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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 23 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Have a great evening

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

That's the end of the election debate and today's Local Live updates. Thank you for joining us.

Friday's updates will start at 08:00.

How to engage the electorate

David Shipman asks: "If you're elected MP for Erewash, how would you engage the electorate and encourage more people to become part of the democratic process?"

  • Martin Garnett (Lib Dem): "Like Nick Clegg, I'd like to become involved with local radio stations, with a regular slot."
  • Philip Rose (UKIP): "We need to have a greater say for local councillors and a more joined up party situation."
  • Ralph Hierons (Green Party): "I'm not a politician. No-one else is saying what we're saying, so that's why I'm standing up and putting myself out there."
  • Maggie Throup (Conservatives): "People want a fair selection by the parties and for them to embed themselves in the community - which is what I've done in the past 12 months."
  • Catherine Atkinson (Labour): "I have stood up for people I've met in Erewash, and the things they find frustrating about their local community and their country."

'We should be part of Europe'

Ralph Hierons (Green Party - pictured) says he would support a referendum on whether the UK should remain in the EU.

Ralph Hierons
BBC

He said: "As a party we're in favour of giving a people a say but at the same point we're definitely of the camp that we should be part of Europe."

'The benefits of staying in the EU'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Martin Garnett (Lib Dem - pictured) has been defending the UK's membership of the EU.

Martin Garnett
BBC

He said: "If we had a good argument about this and saw the proper figures, people would see the benefits of staying in the EU.

"Only a year or so ago, once this was debated properly in the public, there was a majority in favour of staying in the EU, where as previously there had been a majority in favour of going out."

EU referendum

The next question from the audience comes from Charlotte Land, who asks: "How do you feel an in/out referendum on Europe would influence the economy?"

Philip Rose
BBC
  • Philip Rose (UKIP - pictured): "We'd be able to control our own trade agreements and be able to get out of this customs union - the EU - and trade with the rest of the world."
  • Martin Garnett (Lib Dem): "The disadvantages of leaving the EU would far outweigh that [the amount we spend on membership] in terms of trade."
  • Ralph Hierons (Green Party): "I don't think it would have a particularly negative impact on the economy at the moment. It wouldn't be a surprise."
  • Maggie Throup (Conservative): "We need to renegotiate our terms of business with Europe and then decide if that agreement is right for the UK or not."
  • Catherine Atkinson (Labour): "Manufacturers have been telling me they don't want their relationship with Europe put at risk."

Have your say

BBC Radio Derby

Are the Erewash candidates answering the questions?

Have your say on

Twitter with #derbydebates.

Don't forget, you can listen to BBC Radio Derby's election debate online

here.

'No apology' for a rise in food banks

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Maggie Throup (Conservatives- pictured) is asked about the sharp rise in the number of food banks under the coalition government.

Maggie Throup
BBC

She says: "I'm not going to apologise for more people using food banks. If Labour had actually opened up access when people really needed them, we'd have had a million people using them under Labour as well."

Catherine Atkinson (Labour) responds: "It's an absolute disgrace that a country like ours needs the food banks that we do. It's because we have a cost of living crisis."

Trade partnerships and the NHS

BBC Radio Derby

The panel is asked: How can candidates of parties who support TTIP [a trade and investment partnership between the US and the EU] claim the NHS is safe in their hands?

Catherine Atkinson
BBC
  • Catherine Atkinson (Labour - pictured): "A lot of people are concerned about TTIP and I think they are right to be."
  • Martin Garnett (Lib Dem): "It's potentially very useful. It's not going to destroy the NHS."
  • Ralph Hierons (Green Party): "We don't support TTIP at all. We're wholly against it."
  • Philip Rose (UKIP): It looks bad, it's undemocratic and emphasises why we shouldn't be in the EU."
  • Maggie Throup (Conservatives): "We live in a global economy. We need to make sure we can trade with as many countries as possible."

Election debate - Meet the candidates

Ian Skye

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

All five candidates standing in Erewash took part in our election debate, recorded last night.

Election debate
BBC

They are (from left to right): Catherine Atkinson (Labour), Martin Garnett (Lib Dem), Ian Skye, Ralph Hierons (Green Party), Philip Rose (UKIP) and Maggie Throup (Conservative).

Erewash debate

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our coverage of the second BBC Radio Derby election debate, featuring candidates for the Erewash constituency being quizzed by the public at Trent College in Long Eaton.

Trent College
Google

The decision by the Conservatives' Jessica Lee not to defend her seat means Erewash is guaranteed a new MP, whoever wins.

Listen live.

Clear and dry overnight

BBC Weather

Staying

dry with generally clear skies overnight.

SARA BLIZZARD
BBC

Forecaster Sara Blizzard says temperatures will take a tumble with a widespread ground frost forming by dawn with some mist and fog patches forming.

Listen: Erewash debate

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

From 18:00, you can listen online to

BBC Radio Derby's second election debate, featuring Erewash candidates taking answers from the public.

We're also be posting updates and photos of the debate - recorded last night - on Local Live during the next hour.

Get involved on

Twitter with the #derbydebate

Former Ilkeston Register Office is sold for £140,000

Ilkeston Advertiser

The former Ilkeston Register Office has been

bought at auction by a couple who plan to spruce it up and convert it into a house.

ILKESTON REGISTER OFFICE
Google

Michelle and Allen Taylor, from Chellaston, placed the top bid of £140,000 to win the Lord Haddon Road building at an auction.

Members of a Derby drugs gang who made thousands must pay as little as £1 each

Derby Telegraph

Seven members of a drugs gang who dealt heroin and crack cocaine across Derby and

made up to £100,000 each from their crime have been ordered to pay back as little as £1.

Leader David Stewart recruited "trusted" men and women to run the operation from homes in Normanton during the first nine months of 2013.

Your photos

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

This superb photo of Sawley Marina was sent in by Tom Hipkiss.

Sawley Marina
Tom Hipkiss

Email or
tweet us your best snaps of Derbyshire. I'll feature the cream of the crop on Local Live.

News on the hour

Matthew Barlow

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

A judge said a Derby man has subjected his daughter to a 'life of darkness' after he raped her over a four-year period.

I'll bring you more on this story in our

17:00 news bulletin.

Horse taken

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

A brown and white male horse was stolen from a field in Netherseal last night.

Police say a man driving a white transit van towing a blue and silver horse box was spotted acting suspiciously nearby.

Listen: Mac on Magpies job

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Earlier I asked Steve McClaren about rumours linking him with the Newcastle job.

Listen here for what he said.

Steve McClaren
BBC

'Vital deaf school remains viable'

The National Deaf Children's Society has issued a statement on Derby's Royal School for the Deaf

being placed into special measures.

It said: "Special schools like RSD Derby are an important option for deaf children, including those who have been unable to make progress in mainstream education.

"It is therefore vital the school remains viable and makes the improvements necessary to offer a good education."

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

A man from Derby has been jailed for life for raping his daughter.

You can hear more on this story in my

16:00 bulletin.

Latest updates

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Local Live:

Burst pipe disrupts water supplies

Severn Trent Water says the burst water pipe at the junction of Burton Road and Stonehill Road in Littleover

is disrupting supplies for residents with a DE23 postcode.

It said its engineers would be working around the clock to resolve the problem.

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

In my

15:00 bulletin, I'll have more on a Derby man facing at least 15 years in jail for repeatedly raping his daughter.

Derby man raped his own daughter

Matthew Barlow

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

A Derby man who raped his own daughter over a number of years has been jailed for life.

The court heard the man abused the girl over a four-year period, and at age 14 she gave birth to his child within the past year.

The man will have to serve at least 15 years in prison before he is considered for parole.

Broken traffic lights

BBC Travel

Traffic lights have failed at the junction on Mansfield Road and Springwood Street in Temple Normanton.

Rams interview

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

I've been talking to Derby County boss Steve McClaren about fresh speculation linking him with Newcastle United.

Steve McClaren
PA

He said: "It's disrespectful to John Carver, to Newcastle. My focus is purely on Derby."

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

A Derby man who raped and abused his daughter has been jailed for life.

Find out more in my

14:00 bulletin.

Hasselbaink's family values

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Burton Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been explaining how the support of his family helped him to lead the Brewers to promotion.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
PA

You can listen to the full interview

here.

St George's Day

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Are you doing anything special to celebrate St George's Day?

St George's Day celebration
BBC

Send your pics or comments to derby.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet us at

@bbcderby

Ten hour wait for new Aldi store

Derby Telegraph

Eager customers

waited up to 10 hours to get their hands on prizes at the opening of a new Aldi store in Alvaston.

News on the hour

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Parents have been defending Derby's Royal School for the Deaf after Ofsted inspectors rated it inadequate.

Find out more in my

13:00 bulletin.

Ilkeston water main bursts

Severn Trent Water

tweets: We are on the way to a burst in Ilkeston that is causing supply issues. Regards Paul
ow.ly/M0gme

Water pipe bursts in Derby

Simon Hare

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

A water pipe has burst on Burton Road in Derby, making it difficult for cars to pass.

Burton Road flooding
BBC

Severn Trent is aware of the problem.

Your photos

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

John Leigh sent us this awesome photo of a climber negotiating Froggatt Edge.

Froggatt Edge
John Leigh

If you've taken any equally superb pics in Derbyshire or East Staffordshire, you can

email or
tweet them to us.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

12:00 bulletin, Derby's Royal School for the Deaf is being defended by parents after it was placed in special measures.

Parents defend deaf school

BBC Radio Derby

Parents have been defending the education at Derby's Royal School for the Deaf

after it was placed in special measures.

Royal School for the Deaf entrance
BBC

Esther Freeman, whose daughter goes to the school, said: "Our experience with the school has been thoroughly excellent.

"We have full confidence that, although there are concerns from Ofsted, the school is working really hard to address those."

Digger taken by thieves

A mini digger and trailer have been stolen from a yard in Duffield.

Police say thieves rammed security gates at the Bullpit Lane site to steal the equipment at some point between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Parents have been defending the education at Derby's Royal School for the Deaf after it was placed in special measures.

I'll bring you more on this story in my

11:00 bulletin.