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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.

Peregrine falcon eggs 'disappear'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police would like to speak to this man after two peregrine falcon eggs disappeared.

It's not known if the nest site, in the Derbyshire Peak District, was "interfered with" but it has been confirmed that recently laid eggs have gone.

Images of wanted man
Derbyshire Police

Rural crime officers have been monitoring nests over the last few months with the use of a done.

One pair of birds were seen with two eggs and the female had been incubating them but on Wednesday morning she was off the nest and acting "oddly".

peregrine falcon nest
Derbyshire Police

By the afternoon she had left the nest completely and did not return.

Police returned with the drone yesterday afternoon and confirmed the eggs were no longer there.

In a statement, the force said: "There are numerous theories and possibilities as to what happened to the eggs, at this moment in time we simply don’t know if human interference played a role."

Derbyshire MP gets behind McVey leadership bid

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham has backed Esther McVey to succeed Theresa May as leader of the Conservative party.

The former cabinet minister Esther McVey announced last week she will put herself forward for the position when Theresa May stands down.

The prime minister has promised to set a timetable for the election of her successor after the next Brexit vote in the first week of June.

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Pupils' 'mature and realistic' ideas for HS2

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Erewash schools have been giving their ideas on what they would like from the UK's new high-speed railway line.

Current plans for HS2 will see the line go through Long Eaton and Sandiacre. There will also be an East Midlands hub in nearby Toton.

Pupils from those areas have suggested face scanners could be used instead of physical tickets. They also said they would like to see wildlife habitats incorporated into the building’s structure.

Pupils designing their ideal HS2 station
HS2 Limited

The workshop was put on by HS2 Ltd who are responsible for delivering the new railway line.

Kim Soucy, from HS2 Ltd, said the ideas were, "well-thought out, mature and realistic".

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.

M1
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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.

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.

Unemployment 'at 4% in East Midlands'

BBC Business News

Unemployment in the East Midlands was 4% in the first three months of the year, down by 1% compared with October to December last year.

Overall the UK’s unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8%, its lowest since late 1974, according to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics.

You can read the full story here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48264511

Unemployment rate
BBC

Weather: More warm sunshine

BBC Weather

Late sunshine this evening, then staying dry overnight with largely clear, starry skies and few, if any, clouds.

Sun
mogjo

Tomorrow will remain dry with a good deal of warm sunshine and just a little cloud at times.

Ashfield Council: Independents take control from Labour
Last month’s local elections saw the rise of smaller parties, with a warning to larger parties about holding on to their traditional safe seats.

Second company sues government over railway bid

BBC Business News

The rail giant Arriva is suing the government after it lost its bid to run the East Midlands railway franchise.

The firm, owned by Germany's state-backed Deutsche Bahn, said it wanted more information on how the Department for Transport assessed the bids, which was won by Dutch company Abelio.

Train
PA

The move comes after rival and current operator Stagecoach, which was banned from rebidding, announced it was taking legal action.

The Department for Transport said it had "total confidence" in its franchise competition process.

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to start off sunny, stay sunny throughout the morning and, amazingly, remain sunny this afternoon as well.

Tonight's weather: Showers expected to fade

BBC Weather

Showers will ease in the evening but patchy cloud will linger overnight.

Under any clear spells areas of mist and fog may develop overnight, with light winds.

Weather map
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One person injured in M1 crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The crash on the M1 northbound at junction 25 involved a lorry and a car transporter, police have said.

One person had to be freed from a vehicle and is receiving treatment at the scene.

The road has been closed since the crash happened at 15:05 with tailbacks stretching back several miles.

J25 delays
Highways England

Home and job 'at risk of HS2 demolition'

BBC Radio Derby

Some of the employees at a Long Eaton firm say they are facing the loss of their home and workplace to make way for the new HS2 railway line.

Leisure Furnishings, which makes furniture for caravans, is talking to the government about a possible relocation. Sites in Long Eaton are limited, and one option would see the company move out of the town.

Managers said 60% of staff walk or cycle to work so they want to stay close by.

Leisure Furnishings
BBC

Paul Cokayne works at Leisure Furnishings and lives a few hundred metres away from the factory. His home could also be demolished as part of the project.

He told the BBC: "There's no point in me moving one way, because I can afford a house that way, and my firm moves the opposite way - I've got to commute then which is more expense."

HS2 Limited has said it's met the company to listen to concerns and talk about the compensation packages in place.

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The wet weather is set to continue but next week is looking much better - here's the full forecast.

Tonight's weather: Further showers expected

BBC Weather

Tonight will remain quite cloudy with further showers but it should turn drier and a touch clearer towards dawn.

A few mist patches may form later on with just a light wind.

Weather map
BBC

Abellio pledges major East Mids rail investment

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Dutch firm Abellio has pledged to spend £600m improving rail services in the East Midlands.

The announcement comes as the deal to run the East Midlands rail franchise from August was officially confirmed with the Department for Transport following a mandatory standstill period.

Derby station sign
BBC

Abellio said the money would be spent on new bi-mode trains, an electric train service between London and Corby, station improvements, enhanced ticketing services and 30 new apprenticeships.

Dry winter hitting farmers hard

You might not be enjoying this week's wet weather but farmers in the East Midlands are warning of the effects the dry winter and spring is having on their crops and businesses.

Peter Gadd, an arable farmer in Nottinghamshire, says his farm has seen almost half the amount of rainfall over the first four months of this year compared with the same period last year.

Farmer on tractor
BBC

He said: "Through the winter, where we'd expect to get a serious recharge of river waters and rainfall, it didn't happen.

"It will obviously create pressures for everyone but small businesses will find it difficult to absorb the investment cost."

Today's weather in the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A little unsettled for today but temperatures on the up for next week.

Tonight's weather: Rain likely to ease

BBC Weather

Heavy, persistent rain fading a little through this evening. Thereafter, tonight is expected to be rather cloudy with the odd shower. Winds will be mostly light.

Weather map
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Government 'has total confidence' in rail bidding system

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The Department for Transport has released a statement after Stagecoach confirmed it was taking legal action over its disqualification from the bidding process for the East Midlands rail franchise.

A spokesperson said: "Stagecoach is an experienced bidder who knowingly submitted non-compliant bids on all competitions. In doing so, they disqualified themselves.

"We do not comment on legal proceedings. However, we have total confidence in our franchise competition process and will robustly defend decisions that were taken fairly following a thorough and impartial evaluation process."

Sign at Derby railway station
BBC

Stagecoach: No choice but to pursue legal action

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Stagecoach chief executive Martin Griffiths said the company was "deeply concerned" about how the Department for Transport handled procurement of the East Midlands, South Eastern and West Coast rail franchises.

He said: "Despite our continued requests for full transparency around these matters, many fundamental questions remain unanswered.

"As a result, regrettably we have had no option but to commence legal action against the DfT to ensure the serious issues involved and the DfT's opaque decision-making are subject to proper public scrutiny."

East Midlands Trains carriage
PA

He continued: "In view of the legal action we have taken today, we believe it would be untenable for the DfT to proceed to sign any contract for the East Midlands franchise without a full and proper review of the procurement of that franchise to help restore public confidence in the process."

The Department for Transport said at the time of Stagecoach's disqualification the company had "repeatedly ignored established rules" and that other bidders had met its requirements.

Stagecoach taking legal action over East Mids snub

Press Association

Stagecoach - the owner of East Midlands Trains - has launched legal action against the Department for Transport over its disqualification from the East Midlands rail franchise competition, the company has said.

Last month, the DfT rejected Stagecoach bids for the East Midlands franchise, the South Eastern franchise with Alstom, and a renewal of the West Coast franchise with Virgin Trains and France's SNCF because they did not meet pensions rules.

Stagecoach said it could have been left with liabilities of £1.6bn if it had agreed to accept pension risks.

East Midlands Trains train
PA

A52 reopens after crash

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The A52 westbound towards Derby has reopened fully after a car crashed in to the barrier this morning.

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Woman survived crash on A52

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The woman who had to be cut free from her car after it crashed in to a barrier on the A52 has been taken to hospital.

Police said she has neither life-threatening nor life-changing injuries but the barrier has been damaged.

Crash
James Stothard

One lane of the road Westbound has now been reopened, the other is closed for recovery.

'Serious crash' closes A52 towards Derby

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A woman is being rescued from a car after it crashed in to the central reservation on the A52 westbound.

The road is closed between the M1 J25 and the A5111 as firefighters work to get her out.

Police and the ambulance service are on the scene, and although Highways England have described the crash as "serious" the extent of her injuries is not yet known.

A52
Google

There is a diversion in place, taking the A50, the A6 and the A5111 until it rejoins the A52.

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

In short, it's looking grim out there - with rain for most of the day and even thunderstorms in some parts. Things are looking a little better later on in the week.

Big shift in primary care to ease GP shortage

East Midlands Today

Hundreds more physiotherapists, paramedics and healthcare assistants are to be recruited in the East Midlands to boost care alongside GPs, NHS England has promised.

Woman at a doctor's
BBC

In one of the biggest shifts in primary care for more than a decade, the new workers will help more people manage chronic conditions closer to home.

There are no regional figures for the number to be recruited by local clinical commissioning groups but nationally it is more than 20,000, as set out in the NHS's long term plan.

With GP numbers showing their first sustained drop in 50 years nationally, the aim is ease some of the pressure on doctors.

Tonight's weather: Showers set to ease off

BBC Weather

Any showers around in the evening will die away to leave it dry for a time but rain will then spread from the south-west and become persistent. Becoming breezier too with a brisk south-easterly wind.

Weather map
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Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It doesn't look like we'll be getting a break from the cool and wet weather of the weekend for a few days, but it may get better by the end of the week...

Derbyshire worst for leaving dogs in hot cars

East Midlands Today

A charity is warning of a significant rise in reports of dogs being left in hot cars.

Last year the RSPCA hotline took more than 8,000 calls across the country, with 143 in Derbyshire alone - although this is down from 175 in 2017.

A further 123 cases were reported in Nottinghamshire, up from 100 in 2017, and 112 in Leicestershire, up from 96 in 2017.

Dog in car
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Climate change 'catastrophic' for Peak District wildlife

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is warning climate change could be "catastrophic" for wildlife in the Peak District as well as the rest of the county.

Species normally confined to the south are now being found in Derbyshire as parts of it have become warm enough for them.

The trust says this could put existing wildlife at risk - including curlews and ring ouzels.

Bird
BBC

A look back on the day...

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

We were told it could be a good time to be an independent candidate in the local elections - and so it proved.

That means it's been a terrible time for the Conservatives and Labour, who've both taken an electoral battering with voters using the local elections to express their dismay over the handling of Brexit.

There's been a resurgent Liberal Democrat vote. The Greens also won seats. But it's the Independents who did best of all as voters turned away from the main parties.

Ashfield in Nottinghamshire produced the worst results in the country for both Labour, who lost 20 seats, and the Lib Dems, who lost all their 5 seats.

The Ashfield Independent Group didn’t scrape home either. They took 64 per cent of the votes cast and in one seat seized from Labour they polled 88 per cent.

A week ago Jeremy Corbyn was door knocking in Hucknall and telling me they were hoping to win back the Council.

There’s some comfort for Labour that most of their losses came in three Councils... Ashfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover.

And there’s an irony too that the latest trend towards support for Independents began in 2002 in Mansfield when an independent mayor was first elected. Labour have won the mayoral contest there for the first time by two votes.