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Weather: Storm Dennis forecast update

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The Met Office weather warning for rain in the East Midlands remains in place until 21:00 on Sunday.

Tonight it will be clear with just a few showers expected but they could still cause problems where the ground is already saturated.

I'll be colder than last night with a minimum temperature of 3°C (37°F)

Tomorrow will have sunny intervals and a few blustery showers. These could be locally heavy with a risk of hail and the odd rumble of thunder.

Roads across county hit by flooding

Leicestershire Police say the following roads are flooded:

  • The A6121 at the junction with the B1176, Essendine
  • Gallow Field Road, Foxton
  • Rempstone Road, Wymeswold
  • Lane one of the A42 southbound at junction 11
  • Station Lane at Old Dalby
  • Main Street, Cossington
  • Derby Road at the junction with Alan Moss Road, Loughborough

Road closed sign
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Inspector Graeme Baxter said: “We have received more than 40 calls during the past 24 hours in relation to flooding and traffic issues regarding Storm Dennis."

He said officers were working with partner agencies, and urged people not to go into areas where it might seem unsafe due to flood water.

Trent Barton bus services disrupted by flooding

Several Trent Barton bus routes have been affected by the flood waters on roads across the region.

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Watch: Flooding across the East Midlands

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Dozens of flood warnings remain in place for the East Midlands as the rain from Storm Dennis continues to fall.

Stay safe out there!

Roads across Leicestershire flooded

Leicestershire Police have reported a number of roads are flooded across the county:

  • Desford Road, Enderby (near to Next) is flooded both directions.
  • The B4114 between the 'Foxhunter' roundabout towards Leicester Lane (city bound) remains closed.
  • The exit slip of the roundabout from Junction 22/M1 onto the A50 (city bound) is flooded.
  • Lots of surface water being reported on the A46 /Six Hills.
  • Lots of water being reported on the A42 Breedon on the Hill.
  • A5 flooded at the single carriageway prior to the dual carriage way at Smokicngton Hollow.

Storm Dennis: Flood warnings across East Midlands

Heavy rain yesterday and overnight has led to rising river levels across the region.

Flood warnings or alerts are in place across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire as Storm Dennis continues to lash the UK.

Flood map
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Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It is going to be a stormy weekend but there is quite a calm feel to Friday morning, with a dry and cloudy start to the day.

This afternoon we could see some rain push through and it is due to be a bit breezy with highs of 11C or 12C.

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Hinckley child catches snowball in his mouth
Jenson Webster had not seen snow before and excitedly joined in the frozen fun and games.

Storm Dennis: What to expect

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Hot on the heels of Storm Ciara, we're expecting another blast of windy and wet weather this weekend.

Here's what to expect from Storm Dennis.

Would-be bank robber sentenced

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

A man who handed bank staff a note demanding money has been jailed.

Leicestershire Police said Michael McCabe passed the note to a member of staff at Barclays bank in Evington, Leicester, on 6 January.

McCabe, of no fixed address, also suggested to the teller he had a weapon hidden in his clothing.

A second employee, who was aware of what was happening, called police who arrested McCabe.

The 40-year-old admitted one count of attempted robbery on Monday and was sentenced to two years and four months in prison yesterday.

Michael who attempted the robbery
Leicestershire Police

Further arrest after New Parks stabbing

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

A fourth man has been arrested after a stabbing in Leicester.

Leicestershire Police said a 25-year-old was arrested on Friday on suspicion of attempted murder but has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Officers were called to New Parks Way at 17:26 5 January after a man was found with stab wounds.

The victim was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

Three men, two aged 26 and one 25, all from the city, have previously been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and bailed.

New Parks Way
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Woman attacked man with table and extension lead

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A woman who attacked a man with a table and extension lead in a hotel room has been jailed for nine years.

Claire Wilson, 39, of Southey Close, Leicester, and the man had checked into the Loughborough hotel together in August 2018.

Leicestershire Police said during the evening, the pair drank alcohol before returning to the room, where they argued.

Wilson then used the items as "weapons", causing serious injuries to the man, who reported the attack at reception.

She was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a trial and sentenced on Friday at Leicester Crown Court.

She was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

Claire Wilson
Leicestershire Police

Det Con Nicola Davies, of Leicestershire Police's Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit, said: "This case is an example that men can also be victims of domestic violence.

"The injuries the man suffered have had a profound impact on his quality of life and could prohibit him from gaining employment in future.

"I've also little doubt what happened will have affected his own confidence and could impact on future relationships."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After the snow on Monday, there's more unsettled and blustery weather to come.

There could be a wintry mix of sleet, snow, hail and rain later today - so wrap up warm again.

Another yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in place for the Peak District.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Snow temporarily shuts airport runway

Alex Regan

BBC News

East Midlands Airport temporarily shut its runway because of snowfall earlier.

Two flights were diverted while the snow and ice could be cleared.

"Flights were temporarily suspended in and out so we could de-ice and clear the runway," a spokesman said.

"A couple of flights were diverted."

BBC journalist John Bray was travelling from Knock to East Midlands Airport, but his flight was diverted to Manchester Airport.

One flight from Belfast was diverted to Birmingham.

The runway was closed between 15:00 and 16:00, but has since reopened.

East Midlands Airport
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Snow warning issued for East Midlands

Alex Regan

BBC News

A yellow warning for snow has been issued across the East Midlands.

The Met Office said the snow was expected to bring "some disruption Monday afternoon", with "road, bus and train services" likely to be affected.

The warning is in place until 19:00 GMT.

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Storm Ciara has moved on, but you still need your warm clothes and umbrella at the ready.

There will be more blustery weather with rain today which will feel wintry and a yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for the Peak District.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Early fog should clear to give a cool, clear day with highs of 8C (46F).

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Man 'seriously injured' after M1 ambulance crash

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A man was left seriously injured after a crash between a private ambulance and a lorry on the M1, police have said.

The two vehicles were involved in a collision on the southbound carriageway between junctions 20 and 21 at about 11:40 on 28 January.

Leicestershire Police said a man in his 40s, who was travelling as a passenger in the ambulance, was taken to University Hospital Coventry where he remains in a "serious but stable" condition.

A man and a woman - who were also in the ambulance - were taken to hospital for minor injuries, a force spokesman said, but have since been discharged.

Police inquiries are ongoing and the force has appealed for witnesses.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be breezy and blustery with the odd shower, leading to a cold night with possible frosts.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Row over whether Stilton cheese should be made in Stilton

Alex Regan

BBC News

The MP for the Cambridgeshire village of Stilton is campaigning to get the rights to make the blue cheese in the area.

Currently, under European Union law, the cheese can only be called Stilton if it's been made in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, or Leicestershire.

Stilton
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But Conservative MP Shailesh Vara says the village has become "caught up in the European bureaucracy".

He argued the cheese should now be made in Stilton due to Brexit.

"There was a big campaign to get Stilton made in Stilton," he said.

"A local historian has found the cheese was made here in the past.

"I want to see our cheese made in Stilton and become a world product."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be sunny and mild, but with a sharp wind making it feel colder.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Coronavirus: Concerns over 'lack of protective equipment'

PA Media

Airport staff have raised concerns over a lack of protective equipment as fears surrounding the coronavirus outbreak heighten.

The GMB union, which represents staff at East Midlands Airport, said employees at the airport - and Liverpool and Stansted airports - have reported insufficient equipment.

National officer Nadine Houghton said: "The coronavirus is spreading across the world and everyone needs to do what they can to stop it.

"Surely protecting airport staff is the most basic requirement to keep us all safe?"

Two cases were confirmed in the UK on Friday, and at least 213 people in China have died from the virus.

Coronavirus poster
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We've got a wet and windy afternoon in store.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Men armed with crowbar and golf club rob store

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Two men carrying a crowbar and golf club have robbed a convenience store in Wigston.

Leicestershire Police said they were called to the Kelmarsh Avenue store at 21:50 last night after a report the men, wearing black clothes, threatened two members of staff before taking cash and tobacco.

Kelmarsh Avenue
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Armed officers were deployed to the area but no arrests have been made.

The threatened staff members were not injured, the force added.

Officers are "looking at similarities" between this robbery and one at a bookmakers in Abbey Lane in Leicester on Tuesday where masked men, also armed with a crowbar, stole cash.

Sadness as Norton Motorcycles goes into administration

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

The famous British motorbike company Norton Motorcycles, which is based in Leicestershire, has gone into administration.

The firm was reportedly struggling to pay a tax bill and faced a winding-up order.

The news has prompted much sadness over the "household name" which became an "icon" among motorcycle enthusiasts.

Motorcyclist on a Norton in 1925
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Commenting on the BBC East Midlands Facebook page, Sue Alton said: "That's really sad news, iconic bikes."

Meanwhile, Marcus Rayvon wrote: "An all-time classic company... what a shame."

Others have been sharing their "happy memories" of riding the bikes.

Founded in 1898, Norton is one of the last remaining British motorcycle brands and best known for its involvement in motorsport.

The administration puts about 100 jobs at the firm's Castle Donington factory at risk.

Motorcyclist on a Norton
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Driver, 18, fighting for life after crash on underpass

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

An 18-year-old man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash in Leicester.

A black BMW 1 Series collided with a barrier on the southbound carriageway of the A594 Southgates Underpass - which runs under St Nicholas Circle - at about 01:30 this morning, Leicestershire Police said.

Southgates Underpass closed
BBC

The 18-year-old, who was driving the car, has been taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Three other occupants of the car are being treated for injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening or life-changing.

St Nicholas Circle is open, but the entrance to the underpass is closed in both directions and is expected to remain shut until lunchtime.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's looking like it'll be a mostly cloudy and mild day.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Roads reopened after report of 'hazardous material'

Alex Regan

BBC News

Two roads have reopened in Blaby after emergency services investigated a "potentially hazardous material".

Leicestershire Police said Dovedale Avenue and Grove Road were closed after the fire service investigated "a container described as a drum", which was left on the side of the road.

Dovedale Avenue
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Ambulance service: 'Waiting system beyond a joke'
In the East Midlands one in eight emergency calls takes an ambulance more than an hour to respond.

Three masked men rob Leicester bookmakers

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Three masked men armed with a knife and a crowbar have stolen cash from a bookmakers in a robbery in Leicester.

It happened just before 18:30 on Tuesday on Abbey Lane.

Abbey Lane
Google

Leicestershire Police said one of the men, who was holding a knife, jumped over the counter and demanded money.

He then ran off with the other two - one of whom was holding a crowbar. They fled with a quantity of cash from the till and safe, the force added.

The men then got into a small burgundy car parked on Beaumanor Road.

Det Con Berni Rowlson said: "While the staff were not physically injured, as you can imagine they have been left shocked by what happened."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A windy day with a chance of some more snow in the Peak District.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Two-vehicle crash closes M1 in Leicestershire

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A two-vehicle crash has closed the M1 in Leicestershire.

Leicestershire Police said it happened at about 11:40 on the southbound carriageway between junction 21 and 20.

It added the northbound and southbound carriageways were shut while emergency services, including an air ambulance, were at the scene.

M1 southbound between junction 21 and 20 near Lutterworth, Leicestershire
Highways England

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's a mixture of everything in the forecast for Tuesday, including some sunshine, cloud, hail and maybe even some wintry showers.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The sunshine will make an appearance at some point today but there is also a chance of the odd shower.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

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.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a murky start to Thursday, we're expecting a cloudy day with a chance of drizzle in places.

Fake YSL earrings 'contain toxic chemical'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Fake Yves Saint Laurent earrings have been seized by Trading Standards at East Midlands Airport.

Leicestershire County Council said the jewellery was tested and found to contain high levels of the chemical cadmium.

Fake YSL earrings
Leicestershire County Council

A Public Health England report published in 2016 said exposure to cadmium can cause shortness of breath, chest pain and even lung damage.

"Repeatedly breathing in cadmium over a long period of time may cause lung cancer," it added.

The county council said: "Genuine articles will not contain harmful chemicals. Always buy from reputable sellers."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

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.

Thomas Cook archives to be opened to public

Thomas Cook games
LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

Not many companies that have gone bust in recent times have left behind an archive described as "internationally significant".

But the measure of how much collapsed travel firm Thomas Cook meant to Brits is that the firm's collection of posters, games, guides and staff uniforms is to be catalogued and made available to the public at Leicestershire county's record office.

It was awarded the role of housing the collection - made up of thousands of individual items including early advertising posters, board games and 60,000 photographs - following a bidding process.

Robin Jenkins, senior archivist at Leicestershire County Council, said: "This is an internationally significant archive relating to a company which began in Leicester.

"They were very careful in what they collected and kept as a representative of the work of the company."

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