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  1. Live updates on Friday 15 December
  2. Rape victim appeals to find attacker
  3. Thousands apply to have beard stroked
  4. Cricketer appeals exposure conviction
  5. Railway museum in £9.5m funding blow
  6. Council defends road gritting efforts
  7. Video shows bag's journey through airport

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By Amy Woodfield and Calum McKenzie

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from East Midlands Live.We will be back from 08:00 on Monday morning.

  2. East Midlands weather update: A dry but cold night ahead

    BBC Weather

    There will be clear spells through the night, but low temperatures mean a widespread frost will develop by morning.

    BBC weather grid
  3. Watch: Rape victim appeals to find attacker

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    Can you help Derbyshire Police in their investigation?

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    Video caption: Rape victim appeals to find attacker
  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A515 Derbyshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A515 Derbyshire both ways severe disruption, between Oak Lane and Cubley Lane.

    A515 Derbyshire - A515 in Little Cubley blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Oak Lane junction and the Cubley Lane junction, because of lorry stuck.

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

  5. Your comments: Council blames rain for gritting issues


    Leicestershire County Council's response to concerns about roads being left "iced up" has certainly caused plenty of debate on Facebook.

    Sarah Ferns writes: "What a load of rubbish. Markfield and the surrounding villages haven't seen any gritters whatsoever".

    Val McEntee adds: "I saw a gritter yesterday in coalville. The amount of grit coming out wasn't worth putting down tight sods".

  6. Ex-cricketer to appeal indecent exposure conviction

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby

    Former Derbyshire cricketer Shiv Thakor is to appeal against his conviction for indecent exposure.

    Shiv Thakor

    His trial in November heard he had been jogging around a housing estate before he exposed himself "through a gap in his trousers".

    The 24-year-old was put on the sex offenders' register for five years.

  7. Forest aim joke at Prince over wedding day choice

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    Nottingham Forest tweets...

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    ...Forest are due to meet 13-time FA Cup winners Arsenal in the competition's third round in January.

  8. Company boss in VAT fraud avoids jail

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    A man who charged customers VAT, pocketing £30,000 he was not entitled to, has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

    Derby Crown Court

    Martyn Partington, 57, of Marple Road, Charlesworth, Glossop, charged clients VAT through his CCTV installation firm, despite not being VAT registered.

    Derby Crown Court heard how Partington carried out the fraud over a four-year period from 2012.

    After admitting the charge, he was given a 20-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

    A hearing in March will decide whether he has to pay any money back.

  9. Rugby: Return of Toomua and Tuilagi

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Leicester Tigers welcome back Matt Toomua and Manu Tuilagi for the European Champions Cup fixture against Munster Rugby this weekend.

    Both are reunited in the Tigers' starting line-up, with Mathew Tait reverting to the full-back role in the absence of the injured Telusa Veainu.

    Manu Tuilagi

    Australia international hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, who arrived in Leicester this week, is included among the replacements.

    Quote Message: We prepared well for last weekend but we didn’t deliver on the day and were beaten by a very committed Munster side. Now we are looking at a big reaction at home this week. Matt and Manu have been training hard, they’re world-class operators and it’s great to have them back.” from Matt O’Connor Tigers head coach
    Matt O’ConnorTigers head coach
  10. Watch: Christmas money stolen from war veteran

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A World War II veteran has told the BBC how he mistook a young robber for a relative and let him inside his home.

    Once inside Harry Higgins' home in Melton Mowbray, the robber stole money the 91-year-old had saved for Christmas presents.

    Since the robbery the local community has come together to gather food and money donations for Harry.

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    Video caption: A community got together to gather donations for a war veteran who was robbed at home
  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6.

    M1 Leicestershire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, between J29 for A617 and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

    M1 Derbyshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of an accident.

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

  13. Your photos: Winter woollies

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It might be Christmas Jumper Day but some of you have spotted a different type of "winter woolly" in the East Midlands today.

    Like this flock of sheep in Calke.

    Sheep in Calke

    We bet these sheep in Clipstone were nice and warm in their fleeces this afternoon.

    Sheep in Clipstone