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  1. Updates for Friday 8 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Sandish Shoker

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Weather: Dry end to the day but rain could push in later

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It's going to be a largely dry end to the day but cloud will increase this evening with a band of light patchy rain pushing east overnight.

This could be wintry for higher ground with lows of 5C (41F).


Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's your final headlines for today:

Listen: Wassall talks about Bolton and Will Hughes

BBC Derby Sport

Rams boss Darren Wassall has spoken to us about his hopes for the Bolton game tomorrow and Will Hughes making his first start for months after a knee injury.

Travel: Accident closes part of Chesterfield road

BBC Travel

The A632 Hollis Lane, Chesterfield is closed at the A61 junction because of an accident.

Father pays tribute to 'lovely lad'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Speaking after the jury recorded a conclusion of accidental death for William Page from Stanley Common, his father Brian said: "I just feel sad, he was a lovely lad."

Killer mum and partner 'in it together'

Ayeeshia Jane Smith thrived in the care of a foster family but was dead within months of returning to her mother, who has been convicted of killing her. 

BBC News looks at the events leading up to her brutal death.  

Matthew Rigby and Kathryn Smith

Ayeeshia Jane Smith: Cannabis was kept in toddler's cup

Peter Wilson

BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

Kathryn Smith is a regular cannabis user, the court was told, keeping her drugs in Ayeeshia's cup.  

Ayeeshia beaker

Man jailed after train hit empty car

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The driver of the car left abandoned on the railway line in Clay Mills was found hiding in bushes nearby, said police.

He later claimed to have had an episode of memory loss as a result of post traumatic stress disorder, but medical experts found this not to be true.

Smashed up car
British Transport Police
Smashed up car

Driver jailed after car left on tracks

A man who drove his car on to railway tracks and then abandoned it moments before a train carrying 40 people hit it at 70mph is jailed.

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Health and safety expert said he had been called to similar incidents with barriers

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

A health and safety expert who gave evidence during the inquest said it was second such case he had been called to in 12 months.

He said that it was well known that if not locked, horizontal steel barriers have through wind or tampering, the potential to swing back into the road.

Mother and stepfather's 999 call

An emergency call by Kathryn Smith, who murdered her toddler claiming to attempt to revive her, with help from her partner, has been made public.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Ayeeshia Jane Smith: Father calls murder 'pure evil'

Peter Wilson

BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

Ayeeshia Jane Smith's natural father Ricky Booth has described her murder as "pure evil".

He's also said he is very angry and wishes she had been taken into care.

Kathryn Smith and Matthew RIgby

New findings to be considered for serious case review

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Derbyshire Safeguarding Board said although a serious case review had been carried out, new evidence that came to light during the trial would now need to be considered before they published their findings.

Interim chairman, Andrew Stokes, said: "It is important that we take the time to look at this thoroughly to ensure we maintain the highest possible standards to safeguard children and young people across Derbyshire.”

BreakingJury says Derby man's death was 'accidental'

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

The jury at the inquest into the death of William Page has reached a conclusion of accidental death.

The 22-year-old was killed after a partially open metal barrier smashed into the windscreen of his van at an industrial premises in Ilkeston in February last year.

Digby Business Park

Ayeeshia Jane Smith: Mum claimed toddler suffered seizure

Rebecca Woods

BBC News Online, Journalist

Kathryn Smith had claimed her 21-month-old daughter Ayeeshia suffered a seizure before her death and suggested her bruised body was caused by falling off her potty.

Pathologists found 16 separate injuries on her body, including a historical bleed on the brain. They ruled she died from a tear to a heart which was likely to have been caused by a "stamp".  

Ayeeshia Smith
Family handout

Her ex-partner Matthew Rigby was cleared of murder but convicted of causing or allowing the child's death.

The pair will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.

'Someone could have been killed' say police

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The British Transport Police said luckily the train driver had spotted the car and managed to slow the train down from 100 mph to 70mph before it hit the car.

The force said the 40 people on board were uninjured but the incident resulted in more than £650,000 in costs to the rail industry in delays, compensation and damage to the tracks and train. 

Damaged car Clay Mills
British Transport Police

Det Sgt Shanie Erwin said: "The train could have easily derailed after striking his vehicle at such a speed, and everyone on board could have been seriously injured or killed."

Inquest jury retires to consider conclusion

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

The inquest jury in Derby has gone out to consider its conclusion into the death of a driver who was killed when a five-metre car park barrier smashed through his van windscreen.

William Page from Stanley Common died from chest and abdomen injuries at the Digby Street industrial premises in Ilkeston in February last year. 

Mr Page had opened the barrier to get into the compound but when he drove out a couple of hours later the barrier had swung partially open.

BreakingAyeeshia mother guilty of murder

The mother of toddler Ayeeshia Smith, Kathryn Smith, has been found guilty of her murder.

The 21-month-old died in May 2014 and the jury at Stafford Crown Court heard she had suffered injuries similar to a car crash.

Smith, 23, and her former partner 22-year-old Matthew Rigby had both blamed each other for the little girl's death, which happened in Burton.

Man jailed for leaving car on railway line

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A Derby man has been jailed after he drove his car onto a railway line at Clay Mills.

Jonathan Geoffrey Mather, 36, from Oakwood pleaded guilty to obstructing the line and was sentenced to 68 months.

Stafford Crown Court heard how he drove his car onto the tracks and then abandoned his car moments before a train came down the tracks and hit it at 70mph.

More problems on the trains

Ayeeshia Jane Smith: Accused pair 'changed stories several times'

Rebecca Woods

BBC News Online, Journalist

Kathryn Smith and Matthew Rigby changed their stories several times and claimed each other was the last to see Ayeeshia Jane Smith.

The trial heard social services were aware of the little girl from birth.

Kathryn Smith and Matthew Rigby

In June 2013, she was placed with a foster family but sent back to live with her mother in October, who had by then started a relationship with Rigby.

Smith and Rigby, who was considered the toddler's stepfather, were regular cannabis users and kept the drug in a cup of Ayeeshia's.

Ayeeshia Jane Smith: Pathologists found 16 separate injuries

Ayeeshia Jane Smith collapsed at the couple's home in Britannia Drive in May 2014.    

Ayeeshia Jane Smith
Family handout

The court heard she had a heart injury usually seen in people who have fallen off buildings or been in a car crash.

Pathologists found 16 separate injuries on her body, including a historical bleed on the brain.

The pair, who have since split up, insisted in court they had nothing to do with the toddler's death.

Ayeeshia Jane Smith: Man cleared of toddler's murder

A man's been cleared of the murder of a 21-month-old toddler in Burton.

Matthew Rigby, 22, from Nottingham, was however found guilty of causing or allowing the death of 21-month-old Ayeeshia Smith, who died in May 2014.

His ex-partner, Ayeesiah's mother, Kathryn Smith, 23, also from Nottingham, was found guilty of cruelty to a child. 

The jury is still deliberating on one further count at Birmingham Crown Court.

Flytipped barrels removed

On Wednesday, 23 barrels containing an unknown chemical were found dumped at Trent Lock in Derbyshire and Cossall in Nottinghamshire.

Paul Reeves, from the Environment Agency, tweeted today to see they had been removed and being taken to the labs.


He wrote:  "Getting close to identifying the chemical substance in the flytipped barrels."  

Four to compete for crime commissioner role

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nominations closed last night for the forthcoming police and crime commissioner elections. The four candidates in Derbyshire are:

  • Hardyal Dhindsa (Labour)
  • Richard Bright (Conservative)
  • Tom Snowdon (Lib Dems)
  • Stuart Yeowart (UKIP)

The elections take place on 5 May.

Derby man killed as car park barrier swung into screen

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

The inquest in Derby heard today that Mr Page had gone to the Digby Street industrial unit in Ilkeston to carry out work on his car on a Saturday morning. 

William Page
Rachael Cross

He had opened the barrier to get into the premises but it was open at an angle across the road as he drove out.  

The inquest continues.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • An inquest has been hearing about how a Derby man died when a car park barrier swung into his van windscreen
  • A couple from Ashover say they are grateful for the support they have received from neighbours since their house was destroyed by a fire last month and their seven pets died
  • Derby County are hoping Bradley Johnson is fit to play against Bolton tomorrow after he didn't attend training yesterday because of a knee injury

Inquest for barrier death man

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

An inquest jury has been told a 22-year-old man died after a five-metre steel barrier smashed into the windscreen of his van as he left an industrial estate. 

William Page, from Belper Road in Stanley Common, sustained fatal crush injuries to his chest in the collision in February 2015. 

Travel: Broken down train causing delays.

A broken down train near Edale in the Peak District is causing some delays for passengers between Sheffield and Nottingham. 

East Midlands Trains said a rescue engine was on its way to the broken down train.

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Cricket club to host fireworks event

BBC Radio Derby

Derbyshire County Cricket Club says it will hold the city centre's only organised big fireworks display this Bonfire Night in November. 

It comes after the city council's display at Markeaton Park was cancelled.

104-year-old doesn't like tattoos - but gets one anyway

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Mr Reynolds has now made it into the Guinness World Records by becoming the oldest person to get their first tattoo.

He said his arm was effectively twisted to have his name and birth date tattooed onto his arm by his children.

Guinness World Records

He said: "I have always been against tattoos. I don't like them."  

Centenarian becomes oldest person to get a tattoo

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Jack Reynolds from Chesterfield is 104, but that didn't stop him from getting this tattoo.

By doing it he has raised more than £2,000 for the Ashgate Hospice.

Jack Reynolds tattoo

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • An Ashover couple who lost their home and seven pets in a fire last month say they have been surprised by people's generosity
  • The next police and crime commissioner candidates have been announced for Derbyshire
  • Cricket: The new County Championship season starts on Sunday with Division Two Derbyshire taking on Gloucestershire on 17 April

Your photos: Staveley sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

There was a firey sky over Staveley this morning and our Weather Watcher Jasper was on hand to capture it.

Staveley sunrise

Injury doubt for Johnson against Bolton

BBC Derby Sport

Derby County midfielder Bradley Johnson is a doubt for their game against Bolton tomorrow after a knee injury forced him to skip training yesterday.

Meanwhile, defender Marcus Olsson is fit after he came off against Hull with a sore achilles and midfielder Will Hughes could return to the first team after seven months out with a knee injury.

'Residual petrol fumes' may have caused blast

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service says an explosion at a former petrol station in Long Eaton may have been caused by residual petrol fumes inside underground tanks. 

Emergency services were called to the site in Tamworth Road yesterday lunchtime.

Long Eaton petrol station

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

The Heath and Safety Executive is investigating  

Watch: Family touched by support after fire

Phil and Vanessa Coates say they are grateful for all the kinds of help they have been offered.

Mrs Coates said: "Just someone ringing up and saying 'we're sorry and is there anything we can do'. And even if they can't do anything, just that knowing that they are there."

Couple getting help in return for charity work

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Friend of the family, Jess Hagin, provided a marquee to the family so they could continue running their charity - which helps people with learning difficulties - after the fire.

He said Phil and Vanessa Coates were still shocked and shaken by the tragedy.

Phil and Vanessa Coates

He said: "There's some very nice people out there and it shows when something like this happens and the community really comes together. 

"They help the vulnerable in our community and now they are getting the payback for that because people appreciate what they are doing."