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Gavin Bevis and Amy Woodfield

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Today's updates have now finished. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather for the East Midlands from 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Tonight's weather: Cold night with chance of fog

    BBC Weather

    Mainly cloudy and dry again overnight. In any clearer interludes though, patchy mist and fog may form.

    Chilly again with winds remaining light.

    Weather map
  3. Pair beaten and robbed near city park

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Two men are recovering after being allegedly threatened, attacked and robbed near Derby's Arboretum Park.

    Police said the pair suffered minor injuries by a robber who took cash from a vehicle in Rose Hill Street at about 22:15 on 27 December.

    They've appealed for witnesses or anyone with dashcam or CCTV footage to get in touch.

    Rose Hill Street
  4. Thieves take thousands of pounds of cigarettes

    David Pittam

    BBC News Online

    The owners of a Leicestershire newsagents have been left "devastated" after burglars smashed their way in to their shop.

    It happened shortly before midnight in Syston and although no-one was injured, the thieves made off with thousands of pounds in cigarettes after breaking through the doors with a hammer.

    Police are now appealing for help in their investigation.

    The newsagents
  5. East Midlands' last Wimpy to close

    David Pittam

    BBC News Online

    The Wimpy branch in Nottingham's Broadmarsh Centre will close for good this Saturday after decades of trading.

    Akram Malik, who has run it since 1983, said he was told he would have to leave the top floor as part of the shopping centre's redevelopment.

    He hopes a new Wimpy will come back to the city in the future but has decided to retire.

    Wimpy in Nottingham
  6. 'Electrical fault' to blame for restaurant blaze

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    A fire that ripped through a fast food restaurant in Leicester this morning was caused by an electrical fault inside the building, investigators have said.

    The blaze, at Big John's in Humberstone Road, broke out shortly before 07:30 and led to the road being closed between Dysart Way and St Georges Way.

    Nobody was injured in the fire, which caused major damage to the building's roof, kitchen and public areas.

    Video content

    Video caption: Large fire at takeaway restaurant
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    Video caption: Did you spend more or less this Christmas?

    BBC News asked shoppers in Nottingham if they spent more or less in the run-up to Christmas 2018.

  8. Road repairs to cause disruption in Chaddesden

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Drivers have been warned to expect delays in Chaddesden over the next few months as work takes place to repair a major route.

    Derby City Council says engineers will be installing a new drain and resurfacing a section of Chaddesden Lane between Maine Drive and Reginald South between 13 January and the end of April.

    Chaddesden Lane

    Diversions will be in place and residents have been sent letters setting out a timetable for the work.

  9. Body found in Leicestershire canal

    David Pittam

    BBC News Online

    A man's body was found in a canal in Glen Parva this morning.

    The death is not being treated as suspicious and police are preparing a file for the coroner.

  10. City route back open

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Maid Marian Way in Nottingham has reopened after being closed earlier due to concerns about the safety of a person at the NCP car park in Collin Street.

  11. Leicester's Boulter in doubles win over Serena Williams

    BBC Sport

    Leicester's Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie have beaten beat Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe in the mixed doubles to give Great Britain victory over the US at the Hopman Cup.

    The Britons fought back to win 3-4 (2-5) 4-3 (5-4) 4-1 in Perth after Norrie had stunned Tiafoe in the singles and Boulter had lost to Williams.

    Doubles match in progress

    GB were already eliminated from the team event but the win is a confidence boost before the Australian Open.

  12. Blue plaque honour for ancient Nottingham walkway

    East Midlands Today

    A forgotten Nottingham landmark is to be given a heritage accolade.

    In spring, volunteers restored The Long Stairs - which date from medieval times and once linked the Lace Market with Narrow Marsh - after they had been been locked away from view since the early 20th Century.

    The historic site is to receive a blue plaque and sign later this month.

    The Long Stairs being restored
    The Long Stairs being restored
  13. Thousands to be spent on manufacturing zones

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The communities secretary has visited East Midlands Airport to announce the funding for three "manufacturing zones" in the East Midlands.

    James Brokenshire has revealed £220,000 will be spend on establishing a Northern Derbyshire Manufacturing Zone.

    It will be based on six sites across northern Derbyshire. It's hoped this will allow the area to benefit from potential investment associated with the development and maintenance of HS2.

    James Brokenshire

    An additional £75,000 will be spent on a food and drink focused manufacturing zone in the Melton Mowbray area known as MAZ.

    The University of Leicester will also receive £50,000 of funding to support the design of a new space facility at the planned Space Park Leicester.

  14. Track reopens after 'horse hit by train'

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    East Midlands Trains says services have now resumed between Nottingham and Mansfield Woodhouse after being disrupted following reports a horse was struck by a train.