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Flooding: Preparation for more heavy rain

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

More heavy rain is set to fall across the East Midlands.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Thursday and Friday meaning "further heavy rain may lead to further disruption and flooding".

Map showing weather warning
Met Office

Derbyshire Dales District Council is urging residents and businesses to be ready for a possible repeat of last week's flooding that killed one local woman.

The authority's chief executive, Paul Wilson, said: "While we will always try to help vulnerable residents, our advice to anyone concerned that their home or business is at risk of flooding is to buy sandbags from a hardware store. Garden soil can be used as an alternative."

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The district council is handing out filled sandbags at local "hubs" in areas which suffered most from the flooding on Friday.

People are being asked to take only what they need so there is enough to go around.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service is also asking people to "be prepared" and avoid routes prone to flooding.

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More East Midlands flood problems to come, agency warns

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

More homes and businesses in the East Midlands are likely to fall victim to flooding in the coming weeks and months, the Environment Agency has warned.

The organisation said its teams had been working 24 hours a day to deal with problems caused by last week's huge downfalls.

At least 75 properties flooded in Nottinghamshire - including 50 in Worksop - and 39 homes and businesses were flooded in Derbyshire.

The agency warned with many areas of ground "completely saturated" and further heavy rain forecast, there was a "high probability" more people would be affected later this week and in the months to follow.

Flooding in Matlock
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Louise Cresswell, East Midlands area manager, said: "Further rain on Thursday and Friday may bring severe impacts from surface water and river flooding to parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

"People should remain vigilant, follow the advice of the emergency services, check their flood risk and plan to stay safe.

"We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to walk or drive through flood water."

Friends raise cash for Children in Need with 5km walk

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Two friends from Nottinghamshire have raised more than £1,000 for BBC Children in Need with a Rickshaw Ramble.

Ben Robinson and Jack Barnes wanted to take part in the charity's Rickshaw Challenge but were unable to take part due to their disabilities.

On Sunday they did their own 5km (3.1 mile) walk around Holme Pierrepont with their families and were greeted by Pudsey Bear at the end.

Ben Robinson and Jack Barnes with Pudsey
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Flood threat remains as wet weather continues

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Flood warnings and alerts remain in place across the East Midlands as the wet weather continues.

The Environment Agency has kept warnings in place for the River Idle in Retford, Eaton, Gamston and Ordsall and the River Trent at Barrow, Carlton, Castle Donington, Swarkestone and Willington.

Flooding in Stoke Bardolph
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A total of 13 alerts - meaning flooding is possible - are also in place across the region, including the River Erewash, the River Wye, the River Sence and the River Maun.

The prime minister is to chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee later in response to the flood problems in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and other parts of England.

You can browse the full list of warnings and alerts here.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We're likely to see further showers through the morning and into the afternoon but things should be a little drier towards the end of the day.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Fresh weather warnings for rain in the region

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Residents of the East Midlands have been warned there could be more flooding and disruption this week.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for rain covering most of Derbyshire from now until 12:00 tomorrow.

The forecasters said we should expect "frequent heavy showers [which are] likely to cause some flooding and transport disruption".

Weather map
Met Office

Wednesday is looking drier, but then there are two further yellow weather warnings for rain for the whole of Thursday.

One covers most of England, including the East Midlands, and a second specifically covers Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, stating "further heavy rain may increase disruption from flooding".

Weather update
Met Office

Flood disruption continues as more rain falls on region

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Flood warnings and alerts remain in place for several parts of the East Midlands after more heavy rain overnight.

The Environment Agency has issued warnings for the River Idle in Retford, Eaton and Gamston, along with the River Trent at Barrow, Carlton, Castle Donington, Collingham, Girton, Swarkestone and Willington.

The B5010 between Borrowash and Elvaston
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Meanwhile, tributes are continuing to be paid to the former High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Annie Hall, who died when she was slept away by floods in Rowsley.

There are still a handful of road closures in Derbyshire - including a stretch of the B5010 between Borrowash and Elvaston (pictured).

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly day with further showers, hail and possibly thunder expected.

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Flooding risk 'abates in Nottinghamshire'

Jennifer Harby

BBC News

Residents in areas of Nottinghamshire that were worst-affected by overnight flooding have been told river levels are going down.

Some residents remain unable to return home, with 54 having been evacuated in Worksop. Many are staying with family and friends and the town's leisure centre is no longer required as a rest centre.

Meanwhile a number of homes remain evacuated in Mansfield following a landslide on Thursday night, although some residents have been able to return home.

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed 23 properties remain evacuated and 24-hour security remains on-site.

Power is still out for more than 200 homes, but this is expected to be returned once the water drops to a safe level.

A number of roads still remain closed.

landslide
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Ch Insp Claire Rukas said: “Worksop town centre still remains under a lot of flood water with many of the roads still impassable.

“However, as there is no longer the same threat to life as there was overnight, we will be taking down our cordons and the roads closures will be dealt with by the highways agency as business as usual.

“Mansfield still remains a concern and partners are working on making sure the area is safe for residents to return home.”

River levels are slowly receding, with rain expected only intermittently across the weekend.

However, the force said temperatures could fall to zero, with the freezing conditions potentially impacting on driving conditions.

Rescuers save 70 hedgehogs from flooded sanctuary

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Rescuers have saved 70 hedgehogs from a flooded sanctuary in north Nottinghamshire.

The RSPCA were called to 7th Heaven Hedgehog Rescue, in Retford, this morning to help evacuate the animals.

Five of the hedgehogs were hibernating in one of the hutches but were thankfully taken to safety.

Hedgehog
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The sanctuary was inundated with people who wanted to help.

RSPCA inspector Dan Bradshaw said: “Lots of local people have taken in hedgehogs until the rescue centre is safe for them to be returned.

“It was such a fulfilling rescue and it was incredible to see the amazing community spirit in Retford.

"Everyone worked together to save these hedgehogs. It’s really heartwarming.”

Flooding advice for region, as light rain forecast

Alex Regan

BBC News

The Environment Agency is advising people from the East Midlands to check for possible flood risks, as light rain is forecast over the weekend.

A spokeswoman advised people to be cautious because "the ground is saturated and the river levels are high".

She added: "We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to walk or drive through flood water, as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”

Matlock
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's unsettled and chilly weather on the way.

This morning there will be some more showers, but dry spells later in the day.

Roads around Nottinghamshire closed

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

These are the roads that are currently closed around Nottinghamshire because of flooding:

  • A1 northbound, from North Muskham to Apley Head
  • A617 Rainworth - near Lockwell roundabout
  • Laxton Road in Egmanton
  • Shireoaks Common in Rhodesia (under the bridge)
  • Shireoaks Road, Shireoak (outside Hudson Farm)
  • Kirton - B1164 - Tuxford Egmanton
  • Rotherham Baulk, Carlton-in-Lindrick
  • Cross Street, Sturton Le Steeple

Police said anyone concerned about their homes flooding should contact Nottinghamshire County Council.

Almost 30mm of rain in a day

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

There has been 29.6mm of rain recorded at Gringley on the Hill weather station in Nottinghamshire between 06:00 and 15:00 today.

There is still a Met Office Yellow Warning in force until 06:00 on Friday for the northern part of our region.

Watch: Sandbags and sweeping during floods

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A Nottinghamshire community has made a desperate attempt to save homes from flooding.

One Tuxford resident hasn't been so lucky, while a farmer with a pump has been to help those living on Bevercotes Lane in the village.

Flooding closes road in Lambley

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

Gedling Borough Council says Main Street in Lambley has been closed and diversions are in place.

The authority, with Nottinghamshire County Council, is working together to assess the situation.

Flooding in Lambley on Main Street.
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Lorry stuck in Leicestershire flood water

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

The Leicestershire and Rutland 4x4 Response team has said there is "bad flooding" around the Wymondham area in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

A lorry was pictured stuck in deep water at Coston.

Lorry stuck in ford at Coston, Leicestershire
Jeremy Edwards

The team also reported flooding at Garthorpe.

Flooding at Garthorpe, Leicestershire
Jeremy Edwards

Meanwhile, passerby Tony McManus took these pictures in Kilton.

He has urged motorists to "avoid" the area.

Flooding in Kilton, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Tony McManus
Flooding in Kilton, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Tony McManus

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A damp start with more rain to come.

There's a yellow weather warning for the northern areas of our region, including parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

It'll be dry in the southern areas, but cold and breezy across the East Midlands.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A cold and frosty start to the day but we should see some bright spells before rain and cloud arrive this afternoon.

Woman and two children seriously injured after crash

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A woman and two children have been seriously injured after a car drove into a hedge in Nottinghamshire.

Officers were called to Blidworth Lane in Blidworth at about 10:20 on Saturday.

The woman's injuries have been described as serious and two of the four children passengers were also treated for serious injuries.

The woman and one of the children remain in hospital, police said.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information has been urged to contact the force on 101.

Blidworth Lane, in Blidworth, Nottinghamshire
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's going to be mixed weather this week.

There will be some showery and blustery conditions, but it will also be dry and cloudy at times and some bright spells when we're lucky.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

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If you're looking for that handy lightning storm you need to bring your freshly-built monster to life, I'm afraid you're out of luck.

Today's weather will be bright and dry - perfect for trick or treating, although make sure to wrap up warm because it's going to drop to about 7C (45F) as the witching hour approaches.

But for the ghosts, ghouls and anything that goes bump (outside) in the night, expect it to get a little bit wet - rain is set to hit at about 03:00 and will carry on until Friday afternoon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Happy Halloween!

Girl, 15, suffers injuries after being hit by car

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A girl who was hit by a car being pursued by two police vehicles suffered leg and wrist injuries, the police watchdog has said.

A spokesman for the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said the girl, aged 15, was struck at about 22:00 last night in Broxtowe Lane and was given first aid by officers at the scene.

Broxtowe Lane
BBC

He said police attempted to stop a Vauxhall Astra, which had been reported driving at excess speed, when a "brief pursuit ensued involving two police cars and moments later the suspect vehicle collided with a 15-year-old girl pedestrian".

The watchdog is investigating Nottinghamshire Police's involvement in the incident.

Four-vehicle crash on M1 southbound

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

The exit slip road at junction 24 of the M1 southbound, near the A453, has had one lane blocked this morning after a four-vehicle crash.

Emergency services are at the scene and Highways England said there could be some minor delays although traffic is flowing. The vehicles are expected to be cleared within the next hour.

M1 crash
Highways England

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be largely dry with plenty of sunny spells throughout the day.

It will be breezy too, making it feel very chilly.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Flood warnings in place for River Trent

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

There are flood warnings along the River Trent in Nottinghamshire following days of persistent and heavy rainfall.

The Environment Agency said river levels remain high and the risk of flooding to low-lying farmland and roads remains high.

It advised motorists to avoid flooded roads and added they expect river levels to remain high for at least 48 hours.

Floodwater near Radcliffe-on-Trent
The Green Man

Police have closed the A617 in Newark between the Cattle Market island and Kelham because of flooding.

The force said water levels had risen since midnight, so the road would stay closed until it was safe.

CCTV issued after woman, 89, pulled to ground and robbed

Alex Thorp

BBC News

CCTV footage has been released after an 89-year-old woman was pulled to the ground by a man who stole her handbag in her back garden.

It happened at a property on Winchester Avenue in Beeston at about 16:15 on 2 October.

Nottinghamshire Police said after the robbery, the offender fled the scene on a white and red pushbike.

Det Con Tony Tonks said the footage showed a man riding a bike along Cyprus Avenue, off Wollaton Road, with a bag over the handlebars, before abandoning the bike.

"This was a shocking robbery for the victim, who is a vulnerable elderly woman," he added.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A cold start this morning with a frost in many places.

The rest of the day will be dry with long sunny periods.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Happiness figures for the East Midlands revealed

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A grim October morning amid the never-ending Brexit saga may not seem the most natural time to tot up the nation's levels of goodwill, but the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released its figures for happiness across the country.

In the East Midlands, North East Derbyshire (illustrated by Ashover's All Saints Church below) and North West Leicestershire come out as the cheeriest regions, scoring 7.87 and 7.86 out of 10 respectively, with Bolsover, Rutland and South Derbyshire not far behind.

Mansfield (7.32) ranked as the least happy, and the local authority area with the lowest levels of life satisfaction, while Melton Mowbray scored as the most anxious place in the East Midlands.

Across the UK, the Ribble Valley in Lancashire (8.30) counted as the most happy, with Surrey Heath (6.71) the most miserable.

This year's figures don't represent a major statistical change for the East Midlands, the ONS said, which is possibly good news if you're the glass-half-full type.

All Saints Church in Ashover in North East Derbyshire
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New Nottingham custody suite gets go-ahead

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

A new £17m custody suite will be built on the site of a disused gasworks in Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Police said the site in Radford Road will eventually replace the current custody suite at Bridewell after city council planners gave it the go-ahead.

The complex with 50 cells is due to be operational by March 2021.

Illustration of new custody suite
Nottinghamshire Police

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: "The current building cannot be brought up to modern standards and will eventually not comply with national guidance around health and safety.

"This new build will not only develop the gasworks site, which has remained empty for many years, but will also provide some local employment opportunities too."

Illustration of new custody suite
Nottinghamshire Police

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It'll be a cloudy start with a band of rain pushing in by lunch, but there will be some chance of sunshine later in the day.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Man, 61, sentenced for upskirting

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A man, from Nottinghamshire, has been sentenced after pleading guilty to upskirting.

Mansfield Magistrates
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Upskirting, which is the act of secretly taking a photo or filming under an individual’s skirt without their permission, was criminalised in England and Wales in April.

Philip Davis, of Peregrine Gardens, Clipstone, admitted three charges of recording images under clothing to observe another without consent at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on 17 October.

The 61-year-old used his phone to record videos underneath women's clothes on all three occasions, police said.

He was sentenced to carry out a community order and rehabilitation activity as well as a curfew with an electronic tag. He's been placed on the sex offenders register for five years.