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  1. Live updates on Friday 8 December
  2. Boy charged with rape after school incident
  3. Amber snow warning for region on Sunday
  4. Rape also being treated as attempted murder
  5. Sheep escape from livestock market
  6. Cake version of Bethlehem to raise cash for school

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By Dave Wade and Maryam Qaiser

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Leicester claim a third straight Premier League win as Ayoze Perez's own goal gives them victory at Newcastle.

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Derby County stretch their unbeaten run away from home to seven games with victory at struggling Barnsley.

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Joe Worrall's first senior goal helps Nottingham Forest bounce back from successive defeats to beat Bolton.

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Severe disruption: A46 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

A46 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at A5630 Anstey Lane.

A46 Leicestershire - Queuing traffic and the main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on A46 southbound in Anstey at the A5630 Anstey Lane junction, because of a police incident. Diversion in operation - via the exit and entry slip roads.

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

More snow photos from across the region

BBC Weather Watchers

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their snow snaps today - it's been lovely to see.

More of the white stuff is expected over the weekend so keep those cameras out and ready.

This was the snow in Hathersage earlier this afternoon...

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This was the scene in Mickleover...

Jill Hyde

And this pic in Smalley certainly looks festive.

Suze Hardy

Police appeal over missing woman with dementia

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Police are appealing to the public for help after a woman who suffers from dementia went missing this afternoon.

Gurmit Kaur, 65, was in Leicester city centre with a relative when she went missing at about 14:00.

Gurmit Kaur
Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police said she was last seen outside the Bowling Green public house, formerly known as the Polar Bear, on Oxford Street and was heading towards De Montfort University.

She was wearing a dark jacket and possibly dark trousers but had no phone or money with her.

Police are asking anyone who has seen Gurmit or knows where she is to contact 101.

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, between J30 for A616 and J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale.

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J29a, Markham (Markham Vale), because of an accident.

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

East Midlands weather update: A bitterly cold night ahead

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

A yellow warning for snow and ice remains in place for Derby, Derbyshire, Leicestershire until tomorrow evening.

The Met Office has also issued an amber warning for snow across the East Midlands on Sunday.

This evening will be dry but bitterly cold with the risk of ice on untreated surfaces - and a few snow showers are still possible.

Weather for the region

Travel: 'Black ice' on Peak District road

Dave Wade

BBC News

Stay safe out there.

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Six vehicles targeted in Hallaton

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Motorists are being urged to keep their valuables out of sight.

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BreakingBoy charged with rape after school incident

Dave Wade

BBC News

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with rape and possession of a knife in connection with a reported incident at a school in Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Police said the incident was reported at about 13:10 on Friday, November 10.

The boy has been remanded in custody and will appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

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Nottingham stars visit London exhibition

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Sir Paul Smith and Vicky McClure are Nottingham's ambassadors in London today, highlighting the city's cultural and creative connections at the National Portrait Gallery.

The designer and actress have been talking about their lives, work and relationship with Nottingham as part of the gallery's current exhibition of pictures of the city and its people.

Paul Smith
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Sir Paul said: "What is so fantastic is the sheer volume of people that have come out of Nottingham over the is not just creativity...there were famous movies like Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, the Playhouse, tons of great stuff."

Soubry gives Brexit deal 'warm welcome'

Dave Wade

BBC News

Anna Soubry, the Conservative "remainer" MP for Broxtowe, who's been critical of the Brexit process so far, has praised the Prime Minister on the last-minute deal with the EU.

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The deal moves Brexit talks to the next phase and has agreed no "hard border" with Ireland and protected rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU, according to Theresa May.

No specific figure for the so-called divorce bill has been set in the document but Downing Street says it will be between £35bn and £39bn.

Local Labour MPs have been less supportive of the deal.

Nottingham East's Chris Leslie tweeted that Northern Ireland border issues had been "kicked into long grass".

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SPOTY: Skater is 'one to watch' - Jayne Torvill

BBC Sport

Speed skater, Elise Christie, is one of the 12 contenders in the running for this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Nottingham skating legend, Jayne Torvill, has given the triple world champion her backing.

Torvill, who won the the award in 1984, said: "It's been a long time since someone from the ice has been nominated for Sports Personality.

"It's fantastic that Elise could win three gold medals at the world championships. What a very talented young lady."

elise christie
Getty Images

Christie, who lives in Nottingham, took the 1,000m, 1,500m and overall titles at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Rotterdam and won bronze in the 3,000m.

Named Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year, she also won a World Cup event in South Korea as she bounced back from being penalised in all three of her events at Sochi 2014.

Victoria Park attack: Group warning over safety

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A community group for Leicester's Victoria Park has said more work is still needed to make the area safe.

It comes after Charlie John Pearce, 17, from West Avenue in Leicester, was convicted of the attempted murder of a woman in her 20s, who he raped and bludgeoned with a paving slab in the park in July.

Entrance to Victoria Park

Mags Lewis from the Friends of Victoria Park group said although a lot of work had been done to improve the park, she sometimes felt unsafe passing through.

She said: "I usually cycle through it but I must say when it is late at night, I think twice... it should be my right to be able to walk through that park because it is such a well-used route into the town."

Leicester City Council said it was in the "process of preparing a proposal to expand the provision of CCTV cameras within Victoria Park".

Kelle Roos

Derby County's Kelle Roos is set to become Plymouth Argyle's seventh goalkeeper this season after joining the club on emergency loan.

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'Rare' gold jewellery taken in burglary

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Several pieces of jewellery have been stolen from a house in Mapperley Park.

Nottinghamshire Police has released images of the items, which are mostly gold and quite "rare and distinctive".

Items taken
Nottinghamshire Police

It was taken from a house in Chestnut Grove at about 18:30 on 22 November.

Police say the offenders were two men in their 20s who were wearing dark clothing.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6 affecting J23 for A512.

M1 Leicestershire - Queuing traffic on M1 southbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J23, A512 (Loughborough).

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

Rat droppings found in train kitchen

Dave Wade

BBC News

Rat poo has been found in the kitchen of an East Coast mainline train.

rat droppings

The RMT union said the droppings - found on a Virgin Trains East Coast service (VTEC) - presented a risk to staff and passengers.

The rail union has accused the operator of showing a "shocking attitude to hygiene and health".

Virgin Trains East Coast said it was an isolated incident, and the area was cleaned before being put back into use.

Places served by the London to Edinburgh route include Retford and Newark in Nottinghamshire.

Investigation after paedophile given woman's address

Nottingham Post

An investigation has been launched after a mum’s address was given to a convicted paedophile who was serving his sentence in Nottingham Prison.

The mum, who has no links to the paedophile, believes her address was handed over to him by probation officers in the prison.

Snow chance of a hole-in-one

Dave Wade

BBC News

Nottinghamshire Golf Club's green has turned white overnight...

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Sir Isaac Newton etching found at childhood home

Dave Wade

BBC News

This picture of a windmill is believed to have been hand carved by Sir Isaac Newton on the wall of his childhood home.

newton etching
National Trust

It was discovered at Woolsthorpe Manor, near Grantham, by researchers from Nottingham Trent University.

The famous scientist was born at the house in 1642 and later returned to live there during the 1660s and it's claimed he observed the falling apple that led to his theory of gravity in the garden.

isaac newton
Getty Images / Hulton Archive

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) technology was used to reveal the image, which was next to a fireplace.

Chris Pickup from the team said he hoped other drawings would be discovered.

Flock of sheep escape from livestock market

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Oh dear! It looks like a flock of sheep has escaped from Newark's Livestock Market.

They have headed over to a car park owned by Newark and Sherwood District Council on Great North Road.

The sheep are due to go on sale tomorrow, so they will need to head back!

Sheep in the car park

Nottingham city centre crash causing delays

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Delays are building up in Nottingham city centre due to a crash involving two cars.

Nottinghamshire Police were called to the collision on Wilford Street at about 12:55.

The force said there are no reported injuries but officers are advising drivers to avoid the area while recovery work takes place.

Wilford Street
Christopher Frost
Bethlehem scene

The 6ft edible Bethlehem has 90kg of icing, 48kg of dried fruit and four litres of whisky

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Businesses 'named and shamed' for underpaying staff

Leicester Mercury

Two Leicester businesses have been named and shamed for underpaying staff.

Eventful Temps Ltd and Smile and Implant Ltd are among 260 firms identified by the government for paying their staff below the legal minimum.

Crash causing M1 delays

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

There are delays on the M1 northbound between junction 30 for Worksop and junction 31 for Sheffield because of an accident.

M1 crash delays
Highways England

East Midlands weather update: A bright and chilly afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Generally, it will be dry, bright and sunny this afternoon with plenty of blue sky around along with a few wintry showers in western parts.


There’s still a yellow warning for snow and ice today until 18:00.

Bereavement suite opens at Nottingham hospital

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A purpose-built bereavement suite for families who have been affected by stillbirth has been officially opened at Nottingham City Hospital.

The new Serenity Suite - funded by Beeston-based charity Forever Stars - was unveiled earlier today.

Patron and BBC East Midlands Today presenter Anne Davies was on hand to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.

Official opening
Nottingham University Hospitals Trust

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield affecting J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale.

M1 Derbyshire - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J29a, Markham (Markham Vale).

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

Joseph Wright painting sold for record £7m

Press Association

A painting by Joseph Wright set an auction record for the world famous Derby artist when it sold for £7,263,700.

The piece - entitled An Academy by Lamplight - is from 1769.

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It was sold at the Old Masters evening sale at London's Sotheby's on Wednesday.

More than £25m worth of art was sold during the evening.

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Wright - known as Joseph Wright of Derby - was the first major English painter to be based outside London.

The English landscape and portrait painter was the first artist to depict industry and scientific experiments of the age. He died in 1797.

Your photos: Snow across the East Midlands


You're continuing to outdo yourselves with these cracking pictures from across the region. Keep 'em coming!

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Snow warning stepped up

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

There is now an amber warning in place for snow on Sunday for the whole East Midlands.


There’s still some uncertainty about which areas will be affected the most but 10cm is possible at lower levels with 15-20cm over hills and high ground.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - Stationary traffic on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle, all traffic being temporarily held and recovery work.

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

How far from Nottingham can you drive in an hour?

Dave Wade

BBC News

Traffic jams on a Friday afternoon can feel like the worst of the working week.

But how far can drivers actually get in an hour? Does leaving later make a big difference?

nottingham travel times

According to data from mapping and analytics firm Esri UK, this is how far you can get from Nottingham city centre on a typical Friday

  • Setting off at 16:00 = 40.2 miles
  • Settiing off at 19:00 = 41.7 miles
  • Setting off at 22:00 = 44.0 miles

Man, 67, killed in six-vehicle crash is named

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A 67-year-old man who died following a crash near Lubenham has been named as David Stacey.

The six-vehicle crash happened on the A4304 at about 11:10 on 27 November.


Leicestershire Police said officers want to speak to anyone who saw a red Toyota Corolla travelling on the A4304 towards Market Harborough.

SPOTY: Nottingham gymnast up for young title

BBC Sport

Nottingham gymnast Ellie Downie is on the shortlist for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

ellie downie

The 18-year-old became the first British gymnast to win all-around gold at a major international event with victory at the European Championships.

Ellie won the title in 2015. Previous winners also include Wayne Rooney, Andy Murray and swimmer Ellie Robinson.

Among the judges on the panel is Nottingham Olympic hockey star Helen Richardson-Walsh.