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  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates are back from 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Local Live has finished for the day. Join us from 08:00 on Thursday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

A look at tonight's weather

Mel Coles

BBC Weather

A fine start to the night with clear skies and a patchy frost possible before cloud increases and rain moves in from the west.


It will be wintery through the Peak District with temperatures of 3C/37F.

Coming up on tonight's Sportscene

BBC Radio Derby

On tonight's Sportscene from

18:00 we hear from Derby County team coach Paul Simpson who is looking forward to having a fully fit squad and all their players back from international duty next week.

And our cricket correspondent Iain O'Brien looks ahead to the 2015 county season.

Park equipment set alight

Police investigating a

suspected arson at a park in Alfreton have asked anyone with information to get in touch.

Vandals set fire to a climbing frame and a swing at the children's playground on Cinder Road, Somercotes, sometime between Friday 20 March and Tuesday.

Keep up-to-date with traffic

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

Traffic is starting to build up in various parts of Derby tonight.

BBC Travel currently reporting minor delays along the 38 northbound Between Derby city centre and Breadsall, A5111 northbound and the A52 towards Derby.

'Oldest cottage' architect to retire

An historic building conservation specialist who has worked with Prince Charles and saved the "oldest railway cottages in the world"

is retiring from his architect's firm after 35 years.

Railway cottages in Derby

Derek Latham, of Derby, restored the city's railway cottages in the 1980s and has spent much of his career bringing old buildings back into use.

The architect, who founded Lathams in 1980, said highlights of his career included the restoration of the old

Midland Railway cottages.

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Derby

In tonight's

17:00 bulletin: The BBC has announced it will not renew Jeremy Clarkson's contract, which had been due to expire at the end of the month.

In a statement, the BBC's director general, Tony Hall, said a "line had been crossed" when the Top Gear presenter, who went to school in Repton, attacked a producer in a hotel in an argument over food. An internal investigation began last week.

Bookshop 'could fall down'

A Derbyshire bookshop once named as one of the best in the world by

The Guardian newspaper could fall down unless money is raised to pay for structural repairs,
reports BBC News Online.

Scarthin Books
Scarthin Books

David Booker manager of Scarthin Books in Cromford said since the shop opened 41 years ago they had spent their money on stocking it than carrying out repairs.

Arrests over travellers' site death

Two men from Bolsover, Derbyshire have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man whose body was found at a travellers' site in Bedfordshire, reports

BBC News Online.

The men, aged 30 and 33, remain in police custody.

Derby architect to retire

BBC Radio Derby

Derby's leading architect, who has restored some of the UK's well known old buildings and worked as an advisor to the Prince of Wales, is to retire after 35 years.

Derby Railway Cottages
Derby City Council

During his career Derek Latham restored Derby's Railway Cottages (the earliest known railway cottages in the world), the Victoria Quarter in Leeds and Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

Listen again to his interview from this morning.

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Derby

In the bulletin with me at

16:00: The BBC won't renew Jeremy Clarkson's contract after he assaulted and verbally abused a Top Gear producer.

The presenter is said to have attacked Oisin Tymon because no hot food was provided for him after filming. The BBC's director general, Tony Hall, said he had "not taken this decision lightly".

Have you seen Paul?

Police are appealing for help to

find Paul Salt who went missing from his home in Briars Way, Ripley on Monday.

Paul Salt

The 51-year-old is believed to have left in a black Skoda Fabia car with a 05 registration plate.

Top Gear presenter loses BBC contract

Jeremy Clarkson's

contract will not be renewed after a physical altercation with a Top Gear producer.

Jeremy Clarkson

The presenter, a former Repton School pupil, was suspended on 10 March following a "fracas".

The BBC's director general Tony Hall said "a line had been crossed" and he "cannot condone what has happened".

Alfreton allow striker Clayton to join Harrogate

BBC Sport

Alfreton Town

have released striker Paul Clayton from his contract, allowing him to sign a two-year deal at Conference North side Harrogate Town.

Paul Clayton

The 30-year-old has been on loan with Harrogate since December and was out of contract at the end of the season.

Clayton, the fifth-highest appearance maker in Alfreton's history, scored 114 goals in 311 games for the club.

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Derby

Jeremy Clarkson's contract will not be renewed, the BBC's director general, Tony Hall has confirmed.

The Top Gear presenter was suspended earlier this month after an altercation with a producer on the show.

Listen live at 15:00

Bookshop fundraising project

Matthew Barlow

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

A fundraising project has been launched to help pay for restoration work at the Scarthin Books shop in Cromford, Derbyshire.

Scarthin Books

The bookshop, which opened in 1974, needs £5,000 for structural work, plus extra for heating and roof repairs, and says it does not make enough money to fund the work itself.

Etwall homes decision

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Councillors have agreed to try and fight a planning application which would see 300 homes built between Mickleover and Etwall.

This is the second time the plan for land at New House Farm has been rejected by councillors.

The development looks like being an election issue - with Labour claiming that its potential progress is a result of the coalition's lax planning rules, something denied by the Conservatives and Lib Dems.

Is Derbyshire your happiest place ?

People living in South Derbyshire rank

3rd highest in Britain for conscientiousness according to the
#happiestplace test.

Getty Images

New research by the BBC and Cambridge University maps the personality of 380 places in Great Britain.

Where do you fit in?

Take the test to find out.

This afternoon's weather

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Most places will have sunny skies, light winds and only

limited amounts of cloud across our region this afternoon. However sunshine could turn hazy late in the day.


Maximum Temperature 9C (48F).

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Derby

In the

14:00 bulletin: A Derbyshire flying instructor says pilots who know the French Alps well say the circumstances of yesterday's Airbus crash are a complete mystery.

Judy Leden from Tideswell has 30 years experience flying in the area where the plane went down and says anyone in trouble would be expected to turn away from the area.

Council building to reduce waiting list

Derby City Council says it is hoping to bring more empty houses back into use to help reduce the waiting list for housing in the city, which currently has 4,000 families waiting for a home.

Councillor Sarah Russell

Councillor Sarah Russell said the council's five-year plan hoped to reallocate some of the city's 3,500 empty homes and added: "We are embarking on a house building programme to build 700 new homes over the next few years to try and eat away at some of the shortfall."

Rams players hoping to return after injuries

BBC Sport

Derby County's first team coach, Paul Simpson, says he has his fingers and toes crossed for a full squad at training next week after the team has been hit by injuries in recent months.

Paul Simpson

"The medical department have a real big job on their hands over the next week," said Simpson. "We are really hoping that when we have all international boys back we will have close to a full squad to be choosing from."

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

Derbyshire County Council says it has agreed to continue funding bus services after members of the public shared their views about them in a survey.

The council proposed to stop funding the service in a bid to cut £3.5m from its community transport budget but now says buses will continue for another year.

More stories with us in

our 13:00 news.

No jobs will be lost in Burton as part of deal to sell Pirelli for £5.1 billion

Burton Mail

A move that will see a Burton-based tyre giant sold to a Chinese firm for £5.1 billion

will have 'no impact' on jobs in the town.

Bosses at Pirelli, based off Derby Road, made the declaration after it emerged that Chinese state-owned China National Chemical (ChemChina) looked set to buy the global tyre giant.

House damaged in Hathersage

Three men are wanted by police after a house in Hathersage was damaged on Monday night.

The men are believed to have used to tools to smash a window and damage a door before they were disturbed by the homeowner and fled the scene at about 21:45.

Derby students fundraise for Kenyan school

BBC Radio Derby

Children at an African school have celebrated the opening of a new hall which was built with money raised by students and staff at Derby High School.

Woodard Language Senior School

The school raised £25,000 to pay for the hall at the

Woodard Langalanga Senior School in Kenya.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

In the bulletin at 12:00: At least three British citizens have been killed in the Germanwings Airbus A320 plane crash in the French Alps.

The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond made a brief announcement to reporters this morning and said they could not rule out the possibility of there being more British casualties.

'Attempt to remove coroner from high-profile inquest'

Derbyshire Times

One of Derbyshire's highest judicial figures is

calling for a criminal investigation over claims linked to the heart of the British Government, the Derbyshire Times can exclusively reveal.

Dr Robert Hunter, senior coroner for Derby and Derbyshire, has informed police of allegations that Government civil servants attempted to remove him from presiding over a high-profile inquest about a killed British aid worker.

Waiting list for homes

BBC Radio Derby

About 4,000 families in Derby are on a waiting list to get a home according to Derby City Council. The authority also admits that many others are in overcrowded or unsuitable conditions.

The authority said it is trying to tackle the problem by bringing empty properties back into use.

Derby is a 'misjudged' city

A travel writer has hailed Derby as the "unsung hero of the Midlands" in a review of the city for the

Rough Guides website.

Rough Guides
Rough Guide

Assistant editor, Lottie Gross, described the city as "one of the UK's misjudged cities" and said she was won over by great beer, great food and the city's industrial heritage.

"Friends laughed at me when I said I was going to Derby or looked a bit confused so I had no expectations when I came....I was surprised about what Derby had to offer."

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

It has been confirmed that

three Britons have been killed in the French Alps air crash.

All of the 150 people on board the Germanwings Airbus A320 died when it came down in a remote mountain ravine on Tuesday.

Listen live at 11:00.

Derbyshire bus services to continue

Derbyshire County Council says it has agreed to

continue funding bus services after members of the public shared their views of the service in a survey.

The council proposed to stop funding the service in a bid to cut £3.5m from its community transport budget but now says buses will continue for another year.

iPro turnstiles up for grabs

A set of turnstiles from the iPro stadium have been put up for

auction on eBay to raise funds for the Derby County Community Trust's next charity project in Kenya.

Turnstiles from Derby County FC's iPro stadium
Derby County Community Trust

Paul Newman from the trust says the 7ft turnstiles had been taken out during a "minor refurb" at the stadium and hopes a Rams fan "with imagination" would buy them.

Derby's housing waiting list problem

Nigel Cash

BBC Radio Derby reporter

The number of empty homes in Derby is around 3,500 and with 4,000 families on the waiting list for houses, the city council believe opening these up could make a real difference.

Many of these are privately-owned properties which have been left to fall into bad condition, and the council says this can attract anti-social behaviour and squatters to the area.

The council's latest report says these empty homes also affect the house prices of nearby properties.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

In the news at

10:00: Families of some of the victims of yesterday's plane crash in the French Alps are due to start arriving in the area.

Wreckage of Germanwings flight

The Germanwings airbus A3-20 came down in a remote mountain ravine, killing all 150 people on board. Among those killed were 16 German schoolchildren from the town of Haltern.

Etwall homes decision

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Confirmation arrives that developers wanting to build 300 homes off Etwall Road in Mickleover, have appealed its rejection to the Secretary of State.

Commercial Estates Group (CEG) said they were appealing on the grounds the council had taken too long to decide.

However, South Derbyshire District Council's planning committee met last night to discuss a revised application for the site, which had been recommended for approval. I am waiting to hear from the council what was decided.

Funding reprieve for rural Derbyshire bus services

Derby Telegraph

Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet has

voted in favour of carrying on funding for 141 rural bus services.

Following a survey, the council decided to fund the services until 2017 by using £3.5m from reserves.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

A disabled couple says replacing their stolen mobility scooters has left them with nothing in the bank.

Listen live at 09:00

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Council master plan slammed

Derby Telegraph

A Derby property agent has delivered

a withering assessment of the city council's 15-year master plan.

Trevor Raybould asked: "Derby is blessed with beautiful buildings, historical streets and heritage not found in any other East Midlands city, so why are parts of the city an embarrassment?"