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Summary

  1. Arrests over racist chants at university
  2. Corpse sex fetish man has 'extraordinarily low IQ'
  3. Half of parking fines cancelled
  4. Police shake-up planned after city centre violence
  5. Snow warning for drivers in High Peak
  6. Cricket: Notts sign Ross Taylor
  7. Updates on Thursday 8 March 2018

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By Gavin Bevis and Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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, at J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

M1 Derbyshire - M1 exit slip road closed northbound at J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Severe accident: A38 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, between A516 and A50 J4.

A38 Derbyshire - A38 in Derby closed southbound between the A516 junction and Toyota Island, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane blocked on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M69 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J1 for A5 Hinckley and M6 J2.

M69 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M69 southbound between J1, A5 (Hinckley) and M6 J2, Coventry, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J23 for A512 and J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J23, A512 (Loughborough) and J23a A42, 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

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Dedicated live coverage has ended for today but some breaking news, sport and travel will continue to appear through the night. We will be back again at 08:00.

Have a great evening.

Parents could be fined for children's behaviour

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

Parents in Swadlincote have been told they could face fines of £100 if their children breach anti-social behaviour notices.

Anti Social
BBC

Sgt Graham Summers said they handed out several notices over half-term, which if ignored or broken will lead to fines.

Moon exhibition comes to cathedral

Chris Fawcett

BBC News

A large, travelling exhibition known as the Museum of the Moon is making its way to Leicester Cathedral tomorrow, marking the start of British Science Week.

Museum of the Moon
Luke Jerram
Museum of the Moon
Robert Sils

The display is a seven-metre wide representation of the moon, using highly-detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.

The exhibition has also toured Marseille, New York and Hong Kong.

Rugby: Nottingham name side for dead rubber

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Nottingham boss Ian Costello has named his side to face Ospreys Premiership Select in the British and Irish Cup tomorrow evening.

Josh Poullet
Nottingham Rugby

The match was initially supposed to take place in December, but it was snowed off.

Josh Poullet (pictured) captains the Green and Whites for the first time, with Jack Spittle and Joe Cobden both starting in the back division.

Corbyn meets female business leaders

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been visiting female entrepreneurs and business leaders at an event in Alfreton.

Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

The gathering, staged to coincide with International Women's Day, featured companies from across the East Midlands.

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 on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Rapper tweets support for 'racist chants' student

Dave Wade

BBC News

Grime star Lethal Bizzle has tweeted his support for Rufaro Chisango, who tweeted a video of alleged racist chanting at Nottingham Trent University.

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Lethal Bizzle
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The London MC retweeted BBC Breaking News' post about two arrests in connection with the alleged racist slurs earlier today along with a black fist emoji.

He also replied to the student's original tweet asking the university "what u lot doing about this??!?!?!???????!"

Netball superstar from a Ugandan village

Peace Proscovia is one of netball's biggest names on the world stage.
Peace Proscovia has taken the netball world by storm. She was the top goal scorer in the Vitality Superleague last season, she is now in her fourth season at Loughborough Lightning and she captained Uganda to their first ever Commonwealth Games qualification.

But it wasn't an easy journey. Peace grew up in a small village in Uganda, where her parents couldn't afford to pay for her education and she was expected to be married from the age of 16.

BBC's Betty Glover went to meet Peace to find out how she went from the Arua District, to the world stage. 

(Peace Proscovia playing for Loughborough Lightning. Credit: BBC Sport

Corpse sex fetish man has 'extraordinarily low IQ'

Dave Wade

BBC News

A prisoner who threatened to kill a police officer and a judge and have sex with their corpses has challenged his 45-year sentence.

Richard Ford
Lincolnshire Police

Richard Ford was serving a 30-month sentence at HMP Nottingham for possessing a knife when he made the threats from his cell in January 2016.

The 39-year-old was jailed for ten counts of making threats to kill a police officer, members of prison staff, a judge, a fellow inmate and a former partner at Lincoln Crown Court in December 2016.

At the Court of Appeal today, his barrister, Sam Robinson argued his sentence should have been less than 10 years - the maximum term for threats to kill.

Ford was a man of "extraordinarily low IQ", he said, who, having been behind bars for other offences, had become "institutionalised" and committed crimes in order to stay in jail.

The judges, led by Sir Brian Leveson, reserved judgment on Ford's appeal until a later date.

Puel: Not difficult to reintegrate Simpson

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester City manager Claude Puel says he won't have any problems bringing Danny Simpson back into the side.

Danny Simpson
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Simpson was left out of the squad for last weekend's 1-1 draw with Bournemouth, but is set to be recalled with Daniel Amartey sidelined for a month with a hamstring problem.

"It's not difficult, it's just competition between players. Amartey made good progress in this position. Danny came back from his injury and perhaps needed more time to get back to the right level. These players are close."

Claude PuelLeicester City manager

Vice chancellor 'appalled' at 'racist chants'

Dave Wade

BBC News

Professor Edward Peck, the vice chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, has tweeted about alleged racial slurs aimed at a student in a halls of residence.

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Rufaro Chisango uploaded a video of the apparent abusive chants to Twitter while locked in her room.

The university has apologised for delays in responding to the allegations.

Riyad Mahrez

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez says he has had no problems with his team-mates since his failed move to Manchester City.

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Puel: Leicester lack confidence after Mahrez saga

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has admitted his side have lacked confidence since they rebuffed Manchester City's approach for Riyad Mahrez.

Riyad Mahrez
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The Foxes haven't won a Premier League match since 20 January, a run which began with a 2-1 defeat at Everton on transfer deadline day.

"It was a strange atmosphere around the team," said Puel. "We lack confidence after this game."

Hotel fire: Road has reopened

Dave Wade

BBC News

Guests evacuated after hotel fire

Sandish Shoker

BBC Radio Nottingham

I've just been to the scene of a small fire at the Jury's Inn in Nottingham.

station street fire
BBC

Firefighters told me guests and staff have been temporarily taken to the Premier Inn hotel on London Road.

I’ve been told it’s all over now.

Fire at Nottingham hotel

Dave Wade

BBC News

Firefighters are at the scene of a small fire at the Jury's Inn near Nottingham railway station.

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It's believed to be a small blaze in the Station Street hotel's kitchen.

University sorry for delayed response to 'racist chants'

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Nottingham Trent University has apologised for delays in responding to alleged racist abuse aimed at student Rufaro Chisango (pictured).

It said: "We are shocked and appalled by this video. This vile behaviour will not be tolerated at NTU.

"The suspected perpetrators have been suspended immediately and we have begun an investigation.

"We are also cooperating fully with the police, who have launched a criminal investigation and have made arrests.

Rufaro Chisango
Rufaro Chisango

"It’s clear that there have been delays in dealing with this incident, and that is completely unacceptable.

"We will work with our accommodation partner to review our processes to ensure this never happens again."

Rail operator solves signal fault

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

East Midlands Trains tweets...

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Building to be lit up for International Women's Day

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Nottingham City Council tweets...

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Lorry breaks down on M1

This lorry is currently broken down on the M1 northbound near junction 24.

It doesn't appear to be causing too much disruption and a recovery vehicle is at the scene.

Lorry breakdown
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Hospitals not hitting A&E waiting time targets

BBC Radio Nottingham

Nottinghamshire's hospitals are still failing to meet waiting time targets in their accident and emergency departments.

Accident and Emergency sign
PA

Under guidelines 95% of patients are meant to be seen within four hours.

At the Queen's Medical Centre, the figure for February was just over 70%.

For the same period at King's Mill and Newark hospitals, it was 89%.

High Peak snow problems melting away

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Some welcome news for drivers in north Derbyshire.

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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Should it be Womansfield Town FC?

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Manchester City have renamed themselves Womanchester City today to mark International Women's Day.

They're among several organisations from the city who have tweaked their names for the occasion.

Perhaps Mansfield Town should follow suit...?

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Badger cull could come to Derbyshire

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Derbyshire is among nine counties where land owners have applied for licences to cull badgers in a bid to curb bovine TB.

Natural England, which issues the licences, said applications and expressions of interest had come from areas of "high risk" or those nearby.

Badger
PA

Culling is part of the government's 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease in cattle, but opponents say there is no evidence it works.

The licences allow badgers to be killed every year between 1 June and 31 January.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, which started vaccinating badgers on its nature reserves as an alternative to culling in 2014, said it remained "steadfast that vaccinating badgers is the alternative to a badger cull".

It added if the cull came to Derbyshire it "would not be allowed" on its land.

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New Leicester Tigers forwards coach Mark Bakewell says Welford Road is the spiritual home of English pack play.

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Video shows 'we hate blacks' chant at Nottingham Trent University
Two 18-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences.