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Jake Bugg to perform at virtual festival

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

Singer-songwriter Jake Bugg will perform at a live-streaming music festival in support of artists whose livelihoods have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Light Hustle festival was due to take place in Bugg's home city of Nottingham but because of lockdown restrictions a virtual gig will take place instead.

Bugg will join more than 20 artists including cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason at the gig at 15:00 BST today.

Jake Bugg
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The festival will see an emergency hardship fund launched in support of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire's creative freelancers as government support for the self-employed will not be available until June.

Bugg, who was born in Clifton, said: "With everything that is going on it is difficult for everybody, especially musicians out there, so I thought it was a nice thing to be part of."

Organisers Circle of Light and Hockley Hustle will stream the event on their respective Facebook pages.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason
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Man arrested after Newark supermarket row

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A man is in custody after being arrested on suspicion of theft and public order offences following a row in a supermarket in Newark.

Nottinghamshire Police said officers were called to Aldi at North Gate at about 18:15 yesterday after a staff member confronted a customer they believed was leaving without having paid for a bottle of alcohol.

A spokesman for the force said the 22-year-old returned the bottle but shoved the supermarket worker with a trolley and threatened him.

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Today's weather for the East Midlands

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It will be a cloudy day with the possibility of the odd shower.

There will also be light winds into the afternoon and throughout the day.

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Blocked sewers increase due to 'toilet roll alternatives'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Water company Severn Trent says it has been "much busier than normal" due to more blockages being caused by kitchen roll and wipes being flushed down the toilet.

The company said it has dealt with 3,000 sewer flooding and blockages in the past fortnight.

Grant Mitchell from Severn Trent said: "We know some people are having to resort to using a whole manner of things to substitute for toilet roll at the moment, but a sewer blockage is the last thing anyone needs right now.

"We wanted to let everyone know that kitchen roll and wipes are not designed to break down like loo roll is so please remember to bin them."

Tissues retrieved from blocked sewers
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Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It's a mixed picture for the day, with light cloud and a moderate breeze but also the change of sunnier spells and some light rain.

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Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy today with some intermittent spots of light rain or drizzle in places, but otherwise largely dry.

There may be periods of hazy sunshine. Winds will remain light throughout the day.

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Vertical farm crops used to help feed homeless

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Nottingham Trent University is using food grown in its vertical farms - a new method of agriculture using technology to try and make the process more controlled and efficient - to help feed homeless people across the county who are struggling during the coronavirus crisis.

The university runs two such facilties through its School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, which it says can produce more nutritious crops with bigger yields and faster harvest cycles.

Boxes of vegetables such as lettuce, pak choi and spinach have been donated to Tracy’s Street Kitchen, which helps to make and distribute food to people living on the streets.

Vertical farm NTU
Nottingham Trent University

These vertical farms have been created to help the world tackle situations which threaten global food security, so it is only fitting that we use our crops to help society in a time of crisis.

Professor Chungui LuSchool of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University

Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A few bright spells to start, but cloud will thicken through the day with the possibility of a few showers and a light breeze.

Some places will remain dry. Maximum temperatures will be between 7C (45F) and 10C (50F).

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Three men arrested after 'man forced into car'

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Three men have been arrested following reports of an attempted kidnap in Mansfield.

Nottinghamshire Police said it happened on Bishop Street at about 13:30 on Sunday, when officers came across three men "forcing another man against his will" into the back of a car.

The victim managed to get out of the vehicle and walk a short distance before being spoken to by police.

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The three men arrested at the scene were aged 28, 29 and 33.

Officers seized a bag containing weapons including a knife, hammer and two chair legs.

All three men have since been bailed pending further investigations.

Man recovered from Nottingham canal named

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A man whose body was recovered from a canal last week has been named by police.

Paul Musson, 54, lived on a canal boat on the Nottingham Canal near the Sainsbury's supermarket at Castle Boulevard in the city.

While officers do not believe his death is suspicious at this stage, they have appealed for help from the public to piece together his last movements.

Paul Musson
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Det Insp Ruby Burrow, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "It is possible he may have simply fallen into the water from his boat that he lived on.

"However, as his death is still unexplained, it is our duty to collect evidence."

She added Mr Musson's family is "very distraught" and need to find out what happened to him.

Companies to review parking levy due to coronavirus

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

Companies in Nottingham have been asked to review the fees they pay to have car parking spaces in light of the coronavirus outbreak, the city council has said.

The workplace parking levy (WPL) means any employer with more than 11 parking spaces has to pay £415 per year per space.

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This was set to increase to £424 from April 1, but now an email has been sent out to companies asking them to take account of staff not currently in the workplaces.

The Labour-run council has written to companies who have previously paid the fee, saying it "recognises the extraordinary situation facing the country as a result of the pandemic", and that the number of parking spaces needed for the city's employers will have reduced.

Watch: East Midlands makes a noise to say thanks to NHS

Thousands of people across the East Midlands stepped out of their homes on Thursday night to applaud NHS workers and carers working during the coronavirus pandemic.

The result was emotional....

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It's set to be another sunny day, but a little bit chillier - and temperatures are set to drop further for the weekend.

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Coronavirus: Appeal for former professional signallers

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

Former professional signallers in the East Midlands are being asked to return to the railways to keep the network running during the coronavirus crisis.

Network Rail is keeping signal boxes and control centres across the region open 24/7 so railway services can continue running.

Chris Gee, from Network Rail, said: “We are working hard to keep vital services in place as these get key workers to their jobs and keep food and medical supplies across the country moving.

“We are appealing for signallers who’ve retired, moved on to other careers at Network Rail or left the railway to come back and help us keep signal boxes and control centres open."

Network Rail appeal for former signallers
Network Rail

He said signallers were "crucial to keep the railway open" and they need former workers to provide back-up if staff can’t come to work.

"Full re-training will be given," he said.

The roles will be in the East Midlands Control Centre and at signal boxes across the region.

Summer events cancelled in Rushcliffe

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

Rushcliffe Borough Council has cancelled several summer events in Nottinghamshire to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

VE Day celebrations were due to take place on 8 May, Proms in the Park was going to be held on 27 June, and the Taste of Rushcliffe Food and Drink Festival was due to be held on 4 July.

Taste of Rushcliffe Food and Drink Festival
Ruschcliffe Borough Council

Deputy council leader Debbie Mason said: "As we all continue to work together in these unprecedented times, our teams will review events scheduled for later this year and continue to support all those impacted wherever possible.”

Coronavirus: Police in Broxtowe checking drivers

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police in Broxtowe have said they are stopping drivers to check they are following the latest government guidelines on preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Police stopping drivers
Nottinghamshire Police

On Monday night Boris Johnson announced people may only leave their homes to exercise once a day, to travel to and from work where "absolutely necessary", to shop for essential items, and to fulfil any medical or care needs.

Police and local authorities will have powers to disperse gatherings, including through fines.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

The first day of a nationwide lockdown is going to be sunny and warm...

In fact the next few days are all looking pleasant, while the weekend is expected to be a little colder and cloudier.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Recycling centres limit visitors for social distancing

Alex Regan

BBC News

Recycling centres in Nottinghamshire will limit the number of cars allowed at each refuse plant to maintain social distancing.

The county council said all 12 sites would remain open, but staff would only be "allowing five cars on site at recycling centres" at any one time.

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'Activity fridge' filled with books, DVDs and games

Alex Thorp

BBC News

A woman has filled an old fridge freezer with books, DVDs and games to keep children occupied during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jeni Atkinson has set up the "activity fridge" outside her home in Beeston, which also contains books for adults.

Schools across the UK have now closed to most pupils because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Ms Atkinson said many of the items had belonged to her children and she had been planning to donate them to a charity shop.

"I had seen posts on social media about people putting box libraries outside their houses and it gave me the idea of extending this to other things like the games, activities and DVDs," she said.

"So, I cleaned up the old fridge freezer from my garage and filled it up."

Ms Atkinson said neighbours had offered to donate more items but said the fridge was now "absolutely rammed".

"We've had our first visitors this morning who messaged me to say they'd taken a couple of books and a DVD and thanked me for the idea," she added.

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Jeni Atkinson

Ms Atkinson said she disinfected the fridge and made sure she washed her hands before stocking it up. She said she's also been "very strictly" following the social distancing advice.

Teenager who died after being hit by car named

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

A teenager who died after being hit by a car has been named.

William Christmas, 19, was hit close to the Sainsbury's Local store, in Derby Road, Nottingham, at about 12:40 on Thursday.

The first year student at the University of Nottingham, who was studying Politics and International Relations, died at the scene.

William Christmas
Nottinghamshire Police

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

He has been released on conditional bail.

Det Sgt Adam Cooper, from Nottinghamshire Police, asked for anyone who saw what happened or has any dashcam footage to come forward.

He said: "We'd particularly like to hear from anyone who saw a silver or light blue car heading along Derby Road, from the city centre, around the time of crash."

Coronavirus: Two more deaths in the region

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Two more patients with coronavirus have died in the East Midlands, it was revealed over the weekend.

On Saturday, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said a 75-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man had died at its hospitals. Both had underlying health issues.

The woman died on 3 March and the man on 18 March. There were no more reported deaths on Sunday.

The total UK death toll is now at 281, according to latest figures.

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It's set to be a dry and largely sunny few days - although temperatures could drop to freezing overnight in some areas.

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Nottinghamshire teenagers 'trapped' in Peru

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A pair of Nottinghamshire teenagers stuck in Peru as the country goes on lockdown over coronavirus "just want to get home".

Luke Smith, 18, from Chilwell, and his 19-year-old friend George Cuesta-Sarris are among 400 Brits trapped in the South American country.

Mr Smith said they've had virtually no direct contact with the British government.

Luke Smith
Luke Smith

They are currently in a hostel which they have not been able to leave in four days.

Mr Smith said: "I just want to get home as soon as possible - we don't know how much worse it is going to get."

Lima on lockdown
Luke Smith

A private flight is being organised but is expected to cost about $3,000 for a one-way ticket.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he is asking the authorities to lift restrictions for rescue flights, but tourists will have to pay for their own ticket home.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It will be a chilly start, then lots of sun but with a persistent cold wind.

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Council closes libraries and cancels services

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Nottinghamshire County Council has confirmed it will close all of its libraries from Monday as it responds to the crisis over the coronavirus.

Group activities at children's centres and group sessions at day centres will also be cancelled from 23 March,.

Country parks remain free to visit, but visitor facilities at a number of venues - including Bestwood, Holme Pierrpont, Rufford Abbey and Sherwood Forest - will be closing over the weekend.

Youth services will remain open but are focusing on "assisting and supporting individual young people through face-to-face meetings and by telephone and other technology", and, while births and deaths are being registered "in the usual way", anyone who has booked a wedding is being urged to "postpone their arrangements or to limit visitors".

Council leader Kay Cutts said £1m has been placed in a fund "to help support the communities’ efforts to respond and provide for those who are most in need".

Nottinghamshire County Council
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Gunthorpe restaurant serving up stew for elderly residents

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Tom Browns Brasserie in Gunthorpe is chipping in to help elderly residents by making stew to be delivered to locals in the village and neighbouring East Bridgford.

In Gunthorpe, the food will be delivered by the Gunthorpe Isolation Volunteers Errand Service (Gives), a new volunteer group to help out people in need.

Tom Browns Brasserie Gunthorpe
Tom Browns Brasserie

Catholic church to stop public mass

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Public mass at Catholic churches in the East Midlands will no longer take place from Friday due to the spread of coronavirus.

The Diocese of Nottingham - covering Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland - has stopped services.

Churches will however remain open and private masses can still take place.

Nottingham cathedral
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Cardinal Vincent of Westminster is encouraging worshippers to pray from home instead.

“Let’s learn how to pray in the rhythm of the church in a new way for a while,” he said.

In a video message posted on the diocese website he also calls on people to “stick together” and help those more vulnerable.

East Midlands music festivals going ahead 'as planned'

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Music lovers have been left wondering whether festivals across the East Midlands will take place following the coronavirus outbreak.

On Wednesday, the organisers of Glastonbury, which was due to start on 24 June, decided to cancel the festival following government advice to avoid mass gatherings.

So where does it leave the big music events due to take place in our region?

The Dot to Dot festival, which is scheduled for 24 May in various indoor venues across Nottingham, said they are monitoring the situation "very closely" and will make decisions based on relevant advice

Music fans at Download
Download

Glastobudget, which is held in Wymeswold, Leicestershire, is still going ahead as planned on the same weekend.

Bearded Theory, set to take place on 21 May in Derbyshire, has an alternative date in September should the spread of coronavirus force them to cancel.

Download, one of the biggest rock festivals in Europe, is also still happening as things stand at Donington Park on 12 June.

The Y Not festival, which has been going for 14 years in the heart of the Peak District, is also still on for 24 to 26 July.

The same goes for Bloodstock, in Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire, in August.

In all cases, the best advice is to keep an eye on each festival's social media channels.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It will be a cloudy and damp day with some showers around but it's likely to settle down in the coming days.

Here's the full forecast...

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School to partially close due to staff shortages

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Rushcliffe School in West Bridgford has decided to partially close tomorrow after the new guidelines around self-isolation affected its staffing levels.

The school will only open to Years 7, 11, 12 and 13, with all other pupils being told to stay at home with work provided for them.

Rushcliffe School in West Bridgford
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In a letter to parents, the school said it would accommodate any children in Years 8, 9 and 10 whose parents work in the emergency services and front-line medical profession (regardless of year group) to allow those parents to continue working.

Principal Damian Painton said: "We have tried to avoid this for as long as possible and give as much notice as possible to you – but we do appreciate that this will cause inconvenience and apologise."

Nottingham students urged to return home

Liam Barnes

BBC News

The vice-chancellor of the University of Nottingham has written a letter to students advising them to return to their "permanent home" in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Shearer West said departments are contacting any students studying elsewhere on placements, and said the university is "making preparations" for any students who can't return home to stay at university accommodation.

All teaching will be done online from next Monday, but staff have also been written to and advised to work from home "where at all possible".

No cases of coronavirus have been confirmed on campus.

University of Nottingham
University of Nottingham

Airline reduces flights to East Midlands Airport

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Scotland's airline Loganair which flies to East Midlands Airport has announced a further drop in the number of flights.

It has blamed "the increasing impact of the coronavirus" as bookings continue to fall dramatically.

Flights from Edinburgh to the East Midlands have been reduced to two flights per day which will stay in place until the end of May.

Loganair plane
Loganair

Chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said the "situation has worsened materially in the last four days" and bookings had fallen by 75%.

He said customers booked on flights up to the end of May can change their reservation to a future date without a fee. However, if future flights are more expensive, the difference in fare will be payable.

Where services are completely suspended a full refund will be applicable.

Essential Nottinghamshire council services 'will continue'

Hugh Casswell

Political reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Councils across Nottinghamshire will ensure that essential services will continue, despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Local authorities have told BBC Radio Nottingham that bin collections, public health, housing support, revenue and benefits, and social care will continue.

Bin collection
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Staff across councils have been asked to work from home where they can, but offices do remain open.

A full meeting of Nottinghamshire County Council has been postponed as it would involve 66 councillors, some of whom are over 70.

More East Midlands theatres close over coronavirus

Alex Regan

BBC News

Nottingham's Playhouse, the city's Broadway cinema, Leicester's De Montfort Hall and the Derby Theatre are among the latest venues to close their doors to audiences amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Playhouse has deferred a run of the play Private Peaceful, and will offer refunds, but is asking for donations as ticket sales count for "70% of our income".

The Derby Theatre has cancelled performances of Crongton Knights for the week.

Leicester Haymarket Theatre
Leicester Haymarket Theatre

Leicester's De Montfort Hall has rescheduled all its shows until later in the year, with a show from comedian Rhod Gilbert among the performances to be moved. The Curve had already announced a similar move.

Nottingham's Broadway Cinema will close from 18:00 while the city's Theatre Royal had already announced its intention to shut its doors during the outbreak.

Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena is the latest to reschedule concerts. The 10,000-capacity venue already postponed The Who's concert on 3 April, and has now rescheduled gigs such as Rick Astley's greatest hits tour next month.

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The Leicester Haymarket Theatre has also closed with immediate effect.

The Concordia Theatre in Hinckley has also suspended performances, adding "our volunteers and patrons are our most valuable asset", and the measures have been taken to ensure their safety.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be mostly a cloudy and dry day with perhaps a bit of drizzle today.

Here's your full forecast...

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Coronavirus patient being treated at King's Mill Hospital

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust has said it is treating a patient with confirmed Covid-19 at King's Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire.

The trust said: "Every infection prevention precaution is being taken and staff caring for the patient are trained and equipped to do so safely."

It has advised patients with outpatient and inpatient appointments to still come to hospital "unless they have a new onset cough or fever".

King’s Mill Hospital, Nottinghamshire
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