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  1. Updates for Thursday 12 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Thursday's Local Live updates have now finished. Friday's updates will start at 08:00.

Tonight's outlook

Anna Church

BBC Weather

Cloud will increase overnight with

outbreaks of rain arriving from the west, potentially falling as sleet in the Peak district.


We're looking at lows of 6C (43F).

Photography festival launches

Derby Quad

tweets: @formatfestival launches tonight! 6:30pm at QUAD & venues through #DerbyUK, speeches @ 7.30 at St Werburgh's Church

Bus cone incident probed

Kristina Thornton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

An investigation will be carried out after a bus driver moved some traffic cones on a closed road in Derby where a cottage has been found unsafe.

Arriva Midlands says it is concerned after one of its buses

was filmed heading down Church Street in Alvaston, which has been shut following concerns over the stability of the property.

Trio called up

Three Derby County players have been named in the Republic of Ireland's provisional squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland.

Richard Keogh
Getty Images

Richard Keogh (pictured), Cyrus Christie and Jeff Hendrick are in Martin O'Neill's 34-man group for 29 March clash in Dublin.

Woman's rage against the machines

BBC Radio Derby

A Spondon woman has been ordered to pay £420 in compensation after she drunkenly smashed gaming machines on her way home from a baby shower.

Abbie Santry, 34, of Portia Close, appeared before magistrates in Derby today and admitted causing criminal damage. She must also obey a curfew for two months.

News on the hour

Kristina Thornton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

An investigation will be carried out after a bus driver moved some traffic cones on a closed road in Derby where a cottage has been found unsafe.

Bus on Church Street

You can hear more on this story in my

17:00 bulletin.

Coming up

Richard Spurr

BBC Radio Derby presenter

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper is a guest on my programme tonight.

Listen live from 17:00.

Yvette Cooper

Advice for prospective politicians

Prospective councillors thinking of standing as a candidate in this year's elections can get advice at an

information evening tonight in Buxton.

Ballot box

The event is at the Pavilion Gardens at 18:30.

Chesterfield car crimes

Police are investigating

crimes involving cars in Chesterfield in the early hours of Wednesday.

The door of a Renault Clio was forced open in Walton Walk, its ignition was tampered with and music equipment was stolen from the boot.

A Vauxhall Corsa was stolen in Kingsley Avenue and later found abandoned nearby.

Bus blaze

BBC Radio Derby

A bus was evacuated after catching fire as it drove through Heanor this morning.

Nobody was injured in the blaze, which was put out on Heanor Gate Road.

News on the hour

Kristina Thornton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

A Spondon woman has been ordered to pay £420 in compensation after she drunkenly smashed gaming machines on her way home from a baby shower.

Find out more in my

16:00 bulletin.

Man charged over smashed windows

A man is due to appear in court next month charged with

causing criminal damage to homes in Wirksworth, police said.

Overnight between 24 and 25 February, windows of properties along Derby Road, Bournebrook Avenue and Recreation Road were smashed or damaged.

Jacob Hare, 25, of Wheatcroft Close, is set to appear at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court on 1 April.


Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Many thanks to Steve Fedun for sharing this impressive view from Bamford Edge in the Peak District.

Bamford Edge view
Steve Fedun

If you've snapped any stunning shots of Derbyshire, email them to or tweet us at


Morrisons attack: Three bailed

Three people have been released on bail after being questioned

about an alleged assault at a supermarket in Derby.

A woman reported being attacked after confronting a group she suspected of shoplifting at Morrisons in the Meteor Centre on Tuesday. A fourth person was released without charge.

Indecent exposure

A man

exposed himself to two teenage girls in Chaddesden on Wednesday, police have said.

The man, wearing a bandana over part of his face, exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl off Tennessee Road and later to a 15-year-old in an alleyway between Rupert Road and Max Road.

Martin desperate to play

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County's head coach Steve McClaren says George Thorne has trained today, and Chris Martin is expected to train tomorrow, and could even play some part on Saturday's game at Norwich.

Chris Martin
Getty Images

McClaren says Martin (pictured) is desperate to be involved, and wants to travel to Norwich regardless of whether he's fit.

News on the hour

Kristina Thornton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

A man is believed to have exposed himself to two teenage girls in separate incidents in Derby yesterday.

You can hear more on this story

in my 15:00 news bulletin.

Man seriously assaulted

A man has been arrested after a serious assault on a 28-year-old man in Normanton, police said.

The victim remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital after he was found with a head injury on Saturday night at the junction of Newdigate Street and Balaclava Road.

The 46-year-old suspect has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Residents say on policing

Ripley & Heanor News

Ripley residents are being invited to

have their say on local policing issues.

M1 crash update

Highways Agency

tweets: All lanes have reopened #M1 within J28 following the earlier accidents delays are clearing thanks for your patience

M1 congestion

BBC Travel


queuing traffic on the M1 southbound between junctions 28 and 29 in the roadworks area.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

A man has been arrested following a serious assault in Normanton at the weekend.

More in

the news at 14:00.

World Kidney Day

Angelina Socci

BBC East Midlands Today

Staff at Royal Derby Hospital are urging people to keep their kidneys healthy, using World Kidney Day today to raise awareness about kidney disease.

Doctors in Derbyshire are urging people to keep their kidneys healthy.


Dr Richard Fluck (pictured) from Royal Derby hospital says World Kidney Day today should raise awareness about kidney disease, a condition which affects one in ten people and can be fatal.

More coming up on

BBC East Midlands Today at 13:40.

Join me after 13:30 on BBC One.

Bike scheme success

BBC Radio Derby

A total of 44 free bikes have been given to jobseekers in Derby as part of a

scheme to help people find work since it was launched last summer.

Al Ditheridge, pictured centre, from cycling charity Sustrans has been employed by the city council to oversee the Bike-It scheme.

Chris Sims, Al Ditheridge, Jon Hughes

"We talk to jobseekers to see what they're situations are. Many of them come to us with financial issues - they can't afford bus fares and a bike is a practical solution to that," he said.

M1 accident

Highways Agency

tweets: There are 2 lanes closed #M1 southbound within J28 southbound while we attend a multi vehicle accident within the roadworks delays likely

News on the hour

Kristina Thornton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

13:00 bulletin, a man exposed himself twice in Chaddesden yesterday to two different teenage girls.

Police are now asking for witnesses to come forward.

Homes plan given go-ahead

Derby Telegraph

Controversial plans for 275 homes on farm land between Chaddesden and Spondon have been

given the go-ahead.

The development, off Oregon Way, was originally turned down by Derby City Council last year.

Watch: Dog saves owner's life

Simon Hare

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

A dog has been credited with saving the life of its owner, Joanna Mellor,

after her heart stopped beating during her sleep.


Leo the Labrador woke up Miss Mellor's boyfriend, who dialled 999 and gave her CPR until an ambulance got to their home in Ilkeston.

Watch the report here.

A38 consultation due to end

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live


consultation on £220m plans for three roundabouts on the A38 in Derby ends tomorrow, the Highways Agency has said.

Little Eaton proposals
Highways Agency

The agency has put forward

plans for flyovers and underpasses at Markeaton, Little Eaton and Kingsway junctions.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

A 25-year-old man has been charged with theft in connection with damage to a number of properties in and around Wirksworth. This and more in my

12:00 bulletin.

New council homes

Burton Mail

New council houses are to be built in South Derbyshire for the first time in 23 years.

Work is set to get under way imminently at the "Coton Croft project" in Linton, which will see 23 affordable homes built on the site.

Residents' anger at road closure

Lucy Vladev

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Neighbours on a street which has been

closed because of concerns a listed farmhouse could collapse have told me they were not told about the need to close the road.

People I spoke to said no letters had been put through the door and the cones were put up shortly after 09:00 yesterday. For many of them the first they knew was while leaving their houses.

Church Street Alvaston

Derby City Council says structural engineers are producing a design to shore up the external walls of the building.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

11:00 bulletin, an unemployed Derby woman says she managed to get a job thanks to a free bike.

Lizzie Hunt has benefited from a project backed by the city council which gives refurbished bikes to unemployed people to help them get to interviews or work.

Bikes for jobs scheme

BBC Radio Derby

A Derby woman has been talking about how she escaped unemployment after being loaned a bike by the city council.

Lizzie Hunt signed up to the authority's Bike It scheme, in which refurbished bikes are given to unemployed people who can't afford public transport so they can attend job interviews.

Naked reporter

Alex Howick

BBC Radio Derby reporter

Derby City Council has been recruiting life models for its art courses at the Rycote Centre - so guess which lucky reporter was asked to give it a go?

Alex Howick

In fairness, posing in the buff was quite liberating, albeit nerve-wracking at the same time - and some of the finished artwork was actually pretty impressive.

Cottage collapse concern

BBC Radio Derby

A road in Alvaston remains closed this morning after concerns about the potential collapse of a timber-framed farmhouse.

Church Street

Church Street

has been closed since yesterday after structural engineers raised concerns over the stability of a property wall.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

10:00 bulletin, discussions are taking place over how one of Derby's oldest buildings can be shored up to prevent its collapse.

Jail after fake gun threat

Derbyshire Times

A homeless man

who threatened police with a fake gun has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Gareth Pipes
Derbyshire Police

Young defender has 'great future'

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County first team coach Paul Simpson has predicted a bright future for teenage defender Farrend Rawson.

The 18-year-old, who has been loaned to Rotherham, made his Football League debut earlier this week and Simpson says he has "bags of potential".