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By Amy Woodfield and Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Shopkeeper 'uses karate skills' to stop gunman

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A shopkeeper in Leicester has been telling me how he fought off a man with a gun who was trying to steal money from his store.

    On Christmas Eve, Sibu Kuruvilla was working at Premier Leo's Supersaver in Evington when a man came in with what appeared to be a gun.

    CCTV of robbery

    Mr Kuruvilla gave the man £170 from the till but before he had chance to escape, the 43-year-old knocked the weapon from his hand and wrestled him to the ground.

    He then held him on the floor for 15 minutes until the police arrived.

    CCTV of robbery

    Mr Kuruvilla is a black belt in Seibukan karate - he told me that might have been where he got his courage from to fight the robber.

    Despite his courageous reaction he said it was "terrifying".

    Sibu Kuruvilla

    Mr Kuruvilla's two daughters had been in the shop at the time - the girls aged seven and nine saw everything on the CCTV camera from the office.

    He said they have both been affected by what they saw and for the last few nights they've woken up in the night to cuddle him.

    Leicestershire Police said a 17-year-old male was arrested in connection with the incident and has been bailed pending police inquiries.

  2. Hospitals make millions from car parking

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust took £4.2m last year from car parking fees.

    Just over two thirds of that came from patients and visitors, the rest was staff.

    Leicester Royal Infirmary car park

    Over the same period Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust took £3.9m and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust took £3.6m.

    The 2016/17 figures have come from the Press Association who made a Freedom of Information request.

  3. Google car travelling around East Midlands

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    You might spot Google's Street View car in our area over the coming weeks - if you haven't already seen it.

    The web giant is midway through a four-month programme to update its street level shots of Derbyshire - including the Peak District - Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

    Google schedule
  4. Driver had unsafe toddler and no insurance

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Police stopped this driver in Heath earlier and found not only was the car uninsured, there was also a two-year-old in the front with no child seat.

    The car was confiscated and two fines were handed to the driver.

    Seized car in Heath
  5. Your photos: Winter in Leicestershire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thanks to Pete for a splendid photo of Melton Mowbray on this crisp winter's afternoon.

    Melton Mowbray
  6. McClure met future husband on movie set

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Vicky McClure chose Wollaton Hall as the backdrop to her engagement announcement - although she gave no indication whether the proposal took place there.

    She met film-maker and actor Jonny Owen when they appeared together in British film Svengali in 2013.

    He said in 2014: "Not only is she [McClure] fantastic as Michelle, but in the course of making the film we've also grown close and ended up in a relationship together."

    Read more here.

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  7. Your photos: Snow in Rutland

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There's still plenty of snow on the ground in Oakham but the sun's out so that should help it thaw.

    Littleemmaduck sent us this photo of her back garden.

    Oakham garden
  8. Driver thrown from car in M1 crash

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    More details have emerged about a two-car crash which closed the M1 southbound for several hours last night.

    Derbyshire Police said a 31-year-old male driver was seriously injured when he was thrown from his Honda Civic after it hit a barrier and landed on its roof.

    A 33-year-old woman and two children inside the car were treated for minor injuries.

    M1 crash scene

    Police added that the driver of a Ford Fiesta also involved in the crash escaped serious injury.

    The force has appealed for witnesses and dashcam footage of the collision, which happened near junction 29 for Matlock and Mansfield at about 19:40.

  9. Study: House values soaring in Ashbourne

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Homes in Ashbourne are gaining value at a faster rate than almost anywhere else in Britain, according to a new survey.

    The figures, by Zoopla, found property values in the Derbyshire town had risen by 11.59% between 1 January and 12 December, reaching an average of £354,815.


    It was second only to the seaside resort of Clevedon in Somerset, where property values had risen by 11.6%.

    Nationally property values had risen by 3.5%, Zoopla said.

  10. Car removed from Nottingham tram tracks

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    NET says the car has now been moved from tracks at Nottingham station and trams are running normally again.

  11. No M&S staff hurt in Leicester fire

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    We've had a brief statement from M&S following the fire at its Leicester store last night.

    It said: "All our colleagues are safe and our Leicester store opened at 9am this morning.”

    M&S fire scene
  12. Stolen puppies still missing

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Police are still looking for 17 puppies that were stolen from a house in Selston more than six weeks ago.

    The young dogs were only a week old when they were taken from an address in Station Road but police said they would now be at an age where they are ready to be sold.

    Three adult dogs who were taken in the same theft also remain missing.

    Stolen puppies
  13. Driver injured in M1 smash

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    A driver was taken to hospital following a two-car crash that closed the M1 for several hours last night.

    The collision happened on the southbound carriageway near junction 29 - for Mansfield and Chesterfield - at about 19:45.

    Derbyshire Police said the driver of a Honda was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

    M1 smash
    M1 smash
  14. Your photos: Icy Hathersage

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's an icy day in Derbyshire - David E took this pic in Hathersage.