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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's a mixture of everything in the forecast for Tuesday, including some sunshine, cloud, hail and maybe even some wintry showers.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The sunshine will make an appearance at some point today but there is also a chance of the odd shower.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Donkey rescued from mud

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

This little donkey certainly had a heavy day yesterday.

Firefighters were called just after 09:00 to rescue Joey after he became stuck "up to his stomach" in mud in a field in Ibstock.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said there was a "happy and safe conclusion" despite the "arduous conditions" and Joey was being cared for by a vet.

Donkey being rescued
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
Donkey being rescued
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
Donkey
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Leicestershire has one of country's highest knife crime rates

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The number of recorded serious knife offences - threats and attacks but not possession of blades - rose 25% in Leicestershire from September 2018 to 2019 compared to the previous 12 months

It puts the county sixth nationally behind Greater London, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Merseyside and Bedfordshire, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

No figure was listed for Greater Manchester.

Man with knife
Getty

Derbyshire, which has a relatively low knife crime rate, saw an increase of 24% in the year to September.

Nottinghamshire saw the number of recorded serious knife offences dropping by 8%, making its knife crime rate lower than Leicestershire's.

Nottinghamshire bucked the national trend with England and Wales overall seeing a 7% increase.

The total number of serious knife offences in each county in the year to September were: Derbyshire 718, Leiecstershire 1,000, and Nottinghamshire 810.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a murky start to Thursday, we're expecting a cloudy day with a chance of drizzle in places.

Fake YSL earrings 'contain toxic chemical'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Fake Yves Saint Laurent earrings have been seized by Trading Standards at East Midlands Airport.

Leicestershire County Council said the jewellery was tested and found to contain high levels of the chemical cadmium.

Fake YSL earrings
Leicestershire County Council

A Public Health England report published in 2016 said exposure to cadmium can cause shortness of breath, chest pain and even lung damage.

"Repeatedly breathing in cadmium over a long period of time may cause lung cancer," it added.

The county council said: "Genuine articles will not contain harmful chemicals. Always buy from reputable sellers."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

This morning's fog could take a while to clear. The rest of the day looks set to be cloudy with drizzle in places.

Thomas Cook archives to be opened to public

Thomas Cook games
LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

Not many companies that have gone bust in recent times have left behind an archive described as "internationally significant".

But the measure of how much collapsed travel firm Thomas Cook meant to Brits is that the firm's collection of posters, games, guides and staff uniforms is to be catalogued and made available to the public at Leicestershire county's record office.

It was awarded the role of housing the collection - made up of thousands of individual items including early advertising posters, board games and 60,000 photographs - following a bidding process.

Robin Jenkins, senior archivist at Leicestershire County Council, said: "This is an internationally significant archive relating to a company which began in Leicester.

"They were very careful in what they collected and kept as a representative of the work of the company."

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's another cold and frosty morning but we're expecting a bit more cloud today.

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Search for suspect after boy, 10, stabbed

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Detectives are still trying to locate a suspect after a 10-year-old boy was stabbed in Leicester while out with his mother.

They were approached by a man in Belper Street, on Saturday afternoon, who stabbed the boy and then ran off, police said.

The child was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham where he remains in a stable condition.

His mother was not injured in the attack.

Belper Street
BBC

People living in the area told BBC Radio Leicester what happened was "shocking" and "disgusting".

A woman, who has young children but did not want to be named, said: "It makes you wonder if it's safe around here - it's quite worrying for us."

Leicestershire Police described the suspect, who has yet to be traced, as a light-skinned Asian man, in his mid-20s, about 5ft 10in tall, of chubby build, and wearing a brown jacket.

The force said officers are patrolling the area to reassure the public.

Street where boy was stabbed
BBC

Arrest over man's 'unexplained' death in Kibworth Harcourt

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A 33-year-old man has been arrested following the death of a man in Kibworth Harcourt.

Leicestershire Police said they were called to a flat in Glebeland at 07:31 on Sunday after a report of an injured man, in his 30s, in the garden of some flats.

East Midlands Ambulance Service attended but the man died at the scene.

Police are currently treating the death as unexplained and are carrying out "extensive inquiries" in the area.

The detained man, from Harborough, was held in connection with the death. Police have not yet stated what he has been arrested on suspicion of.

Leicestershire Police van
BBC

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A cold and frosty start to Monday with temperatures set to stay low for the rest of the day.

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Wildlife hospital entrance blocked by fly-tipped waste

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Staff and volunteers at the Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital were blocked this morning from getting through the gates due to fly-tipped waste.

Rubble, old carpet and garden waste can be seen in the pictures at the entrance to the centre on Fleckney Road in Kibworth Beauchamp.

Fly-tipped waste at Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital
Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital

The hospital, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases animals back into the wild, say it is not the first time rubbish has been dumped there.

A spokeswoman said the local authority has begun clearing away the waste.

Fly-tipped waste near the hospital
Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Following some scattered showers this morning, we should get some sunny spells later.

The good news is that the weekend is looking dry and bright.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Today will start off dry but the wet and windy weather is set to return later.

Thursday afternoon will see heavy and persistent rain with strong winds. However, drier conditions will return on Friday.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Here is today's weather in the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It is going to be drier today with some isolated showers and the wind not as strong as yesterday.

During the day, it could gradually get brighter with highs of 9C (48F) and lows of 3C (37F) overnight.

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Body named as missing woman

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A body found near a Leicestershire road in December has been identified as a missing woman.

The remains of Linda Chambers were discovered near Markfield Lane in Botcheston.

Police at the scene
BBC

The 43-year-old, who had not been seen since April, had been the subject of a number of appeals.

Police, who had earlier said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, said their thoughts were with Ms Chambers' family and friends.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Monday starts off bright, but don't be fooled there's some very unsettled weather to follow with rain and blustery winds this week.

Today's temperatures could reach highs of 9C (48F) this afternoon and lows of 3C (37F) during the night.

Ambulance service buys in private crews to cope with demand

East Midlands Today

East Midlands Ambulance Service is to spend £1m buying in extra crews from the private sector as it struggles to cope with "unprecedented" demand.

The service uses around 28 private ambulance crews each day, on top of its own.

It had wanted to cut their use completely by the end of this month, but will now retain them until at least the end of March.

Private ambulances
BBC

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be dry and bright this morning and feeling a bit chillier throughout the day. Highs of 7C (44F)

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There will be rain at first this morning but that will push away later to leave the rest of the day dry, cloudy and dull.

Brisk winds at first will ease through the day.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Gold ring found inside farm shop cabbage

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Staff at a farm shop are trying to track down the owner of a gold ring that was discovered inside a savoy cabbage.

The owners of Farndon Fields, in Market Harborough, believe a customer may have dropped it while shopping.

So far no-one has come forward to claim the ring.

Savoy cabbage
Farndon Fields

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to be drier and brighter this morning, but unfortunately that is not going to last.

Rain and blistery conditions are on the way in the afternoon and through the night.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A mostly bright and dry morning, but cloud will gradually thicken in the afternoon with a few isolated showers pushing in on a strong southerly wind.

However, it will be unseasonably mild with maximum temperatures of 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

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 a much brighter end to the week after a rather grey start to the new year.

There will be some blue skies and sunny spells, with highs of 9C, and there will be lows of 1C overnight.

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Fewer festive police calls in Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Leicestershire Police received 500 fewer calls over the festive period compared to last year.

Figures released by the force show a total of 5,120 calls were made to their 999 and 101 numbers on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon on New Years Eve with street pastors in Leicester
Leicestershire Police

Supt Grant Wills said: “It is very welcoming to see such a reduction on last year's figures and I would like to thank the public for only calling us in a genuine emergency or for police assistance."

Chief Constable Simon Cole said he hoped the force's Christmas campaign encouraging people to be safe and drink responsibly contributed to the call reduction.

Despite seeing fewer calls overall, Mr Cole said the New Year was "particularly busy".

He said Leicestershire Police received 243 emergency 999 calls between midnight and 03:00 alone.

Victorian ice house awarded restoration funding

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A Grade II listed ice house, dating back to 1843, has been awarded £156,000 towards a project aimed at restoring it to its former glory.

The storage facility, in Bouskell Park, Blaby, Leicestershire, was filled with ice from a nearby lake and used to keep food cold before the invention of fridges and freezers.

Old photo showing the Blaby Ice House
Blaby District Council

It was used by the residents of Blaby Hall, a Victorian manor house.

Blaby District Council has been given the grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the project, which will cost an estimated £173,000.

The authority is hoping the investment will boost tourism in the area.

Current photo of Blaby Ice House
Blaby District Council

Blaby District Council said planning is already under way, and the authority added it has consulted with Leicestershire County Council, a landscaping company, a structural engineer and the University of Leicester Archaeological Services Team.

A community archaeological dig is expected to take place this summer.

Inside the Ice House
Blaby Parish Council

Boxes containing sunglasses stolen from warehouse

Alex Regan

BBC News

Police have released images of three men they want to speak to after a burglary at a warehouse in Leicester last month.

Leicestershire Police said the burglary took place in Coleman Road between 08:15 and 10:00 on 8 December.

Officers believe the suspects arrived at the warehouse in a car before removing boxes, containing sunglasses, from the premises.

PC Maria Koscinska, from the force, has asked anyone who has been offered Elbon London sunglasses to get in touch with police.

Burglary suspects
Leicestershire Police

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We can expect blustery and grey weather over the next couple of days but the picture is looking more settled as we move into the weekend.

There will be highs of 11C in Bakewell and rain overnight, with lows of 7C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands