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  1. Live updates for Friday 4 August 2017
  2. Thousands of vials dumped in lay-by
  3. Woman found dead on A38 in Derbyshire
  4. Man admits killing neighbour, 84
  5. Drug dealer jailed for French smuggling trip
  6. Racetrack funeral procession for motorbike enthusiast
  7. Rugby: Jones keen on Tuilagi for autumn games

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By Gavin Bevis and Calum McKenzie

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That's the end of our live updates for this week. They'll resume again at 08:00 on Monday.

Weather: Mainly dry night ahead

Anna Church

BBC East Midlands Today weather presenter

It’s a dry and pleasant end to the day with plenty of sunshine before dark.

Weather map

It remains dry overnight with clear spells at first however a few showers are possible by dawn.

Minimum temperatures of 12C (54F).

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 closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Drug taker walked through city centre with trousers down

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A 35-year-old man has been jailed after walking through Derby city centre with his trousers down.

Police said Scott Taylor is believed to have taken formerly legal psychoactive drugs before the incident on Wednesday.

He was jailed for 32 weeks by magistrates after admitting a public order offence, outraging public decency, criminal damage, two counts of shoplifting, stealing a bicycle, and vehicle interference.

Scott Taylor
Derbyshire Police

Tenielle Hardwick, from Derbyshire police, said: “This incident shows the dangers of taking synthetic cannabinoids and that the user has no idea what is happening to them when under the influence of the substance.

“Scott Taylor’s behaviour, in the middle of the day and in the city centre, was absolutely unacceptable.

“People who visit our city do not deserve to be faced with someone exposing himself and acting in the way that he did."

Cricket: Ex-England bowler Shahzad on trial with Foxes

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester cricket reporter

Former England fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad is on trial at Leicestershire.

Ajmal Shahzad
Getty Images

Shahzad, who has played for Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, is currently a free agent having been released by Sussex last month.

The 32-year-old played one test match for England in 2010 against Bangladesh and has also featured in 11 one-dayers and three T20 internationals.

Thousands of vials and syringes dumped in Worksop

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Nine barrels full of what appear to be vials have been dumped in a lay-by in Worksop.

Bassetlaw District Council said the unmarked items were found on the A57 near Five Lane Ends along with a number of syringes.

The vials have been sent to a laboratory for analysis and the county council has sealed off the lay-by.

Dumped vials
Bassetlaw District Council

Liz Prime, from the district council, said: “This is one of the worst fly tips we have ever seen in Bassetlaw.

"Whoever has dumped this has done so without any thought or concern for anybody else, solely to make money.

"This type of waste should be disposed of in a controlled manner, which will incur costs, not be dumped in a layby for the council tax payer to foot the bill for disposal.”

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, between J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale and J30 for A616.

M1 Derbyshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J29a, Markham (Markham Vale) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of an accident.

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

Nottingham drug dealer jailed for French smuggling trip

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A man who attempted to distance himself from a drugs smuggling operation has been jailed for ten-and-a-half years.

Garvey Barnes
National Crime Agency

Garvey Barnes, 36, of Mansfield Road, Nottingham let his girlfriend carry a suitcase of cocaine onto a ferry from France to the UK.

Kimberley Brown, 27, of Walters Row, Dudley was arrested in Dover in November 2015.

Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Border Force found Brown's case had cocaine with a street value of up to £240,000 inside.

Bag that had cocaine in it
National Crime Agency

Using mobile phone evidence, the pair were convicted of being concerned in the importation of class A drugs by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court.

Brown has been sent to prison for four-and-a-half-years.

Bagged up cocaine
National Crime Agency

Watch: Derby student plots one-way mission to Mars

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Ryan MacDonald hopes to be one of the first people to set foot on the red planet - even though it means he'll never be able to come back.

Football: 'First class' Forest ready for new season, says Warburton

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton claims his squad are in a "good place" ahead of their season opener against Millwall tonight (19:45).

Mark Warburton
Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Forest, who are without the injured Matty Cash and Jamie Ward, could hand debuts to six players.

Ex-Rangers boss Warburton told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We are in a good place. We had a good pre-season and we have good quality within the squad.

"It's foolish to make rash predictions or bold statements about where we will finish, but we know we have worked very hard.

"The work ethic and commitment from day one of pre-season has been first class."

Jake Bugg premieres new tune

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Good news all you Jake Bugg fans - the Nottingham tunesmith has just unveiled his new single.

How Soon The Dawn has a laid-back, summery feel. Listen here.

Jake Bugg

Hospital boss: Parking problems should ease soon

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

The man in charge of the Royal Derby Hospital says the new 600-space car park planned for behind the nearby Aldi store should reduce parking problems for visitors.

Gavin Boyle, chief executive of Derby Hospitals Trust, told BBC Radio Derby the extra spaces will be used by staff, freeing up places for patients nearer the hospital.

He also said in the long-term the hospital still hoped to build a multi-storey car park.

Royal Derby Hospital

Scrapping Midland Mainline electrification is 'golden opportunity missed'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce has written to the transport secretary to demand a meeting to try to persuade him to reconsider his decision not to proceed with the electrification of the Midland Mainline.

Train pulls into the station

Chris Grayling said the decision not to electrify the line north of Kettering through the East Midlands would spare passengers the "disruptive" electrification work.

Instead, the government said it planned to use bi-mode trains, which can switch between electric and fuel power.

Chris Grayling

But in its letter, copied to local MPs as well, the chamber has urged the government to rethink its plans.

"We are not convinced that the switch to bi-mode trains will result in the same level of improvements that electrification would bring," it reads.

"We believe that a golden opportunity to enhance growth - for a modest investment against comparable projects - is being missed."

Ram raid in Hatton

Back-to-back raids at cash machines in Hatton and Kings Bromley are being investigated.

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Manu Tuilagi 'could be picked for autumn internationals,' says Jones

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter

England head coach Eddie Jones has said he would be prepared to select Manu Tuilagi as early as the autumn internationals in November.

Manu Tuilagi
Getty Images

The Leicester centre, 26, has not played for England since March 2016, and has been out of action since January because of a knee injury.

However, Jones has picked Tuilagi for a three-day pre-season training camp, starting on Saturday.

"If he's fit and ready to go, we'll play him," Jones told BBC Radio 5 live.

"He demolished New Zealand before, and if he's fit and he's got the right desire, then he's always got a chance to get selected for us.

"He's got a number of club games to show us whether he is going to be right or not."

Your Questions: Who was Polly Bott of Polly Botts Lane in Ulverscroft?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Chris Bell got in touch via Leicestershire: Your Questions to ask "who was Polly Bott of Polly Botts Lane in Ulverscroft?"

Polly Botts Lane sign

It would appear that not much is known about Polly Botts, so much that an internet search I did pulled up no information.

However, Charnwood Borough Council pointed me in the direction of Stoneywell, a National Trust-run property nearby and they have been able to provide an answer.

Paula Nichols, assistant house and collections manager at Stoneywell, said: "Polly Bott was a resident of Polly Bott Cottage (which is still there), and this is situated just beyond the beck on Lea Lane.

"In the 1950s the council wanted to re-name some of the roads and one of the Gimson family (possibly Basil who was resident until 1953) put forward Polly's name.

"There are various rumours about Polly too. Some say she died of something grim - possibly Tuberculosis, whilst others say she was a witch. None have been substantiated but add to the mystery."

Watch: Bakewell Show organiser on 'worst ever conditions'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

The organisers of this year's Bakewell Show say this year's event has been a "disaster" because of the muddy conditions.

The show is due to celebrate its 200th anniversary in two year's time but Janet Bailey told the BBC the show was becoming less and less financially viable.

She said: "We're not in a healthy financial situation because we've had a couple of years of weather like this."

Your photos: Mixed-up weather in Heage

BBC Weather Watchers

Mike Swain's beautiful shot of Heage Windmill sums up the mixed bag of weather we've had this week.

Heage Windmill
Mike Swain

Witnesses sought after woman's A38 crash death

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police say they want to hear from witnesses after a woman died in a crash on the A38 in Derbyshire last night.

Her body was found on the southbound carriageway between Ripley and Kilburn at about 23:00.

The stretch was closed overnight and officers have blocked it again today to investigate further.

A38 graphic

Derbyshire Police said: "There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances but we need to hear from as many witnesses as possible.

"In particular, we want to trace the occupants of a car that was seen near to where the body was found.

"We understand that one of the occupants of the car got out for a short time, before then getting back in and driving off.

"We’re not sure precisely what time this car would have stopped but if you were driving along the A38 last night and you did pull over, we want to hear from you urgently."

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5 affecting J20 for A4303.

M1 Leicestershire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of an accident. Congestion to J20, A4303 (Lutterworth).

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

Brooklands Road

Officers found Brian Robson with fatal head injuries in the hall of his house in Cosby, Leicestershire.

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Severe accident: A17 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A17 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, before Stapleford Lane affecting A1.

A17 Nottinghamshire - A17 in Coddington closed in both directions before the Stapleford Lane junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Newark Showground and to the Sleaford Road junction.

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

Brian Robson killing: Neighbour admits manslaughter

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A man has admitted killing 84-year-old Brian Robson, who died from head injuries after being attacked at his home in Cosby in February.

The pensioner was found injured in his hallway in Brooklands Road after neighbours spotted 53-year-old Peter Bunyan kicking down his door. He died at the scene.

Police said Bunyan, who lived on the same street, pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Derby Crown Court and will be sentenced at a later date.

Brian Robson
Leicestershire Police

Det Insp Chris Barratt, the senior investigating officer, said: “Bunyan’s actions on that tragic day led to the death of a very much loved family man and devastated a family."

Listen: Scott Carson on Sunderland

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Derby County's goalkeeper has been talking to BBC Radio Derby Sport about tonight's season opener at the Stadium of Light.

He told Owen Bradley that goalkeepers have to work just as hard as outfield players during pre-season. Listen below.

Cash machine ram-raids 'believed linked'

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Two ram-raids at supermarkets in Staffordshire and Derbyshire which saw diggers used are believed to be linked, police say.

JCB used in botched Kings Bromley cash machine raid

On Wednesday, masked men used a JCB to try to steal the cash machine from the Co-op on Lichfield Road, Kings Bromley, but escaped without it.

Then yesterday, a digger stolen in Tutbury, Staffordshire, was successfully used to rip a machine from the wall of a Nisa supermarket in Hatton.

Detectives in Staffordshire say they believe they cases are linked and they're working with Derbyshire Police as they investigate.

Sinfin stink was down to waste plant testing

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

The operators of Sinfin's new waste treatment centre have admitted they were responsible for an unpleasant smell that wafted through the suburb on Wednesday.

They said the manure-type odour, which several people said was strongest near B&Q off Osmaston Park Road, was a result of tests being run before the plant comes in to full use next spring.

They added immediate action was taken to resolve the problem.

Map of waste treatment centre

Weather: Mostly dry afternoon ahead

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A fine afternoon with sunny spells and a few light showers although a lot of places should stay dry.

Weather map

Maximum temperatures of 21C (70F).

Campaigners meet to try to save brain rehab ward

BBC Radio Nottingham

Hospital bosses are being accused of deliberately trying to close down a unit that helps people with brain conditions.

Consultant sees a patient

Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust plans to shut the Chatsworth Ward at Mansfield's Community Hospital.

The trust said the decision to close is not financial, but due to difficulties in recruiting specialist medical staff.

But Jon Dale, from the Unite union, believes the hospital's recruitment policy is not helping.

"We know that they offered a consultant a six-month rolling contract and unsurprisingly he went elsewhere where he he could get more job security," Mr Dale told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"If the trust were prepared to advertise a secure post and give this unit a future, they would get the specialist consultant that they need."

Holidaymaker asks Chesterfield MP to check on house

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Some people expect a lot from our public servants...

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Watch: Riverside Festival to get under way

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

About 100,000 people are expected to turn out for Nottingham's Riverside Festival, which starts tonight.

Dozens of rides are being set up along the Victoria Embankment for the three-day event.

The city council has said it's confident everything will go ahead as planned, despite the recent wet weather.

Your comments: End of the road for Leicester's creative pitch patterns


We told you on Thursday that Leicester's creative pitch designs are set to become a thing of a past due to new Premier League rules.

Crazy pitch design
Getty Images

It provoked quite a reaction over on the BBC Radio Leicester Facebook page.

Catherine Ayrton writes: "Spoilsport! Creativity once again being ruined by people who don't appreciate it."

Spencer May adds: "Sad big up the grounds men tho impressive designs."

Finally, Jackie Hurst commented: "Fun police have spoken!!"

Severe disruption: A38 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between A610 and B6179 Derby Road.

A38 Derbyshire - A38 closed southbound between the A610 junction in Ripley and the B6179 Derby Road junction in Coxbench, because of a police incident. Diversion in operation - Via Local.

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

A38 to close again following woman's death

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

This follows the discovery of a woman's body along that stretch at 23:00 last night.

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Greener washing machine: 'Reservoir system would do the same job'


An in-depth technical discussion has broken out on our Facebook page over a greener type of washing machine that's been invented in Nottingham.

Blame Roger Swaine, who posted: "I thought of this a few years ago (yeah I know.. sure....) but I was thinking more of a reservoir so the first time the machine runs the tank fills first before filling the machine itself (a simple overflow system).

"The way the article is written it sounds more like they're just proposing that the installers fill up the tanks and then seal them. (Might be wrong though.)"

Join the debate here.

Washing machine unveiling
Nottingham Trent University

Paper talk: Interest in Demarai Gray

BBC Sport

Leicester City winger Demarai Gray's future at the Foxes is discussed in the BBC Sport gossip column.

Demarai Gray
Harry Hubbard/Getty Images

Notts to recruit 200 more police officers

Lisa Teanby

Newsreader, BBC Radio Nottingham

Nottinghamshire Police plan to recruit 200 new officers between now and the end of next year.

The force says it also plans to take on more constables in 2019 until there are about 2,000 police to cover the county.

However, Notts police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping has warned the plans are dependent on what budget they're assigned in November as well as the outcome of discussions on the government's funding formula.

Paddy Tipping

Watch: The new football season is here

Natalie Jackson

BBC East Midlands sports editor

I'm really excited for the new season. Watch our East Midlands guide below.