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Weather: Overnight thunderstorm warning

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

It might be glorious outside now but a storm is brewing over the East Midlands.

Map of thunderstorm
BBC

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms from 18:00 this evening until 09:00 tomorrow.

It says: "Scattered thunderstorms moving north tonight and early Wednesday could lead to some power cuts and travel delays."

Missing 14-year-old girl found

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Jessica Blockley, 14, who was reported missing from the Kirkby in Ashfield area on Saturday evening, has been found.

Round-the-clock ambition for air ambulance

Running a 24/7 air ambulance in the county could mean hundreds more patients are treated every year, Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance says.

air ambulance
Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance

The charity, which currently attends emergencies only between 07:00 and 19:00, is hoping to extend its operating hours by the end of the year.

In its 25 years working in the county, the charity has helped at over 20,000 emergencies.

The charity will begin operating 24 hours a day four days a week from 1 August.

The cost of the service will increase from £2.5m per year to £4m if the service does run 24 hours a day throughout the year.

If we are able to help over 400 more people who are suffering from the most serious illnesses and traumatic injuries, then this proves to be an incredible development for our charity. But we can only make this remarkable step forward with the help of our local communities, and we cannot thank them enough for their incredible support."

Karen JoblingChief executive officer, Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance

Man admits shouting abuse at MP

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A pro-Brexit activist who shouted abuse at Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry outside Parliament has pleaded guilty to public order offences.

James Goddard, 29, from Altrincham, Greater Manchester, has admitted causing alarm and distress using threatening or abusive language.

He also admitted a racially aggravated public order offence against a police officer.

James Goddard
PA Media

Ms Soubry resigned from the Conservative Party in February and is now part of the Independent Group for Change and supports another Brexit referendum.

Police forces ask people to hand in guns

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Police forces across the East Midlands are asking those who own a firearm or have one and don't know how to dispose of it to hand it in as part of a two-week national amnesty.

From tomorrow, forces in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire are asking people to surrender their guns - including imitation models - and any unused and unwanted firearms.

During the last national firearms surrender in 2017, more than 245 firearms and ammunition were handed into Nottinghamshire Police and 194 were handed into Derbyshire.

The items included antique and imitation guns, war trophies and items disguised as Tasers.

weapons
BBC

The forces said anyone who hands in a gun won't be prosecuted, but there will be an investigation to make sure the weapons are not connected to any offences.

People have until 4 August to take firearms into police stations across the East Midlands.

Disabled veteran's cycle access blocked by barriers

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Changes could be made to new cycle path barriers after a disabled military veteran said they restricted his access.

Michael Metcalfe, 43, from Arnold, who suffered a prolapsed spinal disc during military training, rides a recumbent tricycle and says he is unable to navigate the cycle path between Wilford Lane and Compton Acres.

"The barriers were designed to stop motorbikes but if they can stop a motorbike, they will stop a person with mobility issues," he said.

Mr Metcalfe said the path is vital to him as it gives him a sense of freedom.

However, following a complaint he made to Rushcliffe Borough Council outlining his concerns, the council has said it is open to finding a way to make the path more accessible for disabled people.

Michael Metcalfe
Pedals

A Rushcliffe Borough Council spokeswoman said: "We were pleased to listen to and work with Mr Metcalfe to assess how one of the barriers could be amended to help him and other users navigate the route more easily."

Mr Metcalfe said: "In fairness to the council, they were attentive - it seems they did care.

"But it appears they just didn't think about how it would affect disabled people and that is something which needs to change - not just here but across the country."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We can expect a rainy afternoon with the possibility of thunderstorms later on. Temperatures will drop a bit compared to earlier in the week.

Young East Midlanders 'trapped in renting'

East Midlands Today

The rising cost of buying a home is trapping young East Midlanders in the rented sector, according to a report.

Research by financial company PwC predicts that the East Midlands will see the country's fastest rising property prices, up by 2.9% in 2019.

That would put the average price of a house in our region up from £190,000 now to about £214,000 by 2022, making it harder for people in their 20s to stop renting.

Builders
BBC

PwC also found young renters were now paying out an average 25% of their income on rent and in our cities, this could be even higher, edging close to the official definition of unaffordable - 30%.

Report finds force needs more cash for officers

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire Police is warning that it'll need 260 extra officers to cope with rising demand in the next four years.

An independent report, paid for by Police and Crime Comissioner Paddy Tipping, has forecast growing levels of reported violence, stalking and sex offences in the county.

Paddy Tipping
BBC

Mr Tipping said: "We have got to change and we have to make sure the resources available balance the demands.

"We have a new Prime Minister in the offing and both contenders say policing is a priority - I hope this report arms them to deliver what they have promised."

East Midlands Trains strike action to go ahead

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has confirmed industrial action on East Midlands Trains (EMT) will go ahead as planned from this Saturday.

Members will strike on 20 July, 27 July and 3 August due to concerns over pay discrimination and contract issues.

East Midlands Trains
PA Media

The union remains available for talks but it takes two to tango. No-one should underestimate the resilience and ‎determination of our EMT members to see justice."

Mick CashRMT general secretary

East Midlands Trains has said trains to and from London will run as scheduled.

However, the operator said some services on local routes will be affected and has advised customers to check their journey times before travelling.

Have you seen any of these people?

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Police have put out separate appeals for three people today who have gone missing in Nottingham.

One is 12-year-old Reo Guest, who was reported missing from Mansfield Woodhouse yesterday.

She is described as slim, 5ft with long black hair and was last seen wearing a black jacket with white fur, black leggings and black trainers.

Reo Guest
Nottinghamshire Police

Another is 17-year-old Malawi Anderson, who was reported missing from Sneinton at about 23:00 on Sunday.

He is about 5ft 9in tall and is of slim build and was last seen wearing a Khaki tracksuit.

Malawi Anderson
Nottinghamshire Police

Kate Sandby, 44, has also gone missing. She was reported missing from Sherwood Rise at about 17:00 yesterday.

She is described as white, of medium build and is about 5ft 2in tall with long, brown hair.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, pink top, pink watch and trainers.

Kate Sandby
Nottinghamshire Police

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A hazy start to the day will give way to blue skies and sunny spells in the afternoon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We can expect a cloudy start to the day which is expected to clear by this afternoon giving us sunny spells across the East Midlands.

Here's Rich Davis with the forecast.

'Britain's biggest' stickleback caught

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

As monster catches go, it was not the biggest fish ever caught - but for a stickleback it was enormous.

Mat Faulkner, from Ilkeston, was at his own fishery in Nottinghamshire when he caught the 9g (0.3 ounce) tiddler.

The fisherman believes the fish, which usually weigh about a gram, has beaten the previous national record set in 1998.

The British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee said its members will scrutinise the claim in due course.

Mat Faulkner holding the stickleback
Jack Perks

Mr Faulkner's friend Jack Perks - who features regularly on the BBC's Springwatch programme for his freshwater fish expertise - was there at the time.

Mr Perks said: "Mat shouted me over and I looked at it and I said 'that's enormous'."

The wildlife expert said had the female been caught earlier, it would have been even heavier due to its eggs.

A 7g (0.2 ounce) stickleback caught at a lake in Cambridgeshire is currently the largest recorded stickleback.

The stickleback
Jack Perks

Less roadside mowing will allow 'wildlife to flourish'

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire County Council is aiming to allow roadside verges to "flourish" to help wildlife after a motion was accepted at a full council meeting.

The authority had been running a trial cutting back on grass mowing at a handful of roadside sites in the county.

At the meeting, the motion put forward will look into the feasibility of a number of measures that could help the natural environment.

This includes only cutting a small strip of vegetation along road verges annually to maintain safe sight lines for traffic.

Wild flowers on a roadside verge in Nottinghamshire
BBC

The council will also review its weed spraying policy and whether their strategy of cutting back trees and hedgerows should be "less aggressive".

Nottinghamshire could also see more trees being planted to increase greenery and improve air quality.

The measures could be implemented permanently if approved by the council's policy committee later in the year.

Nottingham's musical sibling stars off to the Proms

East Midlands Today

A rising Nottingham piano star will present part of the BBC's Proms at the Royal Albert Hall this summer.

Isata Kanneh-Mason, 23 - whose music studies were paid for by Sir Elton John - is the older sister of award-winning cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who performed at the royal wedding.

Sheku will play with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the London venue on August 22 and Isata will present the performance, making her TV presenting debut.

Isata and Sheku Kanneh-Mason
PA

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be cloudy skies with some rain in the morning, but as the afternoon progresses, the rain will become more showery with sunny intervals. Maximum temperatures of 20 to 23C.

Notts County could be wound up at High Court

East Midlands Today

Notts County Football Club could be wound up later today as the club faces its third High Court appearance over an unpaid tax bill.

The club had a winding-petition against them from HMRC over an unpaid tax bill of about £800,000 adjourned in June.

Notts County
BBC

The Magpies - formerly the oldest club in the football league but relegated to non-league football in May - are searching for a new owner. They could be wound up if they can't prove a sale is imminent.

Nature reserve hide destroyed by fire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A sensory wildlife hide and boardwalk at a Nottinghamshire nature reserve were destroyed by fire on Friday evening.

It is the third major fire at the Skylarks Nature reserve at Holme Pierrepont in three years - and the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, said they believed it was arson.

The wooden structure and boardwalk were built last summer to provide wheelchair access at a popular viewing point.

Skylarks
BBC

Erin McDaid, from the Trust, said: "We just don't understand why people can be so mindless.

"We think it was arson because the sheer scale of the devastation suggests it wasn't an accidental fire that got out of hand."

Previous fires in 2016 and 2017 destroyed a specially constructed accessible pond–dipping platform and a reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon dwelling which had been hand built by volunteers.

Erin McDaid
BBC

Notts County fans fundraise for club's unpaid employees

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Notts County fans have raised almost £2,000 to support staff at the club who weren't paid in June.

While players are likely to be supported by their union, the PFA, for their lost wages, staff working in kitchens, the grounds and offices won't get the same compensation.

On Saturday, protesters also gathered outside Meadow Lane asking Alan Hardy to sell the club before Wednesday's visit to the High Court over an unpaid tax bill.

County fans protesting
BBC

Council overspend on child social care

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

The rising number of children being taken into care and fostering has left Nottinghamshire County Council £7.5m over its child social care budget.

In the year to April this year, 875 children were looked after by the council – a rise from 797 the year before.

Child sitting in window
Thinkstock

Before the overspend the council had predicted to spend £127m on services for children and young people.

Next week councillors are expected to agree to write to the Government calling for it to look again at funding for councils.

A Conservative motion – which is expected to pass – says that the current funding level "does not reflect" the current needs it is facing.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There is still some cloud around first thing, but it should brighten up as we head into the afternoon and it will be another warm day.

High UV levels and pollen count again too.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be dry with spells of sunshine today, feeling rather warm in the afternoon but with some gentle winds.

Rushcliffe has the lowest smoking rate in the country

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The Nottinghamshire borough of Rushcliffe has the fewest smokers in England, NHS figures published today show.

Only 4% of adults there said they smoked when asked in 2018, compared to the national average of 14.4%.

This is despite it being the parliamentary stronghold of famous cigar-lover Ken Clarke, pictured here with one in 2005.

Ken Clarke with a cigar
PA

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A lovely sunny day with a light variable breeze today. It will feel warm in the sunshine with highs of 21C.

There are high UV levels too and a very high pollen count today.