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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

There will be some brightness and sunshine this morning, but we could get some thundery showers later across the East Midlands.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There are plenty of sunny spells this morning, but later there will be some heavy showers and possibly the odd rumble of thunder.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands
An entire village has been recreated with cake to raise funds for the community.
A baker spent three months constructing the sweet model of Eyam village in Derbyshire.

Mental health absences rise among ambulance staff

The number of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) staff taking sick leave due to poor mental health is on the rise, new figures suggest.

EMAS
BBC

The figures released to the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act show 431 members of EMAS staff took leave due to issues such as stress, anxiety and depression between 2014-19.

Ambulance service bosses say it's partly down to the level of abuse workers receive while doing their job.

The government say it's funding a number of initiatives for emergency workers to tackle stigma around mental health.

The Reverend Kev Charles, chaplain and staff support lead at EMAS, says support is in place:

We became the first ambulance service in the country to sign the 'Blue Light Pledge' which is to fight the stigma of mental health in the workplace. We also use a ambulance service charity which offers one-on-one counselling."

The Reverend Kev CharlesChaplain and staff support lead, EMAS

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Once the rain moves out of the East Midlands, there should be some decent spells of sunshine this afternoon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be much drier today across the East Midlands and we might even get a bit of sunshine later.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It's going to be rather wet and windy today.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain - that's valid from about 12:00 to just before midnight tonight.

Inquest opens into death of man killed in M1 crash

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a man who was killed in a crash on the M1.

Michael Timmons, 70, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, died when his Volvo and a lorry crashed between junctions 28 and 29 on the northbound carriageway in Derbyshire on 4 October.

A female passenger from the car was also taken to hospital with injuries.

The inquest at Chesterfield Coroner's Court heard a post-mortem examination took place on Tuesday.

However, further tests need to be carried out to determine the cause of death of Mr Timmons, who was a retired reconstructive plastic surgeon.

Coroner Peter Nieto adjourned the inquest until 10 January.

Queues on M1 northbound
Highways England

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We're waking up to a band of rain across the East Midlands, which could become heavy and persistent going into the afternoon.

Tonight there will be lows of 9C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's continuing to look like an unsettled picture across the East Midlands with some scattered showers, so keep your brolly handy.

We can expect highs of 14C during the day and tonight there will be lows of 12C, with more scattered showers.

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Rebekah Vardy denies leaking stories about Coleen Rooney

Alex Regan

BBC News

Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, has denied selling stories from Coleen Rooney's private Instagram account to tabloid newspapers.

Rooney (left), who is married to Derby County-bound Wayne Rooney, said she has spent five months attempting to work out who was leaking information about her and her family based on information she had posted on her personal account.

She claimed she worked out it was I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! star Vardy through a process of elimination.

Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney
PA Media

Vardy responded to the claims on Twitter, saying she wishes Rooney had spoken to her directly about her suspicion as she would have changed the password to her account.

She added: "Over the years various people have had access to my Insta and just this week I found I was following people I didn't know or have never followed myself.

"I'm not being funny but I don't need the money, what would I gain from selling stories on you [Rooney]?

"I'm disgusted that I'm even having to deny this. You should've called me the first time it happened."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The autumnal theme is continuing over the course of the day with some scattered blustery showers expected.

We can also expect quite a few sunny spells across the region with highs of 14C, tonight there will be lows of 7C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Farm raid finds £500k of suspected stolen equipment

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

An estimated £500,000 worth of suspected stolen property, including trailers, generators and a fork lift truck, have been recovered from a Derbyshire farm.

Police raided the property in Longcliffe on Monday and also found drugs and tobacco.

Police car with generators
Derbyshire Police

A 31-year-old man was arrested in connection with the theft of plant equipment and possessing drugs but has been released under investigation.

Officers said they were attempting to find the rightful owners of the equipment.

Fork lift truck
Derbyshire Police
Trailers
Derbyshire Police

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There is a slightly brighter day on the cards today. We should see quite a bit of sunshine, but later on through this morning and afternoon we can expect some showers, and it could be quite heavy at times.

Temperatures will reach highs of 16C during the day, and lows of 8C are expected this evening.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We can expect some unsettling weather for the start of the week due to a band of low pressure moving across the UK.

Rain will move from the East and linger over the Midlands into the afternoon, with spray and standing water on the roads expected.

There will be highs of 14C and dryer weather overnight, with lows of 9C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

M1 fully reopens but delays expected

Alex Regan

BBC News

There will continue to be delays on the M1 after two separate fatal crashes in Derbyshire and Leicestershire, Highways England has said.

A 70-year-old man died and a woman is in a critical condition after a crash involving a car and a lorry on the M1 northbound near junction 28 at about 04:00 earlier.

In an unrelated incident in Leicestershire, a BMW X3 driver died and a 51-year-old man was arrested after another crash involving a car and a lorry.

Emergency services closed the road southbound at junction 20, near Lutterworth, after the crash just after 07:00.

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BreakingOne dead and one critical after Derbyshire M1 crash

Alex Regan

BBC News

A 70-year-old man has died after a two-vehicle crash which shut the M1 northbound for several hours this morning.

M1 crash
BBC

The crash involved a Volvo XC90 and a lorry near junction 28 in Derbyshire at about 04:00, police said.

The driver of the Volvo was pronounced dead at the scene and a female passenger remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The motorway reopened at 13:20 and Derbyshire Constabulary is appealing for anyone with dashcam footage of the incident to come forward.

M1 closures causing congestion on surrounding roads

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The crashes on the M1 are having a knock-on affect on the surrounding roads as traffic approaches or tries to avoid the motorway.

Near the crash in Derbyshire between junctions 28 and 29 there are long tail-backs on roads including the A38 in both directions.

Traffic map
Google

To the south, where the M1 southbound is shut between J20 and J19, traffic is building as far north as Leicester, 10 miles (15km) away.

The situation is not helped by a vehicle breaking down and blocking a lane in the approach to the crash.

Traffic map
Google

Rail contract ban dispute heading to court

Press Association

Bus and train operator Stagecoach has said it will take legal action over being blocked from bidding for three rail franchises.

The Department for Transport (DfT) barred the firm from bidding for the East Midlands, West Coast and South Eastern contracts over pension deficit concerns.

East Midlands Railway
BBC

Stagecoach said: "We continue to pursue our claims against the Secretary of State for Transport regarding his decisions to disqualify us from three rail franchise competitions.

"The three cases are due to be heard in the High Court in early 2020."

The DfT said it had "total confidence" in its processes and Stagecoach "knowingly submitted non-compliant bids".

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It will be reasonably bright this morning but unsettled weather is on the way.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After yesterday's rain, today looks set to be somewhat sunnier.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rosliston village street 'looks like a river'

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

There is flooding along the A514 in Swadlincote and in Rosliston village, Coton-in-the-Elms and Scropton.

BBC Radio Derby reports Main Street in Rosliston is looking "like a river".

Main Street, Rosliston in Derbyshire
BBC

Elsewhere, the annual 114th Brailsford Ploughing Match due to take place in Church Broughton tomorrow has been cancelled.

Organisers said it was due to the "unprecedented amount of rain overnight" and were "disappointed".

They said the ground at Sapperton Manor is "too waterlogged to risk putting vehicles on it".

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We're expecting more heavy rain but it should ease off later in the day.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

After a bright morning, we're expecting heavy rain and strong winds later.

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Empty beer bottles found in 'erratic' M1 lorry

A lorry driver has been arrested after his cab was found to be full of beer bottles, according to police.

Derbyshire's Road Policing Unit responded to reports of a vehicle driving erratically on the M1 just after 11:00.

The 50-year-old driver, of no fixed abode, refused a roadside breath test and was then arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

M1 lorry
Derbyshire RPU
Beer bottles
Derbyshire RPU
Beer Bottles
Derbyshire RPU

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a wet and windy day with a chance of thunderstorms.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There is more wet and windy weather on the way with some dry spells between the showers.

Here's the full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Knives taken off streets in police clean-up

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Derbyshire Police
Derbyshire Police

Dozens of knives and weapons from across Derbyshire have been handed into police after they launched a week of action against knife crime.

Officers searched parks and other public spaces for weapons and held a knife amnesty in Alfreton.

Knife crime awareness events were also held in Alfreton, Riddings Park, Somercotes and Swanwick.

Derbyshire Police sweep
Derbyshire Police

Renishaw Primary School closed to some pupils

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Renishaw Primary School on Hague Lane is closed to Year 1 and Year 2 children today, Derbyshire County Council has said.

The authority said it is due to health and safety reasons.

The school is open to all other year groups.

Renishaw Primary School, on Hague Lane in Derbyshire
Google

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Another damp morning today, but there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

The rain will gradually clear away and there may be a chance of some sunshine.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Warning over fake Thomas Cook refund 'scam'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police in Derbyshire have issued a warning following reports of scam phone calls about Thomas Cook refunds.

The travel operator collapsed yesterday resulting in thousands of people having their holidays cancelled.

Phone on a computer keyboard
BBC

Clay Cross Police SNT posted on Facebook: "People are phoning claiming to be from Thomas Cook saying they are giving refunds on holidays that have been purchased.

"They are asking for card details and the three digit number on back of the card in order to process the refund."

The force warns: "This is a scam - don't give your bank details to anyone."