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Summary

  1. Rapist jailed for minimum 18 years of 'savage' park attack
  2. Man circumcised 'by mistake' in Leicester hospital
  3. Elderly woman dies in Derby house fire
  4. Patient, 94, was moved 13 times during last 10 weeks of his life
  5. Notts team to help Africa cyclone victims
  6. Derbyshire headteachers resist shorter summer holidays
  7. Lorry fire caused lengthy motorway delays
  8. Updates for Monday 25 March

Live Reporting

By Sandish Shoker, David Pittam, Heather Burman and Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, from J30 for A616 Worksop to J31 for A57 Worksop Road Sheffield.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J30, A616 (Worksop) to J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  2. Our live coverage across the day

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Today's live updates have now finished. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday.

  3. Weather: Staying clear and dry

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be clear, dry and cold with light winds.

    A few shallow mist or fog patches may develop, but where it remains clear, a frost is possible.

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  4. Paralysed woman skis down mountain

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Check out Claire Lomas - the woman from Melton Mowbray who was left paralysed from the chest down in 2007, hitting the slopes on a monoski.

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    Video caption: Paralysed woman skis down mountain
  5. Men sentenced for taxi driver attack

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Two men have been sentenced after they robbed and attacked a Leicester taxi driver leaving him unconscious in the street.

    Leicester Crown Court heard Nathan Connolly, 22, and Kaamil Alli, 18, had tried to sell a mobile phone to the man in Hinckley Road, Leicester, on 18 August last year.

    However, when he refused, they dragged him out the car and kicked and stamped on him before driving off in his taxi.

    The victim was left with serious injuries, including a bleed to the brain.

    Nathan Connolly and Kaamil Ali

    Leicestershire Police said the phone the pair were selling had been stolen from a man they had attacked moments earlier.

    Connolly, of Bland Road, Leicester was found guilty after trial and jailed for 10 years for two counts of robbery and one of theft.

    Alli, who pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, was handed six years detention.

  6. Rape attack 'like something out of a horror film'

    The woman who was raped in a brutal attack in a Leicester park said what happened to her was "like something out of a horror film".

    Zakarya Etarghi, pictured, has been jailed for at least 18 years for rape and attempted murder after shattering his victim's skull and "leaving her for dead".

    Zakarya Etarghi

    In a statement read on her behalf by prosecutor William Harbage QC, the victim said: "What happened was like something out of a horror film.

    "I think he's a horrible and disgusting human being because what he did goes beyond anything that I can speak of.

    "I feel like I constantly need help and cannot live my life as independently as I once did. Sometimes I just sob to myself because it is so hard."

  7. Drink and drugs used by 'brutal' rapist

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The judge sentencing Zakarya Etarghi said his victim was "lucky to be alive".

    She was found in a children's park in Leicester, naked from the waist down and with a deep head wound, in the early hours of 3 August last year.

    Scene of attack

    Judge Nicholas Dean QC said: "She was attacked in a most brutal way by you and she was left for dead by you in the small Cedar Road Park where the attack took place.

    "Quite apart from your previous offending, your lifestyle in July and August last year was reprehensible. You were drinking and combining drink with the regular use of cocaine."

  8. BreakingRapist jailed for life for 'horrific' park rape

    Sonia Kataria

    BBC News

    A rapist who shattered a woman's skull and "left her for dead" near a children's play park has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years.

    Scene of attack

    The 50-year-old woman was found in a pool of blood off Cedar Road in the Evington area of Leicester last August.

    Zakarya Etarghi, 24, of no fixed address, was given a life sentence for rape and attempted murder at Leicester Crown Court.

  9. Pedestrian hit by bus

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A person has been taken to hospital in Leicester after they were hit by a bus.

    Charles Street in Leicester

    East Midlands Ambulance Service has said it was called to the Haymarket Shopping Centre just after 14:45.

    Two paramedic cars and a crewed ambulance were sent to the scene and one patient was taken to the Royal Infirmary.

    Charles Street has since reopened to traffic. It is not thought the pedestrian suffered serious injuries, police said.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Child abuse victim becomes 'paedophile hunter'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A woman who set up a "paedophile hunting group" in the East Midlands has told the BBC she is protecting everybody's children.

    Maria Clarke is part of a group that confronts suspected child abusers. She talks to them over the internet then live streams the moment she meets up with them before reporting it to the police.

    Children's Innocence Matters branding

    Maria said being abused as a child gave her the "passion and drive" to establish Children's Innocence Matters. The man she claims was responsible was found not-guilty following a trial.

    She said: "We're not vigilantes - we don't go there causing a fight. It's very rare I'll get aggressive unless there's a real child involved and unless the predator is aggressive to me.

    "If we're aggressive to them or abusing to them - they've won."

    Leicestershire Police has said protecting children is a priority and it investigates every allegation.

    But added that officers have concerns about the way "paedophile hunters" operate because of the standards of evidence, risk assessment and support for victims.

  13. Retiring GP has message for patients about healthcare future

    Rob Sissons

    East Midlands Today Reporter

    A retiring GP in Derbyshire is warning that patients will need to alter their expectations as to who they see in surgery if the NHS is to cope with the shortage of doctors.

    Dr Elizabeth Barrett's warning comes as a leading health think tank predicts greater use of community pharmacists, physiotherapists and nurses will be needed to reduce the strain on doctors.

    She said: "People have to realise a lot of problems can be dealt with by people who aren't fully paid up GPs."

    GP
  14. Boy, 3, waits almost a year for vital operation

    Victoria Hicks

    Reporter, East Midlands Today

    The mum of a three-year-old boy with cerebral palsy says she feels totally let down by the Leicester Royal Infirmary because it has cancelled a much-needed operation more than 10 times.

    Last April, Bleu Greenwood from Thorpe Astley had to be resuscitated twice due to severe tonsillitis and has been waiting since then for his tonsils to be removed.

    Mum, Rielle Chapple says the delays are holding back a further operation to help her son walk unaided.

    Rielle Chapple and her son Bleu

    "Bleu has a lot of appointments - five to seven weekly - and we have to completely adjust all of those, and my partner has to take time off work, each time we get scheduled for an operation," said Ms Chapple.

    "It's just unacceptable for them to treat him in this way."

    The hospital trust said it only cancels operations as a last resort but admitted its contact with Bleu's parents "could have been better".

    He is now booked to have an operation next Monday which the family is hoping will go ahead.