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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 18 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Today's updates have finished. We'll be back with more news, sport travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday.

Tonight's forecast

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It will be a dry night with patchy cloud. There will be some clearer periods and this could lead to mist or fog patches forming.

Minimum temperatures of 0C (32F).

Oldest railway tunnel honoured

The world's oldest surviving railway tunnel - in Crich, Derbyshire - has been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument by English Heritage.

The inside of Fritchley Tunnel as the Derbyshire Archaeological Society exposed and recorded their findings
Derbyshire Archaeological Society

The 25m tunnel, built in 1793, was only recently rediscovered by archaeologists and was originally used by horse drawn wagons carrying stone from a nearby quarry.

The wagons were replaced by steam powered locomotives in 1813.

Badger setts attacked

BBC Radio Derby

High Peak Badger Group said five badger setts in the county have been interfered with in recent weeks.

The group claimed one sett was opened up and dogs put inside. Police are investigating.

Serious accident

The A6 Derby Road in Ambergate is closed between the A5012 Cromwell Hill junction and the A610 junction because of a serious accident involving a lorry and a car, reports

BBC Travel.

Burton v Southend

Burton Albion's Florent Cuvelier hopes to recover from a hamstring strain to make his home debut in tonight's

League Two clash against Southend.

Video: Ride around Derby's velodrome

Take a sneaky pre-launch, super-speed ride around Derby's sleek new velodrome, courtesy of

BBC East Midlands Today.

Derby velodrome
BBC

The £28m facility, one of only six in the UK, officially opens to the public on Friday afternoon.

Joseph Wright painting to be restored

Heather Burman

BBC News

An original painting by Joseph Wright recently rediscovered is to

undergo a year of restoration.

Coliseum by Moonlight
Derby Museums Trust

Coliseum by Moonlight was painted in the 1780s after Wright toured Italy and was "lost" when it was placed in storage in Derby the early 1960s.

What does the Budget mean for Derby?

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has announced Derby will get a "housing zone".

Lara Croft
PA

That means house builders can borrow money more cheaply and hopefully build homes faster. That will apply to part of the city centre, I believe.

He also announced a small fund for video game developers. The industry is not as big in Derby as it was in the days of Lara Croft (pictured) but there are still many small firms which could benefit.

Beer duty cut

Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton,

tweets: Celebrating an historic 3rd cut in beer duty for Burton's Brewers in Parliament

Andrew Griffiths
Andrew Griffiths

Max Lowe in U18 squad

Nigel Cash

BBC Radio Derby reporter

Derby County defender Max Lowe has been named in the England U18 squad for their games against Switzerland later this month.

The Young Lions are set to play the Swiss twice, behind closed doors in Telford and then in front of a crowd in Walsall a week on Saturday.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance in Derbyshire has risen by 1.2% to 7,572 claimants.

More on that and the Budget in the

bulletin at 17:00.

How to view a solar eclipse

Ben Truslove

BBC News

In 2013 a solar eclipse caused all manner of problems in the

Australian soap Neighbours - but how can you watch this week's event without damaging your eyes?

A solar eclipse
Science Photo Library

Thankfully the BBC's iWonder team has a

list of handy tips for the event on Friday when about 90% of the sun will be obscured by the Moon across Derbyshire.

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Mam Tor
Sandie Nicholson

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News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

The prime minister has promised to look into the way staff at knitwear firm John Smedley have been treated by the JobCentre after their MP Natascha Engel raised the case in the House of Commons.

That and more in the

Radio Derby's 16:00 bulletin.

Burton brewers buoyed by budget

Brewers in Burton have been raising a glass to news that the chancellor has

cut duty on beer by 1p a pint.

Pensioner trapped in a bath

Derby Telegraph

A pensioner spent 14 hours trapped in his bath after a fall - and would have been stuck for longer if a charity volunteer

had not rescued him.

Adrian Williams was brushing his teeth when he lost his balance and tumbled into the tub where he remained trapped over night.

Peat bog restoration

BBC Radio Derby

The Peak District is set to benefit from a project to restore peat lands, with farmers and gamekeepers working with conservationists.

Kinder Scout
BBC

Defra is spending £15m nationally with much of it focused on the Derbyshire national park.

Joseph Wright of Derby

Experts have

"rediscovered" an original piece by renowned 18th Century artist Joseph Wright, of Derby.

Coliseum by moonlight
BBC

He was the first major English painter to be based outside London and the first to depict industry and scientific experiments of the age.

He was famed for his use of chiaroscuro, light and dark, pioneered by Italian artist

Caravaggio.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

I have more on today's Budget in the 15:00 bulletin on

BBC Radio Derby.

The Chancellor George Osborne said the economy would take "another big step from austerity to prosperity".

How many mentions?

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

How often did cities in the North and Midlands come up in the 2015 Budget compared with London's 50 mentions?

The North

  • Manchester: 25
  • Leeds: 15
  • Sheffield: 9
  • Hull: 7
  • Liverpool: 4

The Midlands

  • Birmingham: 9
  • Stoke: 1
  • Derby: 1
  • Leicester: 1
  • Nottingham: 0

Cities in the Midlands have previously said they are concerned about being left behind by the "

Northern Powerhouse".

Man faces court over football drones

News Online has more on the man accused of

flying a drone over London landmarks and several football grounds including the iPro Stadium in Derby.

Rams can recover: McClaren

BBC Sport

Derby County boss Steve McClaren was staying upbeat, despite last night's

1-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough.

Steve McClaren looking sad
Getty Images

He said: "We'll have our injured players back after the international break that is coming up and I have no doubt that we will come back strong.

"Nothing is settled by any means. There are eight games to go and believe me, there will be many a twist and turn to come in this division."

Dogs menace Longshaw sheep

A group of more than 40 sheep

were chased around Derbyshire's Longshaw Estate by six dogs that had been let off their leads by two people yesterday.

The sheep were not physically harmed by their 30-minute ordeal, but the National Trust has reminded owners not to let their pets run loose during lambing season.

Jobless numbers up

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Unemployment figures in our area are bucking

the national trend.

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance is up 7% in Derby and East Staffordshire (to 3,472 and 959 respectively) and up 1.2% in Derbyshire (7,572).

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

In the

14:00 news bulletin: In the Budget, It's been announced that Derby will get a "housing zone". That means housebuilders can borrow money more cheaply and hopefully build homes faster.

Helipad decision due

East Midlands Today

Plans to put a helipad on top of the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham are expected to be given the go-ahead from councillors today.

Queen's Medical Centre
BBC

Health bosses hope the helipad, planned to sit atop a new multi-storey car park - would help to get seriously injured patients treated faster at the region's major trauma centre.

Budget 2015

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The chancellor says Britain "is growing, creating jobs and paying its way" and figures from the Office for Budget Responsibility were met with big cheers from the Coalition benches.

The economy is expected to grow by 2.5% this year, making it one of the fastest-growing developed countries in the world.

You can follow George Osborne's last budget before the election on this

live page.

'Drone flyer' to appear in court

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A man has been summoned to appear in court over allegations he flew drones over Buckingham Palace and several packed football grounds including Derby's iPro Stadium.

Drone generic
PA

Nigel Wilson, 42, of Rockingham Grove, Bingham, is accused of 17 breaches of the Air Navigation Order and will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 16 April.

Budget 2015

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is still delivering his last budget before the General Election.

George Osborne
Reuters

You can follow all the action on the BBC's

Budget Live page.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

A man charged with drug offences after an explosion at his house in Derby has been ordered to pay back £10,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

More on that story with me in the 13:00 bulletin on

Radio Derby.

Freezing conditions in the Peaks

Derbyshire County Council

tweets: It's forecast to freeze over high ground in the High Peak tonight. We'll be gritting primary routes in affected areas from 9pm.

Chesterfield bridge closed

A footbridge between Chesterfield town centre and Queen's Park

will be closed for the next ten weeks.

The county council is replacing parapets on the bridge and adding a new anti-slip surface to the walkway.

Tour of Britain in Derbyshire

Ben Truslove

BBC News

If like me you're having an early mid-life crisis prompting you to buy an expensive racing bike and inappropriately tight clothing, you'll be delighted to hear the

Tour of Britain is coming to Derbyshire.

Tour of Britain map
Tour of Britain/PA handout

Day six will start in Stoke-on-Trent on 11 September, heading up through the Peak District before turning south and heading on to Nottingham.

Reds held to draw

BBC Sport

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law felt his side deserved more from

last night's 0-0 draw at home to Lincoln City.

He said: "I am disappointed not to have won it. It was a tough competitive game as you would expect, but I think we had the better chances."

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader

East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer has defended his decision to continue as a Derbyshire county councillor for a year after being voted into the European Parliament.

You can hear more from him in the 12:00 bulletin on

BBC Radio Derby.

Chesterfield 3-0 Gillingham

BBC Sport

Sam Clucas scored twice as

Chesterfield eased past Gillingham in last night's League One clash at home.

Clucas fired past Stuart Nelson for the opener, before Jay O'Shea turned in Gary Roberts's cross to put the home side two goals up after 12 minutes.

Budget 2015 live

George Osborne is due to deliver the final Budget of this Parliament at 12:30.

Budget live page
BBC

You can read live updates from BBC News before, during and after the speech

here.

Lewer defends dual role

BBC Radio Derby

Outgoing Derbyshire county councillor Andrew Lewer has been defending his decision to carry on working two jobs since being elected an MEP in May 2014.

He said: "I've not been at council meetings a huge amount but what I said I'd do is what I always thought was the most important thing about being a back-bench county councillor - keeping up with people's local concerns and complaints."