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Door knocking swans are 'no bother'
The hungry birds in Kirk Hallam are often seen going door-to-door in their search for a meal.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Patchy cloud is expected at times today but there will be some breaks and we will see blue and sunny skies.

Temperatures will be getting up to 6C or 7C but as we head towards the end of the week things will be turning a bit milder.

CCTV released after GoPro cameras stolen from shop

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Police have released images of two men they want to speak to after several GoPro cameras were stolen from a shop in Derby.

Derbyshire Police said two men broke into a cabinet at the branch of Currys in the Meteor Centre retail park at about 15:20 on 30 November.

The force is appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch.

Currys Derby GoPro
Derbyshire Police

Coach carrying passengers crashes into wall on A6

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A coach carrying passengers has crashed into a wall on the A6, closing the road in both directions.

The vehicle left the A6 Dale Road North, near Park View in Darley Dale, and hit a low wall earlier.

Derbyshire Police said no serious injuries have been reported.

The force added it is "not clear" how many people were on the coach, but said they were "all adults".

A6 Dale Road North, near Park View in Darley Dale, Derbyshire
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Labour promises regional 'investment blitz'

BBC Politics

Labour has promised an "investment blitz" across England to bring "wealth, power and prosperity" to communities.

The party launched regional manifestos for each part of the country earlier, including pledges on transport, housing and jobs.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the announcement would "bring our country back together".

But Tory minister Jake Berry said it was "a clear distraction from Corbyn's failure to set out a Brexit plan".

Launching the manifestos in Nottingham, shadow transport secretary Andy MacDonald said the plans would "make sure we deal with the climate crisis", but "harness opportunities at the same time".

Composite image
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Could we have more Christmas elections?

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

The timing of this year's general election has certainly prompted much discussion about the difference winter can make to voters.

But, looking ahead, Paul McFadden, from Nottingham, has got in touch with us using the Your Questions Answered tool on the BBC website to ask whether the fixed term parliaments act (FTPA) means the next scheduled election will also take place in December in five years' time?

BBC East Midlands' political editor Tony Roe says: "It is indeed the case that under the FTPA the next election will be in five years time, so in theory Christmas elections are on the cards for a while.

"But the feeling among MPs of all parties in the last parliament was that the FTPA has been a bit of blunder.

"It’s only actually worked once with the 2015 election. The current election is the second since then... 2020 was meant to be the next election."

Voters
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Mr Roe warns voters not to be surprised if the act is repealed, with a reversal to the situation where we have to have an election "at least every five years".

"That will make Parliament more responsive to events," he said.

"No-one likes treading the streets canvassing in the dark, not the politicians who have to knock on the doors nor the people opening their doors, letting the heating out and the cold air in. And the hot air..."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's been a frosty start, which will give way to a clear, bright and sunny day.

However, this will mean lower temperatures and a chilly night.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be showers, some heavy, likely throughout the day but clearing later.

A clear, cold night could lead to some frosts but it will be a brighter day tomorrow.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Persistent rain will sweep across the region for much of the next 24 hours.

Temperatures are a little lower but still relatively mild for the time of year.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

What do you want to know about the general election?

The election campaign is well and truly under way and on 12 December the UK will go to the polls.

The BBC wants to know about the issues which matter to you and affect your village, town or city.

Whether it's polling, policies, or a local issue, send your questions to us and we'll do our best to answer them.

Follow the links below to ask your questions:

Your Questions Answered
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Stabbed police dog PD Axle retires from duty

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A police dog who made national headlines after being stabbed by a burglar is to retire from duty.

PD Axle, who is eight-and-a-half years old, needed lifesaving surgery due to the attack in July 2018 but made a full recovery and returned to duty.

In a tribute, Derbyshire Police said PD Axle's other achievements included tracking down an on-the-run murderer, finding a lost wedding ring and biting a visiting police officer on the bottom.

PD Axle
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be an unsettled start to the week with patches of rain throughout the day, which could turn heavy.

Expect some breezy weather with highs of 11C and lows this evening of 7C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There's a chance of more rain this afternoon and overnight.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Cordon in place following 'serious assault' in Sandiacre

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Detectives are investigating a "serious assault" at a park in Sandiacre in the early hours of this morning.

A cordon is in place at St Giles Park and there is likely to be an increased police presence there all day.

Derbyshire Police have urged anyone who was in the area between midnight and 01:00 to contact them.

St Giles Park
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A mostly cloudy and dry day across the region.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Ponies pictured in fields near Derby rehomed

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Five ponies have been rehomed after they were seen standing in waterlogged fields north of Derby during widespread flooding earlier this month.

A group of animal lovers said they rescued the horses after they became "stranded" in flood water, close to the River Derwent near the A38 Little Eaton island on 8 November.

Ruth Darby, who along with Sue Williams bought the horses, said: "We are probably mad but we have become attached to them and want to give them all a better life."

Ponies in water
Neil Gascoyne

They have set up a JustGiving page to help pay for their care.

The RSPCA had sought to reassure the public after pictures emerged of the horses during heavy rainfall.

A spokeswoman said they had a "tendency to congregate close to the road where the water [was] deeper" and it was "not the case" they were stuck or in danger.

Horses at new home
Ruth Darby

Man arrested after pursued 'stolen' car crashes

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A man has been arrested after a "stolen" car pursued by police crashed on a street in Long Eaton.

Derbyshire's roads policing unit tweeted a stolen vehicle was spotted and failed to stop.

The force said the driver was pursued before his car hit a stationary vehicle and overturned on Draycott Road at about 14:50.

The driver, 43, was taken to hospital with minor injuries before being arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, theft of a motor vehicle, burglary and recall to prison.

A Derbyshire Police spokesman added they are investigating an allegation the car, a Toyota Corolla, had been stolen from Rose Hill Street in Normanton earlier in the day while its owner was defrosting it.

Car crash in Derbyshire
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's another chilly day, but not quite as cold as yesterday.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's a frosty start out there, and there's a Met Office weather warning for fog.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Specialists clear loose cliff face caused by heavy rain

Alex Regan

BBC News

This video shows specialists clearing a rock fall caused by heavy rain in Derbyshire last week.

The A623 near Stoney Middleton was shut by the rockfall and Derbyshire County Council had to call in experts had to clear a large slab of loose rock above the village.

The road was closed after the rockfall on Tuesday night, but was reopened on Friday.

Flood warnings remain in East Midlands

Alex Regan

BBC News

Flood warnings remain across parts of the East Midlands after heavy rainfall saw severe disruption across the region last week.

The Environment Agency has issued several warnings - meaning flooding is expected - across the River Trent at Cavendish Bridge, Carlton-on-Trent, Collingham, and Girton.

In Leicestershire and Derbyshire, the River Soar and the Derwent both have several flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue boats
Lynne Haw
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue teams helped rescue people by boats last week

East Midlands weather: Drier and brighter

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be drier and brighter this week.

There's a bit of mist and fog early on, but we can expect blue skies as we go into the afternoon.

We can expect highs of 8C, but tonight temperatures could dip to as low as -2C.

What do you want to know about the election?

The election campaign is under way and on 12 December the UK will go to the polls.

The BBC wants to know about the issues which matter to you and affect your village, town or city.

Whether it's polling, policies, or a local issue, send your questions to us and we'll do our best to answer them.

Follow the links below to ask your questions:

Your Questions Answered
BBC

Riverbank 'barely visible' after flooding

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Police's drone unit has shared this amazing picture of the flooding near the hamlet of Ambaston.

They said the Derwent's riverbank is "barely visible" and the flood water poses a "significant risk".

Flooding in Ambaston
Derbyshire Constabulary Drone Unit

'Flooding expected' at 23 waterways

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

There are 23 flood warnings in place across the East Midlands.

These are the waterways where the Environment Agency is warning "flooding is expected".

Flooding
BBC
  • Cocker Beck at Lowdham
  • River Derwent at Church Wilne and Wilne Lane
  • River Doe Lea at Bolsover Coking Works and Netherthorpe
  • River Erewash at Ilkeston
  • River Erewash at Langley Mill
  • River Leen at Bulwell
  • River Maun at Edwinstowe and Ollerton
  • River Maun at Haughton, Milton and West Drayton
  • River Maun at Sherwood Forest Caravan Park near Kings Clipstone
  • River Ryton at Scrooby including Serlby
  • River Ryton at Worksop, Shelley Street
  • Rivers Leen at Old Basford, New Basford and Bobbers Mill
  • River Soar at Zouch Island
  • River Trent at Carlton on Trent including Beck Cottage
  • River Trent at Collingham
  • River Trent at Girton
  • River Trent at Lenton for Nottingham Park and Ride Site at Queens Drive
  • River Trent at Sawley Marina, including Sawley Lock
  • River Amber at Ambergate
  • Rothley Brook at Glenfield and Anstey
  • River Sence from Temple Mill to Sheepy Magna
  • River Wreake at Frisby-on-the-Wreake
  • River Wreake for mills at Hoby, Thrussington and Ratcliffe

Council warns of more than 30 road closures

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Derbyshire County Council is warning of more than 30 road closures due to flooding.

These include Main Street in Ticknall, Green Lane in Killamarsh and Heage Lane in Etwall.

You can find a list of all the roads affected here.

The authority said: "There will be difficult driving conditions across the county with possible patches of standing water on many roads. Stay safe and don't drive on closed roads."

Flooding in Ambaston in Derbyshire
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Watch: East Midlands weather

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Well, the rain hasn't completely stopped but it's not looking as bad as yesterday.

Here's the full weather forecast for the East Midlands.