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Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis, Amy Woodfield and David Pittam

All times stated are UK

  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, from J31 for A57 Worksop Road Sheffield to J30 for A616 Worksop.

    M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J31, A57 (Sheffield) to J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at M1.

    M1 Derbyshire - M1 entry slip road partially blocked northbound at M1, Tibshelf Services, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Our live coverage across the day

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Today's updates have now come to an end. Join us from 08:00 tomorrow for more news, sport, travel and weather for the East Midlands.

  4. Tonight's weather: Cloudy night with showers

    BBC Weather

    Remaining rather cloudy through this evening and overnight into Friday, with further showers and patchy rain at first.

    Later in the night, conditions should become mainly dry. Turning misty in places.

    Weather map
  5. Friend optimistic missing climber is alive

    BBC News

    A friend of a Derbyshire climber who is missing on one of the world's highest peaks says he's optimistic he'll be found alive.

    Tom Ballard, 30, and Italian Daniele Nardi last made contact on Sunday, from an altitude of about 6,300m (20,669ft) on Nanga Parbat in Pakistan.

    Mr Ballard, who grew up in the Highlands, is the son of Alison Hargreaves, who died on K2 in 1995.

    Tom Ballard

    Friend Ian Sykes said Mr Ballard was a talented and experienced climber.

    He said: "Tom learned to ski from an early age and has been a climber from the cot upwards."

  6. Ranieri sacked by Fulham

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Sad times for Claudio Ranieri - the man who led Leicester City to the Premier League title three years ago has been sacked by Fulham after three months in charge.

    The Cottagers won only three league games out of 16 under the Italian, including a 3-2 win over Southampton in his first match.

    Claudio Ranieri
  7. Councils meet to discuss troubled Sinfin waste plant

    BBC Radio Derby

    Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council have said they're "considering all options" when it comes to Sinfin's troubled waste treatment plant.

    The authorities met this afternoon to decide the way forward - and say they're ramping up the pressure on company RRS to get the delayed facility - which has been opposed by a number of local residents - up-and-running.

    Sinfin protest

    The councils say they're also speaking to the firm's banks, who lent them the money to build the plant.

    They say they could, as a last resort, terminate the contract.

    RRS says it's continuing to work to bring the waste plant into full service.

  8. France honours WW2 hero from Long Eaton

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    A war hero from Long Eaton has been awarded France's highest military honour for his part in the famous D-Day landings.

    Herbert Thorpe, 95, was part of Royal Navy crew that created a smokescreen so German forces could not see the Allied fleet approaching the shores of Normandy in 1944.

    Herbert Thorpe receives his medal from Jean-Claude LaFontaine

    Decades later he has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French, who thanked him for his dedication to the cause.

    He was formally handed the medal earlier today by Jean-Claude LaFontaine, the Honorary French Consul for the East Midlands, at a ceremony organised by Erewash Borough Council.

    Mr Thorpe said: "I never would have thought people would be so interested. It's surprised me and I bless everybody."

  9. Distraction thieves steal cash from 94-year-old

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    A 94-year-old woman has been the victim of a distraction burglary in Bilborough.

    The pensioner told police she had been talking to two men who knocked on her back door when a third man entered through the front door and took a handbag containing cash and her pension book.

    Generic police officer

    Police have appealed for information on the burglary, which happened in Bilborough Road yesterday morning.

  10. Appeal for pregnant cat with rare eye condition

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    A fundraising appeal has been started to help a pregnant young cat with a serious eye condition.

    Misty was handed to the RSPCA by her owner after she fell pregnant when she was only a few months old.

    As a result of a virus as a kitten, one of Misty's eyes severely protrudes while the other has not developed at all.


    The RSPCA is now aiming to raise £2,000 to pay for the care of her litter when they are born and possible medical intervention on her eye problem.

    Georgina Wild, from the charity, said: "As Misty is so young herself it is unlikely she will have much maternal instinct when her kittens arrive. Therefore it is extremely likely that each kitten will need to be hand-reared to ensure they stay as healthy as possible.

    "It may be that Misty will also be required to have an operation to alleviate the pressure on her eye, which may result in her losing her eye."

    The charity said the cash will also go towards ongoing antibiotics, pain relief and specialist food.

  11. Fox's factory threat 'devastating' for workers

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The union for workers at the Fox's Glacier Mints factory in Leicester have said news of its potential closure is "devastating".

    The brand's owner is consulting on plans to close the site on Sunningdale Road as part of a merger deal with another confectionery company.

    Fox's Glacier Mints

    Usdaw said staff were "very upset" and that a closure would be a "blow for Leicester".

    Alex Fraser, from the union, said: “We will now enter into meaningful consultation talks with the company, where we will examine the business case for the closure of this site.

    "In the meantime we are providing our members with the support, advice and representation they require at this very difficult time.”

  12. Colourful duck charms Wollaton Park visitors

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    There's more to Wollaton Park than deers - check out this beautiful male mandarin duck that's been wowing visitors to the lake in recent months.

    Mandarin duck
  13. Rams midfielder to miss rest of season

    BBC Derby Sport

    Frank Lampard has confirmed Andy King will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

    The 30-year-old Leicester City midfielder only joined the Rams on loan last month.

    Andy King
  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J23A for A453 Ashby Road Derby and J24 for A50 Nottingham South.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J23a, A453 (Derby) and J24, A50 (Nottingham South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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