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  1. Updates for Friday 1 May 2015

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Local Live has finished for the day. We're back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

Coming up on TV

East Midlands Today

Two historic East Midlands army regiments will march out for the final time tomorrow, in a ceremony attended by the Queen in Yorkshire.

The regiments can trace their history back to conflicts all over the world, including The Charge of the Light Brigade. Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball reports for

East Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Giant tourism lure creation

Derbyshire Times

Work to transform a sprawling site into

a £400m tourism development has begun.

Peak Resort in Unstone promises to create more than 1,300 full-time jobs when it opens - and become one of the UK's flagship tourist attractions.

Strokes can be prevented

East Midlands Today

A leading national charity is raising awareness in the East Midlands of the dangers of strokes.

The Stroke Association says that 80% of

strokes can be prevented. Today, it begins its Action on Stroke Month. It's encouraging people to monitor their blood pressure and maintain a healthy diet.

Image of a skull

Tonight's forecast

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It will remain dry and bright to the end the day. It's a dry night with clear spells at first which will allow temperatures to drop away quickly. Cloud will gradually increase to end the night.

It is a chilly night but most places will stay frost free. Lows of 3C (37F).

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Just to recap:

  • Tom Ince says playing for England is in his blood as he opens about
    declining the chance to play for the England Under-21 side
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service has appointed a new boss
  • A national survey into the availability and use of so-called 'legal highs' is being supported by Derbyshire County Council.

The big getaway

BBC Travel

This may not come as a big surprise but there is a lot of congestion on the roads around Derbyshire this evening ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

For a full breakdown, check

the latest information here.

Loanees have been key

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County only need a point

at home to Reading tomorrow to seal their place in the Championship play-offs.

Head coach Steve McClaren told us without the likes of Championship Player of the Month Tom Ince and fellow loanee Darren Bent (pictured), Derby's season would already be over.

Darren Bent
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Interim chief takes top job

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

East Midlands Ambulance Service has announced that its interim chief executive of 18 months, Sue Noyes, has now been

appointed permanently to the role.

Now EMAS chief executive Sue Noyes

Fine for melee

Burton Mail

Burton Albion have been

fined by the Football Association (FA) for "failing to control their players" in the game against Southend United.

The Brewers have been hit in the pocket to the tune of £1,500 after both sides were involved in a a melee close to half-time, when Burton's Robbie Weir was sent off. Southend have also been fined £1,000.

England 'in Ince blood'

BBC Sport

Tom Ince says playing for England

"flows through the blood" in his family but he had to end his Under-21 career to focus on club football.

Derby County's on-loan Hull winger, 23, spoke to

BBC East Midlands Today after he
turned down the chance to play for the England Under-21 side in March.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

We've been looking at a mix of stories this afternoon including:

  • Tom Ince reflecting on
    his loan move to Derby County
  • Extra powers for police to move on nuisances in Whaley Thorns and Langwith
  • And the English Democrats' claim they have been "gagged" after being asked to remove a campaign poster from council land

Rams move 'perfect fit'

BBC Sport

Tom Ince says his loan move to Derby County from Hull City has been

the "perfect fit" but jokes that people are still more interested in his famous dad Paul's footballing pedigree.

Tom Ince
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Driver caused 'not just inconvenience but distress'

Ashbourne News Telegraph

The driver of a car on the A50 which sped up, slowed down, strayed across lanes and braked sharply in front of another car was later found sleeping in a lay-by and almost twice the drink-drive limit,

a court has heard.

Buxton in the limelight

Buxton Advertiser

Buxton has taken

centre stage in a documentary by a Danish TV company focusing on the upcoming election.

Film crews from DR News, including well-known Danish TV presenter Steffen Kretz, were in town for four days last month making an episode of their flagship foreign affairs programme "Horisont".

Volunteers sought for focus groups

via Facebook

Derbyshire County Council

posts: "We're looking for people to take part in two focus groups around food and healthy eating on Thursday May 7.

"The first is in Bolsover from 17:00 BST - 18:00 and the second is in Belper from 19:00-20:00. You must be aged over 18 and you'll be paid to take part. If you would like to take part in the Belper group you can find out more


Striker returns for Burton

BBC Sport

Burton Albion have Adam McGurk (pictured) fit again for

tomorrow's trip to Cambridge but fellow striker Jack Dunn has returned to Liverpool for treatment on a knee injury.

Adam McGurk
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Thieves strike at church

Matlock Mercury

A Wirksworth church was

targeted by thieves who stole from the vestry.

Powers to tackle nuisances

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Extra powers have been given to police

to move on nuisances and cut anti-social behaviour in Whaley Thorns and Langwith.

A dispersal order has been granted to give uniformed police, including PCSOs, the power to ask groups of two or more people who are causing a nuisance to move on.

Arsonist inmate's longer jail-term

Derby Telegraph

An inmate at Foston Hall prison who

set fire to her cell three times in one evening has been jailed for an extra four years.

Husband honoured for services

Martyn Williams

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Now 91, Barbara still remembers the moment the two met at the Rolls-Royce Operatic Society.

She said: "I turned round when I was rehearsing and I saw George.

"I had the strangest feeling then that we would perhaps be more than friends and, of course, we have had a very happy 60 years of love."

The couple, who live in Draycott, are two of the three surviving founders of the Long Eaton society.

George, 86, produced 66 shows for the society, which earned him the British Empire Medal for services to amateur theatre.

Ripley roadworks warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A610 in Ripley near the B6441 Nottingham Road junction in the roadworks area,

drivers are warned.

Party claims it's been 'gagged'

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The English Democrats have been told to remove a poster they had erected on Derby City Council land on Osmaston Road. The party's only candidate in Derby, David Black, says it has been "gagged".

David Black's poster

Coming up on TV

Angelina Socci

BBC East Midlands Today

A major campaign in the Peak District to help secure the future of bumblebees has started this week.

The UK bumblebee population has decreased over recent decades. The three-year scheme called Pollinating the Peak will encourage communities to help create suitable bee habitats.

Bumblebees are declining in the UK

We'll have more in the

East Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:40.

Weather update

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

We're expecting it to stay dry overnight but the cloud will thicken up and the winds will pick up later. Lows of 1C (34F) in sheltered areas but most will stay frost free.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Just to recap what we've been covering this morning:

  • Derby County have until Monday to respond to an FA charge players allegedly surrounded officials in the Millwall game
  • A traditional dance will be held this weekend by the Derby Gurka Nepalese society to raise money for
    people affected by the earthquake there
  • Plans have been submitted to repair water damage at the Grade I-listed Pickford's House Museum

Weir confident on Burton win

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Burton Albion midfielder Robbie Weir says the club deserves to take home the League Two title.

A victory at Cambridge tomorrow will be enough to claim first place ahead of Shrewsbury - a point will not be enough unless Shrewsbury fail to beat Plymouth.

Robbie Weir
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Burton have been top since the middle of February, and Weir's confident they will finish the job.

Society founders are diamonds in the rough

Martyn Williams

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

The founding members of a Derbyshire-based operatic society are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

George and Barbara Cheshire

George and Barbara Cheshire were married in 1955 and months later they set up Long Eaton Operatic Society. Barbara says they were delighted to get a special Diamond Anniversary card from the Queen.

Repairs for water-damaged museum

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Grade I-listed Pickford's House Museum is in need of "urgent essential maintenance" after water damage, according to

plans submitted to Derby City Council.

The authority is behind the proposal to refurbish the roof, "mainly focusing on the repairs to the high level stone urns which require re-bedding".

Pickford's House Museum

The submitted documents say it comes after "severe water ingress" and that the work will attempt to "retain the nature and importance of the building".

Offer for new marketcomers

Derbyshire Times

Council chiefs in Chesterfield are giving new market traders the

opportunity to take stalls for just £10.

Godleman banned for 'dangerous throw'

BBC Sport

Derbyshire's Billy Godleman has been

banned for two matches for throwing the ball in an "inappropriate and dangerous manner" during this week's match against Gloucestershire.

Billy Godleman

Godleman, 26, was reported by the umpires during Derbyshire's seven-wicket win in their County Championship Division Two

game at Bristol.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Some of the stories we've been looking into today are:

  • Over £95,500 has been raised for the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal and there will be a minute's applause in his memory at this weekend's Rams game
  • Derby County face an FA charge after players allegedly surrounded officials in the Millwall game
  • The Derby Gurka Nepalese society will dance in the city this weekend to raise money to help those affected by
    Saturday's earthquake

Move towards solar farms

Ripley & Heanor News

Plans for solar farms in Derbyshire are

set to move a step closer.

Next Tuesday, county councillors will hear there is overall support for the farms at five proposed sites in the North East Derbyshire and Amber Valley areas.

Award duly deserved

Natalie Jackson

Sports Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Congratulations to Tom Ince on his award for Championship Player of the Month for April. We'll have a special feature on this on

BBC East Midlands Today.

Natalie Jackson and Tom Ince

Rams fans in Bloomfield tribute

Derby County

tweets that a minute's applause will take place prior to Saturday's game against Reading in memory of
BBC Radio Derby presenter Colin Bloomfield.

Colin Bloomfield

'Repeat thief' seen on CCTV

Derby Telegraph

A thief crept into the home of an 86-year-old widow and stole family heirlooms worth thousands of pounds.

The victim's family set up CCTV at her Littleover home as

they believe the same burglar has targeted her four times.

Duffield delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A6 Town Street in both directions in Duffield at the Wirksworth Road junction,

in the roadworks area.

Rams face FA charge

Derby County have been

charged by the Football Association for "failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".

The charge refers to

last weekend's match away at Millwall, where players are alleged to have surrounded match officials. Derby have until Monday to respond.

Campaigner: Judge 'should apologise'

Dave Wade

BBC News Online

A local campaigner has demanded an apology over

"offensive" comments a judge made during a court case.

During sentencing, Judge Stuart Rafferty said: "You can take the boy out of Newhall but it seems you cannot take Newhall out of the boy."


John Appleby from the Derbyshire village said the comment was unfair and irrelevant.