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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 5 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Weather remains dry

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It will remain dry this evening and overnight and will be very cloudy with a southwesterly breeze. It's a mild night, with minimum temperatures of 5C (41F).

Assembly Rooms warning

The Concert Promoters' Association has warned Derby about the dangers of losing a theatre venue.

Stuart Littlewood, chairman of the association, said: "You've only got to look at Leicester which built a beautiful theatre there called the Curve, the level of business is huge.

"It's going to be a massive loss if the Assembly Rooms go."

Jail warning for truant's mum

BBC Radio Derby

The mother of a 13-year-old girl who only went to half the school days she should have done has been warned she faces jail if it happens again.

The 30-year-old, who cannot be named, has been prosecuted twice by Derby City Council over her child's truancy.

She has been ordered to do 100 hours of community work and pay £85 costs.

Alfreton Town buoyed by upturn

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law said

climbing out of the Conference relegation zone for the first time since September was a huge boost.

Nicky Law
BBC

The Reds beat Telford on Tuesday to move one point clear of the bottom four and Law said it would help them focus on the remaining 11 games.

Squash success

Philip Churm

BBC Radio Derby

Derbyshire squash player Nick Matthew has become the oldest winner of a Professional Squash Association World Series event.

The 34-year-old, from Duffield Squash Club in Belper, beat world number one Mohamed Elshorbagy at the Windy City Open in Chicago.

Parents' heartache at son's death

Belper News

The heartbroken parents of a popular man who died after he

went missing in the Alps have told how they will be doing everything to support his pregnant wife.

Thefts from Chesterfield cars

Three cars were targeted by thieves in one night in a Chesterfield car park off Chatsworth Road.

Detectives are appealing for information to the thefts overnight

between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Rams midfielder determined to play

Philip Churm

BBC Radio Derby

Derby County midfielder Craig Bryson said he would fight for his first-team place after he started his first league match in eight games.

Craig Bryson
Getty Images

The 28-year-old Scot signed a five-year contract with the Rams in the summer but has only started 18 league matches this season.

Derby County news conference

Natalie Jackson

Sports Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

At the Derby County news conference, Steve McClaren says Chris Martin should be back for the Norwich game. He's hopeful George Thorne will be back then too.

Steve McClaren
BBC

Funding boost for Buxton museum

Buxton Advertiser

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery has celebrated another cash windfall after

being awarded £27,000 by the Arts Council England.

The Terrace Road site is one of ten museums and heritage sites across the East Midlands to share £1,234,435.

News on he hour

BBC Radio Derby

The Concert Promoters' Association says losing the Assembly Rooms will leave Derby behind neighbouring cities.

That, and more, in the

17:00 bulletin.

Glossop accident cleared

The accident in Glossop earlier has now been cleared and traffic is moving freely through the town,

BBC Travel reports.

Conviction would mean death sentence

If Zulkipli Abdullah, 24, is convicted of killing two British students in a bar fight in Borneo he

faces a mandatory death sentence.

Defendant Zulkipli Abdullah arrives at the Kuching High Court in Sarawak, Borneo
Reuters

Neil Dalton, from Ambergate, Derbyshire, and Aidan Brunger, from Hempstead, Kent, died in August last year after they were stabbed in a bar in Kuching.

Mr Zulkipli, a father-of-two, admits punching one of the men but denies using a knife. A judge will deliver his verdict on 31 March.

Share your memories of Assembly Rooms

Tweet @bbcderby

Ben Truslove

BBC News

This rather dated photograph is of Come Dancing competitors in 1981 in Derby's Assembly Rooms.

Come Dancing in Derby
BBC

That show pitted the Midlands and West against Scotland and was hosted by Peter Marshall.

What are your favourite memories of the venue? Share your photographs on Twitter or email

derby.locallive@bbc.co.uk

Burglar claims to be from care home

A burglar stole cash from an 81-year-old victim by claiming to be from a care company to distract him,

Derbyshire Police said.

Milton Street in Long Eaton
Google

The thief, who is white, aged between 30 and 40 and about 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall, took two wallets and a large amount of cash from the house in Milton Street, Long Eaton, on Wednesday.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

A woman whose daughter played truant for half the days she should have been in school has been ordered to carry out 100 hours' community work.

Hear more on the 30-year-old mum in the

16:00 news bulletin.

Have your say

Ben Truslove

BBC News

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your feedback about this service.

Murder accused in court

The man accused of killing two British students in Malaysia will learn of his fate at the end of the month.

Zulkipli Abdullah
EPA

Fishmonger Zulkipli Abdullah, 24, denies killing Neil Dalton, from Ambergate, Derbyshire, and Aidan Brunger, from Kent.

If convicted he faces a mandatory death sentence.

Smartphone addiction

A Derby University study has concluded more people are becoming addicted to smartphones.

A man texts on his smartphone as he walks
AFP

Dr Zaheer Hussain, lecturer in psychology, found that about 13% of people in his study were addicted to smartphones, with social media apps and games making them more attractive.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

Derby city councillor Martin Rawson said nothing will happen to the fire-damaged Assembly Rooms before the autumn.

Hear more from him in

the 15:00 bulletin.

How to become a councillor

North East Derbyshire Council

tweets: We're holding briefing sessions for people interested in becoming local #councillors. Find out more:
ow.ly/JVGBz #Election2015

Road cordoned off

There is still congestion in Glossop after an accident in the town centre.

Police on the scene in Glossop
BBC

Police have cordoned off the road and paramedics are at the scene.

Glossop accident causing delays

An accident on the A57 in Glossop is causing severe congestion, with High Street west closed in both directions in the centre of town.

BBC Travel has up-to-the-minute details.

News on the hour

Philip Churm

BBC Radio Derby

Derby City Council said it would cost £10m to refurbish the fire-damaged Assembly Rooms but the opposition Tory group thinks it should remain open.

More from Councillor Robin Wood in the

news at 14:00.

'Cultural offer' for Assembly Rooms site

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Derby's Assembly Rooms could be replaced with "some kind of cultural offer", the city council's leader said.

Come Dancing
BBC

The Labour-run city council said rebuilding would be too expensive and the venue would be sold to a private company and

could be knocked down for redeveloping.

Since 1977 the Assembly Rooms has hosted music, British Open Snooker and the BBC's Come Dancing show in 1981 (pictured).

Investigation into care home assault

Derbyshire Times

Solicitors are investigating whether a care home could have done more to prevent an alleged second assault on a 91-year-old

resident by a dementia patient.

Tom Ince nomination

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby

Derby County's Tom Ince has been nominated as the

Championship Player of the Month.

Tom Ince
PA

In the announcement, the Football League said: "His superb free-kick against Bolton Wanderers triggered a string of classy goals, with a neat curler at Rotherham United the pick of his other five strikes."

News on the hour

Philip Churm

BBC Radio Derby

Derby's Conservatives say the Assembly Rooms should be kept open while a developer is found.

More in

the news at 13:00

Derby Telegraph censured

The Guardian

The Derby Telegraph has been censured by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) for

three separate breaches of the editors' code of practice by publishing a picture of an injured schoolgirl.

Borneo murder trial ends

BBC News Online has more on the

end of the trial of a Malaysian fishmonger accused of killing two British men.

The defendant Zulkipli Abdullah
Reuters

Medical students Neil Dalton, from Derbyshire, and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were stabbed in a bar in Borneo in August.

Zulkipli Abdullah, 24, has denied their murder but admitted being involved in a street fight with them, along with two other men.

Sally Pepper's unusual marathon training

Sally Pepper

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

Want to see me sit on a tennis ball as part of my London Marathon training?

Sally Pepper with a tennis ball
BBC

Of course you do. Go to our

Facebook page to see more. I'm competing in the race in aid of the
Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

An 81-year-old victim was duped into inviting a burglar into his home when he claimed to be from a care company offering to fit an alarm.

More in the

news at noon.

'No supermarket' call for Assembly Rooms

Derby Civic Society said the fire-hit Assembly Rooms was too big for the market place and never really achieved what it set out to do.

Fire damage to Assembly Rooms car park
BBC

The city council said it would like a "cultural offering" on the site but Dave Parry, from the society, is not sure that would work.

"I'm not sure that it is the right place for a cultural thing, but we also don't want to see a supermarket or block of flats there," he said.

More surprises for Rams

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County are still second in the Championship this morning after more surprises and upsets last night.

Norwich missed the chance go to above Derby and into the automatic promotion places,

losing 1-0 at home to struggling Wigan. Ipswich also missed the chance to close the gap on Derby as they went down
2-1 at Leeds.

Craig Bryson
Getty Images

Meanwhile midfielder Craig Bryson (pictured) admits he's had a frustrating season so far. Last year's player of the season has only started 18 matches in the league this term, but returned to the side for Tuesday's defeat at Brighton.

Community policing meeting

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner

tweets: PCC is speaking at the #Chesterfield Community Assembly meeting in Chesterfield Townn Hall tonight . Details at
bit.ly/1wHKMDF

Borneo murder trial ends

Jennifer Pak

BBC News, Kuala Lumpur

The trial of a Malaysian fishmonger accused of murdering a Derbyshire man and his friend in a Borneo bar has ended.

Neil Dalton, left, and Aiden Brunger
Facebook

Zulkipli Abdullah denies stabbing Newcastle University students Neil Dalton, from Ambergate, and Aidan Brunger in Kuching in August.

His lawyer argued it was "impossible" for Mr Zulkipli to have killed two foreigners who are so much taller and bigger than him. A verdict is expected on 31 March.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

The Conservative group on Derby city council maintain the Assembly Rooms could still be used while a buyer is found.

That and more in the

news at 11:00.

Assembly Rooms through the years

Heather Burman

BBC News

I'm putting together a gallery of pictures of Derby's Assembly Rooms, following news it may be demolished.

Mel C in Assembly Rooms
PA

If you want to see your pictures used on the BBC website, like this one of Mel C opening her world tour, send them to

derby.locallive@bbc.co.uk