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Chris Fawcett and Maryam Qaiser

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    Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J22 for A50 and J23 for A512.

    M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J22, A50 (Coalville) and J23, A512 (Loughborough), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Nottinghamshire - M1 entry slip road closed northbound at J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of emergency repairs.

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

  3. Our live coverage across the day

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Dedicated live coverage has ended for today but some breaking news, sport and travel will continue to appear through the night. We will be back again tomorrow at 08:00.

  4. Royal Shrovetide Football: Highlights from day one

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    It was a wet start to Royal Shrovetide Football in Ashbourne...

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    Video caption: Royal Shrovetide: Highlights from day one
  5. Royal Shrovetide reaches second ball 'cut off'

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    The 17:30 deadline has passed on day one of Royal Shrovetide - meaning that if the ball is goaled between now and the end of play scheduled for 22:00 the first day will be over.


    BBC Radio Derby's Matthew Barlow has been in Ashbourne all day following the "hug" throughout the town.

    "I've seen people covered in mud and rain - but to be honest, after all these hours, it's not moved that far from the Shawcroft car park. It's still about a mile and a half from each goal."

  6. Barry Bennell convicted of abusing more young footballers

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Barry Bennell has been convicted of abusing more young footballers after grooming them with claims he could fulfil their dreams of a career in the sport.

    The 64-year-old - who has previously received three jail sentences for similar offences - was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court of 36 sex offences against boys aged eight to 15 in the 1980s.

    Bennell used to have a home in Derbyshire and worked with a number of youth clubs in the county.

    Barry Bennell

    During the trial, he was described as a "child molester on an industrial scale" who would not just groom footballers, but also their families.

    Victims who'd been coached by Bennell as boys told how he had a "power hold" over them as they dreamed of becoming professional footballers.

  7. Francis Quinn training for Great British 'race off'

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Leicestershire's Francis Quinn is used to rushing around the kitchen but she's now training to race around the capital.

    The winner of the fourth series of the Great British Bake Off is joining a "bakers' dozen" of former contestants who're taking part in this year's London Marathon.

    Francis Quinn

    She told BBC Radio Leicester that she'd always been a fan of running and competing in the London Marathon was something "on her bucket list".

    "I decided to train for one last year and then did the Leicester marathon in October. I consider The Great British Bake Off to be similar - they're both tests of endurance."

  8. Wet wipes causing a headache for Severn Trent Water

    Severn Trent Water says wet wipes are one of the main reasons why it's being forced to deal with around 45,000 sewer blockages each year.

    The company which provides water and sewerage across the East Midlands is urging everyone to stop flushing the products down the toilet.

    Blocked Drain

    Sarah O'Kane from Severn Trent Water says they're an issue because "they get caught up with other rubbish" that shouldn't be in the drains.

    "It's totally avoidable, just put them in the bin, then you're solving heartache for a lot of people."

  9. Nurse stole cameras, biscuits, coffee and scouring pads

    Leicester Mercury

    A thieving hospital nurse stole up to £10,000 worth of items ranging from scouring pads to computers and cameras.

    Toby Brownson began working at Leicester Royal Infirmary in 1994 and over the next 20 years helped himself to pillows, biscuits, a printer, bed sheets and batteries.

  10. Elise Christie 'will come out fighting' after crash

    Marcus Alton

    Reporter, Radio Nottingham

    A leading coach for Team GB says the Nottingham-based short-track speed skater, Elise Christie, will come back stronger, after crashing out of the 500m final at the Winter Olympics.

    It was another setback for the 27-year-old, who was disqualified in each of her three events in Sochi four years ago.

    Christie Crash

    She still has two more events to come and lead academy coach for Team GB, Jo Ely, says there were "plenty of positives to come out of the race".

    She added: "Elise needs to take some time to feel disappointment from the race - but on Saturday, I think she'll come out fighting."

  11. MasterChef finalists to cook with Nottingham students

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Finalists from the BBC Two cooking show MasterChef: The Professionals will be heading to Nottingham College on Friday to share some tips with trainee chefs.

    Louisa Ellis and Zoe Simons are just two of the show's professionals who'll be there on the day, as well as Nottingham-based Rich O'Donnchu.

    Masterchef judges

    The catering students will be working with the finalists at Adams Restaurant to prepare an eight-course tasting menu for lunch - something the professionals have created especially for the event.

    Phil Thomlinson, from the college, described the menu as "exciting" and expects it to push the students to "the next level".

  12. Derby man jailed for electoral fraud

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    A man has been jailed for 15 months for electoral fraud in Derby.

    Christopher Fernandez, 60, was found guilty of 12 electoral fraud offences at Derby Crown Court in December following a three-week trial.

    Christopher Fernandez

    He had previously pleaded guilty to two further charges of making false statements on nomination papers.

    Fernandez, of Wingfield Drive, Derby, forged signatures and tricked peopled into signing nomination papers for Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts Party (TUSC) candidates, including himself, in local elections.

    Det Con Richard Foster said: “Fernandez put members of the public, from all areas of Derby, through the ordeal of having to give evidence in crown court - after manipulating their trust."

  13. Emergency services honoured for efforts in station fire

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    A train has been named in honour of the emergency services after a major fire at Nottingham railway station.

    East Midlands Trains thanked British Transport Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service by naming one of its engines after them.

    It's thought to be the first engine in the UK to have two nameplates.


    Ten fire crews battled the flames after the blaze broke out on 12 January causing widespread disruption.

    One woman has been arrested and released while investigations continue.

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    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

    M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and 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