake blood
Derbyshire Police

Adam Tamsett, from intu Derby, said: "The police and emergency services do an extremely important job keeping the public safe and training, planning and preparation is essential.

"We are delighted to be part of the exercise and stress that it is not in response to a specific threat to the centre."

One arrest after city centre assault

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A busy street in Nottingham city centre was cordoned off this morning following an assault.

Nottinghamshire Police were called to Goose Gate, where they arrested one person.

Police presence
Police presence

We'll update you when we have more information.

Analysis: Can Foxes arrest slump in form against Baggies?

Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Since August, no Premier League team has earned fewer points than Leicester.

Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire
Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Undoubtedly Craig Shakespeare has had a tough run of opponents - his defeats have all been to teams that finished in the top five last season.

But it's now five league games without a victory and Shakespeare knows that the last time the club went six without a win in the top flight they ended up sacking title winner Claudio Ranieri.

West Brom have also not won in their last five league games, but somehow Tony Pulis is working his magic to keep them mid-table, and the Baggies have never lost at King Power Stadium.

'80 people sleeping rough in Leicester,' charity says

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Changes to the benefits system will exacerbate Leicester's rough sleeping problem, a charity worker has warned.

Rough sleepers
Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Patrick Harris, who works at The Bridge - a centre that feeds the homeless - believes there are about 80 people sleeping rough in Leicester.

Mr Harris added: "Universal Credit kicks in in March. Once that kicks in, we'll feel the full force of more people coming into our doors.

"We'll be having families who just won't be able to cope."

The government has said that the new system, which merges six existing benefits into one, offers extra support and that budgeting and financial help is available.

Work on new Lidl starts today

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Building work on the new Lidl supermarket in Clifton will start today.

It will be part of the Clifton Triangle redevelopment project that will include five other retail units, a restaurant and 24 apartments in Green Lane.


The firm said the new store, which is due to open next year, will create 130 new jobs.

New railway station 'boosting region's economy'

BBC Radio Derby

Ilkeston railway station will continue to bring economic benefits to Derbyshire and the East Midlands, according to a leading county councillor.

train at ilkeston station

The station, which opened six months ago, has been used by an estimated 60,000 people and offers an hourly service into Nottingham.

Councillor Simon Spencer, deputy leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: "You can see that people can move around [because of the station], they can move into the city, they can obtain jobs.

"There will be an increase in land values and people will start investing in the Ilkeston area in my opinion."

Cricket: Nixon the 'oustanding' choice to lead Foxes

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire chief executive Wasim Khan has said new head coach Paul Nixon beat off competition from about 20 other "high-calibre individuals" to secure the top job at Grace Road.

Paul Nixon
Getty Images

The 46-year-old former Foxes wicketkeeper and captain has replaced Pierre de Bruyn, who left the county in September after one year in the role.

"Paul [Nixon] was the outstanding candidate," Khan told BBC Radio Leicester.

"I think the time is right for him to return to the club... he has had quite a bit of success as coach in the Caribbean Premier League.

"His standing as a coach is improving all the time. We've heard nothing but excellent reports about him."

University to open £11m science facility

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Work on a £11m science facility at Nottingham Trent University has been completed.

The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Centre has state-of-the-art laboratories for bio-science, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, robotics, sport science and engineering.

Nottingham Trent University

The centre, which will open later this month, will be used by undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as research scientists.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of a broken down 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 - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) in Crick and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) in Leicestershire, because of an accident involving a tanker and a lorry earlier on. In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 25 minutes. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J17, M45 (Dunchurch).

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

Relatives 'concerned for inmates' at Nottingham Prison

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Families of inmates serving sentences at Nottingham Prison say they are increasingly concerned after five deaths in the space of just over a month.

It is understood four prisoners took their own lives while the fifth fatality was drug related.

The Independent Monitoring Board says staff shortages are exacerbating problems like violence and drug taking.


Relatives visiting the Perry Road jail say they're worried for their loved ones.

One relative said: "As soon as I saw it on the news that there had been five deaths I immediately started panicking because he suffers from depression and schizophrenia.

"It is a horrible environment, there are people who are screaming and shouting and banging all night long."

Chris Leslie, MP for Nottingham East, is trying to secure a meeting with the prison's governor.

He said: "We certainly don't want to get to a situation where there are suicides and people finding that they are locked up in a situation which isn't actually rehabilitating..."

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and slow 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

Fast start helps Derby win derby with Forest

BBC Sport

A goal after just 24 seconds from Czech striker Matej Vydra helped Derby County beat arch-rivals Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Pride Park on Sunday.

The Rams rammed home their advantage in the 100th domestic meeting between the sides with a goal from David Nugent early in the second half.

The win took Gary Rowett's side up to 13th in the Championship table, leapfrogging Forest, who are now a point behind them in 14th place.

Matej Vydra
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