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Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Mel Coles

BBC Weather presenter

We have a wet and humid day ahead with a yellow warning for thunder issued by the Met Office.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms over East Midlands

BBC Weather

Any rain will clear north to give a dry and cloudy start to the night, but further heavy rain and thunderstorms will spread through the early hours.

Clouds above Braunstone
JoeW

Lingering overnight rain will ease during the morning to leave it dry but largely cloudy for many. However, showers will develop, and some of these could be heavy and thundery.

Nine millionth tree planted in National Forest

East Midlands Today

The National Forest will be planting its nine millionth tree this year - 25 years on since its creation.

The forest was established across former mining fields covering Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

Staff are now preparing for the forest to host the annual Timber Festival, a three-day festival with music and talks starting on 5 July.

They hope it will inspire more people to plant their own trees.

Tree being measured
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Parking charges to rise again at East Midlands Airport

David Pittam

BBC News Online

East Midlands Airport is (again) raising the price of its rapid drop off.

Just over a week after they scrapped their controversial £2 for five minute charge, bosses have announced the charge for a 10-minute stay will go up from £2 to £3.

Waiting cars
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They said it will be introduced today and will pay for infrastructure improvements and more staff to ease congestion at peak times.

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's set to be a warm but wet and at times thundery couple of days.

East Midlands weather: Dry night with patchy cloud

BBC Weather

Tonight will be dry with light winds, clear spells and some areas of low cloud drifting around.

We can expect another dry day tomorrow, with further sunny periods and patches of cloud developing once again.

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East Midlands Railway to have purple colour scheme

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The company due to take over the East Midlands rail franchise this summer has unveiled the branding it plans to use.

Dutch-owned Abellio will replace East Midlands Trains as operator of the franchise from August.

East Midlands Railway branding
Abellio

The firm has pledged to invest £600m in new trains and upgrades to existing trains.

It said the introduction of the new branding will be "gradual", with trains rebranded in stages between 2020 and 2022.

Mouse problem at city council HQ

BBC Radio Derby

Derby City Council is dealing with a mouse infestation at its city centre headquarters.

Cleaning has been stepped up in response to the problem at the Council House in Corporation Street and staff have been told not to eat at their desks.

Council House
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Friday's looking mainly dry and bright with plenty of sunshine.

East Midlands weather: Dry and clear night

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Any lingering daytime rain should clear to then leave a dry rest of the night with lengthy clear spells, with generally gentle winds.

It should essentially remain dry tomorrow, as high pressure builds over the region.

There will be sunny spells and in places a partial build up of cloud.

Weather
BBC

Lightning and heavy rain expected to hit East Midlands

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for torrential rain and lightning from Sunday.

The warning, in force from 15:00 on Sunday to 23:59 on Monday, applies to the whole region.

Lightning
PA

The Met Office said there was a risk of flooding and damage to buildings from lightning strikes.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We're expecting a mixture of sunshine and showers today.

Man wanted over kill threat and behaviour allegations

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Police have released an image of a man they wanted to speak to over allegations of making threats to kill and coercive and controlling behaviour.

Mohammed Kabeer, 35, is 5ft 6ins tall and of medium build with black hair.

Police said he has links to Derby and Bradford.

Mohammed Kabeer
Derbyshire Police

Waters receding at New Road

Sussex 255 v Worcestershire 14-2 - lunch

While they're at lunch at Chester Road, Kidderminster, on the second day of Worcestershire's rescheduled game with Sussex, things are now looking a little brighter 15 miles away back at county headquarters, at New Road.

It has stopped raining, the River Severn has now reached its peak, the waters are starting to recede and the clean-up operation has begun in parts of the ground.

New Road first thing on Wednesday morning
Worcestershire CCC on Twitter
New Road Wednesday lunchtime
Ged Scott - BBC Sport

On past experience, it usually takes three weeks to get the place ready for cricket again after a New Road flood, which would wipe out next week's one-day game against Australia A, on 25 June.

But the next home game after that, the Championship fixture against Derbyshire on 7 July, at least looks a reasonable target.

The club are yet to comment on how long they expect to be at Kidderminster this time.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A damp and cloudy start with showers and possibly thunder expected later but we could also see bright spells towards the end of the day.

Weather: Cloudy, thundery and humid night

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Showers will pep up this evening with the risk of a thundery downpour here and there.

They will be fairly hit and miss and they will ease up for a time overnight.

It will remain cloudy, damp and humid overnight with lows of 12C.

Weather
BBC

The rain has the potential to pep up again through tomorrow morning bringing the risk of a thundery downpour again.

They will again be hit and miss but with the ground already saturated from last week’s rain, the Met Office is warning of the potential of very localised flooding. The rain will clear away by late afternoon giving a dry and perhaps bright end to the day.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A bright start to the day but cloud should increase later with rain arriving from the south and the chance of thunderstorms.

Weather: Dry night but risk of thunderstorms tomorrow

BBC Weather

We can expect heavy rain and thunderstorms across the region later tomorrow, though tonight will remain dry.

Overnight there will be area of fog and mist, with showers expected which are due to turn heavy later on.

Weather
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Download drone sightings delay flights

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Police are investigating after three separate drone sightings disrupted flights at East Midlands Airport during Download Festival.

Drone
PA

Leicestershire Police said a drone pilot had been interviewed after it was reported to police at 09:30 on Saturday.

Two further drones were reported inside the restricted airspace of East Midlands Airport at 00:00 that night and Sunday at 13:30.

Police said they have not been able to identify the pilots.

A TUI flight to Larnaca was delayed by 52 minutes and a Ryanair flight to Pisa was delayed by 25 minutes.

Police appeal to community over missing Sheffield man

Police officers in Sheffield are stepping up their search for a missing man who hasn't been seen for a week.

Minod Monger
South Yorkshire Police

Minod Monger, 23, was last seen on Remington Road last Monday.

Police say his family is extremely worried for his welfare, with officers carrying out inquiries in the Parson Cross and Ecclesfield areas of Sheffield.

Speaking at a press conference last week, Ch Insp Helen Lewis appealed for people in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire to be on the lookout for Minod as he is a keen walker.

Anybody who has seen him is being asked to call 999 and not approach him.

Thunder and lightning set to hit East Midlands

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for thunderstorm and torrential rain in the East Midlands between 18:00 on Tuesday and 21:00 on Wednesday.

"There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds," it said.

It follows last week's heavy rain that caused flooding and disruption across the region.

Flooding in Sileby
Tina Onions

Thousands of offences 'dealt with informally'

East Midlands Today

Police forces in the East Midlands have dealt with about 30,000 crimes since 2014 using an out-of-court process that doesn't count as a conviction.

Community resolutions do not appear on criminal records but can be given out for a range of offences, including antisocial behaviour and assault.

Derbyshire Police headquarters
BBC

Derbyshire Police has resolved 6% of its recorded crimes in this way over the past five years - the highest proportion in the region.

The force said they had only been used when deemed "the right thing to do".

Derbys and Notts crews fight floods in Lincolnshire

East Midlands Today

Fire crews from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have been helping to pump water from a flood-hit town in Lincolnshire.

More than 580 homes were evacuated in Wainfleet after two months' worth of rain fell in two days and the River Steeping broke its banks.

High volume pumps are being used to bring water levels down so people can return home.

Flooding in Wainfleet
PA

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's plenty of cloud around this morning but this should thin out as the day goes on with sunny spells and showers possible later.

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

For the first time this week there's good news and (some) clear skies on the way.

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Billy Godleman

Nick Webb

BBC Sport Wales at Parc y Scarlets

Glamorgan comfortably held out for a draw at 184-2 after Derbyshire gave themselves 58 overs to bowl the home side out.

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Ambulance crews battled to save man who fell into lake

Police say the man who died after falling into Windermere earlier this week was 57 and from Heversham, near Milnthorpe.

Emergency services were called to Glebe Road, one of the busiest tourist areas in the Lake District, just before 13:00 on Wednesday, and medical staff from the ambulance and air ambulance tried in vain to save the man's life.

Police say the coroner has been informed, and they have no reason to be suspicious about the man's death.

Weather: More rain on the way

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The end of the very wet weather is in sight - but not before more rain today.

Billy Godleman

Nick Webb

BBC Sport Wales at Parc y Scarlets

Derbyshire's Billy Godleman and Tom Lace dominate day three as they steer the visitors to 504-4, 110 runs ahead of Glamorgan

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Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

The forecast? You guessed it, more rain - although it might be a bit drier for a short spell early tomorrow morning.

Weather
BBC

East Midlands Airport charges U-turn: No refunds

David Pittam

BBC News Online

East Midlands Airport will not be offering refunds to those who paid for their rapid drop off, despite admitting there had been problems since they raised the prices.

Responding to a question from the BBC, a spokesman said: "We are not refunding passengers who have used rapid drop off.

East Midlands Airport
PA

"We offer a full range of free and paid for parking options so that passengers have a choice.

"These include one hour’s free parking in Long Stay 2, free 30 minutes parking for disabled passengers, £4 for 30 minutes in short stay as well as rapid drop off next to the main entrance."

East Midlands Airport charges U-turn: Your reaction

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"Thanks goodness for common sense" was the almost unanimous response to the news that East Midlands Airport is scrapping its controversial new rapid drop off parking charges.

The airport announced this afternoon it will go back to the old charges of £2 for 10 minutes parking in the rapid drop off, which was briefly raised to £2 for five minutes (with £1 for every minute over) earlier this month.

Airport queues
@swfcmark1974

Bosses said they had done it to improve traffic flow but admitted drivers were being charged just waiting to leave, with customers complaining of gridlock and "total chaos" at the exits.

Carol Whyke wrote: "I should think so too. Maddy Ward added it was "still too much - but a step in the right direction."

But Martyn Webster and a number of others are unhappy with the lower price, with some saying they should not have to pay just to drop people off. "Still a complete and utter ripoff," he wrote.

BreakingAirport parking charges U-turn

David Pittam

BBC News Online

East Midlands Airport has decided to scrap its new higher parking charges for the rapid drop off zone after scenes of "total chaos" at the barriers.

Andy Tyler-Smith, from the airport, insisted the change - which saw the time drivers could stay for £2 drop from 10 minutes to five - had been done "with the best intentions".

There was a further £1 charge for every minute over.

Queuing traffic
@swfcmark1974

Mr Tyler-Smith claimed it was to improve traffic flow but customers had reported gridlock since it was introduced earlier this month - meaning drivers' charges kept rising as they queued to leave.

He admitted this had been a problem at peak times.

The airport has announced it's returning to its normal charges.

Cricket: Play set to resume in Swansea

BBC Derby Sport

Good news Derbyshire cricket fans - the County Championship match against Glamorgan WILL resume this afternoon.

Cricket ground in Swansea
BBC

The weather must be a bit better in Swansea.

Play finished yesterday with Derbyshire trailing by 173 runs with eight wickets remaining from 48 overs.

Flood warnings and alerts across the region

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The Environment Agency has several flood warnings and alerts in place for the East Midlands.

Warning

  • Day Brook at Ventnor Rise and Athorpe Grove in Old Basford
  • Cocker Beck at Lowdham
  • River Wreake for mills at Hoby, Thrussington and Ratcliffe
Map showing warnings and alerts
Environment Agency

Alert

  • Lower River Soar in Leicestershire
  • River Devon and Smite in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire
  • River Erewash in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
  • River Leen and Day Brook in Nottinghamshire
  • River Maun in Nottinghamshire
  • River Trent in Derbyshire
  • River Trent Tributaries in Nottinghamshire
  • River Wreake in Leicestershire
  • Ryton Oldcotes catchment
  • River Anker and River Sence

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We might get a bit of a break from the rain this afternoon - here's the full forecast.

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

You're probably getting tired of hearing this but the forecast is more rain. Tomorrow isn't looking much better either...

Weather
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