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  1. Murdered toddler's memorial vandalised
  2. Fatal car crash fire engine not on emergency call
  3. Woman released in murder investigation
  4. Track workers near miss on rail line
  5. Trick or treaters 'superglued front door shut'
  6. Live updates for Tuesday 24 October 2017

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By Amy Woodfield and Maryam Qaiser

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Regular live coverage on this page has ended for the day - breaking news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear through the night.

    East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

  2. Van and motorbike crash closes road

    A serious crash involving a motorbike and a van has closed Diamond Avenue in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.


    Emergency services are at the scene of the collision, which happened at about 16.40 this afternoon.

    Trent Barton said buses on the road have been diverted.

  3. Weather: Breezy evening ahead

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    It’ll be cloudy with rain clearing to the south overnight and into the early hours but it will feel breezy.

    Showers will soon clear to the south first thing tomorrow morning.


    After that a dry day is expected with bright and at times sunny spells where the cloud thins and breaks.

    Temperatures will reach highs of 15C (59F).

  4. Police name head-on crash victim

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Police have named the 30-year-old man killed in a crash near New Whittington on Sunday as Daniel Spooner from Newbold.

    The car he was driving collided head-on with another on Whittington Road between New Whittington and Barrow Hill.

    Whittington Road

    The driver of the other car was a 72-year-old man. He suffered life-threatening injuries and remains at hospital in Sheffield in a critical but stable condition.

    Police are appealing for any witnesses who have not yet come forward to get in touch with them - particularly if they've captured footage of the vehicles on a dashcam.

  5. Derby athlete to compete in Australia

    BBC Derby Sport

    Heptathelete Niamh Emerson has been named in the Team England squad for the Commonwealth Games.

    Niamh Emerson

    The 18-year-old from Derby will compete in Australia next April.

    Her team mates will include Adam Gemili, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Greg Rutherford and Dina Asher-Smith.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J24 for A6 and J24A for A50 Derby.

    M1 Leicestershire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J24, A6 (Kegworth) and J24a, A50 (Derby), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  7. Blocked river cleared in Ollerton

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The Environment Agency has been in Nottingham clearing a blockage from the River Maun at Ollerton.

    River being unblocked

    The blockage was caused by a large branch lodged across the bridge channels. It was causing weeds and debris to get caught restricting the flow of the river.

    River being unblocked
  8. Track workers near miss on rail line

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    An investigation is under way after a team of track workers narrowly avoided being hit by a train.

    It happened on the East Coast Mainline at the Egmanton level crossing near Newark on 5 October.

    The train was approaching at 125 mph when the driver saw a group of track workers in the distance.

    Egmanton level crossing near Newark.

    The driver sounded the train's warning horn but could see no response from the group and after sounding the horn again he applied the emergency brake.

    The group moved out of the way shortly before the train passed.

    There were no injuries but the driver mistakenly thought he'd hit someone.

    The Rail Accident Investigation Branch will establish whether the line side work was competently planned and authorised.

  9. Man dies in motorcycle crash

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    A 31-year-old motorcyclist has died after a crash involving a car this morning.

    It happened in Drayton Road between East Drayton and Stokeham at about 06:40, Nottinghamshire Police said.

    Drayton Road

    The road has since reopened.

  10. Council to spend £8.5m on tower block sprinklers

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    Councillors have this afternoon approved plans to spend nearly £8.5m to fit sprinklers in high-rise flats.

    Nottingham City Council has agreed to foot the bill after the government refused to pay for the work following the Grenfell Tower Fire.


    City council leader councillor Jon Collins has warned it might delay other projects.

    Mr Collins said: "Our MPs raised this matter on a regular basis and from our perspective we have now made a commitment that we will be doing this work come what may, but we would like a contribution from government."

  11. Memorial garden for murdered toddler vandalised

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Fish have been poisoned and items have been damaged at a memorial garden to murdered toddler Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith.

    Dead fish in a pond

    Ricky Booth dedicated an area in his front garden to his 21-month-old daughter who was murdered by her mother in 2014.

    Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith.

    Mr Booth told the BBC the garden is the only thing that's kept him sane while he's been grieving for the toddler.

    Ricky Booth cleaning pond in memorial garden

    The vandalism was discovered on Saturday morning. Police were contacted and are investigating.

  12. Plans to 'maximise Nottingham's cultural life'

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    A 10-year plan is being drawn up on how to best maximise Nottingham's cultural offering.

    The University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham City Council are working together on ideas for the next decade and comes just days before the bid for European Capital of Culture.

    Market Square

    Nottingham City Councillor David Trimble said: "We will have a real coming together of everybody working together over the next 10 years.

    "A major part of that will be putting a bid in for the European Capital of Culture...we will have everybody working together...we want to reach every school and community."

  13. Conservative MP hopes to reconnect with young voters

    The Daily Politics

    Mansfield Conservative MP Ben Bradley says "inspiring" people is the key to attracting young voters.

    The 27-year-old, who is the first Tory MP for the town, said his party didn't have the positive messages which Jeremy Corbyn campaigned for during the general elections.

    Mr Bradley has now set up a new group of young Conservative MPs in the hope of reconnecting with young voters.

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    Video caption: Mansfield Conservative MP Ben Bradley hopes to reconnect with young voters.
  14. Foxes face Leeds in Carabao Cup

    Ian Stringer

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    The fact this game is probably the third talking point in the bars ahead of tonight's clash tells you that it’s either not very exciting prospect as a clash, or a lot is going on at King Power Stadium at the moment.

    Personally, I think it's the latter.

    King Power Stadium

    The game provides a good chance for the Foxes to progress through to the quarter finals of the competition against a Leeds side who are expected to make a number of changes.

    Leeds are focused solely on promotion from the Championship into the Premier League and this competition could get in the way of the busy fixture schedule in England’s second tier.

    So the conversations will likely be on who the next Foxes boss will be, how they’ll cope without midfielder Adrien Silva until January, then maybe a word or two on the game before the fans file into the stadium tonight.

  15. Car crash firefighters not on emergency call

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Police have confirmed a fire engine involved in a fatal crash in Leicester at the weekend was not responding to an emergency call at the time.

    Lubbesthorpe Way

    The fire engine collided with a car on Lubbesthorpe Way early on Sunday morning killing the 26-year-old driver James Sarson.

  16. Ambulance crew review 'good for rural areas'

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC Local Live

    Health bosses have reassured rural communities they will still get an ambulance when they dial 999 even though they're reviewing where crews are based.

    East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said it is looking at proposals which could mean some stations will have fewer ambulances.

    Review on EMAS

    David Whiting from EMAS said: "It is about making sure we have got the right number of resources in each area and then we will have less drift from particularly the rural areas into the urban patches.

    "These moves are positive for rural communities."