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  1. Walker dies at Peak District waterfall
  2. Derby man's cousin killed in Sri Lanka bombings
  3. Leicester MP's constituency office vandalised
  4. Housebuyers locked out by roadworks delay
  5. Nuthall residents worry about large traveller gathering
  6. Union chair steps down after anti-semitism comments
  7. Updates for Wednesday 24 April 2019

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis, Nick Smith and Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

  1. PC guilty of assault at Derby station

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    A police officer has been found guilty of assaulting a man by using a Taser on him during an arrest at Derby Railway Station.

    PC Andrew Spiby, 53, from British Transport Police (BTP) was convicted of common assault after a two-day trial at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.

    The BTP said the officer was called to a disturbance on a station platform on 28 May last year with another officer, who used incapacitant spray on the man twice before he was Tasered.

    The other officer - PC John Severns - was cleared of assault.

    Derby Railway Station

    The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigated after the arrested man complained about the level of force used on him in front of his family.

    Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock from the BTP, said the officers had been responding to a "challenging situation" and added that the use of a Taser can "often be a difficult judgement" .

    PC Spiby, of Suffolk Avenue, Derby, will be sentenced in June.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, from J21 for M69 to J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J21, M69 (Leicester) to J20, A4304 (Lutterworth), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Magpies fall to cup final defeat

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Notts County Reserves fell to a 2-0 defeat against Bournemouth today in the Central League Cup Final.

    Tyrel Hamilton got both of the goals for the Premier League side at Meadow Lane this afternoon.

    Meadow Lane
  4. Men admit armed robbery at jewellers

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Four men have admitted robbing a Hinckley jewellers at gunpoint in January.

    The group appeared at Leicester Crown Court today and pleaded guilty to one count of robbery over the raid at Goldust Jewellers in Market Place.

    They are:

    • Aiden Rudock, 18, of Gloster Road, Lutterworth
    • Grant Samuel, 22, of Milverton Road, Coventry
    • Orrin Stevenson, 24, of no fixed address, who also pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm.
    • Timothy Wardrop, 22, of no fixed address
    Goldust jewellers

    Leicestershire Police said the men went into the shop about 11:00 on 25 January armed with two machetes and what appeared to be a double-barreled shotgun, though the weapon was never recovered.

    They threatened two members of staff before taking up to £80,000 worth of jewellery, and drove off in a BMW X5.

    The force said witnesses noted the registration plate and a short time later a car matching that description crashed in Market Bosworth, with reports of four men running off. They were eventually arrested by armed police.

    Det Con Jack Thomas, said: "The four men thought they could try and make a quick financial gain and make off without being caught.

    “But, thanks to staff and members of the public who were nearby – as well as our armed officers – the men were arrested within an hour of committing their crime."

    They will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on 21 May.

  5. HS2 'slashed home offer by £50,000'

    East Midlands Today

    A woman whose Long Eaton home is due to be bought and demolished by HS2 says she's "flabbergasted" after the company took £50,000 off the amount it was willing to pay for it.

    Diane Scott said she had negotiated a fee of £290,000 for the 300-year-old New Tythe Street property with HS2 in November but the offer was reduced to £240,000 after being reviewed by the company.

    She said HS2 had offered no explanation for its revised offer.

    Cottage in New Tythe Street

    Ms Scott said: "I feel absolutely devastated and I'm going to fight it. It's totally unfair and unjust. The property was valued by three independent estate agents prior to this at £325,000."

    HS2 said: "Every situation is unique and there will often be different opinions about the value of a property.

    "We have a responsibility to establish a price that is fair both for homeowners and the taxpayer."

    The company has agreed to carry out a further survey on the property tomorrow.

  6. Shop damaged in failed ram-raid

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Ram-raiders ploughed a 4x4 into the front of a Leicestershire shop - but still failed to get in.

    Police said the vehicle was driven at the convenience store in Tournament Road, Glenfield, at about 01:15, damaging the brickwork and shutter but failing to penetrate the shop itself.

    Shop damage

    Witnesses reported seeing a dark-coloured Mercedes at the scene and a number of people wearing dark clothing.

    Both vehicles left in the direction of Tatlow Road. No arrests have been made.

  7. Biker hurt in hit-and-run crash with newly-bought Skoda

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    A motorcyclist needed hospital treatment after being involved in a hit-and-run crash with a car that had just been bought.

    Police said the 55-year-old rider was injured when his Yamaha XT and a Skoda Fabia collided at the Dalehead junction in Axe Edge Moor near Buxton on Saturday evening.

    Crashed Yamaha

    The silver car - which had the registration MD04 VVK - had reportedly been sold at Buxton Raceway earlier that day and failed to stop at the scene of the crash.

    It is now thought to be in the Stockport area and police have asked for the public's help in finding the owner.

  8. A61 slip road remains closed

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    The Sheepbridge slip road on the A61 remains closed while fire officers investigate a gas leak.

    The suspected leak in Chesterfield has resulted in a 200m cordon and has also caused closures on Sheepbridge Lane, Foxwood Road, the B6057, Broombank Road and Broombank Park.

  9. Cordon in place due to 'gas leak'

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Several roads have been closed due to a suspected gas leak in Chesterfield.

    Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted that a 200m exclusion zone is in place just off the A61 exit road at Sheepbridge.

    People have been asked to avoid the area.

  10. Leicestershire Police appoint new assistant chief

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Julia Debenham has been named as the new assistant chief constable in charge of crime and operations by Leicestershire Police.

    The force said Mrs Debenham, currently a chief superintendent, was appointed yesterday following a nationally advertised selection process.

    She has been with the force for 26 years and last year played a major role in the investigation into an explosion at a shop in Leicester that killed five people.

    Julia Debenham
  11. MP asks for forum to tackle racism

    Tony Roe

    BBC East Midlands political editor

    At Prime Minister's Questions today Bassetlaw MP John Mann has called for a forum on football racism this summer.

    The Labour MP said football authorities are "not capable of getting on top of the problem".

    He cited an example where a Nottinghamshire referee had to hide in his car.

    MP John Mann
  12. CCTV image released after burglary

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Police would like to speak with this woman in connection with a burglary in Leicester.

    The burglary happened in Grasmere Street on 7 April.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A563 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A563 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between Scudamore Road and Dominion Road.

    A563 Leicestershire - A563 New Parks Way in Leicester closed and slow traffic northbound between the Scudamore Road junction and the Dominion Road junction, because of an accident.

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

  14. Biker's death was due to 'minute error'

    Emily Anderson

    Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

    An inquest into the death of Nottingham motorcyclist Daniel Hegarty in November 2017 has heard he died “as a result of the most minute error”.

    Mr Hegarty, 31, was killed in a crash during the Macau Grand Prix in China after he came off his bike on a sharp bend.

    The Nottingham coroner has today concluded it was an accidental death.

    Daniel Hegarty
  15. Hynd 'almost quit over Paralympic classification switch'

    BBC Sport

    Paralympic swimming champion Ollie Hynd has described the past 14 months as "the worst of his life".

    The 24-year-old, from Mansfield, came close to quitting the sport after being controversially reclassified last year.

    Hynd has the degenerative muscular condition neuromuscular myopathy and had been competing in the S8 class since 2011. But the International Paralympic Committee moved him to the S9 category competing against less-impaired rivals, he said.

    Ollie Hynd

    "I don't think I will get over what has happened, but I am getting better and trying to move forward.

    "I came really close to quitting swimming. There were days I didn't want to get out of bed.

    "I had been on the international scene for so long that my own perception and my self-worth was intertwined with me as a swimmer. When that was ripped away, I didn't believe in myself."

  16. Rams centre-back wins fan vote

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Derby County defender Fikayo Tomori has been voted player of the season by Rams fans.

    The 21-year-old England U21 international has played 49 games in all competitions this season.

    Fikayo Tomori

    His central defensive partner Richard Keogh was voted players' player of the season, while 18-year-old full-back Jayden Bogle was named best young player.

    The honours were handed out at an awards dinner last night.

  17. Missing man prompts public appeal

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Police are appealing for help finding a 55-year-old Derby man who's gone missing.

    Stephen Winson, who was last seen in Uttoxeter New Road at about 13:00 yesterday, was wearing black trousers, a white T-shirt and a black jacket when he disappeared.

    Derbyshire Police have asked anyone who can help to get in touch urgently.

    Stephen Winson
  18. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: A514 Derbyshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A514 Derbyshire both ways severe congestion, at A5111 Harvey Road.

    A514 Derbyshire - Very slow traffic on A514 Osmaston Road in both directions in Allenton, Derby at Spider Island. In the roadworks area.

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

  19. Assault arrest after early morning raids

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after police raids at two homes in Leicester this morning.

    Leicestershire Police said the operation, in Aikman Avenue and Goldfinch Avenue, was connected to an attack in the city on Sunday.

    Armed officers assisted unarmed colleagues during the raids. The arrested man is currently in custody.

    Aikman Avenue