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Summary

  1. Controlled explosion after terror arrests
  2. Man admits stabbing murder of 21-year-old
  3. Heavily pregnant prisoner 'at large'
  4. First World War medals stolen
  5. Bitcoin machine in newsagent
  6. Christmas food not to feed your dog
  7. Silva is 'a little midfield Dynamo'
  8. Live updates on Friday 22 December

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By Dave Wade and Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Defender Paul Huntington scored Preston's equaliser against Nottingham Forest

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That's all from East Midlands Live. We will be back from 08:00 on Wednesday after Boxing Day. In the mean time, Merry Christmas everybody!

Christmas weather for the East Midlands

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It’s another mild night with some early mist and fog forming. Minimum temperature of 8C (46F).

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BBC

Although some brightness is possible on Saturday it will be another generally cloudy day, the westerly wind will strengthen slightly. Maximum temperature of 11C (52F).

Remaining cloudy, mild and mostly dry on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but a spell of more unsettled weather arrives Christmas Day night.

Temperatures will return to normal from Boxing Day onwards.

Christmas traffic beginning to build

BBC News Travel

Traffic is beginning to build around the three East Midlands cities this afternoon as people prepare for the Christmas getaway.

The red roads show where it is particularly heavy - thankfully, the motorways are looking surprisingly clear for what's dubbed Frantic Friday.

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Leicester
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That's expected to change later on though with an estimated 1.3 million extra travellers to add to the usual traffic and the RAC urging people to avoid long journeys.

Your pictures: East Midlands winter skies

Dave Wade

BBC News

For many of us it's almost time to put your feet up for a few days and enjoy the Christmas break.

Here are some of the best shots from around the region today. The sun setting in East Markham in Nottinghamshire:

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Made in Finland

A Highland cow in Baslow in Derbyshire.

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Janice's Patch

And the sun dropping behind the trees in Breedon-on-the-Hill in Leicestershire.

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sky girl
Jay, AJ and Sarah Goldstein

A couple who complained about Rebecca Mellard say they are disappointed she has not been struck off.

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Extra council tax could save more police officer jobs

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner is asking people if they're prepared to pay an extra pound a month towards policing.

Lord Willy Bach
BBC

Lord Willy Bach has launched an online survey today - the council tax increase would mean an average contribution of £200 per household going towards Leicestershire Police.

Without it we calculated that in a couple of years time we'd have to lose another 250 officers - that's on top of the 547 that we've already lost. That's a big, big loss."

Lord Willy BachPolice and Crime Commissioner, Leicestershire

Your comments: What's NOT a dogs Christmas dinner

Facebook

As expected - there's been a lot of love for Marty McFly on Facebook today.

He helped us demonstrate what festive food would make him, and other dogs, poorly over Christmas.

Pug
BBC

Reggie Williams said: "Love my Pugs. They do ok on doggie food and treats."

Amanda Day said: "Don’t worry, Mr Woofit won’t be getting any of those but he’s getting turkey and a little pig in blanket."

Victoria Hibbert said: "Bitey face Brienne is having chicken and broccoli, carrots and potato no gravy though because of the onion in it."

Children passengers in drink-drive crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

There were two children, aged five and three, in this car when it crashed in Ripley earlier.

The driver, a 36-year-old man, was breathalysed by police and found to be more than double the legal alcohol limit.

Car crash
Derbyshire Police

It happened at 12:15 at the roundabout where the A610 meets the A38. The road was closed until 15:00 as a lamp post needed cutting down.

Luckily no one was injured but the driver was arrested and remains in police custody.

Police have said they are also making a "child safeguarding referral".

Travel: A42 crash cleared

Dave Wade

BBC News

Man admits stabbing 21-year-old to death

Dave Wade

BBC News

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering a 21-year-old man in Nottingham.

Remee Jarrett
Nottinghamshire Police

Remee Jarrett, 30, also admitted attempted wounding with intent to cause serious injury to another man, also aged 21, during the same stabbing attack in St Ann's.

He also admitted possession of an offensive weapon.

Reuben Morris-Laing was found with a single stab wound to the abdomen outside a Premier Express shop in Robin Hood Street in March.

He died at the Queen's Medical Centre in the early hours of the next day.

Reuben Morris-Laing
BBC

Jarrett, of St Ann's, had previously denied murdering Mr Morris-Laing, and was due to face trial next year, but changed his plea today at Nottingham Crown Court

He was remanded to appear at the same court for sentencing in January.

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of an accident.

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

Fight leaves man with fractured eye socket

Dave Wade

BBC News

A man has been left with a fractured eye socket and cuts to his face after he was attacked during a Christmas night out.

glossop punched face
Derbyshire Police

The 40-year-old was punched in the face outside a takeaway in Glossop, Derbyshire, at about 02:45 on Sunday after he intervened in a fight.

PC Gareth Podmore said: ”This was a particularly nasty assault that has had a profound affect on the victim."

BreakingControlled explosion after terror arrests

Dave Wade

BBC News

The Army bomb squad has carried out a controlled explosion in Chesterfield after a series of terror arrests.

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PA

Material found at a property in the town, where a cordon remains in place, was taken to a "nearby safe location" to be destroyed, Counter Terrorism Policing North East said.

No premises were evacuated.

Four men, aged 31, 22, 36 and 41, were arrested during raids at addresses in Sheffield and Chesterfield on Tuesday.

Police have until Christmas Day to charge or release the men.

The Army bomb squad was deployed to Mermaid Tradition fish and chip shop on Sheffield Road in Chesterfield following the raids.

Arrests after armed robbery at jewellers

Dave Wade

BBC News

Two people have been arrested after a jewellers in Leicestershire was robbed earlier this week.

cathy stevens jeweller
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Four men in balaclavas, wielding an axe and a crowbar, entered Cathy Stevens Jewellery in Ratby Road, Groby, at about 17:30 on Tuesday.

Staff, who were in the shop at the time, were not injured but were left "shaken", police said.

The gang left the store with jewellery in a red Ford Focus which was found in the village that evening.

The axe was recovered from the shop, while the crowbar was found with the car.

Two men, aged 21 and 22, were arrested last night on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.

A42 crash: Picture from scene

Dave Wade

BBC News

Warwickshire Police are at the scene of the two-vehicle crash on the A42 between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Appleby Magna in Leicestershire - close to where it becomes the M42.

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Travel: Fog warning after A42 crash

Dave Wade

BBC News

This is likely to cause some big delays on one of the biggest travel days of the festive period.

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Christmas punch holes for festive travellers

Dave Wade

BBC News

This is snow joke.

Tiny Christmas-themed holes are being punched into train tickets this festive season.

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BBC
snowman hole
BBC

'I'm not coming back' - Traders blast Leicester Christmas market

Leicester Mercury

The new location for the Christmas market in Leicester has left some traders wishing they hadn’t bothered.

Appeal to find 'rightful owner' of ring

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Missing a ring? One has been found in Oakham market square.

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Appeal to find man on bail for assault

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police say they are trying to trace 22-year-old Benjamin Lawson, who was arrested on suspicion of assault in Warsop and released on bail, but failed to turn up as expected.

Benjamin Lawson
Nottinghamshire Police

It's thought he could be in the Grimsby area, but he also has links to Warsop, Mansfield, Sheffield and Cleethorpes.

Another photo released in pregnant prisoner appeal

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police have release another photo of Sefora Tanase - the pregnant prisoner who is "unlawfully at large" after escaping from Royal Derby Hospital.

Sefora Tanase
Derbyshire Police

Tanase, 19, is a prisoner at Foston Hall, currently serving a sentence for theft offences.

She is of Romanian nationality and has strong links to the Birmingham area.

Watch: Burglar steals hair straighteners

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A burglar has been caught on camera breaking into a hairdressers on Castle Street in Hinckley and stealing four pairs of GHD hair straighteners.

It happened in the early hours of Monday 11 December.

Police are appealing for anyone with information on the burglary to get in touch with them.

Sign explains 'why barmaid is being nice to you'

Dave Wade

BBC News

This sign, which has appeared at Nottingham pub, The Lion at Basford, is doing the rounds on social media...

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M1 crash: All lanes re-open

Dave Wade

BBC News

It's after an overturned car damaged the barriers this morning.

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Medals stolen in burglary

Dave Wade

BBC News

First World War medals have been stolen from a house in Nottinghamshire, police have said.

crompton street, teversal
Google

Other items, including a jar of coins, were taken in a burglary in Crompton Street, Teversal, at some point between 17:00 on Tuesday and 10:00 on Wednesday.

What not to feed your dog at Christmas
A host of festive favourites can be toxic to your family pet.

Birch: Silva is 'a little midfield Dynamo'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

It sounds like "The Birch" is excited to see Adrien Silva play for Leicester City in the New Year.

The Portuguese midfielder was signed by the Foxes in the summer transfer window but the club was 14 seconds too late to register the new player.

Adrien Silva
Getty Images

In January his international clearance will go through.

Leicester City's club ambassador Alan Birchenall said: "I think this player is like a little midfield dynamo. I've seen technically he's a terrific player and it's exciting to think we've got him available".

Toddler sat 'in the footwell' of car

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

It will be Christmas without a car for a family caught breaking MANY driving laws in Derby.

Car
Derbyshire Police

The driver was on the wrong side of the road, the passenger had a three-month-old baby on her lap and there was a one-year-old sat in a footwell, police said.

To make matters worse - the car was insured to a false address in Hunstanton "to get a cheaper policy" according to officers.

Lane re-opens after M1 crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

If you're heading north on the M1 this might make delays near Loughborough a little better.

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Burnt out car chased for 12 miles

Dave Wade

BBC News

A car that burst into flames in Stapleford last night had been chased from Hucknall, over 12 miles away, police have said.

car fire
Richard MacRae

They were called to Saint John's Crescent in Hucknall about 20:05 to a report of a theft from a vehicle.

After a chase along the M1, a car connected to the thefts was abandoned and caught fire in Nottingham Road.

Two men were arrested nearby. Enquiries are ongoing, a Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said.

car fire
Nottinghamshire Police

Flooded family return home in time for Christmas

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A family from Derby are back home just in time for Christmas after this burst water pipe outside their house in March caused such serious damage they had to leave.

The Gregory family home, in Mansfield Road, Derby, was one of two that were particularly badly damaged and flooded.

At the time Leigh Gregory said: "We escaped to the top floor - myself, my wife, the children a dog and two cats - and were stuck there till about 08:00.

"Obviously we could see what was happening through the window - water was coming into the first floor bedroom and a landing window. It was a bit of a mess really."

Gregory family home damaged by burst pipe
BBC

Nine months on the family are back home. Mr Gregory said the roof and the front of the house needed a lot of repair work.

Three months was spent drying the house out before it could be re plastered and decorated.

Dan Christian

Nottinghamshire's T20 Blast-winning captain Dan Christian agrees a deal to play in the competition for two more seasons.

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Burst water pipe stops supplies

Dave Wade

BBC News

If there's nothing coming out of the taps this morning, this could be why.

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A Severn Trent Water spokesman said: "Our teams are out on site now and will work hard to get this pipe fixed and everything back to normal as quickly as possible."

Bitcoin machine in Leicester newsagent

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Have you heard of bitcoins? It's a bit like virtual money, which can be transferred from person to person and kept in a digital wallet on a computer or mobile device.

This shop in Leicester has become one of the first to install a Bitcoin cash machine.

Bitcoin cash machine
BBC

You can use it to buy and sell bitcoins. At the moment a whole bitcoin costs just over £10,000 but you can get a bit of a bitcoin for about £25 - that would give you about £9 in bitcoin currency.

Rakesh Odera from Kesh's Wines in Braunstone said he got the machine to increase footfall to the shop.

Bitcoin cash machine
BBC

He said he's had a "good response" to it so far and that he's already had a few people come to the shop especially to use it.