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  1. Updates for Wednesday 8 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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All times stated are UK

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Today's Local Live updates have now finished. The service will be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

Pleasant evening

Anna Church

BBC Weather

It's remaining fine to end the day with plenty of evening sunshine.

Weather chart

It's a dry night with clear spells. However, some mist and cloud will develop by dawn with lows of 6C (43F).

Bent targets home advantage

Derby County loan striker Darren Bent says six points from the Rams' two forthcoming home games could put them back in the race for automatic promotion.

Darren Bent
Getty Images

He said: "There's so much to play for. There's plenty of drama to come and there are still some teams to play each other as well at the top."

Marina body: Woman named

Police have named a 64-year-old woman who was found dead at Sawley Marina on Sunday

as Jennifer Key, from South Yorkshire.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out and further tests are being conducted. A 65-year-old man has been arrested and bailed.

Match for tragic Lydia

Burton Albion

are to stage a football match in memory of one of their young players who died in November.

The Lydia Bennett Memorial Trophy will be contested by Burton Albion Ladies and Lydia's former club, Gillway Ladies, at the Pirelli Stadium on 29 April.

Death crash biker 'was speeding'

Ashbourne News Telegraph

A coroner has concluded that a motorcyclist who died after after losing control of his bike on the A52

had been driving "well in excess" of the speed limit.

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

In my

17:00 bulletin, police have named a 64-year-old woman found dead at a marina in Derbyshire.

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Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

This great shot of a group of alpacas grazing near Holme Moss was sent in by Sandie Nicholson.

Sandie Nicholson

If you've taken any good pictures in Derbyshire, email them to or tweet us

Health boss investigation revisited

The General Medical Council

is to review an investigation into a senior executive at NHS England, Dame Barbara Hakin.

Dame Barbara Hakin

She has faced claims she endangered patients by ordering a hospital trust to meet performance targets whatever the cost, while she was head of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

In my

16:00 bulletin, flights are cancelled at East Midlands Airport after strike action by French air traffic controllers.

How well do you know your candidates?

There's just under a month to the 2015 general election.

Faceless candidate

In the weeks up to the vote, BBC Magazine is publishing a series of quizzes on all things electoral. This week -

the candidates.

Long Eaton burglary

Burglars forced open a conservatory door

and stole computers, jewellery and cash from a house in Long Eaton.

Police said the home, on Fairfield Crescent, was broken into between 21:30 and 23:30 on Saturday.

Airport hit by strike

BBC Radio Derby

East Midlands Airport says disruption from today's strike by French air traffic controllers has been "minimal".

East Midlands Aiport
East Midlands Airport

However, some passengers have experienced delays of up to two hours and other flights have been cancelled completely.

Man charged after PC shot

Burton Mail

A man has appeared in court after a police officer

was hit by a pellet from an air weapon.

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

In my

15:00 bulletin, I'll bring you the latest on how a strike by French air traffic controllers is affecting East Midlands Airport.

Savage: Hopkins comments 'beggar belief'

BBC Radio Derby

Former Derby County captain Robbie Savage said Katie Hopkins' description of dementia patients as "bed blockers" was offensive.

Katie Hopkins

The BBC pundit, whose father had Alzheimer's, said: "My mother's in tears. Going on Twitter to vent such stupid, naive comments beggars belief."

Fresh start for market

The group that runs Wirksworth's

relaunched Tuesday Market said it wanted to provide an experience that was "a bit different with unusual products".

A spokesman said: "Visitors are often surprised what a lovely, vibrant town we have and we want more people to experience that."

Lonely lives

Martyn Williams

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

A Derbyshire man has admitted he has considered suicide in the past because he is so lonely.

Dave Hardwick

Dave Hardwick has not left his house in Riddings for nine months because of a disability and he has no family or friends to talk to.

His admission comes after a report by the Campaign to End Loneliness suggested councils could be doing more to help isolated people using data already at their disposal.

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Passengers flying out of East Midlands Airport have experienced delays of up to two hours today, because of a strike by French air traffic controllers.

I'll bring you the latest in my

14:00 bulletin.

Missing woman found

Police say 31-year-old Elizabeth Webb, who went missing from her home in Chesterfield yesterday,

has been found safe and well in Skegness.

Talking Brewers

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

I've been to Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium this morning to record interviews with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Robbie Weir.

Pirelli Stadium

Work to begin on retirement complex

Work is due to begin soon on a new £30m retirement village near Aston-on-Trent.

Artist impression of Richmond village near Aston-on-Trent
Richmond Villages

The Bupa-owned Richmond care village, scheduled to open next year, will feature apartments and suites as well as a spa, library and croquet lawn.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

In the

13:00 news bulletin: Strike action by French Air Traffic Controllers is causing delays of up to two hours at East Midlands Airport.

Water main repairs continue

Severn Trent Water says part of Derby Road in Borrowash

will need to stay closed until this afternoon at the earliest, as it works to repair a burst water main.

The firm apologised for the disruption and said it was working as quickly as possible.

Derby still chasing top two - Martin

BBC Sport

Fit-again Derby County striker

Chris Martin hopes their first victory in eight games can revitalise their automatic promotion challenge.

Chris Martin (right) is congratulated after scoring Derby County's opening goal against Wigan Athletic

The Rams were a point off top spot in the Championship after Martin (far right) was injured in the 2-2 draw against Bournemouth in February.


the 26-year-old's absence coincided with a run of two wins in ten until he scored in
Saturday's win at Wigan.

School set to close

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The closure of Derby's Castle Nursery School could be confirmed next week.

Castle Nursery School

Campaigners say it provides a vital, much-loved service but the city council contends it is under-used and expensive.

Your photos: High over Mam Tor

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Thanks to John Leigh for this excellent photo taken at Mam Tor.

Mam Tor paraglider
John Leigh

If you've taken any great pics in Derbyshire, email them to or tweet us at


News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Passengers flying out of East Midlands Airport have experienced delays of up to two hours this morning because of a strike by French air traffic controllers.

Find out more in my

12:00 bulletin.

Fake parcel scam

BBC Radio Derby

People in East Staffordshire have been targeted by a bogus courier who knocks on doors and demands cash in return for the delivery of a parcel.

Christel Armstrong, 78, from Branston, lost £250 to the "genuine-seeming" conman. Police have urged residents to stay vigilant.

Strike causes travel disruption

A strike by French air traffic controllers has led to delays and cancellations of flights in and out of the UK.

Ryanair said 250 of its flights had been cancelled today - including services from East Midlands and Birmingham airports.

Video: Health promises

Rob Sissons

Correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

Health and the NHS has taken centre stage in campaigning for the General Election.

Hospital care

I've been looking at which areas our candidates in the East Midlands believe

should be the priorities over the next few years.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

11:00 bulletin, former Rams captain Robbie Savage clashes with reality TV star Katie Hopkins after she labels dementia sufferers "bed blockers".

Husband's ashes stolen

Derby Telegraph

A great-grandmother has been left heartbroken after

a locket, containing some of her late husband's ashes, was stolen when she was pulled from her mobility scooter just yards from her front door.

Disgraced councillor's independent campaign

Matthew Barlow

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Robin Baldry, a former Derbyshire County Council chairman who received a suspended jail sentence in 2012 for falsifying his expenses, has produced a leaflet encouraging people to vote more independent councillors onto High Peak Borough Council.

Robin Baldry leaflet

Baldry is not an election candidate himself but is pictured alongside a group of independent councillors who are standing.

It also invites readers to donate £10 to support the campaign.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Former Derby County captain Robbie Savage and reality TV star Katie Hopkins have clashed over comments made about dementia.

You can hear more on this story in my

10:00 bulletin.

Savage anger at 'stupid' Hopkins

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Former Derby County captain Robbie Savage has clashed with reality TV star Katie Hopkins over comments she made on Twitter about dementia patients "blocking beds"

Robbie Savage

Savage (pictured), who is an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society, described the remarks as "naive" and "stupid".