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Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

Today is expected to be a largely cloudy and dull day with occasional patchy light rain or drizzle that may get heavier later.

Raindrops on a plant

Tonight, it will remain cloudy with further outbreaks of rain through the night.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

A dry start, but cloud will soon thicken and outbreaks of rain will gradually spread from the west, becoming heavy at times this afternoon.

Church Broughton
Mark Hallam

Tonight, it will remain wet with further outbreaks of rain which may be heavy at times.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It will be rather windy today with sunny spells, but with a few scattered showers at times.

Sunrise in north Nottinghamshire

It will become largely dry later and this should remain into the evening where we should see late sunny spells.

Bradgate Park urges lockdown residents not to visit

Liam Barnes

BBC News

One of Leicestershire's most popular parks has asked residents from the city's locked-down areas not to travel to visit the beauty spot over the weekend.

Bradgate Park Trust said it's not changing its opening hours ahead of this weekend, but advised people living in Leicester and other affected areas not to come and to pay attention to the latest government advice.

More police will be out in force in Leicester this weekend to ensure local lockdown procedures are followed.

Deer Bradgate Park
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Leicester to have more police on duty than New Year’s Eve

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Leicestershire Police says it will have more officers on duty this weekend than they would for a typical New Year's Eve - traditionally one of the force's busiest days.

There will be an operation dedicated to policing the city lockdown and supporting the reopening of pubs, bars and restaurants in the areas not included.

People are being asked to plan their days and to abide by any new operating rules.

Leicestershire Police van

Temporary assistant chief constable Kerry Smith said: "We want people to be able to enjoy themselves but to do so responsibly, having respect for others and socialising safely.

"We will be continuing our approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging people to do the right thing.

"Of course, we have the option of enforcement open to us which we will use where appropriate."

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It will be a dry start to the day with some early brightness, but cloud will thicken through the morning bringing a few outbreaks of rain.

Sunshine through the flowers

The showery rain will gradually peter out to leave a largely dry night but a few more sharp showers could develop during the early hours of Saturday.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy at first with some showers moving in from the west through the day, some of these will be sharp and heavy.

A few sunny spells will develop through the afternoon, but further sharp showers are expected.

Sunrise in West Bridgford
Curly Claire

Leicester lockdown: Schoolchildren cannot cross border

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Some children who live in the Leicester lockdown zone but attend school outside of the area will not be able to cross the border, the Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed.

From Thursday, only vulnerable children and children of key workers can travel across the boundary in either direction for school or appointments with social workers. Other children have been asked to stay at home.

The DfE said: "If you are a child or young person (other than a vulnerable child or child of a critical worker) that lives in Leicester but attends school or college outside the affected area, you must stay at home."

St Luke's Primary School, in Thurnby, Leicestershire

Some children who attend St Luke’s Primary School in Thurnby, Leicestershire, which is outside the zone and will be open as normal tomorrow, are from within the boundary.

Headteacher Paul Galvin said he was "deeply sorry" to the families of those affected.

He said: "It might be difficult for families who are inside the lockdown zone - as we are just outside the boundary - especially if they are not children of critical workers."

He added the school has "adapted and will keep adapting to changes" during the coronavirus pandemic.

The school has been open since the lockdown in March for vulnerable children and children of key workers, and reopened for Reception and Year 1 in June.

Leicester city mayor urges residents to stay at home
Sir Peter Soulsby hopes the new measures will help authorities "get on top" of the local outbreak.

Stall holder: Lockdown 'won't work' in Oadby

BBC Radio Leicester

A man who runs a fruit and vegetable stall in Oadby - one of a handful of Leicestershire towns included as part of new local lockdown measures - believes the tighter regulations will not work.

As a food retailer, Scott Frake said he is able to continue trading, but is doubtful people will adhere to government guidance.

Scott Frake on the fruit and vegetable stall

He said: "I just think people have been locked down for that long now they're just going to carry on. Everybody is fed up with it.

"I don't think it's the right thing to do but especially the older generation, we've heard them this morning, 'I'm not staying in, I'm coming out, I've had enough, it's driving me crazy'.

"How can you tell the older generation what to do? You can't."

Council working on postcode checker for residents

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

As we mentioned earlier, a map has been published showing where in Leicester and Leicestershire is affected by the increased lockdown restrictions.

The black outline shows the Leicester city boundaries, while the red outline highlights the area that will be subject to tighter lockdown restrictions.

Leicestershire County Council

In the Blaby district, that includes Braunstone Town (including Fosse Park), Glenfield, Glen Parva, Leicester Forest East and Thorpe Astley.

In Charnwood, it includes Birstall and Thurmaston, while all areas of Oadby and Wigston are included.

Leicestershire County Council said it is working on creating a postcode checker for those on the border who are uncertain if the new restrictions apply to them.

County council: 'We can't be complacent'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Leicestershire County Council has said it is working with the Leicester City Council and the government to reduce the recent spike in coronavirus cases.

Some areas of the county have been included in the localised lockdown, such as Glenfield and Oadby.

Glenfield street sign

The leader of the authority - Nick Rushton - said: "Clearly coronavirus does not adhere to lines on a map.

"And although county rates are below the national and regional averages, we can't be complacent and it makes sense to step up restrictions in areas closer to the city.

"I understand this is disappointing news for residents, parents of schoolchildren and businesses when most of the country is opening back up but it's crucial that people follow the latest advice."

New measures include Leicester suburbs

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Matt Hancock confirmed last night the new, stricter measures for Leicester also include "the surrounding conurbation including, for example, Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield".

He said exact details of which wards in Leicestershire are included in the new lockdown measures will be published "imminently".

Leicestershire County Council said it was working on the details of this with Public Health England.

Woman in Leicester
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Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It will be a mostly dry and windy day with lengthy sunny spells and haze.

It will also be cooler than previous days and there is a chance of one or two showers, mainly in the afternoon.

Clouds in Elkesley

Coronavirus: Social distancing job advert posted

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

A social distancing officer role "to ensure public safety in these unusual times" has been advertised online.

The advert does not say which organisation is offering the post, but states the successful applicant would work in the Market Harborough, Lutterworth, Broughton Astley, Kibworth and Fleckney areas of Leicestershire during the day.

It reads: "Due to current regulations on social distancing, opportunities have arisen for the need to ensure that social distancing is adhered to in busy areas following the reopening of many shops and businesses.

"Would you like to be part of the team that ensures the safety of the public in these unusual times?"

Social distancing markings
PA Media

Key responsibilities include managing "queuing hot spots, people gathering together, social distancing not being observed, issues of anti-social behaviour, other behaviour which may cause concern".

The role is listed as lasting for three months but the advert says it may continue past that point.

Applications close on 2 July and anyone applying is required to undergo an advanced DBS police check.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be very warm and humid today, but with a period of heavy showers and thunderstorms.

Many places will miss the storms, but where they do occur, frequent lightning and torrential downpours are possible.

Kegworth sunrise

Temperatures yesterday were even warmer than Wednesday with 30.1C recorded in Coton-in-the-Elms, Derbyshire, the highest in the region.

Gaddesby, Leicestershire, recorded 30C and in Nottinghamshire, the highest temperature recorded was in Watnall at 28.9C.

Boy taken to hospital after struggling in water

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A boy has been taken to hospital after getting into difficulty in water at Bosworth Water Park.

Leicestershire Police said they were called at about 15:45 by East Midlands Ambulance Service, who reported they had attended the scene.

The boy was conscious and taken out of the water, a force spokesman said, and was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary as a precaution.

Bosworth Water Park Leicestershire

Man, 22, shot in leg in Leicester

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A man has been shot in the leg in Leicester.

Leicestershire Police said officers were called just after 01:00 to a property in Victoria Road East.

The man, 22, was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

A police spokesman said the shooting was thought to be an "isolated incident".

Police at Victoria Road East, Leicester
Leicester Media Online

Ben Godfrey: Police investigate fatal Donington Park crash

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

Police are investigating a crash at Donington Park where 25-year-old rider Ben Godfrey died and another rider was seriously injured.

Officers said they were called to the Leicestershire track at 11:20 on Sunday after the crash at about 10:30.

A 31-year-old man was taken to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre for treatment where he remains in a stable condition.

A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: "Officers continue to carry out enquiries on behalf of the coroner."

Ben Godfrey
Bonnie Lane

Following Mr Godfrey's death, Mark Neate - director of No Limits Trackdays - said: "Ben really was a fantastic young man."

He added: "I am so desperately sad that Ben died from the injuries he sustained.

"Our thoughts are with his family, his partner Jordan and his team-mates and friends."

Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be dry, hot and humid again today, with near-perfect sunshine and temperatures peaking into the high 20s across the region.

Sunset from Southwell

Many parts of the country experienced the hottest day of the year yesterday.

Gaddesby in Leicestershire recorded the highest temperature in the region with 29.8C, while Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire recorded 29.2C.

Raleigh Chopper to go under hammer

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A 1970s Raleigh Chopper bicycle which has been "kept in a bedroom for years" is set to be sold at auction.

The owner, a toy collector from Derby, said it took him seven years to find the MK2 Chopper, which he bought eight years ago from a man in Leicestershire.

The 54-year-old, who does not want to be named, said it was kept in his bedroom and has "never been ridden".

He added: "I really had to persuade the owner to sell it.

"I'm only parting with it now because I need to thin out my collections."

1970s Raleigh MK2 Chopper

The vintage bike is due to be auctioned online with a guide price of £400-£600 on Thursday by Hansons Auctioneers, in Derbyshire.

Steve Fulford, Hansons' toy valuer, said: "These days kids crave the latest smart phones but if you grew up in the 1970s there was only one thing any self-respecting youngster wanted, a Raleigh Chopper."

Nottingham-based Raleigh sold 1.5m Choppers, with the MK2 retailing for £34 in 1973, equivalent to £360 in today's money.

Warning for region on UK's hottest day of the year

PA Media

A heat-health alert has been issued as the UK recorded its warmest day of the year so far.

The Met Office raised the level today as health authorities encouraged those most vulnerable - many of whom have been shielding during the lockdown - to take extra care.

The amber level three - which is in place for the West and East Midlands - requires social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high-risk groups.

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People have been advised to keep cool and stay hydrated where possible and take precautions against "exceptionally high" UV levels.

Shoppers have also been advised to be aware they could be forced to spend extra time in the sun as a result of social distancing measures.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It will be another dry and fine day today, with near-perfect sunshine throughout the day.

Temperatures will peak into the high 20s across the region.

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Cannabis grow 'worth £1m' found at industrial unit

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Cannabis plants
Leicestershire Police

About 900 cannabis plants thought to be worth more than £1m have been found following a raid at an industrial unit near Coalville.

Officers found the grow at a premises in Walker Road, Bardon Hill, on Monday, after the owner of the building reported he could not gain access.

Hundreds of cannabis plants growing in several different rooms were discovered on entry. The North West Leicestershire local policing unit said the value of the plants was "over £1m".

A Leicestershire Police spokesman added nobody was present at the time of the find and no arrests have been made.

Cannabis plants in containers
Leicestershire Police

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It will be dry, fine and very warm today, with temperatures rising into the mid-to-high 20s across the region.

There will be near perfect sunshine and just a little high cloud later this afternoon.

Sunrise at West Bridgford
Curly Claire

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It'll be a touch warmer today with a good deal of dry and sunny weather around, and plenty of blue skies, as this photo from Church Broughton, Derbyshire, shows.

Church Broughton sunrise
Mark Hallam

It will be breezy at times though, which will ease as we go into the evening.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

There will be heavy rain for a time before it pushes its way gradually north.

It will clear away, leaving a lot of cloud around it with perhaps a little bit of brightness towards the end of the day and a chance of an isolated thunderstorm.

Today's weather
Thunderstorm in Buxton, Derbyshire
John Bradburn

Flash floods block East Midlands roads

Jennifer Harby

BBC News

Flooding is affecting travel in parts of the East Midlands this evening, with reports roads are blocked in Nottingham and Leicestershire.

NET says heavy rain and standing water means it's currently not operating between Beeston and Cator Lane.

Flooding in Beeston town centre

Residents reported flooding in Beeston town centre and Ruddington village centre, with one telling the BBC: "Just what we needed on the high street to add to the recent hardship for all the businesses.

"Hopefully no lasting damage and the community [are] already out sweeping away from the shop fronts."

flooding in Beeston
Crystal Greenhill

Yellow weather warning as thunderstorms move over region

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A yellow weather warning has been issued for thunderstorms over the East Midlands.

The Met Office said: "Although some places will remain dry, slow moving heavy showers and thunderstorms may lead to disruption due to flooding."

Met office graphic
Met Office

It added that flooding of homes and businesses could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from flood water, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

The warning is in place until midnight.

Three people questioned after man dies

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Three people have been arrested and released under investigation after a man died at a property in Leicestershire.

Leicestershire Police said they were called by East Midlands Ambulance Service at 01:40 on Sunday after the man, in his 30s, had become unwell at an address on Kettering Road, Market Harborough.

The man then died at the scene, the force added.

Officers are currently treating the death as unexplained.

Two men, aged 38 and 54, and a woman, aged 38, all from Market Harborough, were detained on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and later released while inquiries continue.

Kettering Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Parents slam bus company over school transport

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

Parents have accused a school bus company of "sticking two fingers up" at them after it said it won't refund them despite not running services during lockdown.

Beaver Bus, which takes pupils to and from Beauchamp College, Gartree High School, Hinckley Academy, Lutterworth College, Lutterworth High School, Sir Frank Whittle Studio School, St Martin's Catholic Academy and Thomas Estley Academy, stopped running buses on 23 March.

Services have resumed today for pupils who can attend school, but families are furious after the firm said it will not offer any refunds.

A Beaver Bus spokesman said it "would not be able to continue to offer our services" if it gave out refunds, but the School Transport Policy Group said parents have paid for a service that hasn't been provided.

School bus generic
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A spokesman for the campaign group said: "If they'd written to parents and said these are difficult unprecedented times and offered even a partial refund or a discount for next year, that would have been something, but they have just told everyone to see the terms and conditions and the terms and conditions state that there are no refunds."

Another parent told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: "My gym is closed, so I'm not paying for it, holidays are cancelled, people are getting vouchers or refunds.

"We'd boycott if we could but some parents have no choice."