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Summary

  1. Baby death 'almost certainly preventable'
  2. Blogger on trial for anti-Semitic songs
  3. Owen Jenkins legacy: Youngsters to be trained in water skills
  4. Doctors to launch private GP service
  5. Sheep left with 'serious injuries' after two attacks
  6. Updates on Wednesday 10 January 2018

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By Amy Woodfield and Maryam Qaiser

All times stated are UK

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Conrad Balatoni

National League side Torquay United sign former Falkirk defender Conrad Balatoni and Chesterfield winger Reece Mitchell.

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Severe disruption: A42 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

A42 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J13 A511.

A42 Leicestershire - A42 entry slip road closed and slow traffic northbound at J13, A511 (Ashby-De-La-Zouch), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Our live coverage across the day

Updates on East Midlands Live have now ended however links to some of our stories may continue to appear.

Live coverage will continue at 08:00 on Thursday.

Weather: Foggy start to Thursday

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Remaining dry overnight. Where we’ve had clear skies during the day mist and fog will form - this could be dense in places.

A minimum temperature of 3C (37F).

Weather
BBC

Any mist or fog will be slow to clear on Thursday.

It will be a dry day with light winds, staying largely cloudy but some bright or sunny spells possible during the afternoon - a maximum temperature of 7C (45F).

AA 'absolutely not being franchised'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The GMB union claim there will be 60 jobs lost as a result of closing the AA training facility near Melton Mowbray.

AA training centre in Melton Mowbray
Google

The GMB union has accused the AA of "squeezing the last drop" out of the business before it is franchised.

The AA president has called this "absolute nonsense" claiming "absolutely nothing is being franchised".

Edmund King said: "We are consulting on reducing some management and head office roles so that we can actually invest more in contact centres and patrols. We are also investing more in state-of-the-art training for our patrols so that our brilliant patrols' already impressive fix rates can be improved further."

Prisoner sentenced for attacking guard

A prisoner who attacked a guard at HMP Humber has been jailed for 16 months.

CCTV footage of the incident shows Reece Bayliss, 25, hitting the guard with an improvised weapon before being wrestled to the floor and restrained by security staff.

Bayliss, of Glenhills Boulevard, Leicester, was sentenced at Hull Crown Court on Monday after he admitted charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and criminal damage.

According to reports he was serving a sentence imposed in 2016 for drugs offences.

A prisoner who attacked a guard at HMP Humber has been jailed for 16 months.

Your comments: How to react to blue lights

Facebook

Our video teaching drivers how to react when they see an ambulance has got people talking.

Gabrielle Willets said: "I pulled over to let an approaching ambulance pass only for the driver of the car behind me to overtake me and then they saw that ambulance and eventually they pulled over."

While Glenis Woodings called for some calm. "It's ok to say the accidents were not the Ambulances fault, and I am sure we all try our best to accommodate them. But just sometimes you can't just get out of the way instantly. And feel Ambulance drivers should realise this. I know they are in a rush as someone life could be at stake."

You can join the debate on Facebook.

Festive armed patrols to end

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police in Derbyshire will no longer carry out armed foot patrols in crowded places.

Armed police officer in Derby
BBC

The measure was temporarily put in place over the festive season but the force has said it may be considered again in the future.

It thanked the public for the "overwhelming support" given to staff.

Asylum seeker accommodation to open

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

An accommodation centre for asylum seekers is due to open in Derby next week.

Laverstoke Court, just off Uttoxeter New Road, will accommodate 225 people who are destitute when they first apply for asylum in the UK.

Laverstoke Court
Google

They're expected to stay there for three weeks before they move on to longer-term accommodation.

The building used to be halls of residents for University of Derby students.

Police 'followed policy' in 999 call investigation

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

An investigation into the way Leicestershire Police handled a 999 call from a man later found dead in a car park has found the force "followed policy and procedure".

Promise Ndlovu
Leicestershire Police

Promise Ndlovu made an emergency call from his mobile phone at 00:19 on 29 October 2016.

He told the operator he was being held against his will and sounded "increasingly distressed" before the call ended about six minutes later.

He didn't give his name or location but police were able to find out who the phone belonged to and sent officers to his home address and to the area the call was made.

Medical evidence indicated that Mr Ndlovu probably died during the 999 call.

Police cordon
BBC

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) - previously known as the Independent Police Complaints Commission - believes efforts to locate Mr Ndlovu were hampered by the size of the area and nature of the buildings.

The IOPC investigator also found the force experienced difficulty contacting its on-call kidnap and extortion expert that night.

Last month three men were convicted for their involvement in the death of the 40-year-old and are due to be sentenced on Friday.

Council discuss expansion of industrial park

BBC Radio Leicester

Plans to expand a massive distribution centre in Leicestershire will be discussed further this evening.

Magna Park
BBC

In December, a proposal to double the size of Magna Park, near Lutterworth, was narrowly approved by Harborough District Council's planning committee. That decision was later called in for review.

It'll now be considered by the full council at a public meeting this evening.

Melton AA training centre 'to close'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The AA motoring organisation is planning to cut around 100 jobs - mainly affecting management and administration.

The GMB union said the company was also planning to close its national training centre in Melton Mowbray.

AA worker
Press Association / AA

The closure of the national training centre will reduce structured training and in the end, in our view, impact on quality of service delivered by the patrol force. All these cuts are a direct result of the unsustainable levels of debt left by the previous private equity owners."

Paul GraftonGMB

Extra strain on hospitals after rise in flu cases

East Midlands Today

Health experts in the East Midlands say they have seen a sharp rise in flu cases, which is putting extra strain on hospitals.

Derby's hospitals currently have 29 patients with confirmed flu and nine other suspected cases.

Public health officials say the flu season started just before Christmas, earlier than previous years.

Eligible patients who haven't taken up the offer of a flu jab on the NHS are being urged to get it.

Derby Hospital
BBC

Kingsmill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield said there has been 118 cases since 18 December 18 and 42 people are currently being treated for the virus.

Nottingham has 'low levels of air pollution'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Nottingham has relatively low levels of air pollution compared to other parts of the country, according to a new study.

The company Earth Sense has gathered data from around the country ahead of the BBC Two programme tonight, Fighting for Air.

It will examine what local communities can do to improve air quality.

Diesel
Getty Images

Current research suggests diesel cars are creating high levels of nitrogen dioxide.

Professor Roland Leigh from the University of Leicester, said: "Moving away from our diesel private vehicles is really tough, electric cars are challenged with range and availability of charging points.

"We have to try and minimise the impact of emissions that will come out of the existing fleet and not expect a very quick transition away from polluting vehicles."

You can check the pollution levels in your area with the BBC pollution checker.

Notts County midfielder Ryan Yates

Nottingham Forest's Ryan Yates is set to end his loan spell with Notts County and join Scunthorpe United on loan.

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Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J23A for A42 and J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J23a A42 and J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of an accident involving lorry and coach.

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

Karanka's first day at Nottingham Forest

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Forest's new manager Aitor Karanka arrived in the city to take training for the first time today.

He started the day by meeting his new players in the morning and preparation began for Saturday's match against Aston Villa.

Aitor Karanka
Empics

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J23A for A42 and J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J23a A42 and J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of an accident. In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 15 minutes.

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

Derby taxis in 'unacceptably poor' condition

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Taxis in Derby are in an "unacceptably poor" condition, according to the police

Derby City Council is now proposing to introduce age limits for the vehicles.

This means by 2020 licences might not be renewed if the taxi is more than 10-years-old and there will be more regular testing.

Fleet of taxis
BBC

Guided busway could link to HS2 hub

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A guided bus on concrete rails could be coming to the East Midlands to get passengers to the region's proposed High Speed Railway station.

Guided bus
BBC

Several places already have guided busways - like Cambridgeshire, Luton and Ipswich.

East Midlands Councils is spending £1m on a study called "Gateways" looking at how to get passengers to the HS2 hub in Toton.

It's thought a guided bus connecting Derby and East Midlands Airport to the hub would be significantly cheaper than a tram.

The findings from the study are expected to be revealed in spring 2019.

Council tax rise to fund new Christmas lights

BBC Radio Derby

Derby is going to get a whole new set of Christmas lights after this year's display was dismissed as "embarrassing".

Christmas lights
Getty Images

The city council has said it's putting £300,000 towards the decorations - the money will come from increased council tax.

Weather: Staying dry this afternoon

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Staying dry and brightening up this afternoon with some sunny spells likely - a milder day with highs of 7C (45F).

Police divers training in the Trent

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police divers are in the Trent in Nottingham this afternoon.

But don't be alarmed. It's just a training session.

River Trent
BBC
Ladybower

Send us your questions about the area and we'll investigate.

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Pollution hotspots revealed: Check your area

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Got some time to kill? Find out, on a scale of one to five, how polluted your address is with this BBC pollution checker.

Pollution checker
BBC

I've just been having a play - turns out the BBC locations in Derby and Leicester rate at "two" on the pollution scale.

BBC Nottingham is slightly worse, and worse than average for the city, at "three".

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J23A for A42 and J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J23a A42 and J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of an accident involving five cars. In the roadworks area.

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

Sarah and Jack Hawkins

An NHS trust apologises after a report indentifies 13 mistakes which led to an otherwise healthy baby being stillborn.

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Delays after city centre crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A crash on Maid Marian Way is causing delays in Nottingham city centre.

Drivers have been told to avoid the area.

We will update you when we have more information.

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One man dies and another injured in fatal crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Police have confirmed the driver who died in the "serious crash" on the A50 last night was a man.

Another male driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries following the crash near the Toyota Island last night.

The road reopened this morning.

Road reopened
Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit

Cricket: Taylor moves to Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The former Derbyshire seamer Tom Taylor has been signed by Leicestershire on a one year deal.

The 23-year-old has taken 64 first-class wickets in 25 appearances.

Tom Taylor
Leicestershire CCC

I am really pleased to be joining Leicestershire County Cricket Club and taking on this exciting new challenge in my career. I am looking forward to working with new head coach Paul Nixon and his assistant John Sadler, who I really enjoyed working with at Derbyshire."

Tom TaylorLeicestershire CCC

Baby's death 'almost certainly preventable'

Victoria Derbyshire

The death of a stillborn baby was "almost certainly preventable", according to an independent investigation.

Jack and Sarah Hawkins believe there were "gross errors and mismanagement" in their care, which led to their daughter Harriet's death.

The Hawkins lost Harriet after almost 41 weeks of pregnancy on 17 April 2016 at Nottingham City Hospital.

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has "offered their deepest sympathy" to the couple and has "profoundly apologised for letting them down so badly".

Sarah said they were waiting for the report to be published before holding a funeral for Harriet.

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, between J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham and J24A for A50 Derby.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J25, A52 (Nottingham) and J24a, A50 (Derby), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Watch: Monger returns to racing after crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Remember Billy Monger? Last year the teenager lost both his legs after crashing in a Formula 4 race at Donington Park.

Today the 18-year-old is driving professionally in front of a crowd for the first time since it happened.