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  1. Updates for Tuesday 9 May 2017
  2. School girl dies after falling from theme park ride
  3. Why man spent six days with wife's body
  4. Teenager jailed over car ambush knife killing
  5. Sharp rise in self-harm hospital admissions
  6. Historian discovers 'lost' cycle lanes
  7. Tarantula abandoned on Leicester street
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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That's all from the East Midlands live page - updates will start again on Wednesday at 08:00.

Drayton Manor death: Live coverage continues

Live coverage following the death of an 11-year-old girl at Drayton Manor Park will continue this evening.

The youngster, believed to be from the Leicester area, was on a school trip to the Staffordshire theme park.

Drayton Manor Park
Tom Goodwin

BreakingGirl who fell from Drayton Manor Park ride has died

The 11-year-old girl who fell from a ride at Drayton Manor Park has died, Staffordshire Police have confirmed.

The girl, believed to be from Leicester, was on a school trip, police have said.

Shop assistant to spend days in a glass box

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This 31-year-old woman from Leicester is preparing to spend 50 hours locked in glass box to raise awareness of autism.

Elena Turland
Caudwell Children

Elena Turland from Netherhall works at the local Tesco store in Hamilton - that's where the box will be.

She'll go inside at midday on Thursday and will not leave until 14:00 on Saturday.

I’ll definitely do it. I’m going in with my eyes wide open and I’ll take it as it comes. I’ll do plenty of reading in the box and I’ve also lined up some entertainment to keep me occupied."

Elena Turland

Men wanted following early morning 'disturbance'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Do you recognise any of these men? Police want to talk to them about a "disturbance" in Derby last month. 

It happened on Sadler Gate at around 04:00 on 1 April near the entrance to an alley leading to the Blue Note Club.

CCTV images
Derbyshire Constabulary

Police find handgun in Nottingham house

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man from Nottingham has appeared in court after being charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The 25-year-old from Nottingham Road in the city was arrested after police found a handgun at a house in Basford on Friday.

He was remanded into custody and is due at Nottingham Crown Court on 5 June 2017.

Weather: Sunny and warm Wednesday

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Cloud will steadily clear overnight leaving clear spells. There’s the chance of a touch of frost in sheltered rural spots. 

Lows of 4C (39F) in towns and cities.


The weather’s looking fine and dry Wednesday with plenty of sunshine and some scattered cloud. 

Highs of 17C (63F).

BreakingYoung girl falls from water ride

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A ride at Drayton Manor theme park has been closed following a major incident involving a child believed to be from the Leicester area.

Helicopter at Drayton Manor theme park

Staffordshire Police were called just before 14:30 to reports that a young girl had fallen from a water ride at the park.

The girl, thought to be 11 years old, has been airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Man who found hand-sized tarantula 'afraid of spiders'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Michael Fields has been showing the BBC where he discovered the abandoned tarantula on Narborough Road in Leicester...

Michael Fields

I want to call him "spider man" now - but he's actually very scared of them.

He said finding the creature was his "worst fear".

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, on J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound on J23a A42, because of an accident.

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

Mark Warburton

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton says he wants a much smaller squad in the Championship next season.

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Cathedral asked to 'urgently' relocate Richard III performance

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Plans for Leicester Cathedral to host performances of Shakespeare's Richard III this summer have been criticised by the group who led the project to find the remains of the former king.

Richard III tomb

The Looking For Richard Project has said it was with "great shock and deep disappointment" they found out about the performance where King Richard now lies at rest. 

The group has said their hope in finding the remains was to be able to give the king the "respect and human dignity so conspicuously denied in 1485" when he was killed on the field of battle.  

Leicester Cathedral

They've accused Leicester Cathedral of using their connections with the last Plantagenet monarch as a "commercial and promotional venture". 

The Dean of Leicester, Revd David Monteith, explains their decision to host the performance...

Along with the Richard III Society, Looking For Richard Project are urgently calling for the performances to be relocated to an alternative venue.

Council pays the price of fly tipping increase

BBC Radio Nottingham

There's been a big increase in the number of fly tipping cases in Mansfield. 

Fly tip
Mansfield District Council

The district council recorded a rise of 18% over the past year, which it said cost it an extra £12,000 to clear up. 

The authority has used CCTV cameras to try to catch offenders, though the number of prosecutions fell from 11 to nine.

Leicestershire's 'bionic woman' reveals next challenge

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Good luck, Claire... 

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Notts County votes for academies to play in EFL Trophy - despite fan survey

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts County has voted for "category one" academies and B teams to play in the EFL Trophy next season and in the 2018-19 campaign - despite 94% of Magpies fans voting against their inclusion.

In fact, almost half of those surveyed wanted the competition scrapped completely.  

Meadow Lane

Notts County owner Alan Hardy has been defending the club's stance on Twitter... 

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Watch: Scene of Passchendaele battle

Ben Jackson

BBC Radio Leicester presenter

This is Polygon Wood in Ypres in Belgium - it's where 600 soldiers from the Leicestershire Regiment lost their lives in 1917...

Notts County owner tweets displeasure after being hit with parking fine

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

It looks like yesterday wasn't a great day for Notts County owner Alan Hardy... 

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Rushcliffe Borough Council replied to Mr Hardy on Twitter, saying: "Tickets are available in half hour increments (50p per 30 mins) for this reason.

"However, if you think the fine was issued unfairly you can challenge it." 

General election: Thoughts from Cossington

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

Interesting chat this morning with staff at RH Commercial Vehicles in Cossington in the first of my series about what Leicestershire folk think of the election and politics in general.

RH Commercial Vehicles

Some staff here stopped talking about Brexit at work when the discussions started getting too heated.

Sarah and Steve who work on maintaining the firm's lorries told me they won't vote this time.

Sarah and Steve

Sarah said "it's too complicated" and has "more important things to do" like bringing up her children.

Steve said he's already voted and told politicians at the last election what he wanted, so why do it again?

"They should just be getting on with it," he told me.

Watch: How to tackle a speed bump

Dominic Johnson

BBC Radio Nottingham reporter

Speed bumps, road humps, sleeping policemen, speed cushions - they have all sorts of names.

Some here in Nottingham could soon disappear under new government plans to cut air pollution.

While they're still here I've been out with former driving instructor John Burnett to find out the best way to tackle them...

More Nottinghamshire general election candidates announced

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

In the Nottingham East constituency, Labour's Chris Leslie holds a majority of 11,894. Barry Holliday, of the Liberal Democrats, will be one candidate vying for the seat. 

Another Liberal Democrat, Tad Jones, has confirmed he will stand for the Nottingham North constituency. One of his rivals will be Labour's Alex Norris, who recently replaced Graham Allen

In Nottingham South, Liberal Democrat Tony Sutton and UKIP's David Hollas will compete for the seat. Labour's Lilian Greenwood and Tory Jane Hunt will also stand.

Conservative Robert Jenrick (below) will look to hold on to his 18,474 majority against Liberal Democrat David Watts and Labour's Chantal Lee. 

Robert Jenrick

In Rushcliffe, Labour's David Mellen is standing again against Ken Clarke. He also stood in 2015. Joining the pair will be Liberal Democrat Jayne Phoenix. 

Finally, in Sherwood, Becky Thomas - for the Liberal Democrats - and Labour's Mike Pringle have been confirmed as candidates for the seat alongside Tory Mark Spencer. 

Nottinghamshire general election line-up starting to take shape

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

More Nottinghamshire candidates for the upcoming general election have been announced.

In Ashfield, Labour's Gloria de Piero (below) has confirmed she will be defending her majority of 8,820.  

Gloria De Piero

In Bassetlaw, Liberal Democrat Leon Duveen will look to overturn Labour's majority

Meanwhile, in Broxtowe, it has been confirmed that fellow Liberal Democrat Tim Hallam will compete for the seat against Conservative Anna Soubry and Labour's Greg Marshall.

Tory Carolyn Abbott will face Labour's Vernon Coaker and Liberal Democrat Robert Swift for the Gedling seat, while Conservative Ben Bradley and UKIP's Sid Pepper will compete with Labour's Sir Alan Meale for the Mansfield constituency. 

Watch: Henshaw turns to para-canoe

East Midlands Today

Mansfield Paralympian Charlotte Henshaw is switching sports.

Charlotte Henshaw
Getty Images

After winning medals for swimming events in London and Rio the 30-year-old has announced she's retiring and is taking up para-canoe instead...

Your comments: Tarantula abandoned


On Facebook you've been commenting on the story about an abandoned tarantula found in Leicester.

Gemma Cobley said: "Not a big spider fan. Spent most of my life running from them. However this guy has a life and a heart which means it's just as important as any other species."

Emma Emzicles Nutt said: "Ooya bleeder the size of that. I've been on Narborough Road today, luckily I seen this when I'm back at home."

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Staying dull, dry and cloudy for most of the afternoon with light winds and highs of 12C (54F).

Waste charges at Derbyshire recycling centres removed

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

Derbyshire County Council has cancelled its waste recycling centre charges under "emergency powers". 

Residents were required to pay £3 per standard rubble sack to take soil, bricks, rubble and ceramics - such as bathroom furniture - to the centres. 

But the fees were withdrawn on Saturday following the county council elections.

The issue was the new Tory administration's top priority. 

Missing lamb and dog are 'best friends'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A woman from Perlethorpe in Nottinghamshire fears her pet dog and lamb have been stolen...

Blake and Bella
Natalie Haywood

Blake the border collie and Bella the lamb are "best of friends" according to Natalie Haywood, but the pair went missing yesterday while she was on the school run.

Blake and Bella
Natalie Haywood

Natalie said she was only out for an hour but when she got back the gate was open and the animals were gone.

Bella is an orphan and is still being bottle fed. A cash reward is on offer for their safe return.

Derbyshire County Council announces new cabinet

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Derbyshire County Council has announced its new cabinet after the Conservatives took control of the authority from Labour in last week's local elections.

The Tories won 37 of 64 seats to claim a majority and wipe out Labour's 22-seat majority from 2013.  

The new line-up - to be confirmed at the authority's annual general meeting on 24 May - is:

  • Leader and cabinet member for strategic leadership, culture and tourism – councillor Barry Lewis (below)
  • Deputy leader and cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure – councillor Simon Spencer
  • Cabinet member for health and communities – councillor Carol Hart
  • Cabinet member for adult care – councillor Jean Wharmby
  • Cabinet member for economic development and regeneration – councillor Tony King
  • Cabinet member for council services – councillor Angelique Foster
  • Cabinet member for young people – councillor Alex Dale
Councillor Barry Lewis

Councillor Linda Chilton is to become the council’s chairman, with councillor George Wharmby selected as her vice-chairman.

Appeal following New Parks crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Did you witness a crash in the New Parks area of Leicester on Sunday? If so police want to hear from you.

They were called to Aikman Avenue at about 18:30 after a car collided with a bollard.

A man inside the vehicle was taken to the QMC in Nottingham - he remains in a critical but stable condition.

A 19-year-old man was arrested in connection with the crash but has since been released.

Watch: Deer rescued in Melton

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some great work by the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service - they've released this little muntjac deer which was trapped in railings in Melton Mowbray...

They were called out by the RSPCA after the deer was spotted by a member of the public.

There was a similar incident last week when a deer was trapped in railings in Birstall - that one had to be put down after it was rescued

Teenager jailed over car ambush knife killing in Nottingham

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A teenager has been jailed for the manslaughter of a man who was stabbed in a car ambush on a Nottingham street.

Aqib Mazhar, 21, of Russell Road, was stabbed in the chest on the street where he lived on 1 June. He died later in hospital.

His car was blocked in by three vehicles, trapping him as he came under attack, police said.  

Hamza Omar Adam (below), 18, formerly of Berridge Road, Nottingham, admitted the manslaughter of Aqib and was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday. 

Hamza Omar Adam
Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police said forensic evidence linked Adam to the crime, and that fingerprints and CCTV show he was responsible with the others in the group for the "co-ordinated and planned attack".

A judge said in December Mr Mazhar's murderer was still at large, and the force added: "Enquiries still continue to identify other members of the group responsible." 

Four men have already been jailed over Mr Mazhar's killing.

Rugby international's World War One memorial

Ben Jackson

BBC Radio Leicester presenter

I'm in Ypres in Belgium remembering the dark days of World War One.

This July is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele - it will be marked with a ceremony near here. 

Amongst the 350,000 soldiers killed in battle were 600 from Leicestershire.

The battle of Passchendaele
Getty Images

This is the memorial of  Francis Nathaniel Tarr - he was an English international rugby union player who also played for Leicester Tigers...

After his rugby career he became a solicitor in Leicester. He then volunteered for overseas service during the war. 

He was killed in July 1915 near Ypres on the Western Front after being hit by a shell splinter while serving as a lieutenant in the 1/4th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. 

Tarr was one of 27 former England internationals killed in the war.

Photographer captures peregrine in Derbyshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

BBC Springwatch has shared this amazing photo of a peregrine coming in to land on Belper Mill in Derbyshire.

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Returning Sharapova 'unlikely to play Nottingham'

The Times

Maria Sharapova is unlikely to play at the Aegon Open in Nottingham next month, The Times reports.

Maria Sharapova
Clive Rose/Getty Images

The former world number one, who has recently returned from a 15-month doping suspension, will however get a wildcard into a tournament a week later in Birmingham. 

Leicester mural to Mark Selby moves a step closer

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Council bosses have drawn up a shortlist of "about half a dozen" walls where a Mark Selby mural could go, according to city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby. 

Mark Selby
Warren Little/Getty Images

Sir Peter announced plans to honour the Leicester snooker star after he won his third World Championship title last week. 

Whilst the decision on a more permanent mural takes place, Selby will be honoured with a picture on one of the empty shop fronts under Leicester City Hall on Charles Street.