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Severe disruption: A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound

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A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, from J34 for A1 J34 Blyth to J35 for M18 J2.

A1(M) Nottinghamshire - One lane closed on A1(M) Doncaster By Pass northbound from J34, A1 (Blyth) to J35 M18 J2, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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Plus-size model: 'Beauty pageant helped me to love myself'
Elinore Pheasant, 23, has suffered with anxiety and depression since she was a child.

Severe accident: A57 both ways

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A57 both ways severe accident, at Dunham Bridge.

A57 - A57 Dunham Road in Dunham closed in both directions at the Dunham Bridge junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

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

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

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Severe accident: M180 Lincolnshire westbound

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M180 Lincolnshire westbound severe accident, from J2 for A161 Gainsborough to M18 J5.

M180 Lincolnshire - One lane closed on M180 westbound from J2, A161 (Gainsborough) to M18 J5, Doncaster North Services, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

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M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, 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 a break down.

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Direct train services could help drug dealers, say police

Lincolnshire Police say new direct train services to Lincoln from London could make it easier for dealers to sell drugs across the county.

Police
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So called "county lines" gangs use dedicated phone lines and couriers to move drugs from big cities to smaller towns.

Dt Sgt Andrew Kirk says they'll be watching the trains carefully:

"Lincoln is opening up, its main train lines are going to become more direct and regular from London and the south, and that will bring with it ease of travel.

"Therefore we will work with colleagues and British Transport Police to make sure we are aware of that gateway into our city so we're not taken advantage of even further."

Further arrests over Sheffield drive-by shooting

Police investigating a drive-by shooting in Sheffield in which a 12-year-old boy was injured say they have arrested two more men in connection with the incident.

Northern Avenue, Arbourthorne
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The boy suffered a gunshot wound to his leg in the incident which happened in the Arbourthorne area of the city on 12 January.

South Yorkshire Police say two men, aged 22 and 23, from Sheffield, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

In total, six people have been arrested in connection with the incident, one of whom - 25-year-old Stephen Dunford, of Fellbrigg Road, Sheffield - has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

East Coast Main Line: Passengers warned not to travel

"Do not use the East Coast Main Line this weekend" - that's the message from Network Rail as upgrade work takes place at London's King's Cross station.

An Azuma train
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Passengers are being advised not to travel as there will be "significant disruption" on the line, Network Rail says.

This is because lines between Peterborough and King’s Cross and Hitchin and London St Pancras will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Network Rail is investing about £1.2bn on upgrades aimed at reducing journey times, increasing capacity and improving reliability.

Trains will operate between York, Leeds and Doncaster, but disruption is expected with no trains heading to or from the capital.

At the scene: Suspected shooting in Sheffield

This is the scene in the London Road/Bramall Lane area of Sheffield this afternoon after a man is believed to have been shot there earlier this afternoon.

It happened at about 13:00, with the victim, a man in his 20s, being taken to hospital for treatment for what police say are non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigations are continuing, police say.

Cordon in Sheffield
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Cordon
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Cordon
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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

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

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J29, A617 (Chesterfield) to J29a, A6192 (Markham Vale), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

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M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J35 for A629 Cowley Hill Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M1 southbound at J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a break down.

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Watch: Dambuster's wings carried in RAF Typhoon flypast

This is the moment an RAF Typhoon jet carrying the wings of famous Dambuster pilot Guy Gibson performed a flypast over Lincoln.

The Dambusters' raid on 17 May 1943, launched from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, saw experimental "bouncing" bombs used to break two important dams deep within Nazi Germany.

Nineteen planes and 133 men took part in what was codenamed Operation Chastise, with eight planes lost and 53 crew killed during the raid which was led by Wing Cdr Gibson:

'Racist attitudes' concern at 'inadequate' secure hospital

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Concerns over "racist attitudes" of staff at a secure hospital in Nottinghamshire have been highlighted in an inspection.

Patients at Rampton Hospital, which treats some of the most dangerous criminals in the country, also raised concerns about inappropriate language and their privacy and dignity not being respected.

The hospital was rated as "inadequate" in July and the Care Quality Commission visited again in November to see if improvements had been made.

Rampton Hospital
BBC

The report, which did not give a new rating, also said low staffing levels raised safety issues, especially at night, and alarm calls were not always answered quickly.

But it also found a new action plan was being acted on and all wards were "safe, clean and fit for purpose".

The Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said there were many positives in the report and it would "drive forward the changes and improvements that are needed".

Van driver killed in Selston crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A 44-year-old man has died after the van he was driving left the road and crashed in Selston.

Emergency services were called to Crescent Road, near to the junction with Langton Hollow, just before 06:40 this morning.

Crescent Road
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The man was taken to King's Mill Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The road has been closed since the crash but is expected to reopen soon.

Watch: How my relationship with running turned toxic

When Mark, from Sheffield, found out his friend had taken his own life, he turned to running as a coping mechanism.

However, it took over - and Mark, 26, says he’d “be out running before I even realised I was doing it”.

Mark created it as a safety bubble – then couldn’t get out: “I couldn’t figure out any other way of coping with anything.”

It was only when he spoke out about his depression that his relationship with running went back to normal.

He says: “My identity was built around me being a runner. Now I’d say I’m someone who runs.”

Running Stories is a Radio 1 Newsbeat video series to tie in with the renewed interest in fitness that January brings. These are tales of how running has changed people's lives.

Video journalist: Woody Morris

New concert venue plan for Becketwell site

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

The developer working on the regeneration of Derby's Becketwell area has confirmed they are looking at building a performance venue and conference centre there which could replace the Assembly Rooms.

The idea has been in development for several months but feasibility work is being accelerated in light of Derby City Council's decision to cancel the refurbishment of the Assembly Rooms.

Becketwell site
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Paul Morris, from St James Securities, said: "We do believe that we can bring forward... a facility which will be multi-use, so an arena of probably 3,000 to 3,500 capacity, but with the flexibility for use for exhibitions space and smaller performance space.

"We think there's a cracking opportunity here. We're certainly going to work very, very hard to bring forward a proposal that we think is deliverable. And that's the key after oh so many false starts."

Assembly Rooms
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Conservative council leader Chris Poulter said it was "very exciting, potentially" and "one of many options we have to consider going forward".

In a statement, Labour said it had reservations about "moving the cultural focus away from the Market Place" and "questions on whether the Market Place would become the 'new Becketwell' dead zone of Derby".

Commemorative coin collection stolen in burglary

A collection of coins commemorating the 2012 London Olympics, author Beatrix Potter and scientist Charles Darwin have been stolen from a house in Scotter.

50p coins
Royal Mint

The 50p and £2 coins were taken along with a gold ladies watch and six gold rings during a break-in at a house in Gainsborough Road.

Lincolnshire Police say the incident happened between 10:00 and 13:30 on 21 January.

The force has asked for anyone who has been offered any of the items or has any information about the burglary to come forward.

X-ray scanners rolled out further after trials

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

"Game-changing" X-ray body scanners that can show up weapons, mobile phones and drugs are to be introduced at 16 of the most challenging prisons in England and Wales.

It comes after older models of similar scanners were used in a project aimed at cutting violence and drugs at 10 prisons, including Nottingham and Ranby.

Scan
Ministry of Justice

Prisons and Probation Minister Lucy Frazer said: "These scanners will help to stem the flow of contraband into jails and allow officers to focus on rehabilitation."

However, the Howard League of Penal Reform has questioned the cost and time involved in monitoring the scanners.

Installation will begin in the spring with all scanners expected to be in place by the summer, the Ministry of Justice said.

'Knife arch' set up outside McDonald's in Mansfield

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

A metal detector knife arch has been installed outside McDonald's in Mansfield as part of the fight to stop weapons being brought into the town.

The arch was in place in West Gate on Wednesday and it was also used outside Mansfield Bus Station.

Knife arch
Nottinghamshire Police

McDonald's customers could voluntarily walk through the detector but on some occasions it is used as a condition of entry to pubs and bars.

This comes after new figures show Nottinghamshire's number of serious knife offences dropped by 8% from September 2018 to 2019.

Knife arch
Nottinghamshire Police

Sgt Paul Peatfield said: "There's nothing to say there is a problem at any of the venues where we pitch it - we are just trying to stop knives and weapons being brought into town full stop.

"People get to see an enhanced police presence because it is in addition to the normal team out and about."

He added during the operation, no-one was found in possession of offensive weapons but police did stop and arrest a 33-year-old man wanted for the offence of threats to kill.

Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J6 for A614 Selby Road.

M18 South Yorkshire - M18 entry slip road partially blocked and it's heavy southbound at J6, A614 (Thorne), because of an accident.

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Police appeal to reunite Libertines fans with stolen phones

Alex Regan

BBC News

Nottinghamshire Police have relaunched an appeal to reunite Libertines fans with their stolen phones.

Twenty-two mobile devices were recovered by officers at a gig in Rock City, Nottingham, on 12 December, but four phones have yet to be claimed.

Three men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft after the phones were recovered.

Eduard Alin Cirlea, 41, Gheorghe Valceanu, 27, Daniel Ratusanu, 41, all of no fixed address, attended Nottingham Crown Court on Monday, and will be sentenced on 24 February.

The Libertines
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Belper's high street crowned England's best

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Belper's high street has been named as the best in England at a national awards ceremony.

The Derbyshire town was handed the Great British High Street title yesterday for the second time, having last won it in 2014.

Belper high street
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Judges said they were impressed with how the town had cut single-use plastic and its use of social media.

Lindsey Myers, from the Lover Belper community group, said: "I think they were just impressed by how the community came out in force and there was so much to show them. Their heads were spinning by the time they left.

"What we're hoping is it [the title] brings people to Belper, to come and use our fabulous shops and eating places."

Lincoln MP branded 'armchair expert' over bypass tweet

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney has been dubbed an "armchair expert" after he accused Lincolnshire County Council of taking too long to re-open the city's bypass after a crash.

Traffic came to a standstill yesterday after a car transporter crashed into the central reservation on Wednesday evening, spreading fuel and debris across the road.

Amid traffic delays as repair work was carried out on Thursday morning, causing major disruption on Lincoln's roads, the Conservative MP tweeted:

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Responding, Lincolnshire's head of highways, Richard Davies, says the MP doesn't understand the problems engineers face.

I'm meeting Karl McCartney this morning. He hasn't been out to site, I have. He wasn't aware of the impact across all lanes of the carriageway. It wasn't simply a case of a small bit of barrier repair in the middle. You can't allow vehicles to drive across diesel, particularly on a hilly section of road - it would have been ridiculous and dangerous to allow that happen. Again, always a danger when armchair experts seek to cast opinions."

Richard DaviesHead of highways, Lincolnshire County Council

The bypass, between the Carholme and Riseholme roundabouts, remains down to one lane in each direction today as repairs continue.

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 and it's slow on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a police investigation.

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

Jingye 'intends to reduce' British Steel headcount

BBC Business Live

A £50m takeover of British Steel by Chinese firm Jingye has received backing from trade unions, including Community, Unite the union and GMB.

Steel worker
Getty Images

British Steel employs about 4,000 people at its plants in Scunthorpe and Teesside.

In a joint statement, the unions said discussions with the Chinese industrial firm had been "extremely challenging", but acknowledged "if the business is to survive, change is required".

They also said that Jingye intends to reduce overall headcount at British Steel, with up to 500 jobs at risk.

They added: "This is not something the unions could endorse and we have consistently made the argument the business needs to ensure the plant can be run efficiently and safely."

Earlier this week, the government said it "believes the Jingye transaction will complete in the coming weeks."

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J32 for M18.

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

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

Lincoln prison to get 'game-changing' X-ray body scanners

"Game-changing" X-ray body scanners are to be installed in 16 of the most challenging prisons, including Lincoln.

Lincoln Prison
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The instant internal images can reveal concealed weapons, mobile phones and drugs, the Ministry of Justice said.

Their installation at 10 other prisons in 2018 saw a drop in violence and the number of failed drug tests.

The £28m scheme is part of a £100m spend on improving prison security.

HMP Leeds governor Steve Robson said the installation of a body scanner at his jail about a year ago had been "a real game changer", as more than 300 items of contraband had since been detected.

Jails in Birmingham, Wandsworth, Liverpool, Bedford and Exeter are among the other prisons to get the new scanners.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

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M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, from J24 for A453 Ashby Road Nottingham South to J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J24, A453 (Nottingham South) to J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of a break down.

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