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  1. Updates for Tuesday 14 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

Dry and clear night

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Tonight will be dry and clear with light winds.

Sara Blizzard

It will

feel relatively mild despite it being a clear night, while low cloud, hill fog and misty conditions may affect Derbyshire later.

'Chemical balloon' thrown at man

A man suffered skin irritation after a group of young people

threw a balloon containing a chemical solution at his chest.

The victim was targeted as he walked through Derby's Arboretum Park at about 20:00 on 7 April. He was not seriously injured.

Derby v Blackpool

BBC Sport

Derby defenders Ryan Shotton (pictured left) and Cyrus Christie will return from concussion and tonsillitis respectively, for the visit of relegated Blackpool tonight at the iPro Stadium.

ryan shotton
Getty Images

Midfielder Will Hughes serves the final game of his two-match suspension and striker Chris Martin (hamstring) will have his fitness monitored.

Kick-off is at 19:45 and there's

full team news here.

Bin rummager 'turned violent'

Buxton Advertiser

A lorry driver was allegedly attacked and threatened by a man who had been rummaging through bins at an apartment complex in Derbyshire.

Work on site of remembrance to start in summer

A new Remembrance Centre at The National Memorial Arboretum is a step closer after fundraising passed the £10m mark. Work on the National Memorial Arboretum project is set to begin this summer.

Artists impression of the new remembrance centre at the National Memorial Arboretum
The National Memorial Arboretum

The building work, due to be completed by the end of 2016, will also see improvements made to the reception area, restaurant, café and shop.

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Hundreds of members of the Derby United Credit Union are to get their money back after it ceased trading.

I'll bring you the latest in this story in my

17:00 bulletin.

Taliban threat man avoids prison

Derbyshire Times

A man has escaped jail after telling a young army cadet who was selling poppies

he would be shot by the Taliban.

Interview: Lucy Spraggan

Andy Potter

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

Life's about to get even busier for Buxton singer Lucy Spraggan - she's about to release her third album and just got engaged.

Lucy Spraggan
Getty Images

Listen to my interview with the former X Factor star


Protest over council plans to re-organise transport for disabled children

Derby Telegraph

Parents are planning to

hold a demonstration outside the Derby City Council House to protest plans to change how transport taking disabled children to school is organised.

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

In my

16:00 bulletin, I'll bring you more on the Derby United Credit Union going into administration.

A history of social housing

From Lloyd George's promise of "homes fit for heroes" to Margaret Thatcher's dream of a property-owning democracy, housing has been at the centre of British politics for more than a century.

social housing
Getty Images

Key pledges ahead of the 2015 general election show it's rarely mattered more.

BBC Political reporter Brian Wheeler looks at why.

Eustace has second knee op

BBC Sport

John Eustace

will not play again this season for Derby County following surgery on his knee.

John Eustace
Getty Images

The 35-year-old midfielder needs 12 weeks to recover from a second operation after injuring the joint in January.

Fundraising to re-vamp arboretum passes £10m

Craig Lewis

BBC News Online

A new Remembrance Centre at The National Memorial Arboretum is a step closer after fundraising passed the £10m mark.

The new entrance for the National Memorial Arboretum
The National Memorial Arboretum

The centre is part of plans which will see a £15.7m overhaul of the Alrewas based attraction.

Dedicated education facilities earmarked for the centre will enable the arboretum to cater for 25,000 schoolchildren a year, up from the current 10,000.

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme is stepping in to protect members of the Derby United Credit Union after it was put into administration and ceased trading yesterday.

You can hear more on this story in my

15:00 bulletin.

Credit union goes out of business

A credit union with almost 500 members in Derby

has been placed into administration and ceased trading.

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme said the "vast majority" of the Derby United Credit Union's customers would get their money back within the next week.

A total of £173,000 worth of savings had been deposited with the union.

Giant tiger gets mixed reviews

Sandish Shoker

BBC News


have been giving their reaction to a giant tiger that has been painted across the junction in Normanton.

Normanton tiger
Andy Savage

Some said they liked how "colourful" and "different" the design looked, others were concerned it could confuse drivers.

Graffiti appeal

Police in Clowne have asked for the public's help in identifying the person behind this distinctive graffiti tag.

Derbyshire Police

If you can help, call 101 and ask for the Clowne Safer Neighbourhood Team.

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

In my

14:00 bulletin, hundreds of members of a Derby credit union are set to get their money back after the scheme was put into administration and ceased trading.

Matlock man caught with drug powder on trousers

Matlock Mercury

A man admitted possessing

mephedrone drugs after police searched a property in Matlock.

Chesterfield magistrates' court heard on Friday how Zachary Henson, 19, had been visiting the property when it was searched by police in November. Robert Carr, prosecuting, said police found white powder on Henson's trousers.

He was fined £138 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Blog tracks bridge's history

Derby City Council is currently drawing up plans for a £250,000 refurbishment of Friar Gate Bridge.

Friar Gate Bridge in Derby

If you're interested in finding out more about the grade II-listed structure and its designer Andrew Handyside,

there's loads of information available on this blog site.

Mixed conditions

BBC Weather

has shared this satellite image from a short while ago, showing clear conditions in the Midlands and the South but cloud in the North.

Satellite weather

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

In the

13:00 news bulletin: Police say they're treating a fire at a house in Chellaston Road, Derby, as suspicious.

Horse emergency

Sally Swinfen

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Part of the M25 was closed for a time this weekend after a North Derbyshire family broke down with their horse wagon while returning from a competition in Holland.

The horse, called Mr Hyde, was transferred to another vehicle and, according to the owner, "took it all in his stride".

Hospital advice

Burton Hospitals

tweets: We are busier than usual in our A&E dept. Check out #ChooseWell for info on good alternatives

Your photos

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Keith Bown sent us this shot of Lockerbrook, in the Peak District, looking "windy and cold" yesterday.

Keith Bown

If you've taken any good pics in Derbyshire or East Staffordshire, you can email them to or tweet us at


News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Police say they're treating a fire at a house in Chellaston Road in Derby as suspicious.

Hear more on this in my

12:00 bulletin.

Normanton raid: four released

BBC Radio Derby

Four men have been released without charge after being arrested on suspicion on firearms offences during a police raid on a flat above a shop in Normanton.

Part of Pear Tree Road was closed while police entered the flat shortly before 17:00 yesterday.

Church windows smashed

Martyn Williams

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Police believe the same vandals are responsible for breaking stained glass windows at three churches in Derbyshire over the past few weeks.

Broken window

The damage, at All Saints Church in Aston-on-Trent (pictured), St James' Church in Swarkestone and St Mary's Church in Aston-on-Trent, will cost thousands of pounds to repair.

Rams pair set to return

Nigel Cash

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County should have defenders Ryan Shotton and Cyrus Christie available for tonight's game against Blackpool.

Shotton has missed the past two games with a concussion while Christie is recovering from tonsilitis.

Nightingale lamp to be auctioned

East Midlands Today

A lamp that was owned by famous nurse Florence Nightingale is to be sold at an auction in Derbyshire.

Charles Hanson with Florence Nightingale lamp

The 150-year-old lot is not the same light that earned her the nickname, The Lady with the Lamp, but was used by her at Lea Hurst near Matlock.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

11:00 bulletin, I'll bring you more on last night's armed police raid in Normanton.

Paw prints show the way

BBC Radio Derby

A giant tiger and paw prints have been painted across a junction in Normanton to show people the safest points to cross the road.

Toger paw prints
Andy Savage

The project

was dreamed up by charity Sustrans, which works with communities to make busy streets look more appealing and improve road safety.

Heanor bus problems

Trentbarton Buses

tweets: The roadworks and temp lights just up from Heanor Gate are causing carnage. We are seeing extensive delays for both amberline and H1.

'Defensive' pay rises

BBC Radio Derby

Derbyshire's Chamber of Commerce says some companies have been giving out "defensive" pay rises to stop staff moving to more lucrative positions elsewhere.

The move has been prompted by a fall in unemployment and a shortage of skills, the chamber said.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen


Four men were arrested after armed police raided a flat above a shop on Pear Tree Road in Normanton last night.

Find out more in my 10:00 bulletin

on BBC Radio Derby.

A38 speed warning

Burton Mail

Police chiefs have urged people to cut their speed on the A38 after a driver

was caught doing 112mph.

Midfielder's season is over

Nigel Cash

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County midfielder John Eustace has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

John Eustace
Getty Images

First team coach Paul Simpson says the 35-year-old won't play again this campaign after undergoing a second operation on his knee.