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London rents 'double rest of UK'

Rents in London have reached double those across the rest of the UK for the first time ever, according to new research, while renting in the East Midlands now costs an average of £579 per month.

Driver killed in classic car race

A driver has been killed in an accident at a classic car race at Silverstone racetrack.

Man remanded after homes evacuated

A man charged with explosives offences following the evacuation of a street in Derbyshire has appeared before magistrates.

School celebrates Ofsted report

A pupil referral unit in Leicester is celebrating after coming out of special measures.

Rugby player set for Sahara race

A former rugby player is to take on the "toughest footrace on earth" to raise funds for a children's cancer charity.

Wilkinson partnership up for award

A fundraising partnership between a Derbyshire hospice and Wilkinson stores has been nominated for a national award.

Police seeking fugitive prisoner

Police are appealing for information after a prisoner who was on temporary leave failed to return to HMP Sudbury, in Derbyshire.

Fears grow for missing student

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a Nottingham university student.

Cyclist, 12, dies after car crash

A 12-year-old boy has died after his bike was in collision with a car in Leicestershire.

Donation to help aviation charity

A charity which helps young people realise their full potential has secured a donation of £300.

Fine weather boosts sunflower crop

This summer's fine weather has led to a bumper crop of sunflowers in Lincolnshire, with one supermarket giant reporting sales up by 288%.

Prince Charles tries local tipple

The Prince of Wales has cooled down in balmy heat by tasting local ales at a farmers market in Rutland.

£3,600 to fund Pilates for patients

Women with breast cancer will continue to benefit from free Pilates classes thanks to a donation of £3,640.

Talent scouts to co-host workshops

Young people aged 16 to 25 are invited to take part in audition workshops led by talent scouts from Simon Cowell's production company.

Green revamp for dog rescue centre

A dog rescue centre in Nottinghamshire is being given an eco-friendly makeover as part of a £1.75 million project.

Club sorry over maggots in air con

A comedy club has apologised after maggots from a dead pigeon fell out of the air conditioning unit and on to members of the audience during a show in Nottingham.

Ex-RAF fighter jets under hammer

Two former RAF fighter jets are set to be sold at a public auction in Northamptonshire this weekend.

House crash driver in hospital

A driver has been taken to hospital after his car ploughed into the side of a house in Spalding, Lincolnshire, demolishing part of the property.

Prison 'is unsafe and violent'

A prison in Nottinghamshire has been described as unsafe with high levels of violence by a report.

Church to host art competition

Children are being invited to draw or paint pictures of an historic church as part of a fundraising event in Northamptonshire.

Hospice opens refurbished garden

A Derbyshire hospice has unveiled its new garden, designed to be more accessible and welcoming for patients.

Bodies of dead arrive in Holland

Bodies of the dead from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, on which a student at Loughborough University and 20-year-old Richard Mayne who was originally from Leicester were flying, have arrived in Holland to be received by a nation in mourning.

Zoo celebrates rare leopard cubs

A zoo on the Leicestershire/Warwickshire border is celebrating the birth of a pair of rare leopards.

Prisoner 'gouges out own eyes'

An investigation has been launched after a prisoner reportedly gouged his eyes out in his cell in HMP Nottingham.

£10,900 for MH17 victim's charity

A charity appeal set up by a man originally from Leicester who was a victim of flight MH17 has broken through the £10,000 barrier after attracting hundreds of new donations following his death.

Police warn pupils over 'sexts'

A police force has warned schoolchildren in Nottinghamshire who share so-called "sexts" with friends over the internet that they could face prosecution in the criminal courts.

Ceremony to honour plane victims

Victims of the MH17 plane crash, including a student at Loughborough University and 20-year-old Richard Mayne who was originally from Leicester, will be remembered at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

Village hall 'dream comes true'

Residents in Derbyshire will see their "dream become a reality" as they are to get their own village hall thanks to a grant of £500,000.

Donations to victim's appeal soar

An online charity fundraising appeal set up by a university student, originally from Leicester, killed on flight MH17 has continued to attract thousands of pounds of donations in his memory.

Charity receives £30,000 in pledges

A children's cancer charity has received £30,000 in pledged donations at a business lunch in Sheffield.

Three killed as pile-up closes A1

Three people have died after a number of vehicles were involved in a crash on the A1 in north Nottinghamshire.

Man arrested over street attack

Detectives have made an arrest in connection with a street attack on the outskirts of Nottingham which left a 45-year-old man in a critical condition.

University pays tribute to student

Tributes have been paid to a Loughborough University student killed in the Malaysia Airlines tragedy in Ukraine.

Student feared among plane victims

A student from Leicester is feared to have been among the 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight when it crashed in eastern Ukraine.

Boy, 4, calls 999 to save mother

A four-year-old boy from Leicestershire has been praised for calling 999 when his mother had an epileptic seizure.

Baby 'died after cut into skull'

A premature baby died after a doctor unwittingly cut into a weak spot in his skull during an emergency Caesarean section at Nottingham City Hospital, an inquest has heard.

Teacher banned for joke threat

A Derby teacher who put his arm around a pupil's neck while holding a knife and jokingly threatened to kill him for giving a wrong answer has been banned from the classroom for two years.

Volunteers sought for police scheme

People are being urged to apply as volunteers to help monitor the service provided by Northamptonshire Police's control room.

Library campaigners win court fight

Campaigners have won a significant High Court battle against cuts to council library services in Lincolnshire.

Health warning ahead of heatwave

As temperatures are set to soar across the South East, London, the East of England and the Midlands, health officials have urged people to take care in the summer heat.

Unemployment figure drops by 30,000

Unemployment in the East Midlands has decreased by 30,000 in the quarter to May, official figures have revealed.

Ryanair probes plane boarding error

Ryanair has ordered an inquiry into how six holidaymakers were allowed to board the wrong flight at East Midlands Airport.

Agency seeks new foster carers

A fostering agency is looking to recruit up to 500 foster carers in the East Midlands.

Groups to help social entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs in the North of England, the Midlands and Northern Ireland are to receive financial support from a new two-year programme.

Banker swaps finance for medicine

A bank worker has been inspired to go back to university and study medicine after volunteering at a hospice in Derbyshire.

Paramedic attacked at crash site

A paramedic needed hospital treatment after she was assaulted while attending to a road crash victim in Leicester.

Man denies 'police siren' charges

A man from Northampton who is alleged to have impersonated a police officer by driving a vehicle fitted with flashing blue lights and a siren has denied the charges.

Pensioners hurt in M11 death crash

Police investigating a motorway crash in which a 79-year-old woman died have said two other pensioners, from Nottinghamshire, were also injured.

Briton trampled by bull in 'agony'

A 23-year-old Nottingham man is recovering in hospital in Spain after he was trampled during the world-famous bull run.

Egypt row statue sold for over £15m

A statue at the centre of a row between an East Midlands council and the Egyptian Ambassador to Britain has sold for more than £15 million.

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