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By Dave Wade and Maryam Qaiser

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J23 for A512 and J23A for A42.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J23, A512 (Loughborough) and J23a A42, because of an overturned vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Video caption: What not to feed your dog at Christmas

    A host of festive favourites can be toxic to your family pet.

  3. Our live coverage has ended

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

    East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

  4. Weather: Cloudy but misty night ahead

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    It will be another cloudy and misty night with some drizzle this evening.

    Weather for the East Midlands

    Tomorrow will be a dry but cloudy and misty day with a few bright spells in the afternoon.

    It will stay mild with maximum temperatures of (11C) 52f.

  5. No Commonwealth cycling for Derby

    Dave Wade

    BBC News

    The 2022 Commonwealth games will be held in Birmingham, it was announced today, but cycling events won't be held in Derby as hoped.

    derby velodrome

    Louise Martin, the President of the Commonwealth Games Foundation told a Sky News reporter earlier she wasn't aware Derby had even been considered.

    Derby City Council leader, Ranjit Banwait, had told ITV News in October he was in talks with Birmingham City Council to use the velodrome.

    However, the authority told the BBC it didn't know if Derby had been considered as a venue and that the cycling events would take place in London.


    Derby City Council said: "We are extremely pleased for Birmingham to have been chosen to host the Commonwealth Games.

    "The prospect of the games returning to the UK in 2022, and to the Midlands no-less, is something we here in Derby and no doubt the entire nation can get behind.

    "We wish Birmingham the best of luck with their preparations and Derby City Council would be delighted to support in any way possible."

  6. CCTV footage shows violent robbery

    Heather Burman

    Journalist, BBC News Online

    Police have released footage of a violent robbery in Derby.

    A 54-year-old woman was walking along on Augustine Street when she was approached from behind and threatened with a knife to hand over her bag just after 19:00 on 8 December.

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    Video caption: Footage shows woman threatened with knife

    PC Emma Birch said: "The robbery is very violent and understandably the victim is very shaken and upset about what happened.

    “The footage doesn’t show a clear picture of the robber’s face but I am hoping that seeing it will jog someone’s memory and encourage them to speak to me about what they know.”

  7. Elderly residents targeted in five burglaries

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    Residents in Ashfield and Mansfield have been told to remain vigilant after five distraction burglaries in two weeks.

    Nottinghamshire Police said people pretending to either be from the water board, electricity company or police officers have targeted elderly people.


    All the incidents happened during the day in Roosevelt Road, Sutton Old Mill Lane, Sotheby Avenue, Sutton, Chesterfield Road, Huthwaite and Alfreton Road in Underwood.

  8. Chinese bowls smash expectations at auction

    Dave Wade

    BBC News

    Three Chinese bowls - no bigger than cereal bowls - have sold for £62,000 at auction - over £60,000 more than they were expected to go for.


    The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous but is from Lichfield and in her 60s, has said she may now retire.

    They were probably bought for no more than £1 each from a junk shop in Hyson Green, Nottingham, in the 1950s or 1960s, she said.

    “I was told my father had a good eye for Chinese porcelain. I knew he read up on it."


    Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire, said they were purchased this week by Chinese buyers, smashing their estimates of between £500 and £800 each.

    “I just can’t believe people would pay that amount of money for them, but I think it’s nice they are going back to China," said the owner.

    "I may just retire."

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    Severe accident: A609 Nottinghamshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A609 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, at Cossall Road.

    A609 Nottinghamshire - A609 Nottingham Road in Trowell closed and very slow traffic in both directions at the Cossall Road junction, because of an accident.

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

  10. In pictures: Car fire which caused M1 delays

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    Police have released pictures of the aftermath of a car fire which caused "severe delays" on the M1 this morning.

    Junction 23A northbound near East Midlands Airport was closed for some time.

    Officers from East Midlands Operational Support Services thanked drivers for their patients and praised the emergency services for their teamwork.

    Car Fire 1
    Car Fire 2
  11. Latest ram mascot presented to regiment

    Dave Wade

    BBC News

    An East Midlands regiment has been presented with its latest in a long line of mascots.

    Meet Private Derby XXXII.

    Private Derby XXXII

    At Chatsworth House today the Duke of Devonshire presented the ram to the Mercian Regiment.

    It's after the regiment's last ceremonial ram, Private Derby XXXI, died in September.

    The Peak District stately home has a long history of providing the local regiment with its mascot.

  12. Hospice charity 'overwhelmed' by donations after burglary

    Dave Wade

    BBC News

    A hospice that had £500 stolen from its charity shop yesterday has now received donations exceeding the amount that was taken.

    beaumond house

    "We are feeling overwhelmed," said Cathy Lowe, fundraising manager for Beaumond House hospice in Newark.

    "There's a mixture of emotions, we're still so sad it happened but overwhelmed by the way the community has rallied round us."

    Volunteers were distracted while a thief stole the money, she said.

    "They're really upset that it's happened under their noses," said Ms Lowe.

    "Everyone works so so hard to help us raise the money, to have it taken is heartbreaking."

    She said £500 would provide seven days of hospice care or 14 hours of care at home.

  13. Sisters take plastic campaign to Westminster

    Dave Wade

    BBC News

    Two Nottinghamshire schoolgirls have been congratulated by the government after taking their fight against plastic to Parliament.

    Amy and Ella Meek

    Amy and Ella Meek, 14 and 12, travelled from Arnold to London today to meet MPs and discuss their campaign, Kids Against Plastic, which aims at educating people about the environmental impact of single-use plastics.

    Gedling MP Vernon Coaker talked about them in the House of Commons today.

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    Leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, said it was a "fantastic" campaign, and listed some of the measures the government was taking to cut plastic waste.

  14. Stag do gets out of hand

    Dave Wade

    BBC News

    Oh deer, who left the gate open?

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    Video caption: Stag do gets out of hand

    These deer got in to the formal garden area of Wollaton Park today - where they're definitely are not allowed to be.

    Video courtesy of Avtar Ram.

  15. Toys R Us agrees deal

    Dave Wade

    BBC News

    Toys R Us has avoided going into administration after the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) agreed to back a restructuring plan.

    toys r us

    The company has won the support of the PPF by agreeing to put more money into its pension fund.

    It now looks likely that Toys R Us, which employs 3,200 people in the UK including at stores in Chesterfield, Mansfield, Nottingham and Derby, will be given an opportunity to reorganise its business.

    It is set to close 26 of its 105 outlets, a move that would put up to 800 jobs at risk and mean rent cuts for landlords.

    It was announced yesterday that Leicester's store will close.

  16. Funeral of BBC Radio Nottingham presenter held

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    Hundreds of people gathered for the funeral of BBC Radio Nottingham presenter Kaval Vaseer today.

    It was held at Bramcote Crematorium followed by prayers at Siri Guru Singh Sabah Gurdwara in Basford.

    Despite his long battle with cancer, he was still broadcasting three weeks ago.

    He joined the station in 1989 to launch Dhamaka, a specialist programme aimed at younger listeners from the Asian community, and has presented the weekly show ever since.

    Order of service

    He recently celebrated his 26th wedding anniversary with wife Nina, who said "Kaval was a private, humble, and simple person, a bit of an enigma".

    In the 1980s, he worked for BBC Radio Derby and later BBC Radio Sheffield before arriving in Nottingham.

  17. Hospice appeal after £500 stolen

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    A hospice is appealing for information after £500 was stolen from its charity shop in Newark.

    Beaumond House Hospice said it happened yesterday and is now asking other retailers for any possible CCTV footage to help trace the offenders.

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