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Sandish Shoker and Nick Smith

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  1. Music festival cancelled after Covid restrictions extended

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News

    Organisers of the Noisily festival in Leicestershire have confirmed it will not be taking place this year.

    The dance music event had been due to take place at Coney Woods, near Market Harborough, on 8-12 July.

    In a statement, festival bosses cited the extended delay in reducing restrictions in England as the reason and said tickets could be refunded or retained for its planned return in 2022.

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  2. Thunderstorm warning for East Midlands

    Dave Wade

    BBC News

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms for the next four days.

    The warning covers a large part of England, including Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, from 18:00 on Wednesday and lasts until Saturday.

    It said there is a small chance of flooding and a risk of damage to buildings from lightning strikes, hail and strong winds.

    Met Office thunderstorms warning map
  3. MPs react to restrictions extension

    Tony Roe

    BBC East Midlands political editor

    Reacting to Boris Johnson's announcement last night, Alex Norris, shadow health minister and Nottingham North Labour MP, said people will be "bitterly disappointed by this delay" and said it's happened due to the government's failure to secure our borders.

    He said like other countries we have had minimal effective restrictions and that's why we have struggled so badly.

    I've also heard from some Conservatives who are not happy either.

    Andrew Bridgen, north-west Leicestershire MP said: "I want to see the data myself.

    "Clearly infections are rising but whether that's actually transposing into increased hospitalisations and fatalities I think is in some doubt."

    Andrew Bridgen

    Mr Bridgen said he was worried the extension will be moved on after 19 July.

    Mid-Derbyshire Conservative MP Pauline Latham has questioned all along the effects of the lockdown on the wedding industry and she said: "I'm pleased my constituents can hopefully have a near normal wedding and it will help stop wedding venues going bust."

    Scientists advising the government had warned of a "significant resurgence" in people needing hospital treatment for Covid-19 if stage four of easing the lockdown went ahead as planned on 21 June.

    The prime minister said a four-week delay would allow more people to get vaccinated.

  4. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    Get ready for another lovely day.

    Although there is some cloud around this morning, by this afternoon there will be a full blue sky and sunny spells, with temperatures up to 23 or 24C.

    Later, we will continue to have some bright spells through the early parts of the evening and it's expected to stay largely dry and clear overnight with temperatures remaining mild at 11 or 12C.

    Holme Pierrepont, Nottinghamshire
  5. Delay to restrictions easing 'huge disappointment'

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    The East Midlands Chamber, which represents businesses in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, has responded to the prime minister's announcement that the lifting of lockdown restrictions has been pushed back to 19 July.

    Chief executive Scott Knowles said: “Today’s announcement that coronavirus restrictions will no longer end on 21 June is a huge disappointment to everyone and means businesses will have to stagger on for four weeks longer than they’d anticipated.

    "Without proper support, for some this may prove to be one setback too many."

    He called for enhanced support in the form of grants for businesses in the hardest-hit sectors until everything can fully re-open.

    Crowded pub

    “Every week that goes by in which restrictions are in place has a real-life impact on the owners of hospitality, events and leisure businesses in particular as they must operate significantly under capacity," he added.

    “Many of these companies, already tight on cashflow, will have spent lots of money on marketing, staffing up and perishable stock in preparation for a milestone that is no longer happening."

    He urged the government to extend the furlough scheme which had been due to end on 1 July and said the four-week extension must be the "final delay".

  6. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    After the heat and humidity of yesterday, today will be a bit cooler and fresher.

    It's a fine start but quickly cloud will feed in from the north west with perhaps a few spots of rain across the north of the region.

    However, it should be a dry day for many of us with some sunshine at times and temperatures around 20C to 22C (68F to 72F).

    This evening should remain dry with clear spells and it should stay settled overnight, with temperatures down to about 10C (50F).

    Kegworth, Leicestershire
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