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Weather: Cloudy with chance of drizzle

BBC Weather

It will stay rather cloudy this evening and overnight, though conditions will become mainly dry with just the outside chance of the odd spot of drizzle through the early hours.

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It will be another cloudy start on Tuesday, but the cloud will steadily lift and thin through the morning to reveal a bright afternoon with sunny spells and perhaps just the odd shower.

'Rude' note left on emergency call ambulance

Dave Wade

BBC News

Ambulance staff responding to a patient returned to find this note on their windscreen.

ambulance note
EMAS

The crew had been responding to a "genuine emergency" in Leicester in the early hours of the morning, East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said.

The note read: "You blocked my driveway, I waited for 45mins for you to move. Please have some consideration where you park the ambulance."

Lee Brentnall, from EMAS, said: “It is so disappointing to see that a rude note has yet again been left on one of our ambulances."

He said crews are "approachable" and will move their vehicles if needed.

“However, there will be times that we are treating someone experiencing a life-threatening and time-critical emergency and moving our ambulance will not be our priority," he said.

"In these cases, you will need to be patient as we try to save someone’s life.”

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy day with a chance of some sunshine and rain - here's the full forecast.

Weather: Breezy evening ahead

BBC Weather

A dry and breezy evening with a minimum temperature of 14C (57F).

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BBC

Saturday will be warm and humid with a maximum temperature of 24°C (75°F),

Sunday looks to be quite breezy with a chance of some patchy rain later.

Banned teacher's offensive language to describe students

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

A Leicestershire teacher, who has been banned indefinitely after evidence of racist comments was found on his Facebook account, described pupils using offensive language, a panel found.

Kevin Regester, who taught at Thomas Estley Community College in Broughton Astley, didn't appear before a teaching panel who recommended he be struck off for life.

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The panel was shown screen shots of Regester's vulgar comments about his students and described his pupils using swear words.

Mr Regester denied being offensive or racist, claiming offence is a "perspective issue".

The panel also believed he had a lack of tolerance, integrity and was dishonest when asked about the comments.

All lanes reopen on M1

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Good news for drivers on the motorway.

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Teacher banned for life after racist comments

Dave Wade

BBC News

A Leicestershire teacher has been banned from the classroom for life after posting offensive material on Facebook.

thomas estley community college
Google

A parent of a pupil at Thomas Estley Community College in Broughton Astley found racist comments on Facebook from an account used by Kevin Regester.

A Teaching Regulation Agency panel found Regester made the comments on social media on one or more occasions between February 2016 and June 2017.

He denied all the allegations but the panel found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and/or conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.

The panel prohibited Regester from teaching indefinitely meaning he cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.

Travel: M1 barrier repairs under way

Dave Wade

BBC News

It's after a lorry collided with the barriers this morning.

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M1 lorry crash
Highways England

M1 lorry recovery a 'complex' operation

BBC News Travel

This is what's causing those delays on the M1 near Loughborough. It appears a fully laden HGV has crashed into the central reservation.

Lorry
Highways England

Highways England said the recovery operation is "complex" because of the position of the lorry and the fact it is fully loaded.

Two lanes north and one south are shut, causing long tailbacks, particularly in Leicestershire.

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Highways England
Lorry
Highways England

M1 lorry crash causing long delays

BBC News Travel

There are lengthy tailbacks on the M1 heading north because of a crash involving a lorry.

Two of three lanes are closed between junctions 22 and 23, near Loughborough, while the HGV is recovered from the central reservation.

M1 crash
Highways England

Watch: East Midlands weather

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A fresh feeling Friday with some sunny spells - here's the full forecast.

Weather: Cooler night ahead

BBC Weather

Tonight will be dry with some lengthy clear periods and just a few patches of cloud. A cooler night than last night with lows of 8C (46F).

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BBC

Tomorrow will be dry with some sunshine, particularly early on, but with large amounts of cloud spreading from the west at times too. Top temperature of 20C (68F).

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's a wet start but the rain will clear for a dry afternoon with some sunshine.

Public toilets mapped: Where have they all gone?

It's always a worry - visiting a new city and not knowing where to spend a penny.

Public toilet provision has been declining for a number of years and the BBC has learnt that some UK high streets and tourist hot spots now no longer have any council-run public toilets.

Across the East Midlands, many of the councils cut the number of facilities they managed between 2010 and last year.

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BBC

Only Leicester City Council increased its provision from 30 toilets to 33. Nottingham meanwhile reduced the number of conveniences from seven to just two.

And in Derby, the number dropped by more than half from 13 toilets to six.

Use the interactive map in this story to see the change in the number of council-run public toilets between 2010 and 2018.

'Most officers' would not recommend joining police

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Almost 70% of Leicestershire Police officers who answered a recent survey would not recommend joining the force to a friend, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

Pay and morale were the main issues highlighted by the 270 officers who answered the annual survey carried out by the Police Federation of England and Wales.

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PA

When asked about morale within the force, just over 89% of the survey's respondents felt it was currently low across the force.

About 58% said that they personally felt their own morale was low, while almost 70% would not recommend joining the force to a friend.

Leicestershire Chief Constable Simon Cole
BBC

Both the Chief Constable Simon Cole and Leicestershire Police Federation branch secretary Matt Robinson believe cuts have had an impact on the morale of officers.

Chief Constable Cole added: "We have over 500 fewer officers than we did in 2010.

"The pressure that brings on colleagues is reflected in surveys."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Some brightness this morning but cloud is expected to build through the day.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Here's what today has in store for us.

Report highlights areas for care improvement

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A report into the deaths of patients being cared for by the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland has revealed 16% of people received 'poor' or 'very poor' care in a four week period.

The report released on Friday found the overall quality of care for patients was rated as 'adequate', 'good' or 'excellent' in 148 (84%) of cases but for 29 patients organisations needed to make improvements.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service reports that auditors also found the care of frail elderly people and those at the end of their lives needed improvement.

They looked into deaths at hospitals across the county and in the community within 30 days of being discharged between 20 June and 21 July last year.

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Professor Mayur Lakhani, GP and chair of the area's clinical taskforce, said: "As a practising GP I welcome the fact this report recognises improvements in care, but am concerned some patients and their loved ones have received poor care."

A similar report in 2014 found local health providers were failing in their care of frail, older people and particularly those patients at the end of life. The UHL Trust said it recognises it as something that still requires improvement and will use the latest report "as a driver to increase the scale and pace of change".

£1.6 million deal for victims of crime across Leicestershire

Christian Hill

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach has announced a new contract for the Victim First service, supporting victims of crime.

The social business Catch 22 will run the service, which provides specialist staff at police stations to give face-to-face support.

There'll also be a web-chat facility, and young victims will get a dedicated caseworker, as well as group support.

The new contract is worth £1,638,741 and will initially run until the end of July 2021.

Lord Willy Bach with Peter Jones from Catch 22.
Leicestershire Police

Announcing the new contract, Lord Willy Bach said: "Helping victims of crime to recover is one of my top priorities, and this new-look Victim First service will ensure support is available how, where and when people would like to access it."

Leicester ‘will cope’ in event of ‘no deal’ Brexit

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Sir Peter Soulsby has said Leicester City Council ‘will cope’ if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal.

This comes after the authority confirmed it has no plan in place for a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

City Mayor, Sir Peter, said: "It's looking frighteningly like we'll just crash out.

Sir Peter
BBC

“Like the rest of the country we haven't got a clue what we're planning for and we can't plan if we don't know what we're planning for.

"There are so many exit strategies being discussed. Where would we start?

"Somehow or another as a council we will cope.”

Leicestershire County Council confirmed that, as yet, it also doesn't have a 'no deal' plan.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Today could bring us some thundery showers.

Tonight's weather: Cool night after the lightning

BBC Weather

Any remaining thundery showers will quickly clear to the east, leaving a sunny evening.

Overnight, skies will be clear and winds light, allowing for a cool feel and perhaps the odd mist patch.

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Weather forecast for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Here's how it's looking today.

Tonight's weather: Cool night expected

BBC Weather

Plenty of evening sunshine then a cool, often clear, night ahead.

Conditions will be mostly dry but the odd heavy shower will drift in from the west now and then.

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BBC

Weather for the East Midlands

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Here's how it's looking today...

Wardens at a Leicester country park are using an 18th Century tower as a fire look-out.
A warden at Bradgate Park, in Leicester, says volunteers are using an 18th Century tower as a fire look-out.

Passenger numbers down at airport

East Midlands Today

The very hot weather in the UK is thought to be one of the reasons fewer passengers used East Midlands Airport in July.

The airport said passenger movements to and from the airport were down by 11,000 last month, compared with July last year.

Bosses said other reasons why people didn't make late bookings were the extreme high temperatures in southern Europe, the football World Cup and the poor Euro exchange rate for UK passengers.

East Midlands Airport
BBC

Weather forecast for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Cooler today - and even a chance of showers.

'Firenado' develops from plastic pallets blaze near Swadlincote
Firefighters said the cool air meeting hot air had caused the rare force of nature.

Tonight's weather: Possibility of rain

BBC Weather

Mostly dry through this evening and overnight with just a very small chance of a shower.

There will be some clear periods at times, along with areas of cloud.

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BBC

Weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Yep. You guessed it. Hot and sunny again.

Funding boost for new mums in Leicestershire

Christian Hill

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

Health bosses in Leicestershire have secured £460,000 from NHS England to double the size of the perinatal mental health team.

Every year the team provides support for more than 400 women across Leicestershire who experience mental illness during pregnancy and in the months following birth.

The extra cash will be used to bring occupational therapists and psychologists into the team.

Dr Fabida Noushad, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Dr Fabida Noushad, clinical director for adult mental health and learning disability services at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, said: 'The new funding will enable us to strengthen and build the specialist care available through our expanded team, allowing more women and their families access to support that will allow them to stay well in the community, in familiar surroundings and with their loved ones.'

Tonight's weather: Dry with light winds

BBC Weather

Tonight looks set to remain dry with predominantly clear skies and just a few patches of cloud.

Winds will remain light, perhaps allowing the odd mist patch to develop.

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BBC

Leicestershire suburb continues to grow

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

It’s said to be the biggest housing development in the region at the moment, and the work to extend Lubbesthorpe is already making a mark in the Leicestershire countryside.

Three developers are on site already working on plans to build 4,000 new homes in the area, three new schools and community buildings.

They're years from finishing but about 160 of these homes are already occupied.

Lubbesthorpe Bridal Road, where I interviewed campaigners against the development five years ago, is no longer a tiny country lane through unspoilt countryside.

Lubbesthorpe
BBC

One of the original campaigners, Paul Fox, says he's continuing to fight it's impact on neighbouring communities.

"It was farmland with five farms on here. It was a nice area to walk along, very peaceful," he said.

"I appreciate things have to change and houses have to be built somewhere but If local people don't raise concerns and object then nobody else will."

Lubbesthorpe
BBC

Weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Another hot one in store for today...

Tonight's weather: Muggy conditions anticipated

BBC Weather

This evening should be dry with clear spells and patchy cloud. Then we're expecting another humid or even muggy night with just a light north-westerly wind.

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BBC

Driver rebuked for blocking ambulance doors

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service were pretty displeased at where this driver chose to park while they were treating a patient.

A spokeswoman for the service said it happened at an undisclosed location in Nottinghamshire last night.

Ambulance parking
East Midlands Ambulance Service

Chief operating officer David Whiting said: "I would ask all motorists to think carefully about how they park near any of our ambulances or emergency response cars.

"Leaving vehicles where they could hinder access or delay our teams from getting a patient on the ambulance could have potentially disastrous consequences in a life-threatening emergency.

"I would also like to remind drivers to park considerately and never leave their vehicle in a position where they could prevent emergency vehicles getting through to the scene of an emergency."

Weather: Another warm one today

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Another hot and humid day across the East Midlands with highs of 26C.