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Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

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M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J2 for M69 to J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton.

M6 Warwickshire - M6 partially blocked northbound from J2, M69 (Coventry) to J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of wood on the road.

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Police in Derby reminded the community to stay at home using a rap and a megaphone.
Derbyshire Constabulary has been criticised recently for using drones to help enforce the lockdown.

Police appeal follows 'pre-meditated' shooting

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A man has been treated for gunshots wounds after a shooting in Leicester.

Police said the man in his 30s was shot while sitting in his car on Scraptoft Mews, Humberstone just before 17:00 on Friday. He was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

Scraptoft Mews
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Leicestershire Police are treating the shooting as an "isolated and pre-meditated incident".

The force said a black Volkswagen Tiguan was seen leaving Scraptoft Mews and was later found abandoned.

It is appealing for anyone that saw the car in the area at that time to get in contact with them.

Parks to shut their car parks in Coventry

All car parks at Coventry’s parks are to close from lunchtime tomorrow.

Parks will remain open for visitors on foot, despite calls over the weekend from some residents to close them outright.

Andrew Walster, the director with responsibility for parks, said the council had wrestled with the decision as most people had observed social distancing at the city's parks.

But he added most people in the city live relatively close to a park or fields so can enjoy a walk without having to travel in a car to get there.

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Closing parks and open spaces in the UK amid the coronavirus lockdown should be an "absolute last resort", the government has said.

Waitrose manager headbutted during baby milk theft

Images have been released of a man police would like to speak to over the suspected theft of baby milk formula during which a store manager was headbutted.

Suspect
West Midlands Police

The incident took place at the Waitrose store on Stratford Road in Birmingham on 21 March.

The force is asking for anyone with information to get in touch.

Four fox cubs separated from mother rescued from garden

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Four fox cubs have been rescued from a garden in Derbyshire.

The RSPCA said the four-week-old cubs, which were found on 25 March by a woman in her garden in Ilkeston, had been separated from their mother.

The charity said they cubs were "doing well" at the RSPCA's Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich and would be released back into the wild once they were "strong enough".

Fox cubs rescued from Derbyshire garden
RSPCA

Caitlin McNaughton, an animal collection officer, said: "The woman called us after seeing the cubs in her garden and she was kind enough to keep an eye on them as we were hoping their mum would return and collect them.

"But as time passed, it was decided the best thing to do was to take them into our care.

"We are not sure what happened to mum."

Fox cubs rescued from Derbyshire garden
RSPCA

Homeless charity calls for help for asylum seekers

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

The plight of asylum seekers in Leicester has been highlighted by a homelessness charity trying to support them.

Help the Homeless Leicester are one of the many organisations in the city trying to assist those who have fled their home country.

Arif Voraji, one of the charity's founders, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service more should be done to help people arriving here in the UK.

We have had Syrian doctors who a few months ago were carrying out operations over there, living in nice houses, with good jobs and happy lives. Then one day, a bomb falls on the hospital they work at, in the home that they live in with their families and they are left with nothing."

Arif VorajiHelp the Homeless Leicester
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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, from J16 for A4500 to J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J16, A4500 (Daventry) to J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Police thank people for staying at home

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A police force has posted pictures of a deserted city centre this weekend after lockdown measures were introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Nottinghamshire Police wrote in a Twitter post: "Thank you for two weeks of staying at home."

Nottingham city centre
Nottinghamshire Police

It added the photos from "usually busy" streets showed most people are following the rules.

Nottingham city centre
Nottinghamshire Police

Tributes paid to school mentor

Tributes have been paid to a "fun-loving and kind" school mentor who has died after testing positive for Covid-19.

Carole Flynn
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A spokesperson for Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School in Coventry, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, said everyone was."deeply saddened" by Carole Flynn's death.

She had been at the "heart and soul" of the school for 16 years, the spokesperson said.

“The children of Corpus Christi, past and present, were at the forefront of all that she did in her role as a learning mentor, and she carried a special place in her heart for each and every one of them."

She leaves behind her two sons, her daughter and her newly arrived grandson, the spokesman said.

Small gas fire 'lifts paving slabs from road'

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A gas fire under a road in Nottinghamshire this morning has caused paving slabs to lift up, police said.

Emergency services were called at 08:35 to Main Road, in Radcliffe-on-Trent, outside a Co-op store.

Nottinghamshire Police said no injuries have been reported and no-one had to be evacuated.

Main Road, in Radcliffe, Nottinghamshire
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The road has been closed while emergency repairs are carried out.

Insp John Lees, of Nottinghamshire Police, said there was "no threat" to the community.

Man due in court over stab murder

A man is due in court later over the death of Pavandeep Daudher.

Pavandeep Daudher,
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The 19-year-old was fatally stabbed at a BP garage in Lockhurst Lane, Coventry, on Tuesday evening.

A post-mortem examination found he died from a stab wound to his left thigh.

Ethan Lilley, 22, of Queen Isabels Avenue, Cheylesmore, has been charged with murder.

Council puts money towards pre-school childcare

BBC Radio Nottingham

Pre-school childcare providers in Nottingham are being encouraged to stay open for key workers over the Easter holidays.

The city council says it will put £90,000 towards keeping private provision for children aged between two and four open over the break.

Nottinghamshire County Council previously pledged cash to keep county schools running through the two-week period for children of key workers.

Nottingham Council House
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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, from J5 for A452 to J6 for A38 Tyburn Road.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) to J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Speeding driver 'heading to London for cheap bread' stopped

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A motorist who was driving at more than 100mph reportedly told police he was heading to London to look for cheaper bread.

Leicestershire Police said the man, who was driving from Nottingham, was stopped by officers on the M1 on Sunday evening and is now set to appear in court.

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Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy this morning, but they will clear to leave it dry and sunny for the rest of the day. However, it will feel cooler in the wind.

The weekly outlook doesn't seem too bad either...

Weather for the East Midlands
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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

M1 Derbyshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A45 West Midlands both ways

BBC News Travel

A45 West Midlands both ways severe disruption, from A46 to B4113 Leamington Road.

A45 West Midlands - A45 Stonebridge Highway closed in both directions from Tollbar End to the B4113 Leamington Road junction, because of overrunning roadworks.

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Temporary closure for urgent treatment centre

An urgent treatment centre in the West Midlands will temporarily close from 20:00 BST, as changes are made to local NHS services due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Solihull Hospital site - generic image
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Due to the low number of patients attending in recent weeks, Solihull Urgent Treatment Centre will be temporarily closed and its staff redeployed to other NHS services, Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group said.

There are a number of options for those patients who require urgent medical help and who would have attended the centre.

Firefighters entertain people online with stay at home dance

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

A video of firefighters doing a TikTok dance challenge as a creative way to share the "stay at home" message has been viewed by thousands online.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service's Eastern team shared a video on Facebook and Twitter on Friday night.

People have commented on the posts saying they "just love it" and "made me smile! Keep up the good work".

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Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J4 for M42 J7 to J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill) to J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe accident: A428 Warwickshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A428 Warwickshire both ways severe accident, between B4038 Kilsby Lane and Moors Lane.

A428 Warwickshire - A428 Crick Road in Hillmorton, Rugby closed in both directions between the B4038 Kilsby Lane junction and the Moors Lane junction, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M69 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, from J1 for A5 Hinckley to M1 J21.

M69 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M69 northbound from J1, A5 (Hinckley) to M1 J21, 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 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, from J18 for A5 to J16 for A4500.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J18, A5 (Rugby) to J16, A4500 (Daventry), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Garden shed auction makes £30k for NHS

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

An auction broadcast from a garden shed has raised about £30,000 for the NHS.

Auctioneer Charles Hanson, who has appeared on Bargain Hunt, said the funds will be donated to Derby and Burton Hospitals' Covid-19 appeal.

The top selling lot of Friday night's auction was a day out antique shopping with Drew Prichard, from TV’s Salvage Hunters, which sold for £3,700. His cap made another £480.

Mr Prichard said: "It’s very important to support the NHS right now.”

Charles Hanson
Hansons

A day out with Derby metal detectorist Adam Staples, who helped to uncover a coin hoard in Somerset, sold for £2,100.

Mr Hanson's BBC Bargain Hunt items - including his own gavel, tea for four in his shed and a day out at Hansons Auctioneers - sold for £1,770.

Meanwhile, a tour around Derbyshire’s Chatsworth House accompanied by the Duke of Devonshire made £1,550.

Jake Bugg to perform at virtual festival

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

Singer-songwriter Jake Bugg will perform at a live-streaming music festival in support of artists whose livelihoods have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Light Hustle festival was due to take place in Bugg's home city of Nottingham but because of lockdown restrictions a virtual gig will take place instead.

Bugg will join more than 20 artists including cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason at the gig at 15:00 BST today.

Jake Bugg
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The festival will see an emergency hardship fund launched in support of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire's creative freelancers as government support for the self-employed will not be available until June.

Bugg, who was born in Clifton, said: "With everything that is going on it is difficult for everybody, especially musicians out there, so I thought it was a nice thing to be part of."

Organisers Circle of Light and Hockley Hustle will stream the event on their respective Facebook pages.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason
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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, from J18 for A5 to J16 for A4500.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J18, A5 (Rugby) to J16, A4500 (Daventry), because of a broken down vehicle having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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