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Leicestershire has one of country's highest knife crime rates

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The number of recorded serious knife offences - threats and attacks but not possession of blades - rose 25% in Leicestershire from September 2018 to 2019 compared to the previous 12 months

It puts the county sixth nationally behind Greater London, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Merseyside and Bedfordshire, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

No figure was listed for Greater Manchester.

Man with knife
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Derbyshire, which has a relatively low knife crime rate, saw an increase of 24% in the year to September.

Nottinghamshire saw the number of recorded serious knife offences dropping by 8%, making its knife crime rate lower than Leicestershire's.

Nottinghamshire bucked the national trend with England and Wales overall seeing a 7% increase.

The total number of serious knife offences in each county in the year to September were: Derbyshire 718, Leiecstershire 1,000, and Nottinghamshire 810.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a murky start to Thursday, we're expecting a cloudy day with a chance of drizzle in places.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

This morning's fog could take a while to clear. The rest of the day looks set to be cloudy with drizzle in places.

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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's another cold and frosty morning but we're expecting a bit more cloud today.

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A cold and frosty start to Monday with temperatures set to stay low for the rest of the day.

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M1 southbound and A52 reopen after earlier accidents

Alex Regan

BBC News

Stretches of the M1 and A52 have reopened after earlier crashes blocked the roads this morning.

On the M1, a collision between a lorry and a car southbound at junction 25 caused miles of queues.

The A52 in Derbyshire was also blocked eastbound due to a crash involving a car and a van.

M1 crash
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Following some scattered showers this morning, we should get some sunny spells later.

The good news is that the weekend is looking dry and bright.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Today will start off dry but the wet and windy weather is set to return later.

Thursday afternoon will see heavy and persistent rain with strong winds. However, drier conditions will return on Friday.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Here is today's weather in the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It is going to be drier today with some isolated showers and the wind not as strong as yesterday.

During the day, it could gradually get brighter with highs of 9C (48F) and lows of 3C (37F) overnight.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Monday starts off bright, but don't be fooled there's some very unsettled weather to follow with rain and blustery winds this week.

Today's temperatures could reach highs of 9C (48F) this afternoon and lows of 3C (37F) during the night.

Ambulance service buys in private crews to cope with demand

East Midlands Today

East Midlands Ambulance Service is to spend £1m buying in extra crews from the private sector as it struggles to cope with "unprecedented" demand.

The service uses around 28 private ambulance crews each day, on top of its own.

It had wanted to cut their use completely by the end of this month, but will now retain them until at least the end of March.

Private ambulances
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be dry and bright this morning and feeling a bit chillier throughout the day. Highs of 7C (44F)

Plane crashed after pilot 'became distracted'

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

A pilot lost control of their aircraft after becoming distracted by other traffic, a report has found.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report said he was flying into Caunton Airfield at about 13:45 from Netherthorpe Airfield on 13 July last year.

It stated: "During an overhead join, the pilot became distracted by other traffic in the circuit."

The plane stalled, causing it to spin towards the ground and into a hedge.

He was not injured and the plane only suffered minor damage.

The report said the pilot believed the accident might have been avoided if the aircraft had been fitted with a stall warning device.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There will be rain at first this morning but that will push away later to leave the rest of the day dry, cloudy and dull.

Brisk winds at first will ease through the day.

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to be drier and brighter this morning, but unfortunately that is not going to last.

Rain and blistery conditions are on the way in the afternoon and through the night.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A mostly bright and dry morning, but cloud will gradually thicken in the afternoon with a few isolated showers pushing in on a strong southerly wind.

However, it will be unseasonably mild with maximum temperatures of 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

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Statue to mark 400th anniversary of Mayflower voyage

East Midlands Today

A full-size bronze statue depicting a pilgrim woman is being sculpted to mark the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower, which carried some pilgrims from the region to the US.

Design of statue
BBC/Rachel Carter

The statue is being made by Rachel Carter, a sculptor from Long Eaton.

It features a Tudor woman in a dress made up of woven, knitted patterns designed by volunteers.

When completed, it will go on public view, but its location is yet to be disclosed.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We can expect blustery and grey weather over the next couple of days but the picture is looking more settled as we move into the weekend.

There will be highs of 11C in Bakewell and rain overnight, with lows of 7C.

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Council's New Year's Eve warning over sparklers

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire County Council has warned those taking part in New Year’s Eve celebrations not to use a certain brand of sparklers following injuries to users.

Klasek Turbo Sparklers (batch number 1801) were recalled over the Bonfire Night period after reports they were "exploding in people's hands".

In November, a man from Lincoln said his Turbo Sparkler "went up faster than petrol" when it was lit.

The council urged people to make sure any sparklers purchased were not subject to the recall.

Sparklers
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Man punched and robbed in Newark street

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Police have appealed for witnesses after a 51-year-old man was attacked and robbed in a street in Newark.

Nottinghamshire Police said the victim was near an alleyway in Albion Street when he was approached by a man on a bike at about 20:30 on Boxing Day.

The suspect, who is believed to be in his 20s, asked for money before punching the man to the floor and taking a bag of shopping from him.

The victim suffered facial injuries which are not believed to be serious.

Albion Street
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Council worker hit by bowling ball 'in stable condition'

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A man who was injured after being hit by a bowling ball thrown from a window is in a stable condition, police have said.

The man, who is a Nottingham City Council staff member, was left with serious injuries following the incident in Strelley Road, Bilborough, Nottinghamshire, at about 09:20 on Monday.

Bowling ball
BBC

He remains in hospital.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and police have urged witnesses to contact them.

City council truck
BBC

Watch: Today's weather with Kaye Forster

Watch: Today's weather with Kaye Forster

East Midlands weather: Today's forecast

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

It's not feeling very wintry at the moment.

Today will be sunny and dry and will be relatively mild too with a maximum of 14C.

Derbyshire third lowest for drivers caught speeding

Alex Regan

BBC News

Just over 12,000 people were caught speeding in Derbyshire in 2018/19 - the third lowest in England and Wales.

The number is 15 times fewer than West Yorkshire, which saw the highest number of detections - 181,867.

Speed cameras
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In Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, the figures were 41,909 and 24,566 respectively.

The RAC Foundation said variations across forces were partly due to geographical area, road type, traffic volume and local policing priorities.

Across England and Wales, there was a 4% increase in the number of speeders caught by police.

Wiltshire Police caught fewer than 1,000 speeders, because all speed cameras were turned off in the county in 2010.

What does the weather have in store for Christmas?

BBC Weather

It's a damp but mild Christmas Eve... but the big day itself will be dry, bright and a couple of degrees cooler (although not enough for snow).

Flood warden warns about driving through water
Robert Butler says the recent weather has caused the longest continuing period of flooding on roads in the area.

Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

A damp end to the week for most of the region, with most places seeing showers, but it will be a milder and breezier night.

Across the weekend there will be some sunshine and clear spells amid the patches of rain.

Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

A wet and windy start to the day but there could be a few bright spots before another band of rain appears in the afternoon.

Temperatures are back into double figures though and a mild evening lies ahead.

Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

Appeal to find 'unique' stolen puppy before Christmas

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for help to bring a 28-week-old puppy who was reportedly stolen during a walk in Nottingham last month.

Nottinghamshire Police said they believe the suspect - a man wearing dark clothing - picked up French Bulldog Reggie and walked off with him at about 21:30 in Bulwell Hall Park on 15 November.

Reggie
Nottinghamshire Police

Reggie is cream and brown, with speckles, and has one slightly blue and one brown eye, with police describing him as "unique" in appearance.

Sgt Amy Wilson, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: "We desperately want to reunite Reggie with his owner this Christmas."