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  1. Updates for Thursday 7 May 2015
  2. Election 2015 live updates for the West Midlands start at 22:00 tonight

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Election updates return later

That's the end of today's Local Live updates. We'll be back at 22:00 with election updates for the East Midlands.


won't be any election news on the BBC until the polls close tonight.

BBC election set

The BBC TV's election night programme, which starts at 21:55 will be fronted by David Dimbleby.

The programme will start with the results of a joint BBC, ITV and Sky exit poll. There'll be live coverage from 220 counts.

Dry and chilly night

Anna Church

BBC Weather

Any showers will ease to leave

a dry night with clear spells.

Matlock weather

Winds will be light and it will be chilly in rural areas.

Customers save bookshop


have donated £12,000 to safeguard the future of a Cromford bookshop that had been in danger of collapse.

Scarthin Books
Scarthin Books

David Booker, manager of Scarthin Books, said the money raised should ensure the store stays open for another four decades.

Jail for drug dealer

A man from Normanton has been jailed for 28 months after admitting dealing drugs.

Simon Davies
Derbyshire Police

Simon Davies, 27, was arrested in August when police found cocaine on him after he was spotted acting suspiciously in Darley Abbey.

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our top stories this afternoon:

Hundreds get free mole checks

BBC Radio Derby

More than 200 people have visited the BBC bus to have moles or skin blemishes checked out by health experts.

BBC Bus mole check

The bus (pictured in Long Eaton yesterday) is touring Derbyshire and East Staffordshire all this week as part of the

Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal.

Spireites face Preston

BBC Sport

Chesterfield full-back Drew Talbot (pictured) is sidelined for tonight's play-off semi-final first-leg

at home to Preston North End with a hamstring injury.

Drew Talbot
Getty Images

Otherwise, Paul Cook has no new injury or suspension concerns ahead of the match.

Hilton route closed

BBC Travel

The Mease in Hilton is closed

between Egginton Road and Huntspill Road following an accident.

Sexual offences arrests

Fourteen men have been

arrested as part of an investigation into a serious sexual offences investigation on two young people.

Staffordshire Police say the men aged between 14 and 41 were arrested at five locations in Chesterfield, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton earlier today.

Police say the arrests are part of "an ongoing investigation into serious sexual criminal offences against two young people."

Crash kills toddler

BBC News Online says an 18-month-girl hit by a car in Derby this morning

was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

A 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving will be questioned later.

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's a reminder of the top stories we're covering at the moment:

Toddler killed in crash

An 18-month-old girl

has died after being hit by a car in Derby.

Police say the crash happened on Chartley Road at about 10:00. A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Your photos: Blue Ladybower

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

John Leigh sent us this wonderfully cerulean photo of Ladybower Reservoir.

Ladybower Reservoir
John Leigh

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

Pair face distraction charge

Two men

have been charged with attempting a distraction burglary after fake workmen tried to dupe a woman in Chesterfield.

Police said the pair had told the woman they had dropped some tools in her garden, in New Whittington, but fled after being challenged by her grandson.

Wife's heartbreak after ‘horrific’ crash leaves husband disabled

Derbyshire Times

A devastated wife has spoken of her family's heartbreak after her

husband was left permanently disabled in an 'horrific' car crash.

Peter Beech suffered a fractured neck, fractured elbow and internal injuries after a smash on the A60 near Hodthorpe.

Viewing guide - and what to stay up for

Election 2015

It is set to be the most exciting general election night in years -

here is a full guide to what you can expect after the polls close at 22:00 and how to follow all the results and reaction on the BBC.

BBC election night set

Sun to follow rain

BBC Weather

We'll have to put up with some showers as we make our way through the next few hours, and there's some

potential for one or two of them to be quite heavy.


We could see some sunny spells this afternoon though, with highs of about 15C (59F).

Polling card not needed

Derbyshire County Council

tweets: Don't forget to vote in the Local and General Election. Polls open until 10pm and you don't need to take your polling card. #Election2015

Bar Blush in Burton to close after seven years

Burton Mail

A Burton bar

is set to shut its doors for the last time after seven years - blaming a lack of trade.

Bar Blush announced the closure on its Facebook page, and has since been flooded with messages of support from Burton and the surrounding area.

Loan star won't be back

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Real Madrid's Omar Mascarell (pictured) won't be returning to Derby County.

Omar Mascarell
Getty Images

His signing could have been option if the Rams had been promoted but Steve McClaren believes he will have other offers now.

How to vote

Election 2015

If it's your first time voting today, or if you need a reminder on what to do and how to do it. BBC News answers some simple questions including:

Ballot box
  • When can I vote?
  • Where do I vote?
  • Do I need a polling card?
  • Can I spoil my ballot paper?

Read more on BBC News.

Shop staff 'threatened with syringe'

BBC Radio Derby

A man has been charged with using a syringe to rob a Sainsbury's store in Mickleover.

Michael McCarthy, 37, from Hatton, is charged with robbery and possession of a bladed article following the raid last month.

Top headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

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

Family fined for farm accident

Amy Harris

Reporter, East Midlands Today

A Derbyshire family's been fined a total of £9,000 after a three-year-old boy injured his foot in a graining machine at their farm near Asbourne.

Ivan Hammersley, his wife Jane and their sons, Christopher and Daniel, admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act in September 2013.

Today, the three men were fined and Mrs Hammersley was given a two-year conditional discharge.

New project for poppy artist

East Midlands Today

The Derby artist who created the spectacular WW1 poppy installation at the Tower of London is making the final preparations for his next big sculpture.

Paul Cummins
University of Derby

Paul Cummins is working on huge black and yellow ceramic tulips for a centrepiece at next month's Chelsea Flower Show.

Voting rules

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

There are more than 700 polling stations open across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire today.

BBC News has a guide to what you can and can't do inside a polling station


McClaren '100% committed' to Derby

BBC Sport

Head coach Steve McClaren has insisted

he is "100% committed" to Derby County but refused to confirm if he was offered the chance to manage struggling Premier League side Newcastle United.

McClaren's Rams missed out on a Championship play-off place after

losing 3-0 to Reading on Saturday.

Steve McClaren
Getty Images

On the same day the ex-England boss was

approached by the Magpies, who are only two points above the relegation zone.

But McClaren said: "I'm 100% committed to finishing the job here."

Pool problem

Erewash Borough Council

tweets: Due to unforeseen circumstances, West Park Leisure Centre's swimming pool will be closed temporarily today. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Burton link to Oz murder

Burton Mail

Murder squad detectives

have travelled to Burton and South Derbyshire as part of an investigation into the death of a woman in Australia.

Meet the 'bundle flickers'

Election 2015

Thousands of people are readying themselves for a sleepless night counting up election votes when the polling stations close at 22:00.

Election count

BBC News

has been talking to some of this year's "bundle-flickers".

Sentencing for farm tragedy

Amy Harris

Reporter, East Midlands Today

I'm in court for the sentencing of a Derbyshire family after a three-year-old boy caught and cut his foot in machinery at their farm.

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

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

Football club's king claim disputed

BBC Radio Derby

A local heritage group has questioned Alfreton Town's decision to put King Alfred the Great on their new-look badge.

Alfreton Town badge
Alfreton Town

The club says King Alfred founded the town, but the Alfreton & District Heritage Trust said this was an urban myth and the town's name has nothing to do with the king.

Cricket: Derbyshire 'can compete'

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen says their performance at Glamorgan shows they have the strength in-depth to compete this season.

Scott Elstone
Getty Images

The rain-affected match

ended in a predictable draw, but 24-year-old batsman Scott Elstone hit his maiden first class century.

Teen fought six police officers

Derby Telegraph

A 19-year-old

had to be held down by six police officers after his friend was stabbed in Derby city centre.

Cricket club's Bloomfield donation

BBC Radio Derby

Derbyshire County Cricket Club is to donate 10% from ticket sales for its T20 Blast fixture against Leicestershire on 18 June to

the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal.

Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal

The club will also be collecting money during the match for the appeal, which aims to educate children about the dangers of sun exposure.

Eustace to be offered new deal

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren has confirmed he's hoping to agree a new contract with 35-year-old midfielder John Eustace.

John Eustace
Getty Images

The club has not yet released its formal retained list but McClaren confirmed a number of first team players will be leaving, inclduding Lee Naylor, Zak Whitbread, Shaun Barker and Jamie Ward.

Bookshop saved by donations

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

A popular bookshop in Derbyshire

says its future is safe after being "blown away" by donations to help pay for essential repairs.

Scarthin Books
Scarthin Books

Scarthin Books, in Cromford, appealed for £2,000 to avoid collapsing under the weigh of its stock, but it has ended up with about £12,000.