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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 28 March
  2. Footballer 'sparked mass brawl after racist slur', court hears
  3. Judge rules racial slur 'may have been misheard'
  4. Man guilty of murder of Mansfield toddler
  5. Fatal house fire 'caused by cigarette'
  6. Men in court charged with kidnapping boy
  7. Captain Corelli's Mandolin lost on a train
  8. Nottingham statues used for Line of Duty stunt
  9. Attenborough backs Wind in the Willows campaign
  10. Homeless man living in car gets roof over head
  11. Councillors quit en masse over new home harassment
  12. Warning after children 'ran in front of train'

Live Reporting

By Sandish Shoker and David Pittam

All times stated are UK

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  1. Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Enjoy the warm sunshine today, there's a cold front on the way.

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    Video caption: Watch: East Midlands weather forecast
  2. Thief pockets cash from pensioner's purse

    David Pittam

    BBC News Online

    Police want to speak to this woman after cash was stolen from a pensioner's purse.

    The 88-year-old had been out with her daughter and granddaughter in Nero's in Chesterfield and only realised the money was gone when she went to buy something at another shop.

    Woman in Cafe

    It happened on 26 February but police have only just released this CCTV image.

    Woman in cafe
  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Nottinghamshire southbound severe disruption, from J27 for A608 Mansfield Road Hucknall to J26 for A610 Nottingham.

    M1 Nottinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound from J27, A608 (Hucknall) to J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of a vehicle fire.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, from J34 for A1 Blyth to J35 for J2 M18.

    A1(M) Nottinghamshire - One lane closed on A1(M) Doncaster By Pass northbound from J34, A1 (Blyth) to J35 J2 M18, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Our live coverage across the day

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Today's live updates have now finished. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday.

  6. Weather: Clear and dry evening ahead

    BBC Weather

    It will stay clear and dry this evening.

    During the early hours of Friday, mist and low cloud may drift into some areas and it will feel chilly under clear skies. Minimum temperature: 2 to 5°C (36 to 41°F)

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  7. Investigation into fatal fire

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Emergency services are still at the scene of a fire yesterday where a woman in her 50s died.

    The fire started in Saffron Lane, Leicester, shortly before 17:00.

    Leicestershire Fire Service said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene and an investigation into the cause is being carried out.

    Saffron Lane
  8. Cerebral palsy boy's operation cancelled 10 times

    East Midlands Today

    A three-year-old boy with cerebral palsy has had an operation to remove his tonsils cancelled 10 times.

    Bleu Chapple's family say the tonsillectomy needs to happen before he can have spinal surgery that will greatly increase his mobility.

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    Video caption: Cerebral palsy boy's operation cancelled 10 times

    University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has apologised, saying cancelling operations was a "last resort".

    A spokesman said "communication with the family could have been better".

    Bleu's operation at Leicester Royal Infirmary has been scheduled for next week, the trust said.

  9. Girls' school handed government warning

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    A school for Muslim girls in Nottingham has been told it must improve or possibly face closure.

    The Jamia Al-Huuda School, on Berkeley Avenue in Mapperley Park, was inspected by Ofsted in December after complaints over "safeguarding" concerns.

    Inspectors found the school didn't keep track of what happened to pupils who missed lessons or left the school and said there were failings in promoting the health and wellbeing of pupils or "preparing them for British Society" - giving it an inadequate rating.

    However, the report also said pupils were well behaved and teaching standards were good.

    Jamia Al-Huuda School

    A letter from the Department for Education said the school must enforce a plan of action to improve or risk being removed from the Register of Independent Schools or have its "operations restricted".

    The department confirmed it had received the plan from the school and was in the process of reviewing it.

    The independent boarding and day school opened in 1996 and currently teaches 184 girls aged between 11 and 19. It has come under fire before for issues with safeguarding and teaching.

    The school said it accepts the latest report but principal Raza Ul Haq felt it did not do enough to balance the positives that were also noted.

    A statement said the school had recruited more housekeeping staff since the inspection and steps had been taken to address the records issue.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, at J28 for A38 Alfreton.

    M1 Derbyshire - M1 exit slip road partially blocked southbound at J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  11. Boy robbed by man in 'woollen bowler hat'

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a 14-year-old boy was robbed at a bus stop.

    The boy was waiting for a bus in Boyer Street, Derby, at around 18:00 on 22 March, when a man walked up and grabbed him before taking his iPhone and running off down an alley.

    He has been described as white, with stubble, of stocky build and about 5ft 4ins.

    He was wearing a dark blue jacket, and white shirt, and had a black, woollen bowler-style hat with a brim all the way around.

    Boyer Street
  12. Labour choose third Mansfield mayoral election candidate

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Andy Abrahams has been selected as Labour's mayoral candidate for Mansfield.

    Mr Abrahams, who has lived and worked in Mansfield for most of his life, said: "I am so honoured and excited. I can’t wait to get stuck in and show Mansfield’s residents how a Labour-run council will be honest, fair, hard-working and look after their needs properly."

    Andy Abrahams

    Sean McCallum was due to stand as mayoral candidate but was suspended from the party earlier this month,pending an investigation into alleged anti-Semitism.

    The previous candidate, Paul Bradshaw, stepped down citing "irreconcilable differences" with the area's Labour candidate for Parliament, Sonya Ward.

  13. Image released after charity box theft

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Police are hoping this man can help with their inquiries after two charity boxes were stolen from a newsagents in Clay Cross.

    They were stolen from Pilsey News, Bridge Street, at around 14:30 on 13 March.

    Charity box