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  1. Updates for Thursday 6 April 2017
  2. Samantha Baldwin, found with two sons today, arrested for abduction
  3. PM launches election campaign in Notts
  4. Trent Barton cuts bus service in Derbyshire
  5. Cromford Mills given prestigious award
  6. Lightning retain England trio for T20 league

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By Calum McKenzie and Khia Lewis-Todd

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Our live updates have now ended but will return tomorrow from 08:00. 

East Midlands weather update: Cloudy with a chance of mist patches

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Overnight, it will continue to turn increasingly cloudy from the west through this evening. It will be mostly dry with variable amounts of cloud and a few clear spells at times. 

Where cloud breaks persist, it’ll be chilly with the chance of a few patches of mist.


Nottingham vet students help look after horses, by royal appointment

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Vet students from the University of Nottingham have been helping to look after the Queen's iconic military ceremonial horses. 

royal horse
University of Nottingham

The students worked alongside the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery to help screen the horses for a potentially life-threatening equine disease called Strangles.

Nottingham students
University of Nottingham

Major Harriet Church, from the Household Cavalry Regiment, said: "Testing the large number of military horses based in London would have been impossible for regimental vets to tackle in a realistic time period without the students and clinicians of Nottingham’s veterinary school. 

"Their drive and dedication ensured that every single horse could be tested."

The horses are used to do things like escort the royal carriage on major state occasions. 

Passengers and staff surprise favourite bus driver

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Today a Derby bus driver got a surprise he wasn't expecting when he finished his round.

He was met by colleagues and his regulars to help him celebrate being crowned the winner of a customer service award.

Mick Smith

Mick Smith was chosen as one of the winners of Trent Barton's really good service awards - but because he couldn't make the ceremony, Trent Barton rounded up a group of his regular passengers to help him celebrate in style.  

Mick Smith

More than 250 people nominated Mick for an award. The bus service even sent mystery passengers aboard Mick's bus to ensure he was everything customers said he was.

Travel: Trains disrupted between Derby and Burton

BBC News Travel

A broken down train's causing disruption to services between Derby and Burton this evening.

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Tennis: Nottingham-based Dan Evans set for Davis Cup duty

BBC Sport

Nottingham-based tennis player Dan Evans will be second on court during Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final against France tomorrow.

Dan Evans
Getty Images for the LTA

Evans, 26, who trains at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, takes on world number 68 Jeremy Chardy at the Palais des sports de Rouen. 

Kyle Edmund will face Lucas Pouille in the first match. 

The reverse singles are on Sunday.  

Scrapping of Derbyshire bus service 'disastrous'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Earlier on we told you about Trent Barton scrapping their village bus service in Etwall and Eggington.

Miles Nesbitt has lived in Egginton for 10 years - and he says losing the service is "disastrous".

"For the village I think it's disastrous - we are a community of about 570 people. 

"A lot of people depend on the bus service... for them the decision to withdraw the V2 from the village completely is disastrous."

Bus Stop

Pictured above is Hilton bus stop which runs though Etwall and Eggington.

PM: 'No immediate date' for Midland Mainline electrification

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham political reporter

There is no immediate start date for the electrification of the Midland Mainline, according to Prime Minister Theresa May. 

Theresa May

Speaking on a visit to Nottingham, she said: "That is something that we are looking at.

"I haven't got a date that I can give you immediately... we have set aside, as a government, money to put into, to invest into, infrastructure because infrastructure is very important. 

"It is part of our industrial strategy, investing in infrastructure, and doing that across the UK." 

The Midland Mainline runs from London to Sheffield through the East Midlands.

Midland Mainline map

Severn Trent to begin work on Daleside Road

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Expect delays on Daleside Road in Nottingham this evening, as Severn Trent begin work which will result in one lane being closed between 19:00 and 22:00 today and tomorrow.

My Nottingham

Cromford Mills given prestigious award

Rory Gallimore

BBC Radio Derby

Cromford Mills has been given a prestigious European award for its restoration. 

Building 17 is one of two UK winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Culture Heritage. 

More than £6.5m has been spent on bringing the building back into public use - and it looks as if it's paid off.

Building 17
Cromford Mills

Here's a picture of what the building looked like before the restoration.

Building 17 before restoration
Cromford Mills
Samantha Baldwin

Samantha Baldwin disappeared from Nottinghamshire on 27 March with her two sons.

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Missing teenager found

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We told you earlier about missing teenager Ellie Cunningham. 

Police say she has now been found "safe and well".

Boys 'in care of professionals'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Chief Supt Chamberlain said: "The boys are safe and in the care of childcare professionals."

Speaking to our reporter at Nottinghamshire Police HQ, she added that they had not been physically harmed.


Boys found in 'secluded holiday cabin'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Chief Supt Chamberlain said the boys were found in what has been described as a "rural setting" which was "very secluded".

The accommodation was a holiday cabin, just north of Ollerton.  

"We were contacted by a member of the public after seeing the nationwide appeal who decided to ring us up with some concerns he had," she said.  

Mum and boys were at holiday home together

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Chief Supt Helen Chamberlain said police believe they have been at the same location in Ollerton since they went missing.

She said they believe it was a "pre-planned attempt to evade the authorities".

Helen Chamberlain

The boys were there with their mother, she said.

"All the wider family have been informed of the wider developments," she added.

BreakingSamantha Baldwin arrested on suspicion of abduction

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Samantha Baldwin, 40, has been arrested on suspicion of abduction.

She and her two sons, who were reported missing last Monday, were found in a holiday home in Ollerton, police have said.

Samantha Baldwin
Nottinghamshire Police

A 62-year-old woman and a 32-year-old woman remain on bail.

The boys were found in very secluded holiday accommodation, just outside Ollerton.

Your photos: Flower power across the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

A great shot taken in Kegworth this afternoon...


The flowers are crispy white under the perfect clear skies in Codnor today...


Picture perfect taken in East Leake...

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Thank you to all our Weather Watchers for sending these in across the day.  

Cyclist in hospital after crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A cyclist remains in hospital with serious injuries after a collision near Market Overton, Leicestershire. 

Emergency services were called to Edmondthorpe Mere just before 11:00 yesterday morning.

The 69-year-old cyclist had collided with a VW Polo. No-one else was injured.

Edmonthorpe Mere

International players announced for Loughborough Lightning

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Loughborough Lightning have retained the services of England internationals Georgia Elwiss (pictured), Amy Jones and Beth Langston for this summer's Kia Super League season.  

Georgia Elwiss
Daniel Smith/Getty Images

Lightning have also kept hold of Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry for the second edition of the competition. 

She will be joined by fellow Australians Kristen Beams and Elyse Villani. 

Loughborough finished third in last season's Super League and begin their campaign this year against Western Storm at Taunton in August.

Photos used to 'brighten up' closed Leicester department store

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Leicester news editor

Fenwick in Leicester closed for the final time last week but the owners of the building are at least trying to stop the building becoming an eyesore.

Art at Fenwick

Large photos of the city's architecture have gone up in the ground floor windows of the store.

Near what was the Bowling Green Street entrance though, it is a different story, as the shop's fixtures and fittings are dumped in a skip. 

Skip near Fenwick

Stuart Broad named Hobart Hurricanes player of the year

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

We're glad you enjoyed having him, but hands off please, he's ours... 

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Lego man's tour of Leicester proves to be social media hit

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A De Montfort University student has seen an unexpected rise in his Instagram followers after photographing a Lego man at landmarks around Leicester. 

Legoman outside Leicester Cathedral
Hugh Beaumont

Hugh Beaumont started taking the photos as part of a university assignment looking at ways social media can help promote Leicester to tourists. 

He said: "I am amazed that this has taken off in the way it has, I really was not expecting it, the deadline line for the course is tomorrow, but it's been so much fun I think I'll continue with Leicester Legoman." 

Legoman at Space Centre
Hugh Beaumont

You can view more of Hugh's photos here.

Westwood bids to end major drought

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Lee Westwood will be among the last out (18:19 BST) for a first round at this year's Masters at Augusta National. 

Lee Westwood and his caddy
David Cannon/Getty Images

The Worksop-born golfer's bid to win a first major has seen him paired with Sergio Garcia and Ireland's Shane Lowry. 

Westwood finished tied second at Augusta last year and you can follow all of this year's action via the BBC Sport website.

Leicester imam meets the Pope in historic meeting

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A Leicester imam has described how "peace" was a central theme of an historic visit by Muslim leaders from the UK to visit the Pope in the Vatican. 

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra and the Pope

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra (pictured right) was one of four imams from the UK to make the trip. 

He said: "One of the key things I wanted to convey to His Holiness [the Pope] was our appreciation as Muslims all over the world when he recognised that Islam is a religion of peace. 

"Sadly there are Muslims that are behaving in an very un-Islamic way and have brought a bad name to Islam."  

Afternoon weather for East Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cloud increasing this afternoon but there’ll still be some sunny spells in the mix and it’ll stay dry. 

Highs of 13C (55F).


Unknown artist leaves mark in Derby city centre

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Whilst walking around Derby city centre you may have noticed some posters on the walls of buildings.

And they're not just ordinary posters they are people with watermelons, peppers and nachos as heads.

Face the Strange

The stickers and posters across the city have the slogan Face the Strange - who can be found on Facebook as an unknown artist, showing his work in different cities.

Face the strange

But we have been debating all morning whether this is street-style art or vandalism? And when does vandalism become art?

Drop me an  email  to tell me what you think.

Keith Stroud

As referee Keith Stroud apologises for "misapplying the law" in Newcastle's game with Burton Albion, do you know what to do in these other we ask what you'd do in other football scenarios.

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James Pattinson

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson has no doubt where his loyalty lies, but it's more complicated for his brother and father.

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Missing girl last seen in Beeston

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Police say they are concerned over the safety of missing 16-year-old Ellie Cunningham, who was last seen in Beeston on Tuesday night at about 22:15.

She was last seen near Eskdale Drive tram stop wearing a grey and white Adidas hooded top with dark blue jeans and black Nike trainers. 

Ellie is described as slim, about 5ft 4in tall, with shoulder length dark brown hair.   

Ellie Cunningham
Nottinghamshire Police

Anyone with information on her whereabouts has been asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police.

Teenagers arrested after Nottingham rooftop stand-off

Two 16-year-old boys have been arrested after Wednesday's 11-hour rooftop stand-off on Cloister Street, near the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.  

Police cordon

The teenagers were arrested on suspicion of burglary, causing criminal damage and affray.  

The pair remain in police custody. 

Bus delays on Carlton Road

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Bus delays due to roadworks...

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Middlesex celebrate County Championship win

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

With the County Championship season starting on Friday, BBC Sport takes a look at some of the main talking points.

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Boxer death: Mother pays tribute to 'special angel'

BBC Radio Derby

The mother of a 17-year-old amateur boxer from Derbyshire - who died shortly after a bout has paid tribute to her son. 

Eddie Bilbey collapsed after a match at the Post Mill Centre in South Normanton on 24 March.

In a statement, his mother Michelle said he was a "truly pure soul", her confidante, rock and very best friend. 

Edward Bilbey

She said: "He had one dream in mind, to be somebody in boxing, the best that he could possibly be, a world champion one day. 

"He lived and breathed boxing. It was his life, his passion. It may be that that's where his life ended on Friday night but knowing Eddie as I do, he wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

"The world is a poorer place without him in it. RIP special angel, Eddie boy."

Your comments: 'We wont have a bank in Wirksworth at all anymore'


We told you yesterday that  100 Lloyds branches  are set to close. This has got you talking on our  Facebook page.

Katie White wrote: "Which means we won't have a bank in Wirksworth at all anymore."

Ernie Fox said: "No wonder they are closing the branches they cut the opening times so much that they aren't open when the customers want to go. Now there won't be a bank in Clay Cross both Natwest and Halifax have shut...even the building society."

PM Theresa May in Nottinghamshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Prime Minister Theresa May has been in Nottingham to launch the party's campaign for this May's local elections. 

Theresa May
Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Ms May told reporters and activists gathered at Calverton Village Hall that the Conservatives were "unashamedly at the service of ordinary, working people". 

On Tuesday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn launched his campaign in Newark and said his councils were making a difference "where the government fails to act". 

Meanwhile, the Lib Dems have said they are the "the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united".

Whilst East Midlands UKIP MEP Roger Helmer said their councillors would "bring commonsense policies to local politics and put the needs of their communities first".

Two men charged with Burton shop robbery

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Two men have been charged in connection with a robbery at a shop in Burton.

Both men, who are from the Burton area, have been charged with robbery and threatening a man with a knife after the Hadfields Store in Rolleston Road was robbed on Tuesday. 

Hadfields Store

Police cordon following assault on Broadway in Nottingham

Here is what Nottinghamshire Police have said about that cordon on Broaddway: 

Officers were called to reports of an assault in the Broadway area of the Lace Market at around 3.30am today. A woman and a man were injured in the assault and were taken to the Queen's Medical Centre. Their injuries are not life threatening. A man was seen running from the scene toward Stoney Street."

Nottinghamshire PoliceSpokesperson

Police cordon in Broadway, Nottingham

This is the scene at Broadway in Nottingham city centre. 

Police have put a cordon in place, but we're still waiting for more details.

We'll update you as soon as we get more information.