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Sandish Shoker and Nick Smith

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  1. No Covid deaths in latest Nottinghamshire figures

    Hugh Casswell

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

    There were no Covid-related deaths at either of Nottinghamshire's two main hospital trusts in the week up to the 21 April, health bosses say.

    The last time there were seven days without Covid deaths at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUHT) or Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust (SFHT) was between 5-11 September.

    hospital Covid ward

    Amanda Sullivan, interim executive at the two trusts, said: "It’s a tremendous psychological boost for those people working in our hospitals, to see the results of the vaccination programme, the reduction in rates and the impact of the lockdown coming to fruition.

    "Seeing the benefits of all that with far fewer people coming into hospital is a tremedous boost for those staff."

    Since the start of the pandemic there have been 1,713 Covid deaths in Nottinghamshire.

  2. Air ambulance makes emergency landing after bird strike

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    The crew of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance was forced to make an emergency landing yesterday after a bird strike smashed its cockpit window.

    The helicopter was returning from a mission to its airbase at East Midlands Airport at about 13:30 when it was forced to land in the Peak District close to Carsington Water.

    Smashed helicopter window

    The air ambulance said bird strikes like this are a "very rare occurrence" and thanked the landowner for their support.

    Confirming no-one was hurt, a spokesman said: "All crew have emergency operating procedures for incidents, and these were followed methodically. The crew of the helicopter are very experienced and ensured the safe landing of the damaged aircraft.”

  3. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    Today will be another dry and fine day with extensive sunshine throughout.

    It will feel exceptionally mild with light winds and a maximum temperature of 14C to 17C (57F to 63F).

    Tonight will be dry with clear skies - feeling slightly less chilly than last night.

    Sunshine in Exton, Rutland
  4. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    Today will be dry and fine with temperatures ranging from 12C to 15C (54F to 59F).

    It will feel mild in the lengthy spells of sunshine, and skies will be crystal clear except for the odd patch of fair weather cloud.

    Cropwell Bishop
  5. Drink-drive arrest after four injured in crash

    Sonia Kataria

    BBC News

    A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after a car crashed on a dual carriageway in Derbyshire.

    The single-car crash happened on the A38 northbound, near the M1 junction, just after midnight on Tuesday.

    Derbyshire Police said the driver of the vehicle and three passengers suffered minor injuries and received hospital treatment.

    Crash scene

    Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit tweeted that the crash could have been fatal.

    The road has since reopened and investigations are continuing.

    Crashed vehicle
  6. Health bosses 'ready to act' over new Covid variants

    Amy Orton

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Leicestershire's director of public health has said there is a plan in place to roll out surge testing should a new coronavirus variant of concern be detected locally.

    Surge testing is a method where large parts of a population, who may not have symptoms, are tested at the same time - sometimes door-to-door - in a bid to get a full picture of the spread of a new virus strain.

    Mike Sandys told the Local Democracy Reporting Service an increasing number of test results are now being genome sequenced, meaning the more people taking the rapid tests, the better picture there is of the current situation.

    Health workers handling lateral flow test samples

    He has renewed appeals for people to make testing part of everyday routines, especially as lockdown restrictions ease.

    Mr Sandys said: "If we can build regular testing into everyday life, it allows us to keep a close eye on what is happening and react as soon as we need to.

    "The other thing that testing allows us to do is keep an eye on variants, with more results being sent off, we get more information about the virus.

    "Current data suggests that no variants of concern have been detected locally, but the county council is ready to act, should that change.

    "We have plans in place should we need to roll out surge testing similar to that in south London."

  7. Ramadan: Twilight vaccine centre set up in Leicester

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    An evening vaccine clinic has been set up for people in Leicestershire observing the Ramadan fast.

    The clinic, run by the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), will operate on a drop-in basis so no appointment is needed.

    A nurse prepares a vaccine at a mosque

    It will take place on Saturday, from 17:00 to 21:00, at the Leicester Islamic Centre on Conduit Street.

    Caroline Trevithick, from the CCGs, said: "We were so encouraged by the success of our first pop-up clinic at the Al Furqan mosque and community centre in March and we hope that this Saturday's twilight clinic will also be well-attended.

    "The British Islamic Medical Association has been very clear that it is acceptable to receive the vaccine during Ramadan as it is not nutritional, and it does not contain any animal or fetal products."

  8. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather Watchers

    This morning will see sunny spells in between patchy cloud. Cloud will sink away to the south through the morning, with plenty of sunshine expected by the afternoon.

    East Markham
  9. M1 closed due to fallen power lines

    Samantha Noble

    BBC News Online

    The M1 in Derbyshire is shut in both directions between junctions 29 and 29a due to fallen power lines and a grass bank fire.

    Police said officers were called at 12:15 by a passer-by who reported a cable had come down from a pylon and that an area of grass on the bank was alight.

    The force added no-one has been injured and have advised people to find alternative routes.

    M1
  10. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather Watchers

    A mix of sunshine and clouds, and it will remain largely dry through the day.

    There will be more in the way of cloud in the afternoon and a chance of the odd isolated spot of rain.

    Leicester blossom