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  1. Updates for Wednesday 30 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Euan Duncan

All times stated are UK

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Today's Local Live updates have come to an end. We will be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

Weather: Clear overnight with frost in rural areas

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It will be dry overnight with light winds and clear skies, and a frost is likely in rural areas with lows of -1C (30F).

Weather temperatures for 3am on Thursday March 31

Tomorrow will start dry and chilly with plenty of sunshine, but the chance of showers later with highs of 11C (52F).

Life 'back to normal' after benefits cut reversed

Last year the government took away 75% of my benefit, including my car and more importantly my independence. Yesterday I was able to win it all back and be able to live my life as normal. It's been a very long journey and just a message to anyone who is going through it, don't give up, fight it to the end and hopefully you'll have the same outcome as me."

George Coppenfrom Mickleover

Teenager wins disability benefits cut case

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A Mickleover teenager who had his disability benefits cut has had his case overturned at a tribunal in Derby.

George Coppen, who has dwarfism, says he had his specially-adapted car taken away from him a week before he passed his driving test.

George Coppen

That was after his disability living allowance was cut by the Department for Work and Pensions, but he's now had the original decision reversed.

A DWP spokesperson said: "Just because a new decision has been made at appeal stage does not mean the previous decision was incorrect. In the majority of appeal cases decisions are overturned because claimants provide more evidence."

Travel: Four-vehicle accident on M1 southbound

BBC Travel

A four-vehicle accident is blocking a lane on the M1 southbound near J25 for the A52 Brian Clough Way.

Break-in at Ilkeston home

Ilkeston Advertiser

Jewellery and sportswear are among items stolen from a house in Ilkeston after a theft.

Syrian refugees arrive in Staffordshire

Uttoxeter Advertiser

The first Syrian refugees to be found a place to live in Staffordshire have arrived and are settling into their new homes.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here's a reminder of the main stories we're covering today:

Joseph Wright sketches go on display

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

The only known sketch of a seminal painting by Derby artist Joseph Wright is on display alongside the finished version for the first time.

The sketch is a precursor to An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, but people can’t usually see it because it’s on the reverse of a self-portrait by Wright.

Joseph Wright of Derby 1734-1797, self-portrait at the age of about forty, c.1772-3
Private Collection c/o Omnia Art Ltd

It has been loaned to Tate Britain as part of a display of Wright's work.

Sketch of An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump

The only known sketch of a seminal painting by Joseph Wright is on display alongside the finished version for the first time.

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Helicopter joins search for missing man

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

The search for a missing Derbyshire man is being stepped up, as police have been joined by mountain rescue volunteers and a helicopter from HM Coastguard.

Michael Gibbs, 83, was last seen at his home in Youlgreave in the Derbyshire Dales on Monday evening.

Police say he may be in a confused state and are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

HM Coastguard helicopter joins search for missing Derbyshire man
HM Coastguard

Residents in Youlgreave, Alport, Over Haddon, Middleton, Monyash and Stanton-in-the-Peak are being asked to check in their gardens or outbuildings.

Derby vying for Chinese links

Just down the road Chinese money is going into Birmingham. Why shouldn't it come to Derby? We're hoping that will be productive. We're also talking about tourism and cultural links, Chinese tourists coming to Derby. We've got our own airport links, from East Midlands Airport you can travel to anywhere in Europe."

Ranjit BanwaitDerby City Council leader

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here's a summary of the main stories we're covering this afternoon:

  • Derbyshire family campaigns to improve quality of life for six year old who's been denied 'important drug'
  • Erosion fear for Derbyshire church where graves have been submerged under water again
  • And lamb, cheese and ale all part of the perfect Derbyshire pie

Cold conditions in rented home left twin daughters freezing

Derbyshire Times

A young mum was left with no heating for two days even though a cold could be fatal for her two young daughters.

Businesses invited to exploit China connection

At a time when local authority spending is under scrutiny as the financial year draws to a close, Derby City Council has been looking to build up business links with China.

The council leader Ranjit Banwait says a new agreement for sharing trade with China will be very profitable for the city.

Derby City Council leader Ranjit Banwait has just returned from China

He visited the country to discuss ways of encouraging partnerships in business and tourism, and says local companies will benefit from getting involved.

Travel: Burton delays

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A5121 Wellington Road in Burton-on-Trent at the Parkway junction because of roadworks.

Weather: Sunny with chance of light shower

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

The cloud will bubble up and there will be a few showers into the afternoon but fewer than yesterday and a good deal of sunshine in between them, with highs of 11C (52F).

Weather temperatures for Wednesday March 30 and Thursday 31

Any showers will die away this evening leaving a dry and clear night and the temperatures fall away in sheltered areas, leading to a touch of frost and lows of 0C (32F).

Man charged over Darley car break-ins

A man's been charged with stealing from cars and interfering with vehicles at Derby Rugby Club last month, police have said.

The 44 year old is due to appear before magistrates in Derby on 8 April.

In a separate incident, a 21-year-old man, 15-year-old boy and 18-year-old woman were arrested in St Paul's Road earlier this month after a member of the public saw them acting suspiciously near cars late at night.

Barton Marina dead man named

Burton Mail

Police have revealed the identity of a man who was found dead on a narrowboat in Barton, near Burton, on Tuesday.

Pie made from Derbyshire ingredients

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

We've had the Derbyshire anthem and the Derbyshire poem. Now here's the Derbyshire pie...

Derbyshire pie

Marc Strzyzewski from the Tiger Inn in Turnditch has created it using:

  • Peakland White cheese from Hartington
  • Ay Up Mi Duck ale from Derby-based Dancing Duck brewery
  • Derbyshire lamb from Turnditch

Derbyshire pie tickles tastebuds

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

This seems the right time of day to be talking about food, and in particular the Derbyshire pie.

After the success of the Derbyshire anthem and the poem for Derbyshire. BBC Radio Derby has turned its attention to a piece of culinary excellence for the county.

Marc Strzyzewski with the Derbyshire pie

And today Marc Strzyzewski from the Tiger Inn in Turnditch turned up with the finished product.

Travel: Dronfield delays

BBC Travel

Roadworks are slowing traffic on Green Lane in Dronfield.

Couple living above laundrette tell of fire drama

Belper News

A couple who live above a Chesterfield laundrette which went up in flames on Tuesday night have spoken of how the drama unfolded.

Fire damaged front of The Wash Inn laundrette in Chesterfield
Belper News

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here's a summary of the main stories we're covering this lunchtime.

Floods won't prevent church burials

The river has always flooded, ever since they diverted it a couple of hundred years ago. But it continues to get worse. It can be very distressing for people. Flowers were left at graves for Easter only for them to be immediately washed away. We still have burials here, but we have had to postpone funerals in the past because of the flooding here at times.”

The Rev Philip BrooksVicar of All Saints' Church in South Wingfield
Flooded gravestones at All Saints' Church in South Wingfield
Katie Caudwell

Man bailed after 'cannabis' arrest

A man has been arrested after police found a large bag of what they believe to be cannabis inside the car he was driving.

The 20-year-old driver was stopped as he was "acting suspiciously" in Mackworth yesterday in the early hours, officers said.

He was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply and has been released on bail.

Church considers flood protection measures

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

You can see some more pictures of the flooded graveyard at All Saints' Church in South Wingfield on our Facebook page.

The vicar, the Rev Philip Brooks, said: “Some flowers have been washed away, but it hasn’t been too bad this time. It was a lot deeper in 2007.

The Rev Philip Brooks vicar of All Saints' Church in South Wingfield

“It floods quite often and has flooded twice already this year. We are going to organise some flood protection at the back, but we also have to think about protecting the church from erosion.”

Teenager comes forward after Old Bell theft

Derby Telegraph

A "mortified" teenager has come forward to a Derby pub and told them he stole two statues from inside it.

pub thief CCTV
The Old Bell

Drug decision 'needs to be reversed'


You've been reacting on our Facebook page to the story of six-year-old Stanley Backler, from Belper, who is unable to be given a drug which his parents say could vastly improve his quality of life as an application for funding was rejected by the NHS.

Anna Cockle said: "Stanley is a beautiful boy with dedicated parents. How we can become more informed and promote their request for funding / treatment? Good luck Stanley. We miss your lovely face."

Naomi Hopwood posted: "Bless him. My son with autism had a trampoline in his bedroom too. Try writing to your MP. It worked for us."

Stanley Backler

And Patricia Cooper-orpe seemed to capture the mood: "They have to reverse the decision for that beautiful little boy."   

Travel: New Mills roadworks

BBC Travel

Roadworks are causing delays on the A6 in New Mills between Station Road and Woodbourne Road.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

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

Football: Burton Albion boss plays down crowd impact on home form

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport Online

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough says home support will have little bearing as the League One leaders attempt to get back to winning ways.

Nigel Clough
Getty Images

Burton only took one point from two games over Easter, and are only one point clear after defeat at Millwall.

When asked about the importance of having a big crowd behind them for Bury's visit on Saturday, he responded: "It doesn't matter what crowd. It just matters that we win - any how, any way, we get three points at home."

Good winter as churchyard only flooded twice

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

You may well have experienced the effect the torrential rain had on the local countryside over the Easter weekend.

Land surrounding All Saints' Church in South Wingfield flooded and the gravestones in the churchyard were submerged.   

Flooded churchyard at All Saints' Church in South Wingfield
Charlie May Reeve

But apparently it's been a good winter because the churchyard has only flooded twice. It usually happens more often.

Graveyard flooded at South Wingfield

Martyn Williams

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

This is the scene at All Saints' Church in South Wingfield.

The entire churchyard was flooded on Monday, and the water still almost came over the top of my wellies earlier today.

Flood water at All Saints' Church in South Wingfield
Dave Shipley

There is an enormous puddle in one corner of the church that is about 100ft across, and some of the gravestones are submerged.

600 rubbish bags filled from section of A38

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

It's a subject that effects every one of us ... how we dispose of our litter.

Not everyone finds a suitable bin, as nearly £19,000 has been spent to clean up just a small stretch of the A38 in Amber Valley.

Some of the 600 bags of litter collected from a stretch of the A38
Amber Valley Borough Council

The borough council carries out the job once a year, and this time around 600 bags of rubbish were collected.

Aerial platform used on laundrette fire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Firefighters used an aerial platform to put out a fire at a Chesterfield laundrette.

Fire at The Wash Inn on Sheffield Road in Chesterfield
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

The fire broke out at The Wash Inn on Sheffield Road last night.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories we're covering today:

  • Parents of sick child in Derbyshire refused 'important drug' for rare metabolic condition
  • Laundrette in Chesterfield badly damaged by fire
  • And council fills 600 bags of rubbish from area around stretch of A38 in Derbyshire

Laundrette damaged by fire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A laundrette in Chesterfield has been damaged by a fire.

Fire at laundrette The Wash Inn on Sheffield Road in Chesterfield
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Crews were called to The Wash Inn on Sheffield Road last night.