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  1. Updates on Monday 4 April 2016

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

Weather: Showers fade to leave mainly dry night

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Showers clear this evening and it will be a mostly dry night with some clear spells and lows of 4C (39F).

Weather temperatures for 7am on Tuesday April 5
BBC

Tomorrow will be a bright day with some decent spells of sunshine into the afternoon and temperatures will peak at 12C (54F).

Travel: Two accidents on A5121 in Burton

BBC Travel

There are currently two accidents on the A5121 at Burton, one near the Duke Street junction and the other near the B5018 Hains Lane junction, with traffic delayed in both directions.

Trailblazers into last four of play-offs

Nigel Cash

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby Trailblazers will be at home to Reading Rockets in next weekend's NBL division one play-off semi-finals.

Derby beat Lancashire Spinners 91-61 on Saturday, while Reading defeated Essex Leopards 102-84 yesterday.

Bogus workmen steal cash from pensioner

BBC Radio Derby

A group of five men took a pensioner from his Sandiacre home while accomplices stole some cash from the property in Brook Street.

Police want to find the men or their van after they offered to carry out repair work and persuaded the victim to get into the vehicle to do some paperwork.

The burglary happened on Saturday afternoon, and police say three of the men spoke with Irish accents.

Final humiliation for New Mills

BBC Sport

A 9-0 hammering relegated New Mills from the eighth-tier Northern Premier League Division One North on Saturday.

Manager Garry Brown is New Mills' fourth manager this season
Sara P. Robinson

The Derbyshire club haven't won a match all season and have a have a goal difference of minus 115.

Motorist who died after car hit tree named

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Police have named the man who died when his car struck a tree in East Staffordshire.

Andrew Cooper, 39, was found by a passing motorist on Hollington Road in Rocester at 09:40 on Thursday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here's a reminder of the main stories we're covering this afternoon.

Bowls club targeted by arsonists

BBC Radio Derby

An arson attack has caused damage estimated at thousands of pounds at a bowls club in Derbyshire.

it's thought the fire at Belper Meadows Club happened on Friday night, only a few hours before the first practice session of the season. 

A shelter built in memory of a former club member was burnt down and the club's now fundraising to replace it.

Derbyshire actress gets Bafta nomination

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Heanor's Chanel Cresswell has been nominated for best supporting actress at this year's Baftas.

It's for her role in This is England 90 which was created by Uttoxeter director Shane Meadows.

Chanel Cresswell
Getty Images

The winner's announced in May.

Sun shade takes shape

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

I was telling you that work started today to put up the first Colin Bloomfield sun shade at Alvaston Park in Derby.

It's been made possible by the money raised through an appeal in Colin's name after he died from skin cancer.

Parts of the first Colin Bloomfield sun shade set for Alvaston Park in Derby
BBC

The structure's still being put together as you can see from this workshop photograph.

Woman dies in A50 crash

BBC Radio Derby

A woman's died after a car hit a stationary lorry on the A50 in Staffordshire this morning.

The road was closed for about four hours. A man and young child in the car weren't injured.

It happened shortly after 09:00 on the eastbound carriageway between Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter.  

Work under way on new railway station

Work's starting today on a £10m railway station at Ilkeston - the town's been without one for about 50 years.

Ilkeston railway station blueprint
Derbyshire County Council

Plans for Ilkeston Station were approved in 2013, but the project was delayed by flooding and the discovery of protected newts.

Rare books donated to charity shop

A huge collection of books - both by and about Lawrence of Arabia - has been donated to a charity shop in Matlock.

They were given to the Oxfam Bookshop on Dale Road by an anonymous donor whose husband recently died.

Rare books pictured at Oxfam Bookshop in Matlock
BBC

It's thought several of the books could fetch more than £100 because of their rarity.   

'Negative publicity' spurs on Brewers

Nigel Cash

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Burton Albion defender Damien McCrory says the players want to prove the doubters wrong by completing back-to-back promotions.

The Brewers are no longer top of League One after salvaging a 1-1 draw at home to Bury, but they're eight points clear of Walsall in third.

Damien McCrory
Getty Images

McCrory says there's been some negative press after their Easter results, but maintains there's a strong belief among the squad they can finish the job off.

Smart move for motorists on M1

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

There's some good news for regular users of the M1 through north Derbyshire today.

A smart motorway scheme between J28 for South Normanton and J31 for Worksop officially goes live from this morning.

A Smart motorway scheme has been introduced on the M1 between J28 and J31
BBC

It means the hard shoulder will be used as an extra lane.

Ayeeshia Jane Smith: Judge starts summing up

Peter Wilson

BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

A judge has begun summing up today in the trial of two people accused of stamping a toddler to death in East Staffordshire.

Ayeeshia Jane Smith died at a house in Burton in May 2014. 

Ayeeshia Jane Smith
Staffordshire Police

Her mother Kathryn Smith, 23, and stepfather Matthew Rigby, 22, both from Nottingham, deny murdering the 21-month-old.

They also both deny causing or allowing the death of a child and cruelty.

Rain stops play

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

If you had a chance to catch some of the weekend's sunshine it was a welcome relief to feel the warmth again.

But the overnight rain has left its mark on the County Ground in Derbyshire where the home side were due to stage a two-day friendly against Yorkshire this week.

The County Ground is under water after overnight rain
Derbyshire County Cricker Club

The fixture, which was due to get underway tomorrow, has been cancelled already.

Something fishy about doorstep sales

Weather: Showery and thunder possible

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's a showery afternoon, and there'll be the odd rumble of thunder possible, as well as some brighter spells, with highs of 11C (52F).

Weather temperatures for Monday April 4 to Tuesday 5
BBC

Showers fizzle out in the first part of the night, with temperatures dropping to 6C (43F).

Police remove cordon after abandoned bag examined

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

An update on the incident in Derby city centre this lunchtime ... Derbyshire Police say the bag has now been checked and isn't suspicious.

Officers are currently removing the cordon which had been put in place in East Street near the ram statue.

East Street in Derby city centre was taped off by police after an abandoned bag was found nearby
BBC

Businesses evacuated over abandoned bag

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Police say businesses in the immediate area of the ram statue in East Street have been evacuated as a precaution after a bag was abandoned nearby.

East Street in Derby city centre taped off by police after reports of an abandoned bag
BBC

Officers have taped off the area while investigations continue and are thanking shoppers and employees for their patience during the on-going incident.

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:

Abandoned bag prompts city centre cordon

Police have cordoned off part of Derby city centre after reports of a suspicious package today.

Officers received a call shortly after 12:00 today reporting that a bag had been left in East Street, near to the ram statue.

East Street in Derby taped off by police
BBC

This photograph shows officers by the taped-off area in East Street while the bag is examined.

City centre street sealed off

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Police have taped off East Street in Derby city centre after reports of a suspicious package.

We'll bring you more information as we get it.

Work starts on sun safety structure

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A ground-breaking ceremony took place this morning to mark the start of work on a sun shade for Alvaston Park in Derby, paid for by the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal.

The appeal has raised more than £150,000 and educated more than 50,000 schoolchildren about sun safety.

Chris Bourke from Chellaston who had freckles removed over possible melanoma after a spot check at a clinic
BBC

The shade is expected to open by the end of April.  

Fourth egg expected from peregrines

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

After hatching a third egg, there could be more to come form the peregrines at Derby Cathedral.

Nick Brown from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust says they'd expect one more egg usually.

Close-up photograph of peregrine at Derby Cathedral
Derby Cathedral

He said: "We're expecting four, but as everyone knows this bird has been with us since at least 2005.

"She's getting older. She may not be able to produce four eggs. We'll just have to wait and see."

Cathedral peregrines lay third egg

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

They're an online sensation and they're back in the news ... Derby's peregrine falcons laid a third egg in their nest on the cathedral tower this weekend.

Peregrine nesting at Derby Cathedral
Derby Cathedral

The nest is covered by a webcam allowing people all over the world to watch what's happening live.  

Power cut at Swadlincote

A power cut is affecting homes and businesses in the Swadlincote area, with South Derbyshire District Council tweeting that its telephone lines are down as a result.

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Your photos: Coot wins by a short head

It was definitely a photo finish ... but our Weather Watcher snookerballo reliably informs us that the coot just edged out the two geese in this race across the water at Alvaston Park in Derby.

Coot and geese in photo finish at Alvaston Park in Derby
Snookerballo

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'Heart-wrenching' scenes face refugee rescuer

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

You can't help being moved by the words of Brendan Woodhouse from Swanwick, who's returned after 25 days on the Greek island of Lesbos trying to save refugee's lives.

He said: "When you see these children that are just like my kids and you see them in the water floating around and you know they're screaming out for help, and when you hear the distress calling for a parent that loves a child just as much as I love mine, it is heart-wrenching.

Brendan Woodhouse
BBC

"There's no getting away from it, that's what drives me do it, that what keeps me going, and the fact that I've got children makes me want to help the people that have got children even more."

Derbyshire firefighter's international rescue

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

There's no deterring Brendan Woodhouse from Swanwick .. he's the fireman who helped to save around 150 migrants from a sinking boat off a Greek island.

Brendan Woodhouse
BBC

Now he's returned to Lesbos where he's spent 25 days trying to rescue more migrants  

Lastest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

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

New cameras designed to ensure motorists' safety

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

After 18 months of roadworks, a section of Smart motorway opens on the M1 in north Derbyshire today enabling the hard shoulder on the motorway between J28 and J31 to be used in peak periods.

There are emergency refuge areas every mile and a half.

Arun Sahni from Highways England says if people break down the initial message remains the same: "Get out of the car on the left hand lane and go over the barrier.

M1 Smart motorway has opened between J28 and J31 in north Derbyshire
BBC

"We've got 95 new cameras out there. They'll pick up the incident and they'll start putting on the smart technology, which is all the signs, to try and protect that lane."

Mixed views on whether fitness poster offends

Facebook

A Derbyshire gym's advertising poster has caused a stir on our Facebook page over its fitness message.

Sorcha Nugent said: "It is offensive. It seems overweight and fat try to be acceptable in the realms of advertising and media, but it would not be allowed if it was to do with race or sexual orientation, so what is the difference?

Passer-by weighs up the impact of the Fit4Less gymnasium advertising poster at Sawley
BBC

But not everyone found it offensive. Tim Large spoke for many when he posted: "People need to get a grip and stop being offended by everything. No wonder this country has gone down the pan. If you don't like the billboard don't go to the gym. It's pretty simple." 

Rams should have sewn up top six spot

Nigel Cash

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Another blow to Derby County's promotion aspirations at the weekend with defeat at Cardiff, who are now the Rams' closest rivals in the race for the final play-off place.

Goalkeeper Scott Carson admits they should have assured themselves of a top six finish by now.

Scott Carson
Getty Images

As it stands, Derby could fall out of the play-off positions if they lose at home to Hull tomorrow.

M1 'smart motorway' work completed

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The work on the M1 is on a 20-mile stretch through north Derbyshire and has cost £205m.

It will see the hard shoulder used as a permanent traffic lane to help reduce congestion

M1 map
BBC
Traffic on M1 motorway

M1 'smart motorway' work completed

A £205m project to turn a 20-mile stretch of the M1 into a a "smart motorway" is completed.

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Traffic on M1 motorway

A £205m project to turn a 20-mile stretch of the M1 into a a "smart motorway" is completed.

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Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

These are the top stories we're covering this morning.