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Forces set for cash injection to tackle violent crime

East Midlands Today

Police forces in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire have been provisionally granted almost £900,000 each to set up specialist teams to help prevent serious violence.

The idea is create Violence Reduction Units to treat things like knife crime as a public health issue - bringing together health, education and social services alongside the police.

They're two of 18 forces across the country, allocated the money, based on the number of knife-related hospital admissions.

Forensics officer at crime scene
BBC

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A damp and cloudy start with showers and possibly thunder expected later but we could also see bright spells towards the end of the day.

Weather: Cloudy, thundery and humid night

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Showers will pep up this evening with the risk of a thundery downpour here and there.

They will be fairly hit and miss and they will ease up for a time overnight.

It will remain cloudy, damp and humid overnight with lows of 12C.

Weather
BBC

The rain has the potential to pep up again through tomorrow morning bringing the risk of a thundery downpour again.

They will again be hit and miss but with the ground already saturated from last week’s rain, the Met Office is warning of the potential of very localised flooding. The rain will clear away by late afternoon giving a dry and perhaps bright end to the day.

Traumatised pupils 'unfairly punished for absences'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A mother from Leicestershire has raised more than £5,000 to pay for a possible judicial review into schools issuing fines to parents whose children are too traumatised to go to class.

Lousie Engels runs Not Fine In School, a campaign group that supports pupils who struggle with attendance due to bullying, trauma, physical illness, disability or excessive anxiety.

She said parents were being unfairly punished as their children did not fit into any of the 23 absence codes used by schools.

School pencils
Reuters

Ms Engels said: "These children don't fall into any of the codes available and are therefore wrongly recorded.

"This not only presents problems with their attendance record but also means that the problem is being masked."

The DfE said: "All parents have a duty to ensure that their child of compulsory school age receives a full-time education either by attendance at school or otherwise.

"However, we do understand that some children with special educational needs and disabilities may struggle with school attendance - which is why our guidance is clear that schools must work with parents if there are challenges with attendance and provide additional support."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A bright start to the day but cloud should increase later with rain arriving from the south and the chance of thunderstorms.

Weather: Dry night but risk of thunderstorms tomorrow

BBC Weather

We can expect heavy rain and thunderstorms across the region later tomorrow, though tonight will remain dry.

Overnight there will be area of fog and mist, with showers expected which are due to turn heavy later on.

Weather
BBC

Download drone sightings delay flights

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Police are investigating after three separate drone sightings disrupted flights at East Midlands Airport during Download Festival.

Drone
PA

Leicestershire Police said a drone pilot had been interviewed after it was reported to police at 09:30 on Saturday.

Two further drones were reported inside the restricted airspace of East Midlands Airport at 00:00 that night and Sunday at 13:30.

Police said they have not been able to identify the pilots.

A TUI flight to Larnaca was delayed by 52 minutes and a Ryanair flight to Pisa was delayed by 25 minutes.

Thunder and lightning set to hit East Midlands

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for thunderstorm and torrential rain in the East Midlands between 18:00 on Tuesday and 21:00 on Wednesday.

"There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds," it said.

It follows last week's heavy rain that caused flooding and disruption across the region.

Flooding in Sileby
Tina Onions

Owl chicks die in heavy downpours

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Dozens of baby owls in the Vale of Belvoir have been killed by last week's heavy rain.

Volunteers from the local owl conservation group found dead barn owl chicks in their nests and estimate as many as 40 will have died because their parents couldn't hunt in the bad weather.

Sadly they also found evidence parents had managed to find some food during an easing up of the rains on Thursday but by then it was too late for the owlets.

But it wasn't all bad news - some, like those below, have made it through.

Owlets and mum (on right)
Vale of Belvoir Barn Owl Conservation Group

Fuel spill adds to Download departure delays

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Roads are already very busy with thousands of people leaving the Download Festival.

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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".

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

Some roads remain flooded

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The rain has eased off a little but flooding is still an issue on these Leicestershire roads.

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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
PA

"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

Facebook

"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
@swfcmark1974

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.

M1 reopens after lorry fire

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Good news for people travelling on the M1 today.

The M1 southbound has reopened between J23 and J22 following a lorry fire.

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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

Lorry fire closes M1 southbound

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

There could be more issues for motorists heading to East Midlands Airport and Download Festival...

A lorry fire has closed the M1 southbound between J23 and J22.

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Cricket: Rain forces draw for Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

After 11 overs Leicestershire and Middlesex have called it a day.

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Action yet to be called off at flooded Grace Road

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

This is the current state of the field at Grace Road, where Leicestershire are due to play Middlesex.

Surprisingly, the umpire has yet to call today's play off...

Grace Road
BBC

Fire service issues advice to motorists

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning to drivers travelling on the roads today.

They have urged motorists to never drive through flood water and to keep their distance from other vehicles.

There's more safety advice here.

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

M1 pothole has been filled

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Some good news to report on the traffic front.

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Council clears 100 fallen trees

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Highway workers cleared more than 100 fallen trees and branches across Leicestershire yesterday.

Tree fallen on car
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

It followed a night of strong wind and heavy rain that left roads and pavements blocked.

One tree even fell on a car in Thurnby - luckily the driver wasn't hurt.

A fallen tree in Loughborough
Leicestershire County Council

NHS to cut funding for voluntary groups

BBC Radio Leicester

Up to 23 voluntary groups in Leicestershire are set to see their funding from the NHS cut completely from next month.

The organisations affected haven't been named by health commissioners but jobs supported by these groups are now under threat.

The county's three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) currently spend £3.3m a year supporting the voluntary groups, in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and want to cut that by up to £400,000 from July.

Prof Mayor Lakhani, who chairs the West Leicestershire CCG, said: "As a GP, I value the support that voluntary sector organisations provide my patients and clients with so this is not a decision we've taken lightly."

GP
PA

He said the CCGs have to make "difficult decisions" to make up for a £5m deficit in their budget.

The Carers Centre in Leicester said it is still waiting to find out what funding they'll get.

Manager Charles Huddleston said the delay will make it hard to give one month notice to any staff forced to leave.

The voluntary groups can appeal the decision.

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.

Drivers reminded to 'put lights on'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A word of warning from the fire service about driving in these horrible weather conditions.

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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.