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Ten measles cases confirmed in region

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Public Health England (PHE) has said it is currently aware of 10 cases of measles across the East Midlands, including a confirmed case in Loughborough yesterday.

The statistics come as it was revealed 7,000 young children in the region are not fully up-to-date with routine immunisations.

In the UK, the first dose of the MMR vaccine, which protects against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, is given to infants at 12 months and a second dose before school at three years old, which is needed for children to be considered fully protected.

MMR vaccine
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PHE said 2,000 five-year-olds in the region still needed their first dose of the MMR vaccine, leaving them "significantly more at risk" than other pupils.

Meanwhile, thousands more still need their second dose or pre-school booster.

Dr Vanessa MacGregor, from PHE East Midlands, said: "It's a real concern so many young children in our region could be starting school without the full protection that the NHS offers for free."

She said they had particular concerns about children not being protected against measles which had seen outbreaks in the East Midlands in the past year.

Part of New Walk closed off after 'serious sexual assault'

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Part of New Walk has been cordoned off this morning following "an allegation of serious sexual assault", police have said.

Leicestershire Police said a woman was approached near the junction of the promenade and De Montfort Street at about 03:30 by a man who assaulted her.

Officers are currently investigating, looking through CCTV and visiting houses in the area for information.

The force would not give further details on the nature of the assault at this stage.

New Walk
BBC

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

There will be a good deal of fine and dry weather with sunny spells today, although there is just the small chance of the odd shower developing in the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

There will be a mix of sunshine and heavy showers today, which may turn thundery at times.

It will become dry and clear tonight though. Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

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.

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J22 for A50 Coalville and J23 for A512 Ashby Road East.

M1 Leicestershire - Temporary closure and stationary on M1 northbound between J22, A50 (Coalville) and J23, A512 (Loughborough), because of an accident involving a car towing a caravan.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J22 for A50 Coalville and J23 for A512 Ashby Road East.

M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and queues on M1 northbound between J22, A50 (Coalville) and J23, A512 (Loughborough), because of a car on fire.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, from J23 for A512 Ashby Road East to J22 for A50 Coalville.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J23, A512 (Loughborough) to J22, A50 (Coalville), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, from J22 for A50 Coalville to J23 for A512 Ashby Road East.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J22, A50 (Coalville) to J23, A512 (Loughborough), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time