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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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  1. Envelope update

    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

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    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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    Regular live coverage on this page has ended for the day, but breaking news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear through the night.

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  5. 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?????"

  6. 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.


    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.


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

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

    Video content

    Video caption: Can you cook your entire Christmas dinner on a BBQ?

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

  11. 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.

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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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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".

  17. '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.