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Family's legal fight against Leicestershire school bus axe

Liam Barnes

BBC News

The family of a disabled Leicestershire teenager are returning to the appeal court today to challenge a school transport policy.

Leicestershire County Council plans to stop providing transport for 16 to 18-year-olds and instead give families a payment to make their own arrangements.

Stefan Drexler, whose daughter Kirstine makes a 26-mile round trip to school, said the change would be "harmful".

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be cloudy and windy but, for the most part, a bit drier today.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's set to be another wet day with heavy rain forecast for later this morning and into the afternoon.

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Stolen dog 'dramatically underweight' but happy to be home

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A miniature dachshund stolen from a pub garden in Leicestershire has been reunited with her owner and puppies.

A campaign to find Lola began when she went missing in Stanton Under Bardon three weeks after giving birth.

Lisa Dean, from Beauty's Legacy - which helps find lost and stolen animals - said she received a phone call from a "brave member of the public" on Monday afternoon.

Lola relaxes at home
Lisa Dean

She contacted police and Lola was later recovered from a property in Whitwick.

"Lola is dramatically underweight and was filthy, dirty and exhausted," Ms Dean said.

"She has some superficial wounds to her face and tail.

"She was delighted to be home, very anxious and exhausted, but glad to be back with her puppies."

Leicestershire Police said no arrests have been made.

Lola reunited with one of her pups
Lisa Dean

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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's a cold and frosty start out there and some of the last-minute showers have produced a bit of ice.

There is a weather front moving in from the west so we will lose the brighter skies and the cloud will increase through the day.

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Man uses boat to reach other side of house

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today Reporter

Part of a man's house has been cut off after the River Trent burst its banks near Cavendish Bridge, which connects Leicestershire and Derbyshire.

From the picture it appears Sean Cupitt's property has its own lake, but it is actually due to flooding overnight.

Mr Cupitt, who has lived there for two or three years, has been using a small boat to transport sand bags to try to protect a part of the house that is not flooded.

On seeing what had happened he said: "I thought I was dreaming. I was blown away."

Flooded property near Cavendish Bridge
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Update on travel issues for region

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A few places are still being affected by flooding and there's some other road closures around.

These, according to traffic monitoring site Inrix, include...

Nottinghamshire

  • Three lanes of the A52 at Clifton Bridge are still closed for emergency repairs.
  • The A617 is flooded in both directions from the A46 (Cattlemarket Roundabout in Newark) to The Fox Inn (in Kelham).
  • Queen's Drive park-and-ride is shut because of flooding.
Park and ride flooded
Nottingham City Council

Leicestershire

  • Six Hills Lane blocked due to flooding at the dip under the A46 bridge.
  • Rearsby Road in both directions closed due to flooding from Ratcliffe Road (in Thrussington) to Station Road (in Rearsby).
  • Syston Road closed in both directions due to flooding between Cossington Lane (in Rothley) and Main Street (in Cossington).
  • Slash Lane near Sileby is closed.
  • Granite Way and Sileby Road near Mountsorrel areclosed.
  • Syston Road near Cossington Mill is closed.
  • Broome Lane near Ratcliffe on the Wreake is closed.
  • The A6 between Hathern and Loughborough is flooded in both directions.

Derbyshire

  • There are delays on the M1 Southbound around J24 - with queues of up to five miles - because two lanes were closed earlier. They are now open.
  • Willington Road in both directions is closed due to flooding from St Michael's Church (Willington) to Brook End Roundabout (Repton).
  • The A38 southbound is partially blocked due to a crash near the M1.

Leicestershire road closures still in place

David Pittam

BBC News Online

There are a number of roads closed in Leicestershire as the impact of Storm Dennis continues to cause traffic problems.

They include:

  • Slash Lane, Sileby
  • Mountsorrel Lane, Sileby
  • Broome Lane, Ratcliffe on the Wreake
  • A6 Derby Road at Hathern
  • Countesthorpe Road, South Wigston

Traffic monitoring site Inrix said these roads were also flooded:

  • B676 Six Hills Lane, Six Hills
  • Hallamford Road, Shepshed
  • Middleton Street, Leicester
  • Rearsby Road, Thrussington
  • Syston Road, Rothley
  • Welham Road, Great Bowden

Here's a picture of the flooding at Countesthorpe Road yesterday.

Crow Mills flooding
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Green light for government floods funding

Norman Smith

Assistant political editor

The government has announced it is activating its emergency funding scheme to help areas hit by Storm Dennis.

Ministers have agreed to allow a number of affected local councils to apply for funding under the Bellwin scheme.

The scheme allows councils to apply for 100% of the non-insurable costs they incur to deal with storm damage.

The areas approved include in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

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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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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
Environment Agency

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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
Google

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."

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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.

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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
PA Media

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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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.

Fox rescued after getting tangled in football net

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

It would seem football and foxes don't always mix well in Leicestershire.

This fox had to be rescued from a school playing field in Market Harborough after getting tangled up in the goal net.

Fox stuck in netting
Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital

The school groundsman contacted the Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital after finding the animal last month.

The hospital posted on Facebook: "He had tangled himself up around his neck and chest, which caused him breathing difficulties made worse by panic so we had to work fast.

"He was exhausted so we decided to take him in for a couple of nights to monitor."

Fox in a crate
Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital

He was found to not have any serious wounds and was released close to where he was found 48 hours later.

Sustainable 'eco-village' opens in town

Alex Regan

BBC News

A new business set up to promote sustainable living has opened in Market Harborough.

The eco-village is a hub of several sustainable businesses, such as a cafe, a refillable dried food shop and a milk vendor.

Eco Village
BBC

Co-founder Beth Lambert said: "The eco-village is to help educate people, and to make sustainable shopping mainstream.

"We're a hub for education, we're going to have courses on composting, we're going to have courses on urban foraging."

Severe accident: A6 Leicestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6 Leicestershire both ways severe accident, between Kettering Road and A4304 Rockingham Road.

A6 Leicestershire - A6 in Market Harborough closed in both directions between the Kettering Road junction and the A4304 Rockingham Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to local roads through Market Harborough.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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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.

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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...

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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
Thinkstock

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."

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

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

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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
Getty Images

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

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

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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
Google

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
Getty Images

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
Getty Images

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.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

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

Here's your full forecast...

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