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  1. Updates on Thursday 18 December 2014
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Derbyshire.

Overnight weather

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Rain nudging in this evening giving a cloudy, wet and breezy night.

Charlie Slater with the weather forecast

The rain will clear away later in the night and the cloud will break up too. Lows of 3C (37F).

Sky over Marlpool

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Philip Orchard sent us this stunning picture of Marlpool which we are using as our cover photo on

our facebook page.


Can you do better? Send us your photos via

email or
tweet @BBCDerby.

Funding 'not sustainable'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The deputy chief constable of

Derbyshire Police says a sports project to help keep young people off the streets has not been able to secure future funding.

Ozbox class with Brendan Ingle
derbyshire police

Alan Goodwin says: "On the 31 March next year the lottery funding has gone and the county council understandably has its own financial challenges. For the force to meet the full £430,000 as a single organisation is not sustainable."

Hasselbaink wants small Burton Albion squad

BBC Sport

Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says

signings in January will lead to departures as he focuses on working with a small squad.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

The Dutchman has a squad of 20 fit first-team players, with four loan players also at his disposal.

Missing man

A 55-year-old man who went missing in Birmingham could be in the Derbyshire area,

police say.

Missing Steven Overton
Police handout

Steven Overton went missing last week and was last seen in Harborne by his mum.

The last known sighting of the 55-year-old gardener was driving his brown Vauxhall Astra 51 plate on the M5 southbound near to junction 4a.

Funding not extended

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A boxing scheme in Derbyshire is closing after funding issues.

Ozbox which offers help for 11 to 19-year-olds in nine locations across Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Ozbox class
derbyshire police

The project started in 2003 which helped young people take part in boxing classes. It was originally funded by Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Police.

The force says it is ending next year after it failed to secure money from Big Lottery Funding.

News on the hour

Alex Howick

BBC Radio Derby reporter

In the news at 17:00 we'll have more on the boxing scheme Ozbox closing, plus, Rolls-Royce is expanding its assembly and test facility in Derby.

Hear more in the news bulletin shortly.

Police hunt absconded burglar

A police hunt is under way for a burglar who absconded from a jail in Derbyshire.

Gary Anthony Burgess, 50, left open prison HMP Sudbury in the early hours of Thursday. He was jailed for 10 years for burglary offences at Teesside Crown Court in 2011.

Gary Anthony Burgess
Derbyshire Police

Burgess is described as white, 5ft 8in (1.73m) tall, with brown hair, blue eyes and heavily tattooed.

Footballers Q&A

Two Chesterfield players visit a Bolsover primary school to talk to them about the life of a footballer.

Read more on the club's website.

Showers likely this afternoon

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It will be cloudy and overcast for most of the afternoon with a couple of showers thrown into the mix.

Weather forecast for this afternoon

Still plenty of dry weather to be had on a mild but breezy day with highs of 14C (57F).

News on the hour

Alex Howick

BBC Radio Derby reporter

In the news bulletin on

BBC Radio Derby: we'll hear from the deputy chief constable of Derbyshire Police following the announcement that a boxing scheme to help young people in the county has been cut.

Free boxing classes end

A scheme which offers young people boxing classes to young people in Derbyshire has been axed due to funding cuts.

Derbyshire Police says its
Ozbox which has been part funded by the force, Derbyshire County Council and the Big Lottery Fund will finish in March 2015.

Market revamp?

Derbyshire Times

Could Chesterfield's market under go a revamp? Chesterfield Borough Council agreed to examine a possible redesign of the outdoor market in a bid to attract more traders and shoppers.

Read more.

Tramline suffers setback

Plans for a

fourth tramline between Nottingham and Derbyshire suffer a financial setback.

Men working on tramline in Beeston

Broxtowe Borough Council has voted not to help fund a feasibility study into a proposal for a line to Kimberley.

Line one opened in 2004 and a £570m extension - lines two and three - is due to open in 2015, six months late and after complaints about disruption.

News on the hour

Alex Howick

BBC Radio Derby reporter

Police want to speak to anyone who saw a robbery on Great Northern Road in Derby last night.

Listen live at 1500.

English councils funding cut

English councils will face an average cut of 1.8% in their overall spending power, the government has said.

Minister Kris Hopkins said the funding grants settlement for 2015-16 was "fair for all parts of the country".

Read more on this story on BBC News.

In the Christmas mood?

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

If you listen to BBC Radio Derby you might have heard that the team are all wearing festive jumpers today.

BBC Derby's festive jumpers

If you're not in the Christmas spirit yet - this picture may help you?

I'm not in the photo - I'm wearing black (obviously to counter act this festive spirit and in the interest of balance).

Only six days until the big day!

Local authorities finance settlement

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Government says "spending power" of Derbyshire County Council will fall by 3.4% in 2015/16 - Derbyshire County Council by 0.2%.

Though councils usually quibble with these figures.

You can see the

provision local government finance settlement for next year on

Jolie praises O'Connell

Hollywood actor turned director Angelina Jolie's been praising Derby actor Jack O'Connell in

a BBC interview for her new film today.

Angelina Jolie

'Unbroken' is based on the life of a real-life Olympian turned war hero. Angelina says, "For over 50 years the script was owned by the studio, it resurfaced many times but it was never made. It was going to be Tony Curtis, now it's Jack O'Connell."

News on the hour

Alex Howick

BBC Radio Derby reporter

Plans which could see

Nottinghamshire's tram system extended to cover Ripley have suffered a knock back.

In the news at 14:00 on

BBC Radio Derby: we'll hear from a councillor who campaigned for the extension and says this is just a delay.

'Remain vigilant'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Rumours advising people to stay away from shopping centres over Christmas is an "urban myth", police say.

Police have quashed rumours after a man warned shoppers in Derby to avoid the Intu shopping centre between 20 and 22 December.

Derbyshire Police says: "Although this story has been found to be untrue, we would remind people to remain vigilant at all times and report suspicious activity to shopping centre staff or the police."

Derbyshire church to close on Christmas Day

Derby Telegraph

Mystery surrounds why a church

will not be opening its doors on Christmas Day.

Shocked members of St John the Baptist church in Smalley will have to travel elsewhere to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Petition for council food fest support

BBC Radio Derby

Last-minute lobbying is taking place to persuade Derbyshire County Council to carry on supporting the

annual Food and Drink Fair.

The Amber Valley-based food blog

Sticky Beak is petitioning the authority not to withdraw funding for the annual event when it meets next week.

The council says its resources are best used in supporting other successful fairs.

News on the hour

Alex Howick

BBC Radio Derby reporter

In the news at 13:00 on

BBC Radio Derby: Plans which could see Nottinghamshire's tram system extended to cover Ripley have suffered a knock back

Rolls-Royce: unions consulted

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to a spokeswoman from Rolls-Royce press office about the impact the expansion of the

Trent XWB plant will have on jobs.

I'm told the factory currently produces one engine a week and hopes to "ramp up" to one a day by 2017.

Workers drive from Rolls-Royce in Derby on the day of the announcement

How will this impact on jobs? I'm told Rolls-Royce are in consultation with unions and employees and hasn't got any predictions on how this will impact on the work force.

The spokeswoman says about 800 people are employed within the engine production team which produces a variety of engines.

Listen: Chris Martin

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County striker Chris Martin speaks exclusively to me about goals this season, his influences and the challenges of the game.

Chris Martin - exclusive interview

Hear the 10 minute interview online now.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Plans to extend Nottinghamshire's tram system to Ripley have suffered a setback. hear

more in the news at 12:00.

Prayers for Pakistan shooting victims

Angelina Socci

BBC East Midlands Today

Communities across the East Midlands will be remembering the victims of the Pakistan school massacre later.

:A Pakistani soldier walks amidst the debris in an army-run school a day after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on December 17
Getty Images

There's been anger at the

shooting dead of 132 children and nine teachers at the Army Public School on Tuesday.

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. Special prayers will be held at mosques across the region today.

Bryson hopeful of a win

BBC Radio Derby

Craig Bryson says he hopes Derby County can take the form they showed against Chelsea into Saturday's game at home to Norwich.

Derby's Craig Bryson
Getty Images

The Rams were

knocked out of the league cup by the Premier League leaders, but largely held their own against one of the best teams in Europe.

Saturday's championship game will be the third successive Derby match to be shown live on TV.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

In the news at 11:00, our top story is: The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has defended the performance of accident and emergency departments in England.

Hear more on this and other stories on

BBC Radio Derby shortly.

How will this affect jobs?

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Last week Rolls-Royce announced it was planning on cutting hundreds of jobs from two of its plants in England, with the majority of the cuts in Derby.

Trent XWB at Roll Royce plant
Rolls royce

The Derby plant employs about 12,000 workers, and about 300 jobs are set to go.

I've put a call into the company's press office to ask how jobs will be affected by the aeroplane engine production, Trent XWB, starting in Derby over the coming years.

Experts scour Derby's Facebook and Twitter traffic for extremist messages

Derby Telegraph

A team of online experts is monitoring

Derby's social media for extremist messages.

The work is aimed at stopping young people from becoming radicalised on the internet, reducing the chances of sympathy for terrorist groups like Islamic State.

Rams players will be 'challenged'

Nigel Cash

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Steve McClaren says he'll be challenging Derby County's players to take the form they showed against Chelsea into Saturday's Championship match at home to Norwich.

Steve McClaren
Getty Images

It's the third successive Rams match to be shown live on TV.

McClaren (pictured) says

Tuesday's league cup loss was a much improved performance from the
Championship defeat to Middlesbrough last weekend.

Derby to produce aero engine

Rolls-Royce announces that Derby will be the production centre for one of its most popular aeroplane engines.

Trent XWB
Rolls royce

The company says it will start production over the next three to four years of its large aero engine - the

Trent XWB.

Russell Watson performance

BBC Radio Derby

Last night was BBC Radio Derby's annual carol service - there were readings by Richard Spurr, Sally Pepper, Sally Swinfen and Andy Potter.

Russell Watson at Derby Cathedral

Russell Watson recorded a performance earlier this week and was shown to the crowd of more than 1,000 people -

watch it on Facebook if you weren't there.

You can hear the programme on BBC Radio Derby on

Christmas Eve at 18:00 and
Christmas Day at 12:00.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

In the news at 10:00: Food and drink producers in Derbyshire are lobbying the County Council to persuade it to keep supporting the annual Food and Drink Festival.

In the bulletin we'll hear from a local food producer.

Listen live.

Second class post

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

If you're posting Christmas cards with a second class stamp - today is your last chance to get them sent off before 25 December.

If you're posting first class - don't worry you've got until Saturday.

Read more on the Royal Mail website.

M1 Travel warning

Highways Agency

tweets: #M1 southbound between J29a and J29 | Congestion

BBC Radio Derby carol concert

Last night was the recording of BBC Radio Derby's annual carol concert.

BBC Derby carol concert at the city's cathedral 2014

Lots of people gathered at Derby Cathedral for carols, choirs and festive spirit.

See more photos on Facebook.

You can hear the programme on

Christmas Eve at 18:00 and
Christmas Day at 12:00.