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Summary

  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. Walker dies at Peak District waterfall

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    A walker has died after falling from Kinder Downfall.

    Kinder Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT) says that she fell 50ft from the waterfall at about 17:00 on Monday.

    Another walker, who tried to climb down to reach them, got stuck when coming back up and was rescued by a team from Edale Cross.

    The coast guard and air ambulance were also called to Kinder Scout to assist.

    Neale Pinkerton, KMRT team leader, said: "The team would like to send their condolences to the family of the deceased walker at this tragic time."

    According to Derbyshire Police, the deceased walker was a 29-year-old woman.

    Air Ambulance
  2. Man exposes himself to woman near play park

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for information after a man exposed himself to a woman near a children's park.

    She was walking past the play area in Shipley Park, Heanor, between 17:45 and 18:45 on 29 March when the man sexually exposed himself to her.

    He is described as in his late 20s, 5ft 8in with brown hair and was believed to be wearing brown joggers and a dark hooded jacket.

    Shipley Park
  3. Housebuyers locked out by roadworks delay

    BBC Radio Derby

    People who have bought homes on a new housing estate in Derby have been told they will not be able to move in for another year.

    When developer Kier was given permission by the city council in 2014 to build 580 homes at Manor Kingsway it was on condition it carried out upgrade work on the busy Kingsway Island off the A38 to deal with the extra traffic.

    However, that work has yet to take place and Kier has reached the maximum number of homes it can allow to be lived in before it is completed.

    Manor Kingsway

    A number of buyers told BBC Radio Derby they've been warned they will not be able to move in until May 2020.

    The list includes Nottingham Community Housing Assocation, which had been due to take ownership of eight homes this month.

    Kier said it "takes its responsibility to customers and partners very seriously" and is "working closely with Highways England and Homes England to quickly establish a solution for this issue and continue to communicate with residents throughout this process".

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, from J22 for A50 Coalville to J23 for A512 Ashby Road East.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 northbound from J22, A50 (Coalville) to J23, A512 (Loughborough), because of an accident.

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

  5. Police looking to speak to man over drug dealing

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Police are looking to speak to this man in connection with drug dealing in the South Wales and Bristol area.

    Shaka Griffiths, 36, has connections to Leicestershire and police believe he could help with their enquiries.

    Police have asked the public not to approach him if they see him.

    Shaka Griffiths
  6. Roof fire 'caused by electrical fault'

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    An electrical fault caused a roof fire at a house in Chesterfield on Monday evening.

    Five crews were called just before 18:00, and the fire was extinguished by 21:45.

    The house was unoccupied at the time and nobody was injured.

    Firefighters using a ladder platform cut away part of the roof to help crews tackle the fire.

    House fire
  7. Nuthall residents worry about large traveller gathering

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Some residents in a Nottinghamshire village say they're concerned about antisocial behaviour and traffic problems when thousands of gypsies and travellers attend a nearby horse fair this weekend.

    The event is due to take place on private land opposite the Mornington Crescent housing estate in Nuthall after relocating from its usual spot in Warwickshire.

    Mornington Crescent estate and surrounding land

    One resident told BBC Radio Nottingham he'd taken time off work so he could guard his home while the event is on.

    Broxtowe Borough Council says as the fair is on private land, it has limited powers to stop it. Nottinghamshire Police says it will have extra officers on patrol in the area.

    Mick Davidson, who has organised advertising for the event, said there was no reason for residents to worry and much of their fear was "based on speculation".

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1 Rutland northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1 Rutland northbound severe accident, between B1081 and B668 Greetham Road.

    A1 Rutland - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on A1 northbound between the B1081 junction in Tickencote and the B668 Greetham Road junction in Stretton, because of an accident and a multi-vehicle accident.

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

  9. Loganair launching new East Midlands routes

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Scottish airline Loganair will launch new routes from East Midlands Airport to Brussels and Inverness this autumn.

    Starting on 2 September, the carrier will fly daily between the hub and Brussels, and six times a week between the airport and Inverness.

    Previously operated by flybmi, flights between Brussels and East Midlands stopped on 16 February.

    Loganair
  10. Election candidate sorry for 'anti-Semitic' posts

    BBC Radio Derby

    An election candidate who has been suspended from the Labour party over alleged anti-Semitism has apologised for "insensitive" social media posts.

    The Times reported that Neil Ploughman, a candidate for Amber Valley District Council elections, said anti-Semitism was "anything Israel wants it to mean".

    Labour said he had been suspended "pending a thorough investigation".

    In a statement Mr Ploughman apologised and said he has been "a lifelong campaigner against racism".

    Before the comments on social media were highlighted, Mr Ploughman was standing for Labour in Belper Central at the elections taking place on 2 May.

    On an election leaflet he was also listed as the chairman of Unison's Derbyshire branch.

    Unison previously said Mr Ploughman was no longer a member, but the trade union has since admitted it made an error.

  11. Derby man's cousin killed in Sri Lanka bombings

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    A Derby man says one of his cousins was killed in the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.

    Peter Anthony, who grew up in Colombo but now lives in Allenton, said his relative was among scores of people killed in a blast at St Anthony's Church in the Sri Lankan capital.

    Peter Anthony

    He told BBC Radio Derby: "One of our cousins went to the church on that day and they've found his body. It's not fair what they've done to innocent people."

    Mr Anthony said he was still awaiting news on whether other friends and family members in Sri Lanka have been affected due to the current social media blackout there.

  12. MP's constituency office vandalised

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa has said he feels "hugely disappointed" that his constituency office was targeted by vandals.

    Alberto Costa's office in Blaby

    Stickers saying "disobey" have been put all over the glass front and a notice stuck to the door.

    A message in chalk was also written on the pavement outside.

    A notice on the door of Alberto Costa's office

    Alberto Costa believes the damage to the office in Blaby was an attempt to intimidate him and his staff - something he has called "wholly unacceptable".

  13. Minister shocked after prison officer's throat slashed

    East Midlands Today

    Prisons Minister Rory Stewart has expressed "deep horror" at an attack on an officer at Nottingham prison just over a week ago.

    A 25-year-old man has been charged with assault after the guard had his throat cut and needed 17 stitches at HMP Nottingham.

    Rory Stewart

    Mr Stewart said there needed to be improvements to perimeter security, prison conditions and staff training.

  14. Watch: Albino model: 'I'm thankful for my skin tone'

    BBC News

    A 15-year-old model with albinism, who has appeared in Vogue, has said she wants to inspire people with disabilities to achieve their dreams.

    Kimberley Leech, from Swadlincote, would have dark skin, eyes and hair, but her condition means she has less pigmentation and impaired vision.

    The teenager, who appeared in the Italian edition of the fashion magazine, said she had been called names at school because of her condition.

    Video content

    Video caption: Teen albino model: 'I'm thankful for my skin tone'
  15. Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Some hazy brightness this morning before showers - some of them heavy - arrive in the afternoon.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather for the East Midlands on Wednesday 24 April 2019.
  16. Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Hi everyone. Today's updates will be written by myself, Nick Smith and Sandish Shoker.