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  1. Updates for Wednesday 29 April
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Thursday

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By Gavin Bevis

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East Midlands Today

Simon Hare


Police have warned people about the dangers of taking so-called legal highs after finding a substance in Derby connected to deaths in Europe.

Packet of Black Mamba

The deadly compound was found in a pack labelled Black Mamba. This afternoon we were able to purchase the same brand of legal high at a shop in Derby within an hour of looking.

Watch my report on BBC One at 18:30.

Hasselbaink: 'I am committed to Burton'

BBC Sport

Burton Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

has been addressing speculation linking him with a move to his former club Leeds United.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Getty Images

He said: "I am committed to Burton and I will do everything in my power to make the club successful for as long as I am here. You can't do anything about rumours."

Rolls Royce: 'Compulsory redundancies a last resort'

The Unite union has warned its members could take industrial action over planned job cuts at Rolls-Royce in Derby.

The aero-engine maker responded it would seek to "achieve any employee reductions by voluntary means" and was committed to "exploring opportunities to mitigate the need for compulsory redundancies".

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of Derbyshire and East Staffordshire's top stories this afternoon:

Thieves strip half the lead from Bradley Church roof overnight

Ashbourne News Telegraph

A village church has been left exposed to the elements after

thieves stripped half the lead off the roof.

Police are appealing for information after around £20,000 worth of lead was stolen from Bradley All Saints Church in Bradley, near Ashbourne.

Snares law 'needs to change'

Calls have been made for snare traps to be banned

after runners were injured in the Peak District.

A snare set in an open access area of the Peak District
Dark Peak Fell Runners

Bob Berzins, from the Dark Peak Fell Runners, said: "The law needs to change. This was open-access land and in my opinion the snares weren't properly marked and there were no notices. They should be banned."

Rolls-Royce strike threat

Rolls-Royce has been warned it faces the threat of industrial action over job losses.

Rolls-Royce worker and jet engine
Getty Images

The Unite union said

planned cutbacks could see jobs lost at sites in the UK - including Derby - from July, but insists it would resist any compulsory redundancies in the firm's aerospace division "by every means open to us".

Police hunt prison flasher

A man wearing a long hooded black cloak lay down and

exposed himself outside Foston Hall Prison.

CCTV pics
Derbyshire Police

Police have released photos of a man they want to speak to about the incident, which happened at the women's prison at about 00:40 on 6 April (Easter Monday).

Tories suggest arena privatisation

Derby Telegraph

Derby Arena

could be run by a private company if the Conservatives take charge of the council, the party has said.

Derby Arena

Cash taken from illegal dog breeders

Rachael Gilchrist

BBC Radio Derby

A couple from Derbyshire have had more than £100,000 taken from them under the Proceeds of Crime Act after being prosecuted for running a dog breeding business without a licence.

Police found more than 40 dogs and money all over the farm when they visited Keith and Jeanette Lunn in Overseal in November 2013.

Hathersage crash

BBC Travel

The A6187 Owler Bar Road in Hathersage is closed

between the A625 and the B6521 junctions because of an accident.

Derbyshire dog owners warned about deadly disease

Derbyshire Times

Dog owners across Derbyshire are being warned

about a deadly disease called Alabama Rot.

The mysterious illness, which first appeared in the late 1980s affecting greyhounds in America, has been spreading across England.

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the top stories across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire this afternoon:

Hasselbaink calm about Leeds rumours

BBC Sport

Burton Albion manager

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has said he would make a decision about becoming Leeds boss "with my brain and not my heart".

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Getty Images

Hasselbaink, who spent two years at Leeds between 1997 and 1999, has been linked with a return to Elland Road.

Current head coach Neil Redfearn is out of contract in the summer.

Police calls back to normal

Derbyshire Police

has resolved an equipment fault at its Ripley headquarters which saw emergency calls diverted to Nottinghamshire after a blown fuse.

Police control room generic

A spokesman said: "Derbyshire police would like to thank the public for their understanding and thank Nottinghamshire Police for their assistance."

Read more about what happened here.

Send us your photos

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Sandie Nicholson captured this great shot of snow in Holme Moss yesterday.

Holme Moss
Sandie Nicholson

Email or
tweet us your finest photos. I'll feature the best on Local Live.

'We've got to make the best of it'

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County first team coach Paul Simpson says there is no time for the players to dwell on their failure to win automatic promotion this season.

Paul Simpson
Getty Images

He said: "There can be disappointment we're in this position but we are, and that's the truth. We're in it after 45 games and we've got to make the best of it."

Happier in Cambridge?

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A BBC survey has suggested the man in charge of Marketing Derby would be happier living in Cambridgeshire.


John Forkin had a go at the test

on BBC iWonder - which analyses peoples' answers to a set of questions to identify their ideal location - and
expressed amusement at the results.

Rams v Reading on TV

Derby County's crucial game against Reading on Saturday

is to be televised.

Steve McClaren's side require a win to secure their place in the play-offs, although a draw would probably suffice.

Dry but with a chance of showers

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather

It should be a bright, breezy and mainly dry afternoon with

just a couple of showers possible. Highs of 13C (55F).


Hasselbaink 'committed' to Brewers

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has told us he's committed to Burton Albion, following speculation linking him with Leeds United.

You'll be able to hear more on this on BBC Radio Derby later.

Apprentices wanted

Derbyshire County Council

tweets: Come along to our last apprenticeship recruitment event today 3pm-6pm Dove Holes Community Centre

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of the main stories we're currently covering:

Police calls problem resolved

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Police says normal service has resumed at its call centre following an equipment failure this morning.

The building was evacuated and incoming calls diverted at about 07:30 after a faulty fuse set off alarms at the centre in Ripley.

Giant rabbits found dumped

The RSPCA has appealed for information after two giant rabbits were dumped in Derbyshire.

One of the giant rabbits

The pair, about five times the size of regular pet rabbits, were left behind a wall on a road between Buxton and Wormhill and it is believed they had been used for breeding.

BBC Radio Derby's birthday

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Derby is celebrating its 44th birthday today.

BBC Radio Derby building in 1971

The station

was put on air ahead of its planned lauch date in 1971 to cover the "Rolls-Royce crash", as development costs of the RB211 engine forced the company into receivership.

Peak District runners injured in animal snares

Calls are being made for snares to be banned

after two runners were caught in the traps in the Peak District.

A set snare in an area of the Peak District
Dark Peak Fell Runners

The wire devices are designed to catch foxes, which prey on red grouse.

An investigation by the League Against Cruel Sports found 100 snares in the nearby area.

Listen: Live cricket commentary

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derbyshire have a great chance to win their first match of the season at Gloucestershire today.

The final day's play has just started. Listen to live commentary

through the BBC Sport website or follow the scorecard

Warning after fatal substance found

BBC News Online has more on a substance linked to two deaths in Germany

being discovered in Derbyshire.

Police said the banned compound was found in a packet of the synthetic cannibinoid Black Mamba.

'Legal high' alert

East Midlands Today

Police are warning people again about the dangers of taking so-called legal highs after finding a substance in Derby that has been connected to deaths in Europe.

Legal highs

Officers seized what was claimed to be the legal high Black Mamba last month, but tests revealed the substance was actually a synthetic form of cannabis believed to be involved in the deaths of two people in Germany.

Counting the cost of litter

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Councils in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire have spent more than £5.5m clearing up litter over the past year.

Litter next to the A38

Derby City Council topped the list, spending £2m, Erewash Borough Council shelled out £1.25m, while £750,000 was spent by East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Derby teen wins art contest

BBC Radio Derby

A 17-year-old from Darley Dale

has won a BBC competition to create postcard-sized art.

Winning competition
Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood beat thousands of other entrants to finish first in the Over 16s Beginner category for her depiction of a couple dozing on a train.

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here are the main stories we're currently covering:

Cricket: Derbyshire on top

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport


are closing in on their first win of the season against Gloucestershire at Bristol thanks to wickets from Mark Footitt (pictured).

Mark Footitt

The hosts have four wickets remaining in their second innings and are still 17 runs adrift of Derbyshire's first innings total.

Police call centre out of action

Derbyshire Police said this morning's equipment failure at its call centre in Ripley

led to alarms sounding.

It said: "No one is injured and no other buildings are affected. We are working as quickly as possible to restore service."