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Reward offered in hunt for escaped rapist

A £1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a convicted rapist who absconded from an open prison.

Stephen Tierney
Lincolnshire Police

Stephen Tierney, 39, has not been seen since 3 July when he walked out of HMP North Sea Camp, near Boston.

Lincolnshire Police say they are investigating possible sightings in Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.

The force say Tierney poses a risk to the public and has advised people not to approach him.

A police spokesman said he also poses a "high risk" to anyone who enters in to a relationship with him.

Anyone with any information about Tierney's whereabouts is asked to contact CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or report online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We can expect a rainy afternoon with the possibility of thunderstorms later on. Temperatures will drop a bit compared to earlier in the week.

Young East Midlanders 'trapped in renting'

East Midlands Today

The rising cost of buying a home is trapping young East Midlanders in the rented sector, according to a report.

Research by financial company PwC predicts that the East Midlands will see the country's fastest rising property prices, up by 2.9% in 2019.

That would put the average price of a house in our region up from £190,000 now to about £214,000 by 2022, making it harder for people in their 20s to stop renting.

Builders
BBC

PwC also found young renters were now paying out an average 25% of their income on rent and in our cities, this could be even higher, edging close to the official definition of unaffordable - 30%.

East Midlands Trains strike action to go ahead

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has confirmed industrial action on East Midlands Trains (EMT) will go ahead as planned from this Saturday.

Members will strike on 20 July, 27 July and 3 August due to concerns over pay discrimination and contract issues.

East Midlands Trains
PA Media

The union remains available for talks but it takes two to tango. No-one should underestimate the resilience and ‎determination of our EMT members to see justice."

Mick CashRMT general secretary

East Midlands Trains has said trains to and from London will run as scheduled.

However, the operator said some services on local routes will be affected and has advised customers to check their journey times before travelling.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A hazy start to the day will give way to blue skies and sunny spells in the afternoon.

Generator fire was 'accidental'

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed the cause of a generator fire at County Hall was accidental.

Three crews were called at 08:42 to the authority's headquarters in Glenfield and used two hose reels to extinguish the blaze, which caused 80 per cent damage to the generator.

Council fire
Jim Coltman

Generator fire at council building

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at Leicestershire County Council's building in Glenfield.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service were called at 08:42 to the generator fire at County Hall.

Three crews were called and used two hose reels to deal with the fire.

BBC Radio Leicester's Jo Hayward says the blaze now appears to be under control.

Council fire
BBC
Leicestershire County Council
BBC

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We can expect a cloudy start to the day which is expected to clear by this afternoon giving us sunny spells across the East Midlands.

Here's Rich Davis with the forecast.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be cloudy skies with some rain in the morning, but as the afternoon progresses, the rain will become more showery with sunny intervals. Maximum temperatures of 20 to 23C.

Council considers setting child refugee target

East Midlands Today

A pledge to offer new homes to at least 100 child refugees in the next 10 years could be made in Leicestershire this afternoon.

Refugee camp
BBC

The county council is considering setting a target to take in at least 10 young refugees a year over the next decade following calls for more national support.

The county's already provided care for more than 70 youngsters from Syria.

Tests after E-coli found in water supply

East Midlands Today

Severn Trent will carry out more tests in a Leicestershire village where E-coli was found in the water supply.

The company believes routine maintenance work has affected the system in Barkestone Le Vale.

Roadworks
BBC

Bottled water has been given to about 30 homes after tests showed traces of the bug in a water main.

Engineers have been cleaning a section of the pipe and will carry out further tests on the water's quality later today.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There is still some cloud around first thing, but it should brighten up as we head into the afternoon and it will be another warm day.

High UV levels and pollen count again too.

More horses test positive for equine flu

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Two horses in Leicestershire have been diagnosed with equine flu.

The virus was confirmed by the Animal Health Trust (AHT) - which has also diagnosed 15 other animals in England and Wales so far this month.

The trust said the infected animals are non-thoroughbreds and had been vaccinated earlier this year.

Another 19 horses, who were kept at the same site, are now undergoing clinical and laboratory screening.

Horse
BBC

Last month there was one case of equine flu found in Leicestershire and another in Derbyshire.

Dr Richard Newton from the Animal Health Trust said he expects the numbers to rise as more horses move around the country during "competition season".

He added that it is a "highly contagious" disease.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be dry with spells of sunshine today, feeling rather warm in the afternoon but with some gentle winds.

Boxer calls Wales beard ruling 'discriminatory'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A Leicestershire boxer says a ruling that stops him competing in Wales because of his beard is discrimination.

Aaron Singh, a student at Cardiff University, keeps a beard as a mark of his Sikh faith, but the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association (WABA) demands all fighters must be clean shaven.

Last year England Boxing reversed the beard ban after a campaign from Sikh and Muslim boxers.

Mr Singh, 20, said: "To have someone tell me that I'm not allowed to participate in something like a sporting event because I've got a beard - I personally see that as being wrong.

"I can do it [boxing] an hour away but as soon as I come here, it's not allowed."

The WABA said it would consider whether the "sporting integrity" of amateur boxing would be affected by overturning the rule.

A decision will be made later this month.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A lovely sunny day with a light variable breeze today. It will feel warm in the sunshine with highs of 21C.

There are high UV levels too and a very high pollen count today.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It will be dry with spells of sunshine this morning but cloud is expected to build widely by the afternoon.

It's going to be warm today, particularly in the sunshine with only some gentle winds.

Patient attacks paramedic in ambulance
An ambulance worker had his hair pulled out as he was assaulted inside his ambulance in Nottingham.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It's not the soaring temperatures we saw on Saturday, and it will be cloudy today, but there will be some spots of brightness. Highs of 19C.

Temperature rise prompts dog in hot cars warning

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

With temperatures expected to rise this weekend across the region, dog owners have been warned not to leave their pets in hot cars.

The RSPCA said in Nottinghamshire, 123 calls were made to the charity about dogs in hot cars last year compared to 100 in 2017 - a rise of 23%.

In Leicestershire, calls were up from 96 in 2017 to 112 last year - an increase of almost 17%.

However, there was a drop in calls of about 18% in Derbyshire - 175 in 2017 down to 143 last year.

Dog in car
Getty Images

The RSPCA said: "Despite repeated warnings every year, owners still risk their pets' lives by leaving them unattended in vehicles during warm weather."

It advised people to call 999 and request police if their dog is displaying signs of heatstroke - such as panting heavily, drooling excessively, being lethargic or vomiting.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Here comes the sun (finally)!