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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.


Leicester textile factories get all-clear after inspections

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

No evidence of wrongdoing has been found at several Leicester textile factories visited as part of an ongoing investigation into worker exploitation and unsafe conditions.

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority said it worked with police and the council to carry out inspections at six premises on Friday.

It followed concerns raised about conditions and employment practices following the implementation of the local lockdown in Leicester.

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The organisation said all the factories were compliant with regulations and there was also evidence of good practice in taking proactive steps to protect workers from Covid-19.

Head of enforcement Ian Waterfield said anyone with information about labour exploitation was still encouraged to call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.

"We need the help of Leicester's communities to help us root out any employers and businesses who are exploiting their workers," he said.

Bread packet 'at least 49 years old' found in park

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Here's proof of how long the rubbish we leave behind can take to break down.

This Mother's Pride bread wrapper, thought to be at least 49 years old, was found in Bradgate Park in Leicestershire by rangers and volunteers repairing a dry stone wall.

"This shows how long litter lasts," a post on the Bradgate Park Trust's Facebook page said.

"It was probably put in there [the wall] by a 'waller' after he finished his sandwiches."

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It's not known exactly how old the packet is but the park said given the price, which is just visible, it is likely to date from before decimalisation in 1971.

Driver stabbed by people wearing masks

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after being stabbed several times while driving in slow traffic.

Police said they were called at 17:45 on Sunday after the 20-year-old was found injured on St Peter's Road in Leicester.

Belgrave Gate roundabout

The force said the victim is understood to have been driving near Belgrave Gate roundabout when a group of people wearing masks opened his door and attacked him.

Police said he managed to drive away towards St Peter's Road and get help.

He was taken to hospital where he remains in a condition described by police as "serious but stable".

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".

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

Leicester restrictions to continue for 'at least another week'

Alex Regan

BBC News

Leicester's lockdown restrictions will continue for at least another week after today's review.

A ban on gatherings in the city is set to be reviewed again by the Department of Health and Social Care on 14 August.

The stricter lockdown was looked at alongside new restrictions in areas of North West England and West Yorkshire today.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We are constantly examining the data on the prevalence of the virus in these areas, and we will review the measures again next week."

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BreakingCurrent lockdown restrictions to remain in place in Leicester

Alex Regan

BBC News

Lockdown restrictions currently in place in Leicester will remain, the government has confirmed.

The Department of Health and Social Care said bans on gatherings in households and gardens would continue in the city, alongside parts of North West England and West Yorkshire.

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Preston is one of the new areas in England to have social gatherings banned, in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Despite restrictions on gatherings remaining in place, pubs, bars and restaurants in Leicester reopened on Monday.

Drinkers have been warned not to "throw away all the hard work" by ignoring rules, as pub-goers can enjoy their first weekend of drinking in months.

Properties evacuated after 'explosives found in garage'

Alex Regan

BBC News

A number of properties in North West Leicestershire have been evacuated after reports explosive materials were found in a garage in Blackfordby.

Leicestershire Police said the force was called at 09:15 this morning by "someone who had been clearing out the property" in North Close.

A cordon remains in place. The fire service and explosive ordnance disposal officers are also at the scene.


Leicester Riders 'may not survive' without events revenue

Charlie Slater

East Midlands Today

Basketball team Leicester Riders may not be able to survive the coronavirus pandemic without revenue from events and matches, the team's managing director has said.

Russell Levenston said the team had enough money to continue until October, but he is concerned about whether the team will be able to play in the British Basketball League when the season returns.

He said: "The massive thing for us is events in the arena.

"We've taken three years to build up the arena to this point, and the revenue from that goes back into the basketball.

"That is a critical problem we're going to have moving forward."

Russell Levenston

He said the club has been unable to announce its season tickets "because we don't know when the season's going to start".

The managing director says the venue has done work to reduce capacity to between 50-60% to make it Covid-secure.

He said if the next BBL season did not go ahead, he did not know how they would survive without government or council support.

Council not expecting any changes to lockdown rules

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Leicester City Council says it is not anticipating any changes to the current restrictions in the city when the government makes an announcement later.

A spokeswoman said the local authority was "at a loss" as to why they had been "tagged on" to the review of restrictions in the North West.

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She said the council had expected the city's restrictions to be reviewed every two weeks and were "surprised" when they were informed the current measures would be reviewed today.

It is not clear what time the announcement will take place.

Fresh Leicester lockdown announcement expected

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The government is expected to make an announcement later on the status of the remaining local lockdown measures in Leicester and extra restrictions placed on some areas in the North West.

Measures banning mixing between households were due for review yesterday, a week after being announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

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The seven-day infection rate in Leicester has continued to fall, down from 62.4 per 100,000 people to 52.2, with 185 new cases.

Bars, restaurants and hair salons were allowed to reopen on Monday almost a month after similar businesses in the rest of the country were given the green light to welcome customers.

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
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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.

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

Boohoo inquiry sets up website for anonymous evidence

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

The inquiry into working conditions at factories used by fashion brand Boohoo has set up a website to help witnesses give evidence.

The business was at the centre of allegations workers in Leicester were paid just £3.50 an hour and were offered no coronavirus protection.

In response, it set up an independent review led by Alison Levitt QC.

Boohoo website
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She has now appealed for those who worked in the factories, along with those in the wider supply chain, to give evidence.

A website to submit information - anonymously and in languages other than English if they wish - has been set up.

The review team said neither Boohoo nor its suppliers has access to the website or its material.

Deadline for submissions is 26 August, with the report due by 15 September.

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
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Melton's Covid-19 infection rate 'higher than Manchester'

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

Melton in Leicestershire has a higher coronavirus infection rate than Manchester, new figures have shown.

The borough's 19 new cases in the week to 30 July saw its rate jump from 17.6 cases per 100,000 people to 37.2 - the eighth highest rate in the UK. Manchester's rate for the same period was 34.3.

It comes after Greater Manchester became one of a number of areas in northern England to be subject to new lockdown measures.

Melton Mowbray

The figures also showed the coronavirus infection rate is continuing to fall in Leicester and the borough of Oadby and Wigston - the last suburb outside of the city area to be released from the Leicester lockdown zone on Saturday.

In the city, the rate fell from 66.2 to 52.6, while Oadby and Wigston's rate dropped to 12.3, down from 42.1 the previous week.

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

Reopening day for Leicester's restaurants and bars

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Bars, restaurants and hair salons are allowed to reopen in Leicester today as lockdown restrictions in the city are eased further.

It comes almost exactly a month after similar businesses in other parts of the country were given the green light to welcome back customers.

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Cinemas and museums are also allowed to reopen but leisure centres, gyms and pools must remain closed.

Ivan Browne, Leicester's director of public health, said on Thurday the infection rate in the city had fallen to about 55 per 100,000 people from 135 at the start of the local lockdown.

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

Leicester residents 'can make non-essential journeys'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Leicester City Council says residents in the lockdown area can make non-essential journeys, contrary to advice issued earlier today by the government.

The government, in published guidance, had said non-essential travel in Leicester was still prohibited, but the authority has said that from today, people can leave the lockdown boundaries, but cannot stay away overnight until Monday and not in other people's houses.

Visits to other people's homes in Leicester are banned - a measure which has also been implemented in parts of northern England - unless they have formed a single-adult support bubble.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has been asked to comment.

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Residents 'can go on holiday with people they live with'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

One of the many questions on the lips of residents in Leicester has been whether they are able to go on holiday both in the UK and abroad.

The government said earlier hotels, bed and breakfast sites, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites and caravan parks in and around the city could reopen from Monday.

But a number of people in the lockdown zone contacted the BBC to ask if this meant they could go on holidays.

Leicester City Council has since said in a Q&A section on its website that you will only be able to holiday with people you already live with, adding people cannot stay in another person's home while they are there.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has been asked to clarify the regulations around holidays.

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