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  1. Far right group suspect from Leicester arrested
  2. Hospitals in region on 'black alert'
  3. Elderly passenger dies after M1 crash
  4. Longest-serving councillor passes away
  5. Expansion plan for Derby Theatre
  6. Live updates on Wednesday 3 January

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Weather: Chilly, cloudy and dry night

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Winds will ease overnight and it will stay cloudy and dry.

BBC Weather map

Turning chilly with lows of 5C (41F).

Park gets solar-powered defibrillator

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

A park in Leicester is among the first in the country to have had a solar-powered defibrillator installed in it.

Unveiling of a solar-powered defibrillator
Leicester City Council

The unit, which is the first of its kind in the city, has been put up at Bennion Pools nature area in Beaumont Leys.

Deputy city mayor, Piara Singh Clair (pictured fourth left), said: "This is a trial project but if successful, we will order more of these solar-powered units.

"Bennion Pools is the perfect place to try this out because it’s well used but doesn’t have any nearby buildings with a power supply."

The council has already installed 28 defibrillators at its parks and open spaces and it has plans to install six more before April.

Storm fells trees across Leicestershire

BBC Radio Leicester

Highways teams have been out across Leicestershire clearing trees that have fallen because of Storm Eleanor.

Man clears a tree
AFP/Getty Images

Fallen trees have been removed in Great Glen, Market Harborough, Swithland, Houghton on the Hill, Loughborough and Ullesthorpe.

A yellow warning for wind remains in place for the East Midlands until 19:00.

Storm Eleanor has been slowly working its way eastwards across the region but gusts have not been as powerful as those seen on Tuesday.

Ex-rugby player and fundraiser hit by 'serious illness'

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Former Leicester Tigers prop Matt Hampson is recovering in hospital after a serious illness over Christmas.

Matt Hampson
Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

In 2005, he was was left paralysed from the neck down after an accident in training and has since raised more than £1m for charity through his foundation.

Roy Jackson, from the Matt Hampson Foundation, told BBC Radio Leicester: "Matt has had pancreatitis, which I believe is a very serious illness.

"Matt's problem is he doesn't feel any pain...but he is getting there, they are dealing with and sorting out his illness.

"At the same time they are having to deal with his respiratory problems because he is on a ventilator."

Photo released in phone fraud case

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Police want to speak to this man after several mobile phone contracts were fraudulently taken out at shops in Derby and Burton.

Two of the deals were arranged at Carphone Warehouse's Ashbourne Road branch using the details of a 31-year-old man from Kilburn.

Police want anyone with information to contact them on 101.

CCTV image
Derbyshire Police

Your photos: Winter in Derbyshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Absolute Shower for this pretty striking image of Ladybower Reservoir.

Ladybower Reservoir
Absolute Shower

Watch: Woman's fears over non-urgent operation

East Midlands Today

A woman from Newstead has said she fears her operation may be cancelled as the NHS deals with a surge in patients.

Thousands of patients across the country have had their non-urgent treatment cancelled as the NHS deals with its "busiest week of the year".

Anna Read has already had her operation cancelled twice before this latest situation and fears it may happen a third time.

Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, at J26 for A610 Nottingham.

M1 Nottinghamshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Rugby: England quartet back for Tigers

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester will have England quartet George Ford, Dan Cole, Jonny May and Ben Youngs available for this weekend's match with London Irish.

George Ford
Getty Images

The four players were part of a two-day international training camp in Brighton earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Tigers head coach Matt O'Connor has confirmed Tom Youngs will miss the game with a hamstring injury.

Analysis: Councillor was 'conviction politician'

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

Ernie White was one of the most respected councillors at County Hall and, being re-elected an unprecedented 11 times, he clearly earned the respect and trust of local voters too.

He was a conviction politician, once briefly quitting the Conservative group, but by 2001 he'd joined the cabinet of Leicestershire County Council and never left.

He shared his enthusiasm and interest in local politics in a self-published book in 2014, "The Leicestershire Story: People, Power and Politics in an English County", but otherwise was a private person.

He suffered a short illness and his successor as leader of Blaby District, Terry Richardson, has said he'll be missed by people from all parties, across the district and county.

Tributes paid after death of longest-serving councillor

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The man who replaced Ernie White as leader of Blaby District Council has paid tribute to the long-serving councillor following his death.

Terry Richardson said Mr White had been "hugely respected across the political spectrum" and was "truly dedicated to making Blaby a better place".

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Elderly passenger dies after M1 crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

An 86-year-old woman who was injured in a crash on the M1 at the weekend has died in hospital.

Derbyshire Police said Elizabeth Harrison, from Barnsley, was a rear seat passenger in a Nissan Qashqai that crashed on the southbound carriageway between Chesterfield and Alfreton on Saturday afternoon.

A 90-year-old passenger from the same car remains in a critical condition.

M1 stretch between J28 and J29

Van fire damages crops in Nottinghamshire field

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Crops were damaged when a stolen van caught fire after being driven into a field in Nottinghamshire.

Police said the vehicle was taken from the Lincolnshire area at some point between 29 and 31 December and was found dumped on land between the villages of South Scarle, Besthorpe and Collingham on New Year's Eve.

Burnt out van
Nottinghamshire Police

Missing teenager found safe and well

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A 14-year-old boy who was reported missing from his home in Derby last week has been found safe and well.

Derbyshire Police said Que Smith was located in Staffordshire earlier today.

CCTV appeal after Lincoln v Chesterfield brawl

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Police have released images of several men they want to speak to after a brawl broke out as Chesterfield took on Lincoln City earlier this season.

The disorder happened in Lincoln's High Street at about 16:30 on 7 October.

PC Allan Guy, from Derbyshire Police's football unit, said: "With this occurring on a busy street, causing distress to a number of innocent passers-by - and bearing in mind the level of violence used - this incident is now a big priority."

CCTV stills
Derbyshire Police
Police officer

West Midlands Police say the six are being held on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism.

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East Mids hospitals struggle to cope with patient numbers

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A&E departments at hospitals around the country are reporting major delays as they struggle to cope with large numbers of patients.

In our region, Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre and Leicester Royal Infirmary are currently at OPEL four - the highest level of the Operational Pressure Escalation Levels framework.

The Royal Derby Hospital (pictured) was at OPEL four - sometimes known as a black alert - for a short period this morning but has now been downgraded to OPEL three (red alert).

Royal Derby Hospital

Longest-serving councillor dies

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Leicestershire's longest-serving county councillor has died.

Ernie White
Leicestershire County Council/BBC

Councillor Ernie White had represented Stoney Stanton and Croft since 1975.

The leader of Blaby District Council, Terry Richardson, said Councillor White was in local government "for the right make where he lived a better place".

Fitness turns around retired truck driver's life

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

A 70-year-old man who was struggling to move after decades as a truck driver has been given a new lease of life after taking part in a specific weight training class.

Graham Parrington

Graham Parrington, from Radcliffe on Trent, took part in the classes, known as calisthenics after seeing an advert on Facebook.

"I am doing things I never thought that my 30-year-old self would be able to do," he said.

"I had no core stability and couldn’t rotate my arms after being cooped up in the truck cab for so many years but I am a new man and loving the challenge."

Graham Parrington weight training on a lamp post

Burst water pipe closes school

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Pupils are being sent home from a Derby school after a pipe burst this morning.

Cavendish Close Junior Academy in Chaddesden is in the process of contacting parents.

The school has not yet said when it will reopen.

Cavendish Close Junior Academy

Clough: 'No contact' over Forest job

BBC Derby Sport

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough has told a news conference he has had "no contact" from Nottingham Forest about their managerial vacancy.

He said: "There's nothing to rule out at the moment. Football is far too unpredictable to rule anything in or out. I'm manager of Burton Albion."

Nigel Clough

He added that he felt Mark Warburton had been "very unlucky" to be fired by Forest after only nine months in charge.

Car park bridges being removed this week

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Nottingham City Council's transport department tweets...

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Carson Allen Claire Smith Caesarean death Nottingham

The baby died three hours after suffering a scalpel cut to the head during a Caesarean.

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Elderly man injured in Clay Cross crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A 74-year-old man was seriously injured when he was hit by a car in Clay Cross last night.

Police said the man was crossing High Street when the crash happened at about 18:40.

The Mazda MX-5 stopped after the collision but no-one was arrested. Police have appealed for witnesses and dashcam footage.

High Street

11lb salmon caught in River Trent

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

An angler has expressed his disbelief at catching an 11lb (5kg) salmon in the River Trent.

Gary Haynes with a salmon
Gary Haynes

Gary Haynes, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, caught the fish in early December near Gunthorpe weir.

Mr Haynes was so surprised by the catch that he sent his picture into Angling Times.

The magazine has featured it in its latest publication (see below).

Story about an 11lb salmon in the Angling Times
Angling Times/Gary Haynes

Mr Haynes told BBC Radio Nottingham: "When I got it into the net I realised it was a salmon, I couldn't believe it.

"To me, the Trent is the premier fishing river in the UK, it just goes to show how clean it is with salmon being present in the river."

High winds bring down power line in Rutland

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

About 280 properties are without power after high winds brought down a power line in the Rutland village of Tixover this morning.

Western Power Distribution said it happened at about 09:00 but they hoped to have the line back up and power restored by about 14:00.

Power cut map
Western Power Distribution

Woman charged over Christmas Day trouble

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A woman has been charged with affray following a Christmas Day disturbance in a Nottingham suburb.

The 21-year-old, from Radford, was arrested in Ferngill Close in The Meadows shortly after the late-night trouble.

She's due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 18 January.

Ferngill Close

Author wins national award

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

An author is celebrating winning a prestigious national book award.

Jon McGregor and a cover of Reservoir 13
TVC Group/Costa Book Awards

Jon McGregor, from Nottingham, has won the best novel category at the 2017 Costa Book Awards.

His book, Reservoir 13, beat off competition from hundreds of other pieces of literature to claim the prize.

The judges said McGregor's novel was "hypnotic, compelling and original".

He could now be named the 2017 Costa Book of the Year at an event in London at the end of January.

BreakingGroup arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Six people, including one man from Leicester, have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

The 26-year-old and five others arrested are being held at a police station in the West Midlands on suspicion of being members of banned far-right group National Action.

The arrests were pre-planned and there was no threat to the public's safety, police said.

Paul Smith modelling job 'down to Instagram'

BBC Radio Leicester

A woman has said her Instagram profile helped her to get her big fashion break.

Ume Romaan
Ume Romaan

Ume Romaan, from Evington, was chosen to model for Paul Smith after the brand were impressed with her pictures.

The company featured her on its home page.

Ume Romaan
Ume Romaan

"Social media is my platform to show how I would wear something or how I would style a piece," she told BBC Radio Leicester.

"Now its a bit more serious and I've got brands approaching me, wanting to work with me."

No fuel at M1 service station

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Make sure you don't get caught out by this.

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Expansion plan for Derby Theatre

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The owners of Derby Theatre are hoping to source £10m to fund a major expansion.

They want to create a new studio theatre next to the venue's current building and revamp its foyer.

They also revealed they enquired about relocating to the new entertainment venue being planned to replace the Assembly Rooms but the city council decided not to proceed with the idea.

Derby Theatre

Racing at Southwell

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

There is a seven-race meeting at Southwell on its all-weather surface.

People waiting to go into Southwell Racecourse
Getty Images

The action gets under way at 12:40, with the final race at 15:40.

Robbers attack woman with 'metal bar'

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A woman was robbed by three men and hit with what she believes was a metal bar in Breadsall yesterday.

Police said the woman fell to the floor after being struck on the shoulder as she walked along a footpath, known locally as The Slip, near the Windmill Pub at about 14:25.

The men took her phone and items and rifled through her coat before running away. Police have appealed for witnesses.

The Windmill pub