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  1. Live updates for Wednesday 2 August 2017
  2. 'Hero' biker overwhelmed by donations
  3. Bird of prey left cuts on jogger's head
  4. Muddy conditions at Bakewell Show
  5. Stolen JCB used in botched cash machine raid
  6. Spice 'zombies' putting pressure on ambulance service

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By Gavin Bevis and Maryam Qaiser

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: A1(M) Nottinghamshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Nottinghamshire southbound severe disruption, at J34 for A614 Bawtry Road affecting J35 for M18.

A1(M) Nottinghamshire - A1(M) exit slip road closed, one lane closed and queuing traffic southbound at J34 A614 Bawtry Road, because of a shed load of vegetables, an overturned lorry and recovery work. Travel time is 50 minutes. Congestion to J35 M18.

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

Severe disruption: A1(M) Nottinghamshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Nottinghamshire southbound severe disruption, at J34 for A614 Bawtry Road.

A1(M) Nottinghamshire - A1(M) exit slip road blocked southbound at J34 A614 Bawtry Road, because of a shed load of vegetables and an overturned lorry.

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

Alex Hales

Notts Outlaws are forced to settle for a point in their rain-affected T20 Blast match with Leicestershire at Grace Road.

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Murrey Paulson

Glenn Bullock, who was arrested in hospital, will now appear in court on Thursday.

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Our live coverage across the day

Dedicated live coverage has now ended, but some news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear through the night.

East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

Lorries to benefit from £6.1m spend

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A bridge in Burton is going to have £6.1m spent on it so lorries can keep using it in the future.

St Peter's Bridge
Staffordshire County Council

The county council says the money is from the government and will be used on St Peter's Bridge.

They say the work will include replacing bearings and aims to prevent any future unplanned maintenance work.

East Midlands weather update: A dry and clear evening ahead

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The rain will clear away this evening and cloud will gradually start to break up to leave some clear spells.

Showers will feed in from the west during the early hours with minimum temperatures of 14C (57F).

Weather for the county

Film crew seeking extras for CBBC show Jamie Johnson

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Filming for the hit CBBC show Jamie Johnson has begun at a secret location in Nottingham.

The show - which is focused on Jamie, who is a football mad, hot-headed teenager - is returning to our screens for a third series.

There will be an exciting opportunity for people to star in a football scene for one of the episodes.

Jamie Johnson

'Overheating' homes warning by university

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Researchers from the University of Loughborough have warned there's a growing risk of modern homes becoming unhealthily warm during the summer months.

Experts involved in a new study say the problem is a result of climate change and newer, better insulated homes.

University of Lougborough research

Professor Kevin Lomas, from the university, told the BBC: "UK homes are increasingly tending to overheat in the summertime.

"We definitely need to continue to insulate our homes to keep people warm and healthy in the winter but we also have to think about what we need to do in the summer - now that our climate is warming - to make sure people are protected from ill health."

Woman, 21, remanded after child abduction and grooming charges

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A 21-year-old woman has been remanded in custody after being charged with child abduction and grooming.

She was charged with child abduction, arranging to meet a child for sex following grooming and two breaches of a sexual harm prevention order, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Woman charged

The woman appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court today and is due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court via video link on 30 August.

Watch: Air raid shelter is mystery to residents

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

We were recently asked via Your Questions about the big air raid shelter at Abbey Circus in West Bridgford.

You certainly can't miss it - but do people living nearby even realise what it is?

Missing Nottingham teenager found

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Police who were searching for missing teenager Cameron Burton say he has been found.

Cameron went missing from Rise Park on Monday.

Armed police to patrol Leicester's Caribbean Carnival

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Armed officers are to be deployed at this weekend's Caribbean Carnival in Leicester, police have said.

The force has been using visibly armed officers at major events on a more regular basis over the past few months in response to terror attacks earlier this year.

Armed police patrolled alongside their unarmed colleagues at Download Festival as well as at the Little Mix concert at Donington Park.

Armed police

The carnival, which has been running for more than 30 years, will feature a parade through the city and a party at Victoria Park.

Matty Cash

Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash is set to be out for three months, while Jamie Ward could be missing for up to six weeks.

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Jonny May

England wing Jonny May is set to join Leicester Tigers from Gloucester in a deal which would see Ed Slater move to Kingsholm.

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Watch: Peaty says best is yet to come

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

He might have picked up three medals and broken numerous records at the world championships in Budapest, but City of Derby swimmer Adam Peaty insists his best is yet to come.

He told BBC Sport: "I don't think I've even started to hit my peak yet. I need that man strength to come through now - I'm still on boy strength!"

Watch: Muddy conditions at Bakewell Show

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

This video gives an idea of the muddy conditions that have caused delays for people arriving at the Bakewell Show today and led to some vehicles getting stuck in the mud.

Event organisers say they've ordered some tracks which should make it easier for visitors arriving by car tomorrow.

Your photos: Tur Langton rainbow


This photo of a rainbow - taken by Weather Watcher Michael in Tur Langton - was so nice we've just posted it on BBC Leicester's Instagram account.

The only thing that could improve it would be an appearance by Zippy, George and Bungle.

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Burglar targets 86-year-old man twice in same night

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

An 86-year-old man was burgled twice in the same night by the same person, police have said.

The pensioner discovered the burglar in the bathroom of his home in Weston Park Avenue, Shelton Lock, at about 01:00 on 26 July and pushed him out of the house.

The man told police he woke to find the same burglar in his bedroom at 03:45, who then fled through a kitchen window.

Police said a piece of jewellery is believed to have been stolen during the first burglary and cash was taken during the second.

Weston Park Avenue

PC Nikita Devney said: “The victim in this case showed great bravery in the face of quite an ordeal.

“We are anxious to arrest the offender to provide reassurance and prevent others from suffering at his hands."

Two arrested after 'racially aggravated assault'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Two men have been arrested after reports of a fight in Arnold.

Nottinghamshire Police said they were called to Front Street at about 13:50 BST following reports of two men fighting.

A 29-year-old man has been detained on suspicion of a racially aggravated assault, while a 59-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of affray.

Front Street was closed off briefly while officers dealt with the situation but has now reopened.

No further details about the incident have been released.

Front Street

BBC Sport gossip: Mahrez moves closer to exit

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Leicester City get not one, not two, but three mentions in today's BBC Sport football gossip column.

The papers have Riyad Mahrez moving closer to the exit door, and also say the Foxes are edging nearer to the signing of Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho.

There's also a bit about Derby County's interest in Tom Lawrence.

Riyad Mahrez
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Christmas dinner woman now offers meals weekly

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A community worker - who made headlines in December when she invited more than 100 people for Christmas dinner - has turned her charitable act into a weekly event.

Mo Fayose, from Nottingham, invited anyone to her house on Christmas Day but had to hire two venues due to the demand.

The mental health student nurse now offers a three-course weekly meal for 12 people on Wednesday evenings.


The mother-of-two said: "The whole point is to bring people together who are on their own and to have a proper meal.

"Last week we had salmon and a lady said, 'I have never had it in my life', and she is close to 70 - that really broke my heart.

"That is the whole point of this, to make new friends, eat proper food and have fun."

Car park problems at Bakewell Show

Heidi Booth

Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

Events are in full swing inside the showground, it's the main car park off site that's causing long delays. Cars can't get on or off.

Bakewell Show
Bakewell Show

BBC van gets stuck in mud at Bakewell Show

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Oh dear... it seems a BBC van has got into a sticky mess at the Bakewell Show this afternoon.


The main car park was closed briefly, while the site was assessed following heavy rainfall, causing major delays.

Flooding also closed the main road on to the site.

Matt Hampson: Leicester Tigers visit Get Busy Living Centre as it nears completion
Matt Hampson's vision for a rehabilitation centre treating people with catastrophic injuries is edging ever closer.

Boy, 17, missing from Nottingham

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Officers are concerned for teenager Cameron Burton who has been reported missing from Rise Park.

The 17-year-old was last seen at about 13:30 on Monday, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Camern Burton
Nottinghamshire Police

Cameron was last seen wearing a multi-coloured tye-dye hooded top, black jeans, black and white knee high boots and was carrying a green and black rucksack.

Horse events cancelled at mud-hit Bakewell Show

Aleena Naylor

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Long delays and traffic problems are being reported on the first day of the Bakewell Show.

Several of today's equestrian events have been cancelled because the ground is so saturated.

Organisers say they've been doing everything they can to ease the mud from getting tankers in to suction off excess water and laying down straw.

Bakewell Show mud

Stolen JCB used in botched cash machine raid

Police say a JCB digger used in a botched cash machine burglary in Staffordshire is believed to have been stolen from a farm in Netherseal.

A group of masked raiders tried to use the digger to remove a cash machine from the wall of a Co-op store in Kings Bromley at about 03:10 but fled the scene in cars when they were disturbed by police.

Structural engineers are now examining the damage to the shop and police have appealed for witnesses.

Cash machine theft
Chris Randall

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Traffic and travel: Train delays possible

BBC News Travel

Services are being disrupted through Lincolnshire:

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Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Leicestershire cemeteries 'running out of space'

East Midlands Today

There's concern that cemeteries across Leicestershire are starting to run out of space.

Loughborough Cemetery is expected to be full in five to seven years and Charnwood Borough Council says its investigating its options.

The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management has suggested the only way forward is to reuse graves after 75 years.

Gilroes Cemetery in Leicester

Your comments: Price rise for Wollaton Hall car park


Many of you have got in touch on Facebook to share thoughts on the 50% price hike for parking at Wollaton Hall.

Sarah Ramowski said: "I think you should be able to park for free for an hour and after 6pm. If you would like to regularly walk your dog or bring the children to the play area then £3 every time is a lot to pay. I think if you intend to visit the park for the day then the charges are fair."

New car park prices

Neil Asher posted: "If i'm gonna spend all day walking round the park then spending an extra couple of minutes parking outside it ain't going to be a problem to me. Many people already do this to avoid the (lower) parking charges at the excellent Bradgate Park in Newton Linford, Leics."

Ray Bradshaw said: "Seems good value to me for what you get."

Roger Bailey said: "That's another one crossed of my days out list."

Nottingham the 'third most affordable city' for first-time buyers

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Buying your first home can be a daunting experience but it has been revealed Nottingham is one of the most affordable cities for first-time buyers.

Research by the Post Office says the average property price for the county is £128,192 and 89% of these are affordable to people buying for the first time.

Houses prices

Southampton is the most affordable city with Norwich second.

The worst location for first-time buyers is Brighton with just 2% of properties affordable to house-hunters wanting to get onto the property ladder.

The affordibility study calculated the proportion of homes available for less than 4.5 times the average income of first-time buyers.

Jogger attack: Angry bird 'most likely a buzzard'


We've had plenty of comments on Facebook about our story of a jogger being attacked by a bird in Chellaston.

Shaun Walters posted: "I've read about this happening before, most likely to be a Buzzard protecting it's young that must have been close by."

Malcolm Hall bluntly posted: "Because his head looks like an egg."

Bird injury
Andy Llewellyn

Bakewell Show 'going well'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Bakewell Show organisers are in a positive mood, despite the muddy conditions. However, some are still complaining of delays on the A6 approach to the showground.

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Brewers to finish rock-bottom, journalists predict

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Let's hope for Burton Albion's sake, BBC Sport's predicted Championship table for the 2017/18 season turns out to be wrong.

The Brewers are most likely to finish bottom, according to the collated result from a group of 25 BBC Sport journalists.

They've placed the Rams in the play-off positions but are forecasting mid-table mediocrity for Nottingham Forest.

Predicted table