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Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with the possibility of the odd shower.

There will also be light winds into the afternoon and throughout the day.

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Blocked sewers increase due to 'toilet roll alternatives'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Water company Severn Trent says it has been "much busier than normal" due to more blockages being caused by kitchen roll and wipes being flushed down the toilet.

The company said it has dealt with 3,000 sewer flooding and blockages in the past fortnight.

Grant Mitchell from Severn Trent said: "We know some people are having to resort to using a whole manner of things to substitute for toilet roll at the moment, but a sewer blockage is the last thing anyone needs right now.

"We wanted to let everyone know that kitchen roll and wipes are not designed to break down like loo roll is so please remember to bin them."

Tissues retrieved from blocked sewers
Severn Trent

Record office to archive coronavirus material

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Leaflets, photographs and newspaper cuttings relating to the coronavirus outbreak are being collected to "tell the story of this pandemic".

The Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is gathering material for a new archive showing the local impact of Covid-19 and is appealing for the community to contribute.

NHS coronavirus sign
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The record office said: "We would like to ask you to begin to record life where you are and especially the changes you notice in your community.

"When you take your daily exercise, please think of photographing anything which you think might tell the story of this pandemic.

"Anything which will tell future generations what we went through in 2020 is worth keeping."

It asks anyone that collects material of interest to make a note of when and where it came from and arrangements for depositing it at the record office will be made "when life returns to normal".

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It's a mixed picture for the day, with light cloud and a moderate breeze but also the change of sunnier spells and some light rain.

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Appeal over 'appalling' badger sett tampering

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Police investigating a suspected badger sett tampering have released an image of a man they were looking to contact.

The sett, near Old Dalby, was filled in at some point on 9 December, officers believe.

PC Joe Lloyd, of Leicestershire Police, said: "Filling in a badger sett is not only an act of appalling cruelty it is also a criminal offence and we are determined to find who was responsible"

Badger badgerer
Leicestershire Police

Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy today with some intermittent spots of light rain or drizzle in places, but otherwise largely dry.

There may be periods of hazy sunshine. Winds will remain light throughout the day.

Weather for East Midlands for Wednesday 1 April 2020
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Renewed appeal over serious crash

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Police have made a renewed appeal for information over a car crash which has left a man in hospital with serious injuries more than a week later.

The crash happened at about 18:20 on 19 March on the B582 Hunts Lane in Desford and involved a blue Ford Kuga and a silver Vauxhall Astra.

Leicestershire Police said the driver of the Kuga, who was seriously hurt, remains at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham in a serious but stable condition.

The driver of the Astra was treated in hospital before being discharged the next day.

B582 Hunts Lane, Desford, Leicestershire
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Det Con Pete Davies said: "At the time of the collision, the Astra was travelling from the direction of Newbold Verdon towards Desford while the Kuga was travelling in the opposite direction."

He urged anyone who saw the crash or has dashcam footage to contact them on 101.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A few bright spells to start, but cloud will thicken through the day with the possibility of a few showers and a light breeze.

Some places will remain dry. Maximum temperatures will be between 7C (45F) and 10C (50F).

Tuesday's weather
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Coronavirus volunteer 'let down' after tyres slashed

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A Leicestershire woman who has been helping villagers during the coronavirus outbreak said she felt "hurt and let down" to find all her car tyres slashed.

Helen Crouch, who set up the Bagworth, Thornton and Stanton coronavirus response team, said she helps residents by collecting and dropping off food and prescriptions as well as offering support on the phone.

The 41-year-old, from Bagworth, said she found her car had been vandalised while it was parked on Main Street, in Thornton, between 19:00 on Saturday and 12:00 on Sunday.

"I am a strong person, but I sat and cried. I was angry and frustrated," she said.

Helen Crouch's had all her all car tires slashed
Helen Crouch

Since then, an online fundraising page to replace Ms Crouch's tyres and raise money for the response team has raised more than £1,850.

Ms Crouch said she has been "overwhelmed" by the "generosity and support".

"It's amazing and incredible - proper community spirit," she said.

"I am humbled and proud of the villagers. I want to do more and it's important to carry on."

Helen Crouch
Helen Crouch

Leicestershire Police said anyone with information about the damage to Ms Crouch's tyres should contact them on 101.

Police appeal after woman dies in car crash

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman died in a car crash in Market Harborough.

Leicestershire Police said the collision occurred at about 10:20 in an area off Great Bowden Road near to Albany Road on Saturday.

The crash involved a Vauxhall Corsa and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene, the force added.

Great Bowden Road near to Albany Road  in Market Harborough, Leicestershire
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Det Con Pete Davies, from the force's serious collision investigation unit, has asked anyone who saw the crash or has dashcam footage to contact them on 101.

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....

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.

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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.

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.

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
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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.”

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
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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
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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
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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.

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