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  1. Updates for Thursday 24 January 2019
  2. Derby's Guildhall Theatre to stay closed until September
  3. Jeweller fined thousands for fake eBay diamonds
  4. Memories of 'zoo in a pub' shared
  5. Firefighters rescue child with toilet seat stuck on head
  6. Bones dug up on city centre street
  7. Woman dies after setting herself on fire
  8. MP calls for knife crime inquiry
  9. UKIP councillor's son sacked over leaflet distribution
  10. Blow for Ashbourne bypass hopes
  11. Watersports park approved for former gravel pit

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By Sandish Shoker and David Pittam

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, from J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road to J19 for A14.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J20, A4304 (Lutterworth) to J19, A14 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, from J29 for A617 Chesterfield to J28 for A38 Alfreton.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J29, A617 (Chesterfield) to J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

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  4. Weather: Milder night than previous evenings

    BBC Weather

    After a rather chilly and misty evening, it will become somewhat milder overnight as cloud cover thickens from the west and light rain arrives later on.

    Minimum temperature: 1 to 4C (34 to 39F)

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  5. Experts examine human remains found in car park

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Experts are examining human remains, including a skull, which were discovered by contractors in Nottingham city centre yesterday afternoon.

    The workers had been digging in the car park of Nelsons Solicitors on Stanford Street, just off Castle Gate.

    The site was formerly part of the graveyard at St Nics Church, and the remains are thought to date back to the 19th century.

    Solicitors car park in Nottingham

    Workman Luke Beale told BBC Radio Nottingham it's the first time in 10 years of digging he has ever found a skull.

    City archaeologist Scott Lomax said the bones included skull fragments of a child and two adults, adult femurs and many bags of bone fragments.

    He said it was an interesting find given the shallow depth and there would now be a "careful examination" of the remains before they're reburied.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, at J30 for A616 Worksop.

    M1 Derbyshire - M1 exit slip road partially blocked and slow traffic northbound at J30, A616 (Worksop), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

  7. Mayor's blind walk around Leicester

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The mayor of Leicester has been learning about the issues blind people experience in the city by walking around blindfolded.

    Peter Soulsby started his walk from the New Walk headquarters of the sight loss charity Vista.

    Peter Soulsby wearing a blindfold

    Mr Soulsby said he felt "quite safe" to start with as the path is pedestrianised.

    He was invited to do the walk by Pardeep Gill from Vista who said there are issues in the city centre for blind people - especially due to the removal of controlled crossings.

    He said he's keen to work with the mayor to make Leicester a "true beacon of accessibility" for those with sight problems.

    The shared space around Jubilee Square in the city has previously faced strong criticism from those with sight loss. It's been claimed the lack of kerbs make it difficult for trained guide dogs to know when to stop for cars.

  8. Woman dies after setting herself on fire

    Samantha Fisher

    BBC News Online

    A woman who died due to severe burns had accidentally set herself on fire in a homeless hostel while smoking, an inquest heard.

    Derby Coroner's Court heard Kelly Miklasz, 22, had removed the metal cap and flint of a disposable lighter and used it to smoke, causing the fluid to set alight.

    Kelly Miklasz

    Miss Miklasz's mother Donna Lester said she had a "heart of gold".

    Ms Lester added: "I miss her very much" and she was "heartbroken" that she must have been in so much pain while on fire.

    The court heard that 65% of her body was burnt in the fire, which happened in Centenary House, in Mount Street, Derby, on 25 August.

    Coroner Dr Robert Hunter returned the verdict of accidental death, concluding that she died from septicaemia and multiple organ failure, due to severe and extensive thermal burns.

  9. Council plans for new event venue

    BBC Radio Derby

    A £1.7m events and meeting space is to be created at Derbyshire County Hall in Matlock.

    Derbyshire County Hall in Matlock

    It's been proposed the space is used for weddings, craft fairs and beer festivals but Labour have called it a "vanity project".

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, from J23 for A512 Ashby Road East to J23A for A453 Ashby Road Derby.

    M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic on M1 northbound from J23, A512 (Loughborough) to J23a, A453 (Derby), because of an accident involving a car and van earlier on. Congestion to J22 (Coalville / Ashby-De-La-Zouch). All lanes have been re-opened.

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

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    Severe accident: M42 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J11 for A42 and J10 for A5 Watling Street.

    M42 Leicestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M42 southbound between J11, A42 (Burton-Upon-Trent) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of an accident.

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

  12. Town mourns death of 'valued' councillor

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The flag outside Melton Borough Council is flying at half-mast following the death of a "well-respected" councillor.

    The authority has confirmed Michael Blase died on Tuesday. He was elected to the council at a by-election for the Egerton Ward in May 2016.

    Michael Blase
    Quote Message: I have not only lost a valued member of the council but also a thoroughly decent person and a great friend. Michael always acted in the best interests of the community and put aside any political differences for the greater good of the borough." from Joe Orson Melton Borough Council, leader
    Joe OrsonMelton Borough Council, leader
  13. Accidents increase in 20mph zone

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

    A 20mph zone pilot project by Derbyshire County Council can't be analysed for cost/benefit, because there was no benefit.

    In 2015 the authority bowed to pressure from rural communities and started the trial in part of Padfield.


    In the three years since there have been three accidents in which someone was injured - that compares to none in the five years when the road had a 30mph limit. This means a cost/benefit analysis can't be done.

    Average speeds only fell by one mile per hour. The council has said 20mph limits might still work but only where speed bumps are introduced alongside them.

  14. MP calls for knife crime inquiry

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie has joined a group of MPs who have been debating the issue of knife crime in Parliament today.

    The Labour MP called for a public inquiry into knife crime following a series of murders including the death of 14-year-old Jaden Moodie, who was stabbed in East London earlier this month.

    Jaden Moodie

    The teenager had recently moved to the capital from Nottingham when he was knocked off a moped and stabbed to death.