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Gavin Bevis, Amy Woodfield and Dave Wade

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, from J29A for Markham Road J29A to J30 for A616 Sheffield.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J29a Markham Road J29a to J30, A616 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Video caption: Great North Run: Blind woman and guide on the 13 miles

    Sarah never thought exercise was for her after she lost her sight seven years ago.

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  4. Weather: Spots of rain

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be mostly cloudy with the chance of a few spots of rain, but there may be a few clear breaks too. Another mild night.


    Tomorrow looks set to stay mostly cloudy with just the odd spot of rain possible. However, a little more sunshine should develop later in the day. Feeling cool.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J18 for A428 and J19 for A14.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J18, A428 (Rugby) and J19, A14 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Flag and trophy design for Tour of Britain chosen

    Kit Sandeman

    Local Democracy Reporter

    The official starting flag and trophy for the Tour of Britain's Nottinghamshire stage have been revealed, after a county-wide competition for children.

    kids plus kay cutts

    The winning flag design was drawn by six-year-old Sam Radburn, from Cropwell Bishop Primary School.

    The winning trophy design was won by Eva Smith, 8, from Lantern Lane school in East Leake.

    Sam will wave his flag to start the race and Eva will present her trophy to the winner and they'll get front-row seats as the tour speeds through the county this Saturday.

    Eva said she likes cycling, but is more of a fan of drawing. Sam said flags and cycling are his two favourite things.

    The Nottinghamshire stage of the race starts at 10:30 in West Bridgford on Saturday and is expected to finish in Mansfield at about 15:20.

  7. Norovirus causing fewer ward closures

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The number of outbreaks of norovirus at Royal Derby Hospitals has been cut by half over the last six years, according to a report.

    The spread of the highly-contagious winter vomiting bug has led to 26 full ward closures at Royal Derby Hospital since 2012.

    Royal Derby Hospital

    In that time, 427 patients and 161 staff have been affected by the virus, the Local Democracy Reporter Service reports.

    Health bosses said these cases have been combated and contained through the use of an inflatable door, pioneered in Derby, which seals off the contaminated ward.


    In 2012 there were eight full ward closures; 131 affected patients and 38 affected staff. These figures have decreased since then to four ward closures; 46 affected patients; and 11 affected staff in 2017-18.

  8. Driver cut out of car after crash

    Dave Wade

    BBC News

    A woman had to be cut free after a car overturned in a crash near Market Bosworth earlier.

    boswroth crash

    Leicestershire Fire and Rescue said it happened on the A447, near the Bull in the Oak pub in Cadeby, at about 12:50.

    A woman from a separate vehicle was also taken to hospital in Coventry.

    Neither women had injuries believed to be life-threatening.

    The road was re-opened by 14:30.

  9. Lee Rigby fundraiser 'spent profits on music single'

    Press Association

    A charity fundraiser who collected thousands of pounds for the son of murdered fusilier Lee Rigby spent profits on producing a music single he knew would be a "flop", a court has heard.

    Jurors heard how Gary Gardner raised at least £24,000 from various events but only £4,000 made its way to any charity because of his "enthusiasm for promoting emerging music artists".


    As well as the production of the single, jurors heard the defendant also used the profits for travel expenses in London as he allegedly transferred funds from the charity bank account to his own personal account.

    The 56-year-old lorry driver put on three truck-pull events in the Leicestershire village of Medbourne and also in Market Harborough - fundraisers which were attended by thousands of people, including Fusilier Rigby's widow Rebecca and his son Jack.

    Prosecutor Sam Skinner said: "He spent questionable amounts of donors' money on travel and expenses for himself in London. He has not given Jack Rigby or his trust fund any money.

    Gardner, of Old Holt Road, Medbourne, denies three counts of fraud. The trial continues.

  10. Could our water bills be reduced?

    Quentin Rayner

    East Midlands Today chief news reporter

    Severn Trent is pledging to bring down household bills in the five years to 2025.

    As part of a price review by the water companies regulator Severn Trent has set out how it is going to meet customers needs in a detailed business plan for the next five years from 2020.

    Severn Trent logo

    Severn Trent is pledging to spend £6.6bn to improve services. Its most eye-catching pledge is to cut bills by 5% as long as it meets targets on issues like leakages.

    It'll help pay for the reduced bills by paying lower returns to its investors. The company is also pledging to deliver efficiencies of 13% by forcing down costs.

  11. Progress made on railway improvement project

    East Midlands Today

    A £200m project to improve the railway in Derby has reached the half way point.

    Work on Derby railway line

    The upgrade of signalling and track has meant serious disruption for passengers, but Network Rail has said the majority of services are resuming today - including Cross Country services, and East Midlands trains to Crewe and Nottingham.

    The company says the project is on course for completion on 8 October.

  12. High demand for second hand furniture

    East Midlands Today

    A charity has told the BBC it's seen a huge rise in demand for used furniture from families in need.

    SOFA lorry

    SOFA sells second hand furniture from a warehouse in Loughborough. It relies on donations and the money raised goes back into the charity.

    Tony Warren, from SOFA, said demand for their service has risen 65% in the last year.


    Hayley Wright used the charity to set up home with her two children. She said the charity "changed her life" by allowing her to furnish her home.

  13. Sooty puppet sells for £14.5k

    Dave Wade

    BBC News

    An original Sooty puppet from the 1950s children's show has sold for £14,500 at auction.

    The puppet, which is 70 this year, far exceeded it's guide price of £2,000-£3,000 when it went under the hammer in Derbyshire today.


    Harry Corbett bought a glove puppet for seven shillings and six pence to entertain his children on holiday in Blackpool in 1948. He used soot to blacken its nose and ears and Sooty was born.

    It belonged to Dr Steven Abbott, 58, from Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, after Mr Corbett gave it to his father, musician Arthur Abbott, whose stage name was Art Johnson.

    Mr Abbott, now retired, said he was "delighted".

    "We knew he was a genuine Sooty from the TV show but were allowed to play with him.”

    The anonymous buyer at Hanson's Auctioneers said: “I’m delighted. Sooty will be going to the north of England to take his place in my large, private collection of TV puppets and memorabilia.”