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Jail 'had leak talks with Venables'

A witness has given evidence in the trial of prison officer Scott Chapman, of Corby, who was allegedly paid £40,000 by newspapers for information about James Bulger's killer after he was sent back to prison in 2010 for child porn offences.

Bulger killer feared 'thug' tag

James Bulger's killer did not want his hair shaved off in prison for fear of it leaking to newspapers that he looked "like a thug", a court heard in the trial of a prison officer from Corby.

Man held over Premier League drone

A suspected drone pilot from the Nottingham area has been arrested after a device was flown over a packed football stadium, police have said.

Accused challenged on 'conscience'

A prison officer from Corby was challenged in court about whether he felt a "tweak of conscience" about making thousands of pounds from tabloid newspapers in exchange for "drivel" about James Bulger's killer Jon Venables.

More help for sexual abuse victims

Men who have experienced sexual abuse are to receive support from a project that has been awarded £252,964.

Fake Premier League star jailed

A failed footballer who had played with Derby County and who enjoyed a champagne lifestyle by pretending to be a Premier League star has been jailed for four years for a £163,000 fraud.

Alvin Stardust dies at age of 72

Singer and actor Alvin Stardust, who grew up in Mansfield, died aged 72 after a short illness, his manager said.

£5,000 boosts brain scanner appeal

A fundraising appeal for a specialist brain scanner at the University of Nottingham has moved closer to its target thanks to a donation of £5,000.

Brave fundraiser joins hospice walk

A mother-of-three who has a rare form of cancer is putting her best foot forward to take part in a sponsored walk.

First woman bishop likely next year

The first female Church of England bishop is likely to be appointed in 2015, a senior official has said, with Southwell and Nottingham set to be the first vacancy after a change in "canon law".

Rolls-Royce dashes growth hopes

Rolls-Royce, which has a major base at Derby, has dashed hopes for a return to growth next year after seeing customers delay or cancel orders due to worsening economic conditions.

Bionic leg helps jockey ride again

A teenage jockey from Derbyshire paralysed in a car crash has amazed doctors by walking and riding again - thanks to a pioneering bionic leg.

Secure hospital officers to strike

Prison officers at three high security psychiatric hospitals, including Rampton in Nottinghamshire, are to go on strike in the bitter dispute with the Government over health workers' pay.

Nightclub crush - no police charges

No criminal charges are to be brought by police against anyone involved in a nightclub crush in Northampton which killed two women.

Paper 'chucked money' at source

A prison officer from Corby contacted the press about James Bulger killer Jon Venables because of the "complete injustice" of his special treatment behind bars, a court heard.

Dog attack baby died of blood loss

A baby girl who was mauled by her family's American pit bull terrier in Daventry died from blood loss caused by head wounds, an inquest has heard.

Unemployment rate falls by 5,000

Unemployment in the East Midlands fell by 5,000 in the three months to August, official figures have revealed.

GPs 'struggle to spot lung cancer'

One in three lung cancer sufferers die within 90 days of diagnosis, research at Nottingham University has found, suggesting GPs are struggling to spot early signs of the disease.

Horse riders in 24-hour challenge

A group of horse riders were left with "numb bums and achy legs" after taking part in a sponsored 24-hour ride to help raise funds for a Chesterfield hospice.

Man charged over murder of woman

A man has been charged with murder after a 67-year-old woman was found dead following an incident at a house in Loughborough.

Jet crash: Road closures extended

Road closures around the crash site of a fighter jet which came down in Lincolnshire during military exercises are set to stay in place for another week.

Couple praise hospice home care

A man who suffered a stroke and a heart attack before being diagnosed with bone and prostate cancer has praised the "magnificent" care provided by a Derbyshire hospice.

Baby-killer dog was illegal breed

A dog that fatally attacked a six-month-old girl in Daventry was an illegal American pit bull.

BAE Systems to cut 440 jobs

Defence group BAE Systems is to cut 440 managerial jobs, including in Lincolnshire, as part of an efficiency drive at its military aircraft division.

Social media is powerful - McCann

The father of Madeleine McCann, from Leicestershire, said social media is "powerful" and should be used to "improve the world" a s he backed a national alert system to help find missing children.

'Witch hunt' claim in suicide case

The widow of a top Leicestershire police officer who killed himself after being suspended from duty over allegations concerning a failed US property business has hit out at investigators following an inquest into his death.

Funding to light up Sherwood Forest

A charity has received £8,750 to fund a series of anniversary events at Sherwood Forest Nature Reserve.

Mobile phone snap traps offender

A drug dealer from Nottingham who asked a friend to take his picture as he prepared illegal substances for sale has been jailed for 41 months.

Premium for National Park property

Home buyers must pay a typical premium of more than £125,000 to live in some of the country's most beautiful landscapes, such as the Peak District, according to a report.

Baby dog attack probe continues

Tests are due to begin to identify the breed of a dog that fatally attacked a baby girl in Northamptonshire.

Man jailed for fake detectors scam

A man has been jailed for making bogus bomb detectors in his garden shed which he claimed could find missing Leicestershire girl Madeleine McCann.

Loughborough tops university table

Loughborough University offers the best quality of student life, according to a poll.

Rail union staff to go on strike

Staff employed by a rail union are on strike around England and Scotland, including Derby, in protest at a "botched" restructuring exercise.

New tests over McCann 'troll' death

Police are awaiting the result of post-mortem tests carried out on the body of a Leicestershire housewife who was accused of directing online abuse at Madeleine McCann's parents.

Funeral farewell to last Mitford

The Prince of Wales has joined hundreds of members of the public for the funeral in Derbyshire of the last of the famous Mitford sisters.

Dead McCann 'troll' identified

A woman from Leicestershire found dead after being accused of directing online abuse against Madeleine McCann's parents has been formally identified.

Crime science free school planned

The Government has approved plans to open a free school specialising in crime science in a revamped police headquarters building in Northampton.

Group to offer tinnitus support

Clinicians in Nottinghamshire are establishing a new support group for patients affected by tinnitus.

Ban order sought for pitch invader

Prosecutors are to seek a football banning order against a fan from Derbyshire who invaded the pitch during a Championship derby match.

Madeleine father in web trolls plea

The father of missing Leicestershire girl Madeleine McCann has called for an example to be made of "vile" internet trolls who have been targeting the family.

101-year-old loses care home plea

A 101-year-old woman has lost her High Court battle against Leicester City Council to save her care home.

Abuse probe care home could reopen

A care home in Leicester could reopen after police dropped an investigation against four staff accused of mistreating residents.

Stall in growth of property values

House price growth has stalled for the first time in over a year-and-a-half as the surge of demand from would-be buyers tails off, property analyst Hometrack has reported, with prices remaining unchanged in the North East, the Midlands, the South West and East Anglia.

Two charged with Hayley murder

Detectives have charged two men with murdering a 30-year-old woman who was shot dead in February last year in a case involving police being called to a property in Leicestershire.

McCanns online abuse dossier probed

A dossier of online abuse directed at the parents of Madeleine McCann, from Leicestershire, is being examined by police.

Sentences quashed for US murderer

A US court has upheld a teenager's convictions for murdering two British tourists in Florida - including one from Northampton - but has quashed his sentences.

Coroner hits out at patient's care

The death of a patient from Leicestershire who was discharged from an under-staffed NHS hospital despite being unable to walk was contributed to by a string of serious failings in his care, a coroner has ruled.

Corruption probe: Army worker held

A former British Army employee from Nottinghamshire is the latest person to be arrested over Scotland Yard's long-running inquiry into the alleged corruption of public officials.

Firearm arrest closes motorway

A busy stretch of motorway was closed after armed police stopped a vehicle and arrested four men on suspicion of a firearms offence in connection with an earlier incident in Northamptonshire.

Man held after stolen digger chase

A man allegedly rang police telling them he had stolen a 44-tonne digger, sparking a pursuit in Leicestershire involving a helicopter.

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