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Wet wipes and fat are 'curse of the sewer'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Severn Trent say they're dealing with about 1,000 blockages a month at a Nottingham water treatment works because of things that shouldn't be flushed down toilets or put down kitchen sinks.

"The wet wipes and fat are the curse of the sewer," said Steve Briggs, from the works at Stoke Bardolph.

"The wet wipes don't dissolve and get stuck and gather together and then fat congeals it all together and that's when you get the fatbergs."

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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.

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).

Shotguns and crossbow surrendered to police

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Eight shotguns, a crossbow and a spear gun were among the weapons surrendered to Nottinghamshire Police during a recent firearms amnesty.

In total 61 items, including ammunition, were handed in during a national two-week window.

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Nottinghamshire Police weapons
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Nottinghamshire Police weapons
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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.

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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
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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.

New homes approved despite 'rat run' fears

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Plans for 148 new homes on farm land off the A60 in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, have moved ahead.

Outline planning permission was granted by Gedling Borough Council's planning committee on Thursday.

Fears it could produce a "rat run" between Mansfield Road and Calverton Road were met with assurances there would only be pedestrian access to existing houses.

Developers Langridge Homes have also been asked for contributions towards local schools and services.

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Woman, 78, in hospital after reports of stabbing

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

A 70-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a 78-year-old woman was found by police called to reports of a stabbing.

Nottinghamshire Police officers were deployed to Worksop Road, Budby, Nottinghamshire, at about 12:30.

The woman was taken to hospital with injuries believed to be life-threatening, the force said.

Worksop Road, Budby
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The arrested man was also taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The force added they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

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.

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Nottingham treatment centre back under NHS control

East Midlands Today

Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre is no longer being run by a private firm for the NHS, with the health service awarded the latest contract instead of company Circle.

The move has pleased anti-privatisation campaigners, but Circle though remains unhappy at the way the contracting process was handled, and will be arguing for compensation at the High Court next year.

Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group gave the £320m contract to Nottingham University Hospitals Trust this year.

Dr Keith Girling, medical director for the hospital, said: "We’re absolutely delighted to have won the contract for the treatment centre.

“It’s a really exciting time for the trust and for the health system of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and for the patients.”

Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre
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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
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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
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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
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Southwell racing called off

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Too hot for racing...

Today's meet at Southwell Racecourse has been called off due to the heat.

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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.

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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
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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.