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  1. AA questions A50 upgrade plans
  2. Dog 'left to die in brambles'
  3. Driver follows sat-nav into 'icy water'
  4. School closed after heating failure
  5. Puel eyes League Cup redemption
  6. Live updates on 18 December

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By Maryam Qaiser and Calum McKenzie

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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J22 for A50 and J23 for A512.

M1 Leicestershire - Stationary traffic on M1 northbound between J22, A50 (Coalville) and J23, A512 (Loughborough), because of a rolling road-block and emergency repairs.

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

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Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J20 for A4303 and J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J20, A4303 (Lutterworth) and J21, M69 (Leicester), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, at Trowell Services.

M1 Nottinghamshire - M1 lane closed on slip road into the services northbound at Trowell Services, because of a broken down lorry.

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

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Your views: School holidays to be cut short


People have been getting in touch on Facebook to share their views after it was announced the school summer holidays will be cut to five weeks.

This affects schools in Nottinghamshire and will mean an extra week will be added to October's half term.

Jayne Thomas-Good said: "Would be better in May/June when there's nicer weather and the days are a bit longer."

Changes to the school holidays

Shannon Ellis said: "Great news! The summer holidays is too long and it'll spread it all out a bit more. Good on the council for putting this to the public and following the responses."

Kristin McIntosh said: "Not happy and I said so in the consultation- counting up the dates it equated to just four weeks off over the summer for some years due to the part weeks which makes taking a holiday even more difficulty."

Jane Gretton Richards said: "Yes it’s a terrible idea, two weeks in cold October?????"

A1 north remains shut after lorry crash

BBC News Travel

The A1 remains shut heading north between Grantham and Newark after a lorry crashed earlier today.

Highways Agency

It happened shortly after lunch, spilling its load and crossing onto the southbound carriageway.

One lane remains closed heading south as the Highways Agency works to clear the road.

Highways Agency

A lengthy diversion is in place along the A52 and A46, and is likely to remain in place well into the evening.

Thieves steal Christmas gifts due for posting

BBC Radio Leicester

Thieves have taken around 50 parcels from a Post Office.

Post Office

Police believe the break in, at a branch in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, happened between 14:30 on Saturday afternoon and 07:30 this morning.

The thieves broke a window to gain access to the building and steal the packages.

Weather: Weather warning for fog

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for fog, which will remain in place until midday tomorrow.

This evening will be dry but cloudy with some patches of fog.


Tomorrow the fog will slowly clear as milder air spreads south eastwards over the course of the day.

There is the chance of some patchy drizzle in the afternoon with highs of 7C (45F).

Man suffers 'serious injuries' in hit-and-run

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A 47-year-old man remains in hospital a month after a hit-and-run in Derby.

Derbyshire Police said the car failed to stop in Traffic Street and instead drove off towards London Road.

The man is being treated for "broken bones" at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

London Road

PC Jeremy Howes-Salisbury said: “We’re keen to speak to anyone who may have information about the offending vehicle – a small black car – possibly a VW Golf.

“The victim has suffered serious injuries that have left him hospitalised for over a month, causing him and his family significant distress.”

It happened on 16 November at about 17:00.

Watch: Christmas dinner on a BBQ?

Anna Allatt

BBC News

British BBQ champion Scott Lane from Leicestershire has cooked Christmas dinner on a barbecue for the past nine years.

It includes Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes and glazed parsnips on the grill.

Delays on M1 after crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Traffic is building up on the M1 northbound towards junction 21 near Leicester following an accident.

Highways England
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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Officers find 'cannabis plants' at a house

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Police seized 10 suspected cannabis plants in a raid on a property in Eckington.

A 34-year-old man was arrested in connection with the find and has since been released while investigations continue.

Cedar Close

Derbyshire Police said the plants were found in Cedar Close on 8 December. Details have only just been released.

Puel eyes shot at League Cup redemption


Leicester City boss Claude Puel feels like he has a score to settle with the League Cup, as he prepares to face Manchester City in the competiton's quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Claude Puel
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Puel's Southampton lost the League Cup final 3-2 to Manchester United at Wembley when Saints' striker Manolo Gabbiadini had a goal controversially ruled out with the game at 0-0.

Defeat was hard on Puel and Southampton and, now Foxes manager, he is eager to right some wrongs.

"The next game will tell us if this is possible or not because we have to play a fantastic team," said Puel.

"They are the top team in Europe and it's difficult to beat this team".

The Frenchman added that he is likely to make changes to the side that lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Wilfred Ndidi (suspension), Robert Huth and Matty James (both injured) definitely out.

School summer holidays to be shortened

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

School pupils in Nottinghamshire will be getting a shorter summer holiday but a longer October half term.

The six week summer break will be cut to five weeks with the extra week moving to October half-term, making that holiday two weeks.

It comes after a consultation with parents, teachers and school governors, during which more than 6,300 responses were received.

School holidays to be shorter

More than 57% of those preferred the new holiday pattern which will also mean a fixed spring break during the first two full weeks of April.

It was approved by Nottinghamshire County Council's children and young people's committee this morning and will come into effect from the school year after next - 2019/2020.

Dog 'left to die in brambles'

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

A dog who was tied up, left for dead and "dumped out of site" had to be put down by vets.

Dog collar

The dog, thought to be a collie cross, was found by a member of the public in Castle Donington on Saturday morning.

He was taken to a vet but it was decided the best thing to do was to put him down.

Sarah Gardner, an RSPCA inspector, said: "This poor dog was thin, appeared to be blind and had a huge tumour on his back, plus a few other tumours on his body.

"The woman who found him didn’t see him at first as he had been hidden among brambles.

"I feel that whoever dumped him did so with the intention of leaving him there to die, as he was dumped out of sight.

"It is heartbreaking to think that someone believes it is acceptable to treat an animal like this".

'Cash stolen' from charity shop in Derby

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after a charity shop worker was threatened and cash stolen from the store.

Derbyshire Police said the PDSA in Osnabruck Square was targeted on 9 December at about 11:15.


A 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released while investigaitons continue.

Driver follows sat-nav into 'icy water'

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Two people had to be rescued from the roof of their car after blindly following their sat-nav into "icy water".

Pair on top of a car being rescued
Leicestershire Police

Police from Market Bosworth and Hinckley said they were expecting to be "covering the Christmas party goers" on Friday night but got called out to this rescue.

The driver and a passenger, from Birmingham, had driven onto Watery Gate, Thurlaston while following instructions and ignoring what was in front of them.

They took refuge on top of the car, before being rescued by firefighters on a raft.

Surge in profit at motorcycle firm

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph, has announced an increase in revenue and profit for the last year.

Triumph motorcycles
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The Hinckley-based company said its revenue for the year to 30 June, had increased from £407.6m to £498.5m.

That contributed to a pre-tax profit of £24.7m, up from £16.6m.

Triumph motorcycles
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Cyclist 'suffers minor injuries' in tram crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

A male cyclist suffered minor injuries in a tram crash.

Nottinghamshire Police said the crash happened at about 13:15 but all services are running as normal now.

Tram crash

Overturned lorry causing delays on A1

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

There are delays near Newark because of an overturned lorry on the A1 northbound.

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Tram delays after crash

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

There are delays to the tram services because of an accident near Nottingham's train station.

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Have you seen Khalique Allen?

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Officers are concerned for the safety of Khalique Allen who has gone missing from the Meadows.

Nottinghamshire Police said the 16-year-old was last seen on the 14 December.

Khalique Allen
Nottinghamshire Police

Tigers boss slams refereeing display

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Leicester Tigers head coach Matt O'Connor questioned the refereeing of French official Mathieu Raynal as his side lost for the second successive week to Munster.

Mathieu Raynal and Matt O'Connor
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Tigers conceded 14 penalties at Welford Road last night and eight in Limerick last weekend, a game also refereed by a French official, to leave their qualification hopes hanging by a thread.

"We're going to have a look at how the game is refereed in Europe," O'Connor told BBC Radio Leicester.

"The last two weeks [in terms of discipline] are genuine anomalies and the only common thread running through it is French".

Farmer says Tesco is 'ruining' his pork's credibility

Hugh Casswell

Reporter BBC Radio Nottingham

A pig farmer is threatening to take supermarket giant Tesco to court for using the name of his farm on its pork products.

Woodside Farm is the name for Richard Baugh's business in Wellow but also for the supermarket's budget brand of sausages and bacon.

Mr Baugh says it is ruining his pork's credibility.

Woodside Farm

He said: "It is just frustrating, you go through all this hard work making a quality product and Tesco takes it on and takes their bargain basement meat that had horrible packaging beforehand and put a nice new label on it and it sells like hotcakes because people think it is from a local farm."

A spokesman for Tesco said the supermarket was not willing to comment but in the past it has said the brands have been popular with customers.

Severe accident: A610 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A610 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, between A6514 Western Boulevard and B690 Aspley Lane.

A610 Nottinghamshire - A610 Nuthall Road in Bulwell closed in both directions between the A6514 Western Boulevard junction and the B690 Aspley Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, at J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J28, A38 (Alfreton). Traffic is coping well.

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

More than 30,000 'bed days lost to bed-blocking'

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Many patients still face delays getting out of hospital when they are well enough according to new figures.

An analysis by BBC Radio Nottingham reveals so called "bed blocking" has amounted to more than 30,000 lost bed days in the county's hospitals over the past year.

Nottinghamshire's adult social care department, which is responsible for finding care for vulnerable adults when they leave hospital, blamed a number of factors including missing paperwork, family disputes and delays in sorting transport.

Bed blocking
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David Pearson, head of Nottinghamshire adult social care, said: "A lot of people who have care and treatment needs, whilst they could leave hospital, do have complex care needs at home or in a care home."

Mr Pearson said sometimes there weren't enough people to look after patients out of hospital and in other cases it took time to organise the care.

AA questions A50 upgrade plans

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Upgrading the A50 between Derby and Stoke could lead to some drivers facing much longer journeys, the AA has warned.

Stretch of motorway
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The Department for Transport has unveiled proposals that could see the road get some features of a motorway.

Under the proposals, lanes could be added, roundabouts removed and some sharp junctions re-routed to make way for more built up intersections.

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said: "Expressways are the latest tactic to be deployed by the Department for Transport in tackling congestion on our major roads.

"Adding extra lanes and removing mini roundabouts on A-roads could help both national and local economies, as well as relieve stress for drivers who sit in jams day after day.

"Safety must be of paramount importance, but there are other factors that will need investigating too. In upgrading to an expressway some existing junctions may be closed.

"The re-routing of these will be key as a 5 mile journey could turn into a 25 mile trek".

Punters delighted with pub's new lease of life

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

Campaigners say they are "delighted" their local pub is re-opening after a five-year battle.

Residents of Idrigehay, near Wirksworth, have had The Black Swan registered as an asset of community value.

This gives a community group or campaigners a chance to develop a business case to run the facility before it is sold.

Black Swan

A developer legally challenged the order but a judge ruled that the pub should keep this status and its use shouldn't be changed.

A new landlord has now bought and re-opened the pub.

Burst water main slows city traffic

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

A burst water main is causing delays to traffic in Leicester.

Burst water main

The leak, on Oxford Street in the city centre, means drivers can only use one lane rather than all three.

Slow traffic and a burst water main

Power cut leaves flats without water

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

More than 100 residents in an apartment building have been without water for over 15 hours.

A power cut at Raleigh Square in Radford knocked out a pump which supplies fresh water to the building.


The adjacent Portland Square building was also affected for six hours last night - covering a total of more than 200 residents.

The building owners Metropolitan Housing have contractors on site and hope to restore supplies by lunchtime.

'Motorway' plan for A50

BBC Radio Derby

There are plans to upgrade the A50 between Derby and Stoke.


If approved by the Department of Transport, the road's roundabouts will be removed, there will be no provision for cyclists and possibly some overhead gantries.

The central reservation would also be replaced with a rigid concrete barrier, which Highways England believes will be tougher and safer.

The road would be known as an "expressway".

Autistic son 'locks himself in his room' at Christmas

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

For many children Christmas is the most exciting time of the year, but for those with autism - and for the families who look after them - it can be an extraordinarily challenging period.

Some of the simplest joys associated with Christmas, such as opening presents or eating turkey, can become potential flashpoints as children who place huge importance on their routines find it hard to handle the change to their environment.

So how do families with autistic children make it through the festive season with happiness and harmony?

Kevin Harrison with son Daniel
Kevin Harrison

For Kevin Harrison, from Arnold, it is a time of year to be handled cautiously as his 11-year-old son Daniel struggles with the challenges of Christmas.

"People start visiting, there's advertising everywhere and he can't really understand or make a lot of sense of it," Mr Harrison says.

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Witness appeal after crash

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

A 66-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash on Sunday evening.

A50 Groby Road

The collision, involving a Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio, happened at around 21:45 on the A50 Groby Road at the junction with Heathley Park Drive.

The other driver, a 19-year-old woman, was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary to be treated for minor injuries.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the crash to come forward.