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  1. Updates for Thursday 7 February
  2. Snake pass closed due to snow and wind
  3. Former takeaway owner fined for selling turkey as ham
  4. Man's ashes shot up in fireworks display
  5. History of 'world's oldest factory' revealed
  6. 'Bald and proud' mum returns to netball

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By David Pittam and Nick Smith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Delays expected after serious crash closes M1

    South Yorkshire's commuters are being warned about a serious crash between a lorry and two cars which has closed the M1 just over the border in Derbyshire this morning.

    A crash

    The road between junctions 28 and 27 southbound will "be closed for a number of hours", according to Derbyshire Police.

    Traffic is expected to be busy in the area near the crash, with early morning commuters being told to expect delays heading southbound on the M1:

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    Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, from J28 for A38 Alfreton to J27 for A608 Mansfield Road Hucknall.

    M1 Derbyshire - Two lanes closed on M1 southbound from J28, A38 (Alfreton) to J27, A608 (Hucknall), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: A1 Rutland northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1 Rutland northbound severe disruption, from B668 Stretton to A151.

    A1 Rutland - A1 Great North Road closed northbound from Stretton to Colsterworth Services Junction in Colsterworth, because of emergency repairs.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, from J29 for A617 Chesterfield to J28 for A38 Alfreton.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J29, A617 (Chesterfield) to J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

    M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic on M1 northbound at J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  6. Our live coverage across the day

    East Midlands Live has now finished for the day but some articles may still appear on this page overnight.

    Live coverage will resume at 08:00 on Friday.

  7. Weather: Windy with some rain

    BBC Weather

    Clear spells this evening and, at first, overnight with the chance of a shower. Cloud will thicken and winds will increase with rain moving in.

    Rich David with the weather

    It'll be a very windy tomorrow with further outbreaks of rain that will turn heavy for a time.

    Brightening up through the afternoon with the chance of a blustery shower.

  8. Taxi driver refuses to pick up blind man and his guide dog

    David Pittam

    BBC News Online

    A taxi driver has lost his licence for leaving a blind man standing at the side of the road because he refused to take his guide dog.

    Mark Whittle, 57, wanted to be picked up near Trent Bridge, in Nottingham, in June after eating a meal with his wife who is also visually impaired.

    He booked a taxi but when the driver Mohammed Saghir, 59, of Sneinton Boulevard, arrived and saw Mr Whittle with his guide dog Archer, he drove off.

    A woman at the taxi rank told him the driver had not wanted the dog in the car and sent another taxi to pick him up.

    Mr Whittle said: "I was really angry about what happened. Despite [the cab firm] saying to him that he had to take us, he was adamant he wouldn’t have the dog in his car.

    "I’m sorry that he’s lost his licence because that’s his livelihood, but he’s only got himself to blame."

    After an investigation Nottingham City Council revoked his licence.

    Saghir pleaded guilty for failing to pick up a customer at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court in December last year. He was fined £210 with a £30 victim surcharge and £236.17 costs.

    Trent Bridge
  9. Race meetings cancelled due to flu outbreak

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Events at Southwell Racecourse scheduled for tomorrow and Sunday have been cancelled due to an outbreak of equine flu.

    The British Horseracing Authority has announced there will be no racing across the country until Wednesday at the earliest due to the outbreak.

    A decision about when events will go ahead will be made on Monday.

    Leicester Racecourse's next meet is scheduled to be held on Thursday 14 February.

  10. Woman, 80, attacked at village pub in 'road rage assault'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    An 80-year-old woman is in hospital after being attacked outside a village pub in road rage dispute.

    She was assaulted, along with three of her family members, outside the Rose and Crown pub in Barlborough on Sunday.

    The elderly woman fractured her pelvis after being pushed to the ground. She'd stepped in to help her 74-year-old husband who had been punched in the face by the driver of another car.

    Rose and Crown pub in Balborough

    A 61-year-old man was also punched and kicked and a 54-year-old woman was knocked unconscious after being punched and falling to the ground.

    The suspect was driving a BMW car and claimed prior to the attack he had been "cut up" by the 61-year-old man. He was reportedly restrained by his male passenger before they both left. Both women were taken to hospital.

    A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and has since been released while police investigate.

  11. Meeting to be held on £2m water pipe upgrade

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Severn Trent is inviting people in Market Harborough to find out more about its plan to spend £2m upgrading water pipes in the area.

    The water company is hosting a community drop-in session for residents to explain how it's planning to replace 5km of pipes to reduce the number of bursts.


    The 12-month project will start in April on Great Bowden Road, moving across the town throughout the year, including work on Kettering Road.

    The drop-in is being held on Monday 11 February at the Methodist Church Centre on Northampton Road between 16:00 and 19:00.

  12. Two men charged following assault

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Two men have been charged following an assault in Loughborough yesterday.

    The men, aged 28 and 24, have been charged with robbery and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

    The charges relate to a robbery at around 03:00 in Sparrow Hill, where a man was left with serious facial injuries and had money and keys stolen.

    Sparrow Hill
  13. Police assure public after stabbing

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Two people have been arrested after a stabbing in the Radford area of Nottingham.

    a 33-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman are suspected of causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a 42-year-old man was injured on Lawson Street at around 20:00 yesterday.

    Lawson Street

    The victim is in a stable condition in hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening.

    Police have said the assault was a "self-contained incident" and there is no wider threat to the public.