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Summary

  1. 'Unknown substance' in envelope sent to council
  2. Council offices evacuated for hours
  3. Tests reveal substance was harmless
  4. Passengers affected by Monarch collapse
  5. Long Eaton tyre slashing rampage
  6. Teen receives life-changing surgery
  7. Car crashes through school fence
  8. Live updates for Monday 2 October 2017

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield and Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6.

    M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and very slow traffic southbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of a broken down van.

    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, between J28 for A38 Alfreton and J29 for A617.

    M1 Derbyshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J28, A38 (Alfreton) and J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down lorry.

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

  3. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for regular updates us for today, we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the East Midlands.

    Updates on breaking news will continue to appear throughout the night.

  4. Weather: Cloudy overnight with rain possible

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It’ll remain windy overnight with cloudy conditions and the chance of a shower.

    Skies will become clearer in the early hours. Lows of 8C (46F).

    Weather
  5. Man tried to grab woman in city street

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    A man allegedly tried to grab a 19-year-old woman as she walked along a street in Derby city centre.

    Police said the teenager was approached by a man in Willow Row at about 20:45 on 20 September.

    He made a number of inappropriate comments and went to grab her - but she avoided his grip and got away.

    Willow Row
  6. Arrest made after gun fired

    A man has been arrested after a gun was fired in Mansfield.

    Officers were called to Gladstone Street shortly after midnight on Wednesday last week.

    mansfield

    A woman was treated for injuries not thought to be serious and discharged from hospital.

    A 21-year-old man remains in custody on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

  7. 'Bright new era' for taxis in Nottingham

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    It's been claimed that Nottingham will have "the newest and most economical fleet" of taxis anywhere in the country within three years.

    Taxis

    The city council has confirmed plans to have 32 electric charging points in eight locations around the city by next year. They won’t be dedicated for taxis at first but will be once demand increases.

    Nottingham City Council is also trying to remove obstacles for taxi drivers to convert their vehicles to low-emission and is bidding for government funding for ten electric cabs which will be leased to drivers.

    Quote Message: This is the beginning of a new dawn for taxi services in Nottingham. In the next few years, we will see the fleet of Hackney cabs transformed to clean, modern re-branded vehicles and uniformed drivers fully trained in customer service." from Cllr Toby Neal Nottingham City Council
    Cllr Toby NealNottingham City Council
  8. 'Harmless' substance causes hours of disruption

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The working day returned to normal at Melton Borough Council this afternoon after several hours of disruption caused by an "unknown substance" found inside an envelope.

    Emergency Services at Melton Borough Council

    Staff were evacuated from the building on Burton Street this morning over concerns about the substance.

    The emergency services were called to the scene including the Hazardous Area Response Team -paramedics specially trained to deal with major incidents.

    Emergency Services at Melton Borough Council

    Leicestershire Police carried out tests on the substance, which was found to be harmless.

    The cordon was then removed and staff were allowed to return to their office.

    Police said their investigations are ongoing and couldn't say what the substance was or if it was sent maliciously.

  9. 'Disgusting handling' of Monarch collapse

    Facebook

    A range of opinions on our Facebook pages about Monarch going out of business.

    Garry Belmore wrote: "My daughter booked her honeymoon last week . Got distraught message at 5.47 all staff and reps were pulled out of Manchester airport no one to answer questions.

    "Its cost her £300 to get another flight and £70 for another nights stay at the hotel. Disgusting handling of the situation does not cover it. "

    Monarch planes

    Julie Wilmot posted: "It's being handled exactly as it should be- chartered aircraft to bring people home as a priority. It's life- the same risk as if you order a car and the dealership goes bust.

    "We rebooked with Ryanair with no inflated prices at 520 this morning."

  10. Your photos: Apple ducks in Halloughton

    BBC Weather Watchers

    How do you like them apples?! Thanks to Karen's Garden in Halloughton, Southwell, for the pic.

    Apple ducks in Halloughton
  11. Matt Davis

    BBC Sport

    Pep Guardiola and Roy Hodgson

    Matt Davis

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City to beat Manchester United to title, Liverpool and Arsenal to miss out on top four, while Palace are destined for the drop, says a study.

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  12. Police dog continues to improve after life-saving op

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    A police dog which required a life-saving operation on a twisted colon is "looking brighter every day", his handlers have said.

    Nottinghamshire's PD Kyle needed hours of emergency surgery after falling ill last week.

    The force said the four-year-old has been slowly improving ever since and should hopefully be well enough to return home from the vet later this week.

    PD Kyle
  13. Man jailed for murdering wife

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering his wife.

    Baldeep Singh from Dovedale Road in Thurmaston admitted killing 35-year-old Amandeep Kaur as he believed she was going to leave him.

    Baldeep Singh

    Singh called police in February to confess to the murder - when officers arrived at the house they found Amandeep dead in her bedroom.

    A post-mortem examination revealed she died as a result of a laceration to the neck.

    Singh will serve at least 19 years before being considered for release.

  14. 'Suspicious' substance sent to council HQ was harmless

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Staff at Melton Borough Council have been allowed back into the building after it was evacuated earlier when an envelope was found to contain a suspicious substance.

    Leicestershire Police said tests had revealed the substance was harmless.

    Staff going back in
  15. Ex-care home worker denies abusing boys

    Mike O'Sullivan

    Reporter, East Midlands Today

    An 83-year-old Derby man has pleaded not guilty to 24 historical sexual offence charges against 10 boys at two care homes.

    Norman Sully, of Chaddesden, appeared at Derby Crown Court but could not get into the dock as he uses a mobility scooter. He answered “not guilty” to all the allegations from a position near the witness box.

    His trial, which is expected to last about six weeks, was adjourned and will be held at Birmingham Crown Court on 9 April 2018. Mr Sully was given unconditional bail.

    Norman Sully

    Defence barrister Will Bennett told the court Mr Sully's defence will be that "it didn't happen".

    Of the 24 charges, 19 are allegations concerning seven boys at the Elmhurst family centre in Derby, between 1 January 1973 and 31 December 1980.

    The others are alleged to have happened at Bracken House in Nottingham between 1 September 1976 and 10 July 1978.

    Twenty-three are indecent assault charges. One is an attempted serious sexual assault.

  16. M1 lane closed after fuel spill

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    A lane is closed on the roundabout between the M1 J28 and the A38 due to a large spill caused by a broken-down vehicle.

    Highways England says it's expecting delays until 16:00.

    M1 delays
  17. 'Large-scale cordon' at council office

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Jamie, from Melton, walked past the council offices earlier and described the scene.

    He said: "There appears to be a large-scale cordon around the council offices and a hive of activity from the fire brigade and ambulance service.

    "There's probably about eight or nine police cars. A lot of them [police officers] appear to be stationed outside and not actually moving - there are a few going in and out of the building but they appear to be standing around at the moment."