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Forces hold minute's silence for PC

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire police forces have joined others around the country to observe a minute's silence to remember PC Andrew Harper.

The 28-year-old Thames Valley Police officer was killed while investigating a burglary in Berkshire.

His mother, Debbie Harper, said she "treasured" the "outpouring of love" from the public since his death.

A 20-year-old man, from Reading, has been charged with murder.

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Weapons handed over during amnesty

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

A firearms amnesty in Derbyshire has seen 30 weapons handed into police.

The weapons surrendered over a two-week period from 20 July include six shotguns, a Browning 9mm pistol and ammunition.

Sgt Pete Moss, of Derbyshire Police, said: "We are pleased with the result of this surrender as it ultimately means that there are 30 fewer weapons in circulation in Derbyshire, which could otherwise get into the wrong hands and be used in criminality in our county and beyond."

Gun
Derbyshire Police

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be dry but cloudy this morning.

The cloud should break by the afternoon to allow sunny spells to develop, and it will feel fairly warm with temperatures of 22 to 25C (72 to 77F).

Expect lots of sunshine and warm temperatures over the weekend too, as it hits highs of 28C (82F) on Sunday.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands
D-Day veteran honoured with Jeep
Ron Minton travelled in a World War Two Jeep to unveil a Commonwealth War Graves Commission plaque.

Identity of body found in Walton Dam confirmed

Liam Barnes

BBC News

The identity of a man whose body was recovered from a dam near Chesterfield has been confirmed.

Derbyshire Police issued an appeal for information after finding the body in Walton Dam on Tuesday, and were then contacted by a neighbour of a 74-year-old, who lived in Ashgate and had not been seen for days.

Officers traced his family, and a relative confirmed it was the missing man.

A force spokesman said the death of the man, who police have not named publicly, is not believed to be suspicious, and a file has been passed to the coroner's office.

Walton Dam Chesterfield
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a cloudy morning with the odd spot of rain possible - but the cloud should break up to give some sunny spells this afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 19 to 22C (66 to 72F).

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Police appeal to identify man's body found in dam

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for the public's help to identify a man whose body was found in a dam in Chesterfield.

Derbyshire Police were called at about 12.30 yesterday after a member of the public spotted a body in Walton Dam.

Walton Dam
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The man is described as white, in his late 60s or early 70s, of slim build and with thinning grey hair.

He was wearing a turquoise or green-collared polo shirt, black trousers and brown leather slip-on shoes.

Officers have been unable to identify him and asked anyone who has a friend, relative or neighbour matching the description, who hasn’t been seen in the last few days, to get in touch.

Veteran treated to ride through town in landing craft

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A D-Day veteran has travelled through the streets of Ashbourne in a World War Two landing craft today, 75 years after the Normandy landing.

"I shall feel quite at home," said 103-year-old Bill Millward, from Derbyshire, before he got on board.

"I've loved seeing it again. I've just embraced it."

Bill Millward
BBC

Mr Millward, who drove a DUKW vessel - known as a "Duck" - on D-Day, said it was "no different to any other day" as he was doing the "same job" he always did.

The journey, in a fully-restored and working DUKW, was arranged as a special treat for him by a group of friends and the mayor of Ashbourne.

Council gets funding for Brexit effect on airport

BBC Radio Derby

The government has promised £150,000 for North West Leicestershire District Council to deal with the impact of Brexit on East Midlands Airport.

It will come from a £9m fund announced this morning, which will see £2.5m going to Kent and the channel ports.

Robert Jenrick MP
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Robert Jenrick, the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, was at the airport earlier.

He said the money would help "prepare specific plans for 31 October and draw up communications plans with the public and businesses so that they can make the right calls as we approach that date".

Searches continue as part of fatal fire investigation

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Searches are being carried out today as part of an investigation into a fire in Long Eaton where a 51-year-old man died.

Peter Jeffries died in hospital after he was found with burn injuries at a flat in Lynden Avenue at about 05:40 on 22 June.

A 54-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man were arrested at the time and later released on police bail.

Fire at flat in Lynden Avenue, Long Eaton
BBC

Derbyshire Police said officers had been carrying out searches in the area of Barker's Pond, off Wyvern Avenue.

Det Insp Steve Shaw said: "Over the last couple of months, a dedicated team of officers have been working on this complex investigation in order to review any potential new lines of inquiry."

He said they were keen to hear from anyone who saw someone acting suspiciously around Barker's Pond on 22 June between 06:00 and 14:00.

Police appeal to trace car after 'hit-and-run'

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

A man is in hospital in a serious condition after an alleged hit-and-run in Derby.

Derbyshire Police said a 27-year-old man was walking along Bold Lane at about 13:00 yesterday when a silver Mercedes mounted the pavement and hit him.

The force added the car, which will be missing a nearside wing mirror, did not stop at the scene and they are trying to trace it.

Mercedes
Derbyshire Constabulary

Body found in Chesterfield dam

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

The body of a man has been found in the water at Walton Dam in Chesterfield.

Police and firefighters said they were called to the scene just after 12:30 yesterday and removed the body from the water.

Derbyshire Police said their inquiries were in the early stages but they do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances.

Walton Dam, in ChesterfielD
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

There will be a good deal of dry and bright weather with sunny spells today, although a few light showers may move in from the south west from time to time.

Patchy rain tonight will slowly fade tomorrow.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Ten measles cases confirmed in region

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Public Health England (PHE) has said it is currently aware of 10 cases of measles across the East Midlands, including a confirmed case in Loughborough yesterday.

The statistics come as it was revealed 7,000 young children in the region are not fully up-to-date with routine immunisations.

In the UK, the first dose of the MMR vaccine, which protects against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, is given to infants at 12 months and a second dose before school at three years old, which is needed for children to be considered fully protected.

MMR vaccine
Reuters

PHE said 2,000 five-year-olds in the region still needed their first dose of the MMR vaccine, leaving them "significantly more at risk" than other pupils.

Meanwhile, thousands more still need their second dose or pre-school booster.

Dr Vanessa MacGregor, from PHE East Midlands, said: "It's a real concern so many young children in our region could be starting school without the full protection that the NHS offers for free."

She said they had particular concerns about children not being protected against measles which had seen outbreaks in the East Midlands in the past year.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

There will be a good deal of fine and dry weather with sunny spells today, although there is just the small chance of the odd shower developing in the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

'Man-sized' vase found in bungalow sells for £9,500

Alex Regan

BBC News

A "man-sized" Japanese cloisonne vase has sold for £9,500 at auction in Derbyshire.

The 5ft 8in vase, which was produced between 1868 and 1912, was found in a bungalow in Loughborough.

Auctioneer Adrian Rathbone said: “It's a wonderful result and I'm delighted for our vendor. I received a call one day from the owner requesting a vase valuation.

"I asked if they could pop over to our auction centre with it but they said it was a bit too big.

“It belonged to the owner’s late mother who bought it at a country house sale in the 1950s."

The piece was bought by a phone bidder at Hansons Auctioneers on Monday.

Emma Errington with Japanese vase
Hansons

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

There will be a mix of sunshine and heavy showers today, which may turn thundery at times.

It will become dry and clear tonight though. Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

Risk of more flooding as heavy rain continues

Press Association

Heavy downpours have started to lash parts of the UK on a day where almost a month's worth of rain is forecast to fall in some areas.

The Environment Agency (EA) has warned flooding is possible in several places across England and Wales.

Weather map
BBC

Up to 80mm of rain could hit some areas, according to Met Office spokeswoman Jo McLellan.

The UK-wide average rainfall for the whole of August is 89.5mm.

The EA has also warned areas near to the River Trent in Derbyshire could flood.

The heavy rain is "clearing eastwards as the evening goes on" and Saturday is expected to be clearer, Ms McLellan added.

Force flags at half mast to 'respect' killed officer

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The flags outside Derbyshire Police's headquarters are flying at half mast out of "respect" to PC Andrew Harper.

The 28-year-old Thames Valley Police officer was killed when he was "dragged along by a vehicle" while attending a reported burglary.

Flags
Derbyshire Police

Police pay tribute to killed officer

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police in the East Midlands have been paying tribute to a Thames Valley Police officer who was killed while attending a reported burglary in Berkshire.

Police cordon
BBC

Derbyshire Police said in a tweet: "Hearing the dreadful news from Thames Valley Police about the death of officer PC Harper.

"Our thoughts are with the force and the officer's family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

Leicestershire Police chief constable Simon Cole called it "dreadful news" on Twitter and said the force's thoughts were with their colleagues in Thames Valley.

Paedophile had Viagra, sex toys and wine

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

A man has been jailed after police found him with Viagra, sex toys and wine - wearing nothing but a dressing gown - following an arrangement to meet a child for sex.

Derbyshire Police said Kenneth McKellar-Bond, 58, travelled from his home in Malvern, Worcestershire, to a hotel near East Midlands Airport on 23 November 2018.

He believed he was communicating with a Derbyshire father and expecting to meet a 12-year-old girl.

However, he was actually talking to police officers, who found him in the hotel room along with Viagra, sex toys, wine and ropes as well as gifts he had been planning on giving to his victim.

McKellar-Bond was jailed for three years at Derby Crown Court on Friday, having earlier pleaded guilty to arranging sexual activity with a child and attempted sexual communication with a child.

Kenneth McKellar-Bond
Derbyshire Police

Unemployment in East Midlands at 4.3%

BBC News

Unemployment in the East Midlands was 4.3% in the three months ending June 2019.

The UK’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 3.9%. Employment was estimated at 76.1%, the joint highest since comparative records began in 1971.

Wage growth also picked up to 3.9%, the highest rate for 11 years, however figures released last week showed the economy shrank 0.2% in the second quarter, the first fall since 2012.

Employment
BBC

Airport's 'busiest day' of the year

East Midlands Today

More than 20,000 passengers will fly out of East Midlands Airport today on what bosses say is the busiest day of the year.

Families have been flying to warmer destinations like Alicante, Majorca and Faro looking forward to spending some time in the sun.

East Midlands Airport
BBC

Heidi Barlow, from the airport, said: "We think it's because it's two weeks until the end of the summer holidays, and who can blame them? It's pretty chilly today."

Flights started early this morning and will continue until 21:40 tonight.

Hen harriers in 'record' breeding season

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Threatened hen harriers had a "record" breeding season but numbers are still not where they should be, according to Natural England.

The "sky dancers" have been disappearing on English grouse moors, including in the Derbyshire Peak District, due to illegal killing, according to studies.

However, reports that 47 chicks were reared at sites in England this year, beating the previous record of 46 in 2006, have been welcomed.

Natural England's chair Tony Juniper said there was still a lot of work to do and it would be a "tragic loss" should the birds disappear from the countryside.

Hen harrier chicks
Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group

The Moorland Association, which manages moorland in England and Wales for wild red grouse, said it had been a "fantastic year" for the hen harriers.

Eleven of the nests were on grouse moors, the figures show.

In 2013, there were no successful nests or fledged chicks, which raised fears the bird was becoming extinct as a breeding species in England.

While the RSPB welcomed the news, it said there was "clear evidence that illegal killing" was continuing.

The government's own data suggests there should be more than 300 pairs of hen harriers across the country.

Hen harrier in flight
RSPB

More homes affected by ongoing power cut

East Midlands Today

Western Power say there are 30,500 homes without power in the Matlock area.

There are also 7,500 homes without power in Oakham and 1,500 in Leicester.

It’s thought the problem will be fixed by around 18:00.

The failure is believed to be due to issues with the National Grid network.

Power cables
PA