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  1. Operations cancelled as hospitals struggle
  2. Man, 74, dies after crash
  3. X Factor star knocked out by loft ladder
  4. 'Death risk' led to Christmas tree cordon
  5. Cycle lane to be moved after complaints
  6. Beer festival to move to arena
  7. Live updates on Thursday 4 January

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By Gavin Bevis and Maryam Qaiser

All times stated are UK

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Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku

Emlyn Begley

BBC Sport

Manchester United leave it late to beat Derby County in an entertaining FA Cup third-round game at Old Trafford.

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Severe accident: A38 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Derbyshire both ways severe accident, between A61 Derby Road and M1 J28 Alfreton.

A38 Derbyshire - A38 closed in both directions between Watchorn Island in Alfreton and Alfreton in South Normanton, because of an accident involving five vehicles.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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Weather: Warning remains in place for wind

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

The Met Office's yellow weather warning for wind remains in place this evening.

However the wind will begin to ease and it will be dry with clear spells with some outbreaks of rain.


It will be a cloudy start tomorrow with some rain but it will become drier and brighter during the afternoon. A few showers still possible but starting to feel colder with maximum temperatures of 6C (43F).

Metal sheet blown off building

Derby Telegraph

Emergency services are in Derby city centre after a dangerous large metal sheet blew loose from a building.

Derbyshire Police and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to East Street shortly before 3.30pm today.

Ambulance patients' wait times 'double'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

There's been a sharp rise in the number of ambulances being delayed outside hospitals, according to performance figures from NHS England.

Between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, 178 crews in Leicester were delayed by more than an hour and 182 waited between 30 and 60 minutes.

In Nottingham, 81 patients waited between 30 and 60 minutes while just four waited more than an hour.

But 233 patients at King's Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield waited 30 to 60 minutes and 41 waited more than an hour.

Delays in ambulances

In Derby, 152 patients waited between 30 and 60 minutes and just six people waited more than 60 minutes.

The handover of patients shouldn't take longer than 15 minutes according to NHS targets but at King's Mill between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve 43% of handovers took more than 30 minutes.

Richard Henderson, chief executive of EMAS said: "It has been a challenging time but we’ve delivered the best possible service with the resources available to us."

Photo appeal after Christmas display destroyed

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Police have shared CCTV images in a bid to catch vandals who damaged a Christmas display in Chesterfield town centre.

A sleigh with three elves and a reindeer was destroyed at the Vicar Lane Shopping Centre just before 23:00 on 21 December.

They've asked anyone who recognises themselves or someone they know in the images to call 101.

CCTV photo
Derbyshire Police
CCTV photo
Derbyshire Police

Plans for new £5m Lidl rejected by council

Nottingham Post

Plans to open a new multi-million pound Lidl store in Sutton-in-Ashfield have been rejected.

The budget grocery chain wanted to open a store on a two-and-a-half acre former Pretty Polly factory site in Mansfield Road.

Derby is 'third fastest growing UK city'

East Midlands Today

Derby is the third fastest growing city in the UK, according to a new report.

The research by an economic consultancy says the weak pound at the end of 2017 boosted manufacturing exporters in the city like Toyota and Rolls-Royce - with only Cambridge and Aberdeen's economies growing more quickly.

Leicester and Nottingham placed 33rd and 34th in the rankings respectively.

Rolls-Royce engine being made

Rape accused 'took advantage of damsel in distress'

Derby Telegraph

A 29-year-old man “took advantage of a damsel in distress” and raped her in her Derby home, a court has been told.

Bag of dead hares discovered by dog walker

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The RSPCA has described the discovery of a bag containing nine dead hares as "horrific".

The Leicester Mercury reported the gruesome discovery was made by a dog walker on a road in Swannington yesterday morning.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: "This must have been a horrific find for the person who came across the bodies which had been dumped in a large bag."

She added that as hunting hares was not illegal with the landowner's permission, the RSPCA would not be taking the matter further.

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Final weekend for Jubilee Square ice rink

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Ticket sales for the Christmas ice rink in Leicester's Jubilee Square have hit the 22,000 mark.

The attraction is due to close at 20:00 on Monday.

Jubilee Square
Leicester City Council

Beer festival to move to arena

BBC Radio Nottingham

The Campaign for Real Ale has confirmed that the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival will be held at the Nottingham Arena for the next three years.

It is moving venues during a major redevelopment of its regular home at Nottingham Castle.

Nottingham Arena

The event will run from 17 to 20 October.

Appeal after 'man flashes at teenager '

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Officers are appealing for witnesses after a man exposed himself to a 17-year-old girl in Bingham.

Nottinghamshire Police said it happened outside the Chesterfield Pub in Church Street at about 09:40 on 30 December.

Church Street

The man, who was in his 40s or 50s, is described as white, 5ft 5in tall, of slim build, with untidy grey hair.

He had a "scruffy appearance" and a noteable gap between his front teeth and a chipped tooth.

Your photos: Double rainbow in Derby

BBC Weather Watchers

Derby was treated to a magnificent double rainbow this afternoon - and our Weather Watchers were on hand to capture it.

Double rainbow
Double rainbow
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Double rainbow

Photo released of man killed in Clay Cross crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The family of a 74-year-old man who died after being hit by a car in Clay Cross earlier this week have shared a photo of him.

Alan Roberts, from North Wingfield, was struck by a Mazda MX-5 while crossing High Street on Tuesday evening.

The car stopped after the crash but no arrests were made. Police have appealed for witnesses and dashcam footage.

Alan Roberts
Family photo

Tram tracks cleared but delays remain

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

It might take you slightly longer to get home this evening...

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'Medical emergency' blocks tram tracks

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The emergency is also causing disruption to bus services in that area.

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Leicester nursery saved from closure

BBC Radio Leicester

A nursery in Leicester has been saved after the city council decided to rethink its Braunstone Leisure Centre extension.

Leicester City Council had planned to convert a space leased by Sunflowers Nursery into a new dance and fitness suite.

It could have led to the nursery closing for good but following a consultation, the authority will allow them to continue to rent the space.


Boots reports sales drop after 'challenging' period

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Boots' parent company says retail sales in its UK stores fell by 1.4% in the three months to December - describing the market as "challenging".

Globally, sales for Walgreens Boots Alliance rose by almost 8% but quarterly profits were badly hit because of costs associated with investing in a pharmacy company in China.

Boots logo

Puel: Mahrez 'happy' at Leicester City

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Claude Puel has spoken about Riyad Mahrez's future at Leicester City.

The Foxes boss said: "Riyad is a valuable player in this team. When I have discussed with him, he’s enjoying his football. He’s a happy player. This is a good thing.”

Riyad Mahrez
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When asked if the winger had expressed desire to leave the club, Puel said: “No. He’s told me he is happy."

Man, 74, dies after being hit by car

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

An elderly man who was seriously injured after being hit by a car in Clay Cross has died.

Alan Roberts, 74, was crossing High Street when he was hit by a grey Mazda MX-5, which was travelling towards Alfreton, Derbyshire Police said.

High Street

Mr Roberts, of North Wingfield, was taken to Northern General Hospital but has now died.

It happened at about 18:40 on 2 January.

Basketball: Injured Thomson expecting call up

Owynn Atkin

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Riders forward, Andy Thomson has confirmed to BBC Leicester that he is currently playing through an injury, but it won’t hinder his performances.

Leicester Riders court

Head coach, Rob Paternostro has been resting the 33-year-old over a busy festive period but may need to call on him during the double-game weekend ahead.

The Riders travel to the Plymouth Raiders tomorrow night in the quarter finals of the BBL Trophy, before hosting Worcester Wolves just 24 hours later at the Leicester Sports Arena.

Man dies in hospital after New Year's Eve party collapse

Leicester Mercury

A man taken ill at a New Year’s Eve event in Leicester has died.

The 32-year-old man collapsed at the One Big New Year’s Eve event at the O2 Academy in the Percy Gee building on the Leicester University campus.

Man robbed and attacked near railway station

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A 21-year-old man suffered facial injuries when he was attacked and robbed near Peatree Railway Station in Derby.

Police said the man had two phones stolen after being knocked to the ground by three men while walking home from McDonald's in Osmaston Park Road on Tuesday night.

Peartree Railway Station

Watch: Gary Rowett on Man Utd

BBC Sport

Derby County manager Gary Rowett says tomorrow night's FA Cup game at Manchester United will be a good test of his side's Premier League aspirations.

The Rams come into the third round clash at Old Trafford on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run that has seen them rise to second in the Championship.

'400 nurses needed' to plug shortage in Leicester

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

About 400 additional nurses are needed to plug a shortage in Leicester's three hospitals, according to a senior nurse.

The nursing vacancy rate is just under 10% at the hospitals, which means temporary staff are being employed to meet targets and some nurses are working extra shifts.

Nurse shortage
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Maria McAuley, assistant chief nurse, said: "If you think of how many wards we have, it feels we are short of a lot of nurses but in comparison to other NHS organisations it is not.

"Obviously we would like to have no vacancies whatsoever in Leicester hospitals hence why we are doing the recruitment day next weekend on 13 January."

Post office staff threatened with crowbar

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A man used a crowbar to threaten staff before taking cigarettes during a robbery at a post office.

Nottinghamshire Police said the man took a "large amount of cigarettes" before fleeing.

Post office in Forest Road

The man was described as white and was wearing a face covering and a dark-coloured hooded top.

It happened on Forest Road, Annesley Woodhouse, at about 06:40 yesterday.

Messages of support for ill ex-rugby player

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Stars from the world of rugby have shown their support for former player and charity campaigner Matt Hampson, who was admitted to hospital over Christmas.

Matt Hampson
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Mr Hampson, a former Leicester Tigers player, who was forced to retire from rugby in 2005 after an accident in training, has been suffering from pancreatitis.

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Roy Jackson, from Mr Hampson's charity, said on Wednesday: "Matt's problem is he doesn't feel any pain...but he is getting there, they are dealing with and sorting out his illness."

X-Factor singer 'determined' to get back on stage

Sonia Kataria

BBC News Online

Singer Sam Bailey said she is "determined" to get back on the pantomime stage after being knocked out by a loft ladder at her home.

The 40-year-old was taken to hospital by ambulance with concussion after she was injured retrieving a suitcase on Tuesday.

Sam Bailey
Sam Bailey Official

Martin Ballard, a BBC Radio Leicester presenter and the dame in the pantomime, said the cast were "shocked" to hear the news.

He said: "Sam's singing is irreplaceable and she drives the whole story.

"Her understudy, Mae Grocock, had to go on at extremely short notice and has done a fantastic job.

"We are all missing Sam and would love to have her back, but we also don't want her to rush back too early."

'Risk of death' prompted 'embarrassing' tree cordon

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Remember the furore around the city council's decision to place an extensive cordon around Derby's Market Place Christmas tree in November?

The barrier prompted much ridicule and was soon scaled down after the authority concluded its approach had been "over cautious".

Tree cordon

Today, in response to a Freedom of Information request, the authority has published the risk assessment it carried out before putting the original cordon in place.

The assessment had concluded the 35ft tree posed a "likely risk" of "multiple major injury or fatality" if it fell over and such an event would "potentially leave the authority exposed to criticism".

Severe disruption: A6075 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6075 Nottinghamshire both ways severe disruption, between B1164 Eldon Street and Tuxford Road.

A6075 Nottinghamshire - A6075 Ollerton Road in Tuxford closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B1164 Eldon Street junction and the Tuxford Road junction, because of unsafe building.

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

Open letter over homeless concerns

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A chief executive from a Nottingham art charity has written an open letter raising concerns about help for the homeless.

Dr Nick Owen from the Mighty Creatives said he tried to find accommodation for a man on Boxing Day but was turned away repeatedly.

It comes despite claims from Nottingham City Council that "no-one need sleep rough in Nottingham this winter".

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Dr Owen said: "You would like to think there might be spaces somewhere... to get into a room for a couple of hours to sleep and get a cup of tea... wandering the streets isn't an answer."

Nottingham City Council said it can't comment on individual cases but help and support is offered to everyone sleeping rough, but some reject it or are thrown out of shelters for violence or substance misuse.

Police seek permission for archives building

East Midlands Today

A planning committee will today decide whether or not to give Leicestershire Police permission to build a new storage building at its headquarters.

If approved, the proposals would see police equipment and archive material from across the county stored at a single site in Enderby.

The scheme is recommended for approval by Blaby District council.

Leicestershire Police headquarters in Enderby

Power back on in Oakham

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Oakham is fully electrified once again - the power cut had affected more than 700 properties.

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Lane remains closed on M1

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

One lane remains closed on the M1 northbound between junctions 23A and 24 for Kegworth following a crash.

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Shops blame pedestrianisation for lost trade

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Leicestershire County Council says it will address the concerns of independent shops in Loughborough who say they've been struggling financially since the town centre was pedestrianised.

Some businesses say they haven't recovered since the new measures were introduced.

Other issues raised by shopkeepers included high rates of crime and a lack of free parking.

Loughborough town centre