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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

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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Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with the possibility of the odd shower.

There will also be light winds into the afternoon and throughout the day.


Blocked sewers increase due to 'toilet roll alternatives'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Water company Severn Trent says it has been "much busier than normal" due to more blockages being caused by kitchen roll and wipes being flushed down the toilet.

The company said it has dealt with 3,000 sewer flooding and blockages in the past fortnight.

Grant Mitchell from Severn Trent said: "We know some people are having to resort to using a whole manner of things to substitute for toilet roll at the moment, but a sewer blockage is the last thing anyone needs right now.

"We wanted to let everyone know that kitchen roll and wipes are not designed to break down like loo roll is so please remember to bin them."

Tissues retrieved from blocked sewers
Severn Trent

Record office to archive coronavirus material

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Leaflets, photographs and newspaper cuttings relating to the coronavirus outbreak are being collected to "tell the story of this pandemic".

The Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is gathering material for a new archive showing the local impact of Covid-19 and is appealing for the community to contribute.

NHS coronavirus sign
Getty Images

The record office said: "We would like to ask you to begin to record life where you are and especially the changes you notice in your community.

"When you take your daily exercise, please think of photographing anything which you think might tell the story of this pandemic.

"Anything which will tell future generations what we went through in 2020 is worth keeping."

It asks anyone that collects material of interest to make a note of when and where it came from and arrangements for depositing it at the record office will be made "when life returns to normal".

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It's a mixed picture for the day, with light cloud and a moderate breeze but also the change of sunnier spells and some light rain.


Appeal over 'appalling' badger sett tampering

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Police investigating a suspected badger sett tampering have released an image of a man they were looking to contact.

The sett, near Old Dalby, was filled in at some point on 9 December, officers believe.

PC Joe Lloyd, of Leicestershire Police, said: "Filling in a badger sett is not only an act of appalling cruelty it is also a criminal offence and we are determined to find who was responsible"

Badger badgerer
Leicestershire Police

Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy today with some intermittent spots of light rain or drizzle in places, but otherwise largely dry.

There may be periods of hazy sunshine. Winds will remain light throughout the day.

Weather for East Midlands for Wednesday 1 April 2020

Renewed appeal over serious crash

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Police have made a renewed appeal for information over a car crash which has left a man in hospital with serious injuries more than a week later.

The crash happened at about 18:20 on 19 March on the B582 Hunts Lane in Desford and involved a blue Ford Kuga and a silver Vauxhall Astra.

Leicestershire Police said the driver of the Kuga, who was seriously hurt, remains at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham in a serious but stable condition.

The driver of the Astra was treated in hospital before being discharged the next day.

B582 Hunts Lane, Desford, Leicestershire

Det Con Pete Davies said: "At the time of the collision, the Astra was travelling from the direction of Newbold Verdon towards Desford while the Kuga was travelling in the opposite direction."

He urged anyone who saw the crash or has dashcam footage to contact them on 101.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A few bright spells to start, but cloud will thicken through the day with the possibility of a few showers and a light breeze.

Some places will remain dry. Maximum temperatures will be between 7C (45F) and 10C (50F).

Tuesday's weather

Coronavirus volunteer 'let down' after tyres slashed

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A Leicestershire woman who has been helping villagers during the coronavirus outbreak said she felt "hurt and let down" to find all her car tyres slashed.

Helen Crouch, who set up the Bagworth, Thornton and Stanton coronavirus response team, said she helps residents by collecting and dropping off food and prescriptions as well as offering support on the phone.

The 41-year-old, from Bagworth, said she found her car had been vandalised while it was parked on Main Street, in Thornton, between 19:00 on Saturday and 12:00 on Sunday.

"I am a strong person, but I sat and cried. I was angry and frustrated," she said.

Helen Crouch's had all her all car tires slashed
Helen Crouch

Since then, an online fundraising page to replace Ms Crouch's tyres and raise money for the response team has raised more than £1,850.

Ms Crouch said she has been "overwhelmed" by the "generosity and support".

"It's amazing and incredible - proper community spirit," she said.

"I am humbled and proud of the villagers. I want to do more and it's important to carry on."

Helen Crouch
Helen Crouch

Leicestershire Police said anyone with information about the damage to Ms Crouch's tyres should contact them on 101.

Police appeal after woman dies in car crash

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman died in a car crash in Market Harborough.

Leicestershire Police said the collision occurred at about 10:20 in an area off Great Bowden Road near to Albany Road on Saturday.

The crash involved a Vauxhall Corsa and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene, the force added.

Great Bowden Road near to Albany Road  in Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Det Con Pete Davies, from the force's serious collision investigation unit, has asked anyone who saw the crash or has dashcam footage to contact them on 101.

Watch: East Midlands makes a noise to say thanks to NHS

Thousands of people across the East Midlands stepped out of their homes on Thursday night to applaud NHS workers and carers working during the coronavirus pandemic.

The result was emotional....

Cheers all round as the East says thanks to NHS

Coronavirus: Cheers all round as the East says thanks to NHS
There was clapping, cheering, pots clanging and car horns honking as people across the East of England gave their thanks to the NHS.

Many people took part in the social media campaign on Thursday night, where people across the UK applauded the work of the health service treating coronavirus patients.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It's set to be another sunny day, but a little bit chillier - and temperatures are set to drop further for the weekend.

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Pupils and parents join teachers for singalong film

Coronavirus: Perfect Day video singalong for Roade school
A primary school has made its own version of the Lou Reed song Perfect Day as a way of bringing people together during the coronavirus pandemic.

Children, parents and teachers at Roade Primary in Northamptonshire, who are staying at home on government advice, filmed themselves each singing a line of the 1972 classic.

Their clips were then joined together to make a video, which was posted on social media. 

Head teacher Mark Currell said he wanted the children and families to know the school was "thinking about them all" during the lockdown.

Coronavirus: Appeal for former professional signallers

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

Former professional signallers in the East Midlands are being asked to return to the railways to keep the network running during the coronavirus crisis.

Network Rail is keeping signal boxes and control centres across the region open 24/7 so railway services can continue running.

Chris Gee, from Network Rail, said: “We are working hard to keep vital services in place as these get key workers to their jobs and keep food and medical supplies across the country moving.

“We are appealing for signallers who’ve retired, moved on to other careers at Network Rail or left the railway to come back and help us keep signal boxes and control centres open."

Network Rail appeal for former signallers
Network Rail

He said signallers were "crucial to keep the railway open" and they need former workers to provide back-up if staff can’t come to work.

"Full re-training will be given," he said.

The roles will be in the East Midlands Control Centre and at signal boxes across the region.

Download festival cancelled over coronavirus fears

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

This year's Download festival will not take place following the coronavirus outbreak.

About 80,000 people usually attend the event, held at Castle Donington, in Leicestershire, and is dubbed one of the biggest rock festivals in Europe.

Organisers said they were "beyond disappointed" and apologised to those who were due to arrive at the site between 12 and 14 June.

Music lovers at Download
Matt Eachus / Download

In a statement it was promised Download will return in 2021 and they will do their best to secure an "amazing line-up".

Ticket holders will be contacted over whether they want a refund or retain them for next year.

Coronavirus: 'Drive-by' 7th birthday party held for boy
Friends of Sam, 7, were not going to let social distancing stop them celebrating his birthday.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

The first day of a nationwide lockdown is going to be sunny and warm...

In fact the next few days are all looking pleasant, while the weekend is expected to be a little colder and cloudier.

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