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  1. Updates for Friday 9 January 2015
  2. Updates resume 08:00 Monday 12 January

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Good Evening

Friday's Local Live updates have now finished. Our service will return at 08:00 on Monday.

Mild but windy night

Anna Church

BBC Weather

A very mild night, it will remain cloudy but mostly dry just

a little light rain or drizzle possible.

Weather chart

It is set to be windy throughout with gusts up to 50mph expected.

Bent optimistic

Kirsty Edwards

Sports Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

On tonight's East Midlands Today, new Derby County striker Darren Bent says he hopes he's at the start of something special with the club.

Darren Bent

He's scored in five out of seven of his debuts for previous clubs.

Wilkinson leaves Council

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Derby City Council has announced the departure of its Chief Executive, Adam Wilkinson.

It follows a meeting earlier this afternoon which was shrouded in mystery.

Derby City Council's website

He's the most senior member of staff at Derby City Council and joined the authority in 2010, on a salary of £160k a year.

Loan move for Rams teen

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County's Alefe Santos

has joined Notts County on loan for a month.

Alefe Santos

The 19-year-old started his career with Bristol Rovers and joined the Rams on a two-year deal in July 2014.

A&E missing target

BBC Radio Derby

There was a slight improvement in the proportion of people being seen within four hours at the Royal Derby Hospital's A&E department last week, but it still fell well below the target set by the government.

Royal Derby Hospital

A total of 82% of visitors were seen inside four hours - the government target is 95%.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

17:00 bulletin, Derby City Council holds a behind-closed-doors "proposed senior management restructure" meeting at short notice.

'Mysterious' meeting finishes

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The meeting at Derby City Council appears to have concluded. No word yet on what it was about.

Rising posts staying down

Burton Mail

The notorious Burton bollards

are to remain down for the foreseeable future, as yet more consideration is given to their future.

Council's 'mystery' meeting

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

A mysterious meeting, announced at short notice earlier this afternoon, is to be held at Derby City Council within the next hour.

Derby Council House

The press and public are not allowed to attend the meeting, which we're told is to discuss a "proposed senior management restructure".

The senior management team has been hit by a number of temporary and permanent departures recently, while the Labour administration has also promised to cut management costs in order to help balance next year's budget.

Strike at Derby school

Derby Telegraph

More than 600 pupils at a Derby secondary school

will miss a day's learning on Tuesday - the first of six proposed strike days over pay.

Two unions have united to take action at Merrill Academy, which is run by Derby College, over a performance pay-related issue.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

16:00 bulletin, we'll hear from our political reporter Chris Doidge about a mysterious meeting due to be held at Derby City Council within the next hour.

Inside Derby's Council House

Ilkeston intruder

Ilkeston Advertiser

An elderly woman

woke up to find a burglar in her home in Ilkeston this morning.

Changes at the council

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Derby City Council is holding an urgent, behind-closed-doors meeting at 16:30 to discuss a "Proposed Senior Management Restructure".

More details as we get them on

BBC Radio Derby.

Doyle talk angers Cook

BBC Sport

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook says he is unhappy with clubs talking publicly

about their interest in striker Eoin Doyle.

Paul Cook
Getty Images

It comes after Rotherham United assistant Paul Raynor revealed the Millers had held discussions with the Spireites about the 26-year-old.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith


Derby's Jack O'Connell has been giving his reaction to being nominated for a BAFTA.

Find out what he had to say to BBC Radio Derby in my

15:00 bulletin.

Key marginal

John Hess

Political editor, East Midlands

The Amber Valley constituency is one of those crucial Midlands marginals that so often decide which party will form the next government.

John Hess

Traditionally, it has been a two-horse race between Labour and the Conservatives but will Nigel Farage's UKIP be worth a flutter?

Watch my report on

BBC One at 18:30.

Wind knocks out power line

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Strong winds have brought a branch down on a power line in Derbyshire leaving 34 properties in Cromford and Holloway without electricity.

Western Power Distribution says it is aiming to restore power by 14:30.

House's seven crime scenes

You can read more about the University of Derby's new crime scene house


Inside the University of Derby's crime scene house
University of Derby

The four-bedroom house, close to the university's Kedleston Road site can accommodate up to seven replica crime scenes for forensic science students to work with.

Crews called to Denby car fire

Belper News

Firefighters from Ripley

attended a car fire in Denby last night.

Crews were called to Parsons Grove at 9.34pm and found two 4x4 vehicles well alight on the driveway.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

14:00 bulletin, Derby actor Jack O'Connell gives his reaction to being
nominated for a Bafta.

Talking reptiles

Andy Potter

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

A new reptile handling and keeping course has been launched at Broomfield Hall College in Morley because of a growing number people keeping exotic pets.

Andy Potter with a spider

I went along to find out more and you can hear my report

at 14:15.

Changes at the top

High Peak Borough Council

tweets: What do you think about plans for a combined #Derbyshire authority? Let us know!

Did you know?

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Saturday will be Derby County loan striker Darren Bent's first visit to Portman Road since leaving Ipswich nearly 10 years ago.

Bin backlog

Derbyshire Dales District Council

says it is still trying to catch up with bin collections missed due to the snow and ice between Christmas and new year.

It said bin staff would be working on Saturday to try to clear the backlog.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

Strong winds have brought a branch down on a power line in Derby leaving 34 properties in Cromford and Holloway without electricity.

More on this and other stories in

our 13:00 bulletin.

Derbyshire photos


Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

We liked Simon Bull's excellent photo of Higger Tor so much we made it our new

Facebook cover image.

Facebook cover image
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Email or
tweet us your best pictures of Derbyshire and we'll showcase the finest examples.

Mac wants new faces

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren says he's looking to add "a couple" more players to his squad in the January transfer window.

Reports from Spain claim the Rams have already agreed a deal to sign highly-rated Spanish defender Raul Albentosa from Eibar.

Wind warning tonight

BBC Weather


The Met Office

has issued a yellow warning of wind in Derby and Derbyshire from 21:00 tonight to 08:00 tomorrow.

It says the public "should be aware of the risk of disruption to transport".

Your thoughts on Local Live

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

We'd love to know how you feel Local Live could be improved.

Give us your feedback.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Traders at Allenton market say they're happy Tesco no longer plans to build a store in the area.

You can hear more on this in my

12:00 bulletin.

School work progressing

Construction of a new £5m primary school in north Derbyshire

has reached a landmark stage.

Children and teachers celebrate the topping off stage of construction on their new school building
Derbyshire County Council

North Wingfield Primary School's new building is at the topping out stage - the point at which the last beam is put in place - ahead of a planned September opening.

Cat killing: £1,000 reward

Animal welfare charity Peta is offering a £1,000 reward for information after a cat was shot dead in Hilton on Christmas Day.

The charity put up the cash, for information leading to a criminal conviction, after the two-year-old cat was killed with what is believed to have been an air gun outside its home in Trusley Brook.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

11:00 bulletin, I'll have more on the concern over the high rate of drug incidents at Sudbury open prison.

Bafta nod for Jack

The full list of nominations for this year's Bafta awards

has been revealed this morning.

Jack O'Connell
Getty Images

Earlier this week, Derby actor Jack O'Connell learnt he had been nominated

in the Rising Star category.

Group plans new cycle route

BBC Radio Derby

A cycle group is hoping to raise £1.5m to fund an entirely off-road cycle route between Derby and Matlock.

Existing cycle route
Gavin Bevis

It would connect the city with many of the county's car-free routes for the first time and would save cyclists having to use the A6.

Ofsted: School must improve

Burton Mail

A primary school

has been told to improve its quality of teaching only a month after it was ranked as one of the top 100 in the country.