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  1. Rams fans fury at Norwich ticket prices
  2. Oil spill in the Erewash, in Long Eaton, discovered
  3. Updates for Friday 20 February 2015

Live Reporting

By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Local Live this evening. We'll be back on Monday with all the latest news, sport and weather for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

Helicopter base confirms closure

NPAS Ripley

tweets: I know theres been rumours circulating. I can confirm that we will cease operations on 31/01/16.
Details here.

Weather update

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It's staying

mostly dry overnight with just a few isolated showers that may be wintry for higher ground.

BBC Weather

It's a cold night with clear spells and light winds. A frost is likely in rural areas and the risk of some isolated ice patches. Min 1C (34F) in towns and -2C (36F) in more rural areas.

Colin appeal update

BBC Radio Derby

On Monday we launched the

Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal, which is aiming to raise £45,000 to pay for primary schools in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire to become certified "Sun Safe Schools".

We've made a great start: Counting money raised at the BBC Radio Derby Carol Service and the BBC Radio Derby pantomime, we've managed to raise £6,867.59.

Colin Bloomfield

So how can you get involved? Well, you can

donate online or send a cheque payable to the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal, PO Box 8185, Ripley, DE5 4BT.

Price hike causes stink

Derby Telegraph


50% price hike for using the toilets at Derby Bus Station has been condemned by passengers.

The cost of using the men's and women's toilets on the site has increased to 30p in recent days, up from 20p.

Good luck dance for Rams

Colin Bloomfield

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

Rams fans are getting a traditional Chinese New Year lion dance at Saturday's game to make the start of the most appropriate 12 months in the Chinese calendar - the Year of the Ram.

Simon Burch from Cosmo restaurant, who has organised the event, told me the ancient dance is supposed to bring good luck.

Chinese New Year Lion Dance
Getty Images

He said: "It's very auspicious. It's the Year of the Ram. Big things await [Derby County] in the Year of the Ram, so we thought why not?"

Listen again to the full interview on

BBC Radio Derby.

County gritters out

Derbyshire County Council

tweets: As temperatures are set to fall tonight we'll be gritting all primary routes overnight

Federation backs Norwich protest

BBC Radio Derby

The Football Supporters Federation has backed Derby County fans planning to boycott their away game with Norwich City over a £40 ticket charge.

The organisations's chairman Malcolm Clarke says: "I applaud the Derby fans to go and raise this issue.

"If they want to protest as long as it's done peacefully I think that could be a very effective way of highlighting that."

Norwich said it's within the pricing policy of the Football League.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

In my

bulletin at 17:00, the police helicopter base at Ripley is to close.

West Yorkshire Police, which is responsible for the National Police Air Service has announced the move as part of

plans to save money.

Wildlife crime

Derbyshire Police

tweets: New Wildlife Crime section coming soon to the website. Keep your eyes peeled… #Derbyshire #WildlifeCrime

Talking newspaper to close

Ilkeston Advertiser

A group which formed 35 years ago to enable visually impaired people to find out the latest news in Ilkeston

will close in April.

Ilkeston and District Talking Newspaper saw volunteers reading aloud copies of the Ilkeston Advertiser and recording it for blind people but the number of people referred to the service has dramatically dropped.

Businesses asked about oil spill

Paul Reeves from the Environment Agency

tweets: Our investigations into the #oil #pollution on the River #Erewash will now be focusing on business premises along Bessell Lane #Stapleford

Oil Spill Erewash
PAul Reeves

Village vehicle thefts

Buxton Advertiser

Police investigating the

theft of two vehicles in Hathersage are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Madsen eyes England

BBC Sport

Derbyshire cricket captain Wayne Madsen has

set his sights on an England call-up after being granted UK citizenship.

Wayne Madsen
Getty Images

The South African-born batsman, 31, has scored more than 8,500 runs in all competitions, 1,046 of them in last season's County Championship.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

In the news at 16:00, members of a campaign group are threatening to take legal action if plans to build homes on historic land in Derbyshire are approved.

The Kedleston Voice group is fighting proposals to build 400 homes on fields near Kedleston Hall.

Rochdale v Chesterfield

BBC Sport

Captain Ian Evatt could return for Chesterfield after sitting out Tuesday night's defeat at Scunthorpe.

Ian Evatt
Getty Images

See BBC Sport Online for the latest on

Chesterfield's away game against Rochdale on Saturday.

Ten helicopter bases to close

Ripley is one of 10 helicopter bases which will close, including Sheffield and Husbands Bosworth in Leicestershire.

It will close on 31 January 2016.

A Gwent Police helicopter

The nearest available aircraft will now attend requests from forces rather than under the old model where individual forces would own and operate their own helicopter,

the NPAS has said.

There will be two bases at East Midlands Airport at Castle Donington - one for fixed wing aircraft and one for helicopters.

Dagenham v Burton

BBC Sport

Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has no new injuries and expects defender Kelvin Maynard "will be involved" after regaining fitness.

BBC Sport has the build up to

Dagenham & Redbridge v Burton Albion which kicks off at 15:00 on Saturday.

City gritting

Derby City Council

tweets: More #gritting on our main routes tomorrow morning from 5am #DerbyUK

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

In the

news at 15:00, the police helicopter base at Ripley in Derbyshire is to close.

West Yorkshire Police, which is responsible for the National Police Air Service has

announced the move as part of plans to save money.

Derby County v. Sheffield Wednesday

BBC Sport

Raul Albentosa could return for the Rams after recovering from a back problem and boss Steve McClaren may be tempted to make other changes.

Raul Albentosa
Getty Images

BBC Sport Online has the latest on

Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday which kicks off at 15:00 on Saturday.

Ripley police helicopter base to close

Police helicopters will no longer fly out of Ripley as of January next year,

the National Police Air Service has announced.

East Midlands Airport will be a new base using both police helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

The service is reducing the number of its police helicopter bases from 20 to 15.

Chairman of the NPAS Strategic Board, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "It has not been an easy decision to move to a 15-base model but these are the sort of difficult decisions that have to be taken with the economic climate we are all operating in."

Campaign against homes plan

East Midlands Today

Members of a campaign group are threatening to take legal action if plans to build homes on historic land in Derbyshire are approved.

Kedleston protesters

The Kedleston Voice group is fighting proposals to build 400 homes on fields near Kedleston Hall.

They say it would take away valuable greenbelt and agricultural land. Planners are yet to make a decision but the campaigners say they're prepared for a legal battle.

Emergency repairs

BBC Travel

BBC Travel


slow traffic on Normanton Road in Derby at the Belgrave Street junction because of temporary traffic lights and emergency repairs.

Care home breached fire safety rules

Derbyshire Times

The owners of a care home for the mentally disabled have been found to be

in breach of numerous fire safety regulations following a blaze.

Midshires Healthcare Limited, which owns the care home in Church Street, Riddings, was sentenced for four breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at Derby Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Oil spill update

Paul Reeves

tweets: It's a dirty job but we need to get this oil contained and cleaned up to protect the River #Erewash at #LongEaton

Oil spill, Erewash
PAul Reeves

Reward after arson attack

Ilkeston Advertiser

A couple are offering a

£1,000 reward for information after arsonists set fire to a house they had bought just three weeks earlier.

Dog exclusion order plans

A council is considering plans to

exclude dogs from certain areas and make it law to keep dogs on leads in other areas.

Derbyshire Dales District Council said dog fouling complaints have doubled in recent years.

Dog fouling sign

The changes have come after a public consultation and will be voted on on Thursday.

Failure to comply with the new laws could see a £1,000 fine imposed on conviction in a magistrates court.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Coming up in the news bulletin at 13:00 on

BBC Radio Derby: Police in Derby are appealing for information after a hit-and-run.

A woman walking her dogs on Greenwich Drive South was hit by a purple Honda Accord on Tuesday afternoon.

A38 safety calls

Burton Mail

Police chiefs have said that

safety on the A38 is now a "top priority" in the area after three serious crashes in just six weeks.

No bike directions to velodrome

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The website for Derby's velodrome told people how to get there by car, by bus and by train - but not by bicycle.

Derby Arena travel
Derby City Council

The council's updated the site since being contacted by

BBC Radio Derby.

The Derby Cycling Group says it's evidence that the city council doesn't take cycling seriously enough.

Artist makes an impression

Ian Skye

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

A Milford man who took up painting while he was looking after his ill dog, has sold one of his paintings for £10,000.

Darren Reid, 44, had a go at drawing me this morning on

BBC Radio Derby's Breakfast Show. But which one's the drawing?

Darren Reid's pic of Ian Skye
Darren Reid

Woman hurt in hit and run

Two youths were seen

running away from a car which hit a woman walking her dogs in Derby.

A purple Honda Accord collided with the woman on Greenwich Drive South at about 12:30 GMT on Tuesday, police said.

The driver and passenger, thought to be about 17 years old, then ran from the scene over grass towards the A38.

The woman was taken to Royal Derby Hospital with possible broken bones. Her dogs, one of which was trapped under the car, were unharmed.

Your pictures: Rangemore

via Facebook

Today's cover photograph on

Radio Derby's Facebook page is this moody sunset by Wayne Brittle Photography.

Wayne Brittle Photography

To see your handiwork there,

send us your pics.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

In my

12:00 bulletin, a charity says it's concerned about a cut in the money available from government to help people falling into rent arrears.

Funding for the discretionary payments in Derby is being cut by more than a quarter.

Roundhouse funding

Derbyshire Times

The historic Barrow Hill Roundhouse rail centre, near Chesterfield, has successfully

got through the first stage of a bid for £100,000 of Heritage Lottery funding to preserve the site as a national treasure.

Up to 200 litre oil spill

Simon Hare

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Environment Agency workers are trying to find out how 100 to 200 litres of oil has got into the River Erewash.

Oil spill
Paul Reeves

It's happened close to the Dockholme Lock on the nearby Erewash Canal. There are fears the oil could flow into the Attenborough Nature Reserve.

Cross border crime

Derbyshire and Staffordshire police officers are

teaming up to crackdown on cross border crime.

Operation Budle will see officers working together to combat thefts and burglaries in the rural communities of Sudbury, Doveridge and Manifold Valley, Derbyshire Police said.

Oil spill

Paul Reeves from the Environment Agency

tweets: We are on the River #Erewash at #LongEaton dealing with an #oil pollution. Investigations into the source are ongoing.

Oil spill, Long Eaton
PAul Reeves