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Leicestershire has one of country's highest knife crime rates

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The number of recorded serious knife offences - threats and attacks but not possession of blades - rose 25% in Leicestershire from September 2018 to 2019 compared to the previous 12 months

It puts the county sixth nationally behind Greater London, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Merseyside and Bedfordshire, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

No figure was listed for Greater Manchester.

Man with knife
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Derbyshire, which has a relatively low knife crime rate, saw an increase of 24% in the year to September.

Nottinghamshire saw the number of recorded serious knife offences dropping by 8%, making its knife crime rate lower than Leicestershire's.

Nottinghamshire bucked the national trend with England and Wales overall seeing a 7% increase.

The total number of serious knife offences in each county in the year to September were: Derbyshire 718, Leiecstershire 1,000, and Nottinghamshire 810.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a murky start to Thursday, we're expecting a cloudy day with a chance of drizzle in places.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

This morning's fog could take a while to clear. The rest of the day looks set to be cloudy with drizzle in places.

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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's another cold and frosty morning but we're expecting a bit more cloud today.

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A cold and frosty start to Monday with temperatures set to stay low for the rest of the day.

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Police chief: Extinction Rebellion protests 'laudable'

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

Derbyshire Police chief constable Peter Goodman says says branding a climate change group as "extremist" in a police terrorism guide was a "big mistake".

Extinction Rebellion was included in a counter terrorism guide by forces in south-east England tackling ideological extremism, which then prompted a storm of criticism.

The group often uses controversial tactics and has carried out headline-grabbing protests across the county that have been designed to cause huge disruption.

Extinction Rebellion protest
Reuters

The guide has now been withdrawn, which Mr Goodman - who used to be in charge of counter terrorism in the East Midlands - welcomed.

"As professionals we have to police protests when it happens and Extinction Rebellion are a protest organisation, but we have to appropriately police them," he said.

"I believe climate change is a real thing. Under our stewardship the world is getting worse, and it's getting worse for our children and grandchildren, and I think the way Extinction Rebellion are peacefully bringing the attention of the world to these matters is actually a really laudable thing."

M1 southbound and A52 reopen after earlier accidents

Alex Regan

BBC News

Stretches of the M1 and A52 have reopened after earlier crashes blocked the roads this morning.

On the M1, a collision between a lorry and a car southbound at junction 25 caused miles of queues.

The A52 in Derbyshire was also blocked eastbound due to a crash involving a car and a van.

M1 crash
Highways England

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Following some scattered showers this morning, we should get some sunny spells later.

The good news is that the weekend is looking dry and bright.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Today will start off dry but the wet and windy weather is set to return later.

Thursday afternoon will see heavy and persistent rain with strong winds. However, drier conditions will return on Friday.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Here is today's weather in the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It is going to be drier today with some isolated showers and the wind not as strong as yesterday.

During the day, it could gradually get brighter with highs of 9C (48F) and lows of 3C (37F) overnight.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Thunderbirds and tv sci-fi memorabilia to go under hammer

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Original prop and vehicle designs for Thunderbirds and Stingray are among hundreds of items of TV memorabilia going under the hammer.

Also in the Gerry Anderson treasure trove are images and scripts for Joe 90, Space 1999, UFO, Blake's Seven, the 1982 TV series Terrahawks and 1970s series The Protectors.

Sylvia Anderson and Lady Penelope
Hansons
Selection of memorabilia
Hansons
Model design
Hansons

One black and white picture shows Mr Anderson's wife, Sylvia, with Lady Penelope, the Thunderbirds character she voiced.

Originally owned by a director of the company which made the props, the collection will be sold by Hanson's auctioneers on 23 January.

Police boss: Council tax rise needed to protect jobs

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The chief constable of Derbyshire Police has said redundancies would have to be considered unless the force receives a significant increase in the funding it receives from council tax.

Peter Goodman has written to Derbyshire's police and crime commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa requesting an increase in its council tax precept of £10 per household per year - a 4.6% rise.

Peter Goodman
BBC

Mr Goodman said Derbyshire Police's reserves had been mostly spent and last year's Toddbrook Reservoir emergency had put extra strain on its finances.

He said if the government limited the precept rise to 2%, the force would be forced to find £3m of savings.

Unifinished business: £3m spent so far on emergency base

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

More than £3m has been spent on an emergency services base in Cumbria, that still stands half-built when it should should have been finished two years ago, BBC Cumbria has established.

Half-finished building
BBC

Work on the base for the police, fire and ambulance services in Ulverston, called the Blue Light Hub, was held up by a contractual dispute.

Cumbria County Council has refused to release details of any pay-out to its former contractor.

The authority says it's now got a new builder in place and hopes soon to say more about when work will re-start.

Picture released to trace owner of 'stolen' phone

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Is this you in this picture or do you recognise the person in it?

Derbyshire Police believe the Google phone, which came into its possession on Thursday, has been stolen.

Image of woman from "stolen" mobile phone
Derbyshire Police

The force has released an image found on the phone in a bid to trace the owner and return it.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Monday starts off bright, but don't be fooled there's some very unsettled weather to follow with rain and blustery winds this week.

Today's temperatures could reach highs of 9C (48F) this afternoon and lows of 3C (37F) during the night.

Smaller black bins and monthly collections explored

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

Residents in South Derbyshire may get black bins that are half the size collected every four weeks.

South Derbyshire District Council suggested the potential changes – would mean residents have to wait twice as long for general waste collections, and/or use smaller bins – in a bid to boost recycling rates.

It said that this could see a surge from 46 per cent to 70 per cent.

It added this was an example of how the authority could improve its recycling rate and it was important to "explore all options" to hit targets.

Wheelie bins
Getty Images

Ambulance service buys in private crews to cope with demand

East Midlands Today

East Midlands Ambulance Service is to spend £1m buying in extra crews from the private sector as it struggles to cope with "unprecedented" demand.

The service uses around 28 private ambulance crews each day, on top of its own.

It had wanted to cut their use completely by the end of this month, but will now retain them until at least the end of March.

Private ambulances
BBC

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be dry and bright this morning and feeling a bit chillier throughout the day. Highs of 7C (44F)

Elderly man woke up to find burglar in house

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

A man in his 80s woke up to find a burglar in his house last night.

Derbyshire Police said the man was asleep at his home in Hady Lane, Chesterfield, when he heard a noise at about 07:50.

He saw a man's face at the door and asked what he was doing.

The burglar then left and the man realised his back door had been broken into.

Police believe nothing was stolen and are looking for a blue BMW seen in the area at the time.

Hady Lane
Google

Rescued fox's toes 'ripped off by another animal'

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A fox is being treated by vets after it was found in a Derbyshire village with three missing toes.

Biscuit, as he has been named, was rescued by Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue, in Etwall, after he was seen limping in a garden in Church Gresley on Tuesday.

Staff have said he may have been attacked by another fox or a dog as the toes have been "torn away".

Biscuit the fox
Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue

Biscuit needs surgery for his injured feet, the rescue centre said.

"There are also puncture wounds to all four legs and to his chest although these appear to have started granulating and healing over so the wounds are at least a week old," a spokeswoman said.

"Unfortunately the foot wounds are infected."

Biscuit is now staying at a vets in Uttoxeter until the infection is under control.

Biscuit the fox in a crate
Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There will be rain at first this morning but that will push away later to leave the rest of the day dry, cloudy and dull.

Brisk winds at first will ease through the day.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sixteen hotels fail to spot child sexual exploitation signs

Alex Regan

BBC News

Sixteen hotels in Chesterfield have failed to perform checks during a police child sexual exploitation operation.

In December, Derbyshire Police visited 18 hotels, in which a plain-clothed officer and a young police cadet tried to book a room.

The hotels were supposed to "recognise the signs" of child sexual exploitation and refuse to rent out a room, and then contact police.

Teenager standing next to a wall
Getty Images

But the force said only two hotels followed the correct procedure.

Sgt Mat Winterbottom said: "Although the result was disappointing, we now have the opportunity to further improve education and training around what hotel staff should look out for."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to be drier and brighter this morning, but unfortunately that is not going to last.

Rain and blistery conditions are on the way in the afternoon and through the night.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Boys, 13, arrested after reported robberies in Derby

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

Two 13-year-old boys have been arrested after a string of reported robberies in and around Derby city centre.

Derbyshire Police said they issued an appeal over the robberies involving pensioners on Saturday.

They are alleged to have taken place on New Year's Eve, 3 and 4 January on Osmaston Road, Forester Street and Phoenix Street respectively.

The two boys, held on suspicion of robbery, have been released on bail.

Gv of a police car
BBC

Service station staff threatened during robbery

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

A member of staff was threatened by two men in a robbery at a service station.

Derbyshire Police were called to reports of a robbery at the station in Stubley Lane, Dronfield Woodhouse, at 05:40 this morning.

The force said the men stole a number of items after the member of staff was threatened. The worker was not physically hurt.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Robbery
Google

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A mostly bright and dry morning, but cloud will gradually thicken in the afternoon with a few isolated showers pushing in on a strong southerly wind.

However, it will be unseasonably mild with maximum temperatures of 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Family 'threatened with knife' in park

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

Police have appealed for information after a family reported being threatened with a knife in a park in Swadlincote.

The group of family and friends say they were sitting on a bench when they were approached and threatened by two boys who were passing a knife between them in Eureka Park, Newhall Road, at about 15:40 on Saturday.

Officers said they had interviewed two 14-year-old local boys in connection with the incident and have urged any witnesses to come forward.

Eureka Park
Google

Man sought over assault outside bar

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with an assault in Belper.

The victim, a 36-year old man, was left with cuts on his face after being punched in the head outside the Corn Exchange bar at 01:30 on 21 December, police said.

Officers want to speak to a man who was seen in the area at the time and may be able to help their investigation.

Shot of man police want to speak to over the assault
BBC

Ambulances get 5,000 calls on New Year's Day

Cumbria's ambulance service said it saw a spike in calls over the festive period.

Figures released by the North West Ambulance Service showed it received more than 5,000 calls on New Year's Day alone.

NHS 111, the non-emergency service, also reported a high number of calls, with more than 12,000 recorded on the 28 December.

Ambulance
NWAS

Police force to stop publishing speed van locations

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Speed van locations in Derbyshire will not be published for the next month as part of a trial.

Over the past few years, the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) has been publishing where its vans, which catch speeding drivers, will be each fortnight on its website.

A spokeswoman for CREST said the team is unusual in publishing the locations - although other forces do, including Nottinghamshire.

She said it wants to see if not doing so for the next month will reduce drivers' speeds.

CREST van
Derbyshire Police

"Even when we have publicised the locations drivers are still caught speeding in those areas – for instance 160 drivers were caught speeding in London Road over a three-hour period on Sunday," she added.

"There is no legal responsibility to publish the locations of the speed camera vans and the decision to do so was taken many years ago and has not been reviewed for some time."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be a much brighter end to the week after a rather grey start to the new year.

There will be some blue skies and sunny spells, with highs of 9C, and there will be lows of 1C overnight.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Duffield double murder probe: Man remains in custody

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A man remains in custody after the bodies of a man and a woman were found at a house in Derbyshire.

The 39-year-old was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder after police were called to New Zealand Lane in Duffield in the early hours of New Year's Day.

New Zealand Lane in Duffield
BBC

Officers have said there was no-one else in the property at the time and they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Forensic teams are still at the scene but a cordon, which was put up around the area, has been reduced to just around the property.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We can expect blustery and grey weather over the next couple of days but the picture is looking more settled as we move into the weekend.

There will be highs of 11C in Bakewell and rain overnight, with lows of 7C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Missing 14-year-old girl found in Birmingham

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A 14-year-old girl - who was reported missing from her home in Derbyshire - has been found safe and well in Birmingham.

Caitlin Wright, from Swadlincote, had last been seen near Primark in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, on Sunday.