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  1. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    It looks set to be an unsettled day with showery outbreaks of rain for many areas, becoming heavy at times.

    The rain will ease later into the afternoon.

  2. Charity 'lifting spirits' as people shop in Leicester

    David Pittam

    BBC News Online

    Ryan Morris, the leader of the Betel UK, said the charity "completely changed his life" by helping him recover from his addiction.

    He and others have been performing Christmas carols in Leicester city centre to raise money for the charity, as they could not before the national lockdown finished.

    Mr Morris, 37, from Etwall in Derbyshire, said: "The response has been great.

    "It's absolutely brilliant we can be back. People have been a bit down with the whole coronavirus situation and we're lifting a few spirits."

    Betel UK helps people with drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness.

    Caroling choir in Leicester city centre
  3. Covid-19 rates as East Midlands enters new restrictions

    Neil Heath

    BBC News Online

    Oadby and Wigston, in Leicestershire, still has the highest infection rate in the East Midlands for the seven days up to 27 November.

    It currently has the ninth highest rate in England at 328 per 100,000 people, while Leicester is 14th with a rate of 295.9.

    Both areas have seen a significant drop in rate of infection since last week.

    A woman wearing a face mask in Nottingham city centre

    In Derbyshire, the rates are decreasing in all areas of the county, with Amber Valley the highest with 202.9 per 100,000 people.

    Meanwhile in Nottinghamshire, rates are also decreasing - Bassetlaw is the highest with 210.3 per 100,000 people.

    Nottingham, which had the UK's highest infection rate in October, stands at 110th with a rate of 164.3 per 100,000 people. The national average is 157.3.

    Gym in Leicester after lockdown

    In Rutland, the only county in the region to be under tier two restrictions, there were 52.6 cases per 100,000 people.

    Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire have entered the highest level of coronavirus restrictions.

  4. Covid-19 vaccine could be available in region next week

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    This morning's major announcement about UK regulators approving Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine means we could be just days away from the first jabs being given to people in the East Midlands.

    Last week Derby City Council gave the green light for Derby Arena to be used as a temporary mass vaccination centre by the NHS if it is required.

    Generic Covid-19 vaccine

    Health bosses in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have been working towards a 9 December start date for a roll-out of the vaccine, subject to it being approved.

    And the Local Democracy Reporting Service has said Leicester Racecourse in Oadby is also on standby to be used as a potential temporary vaccination centre, though the local clinical commissioning group would not confirm any sites it planned to use.

  5. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    It will be a mainly cloudy start with patchy light rain edging in before brighter spells appear later.

    Lake in Heanor

    Tonight, it will be clear at first, but it will cloud over later on.

  6. Police search for bus stop witnesses over stabbing

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Witnesses to a stabbing who may have been stood at a bus stop when it happened are being urged to speak to police.

    Derbyshire Police said a 14-year-old boy was stabbed on 11 November on Tamworth Road, Sawley, just before 14:40.

    Witnesses told the BBC a bus driver and passengers helped the boy to safety.

    Police are now appealing for anyone who was stood at the bus stop at the time and may have seen what happened to get in touch.

    bus stop stabbing

    A 15-year-old boy has since been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was remanded into custody last month.

  7. Snow forecast for part of Derbyshire later this week

    BBC Weather

    As millions prise open the first door of their advent calendar today, parts of the East Midlands could be set for some festive snow later this week.

    The white stuff is currently forecast to fall in Ashbourne and Buxton on Friday, with sub-zero temperatures expected in the early hours.

    Snow in Buxton

    Most other parts of the region are likely to see sleet on the same day.

    Get the latest forecast for your area here.

  8. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    After a cold start, plenty of sunshine is expected throughout the day.

    Bamford landscape

    It will be mainly clear this evening and then cloud will increase through the night.

  9. Overturned lorry trailer causes delays near M1

    Greig Watson

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    An overturned lorry trailer has caused congestion on one of the region's busiest roads.

    A trailer came off a lorry on a roundabout where the A38 meets the M1 at junction 28 in Derbyshire at about 11:20.

    Two lanes on the A38 have been closed and tailbacks of up to 30 minutes have been reported.

    Overturned trailer

    A Highways England spokesman said the lorry was carrying building supplies.

    Queues stretched back on to the M1 slip roads, he added.

    There have been no reports of injuries.

  10. East Midlands Chamber calls for clarity on tier timescale

    East Midlands Today

    Business leaders in the region worry they'll miss crucial Christmas trade after most areas were placed in the highest level of restrictions when national lockdown ends.

    It means serious restrictions on the hospitality industry at typically one of their busiest times.

    Draft pumps inside pub

    Chris Hobson, from the East Midlands Chamber, said: "Businesses need time to plan, they need time to order stock, they need time to talk to staff, to talk to customers.

    "We need much greater clarity and much clearer timescales from government in terms of decisions being made so people can try and charge back out of this."

  11. Newark MP promises 'meaningful review' of tiers

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Communities secretary and Newark MP Robert Jenrick has said "there will be a meaningful review" of the tiers allocation next month.

    He said some areas could see their restrictions change before Christmas.

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    Video caption: Robert Jenrick MP: There will be a 'meaningful review' of tiers
  12. Council bosses 'not consulted' over tier changes

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Council leaders in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire have complained about not being consulted over the new tier allocations for the counties.

    Both found out yesterday they would be need to follow the strictest coronavirus regulations under the government's three-tier system.

    Derbyshire County Council, Matlock

    Barry Lewis, the leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: "I'm fairly disappointed we've ended up in tier three.

    "We had falling numbers, a decline in infections in the county and it really gave us hope we'd come out in tier two."

    He also said he needs to understand the "disparity" between tiers two and three that allow gyms and hairdressers to open but not pubs and hotels.

    The deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council said he was "deeply frustrated" to be in tier three as the area had also seen a decline in the rate of coronavirus infections.

    Michael Payne said: "It obviously wasn't enough, from the government's perspective, to get us over the line."

    He also wants urgent clarity on a potential route map out of tier three.

  13. Coronavirus: 'Like a separate lockdown for hospitality'

    BBC Radio Derby

    The owner of Derby Brewing Company, which has three pubs in the city, believes tier three will be the end for many Derbyshire businesses in the hospitality industry.

    Pubs and restaurants - except those doing takeaways and delivery - will have to shut on Wednesday after the national lockdown ends and tier three measures come into effect.

    Paul Harris says it just doesn't seem fair.

    Derby Brewing Company

    "It's just appalling the way the government has handled it because they have made those businesses who are struggling spend money because they have told us we are reopening, then they have effectively left us in a lockdown," he said.

    "It's like a separate lockdown just for hospitality which is just ridiculous."

    The government says hospitality premises are places where infections are more likely to spread.

  14. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    Today will be cold and mainly cloudy with fog lingering in places, which could be dense in some places this morning.

    However, locally, some brightness is possible.

    Kneeton, Nottinghamshire