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Summary

  1. Live updates on Wednesday 20 December
  2. Stepfather jailed over death of five-year-old Charlie Dunn
  3. Man admits hostel murder
  4. Police resume searches over 'Christmas terror plot'
  5. Dog nativity photograph goes viral
  6. Woman suffers 'terrifying attack' in own home

Live Reporting

By Heather Burman and Maryam Qaiser

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J24 for A6 and J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J24, A6 (Kegworth) and J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of an overturned car. In the roadworks area.

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

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    Severe accident: A52 Nottinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A52 Nottinghamshire northbound severe accident, between Ambleside and A6011 Radcliffe Road.

    A52 Nottinghamshire - A52 Gamston Lings Bar Road in Edwalton blocked northbound between the Ambleside junction and the A6011 Radcliffe Road junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe accident: A1 Nottinghamshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1 Nottinghamshire southbound severe accident, between Beckingham Road and Barnby Road.

    A1 Nottinghamshire - A1 in Coddington partially blocked southbound between Coddington Turn Off and the Barnby Road junction, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Derbyshire - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic 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

  5. Our live coverage across the day

    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.

    East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 Thursday morning.

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    Severe accident: A52 Nottinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A52 Nottinghamshire northbound severe accident, between A606 Melton Road and A6011 Radcliffe Road.

    A52 Nottinghamshire - A52 in Tollerton closed and queuing traffic northbound between Wheatcroft Island and the A6011 Radcliffe Road junction, because of an accident.

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

  7. Weather: Mild night ahead

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    It will remain cloudy and mild overnight, the cloud is thick enough to produce a few spots of light rain. Fog may also form over higher ground. Min 8C 46f

    Weather

    The cloudy theme continues on Thursday, some drizzle possible during the morning but the afternoon should be dry with a light westerly wind. Max 11C 52f

  8. Leicester Toys R Us store 'to close'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The Toys R Us store at St George's Retail Park in Leicester has been named as one of those that will close after Christmas by the city council.

    Toys "R" Us shop at St George's Retail Park in Leicester
    Quote Message: The retail giant, which is closing at least 26 stores in a bid to turn the business around, has announced that the big store in St George's Retail Park will shut. A newer, smaller store which opened at the Highcross shopping centre this year is unaffected. The business said all stores would be open over the lucrative Christmas period." from Leicester City Centre Director
    Leicester City Centre Director
  9. Man admits hostel murder

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A man has admitted murdering Leslie Salmon in an attack at a hostel in Derby.

    Leslie Salmon

    Martin McDermott fatally injured Mr Salmon in August while the pair had both been living at Burdett Lodge on Bass Road.

    The 60-year-old made his plea via video link at Nottingham Crown Court earlier.

    He's due to be sentenced on Monday 12 February.

  10. Thieves steal 60 vintage Russian watches

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    A collection of 60 vintage Russian watches have been stolen during a burglary in Newark.

    Nottinghamshire Police said the offender also took a Tag watch, a laptop and a Samsung Galaxy mobile from the property in Edwards Avenue.

    These are some of the watches stolen.

    Vintage watches

    It happened in the early hours of 11 December.

  11. Stepfather was 'supposed to make sure Charlie was safe'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The Crown Prosecution Service has commented on the sentencing of Charlie Dunn's mother and stepfather.

    The five-year-old boy drowned at Bosworth water park in July last year.

    Paul Smith has today been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for manslaughter by gross negligence, threatening a witness and a driving offence.

    Charlie Dunn
    Quote Message: Charlie drowned and died as a result of grossly negligent parenting by someone who was supposed to make sure he was safe. Paul Smith accepts he had been responsible for Charlie’s welfare at the water park that afternoon and that Charlie’s death was a result of his failure to care for him. The CPS presented evidence, including eye witness accounts, of how he had failed to supervise Charlie for long periods over the course of the afternoon, leaving him to play on his own near the water, even though he could not swim." from Linsey Farnsworth Crown Prosecution Service
    Linsey FarnsworthCrown Prosecution Service
  12. Officer injured in city centre assault

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A police officer has been injured while responding to a public order incident on Leicester's Market Place this afternoon.

    Police car

    The BBC has been told the officer sustained "minor injuries" and a teenage girl was arrested on suspicion of assault.

    It attracted several police vehicles and large crowds around the clock tower area just before 16:00.

  13. Man jailed after 'two kittens beaten to death'

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    A man from Nottingham who pinned two kittens to the floor and beat them to death has been jailed.

    The four-month-old kittens called Panther and Baby suffered serious injuries including skull fractures and broken ribs.

    Aaron Jay Barker, 26, of Redhill Road, Arnold, took the kittens to an emergency vet on 20 January but they both already dead.

    Mags court

    The RSPCA said the severity of the injuries led the vet to believe they were caused by blunt force trauma.

    Barker was found guilty of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

    After a two-day trial at Nottingham Magistrates' Court, he was jailed for 20 week yesterday.

  14. Lawrence of Arabia sandals sold at auction

    Heather Burman

    Journalist, BBC News Online

    Sandals believed to have belonged to Lawrence of Arabia have fetched £2,600 at auction.

    The slightly battered sandals were unearthed in a carrier bag and handed to Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire.

    Sandals

    Thomas Edward Lawrence served as a British officer in the Middle East during World War One and helped Arab tribes revolt against the Turks.

    The sandals, part of a collection which included one of Lawrence's books, were left to a family friend.

  15. Leicester City players spread festive joy

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    Excited children at Leicester Royal Infirmary welcomed Leicester City players this afternoon.

    They visited patients and staff at the children's ward and the emergency department where they handed out Christmas gifts.

    Players with the patients
    A player with the child
    They handed out signed t-shirts
  16. Workers donate money to a charity and hospital

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    About 140 Nottingham City Transport workers are giving their Christmas bonuses to a charity which supports the homeless.

    The company has now matched the amount, bringing the total to £4,000 for Framework.

    Graham Chapman, deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, praised the transport company.

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    Nottingham's hackney cab drivers also handed over about £3,000 to the children's ward at the QMC today.