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  1. Updates for Tuesday 5 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Euan Duncan

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Live updates for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Weather: Light rain overnight

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Cloud will thicken up later this evening and there will be some light rain heading in by the end of the night, with lows of 4C (39F).

Weather temperatures for 4am on Wednesday April 6th

Tomorrow it will brighten up through the morning but there will be a few showers following on behind. It will be a blustery day and cooler with highs of 10C (50F).  

Your views: Darley Park Concert to move


We've had plenty of comments on our Facebook page about the decision to move the Darley Park Concert to Donington Park.

Tom Burton wrote: "One of the best things about living in Derby and they are going to move and charge for it, absolute jokers."  

Power cut in Alvaston

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here's a reminder of the main stories we've been covering:

Truck drivers in brawl after A38 accident

Uttoxeter Advertiser

 A fight broke out on the A38 after a collision on the carriageway.  

Fight broke out after accident on A38 in Staffordshire
Uttoxeter Advertiser

Toddler death trial: Jury retires

A jury has retired to consider verdicts in the case of a mother and stepfather accused of stamping a toddler to death at the family home.

Matthew Rigby, 22, from Nottingham, denies murdering 21-month-old Ayeeshia Jane Smith at their home in Burt in May 2014.

Ayeeshia's mother, Kathryn Smith, also denies murder.

Kathryn Smith and Matthew Rigby

College gets better Ofsted rating

BBC Radio Derby

Ofsted inspectors have rated Derby College as "good" following a recent inspection.

The report said outcomes for the large majority of apprentices and learners had improved since the last inspection, which said the college needed improvement.

Rams keeper needs operation

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

News now of an injury problem for Derby County as goalkeeper Lee Grant requires a minor groin operation.

Lee Grant

The Rams have recalled Jonathan Mitchell from a loan spell at Luton Town with immediate effect.

Abuse victims urged to come forward

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for victims of alleged abuse at two children’s homes in Derbyshire to contact them.

An investigation has been launched into alleged abuse  at Greenacre’s children’s home in Clay Cross and Lindenhurst children’s home in Chesterfield between 1983 and the early 1990s.

Two men aged 69 and 61 have been arrested in connection with the inquiry and are currently on police bail.

Blood found on badger baiters' car

Police say three men jailed for badger baiting in Derbyshire were found to have what's thought to have been blood on their hands and clothing when they were stopped driving through Darley Dale.

A substantial amount of blood was also found on the outside of the car, as well as inside the vehicle.

Analysis confiemd the blood belonged to a badger. The three admitted a charge of badger baiting.

Three jailed for badger baiting

BBC Radio Derby

Three men have been jailed after admitting to badger baiting in Derbyshire.

Martin Skinner and brothers Kyle and Daniel Green were stopped by police while driving through Darley Dale.

In the back of their vehicle were two badly injured dogs.

Martin Skinner, Kyle Green and Danny Green
Derbyshire Police

Derbyshire Police say all three have been jailed for three months and banned from keeping dogs for five years.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

These are the main stories we're covering this afternoon.

Ambulance service debt nearly £12m

BBC Radio Derby

East Midlands Ambulance Service will end the financial year almost £12m in debt.

The trust which runs the service says it responded to more than 900,000 emergency calls last year, that's nearly 2,500 every day.

East Midlands Ambulance Service vehicles

The trust has blamed the overspend on an increase in the number of people needing care and delays at hospitals.

Blind pair turned away from restaurant

Derbyshire Times

Two friends have spoken of their shock after being turned away from an Indian restaurant in Chesterfield because they are blind.

Colin Bloomfield's sun shelter legacy

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

You might remember yesterday we told you about the first sun shade to be built in memory of BBC Radio Derby presenter Colin Bloomfield at Alvaston Park in Derby.

I mentioned the groundbreaking ceremony and there were photos of the structure in a workshop but it may have left you wondering what the structure will look like eventually.  

Sun shade design for Alvaston Park in Derby
Derby City Council

Here's a blueprint of the sun shade - and there's more details on our Facebook page

Watch: Orchestra boss on Darley Park Concert switch

Sinfonia Viva's chief executive Peter Helps says he hopes the reinvention of the Darley Park Concert will help boost audience numbers from about 35,000 to nearer 100,000.

Warning over doorstep fish sales

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

People in Derbyshire are being warned about door-to-door fish sellers who could be misleading customers over the quantity and quality of the fish they're selling.

Dave Allen, from the county council, said the products might be a health risk as the fish can be "out-of-date, or close to the date, or quickly cooked and frozen".

Travel: Delays on A38 after crash

BBC Travel

The A38 southbound is blocked between Willington and Clay Mills following an accident.

Weather: Dry and bright this afternoon

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The cloud should clear as we move through the afternoon and there could even be some brightness, with highs of 13C (55F).

Weather temperatures for Tuesday April 5 to Wednesday 6

New venue and name for Darley Park Concert

Under city council plans, the Darley Park Concert would become Donington's Party in the Park.

The event would still take place at the same time of year and Sinfonia Viva would continue to play a major part.

The authority said it was no longer feasible to continue running the event in its current format.

Darley Park Concert set for move

Derby City Council says it's in talks to transform the Darley Park Concert into a regional event at Donington Park.

Darley Park Concert

The summer event would no longer be free but people from Derby would be entitled to a discount on ticket prices.  

Hughes comeback continues

Nigel Cash

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Rams fans will be clinging on to any crumbs of comfort they can at the moment, as the club aims to cement its place in the Championship play-offs.

Will Hughes played 60 minutes for Derby's U21 side which beat Fulham 1-0 last night.

Will Hughes is stretchered off having suffered a knee injury on the opening day of last season
Getty Images

The England U21 international says he felt no adverse reaction as he appeared in his first competitive match since suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury on the opening day of the season.

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

Rams set to face Tigers

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

The nervous tension will be palpable around the Ipro Stadium tonight as Derby County host promotion rivals Hull City.

Top ten teams in the Championship

The Rams could drop out of the top six tonight if they lose and Cardiff win at Burnley.

Major disruption for rail passengers

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here's a bit more on the rail disruption affecting services passing through Burton, Derby and Chesterfield.

Rail delays

National Rail says the problems are likely to continue for another few hours.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of the top stories we're covering this morning:

  • Statue of Derbyshire engineer Sir Nigel Gresley unveiled at King's Cross Station
  • Local vicars voice dismay at hostility towards plans to accommodate Syrian refugees in Derbyshire Dales
  • And fourth egg for Derby Cathedral peregrines  

Woman killed in A50 crash

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal crash involving a car and a lorry on the A50 yesterday.

A 35-year-old woman from Derbyshire, who was a passenger in the car, died in the collision between the Blythe Bridge roundabout and Uttoxeter.  

The driver, a 42-year-old man from Derbyshire, suffered minor injuries, while an eight-year-old boy was unhurt

A 52-year-old man in the lorry was also uninjured.

Sir Nigel Gresley statue unveiled

Sara Smith

Reporter, BBC South East

And here's the new statue of Sir Nigel Gresley at King's Cross Station.

Sir Nigel Gresley statue

Gresley statue set for unveiling

Sara Smith

Reporter, BBC South East

Quite a crowd for the unveiling of Hazel Reeves' statue of Sir Nigel Gresley at King's Cross.  

King's Cross Station

Hippodrome group wins cash grant

BBC Radio Derby

The trust behind the restoration of a Derby theatre has announced it's to receive £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust wants to reopen the Grade II listed building as a working theatre again.

Derby's former Hippodrome Theatre site damaged by fire

The trust says the start-up grant will be spent on professional advice about restoring the building to its former condition which has been derelict for many years and was recently further damaged by a fire.

Travel: Rail services disrupted by line problem

BBC Travel

A problem with overhead lines in Birmingham is affecting rail services passing through Derby, Chesterfield and Burton.

Four eggs for cathedral peregrines

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

This is what Nick Brown from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust told us yesterday morning about how many eggs might be laid in the peregrines' nest at Derby Cathedral.

"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."

Four eggs laid in peregrines' nest at Derby Cathedral
Derby Cathedral webcam

And it wasn't a very long wait as it turned out, with the fourth arriving later in the day.

Online hostility towards refugees condemned

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

I mentioned the possibility of Syrian migrants arriving in Derbyshire and in particular Matlock and Ashbourne.

The news has provoked a backlash online, with some people saying the refugees won't be welcome.

Syrian refugees

Objections posted on the Facebook page of the Ashbourne News Telegraph have prompted two local vicars to call for more sympathy for Syrians fleeing war.

Fire at former launderette

Burton Mail

A derelict launderette in Burton has gone up in flames for the second time in less than a week.

Fire crews were called to a derelict Burton building for the second time in four days
Burton Mail

Councillors to discuss refugee plan

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

The issue of what to do with refugees is one which will occupy our hearts and minds for some time to come.

It's emerged that Matlock and Ashbourne could be housing eight refugee families fleeing the Syrian crisis in the next year.

Syrian refugees
Getty Images

Derbyshire Dales District Council is discussing the plan later in the week.

Fourth egg laid by cathedral peregrines

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

I brought you news yesterday of the egg-laying exploits of the Derby Cathedral peregrines, after a third egg was hatched at the weekend.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Nick Brown said they were expecting a fourth egg, if everything went to plan.

Peregrine eggs at Derby Cathedral
Derby Cathedral webcam

And his prediction proved correct as a fourth emerged yesterday afternoon. 

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

These are the main stories we're covering today:

  • Statue of Derbyshire engineer Sir Nigel Gresley to be unveiled in London
  • Plans to rehome Syrian refugees in Derbyshire receive a mixed response
  • And Rams play-off berth under threat if they fail to win at home to Hull

No ducking the mallard issue

Here's the artist Hazel Reeves' explanation why the duck disappeared from the statue of Sir Nigel Gresley, which is due to be unveiled at King's Cross Station in London later today.

There is no duck, there's never been a duck. There was on the maquette which is the small model I produced initially for the Gresley Society Trust and that had the little mallard at his side. It was the end of March {2015} they decided to go without the mallard and so for a year I've known there will be no mallard."

Hazel ReevesArtist behind statue of Sir Nigel Gresley
Mallard, one of the locomotives designed by Sir Nigel Gresley

Duck dropped from Derbyshire engineer's statue

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Sir Nigel Gresley designed one of the world's most famous steam locomotives the Flying Scotsman.

Originally there was going to be a bronze duck next to the statue to recognise Gresley's work on the famous Mallard engine.

The statue of Sir Nigel Gresley being hoisted into place at King's Cross Station in London
Hazel Reeves

But this was scrapped after members of his family said the duck was "demeaning".