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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.

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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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Vandals force school to close

East Midlands Today

A primary school in Nottinghamshire has been forced to close after it was targeted for the last two weekends by vandals.

Forest Town Primary School, near Mansfield, said the latest incident has caused enough damage to the inside of the school to mean children had to be sent home this morning.

The school has been closed today and tomorrow and hopes to re-open on Wednesday, a spokeswoman said.

A report is being drawn up to work out how long it will take to repair the damage.

Forest Town Primary School
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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.

M1 crash
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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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Severe accident: A6075 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6075 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, at Beech Avenue.

A6075 Nottinghamshire - A6075 Forest Road in New Ollerton closed and queues in both directions at the Beech Avenue junction, because of an accident involving vehicle and pedestrian.

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

Man dies at Nottinghamshire prison

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

An inmate has died at a prison in Nottinghamshire.

The Ministry of Justice said Matthew Pearson, 36, died at HMP Ranby on 8 January. No further details were given.

HMP Ranby
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A Prison Service spokesman said: "As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman."

HMP Ranby, near Retford, is listed as a Category C prison and can hold up to 1,038 prisoners.

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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.

Private ambulances
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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.

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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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Man, 76, dies after 'brave' rescue from fire

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A 76-year-old man has died nearly three weeks after his house in Mansfield caught fire.

The blaze broke out on Chadburn Road on the evening of 15 December.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said he had already been rescued by a member of the public before they arrived.

He was taken to hospital but died on 4 January.

Fire engine
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

A joint police and fire investigation is now under way but the fire is believed to have been started by accident.

Damien West, from the fire service, said: "We witnessed brave efforts by members of the public to help the gentleman, and a swift response from emergency services, but sadly, despite these efforts, he passed away."

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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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Severe disruption: A617 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A617 Nottinghamshire both ways severe disruption, from Hamilton Road to A60 Nottingham Road.

A617 Nottinghamshire - A617 Sherwood Way South in Mansfield closed and queues in both directions from the Hamilton Road junction to the A60 Nottingham Road junction, because of a police investigation.

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

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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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Police probe hunt on live rail line
Network Rail confirms the line is still in use and said trespassing on live tracks was "illegal and extremely dangerous".

Sheffield United fan steps up as FA Cup referee

BBC Sport

A 19-year-old Sheffield United fan, who was at Bramall Lane to watch his side play AFC Fylde in the FA Cup, ended up helping to officiate the game when a referee was taken ill.

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Tyler Machin, from Worksop, answered the call for a qualified official when assistant referee Daniel Leach had to be swapped at half time.

Step forward teenage supporter Tyler - who helped the team of officials get the game back under way.

Two arrested after car stolen on New Year's Day

Alex Regan

BBC News

Two men have been arrested after a car was stolen in Mansfield.

Nottinghamshire Police were called to Eakring Road at about 05:00 on New Year's Day following reports of a burglary.

The force said two men entered a property through an unlocked door and took car keys. They added a Ford Focus was stolen.

Officers saw the stolen car travelling on the A1 towards Gamston at 06:40, but it failed to stop and subsequently crashed.

Eakring Road
Google

The driver fled and the passenger was arrested at the scene.

Within an hour, a man suspected of being the driver was arrested a few miles from the scene.

The men, aged 21 and 26, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, dangerous driving and failing to stop. They have since been bailed with conditions.

Severe disruption: A1 Nottinghamshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Nottinghamshire southbound severe disruption, between B6420 Mansfield Road Apleyhead and B6387.

A1 Nottinghamshire - One lane closed and it's slow on A1 southbound between Apleyhead in Upper Morton and Elkesley Village Turn Off in Elkesley, because of a break down.

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

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
BBC/Rachel Carter

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.

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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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