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East Midlands Trains strike action to go ahead

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has confirmed industrial action on East Midlands Trains (EMT) will go ahead as planned from this Saturday.

Members will strike on 20 July, 27 July and 3 August due to concerns over pay discrimination and contract issues.

East Midlands Trains
PA Media

The union remains available for talks but it takes two to tango. No-one should underestimate the resilience and ‎determination of our EMT members to see justice."

Mick CashRMT general secretary

East Midlands Trains has said trains to and from London will run as scheduled.

However, the operator said some services on local routes will be affected and has advised customers to check their journey times before travelling.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A hazy start to the day will give way to blue skies and sunny spells in the afternoon.

Generator fire was 'accidental'

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed the cause of a generator fire at County Hall was accidental.

Three crews were called at 08:42 to the authority's headquarters in Glenfield and used two hose reels to extinguish the blaze, which caused 80 per cent damage to the generator.

Council fire
Jim Coltman

Generator fire at council building

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at Leicestershire County Council's building in Glenfield.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service were called at 08:42 to the generator fire at County Hall.

Three crews were called and used two hose reels to deal with the fire.

BBC Radio Leicester's Jo Hayward says the blaze now appears to be under control.

Council fire
BBC
Leicestershire County Council
BBC

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We can expect a cloudy start to the day which is expected to clear by this afternoon giving us sunny spells across the East Midlands.

Here's Rich Davis with the forecast.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be cloudy skies with some rain in the morning, but as the afternoon progresses, the rain will become more showery with sunny intervals. Maximum temperatures of 20 to 23C.

Council considers setting child refugee target

East Midlands Today

A pledge to offer new homes to at least 100 child refugees in the next 10 years could be made in Leicestershire this afternoon.

Refugee camp
BBC

The county council is considering setting a target to take in at least 10 young refugees a year over the next decade following calls for more national support.

The county's already provided care for more than 70 youngsters from Syria.

Tests after E-coli found in water supply

East Midlands Today

Severn Trent will carry out more tests in a Leicestershire village where E-coli was found in the water supply.

The company believes routine maintenance work has affected the system in Barkestone Le Vale.

Roadworks
BBC

Bottled water has been given to about 30 homes after tests showed traces of the bug in a water main.

Engineers have been cleaning a section of the pipe and will carry out further tests on the water's quality later today.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There is still some cloud around first thing, but it should brighten up as we head into the afternoon and it will be another warm day.

High UV levels and pollen count again too.

More horses test positive for equine flu

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Two horses in Leicestershire have been diagnosed with equine flu.

The virus was confirmed by the Animal Health Trust (AHT) - which has also diagnosed 15 other animals in England and Wales so far this month.

The trust said the infected animals are non-thoroughbreds and had been vaccinated earlier this year.

Another 19 horses, who were kept at the same site, are now undergoing clinical and laboratory screening.

Horse
BBC

Last month there was one case of equine flu found in Leicestershire and another in Derbyshire.

Dr Richard Newton from the Animal Health Trust said he expects the numbers to rise as more horses move around the country during "competition season".

He added that it is a "highly contagious" disease.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be dry with spells of sunshine today, feeling rather warm in the afternoon but with some gentle winds.

Boxer calls Wales beard ruling 'discriminatory'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A Leicestershire boxer says a ruling that stops him competing in Wales because of his beard is discrimination.

Aaron Singh, a student at Cardiff University, keeps a beard as a mark of his Sikh faith, but the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association (WABA) demands all fighters must be clean shaven.

Last year England Boxing reversed the beard ban after a campaign from Sikh and Muslim boxers.

Mr Singh, 20, said: "To have someone tell me that I'm not allowed to participate in something like a sporting event because I've got a beard - I personally see that as being wrong.

"I can do it [boxing] an hour away but as soon as I come here, it's not allowed."

The WABA said it would consider whether the "sporting integrity" of amateur boxing would be affected by overturning the rule.

A decision will be made later this month.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A lovely sunny day with a light variable breeze today. It will feel warm in the sunshine with highs of 21C.

There are high UV levels too and a very high pollen count today.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It will be dry with spells of sunshine this morning but cloud is expected to build widely by the afternoon.

It's going to be warm today, particularly in the sunshine with only some gentle winds.

Patient attacks paramedic in ambulance
An ambulance worker had his hair pulled out as he was assaulted inside his ambulance in Nottingham.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It's not the soaring temperatures we saw on Saturday, and it will be cloudy today, but there will be some spots of brightness. Highs of 19C.

Temperature rise prompts dog in hot cars warning

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

With temperatures expected to rise this weekend across the region, dog owners have been warned not to leave their pets in hot cars.

The RSPCA said in Nottinghamshire, 123 calls were made to the charity about dogs in hot cars last year compared to 100 in 2017 - a rise of 23%.

In Leicestershire, calls were up from 96 in 2017 to 112 last year - an increase of almost 17%.

However, there was a drop in calls of about 18% in Derbyshire - 175 in 2017 down to 143 last year.

Dog in car
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The RSPCA said: "Despite repeated warnings every year, owners still risk their pets' lives by leaving them unattended in vehicles during warm weather."

It advised people to call 999 and request police if their dog is displaying signs of heatstroke - such as panting heavily, drooling excessively, being lethargic or vomiting.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Here comes the sun (finally)!

New 999 centre could lead to better response times

Response times to 999 calls could be improved thanks to all three emergency services working under one roof in Lincolnshire, fire chiefs say.

Fire engines and ambulances
BBC

Fire and ambulance crews have begun moving into a £21m building on South Park in Lincoln, and police officers are due to move into the centre later this year.

It's the first combined fire, ambulance and police station in the country.

We've seen it already at Sleaford and Louth where the operational crews from fire and EMAS have been working together for sometime. You can see on the ground the improvement in operational procedures when we attend things like road traffic accidents, for example.

Tim JoyceArea Manager, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

Cost-cutting could hit recycling scheme

East Midlands Today

Opening hours could be reduced and new charges introduced at recycling centres across Leicestershire as part of county council plans to save more than £100,000.

The authority is also looking at introducing charges for difficult to dispose of items such as tyres.

Today, councillors will discuss whether plans to reduce opening hours should go out to wider consultation. The council says it's not planning to close any recycling sites.

Recycling
BBC

More than 100 'modern slavery incidents' in six months

East Midlands Today

Leicestershire Police has recorded more than 100 reported incidents of modern slavery in the last six months.

The figures for the crime have increased since the Modern Slavery Act was introduced in 2015, from 12 to 113.

The force has now started a new a campaign to crackdown on the issue. They're raising awareness of the key signs of modern slavery and what to do if you think you, or someone you know, is a victim.

A man in a bed
BBC

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Well, at least it's stopped raining...

It's set to be a mostly cloudy day with some bright spells, but there's better news on the way for the weekend.

WW2 veteran, 100, raises Armed Forces Day flag

East Midlands Today

World War Two veteran Jim Posnett raised the flag ahead of Armed Forces Day.

The 100-year-old, who served in India, Burma, Java and Singapore, attended the ceremony at Leicestershire County Council's head office.

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Mel Coles

BBC Weather presenter

We have a wet and humid day ahead with a yellow warning for thunder issued by the Met Office.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms over East Midlands

BBC Weather

Any rain will clear north to give a dry and cloudy start to the night, but further heavy rain and thunderstorms will spread through the early hours.

Clouds above Braunstone
JoeW

Lingering overnight rain will ease during the morning to leave it dry but largely cloudy for many. However, showers will develop, and some of these could be heavy and thundery.

Mental health support for new mums

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A text message support service has launched in Leicestershire to help new or expectant women who are struggling with their mental health.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust claim the Mum’s Mind service is the first of its kind for the NHS in the UK.

Text message on the screen of a phone
BBC

The service is being funded with £460,000 from NHS England to improve access to mental health care.

Mums are being advised to text the service if they're struggling with issues like anxiety, panic attacks, depression and psychosis. It's also designed to help with practical problems like bonding and attachment issues.

Deanna Dalby from South Wigston told the BBC she spent a lot of her pregnancy panicking that she could lose her daughter Isabelle.

Deanna Dalby and her daughter Isabelle
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Then, after a traumatic birth she said she "couldn't cope" with the fear that her new baby could suddenly die.

It meant she had "no enjoyment" in the early days of being a parent.

She received support from a perinatal mental health worker, which lead to her being diagnosed with OCD, bipolar and anxiety.

"They gave me the tools I needed to be the best mum I could be and to cope with everyday and move forward," she said.