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Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

For the first time this week there's good news and (some) clear skies on the way.

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Some roads remain flooded

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The rain has eased off a little but flooding is still an issue on these Leicestershire roads.

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Weather: More rain on the way

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The end of the very wet weather is in sight - but not before more rain today.

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

The forecast? You guessed it, more rain - although it might be a bit drier for a short spell early tomorrow morning.

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East Midlands Airport charges U-turn: No refunds

David Pittam

BBC News Online

East Midlands Airport will not be offering refunds to those who paid for their rapid drop off, despite admitting there had been problems since they raised the prices.

Responding to a question from the BBC, a spokesman said: "We are not refunding passengers who have used rapid drop off.

East Midlands Airport
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"We offer a full range of free and paid for parking options so that passengers have a choice.

"These include one hour’s free parking in Long Stay 2, free 30 minutes parking for disabled passengers, £4 for 30 minutes in short stay as well as rapid drop off next to the main entrance."

East Midlands Airport charges U-turn: Your reaction

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"Thanks goodness for common sense" was the almost unanimous response to the news that East Midlands Airport is scrapping its controversial new rapid drop off parking charges.

The airport announced this afternoon it will go back to the old charges of £2 for 10 minutes parking in the rapid drop off, which was briefly raised to £2 for five minutes (with £1 for every minute over) earlier this month.

Airport queues
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Bosses said they had done it to improve traffic flow but admitted drivers were being charged just waiting to leave, with customers complaining of gridlock and "total chaos" at the exits.

Carol Whyke wrote: "I should think so too. Maddy Ward added it was "still too much - but a step in the right direction."

But Martyn Webster and a number of others are unhappy with the lower price, with some saying they should not have to pay just to drop people off. "Still a complete and utter ripoff," he wrote.

BreakingAirport parking charges U-turn

David Pittam

BBC News Online

East Midlands Airport has decided to scrap its new higher parking charges for the rapid drop off zone after scenes of "total chaos" at the barriers.

Andy Tyler-Smith, from the airport, insisted the change - which saw the time drivers could stay for £2 drop from 10 minutes to five - had been done "with the best intentions".

There was a further £1 charge for every minute over.

Queuing traffic
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Mr Tyler-Smith claimed it was to improve traffic flow but customers had reported gridlock since it was introduced earlier this month - meaning drivers' charges kept rising as they queued to leave.

He admitted this had been a problem at peak times.

The airport has announced it's returning to its normal charges.

M1 reopens after lorry fire

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Good news for people travelling on the M1 today.

The M1 southbound has reopened between J23 and J22 following a lorry fire.

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Flood warnings and alerts across the region

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The Environment Agency has several flood warnings and alerts in place for the East Midlands.

Warning

  • Day Brook at Ventnor Rise and Athorpe Grove in Old Basford
  • Cocker Beck at Lowdham
  • River Wreake for mills at Hoby, Thrussington and Ratcliffe
Map showing warnings and alerts
Environment Agency

Alert

  • Lower River Soar in Leicestershire
  • River Devon and Smite in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire
  • River Erewash in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
  • River Leen and Day Brook in Nottinghamshire
  • River Maun in Nottinghamshire
  • River Trent in Derbyshire
  • River Trent Tributaries in Nottinghamshire
  • River Wreake in Leicestershire
  • Ryton Oldcotes catchment
  • River Anker and River Sence

Lorry fire closes M1 southbound

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

There could be more issues for motorists heading to East Midlands Airport and Download Festival...

A lorry fire has closed the M1 southbound between J23 and J22.

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Cricket: Rain forces draw for Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

After 11 overs Leicestershire and Middlesex have called it a day.

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Action yet to be called off at flooded Grace Road

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

This is the current state of the field at Grace Road, where Leicestershire are due to play Middlesex.

Surprisingly, the umpire has yet to call today's play off...

Grace Road
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Fire service issues advice to motorists

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning to drivers travelling on the roads today.

They have urged motorists to never drive through flood water and to keep their distance from other vehicles.

There's more safety advice here.

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We might get a bit of a break from the rain this afternoon - here's the full forecast.

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

You're probably getting tired of hearing this but the forecast is more rain. Tomorrow isn't looking much better either...

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M1 pothole has been filled

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Some good news to report on the traffic front.

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Council clears 100 fallen trees

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Highway workers cleared more than 100 fallen trees and branches across Leicestershire yesterday.

Tree fallen on car
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

It followed a night of strong wind and heavy rain that left roads and pavements blocked.

One tree even fell on a car in Thurnby - luckily the driver wasn't hurt.

A fallen tree in Loughborough
Leicestershire County Council

NHS to cut funding for voluntary groups

BBC Radio Leicester

Up to 23 voluntary groups in Leicestershire are set to see their funding from the NHS cut completely from next month.

The organisations affected haven't been named by health commissioners but jobs supported by these groups are now under threat.

The county's three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) currently spend £3.3m a year supporting the voluntary groups, in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and want to cut that by up to £400,000 from July.

Prof Mayor Lakhani, who chairs the West Leicestershire CCG, said: "As a GP, I value the support that voluntary sector organisations provide my patients and clients with so this is not a decision we've taken lightly."

GP
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He said the CCGs have to make "difficult decisions" to make up for a £5m deficit in their budget.

The Carers Centre in Leicester said it is still waiting to find out what funding they'll get.

Manager Charles Huddleston said the delay will make it hard to give one month notice to any staff forced to leave.

The voluntary groups can appeal the decision.

Watch: East Midlands weather

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A drier day but the rain is set to return later - here's the full forecast.

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

You guessed it, more rain. But it does look like tomorrow might be marginally better...

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'Total chaos' at airport drop off point

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Angry motorists claim problems at East Midlands Airport's rapid drop off mean they are being charged when stuck in exit queues.

One man said the stationary traffic waiting to pay to leave the rapid drop off yesterday was "total chaos".

He said he was waiting for so long that if someone hadn't opened the barrier and let everyone through, dropping his parents off would have cost him £27.

Last month tariffs were introduced which meant motorists have to pay £1 for every minute they stay over five, making delays more expensive.

Queues
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A regular visitor said: "Because of lengthy queues, especially in the morning, it's taking way more than five minutes.

"This is because there are only two barriers in operation and quite often one is usually broken, making the situation farcical."

An airport spokesman said that the issue is being looked into as an "immediate priority."

Drop in East Midlands unemployment rate

East Midlands Today

There has been a drop in the number of people who are unemployed in the East Midlands.

Today's official figures from the Office for National Statistics show there are 8,000 fewer people out of work from February to April compared with the previous period.

Unemployment figures graph
BBC

It means around 105,000 people in the region were unemployed in the three months to April. The joblessness rate now stands at 4.3%.

The UK’s unemployment rate has stayed at 3.8%, its lowest since late 1974.

Flood warnings for East Midlands rivers

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The government has issued an amber warning for a number of rivers in our region.

Flooding map
Gov.uk

An amber warning means flooding is possible in the areas marked on the map.

These are the Lower River Soar, River Devon and River Smite in Leicestershire and the Rivers Leen, Daybrook and Maun as well as some tributaries of the Trent in Nottinghamshire.

Mostly fields and playgrounds are at risk.

Man charged after woman stabbed in thigh

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

An 18-year-old man has been charged with wounding with intent after a woman was stabbed in Loughborough.

Burleigh Road
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The 20-year-old was stabbed in the thigh three times while on Burleigh Road in the early hours of 9 June.

She was taken to hospital with serious injuries but has since been discharged.

Drivers reminded to 'put lights on'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A word of warning from the fire service about driving in these horrible weather conditions.

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Cricket: Match cancelled due to rain

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Wind and rain - could there be worse weather for cricket?

Unsurprisingly day three of Nottinghamshire v Hampshire has been called off after an inspection by the umpire. It's not looking much better in Leicestershire either.

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Derbyshire were due to start their match against Glamorgan in Swansea. There's no information yet on whether or not the game will go ahead.

Ambulance service warns drivers to 'take extra care'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

East Midlands Ambulance Service is warning those on the roads to take extra care with more rain expected to fall throughout the day.

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Watch: East Midlands weather

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Wellies at the ready - the rain is expected to last all day. Here's the full forecast.

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

In summary? When it rains, it pours...

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MPs divided over Tory leadership contest

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

Nominations close this afternoon for Tory MP's wanting to be the next Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister. MPs in Leicestershire are divided over who to support.

Candidates for the Conservative party leadership contest
BBC

Charnwood's Ed Argar will be backing Sajid Javid.

North West Leicestershire's Andrew Bridgen and Bosworth's David Tredinnick want to see Boris Johnson to be our next PM.

Loughborough's Nicky Morgan and South Leicestershire's Alberto Costa support Michael Gove.

Sir Alan Duncan in Rutland and Melton backs Jeremy Hunt while Harborough's Neil O'Brien still hasn't decided who to support.

Cricket: Rain delays play

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

It's certainly not a day for cricket - rain has disrupted play for Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

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Arrest after woman stabbed three times

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

An man has been arrested on suspicion of causing GBH with intent after a woman was stabbed three times in her leg.

It happened in the Burleigh Road area of Loughborough early yesterday morning.

Burleigh Road in Loughborough
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The woman in her 20s told police a man with a bicycle ran up to her, grabbed her arm and pulled her to the floor. He stabbed her in the thigh as she tried to pull away.

She was taken to hospital in Nottingham with serious injuries but has since been discharged.

The 18-year-old remains in police custody.

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Oh June - we expected more from you than this.

Lots of heavy rain is on its way to the East Midlands.

Heavy rain triggers flood warning

BBC Weather

There's a yellow weather warning for rain with a large amount expected to fall across the East Midlands over the next few hours.

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Yellow storm warning issued

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

A yellow thunderstorm warning has been issued across parts of the East Midlands by the Met Office.

Storm
Met Office

The warning affects most of Leicestershire and Rutland, along with parts of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

The Met Office has warned that disruption to power and flooding is likely and that travelling could take longer due to the storm.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A dry and cloudy start to Friday before rain arrives from the south later this morning.

Weather: Mostly dry and sunny evening

BBC Weather

This evening will have late sunshine with any showers dying away.

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Tonight is then expected to be dry and cool with clear periods for a time but will turn cloudier from the south around dawn.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy and breezy with rain spreading from the south.

The rain is likely to be heavy for a time before clearing to leave late sunshine with a few heavy showers or thunderstorms.