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Police pay tribute to killed officer

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police in the East Midlands have been paying tribute to a Thames Valley Police officer who was killed while attending a reported burglary in Berkshire.

Police cordon
BBC

Derbyshire Police said in a tweet: "Hearing the dreadful news from Thames Valley Police about the death of officer PC Harper.

"Our thoughts are with the force and the officer's family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

Leicestershire Police chief constable Simon Cole called it "dreadful news" on Twitter and said the force's thoughts were with their colleagues in Thames Valley.

Cardiff man pulls BMW over marathon distance for charity
Max Glover, from Cardiff, pulled the car for 22 hours to raise money for a transplant appeal.

Unemployment in East Midlands at 4.3%

BBC News

Unemployment in the East Midlands was 4.3% in the three months ending June 2019.

The UK’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 3.9%. Employment was estimated at 76.1%, the joint highest since comparative records began in 1971.

Wage growth also picked up to 3.9%, the highest rate for 11 years, however figures released last week showed the economy shrank 0.2% in the second quarter, the first fall since 2012.

Employment
BBC

Airport's 'busiest day' of the year

East Midlands Today

More than 20,000 passengers will fly out of East Midlands Airport today on what bosses say is the busiest day of the year.

Families have been flying to warmer destinations like Alicante, Majorca and Faro looking forward to spending some time in the sun.

East Midlands Airport
BBC

Heidi Barlow, from the airport, said: "We think it's because it's two weeks until the end of the summer holidays, and who can blame them? It's pretty chilly today."

Flights started early this morning and will continue until 21:40 tonight.

Claire Lomas prepares for next challenge

East Midlands Today

Unafraid of a challenge, Claire Lomas has set her sights high for her next one.

The 38-year-old from Leicestershire was paralysed from the chest down after a horseriding accident in 2007.

Since then she's completed the London Marathon, hand-cycled from Nottingham to London and is now training to fly a specially-adapted microlight plane.

Claire Lomas
BBC

"My accident did feel tough at the time and it was a struggle to get through it in the beginning but I did feel genuinely lucky because I had the use of my arms so I decided to do what I could to find a cure for paralysis," she said.

"I'm challenging myself and pushing myself out of my comfort zone and taking opportunities that come my way and I love it."

Claire Lomas
BBC

M1 reopens after lorry trailer fire

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A "large" lorry fire led to the closure of part of the M1 in Leicestershire in the early hours of this morning.

Highways England had told motorists to find alternative routes while "containers of chemicals" affected by the fire were removed.

The northbound carriageway between junction 23 and 23A has since reopened after firefighters made the area safe.

Drivers have been asked to be patient while the traffic clears.

Chemical containers being removed from a lorry
Highways England
Derbyshire and Leicestershire hit by flooding
Several homes and roads flooded in Derbyshire and other parts of the region following heavy showers.

Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A yellow weather warning is in force for heavy rain, with gusty and thundery conditions expected.

Weather: Heavy rain and possible thunderstorms

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We can expect flash floods and possible thunderstorms in the East Midlands this evening and overnight.

Low pressure will lead to heavy, sporadic showers this evening and into tomorrow morning like we have seen throughout most of the day.

Yellow thunderstorm warnings have been issued across the region tonight.

Weather
BBC

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Showers are expected today and a yellow warning for thunderstorms is in force.

Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a warm and bright day, but the rain is set to return very soon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rail disruption to continue into weekend

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Rail passengers are being urged not to travel between Nottingham and London this weekend as disruption is expected to continue.

Cancellations and delays to services were caused yesterday by damage to overhead wires at Belsize tunnel, near West Hampstead.

The operator said: "Network Rail are on site trying to repair the extensive damage."

East Midlands Trains
PA

East Midlands Trains said if people followed advice and did not travel over the weekend, they could use their tickets next week.

They are also eligible for a full refund if they choose not to travel.

The route is expected to fully reopen on Monday.

Record high temperatures for July in the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It's been a total scorcher today and temperature records across the East Midlands have been broken.

The hottest-ever temperatures were recorded in Derbyshire and Leicestershire along with a new record for July in Nottinghamshire.

In Derbyshire, highs of 34.4C were recorded at Coton-in-the-Elms, eclipsing the previous of 34.1C record set at the same location in 2006.

Gaddesby, Leicestershire, saw temperatures of 35.4C, compared to a previous record high 35.1C recorded in Leicester in 2001.

In Nottinghamshire temperatures reached a scorching 35.6C in Sutton Bonnington, almost two degrees higher than the previous high for July of 33.9C in Watnall in 2015.

However, it fell just short of the all-time hottest temperature of 36.1C, recorded in Clarborough in 1990.

Coton
BBC

All trains between Nottingham and London cancelled

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

All East Midlands Trains services running between Nottingham and London have been cancelled, the operator has confirmed.

The cancellations have been caused by damage to overhead wires at Belsize tunnel, near West Hampstead.

East Midlands Trains said the damage was "almost certainly heat related".

Major disruption is expected to continue until 22:00.

East Midlands Trains
PA

Police dog takes a well-earned dip

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

After a hard day on the beat, this Leicestershire Police dog is taking a well-earned swim.

I'm somewhat envious...

PD
Leicestershire Police

Could today be the region's hottest day ever?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It is HOT out there - but how high could the mercury rise in the East Midlands?

The East Midlands weather records that could go

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's clearly going to be hot today - but is it going to be the hottest?

Temperatures are set to push 35C in some parts, so let's have a look at the current record highs for the region.

Flower
Mark Hallam

In Leicestershire, the University of Leicester recorded 35.1C on its campus on 9 August 2003.

The Derbyshire village of Coton-in-the-elms baked in 34.1C on 19 July 2006.

But it was in Nottinghamshire that the East Midlands' hottest temperature was reached, with a sizzling 36.1C recorded in Clarborough on 3 August 1990.

So we may get a record for July, and for Leicestershire and Derbyshire, but it seems unlikely today will beat the overall record.

Police stop boys swimming in quarry

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police have issued a warning after stopping six boys who had forced their way into a quarry to go swimming.

Police in Market Bosworth said the group had got through fencing at Hill Hole quarry in Markfield.

Posting on Facebook, they said: "They were just about to jump in when we got there - they had clambered right to the bottom.

"We aren't the fun police - but if spoiling your 'fun' means saving your life - then take the advice on board."

Hill Hole quarry in Markfield
Google

It comes as emergency services across the East Midlands are warning of the dangers of open water swimming.

Insp Lauren Woods, of Derbyshire Police, said: "When the weather is warm, it is tempting to jump in to cool off, but this can endanger your life and the lives of others if they then enter the water to help you."

Watch: East Midlands hit by thunderstorms

Alex Thorp

BBC News

Were you woken up by the thunder and lightning over the East Midlands last night?

Here are some of the best images and video we've been sent.

Yellow weather warning for thunderstorms

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Enjoy the show last night?

Well, you might be in luck - the Met Office is warning more thunderstorms could be on their way.

The warning is in place for most of the east of the UK - including all of the East Midlands - from 15:00 tomorrow to 04:00 on Friday.

Weather warning map
Met Office

Weather: Overnight thunderstorm warning

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

It might be glorious outside now but a storm is brewing over the East Midlands.

Map of thunderstorm
BBC

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms from 18:00 this evening until 09:00 tomorrow.

It says: "Scattered thunderstorms moving north tonight and early Wednesday could lead to some power cuts and travel delays."