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Thousands of Easter eggs donated by companies

Thousands of Easter eggs have been donated to NHS workers around the West Midlands.

About 5,000 eggs, enough for every member of staff at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, have been donated by Wilko.

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The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
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Severn Trent
Easter eggs at foodbank
Severn Trent

Water company Severn Trent has donated about 2,000 eggs.

The treats are going to staff at Royal Stoke University Hospital and University Hospital North Midlands, and Ashgate Hospice, as well as to food banks in Leek and Rugby.

Eggs donated to hospital
Birmingham BID

Debenhams and Selfridges in Birmingham have donated 1,500 eggs to NHS workers.

Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals Charity, said: "What a fantastic surprise for our wonderful colleagues.

"I am in absolute awe of our amazing staff members, who are currently going beyond the call of duty to care for and protect some of the most vulnerable members of society."

Presenting the weather forecast from home

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

If you enjoyed Rich's weather forecast from his messy bedroom yesterday, he's found a new glamorous location...

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Men 'breaking Covid-19 advice' found drinking in car

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Three men were found in a car "breaking the Covid-19 advice, drinking away," say police.

The car was spotted in Harrison Road in Belgrave, Leicester, last night.

Officers from the Belgrave and Rushey Mead Police team said the driver also tried to drive away when they arrived and found the car had no insurance, so it was towed away.

Car confiscated
Leicestershire Police

Large fire at Leicestershire storage facility

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Fire crews remain at a large fire in Melton Mowbray this morning.

Officers from Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire were called out to deal with the fire at a storage facility last night.

At its peak six fire engines and a water carrier were on hand to manage the blaze at Asfordby Business Park, with the plume of smoke visible for miles around.

The fire service said no-one was injured and while it is still not out, it is under control.

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Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

Another dry and warm day is ahead with spells of sunshine and some patchy cloud.

There are light easterly winds.

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Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J1 for A426 Rugby to J2 for M69.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J1, A426 (Rugby) to J2, M69 (Coventry), because of a vehicle on fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

Lottery fraudster duped people out of thousands of pounds

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

A lottery fraudster has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after duping 11 people out of more than £330,000.

Leicestershire Police said between August 2016 and May 2018, Herito Marquez (below) and an accomplice approached elderly or vulnerable people in the street and claimed they had won the lottery but due to their immigration status, they could not claim their winnings.

They said if the victims helped them claim their prize, they would get a share.

Before they could get the cash, the force said the victims were asked to hand over money or jewellery to secure their stake.

Similar offences were carried out in Leicester, Birmingham and Hounslow.

Mugshot of Herito
Leicestershire Police

A nationwide wanted appeal for Marquez was issued in March 2017 - he was subsequently arrested in Kent in November 2018.

Marquez, 42, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of conspiracy to commit fraud last month and was jailed at Isleworth Crown Court on Tuesday.

"Some victims lost their life savings at the hands of Marquez and his associate," Det Sgt Fraser McIntosh, one of the investigating officers, said.

Toy Story window displays bring cheer during lockdown

Heather Burman

BBC News

Looks like Woody and his friends are making a break for it in Ibstock...

Rachel Watson has sent us pictures of the Toy Story-themed window displays she's created with her family during lockdown.

Toy Story window display
Rachel Watson

She said she made the window scenes with daughters Phoebe, five, and Olivia, two, to bring "a smile to our neighbours, as well as people walking past".

Toy Story window display
Rachel Watson

Coronavirus advice translated into different languages

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Information videos on coronavirus have been made available in 14 different languages by Leicester City Council.

The authority said it wanted to "help get the public safety message to communities who otherwise might be hard to reach".

The videos, which have been translated into various languages including Urdu, Polish and Somali, are available on YouTube and the council's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Leicester City Council

The videos include the government and NHS safety advice, reminding people to stay at home wherever possible, and explain the importance of continued social distancing.

Spacecraft to photograph Earth en route to Mercury

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A spacecraft heading to Mercury will bid a final farewell to Earth as it makes its closest approach back to its home planet.

BepiColombo was launched in October 2018, and will take some photos at about 04:25 on Friday before it's slung back in the direction of Venus.

Among the equipment on board the craft is the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer, which was built by an international team led by the University of Leicester and will work with other instruments to analyse the planet's surface when it eventually arrives at Mercury in December 2025.

It won't be visible from the Northern Hemisphere, but its progress will be tracked by the European Space Agency's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt.

This is an important milestone for the mission, and hence for our instrument on board. We will not be talking to our instrument during the flyby, but some others will be operating and we look forward to some beautiful pictures of the Earth and moon."

Professor Emma BunceSchool of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester
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Consultant's warning over returning to work too soon

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A Leicester doctor has warned Covid-19 patients not to rush back to work too soon after the main symptoms disappear.

Dr Jon Bennett, a respiratory consultant at Glenfield Hospital who has treated about 60 to 70 patients, said it can take several weeks to fully recover from the virus.

He said many factors affect recovery times, including a patient's age, other health conditions and the severity of their illness.

Dr Bennett himself is still recovering from coronavirus after suffering sleepless nights with muscle pain, a headache and mild cough.

Glenfield Hospital
PA Media

"People suffer fatigue and lethargy and it can take six weeks to recover from it," Dr Bennett said.

"For some that have been to critical care, it can take longer and they may have permanent damage to their lungs.

"We do find some people want to get back to work too soon... but they were so knackered they had to go back home again.

"They've not been on 100% top form, so we've told them to go home and make a fuller recovery."

Coronavirus: Police warning over school meals scam

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

The East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) has warned parents to be alert to a scam email over school meals.

Some parents in Derby have received emails asking them to send bank details if their children are eligible for free school meals, but police are urging people not to respond to the messages "and delete it immediately".

The unit refers to the latest government advice on school meals, and also warns about a fake email from the UK government asking for donations to help the NHS treat the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus: Patient says guard of honour 'great moment of my life'
Coronavirus patient Hylton Murray-Philipson was applauded as he left Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Police appeal over 'disorder' outside King Power Stadium

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Police have released images of four men they want to speak to in connection with "violent disorder" after a private function outside Leicester City's King Power Stadium last month.

Leicestershire Police are looking for witnesses after "a number of people were involved in a fight" between 22:00 and 23:00 on 14 March.

Leicester police
Leicestershire Police

Weather presenter's forecast from home

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

If you're sick of seeing people's very fancy bookshelves and tidy homes on TV interviews, this should make you smile.

East Midlands Today weather presenter Rich Davis greeted his Twitter followers with a video forecast this morning... except he didn't get round to tidying his bedroom beforehand.

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Critical care beds trebled in Leicester

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

The number of critical care beds in Leicester has trebled ahead of the next couple of weeks in the fight against coronavirus.

Health bosses have now penned a joint appeal to people in the county as we approach the expected peak.

Andy Williams, chief executive of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland's clinical commissioning groups, Rebecca Brown, acting chief executive of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Angela Hillery, chief executive of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have urged people to "continue to support us by staying home, protecting the NHS and saving lives".

The group said: "Tremendous work between the local NHS and its partners has helped transfer patients that are medically fit for discharge out of hospital and significantly increase the bed capacity available to us.

"We have also increased the number of critical care beds, used to care for the most seriously unwell patients, from a norm of around 50 to more than 150 – with the potential to increase that further depending on equipment availability."

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BBC

According to the cohort, the number of hospital beds in the community has also increased from about 222 to close to 350.

They signed off by saying: "The weeks ahead may be among the most challenging we have ever known. We are working incredibly hard to make sure that we are as prepared as we can be for the expected surge in demand.

"Please continue to play your part by staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives. Together, we will get through this."

Cyclist in hospital after being hit by car

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A cyclist is in hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a silver Vauxhall Astra car in Birstall.

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Leicestershire Police said it happened near The Cedars Academy on Wanlip Lane just after 12:30 on Tuesday.

The cyclist, a man in his 60s, was taken to hospital in Nottingham.

Police are appealing to anyone who has any information on the crash to get in contact with them.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

Today will be another largely dry and warm day with spells of sunshine and some patchy cloud.

However, there are light winds and a chance of a few isolated showers breaking out in the afternoon.

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University students keep children 'entertained'

It might be the Easter holidays but for many parents still working from home and holiday clubs cancelled, trying to keep children entertained is very difficult.

But some help is being offered by the early years team at the University of Northampton.

It is sharing resources, stories and ideas to help keep the little ones busy, including counting activities, to help keep the students engaged.

Here's Beth Harris reading Fox's Socks, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler:

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Former prison officer jail for drug gang role

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A former Leicestershire prison officer who aided a major drug dealing gang has been sentenced.

Police said Rebecca Grace, from Derbyshire, was in a relationship with a prisoner at HMP Long Lartin and took packages from the gang into the prison.

Long Lartin prison
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At Leicester Crown Court in February, Grace, 34, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to convey a prohibited article into prison and intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence.

On Friday she was given a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

Grace is the 24th person to be sentenced as part of a police operation against the drugs gang.

Mercedes make breathing aid freely available

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

Mercedes has made the design of a new breathing-aid device it helped develop freely available to help fight coronavirus.

The device helps patients with lung infections breathe more easily when an oxygen mask alone is insufficient.

The device was designed in conjunction with University College London.

Breathing device
James Tye / UCL

UCL Hospital consultant Professor Mervyn Singer said: "These devices help save lives by ensuring ventilators are used only for the most severely ill."

The UK government has ordered 10,000 of the devices.

Mercedes said they were being produced "at a rate of up to 1,000 a day" at its engine-design base in Brixworth, Northamptonshire.

Hundreds of meals served up for hospital staff

Free hot meals for about 300 Kettering General Hospital staff are to be served up.

Kate Toller, from Sudborough, and Wendy de Capell Brooke, from Corby, launched Food 4 Heroes in the town to thank NHS for all their hard work.

Kate said: "We wanted to bring the local community together to support the NHS staff who are doing so much for local people."

Food 4 Heroes help outside Kettering General Hospital
Kettering General Hospital

Coronavirus: Leicester nurse on frontline stress

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

A nurse in Leicester has described the harrowing task of caring for the dying and their families during the coronavirus crisis.

With loved ones and relatives unable to say goodbye in person in order to stop the spread of the virus, medical staff are having to relay key information - including letting someone know about a death - over the phone.

The nurse, who spoke to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, said nurses "can’t be compassionate or comforting in the same way we normally would", but praised colleagues for being "so professional and dedicated" and helping patients, their families and each other.

She also thanked the public for their widespread support, such as clapping for carers, adding their efforts to donate food and other items to key workers were helping to keep up spirits.

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Severe disruption: M69 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between M6 J2 and J1 for A5 Hinckley.

M69 Warwickshire - Lane closed on M69 northbound between M6 J2, Coventry and J1, A5 (Hinckley), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Student nurses to help NHS in Northamptonshire 'in coming weeks'

Pete Cooper

BBC News

Second and third year nursing students from the University of Northampton will be joining the NHS workforce "in the coming weeks".

Over 200 students were invited to volunteer last week and will be assigned across the three NHS trusts in Northamptonshire.

University of Northampton
BBC

The Northamptonshire Strategic Coordination Centre for coronavirus said the University of Leicester had also advertised opportunities to help the NHS in Northamptonshire.

Police appeal follows 'pre-meditated' shooting

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A man has been treated for gunshots wounds after a shooting in Leicester.

Police said the man in his 30s was shot while sitting in his car on Scraptoft Mews, Humberstone just before 17:00 on Friday. He was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

Scraptoft Mews
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Leicestershire Police are treating the shooting as an "isolated and pre-meditated incident".

The force said a black Volkswagen Tiguan was seen leaving Scraptoft Mews and was later found abandoned.

It is appealing for anyone that saw the car in the area at that time to get in contact with them.

Homeless charity calls for help for asylum seekers

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

The plight of asylum seekers in Leicester has been highlighted by a homelessness charity trying to support them.

Help the Homeless Leicester are one of the many organisations in the city trying to assist those who have fled their home country.

Arif Voraji, one of the charity's founders, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service more should be done to help people arriving here in the UK.

We have had Syrian doctors who a few months ago were carrying out operations over there, living in nice houses, with good jobs and happy lives. Then one day, a bomb falls on the hospital they work at, in the home that they live in with their families and they are left with nothing."

Arif VorajiHelp the Homeless Leicester
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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, from J16 for A4500 to J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J16, A4500 (Daventry) to J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Speeding driver 'heading to London for cheap bread' stopped

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A motorist who was driving at more than 100mph reportedly told police he was heading to London to look for cheaper bread.

Leicestershire Police said the man, who was driving from Nottingham, was stopped by officers on the M1 on Sunday evening and is now set to appear in court.

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Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy this morning, but they will clear to leave it dry and sunny for the rest of the day. However, it will feel cooler in the wind.

The weekly outlook doesn't seem too bad either...

Weather for the East Midlands
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Firefighters entertain people online with stay at home dance

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

A video of firefighters doing a TikTok dance challenge as a creative way to share the "stay at home" message has been viewed by thousands online.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service's Eastern team shared a video on Facebook and Twitter on Friday night.

People have commented on the posts saying they "just love it" and "made me smile! Keep up the good work".

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Severe accident: A428 Warwickshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A428 Warwickshire both ways severe accident, between B4038 Kilsby Lane and Moors Lane.

A428 Warwickshire - A428 Crick Road in Hillmorton, Rugby closed in both directions between the B4038 Kilsby Lane junction and the Moors Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M69 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, from J1 for A5 Hinckley to M1 J21.

M69 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M69 northbound from J1, A5 (Hinckley) to M1 J21, Leicester, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, from J18 for A5 to J16 for A4500.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J18, A5 (Rugby) to J16, A4500 (Daventry), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, from J18 for A5 to J16 for A4500.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J18, A5 (Rugby) to J16, A4500 (Daventry), because of a broken down vehicle having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, from J18 for A5 to J16 for A4500.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J18, A5 (Rugby) to J16, A4500 (Daventry), because of a break down.

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

Vardys suspected of being mystery scrubs donors

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A junior doctor based at Leicester Royal Infirmary said she "had to do more than a double take" when she saw a donation of £10,000 on her appeal to have more scrubs made for front-line healthcare workers.

Dr Nicki Lygo, who works in acute internal medicine, set up a crowdfunding page and met her target much quicker than expected thanks to one donor in particular.

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She told Radio Leicester: “My colleague had tweeted Rebekah Vardy asking for a retweet for the appeal and that donation came in under the initials RV, so I’ve made an assumption and would just like to say a huge, huge thank you.”

The wife of the Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy hasn't confirmed the donation came from her.

Rebekah Vardy
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Dr Lygo said the money will cover the cost of having the protective clothing made but not the fabric itself.

She is now appealing for donations of fabric that meet the required specifications.