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  1. Updates for Wednesday 4 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Thursday

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By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Today's updates have come to an end. We will have more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday.

Sunny evening, dry night

Kaye Forster

BBC Weather

Staying dry

this evening and overnight.

Weather chatrt

The winds will be easing off but there will be more cloud rolling in overnight with lows of 1C (34F).

Reds forward's loan extended

Alfreton Town striker Paul Clayton has had his loan with Harrogate Town

extended to the end of March.

Paul Clayton

However the Reds have a 24-hour call-back option on the player.

Gritters sent out again

Derbyshire County Council

tweets: We're gritting all primary routes tonight as temperatures are expected to drop below zero.

Stuck lorry blocks road

BBC Travel

A broken down lorry is causing delays

on Winnats Road in Castleton.

News on the hour

Philip Churm

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Derby City Council is considering replacing the city's traditional Christmas lights with festive pictures projected onto buildings.

In my

17:00 bulletin we'll be hearing what shoppers in the city centre think of the idea.

Honeymoon partner 'just a friend'

Burton's 'Jilted' John Whitbread says he had an "amazing holiday" with a woman

who won his ex-partner's honeymoon spot in a raffle - but insists no romance developed.

Honeymoon beds
Kelly Wood

The pair had separate beds.

He said: "To go on holiday with a complete stranger and get on is incredible. Hopefully we will stay friends. I don't see why not."

Toyota children visit Repton

Repton School is this week welcoming pupils

from a high school in Japan's Toyota City.

The school said the visit was designed to give the Japanese children a taste of English culture and an opportunity to share scientific knowledge.

Mural saved

BBC Radio Derby

Plans to cover over an historic mural in Burton have been abandoned after a campaign by local people to keep them.

Burton mural

Magnet had planned to plaster over the artwork, showing brewers working, at its Union Street store but has now decided against the idea - and says it wants to contact the artist.


Gavin Bevis

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Hygiene fears at Ilkeston takeaway handed one-star rating

Ilkeston Advertiser

A takeaway in Ilkeston accused of selling undercooked chicken kebabs that led to food poisoning has

failed to meet hygiene standards.

USA Express Chicken on South Street was inspected by an environmental health officer from Erewash Borough Council in January when they were handed a hygiene rating of just one, meaning major improvements are necessary.

News on the hour

Philip Churm

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

In my

16:00 bulletin, a Burton man who went on holiday with a complete stranger after raffling off his ex-partner's honeymoon place says he had a great holiday.

John Whitbread

Derbyshire FA president celebrates his 100th birthday

Matlock Mercury

The president of Derbyshire Football Association has

celebrated his 100th birthday at the Proact Stadium.

Tom Brocklehurst, of Holymoorside, marked the milestone surrounded by family and friends at Chesterfield FC's home last Thursday.

Schoolboy 'kicked in face'

Police are investigating claims a 13-year-old boy

was kicked in the face as he walked home from school in Hadfield.

The boy was treated in hospital for facial swelling following the alleged assault, on Newshaw Lane at about 15:40 on 24 February.

Mackay 'never knew how loved he was'

BBC Radio Derby

An author who helped Dave Mackay write his memoirs says the former Derby County captain and manager would have been amazed at the number of tributes

that followed his death.

Dave Mackay
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Martin Knight said: "I don't think he had a true appreciation of how good he was and how much he was loved."

Litter effort

Aleena Naylor

BBC Radio Derby presenter

Inspired by talking about litter on this morning's breakfast show, I've just filled a carrier bag with discarded rubbish while walking my daughter to playschool.

There was litter everywhere - although the situation wasn't helped by it being bin day in our village, with high winds and some people using bags rather than blue bins for recycling.

News on the hour

Philip Churm

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Plans to cover over an historic mural in Burton have been abandoned after a campaign by local people to keep them.

I'll bring you the details in my

15:00 bulletin.

Football ground targeted by vandals

BBC Radio Derby

Intruders have destroyed near half the seats at a non-league football ground in Derby.

A total of 48 seats were damaged during the break-in at Spondon's Raygar Arena - which is shared by Borrowash Victoria and Graham Street Prims - on Sunday.

British beer industry

House of Commons


Conservative MP for Burton Andrew Griffiths raised a cheer during

Prime Ministers Questions in the Commons earlier.


"I bring the House good news," declared Mr Griffiths, who told MPs that British beer sales are up for the first time in a decade - praised the scrapping of the beer duty escalator and cuts in beer duty. He called for further cuts to the beer duty.

David Cameron praises Mr Griffith's campaign work in this area, adding that the government has been a "good friend" to pubs and the beer industry.

Spireites climb table

BBC Sport

Chesterfield moved to within a point of the play-off places thanks to a

2-1 win at MK Dons last night.

Earlier the club announced midfielder Dan Gardner

had joined Tranmere Rovers on loan.

Borneo student killings: Accused denies knife attack

A Malaysian man accused of stabbing to death a Derbyshire student and his friend

admits attacking one of them, but denies using a knife.

Neil Dalton, left, and Aidan Brunger

Neil Dalton from Ambergate (left) and Aidan Brunger were in the last few days of a six-week medical placement.

Fishmonger Zulkipli Abdullah, 24, is accused of their murder, but told a judge in Borneo that he only punched one of them.

News on the hour

Philip Churm

BBC Radio Derby

An historic mural in Burton is to stay in place after local people persuaded the building's owners not to plaster over it.

Burton mural

More in

the news at 14:00.

Schools set for revamp

Derbyshire County Council

is to spend £366,600 refurbishing 28 schools over the coming months.

Among the sites due for an upgrade are Lady Manners School in Bakewell and The William Allitt School in Swadlincote.

Pirate knife man avoids jail

Derbyshire Times

A drunken Matlock man who terrorised residents on a suburban street with a pirate-style knife

has been spared jail.

Lamb interview

Andy Potter

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

At 13:15 I'll be finding out more about a forthcoming open day at Broomfield Hall College, where newborn lambs have started arriving.

Listen live.

Lambs at Broomfield Hall College

News on the hour

Philip Churm

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Amber Valley Borough Council says it will be clearing litter from the side of the A38 in the next few weeks.

I'll bring you more on this and today's other big stories

at 13:00.

A38 clear-up 'later this month'

BBC Radio Derby

Amber Valley Borough Council agreed litter had been particularly bad near the A38 recently but said it would be conducting its annual clear-up later this month.

Simon Gladwin, assistant director of landscape services, said: "Unfortunately it's not a straightforward process. We have to do lane closures overnight."

Father-to-be killed by barrier

The girlfriend of a 22-year-old Ilkeston man who died when a car park barrier smashed through his windscreen said

he had just been told he was about to become a father.

Will Page and Rachael Cross
Rachael Cross

Rachael Cross said: "Will was absolutely over the moon - it was his dream.

"I'm so glad he got to know he was expecting a child and we were able to tell family members."

Brewers loanee recalled

Burton Albion's loan midfielder Darragh Lenihan

has been recalled by his parent club Blackburn Rovers.

Darragh Lenihan
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Lenihan, who played 17 times for the Brewers, was due to be with the club until 14 March.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

12:00 bulletin, the Burton man who went on holiday with a stranger after raffling off his ex-partner's honeymoon place says he had an amazing holiday.

M1 reopens after fire

The Highways Agency says

all lanes have now reopened on the M1 northbound between J28 and J29 following a vehicle fire.

'Drunken row' led to stabbing

Derby Telegraph

A woman accused of killing her window cleaner partner by plunging a 7in kitchen knife into his chest had stabbed him twice before,

a murder trial heard.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

The man responsible for clearing litter from the side of the A38 in Derbyshire says the problem seems to be worse this year.

You can hear more on this in my

11:00 bulletin.

Ancient pole is to be replaced due to rotting

Derbyshire Times

Stanage Pole, one of the Peak District National Park's most recognisable landmarks,

is to be replaced.

The top section of the historic marker - referred to as Stanedge Pole on Ordnance Survey maps - had to be removed for safety reasons after the wood rotted. Discussions have now begun to find the best way to replace the entire structure.

Jilted John's 'amazing holiday'

A man who sold raffle tickets for his ex-fiancée's honeymoon place after she dumped him,

says he had an "amazing holiday" with another woman.

John Whitbread with Kelly Wood
John Whitbread

John Whitbread, who grew up in Burton but now lives in Leicestershire, jetted out to the Dominican Republic with Kelly Wood after she was the lucky winner in his "Jilted John" charity raffle.

M1 fire: lane reopened

The Highways Agency

says it has opened a lane on the M1 northbound to start letting through traffic that became stuck when a vehicle fire blocked the whole carriageway between J28 and J29.

It says motorists are facing delays of about an hour, with queues stretching back to J27.

M1 fire

The Highways Agency says it has been dealing

with a "fierce" vehicle fire on the M1 northbound between J28 and 29.

M1 fire
Highways Agency

BBC Travel reports smoke from the fire is also causing disruption on the southbound carriageway.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

10:00 bulletin, we'll hear more from a pregnant woman from Ilkeston whose boyfriend was killed in an accident involving a car park barrier.

Mac: 'We played well'

BBC Sport

Steve McClaren said he thought his side played well at Brighton last night,

despite losing 2-0.

Steve McClaren
Getty Images

He said: "We created so many openings and opportunities but at the present moment things just aren't working out for us."