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  1. Live updates for Friday 23 June 2017
  2. Pork smeared on mosque's front door
  3. Water company cautioned over chlorine scare
  4. Major revamp of Highcross moves a step closer
  5. Police appeal after Newark pub attack
  6. Tribute to Mark Selby goes up in Leicester

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By Calum McKenzie and Maryam Qaiser

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We will be back at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the East Midlands.

Parade to welcome Nottingham's new mayor

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The annual procession from Nottingham's Council House to the gates of Nottingham Castle will take place tomorrow to welcome the new mayor.

Councillor Michael Edwards, who has recently been sworn in as the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, will request entrance from the Sheriff of Nottingham, councillor Glyn Jenkins, when he reaches the gates.

Nottingham Council House

Mr Edwards said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be the new Lord Mayor for Nottingham and to take part in what is fast becoming a popular annual event."

Tennis: Boulter gets wildcard for Wimbledon warm-up event

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Katie Boulter will warm up for her first appearance in the main draw of the women's singles at Wimbledon with a trip to the seaside.

Katie Boulter
Getty Images for the LTA

The 20-year-old, from Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire, has been handed a wildcard into a new event at Southsea, Portsmouth.

Quite the contrast - Southsea's Canoe Lake Leisure club, followed by potentially Centre Court a few days later...

Wasim Khan

Leicestershire CEO Wasim Khan says coach Pierre de Bruyn has his full backing despite a winless Championship run.

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Watch: Man disarmed after trying to steal knife from Leicester restaurant

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's the moment a man was disarmed - after walking into a Chinese restaurant in Leicester and trying to walk off with a knife...

No-one was injured in the incident at the restaurant on London Road, Leicestershire Police said.

Your photos: June across the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

It might not have been quite as warm today - but that hasn't stopped the BBC Weather Watchers from getting their cameras out. This pic is from Kings in Crich...

Kings/BBC Weather Watchers

Another of the BBC Weather Watchers, scrappy, has sent this in from Kegworth.

Bee on a plant
scrappy/BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks as well to Steve A for this pic of Bennerley Viaduct.

Bennerley Viaduct
Steve A/BBC Weather Watchers

Weather: Cooler weekend ahead

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will stay mostly dry this evening with some light rain, temperatures reaching 15C (59F).

Tomorrow will start off cloudy with some bright spells and outbreaks of showery rain.

The day will feel mostly cooler with temperatures reaching 20C (68F).

Weather for the weekend

Sunday will be a breezy day with a few brighter intervals but mostly cloudy.

Maximum temperatures will reach 17C (63F).

Man with 'gun' is part of a film crew

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Shoppers in Nottingham should not be alarmed if they see a man with a gun on a roof as apparently someone's making a film...

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Swarm of bees causing a buzz in Leicester city centre

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Part of Jubilee Square in Leicester has been cordoned off as specialist beekeepers deal with a swarm of bees.


The bees were in a tree near BBC Radio Leicester and Wygston's House restaurant.

Specialists knocked the bees out of the tree and into a bucket and they are now in the process of moving them to a temporary hive (the white box).

Man jailed for trying to import 'child-like' sex doll

BBC News England

A man has been jailed for trying to import an "obscene" child-like sex doll, in what police say is the first case of its kind in the UK.

Andrew Dobson
Cheshire Constabulary/BBC

Andrew Dobson, from Crewe, was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail and has been put on the sex offenders' register for life.

Following the discovery of the doll - at East Midlands Airport - searches found indecent images on his computer.

The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to four counts at Chester Crown Court.

'Child like' sex doll purchased in Hong Kong
Cheshire Police
East Midlands Airport exterior

Sinkhole opens in busy Worksop road

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A skin hole has opened up on Carlton Road in Worksop this afternoon.

Temporary lights will be installed later so it can be repaired, but Nottinghamshire County Council has made the site safe with barriers in the meantime.

Hole in the road
Carla Pedersen
Skinholle in Worksop
Carla Pedersen

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 closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J21 for M69 and J20 for A4303.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J20, A4303 (Lutterworth), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound at J29a, Markham (Markham Vale), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

Cricket: Derby set for opening game of Women's World Cup

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The Women's Cricket World Cup has been launched at an event in Derby.

Women's World Cup novelty lettering

Schoolchildren have been trying their hand at cricket in the city's market place before the action gets underway tomorrow.

England host India in the opening match of the tournament at the County Ground.

Charlotte Edwards

"There's a real buzz around here," former England captain Charlotte Edwards told BBC East Midlands Today.

"This fan park is absolutely brilliant... to think that kids can come along and try cricket hopefully this'll grow the game."

Chlorine levels 'nearly triple that of a swimming pool'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Earlier today we told you that Severn Trent Water had been cautioned by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) after more than 3,500 properties in Derbyshire and Leicestershire were left without safe water for 26 hours last March due to high levels of chlorine.

The DWI has since clarified that typically, there is 0.5mg of chlorine per litre of drinking water.

The highest reading detected in the distribution system in this case was 8.8mg per litre - nearly triple the typical chlorine level of swimming pools, which usually have up to 3mg per litre.

Discoloured water
Rachel Hambridge

The scare was caused by failures at the chlorine dosing unit at the Castle Donington service reservoir in Derbyshire.

The DWI's investigation found that in this "very unusual event", there were a "number of missed opportunities to identify and rectify the problem before the event".

Earlier today, Severn Trent accepted the DWI's decision and apologised to its customers for the inconvenience caused.

Discoloured water
Lucy Wallis

At the time, the company's website crashed due to the demand for information after a monitoring systems alarm alerted them to the problem.

Staff handed out water bottles at Sainsbury's in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, and Tesco in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. Residents said Swadlincote was "solid with traffic and there was no water on the shelves".

Some of those affected had criticised the way the situation had been handled and said bottles should have been distributed at more places than just the two supermarkets.

People queue for bottled water

Football: Magpies-Stags derbies set for earlier start

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A slight change to the kick-off times...

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Labour MEP hopes for a 'softer approach' to Brexit

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

It's a year to the day since the UK voted on whether or not to leave the European Union.

Prime Minister Theresa May will meet EU leaders in Brussels today to look at the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British nationals in Europe.

Leaders are hoping to come to an arrangement to secure the status of about 3.2 million EU nationals living in the UK, and 900,000 Britons overseas.

Glenis Willmott

Glennis Wilmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, said: "Maybe this gives up hope for a better deal than we may have had before because many of us were worried that we were going hell for leather for this cliff edge, this hard Brexit and that is in nobody's interest.

"It would have affected our businesses and jobs in the UK, it is now hopeful we will take a more soft approach."

Arun Harinath

Leicestershire sign batsman Arun Harinath and fast bowler Mathew Pillans on one-month loan deals from Surrey.

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City Ground by the River Trent

Fans will get a chance to bid to buy the club's stadium should it ever be put up for sale.

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New venue for Derbyshire County Show

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

About 1,000 animals and 200 stewards will be in Locko Park in Derby on Sunday.

They'll be there for the Derbyshire County Show which is back after being rained off last year and it's at a new venue.

Derbyshire County Show

Edward Hicklin, the chairman of the show, said: "Lucy Palmer whose home it is, invited us to come along and it is 200 acres of rolling parkland.

"It is lovely quintessential, English countryside. There is the house, the background and there is a lovely lake at the bottom and the show fits in and around all of that."

BBC radio stations suffer online problems

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Due to a technical fault, Radio Nottingham and Radio Leicester on iPlayer are currently taking BBC Radio Derby's output.

Iplayer radio app

Engineers are working to resolve this problem as soon as possible.

Designer jackets stolen during HGV raid

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A large number of Ted Baker jackets have been stolen by thieves who broke in to an HGV lorry near Raynesway in Derby.

It was parked near the junction of Bellmore Way and Quintin Road when the offenders forced the locks and climbed inside between 22:00 on 8 June and 03:00 the following morning.

Bellmore Way junction

Derbyshire police would like to trace a jogger who was running past the area at about noon on 9 June, who found a discarded jacket and threw it over the fence at a logistics site in Fernhook Avenue.

Your comments: Highcross revamp moves a step closer


Planning permission for the redevelopment of part of the Highcross in Leicester (see 08:57) has certainly got you talking on BBC Leicester's Facebook page.

Jane Smiffy Smith writes: "Why put shops in that we already have?

"I thought the point of all this renovation was to update and have new shops, different shops I mean do we really need a golf centre?!?!?

"I really don't go in to Leicester much anymore there's better places to go."

But Tamzin Langley seems somewhat more impressed: "ADVENTURE GOLF HAHA YES."

Severn Trent Water rapped by inspectors over chlorine scare

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Severn Trent Water "missed opportunities" to prevent thousands of homes from being without safe water, the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) has said.

Drinking water

More than 3,500 properties across Derbyshire and Leicestershire were left without safe water for 26 hours last March due to elevated levels of chlorine at a reservoir at Castle Donington.

Severn Trent has been cautioned by the inspectorate after admitting the offence of supplying water unfit for human consumption.

"We agree with the DWI’s decision and accept that on this occasion we let our customers down," a spokesperson for Severn Trent Water said.

Mosque hate crime: Two men released on bail

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Two men, who were arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated offence, have been released on bail pending further inquiries, Nottinghamshire Police has said.

Meat, believed to have been pork, was smeared on the door at the Al-Quba Masjid mosque in Sherwood.

A union jack flag was also placed in their flower basket when Ramadan prayers were taking place on 18 June.

The mosque is based in the former Fiveways pub

'I'll miss my 'chaotic' friend Henry Blofeld,' says Jonathan Agnew

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Former Leicestershire fast bowler Jonathan Agnew (pictured left) has paid tribute to his retiring Test Match Special colleague Henry Blofeld.

Jonathan Agnew and Henry Blofeld
Getty Images

"Aggers" told BBC Sport: "I sit here now with real mixed feelings. Real sadness, I'll miss Henry. His enthusiasm, his company, his chaos.

"Henry is one of those characters that really set up Test Match Special. It's the legacy of people like him who really developed this programme. People have tried to copy it ever since.

"People like Henry have never lost that total enthusiasm you have for the game that you have as a fan."

Blofeld, 77, will commentate on his final test match in September, when England host the West Indies at Lord's.

Only one person charged under new domestic abuse laws

Andy Trigg

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

Just one person was charged last year in Leicestershire under new coercive control laws.

Woman being abused as a shadowy figure lurks in the background

The figures from Leicestershire Police, obtained by BBC Radio Leicester via a freedom of information request, also show the force investigated more than six thousand allegations of domestic abuse.

Dr Lynsey Gozna, a forensic psychologist at the University of Leicester, said: "It can be very difficult for people [victims] to identify what is happening, it can be much easier for people on the outside to see that.

"It can mean that you become a prisoner in your own life in that someone else is telling you what you can and cannot do."

The Crown Prosecution Service said a low number of people were being charged because it was often difficult to get enough evidence to secure a conviction.

Sponsor appeal over future of public toilets

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Businesses in Derbyshire are being encouraged to sponsor a public loo as part of budget cuts.

Although there are no definite plans to close them, businesses and community groups are being asked to help fund cleaning and maintenance.

Derbyshire Dales District Council,

Derbyshire Dales District Council, which manages 26 toilet blocks across the area, is reviewing how they're funded as part of budget cuts.

A spokesman from the district council said: "Closure of any of the facilities would be an absolute last option, but we are conscious of the need to make savings of £1.6m across all our services over the next three years."

'Terrific' Demarai Gray stars for England

BBC Sport

Leicester City forward Demarai Gray scored the opening goal as England beat Poland 3-0 to reach the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2009.

Demarai Gray

Derby County midfielder Will Hughes played 51 minutes in the win, coming on in the first half for injured Nathaniel Chalobah.

"Demarai Gray was terrific... he worked his socks off," England Under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd said.

Rebecca Adlington will appear on MasterChef

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Former Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington has taken part in this year's Celebrity MasterChef.

Rebecca, from Mansfield, will be on our screens in August.

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Campaigners overturn Kedleston housing plans

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Plans for up to 400 new homes close to a National Trust property have been overturned after a residents' campaign group challenged the decision.

Kedleston Hall

A High Court judge ruled that a government planning inspector got it wrong by opening the way for housing near Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire.

Mrs Justice Lang said the inspector had "made an error of law".

The Kedleston Voice campaign group has vowed to continue fighting any future appeal or planning application.

Catesby Estates Limited, the developer behind the planning application, has been asked to comment.

End of an era for Brown Betty's

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Have you ever tried the food at the famous Brown Betty's?

Well the shop in St James's Street, Nottingham, is shutting today after 32 years and people from all over the city have come back to say goodbye.

Elizabeth Elliot, her husband and two sons have been serving up delicious treats over the years.

Cricket: England and India set to launch Women's World Cup in Derby

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Not long left now, folks...

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...England host India in the opening match at Derby tomorrow, before Pakistan take on South Africa at Leicester on Sunday.

You can find out more about the Women's World Cup here.

Tribute to Mark Selby goes up in Leicester

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A tribute to Leicester's three-time World Snooker champion Mark Selby has gone up outside City Hall.

Mark Selby mural
Leicester City Council

The vinyl, on a board outside what used to be the Willie Thorne Snooker Centre, pays tribute to Selby's wins at the Crucible in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby told the BBC in May he would like to see a permanent mural to Selby, in a style similar to those that were used to celebrate Leicester City's Premier League title win.

Watch this space I guess...

Pork smeared on mosque's front door

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Two men have been arrested after meat, believed to have been pork, was smeared on the front door of a mosque.

A union jack was also placed on the door at the Al-Quba Masjid mosque in Sherwood.

Nottinghamshire Police have arrested two men, aged 27 and 30, on suspicion of a racially aggravated offence.

Ramadan prayers were taking place when it happened in the early hours of 18 June.

Former pub is now a mosque
The mosque is based in the former Fiveways Pub

Adeela Ahmed from the mosque said two men had been seen "hanging around" outside.

She said: "When they thought everyone had left, they decided to put some meat, which was more than likely pork, onto the door and they got a union jack flag and put it into the flower basket.

"As Muslims we don't eat pork and a lot of people know that so they thought it was highly offensive, which is why they did it.

"You get angry, but shocked because you don't think it will happen near home.

"Sherwood is multicultural so the fact it is someone more local you get angry, but you don't want to focus on that and think it is just an isolated attack."

She said those responsible filmed themselves outside.

Major redevelopment of Highcross moves a step closer

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Planning permission has been granted for the House of Fraser store at Highcross in Leicester to be divided up into a number of smaller shops.

Artists' impression of the Highcross

Three of the units have already been earmarked for specific companies, including one that will use some of the space for a crazy golf course.

"The planning approval marks a major milestone in the enhancement of Highcross," Peter Cooper from the developers Hammerson said.

"The plans also provide an opportunity to improve the entrance at St Peter’s Square, enhancing its link to the High Street in addition to breathing new life into the surrounding shopping streets."

The multi-million pound project is expected to be completed towards the end of 2018.

Watch: Man attacked in front of family in Newark pub

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here is the moment a man was assaulted in front of his wife and children after asking another pub customer to mind his language.

The attack was caught on CCTV at The Muskham Ferry in Newark on Saturday night.

Nottinghamshire Police are now appealing for help to try to identify the attacker.