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  1. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It will be dry and bright with the odd patch of cloud, but there will be plenty of sunshine throughout the day.

    Into the evening, it will remain mild for the time of year but another chilly night is ahead.

  2. Today's weather from the East Midlands

    BBC Weather Watchers

    After a cloudy start, sunny spells should develop into the afternoon, but with a scattering of showers.

    Mild for the time of year but with a colder night than of late.

    Darley Abbey
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  4. Bereaved 'forgotten' in plans to ease lockdown

    Alex Regan

    BBC News

    People who have lost loved ones have been "forgotten" in plans to ease lockdown in England, a funeral director has said.

    Matthew Lymn Rose, who runs Nottingham-based funeral directors A W Lymn, said it was "alarming" to hear pubs would reopen before restrictions are eased for funerals.

    Currently up to 30 people can attend a funeral outdoors, and that number is not set to rise until at least 21 June, when a decision will be made on "whether all limits can be removed on weddings and other life events".

    On 12 April non-essential retail, hairdressers, and outdoor hospitality venues can reopen. The number of people who can attend wakes will increase from six to 15 people, but the amount of mourners at a funeral will still be limited to 30 people.

    Matthew Lymn Rose

    Mr Lymn Rose said: "It is truly alarming to hear that the bereaved are being given such little focus in the plan to reopen society.

    "This disease has killed thousands of people up and down the country – almost every family has been touched in some way by Covid-19.

    “And yet, despite the fact that so many people are grieving, the rule of 30 at funerals is going to be one of the last restrictions to be lifted. This really does not make sense to me.”

    Mr Lymn Rose, whose company operates 27 funeral homes across the East Midlands, said although he understands the logic of restricting indoor funeral services, he does not understand why the same applies to outdoor funerals.

    "It is part of what makes us human, to demonstrate our emotion for a lost loved one by coming together at a burial and sharing a silence of remembrance," he said.

    "I don’t see how standing in a wide, open space – like the majority of cemeteries are – is any more of a risk than going to a supermarket or a pub."

    He has called on the government to reconsider the cap on outdoor funerals to reduce "additional distress and turmoil" caused to grieving families.

    A government spokesperson said: “Throughout the pandemic our priority has been to ensure the deceased are treated with dignity and respect and that the bereaved have the opportunity to mourn.

    “Restrictions on funerals and commemorative events following a person's death aim to balance the needs of the bereaved, while minimising the spread of Covid-19 to mourners and staff.”

  5. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Dry and fine today, with patchy cloud and spells of hazy sunshine.

    Exceptionally mild but with a moderate southerly breeze.

    Possible spots of rain overnight but with winds dropping.

    Melton Mowbray
  6. Dog bowl and scissors among items flushed down toilets

    Alex Regan

    BBC News

    A dog bowl, a block of butter, an apple and a pair of scissors were among the weirdest items flushed down toilets in the East Midlands this winter, Severn Trent has said.

    The water company said workers were also perplexed after finding clothes pegs, a pen, and a screwdriver in its treatment works.

    Apple and block of butter

    Grant Mitchell, who manages sewer blockages at Severn Trent, said: "[I] can’t help but wonder what people were thinking.

    "We can’t stress enough how important it is to only flush the three Ps (pee, poo and toilet paper) down the toilet - anything else needs to go into the bin."

    He added: "Many customers may not realise they are responsible for the waste pipe running away from their home.

    "Unblocking or repairing this section of pipe can be costly, but avoidable if you’re careful about what you put down your toilet or your sink."

    A pair of scissors in a drain
  7. New community test centres open in Derbyshire

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Two new community testing centres are to open in Derbyshire this week for people who don’t have coronavirus symptoms.

    One will open at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton tomorrow, with the other opening at County Hall in Matlock on Friday.

    People who are still going out to work and mixing with colleagues or the public are encouraged to get tested regularly to stop the spread of Covid-19.

    West Park Leisure Centre

    Derbyshire County Council said more than 33,000 tests have been carried out at the county's community test centres up to 12 February, with 419 (1.3%) of people testing positive.

    The authority's director of public health Dean Wallace said: “The virus is still out there and we need to make sure we are breaking the chain of transmission, especially among people who are still going out to work and mixing with colleagues and the public.

    “For peace of mind, I’d urge anyone without symptoms to get tested regularly to make sure they aren’t unwittingly passing the virus on to colleagues, family or friends."

    Appointments are not needed to visit a community testing centre. However anyone with coronavirus symptoms is asked not attend.

  8. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    Greig Watson

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Staying dry throughout the day, with mostly cloudy skies, although there may be some sunny spells in the morning.

    Winds will be blustery at times but it will be a mild night.

  9. Ring linked to buried treasure legend to be auctioned

    Greig Watson

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A 400-year-old gold ring which may have been secretly buried in the Peak District during a fierce dispute over inheritance is to be auctioned.

    The ring, set with an intricately carved gemstone, was found by a metal detectorist from north Derbyshire in the grounds of Castern Hall, home to the Hurt family since the 16th Century.

    The ring

    Derbyshire auctioneers Hansons said the "GL" on the gem was likely to be Geoffrey Lowe, who died in 1637.

    Records show Elizabeth Lowe came to Castern in 1671 when she married into the Hurt family.

    Castern Hall

    Adam Staples, from Hansons, said: "We suspect the ring may have been buried on purpose as it was found hidden under a large round stone, making it buried treasure, rather than a ring that simply fell off someone's finger.

    "One theory is that the ring was passed down to Elizabeth by her uncle John Lowe, who she nursed on his deathbed, and was hidden during a dispute over John's will following his death in 1690.

    "There are legends about buried treasure at Castern Hall and it could be that the ring was left there on purpose hundreds of years ago."

    It is due to be sold on 25-26 February with an estimate of £25,000-£30,000.

  10. Covid-19: 'I was terrified I was going to die'

    A paramedic who feared she was going to die after catching Covid has encouraged others in the BAME community to take up the vaccine.

    Lauren Williams, 30, believes a lot of young people in particular do not realise how badly the virus can affect them.

    She has now received the vaccine and said there was "light at the end of the tunnel".

    Lauren Williams and her partner Arun

    "As a family, we have seen so many friends and those close to us dying from Covid," said Ms Williams, who lives with her partner and his relatives, who are Indian.

    "With us all being part of the BAME community, we knew that Covid could have the most serious consequences for us.

    "It feels like a nightmare you can’t wake up from. I just hope that they will be offered the vaccine soon and I would encourage others in the BAME community to take it up when offered."

    Ms Williams, who is based at Willow Row Ambulance Station in Derby, developed symptoms in April along with her crew mate.

    "I realised the severity of how bad Covid was when it hit me that I was so out of breath - I was struggling to climb the stairs," she said.

    "If I was sleeping, I would set an alarm every hour to make sure I would still wake up. I was terrified I was going to die."

    She was seriously affected despite being young, fit and healthy.

    "As the last year has progressed, I have started to see a lot more people in their 20s and 30s becoming seriously ill," she added.