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Summary

  1. Three men deny manslaughter over Leicester explosion
  2. Dog and three people rescued from car trapped in flood water
  3. Anti-slavery chief took his own life
  4. Flood warning issued in Leicestershire
  5. Cyclists raise money for assault-death student's family
  6. Attempted murder charge over crash
  7. Charity football match for Leicester explosion victims
  8. Updates on Tuesday 3 April 2018

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By Sandish Shoker and Samantha Fisher

All times stated are UK

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  1. Video content

    Video caption: Holocaust survivor Bernard Grunberg says Nazis 'weren't human beings'
  2. Our live coverage across the day

    Samantha Fisher

    BBC News Online

    Dedicated live coverage has now ended but some news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear overnight.

    East Midlands Live will return from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

  3. East Midlands weather update: Increasing risk of showers

    Samantha Fisher

    BBC News Online

    The weather is likely to remain largely dry through this evening and the first half of tonight with some clear spells.

    More cloud is expected again later though with the increasing risk of showers.

    Tonight's weather
  4. Police force's gender pay gap blamed on men's higher rank

    Samantha Fisher

    BBC News Online

    Derbyshire Constabulary said one of the reasons it has the highest gender pay gap of any force is because it employs more men in higher ranking positions than women.

    Figures show Derbyshire Constabulary has a median gender pay gap of 28.8%. The national average is 18.4%.

    Derbyshire Constabulary said 69% of its police officers are men and 66% of the police staff employees are women and that this was important to understanding the pay gap figures.

    A spokesman said: "While the force is of course committed to equal pay for work of equal value, an over-representation of men in higher ranking positions – together with more men having been employed for longer periods - means a 5% gap exists in average (mean) police officer pay.

    "An over-representation of women in positions where the salary grade is lower accounts for an average (mean) gap of 11.6% in police staff."

    Derbyshire Constabulary

    The force added: "We will continue to design fairness into every recruitment and promotion process, as well as ensuring that we are as flexible an employer as possible for the balance of work and family life."

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, at J23A for A42 affecting J23 for A512.

    M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M1 northbound at J23a A42, because of an accident. Congestion to J23, A512 (Loughborough).

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

  6. Nottingham: Rebel City

    Video content

    Video caption: Sandeep Mahal explores the art and culture of Nottingham, the 'rebel city'.

    With the decline of manufacturing and the rise of the city as a cultural and creative centre, Sandeep Mahal explores the art and culture of Nottingham today.

  7. Public inquiry to be held into Derbyshire fracking plans

    Eddie Bisknell

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A public inquiry into plans to test for the suitability of fracking in Derbyshire is due to take place in June.

    INEOS wants to build a 60 metre tall drill in a field off Bramleymoor Lane, near Marsh Lane, six miles north of Chesterfield.

    Chesterfield Market Hall, which houses the Assembly Rooms

    The firm first applied in May for a test drilling site. When Derbyshire County Council had still not decided on the application by December, the company appealed to government planners, citing "unreasonable delays".

    At the time of making the appeal, an INEOS spokesman said: "It is our duty to explore our licence areas and we have recently had the 'hurry-up' from the Government's Oil and Gas Authority."

    The inquiry is due to take eight days starting on 19 June at the Assembly Rooms, in Chesterfield.

    Fracking is often controversial because of fears it can pollute water sources and cause minor earthquakes.

  8. Award winning chickens

    Sophie Cook

    BBC Radio Leicester producer

    Jacob and Nick with chickens on the farm

    Fosse Meadows Farm was thrilled to receive a top rating, appearing in this year’s sixth annual Observer Food Monthly top 50 published recently.

    Jacob Sykes and Nick Ball, joint owners of Fosse Meadows Farm have been producing their award-winning 81-day slow grown free-range chicken for nine years, from their Leicestershire county farm.

    The Fosse birds have longer legs, which means they roam further and forage on rich, wild flower pasture for much longer, developing darker meat, that’s rich in texture and flavour. Because of their age the bones are also stronger which also means greater flavour for making stock.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic on M1 southbound between J25, A52 (Nottingham) and J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  10. Firm ordered to take down advertising signs

    Amy Orton

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A branding agency has been ordered to remove signs at the entrance to its office after planners ruled they are "detrimental" to the look of a conservation area.

    Mynt moved into a former church in Thurnby, last summer. After renovating the building, the existing church signs were clad with the company's own.

    mynt

    Harborough District Council said the alterations to the signage should have had planning permission because the building is in a conservation area.

    After retrospective permission was turned down the firm appealed to the planing inspectorate which also dismissed the claim.

    Connor Stevenson, project manager at Mynt, said: "It's disappointing that this has happened after we've renovated a building that would otherwise be derelict."

  11. Envelope update

    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 and very slow traffic southbound at J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  12. Rutland is second best rural place to live in Britain

    Leicester Mercury

    Rutland has been pipped for the top spot in a survey to find the best rural place to live in Britain.

    The Orkney Islands took the top accolade as Britain's best rural place to live for the second year in a row in the Halifax 2018 Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey.

  13. Derbyshire Constabulary has highest gender pay gap

    Press Association

    Derbyshire Constabulary pays its female staff more than a quarter less than men, making it the force with the highest gender pay gap in England and Wales.

    Figures show Derbyshire Constabulary has a median gender pay gap of 28.8%. When comparing hourly rates, women earn 71p for every £1 men earn.

    Leicestershire Police comes sixth in the list of the 44 forces, with a gender pay gap of 24.5%. While Nottinghamshire Police is among the forces with the lowest gender pay gap, paying women 11.6% less than men on average. The national average is 18.4%

    Derbyshire Police HQ

    The gender pay gap is calculated as the difference between the average salaries of men and women - it is not the same as equal pay, where firms are required to pay people doing the same job the same salary regardless of gender.

  14. Long delays on M1 caused by broken down lorry

    Samantha Fisher

    BBC News Online

    You might want to take another route if you are planning to travel on the M1 southbound this afternoon...

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  15. Universities 'should do more' over racist abuse

    Victoria Derbyshire

    Universities are more concerned about their reputations than confronting the racist abuse of students, the National Union of Students president has said.

    Shakira Martin (pictured) told BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme she received calls from students reporting racist incidents on a daily basis.

    The issue hit the headlines earlier this month when a student at Nottingham Trent University tweeted footage of alleged racist abuse outside her room at her halls of residence.

    Shakira Martin

    Two 18-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences and an 18-year-old woman was also voluntarily interviewed. All three were released pending further inquiries.

    The university also said it would not tolerate that "kind of vile behaviour" and an unspecified number of "suspected perpetrators" had been suspended after it was reported.

  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J29 for A617 and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

    M1 Derbyshire - Heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  17. Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit by car

    Samantha Fisher

    BBC News Online

    A 52-year-old pedestrian is in a critical condition after he was hit by a car.

    The collision happened just after midnight on Monday on the A6 Harborough Road at the junction with Queen Street, in Oadby.

    Leicestershire Police said a white BMW 520d was travelling along the A6 away from Leicester when it hit the man.

    A6 Harborough Road, in Oadby

    The driver stopped at the scene and no-one has been arrested.

    The pedestrian was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre where he remains. No-one else was injured in the crash.