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Watch: East Midlands makes a noise to say thanks to NHS

Thousands of people across the East Midlands stepped out of their homes on Thursday night to applaud NHS workers and carers working during the coronavirus pandemic.

The result was emotional....

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 northbound at J21, M69 (Leicester), because of debris on the road.

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

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It's set to be another sunny day, but a little bit chillier - and temperatures are set to drop further for the weekend.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Coronavirus: Appeal for former professional signallers

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

Former professional signallers in the East Midlands are being asked to return to the railways to keep the network running during the coronavirus crisis.

Network Rail is keeping signal boxes and control centres across the region open 24/7 so railway services can continue running.

Chris Gee, from Network Rail, said: “We are working hard to keep vital services in place as these get key workers to their jobs and keep food and medical supplies across the country moving.

“We are appealing for signallers who’ve retired, moved on to other careers at Network Rail or left the railway to come back and help us keep signal boxes and control centres open."

Network Rail appeal for former signallers
Network Rail

He said signallers were "crucial to keep the railway open" and they need former workers to provide back-up if staff can’t come to work.

"Full re-training will be given," he said.

The roles will be in the East Midlands Control Centre and at signal boxes across the region.

Download festival cancelled over coronavirus fears

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

This year's Download festival will not take place following the coronavirus outbreak.

About 80,000 people usually attend the event, held at Castle Donington, in Leicestershire, and is dubbed one of the biggest rock festivals in Europe.

Organisers said they were "beyond disappointed" and apologised to those who were due to arrive at the site between 12 and 14 June.

Music lovers at Download
Matt Eachus / Download

In a statement it was promised Download will return in 2021 and they will do their best to secure an "amazing line-up".

Ticket holders will be contacted over whether they want a refund or retain them for next year.

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, at J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J21, M69 (Leicester), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, from J22 for A50 Coalville to J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M1 southbound from J22, A50 (Coalville) to J21, M69 (Leicester), because of an accident.

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

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

The first day of a nationwide lockdown is going to be sunny and warm...

In fact the next few days are all looking pleasant, while the weekend is expected to be a little colder and cloudier.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It's set to be a dry and largely sunny few days - although temperatures could drop to freezing overnight in some areas.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands
Coronavirus: Leicestershire laughter yoga helping to cheer self-isolated
Sharon De Caesteker has moved the weekly sessions online, so the group can still meet.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, from J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road to J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J20, A4304 (Lutterworth) to J21, M69 (Leicester), because of a vehicle on fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It will be a chilly start, then lots of sun but with a persistent cold wind.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Catholic church to stop public mass

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Public mass at Catholic churches in the East Midlands will no longer take place from Friday due to the spread of coronavirus.

The Diocese of Nottingham - covering Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland - has stopped services.

Churches will however remain open and private masses can still take place.

Nottingham cathedral
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Cardinal Vincent of Westminster is encouraging worshippers to pray from home instead.

“Let’s learn how to pray in the rhythm of the church in a new way for a while,” he said.

In a video message posted on the diocese website he also calls on people to “stick together” and help those more vulnerable.

East Midlands music festivals going ahead 'as planned'

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Music lovers have been left wondering whether festivals across the East Midlands will take place following the coronavirus outbreak.

On Wednesday, the organisers of Glastonbury, which was due to start on 24 June, decided to cancel the festival following government advice to avoid mass gatherings.

So where does it leave the big music events due to take place in our region?

The Dot to Dot festival, which is scheduled for 24 May in various indoor venues across Nottingham, said they are monitoring the situation "very closely" and will make decisions based on relevant advice

Music fans at Download
Download

Glastobudget, which is held in Wymeswold, Leicestershire, is still going ahead as planned on the same weekend.

Bearded Theory, set to take place on 21 May in Derbyshire, has an alternative date in September should the spread of coronavirus force them to cancel.

Download, one of the biggest rock festivals in Europe, is also still happening as things stand at Donington Park on 12 June.

The Y Not festival, which has been going for 14 years in the heart of the Peak District, is also still on for 24 to 26 July.

The same goes for Bloodstock, in Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire, in August.

In all cases, the best advice is to keep an eye on each festival's social media channels.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It will be a cloudy and damp day with some showers around but it's likely to settle down in the coming days.

Here's the full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Six patients treated for coronavirus in Leicester

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

Six patients with confirmed coronavirus are being treated at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, it has been confirmed.

The cases are in addition to a man, in his 80s, who died from coronavirus at Leicester Royal Infirmary last Thursday.

Leicester Royal Infirmary
PA Media

The trust did not confirm which hospitals the patients were being treated at or what wards they were on.

In a statement, the trust said: "Every infection prevention precaution is being taken to protect patients and staff.

"The staff caring for the patients are trained and equipped to do so safely.”

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road and J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J20, A4304 (Lutterworth) and J21, M69 (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

Airline reduces flights to East Midlands Airport

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Scotland's airline Loganair which flies to East Midlands Airport has announced a further drop in the number of flights.

It has blamed "the increasing impact of the coronavirus" as bookings continue to fall dramatically.

Flights from Edinburgh to the East Midlands have been reduced to two flights per day which will stay in place until the end of May.

Loganair plane
Loganair

Chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said the "situation has worsened materially in the last four days" and bookings had fallen by 75%.

He said customers booked on flights up to the end of May can change their reservation to a future date without a fee. However, if future flights are more expensive, the difference in fare will be payable.

Where services are completely suspended a full refund will be applicable.

More East Midlands theatres close over coronavirus

Alex Regan

BBC News

Nottingham's Playhouse, the city's Broadway cinema, Leicester's De Montfort Hall and the Derby Theatre are among the latest venues to close their doors to audiences amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Playhouse has deferred a run of the play Private Peaceful, and will offer refunds, but is asking for donations as ticket sales count for "70% of our income".

The Derby Theatre has cancelled performances of Crongton Knights for the week.

Leicester Haymarket Theatre
Leicester Haymarket Theatre

Leicester's De Montfort Hall has rescheduled all its shows until later in the year, with a show from comedian Rhod Gilbert among the performances to be moved. The Curve had already announced a similar move.

Nottingham's Broadway Cinema will close from 18:00 while the city's Theatre Royal had already announced its intention to shut its doors during the outbreak.

Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena is the latest to reschedule concerts. The 10,000-capacity venue already postponed The Who's concert on 3 April, and has now rescheduled gigs such as Rick Astley's greatest hits tour next month.

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The Leicester Haymarket Theatre has also closed with immediate effect.

The Concordia Theatre in Hinckley has also suspended performances, adding "our volunteers and patrons are our most valuable asset", and the measures have been taken to ensure their safety.

Coronavirus: Islamic evening school classes to shut

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Islamic evening school classes in Leicester and Leicestershire are to close over concerns about coronavirus.

Suleman Nagdi, of the Federation of Muslim Organisations, said about 25,000 children who attend the classes called Madrasas, will be given alternative study plans.

Suleman Nagdi, Federation of Muslim Organisations
BBC

He said: "The dangers we face with young children is that if they pick up a virus, they go home and their parents and grandparents become vulnerable to it."

A mosque in Leicester
BBC

Police warn of coronavirus scam

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police are warning of a scam relating to the recent coronavirus outbreak.

It involves people going up to houses and claiming they can carry out a test for coronavirus on the doorstep.

Leicestershire Police logo
BBC

Leicestershire Police tweeted: "Those claiming they can carry out tests on your doorstep are lying. Do not let them into your house and don't pay them."

The force said it isn't aware of any cases in the county but say "it is happening elsewhere".

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be mostly a cloudy and dry day with perhaps a bit of drizzle today.

Here's your full forecast...

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Man released after Coalville nightclub death

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A man arrested after the death of another man at a nightclub in Leicestershire has been released under investigation.

The 32-year-old was held on suspicion of possession of a class A drug and being concerned in the supply of a class A drug.

Emergency services arrived at the club on Belvoir Road, Coalville, following a report a man had taken ill at about 01:20 GMT on Sunday.

Leicestershire Police said he died at the scene and his death was being treated as unexplained.

Belvoir Road, Coalville
Google

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J21 for M69 and J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J20, A4304 (Lutterworth), because of a lorry that's broken down.

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

Coronavirus: Trusts restrict hospital visitors

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Hospitals across the East Midlands have begun restricting visitors and visiting times to protect vulnerable patients from coronavirus.

Most have now banned children from the wards in order to reduce the risk of people bringing infection into hospital.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs King's Mill Hospital, said there can be no more than two visitors per patient and any under the age of 16.

King's Mill Hospital
Google

The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust has also changed their visiting arrangements in a bid to protect staff and patients.

New measures have also come into effect at Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital and Leicester General Hospital.

The trust that runs the hospitals said visiting is now only from 18:00 until 20:00, with no more than two visitors.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has also restricted visiting times.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road and J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - An overturned vehicle on M1 northbound between J20, A4304 (Lutterworth) and J21, M69 (Leicester).

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

Motorcyclist escapes uninjured after tree fall

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

A motorcyclist has escaped without injury after a tree fell on him in Castle Donington.

Leicestershire Police said they were called to Bondgate Street at 07:30 to "a report of a tree that had fallen on a motorcyclist".

Tree on Bondgate Street
Leicestershire Police

"The rider was not injured but has been left shaken," the force said.

The road has been closed, with authorities called to clear the debris.

Tree down in Bondgate Street
Leicestershire Police

Surprise arrival outside a Lincoln park

Fast asleep in his mother's arms, this is baby William who arrived into the world in a bit of a hurry!

Mum Nikita called 999 on Tuesday when she realised she wasn't far off giving birth. But William couldn't wait and was delivered by paramedics in the back of an ambulance outside Hartsholme Park.

Baby William and parents Gavin and Nikita
BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Nikita has thanked the paramedics: "I'm just so grateful, from the bottom of my heart. Happy and so thankful."

Nikita is pictured with baby William and partner Gavin

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's going to be a spring-like mix of sun and showers, and we can expect more wet weather over the weekend.

Today there'll be highs of 10C (50F) and lows of 3C (37F) overnight.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Four coronavirus cases in same Leicestershire family

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

Four members of a Leicestershire family have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Three new cases were confirmed today – all three are family members of one of the previously confirmed cases.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases in the county to five.

NHS sign
Getty Images

A joint statement by Public Health England (PHE) and Leicestershire County Council said: "PHE is currently contacting people who may have had close contact with the three new cases – all three are family members of the case confirmed on Monday.

"Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after they had contact with the confirmed case."

Another separate case at Loughborough University was reported on Saturday but does not involve a Leicestershire resident.

Leicester City have also said three first-team players are self-isolating after showing symptoms of coronavirus.

First coronavirus case confirmed in Derby

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Derby has its first confirmed case of coronavirus, Public Health England has said.

There have been four diagnosed cases in Derbyshire - three in the High Peak area and one in Erewash.

Meanwhile, the number of cases in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire has risen to three in the city and six in the county.

In Leicestershire, there are two confirmed cases of the illness so far, according to Public Health England.

St Peter's Street
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There'll be some sunshine but some showers also after a blustery night.

There will be highs of 10C (50F) and lows of 3C (37F), feeling chillier than earlier in the week.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Two lanes closed on M1 after crash

Alex Regan

BBC News

Two lanes are closed on the M1 southbound following a crash between junctions 21A and 21.

There are currently delays of 40 minutes.

Leicestershire Police and the ambulance service are currently in attendance.

Highways England tweeted that "work continues to treat the injured parties and remove the damaged vehicles".

M1 crash
Highways England

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be a dry and bright day with highs of 12C (54F).

A strong breeze will pick up during the day and scattered showers can be expected this evening, with lows of 3C (37F).

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands