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Risk of more flooding as heavy rain continues

Press Association

Heavy downpours have started to lash parts of the UK on a day where almost a month's worth of rain is forecast to fall in some areas.

The Environment Agency (EA) has warned flooding is possible in several places across England and Wales.

Weather map
BBC

Up to 80mm of rain could hit some areas, according to Met Office spokeswoman Jo McLellan.

The UK-wide average rainfall for the whole of August is 89.5mm.

The EA has also warned areas near to the River Trent in Derbyshire could flood.

The heavy rain is "clearing eastwards as the evening goes on" and Saturday is expected to be clearer, Ms McLellan added.

Force flags at half mast to 'respect' killed officer

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The flags outside Derbyshire Police's headquarters are flying at half mast out of "respect" to PC Andrew Harper.

The 28-year-old Thames Valley Police officer was killed when he was "dragged along by a vehicle" while attending a reported burglary.

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Derbyshire Police

Police pay tribute to killed officer

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police in the East Midlands have been paying tribute to a Thames Valley Police officer who was killed while attending a reported burglary in Berkshire.

Police cordon
BBC

Derbyshire Police said in a tweet: "Hearing the dreadful news from Thames Valley Police about the death of officer PC Harper.

"Our thoughts are with the force and the officer's family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

Leicestershire Police chief constable Simon Cole called it "dreadful news" on Twitter and said the force's thoughts were with their colleagues in Thames Valley.

Paedophile had Viagra, sex toys and wine

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

A man has been jailed after police found him with Viagra, sex toys and wine - wearing nothing but a dressing gown - following an arrangement to meet a child for sex.

Derbyshire Police said Kenneth McKellar-Bond, 58, travelled from his home in Malvern, Worcestershire, to a hotel near East Midlands Airport on 23 November 2018.

He believed he was communicating with a Derbyshire father and expecting to meet a 12-year-old girl.

However, he was actually talking to police officers, who found him in the hotel room along with Viagra, sex toys, wine and ropes as well as gifts he had been planning on giving to his victim.

McKellar-Bond was jailed for three years at Derby Crown Court on Friday, having earlier pleaded guilty to arranging sexual activity with a child and attempted sexual communication with a child.

Kenneth McKellar-Bond
Derbyshire Police

Unemployment in East Midlands at 4.3%

BBC News

Unemployment in the East Midlands was 4.3% in the three months ending June 2019.

The UK’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 3.9%. Employment was estimated at 76.1%, the joint highest since comparative records began in 1971.

Wage growth also picked up to 3.9%, the highest rate for 11 years, however figures released last week showed the economy shrank 0.2% in the second quarter, the first fall since 2012.

Employment
BBC

Airport's 'busiest day' of the year

East Midlands Today

More than 20,000 passengers will fly out of East Midlands Airport today on what bosses say is the busiest day of the year.

Families have been flying to warmer destinations like Alicante, Majorca and Faro looking forward to spending some time in the sun.

East Midlands Airport
BBC

Heidi Barlow, from the airport, said: "We think it's because it's two weeks until the end of the summer holidays, and who can blame them? It's pretty chilly today."

Flights started early this morning and will continue until 21:40 tonight.

Hen harriers in 'record' breeding season

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Threatened hen harriers had a "record" breeding season but numbers are still not where they should be, according to Natural England.

The "sky dancers" have been disappearing on English grouse moors, including in the Derbyshire Peak District, due to illegal killing, according to studies.

However, reports that 47 chicks were reared at sites in England this year, beating the previous record of 46 in 2006, have been welcomed.

Natural England's chair Tony Juniper said there was still a lot of work to do and it would be a "tragic loss" should the birds disappear from the countryside.

Hen harrier chicks
Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group

The Moorland Association, which manages moorland in England and Wales for wild red grouse, said it had been a "fantastic year" for the hen harriers.

Eleven of the nests were on grouse moors, the figures show.

In 2013, there were no successful nests or fledged chicks, which raised fears the bird was becoming extinct as a breeding species in England.

While the RSPB welcomed the news, it said there was "clear evidence that illegal killing" was continuing.

The government's own data suggests there should be more than 300 pairs of hen harriers across the country.

Hen harrier in flight
RSPB

More homes affected by ongoing power cut

East Midlands Today

Western Power say there are 30,500 homes without power in the Matlock area.

There are also 7,500 homes without power in Oakham and 1,500 in Leicester.

It’s thought the problem will be fixed by around 18:00.

The failure is believed to be due to issues with the National Grid network.

Power cables
PA

Round of applause for fire service

Charlotte Gallagher

BBC News

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue say they are making excellent progress now that they have more than 30 high volume pumps at the reservoir.

They say 1,000 sandbags have been placed at the dam by their crews, the army and volunteers.

Whaley Bridge residents gave the fire service a round of applause.

Whaley Bridge dam: Chinook races to save damaged reservoir
The RAF helicopter is dropping 400 tonnes of aggregate to shore up Whaley Bridge dam.
Derbyshire and Leicestershire hit by flooding
Several homes and roads flooded in Derbyshire and other parts of the region following heavy showers.

Police warn on flooded areas to avoid

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Derbyshire Police say that while water is receding in parts of the county, some roads - particularly in the High Peak area - remain impassable.

A number of flood warnings are still in place across Derbyshire.

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A6 closed after river floods

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Bad news for anyone travelling on the A6 in Derbyshire this evening...

The road has been closed after the River Wye burst its banks between Buxton and Bakewell.

A6
Bakewell Police SNT

Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A yellow weather warning is in force for heavy rain, with gusty and thundery conditions expected.

Weather: Heavy rain and possible thunderstorms

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We can expect flash floods and possible thunderstorms in the East Midlands this evening and overnight.

Low pressure will lead to heavy, sporadic showers this evening and into tomorrow morning like we have seen throughout most of the day.

Yellow thunderstorm warnings have been issued across the region tonight.

Weather
BBC