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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Dry and warm day with plenty of sunshine.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be sunshine, sometimes hazy, but it will then feel slightly cooler before a chilly night.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Disabled family decisions 'delayed to save cash'

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

A mother has accused Leicestershire County Council of stalling a decision over whether to fund changes to her family’s home because of her son's disabilities in an attempt to save cash.

The family-of-four - a mother, father, daughter and son who have been described by professionals as having "complex needs" as a result of their disabilities - have been waiting for more than two years for the council to assess them all individually to see if they are eligible for a grant to adapt their home to make day-to-day life easier.

The mother, named in an anonymised Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) report as Mrs X, complained the authority were taking too long to assess the family and had treated her son, referred to as Z in the report, differently due to his "hidden disabilities".

The LGO has ordered the council to apologise and make a payment of £500 to the family.

A council spokesman said it takes complaints "very seriously" and always investigates concerns, adding it has apologised to the family and "ensured that these issues have been addressed within the service so similar incidents do not arise".

Leicestershire County Council
BBC

Motorist 'drove car at police officer'

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A motorist, who drove at a police officer after failing to stop near an accident, is being hunted, police have said.

Leicestershire Police's roads policing unit said on Twitter the crash happened on the M69 on Sunday night.

A male driver was asked to stop but didn't, forcing an officer to "jump out the way".

The force added the same driver, whose car reportedly smelt of cannabis, then "failed to stop for further officer's requests".

Police stop sign
Leicestershire Roads Policing Unit

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, from J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road to J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J20, A4304 (Lutterworth) to J21, M69 (Leicester), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, from J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road to J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and queues on M1 northbound from J20, A4304 (Lutterworth) to J21, M69 (Leicester), because of a lorry that's broken down.

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

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We might be in for a treat today with plenty of blue sky and sunshine, but it will be a little cooler and fresher than yesterday.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 exit slip road partially blocked and it's slow southbound at J20, A4304 (Lutterworth), because of a spillage.

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

Residents 'surprised and shocked' by bomb alert

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

BBC reporter Stuart Woodman said some people returning from work can’t get back into their homes on Vicarage Close in Newbold Coleorton.

He said: “Half the village are out on the street and wondering what on earth is happening. They are surprised and shocked.

“Some of the residents were told to go back into their homes and told to shut their curtains and go to the backs of their houses.”

Explosives arrest after houses evacuated

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of making or possessing explosives after three houses in a Leicestershire village were evacuated.

Police went to a property on Vicarage Close, Newbold Coleorton, earlier and an Army bomb disposal team was then called.

Officers said there was no evidence of any links to terrorism.

The suspect remains in custody and there is still a cordon in place, police said.

Emergency services at the scene
BBC

Police and bomb disposal team called to village

Alex Regan

BBC News

Bomb disposal experts, police, paramedics and the fire service are currently attending an incident in a Leicestershire village.

Residents told the BBC that some people had been told to leave their homes in Vicarage Close, Newbold Coleorton. The road has been cordoned off.

East Midlands Ambulance Service said it sent paramedics and a Hazard Area Response Team to assist police at 14:06 BST.

Leicestershire Police has been contacted for comment.

Cordon in Newbold Coleorton
BBC
EMAS hazardous response team
BBC

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

The bad news? It's going to be a windy, cloudy and, at times, wet Wednesday.

But the good news is the weekend is looking, if not balmy, at least a little bit sunnier.

Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

Grooming offences in the East Midlands on the rise

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The number of grooming offences in the East Midlands has risen by almost a third in the last year.

Figures obtained by the NSPCC show the number of incidents in the region rose from 266 last year to almost 350 this year.

The data also reveals more children are being targeted on social media sites.

Over the last two years, Facebook-owned apps and Snapchat were used in 70% of incidents dealt with by Derbyshire Police.

Children with phones
BBC

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It's a drier day today but still a bit chilly. Fortunately that should improve (a bit) towards the end of the week.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Dad claims he was 'racially profiled' and made homeless

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

A dad has claimed he was "racially profiled", lost contact with his children and was made homeless as a result of a social services investigation.

The man also said he was made to visit places that were mental health "triggers", branded "intimidating" and accused of being a drug dealer by social workers investigating whether his children were safe at home.

The catalogue of errors made by Leicestershire County Council were revealed in an anonymised report after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigated the man's complaints.

As a result, the ombudsman ordered the authority to pay the man £900, and recommended the authority amend its complaints procedure and review supervision arrangements.

A spokesman for the county council said it accepts the findings and has apologised to the man.

Leicestershire County Council
BBC

Robbery arrest after supermarket staff threatened

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A man has been arrested after supermarket staff in Leicestershire were threatened by a group of men and forced to open a safe.

Leicestershire Police said three men entered a store on Shortheath Road in Moira at about 23:00 BST on Thursday.

After threatening staff, the suspects stole money and left the scene.

A force spokesman said a 25-year-old was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of robbery and released on bail.

An investigation is ongoing and officers are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Shortheath Road Moira Leicestershire robbery
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Autumn seems to have arrived in earnest today, with a wet and cool start to the week.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, from J21 for M69 to J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road.

M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and delays on M1 southbound from J21, M69 (Leicester) to J20, A4304 (Lutterworth), because of an accident and an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, from J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road to J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J20, A4304 (Lutterworth) to J21, M69 (Leicester), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, from J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road to J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 closed northbound from J20, A4304 (Lutterworth) to J21, M69 (Leicester), because of emergency repairs.

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

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and rainy morning, but we could see brighter spells later.

'Dementia friendly' ambulance launched

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The first "dementia friendly" ambulances in the UK have been launched by East Midlands Ambulance Service.

The four vehicles will be out across Leicestershire and Northamptonshire from Monday.

EMAS has worked with the University of Northampton to make the ambulances less frightening and confusing for people with dementia.

Inside a dementia friendly ambulance
East Midlands Ambulance Service

The window nearest the ambulance stretcher is now covered with a scene containing key points to talk and reminisce about.

Staff will be able to play music from different decades and give patients "twiddlemuffs" – a decorated knitted hand muff.

EMAS responds to emergency calls from 43,000 patients a year who are living with dementia.

There are plans for all 104 ambulances across the two counties to be "dementia friendly" by the end of October.

Hospital unit using dogs over illegal drugs

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

A hospital unit is using police with search dogs to stop patients using illegal drugs.

The Bradgate Unit, just behind Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, treats people with acute mental health problems.

Some patients are in locked wards while others can come and go, meaning there is the potential for drugs to be brought in.

However bosses say, because it is a hospital, guards simply would not be appropriate.

Leicestershire Police have had a base there for more than six years and the BBC has been told officers are using a drugs dog to check rooms.

Bradgate Mental Health Unit sign
BBC

Staff can also search patients or visitors suspected of carrying drugs.

They say this has prompted a "significant reduction" in drugs misuse. In the past year there were 11 incidents of people being caught with illegal substances.

The Care Quality Commission,which published a report about the unit in August, heard claims that some of the patients are being asked to smuggle items in.

However, the force said there was no evidence or intelligence that drugs gangs operated at the hospital.

Neil O'Brien: Delaying Brexit will 'prolong uncertainty'

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Neil O'Brien, MP for Harborough, has explained why he voted with the government last night against opposition parties and rebel Tories taking over the Parliamentary agenda.

The Harborough MP said: "Just delaying again and again will not resolve the issue and will prolong uncertainty for business.

"It would also mean EU partners will not negotiate seriously with us until they know there is a clear parliamentary majority for a particular course of action."

Boris Johnson's government lost last night's vote in the House of Commons by 328 votes to 301.

Neil O'Brien
UK Parliament

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We should see some decent spells of sunshine today but there's also the chance of showers later.

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, at J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road.

M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and queues on M1 southbound at J20, A4304 (Lutterworth), because of an accident.

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

HS2 hit by delays

BBC Business News

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says parts of the high-speed rail project HS2 will be delayed by up to five years and cost £22bn more than expected.

"The chairman of HS2 does not believe the current scheme design can be delivered within the budget of £55.7 billion, set in 2015 prices," Mr Shapps said.

The East Midlands section of the new railway is now expected to be completed between 2035 and 2040

Sir John Peace, chairman of Midlands Connect, said: "Although any delay is very disappointing, this is a project we will all benefit from for the next hundred years and more. It’s well worth waiting for."

HS2
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We should see variable amounts of cloud today with some bright spells but the chance of drizzly, light rain later.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, from J21 for M69 to J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J21, M69 (Leicester) to J20, A4304 (Lutterworth), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Crash on M1 near airport causes delays

Highways England

Motorists have been warned of traffic delays on the M1 northbound in Leicestershire, between junction 23 and 24, following a crash earlier.

Highways England said there were seven miles of queuing traffic and delays of more than an hour near East Midlands Airport after three of the four lanes were closed.

Traffic on M1 northbound between junction 23 and 24 following a crash
Highways England

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We've got a dry and bright start to Monday but it's looking likely to get increasingly cloudy as we move through this afternoon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road and J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M1 northbound between J20, A4304 (Lutterworth) and J21, M69 (Leicester), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J21 for M69 and J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road.

M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and it's heavy on M1 southbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J20, A4304 (Lutterworth), because of an accident.

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