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David Pittam

BBC News Online

It's been a long day of flooding - with even a bit of snow further north.

The rain has caused travel disruption across the region and in some cases flooded homes and businesses.

It should be drier overnight and into tomorrow, and in places the flood waters are subsiding but we will be back early on to bring you all the latest.

Fire service: 'Call council for sand bags'

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service say they are taking a "number of flooding related calls".

They have told people asking for sandbags to call the local council instead.

Floods: Drivers urged to use caution

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Police in Leicestershire are warning drivers to be careful as they have not been able to close every flooded road.

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What do you want to know about the election?

The election campaign is under way and on 12 December the UK will go to the polls.

The BBC wants to know about the issues which matter to you and affect your village, town or city.

Whether it's polling, policies, or a local issue, send your questions to us and we'll do our best to answer them.

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Flooding: Preparation for more heavy rain

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

More heavy rain is set to fall across the East Midlands.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Thursday and Friday meaning "further heavy rain may lead to further disruption and flooding".

Map showing weather warning
Met Office

Derbyshire Dales District Council is urging residents and businesses to be ready for a possible repeat of last week's flooding that killed one local woman.

The authority's chief executive, Paul Wilson, said: "While we will always try to help vulnerable residents, our advice to anyone concerned that their home or business is at risk of flooding is to buy sandbags from a hardware store. Garden soil can be used as an alternative."

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The district council is handing out filled sandbags at local "hubs" in areas which suffered most from the flooding on Friday.

People are being asked to take only what they need so there is enough to go around.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service is also asking people to "be prepared" and avoid routes prone to flooding.

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What do you want to know about the election?

The election campaign is under way and on 12 December the UK will go to the polls.

The BBC wants to know about the issues which matter to you and affect your village, town or city.

Whether it's polling, policies, or a local issue, send your questions to us and we'll do our best to answer them.

Follow the links below to ask your questions:

Your Questions Answered
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Flood threat remains as wet weather continues

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Flood warnings and alerts remain in place across the East Midlands as the wet weather continues.

The Environment Agency has kept warnings in place for the River Idle in Retford, Eaton, Gamston and Ordsall and the River Trent at Barrow, Carlton, Castle Donington, Swarkestone and Willington.

Flooding in Stoke Bardolph
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A total of 13 alerts - meaning flooding is possible - are also in place across the region, including the River Erewash, the River Wye, the River Sence and the River Maun.

The prime minister is to chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee later in response to the flood problems in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and other parts of England.

You can browse the full list of warnings and alerts here.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We're likely to see further showers through the morning and into the afternoon but things should be a little drier towards the end of the day.

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Fresh weather warnings for rain in the region

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Residents of the East Midlands have been warned there could be more flooding and disruption this week.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for rain covering most of Derbyshire from now until 12:00 tomorrow.

The forecasters said we should expect "frequent heavy showers [which are] likely to cause some flooding and transport disruption".

Weather map
Met Office

Wednesday is looking drier, but then there are two further yellow weather warnings for rain for the whole of Thursday.

One covers most of England, including the East Midlands, and a second specifically covers Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, stating "further heavy rain may increase disruption from flooding".

Weather update
Met Office

Flood disruption continues as more rain falls on region

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Flood warnings and alerts remain in place for several parts of the East Midlands after more heavy rain overnight.

The Environment Agency has issued warnings for the River Idle in Retford, Eaton and Gamston, along with the River Trent at Barrow, Carlton, Castle Donington, Collingham, Girton, Swarkestone and Willington.

The B5010 between Borrowash and Elvaston
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Meanwhile, tributes are continuing to be paid to the former High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Annie Hall, who died when she was slept away by floods in Rowsley.

There are still a handful of road closures in Derbyshire - including a stretch of the B5010 between Borrowash and Elvaston (pictured).

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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly day with further showers, hail and possibly thunder expected.

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Flooding advice for region, as light rain forecast

Alex Regan

BBC News

The Environment Agency is advising people from the East Midlands to check for possible flood risks, as light rain is forecast over the weekend.

A spokeswoman advised people to be cautious because "the ground is saturated and the river levels are high".

She added: "We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to walk or drive through flood water, as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”

Matlock
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UK flooding: Road closures in Leicestershire

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

In Leicestershire, a number of roads are closed.

These include:

  • Church Hill Road, in both directions, from Dickinson Way to Ivydale Road in Thurmaston
  • Countesthorpe Road, in both directions, from Lansdowne Grove to Leicester Road in Wigston
  • Hamilton Lane, in both directions, between Hamilton Lane and King Street
  • Slash Lane in Sileby, in both directions, between Mountsorrel Lane and Sileby Road
Hamilton Lane and King Street, Leicestershire
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's unsettled and chilly weather on the way.

This morning there will be some more showers, but dry spells later in the day.

Leicestershire road closed due to flooding

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Emergency services have put out a reminder for motorists to avoid Hamilton Lane in Leicestershire as it is flooded.

It is impassable between Barkby Thorpe and Keyham Lane West, Scraptoft and has been closed to vehicles.

Hamilton Lane
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Almost 30mm of rain in a day

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

There has been 29.6mm of rain recorded at Gringley on the Hill weather station in Nottinghamshire between 06:00 and 15:00 today.

There is still a Met Office Yellow Warning in force until 06:00 on Friday for the northern part of our region.

Lorry stuck in Leicestershire flood water

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

The Leicestershire and Rutland 4x4 Response team has said there is "bad flooding" around the Wymondham area in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

A lorry was pictured stuck in deep water at Coston.

Lorry stuck in ford at Coston, Leicestershire
Jeremy Edwards

The team also reported flooding at Garthorpe.

Flooding at Garthorpe, Leicestershire
Jeremy Edwards

Meanwhile, passerby Tony McManus took these pictures in Kilton.

He has urged motorists to "avoid" the area.

Flooding in Kilton, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Tony McManus
Flooding in Kilton, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Tony McManus

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A damp start with more rain to come.

There's a yellow weather warning for the northern areas of our region, including parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

It'll be dry in the southern areas, but cold and breezy across the East Midlands.

After 70 years, Pat Stephenson has a "wicked" cross-court forehand.
Pat Stephenson, from Leicestershire, is planning on marking her 90th birthday on the tennis court.

Second apology over Jacob Rees-Mogg Grenfell comments

BBC News

A Conservative candidate has apologised for defending Jacob Rees-Mogg's comments that it would have been "common sense" to flee the Grenfell Tower fire.

Andrew Bridgen, who is standing in North West Leicestershire, said Mr Rees-Mogg would have made a "better decision" than authority figures who gave people advice on the night of the fire.

He has now apologised "unreservedly" for his choice of words.

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Mr Rees-Mogg made the remarks during an LBC radio phone-in on Monday.

Mr Bridgen said on Tuesday that Mr Rees-Mogg's comments were "uncharacteristically clumsy", but added: "What he's actually saying is that he would have made a better decision than the authority figures who gave that advice."

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A cold and frosty start to the day but we should see some bright spells before rain and cloud arrive this afternoon.

Firm fined after tops of worker's fingers amputated

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

An aluminium extrusion company has been fined after a worker had the tops of his fingers amputated following an accident.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the employee and four others were carrying out maintenance work to an aluminium extrusion machine, placing a new stem using a chain mesh sling.

The worker was operating the overhead travelling crane when the stem fell on his hand and leg.

His injuries required surgical amputation to three of his fingers. He also suffered a fractured tibia.

Boal UK Limited, on Ashby Road East, Shepshed, Leicestershire
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A HSE investigation found an unsafe system of work had been used.

No risk assessment had been carried out of the work required to remove and refit the stem. It was also found that employees undertaking the work were inadequately trained.

Boal UK Limited, of Ashby Road East, Shepshed, Leicestershire, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of an employee at work. The company was fined £133,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,346 at Leicester Magistrates' Court on 31 October.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's going to be mixed weather this week.

There will be some showery and blustery conditions, but it will also be dry and cloudy at times and some bright spells when we're lucky.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

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If you're looking for that handy lightning storm you need to bring your freshly-built monster to life, I'm afraid you're out of luck.

Today's weather will be bright and dry - perfect for trick or treating, although make sure to wrap up warm because it's going to drop to about 7C (45F) as the witching hour approaches.

But for the ghosts, ghouls and anything that goes bump (outside) in the night, expect it to get a little bit wet - rain is set to hit at about 03:00 and will carry on until Friday afternoon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Happy Halloween!

Four-vehicle crash on M1 southbound

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

The exit slip road at junction 24 of the M1 southbound, near the A453, has had one lane blocked this morning after a four-vehicle crash.

Emergency services are at the scene and Highways England said there could be some minor delays although traffic is flowing. The vehicles are expected to be cleared within the next hour.

M1 crash
Highways England

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be largely dry with plenty of sunny spells throughout the day.

It will be breezy too, making it feel very chilly.

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A cold start this morning with a frost in many places.

The rest of the day will be dry with long sunny periods.

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Police appeal after French bulldog puppy stolen

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Police in Leicestershire are appealing for information after a 15-week puppy was stolen from a home in Stoney Stanton.

Wilma - a brindled French bulldog with white chest fur - was taken when a property on Station Road was burgled between 15:45 and 17:45 yesterday, a force spokesman said.

Leicestershire Police said a set of car keys was also stolen when Wilma was taken.

Wilma
Leicestershire Police

Happiness figures for the East Midlands revealed

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A grim October morning amid the never-ending Brexit saga may not seem the most natural time to tot up the nation's levels of goodwill, but the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released its figures for happiness across the country.

In the East Midlands, North East Derbyshire (illustrated by Ashover's All Saints Church below) and North West Leicestershire come out as the cheeriest regions, scoring 7.87 and 7.86 out of 10 respectively, with Bolsover, Rutland and South Derbyshire not far behind.

Mansfield (7.32) ranked as the least happy, and the local authority area with the lowest levels of life satisfaction, while Melton Mowbray scored as the most anxious place in the East Midlands.

Across the UK, the Ribble Valley in Lancashire (8.30) counted as the most happy, with Surrey Heath (6.71) the most miserable.

This year's figures don't represent a major statistical change for the East Midlands, the ONS said, which is possibly good news if you're the glass-half-full type.

All Saints Church in Ashover in North East Derbyshire
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BBC Weather

It'll be a cloudy start with a band of rain pushing in by lunch, but there will be some chance of sunshine later in the day.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

There'll be some sunny spells today, but incoming low pressure is set to bring breezy and wet weather before the weekend.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It will be a largely fine and dry, bright day with morning fog which may be slow to clear.

There will be some good spells of afternoon sunshine developing for most.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Volunteer police officer jailed for fraud

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

A special sergeant has been jailed for defrauding the police and prison service out of thousands of pounds and stealing police uniform.

Jack Denny was found to have falsely claimed for expenses and overtime from both Leicestershire Police and the Prison Service where he worked, the force said.

The 22-year-old, of Highgrove Close, Burbage, Leicestershire, was suspended from the prison service after an internal investigation. Information was passed to the police where he was also suspended.

Det Con Michael Buckey said: “Denny thought he would be able to get away with making fraudulent claims for overtime and expenses by adding small amounts on here and there."

Denny was convicted after a trial at At Leicester Crown Court and was earlier jailed for two years.

Leicester Crown Court
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Council ordered to pay nearly £5k after girl misses school

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

Leicestershire County Council has been ordered to pay almost £5,000 because a girl missed more than a year of education due to its failings.

The primary school pupil didn't attend classes between March and June in 2017 and from September 2018 to May 2019, during which time her mother said the authority failed to provide alternative provision.

The mother lodged a complaint with the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, saying the council failed to offer or identify "appropriate education" for her daughter, who has autism and additional needs.

Its investigator found the council was at fault for failing to offer or identify appropriate education for the girl.

A council spokesman said it takes complaints to the ombudsman "very seriously", adding it has acted on the recommendations "to ensure similar incidents do not arise".

Leicestershire County Council
BBC

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BBC Weather

There will be a more settled pattern of weather over the next few days.

It doesn't mean wall-to-wall sunshine though, there will be but also lots of cloud around today - under the thicker cloud, some spells of light rain and drizzle.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Arrest after motorcyclist dies following crash

Alex Regan

BBC News

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a motorcyclist was killed in a crash last month.

Police were called to the crossroads of Kilby Road, Kibworth Road and Leicester Road on 26 September following the collision between a car and a motorcycle.

The rider, Steven Duval, 55, from Leicester, was taken to hospital in Coventry but died later.

Leicestershire Police said the driver of car left the scene on foot.

The arrested man, who is in his 20s, remains in custody, the force added.

Steven Duval
Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire MPs refuse to support unitary authority plan

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

Leicestershire MPs have again told the county council they will not support plans to create a single unitary authority.

A letter sent to council leader Nick Rushton, seen by the BBC, is signed by all seven MPs.

Leicestershire County Hall
BBC

It says there is no public desire for change and that there is no need for them to spend so much time on the idea.

They also repeat that they would not support the change in law needed to create the new council.

In response, Mr Rushton said he is disappointed with the MPs' views, and the proposals put the council "ahead of the game" as government plans for devolution are expected to be published shortly.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

There will be some brightness and sunshine this morning, but we could get some thundery showers later across the East Midlands.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands