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  1. Hundreds of schools close because of weather
  2. Man guilty of Leicester hate crime
  3. More snow predicted
  4. Flights cancelled at East Midlands Airport
  5. Roads closed and others impassable
  6. Updates on Friday 2 March 2018

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield, Chris Fawcett, Gavin Bevis and Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

Riyad Mahrez

Emma Sanders

BBC Sport

Riyad Mahrez's sensational stoppage-time equaliser snatches a draw for Leicester City against Bournemouth in the Premier League.

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Joe Lolley celebrates scoring for Nottingham Forest against Birmingham City

Nottingham Forest earn back-to-back league wins and consign ailing Birmingham to a fifth consecutive Championship defeat.

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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic celebrates Ryan Sessegnon's first-half goal against Derby County

Aleksandar Mitrovic grabs his third goal in as many games as in-form Fulham beat Derby to go fourth in the Championship.

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Our live coverage across the day

Live coverage of the snow across the East Midlands has now ended on this page. However, some news, sport, travel will appear automatically overnight.

East Midlands Live will return from 08:00 on Monday morning.

Weather: Snow showers expected overnight

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

It will be coldest during the evening across the East Midlands, with temperatures very gradually climbing overnight and strong winds also gradually easing.

Weather map

Despite the less cold conditions, some further intermittent snow is expected, bringing a risk of icy stretches.

Minimum temperatures of around -4C (25F).

BreakingLeicester explosion victims named

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Police have confirmed the identities of four of the five people who lost their lives in the explosion in Leicester on Sunday evening.

Brothers Shane Ragoobeer, 18, and Sean Ragoobeer, 17, lived in the flat above the mini supermarket in Hinckley Road.

Leah Beth Reek, 18, came from Melton Mowbray and Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, was from Oldham.

Although the fifth person has still to be formally identified, it is believed to be the body of Shane and Sean’s mother, Mary Ragoobeer, aged 46.

Victims of the Leicester explosion
Leicestershire Police

Brakes and cakes!

Kamlesh Purohit

BBC Radio Leicester

Eating lots of cakes is not awfully healthy but two women from Narborough, Leicestershire, have the perfect solution by cycling all over the globe eating cake!

Brakes and Cakes is a blog by Debs and Jo which involves exploring the world by bike, and eating a range of bakery items on the way.

Brakes and cakes bloggers Debs and Jo

The pair set off in 2015 cycling around Europe. Then they pedaled across the USA and to Japan, with a hop to New Zealand for some summer sun. In 2017 they crossed Asia, taking in China and Russia.

They finished their journey in Finland with a cup of tea and Swiss roll at the roadside. The two are now back in the UK, concentrating on home based trips.

Hundreds of homes without power

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

There are 495 people without power across the East Midlands, according to Western Power Distribution.

plug socket

It said it had restored power to 7,600 homes across the region over the last 24 hours.

Painting Melton Mowbray red

Mark learns the town is famous for pork pies, Stilton cheese and "painting the town red".
Mark Steel visits Melton Mowbray, which he discovers is famous for pork pies, Stilton cheese and the phrase "painting the town red".

Your photos: Snow across East Midlands

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

High winds across the region have caused snow to drift, including in Glossop - captured on camera by BBC Weather Watcher TomnMarli.

Snow drift in Glossop

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, at J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound at J29a, Markham (Markham Vale), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Leicestershire author's story goes stateside

Kamlesh Purohit

BBC Radio Leicester

A story written by a Burbage author is one of several included in a book for people with memory loss.

Jessica Jones' story was inspired by her grandma, who has late stages of Alzheimer's, about an adventure her grandma and her sisters might have had during their childhood in Wales.

The book has been picked for Read Across America day which celebrates storytelling and a love of reading. Flash Fiction for Flash Memory is a collection of 50 stories aimed at encouraging people to visit relatives with memory loss and enjoy a story together.

Author Jessica Jones with the book Flash Fiction for Flash Memory
Jessica Jones

'Amended timetable' on some train services

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Some essential info if you are planning to use the trains in the next 48 hours...

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Ashley Johnson: New arrest made

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Police have arrested a 20-year-old man from Leicester on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Ashley Johnson.

The 24-year-old died on his way to hospital after suffering a stab wound. He was found injured on Dannett Street in the early hours of Saturday morning, 24 February.

A 39-year-old man who was previously arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder has been released with no further action.

Picture of Ashley Johnson
Johnson family photo
Leicester City's Danny Simpson in action against Stoke City

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Leicester City are targeting a return to Europe after reporting record profits following their run to the last eight of the Champions League.

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CrossCountry rail services running to time

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

CrossCountry trains between Nottingham and Birmingham via Derby are operating as normal.

CrossCountry trains

The operator's route from Stansted Airport to Birmingham via Oakham, Melton Mowbray and Leicester is also running to time.

'Overnight weather' could postpone Forest match

BBC Nottingham Sport

Heat lamps now helping warm the City Ground pitch ahead of Nottingham Forest against Birmingham.

Heat lamps at the City ground

Forest say car parks have been cleared and gritted.

Overnight weather could yet be an issue.

Praise for farmers' snow efforts

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Farmers across Nottinghamshire have been praised for their "fantastic" efforts in helping to grit roads.

Snow by the side of a road
Stormrockman13/BBC Weather Watchers

Some have been complimenting the work of the council's gritters in an attempt to keep remote communities connected.

Councillor John Cottee said: "We had a lot of messages of support from residents who have thanked our gritting teams for their sterling work in tough conditions.

"Local farmers have also been fantastic in their efforts helping keep rural routes open."

East Midlands Ambulance Service 'very busy'

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

East Midlands Ambulance Service tweets...

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Football: Rams fixture beats the deep freeze

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Derby County's match against Fulham tomorrow is set to go ahead as planned.

Pride Park
Getty Images

"The relevant authorities this afternoon approved that the match could go ahead as planned following an inspection at the stadium," a statement from the club said.

"Work has been carried out over the last three days after the club activated its contingency plan to deal with the extreme weather conditions."

Your photos: Snow across the East Midlands

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Thanks to Jane McCarthy for this picturesque shot of Belper in the snow.

Snow in Belper
Jane McCarthy

Snowed-in farmer pours milk down the drain

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A dairy farmer near Ashbourne has had to throw away 1,000 litres of organic milk after the lorry used to collect it was unable to get through the snow.

Sue Prince, from Beechenhill Farm in Ilam, said she made as much macaroni cheese and semolina pudding as she could with the milk and even offered some to her neighbours. She had to reluctantly throw the rest of it away.

North Derbyshire hospitals 'coping well' in extreme weather

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

North Derbyshire's hospitals have been coping well in the extreme weather, according to its clinical commissioning group (CCG).

The CCG's comments come after operations were delayed across the country and low staff numbers put the health service under extra pressure in testing conditions yesterday.

Ambulance in snow

Chair and clinical lead Dr Ben Milton said: "There has been a lot of good news, unfortunately we had to cancel some operations but Derby hospitals were able to operate a normal outpatient service."

He added that staff members not getting into work made the day busier, but "contingency plans" were put in place overnight to make sure the same didn't happen today.


Notts County and Mansfield Town matches called off

BBC Radio Nottingham

Notts County and Mansfield Town have both had their matches tomorrow called off because of the bad weather conditions.

The Magpies will now go to Cheltenham next Tuesday. This is how Cheltenham's pitch was looking earlier...

Snow on Cheltenham pitch
Cheltenham Town Football Club

A new date for the Stags' trip to Stevenage is yet to be announced. It looks like new manager David Flitcroft will have to wait a little longer for his first game in charge.

Snow brought to patients too ill to go outside

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Those too ill to play outside in the snow had the snow brought to them.

Child with snowmen
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Patients at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust made snowmen from the comfort of their beds after the hospital's play service collected snow from outside and brought it to them.

Patient making a snowman in bed
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

We don’t have snow days very often and we didn’t want the children to miss out so we brought the outside inside. Some of them have been in for a couple of days and may be in for a little while so we wanted them to be able to enjoy the snow while it lasted."

Claire HardyPlay specialist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Police dogs enjoy the weather

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

There's some important police work going on from these two pooches today...

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Pennine routes still blocked

Most routes across the Pennines - including the M62 - are still blocked by drifting snow and abandoned vehicles, say Highways England.

The motorway remains closed "indefinitely"between junctions 20 and 24 because of snow, ice and high winds, say Greater Manchester Police.

The Highways Agency said the A628 Woodhead Pass (pictured below) remains closed in both directions between Tintwistle and Flouch due to severe weather conditions in the region, as is the A57 (Snake Pass).

There is better news on the A62 between Oldham and Huddersfield though - while it has reopened, police are warning drivers not to travel "unless it is essential".

Woodhead Pass
Highways England
Woodhead Pass
Highways England

Derbyshire school closure

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Another school has been closed today:

  • Harpur Hill Primary School

Deep snow in Derbyshire peaks

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

There's still thick snow at The Slopes in Buxton.

Earlier, there was a power cut affecting about 5,000 properties in the area. Electricity North West has said about 500 properties in the Peak District are still without power.

The Slopes in Buxton

BreakingLeicester explosion: Two more arrested

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Two more men have been arrested by police investigating the cause of an explosion and fire at a Leicester convenience store which left five people dead on Sunday evening.

The men, both in their 30s, and from East Anglia, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause an explosion and for offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Leicester explosion scene

Leicestershire police said: "No further details about these men, or the three others arrested on Wednesday and still in custody, will be released at this time."

Watch: Lorry rescued in Rutland snow

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Rutland 4x4 response driver Nigel sent us this video as he was out last night rescuing drivers caught out by the Beast from the East.

Speedway rider breaks back sledging

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester Lions will be without rider Josh Bates for the start of the season after he broke his back sledging.

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Bates landed on a brick underneath the snow and has broken a vertebrae.

It is not clear how long the 22-year-old will be out of action but the Lions say they are hopeful of a swift recovery.

Bates, who also rides for Sheffield Tigers, won't be replaced by either side until the full extent of his injury is known.

Teen arrested after assault left woman in a coma

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A teenage girl has been arrested by police investigating an assault outside the Victoria Centre in Nottingham.

Victoria Centre in Parliament Street

An 18-year-old woman was put into an induced coma after she was punched and kicked several times at about 20:00 on Tuesday 20 February.

The 17-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.

Body identified as missing man

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A body recovered from the River Trent in Newark on Tuesday has been formally identified as Ian Cree.

Ian, who was 50-years-old, was reported missing on 21 January 2018.

Man injured in 'merciless assault'

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Derbyshire police are appealing for witnesses after a 51-year-old man was assaulted in Langley Mill yesterday evening at around 17:20.

Following a row with a group of youths on Cromford Road, the man was attacked from behind and knocked to the ground where he was beaten further and left with serious injuries.

Cromford Road

The man is currently at the Royal Derby Hospital recovering from the incident.

Det Sgt Craig Walker said: "It was a merciless assault that left the victim requiring hospital treatment for his injuries...we are urging members of the public to contact us if they have any information about the assault or if they noticed anything suspicious in the area."

Watch: Mountain rescue teams help clear roads

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

This video gives you an indication of how bad it was on the roads in the Peak District last night.

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There are at least eleven roads in Derbyshire shut today because of the snow, with the county council reporting dozens more as impassable.

As usual, the north of county has been hardest hit with many main routes around Buxton closed.

The council also says that fallen trees have also been blocking roads around the county, but with high winds due to continue, expect tree debris and snow drifts to affect traffic throughout the day.

BreakingMan guilty of attempting to murder Muslim woman

Andy Trigg

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

A 21-year-old man has been found guilty of attempting to murder a Muslim woman in Leicester by running her over.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that Paul Moore targeted Zaynab Hussein because she was wearing a hijab.

The incident happened in Beaumont Leys last September.

Moore, of Letchworth Road in Leicester, was also convicted of seriously injuring a 12-year-old Muslim schoolgirl.

He'd previously denied attempted murder and grievous bodily harm.

Rugby: Tigers make two changes for Worcester

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers have made two changes to their starting fifteen to face Worcester on Sunday.

Captain Tom Youngs returns to the side with Tatafu Polota-Nau moving to the replacements.

Matthew Tait also starts, replacing the injured Gareth Owen.

Leicester Tigers teamsheet
BBC Sport

Tigers begin the weekend seventh in the Premiership table, but a third straight league win would keep the pressure up on their playoff rivals.