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Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a rather dull start today with low cloud and mist but this will tend to break up during the morning to leave it dry with sunny spells developing in the afternoon. A fresher day.

Today's photo shows cows taking in the grey skies over Loughborough.


Student inspired to study medicine after seeing crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

An A-level student who will soon set off to study medicine says he was inspired to do so after witnessing a car crash last year.

Patryk Swidnik, from Shirebrook, Derbyshire, picked up an A* in maths, A in physics and Bs in chemistry and biology at West Nottinghamshire College.

"I'm really happy," he said. "I woke up this morning thinking if I can get one A*, one A and two Bs I will be very happy, and that's exactly what I've got."

Patryk Swidnik
West Nottinghamshire Collge

Patryk is now off to the University of York and has hopes of becoming a consultant surgeon specialising in trauma after he witnessed the work of medics at an accident last year.

"On my way home from a night out, my friend and I saw a road traffic collision and we attended the scene and helped the victim until the ambulance arrived," he said.

"It was a very harrowing situation but I loved stepping in. And even better, hearing from her some days later that she'd left from hospital and gone home to her two little girls – that was so very rewarding."

Newark & Sherwood district added to Covid-19 watchlist

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The Newark & Sherwood district has been added to the government's watchlist of places with numbers of coronavirus cases "warranting national attention".

The district has been classed as an "area of concern", according to Nottinghamshire County Council.

This is the lowest of three levels on the watchlist, but still means it has a high rate of infection.

Woman hands over test

The most recent weekly data shows 34 new cases in Newark, meaning a rate of 25.4 per 100,000.

Newark MP and housing minister Robert Jenrick described it as a "serious situation" and said on top of the usual guidance, residents should now only mix with one other household at home or in a pub, cafe or restaurant.

Two injured and three arrested after street fight

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Three teenagers have been arrested after two people suffered stab wounds in a fight in Nottingham city centre.

Police said they were called to a brawl involving about 12 people in Long Row just before 23:00 on Wednesday.

Long Row

Three males, two aged 16 and one 18-year-old, were arrested at the scene. One of the casualties was found to have injuries to the arm and the other to the stomach and both were taken to the Queen's Medical Centre.

Officers described the fight as an "isolated incident" and said those involved were known to each other.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

We are set for another warm day - though a few degrees cooler than recently - with spells of hazy sunshine, but there is still a chance of isolated thundery showers.

Today's photo shows a sunny summer's day in Great Glen, Leicestershire.

Great Glen
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Mark Acar, originally from Nottingham, says his home was reduced to a "shell of walls".

Nottingham bakery staff test positive for coronavirus

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Six staff members have tested positive for Covid-19 at the Riverside Bakery in Nottingham.

Parent firm Addo said it represented about 1% of the workforce at the Crossgate Drive site, which remains open.

Riverside Bakery

A spokeswoman said: "We continue to refer colleagues for testing as required and have an immediate and clear plan we are following.

"Our bakery continues to operate normally and we are communicating with Public Health England."

Warning to dog owners over park lake toxic algae

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Dog owners have been warned to keep their pets away from the lake at a popular Nottingham park.

Officials at Wollaton Hall said the hot weather had led to an increase in toxic blue-green algae.

Wollaton lake
Nottingham City Council

The algae - actually a type of bacteria - appears as a soup-like scum at the edges of water.

If dogs get into the water and drink the algae - or lick it off while cleaning themselves - it can prove fatal.

While no injuries have been reported, owners have been asked to keep their animals on a lead near the lake.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

Any low cloud and mist will burn back, leaving most places largely dry with hazy sunshine - hot and humid for most.

Today's picture shows lightning over Great Rowsley - more storms could be seen this evening.


Appeal after man found in critical condition in St Ann's

Alex Regan

BBC News

A man is in a critical condition after being found with head injuries in the St Ann's area of Nottingham.

The man was found in Shelton Street, near the junction of Wellington Street, in the early hours of Saturday.

Nottinghamshire Police said it believed the discovery followed an incident thought to have taken place between 00:35 and 00:45.

Police have appealed for anyone with any information to come forward.

Shelton Street

Market stall holders hit with rent bill for closure period

East Midlands Today

Traders at Nottingham's Victoria Centre Market say they're being forced out of business after being told to pay rent for the period they were closed during the coronavirus lockdown.

The city council paused rents while the market closed between 24 March and 15 June but has now requested the money is paid back over the next 12 to 18 months.

Clothing stall operator Carole Lilley, who has traded at the market for 38 years, said she was facing the prospect of having to pay back £1,830 for every month she was unable to trade.

"We were told at the beginning of the virus we wouldn't have to pay any rent once the shutters came down," she said.

"This will completely finish the business off. I'm extremely disappointed."

Carole Lilley

A spokesperson for Nottingham City Council said: "We understand how hard the Covid-19 lockdown has been for traders at the Victoria Centre Market and worked with them to reopen as soon as possible.

"This involved a number of physical modifications to the market and we thank stallholders for embracing those.

"We have also tried to soften the impact for traders by pausing rent payments, so businesses have the resilience to bounce back now lockdown conditions are easing.

"We've further offered flexible payment plans to repay arrears over a 12 or 18-month period."

Thunder and lightning heading to the East Midlands

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A yellow warning for severe thunderstorms in Derby and Derbyshire later today has been issued by the Met Office.

The alert covers the period from 16:00 to 03:00, with the organisation warning the storms could bring "large and damaging hail, torrential rain, frequent lightning and possibly very strong and gusty winds".

Generic shot of lightning in Belarus

A further yellow warning for thunderstorms is in place for the entire East Midlands and most of the UK throughout Wednesday.

Severe accident: A60 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A60 Nottinghamshire northbound severe accident, from A6008 Lower Parliament Street to Huntingdon Street.

A60 Nottinghamshire - A60 Glasshouse Street in Nottingham closed and it's slow one way street from the A6008 Lower Parliament Street junction to the Huntingdon Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Pub chain calls on others to 'buck up' over coronavirus

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A pub chain has said not all pubs should be "tarred with the same brush" and called on those not following rules to "buck up".

Castle Rock Brewery, which runs a number of pubs across Nottingham and beyond, has published an open letter warning against "demonising" and "scapegoating" the industry.

It and other establishments had "exceeded the guidelines" around keeping drinkers safe, the letter said.

Castle Rock Brewery

But it recognised some pubs, bars and shops were "not behaving responsibly".

It comes amidst a discussions over whether the government will have to chose between pubs or schools.

The letter stated: "If there is a call to close establishments to make way for schools, we ask that it be irresponsibility run venues first and foremost, and that well-run pubs and bars are protected and supported both in rhetoric and in policy.

"Do not do further damage to an industry on its knees."

Vandals close 'much-needed' Nottingham play park

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A playground in Nottingham has been closed after vandals tore up safety matting and left broken glass scattered across it.

The damage to Woodfield Park in Bilborough was discovered on Thursday afternoon and the gates were padlocked shortly after.

Woodfield  Park
Nottingham City Council

Local councillor Rebecca Langton said: "A local play area is now out of use for local kids at a time when it is much-needed.

"Come on Nottingham, we're better than this."

Woodfield Park
Nottingham City Council

Police said it was "sad to see the facilities that are put in place for the local community damaged by a few individuals".

Officers have appealed for information.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

It was a glorious sunrise at Shining Tor in the Peak District this morning.

Weather-wise, we're expecting a dry and sunny day with temperatures of up to 29C (84F).

Shining Tor
Gary The Walker

David Lammy MP: East Midlands needs Nightingale court

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

Crime victims are being "badly let down" by a major backlog in court cases, the shadow justice secretary has said.

Speaking during a visit to Nottingham, David Lammy said the government "urgently" needed to set up a Nightingale court in the East Midlands to help clear a backlog of about 41,000 crown court cases.

The government currently has plans for 10 Nightingale courts, but the nearest to Nottingham are in Leeds and Peterborough.

Mr Lammy, a former barrister and Labour MP for Tottenham, said: "If you have experienced serious crime, a serious sexual offence, murder or manslaughter or serious robbery, you want to see justice delivered, and you want it delivered in a speedy way.

David Lammy with assistant chief constable Kate Meynell and Nottinghamshire police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping

"You certainly don't want a situation in which the delays are so extensive that evidence is lost or not as good, memories are forgotten, and someone gets off.

"That's why the backlog that's mounting is worrying. It's why the government needs to bring forward, rapidly, Nightingale courts, and there isn't one in this region.

"Nottingham also takes cases from the Derby area, Lincoln, so if you're not bringing forward some of the cases that are happening in this city, and you're having to take cases from other places, plus you've got local courts like Mansfield that are closed, you can see there's going to be a lot of pressure building up in the system."

The Ministry of Justice has been approached for comment.

Coronavirus cases rise in Derby and Nottinghamshire

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Derby and Nottinghamshire have both seen an upswing in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

There were 20 new cases in Derby in the week up to 1 August - up from seven in the previous week.

Nottingham city has 26 new cases in the week to 30 July - up from 17 - while Nottinghamshire has seen 49 new cases in the same period, up from 36 the previous week.

Covid generic
Getty Images

Derby's director of public health Robyn Dewis said: "Because the numbers currently are fortunately very small, we do expect there to be considerable variation week-to-week.

"Currently we're in the summer months and we're experiencing lower rates of the virus but we do expect as we go into the autumn and definitely into the winter to see rates increase."

Alison Challenger, Nottingham's director of public health, said people should remain vigilant ahead of children returning to school next month.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

We're looking at a very warm and dry day, though one or two places may get a shower this morning.

Weather Watcher Pete sent us this photo of morning arriving in Melton Mowbray.

Melton Mowbray morning

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

We're expecting a cloudy day with a few showers or patchy rain, some of which could be heavier for a time in the afternoon.

In Ilkeston, Wednesday started with a double rainbow looking west.

Double rainbow in Ilkeston

Firearm charge after police stand-off

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A man has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence after a stand-off with armed police in Nottingham.

Officers were called to Bagnall Road, Basford, on Sunday following a report of concern for a man's safety.

Bagnall Road, Basford

The Nottinghamshire force said it closed the road and nearby properties were evacuated while negotiators spoke to a man. No-one was injured.

A 55-year-old man has been remanded in custody to appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

'Mindless vandalism' of town centre planters

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Police are appealing for information after planters were vandalised in Newark.

Vandalism of planters on Bridge Street and Carter Gate, Newark, Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Police

Flowers and soil were found strewn over Bridge Street and Carter Gate in the town centre on Monday morning.

Nottinghamshire Police said residents and businesses were "shocked to wake up to this scene".

It added the planters were placed for "enjoyment... and mindless vandalism will not be tolerated".

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

We're looking at a fine and dry start with plenty of sunny spells.

As the day progresses, patches of cloud are expected to sweep in, with a chance of the odd shower in places.

Here's a shot of some early birds in Belper first thing this morning.

Belper birds

Funnel cloud captured in Beeston and Kegworth

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

This was the moment a funnel cloud was captured in Nottinghamshire this morning.

Thomas Daxer said he filmed it at 11:50 near the Boots headquarters car park, in Beeston.

The 38-year-old said: "This is the second funnel cloud I've seen. The first one was in Sawley, in Long Eaton, about 20 years ago."

Funnel clouds are spinning fingers of cloud that reach towards the ground, but never touch it. If the cloud were to touch the ground, it would be a tornado.

Postal worker Sandra Hawksworth said she took a picture of it about the same time while she was working in Kegworth, Leicestershire.

The 56-year-old said: "I was on Langley Drive and thought is it going to get any bigger as it was coming my way.

"It looked a little worrying for a few minutes, but it got thinner and thinner and just disappeared."

Funnel cloud seen in Kegworth
Sandra Hawksworth

Motorcyclist sought after 'alarm and distress caused'

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Police have asked for help in identifying a motorcyclist as they bid to crack down on "irresponsible and dangerous" riding in Nottinghamshire.

Officers said they were called at 15:00 on Saturday following reports of a motorcycle being ridden along Southchurch Drive, Clifton, in a "manner that was causing alarm and distress for pedestrians and other road users".

Motorcyclist driving along Southchurch Drive in Clifton, Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Police

Anyone with information about the identity of the rider pictured has been asked to contact the force on 101.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

For most it should be a dry day with sunny spells but there's a chance of showers and thunder in a few areas this afternoon.

This was the scene in Melton Mowbray shortly before 07:00.

Melton Mowbray
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James Hodgkinson died after being punched by Jacob Dunne during a drunken brawl.