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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 24 February 2015
  2. More from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Tuesday's Local Live updates have finished. We will be back with more news, sport, travel and weather at 08:00 on Wednesday.

Tonight's outlook

Kaye Forster

BBC Weather

We're expecting

a dry and mostly clear evening.

Cloud will thicken up again through the early hours with patchy rain pushing in and lows of 1C (34F).

'Vital we protect our borough'

Erewash Borough Council has performed a U-turn and

decided it wants to be part of a combined authority for Derbyshire, a fortnight after voting against it.

Leader Chris Corbett said: "We have worked hard behind the scenes to address our concerns and to be absolutely sure that this is the right thing for Erewash.

"It was of vital importance to us that we protect our borough and that there would be no handing over of powers on issues such as housing and planning without us actively voting to allow it."

East Midlands Today

Dominic Heale

Presenter

On BBC One at 18:30, our political editor looks at the new powers being devolved to Derbyshire by the government - the biggest shift in powers from Whitehall in a generation.

Darren Bent
BBC

And in sport we profile Darren Bent (pictured), a forward who's having a huge impact for the Rams.

Newt cost revealed

Ilkeston Advertiser

The cost of trapping and removing newts from the site of Ilkeston's new train station

has amounted to £74,120.

Your views

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

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

Tell us what you think.

Rise in legal high cases

There's been a sharp increase in the number of police incidents involving legal highs in Derbyshire.

Various legal highs
Getty Images

Figures obtained by the Centre for Social Justice showed there were 77 incidents in 2014, compared to 27 the previous year.

Delays on A6

BBC Travel

A broken down lorry has closed a lane

on the A6 northbound in Thulston.

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Derby

A charity shop fire in Long Eaton is being treated as arson, police say.

I'll bring you the details in my

17:00 bulletin.

Your photos: Derwent sun

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Thank you to Keith Bown for this splendid photo of Derwent Water in the Peak District.

Derwent Water
Keith Bown

If you'd like to share your pics on Local Live, send them to

derby.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet us at
@bbcderby.

Drug dealer jailed

A heroin dealer from Ilkeston

has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Neil Fowkes, 54, admitted drugs offences at Derby Crown Court after police searched his home last year.

News on the hour

Lucy Vladev

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

16:00 bulletin, a fire which broke out a charity shop in Long Eaton was started deliberately, police say.

Charity shop fire 'was arson'

BBC Radio Derby

A fire which broke out a charity shop in Long Eaton is being treated as arson by Derbyshire Police.

Police believe burglars had tried to steal a safe from the PDSA shop in Market Place before the fire started. No arrests have yet been made.

Gritters sent out

Derbyshire County Council

tweets: Freezing temps expected on higher ground in Peak District tonight so we're gritting high level routes this afternoon
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Plastic pitch plan ditched

BBC Sport

Football League clubs

have voted not to reintroduce artificial pitches.

A vote on the issue in November ended in a tie but clubs have been balloted again and decided against the use of plastic playing surfaces.

Food plan for picnic patches

Local firms are being invited to start selling snacks

at 11 picnic sites in Derbyshire.

Grassmoor Country Park
Google

The county council said it hoped making more refreshments available at the rural sites, which include Grassmoor Country Park and the Peter Fidler Reserve, could help to bring in more visitors.

News on the hour

Lucy Vladev

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

A fire which broke out at a charity shop in Long Eaton is now being treated as arson by Derbyshire Police.

Hear more on this and today's other big stories at 15:00

on BBC Radio Derby.

MP to talk autism

Derby North MP Chris Williamson

says he is attending a seminar on autism chaired by shadow health secretary Andy Burnham in Parliament today.

Man hit by train

Burton Mail

A man has died

after being struck by a train near to Willington Railway Station.

MBE for poppies artist

Derby artist Paul Cummins has received his MBE at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his work creating last year's hugely popular World War One poppy installation at the Tower of London.

Paul Cummins with the Duke of Cambridge
PA

He said: "I was really nervous, it is slightly surreal.

"The Duke [of Cambridge] said 'We thought we would see you again', and he said he liked the installation."

'Low pay firm' defends itself

A charity that topped a list of employers failing to pay staff the minimum wage

has blamed "complex" and "ambiguous" legislation.

East Midlands Crossroads, which help carers in the region, was named by the government as the worst offender of 70 employers nationally that had been underpaying workers.

Arsonists target charity shop

Derby Telegraph

Police are treating a blaze at a Derbyshire charity shop

as arson.

Big night in the Championship

Derby County v Charlton is one of 11 Championship fixtures taking place this evening.

Darren Bent goal celebration
Getty Images

BBC Football will be providing full coverage of all the action across the division from 18:30. Can the Rams stay top?

Solar farm list revealed

Derbyshire County Council

has selected six sites across the county which it could build solar farms on.

The list, which includes land in Wingerworth, Alfreton and Swanwick, will now be considered in more detail by the authority, which says the first farm could be operational by March 2016.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

A Derbyshire council has done a U-turn and agreed to join a combined authority two weeks after voting against it.

Leader Chris Corbett said the plans would have been potentially detrimental to Conservative-led Erewash Borough Council, but now he says his concerns have been addressed.

More on this story and others in

our 13:00 bulletin.

'Not enough new homes'

East Midlands Today

A new report claims nearly 9,000 more homes should have been built in the East Midlands last year to keep up with demand.

The National Housing Federation says just under 12,000 homes were built in the region last year, but more than 20,000 are needed to keep pace with new households forming.

Man charged over football fire comments

BBC News Online has more on a Derbyshire man being charged with making offensive remarks on Facebook about the 1985 Bradford City fire disaster.

Bradford City fire disaster aftermath
Getty Images

Mark Randall, 45, was arrested at his home in Pleasley on suspicion of causing racially or religiously-aggravated harassment, alarm or distress by words or writing.

Foston inspection 'disappointing'

The governor of Foston Hall prison in Derbyshire has described the findings of

its latest government inspection as "disappointing".

The unannounced visit by the deputy chief inspector of prisons identified high levels of drug abuse and numerous complaints that women there felt victimised by staff and other prisoners.

Winds easing

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Any wind is expected

to gradually ease through this afternoon with highs of 6C (43F).

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

East Staffordshire Borough Council leader Julian Mott has apologised after making a derogatory comment about a recently deceased former councillor.

I'll bring you the full story

at 12:00.

Council changes its mind

Erewash Borough Council

has agreed to join a proposed combined authority for Derbyshire - two weeks after voting against the proposal.

Council leader Chris Corbett said the Conservative authority was happy to be involved now its concerns about how the plans could affect Erewash had been addressed.

Snowy sheep

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

While the sunshine is making Derby city look quite spring-like this week, conditions remain very wintry in north Derbyshire as this shot of snowy sheep in Buxton, taken a couple of days ago, shows.

Snowy sheep
PA

Successful season

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby

Derby County could hit 65 points

if they beat Charlton Athletic at the iPro Stadium tonight.

Last season the Rams didn't reach that total until 22 March.

Leader regrets file name blunder

BBC Radio Derby

East Staffordshire Borough Council leader Julian Mott has said sorry for using an image with a derogatory file name in a blog entry about a former councillor who had recently died.

He said: "I must apologise if I've caused any offence. It was careless of me and insensitive to use it."

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader

The Labour leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council has apologised after making a derogatory and obscene comment about a recently deceased former councillor on the internet.

You can hear more on this in my 11:00 bulletin

on BBC Radio Derby.