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Thousands of offences 'dealt with informally'

East Midlands Today

Police forces in the East Midlands have dealt with about 30,000 crimes since 2014 using an out-of-court process that doesn't count as a conviction.

Community resolutions do not appear on criminal records but can be given out for a range of offences, including antisocial behaviour and assault.

Derbyshire Police headquarters
BBC

Derbyshire Police has resolved 6% of its recorded crimes in this way over the past five years - the highest proportion in the region.

The force said they had only been used when deemed "the right thing to do".

Derbys and Notts crews fight floods in Lincolnshire

East Midlands Today

Fire crews from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have been helping to pump water from a flood-hit town in Lincolnshire.

More than 580 homes were evacuated in Wainfleet after two months' worth of rain fell in two days and the River Steeping broke its banks.

High volume pumps are being used to bring water levels down so people can return home.

Flooding in Wainfleet
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's plenty of cloud around this morning but this should thin out as the day goes on with sunny spells and showers possible later.

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

For the first time this week there's good news and (some) clear skies on the way.

Weather
BBC

Weather: More rain on the way

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The end of the very wet weather is in sight - but not before more rain today.

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

The forecast? You guessed it, more rain - although it might be a bit drier for a short spell early tomorrow morning.

Weather
BBC

East Midlands Airport charges U-turn: No refunds

David Pittam

BBC News Online

East Midlands Airport will not be offering refunds to those who paid for their rapid drop off, despite admitting there had been problems since they raised the prices.

Responding to a question from the BBC, a spokesman said: "We are not refunding passengers who have used rapid drop off.

East Midlands Airport
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"We offer a full range of free and paid for parking options so that passengers have a choice.

"These include one hour’s free parking in Long Stay 2, free 30 minutes parking for disabled passengers, £4 for 30 minutes in short stay as well as rapid drop off next to the main entrance."

East Midlands Airport charges U-turn: Your reaction

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"Thanks goodness for common sense" was the almost unanimous response to the news that East Midlands Airport is scrapping its controversial new rapid drop off parking charges.

The airport announced this afternoon it will go back to the old charges of £2 for 10 minutes parking in the rapid drop off, which was briefly raised to £2 for five minutes (with £1 for every minute over) earlier this month.

Airport queues
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Bosses said they had done it to improve traffic flow but admitted drivers were being charged just waiting to leave, with customers complaining of gridlock and "total chaos" at the exits.

Carol Whyke wrote: "I should think so too. Maddy Ward added it was "still too much - but a step in the right direction."

But Martyn Webster and a number of others are unhappy with the lower price, with some saying they should not have to pay just to drop people off. "Still a complete and utter ripoff," he wrote.

BreakingAirport parking charges U-turn

David Pittam

BBC News Online

East Midlands Airport has decided to scrap its new higher parking charges for the rapid drop off zone after scenes of "total chaos" at the barriers.

Andy Tyler-Smith, from the airport, insisted the change - which saw the time drivers could stay for £2 drop from 10 minutes to five - had been done "with the best intentions".

There was a further £1 charge for every minute over.

Queuing traffic
@swfcmark1974

Mr Tyler-Smith claimed it was to improve traffic flow but customers had reported gridlock since it was introduced earlier this month - meaning drivers' charges kept rising as they queued to leave.

He admitted this had been a problem at peak times.

The airport has announced it's returning to its normal charges.

Flood warnings and alerts across the region

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The Environment Agency has several flood warnings and alerts in place for the East Midlands.

Warning

  • Day Brook at Ventnor Rise and Athorpe Grove in Old Basford
  • Cocker Beck at Lowdham
  • River Wreake for mills at Hoby, Thrussington and Ratcliffe
Map showing warnings and alerts
Environment Agency

Alert

  • Lower River Soar in Leicestershire
  • River Devon and Smite in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire
  • River Erewash in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
  • River Leen and Day Brook in Nottinghamshire
  • River Maun in Nottinghamshire
  • River Trent in Derbyshire
  • River Trent Tributaries in Nottinghamshire
  • River Wreake in Leicestershire
  • Ryton Oldcotes catchment
  • River Anker and River Sence

Warning issued as overnight rain floods roads

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

There are some serious flooding issues across Nottinghamshire after a night of more heavy rainfall.

Roads are closed in Southwell, Thurgaton, Halam, Ruddington and Lambley.

Flooding in Arnold
Henry Wheeler

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service issued a warning last night to people living in Lambley - they were advised to stay indoors and not attempt to pass through water.

Flooding in Lowdham
Taha Adamji

This is a messaged repeated by Nottinghamshire Police.

Firefighters have rescued motorists from floodwaters in Lambley and Hucknall and emergency services helped people protect properties in Arnold with sandbags.

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We might get a bit of a break from the rain this afternoon - here's the full forecast.

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

You're probably getting tired of hearing this but the forecast is more rain. Tomorrow isn't looking much better either...

Weather
BBC

Fatal fire: 'We must not let this tragedy be in vain'

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A senior firefighter has asked everyone to make sure they are fire safe after the conclusion of an inquest into the death of a mum and two children in a Nottinghamshire village.

Justine Collison, 32, died in the blaze in Collingham, Nottinghamshire, in December, and her children Isabella, eight, and Harvey, five, died later in hospital.

Today an inquest concluded the fire was probably caused by an electrical fault. In a statement, area manager, Damien West said: "We must not let this tragedy be in vain.

"I would ask everyone to ensure their friends, neighbours and families have working smoke alarms, a night-time routine to turn off electrics and close internal doors, and a plan of what to do in an emergency.”

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Damien West
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue

BreakingFatal fire deaths 'accidental'

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today Reporter

A coroner has concluded the deaths of a mum and her two children were accidental.

Flowers
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Justine Collison, 32, died in the house fire in Collingham, Nottinghamshire, in December, along with her children, eight-year-old Isabella and five-year-old Harvey.

The inquest into their death ended today after also hearing that the likely cause was an electrical fault.

Cricket: Rain disruption forces draw

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The great British weather has got in the way of another day of cricket.

Nottinghamshire's match against Hampshire has now ended as a draw.

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Thousands spent on 'super council' proposal

East Midlands Today

It's been revealed that more than £120,000 was spent trying to create a "super council" for Nottinghamshire.

The controversial idea to replace the two-tiered local government system was proposed by the Conservative-led county council.

Nottinghamshire County Council
BBC

A key vote on whether to progress was pulled in December after it become clear there wasn't enough support.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed the cost. The council has declined to comment.

Watch: East Midlands weather

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A drier day but the rain is set to return later - here's the full forecast.

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

You guessed it, more rain. But it does look like tomorrow might be marginally better...

Weather
BBC

'Total chaos' at airport drop off point

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Angry motorists claim problems at East Midlands Airport's rapid drop off mean they are being charged when stuck in exit queues.

One man said the stationary traffic waiting to pay to leave the rapid drop off yesterday was "total chaos".

He said he was waiting for so long that if someone hadn't opened the barrier and let everyone through, dropping his parents off would have cost him £27.

Last month tariffs were introduced which meant motorists have to pay £1 for every minute they stay over five, making delays more expensive.

Queues
@swfcmark1974

A regular visitor said: "Because of lengthy queues, especially in the morning, it's taking way more than five minutes.

"This is because there are only two barriers in operation and quite often one is usually broken, making the situation farcical."

An airport spokesman said that the issue is being looked into as an "immediate priority."

Drop in East Midlands unemployment rate

East Midlands Today

There has been a drop in the number of people who are unemployed in the East Midlands.

Today's official figures from the Office for National Statistics show there are 8,000 fewer people out of work from February to April compared with the previous period.

Unemployment figures graph
BBC

It means around 105,000 people in the region were unemployed in the three months to April. The joblessness rate now stands at 4.3%.

The UK’s unemployment rate has stayed at 3.8%, its lowest since late 1974.

Flood warnings for East Midlands rivers

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The government has issued an amber warning for a number of rivers in our region.

Flooding map
Gov.uk

An amber warning means flooding is possible in the areas marked on the map.

These are the Lower River Soar, River Devon and River Smite in Leicestershire and the Rivers Leen, Daybrook and Maun as well as some tributaries of the Trent in Nottinghamshire.

Mostly fields and playgrounds are at risk.

Cricket: Match cancelled due to rain

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Wind and rain - could there be worse weather for cricket?

Unsurprisingly day three of Nottinghamshire v Hampshire has been called off after an inspection by the umpire. It's not looking much better in Leicestershire either.

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Derbyshire were due to start their match against Glamorgan in Swansea. There's no information yet on whether or not the game will go ahead.

Ambulance service warns drivers to 'take extra care'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

East Midlands Ambulance Service is warning those on the roads to take extra care with more rain expected to fall throughout the day.

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Watch: East Midlands weather

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Wellies at the ready - the rain is expected to last all day. Here's the full forecast.

Weather outlook for the East Midlands

In summary? When it rains, it pours...

Weather
BBC

Ducks make the most of postponed cricket

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The most action Welbeck Cricket Club in Mansfield has seen all day.

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Cricket: Rain delays play

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

It's certainly not a day for cricket - rain has disrupted play for Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

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Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Oh June - we expected more from you than this.

Lots of heavy rain is on its way to the East Midlands.

Heavy rain triggers flood warning

BBC Weather

There's a yellow weather warning for rain with a large amount expected to fall across the East Midlands over the next few hours.

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Yellow storm warning issued

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

A yellow thunderstorm warning has been issued across parts of the East Midlands by the Met Office.

Storm
Met Office

The warning affects most of Leicestershire and Rutland, along with parts of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

The Met Office has warned that disruption to power and flooding is likely and that travelling could take longer due to the storm.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A dry and cloudy start to Friday before rain arrives from the south later this morning.

Weather: Mostly dry and sunny evening

BBC Weather

This evening will have late sunshine with any showers dying away.

Weather
BBC

Tonight is then expected to be dry and cool with clear periods for a time but will turn cloudier from the south around dawn.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy and breezy with rain spreading from the south.

The rain is likely to be heavy for a time before clearing to leave late sunshine with a few heavy showers or thunderstorms.

Delayed start in Birmingham

Warwickshire 391-9 dec, Nottinghamshire 97 & 116-1

There has been morning rain at Edgbaston - and they will not be starting on time.

But BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin has just been on air to say that that the sun is now out and that he does not think it will be "too long" before they get started.

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Notts first-innings inquest on hold

Warwickshire 391-9 dec, Nottinghamshire 97 & 116-1 (match resumes 11:00)

Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores says the inquest on what went wrong in their first innings at Edgbaston yesterday can wait until this game is over.

After being bowled out for 97- the lowest score by any team in the County Championship this season - Notts fared better in their second innings to encourage hopes that they might yet save this game.

"Credit to Ben Duckett and Chris Nash," he told BBC Radio Nottingham: "They played well in the last session.

Peter Moores, Nottinghamshire head coach
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"As for the first innings, we will have to address at the end of the game. At the moment we have just got to address what's in front of us and that is to try and come out of the game with a draw.

"Jeetan Patel is a good bowler and it is a surface we knew was going to deteriorate but it's still a good enough pitch to bat on. We have seen that the way the lads have batted in the second innings. It's very frustrating that it didn't happen in the first innings."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

This morning we'll see bright and sunny spells but scattered showers are expected to arrive this afternoon.

Weather: Mostly dry with patches of cloud

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Tonight we can expect the occasional shower at times, but it will be generally dry with variable cloud and some clear spells, turning increasingly clear towards dawn.

Tomorrow will see some sunny spells, but turning cloudier at times with scattered showers spreading from the south west.

Weather
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