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  1. Recorded crime fell by 17% during lockdown

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    There was a 17% drop in recorded crime in the East Midlands during the lockdown period from April to June this year.

    The figures, released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), show there was a significant drop in offences such as burglary, robbery, theft, shoplifting and sex offences during the lockdown.

    However some of the local forces saw a large increase in stalking, harassment and drug offences - the latter which ONS said could be down to "pro-active police activity"

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    Despite a large drop in violent crimes nationally, Leicestershire Police recorded a large rise in reports of "violence with injury".

    The force has been contacted for a comment.

  2. Councils back Marcus Rashford’s holiday hunger campaign

    Sonia Kataria

    BBC News

    Councils in the East Midlands have backed Marcus Rashford’s campaign to tackle holiday hunger among school children by funding it themselves.

    Leaders have said "times are still tough" and it was the "right thing to do" during the pandemic.

    MPs voted to reject the England footballer’s appeal to extend free school meals to children during the holidays.

    The government said it had already given £63m to councils in England to support families facing financial difficulties.

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    However, Nick Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council, said the money was given in the summer to spend by the end of September.

    "Leicestershire's money was £500,000 and we spent it funding food banks and community groups and it was fully spent for that purpose," he said.

    "So, for them [the government] to say it's to fund free school meals is not true."

  3. Weather forecast for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cool and blustery day with some sunny spells this morning but cloud and showers will sweep in this afternoon.

    A maximum temperature of 11°C (52°F).

    Sunrise at Gunthorpe Bridge
  4. Coronavirus: Leicester rate higher than ever

    Amy Orton

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Leicester’s seven-day coronavirus infection rate is now at the highest points it’s ever been - with more infections confirmed than before it was put into local lockdown in June.

    There have been 278.1 cases per 100,000 people confirmed in the last week, with 985 current cases.

    When a local lockdown was put in place the rate was 135.

    The county’s rate is now at 234.8 cases per 100,000 population, and the number of current cases in the county stands at 1,658.

    Both the city and county areas are well above the national average of 188.5 cases per 100,000 population, according to the NHS progression dashboard.

    Leicester Covid
  5. Today's weather: Showers clearing to sunshine

    Alex Regan

    BBC News

    Cloud and heavy showers are expected to affect most of the region this morning, but this afternoon there will be plenty of sunshine with the odd isolated shower.

    Today we can expect highs of 11C and lows of 4C.

    BBC weather
  6. Watch: Dominic Heale's best bits

    East Midlands Today

    BBC East Midlands Today presenter Dominic Heale will present his final show this evening.

    It was announced earlier this week the broadcaster had decided to leave the show after 20 years as one of its main presenters.

    The video below features some of his highlights from the past two decades.

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    Video caption: Highlights from Dominic Heale's time at East Midlands TOday

    He said it had been " a joy and a privilege" to work on the programme and said he would miss "meeting and interviewing the people of the East Midlands".

    Declan Wilson, head of TV and Online for BBC England, described him as "a hugely talented broadcaster but also a gifted journalist".

    Dominic added he was not giving up broadcasting entirely and hopes to explore new opportunities "away from the big red sofa".

  7. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    This morning will become mainly cloudy with patchy rain but this should clear by the afternoon leaving some sunshine.

    There will be a maximum temperature of 13C (55F).

    This evening will be largely dry and cool but turning cloudier and breezier later on in the night.

    Sun in woodland in Ticknall
  8. Covid leads to cuts to East Midlands rail services

    Greig Watson

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Nearly 40 East Midlands Railway (EMR) services are being withdrawn or reduced, with the company blaming "a steep rise in Covid-related absences".

    The new timetable will start on Monday with EMR saying the changes affect 37 services - about 10% of the total.

    EMR train

    Bosses said the reduction was "designed to safely reduce the number of staff required to deliver its services".

    Regional routes, such as Liverpool to Nottingham, Matlock to Newark Castle and Peterborough to Lincoln are most heavily hit, and some Nottingham to Leicester trains have also been cut.

    Will Rogers, managing director of East Midlands Railway, said: "We have taken the proactive step to make changes to our timetable to protect our most popular services, including those that are relied upon by key workers or those who use our services to travel to work, school or college."

    He said the changes will remain under review.

  9. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    There will be cloudy spells in the morning with the chance of a few blustery showers, but this afternoon sunny spells will increase and winds will diminish.

    Temperatures are expected to peak at 13C (55F).

    Mercia Marina
  10. Swan injured by fishing hooks put down

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A swan has been put down after getting fishing hooks stuck in its tongue and wing.

    The Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service water team captured the swan in the River Soar in Leicester on Sunday after the RSPCA received a report of concern for its welfare.

    Swan being rescued

    The fishing hook in its tongue also had a line attached, which had become wrapped around its body.

    Its wing was infected and contained maggots, said the charity.

    Injured swan

    RSPCA officer Rebecca Frost took the swan to a vet, who decided to put it to sleep to end its suffering.

    She said: “It is so sad to see a swan in such distress. He would have suffered a slow and lingering death had we not rescued him.

    “Fishing litter in our waterways is a major problem and it is so damaging to wildlife.

    "I would urge people to be responsible and remember to take home any litter if you go fishing."