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  1. Murderer absconds from open prison
  2. Neglect 'contributed to' student's suicide
  3. Woman arrested over stabbing bailed
  4. Homes hit by 'nightmare' fly infestation
  5. Smart motorway upgrade cost £125m
  6. Lords question cost of HS2
  7. Trust to sell nature reserve to raise funds
  8. Rams are going to Wembley
  9. Live updates for Thursday 16 May

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By David Pittam and Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

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

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

  2. Our live coverage across the day

    The East Midlands Live page has now finished for the day however some posts linking to BBC articles may continue to appear.

    Full live coverage will continue at 08:00 on Friday.

  3. Weather: A cloudy day with some rain

    BBC Weather

    Cloud is expected to become more extensive through tonight and will thicken enough to give some light showers.

    Sun in Leicester

    Friday will feel fairly cool and there will be rather a lot of cloud, thick enough to produce some showers.

  4. Boy band singer 'proud' of Rams

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The One Direction singer and "lifelong Derby County fan" Niall Horan has said he's "proud" of the team after they beat Leeds in a play-off semi-final thriller last night.

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    He followed this tweet with another saying: "This is by far the most together I’ve seen the club in years."

  5. Rabbit dies after failed rescue missions

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    There's been a sad outcome to a failed rabbit rescue mission in Nottingham.

    On Friday the fire service and RSPCA responded to reports of a rabbit stuck on the ledge of a building on Burton Street five metres above the ground. They were unsuccessful at rescuing it and returned on Monday.

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    After several days of trying "extremely hard" to bring the rabbit to safety the RSPCA has confirmed the animal has died.

    It said: "This is not the outcome that anyone wanted."

  6. Man charged with having imitation firearm

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    An 18-year-old man has been charged with a firearms offence after a fight in Market Harborough.

    Police have said it happened outside the King’s Head and the Nag’s Head pubs on Church Street in the early hours of Saturday 16 March.

    Church Street in Market Harborough

    Matteo Heathcote, from Cromwell Crescent in the town has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

    He is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on 27 June.

  7. Cricket: Essex beat Nottinghamshire by eight wickets

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    Nottinghamshire have been heavily beaten in their County Championship match in Chelmsford.

    County Championship match in Chelmsford

    Essex reached the target of 105 for the loss of just two wickets, with Sir Alistair Cook unbeaten on 40.

    Earlier, Notts were bowled out for just 158 in their second innings.

  8. 'Minor crack' in historic castle wall

    BBC Radio Nottingham

    Scaffolding has been put-up at Newark Castle after a crack was spotted in a wall of the Grade I-listed building.

    Newark Castle

    Part of a footpath has also been cordoned off after what's described as a "minor crack" appeared in the middle tower of the curtain wall facing the river.

    The district council has said it's seeking the opinion of experts before carrying out any work.

  9. Convicted murderer absconds from open prison

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A man convicted of murder in 1993 has absconded from Sudbury open prison.

    Stephen Archer has been missing since yesterday.

    Anyone who sees him has been advised by police not to approach him but to call 999 immediately.

    Stephen Archer

    Derbyshire Police have described the 48-year-old as white, 5ft 10ins tall and of slight build.

    He has a cross tattoo on the inside of his right forearm and a dagger tattoo on his left forearm.

    Archer is believed to have links to Nottingham and Lancashire.

  10. Chilwell looks forward to England's 'big games'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    It looks like Leicester's Ben Chilwell is excited to be named in the 27-man England squad for the UEFA Nations League Finals.

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  11. Man sexually assaults woman in park toilets

    David Pittam

    BBC News Online

    A 40-year-old man may be deported after he sexually assaulted a young woman enjoying a day out with her family.

    Christian Mihai, of no fixed abode, approached his victim in the women's toilets at Darley Park Café in Derby.

    He grabbed hold of her and kissed her hands, tried to kiss her face and rubbed up against her before she managed to escape, police said.

    Cristian Mihai

    He pleaded guilty to sexual assault and was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, put on the sex offenders register for 10 years and given a restraining order stopping him from contacting his victim or entering the park for three years.

    Mihai is now automatically liable for deportation and the Home Office will make a decision on this.

    Det Con Harry Bashir, of Derbyshire Police, said the incident had a "profound and lasting impact on a vulnerable young woman".

  12. Funding for art graduate internships

    East Midlands Today

    A Nottingham arts venue has been awarded almost £300,000 to help students pursue careers in the creative industries.

    Lakeside Arts at the University of Nottingham

    The funding will enable Lakeside Arts at the University of Nottingham to offer some students graduate internships and run a creative academy for undergraduates.

  13. Woman bitten by white Westie

    David Pittam

    BBC News Online

    A woman had to be treated by medics after being bitten by a Westie this weekend.

    The 48-year-old was attending Swadlincote's Festival of Transport when she was attacked on Sunday.

    Police want to speak to this (admittedly quite pixellated) couple about the bite, and have apologised for the quality of the image.

  14. Foxes players make Southgate's top 27

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Ben Chilwell and Harry Maguire have been named in the 27-man England squad for the UEFA Nations League Finals.

    The Leicester City players will hope to make the final squad of 23 that will head to Portugal for the semi-final match against the Netherlands next month.

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