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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Spark may have triggered Long Eaton explosion

BBC Radio Derby

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service says an explosion at a derelict petrol station may have been caused when residual petrol fumes inside tanks below ground were ignited by a spark from equipment.

A man in his 40s, who was working at the site on Tamworth Road, was taken to hospital with burns.

The Heath and Safety Executive has opened an investigation and water has been pumped into the disused tanks as a precaution.

Weather: Showers disperse to leave dry night

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Showers die out this evening to leave a dry night with some clear spells and lows of 5C (41F).

Weather temperatures for Friday April 8
BBC

Tomorrow will be largely dry with plenty of sunny spells and highs of 11C (52F).  

Man injured in explosion at former petrol station

This is the derelict petrol station in Long Eaton where a worker suffered burns in a small explosion earlier.

Police said the blast happened at the Tamworth Road site at about 12:30.

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Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

These are the main stories we're covering today.

  • Worker suffers burns in explosion at derelict petrol station in Long Eaton
  • Dumped chemical barrels removed from Trent Lock
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service says it is not planning to merge with its West Midlands counterpart

Woman who died in A50 crash named

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Police have named a woman who died in a crash on the A50 near Blythe Bridge. Rachel Edwards, 35, from Dronfield, was a passenger in a car that was in collision with a lorry on Monday morning.

Travel: Breakdown disrupts traffic on M1

BBC Travel

A broken down vehicle is blocking a lane on the exit slip road at J27 of the M1 northbound.

Dumped chemical barrels removed

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Barrels containing a mystery chemical that were dumped at Sawley have been cleared away by the Environment Agency and the borough council this afternoon.

It said the white substance inside the 23 barrels might be an adhesive or sealant.

Barrels being cleared
Environment Agency

Local residents were warned last night to stay away from the rusting barrels, which the agency says have been moved to a safe temporary location.

Police search for evidence after fight on A38

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A rolling road-block disrupted traffic on the A38 southbound at Willington earlier this afternoon as police resumed their search for evidence after a brawl earlier this week.

The fight between two groups of men from separate pick-up trucks happened in the aftermath of a crash.

Fire linked to e-cigarette on charge

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A fire in Heanor was caused by an e-cigarette being charged incorrectly, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has said. 

Nobody was hurt in the fire at a house on Hufton's Drive this morning.

An e-cigarette being charged incorrectly led to a small fire at a property in Heanor
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

But a fire service spokeswoman says it highlights the dangers linked to having smoking materials in the home.

Ambulance service's about turn over merger issue

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

East Midlands Ambulance Service's insistence it has no plans for a merger differs from what West Midlands Ambulance Service has been saying.

Murray MacGregor, head of communications at West Midlands Ambulance Service, says: "They came to us with a couple of suggestions with NHS Improvement. We have had talks with the East Midlands. This [statement] is a definite change of tack from them."

He went on to say: "I assume that their change of heart has come from over there. I certainly think that what they have said today is a very different story from what they have said before.

West Midlands Ambulance Service vehicle
BBC

"We are quite comfortable where they are. If they want to talk to us, the door is always open".

EMAS denies merger plan

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

There's more on the possible merger of the East and West Midlands Ambulance Services, or what seems a denial that the issue has been discussed.

Pauline Tagg chairs EMAS and said in a statement she's been talking to NHS Improvement about strengthening its leadership arrangements.

She said: "This will allow us to support the existing team to deliver improved performance, quality and better manage our resources; not a merger with another trust.

"One of these options has involved talking with West Midlands Ambulance Service about the possibility of its chief executive, Dr Anthony Marsh, working with EMAS to support us with these challenges.

Ambulance crew with patient
East Midlands Ambulance Service

"This option and others are still being explored and discussions have not yet come to a conclusion."

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.

Watch: Day Concorde touched down in East Midlands

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

It's 20 years since Concorde landed at East Midlands Airport.

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Body in garden 'not suspicious'

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Police say the discovery of a body in the back garden of a house on Stenson Road in Derby isn't being treated as suspicious.

They were called to the property at 10:45 today.  

Hughes ready to return to Rams squad

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Welcome news for Rams fans next as Will Hughes is available for Saturday's Championship match at home to Bolton after recovering from a long-term knee injury.

Head coach Darren Wassall has confirmed the midfielder is fit after coming through an U21 game at Fulham on Monday.

Will Hughes
BBC

Hughes hasn't played since the opening day of the season.

Man suffers burns in Long Eaton blast

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A man thought to be in his 40s suffered burns in a small explosion at a derelict petrol station in Long Eaton.

Police say he's been taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham for treatment.  

Emergency services were called to the site on Tamworth Road shortly before 12:30 today.

Tamworth Road was closed for a short time but is now open.

Blast victim taken to hospital

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Police say they were alerted by the ambulance service to an explosion at a derelict petrol station in Long Eaton this afternoon.

A man who was working on the Tamworth Road site was injured in the blast and taken to hospital.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed, police confirmed.

Man hurt in explosion

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A man working on the site of a former petrol station in Long Eaton has been injured in a small explosion.

Police say he's been taken to hospital following the incident which happened in Tamworth Road shortly before 12:30 today.

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Watch: Princess Anne visits holiday home

The Princess Royal is visiting the Derbyshire Children's Centre in Skegness today.

It's been helping disadvantaged children enjoy a seaside holiday since 1891.

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Travel: Signal problem causes train delays

BBC Travel

There are delays of up to 50 minutes on  services run by train operator Northern between Buxton and Manchester Piccadilly because of a signalling problem at Woodsmoor.

Tickets are being accepted on CrossCountry trains.

Body found in garden

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A body's been found in the back garden of a house in Stenson Road in Derby.

Police say it's too early to know whether the circumstances are suspicious.

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.

E-cig charger to blame for Heanor fire

A kitchen fire in Heanor this morning was caused by an electronic cigarette being charged with an incorrect charger, the fire service says.

Nobody was hurt in the blaze, which happened at a property in Huftons Drive at about 09:30, but a fire service spokesman said the incident highlighted the importance of following e-cigarette instructions correctly.

MP keen to see ambulance service improve

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler says she'll support plans that could see the East and West Midlands ambulance services merge if it helps bring about improvements. 

Heather Wheeler
BBC

She said: "Somebody somewhere needs to really get a grip of this because if you're chucking money at a problem, and you're getting more kit, and you're still not getting there on time then there really are problems that somebody needs to get into great, great detail over."

Weather: Chance of showers this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

There could be a couple of scattered showers to look out this afternoon but it will mainly be bright and dry with highs of 11C (52F).

Weather temperatures for Thursday April 7 to Friday 8
BBC

Any showers continue to fizzle out tonight leaving a dry night with lows of 4C (39F).

Health writer critical of 'barmy' merger plan

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Former NHS trust chairman and now health writer Roy Lilley is sceptical about a proposed merger between ambulance services in the Midlands.

He said: “It is the worst possible idea, it’s barmy. By bunging two organisations together you don’t get a better organisation.

"If you merge these two you are going to create a business or service that’s so big you can see it from outer space."

He said the merger would create further layers of middle management, increase costs to run it and see managers further away from the control room and frontline staff.  

Princess Royal drops in on holiday centre

Derby Telegraph

A centre which provides seaside holidays to disadvantaged children across Derbyshire will be visited by royalty today.

Organ donor memorial set for Staffordshire unveiling

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A memorial to honour 30,000 people who have donated their organs is due to be unveiled at Staffordshire's National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas shortly.

The sculpture depicts a butterfly poised on a forget-me-not flower.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

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

Chemical barrels 'probably came from work site'

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Paul Reeves, from the Environment Agency, is keen to find out who is responsible for dumping 23 chemical barrels in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

He said: "The likelihood is that these barrels were brought from a site. The cost of disposing of them in a proper manner would be running into many, many thousands of pounds.

Paul Reeves
BBC

"Obviously someone's decided they don't want to pay that sort of money to dispose of them, so they've paid somebody to just bring them down in a truck and dispose of them."

Derbyshire gets £1.1m for pothole repairs

BBC Radio Derby

If you've felt the effects of driving over a hole in the road you'll be relieved to hear that Derbyshire's getting more than £1m to fix about 20,000 potholes.

It's part of the £250m pothole action fund announced in last month's Budget.

Derby will receive nearly £100,000 to fill nearly 2,000 potholes.

Watch: Will ambulance service merger happen?

Iestyn Williams from the Health Services Management Centre in Birmingham has been speaking  about the possible merger between East Midlands Ambulance Service and its West Midlands counterpart.    

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NHS merger benefits 'not always delivered'

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

I told you recently that East Midlands Ambulance Service ended the financial year £12m in debt, and now it's emerged the service has approached its West Midlands counterpart over a possible merger.   

Iestyn Williams, from the Health Services Managament Centre in Birmingham, says it could happen but needs careful handling.

He said: "The NHS has undergone lots of mergers in recent years and the logic, the thinking behind it, is that you reduce costs by combining back-office functions, you share good practice.

East Midlands Ambulance Service vehicle
BBC

"I think that's the expected benefits, but in practice it often doesn't work out in that way."

Midlands ambulance services 'in merger talks'

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

The ambulance service which looks after the East Midlands could merge with the West Midlands to create the largest of its kind in the world, serving more than 10.5m people.

The BBC understands the East Midland's service approached its counterparts in the West Midlands to ask for help.

Second day of strike could stretch NHS

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

NHS England has said the second day of the latest strike by junior doctors is likely to be more difficult for the health service.

It's led to the cancellation today of 235 outpatient appointments and 25 operations at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Junior doctors on a picket line outside the Royal Derby Hospital on previous day of strike action
BBC

Doctors are providing only emergency care because of a contract dispute with the government.

Chemical barrels 'not particularly toxic'

Paul Reeves, from the Environment Agency, said: "There are a few clues on some of the labels. It may well be some sort of adhesive or similar type of material used in sealant.

"So I don't think we're looking at a particularly toxic chemical but nevertheless it's something we don't want in the environment."

Dumped barrels
BBC

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories we're covering right now:

Are dumped barrels dangerous?

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

So is there a danger to the public from the barrels containing an unknown chemical dumped in Sawley

The answer to that is probably not, as the Environment Agency says the barrels appear to contain some form of adhesive or sealant.

Some of the 23 barrels containing a chemical dumped near Sawley
Environment Agency

That theory appears to be supported by a look at the photos which show the white powdery substance.