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By Stephanie Barnard

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Happy Christmas!

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Whatever you're getting up to on Christmas Day, myself and the BBC Local Live team wish you all the best.

BBC Local Live will be back with the latest updates for Derbyshire from 08:00 on Monday 29 December.

Weather forecast

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

A dry and mostly clear night. Lows of 4C (39F) in town centres but 1C in rural areas giving a patchy frost.

Kaye Forster

On Christmas day it will be a dry and bright start but cloud will thicken up through the morning bringing a few showers later.

The showers should clear away by the afternoon giving some spells of sunshine.


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BBC Local Live

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Boxing Day football

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County mark the half-way point of the

Championship season with a trip to Birmingham City on Boxing Day. They'll face former Derby defender Gary Rowett, who's turned things around at St Andrews. Coverage on FM and DAB starts from 14:00.

As for

Burton Albion, they're at home to Tranmere who are struggling at the bottom of League Two. You can hear commentary on 1116 AM.

Reindeer rights

Rudolph's relatives are a common sight at Christmas displays across the country but how ethical is it to use them in the lead up to the festive season?

Reindeer pulling Santa
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BBC News online

has been investigating.

Bin collections

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Chesterfield Borough Council

posts: There are no bin collections on Christmas Day or Boxing Day - to see when collections will take place, see here:

Akins could miss game

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Burton Albion winger Lucas Akins could miss the Boxing Day meeting with his former club Tranmere.

Burton Albion winger Lucas Akins
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The 25 year-old is still suffering with the ankle injury that's kept him out for the last month.

Track where Santa is

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

This morning I did say we'd be keeping track of where Santa is (as well as the latest news, sport, travel and weather of course!)

NoradSanta website

According to

NoradSanta website he's busy flying over the Pacific Ocean.

Last minute shoppers

East Midlands Today

Derby city centre is busy on the last shopping day before Christmas.

XMAS EVE shoppers

There's a full round-up of how busy it's been around the region on

East Midlands Today on BBC One.

Great Christmas for Jack

East Midlands Today

This Christmas will be a particularly exciting one for the Derby actor Jack O'Connell, as the Hollywood blockbuster,

Unbroken, is released around the world.

Derby actor Jack O'Connell and Angelina Jolie

Jack from Alvaston, was handpicked by the film's director, Angelina Jolie, to star in the true account of a world war two veteran.

Jack's already picked up an award in Hollywood, and was amazed by the reaction back home, when

Angelina said "Ay up mi duck" at the ceremony.

Concerns for missing man

Derbyshire Times

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man who went missing from his home in Chesterfield in early December.

Read more.

'Tested' by Christmas fixtures

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (pictured) says his squad will be tested over the Christmas period.

Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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Burton have three matches have three matches in nine days, starting with Tranmere at home on Boxing Day, then a trip to Accrington and finally a meeting with Shrewsbury on 3 January.

Hasselbaink is waiting on the fitness of Lucas Akins, but Kelvin Maynard is fit again.

Shopping surge

Angelina Socci

BBC East Midlands Today

Shoppers are expected to be out in force again today across the region.

Shoppers in the East Midlands

New research by an asset management company has found that most will stick to a budget of between £200 and £300.

Online shopping continues to grow in popularity, particularly with rural communities though the majority of adults say they use websites to help them find the perfect Christmas present.

Road rage led to man being driven at

Buxton Advertiser

An alleged road rage incident saw

a man drive at another man in his car, knocking him over.

The incident took place on Friday, December 19 at 3.50pm between two drivers on George Street.

Have your say

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to find out what you think.

'Ay up mi duck'

Actress Angelina Jolie is sent a t-shirt bearing the East Midlands' phrase "Ay up mi duck" after she baffled a Los Angeles audience last month.

Angelina Jolie, Ay Up Mi Duck t-shirt
Getty Images / Notts Wildlife Trust

The actress attempted a Derby accent as she introduced actor Jack O'Connell, from the city, at the Hollywood Film Awards.

The phrase is being used to promote a Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust appeal for one of its nature reserves.

Health advice

Burton Hospitals

tweets: Pharmacies can help by giving advice and over-the-counter remedies for diarrhoea, minor infections, headaches, coughs/colds. #winterhealth

Intu Derby: Shopping centre owner expands in Spain

Derby Telegraph

THE owner of a Derby shopping centre

is expanding its presence in Spain.

Intu Properties, which owns Intu Derby, is buying Puerto Venecia shopping centre and retail park, in Zaragoza, for £354 million.

Fixtures this Christmas

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

A kind Christmas fixture list should help Derby County move back up the Championship table. That's the view of captain Richard Keogh, ahead of Boxing Day's trip to Birmingham.

Richard Keogh of Derby
Getty Images

Every club plays on Friday, with most teams playing again on Sunday.

Derby's match at home to Leeds is one of three pushed back to Tuesday.

Funding to help prevent suicides

Matlock Mercury

Health staff will be better equipped to

help prevent suicide and support bereaved families thanks to £48,000 funding.

The money, provided by Derbyshire County Council, will help pay for a successful training programme, which has been found to help staff identify likely suicidal behaviour.

Health & safety fears

BBC Radio Derby

A strongman from south Derbyshire's had his Christmas charity van pull cancelled because of fears over health and safety.

Simon Plant from Findern was going to drag the vehicle dressed to look like a sleigh across a car park at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Sister act

Believe it or not, these two handsome ladies are actually Ed Dawes and Craig Ramage from BBC Radio Derby's sports team.

Ed Dawes and Craig Ramage

The pair were dressed to the nines to play the ugly sisters in the station's production of Cinderella. You can hear the panto in full

at 18:00 on Christmas Day.

Today's forecast

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

There is a hang back of cloud early on this morning but that will clear very quickly and then it's sunshine all the way today.

Kaye Forster

We'll stay dry and bright throughout with plenty of sunshine. It will be another breezy day but the winds will not be as strong as yesterday and it will be cooler. High of 7C (45F).

Happy Christmas Eve!

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

I'll be bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Derbyshire - as well as looking out for Santa!

If you'd like to get in touch with the BBC Local Live team today -

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