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  1. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    A dark and gloomy winter picture is in store, with spots of sleet and top temperatures of just 3C on the cards.

    Today's BBC Weather Watchers picture comes from Bry, who snapped a shot of the Christmas tree in Ilkeston.

    Ilkeston Christmas tree
  2. Rolls-Royce planning Hucknall plant switch

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Rolls-Royce has said it plans to transfer its Hucknall plant to its subsidiary company ITP Aero.

    The change for the facility, which produces a range of aero-engine parts, forms part of a major restructuring of the firm's civil aerospace business.

    Rolls-Royce said ITP Aero was among a number of assets it was considering selling to help it generate proceeds of £2bn to strengthen its balance sheet.

    The firm said it was also proposing to end the manufacture of aero-engine shafts at its Inchinnan plant in Scotland so it could "consolidate" production of the part in Derby.

    Rolls-Royce in Hucknall

    Chris Cholerton, the company's head of civil aerospace, said: "The pandemic has created a once-in-a-generation shock to the whole of commercial aviation and it is going to take years to recover.

    “The proposals we are laying out today will provide an opportunity for our workforce in Hucknall to benefit from being part of an enlarged global aerospace leader that can compete for business with other engine manufacturers."

    Rolls-Royce added any job losses resulting from the shake-up were included within the figure of at least 9,000 across the company, which was announced in May.

  3. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    It looks set to be an unsettled day with showery outbreaks of rain for many areas, becoming heavy at times.

    The rain will ease later into the afternoon.

  4. Charity 'lifting spirits' as people shop in Leicester

    David Pittam

    BBC News Online

    Ryan Morris, the leader of the Betel UK, said the charity "completely changed his life" by helping him recover from his addiction.

    He and others have been performing Christmas carols in Leicester city centre to raise money for the charity, as they could not before the national lockdown finished.

    Mr Morris, 37, from Etwall in Derbyshire, said: "The response has been great.

    "It's absolutely brilliant we can be back. People have been a bit down with the whole coronavirus situation and we're lifting a few spirits."

    Betel UK helps people with drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness.

    Caroling choir in Leicester city centre
  5. Covid-19 rates as East Midlands enters new restrictions

    Neil Heath

    BBC News Online

    Oadby and Wigston, in Leicestershire, still has the highest infection rate in the East Midlands for the seven days up to 27 November.

    It currently has the ninth highest rate in England at 328 per 100,000 people, while Leicester is 14th with a rate of 295.9.

    Both areas have seen a significant drop in rate of infection since last week.

    A woman wearing a face mask in Nottingham city centre

    In Derbyshire, the rates are decreasing in all areas of the county, with Amber Valley the highest with 202.9 per 100,000 people.

    Meanwhile in Nottinghamshire, rates are also decreasing - Bassetlaw is the highest with 210.3 per 100,000 people.

    Nottingham, which had the UK's highest infection rate in October, stands at 110th with a rate of 164.3 per 100,000 people. The national average is 157.3.

    Gym in Leicester after lockdown

    In Rutland, the only county in the region to be under tier two restrictions, there were 52.6 cases per 100,000 people.

    Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire have entered the highest level of coronavirus restrictions.

  6. Derby health boss: Tier 3 should bring infection rates down

    BBC Radio Derby

    Derby's director of public health has credited the national lockdown with helping to reduce the number of cases in the city over the past three weeks.

    Dr Robyn Dewis said: "The evidence at the moment is that the impact of tier three will hopefully continue to bring those numbers down - but it will slow.

    Iron Gate in Derby

    "What we do believe is that measures in tier two would probably just maintain the numbers where we are.

    "So we're certainly hopeful that over the next couple of weeks we'll continue to see a drop."

    Derby, which has moved into tier three along with the rest of the county, had an infection rate of 186.2 per 100,000 people in the week up to 27 November - slightly above the national average of 157.3.

  7. Covid-19 vaccine could be available in region next week

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    This morning's major announcement about UK regulators approving Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine means we could be just days away from the first jabs being given to people in the East Midlands.

    Last week Derby City Council gave the green light for Derby Arena to be used as a temporary mass vaccination centre by the NHS if it is required.

    Generic Covid-19 vaccine

    Health bosses in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have been working towards a 9 December start date for a roll-out of the vaccine, subject to it being approved.

    And the Local Democracy Reporting Service has said Leicester Racecourse in Oadby is also on standby to be used as a potential temporary vaccination centre, though the local clinical commissioning group would not confirm any sites it planned to use.

  8. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    It will be a mainly cloudy start with patchy light rain edging in before brighter spells appear later.

    Lake in Heanor

    Tonight, it will be clear at first, but it will cloud over later on.

  9. Police search for bus stop witnesses over stabbing

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Witnesses to a stabbing who may have been stood at a bus stop when it happened are being urged to speak to police.

    Derbyshire Police said a 14-year-old boy was stabbed on 11 November on Tamworth Road, Sawley, just before 14:40.

    Witnesses told the BBC a bus driver and passengers helped the boy to safety.

    Police are now appealing for anyone who was stood at the bus stop at the time and may have seen what happened to get in touch.

    bus stop stabbing

    A 15-year-old boy has since been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was remanded into custody last month.

  10. Snow forecast for part of Derbyshire later this week

    BBC Weather

    As millions prise open the first door of their advent calendar today, parts of the East Midlands could be set for some festive snow later this week.

    The white stuff is currently forecast to fall in Ashbourne and Buxton on Friday, with sub-zero temperatures expected in the early hours.

    Snow in Buxton

    Most other parts of the region are likely to see sleet on the same day.

    Get the latest forecast for your area here.

  11. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    After a cold start, plenty of sunshine is expected throughout the day.

    Bamford landscape

    It will be mainly clear this evening and then cloud will increase through the night.

  12. Overturned lorry trailer causes delays near M1

    Greig Watson

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    An overturned lorry trailer has caused congestion on one of the region's busiest roads.

    A trailer came off a lorry on a roundabout where the A38 meets the M1 at junction 28 in Derbyshire at about 11:20.

    Two lanes on the A38 have been closed and tailbacks of up to 30 minutes have been reported.

    Overturned trailer

    A Highways England spokesman said the lorry was carrying building supplies.

    Queues stretched back on to the M1 slip roads, he added.

    There have been no reports of injuries.