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Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire southbound

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M1 Nottinghamshire southbound severe disruption, at J26 for A610 Nottingham.

M1 Nottinghamshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow southbound at J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

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M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, from J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham to J26 for A610 Nottingham.

M1 Derbyshire - Two lanes closed and it's slow on M1 northbound from J25, A52 (Nottingham) to J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

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M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, from J29 for A617 Chesterfield to J29A for A6192 Erin Road Markham Vale.

M1 Derbyshire - Temporary closure and it's slow on M1 northbound from J29, A617 (Chesterfield) to J29a, A6192 (Markham Vale), because of an accident involving 2 cars.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, from J29 for A617 Chesterfield to J29A for A6192 Erin Road Markham Vale.

M1 Derbyshire - Lane closed on M1 northbound from J29, A617 (Chesterfield) to J29a, A6192 (Markham Vale), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

£100,000 set aside to explore RAF Scampton plans

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Council bosses have secured £100,000 to draw up "feasibility plans" for the future of RAF Scampton.

The Red Arrows
Cpl Ashley Keates/PA Wire

West Lindsey District Council has been awarded the money by the Greater Lincolnshire One Public Estate Board.

The Ministry of Defence announced in 2018 it planned to shut the base by 2022, throwing the future of the site and the Red Arrows into doubt.

Council leader Giles McNeil said: "We are still waiting for more information from the government on how and when they will be proceeding with their plans for RAF Scampton.

"[But] in the meantime, £100,000 has been allocated to look at feasibility options for the future of the site, with partner organisations."

RAF Scampton, which was also home to 617 Squadron as they prepared for the legendary Dambusters mission in World War Two, has housed the Red Arrows since 2000.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, from J29A for A6192 Erin Road Markham Vale to J30 for A616 Worksop.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M1 northbound from J29a, A6192 (Markham Vale) to J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a break down.

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

Man found dead on allotment was 'extremely well-liked'

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Police are continuing to appeal for information after the death of a man found on an allotment in Shirebrook.

Andrew Jackson, 55, was discovered off Prospect Drive at about 10:00 GMT on Sunday.

Derbyshire Police said he had injuries which suggested he had been assaulted and the force launched a murder inquiry.

Today, Ch Supt Hayley Barnett said Mr Jackson was also known as "Catman" and was "extremely well-liked".

"He lived here for a number of years," she said. "We want to build up more of a picture - how he lived, who he associated with and what he did day-to-day."

Andrew Jackson
Derbyshire Police

Surrogate mother backs proposed law change

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A surrogate mother, who is helping a Nottinghamshire couple have a baby, said she looks at surrogacy as "extreme babysitting".

Jemma Black has three children of her own and has had one surrogate baby already.

She started off by anonymously donating her eggs but then she joined Surrogacy UK.

It was with this organisation that she met the couple whose baby she has gone on to carry.

Laws in the UK make it illegal to advertise for a surrogate or pay more than expenses to carry a baby.

This could soon change as the government plans to lift the ban on advertising surrogacy services.

Pregnant woman
Getty Images

There are fears the potential law change would put more women at risk of exploitation.

Ms Black told BBC Radio Nottingham she has had a really positive experience with surrogacy and compared it to giving blood and donating organs.

"I grew her, and I'm so proud that I grew her, she's brought joy to everybody's life," she said.

Ms Black said there was never any issue over bonding with the baby.

"I was a host surrogate so there was no genetic link to me and my surrogate baby - I just grew her for nine months," she said.

She also had the approval of her children, who refer to her as a "hero" who makes families for others.

A draft bill is expected to be published next year.

Mother and daughter start care home baking project

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A mother and daughter have started a project to give birthday cakes to people in Nottinghamshire care homes.

The Bake a Smile project was launched in Bristol in 2018, and Liz and Grace Dougall have now set up a branch in Bingham.

Liz and Grace Dougall delivering a cake to Carol
Bake a Smile Bingham

A person in a care home is matched with a volunteer baker who makes and delivers them a cake on their birthday.

Last night Grace, 15, delivered her first cake as part of the project. The four-layer lemon drizzle cake was for Carol, who turned 76 at Beauvale Care Home.

"She [Carol] was very thankful because usually she doesn't receive a cake," Grace said.

So far they've recruited more than 60 volunteers but are appealing for more care homes to sign up to take part in the project.

Northern to lose franchise: What will change?

Transport Minister Grant Shapps has been outlining what will happen next after he announced train operator Northern is to lose its franchise in March.

Grant Shapps
PA Media

The decision, which will see the troubled company brought under government control, follows months of major disruption and complaints from passengers about poor services and old rolling stock.

Mr Shapps said the service will be run by a public-sector operator entirely owned by the Department for Transport and run by "experienced railway managers".

He said the company will:

  • Continue work to roll out 101 new trains on the network
  • Remove all Pacer trains in Yorkshire by spring
  • Bring more electric trains on the network in the north
  • Trial new technology to combat overcrowding
  • Boost capacity into Leeds
  • Extend platforms at 30 stations to accommodate longer trains
  • Deep clean all trains
Ambulance service: 'Waiting system beyond a joke'
In the East Midlands one in eight emergency calls takes an ambulance more than an hour to respond.
The school bus carrying 25 pupils crashed into a barber shop in Sheffield
The school bus was taking 21 pupils to two schools in Sheffield at the time of the crash.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J29 for A617 Chesterfield and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a break down.

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

Man arrested after two dogs die in fire

Alex Regan

BBC News

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after two dogs were killed in a house fire in Mansfield.

The 29-year-old suspect was detained after the blaze in Johnson Drive, Mansfield, at 10:30 yesterday.

Nottinghamshire Police said the occupants got out of the house uninjured, but their pets died.

Det Sgt Laura Clarke said the loss of the dogs was "tragic".

Johnson Drive
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Sheffield bus crash: School statements

Two Sheffield schools whose pupils were on board a bus which crashed this morning have issued statements about the incident.

A crashed bus
BBC

The shared bus service between Sheffield High School for Girls and Birkdale School crashed into a barbers shop at about 07:45 this morning on Handsworth Road, Sheffield.

Mrs Nina Gunson, Head of Sheffield High School for Girls, said: "An independently operated school bus travelling from Worksop to Sheffield Girls’ was involved in a road traffic accident.

"15 pupils from Sheffield Girls’ were travelling on the bus. All children have been assessed by the emergency services and a small number have been treated for minor injuries.

"All children are safe and are being looked after. Parents of children involved in the accident have been made aware.”

In a statement from Birkdale School, headmaster Peter Harris said six pupils suffered "minor injuries" in the crash "but thankfully are not badly hurt".

"Thank you to the emergency services for their efforts in looking after our pupils and those on the bus from Sheffield Girls'", he added.

Lincoln City reveals £2.24m loss in annual report

Lincoln City reported a loss of more than £2m for the financial year up to June 2019, according to the club's annual report.

Michael Appleton
BBC

Figures published by the club show turnover increased marginally from £5.28m in 2017/18 to £5.39m but overall the Sincil Bank side made a loss of £2.24m.

In a letter to the club's shareholders, chairman Clive Nates said the loss is partly down to the club increasing their backing of the previous management team of Danny and Nicky Cowley as the Imps gained promotion to League One.

The Imps say £600,000 of the loss is directly linked to last season's title win.

The accounts also state that John Akinde's move from Barnet was a transfer record for a club and that City received £1m in compensation for Danny and Nicky Cowley when they moved to Huddersfield Town, although this is not included in this year's financial statement.

School bus crash: 'We've lost everything' - shop owner

The owners of a barber shop say they've "lost everything" after a school bus ploughed into their business this morning.

A bus in a barbers shop
BBC

Up to 25 children were on board the single-decker bus when it crashed into Stay Fresh Barbers, in Handsworth Road, Sheffield, at about 07:45 this morning.

Co-owner Stacey Swift said: "[I'm] fuming. I don't understand how's it happened. Why our shop? We've been open just under a year, so we've lost everything.

"I've not seen all of the damage yet as they won't let me in. I can't believe it. I'm lost for words."

Nobody was seriously injured in the crash, but two children were taken to hospital, Yorkshire Ambulance Service has said.

Neville Clarke, who owns the business with Ms Swift, said: "It's luck that nobody was inside and nobody got injured."

Two children taken to hospital after Sheffield bus crash

Two school children have been taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries following this morning's school bus crash in Sheffield.

Bus crash
BBC

A Yorkshire Ambulance Service spokesperson described a further 17 children as "walking wounded".

The crash happened at about 07:50 on Handsworth Road.

The pupils on board were bound for Birkdale School, in Broomhill, the school has confirmed.

In a statement South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said its training centre in Beaver Hill Road is being used as a reception centre for those who were on board.

It said: "Parents who believe their children were on board the bus, which collided with a bus on Handsworth Road, should visit the centre on Beaver Hill Road to collect their children if required."

Sheffield school bus crash: Pictures from the scene

Pictures from the scene of this morning's school bus crash show the extent of the damage caused when the vehicle crashed into the front of a barbers shop in Handsworth, Sheffield.

A crashed bus
BBC

The pictures show a blue single-decker bus has crashed into the front of Stay Fresh Barbers on Handsworth Road.

It is understood about 20 children were on the bus at the time of the crash and a BBC Radio Sheffield reporter at the scene has described seeing a number of them being taken away in ambulances.

However, it's not thought anybody is seriously injured.

A crashed bus
BBC

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: "Emergency services are currently on scene in Handsworth Road, responding to reports of a road traffic collision."

A crashed bus
BBC

School bus crashes into barbers shop in Sheffield

A school bus has crashed into the front of a barbers shop in Handsworth Road, Sheffield.

The bus at the scene
BBC

It is understood that about 20 children were on board the vehicle at the time of the collision, which happened earlier this morning near to the junction with Richmond Road.

None of those on board are believed to have suffered any serious injuries

Pictures from the scene show the single-decker bus has crashed into Stay Fresh Barbers.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

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BBC Weather

A windy day with a chance of some more snow in the Peak District.

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, from J33 for A630 Catcliffe to J32 for M18.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J33, A630 (Catcliffe) to J32 M18, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Driver found guilty of killing RAC worker in crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A man has been found guilty of causing death by careless driving after hitting an RAC recovery worker in Nottinghamshire.

David Stokes, 33, from Chellaston, Derby, (pictured below) was dealing with a breakdown when he was struck and killed on the A617 in Rainworth in June 2018.

David Stokes
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Gary Kupinskyj, of Greaves Lane, Edingley, was cleared of causing death by dangerous driving but convicted of the lesser charge.

He was given an interim driving ban at Nottingham Crown Court earlier and is due to be sentenced at a date yet to be set.

Praise for woman threatened with samurai sword

Alex Regan

BBC News

A man who robbed a supermarket and attempted to rob a charity shop with a samurai sword has been jailed for four years.

Nottingham Crown Court heard Lee Young, of Percy Street, Eastwood, went into Tesco Express in the town at 23:00 on 27 December, and stole cash from the till after threatening the shop worker with his sword.

The next day, he tried to rob The Lighthouse charity shop, but a female shop assistant "behaved very stoically and refused to open the till".

Tesco Express Eastwood
Google

The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, one of attempted robbery and two counts of having a bladed article on Tuesday.

His defence lawyer said the qualified plasterer suffered from "a drug habit that's ruined his life for the last 10 years".

He added Young wanted to use his time in prison to overcome his heroin addiction, so he can "be in a position to have a proper relationship with his son".

Judge John Burgess, sentencing, said: "Drugs have ruined your life, don't let it ruin your family's life."

The judge also praised the female charity worker, who refused to open the till, despite being threatened with the sword.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, from J30 for A616 Worksop to J31 for A57 Worksop Road Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J30, A616 (Worksop) to J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Appeal to buy specialist MRI incubator launched

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A team from Nottingham Children's Hospital's neonatal units are pushing an incubator around the city for the launch of a new £100,000 appeal.

Nottingham Hospitals Charity is hoping to raise the money to buy a specialist incubator that can be used within an adult MRI machine.

QMC
BBC

Dr Don Sharkey, a neonatal consultant, said "As a regional specialist neonatal centre we regularly treat babies requiring brain surgery or those who have spinal or congenital issues.

"This new state-of-the-art MRI incubator will allow my team to get the best results when scanning and treating babies."

The charity previously raised £1.6m to provide an MRI for use on children needing brain surgery.

The incubator push will start at the Queen's Medical Centre and end in the city centre.

Three charged over weapons found in car

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police have charged three people after two knives and what was thought to be a gun were found inside a car in Heanor.

The car, which had been reported stolen from Langley Mill, was stopped by officers on Market Street on Sunday afternoon.

Police car
Derbyshire Police

Two men, aged 29 and 27, and a 20-year-old woman were arrested.

All three have now been charged with possessing an imitation firearm and possessing a knife in public.

The 29-year-old was also charged with several driving offences.

They are due before magistrates today.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J29 for A617 Chesterfield and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - Two lanes closed and it's slow on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a break down.

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

Northern rail passenger satisfaction at rock bottom

Rail passengers have scored train operator Northern as the worst provider in the country, according to a new report.

A Northern train
BBC

Just 72% of passengers said they were satisfied with the service they received in autumn 2019, according to watchdog Transport Focus.

Nationally, 82% of travellers were satisfied with their journeys - up three percentage points year-on-year.

Poor punctuality, timetable chaos and industrial action saw the satisfaction score sink to 79% in autumn 2018, which was the lowest level since 2008.

Northern was the worst performer at 72%, with TransPennine Express coming in at 79%.

Meanwhile, Grand Central scored 94%, with Hull Trains coming third with 94%.

Nearly 28,000 passengers were questioned for the latest National Rail Passenger Survey.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at M1.

M1 Derbyshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at M1, Tibshelf Services, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Minute's silence after 'tragic' death of Jordan Sinnott

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A minute's silence will be held ahead of Alfreton Town's match against Gloucester City this evening, in honour of former player Jordan Sinnott who died after being attacked on a night out.

Mr Sinnott, 25, who was on loan from the club at Matlock Town, died in hospital after being found unconscious in Market Place, Retford, on Saturday morning.

Three men are being held on suspicion of murder.

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Alfreton Town said in a statement on its website: "Following the tragic passing of former player Jordan Sinnott on Saturday evening, the club can confirm tomorrow’s game is on.

"A minute's silence will be observed for Jordan and we thank the footballing community and all who have sent overwhelming messages of support and love."

Jordan Sinnott
Jez Tighe/PA Media

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, from J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham to J26 for A610 Nottingham.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J25, A52 (Nottingham) to J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's a mixture of everything in the forecast for Tuesday, including some sunshine, cloud, hail and maybe even some wintry showers.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J31 for A57 Worksop Road Sheffield.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road and it's slow northbound at J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident.

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

Lincoln's new transport hub bridge set to cost £10m

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans for a new footbridge linking Lincoln’s Transport Hub to Sincil Bank are likely to cost about £10m, according to council bosses.

Impression
City of Lincoln Council

The bridge was included in the original plans for the hub in 2015, with the aim of replacing the existing pedestrian bridge and the station’s platform bridge with one single structure.

However, when updated proposals were given the go-ahead in 2016, the footbridge was pushed back to a “second phase”.

The £30m Transport Hub’s first section, including a new bus station and multi-storey car park opened in January 2018.

Kate Ellis, from the council, says the authority recognises it's a lot of money but it's worth doing:

Now the direct train services to London have begun, the project has moved up our priority list...Given the future role of rail in sustainable travel, we believe this would be money well spent."

Kate EllisDirector of major developments, City of Lincoln Council

Three arrested after knives and 'gun' found in car

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Two men and a woman have been arrested after police found two knives and what appeared to be a gun inside a car.

Officers spotted a Vauxhall Astra in Market Street, Heanor, at about 15:30 on Sunday, which they believed to be stolen.

The knives and what is thought to have been a gun were discovered.

Derbyshire Police car
Derbyshire Police

The men, 27 and 29, and a 20-year-old woman were held on suspicion of taking the car - reported stolen from Langley Mill earlier that day.

The 29-year-old was also detained on suspicion of drink-driving, Derbyshire Police said.

All three remain in custody. The weapons have been seized and the car has been recovered, the force added.

Police considering river searches after grenade find

Lincolnshire Police say further searches of the River Witham in Lincoln could take place after a grenade was pulled from the water by a magnet fisherman.

Police in Stamp End, Lincoln
Lincolnshire Police

About 100 people were evacuated from their homes in Stamp End after the device was discovered at about 15:00 on Sunday.

It was later destroyed in a controlled explosion by members of the Army's bomb disposal squad.

Det Supt Mark Kirwan said following the discovery the force would be liaising with the Ministry of Defence about the history of the area and the possibility of finding more.

"Obviously, it came out of the river, so one of the questions is might there be more," he said.

"Once we understand the backstory a little bit more we will make a decision about what happens next."