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  1. Updates for Thursday 2 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return on Tuesday at 08:00

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By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Happy Easter

Today's Local Live updates have now finished. We will be back on Tuesday at 08:00.

Rain on its way

Anna Church

BBC Weather


will continue to increase through the evening with rain eventually arriving from the west.


This will initially be patchy before becoming more persistent and heavy at times through the night. Lows of 5C (41F).

Jail for fake gun robber

Lucy Vladev

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

A would-be robber has been jailed for six years

for brandishing a fake gun in a Derby shop.

Karl Baker
Derbyshire Police

Karl Baker, 47, used the fake weapon to try to steal cash from a convenience store on Burton in February but fled empty-handed following a struggle with the shop owner.

Trio set for return

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County boss Steve McClaren says George Thorne, Chris Martin (pictured) and Jeff Hendrick are all fit to face Watford at the iPro Stadium tomorrow.

Chris Martin
Getty Images

Your photos: Idyllic Ladybower

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Thank you to Michiko Smith for sending us this idyllic photo of Ladybower Reservoir.

Ladybower Reservoir
Michiko Smith

Email or
tweet us any stunning shots you've taken in Derbyshire. I'll feature the best on Local Live.

More bands confirmed for festival

A further 22 bands have been added to the line-up for this year's Indietracks festival in Derbyshire.

The new additions for the event, at Ripley's Midland Railway Station in July, include The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and The Wave Pictures.

McClaren backs Dyke's plan

Derby County boss Steve McClaren is one of five former England managers

to sign a letter backing the FA's plan to boost the number of homegrown players at top-flight clubs.

Steve McClaren

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants to limit the number of foreign players allowed at clubs to create more opportunities for talented young English players.

News on the hour

Lucy Vladev

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

An inquest into the death of a Derbyshire student has been opened.

Hear more on this story in my

17:00 bulletin.

Gambling on the marginals

Ben Truslove

BBC News

It's being called the most unpredictable election yet, with voters in the East Midlands said to be among the most likely to turn to smaller parties.

Most marginal seats

  • Amber Valley - Nigel Mills will be defending a 536 Conservative majority
  • Chesterfield - Labour's Toby Perkins is defending a 549 majority over the Liberal Democrats
  • Erewash - Conservative Jessica Lee is not defending her 2,501 majority
  • High Peak - Heather Wheeler is defending a 7,128 Conservative majority

Despite this uncertainty, some people are still willing to bet serious cash on the outcome.

Do they know something we don't?

Inquest for train death teen

BBC Radio Derby

An inquest into the death of a 16-year-old boy who was hit by a train in Belper on Saturday has been opened and adjourned.

Derby Coroner's Court was told Mitchell Rodgers died from a head injury. A full post-mortem examination and a toxicology report are still to be completed.

Bus assault pic appeal

Police have released photos of a man they want to speak to after a 15-year-old boy

had his glasses pulled from his face and thrown down a bus.

CCTV still
Derbyshire Police

The attack happened on the number 90 Trentbarton service as it passed through Swanwick at 15:30 on 15 January.

Lorry blocks road

BBC Travel

The A57 Snake Pass is closed

between Glossop and Ladybower Reservoir because of an overturned lorry.

News on the hour

Lucy Vladev

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

16:00 bulletin, taxi drivers have been protesting at new charges for licences.

Easter cross vandalised


have damaged a large cross placed at a Derbyshire beauty spot by churches to celebrate Easter.

Police believe tools were used to vandalise the cross, at Lantern Pike in Hayfield, between 15:00 and 16:00 on Monday.

Easter rail disruption

Network Rail has major engineering works planned over the weekend, with some major lines shutting down.

Network rail workers

Network Rail waits for Easter because there is a 20% to 40% decline in rail traffic, says BBC correspondent Robert Piggot.

The work should be completed by 03:30 on Tuesday morning. If not, there are contingency plans - "hundreds" of buses are on standby . Phew!

Robins boss axed

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Ilkeston manager Kevin Wilson will leave the New Manor Ground at the end of the season after the club

decided not to renew his contract.

Wilson signed a four-and-a-half year deal when the club was formed in 2010, having previously been manager of Ilkeston Town before its liquidation.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

A would-be robber has been jailed for six years for brandishing a fake gun in a Derby shop.

Karl Baker was trying to steal cash when he went into the Burton Road Convenience Store on 14 February.

For more on this story and others join us for

the 15:00 bulletin.

Burton and South Derbyshire roads are crash hotspots

Burton Mail

Drivers in Burton are 19 per cent

more likely to have a crash than in other parts of the country, figures have revealed.

Results of a national survey have suggested the area is above the average road casualty rate.

South Derbyshire fared better by coming in at nine per cent over the common crash rate for the rest of the nation.

Talbot: 'I almost quit'

Andy Giddings

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Chesterfield defender Drew Talbot says he almost had to quit the game this season due to injury.

Drew Talbot
Getty Images

The full-back is back in the Spireites' first team after being sidelined for nearly a year

with a complicated groin injury.

Pool problem

Erewash Borough Council

tweets: Due to mechanical failure West Park Leisure Centre's pool will be closed until further notice. It is unlikely to be open over the weekend.

News on the hour

Lucy Vladev

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

15:00 bulletin, I'll bring you more on a Derbyshire care home being told it needs to improve.

‘Uppercut-style’ punch left assault victim with broken nose

Buxton Advertiser

A Buxton man who punched a stranger in the face, breaking his nose,

has been given a community order.

Alexander Boylan had been in the Vault on Buxton Market Place on November 14 when an argument began outside the pub, High Peak Magistrates' Court heard.

Pensioner robbed in own home

A woman who robbed a 79-year-old pensioner in her own home

has been jailed for four years.

The victim let 32-year-old Elizabeth Ness into her bungalow in Chesterfield after she knocked on the door and asked for a glass of water.

Ness then threatened her and stole her cash.

News on the hour

Lucy Vladev

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

13:00 bulletin, inspectors find a care home in Derbyshire left people sitting in their own waste.

Airport expansion plans

Bosses at East Midlands Airport are expecting passenger numbers to double by 2030.

East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport

The airport is currently used by about four-and-a-half passengers each year, but managers hope to keep on expanding by adding more routes, including long-haul.

Climbing frame takes shape

BBC Radio Derby

Construction has begun on a giant climbing frame at Derby's Markeaton Park.

Markeaton Park climbing frame

The council hopes the structure which is costing more than £250,000, will attract more visitors to the park.

Top players

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County are represented twice in Four Four Two magazine's countdown of the top 50 Football League players - Chris Martin at five and Will Hughes (pictured) at eight.

Will Hughes
Getty Images

Burton Albion's Adam McGurk is in there too - at number 43.

News on the hour

Alex Howick

BBC Radio Derby reporter

A report into a South Derbyshire care home says residents were left sitting in their own waste.

You can hear more on this story in my

12:00 bulletin.

Rock guitarist dies

BBC Radio Derby

A former guitarist with rock band Procol Harum has died from cancer.

Dave Ball, who lived in Burton, was with the group in the early 1970's and was a well-known figure in the town's music scene.

Cathedral to go blue

BBC Radio Derby

Derby Cathedral will join famous buildings like the Sydney Opera House and Empire State Building in turning blue later to mark World Autism Awareness Day.

Sydney Opera House
Getty Images

It is the first time the cathedral has got involved in the annual event, now into its eighth year.

Council embarks on transport study

A research into public transport in rural parts of Derbyshire is to be carried out by the county council

using a £164,900 government grant.

The study will examine whether the authority could be working closer with private firms and other public bodies to deliver public transport more efficiently.

News on the hour

Alex Howick

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

A report has found a care home in Derbyshire left people sitting in their own waste.

Find out more in my

11:00 bulletin.

Train death teen inquest

Derby Telegraph

An inquest into the death of a teenager who was struck by a train in Belper

is due to open today.

Promotion programme

Colin Bloomfield

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

I've been recording a documentary about Derby County's promotion hits and misses through the years.

Promotion programme
Gavin Bevis

You'll be able to hear it

on BBC Radio Derby at 17:30 on Friday.

Long-haul ambition

Martyn Williams

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

As East Midlands Airport celebrates its 50th birthday, managing director Andy Cliffe said the ambition was to start offering more long-haul flights.

East Midlands Airport

He said: "When that is [going to happen] is difficult to say but it's certainly part of our planning."

News on the hour

Alex Howick

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

In my

10:00 bulletin, a report into a South Derbyshire care home says residents were left sitting in their own waste.

Care home 'needs to improve'

BBC Radio Derby

A care home in Swadlincote

has been given the second lowest rating by inspectors and told it needs to improve.

An unannounced visit by the Care Quality Commission to Jason Hylton Court in January identified problems with cleanliness and communication - with one resident complaining they had been left to sit in their own waste for nearly an hour.

Crews help with Nottingham fire

Crews from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service have been involved with efforts to put out a fire at a former cigarette factory in Nottingham.

Player Street fire

The fire, at the former John Player plant on Player Street, has been burning since Monday and

part of the building is set to be demolished.

Boy sat with mother's dead body

Derby Telegraph

Moving tributes have been paid to a pregnant mum who died suddenly at the wheel of her car

with her two-year-old son on the back seat.

The pair were undiscovered for nearly 24 hours as their frantic family searched desperately to find them - with toddler Benjamin cuddled up to his mum's body.