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Calum McKenzie and Gavin Bevis

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Today's live updates have now finished. Our coverage will start again at 08:00 on Thursday.

  2. Weather: Chilly, cloudy and dry night

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    Winds will ease overnight and it will stay cloudy and dry.

    BBC Weather map

    Turning chilly with lows of 5C (41F).

  3. Park gets solar-powered defibrillator

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    A park in Leicester is among the first in the country to have had a solar-powered defibrillator installed in it.

    Unveiling of a solar-powered defibrillator

    The unit, which is the first of its kind in the city, has been put up at Bennion Pools nature area in Beaumont Leys.

    Deputy city mayor, Piara Singh Clair (pictured fourth left), said: "This is a trial project but if successful, we will order more of these solar-powered units.

    "Bennion Pools is the perfect place to try this out because it’s well used but doesn’t have any nearby buildings with a power supply."

    The council has already installed 28 defibrillators at its parks and open spaces and it has plans to install six more before April.

  4. Storm fells trees across Leicestershire

    BBC Radio Leicester

    Highways teams have been out across Leicestershire clearing trees that have fallen because of Storm Eleanor.

    Man clears a tree

    Fallen trees have been removed in Great Glen, Market Harborough, Swithland, Houghton on the Hill, Loughborough and Ullesthorpe.

    A yellow warning for wind remains in place for the East Midlands until 19:00.

    Storm Eleanor has been slowly working its way eastwards across the region but gusts have not been as powerful as those seen on Tuesday.

  5. Ex-rugby player and fundraiser hit by 'serious illness'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    Former Leicester Tigers prop Matt Hampson is recovering in hospital after a serious illness over Christmas.

    Matt Hampson

    In 2005, he was was left paralysed from the neck down after an accident in training and has since raised more than £1m for charity through his foundation.

    Roy Jackson, from the Matt Hampson Foundation, told BBC Radio Leicester: "Matt has had pancreatitis, which I believe is a very serious illness.

    "Matt's problem is he doesn't feel any pain...but he is getting there, they are dealing with and sorting out his illness.

    "At the same time they are having to deal with his respiratory problems because he is on a ventilator."

  6. Photo released in phone fraud case

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Police want to speak to this man after several mobile phone contracts were fraudulently taken out at shops in Derby and Burton.

    Two of the deals were arranged at Carphone Warehouse's Ashbourne Road branch using the details of a 31-year-old man from Kilburn.

    Police want anyone with information to contact them on 101.

    CCTV image
  7. Your photos: Winter in Derbyshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thanks to Absolute Shower for this pretty striking image of Ladybower Reservoir.

    Ladybower Reservoir
  8. Watch: Woman's fears over non-urgent operation

    East Midlands Today

    A woman from Newstead has said she fears her operation may be cancelled as the NHS deals with a surge in patients.

    Video content

    Video caption: Anna Read does not know when she will have her operation.

    Thousands of patients across the country have had their non-urgent treatment cancelled as the NHS deals with its "busiest week of the year".

    Anna Read has already had her operation cancelled twice before this latest situation and fears it may happen a third time.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, at J26 for A610 Nottingham.

    M1 Nottinghamshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Rugby: England quartet back for Tigers

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicester will have England quartet George Ford, Dan Cole, Jonny May and Ben Youngs available for this weekend's match with London Irish.

    George Ford

    The four players were part of a two-day international training camp in Brighton earlier this week.

    Meanwhile, Tigers head coach Matt O'Connor has confirmed Tom Youngs will miss the game with a hamstring injury.

  11. Analysis: Councillor was 'conviction politician'

    Tim Parker

    BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

    Ernie White was one of the most respected councillors at County Hall and, being re-elected an unprecedented 11 times, he clearly earned the respect and trust of local voters too.

    He was a conviction politician, once briefly quitting the Conservative group, but by 2001 he'd joined the cabinet of Leicestershire County Council and never left.

    He shared his enthusiasm and interest in local politics in a self-published book in 2014, "The Leicestershire Story: People, Power and Politics in an English County", but otherwise was a private person.

    He suffered a short illness and his successor as leader of Blaby District, Terry Richardson, has said he'll be missed by people from all parties, across the district and county.

  12. Tributes paid after death of longest-serving councillor

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    The man who replaced Ernie White as leader of Blaby District Council has paid tribute to the long-serving councillor following his death.

    Terry Richardson said Mr White had been "hugely respected across the political spectrum" and was "truly dedicated to making Blaby a better place".

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  13. Elderly passenger dies after M1 crash

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    An 86-year-old woman who was injured in a crash on the M1 at the weekend has died in hospital.

    Derbyshire Police said Elizabeth Harrison, from Barnsley, was a rear seat passenger in a Nissan Qashqai that crashed on the southbound carriageway between Chesterfield and Alfreton on Saturday afternoon.

    A 90-year-old passenger from the same car remains in a critical condition.

    M1 stretch between J28 and J29
  14. Van fire damages crops in Nottinghamshire field

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Crops were damaged when a stolen van caught fire after being driven into a field in Nottinghamshire.

    Police said the vehicle was taken from the Lincolnshire area at some point between 29 and 31 December and was found dumped on land between the villages of South Scarle, Besthorpe and Collingham on New Year's Eve.

    Burnt out van
  15. Missing teenager found safe and well

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    A 14-year-old boy who was reported missing from his home in Derby last week has been found safe and well.

    Derbyshire Police said Que Smith was located in Staffordshire earlier today.

  16. CCTV appeal after Lincoln v Chesterfield brawl

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Police have released images of several men they want to speak to after a brawl broke out as Chesterfield took on Lincoln City earlier this season.

    The disorder happened in Lincoln's High Street at about 16:30 on 7 October.

    PC Allan Guy, from Derbyshire Police's football unit, said: "With this occurring on a busy street, causing distress to a number of innocent passers-by - and bearing in mind the level of violence used - this incident is now a big priority."

    CCTV stills