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  1. Updates for Monday 23 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Chance of showers

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Some parts could see patchy light rain this evening but this should clear after midnight leaving a clear and cold night with lows of 0C (32F).

Hendrick out of Republic squad

BBC Sport

Derby County's Jeff Hendrick has pulled out of the Republic of Ireland squad

with a hip injury.

Jeff Hendrick
Getty Images

It comes after the midfielder missed Friday's 2-0 defeat at Wolves.


BBC Travel

A broken down vehicle has closed a lane

on the A38 northbound between the A516 junction and Kingsway Island.

Gritters out

Derbyshire County Council

tweets: It's going to get cold on higher ground tonight so we'll be out gritting primary routes in these areas from 9pm

Two more Sudbury absconders

A robber and a man convicted of kidnapping

have absconded from Sudbury open prison.

Jonathon Bates and Andra Hoyland
Derbyshire Police

Jonathon Bates (pictured left) was serving a five-year sentence for robbing a convenience store, while Andra Hoyland was serving 11 years for kidnap, robbery and conspiracy to steal a motor vehicle.

Both absconded on Friday, but are not thought to be together.

Award for artist

BBC Radio Derby

Peak District-based wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Inspirational Women Awards in Derby.

Her art is sold in 80 countries worldwide and she has designed for every major wildlife charity in the UK.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

17:00 bulletin, a burst water main continues to cause chaos in part of Derby.

Derby folk advised how they can help refugees

Derby Telegraph

A conference to help churches in Derby

learn how they can help refugees who come to the city took place this weekend.

About 130 people attended the Welcome Conference, which was held at the Riverside Centre, in Pride Park, on Saturday.

Changes to illuminations

This year's Matlock Bath Illuminations will be a week shorter than in previous years.

Matlock Bath Illuminations 2013
Derbyshire Dales District Council

The district council said it was also

introducing a new pricing structure for the event, from 12 September to 31 October, and hoped to freshen up displays by inviting local traders to sponsor new lights.

New look for BBC News site

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

By now you probably will have noticed the BBC News website looks a little different on desktop computers, as it moves to a new responsive design.

Responsive site

The new site adapts its layout depending on what type of device it is being used on.

Find out more here.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

16:00 news bulletin, I'll have the latest on disruption caused by the burst water main in Chester Green.

Travellers at new site

Derby Telegraph


have moved onto Derby's Wholesale Market, next door to the Cattle Market.

Domestic abuse review

Derbyshire County Council wants to know if it could be doing anything more to help victims of domestic abuse.

The authority currently supports about 13,000 affected people each year

but has organised a survey to see if there are any gaps in the help it offers.

Huge pipe flood closes schools

Two Derby schools have been closed after

a burst water pipe flooded the area with mud and silt.

Chester Green burst water pipe

The pipe in Chester Green burst at about 04:30 yesterday sending water gushing along Mansfield Road.

Ivy House School and Carlyle Infant School in Littleover were closed, while people in Chaddesden, Littleover and Mackworth reported brown water coming from taps.

Severn Trent Water said it could take up to five days to fix the problems.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

It will be the end of the week before everything's back to normal in part of Derby following a burst water main at Chester Green.

Listen live to the news at 15:00.

Cycle race to visit Derbyshire

Derbyshire Times

Council chiefs have welcomed the announcement that this year's Tour of Britain cycle race

is to visit Derbyshire.

New PCSO starts

Say hello to Courtney Chetwyn -

Amber Valley's newest police community support officer.

PCSO Courtney Chetwyn
Derbyshire Police

The 22-year-old ,who will patrol Heanor, Loscoe, Shipley and Smalley, was previously an apprentice in Derbyshire Police's firearms licensing department.

Water burst closes schools

BBC Radio Derby

Two schools in Littleover were forced to close today because of a burst water main in Chester Green.

Ivy House Special School and Carlyle Infant School have both experienced disruption to their water supply as a knock-on from the major burst on Mansfield Road, which started yesterday.

Friends' cancer inspired Inca walk

BBC Radio Derby

A Derby woman who has four friends battling the same type of cancer is to walk Peru's Inca Trail for charity.

Inca Trail
Getty Images

Stephanie Newsome decided to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support after the four were all diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Thousands of homes and businesses have been affected by a burst water main in Derby.

I'll bring you the latest in my

14:00 bulletin.

Talking hedgehogs

Andy Potter

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

At 14:15 I'll be finding out about a one-day hedgehog course taking place at Broomfield College this weekend.

Listen live.


Mixed feelings on post-match praise

Chesterfield midfielder Jimmy Ryan

said Peterborough boss Dave Robertson was full of praise for the Spireites following their slim defeat on Saturday.

Jimmy Ryan
Getty Images

He said: "Their manager came up to me at the end of the game and said we were the best team they'd played this season.

"But at the end of the day we've come away with no points and whether you've played well or played badly it's the points you want."

Staying grey

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather

It's looking like it's going to be pretty cloudy for the rest of the day - though there could be a little bit of brightness towards the end of the afternoon. Highs of about 9C (48F).

Burst main disrupts supply

Severn Trent Water

has published an update on the burst water main in Chester Green.

Chester Green

It said some people in the DE23 postcode area were still experiencing problems with their water supply but teams were working as fast they could to restore service.

Door kicked in by burglars

Three men

kicked open the front door of a house in Dronfield and demanded valuables from the people inside.

However, the trio ended up leaving the Fair View Road house empty-handed shortly afterwards.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, at about 20:30 on 15 March.

Revamp for Chesterfield estate

A housing estate in Chesterfield

is to receive a £4.5m new look.

London Boroughs estate
Chesterfield Borough Council

The borough council said the cash would be spent on building new roads through the London Boroughs estate, in Barrow Hill, as well as re-routing footpaths and revamping green spaces.

JCB lands £5m order


has secured a £5m deal to supply 100 new machines to a London-based plant hire firm.

The telescopic handlers will be built at JCB's factory in Rocester.

Latest on burst water main

Sarah O'Kane, from Severn Trent, says the water pipe that burst in Chester Green yesterday measured 30 inches in diameter.

She said engineers had been working on the problem until late last night and would hopefully be able to resolve the issue today.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

A former HMP Sudbury inmate says he's unsurprised that prisoners let out on licence are failing to return.

You can hear more on this story in my

12:00 bulletin.

Sudbury absconding 'inevitable'

BBC Radio Derby

Former HMP Sudbury inmate Ben Gunn says he is not surprised the open prison has the highest rate of absconding in the UK.

Ben Gunn

He said: "A prison without a fence by definition is going to lose more people than a prison with a fence.

"All we can hope for is that the people who are sent to open prisons are actually as low as risk as they're supposed to be."

Ex-Red's dream day

Former Alfreton Town defender Aden Flint says he fulfilled a boyhood dream when he scored at Wembley yesterday to help Bristol City lift the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Aden Flint
Getty Images

The tattoo-loving centre-back

spoke to BBC Points West after the game.

New look for BBC News website

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Today you will notice the BBC News site looks different on desktop computers.

Responsive site

This is because it's being switched to a newer, responsive design.

You can read more about the change here.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen


A former inmate at Sudbury open prison says he's not surprised to hear that prisoners let out on licence are failing to return.

Find out more in my 11:00 bulletin

on BBC Radio Derby.

Residents doubt absconding stats

BBC Radio Derby

A woman who lives near Sudbury open prison says she believes the rate of absconding is worse than is shown in official figures

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she saw inmates climbing in and out of the prison at night and early in the morning.

The government said absconding levels at the prison had fallen by 50% over the past decade.

Grant still eyeing top two spot

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County goalkeeper Lee Grant

insists he hasn't given up on the Rams getting automatic promotion.

Lee Grant
Getty Images


2-0 defeat at Wolves extended Derby's winless run to six matches. They're still five points behind the top two.

School sites ruled out

Burton Mail

A new secondary school set to cater for 1,300 children

will not be built in Findern or Melbourne.

Your photos


Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Stephen Elliott for this stunning shot of Cressbrook Dale.

Cressbrook Dale
Stephen Elliott

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