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  1. North West Leicestershire has England's highest Covid rate

    Greig Watson

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    North West Leicestershire now has England's highest coronavirus infection rate, the latest figures show.

    The area's rate in the seven days up to 28 February was 197.9 per 100,000, according to Public Health England data.


    And while the figure has fallen, it was only by 2% - when many other places saw falls of more than 20%.

    Leicester is still third with a rate of 188.0 and Ashfield is seventh with a rate of 169.6.

    Other areas in the region with high rates are: Mansfield in eighth (164.7), South Derbyshire in ninth (164.1) and the borough of Oadby and Wigston in 14th (164.9).

    Overall, seven of the top 20 locations are in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

    The East Midlands has the highest rate (122.8) of any region in England, which has a national average of 81.3.

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    Video caption: Drone footage released after police break up Nottingham house party

    Seven police officers were injured while breaking up an "unacceptable" house party in Nottingham.

  3. North West Leicestershire has second highest Covid rate

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    North West Leicestershire has England's second highest coronavirus infection rate, latest figures show.

    The area's rate in the week up to 27 February was 205.6, according to Public Health England data.

    Leicester is third with a rate of 197.1 and Ashfield is sixth with a rate of 181.4.

    Further down, Mansfield is 12th (168.3), Gedling 15th (162), the borough of Oadby and Wigston is 18th (159.6), and Nottingham is 20th (157.7).

    Overall, seven of the top 20 locations are in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, but all saw drops in their infection rate as national lockdown measures continue.

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    The England average for the same weekly period was 86.3.

  4. Schools suspend online learning after 'cyber attack'

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Multiple schools in the East Midlands have suspended online learning today following what's been described as a "cyber attack".

    The schools, which include The Suthers School in Newark, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Birklands Primary School in Market Warsop and The Garibaldi School in Mansfield, are all run by the Nova Education Trust.

    Birklands Primary School

    The trust told the Nottingham Post it had been subject to a "sophisticated cyber attack which has resulted in unauthorised access to the trust's IT infrastructure".

    It said they had reported the attack to the Department for Education, the Information Commissioner's Office and the National Cyber Security Centre.

  5. Freeport announced for East Midlands Airport

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    A freeport is set to open at East Midlands Airport, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced in this afternoon's budget.

    He said eight freeports he announced could help economic recovery by making it easier and cheaper to do business in regions, as well as creating jobs.

    The freeports, usually located around shipping ports and airports, mean goods which arrive into them from abroad are not subject to the tariffs normally paid to the government.

    These taxes only become payable when the goods leave the freeport and are moved somewhere else in the UK.

    Critics say they increase the risk of tax dodging and lower employment standards.

    Find out more about freeports here.

    East Midlands Airport

    The airport, near Castle Donington, is one of eight UK locations.

    Airport managing director, Claire James, said the news will "shine a spotlight on a part of the country which has so much to offer investors, existing businesses that wish to grow, and the supply chains that are linked to them".

    She added the airport will play "a significant role in the government's ambitions for a 'global Britain'".

    Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect, called it "fantastic news" and said they would work with local authorities to make sure the site is well connected to trade locally, nationally and internationally.

  6. Two arrests after group attacked with pepper spray

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News

    Two people are in custody after a group of people were attacked with pepper spray in a park in Bulwell.

    Nottinghamshire Police said officers were called to Southglade Fields at about 18:20 on Monday after a man was reported to have sprayed a substance in the eyes of three people.

    The spray is not believed to have caused any serious harm to the victims, a force spokesman said, but police arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of actual bodily harm.

    A 35-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of assault.

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  7. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather Watchers

    A rainy and windy Wednesday is on the cards for many, with cool temperatures topping out at about 7C.

    Today's BBC Weather Watchers picture comes from zannamac in Ashby de la Zouch.

    Ashby de la Zouch
  8. Homes evacuated after 'pipe bomb' discovered

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News

    Police evacuated dozens of residents from their mobile homes after a suspected unexploded pipe bomb was found under a hedge.

    Nottinghamshire Police said they were called to Riverview in Church Laneham at about 12:45 on Sunday.

    Riverview Church Laneham

    A 100m cordon was put in place while the package was dealt with and residents from 40 mobile homes were taken to a nearby pub while bomb disposal experts examined the situation.

    The item was found not to be live, and residents were returned to their homes by 18:30, a force spokesman said.

  9. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It will be dry and bright with the odd patch of cloud, but there will be plenty of sunshine throughout the day.

    Into the evening, it will remain mild for the time of year but another chilly night is ahead.

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    Video caption: Syrian mother and son offered places on Nottingham university course

    A Syrian refugee mother is offered a place on the same British university course as her teenage son.