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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
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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.

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.

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The sunshine will make an appearance at some point today but there is also a chance of the odd shower.

Here's your full forecast...

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Severe accident: A38 Nottinghamshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Nottinghamshire eastbound severe accident, from B6023 Alfreton Road to B6018 Sutton Road.

A38 Nottinghamshire - A38 Kings Mill Road West in Sutton In Ashfield closed eastbound from the B6023 Alfreton Road junction to the B6018 Sutton Road junction, because of an accident involving an overturned vehicle earlier on.

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

'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.

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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)

Plane crashed after pilot 'became distracted'

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

A pilot lost control of their aircraft after becoming distracted by other traffic, a report has found.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report said he was flying into Caunton Airfield at about 13:45 from Netherthorpe Airfield on 13 July last year.

It stated: "During an overhead join, the pilot became distracted by other traffic in the circuit."

The plane stalled, causing it to spin towards the ground and into a hedge.

He was not injured and the plane only suffered minor damage.

The report said the pilot believed the accident might have been avoided if the aircraft had been fitted with a stall warning device.

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.

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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.

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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).

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Statue to mark 400th anniversary of Mayflower voyage

East Midlands Today

A full-size bronze statue depicting a pilgrim woman is being sculpted to mark the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower, which carried some pilgrims from the region to the US.

Design of statue
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The statue is being made by Rachel Carter, a sculptor from Long Eaton.

It features a Tudor woman in a dress made up of woven, knitted patterns designed by volunteers.

When completed, it will go on public view, but its location is yet to be disclosed.

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.

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Council's New Year's Eve warning over sparklers

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire County Council has warned those taking part in New Year’s Eve celebrations not to use a certain brand of sparklers following injuries to users.

Klasek Turbo Sparklers (batch number 1801) were recalled over the Bonfire Night period after reports they were "exploding in people's hands".

In November, a man from Lincoln said his Turbo Sparkler "went up faster than petrol" when it was lit.

The council urged people to make sure any sparklers purchased were not subject to the recall.

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Man punched and robbed in Newark street

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Police have appealed for witnesses after a 51-year-old man was attacked and robbed in a street in Newark.

Nottinghamshire Police said the victim was near an alleyway in Albion Street when he was approached by a man on a bike at about 20:30 on Boxing Day.

The suspect, who is believed to be in his 20s, asked for money before punching the man to the floor and taking a bag of shopping from him.

The victim suffered facial injuries which are not believed to be serious.

Albion Street
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Council worker hit by bowling ball 'in stable condition'

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A man who was injured after being hit by a bowling ball thrown from a window is in a stable condition, police have said.

The man, who is a Nottingham City Council staff member, was left with serious injuries following the incident in Strelley Road, Bilborough, Nottinghamshire, at about 09:20 on Monday.

Bowling ball
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He remains in hospital.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and police have urged witnesses to contact them.

City council truck
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Ice hockey club appeals for return of stolen minibus

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

An ice hockey club from Sutton-in-Ashfield is appealing for help to find their minibus after it was stolen overnight.

Sutton Sting's manager Alison Frost said it was taken from the Sutton Road area some time between 23:00 on Sunday and 09:00 this morning.

The vehicle is used by their youth and senior teams to travel to training sessions and attend matches around the whole country.

Sutton Sting ice hockey team
Sutton Sting

"It’s smack bang in the middle of our season so we still have a lot of games to go to," said Ms Frost.

She said they had only bought the minibus in September after several years of fundraising .

“Money like that is not easy to come by, especially for a little club like us," she added. "It's a bit of a blow for us."

Sutton Sting minibus
Sutton Sting

East Midlands weather: Today's forecast

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

It's not feeling very wintry at the moment.

Today will be sunny and dry and will be relatively mild too with a maximum of 14C.

Derbyshire third lowest for drivers caught speeding

Alex Regan

BBC News

Just over 12,000 people were caught speeding in Derbyshire in 2018/19 - the third lowest in England and Wales.

The number is 15 times fewer than West Yorkshire, which saw the highest number of detections - 181,867.

Speed cameras
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In Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, the figures were 41,909 and 24,566 respectively.

The RAC Foundation said variations across forces were partly due to geographical area, road type, traffic volume and local policing priorities.

Across England and Wales, there was a 4% increase in the number of speeders caught by police.

Wiltshire Police caught fewer than 1,000 speeders, because all speed cameras were turned off in the county in 2010.