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  1. Updates for Wednesday 13 May 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

Clear overnight

BBC Weather

Cloud will gradually melt away during the evening to leave

another chilly night with mostly clear skies.


Forecaster Charlie Slater says a touch of frost is possible in some prone rural spots.

Coming up on TV

East Midlands Today

Jobless figures for the East Midlands have been published today - we'll bring you the latest snapshot of the region.

We will also have and more on the mole clinic set up on board a special BBC health bus as part of the

Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal.

Join us for the

East Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Chesterfield charged by Football Association

BBC Sport

Chesterfield and Preston have been charged by the Football Association after

the second leg of their League One play-off semi-final at Deepdale.

Preston and Chesterfield
Getty Images

Presoton won the tie 3-0 to go through to Wembley as 4-0 aggregate winners.

It is alleged that both clubs failed to control their players in an orderly fashion in the 28th minute.

Man sought over washer theft bid

This man is

being sought by police in connection with an attempted theft at a hardware store in Somercotes.

On 17 April at around 11:00 BST, three men entered B&Q on Nottingham Road.

The man being sought by police
Derbyshire Constabulary

One of the men left the store then re-entered and stole a pressure washer; he walked out into the car park where he was challenged by staff and ran off in the direction of Alfreton.

Your pictures

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Many thanks to Simon Bull for sending us this photo of a great sky above Hathersage, with Stanage Edge on the distant horizon.

sky over hathersage
Simon Bull

Have you taken any good pics where you live? Email them to

Latest Headlines

Here's a rundown of the latest news for Derbyshire:

Strike to hit rail users

Derby Telegraph

Derby rail users are

bracing themselves for strike action after Network Rail workers rejected a pay offer.

Network Rail staff

Tissington well dressing: Background

Andy Potter

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

More on the annual well-dressings being unveiled tomorrow at the Tissington Estate in the Derbyshire Dales.

Each well has a team of 20-30 volunteers that contribute to the setting up of the dressing and the event.

The hall well decorations taking shape
Sir Richard FitzHerbert

As the village only has 40 cottages and 150 inhabitants the teams are drawn from the local area including Ashbourne.

The collages take roughly 200 "man hours" to create and are often of biblical themes and images.

Alfreton Town: 'Little hesitation' keeping Law

BBC Sport

Nicky Law's tenure as manager of Alfreton Town is to continue next season despite their relegation to Conference North,

chairman Wayne Bradley has confirmed.

Wayne Bradley

The Reds dropped out of the Conference Premier on goal difference on the

final day of the season.

But Bradley (pictured) says he had "little hesitation" in keeping Law, who has been in charge since since May 2007.

Spate of car thefts

Ilkeston Advertiser

A rise in the number of thefts from cars in Ilkeston has seen

13 vehicles targeted in just two weeks.

Calling young golfers

Erewash Borough Council

tweets that children can learn to play golf with four-week courses for 8-16-year-olds at Pewit Golf Course.

M1 Markham breakdown warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic and one lane is closed on the M1 northbound between J29 for the A617 Chesterfield and J29a for Markham because of

a breakdown in the roadworks area.

Staying dry this afternoon

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Fine with plenty of sunshine

although some cloud will bubble up through the day.

Charlie Slater

Feeling cooler in eastern areas.

Well dressing tradition

Andy Potter

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

The Tissington Estate in the Derbyshire Dales has been in the hands of the FitzHerbert family for more than 500 years.

The well dressing in progress
Sir Richard FitzHerbert

From tomorrow, the annual well dressings will be unveiled there, which are expected to attract more than 35,000 visitors.

Six wells will be dressed in the estate village.


here for more details.

Spondon Library

Derbyshire County Council

tweets that there will be a free chance to share stories and look at archives at an event at Spondon Library from 14:00 BST on Friday titled Voices from the Front - life in the trenches.

Dean Saunders: Football fans react

There's been a lot of reaction on Twitter to

Chesterfield appointing Dean Saunders as their new manager following
Paul Cook's departure for Portsmouth.

Dean Saunders
Getty Images

Ed Eley

tweets: "How on earth does Dean Saunders keep getting management jobs?? 🙈🙈 Give him one year #Sacked #ChesterfieldFc"

Mark Croxford

tweets: "Dean Saunders ... relegation, relegation, relegation - and yet he gets another manager's job! How does he do it?"

Read more about

Dean Saunders' managerial record here.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here's a rundown of the latest news for Derbyshire:

  • Unemployment has fallen in Derbyshire for the second month in a row
  • Nicky Law will
    continue as manager of Alfreton Town next season despite relegation
  • Derbyshire have the upper hand against Northants in the County Championship

Listen: Footitt leads Derbyshire charge

BBC Sport

Mark Footitt has picked up a

third wicket for Derbyshire this morning as Northants try to chase down an unlikely 426 to win.

Mark Footitt
Getty Images

Listen to

the action unfold live here.

Ashley Flatt, 20, becomes youngest landlord in the area

Burton Mail

A 20-year-old's set to become the

youngest landlord in Burton and South Derbyshire after taking over running a pub.

A few weeks ago the Mail thought they had found the youngest landlord in the area as John McLaughlin, 30, took over The Dog in Lichfield Street, Burton.

Now, Ashley Flatt, who is barely out of his teens, has beaten that by ten years after he took the reins at The Angel Inn in Church Street, Swadlincote.

Coming up on TV

Sarah Teale

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

We'll have the latest on jobless figures for the East Midlands published today and more on the mole clinic set up on board a special BBC health bus as part of the

Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal.

It is aiming to raise awareness of skin cancer. Join us for the

East Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:40.

McClaren: Rams squad 'strong'

Steve McClaren has insisted

he has a strong squad to build around this summer in an interview with Rams Player.

Steve McClaren

Derby County's board is meeting in New York today.

Deans Saunders: Appointment confirmed

Dean Saunders has been appointed Chesterfield's manager on a two-year contract,

the club has announced.

Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner said: "When chairman Dave Allen and I met Dean, it was clear that he shared our vision for the future of the club.

"He has infectious enthusiasm for the job and he is in the enviable position of joining a club with solid foundations."

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a quick recap of some of the news we're been looking into today:

  • Conservatives in Amber Valley cannot remove housing plans on the edge of Kedleston
  • Dean Saunders is to be
    the next manager at Chesterfield
  • A £1m revamp is in store for Grove Hall in Swadlincote

Speeding drivers stopped in Hathersage

Derbyshire Times

Speeding drivers have been

tearing up the streets as a police operation to check vehicle speeds found almost 30 drivers were breaking the law in the space of three hours.

Hospital trust's advice

Ian Skye

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

A special BBC health bus urging people to get their moles checked has resulted in several people being referred to hospital.

The mole clinic was part of the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Campaign aiming to raise awareness of skin cancer.

Dermatologists from Derby teaching hospital told 28 people to see their GP straight away for an urgent referral to hospital.

The hospital trust is stressing that does not mean those were cases of skin cancer, but it goes to show how important it is to get any mole you are not sure about, checked out.

Burglars strike at farm shop

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A farm shop has been ransacked by burglars who broke in and made off with "a significant amount" of beef, pork, lamb, several jars of preserves and other food,

according to police.

The offenders drove up to the building at Chantry Farm Shop, in Kings Newton Lane, Melbourne, between 14:30 BST on Sunday, May 10 and 16:10 the next day.

It is thought they accessed the site from Ward's Lane, which is a dirt track off the small roundabout next to Ye Olde Pack Horse pub.

£1.5m vision for rundown site

Ashbourne News Telegraph

A new £1.5m

centrepiece for Horse and Jockey Yard could be built on a piece of derelict town centre land.

The Sally Montague Hair Group has unveiled plans for a new, purpose-built salon and spa development that could open up a forgotten part of the town.

£1m leisure revamp plan

A £1m revamp for Grove Hall in Swadlincote, creating a climbing zone and refurbishing leisure facilities, has been secured.

South Derbyshire District Council has authorised the signing of a deal with Sport England to deliver a project under which Grove Hall will be completely revamped into an 18-station climbing centre and modern dance studio,

according to the council.

Chesterfield set to appoint former Wolves boss

BBC Sport

Chesterfield are set to

appoint Dean Saunders as their new manager following
Paul Cook's departure for Portsmouth.

Dean Saunders
Getty Images

Saunders (pictured), 50, ended the season in interim charge of Crawley but was unable to prevent them from being

relegated to League Two.

The former Wales international has previously managed Wrexham, Doncaster and Wolves and has suffered relegation in three of the last four seasons.

Derbyshire in driving seat

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

It should be Derbyshire's day at the 3aaa County Ground later as the hosts look to wrap up victory against Northamptonshire in the LV County Championship.

Chesney Hughes
Getty Images

The visitors will resume on 40-2 in their second innings, still trailing by 386 runs, after

Derbyshire dominated day three. Chesney Hughes (pictured) hit a century, there was a 50 from captain Wayne Madsen, and two late wickets from Mark Footitt.

Unemployment down

East Midlands Today

Unemployment in the East Midlands has fallen again.

Jobcentre Plus

The rate now stands at 4.9% - below the national average of 5.5%.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Keeping you up-to-speed, here are some of the stories we're looking at:

  • Amber Valley's Conservatives can't remove housing plan for the edge of Kedleston despite gaining control of the council
  • A deal has been sealed for a £1m revamp of Grove Hall in Swadlincote
  • Derby County's board will meet in New York today

Tributes paid to Derbyshire headteacher who died suddenly at 57

Derby Telegraph

Tributes have been paid to the head teacher of a Derbyshire school

following her death at the age of 57.

Pam Purdon has been head teacher at Howitt Primary School, in Heanor, for 18 months, having previously been at Sudbury Primary School.

The school said she died "suddenly and unexpectedly" on Saturday, May 9.

Likely new council leader

BBC Radio Derby

Alan Cox is likely to be confirmed as the new leader of Amber Valley Borough Council next week, after the Conservatives elected him as their new leader.

The Tories took control of the authority last week, winning a majority of three seats.

Mr Cox says he is keen to bring down council tax bills, but says it is unlikely they will be able to make significant changes to plans for housing across the Borough.

Changes to GP services

Derbyshire Times

Health leaders have announced that the Holywell Medical Group

will no longer be able to provide GP services for patients in Chesterfield and Staveley after tomorrow.

The medical group hit the headlines in the Derbyshire Times after being inundated with complaints from disgruntled patients who claimed they struggled to get appointments, records were not updated and illnesses were misdiagnosed.

Bloomfield appeal: Mole clinic update

Ian Skye

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

Yesterday, we

said goodbye to our friend and colleague - Colin Bloomfield. He was 33 when he died.

Colin Bloomfield

Of course, one of the many legacy's he's leaving us with, is the

Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal and the efforts of the charity
SKCIN to raise awareness of the problem of skin cancer.

Derby Hospital's Trust released figures from the mole clinic we've been running on the BBC Bus. 479 people used it and 28 of those were referred urgently - with 85 more being told to see their GP about their mole.

Complaint over nursery closure

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Councillors will decide next week whether a move to close a Derby nursery was made correctly.

The outstanding-rated Castle Nursery school, in the city centre, has been earmarked for closure for several months.

The Labour administration in Derby says the nursery is underused, and expensive to keep open. Parents who do send their children there disagree. The Lib Dems say the decision is worth further scrutiny.

Rams' Rush: 'Still optimistic'

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County chief executive Sam Rush insists he is optimistic about the future despite two failed promotion campaigns.

Mr Rush and owner Mel Morris are travelling to New York today to meet the rest of the club's board and finalise plans for next season.

Sam Rush
Getty Images

And Rush says despite the ultimate disappointment, the owners have still been given a taste of success over the last 18 months.