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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J10 for A5 and J9 for M6 Toll.

    M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 southbound between J10, A5 (Tamworth) and J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth), because of emergency repairs.

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

  2. Our live coverage

    Dedicated live coverage on this page has now ended for Thursday, but some news, sport and travel will continue to be posted automatically overnight.

    East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

  3. Cyanide spillage had 'no major environmental impact'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    An investigation into a cyanide spillage that leaked into a pond in Heanor has found no sign of major pollution or impact to wildlife.

    Some of the chemical leaked into Adam's Pond at Shipley Country Park in February.

    Water at Shipley Country Park

    The Environment Agency has said it used a dye to trace the source of the pollutant - this has turned some of the water green.

    Visitors are being told not to be alarmed by the colour as it poses no risk to visitors or wildlife.

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    Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

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

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

  5. Man in court following assault

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A 28-year-old man is due in court tomorrow after being charged with attempted robbery and GBH in Nottingham.

    It follows an assault on Shakespeare Street in the city on Tuesday. A second man who was also arrested has been released under investigation.

  6. Significant increase in car thefts

    Jeremy Ball

    Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

    A new key-cloning scam has led to a spike in car thefts in Leicestershire.

    Police have said dozens of cars have been stolen in the county by criminals breaking into the vehicle's computer system.

    Thieves stealing car on CCTV

    Other thieves are using scanners to access key fobs in people's homes.

    Leicestershire Police said it is "extremely concerned". The force believes some vehicles are being "stolen to order" while others are taken just for "joy riding".

  7. One vehicle involved in A38 crash

    Lisa Teanby

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    Derbyshire Police, the fire and rescue service and an ambulance are all at the scene of a crash on the A38 at Little Eaton Island.

    We've been told it involves a single vehicle but there is no news on any injuries.

    The southbound carriageway is closed from Markeaton to Kingsway. It is also closed from Little Eaton Island, including the slip roads coming on to it at Palm Court and Queensway from Kedleston Road.

    This is what delays are looking like in the city centre.

  8. 'Avoid' scene of A38 crash

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Police have posted this message for motorists following a crash on the A38 southbound near Little Eaton.

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  9. Two arrested in firearm raids

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Ammunition, drugs and cash have been found at a property in Nottingham.

    Police raided three properties yesterday morning following recent firearm discharges in the Bestwood area.

    The suspicious items were found in Wendling Gardens. A 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possessing ammunition, cannabis and criminal property.

    Both have since been released.

  10. Loughborough experts looking for dust in the Arctic

    Christian Hill

    BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

    Four researchers from Loughborough University are flying to Greenland to set up a series of dust traps.

    The team wants to measure the impact of dust on Arctic ecosystems.

    They'll fly to Kangerlussuaq and live in a nearby research station for a fortnight while they install the traps.

    One of the current dust traps installed in Greenland

    Some of the dust has been trapped in the ice for centuries, but has recently been released by the melting west Greenland ice sheet.

    Project leader Professor Joanna Bullard said: "The aim is to learn just how much dust there is, what it’s made of and where it gets deposited.

    “There is now considerable evidence that dust stimulates microbiological activity on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet."

  11. Conman who targeted grieving families has jail term cut

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    A conman, who posed as a private investigator claiming he could find the facts about loved ones' deaths abroad, has had his jail term lowered.

    Simon Delow at a protest

    Simon Delow, 49, of Gloucester, was jailed for 10 years for fraud last year, but a judge at the Court of Appeal has cut the sentence to six years.

    Delow targeted the family of Claire Martin, who died of stab wounds in Italy in 2012. The local authorities decided it was suicide.

    Her parents Ray and Pat, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, rejected this claim and told the BBC they were contacted by Delow, who called himself Simon D'Gresser.

    The Martins could not afford to pay Delow, but others handed over thousands, to end up with nothing more than a report of fabricated leads.

  12. Missing girl last seen leaving school

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    This 15-year old girl has been reported missing from her home in Derby.

    Derbyshire Police say Sophie Tunnicliffe was last seen leaving the Bemrose School on Uttoxeter New Road at the end of the school day on Tuesday.

    Sophie Tunnicliffe
  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A38 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, between A52 Ashbourne Road and A5111 Kingsway affecting A6 Duffield Road.

    A38 Derbyshire - A38 Kingsway in Derby closed and queuing traffic southbound between Markeaton Island and Kingsway Island, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - via local routes. Congestion to Palm Court Island.

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

  14. Cricket: Division One title up for grabs, says Moores

    Gary Smee

    BBC Sport

    Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores believes there is not much to separate the eight counties in Division One of the County Championship.

    Peter Moores

    The Trent Bridge-based outfit begin the 2018 season on Friday against Lancashire, having won promotion from Division Two last season.

    "All the teams in Division One are very strong," Moores told BBC Radio Nottingham.

    "Only eight [sides] in the first division means that, even if you're playing well, it's hard to get in a position of safety right until the end.

    "You're targeting to be in the top three or four going into the second half of the season, so you can have a real push at trying to win it.

    "To do that, I think the first five games are big, it's important to get some wins in that and we are going to have to play some good cricket."

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    Video caption: Nottinghamshire look for fun and focus as they prepare for life in Division One
  15. Speedway: Lions hopeful of completing first meeting

    Owynn Palmer-Atkin

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    Leicester Lions are hopeful of completing their first full meeting of the season tonight, when they travel to face Swindon.

    Despite the season starting three weeks ago, the Lions still haven't been able to finish a fixtures.

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    The first two meetings were postponed due to the weather, and last nigh'ts race with Rye House was abandoned after eight heats because of the poor conditions.

    The Lions will be at full strength with the inclusion of Michael Palm Toft for their trip to Swindon tonight. The first heat starts at 19:30.