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Weather: Mostly dry with chance of odd showers

BBC Weather

A generally dry with a few clear intervals and the chance of an isolated shower.

Tomorrow will be mostly dry with some sunshine at times but high cloud will turn this hazy, with gentle westerly breezes.

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M1 crash: Motorway reopens

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

The M1 northbound has fully reopened after the earlier closure.

The motorway between J24A at Kegworth and J25 were closed for several hours following a crash at midday between a lorry and two cars.

Ken Clarke not standing for Conservative leadership
Ken Clarke has stood for the Conservative leadership three times before but rules himself out of the next contest.

Jump in Euro election turnout in Leicestershire

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Figures released so far show an increase in turnout for yesterday's European Parliament Election, compared to 2014.

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M1 crash: Two cars and lorry involved

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A lorry and two cars are involved in the accident on the M1 northbound, police have confirmed.

It happened at about 12:00 and injuries are "believed to be serious", according to Nottinghamshire Police.

M1 crash
Highways England

Highways England said there are still around 75 minutes of delays in the area.

Police have advised motorists to find alternative routes.

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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's another warm and sunny day but this will change over the weekend - here's the full forecast.

Weather: Dry and clear night ahead

BBC Weather

It will remain dry tonight, with mostly clear skies and light winds. One or two mist patches could also develop.

There will be more in the way of cloud tomorrow, which could allow an isolated shower to develop.

It should remain largely dry however.

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Four jailed for jewellery store armed robbery
CCTV shows the masked gang raiding the shop in Leicestershire and making off with £80,000 of items.

Two lanes of M1 closed by crash

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

There are currently delays on the M1 due to a crash just past the Catthorpe Interchange.

Two lanes of the southbound carriageway between J19 and J18 are currently closed.

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Netball: Panagarry makes World Cup squad

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Congratulations to the Loughborough Lightning captain Natalie Panagarry who has been selected to represent England in the Netball World Cup.

She will join the Red Roses squad for the tournament in Liverpool in July. She said: "I’m living a childhood dream of mine to be selected for a major tournament and I still can’t believe it."

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Plenty of sunshine and blue sky - here's the full forecast.

Weather: Dry and partly misty night

BBC Weather

Any cloud will melt away this evening, to leave a dry and largely clear night with a few mist patches in places.

Once any mist patches fade in the morning, tomorrow will be another dry, fine day with a good deal of sunshine and just a little fair-weather cloud.

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Delays on A42 after crash

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Delays are expected on the A42 near Ashby de la Zouch following a crash.

There are queues on the northbound carriageway between junctions 12 and 13.

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Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Another fine day but with a bit more cloud than yesterday - here's the full forecast.

Weather: Dry night ahead

BBC Weather

It will remain dry overnight and there will be some clear periods, though some mist may develop later in the night.

Tomorrow is expected to be another dry day and feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine.

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Council invests in 'economic growth' staff

BBC Radio Leicester

Up to half a million pounds a year is to be spent by Leicestershire County Council on new staff to support housing and economic growth.

Leaders have defended the decision by claiming the county faces unprecedented pressure for more roads, schools and transport infrastructure that could cost £600m over the next 25 years.

Leicestershire County Council
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Councillor Byron Rhodes told the BBC it's going to be difficult to find the money at a time when the authority continues to face budget cuts.

He said: "We are anticipating that in the future, eventually our revenues will start to improve so we will provide for that out of those improvements."

Student battles with brain injury-related fatigue

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A student who suffered a head injury on a night out has been describing her struggle to continue studying while suffering the after effects.

Lottie Butler, from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, is leading a campaign to highlight fatigue in people who have had brain injuries.

The 18-year-old, who was injured in Loughborough, said for the first six months after her injury she slept through most of the day. "Nothing was normal to me anymore," she said.

Lottie Butler
BBC

She's now found a way to get through the rest of her studies at college in Nottingham and hopes to go on to university. She said: "Make yourself a schedule and goals to achieve for the day and prioritise everything.

"Then, even if the smallest things don't get done, at least you've made something of your day."

She's now working with the brain charity Headway as part of their "Brain Drain: Wake up to fatigue" campaign. This is her video diary showing how fatigue affects her everyday life.

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Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A dry, warm and sunny day across the East Midlands - here's the full forecast.

Severe accident: A6004 Leicestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6004 Leicestershire both ways severe accident, from Main Street to A6.

A6004 Leicestershire - A6004 in Woodthorpe closed in both directions from Woodthorpe roundabout to One Ash roundabout, because of an accident.

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

East Midlands weather: Dry night ahead

BBC Weather

Lingering daytime showers will slowly die away this evening. It will then be dry overnight with clear periods, although some mist is likely to develop later in the night.

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Tuesday is expected to be a dry day with sunny periods. However, there is a small chance of a few fairly isolated showers developing during the day which are most likely in the afternoon.

Firefighters take on dawn to dusk cycling challenge

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A team of Leicestershire firefighters are preparing to cycle 200 miles in memory of a colleague who died while on duty in 2016.

The 14 firefighters will travel from Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear to Prestwick in Scotland in the Chase the Sun challenge.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Cycling Club
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Before his death, Paul Wilkens suggested the event to his colleagues in the cycling club but sadly he never got to take part.

The 47-year-old was found dead while on duty at a fire station in what Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service called a "sudden and tragic loss".

Paul Wilkens
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

The Chase the Sun challenge is now a "tradition" for the cycling club as a way of remembering Paul and raising money for charity.

New World Record for Paralympic sprinter

BBC Leicester Sport

Loughborough's Paralympic 100 metre champion Sophie Hahn has broken her own world record.

The 22-year-old was running in the T38 event yesterday for only the third time this season, and clocked a time of 12.43 seconds.

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'Dirty protest' in police van

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Thought you had a bad Sunday? Spare a thought for the police officers who had to deal with this.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's a sunny start but there’s a chance of a shower later - here's the full forecast.

Canal crusaders clean up Leicestershire waterways
Barrie and Dave, in their 80s, are the last volunteers on a Leicestershire waterway.

Weather: Sunshine and heavy rain

BBC Weather

It'll be a cloudy night with areas of patchy rain and drizzle. A few mist patches are set to develop too.

There'll be a mixture of sharp showers and dry spells tomorrow. Some showers could be on the heavy and perhaps on the thundery side. There will however still be some brighter spells.

Green campaigner: Maybe I should have had fewer children

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

An environmental campaigner with three children said she "might have been more careful" about how many babies she had if she had known how it might impact on climate change.

Cee Martin, 70, was one of several members of Extinction Rebellion Leicestershire who met for a picnic outside County Hall in Glenfield on Wednesday to "celebrate" Leicestershire County Council declaring a climate emergency.

County councillors unanimously backed a motion which also saw the authority make a pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Cee Martin
BBC

Ms Martin said: "As much as I love all of my children, and of course wouldn't change the fact I had them, I might have thought differently about it if I had known the impact and what was to come. I might have been more careful and just had two.

"The size of the population is a problem, people are having bigger families, people are living longer. People need to stop and consider the future of the planet before they make decisions."

Nicky Morgan 'won't run for PM'

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

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Grey skies as Foxes eye victory at Lord's

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

It's cool and grey but dry at Lord's this morning. Leicestershire need 267 runs for the win while Middlesex need 10 wickets.

You can hear every ball on the BBC Sport website.

Lord's
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Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain has moved in to replace the glorious sunshine we've been enjoying this week.

Weather: A cloudy day with some rain

BBC Weather

Cloud is expected to become more extensive through tonight and will thicken enough to give some light showers.

Sun in Leicester
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Friday will feel fairly cool and there will be rather a lot of cloud, thick enough to produce some showers.

M1 smart motorway upgrade cost £125m

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Highways England has invested more than £125m upgrading a section of the M1 to a smart motorway.

It allows variable speed limits to be used on the section between Junctions 23a and Junction 25, which helps to adjust the flow of traffic to ease congestion.

Sensors by the side of the road work out when vehicles are slowing down, and signs above the carriageway change the mandatory speed limits accordingly.

Highways England monitors motorways and trunk roads from a series of regional control centres. Its operators can trigger various aspects of the smart motorway, including “Red X” instructions, which close one or more lanes at a time.

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Weather: A cooler day tomorrow

BBC Weather

A fine evening with sunshine and overnight it will remain dry with mainly clear skies.

Sun in Nether Heage, Belper
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Any early mist patches will lift on Thursday morning to leave a dry day with spells of sunshine.

There will be more in the way of cloud and it will be a breezier day so will start to feel cooler.

Climate change activists quiz councillors at picnic

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

Environmental protesters from Extinction Rebellion have had a picnic outside Leicestershire County Hall ahead of the annual meeting.

Extinction Rebellion picnic outside Leicestershire County Hall
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A couple of dozen people were asking staff and councillors what needs to be done to make sure today’s motion declaring a climate emergency is more than just words.

Extinction Rebellion banner
BBC

Many councillors have stopped to chat before the meeting. Campaigners assure me they won’t be gluing their buttocks to the council chamber windows later.

Family's 'new build nightmare'

Alex Blakemore

Reporter, BBC Radio Leicester

This Leicestershire family say their dream home has turned in to a nightmare because it was not built properly.

Paul Smith, who lives in new build in Loughborough with his wife and four kids, says they sometimes have to abandon their home of 18 months because the drains don't work, the chimney is unstable and the garage door isn't done properly.

Dodgy drains
Paul Smith

According to Homeowners Alliance, about nine in 10 new build homeowners experience problems when they move in.

Dodgy garage
Paul Smith

Morris Homes, which built the property, said it has been speaking to him for some time but that on recent visits staff had not been let in. The firm added that it cannot comment further as it is legal proceedings have been started.

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Wear sunscreen - it's going to warm and sunny today.

Weather: Some mist overnight

BBC Weather

It will stay fine this evening with plenty of late sunshine. It will then remain dry through tonight with mainly clear skies. A few mist patches may form overnight.

Any early mist patches will soon lift on Wednesday to leave a dry and fine day with lots of sunshine. It will be a warm day with a light breeze.

Scientists test device that converts CO2 into fuel

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

Scientists at Loughborough University have received government backing for research that could significantly cut carbon emissions from industry.

They've created a device which converts carbon dioxide into renewable fuel for transport.

Carbon dioxide converting device
BBC

Dr Jin Xuan said: "We turn carbon dioxide into fuel which can run your car, power an aeroplane.

"We also convert carbon dioxide into chemicals that make up drugs and other pharmaceutical products."

The prototype is more efficient than any other around and it's being tested to one day be used in factories and power plants creating tonnes of renewable fuel for transport, the university claimed.

The government is backing the research with part of a £200,000 grant. It's hoped the little device could one day make a huge difference.

Investigation into water supply interruptions

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Does this count as an excuse for a takeaway tea?

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