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Forces set for cash injection to tackle violent crime

East Midlands Today

Police forces in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire have been provisionally granted almost £900,000 each to set up specialist teams to help prevent serious violence.

The idea is create Violence Reduction Units to treat things like knife crime as a public health issue - bringing together health, education and social services alongside the police.

They're two of 18 forces across the country, allocated the money, based on the number of knife-related hospital admissions.

Forensics officer at crime scene
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A damp and cloudy start with showers and possibly thunder expected later but we could also see bright spells towards the end of the day.

Weather: Cloudy, thundery and humid night

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Showers will pep up this evening with the risk of a thundery downpour here and there.

They will be fairly hit and miss and they will ease up for a time overnight.

It will remain cloudy, damp and humid overnight with lows of 12C.

Weather
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The rain has the potential to pep up again through tomorrow morning bringing the risk of a thundery downpour again.

They will again be hit and miss but with the ground already saturated from last week’s rain, the Met Office is warning of the potential of very localised flooding. The rain will clear away by late afternoon giving a dry and perhaps bright end to the day.

Traumatised pupils 'unfairly punished for absences'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A mother from Leicestershire has raised more than £5,000 to pay for a possible judicial review into schools issuing fines to parents whose children are too traumatised to go to class.

Lousie Engels runs Not Fine In School, a campaign group that supports pupils who struggle with attendance due to bullying, trauma, physical illness, disability or excessive anxiety.

She said parents were being unfairly punished as their children did not fit into any of the 23 absence codes used by schools.

School pencils
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Ms Engels said: "These children don't fall into any of the codes available and are therefore wrongly recorded.

"This not only presents problems with their attendance record but also means that the problem is being masked."

The DfE said: "All parents have a duty to ensure that their child of compulsory school age receives a full-time education either by attendance at school or otherwise.

"However, we do understand that some children with special educational needs and disabilities may struggle with school attendance - which is why our guidance is clear that schools must work with parents if there are challenges with attendance and provide additional support."

Listeria deaths prompt 'thorough' investigation

East Midlands Today

Health secretary Matt Hancock has promised a "full and thorough" investigation after two people in the East Midlands are known to have died from a listeria outbreak at English hospitals.

The NHS yesterday confirmed nine cases in seven different hospitals - including the Royal Derby Hospital and the Leicester Royal Infirmary - all linked to contaminated sandwiches.

Royal Derby Hospital
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The food involved, made by The Good Food Chain, has been withdrawn.

Both hospital trusts and the government have issued their condolences to the bereaved families.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A bright start to the day but cloud should increase later with rain arriving from the south and the chance of thunderstorms.

Weather: Dry night but risk of thunderstorms tomorrow

BBC Weather

We can expect heavy rain and thunderstorms across the region later tomorrow, though tonight will remain dry.

Overnight there will be area of fog and mist, with showers expected which are due to turn heavy later on.

Weather
BBC

Download drone sightings delay flights

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Police are investigating after three separate drone sightings disrupted flights at East Midlands Airport during Download Festival.

Drone
PA

Leicestershire Police said a drone pilot had been interviewed after it was reported to police at 09:30 on Saturday.

Two further drones were reported inside the restricted airspace of East Midlands Airport at 00:00 that night and Sunday at 13:30.

Police said they have not been able to identify the pilots.

A TUI flight to Larnaca was delayed by 52 minutes and a Ryanair flight to Pisa was delayed by 25 minutes.

Thunder and lightning set to hit East Midlands

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for thunderstorm and torrential rain in the East Midlands between 18:00 on Tuesday and 21:00 on Wednesday.

"There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds," it said.

It follows last week's heavy rain that caused flooding and disruption across the region.

Flooding in Sileby
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Owl chicks die in heavy downpours

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Dozens of baby owls in the Vale of Belvoir have been killed by last week's heavy rain.

Volunteers from the local owl conservation group found dead barn owl chicks in their nests and estimate as many as 40 will have died because their parents couldn't hunt in the bad weather.

Sadly they also found evidence parents had managed to find some food during an easing up of the rains on Thursday but by then it was too late for the owlets.

But it wasn't all bad news - some, like those below, have made it through.

Owlets and mum (on right)
Vale of Belvoir Barn Owl Conservation Group

India World Cup victory sparks massive celebation

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

This was the scene on Belgrave Road in Leicester yesterday after India recorded a famous victory over Pakistan at the Cricket World Cup yesterday.

Hundreds of supporters cheered, sang and waved flags after Virat Kohli's men claimed a convincing 89-run victory over their close rivals at Old Trafford.

Imagine what the celebrations will look like if they win the final on 14 July?

Fuel spill adds to Download departure delays

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Roads are already very busy with thousands of people leaving the Download Festival.

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Thousands of offences 'dealt with informally'

East Midlands Today

Police forces in the East Midlands have dealt with about 30,000 crimes since 2014 using an out-of-court process that doesn't count as a conviction.

Community resolutions do not appear on criminal records but can be given out for a range of offences, including antisocial behaviour and assault.

Derbyshire Police headquarters
BBC

Derbyshire Police has resolved 6% of its recorded crimes in this way over the past five years - the highest proportion in the region.

The force said they had only been used when deemed "the right thing to do".

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's plenty of cloud around this morning but this should thin out as the day goes on with sunny spells and showers possible later.

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.

Weather
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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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Jail for man who stole £660,000 from family firm

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A trusted employee stole so much from the family business that had employed him for decades that it went bust.

Bharat Suchak, of Silverstone Drive in Leicester, transferred nearly £662,000 from clothing company GS Fashions to his own account over the 30 years he worked as their bookkeeper, Leicestershire Police said.

Bharat Suchak
Leicestershire Police

The 65-year-old pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by abuse of position and was sentenced to three years and nine months in jail at Leicester Crown Court yesterday.

The victims trusted Suchak and felt he was a loyal employee. He abused his positon and the victims’ good nature."

Nicole McIntyreFinancial investigator

Stranded passenger's journey 'quicker by bike'

David Pittam

BBC News Online

An exasperated passenger on yesterday's landslide-struck train worked out he could have got home quicker if he'd cycled.

Steve Watt tweeted the BBC, saying: "11 hours and 55 minutes later, finally home [in Leicester]. For context, if I’d cycled, it would’ve saved me about an hour and a half [according to Google]."

Trains between Nottingham and London were delayed, cancelled and diverted because one was hit by a landslide in Northamptonshire, with the stricken train reportedly evacuated hours after it was hit.

Passenger Tim Morton sent us this video of floodwater streaming down the tracks.

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East Midlands to get five new free schools

East Midlands Today

Thousands of new school places are to be created in the East Midlands after the government announced its latest wave of free schools this morning.

Five will be built in our region - two secondary schools in Leicester, a secondary and primary school in Nottingham and a primary school in Derby.

The Department for Education hopes it will help to raise standards and give parents more choice.

School lockers
BBC

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.

Weather
BBC

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
@swfcmark1974

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
@swfcmark1974

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.

Severe disruption: A5199 Leicestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5199 Leicestershire both ways severe disruption, between A594 Almond Road and University Road.

A5199 Leicestershire - A5199 Welford Road in Leicester closed and it's slow in both directions between the A594 Almond Road junction and the University Road junction, because of a police investigation.

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

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
BBC

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.

Police officers assaulted outside police station

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Two police officers suffered minor injuries when they were attacked outside a police station in Leicester yesterday.

Leicestershire Police said one of the officers needed hospital treatment for an elbow injury following the incident near the force's Spinney Hill office in East Park Road at about 14:10.

Spinney Hill police station
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A 27-year-old man from Birmingham has been charged with resisting arrest, a public order offence, possession of a bladed article in a public place and two counts of assault on a police officer.

He is due to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court on 28 June.

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.