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Summary

  1. Father 'killed by angry crash driver'
  2. Boots Island plans approved by councillors
  3. Woman dies after being hit by car
  4. Dog who ate from special chair dies
  5. Firefighters tackling large blaze in Newark
  6. Extinction Rebellion protest returns to Nottingham
  7. Airport seeks to reunite passengers with lost property
  8. Updates for Wednesday 17 April

Live Reporting

By Nick Smith and Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, from J18 for A5 to J19 for M6.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J18, A5 (Rugby) to J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Our live coverage across the day

    The East Midlands Live page has now finished for the day however some posts linking to BBC articles may continue to appear through the night.

    Full live coverage will continue at 08:00 on Thursday.

  3. Weather: Dry night ahead

    BBC Weather

    There will be late sunny spells this evening with any showers fading away. The night will then be dry but areas of low cloud will spread in from the east.

    There will some areas of low cloud early tomorrow but these will clear with a fine, dry and warm day in store.

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  4. Leicestershire trees could rebuild Notre-Dame

    Belvoir Castle has pledged ancient oak trees to help rebuild the fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral.

    The Duke of Rutland, owner of the stately home, has joined other estates across England in offering support to the rebuilding effort.

    Belvoir Castle

    "The trees in the original roof at Notre-Dame probably started growing over 1,000 years ago," the Duke said.

    "We’re able to donate replacements because my great-great-grandfather had the foresight to plant trees that would only be valuable long after he died. And in turn we’ll replant every tree we fell."

    Notre Dame
  5. Environment Agency at 'major' scrapyard blaze

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The Environment Agency is in Newark working to minimise the impact of a "major" fire on the environment.

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  6. Councillors approve plans for Boots Island development

    Hugh Casswell

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

    Outline planning permission has been granted for redevelopment of the Boots Island site in Nottingham.

    Artist impression of Island development

    This area of Nottingham is currently derelict but could soon be filled with new homes, shops, leisure attractions and a five-star hotel.

  7. Delays on A52 after vehicle fire

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    The A52 is down to one lane on the A52 westbound near Wyvern Retail Park as a result of a fire involving a Kia Sorrento.

    Nobody was hurt but police have advised drivers to take a different route if possible.

    Burnt Kia Sorrento
  8. Bar brawl death accused found not guilty

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Two holidaymakers, accused of killing a Nottingham grandmother during a brawl outside a bar in Lincolnshire last summer, have been cleared of murder and manslaughter.

    Caroline Fisher, 52, died in hospital in the early hours of 21 July after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a fight outside Buzz Bar in Ingoldmells, near Skegness.

    Caroline Fisher

    The jury at Lincoln Crown Court deliberated for five hours before returning verdicts of not guilty against Leon Wadsworth and Hayley Fletcher, both from Sheffield.

    Wadsworth, 31, of Milnrow Road, did admit causing actual bodily harm to Michael Wilcox - prosecutors claimed his headbutt was what started the trouble.

    He is expected to be sentenced later today.

  9. Neighbouring fire services assist with Newark blaze

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Firefighters from Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire are dealing with a huge blaze at a scrapyard in Newark.

    People living in the area are being advised to keep their windows and doors shut and motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

    Fire in Newark

    The fire on Great North Road started just before noon and involves 1,000 tonnes of metal.

    Mick Sharman from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We have 12 fire engines dealing with the fire at present, and I would like to thank our neighbouring fire and rescue services for their assistance."

    Fire in Newark

    The fire service is working with the police, Environment Agency, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Public Health England.

    The A616 Great North Road is currently closed between the A46 roundabout and South Muskham.

  10. Woman dies after being hit by car

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    A woman has died after being hit by a car in Sandiacre this morning.

    The woman was pronounced dead after being hit at 09:10 in Derby Road.

    Her family have been informed.

    Derbyshire Police are looking for the driver of a blue Toyota Aygo which was seen in the area at the time and they believe could help with their enquiries.

    Sandiacre
  11. Oven fire at Walkers crisp factory

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Firefighters have been assisting with an oven fire at the Walkers factory in Leicester.

    The fire and rescue service sent four crews to the crisp making factory on Leycroft Road just after 11:30.

    Walkers factory in Leicester

    The fire was contained in industrial oven and left to cool by integrated cooling system. This was monitored by the firefighters who had a hose reel on standby.

    Staff were evacuated from the building.

  12. Man arrested over gun and drugs offences

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of firearm and drug offences in Nottingham last month.

    The 26-year-old was arrested in Penistone Road, Sheffield, this morning in connection with the alleged offences in New Basford on 26 March.

    He remains in police custody.

    Police
  13. Man accused of crash fight death

    Giles Taylor

    BBC East Midlands Today reporter

    A court has heard how a Nottingham man tracked down his victim before killing him with a single punch to the head.

    Oliver Brown, of Digby Avenue, Mapperley, is on trial for the manslaughter of Stephan Walsh.

    Oliver Brown

    The prosecution has said Mr Brown went looking for Mr Walsh after their cars collided on 29 July 2018.

    Mr Walsh, 37, had been drinking and instead of stopping, he drove home.

    Mr Brown, 21, later turned up on his doorstep and punched Mr Walsh in the face.

    The following morning he was found dead by his fiance. A pathologist confirmed he died from a head injury.

    Stephen Walsh

    Mr Brown handed himself over to the police but insists he acted in self defence falsebecause Mr Walsh had been drunk and aggressive.

    Mr Brown's girlfriend, Roseann Newton, also faces charges of assisting an offender.

    The 21-year-old, of Findern Green, Sneinton, had been with her boyfriend at the time of the crash and was also there when he punched Mr Walsh.

    The trial continues.