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  1. Updates for Wednesday 27 May 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Thursday

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By Sandish Shoker

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Local Live has finished for the day. Join us from 08:00 on Thursday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

Dry and windy night ahead

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

A narrow band of rain pushing in this evening will bring a brief spell of wet and windy weather. The rain will clear away later this evening leaving a mostly dry night, bar the odd isolated shower.

Lows of 6C (43F).

Elvaston Castle plans on hold

East Midlands Today

Plans to develop Elvaston Castle have hit a setback after the local authority failed to win lottery funding to carry out the work.

Derbyshire County Council had outlined

a 10-year vision for the 17th century castle and says it now has to rethink it's plans.

Derby's Rocky prepares to defend title

Natalie Jackson

Sports Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today


East Midlands Today tonight Owen Bradley gets in the ring with Derby's Dave 'Rocky' Ryan ahead of his big fight against John Wayne Hibbert at the O2 Arena in London this weekend.

Owen Bradley boxing

Tune in from 18:30 on BBCOne to see how he got on.

Queen's Speech 2015: 'Devolution will rebalance economy'

Conservative MP for South Derbyshire, Heather Wheeler, has told

BBC East Midlands Today devolution for the East Midlands would eventually mean greater powers for an elected mayor and combined authorities for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

MP Heather Wheeler

She said: "This is really most important for rebalancing the economy of the area so we can move the economy from the the south to the midlands to the north."

Clement: "Most wanted man in football"

Although unconfirmed, Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement, is the

favourite to take over at Derby County after Steve McClaren's sacking.

Spanish football journalist Ross Browning said Clement is currently "the most wanted man in football."

Paul Clement
Getty Images

He said: "He's got the CV, he's worked with the right people, he's worked with the right clubs, he's looking for his first managerial job and he's very well respected by the players and managers. He essentially could be a superstar."

Queen's Speech 2015: Analysis

John Hess

Political editor, East Midlands

Certainly one of the significant

changes announced in the Queen's Speech today could be devolved new powers to our local authorities in the East Midlands, but we don't know exactly when.

After all the pomp and splendour of the formal state opening of Parliament we now know the Government's priorities and it is up to the MPs to turn those priorities into new laws and legislations.

But that won't be without controversy.

Latest headlines

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

  • A developer is applying to reduce the number of 'affordable homes' it has to build at a site on the edge of Derby because the original figure is no longer appropriate.
  • Derby could soon be home to a national radio museum with a collection of more than 3,000 amateur radios.
  • Derby County's prospective new head coach Paul Clement has been tipped "the most wanted man in football" as he remains the favourite to take charge.

Queen's Speech 2015: Skinner had 'things' on his mind

Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner was notably silent during this morning's Queen's Speech,

claiming he had "other things" on his mind.

Dennis Skinner

The 83-year-old veteran Labour MP has become renowned for shouting his jibes at Black Rod during the ceremony but has more recently been in a

battle with the SNP over where to sit in the Commons.

Travel updates

BBC Travel

Traffic is starting to build up on the A628 in north Derbyshire and A52 in Derby as we get closer to the evening rush hour.

Keep up to date on whether your journey is affected


Derby band on festival line-up

Derby rock band, The Struts, have been named on the line-up for

this year's Reading and Leeds Festival.

The Struts
The Struts

They will play alongside the likes of The Libertines, Metallica and Mumford & Sons at the two sites in August.

Should the UK stay in the EU?

James Roberson

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Following the Queen's Speech, I have been out speaking to shoppers in Derby about whether they think the UK should stay in or out of the European Union.

EU vox

The gentleman above told me: "I would be happy out of Europe. I think there's plenty of scope for industry and commerce to deal with around the world.

"Brussels has never sorted out its finances and it is a big financial drain."

Latest headlines

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Developer to change affordable homes

BBC Radio Derby

A developer has

applied to South Derbyshire District Council to reduce the number of affordable homes it has to build at a site on the edge of Derby.

Permission was given in 2009 to build 1,058 homes at Boulton Moor, with a clause that 40% of them had to be 'affordable'.

The unidentified firm behind the plans now says only half that number is appropriate.

Business with Africa encouraged

Businesses in Derbyshire are being encouraged to export goods across Africa after a meeting last night highlighted the benefits of exporting to places like Rwanda and Nigeria.

East Midlands Chamber of Commerce chief executive George Crowcher (pictured) says African countries are keen for UK goods and services.

George Crowcher

He told

BBC Radio Derby: "We want to establish close relationships particularly with Nigeria. It is the fastest growing and biggest economy in the African continent but it is a very difficult country for individual countries to do business with so we want to make sure we make that as easy as we possibly can.

Derby County's hall of fame

Derby Telegraph

Derby County has had 28 managers since 1900. The

Derby Telegraph takes a look back at them all.

Send us your photos

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

This photo of Sarah Stanton Longdon's border terrier, Teddy, running through a field in Milford is our

Facebook cover photo today.

Sarah Stanton Longdon

If you have any photos you would like to share, you can

email or
tweet us.

MP's pride at Queen's Speech

House of Commons


Andrew Griffiths, Conservative MP for Burton and Uttoxeter, has said it was a "great honour and privilege" to be representing his constituency at parliament today.

He wrote on

Facebook: "The first Conservative-only Queen's speech in nearly two decades.

"I swapped my usual seat on the back row for one on the front today. I am immensely proud."

Cricket: Derbyshire loss

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby

Derbyshire have lost their County Championship match at Lancashire by an innings and 14 runs. Derbyshire were bowled out for 166 this morning.

More details here.

Radio nostalgia on show

A Derby man who has a collection of more than 3,000 different amateur radios is hoping to put them on public display, making it the first national radio museum.

The radios, belonging to Steve Haseldine from Weston Underwood, would have been used for private recreation and non-commercial exchange of messages over the last 40 years.

Steve Haseldine

Mr Haseldine said people will be able to see and operate radios from the 1930s, 40s and 50s which many of them will only have seen in magazines and books.

Hospital to increases parking spaces

Royal Derby Hospital could get more parking spaces as it puts together a planning application for an increases to spaces,

reports BBC News Online.

Royal Derby Hospital

In 2009, the hospital received 82 complaints about parking - more than any other hospital in England.

Queen's Speech 2015: 'Metro mayors' able to replace PCCs

Directly-elected "metro mayors" will be able to undertake the functions of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in England,

under plans included in the Queen's Speech.

Queen's Speech 2015

PCCs were introduced under the former government to

replace the 41 police authorities in England and Wales.

But the new government wants to give their powers to mayors, as part of wider plans for devolution to cities.


more about the Queen's Speech here.

Floral tributes at crash scene

Derby Telegraph

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of an accident in Swadlincote where motorcyclist Gregory Heath, 23, was killed on Bank Holiday Monday.

Reaction to Queen's Speech

East Midlands Today

Our political reporter John Hess is in Westminster and watched the formal opening of the new Parliament by the Queen this morning.

Here his thoughts on what was announced on

East Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Latest headlines

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Here are some of the top stories we are covering this lunchtime:

Dennis Skinner remains silent

House of Commons


The Queen's Speech has happened and veteran MP Dennis Skinner has failed to make his usual crack in the Commons chamber.

MP David Skinner

The Labour MP for Bolsover, Derbyshire remained quiet this morning as the

Queen outlined a fresh programme of laws for the new Conservative Government.

Man arrested over Shirebrook assault


50-year-old man has been arrested following an assault in Shirebrook, Derbyshire on Monday evening after police were called to reports of a fight.

A 42-year-old man is still be treated in hospital after he underwent surgery for a chest wound.

Prince doubles up against Derbyshire

BBC Sport

Ashwell Prince struck 230 to help Lancashire accumulate an imposing first-innings lead against Derbyshire.

Ashwell Prince
Getty Images

Derbyshire later lost two late wickets to finish on 123-3,

still 58 behind.

Pothole row

BBC Radio Derby

A row has broken out over why a system to track potholes repairs in Derbyshire is not working.

A council report says barely a fifth of road maintenance jobs recorded were fixed in the target time last year, however Conservative members believe the true figure is much higher and blame staff for not recording the information correctly.

Who is Paul Clement?

We've heard a lot about Paul Clement in the last few days as the man

favourite to replace to Steve McClaren at Derby County. But who is he?

Paul Clement
  • Clement is the son of former QPR defender Dave Clement and brother of ex-Chelsea defender Neil.
  • He began his coaching career with Chelsea in the 1990s and returned to the London club in 2007.
  • Clement has been number two to Carlo Ancelloti at Real Madrid since 2013 and previously worked with the manager at Paris St-German.

Radio museum plans for Derby

A national radio museum could be opened in Derby with a man's personal collection of more than 3,000 communication radios.

Radio museum

Steve Haseldine has been collecting the amateur 'ham' radios for more than 40 years and is hoping to open a premises on Nottingham Road, Derby next year.

Rush speaks out over sacking

BBC Radio Derby

Derby County chief executive Sam Rush has been speaking to

BBC Radio Derby about the sacking of Steve McClaren.

"It's always disappointing when you part company with one of your colleagues so of course I'm disappointed that matters should come to this but the board's decision was clear," said Mr Rush.

"I think the timing was right, I think it has been done in the right stage of the calendar year and we have plenty of time to get everything in order to give ourselves the very best chance for next season."

County pothole argument

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

A Derbyshire County Council report which looks at how many road defects were reported and fixed in 2014 says only a fifth were completed within the target time.

Labour councillor, Dean Collins, cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, blames the technology used by the council to record such information but the Conservatives say the report has been "watered down" and staffing is the problem.

Latest headlines

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Here are some of this morning's biggest stories for Derbyshire:

McClaren replacement shortlist

Derby County chief executive Sam Rush (pictured) says the club won't be forced into a speedy decision over who should replace Steve McClaren.

He said a shortlist will be written up in the coming days with a new head coach in place by next week.

Sam Rush
Getty Images

Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement is thought to be top of this list, with Shaun Dyche and Mark Warburton also thought to be in the frame.

Postcode lottery on GP appointments

Derby Telegraph

Statistics have revealed

a postcode lottery for how easy it is to get Derby GP appointments.

Extra spaces for city hospital

Dave Wade

BBC News Online

The Royal Derby Hospital - which once received the highest number of complaints about parking in the country - could get more spaces, according to a report.

It said it was putting together a planning application

to increase spaces at the site.

Royal Derby Hospital


hospital's trust board report said it has parked 90,000 more cars than in 2014 but is still encountered problems.

'Exiled' Mr Potato Head returns to Belper

A "hideous" statue of Mr Potato Head which was banished from a Derbyshire town in the early 2000s is

set to return.

The 7ft structure was given to Belper by its American twin town of Pawtucket, Rhode Island - the character's birthplace - in 2001 as a gift.

Mr Potato Head, Belper

Although some residents liked it, others were not keen and, after it was vandalised, it was taken to the nearby American Adventure theme park.

It is now being refurbished.

Latest Headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we are covering on Local Live this morning.