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Summary

  1. Live updates for Thursday 19 October 2017
  2. East Midlands transport projects get cash boost
  3. Family scolded for empty tank M1 breakdown
  4. Protest held against Derby libraries shake-up
  5. Leicester prepares for Diwali fireworks
  6. Foxes match avoids Christmas Eve switch

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By Calum McKenzie and Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J18 for A5 and J19 for M6.

    M1 Northamptonshire - M1 partially blocked and queuing traffic northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) in Crick and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) in Leicestershire, because of an accident. Travel time is around 30 minutes.

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J21 for M69 and J20 for A4303.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J20, A4303 (Lutterworth), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J21 for M69 and J20 for A4303.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J20, A4303 (Lutterworth), because of a broken down vehicle and a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Video content

    Video caption: Sainsbury's worker arrested over 'racist' Snapchat video

    The video shows a Sainsbury's worker complaining about customers of Pakistani descent.

  5. Our live coverage across the day

    Live coverage from the East Midlands has ended for Thursday, but some news, sport and travel will continue to appear overnight.

    East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow.

  6. Body found in search for missing man

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Police believe a body found in the River Trent this afternoon is missing man Johnathan Webster.

    The 50-year-old, from Chellaston, was reported missing on Saturday.

    The body, which was found between Castle Donington and Weston-on-Trent, has yet to be formally identified.

    Johnathan Webster
  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Nottinghamshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic northbound at J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of an accident.

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

  8. Protest held against Derby libraries shake-up

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    A protest has been held today against Derby City Council's plans to hand the running of 10 of the city's 15 libraries to volunteers.

    The shake-up, which will also involve Derby's Central Library being moved to the council's headquarters in Corporation Street, is aimed at saving the authority £648,000 a year.

    Library protest

    Protesters outside Chellaston Library said they were unhappy 41 staff members were facing redundancy and voiced doubts that volunteers would be able to sustain the current level of service.

    The council has been invited to comment.

  9. East Midlands weather update: Some early evening rain around

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry for a short time during the early evening, but further spells of rain are likely to move eastwards from later this evening onwards, most of this will be light in nature.

    bbc weather map
  10. Cash boost for East Midlands transport projects

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Transport schemes across the East Midlands have been awarded £17m from the government.

    Contactless payment is made

    In Nottingham, the cash will be used to help with the rollout of contactless payment on the city's bus and tram network.

    A total of £3.5m will be spent in Hinckley on improving signage, parking and traffic management.

    More than £5m has been awarded to Leicester in order to help build two new city centre roads.

    Road network

    The money will also be used on other projects, including the extension of the waiting areas at Derby Bus Station and the provision of bus stops across Derbyshire with real time travel information.

    Bus stop
  11. M69 crash victim named

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Police have named the man who died in a three-vehicle collision on the M69 earlier this month.

    The crash, which involved a breakdown recovery truck, a van and a BMW, happened at about 10:00 on Tuesday, October 10 between junctions one and two of the motorway.

    The driver of the breakdown truck, who died at the scene, has been identified as 42-year-old Christopher Hadland from Leicester.

    The van driver remains in hospital in a stable condition.

  12. Trains running through Derby again

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    All lines at Derby railway station have now reopened after services were stopped when a person was hit by a train earlier.

    However, delays are expected until 18:00 as a result of the temporary closure.

  13. Person hit by train at Derby railway station

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Rail services are currently being held at Derby railway station after a person was hit by a train.

    East Midlands Trains said emergency services were at the scene but has not released any more information about the person's condition.

    Derby railway station
  14. Leicester-Man Utd avoids Christmas Eve switch

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Leicester have avoided having to play Manchester United on Christmas Eve, following the publication of the latest Premier League TV fixtures.

    TV camera at King Power

    There had been reports that the game would be moved to 24 December. The match will now stay on 23 December, but kick-off at the later time of 19:45 rather than 15:00.

    Leicester's trip to Newcastle and the home game against Crystal Palace earlier in December will also be shown on TV.

  15. Could you tell if you were eating a cloned Bramley apple?

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Hundreds of volunteers are being sought to take part in an apple-themed taste test.

    Bramley Apple

    Visitors to this weekend's Southwell Bramley Apple Festival will be asked if they notice any difference in apple juice made from a cloned Bramley compared to juice from regular fruits.

    It is all part of a project being run by the University of Nottingham, who produced the clones from the original tree in 1994.

    The findings will then be fed back to Starkey's fruit growers, a Southwell-based company who are growing the only commercial cloned copies of the original tree.

    There has been concern for a number of years about the state of the original Bramley tree, which has been infected by a honey fungus.

    Original Bramley apple tree
  16. Foxes link 'paper talk,' says Dyche

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche has not been approached over the vacant managerial post at Leicester.

    Sean Dyche

    A number of reports had suggested he was one of the frontrunners to replace Craig Shakespeare, who was sacked on Tuesday.

    "It’s not the first time I’ve been linked," Dyche said.

    "You’re flattered by it. It’s some form of recognition of the work done.

    “It’s a paper story. I’ve never been aware of any approach."

  17. City set to mark Diwali Day with firework display

    East Midlands Today

    Thousands of people will gather in Leicester later this evening for what are known as the biggest and best Diwali celebrations outside India.

    Diwali lights and gathering of crowds

    Two weeks of cultural celebrations will be rounded off in the city with Diwali Day.

    Belgrave Road will be closed to traffic as people gather to enjoy the celebrations which will end with a huge firework display.

    Fireworks mark Diwali Day