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By Gavin Bevis and Samantha Fisher

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A623 Derbyshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A623 Derbyshire both ways severe disruption, around Church Lane.

    A623 Derbyshire - A623 Hernstone Lane in Peak Forest blocked in both directions around the Church Lane junction, because of a broken down lorry.

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

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    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J28 for A38 Alfreton and J27 for A608 Hucknall.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J28, A38 (Alfreton) and J27, A608 (Hucknall), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  3. Chris Jones

    BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

    Thomas Waldrom

    Chris Jones

    BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

    Controversial plans to extend the Premiership season are "dead in the water" according to players' union chief Damian Hopley.

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  4. 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 at 08:00.

    Have a great evening.

  5. M1 minibus crash widow speaks of her grief

    Phil Shepka

    BBC News

    The grieving wife of a minibus driver killed in a horror smash on the M1 said she "is empty now".

    Cyriac Joseph was one of eight people from Nottingham killed when their vehicle was crushed between two lorries on the motorway in August last year.

    The two lorry drivers - one twice over the legal alcohol limit and the other on a hands-free call - will be sentenced for causing the deaths later this year.

    Cyriac Joseph

    Ancy Joseph, who attended every day of the trial, told the BBC: "It's a big tragedy, a big loss. I'm empty now. [I have] nothing in my brain also. Everything is gone.

    "There is no life for me now. My life is finished."

    The couple's children, Benita and Benson, also spoke of their grief to the BBC.

  6. Sledgehammer used in attempted break-in

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Derbyshire police have released CCTV images of an attempted break-in at a wine shop in Allestree.

    The incident took place at the Wine Rack in the Park Farm Centre during the early hours of 22 February and involved one of the people in the footage attempting to smash the window with a sledgehammer.

    CCTV Images

    Although they didn't gain entry into the shop, a considerable amount of a damage was caused in the process.

    PC Dalbir Janagal said: ”“Even though both people had their faces covered we hope that someone may recognise them from their clothing or perhaps even the sledge hammer used."

  7. Modern slavery accused appears in court

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    A woman has been extradited to the UK from Latvia to face charges as part of a modern slavery investigation.

    Police dog in the snow

    The 33-year-old appeared in court earlier charged with four conspiracy offences linked to slavery, trafficking and exploitation.

    She was remanded into custody and will appear at Derby Crown Court on Friday.

    The woman was one of five people arrested last month during raids (pictured) in Derby and Latvia as part an investigation into alleged modern slavery.

    She is the eighth person to be charged in connection with the raid. Three more people are in custody in Latvia awaiting extradition proceedings.

  8. Probe after pet cat is 'shot at with air rifle'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    Police are investigating after a cat was shot at with an air rifle in a suburb of Chesterfield.

    Ariel view of roads in Chesterfield

    The cat's owners, who live on Baden Powell Road, in Birdholme, told the officers their pet returned home with an injury at around lunchtime on Friday 2 March.

    It is possible the cat had been roaming in the Lord Roberts Road and Dundonald Road area, police added.

  9. The Princess Royal visits National Space Centre

    Alex Blakemore

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leicester

    The Princess Royal

    Princess Anne has been visiting the National Space Centre in Leicester today. Her Royal Highness attended the centre's first ever Women in Space networking event, as she's a patron of the Women in Science and Engineering campaign.

    Earlier today The Princess Royal officially opened the Leicester Royal Infirmary's A&E unit. The 48 million pound Emergency Department first opened to patients last April.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A38 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, near A5121.

    A38 Staffordshire - Queuing traffic on A38 northbound in Stretton near Clay Mills, because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  11. 'Historic' US legal ritual staged in Nottingham

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    A historic legal ritual, thought not to have taken place in the UK since the 1700s, has been staged in Nottingham.

    Professor Peter Romary takes Oath of Office as judge

    It was to install Professor Peter Romary (pictured right) as a pro-tem judge in North Carolina.

    He was visiting Nottingham Trent University with students and asked if he could take his Oath of Office in the East Midlands so his UK-based parents could attend.

    The ceremony is required under the state constitution.

    Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker, Dean of Nottingham Law School, said: "This was a truly historic event and we are honoured to have been involved in such a momentous occasion."

  12. Nixon: Nabi crucial to T20 success

    Mike McCarthy

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon says signing Mohammad Nabi could be crucial to their T20 success this season.

    The Afghan all-rounder has become the Foxes second overseas player for the T20 Blast.

    Nabi, 33, has played 93 one-day internationals and 60 T20 matches for his national team.

    He has also played in T20 competitions around the world, including Australia's Big Bash and the Caribbean Premier League.

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    Video caption: Paul Nixon says signing Mohammad Nabi could be crucial to Leicestershire's T20 success
  13. Cricket fans made to wait for 'new signing'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    Cricket fans were left disappointed when Nottinghamshire failed to make good on a promise to release some "breaking news" this morning.

    Player silhouette in a tweet

    In a post on their social media accounts, the club appeared to tease supporters with the prospect of a new signing.

    However, 10:00 came and went without an announcement.

    The club later apologised and said they could not release the news due to "circumstances" out of their control.

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    Video caption: Paul Nixon says signing Mohammad Nabi could be crucial to Leicestershire's T20 success

    Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon says the signing of Mohammad Nabi could be crucial to their T20 success this season.