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  1. Elections 2021: Polls open for voting

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Polling stations have opened in the East Midlands and across England, Scotland and Wales for this year's local elections.

    Voting will continue until 22:00 but counting is expected to take longer than usual with social distancing measures in place. Some results are not expected until Sunday.

    Polling station in Bletchley

    Elections are being held for Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Leicestershire County Council and Amber Valley Borough Council.

    Voters are also being asked to choose their preferred police and crime commissioner for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

    And by-elections are being held for Leicester City Council (North Evington ward) and Erewash Borough Council (Hallam Fields and Nottingham Road wards).

  2. More than 1,000 Covid fines issued in five weeks

    Jeremy Ball

    Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

    More than 1,000 Covid fines have been issued across the East Midlands in the last five weeks.

    The latest figures show that 298 fines were issued in Derbyshire, 279 in Leicestershire, and 509 fines were issued in Nottinghamshire.

    The number amounts to nearly a sixth of the 6,720 fines issued across the region since the beginning of the pandemic last year.

    The large number of fines issued in Nottinghamshire came after the easing of restrictions in late March, which saw hundreds of people flouting the so-called rule of six and descending on Nottingham green spaces, like the Arboretum.

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    Video caption: Footage shows hundreds descend on park as restrictions ease

    The county's Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper said: "We saw a bit of a perfect storm.

    "We saw a lot of warm weather that took place, we saw the easing of restrictions just on the horizon.

    "Some of the offences we've enforced have involved hundreds of people. That sees a significant number of fines taking place in a short spell of time."

  3. Debenhams to close Chesterfield and Mansfield stores

    PA Media

    The last few Debenhams stores are set to disappear from high streets later this month as the brand becomes an online-only retailer.

    The department stores in Chesterfield and Mansfield will close for good on 12 May, followed by the last remaining stores on 15 May.

    Debenhams in Chesterfield

    A Debenhams spokesman said: "Over the next 10 days, Debenhams will close its doors on the high street for the final time in its 242-year history.

    "Our sincere thanks go out to all of our colleagues and customers who have joined us on this journey.

    "We hope to see you all one last time in stores before we say a final goodbye to the UK high street."

    Stores in Leicester, Nottingham and Derby have already closed.

    The Debenhams chain collapsed at the end of last year.

    The closure of all its stores was confirmed after Boohoo agreed to buy its website and brand in a £55m rescue deal.

  4. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    Mostly dry and bright start with sunny spells, and only the chance of a small isolated shower.

    In the afternoon, showers will become more widespread and heavy for some, though clearing to give a clear, chilly night.

  5. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    Mostly overcast with the odd light shower.

    Into the afternoon, it will be dry with sunny spells developing from the north. Fresh north-easterly winds.

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