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By Maryam Qaiser and Chris Fawcett

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Derbyshire - Queuing traffic and two lanes closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident.

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

  2. Our live coverage across the day

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Dedicated live coverage has ended for this week but some breaking news, sport and travel will continue to appear through the night.

    We will be back again on Monday at 08:00.

  3. Weather outlook for the East Midlands

    Tonight will be dry with clear periods, allowing it to turn quite cold again.

    Weather

    Cloud will start to increase towards dawn with the chance of patchy light rain, and sleet over the hills.

    Minimum Temperature: 0 to 3°C (32 to 37°F)

  4. Aid sector abuse could be widespread, says MP

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Mid-Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham is demanding tougher action be taken by the United Nations following allegations of abuse by workers at Oxfam.

    She believes the issue of sexual abuse and exploitation in the aid sector is much wider than has been reported this week.

    Latham

    Speaking on BBC Radio Derby this evening, she said: "I don't have any proof it's happening elsewhere, but I went to a conference in Istanbul two years ago at the world humanitarian summit and people were talking about it as if it was normal".

    She added: "These are people being trusted by the most vulnerable people in the world in terrible circumstances and being abused... it's terrible."

    Ms Latham said she will be attending an evidence session with the Chairman of Trustees of Oxfam on Tuesday and is determined to expose any other charities acting in the same way.

  5. 'Dangerous individual' facing many years in prison

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Leicestershire Police have released a statement following the conviction of rapist Charlie Pearce at the Old Bailey this afternoon.

    Charlie Pearce

    Det Ch Insp Rob Widdowson, who led the investigation, said: “The victim has shown immense courage and fortitude that has at times left me and the many officers who worked on this investigation speechless."

    He said Pearce was "a dangerous individual, who's not yet an adult... he now faces many years in prison for what he did".

    "I only hope he will come to terms with the entirety of his actions and turn his life around."

  6. 'Brutal' existence under Islamic State

    Jeremy Ball

    Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

    A refugee who's living in Derby has been explaining what life was like under the Islamic State group in Northern Iraq.

    Islamic State flag

    Darean Hamaali said the extremists tried to make him fight for them, and force his sister to marry.

    He spent a year-and-a-half under the self-declared "caliphate" and told the BBC that his time there was "brutal" with daily executions.

    Darean is now trying to build a new life as part of Derby County's Community Football project.

  7. Farmer gets green light for wind turbine

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    Campaigners hoping to stop a 50-metre wind turbine being put up in a "historic" part of Nottinghamshire have lost their appeal.

    Wind Turbine

    Farmer John Jones argued that he needed the turbine to provide power for his business near Woodborough.

    But a local pressure group said that it should not be built as it would be near a number of listed buildings, scheduled monuments and conservation areas.

    Gedling Borough Council granted planning permission for the turbine in April 2016.

    Ahead of today's ruling, the Court of Appeal heard that the application had only received 67 written objections.

    Dismissing the campaigners' appeal, Lord Justice Burnett, concluded that "the balance of opinion in the local community is likely to be in favour of the proposal".

  8. Riders go for fourth straight BBL Trophy Final

    Mike McCarthy

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    Leicester Riders are in the driving seat going into the second leg of their BBL Trophy semi-final tonight.

    The defending champions take a nine-point advantage over London Lions into tonight's match at the Leicester Arena.

    You can watch it live on the BBC Sport website from 19.30.

    The winners take on Sheffield Sharks in Glasgow next month.

    Leicester Riders horseshoe logo
  9. Teenage rapist 'exceptionally dangerous'

    Press Association

    During this afternoon's sentencing of teenage rapist Charlie Pearce, Judge Mr Justice Haddon-Cave described him as "exceptionally dangerous", and the attack on his victim as "animalistic savagery".

    Charlie pearce

    The Old Bailey heard that Pearce, of Clarendon Park, attacked the woman - who is in her 20s - with a sexual or sadistic nature and had "intended to silence her forever".

    The judge added: "The defendant set out that evening to mark his 17th birthday to find a woman to attack and violently rape... he can be seen on CCTV circling the park and hunting [the victim] down as she walked through the park."

  10. Derby County legend honoured at his old school

    Navtej Johal

    East Midlands Today reporter

    Derby County's all-time leading goalscorer Steve Bloomer has been commemorated with a blue plaque.

    Steve Bloomer plaque

    In two spells for the Rams in the early 1900s, Bloomer scored 292 goals in 473 appearances making him a Baseball Ground hero in the process.

    The marker was unveiled this lunchtime on the site of his old school, now the Paul Wallis Fashions building, on Portland Street in Derby.

    Plaque

    Mayor of Derby, councillor John Whiby, was at the unveiling with Derby County legend Roger Davies.

    Both credited Bloomer's contribution to football in Derby, and nationally.

    "Once you get associated with anything Derby County related, Steve Bloomer just comes out and hits you... with his records, the bus at the ground, the song we sing every game... it's incredible," Roger said.

  11. Leicester teenage rapist jailed for life

    Mike O'Sullivan

    Reporter, East Midlands Today

    A teenager who was convicted of attempting to murder a woman he raped and bludgeoned with a paving slab has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 11 years.

    Charlie Pearce, 17, carried out the "horrific attack" in Leicester's Victoria Park on 3 July.

    Police scene

    In a statement, the victim said: "This disconcerting disconnection between my body and my mind sits alongside the jaw pain I now experience, the loss of hearing in my right ear and the bald patches on my scalp where hair will never grow again, which are all physical reminders of the damage that was done to me by a complete stranger."

    Judge Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said: "She could remember nothing of her ordeal, her life had been hanging on a thread."

    Pearce was sentenced at the Old Bailey this afternoon.

  12. Students earn gold award in National Citizen Service

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    A group of students who took part in a programme to develop their confidence have been presented with an award.

    Year 11 pupils from Nottingham Bluecoat Academy in Wollaton completed the National Citizen Service and won the gold award.

    It's a four-week scheme where youngsters take part in an outdoor activity, volunteer with organisations and raise money for charity with the aim of improving life skills such as team building.

    Award

    Teacher Helen Shirtcliffe, who was leading the project, said: “It is very pleasing to note that students from all sections of our school community took part.

    “In line with the ethos of our school, it does not matter how affluent you are, whether you have challenges to overcome or not, academically gifted or not, everyone had the opportunity to participate and shine."

    It was the first time the school had taken part.

  13. Police: Knife crime in city 'no worse' than elsewhere

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    A senior police officer appointed to tackle knife crime in Nottingham claims the area has no more of a problem than other major cities.

    Knife behind a back

    This is despite at least 13 knife-related crimes reported since the beginning of the year.

    Det Supt Simon Firth, who officially started work in the new role today, told BBC Radio Nottingham that it's a "very specific area of the community who're involved... typically young men aged between 18-24".

    He added: "The chances of being a victim of knife crime in this city are minute... I don't want it to be blown out of proportion."

  14. Here's the damage caused to a Leicester restaurant

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Repairs are under way to the restaurant in Leicester that was hit by a car earlier this morning.

    Bistro
    Bistro

    Despite the damage to the entrance there is a sign in the window saying they plan to open at 14:30 this afternoon.