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    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, from J24 for A453 Ashby Road Nottingham South to J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J24, A453 (Nottingham South) to J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Festival musicians to perform from their own homes

    Caroline Lowbridge

    BBC News Online

    Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has signed up to perform as part of a festival being live-streamed from Nottingham.

    Light Hustle was due to take place in the city on 4 April but the artists will now be playing from their own homes.

    Sheku

    Sheku was the first black winner of the BBC's Young Musician of the Year, performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and has been appointed an MBE.

    Other artists performing include Natalie Duncan, Nina Smith and Rob Green.

    People can watch from 15:00 BST on the Hockley Hustle or Circle of Light Facebook pages.

  3. Firm offers protection kits to NHS staff

    Angela Rafferty

    East Midlands Today

    A Derbyshire business is offering hundreds of personal protection kits free to any NHS staff who need them.

    Midlands Asbestos Solutions closed down temporarily on Tuesday, but believes its safety kit could be put to good use.

    Asbestos protective kit

    The company said it has already been inundated with calls from GPs and healthcare workers who want some and is calling on other companies to help too.

  4. Rainbows decorate police vehicles

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    Some West Midlands Police vehicles are displaying artwork created by children in Leicestershire.

    Schools have been encouraging pupils to put up rainbow paintings to "spread hope" during the coronovirus pandemic, after a trend started online.

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  5. Coronavirus drive-through test centres for NHS workers

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    NHS testing station at Chessington World of Adventures

    NHS workers are being tested for coronavirus at two temporary drive-through testing stations.

    Retailer Boots opened the facilities in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey, and at its headquarters in Beeston, Nottinghamshire.

    The centres are there to support the government's bid to test doctors and nurses who have been self-isolating and are unsure whether they have the virus.

    The sites are for NHS staff by invitation only, the company said.

  6. Companies to review parking levy due to coronavirus

    Kit Sandeman

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Companies in Nottingham have been asked to review the fees they pay to have car parking spaces in light of the coronavirus outbreak, the city council has said.

    The workplace parking levy (WPL) means any employer with more than 11 parking spaces has to pay £415 per year per space.

    Parking

    This was set to increase to £424 from April 1, but now an email has been sent out to companies asking them to take account of staff not currently in the workplaces.

    The Labour-run council has written to companies who have previously paid the fee, saying it "recognises the extraordinary situation facing the country as a result of the pandemic", and that the number of parking spaces needed for the city's employers will have reduced.

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    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, from J29 for A617 Chesterfield to J28 for A38 Alfreton.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J29, A617 (Chesterfield) to J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Watch: East Midlands makes a noise to say thanks to NHS

    Thousands of people across the East Midlands stepped out of their homes on Thursday night to applaud NHS workers and carers working during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The result was emotional....

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    Video caption: Residents stepped out of their houses on Thursday night to clap for our carers