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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 23 February 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live for today. Updates for Derbyshire return from 08:00 tomorrow morning

Dry & clear overnight

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

A few wintry showers will continue through the evening and overnight but for many it will be dry with clear spells.

Charlie Slater
BBC

The winds will remain fairly strong and gusty and that will help to keep the temperatures up. Lows of 3C in the town centres but around 1C (34F) in rural areas.

Rams injury news

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

There are no fresh injuries at Derby County from the weekend, according to Paul Simpson (pictured) ahead of the Rams hosting Charlton Athletic tomorrow.

Johnny Russell is the closest to being involved again of the injured group.

Paul Simpson at a press conference
BBC

For those wondering about Raul Albentosa - Simpson says he's back in full training, but not quite right to play yet.

'Politicised' council claim

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

An email newsletter sent from Labour-led Derby City Council claiming

Moorways swimming pool had been saved from "government cuts" was "not factual", according to the authority's lawyer.

The Conservative opposition group claims the message from the authority was too political and is considering making a complaint.

Moorways swimming pool entrance
BBC

Janie Berry, Head of Legal & Democratic Services, Derby City Council, said she was not consulted about the content of the email "What's happening in Derby" prior to its circulation.

She told councillors "measures had been taken to ensure that staff do obtain appropriate advice in respect of all publications in future."

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

In the news at 17:00

A drug dealer has been jailed for more than two-and-a-half years for his part in a cannabis dealing operation in Derby.

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Assembly Rooms fire: Council response

Paul Robinson, acting chief executive of Derby City Council, says the authority is "not entirely happy" with the context of a report

which found building failings at the Assembly Rooms made the fire worse.

Paul Robinson Derby City Council
BBC

The findings, he said, should be put into the context of a 38-year-old building.

"The report alludes to the historic problems that a building of that age can have," Mr Robinson said.

This afternoon's forecast

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Turning increasingly cloudy this afternoon however there're still a couple of sunny spells to enjoy.

CHARLIE SLATER
BBC

A strengthening wind could blow a couple of showers towards us. Highs of 5C (41F).

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

Plans for Britain's biggest pig farm proposed for a south Derbyshire village have been rejected by the Environment Agency. Hear more

in the news at 16:00

Derbyshire family's campaign

A coroner ruled former footballer Jeff Astle suffered repeated concussions after heading heavy leather footballs during his career.

The

FA agreed to carry out research into head injuries in football after chairman Greg Dyke met the Derbyshire family of Astle,
following a long-running campaign.

Justice for Jeff banner
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Astle's daughter Dawn said football should look after its past.

She said: "The coroner ruled industrial disease, Dad's job had killed him and in any other profession that would have had earthquake-like repercussions but not football."

Swadlincote assault appeal

A 12-year-old boy had names shouted at him by occupants of a passing car in Swadlincote before the driver got out, chased the boy and kicked him three times in the leg, police have revealed.

Officers are

appealing for information about the assault at around 15:30 on Friday after the victim was walking with two friends along Alexandra Road towards Regent Street.

His attacker got out of a silver Renault Clio.

Revitalising Heanor

Ripley & Heanor News

A group of mature town planning students is investigating

how to breath new life into Heanor.

Fifteen mature students from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) visited the area earlier this month to assess the challenges facing Heanor and how they may be tackled.

The students - who are working towards their Postgraduate Certificate in Planning, Urban Design and Sustainable Development - will present their findings in April.

News on the hour

Colin Bloomfield

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

After a three-year battle, the Environment Agency has rejected proposals to build Britain's biggest pig farm in a south Derbyshire village.

The application was put in by Midland Pig Producers at Foston but there are concerns over pollution.

More on this story in

our news at 15:00.

Battling Burton Albion win

Phil Maiden

BBC Sport

Burton Albion

moved to the top of League Two following a hard-fought win over Dagenham & Redbridge.

Adam McGurk
Getty Images

Adam McGurk (pictured) equalised with his fourth goal in his last six games for Burton Albion.

Participating in politics

Derbyshire Dales District Council

tweets: How about
standing as a councillor in the 7 May elections here in the #DerbyshireDales?

No fracking bid at Peak District

Buxton Advertiser

Campaigners have vowed

to try and save the Peak District from fracking, after the government announced the controversial practice will be allowed to happen beneath national parks.

News on the hour

Lucy Vladev

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

A drug dealer has been jailed for more than two-and-a-half years for his part in a cannabis dealing operation in Derby.

I will have more details in

the 14:00 bulletin.

Rejection is 'not the end' for pig farm

Responding to

the Environment Agency's decision to reject plans for a pig farm at Foston near Scropton, a spokesperson for Midland Pig Producers said they were pleased that "after nearly four years, the Environment Agency had finally
made a decision".

"Given the history leading to this point we find it totally unsurprising that even after such an unfeasibly long period of deliberation and prevarication our application for an environmental permit has eventually been turned down.

Pigs on farm
bbc

"However, now that we have an actual decision we can move forward. This is not the end of the matter, but the beginning of the second stage!"

Suspicious caller warning

Buxton Advertiser

Police are warning people to be vigilant when answering their doors in Buxton after

reports of a woman acting suspiciously.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

Plans for Britain's biggest pig farm proposed for a south Derbyshire village have been rejected by the Environment Agency. Hear more

in the news at 13:00

"Mega" pig farm: why the permit was refused

The Environment Agency

said it was not satisfied from Midland Pig Producers' plans that the risk from bioaerosols from the pig farm at Scropton was acceptable.

Pig farm location on land next to Foston Hall women's prison
Midland Pig Producers

Lisa Pinny said the agency was not currently satisfied:

  • that the impact on ecological receptors and in particular, Puddingbag Covert, Fishpond Plantation and the Churchleys local wildlife sites was acceptable.
  • that the proposed discharge to Dale Brook was acceptable.
  • that the impact of emissions of ammonia on human health was acceptable.

Fire hit charity shop

Nigel Cash

BBC Radio Derby reporter

A Long Eaton charity shop has been badly damaged following a fire.

At its height 24 fire fighters from across the county were fighting the blaze at the PDSA charity shop on Tamworth Road.

The fire-damaged PDSA shop
BBC

It began around midnight. No one was injured - a fire investigation will get underway later.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

The Transport Secretary has not ruled out reopening a rail line for passengers between Burton and Leicester.

The Ivanhoe Line has only carried freight since the Beeching report in the 1960s.

More on this story and others in

our 12:00 headlines.

'Smelly' pig farm refused permit

A "mega" pig farm for 25,000 animals has been refused a permit by the Environment Agency because of concerns about the smell.

In

its refusal notice, the agency said: "We are not satisfied that the activities can be undertaken without resulting in significant pollution of the environment due to odour which will result in offence to human senses and impair amenity and/or legitimate uses of the environment".

Derby protest against Foston pig farm
BBC

More than 32,000 people had signed an

online petition against the farm in Scropton, Derbyshire, when
plans for it went on show.

Protesters marched in Derby in 2011, when the pig farm plans were submitted.

Death of 100-year-old

Ilkeston Advertiser

A woman

who celebrated her 100th birthday in June last year has died.

A50 lanes re-opened

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

All lanes have been re-opened after an earlier crash on the A50 westbound between J3 for Swadlincote in Swarkestone and J4 for the A38 in Willington, but there are

still some delays.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Plans for Britain's biggest pig farm planned in a South Derbyshire village have been rejected by the Environment Agency.

Alex Howick tells us more about the timeline of this story in

the news at 11:00.

New head injury guidance after campaign

BBC Sport

The Football Association hopes to introduce

new rules on head injuries in amateur football by March, after a campaign by striker Jeff Astle's family, who live in Derbyshire.

Jeff Astle, the former West Bromwich Albion striker
PA

Former West Bromwich Albion, Notts County and England striker Astle died in 2002, aged 59, from a

brain condition normally linked to boxing.

Report after Assembly Rooms fire

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Here are some of the findings of a draft report into

March 2014's Assembly Rooms fire.

A section of the report with some of its finding highlighted in yellow
Other

About 75 firefighters tackled the blaze which broke out in March last year.

Read more about the building failings here.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

A Derbyshire council has agreed to change its mind over a major project, we understand.

Erewash Borough Council initially rejected the idea of a Combined Authority two weeks ago, but is now expected to reverse its position later this week.

More on this story and others in

our 10:00 news.

'No cash' to restore reserve

Dave Wade

BBC News Online

A year after plans to build a cycle track on a nature reserve were

halted by the High Court, a council has said it
cannot afford to restore the land.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust took legal action after Derby City Council

approved the track on part of The Sanctuary in February 2014 despite concerns for habitats of rare birds.

A curlew sandpiper, photographed at The Sanctuary
Nick Moyes

Work had started on the council-owned land, but it has not been restored.

Failings in Assembly Rooms' maintenance

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The report on the

fire-hit Assembly Rooms was written for the city council by a firm of fire safety consultants.

It says maintenance of the ventilation system was poor, with flammable materials used to reduce the noise it produced.

Assembly Rooms car park
BBC

A survey found "multiple failures to install the ventilation system correctly".

Most seriously, it says holes had been made in the building's internal fire walls, which could have led to an even more serious fire.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

A draft report seen by BBC Radio Derby says there were multiple failings in the maintenance of Derby's Assembly Rooms, which contributed to the severity of last year's fire.

Our political reporter Chris Doidge has more on this exclusive story in

our 09:00 bulletin.

Special needs schooling row

Derby Telegraph

Derby parents Richard and Amanda Ruston are

bracing themselves for a long and expensive battle to get their special needs son back into a school they claim the city council is denying him.

Rams fly to top

BBC Sport

Darren Bent's penalty gave Derby a

thrilling 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday and sent them top of the Championship.

Derby County players celebrate Darren Bent's goal
Empics

A50 delays warning

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is very slow traffic on the A50 eastbound in Swarkestone between J3 for Swadlincote and J2 for the A6 because of a crash involving two lorries,

and a spillage on the road.

Congestion is back to J4, with travel time 30 minutes.

Today's forecast

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Plenty of dry weather around today but it'll be windy and that wind could eventually blow a couple of showers our way.

Charlie Slater
BBC

Feeling cold despite plenty of brightness with highs of 5C (41F).

Good morning

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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