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  1. Updates for Tuesday 18 April 2017
  2. Spanish football fans head to Leicester for Champions League quarter-final
  3. Reaction from MPs to general election
  4. Hannah Bladon stabbing: 'Attacker attempted suicide'
  5. Man in court over Mapperly Park fatal stabbing
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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Live updates have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Expected to be colder tonight

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

There will be a few clear spells overnight and variable amounts of cloud.

Expect colder conditions with a frost possible, especially in rural spots.


Plans to simplify 'most dangerous junction'

BBC Radio Leicester

Plans to make Leicester's 'most dangerous road junction' safer have been published today. 

City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, has revealed details of how he wants to redesign and simplify the Five Ways junction - where Woodgate, Fosse Road North and Groby Road, Blackbird Road and Buckminster Road meet - as part of a wider £9m scheme to change the A50.

Groby Road

There were 33 accidents at the junction between January 2011 and November last year  - making it one of the worst accident hotspots in the city.

Mr Soulsby said the plans, which people can give their thoughts on from today, should help reduce confusion and congestion for drivers.

Woman shot with BB gun in Swadlincote

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A woman was shot with what is thought to have been a BB gun fired from a car in Swadlincote, police said.

Officers believe the gun was fired from a white Ford Fiesta in Belmont Street on Monday last week.

Belmont Street

Anyone with information should contact the police.

Trees damaged at Long Eaton park

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Several trees have been damaged at West Park in Long Eaton over the Easter weekend. 

Users of the park spotted that 25 newly planted trees had been snapped and damaged on Saturday morning.

Adrian Sheldrick, said: "It's a beautiful park...For somebody to do this unnecessary damage, you can't explain it in words."

West Park trees damaged

This is the second time in a year that trees at the park, which has Green Flag status, have been damaged.

Phil Wright from Erewash Borough Council said they "share the disappointment and anger of residents at this vandalism". 

He urged anyone who had any information about the damage caused to get in touch with local police.

West Park

Andrew Bridgen to stand for re-election

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

The Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire tweets...

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Concern for missing teenager

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police say they are concerned for the safety of 16-year-old Tialo Miguel who has been missing since Thursday afternoon.

The force said Tialo has a heart condition which he takes daily medication for. 

Tialo Miguel
Nottinghamshire Police

Watch: Schmeichel says Leicester players have 'just got to believe it'

BBC Leicester Sport

General Election called before public sees 'effect of cuts'

Andrew Strachan

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

In less than two months, Britain will go to the polls again - after Theresa May called for a snap General Election to be held on 8 June.

Derby South MP Dame Margaret Beckett says there are a number of reasons behind the Prime Minister's decision.

Margaret Beckett

There are a lot of massive public expenditure cuts - schools the health service a lot of other things that are in the pipe line. The legislation's gone through but they haven't started to bite yet and if she goes now she can get people to make a choice, before they see the effects of those cuts and before they see the effects of the Brexit negotiation."

Dame Margaret BeckettDerby South MP

Derby Museum and Art Gallery closed this Sunday

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Severe congestion: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe congestion, between J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham and J24 for A6.

M1 Derbyshire - Heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J25, A52 (Nottingham) and J24, A6 (Kegworth). All lanes have been re-opened.

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

In pictures: Hundreds take part in annual bottle kicking event

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The annual Easter Monday Hallaton Bottle Kicking match took place yesterday and it was as well-attended and as brutal as ever.

Here's some more photos from the event.

Hallaton bottle kicking
Hallaton bottle kicking
Hallton bottle kicking
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Stabbing victim Hannah Bladon 'a joy to teach'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Earlier on we told you about Hannah Bladon from Burton who was killed on a tram in Jerusalem on Easter Sunday. 

Over the weekend tributes poured in for the 20-year-old from her family, school and her regular church.

Annabel Stoddart, headteacher at Abbot Beyne School, said: "Abbot Beyne School are shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Hannah Bladon. 

"Hannah left Abbot Beyne in August 2015 to follow her dreams. She had always wanted to study Theology and the University of Birmingham offered her a scholarship to do this. 

"Hannah was a lovely young lady - determined, hardworking and a joy to teach."

Hannah Bladon

The Rev Michael Freeman said Hannah was an active member of St John's Church, Horninglow, where the community was "shocked and saddened" by her death.

"We, an extended family, are doing all we can to support her close family and friends in their devastating grief," he added.

Your photos: Oilseed rape provides beautiful scenery around East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

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Watch: Live from Leicester's Jubilee Square fan zone

BBC Leicester Sport

Family escape fire after 'electric fault'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A father has been describing the lucky escape he and his three children had last night when their home in Addison Street, Eastwood, caught fire. 

Michael James Lowe told the BBC he was watching TV with his children around 21:30 when he noticed a "fishy smell" and saw sparks coming from the fuse box.

Eastwood fire

He said: "I saw it sparking and popping and took the kids out straight away to a friend's house. When I came back it [the house] was ablaze." 

Firefighters spent almost two hours tackling the fire and also rescued eight kittens from the house.

A fire service spokesman said they believed the fire had started due to an electrical fault and the house was now "uninhabitable".

Mr Lowe said much of the house had suffered smoke damage and they were now staying with friends and family. 

Michael James lowe

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic on M1 southbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J29a, Markham (Markham Vale), 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

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J23A for A42 and J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic on M1 northbound between J23a A42 and J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Man hurt in pub attack

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A 50-year-old man suffered head injuries in an assault at the Atrium pub in Castle Gate, Newark, in the early hours of Sunday.

Police said the man was attacked between 02:00 and 03:00 and remains in a stable condition at King's Mill Hospital.

Atrium pub

A 25-year-old man has been arrested and released in connection with the assault.

Teenager robbed near canal in Leicester

BBC Radio Leicester

An 18-year-old was punched in the face and robbed of his bank card and mobile phone in Leicester, police say.

It happened near the canal towpath at the bottom of Discovery Road on 5 April at about 16:45.

Officers say the suspects were both black and in their late teens.

Discovery Road

Police say if you’ve heard rumours locally about who may be responsible, or if you’ve been approached by someone trying to sell the phone, then they'd like to speak to you.

Woman assaulted in Derby alleyway

A woman was assaulted as she walked along an alleyway in Derby, say police.

Three men and a woman came up behind the 39-year-old and pushed her to the floor, causing bruising and breaking her glasses.

It happened on a path off Nuns Street between midnight and 01:00 on Saturday 8 April.

Nuns Street

The female in the group was white, of thin build, in her late teens or early 20s, and about 5ft 5ins tall, with light brown hair tied in a ponytail.

The men were also white, of thin build and in their late teens or early 20s.

Officers want to speak to anyone who was in the area around that time.

Silk Mill to close for £16m transformation project

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derby's Silk Mill is expected to shut its doors later this month ahead of a £16m transformation.

It's expected to remain closed for around two years to prepare exhibitions which will form part of the new "Museum of Making", and showcase more artefacts. 

However it will remain open for school visits and special occasions - just not for the public.

Silk mill

The plans we put together will give us an opportunity to celebrate all of Derby's treasures, art work and engineering achievements - celebrating Derby as a great city of manufacturing. It's about inspiring future generations.

Ranjit BanwaitDerby City Council leader

Gainsborough MP looking forward to election

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Sir Edward Leigh has tweeted his thoughts on the snap general election announcement: 

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Ben Turner

Burton Albion are to appeal against a Football Association charge of racial abuse handed to defender Ben Turner.

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Shakespeare not bothered by the odds

Some stats ahead of tonight's Champions League tie

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City have a strong defensive record at home in the Champions League so far.

They also have a 100% home record in the competition.

So let's hope these stats work in their favour tonight.  

BBC sport facts
BBC Sport

Leicestershire MP 'surprised' at general election

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Conservative MP for Harborough Sir Edward Garnier has told the BBC he is surprised at Theresa May's call for a general election but that he understands her reasons.

He said: "Despite the difference within the Conservative Party with Brexit or Remain, I have never seen the Conservative party more united as a parliamentary body.

"This is in stark contrast to what I see in the chamber with the Labour Party, who look totally demoralised under their current leadership."

Edward Garnier

MP ready to fight for Nottingham

The Labour MP for Nottingham South isn't holding back.

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Bassetlaw Council website down

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

If you need to use any online services then its best to avoid at the moment...

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MP to stand for election

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw, has announced he will be standing as a candidate for June's general election. 

Not yet clear whether Ken Clarke will stand. He'd previously said this would be his last parliament.

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Cricket: Derbyshire defeated by Northamptonshire

BBC Derby Sport

Derbyshire lost their opening match of the new County Championship season as Northants snatched victory with just a ball to spare in a thrilling finish at The 3a County Ground.

Billy Goodleman
Rex Features

Luis Reece and Billy Godleman (pictured) broke the Derbyshire first-wicket stand record but ended up on the losing side.  

Sadiq el Fitouri

League One strugglers Chesterfield sign defender Sadiq el Fitouri after he was released by Manchester United.

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Draw for Derby County v Huddersfield Town

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Jacob Butterfield's first goal for over a year rescued a point for Derby County as Gary Rowett's team held Huddersfield to a 1-1 draw at Pride Park. 

The result means Brighton are promoted to the Premier League. They haven't been in the top flight for 34 years.

Derby County v Huddersfield town
Rex Features

Watch: Theresa May's full statement

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The snap general election has been called for 8 June. 

Sadiq El Fitouri

Chesterfield are to discipline defender Sadiq El Fitouri, who has been absent from the club since last Wednesday.

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Commons to vote on proposed election

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

There's more on the election news from Theresa May on BBC Online.

She will need Parliament's backing to hold an election before 2020 so there'll be a Commons vote on the proposals tomorrow.  

Theresa May

Theresa May wants 'certainty and stability'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Theresa May said the only way to "guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take". 

Theresa May