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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 February 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's the end of today's Local Live updates. We'll have more for you from 08:00 on Thursday.

Wet but mild

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather

Mist and fog patches will develop as a couple of showers spread in through the first part of the night with

some particularly heavy rain in northern parts.

WEATHER
BBC

However it should stay exceptionally mild with lows of 8C (46F).

New date for Dartford match

Alfreton Town's home game against Brighton and Hove Albion

has been rearranged for 24 March.

The match was due to take place last night but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Impact Arena.

Video: Matlock bank robbery

Police

have released video footage of a man threatening staff with a gun before stealing £4,000 in cash from a bank in Matlock.

Bank robbery CCTV footage
Distributed by Derbyshire Police

A £15,000 reward has been offered by the British Banking Association for information leading to a conviction for the robbery, at RBS on 18 February.

Lorry fire blocks road

BBC Travel

A lorry fire has blocked the A617 in both directions in Temple Normanton. Police are directing traffic.

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

An inquest has been held into the death of the father of a Derbyshire cricketer who was involved in a car accident with his son.

I'll bring you more on this story in my

17:00 bulletin.

Thorne 'needs protection'

BBC Sport

Derby County boss Steve McClaren

says it is vital midfielder George Thorne is properly protected following his return from a long-term injury.

George Thorne
Getty Images

The 22-year-old made his second appearance for the Rams following his comeback last night and his manager said he could prove an important player during the final few weeks of the season.

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Pair may have seen pensioner assault

Police are looking for a man and a woman who may have seen

an assault on a 71-year-old Derby man who later died.

CCTV still
Derbyshire Police

A 22-year-old man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent following the attack, at about 00:35 on 2 January.

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader

In my

16:00 bulletin I'll bring you more on the inquest into the death of a Derbyshire cricketer's father in a car crash last year.

Inquest for cricketer's father

Matthew Barlow

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

The father of Derbyshire cricketer Tom Poynton was killed when he lost control of a Ferrari he was driving on a bend and hit a tree, an inquest has been told.

Keith Poynton
BBC

Keith Poynton (pictured) died after suffering chest injuries, while his wicketkeeper son suffered serious leg injuries.

'Our own venue for the first time'

Sinfonia Viva's chief executive Peter Helps said he was pleased

a £180,000 grant from Arts Council England would help it buy a mobile stage and auditorium.

He said: "This inflatable structure will effectively give us our own venue for the first time and will enable us to take our work out of the concert hall and into the heart of communities."

Car sought by police

Police

want to speak to the driver of this red Ford Ka about some suspicious behaviour at two pubs in the Amber Valley area.

Ford Ka CCTV still
Distributed by Derbyshire Police

Earlier this month, he is reported to have taken some keys from a bar in Oakerthorpe and claimed to be a window cleaner collecting cash at a pub in Somercotes.

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader

An inquest has been hearing details of a car crash which killed the father of a Derbyshire cricketer.

You can hear more on this in my 15:00 bulletin on

BBC Radio Derby.

Pensioner death witness appeal

New CCTV footage has been released of two potential witnesses to an assault on a pensioner who later died.

CCTV still
Distributed by Derbyshire Police

Melvyn Hargreaves, 71, was attacked in Derby shortly after midnight on 2 January. The video shows a man and a woman who police believe may have seen the alleged attacker.

Chesterfield crash

BBC Travel

Beetwell Street in Chesterfield is closed between Hipper Street and Park Road

because of an accident.

Firefighters' strike

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

tweets: Due to the reduced fire cover during the #FBU strikes, our response will prioritise life risk incidents. Help us by staying safe...

Brewers beaten

Burton Albion's 13-game unbeaten run came to an end with

a 1-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley last night.

Josh Windass
Getty Images

The game's only goal was scored by Josh Windass (pictured), son of former Hull City striker Dean Windass.

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Derby

In my

14:00 bulletin, an inquest has been held into the death of the father of a Derbyshire cricketer in a car accident.

Chance of rain

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather

A couple of showers are possible through the afternoon but it should otherwise stay mainly dry with some occasional brightness.

Light winds and highs of 9C (48F).

Firefighters head to rally

East Midlands Today

About 200 firefighters from the East Midlands have travelled to London to take part in a rally against changes to their pension arrangements.

Ilkeston firefighters
BBC

The protest coincides with a 24-hour walk-out by members of the FBU.

Ice warning

The Met Office

has issued a yellow alert for ice in Derbyshire from 16:00 tomorrow to 10:00 on Friday.

It said: "The public should be aware of the risk of some difficult driving conditions and the potential for some minor travel disruption."

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis has defended the county's force after new figures showed officers used tasers on under-18s on 12 occasions in 2013.

You can hear more on this story in my

13:00 bulletin.

Scarlet Fever on the rise

Derbyshire Times

Health officials are warning parents to look out for the symptoms of scarlet fever in their children

as the number of cases in Derbyshire increases.

School could grow by 50%

Derbyshire County Council is considering expanding a primary school

to accommodate 140 extra children.

Stenson Fields Primary School
Gavin Bevis

Stenson Fields Primary School currently has 280 pupils but a new housing development means more places are needed.

Japan deal for Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce

has signed an £83m deal with All Nippon Airways to provide Trent 1000 engines for three Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

All Nippon Airways and Rolls-Royce logos
ANA/Rolls-Royce

It is the fourth contract agreed between the British and Japanese firms in recent years.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

12:00 news bulletin, Staffordshire's police and crime commissioner denies there a need for a rethink on the use of tasers.

Orchestra to buy mobile arena

Derby's Sinfonia Viva orchestra has secured a grant of almost £180,000 from Arts Council England

to help it buy a mobile stage and auditorium.

Inflatable stage
Sinfonia Viva

The inflatable structure will seat up to 250 people and allow performances to take place at more venues across the East Midlands.

Solar farm plan announced

BBC Radio Derby

Derbyshire County Council hopes building six new solar farms will raise money to help protect services.

The authority

has put forward plans to build on several council-owned sites, including the former Swanwick Colliery and land at Pye Bridge in Alfreton.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis has defended the county's force after new figures showed officers used tasers on under-18s on 12 occasions in 2013.

You can hear more on this story in my

11:00 bulletin.

'Solid at the back'

BBC Sport

Derby County boss Steve McClaren said he was impressed with his side's defending in last night's

2-0 home win against Charlton Athletic.

Steve McClaren
Getty Images

He said: "In certain spells we looked excellent but what also impressed me was we looked solid at the back.

"I think we are a good team with the ball but tonight we looked a good team without the ball."

Charity shop set on fire

BBC Radio Derby

Damage caused by a suspected arson attack at a charity shop in Long Eaton could take three months to repair.

PDSA shop fire
BBC

The fire broke out at the PDSA shop in Market Place in the early hours of Monday. No arrests have yet been made.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

10:00 bulletin, the police and crime commissioner for Staffordshire has denied it is time to look again at the use of tasers.

Staffordshire taser use defended

Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis defended the county's force after new figures showed officers

used tasers on under-18s on 12 occasions in 2013.

Taser
Getty Images

He said: "It's important to recognise that when we say use of the taser, it doesn't mean firing it - it means actually taking it from the holster and using it as a deterrent.

"As far as I can see, I'm confident that the use of taser is very well regulated in Staffordshire."

Shower fall kills woman

Derby Telegraph

A Derbyshire mother-of-two

died after falling in the shower, an inquest has heard.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Staffordshire's police and crime commissioner says he disagrees with David Blunkett's suggestion that there needs to be a rethink

on the use of Tasers.

I'll bring you the full story in my

09:00 bulletin.

Rare illness forces woman abroad

BBC Radio Derby

A Burton woman who plans to travel to America to be treated for a rare disease says she would like to see more specialist help available in the UK.

Nina Parsons has EDS, a connective tissue disorder, and needs to raise £30,000 herself to fund an operation in the US.

Fire strike warning

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

tweets: 1/2. FBU - STRIKE ACTION for 24 hours from 0700 hours today. During industrial action DFRS will respond to emergencies at a reduced level.

Its

second tweet says: 2/2. Please take extra care. If you do have a fire, do not tackle it yourself, GET OUT, STAY OUT, AND CALL 999, we will respond.

Rams win to stay top

BBC Sport

Early goals from Jeff Hendrick and Jesse Lingard (pictured centre) saw Derby County

beat Charlton 2-0 at the iPro Stadium last night.

jesse lingard
Getty Images

A crowd of 28,277 watched the win, which sees the Rams stay two points clear at the top of the Championship.