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East Midlands weather warning for ice and snow issued

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice across the East Midlands on Thursday.

From midnight, until 12:00 tomorrow, sleet and snow are expected to fall causing some travel disruption.

"Icy stretches" could also lead to longer journey times by road, bus and train, the weather service added.

East Midlands map showing the weather warnings
Met Office

Up'Ards take lead in Royal Shrovetide Football

BBC Radio Derby

It was advantage Up'Ards on the first day of Royal Shrovetide Football in Ashbourne.

The ball was pushed into the fields towards Sturston and spent most of the day heading in that direction.

Despite the boggy ground, snowfall and freezing temperatures, the ball was finally goaled just after 20:00 by Tom Leighton, from Kniveton.

The match is set to finish later today.

Royal Shrovetide Football Ashbourne
AFP

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A mixture of conditions, with some showers in the morning before it turns drier and brighter during the day.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Roads closed as snow falls in Derbyshire

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Drivers have been warned to expect major disruption on roads in Derbyshire following heavy snow overnight.

Two Peak District roads are currently closed - the A53 Leek Road and the A6024 Holme Moss - while work is ongoing to clear a crashed lorry from the A515 in Pomeroy.

Winnats Pass
Derbyshire Police

The county council said: "Other main routes in the Peak District are currently passable but motorists are advised to take care.

"Elsewhere in the county, ice may be an issue on some routes due to the amount of rain overnight."

Beavers set for Derbyshire comeback

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Plans to reintroduce beavers to Derbyshire for the first time in 800 years have been announced by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

The organisation has started a fundraising push to pay for a £35,000 beaver-proof fence at Willington Nature Reserve.

Beaver in Devon
Devon Wildlife Trust/PA Media

After the fence is installed, the trust plans to apply for a licence to reintroduce a locally-extinct species.

It said fencing contractors were on standby and it hopes to have beavers on site by the end of this year.

According to the RSPB, beavers have already been reintroduced at two locations in Scotland and at the River Otter in Devon.

Rings stolen from 91-year-old woman's home

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Police are appealing for information after jewellery was stolen from the home of a 91-year-old woman in Swadlincote.

The items were taken from a house on Burton Road on 3 February, and Derbyshire Police has released images of two rings in a bid to trace their whereabouts.

Stolen rings Derbyshire
Derbyshire Police

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A colder start to the day, with bands of showers working their way in and wintry conditions all around.

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River Wye levels 'reach their peak'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Water levels on the River Wye in Ashford in the Water in Derbyshire have reached their peak, according to Environment Agency worker Paul Reeves.

He added the agency was "keeping an eye" on the situation.

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Warnings and travel disruption after more rain

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A yellow weather warning for rain and snow is in place for much of Derbyshire and part of Nottinghamshire, according to the Met Office.

The A6 was closed overnight near Buxton because of flooding, with several vehicles abandoned.

A6 flooding
Derbyshire Police

The weather means difficult driving conditions and possible disruption to transport and power.

Four flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected - are in place on the rivers Dove, Wye, Derwent and Amber.

Weather map
Met Office

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There is a yellow weather warning for snow in parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, but it'll be getting gradually wetter throughout the day.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be cloudy and windy but, for the most part, a bit drier today.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's set to be another wet day with heavy rain forecast for later this morning and into the afternoon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Farmer risked life to rescue sheep and ewes from flood

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today Reporter

A farmer risked her own life to save 12 sheep and 15 ewes from a flooded field.

Faye Russell, 26, jumped into action to save her flock from the high water after heavy rainfall in South Derbyshire on Sunday.

She had already moved her 300-strong flock to higher ground on Saturday, as her farm is on a floodplain.

Faye Russell saving sheep
Faye Russell

But then on Sunday a flash flood submerged one of the fields in 7ft of water, leaving some sheep stranded behind a flood bank.

She said: "Duty called. I just had to do it.

"The sheep and lambs had got themselves cut off on higher ground as the water rose.

"It was cold; it took my breath away. I was very tired, very quickly, but I had to rescue them."

Faye Russell saving sheep
Faye Russell

Ex-farmer 'died after combine harvester fall'

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

A retired farmer suffered a "traumatic" brain injury after falling from a combine harvester, an inquest heard.

Arthur Widdowson, of Nether Handley, died at home in Belle Vue Farm, near Sheffield, on 20 September 2018.

The 88-year-old also suffered broken ribs after the fall, and also fell while being treated in hospital.

Chesterfield Coroner's Court heard a post-mortem examination gave a medical cause of death as pneumonia, with the brain injury and the fall from the combine harvester also recorded as factors.

Adjourning the inquest until 1 April, assistant coroner for Derbyshire Sarah Huntbach said Mr Widdowson's death "may have been due to circumstances other than natural causes".

CCTV appeal after hair salon robbery

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

Police have released an image of two men they want to speak to about a robbery at a hair salon in Alfreton.

Derbyshire Police said at about 18:15 on 11 February, two men entered the salon on High Street and demanded money from a staff member. They left with "a quantity of cash".

Police have asked anyone who recognises the men, or has any other information, to get in touch.

CCTV image of two men
Derbyshire Police

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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's a cold and frosty start out there and some of the last-minute showers have produced a bit of ice.

There is a weather front moving in from the west so we will lose the brighter skies and the cloud will increase through the day.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Man uses boat to reach other side of house

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today Reporter

Part of a man's house has been cut off after the River Trent burst its banks near Cavendish Bridge, which connects Leicestershire and Derbyshire.

From the picture it appears Sean Cupitt's property has its own lake, but it is actually due to flooding overnight.

Mr Cupitt, who has lived there for two or three years, has been using a small boat to transport sand bags to try to protect a part of the house that is not flooded.

On seeing what had happened he said: "I thought I was dreaming. I was blown away."

Flooded property near Cavendish Bridge
BBC

Update on travel issues for region

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A few places are still being affected by flooding and there's some other road closures around.

These, according to traffic monitoring site Inrix, include...

Nottinghamshire

  • Three lanes of the A52 at Clifton Bridge are still closed for emergency repairs.
  • The A617 is flooded in both directions from the A46 (Cattlemarket Roundabout in Newark) to The Fox Inn (in Kelham).
  • Queen's Drive park-and-ride is shut because of flooding.
Park and ride flooded
Nottingham City Council

Leicestershire

  • Six Hills Lane blocked due to flooding at the dip under the A46 bridge.
  • Rearsby Road in both directions closed due to flooding from Ratcliffe Road (in Thrussington) to Station Road (in Rearsby).
  • Syston Road closed in both directions due to flooding between Cossington Lane (in Rothley) and Main Street (in Cossington).
  • Slash Lane near Sileby is closed.
  • Granite Way and Sileby Road near Mountsorrel areclosed.
  • Syston Road near Cossington Mill is closed.
  • Broome Lane near Ratcliffe on the Wreake is closed.
  • The A6 between Hathern and Loughborough is flooded in both directions.

Derbyshire

  • There are delays on the M1 Southbound around J24 - with queues of up to five miles - because two lanes were closed earlier. They are now open.
  • Willington Road in both directions is closed due to flooding from St Michael's Church (Willington) to Brook End Roundabout (Repton).
  • The A38 southbound is partially blocked due to a crash near the M1.

Drivers asked to recover abandoned cars

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Police have urged drivers who were forced to abandoned their cars in previously flooded roads in Derbyshire to recover them if it is safe to do so.

Some roads in Derby and Derbyshire were closed due to flooding, but have since been cleared and reopened.

Cars abandoned in previously flooded roads in Derbyshire
Derbyshire Police

Motorists have been advised to check Derbyshire County Council or Derby City Council websites before returning.

Flood warnings in Derbyshire

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The Environment Agency is warning flooding is expected in the following places in Derbyshire:

  • River Derwent at Allestree Ford Lane Bridge and Darley Abbey Park
  • River Derwent at Ambaston Lane
  • River Derwent at Ambergate
  • River Derwent at Church Wilne and Wilne Lane
  • River Derwent at Raynesway
  • River Dove and Egginton Brook at Egginton
  • River Soar at Redhill and Kegworth Bridge
  • River Trent at Barrow upon Trent
  • River Trent at Castle Donington Kings Mill area
  • River Trent at Cavendish Bridge
  • River Trent at Hill Ridware, Pipe Ridware and Mavesyn Ridware
  • River Trent at Swarkestone
  • River Trent at Trent Lock
  • River Trent at Willington, Repton Road area

Train line reopens

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A faulty train which was blocking the line between Derby and Matlock is being moved.

There are still delays of 20 minutes.

Broken-down train closes line

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A broken-down train means passengers between Matlock and Derby are facing delays.

East Midlands Rail (EMR) said buses will be provided to keep passengers moving.

The train broke down at Ambergate, Derbyshire, so the trains between Sheffield, Derby and London are not affected.

EMR expects to reopen the line in about two hours.

Train disruption
EMR

Green light for government floods funding

Norman Smith

Assistant political editor

The government has announced it is activating its emergency funding scheme to help areas hit by Storm Dennis.

Ministers have agreed to allow a number of affected local councils to apply for funding under the Bellwin scheme.

The scheme allows councils to apply for 100% of the non-insurable costs they incur to deal with storm damage.

The areas approved include in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

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Weather: Storm Dennis forecast update

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The Met Office weather warning for rain in the East Midlands remains in place until 21:00 on Sunday.

Tonight it will be clear with just a few showers expected but they could still cause problems where the ground is already saturated.

I'll be colder than last night with a minimum temperature of 3°C (37°F)

Tomorrow will have sunny intervals and a few blustery showers. These could be locally heavy with a risk of hail and the odd rumble of thunder.

Trent Barton bus services disrupted by flooding

Several Trent Barton bus routes have been affected by the flood waters on roads across the region.

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Watch: Flooding across the East Midlands

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Dozens of flood warnings remain in place for the East Midlands as the rain from Storm Dennis continues to fall.

Stay safe out there!

Severe disruption: A516 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A516 Derbyshire both ways severe disruption, between A38 and A50 J5 Etwall.

A516 Derbyshire - A516 Derby Road blocked in both directions between the A38 junction in Mickleover and Etwall in Hilton, because of flooding. Traffic is coping well.

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

Rail line closed due to flooding

Flood water on the line at Draycott in Derbyshire has forced the closure of the line between Derby and Long Eaton.

East Midlands Railway says trains on the Sheffield / Nottingham / London St Pancras and the Matlock / Derby / Nottingham routes are affected.

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Storm Dennis: Flood warnings across East Midlands

Heavy rain yesterday and overnight has led to rising river levels across the region.

Flood warnings or alerts are in place across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire as Storm Dennis continues to lash the UK.

Flood map
Environment Agency
Peak District waterfall 'flows backwards'
Strong winds at Kinder Downfall, in Derbyshire, caused the 98ft (30m) waterfall to blow backwards into the air.

Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It is going to be a stormy weekend but there is quite a calm feel to Friday morning, with a dry and cloudy start to the day.

This afternoon we could see some rain push through and it is due to be a bit breezy with highs of 11C or 12C.

Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

Warning for Derbyshire motorists after spate of car thefts

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

Motorists - particularly drivers of Fords - are being warned after a spate of thefts across Derbyshire.

Over the past four weeks, Derbyshire Police said 28 vehicles have been stolen, 11 of those being Fords, with sports editions like ST or RS models being targeted most.

Thefts have occurred across the county, including in Derby, South Derbyshire, Erewash, Amber Valley, Derbyshire Dales, the High Peak, and North East Derbyshire.

Ford logo
Reuters

PC Scott Jeffreys said: "We would encourage drivers to be vigilant with vehicle security and to report any suspicious activity to us.

"People should use additional deterrents such as steering wheel locks, trackers and immobilisers, and if possible park in a secure garage if they have one."

Storm Dennis: What to expect

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Hot on the heels of Storm Ciara, we're expecting another blast of windy and wet weather this weekend.

Here's what to expect from Storm Dennis.

Three-lorry crash on M1 causes traffic delays

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A crash on the M1 northbound involving three lorries is causing traffic delays.

Emergency services were called just after 11:25 to the motorway between junctions 29 and 29A.

Derbyshire Police said no injuries have been reported.

Part of the carriageway was closed, with delays of at least 30 minutes, but all lanes have since reopened.

M1 northbound between junctions J29 and J29A in Derbyshire
Highways England

Motorcyclist dies in A50 crash

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A motorcyclist has died in a crash on the A50.

Derbyshire Police were called to the eastbound carriageway, between the Chellaston junction and the slip road for the A6 at Alvaston, just after 20:15 last night.

The force said a motorbike had reportedly collided with a lorry parked in a lay-by.

The rider, believed to be a man in his 40s, died at the scene.

Witnesses have been asked to call 101.

A50 between Chellaston junction and the slip road for the A6 at Alvaston
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