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Weather: Sunshine and heavy rain

BBC Weather

It'll be a cloudy night with areas of patchy rain and drizzle. A few mist patches are set to develop too.

There'll be a mixture of sharp showers and dry spells tomorrow. Some showers could be on the heavy and perhaps on the thundery side. There will however still be some brighter spells.

England win toss ahead of Trent Bridge ODI

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The fourth one-day international between England and Pakistan is about to get under way at Trent Bridge.

England have won the toss and elected to bowl first. Follow the action on the BBC Sport website.

The toss at Trent Bridge
Nottinghamshire CCC

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain has moved in to replace the glorious sunshine we've been enjoying this week.

Compensation after theft from sick miners' charity

East Midlands Today

Nottinghamshire mining communities have received more than £1m after a Charity Comission inquiry into a miners' care home.

Neil Greatrex was jailed for four years in 2012 for stealing money from a Nottingham Miners' Home charity which he used for a new kitchen and other personal home improvements.

Neil Greatrex

The charity was supposed to be caring for sick miners.

Greatrex has since repaid the money. The commission say the charity has now been wound up and its assets passed on to the Nottinghamshire Miners Welfare Trust Fund Scheme, which supports former miners and their families.

Care Home

Weather: A cloudy day with some rain

BBC Weather

Cloud is expected to become more extensive through tonight and will thicken enough to give some light showers.

Sun in Leicester

Friday will feel fairly cool and there will be rather a lot of cloud, thick enough to produce some showers.

Cricket: Essex beat Nottinghamshire by eight wickets

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire have been heavily beaten in their County Championship match in Chelmsford.

County Championship match in Chelmsford

Essex reached the target of 105 for the loss of just two wickets, with Sir Alistair Cook unbeaten on 40.

Earlier, Notts were bowled out for just 158 in their second innings.

Details of A614's £18m upgrade

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

One of the busiest routes in Nottinghamshire will see six key pinch points upgraded in a multi-million pound scheme.

Last year, the government announced £18m would be spent on the A614 and the A6097.

Described as the "spine of the county" the routes jointly go from the south to the north of Nottinghamshire.


New details have been revealed for how the funding will be spent, with the majority going on six junctions and islands which cause the worst snarl-ups.

From south to north, the junctions are: Lowdham Roundabout; Warren Hill Junction (where the A6097 and A614 join); White Post Roundabout; Mickledale Lane Junction and Deerdale Lane Junction (both near Bilsthorpe) and Ollerton Roundabout.

M1 smart motorway upgrade cost £125m

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Highways England has invested more than £125m upgrading a section of the M1 to a smart motorway.

It allows variable speed limits to be used on the section between Junctions 23a and Junction 25, which helps to adjust the flow of traffic to ease congestion.

Sensors by the side of the road work out when vehicles are slowing down, and signs above the carriageway change the mandatory speed limits accordingly.

Highways England monitors motorways and trunk roads from a series of regional control centres. Its operators can trigger various aspects of the smart motorway, including “Red X” instructions, which close one or more lanes at a time.


Weather: A cooler day tomorrow

BBC Weather

A fine evening with sunshine and overnight it will remain dry with mainly clear skies.

Sun in Nether Heage, Belper

Any early mist patches will lift on Thursday morning to leave a dry day with spells of sunshine.

There will be more in the way of cloud and it will be a breezier day so will start to feel cooler.

Man robbed at knife-point in own home

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A knife-wielding robber threatened a 62-year-old man after barging in to his home.

He then punched his victim in the face and took his wallet during the attack in Central Avenue at 17:45 yesterday.

Central Avenue

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Wear sunscreen - it's going to warm and sunny today.

Weather: Some mist overnight

BBC Weather

It will stay fine this evening with plenty of late sunshine. It will then remain dry through tonight with mainly clear skies. A few mist patches may form overnight.

Any early mist patches will soon lift on Wednesday to leave a dry and fine day with lots of sunshine. It will be a warm day with a light breeze.

Unemployment 'at 4% in East Midlands'

BBC Business News

Unemployment in the East Midlands was 4% in the first three months of the year, down by 1% compared with October to December last year.

Overall the UK’s unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8%, its lowest since late 1974, according to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics.

You can read the full story here:

Unemployment rate
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Weather: More warm sunshine

BBC Weather

Late sunshine this evening, then staying dry overnight with largely clear, starry skies and few, if any, clouds.


Tomorrow will remain dry with a good deal of warm sunshine and just a little cloud at times.

Ashfield Council: Independents take control from Labour
Last month’s local elections saw the rise of smaller parties, with a warning to larger parties about holding on to their traditional safe seats.

Air ambulance celebrates 25 years of lifesaving

People whose lives have been saved thanks to the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance are taking part in the charity's 25th anniversary celebrations today.

The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance

About 20,000 missions have been completed since the service started in 1994.

In the past two years, the charity has bought a new helicopter and started operating 24 hours a day.

Shani Wortley, from the charity, said: "We've made a positive impact on literally thousands of lives over the past 25 years."

Second company sues government over railway bid

BBC Business News

The rail giant Arriva is suing the government after it lost its bid to run the East Midlands railway franchise.

The firm, owned by Germany's state-backed Deutsche Bahn, said it wanted more information on how the Department for Transport assessed the bids, which was won by Dutch company Abelio.


The move comes after rival and current operator Stagecoach, which was banned from rebidding, announced it was taking legal action.

The Department for Transport said it had "total confidence" in its franchise competition process.

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to start off sunny, stay sunny throughout the morning and, amazingly, remain sunny this afternoon as well.

Tonight's weather: Showers expected to fade

BBC Weather

Showers will ease in the evening but patchy cloud will linger overnight.

Under any clear spells areas of mist and fog may develop overnight, with light winds.

Weather map

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The wet weather is set to continue but next week is looking much better - here's the full forecast.

Tonight's weather: Further showers expected

BBC Weather

Tonight will remain quite cloudy with further showers but it should turn drier and a touch clearer towards dawn.

A few mist patches may form later on with just a light wind.

Weather map

Force gets extra £500,000 to help tackle knife crime

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Police in Nottinghamshire have been given an extra £500,000 to help tackle the growing problem of knife crime.

The force also received £1m from the Home Office last month to try to prevent knife attacks.

The extra cash comes after a marked rise in the number of violent incidents and stabbing injuries being treated in hospitals.

Knife crime

Dry winter hitting farmers hard

You might not be enjoying this week's wet weather but farmers in the East Midlands are warning of the effects the dry winter and spring is having on their crops and businesses.

Peter Gadd, an arable farmer in Nottinghamshire, says his farm has seen almost half the amount of rainfall over the first four months of this year compared with the same period last year.

Farmer on tractor

He said: "Through the winter, where we'd expect to get a serious recharge of river waters and rainfall, it didn't happen.

"It will obviously create pressures for everyone but small businesses will find it difficult to absorb the investment cost."

Today's weather in the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A little unsettled for today but temperatures on the up for next week.

Tonight's weather: Rain likely to ease

BBC Weather

Heavy, persistent rain fading a little through this evening. Thereafter, tonight is expected to be rather cloudy with the odd shower. Winds will be mostly light.

Weather map

Government 'has total confidence' in rail bidding system

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The Department for Transport has released a statement after Stagecoach confirmed it was taking legal action over its disqualification from the bidding process for the East Midlands rail franchise.

A spokesperson said: "Stagecoach is an experienced bidder who knowingly submitted non-compliant bids on all competitions. In doing so, they disqualified themselves.

"We do not comment on legal proceedings. However, we have total confidence in our franchise competition process and will robustly defend decisions that were taken fairly following a thorough and impartial evaluation process."

Sign at Derby railway station

Stagecoach: No choice but to pursue legal action

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Stagecoach chief executive Martin Griffiths said the company was "deeply concerned" about how the Department for Transport handled procurement of the East Midlands, South Eastern and West Coast rail franchises.

He said: "Despite our continued requests for full transparency around these matters, many fundamental questions remain unanswered.

"As a result, regrettably we have had no option but to commence legal action against the DfT to ensure the serious issues involved and the DfT's opaque decision-making are subject to proper public scrutiny."

East Midlands Trains carriage

He continued: "In view of the legal action we have taken today, we believe it would be untenable for the DfT to proceed to sign any contract for the East Midlands franchise without a full and proper review of the procurement of that franchise to help restore public confidence in the process."

The Department for Transport said at the time of Stagecoach's disqualification the company had "repeatedly ignored established rules" and that other bidders had met its requirements.

Stagecoach taking legal action over East Mids snub

Press Association

Stagecoach - the owner of East Midlands Trains - has launched legal action against the Department for Transport over its disqualification from the East Midlands rail franchise competition, the company has said.

Last month, the DfT rejected Stagecoach bids for the East Midlands franchise, the South Eastern franchise with Alstom, and a renewal of the West Coast franchise with Virgin Trains and France's SNCF because they did not meet pensions rules.

Stagecoach said it could have been left with liabilities of £1.6bn if it had agreed to accept pension risks.

East Midlands Trains train

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

In short, it's looking grim out there - with rain for most of the day and even thunderstorms in some parts. Things are looking a little better later on in the week.

Big shift in primary care to ease GP shortage

East Midlands Today

Hundreds more physiotherapists, paramedics and healthcare assistants are to be recruited in the East Midlands to boost care alongside GPs, NHS England has promised.

Woman at a doctor's

In one of the biggest shifts in primary care for more than a decade, the new workers will help more people manage chronic conditions closer to home.

There are no regional figures for the number to be recruited by local clinical commissioning groups but nationally it is more than 20,000, as set out in the NHS's long term plan.

With GP numbers showing their first sustained drop in 50 years nationally, the aim is ease some of the pressure on doctors.

Tonight's weather: Showers set to ease off

BBC Weather

Any showers around in the evening will die away to leave it dry for a time but rain will then spread from the south-west and become persistent. Becoming breezier too with a brisk south-easterly wind.

Weather map

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It doesn't look like we'll be getting a break from the cool and wet weather of the weekend for a few days, but it may get better by the end of the week...

Derbyshire worst for leaving dogs in hot cars

East Midlands Today

A charity is warning of a significant rise in reports of dogs being left in hot cars.

Last year the RSPCA hotline took more than 8,000 calls across the country, with 143 in Derbyshire alone - although this is down from 175 in 2017.

A further 123 cases were reported in Nottinghamshire, up from 100 in 2017, and 112 in Leicestershire, up from 96 in 2017.

Dog in car
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A look back on the day...

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

We were told it could be a good time to be an independent candidate in the local elections - and so it proved.

That means it's been a terrible time for the Conservatives and Labour, who've both taken an electoral battering with voters using the local elections to express their dismay over the handling of Brexit.

There's been a resurgent Liberal Democrat vote. The Greens also won seats. But it's the Independents who did best of all as voters turned away from the main parties.

Ashfield in Nottinghamshire produced the worst results in the country for both Labour, who lost 20 seats, and the Lib Dems, who lost all their 5 seats.

The Ashfield Independent Group didn’t scrape home either. They took 64 per cent of the votes cast and in one seat seized from Labour they polled 88 per cent.

A week ago Jeremy Corbyn was door knocking in Hucknall and telling me they were hoping to win back the Council.

There’s some comfort for Labour that most of their losses came in three Councils... Ashfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover.

And there’s an irony too that the latest trend towards support for Independents began in 2002 in Mansfield when an independent mayor was first elected. Labour have won the mayoral contest there for the first time by two votes.

Weather outlook for East Midlands

BBC Weather

It's looking a little bit chilly for the bank holiday weekend unfortunately, and wet for the rest of the night.


Conservatives hold Newark and Sherwood

Dominic Johnson

BBC Radio Nottingham reporter

The final count is in and the Conservatives have retained control of Newark and Sherwood District Council.

According to figures from the council website, they have gained three seats and Labour has lost five.

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