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  1. Updates for Thursday 14 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Dave Wade

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Weather: Showers expected

BBC Weather

Some areas could see showers through the evening but these should clear later. Overnight lows of 7C (45F).

Dennis Skinner: Your say


You've been giving your views over on Facebook about whether you think the Beast of Bolsover has become "the establishment's licensed jester" after an article by the BBC's Mark Mardell.

Dennis Skinner

Nige Butler disagrees. He said: "Does his job and speaks as he sees it ...unlike virtually all of the career politicians in parliament."

But Janet Rice wrote: "Very childish he gets paid to represent people wether it's the truth or not, he's just an attention seeker."

Tiles to be replaced at Matlock leisure centre

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Tiles at Derbyshire Dales District Council's Arc Leisure Centre's teaching pool will need to be replaced - less than five years since it opened.

The council said it was "a serious issue" that affects all the tiles on the pool floor.

Arc Leisure Centre

Knife-wielding masked men rob student

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A 19-year-old student was robbed at knifepoint in the Five Lamps area of the city on Monday, police have said.

At about 22:30 the 19 year old was approached by two men wearing balaclavas, who threatened him with a knife.

He was pushed against a wall before the offenders demanded he hand over his wallet and iPhone. 

One was wearing a big white padded jacket and the other wore a black jacket.

Street attack CCTV pics released

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police have released CCTV images after a man was attacked in Long Eaton.

At 20:20 on Wednesday 6 April the 27 year old was walking along College Street towards Canal Street when he was approached by a man who swore at him, pushed him and grabbed him by the throat.

Long Eaton CCTV
Derbyshire Police

A52 improvements: What are they?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

This is how the city council wants to improve the A52 and the Wyvern:

  • Extra lanes and a 50mph speed limit on the A52, near the Wyvern junctions
  • Carriageway resurfacing and replacement safety barriers
  • A new two lane slip road off the A52 into Wyvern/Pride Park
  • A new signal controlled crossroads at the junction of Wyvern Way and Derwent Parade
  • New "shared use" routes for pedestrians and cyclists and new crossing facilities
  • A replacement wider pedestrian and cycle bridge across the A52 to the Wyvern

Planning permission granted for A52 work

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Derby City Council gets planning permission for A52 Wyvern improvements. 

However, it still needs funding approval.

The work is due to start in 2017.


Airport seeing higher numbers

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

For the fourth month in a row passenger numbers have increased at East Midlands Airport. 

281,450 passengers used the airport in March - an increase of 9% compared with the same period last year. 

Their best ever day was Easter Monday.

East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport

Burton robberies: Total of five arrests

In addition to the four men arrested today, last night a 57-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Police have yet to establish whether the firearm used in both incidents was real.

Arrests after spate of armed robberies

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Armed response police officers have been on Burton's streets today after a spate of robberies.

The first robbery happened on Tuesday night when three men entered Tesco Express in Stanton Road (pictured). 

One of the men threatened staff with a suspected firearm. 

Tesco Express

Yesterday, a Post Office in Draycott-in-the-Clay was targeted by three men, again with a suspected firearm. 

This lunchtime, armed officers were deployed to arrest four people in the Horninglow area.

Quad lambs born in Ilkeston

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Not one, not two, not three but FOUR lambs have been born to a ewe in Dale Abbey, near Ilkeston.

It's very rare apparently and I suppose, yeah, it's a bit cute too...

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Rams receive £90k from Forest over ticket sales

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

A Nottingham Forest spokesman says they've now paid a £90k bill to Derby County for ticket sales from last month's away match at the iPro.

It was revealed the amount was still outstanding after the Rams made a complaint to the Football League.

The Beast's insults provoke 'faux outrage'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Did you see Dennis Skinner, AKA The Beast of Bolsover, launch one of his trademark jibes at the Prime Minister this week?

The veteran Labour MP has become "the establishment's licensed jester", according to the BBC's Mark Mardell, who's taken a look at political insults through the ages.

Dennis Skinner
Getty Images

Mr Skinner's insults fall "well short of savage", he said, when you compare his rhetoric to others, like Donald Trump.  

Man jailed for nuisance 999 calls

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

East Midlands Ambulance Service has told us a man from Derby was jailed earlier this month for 24 weeks after "repeatedly" calling 999.

Alan Bennett, 49, also called staff names before walking away from the phone and leaving the line open, preventing other people using the service.

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He has also received a five-year restraining order for misuse of public communications to cause anxiety, annoyance and distress.

Derbyshire Police and EMAS carried out a joint prosecution against Bennett due to the high number of calls he made to both services.

Brewers: Palmer in squad against Barnsley

BBC Derby Sport

Nigel Clough believes Matty Palmer could have a big part to play in Burton Albion's final five matches of the season. 

The midfielder was recalled from his loan stay at Oldham this week and goes straight into the squad for Saturday's game with Barnsley.

Matty Palmer
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Chesterfield match a sell-out

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Match commander Supt Jim Allen said: “We would urge fans not to travel as there will be no tickets available for our friends visiting from Sheffield." 

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Thieves use digger to steal farm vehicles

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A green John Deere tractor and a single axle Welger RP235 hay-baler were stolen from Darley Moor Race Track on Tuesday, police have said.

The theft happened sometime between 21:00 and 23:20 at the site near Ashbourne.

It is believed thieves used a mini digger that was on site to lift the main gates and make off with the vehicles.

Dismay as go-ahead given to 250 homes

Derby Telegraph

A controversial plan for up to 252 homes on the edge of Mickleover has been given the go-ahead, despite concerns over extra traffic and the strain on local schools and surgeries.

Fly-tipped barrels: Danger was minimised

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Paul Reeves, from the Environment Agency said checks were carried out in the nearby watercourses after the barrels were discovered to see if any further action was needed to remedy any environmental effects.

"We were lucky this time as the incident was reported quickly and drums made safe, meaning that any danger they posed was minimised," he said.


He thanked Erewash and Broxtowe borough councils for removing the barrels and storing them at their depots "at a time when we could not be certain of the contents and therefore the possible dangers involved".  

Weather: Rain warning in place

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

As an update to the weather forecast there’s a yellow warning in place for rain. 

Showers this afternoon could be heavy and thundery which could lead to standing water, spray and localised flodding.

Dumped chemicals 'not harmful'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The mystery chemicals that were found dumped in barrels at Trent Lock and Cossall earlier this month were not harmful to human health, the Environment Agency has said.

The substance has been identified as a polymer resin, often used in wood adhesives, surface coatings and to strengthen paper tissues.

mystery chemicals
Environment Agency

The 23 barrels were discovered containing a mystery substance on 6 April.

It's still not known who their owner is.

Swimming: Gold for Derby's Cooper

BBC Derby Sport

Harriet Cooper of City of Derby Swimming Club wins gold in the Target Tokyo 100m backstroke final at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

Harriet Cooper
Getty Images

East Staffs councillor resigns

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

UKIP's only councillor in East Staffordshire Borough Council has resigned. 

Stapenhill's Steven Dyche was elected in 2015. 

Steven Dyche
East Staffordshire Borough Council

A by-election's likely to be held in late May.

Weather: Some brightness later

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Showers on and off throughout the afternoon with some drier and even brighter intervals at times. Highs of 13C (55F).


Cricket: Focused Madsen has England call-up in mind

BBC Sport

Derbyshire batsman Wayne Madsen hopes stepping down as captain will help him win an international call-up with England.

Wayne Madsen
Getty Images

Election letter row: What is purdah?

Here's a snippet of the letter Derby city councillor Mark Tittley sent out to residents in Alvaston:


Under the rules of purdah, politicians should refrain from publishing promotional material referring to any of the issues involved in the election. 

It applies in the 28 days up to polling day.

However the rules do not preclude politicians from issuing press notices or responding to specific requests for information from members of the public.

Letter was 'within election rules'

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Derby's returning officer for next month's local elections, Janie Berry, is investigating an allegation that the rules were broken by Labour in Alvaston. 

A letter, dated 11 April, was sent on the council's headed notepaper to residents on Chedworth Drive by Mark Tittley - a councillor who's defending his seat in May's election.

election letterbox

He's told me he believes the letter was within the rules and was sent to remind people about a piece of work he'd done for his constituents. 

UKIP believe it was a serious misuse of council resources, as it was sent during the official election period.

'Election law breach' investigated

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The Derby City Council returning officer is investigating a possible breach of election rules in Alvaston.

UKIP say Labour sent a letter - on council headed-paper - to residents on Chedworth Drive during the official election period.

Bridleway nails and screws 'could have caused injuries'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

PCSO Lucy Naughton says police aren't sure whether the wood with nails and screws sticking out was put on the muddy bridle path in South Normanton deliberately.

“There are concerns that a person, or an animal such as a dog or a horse, could have been hurt if they hadn’t noticed them in the mud along the track," she said.

Derbyshire Police

Screws and nails found on caravan path

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nails and screws have been found on a bridle path in South Normanton, police have said.

A resident contacted officers earlier this month after they saw pieces of wood with nails and screws sticking out along Sporton Lane, known locally as "Caravan Hill".

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The wood has been removed, police said.

Weather Watchers: County looking damp

BBC Weather Watchers

Wet and muddy. That's how Derbyshire's looking through the lenses of our Weather Watchers today.

Here's Matlock:

Matlock Trams

And Ashbourne...


Car park barrier deaths: 'How many more?'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Suzanne Williams (pictured), from Holloway in Derbyshire, said she was "furious" after the "needless death" of her husband in similar circumstances to William Page in Ilkeston.

"Surely there must be less dangerous ways of securing a car park than a horizontal swing barrier," she said.

Suzanne Williams

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issues guidance that property owners must maintain car park barriers.

"How many deaths will it take for the HSE to decide that the guidance isn't that effective?" asked Mrs Williams.

Car park barriers 'should be banned'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A woman from Derbyshire whose husband died after hitting a swinging car park barrier nine years ago says they should be banned. 

Suzanne Williams's husband Brian died in 2007 in an accident almost identical to that of 22-year-old William Page (pictured) who died in Ilkeston last year. 

Will Page
Rachael Cross

In both cases, a horizontal barrier smashed into the windscreen and killed the driver. 

Swadlincote murder: Teen named locally

Burton Mail

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who died in a Swadlincote street, who has been named locally as Dante Francis, from Knighton in Leicester.

Empire Bar

Cricket: Godleman injured

BBC Sport

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman will miss the start of the season after fracturing his left thumb in training.

Billy Godleman
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Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are today's top stories:

  • One man is arrested on suspicion of murder after a teen died from stab wounds in Swadlincote. Two others arrested in connection with the incident
  • The PM pledges to examine concerns over the independence of a serious case review into a toddler's murder in Burton
  • Sport: Derby swimmer Molly Renshaw takes silver at British Swimming Championships

PM pledge over Ayeeshia case review

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

"No punishment in the world...fits that sort of crime" - these are the words of the Prime Minister on the murder of toddler Ayeeshia Jane Smith at the hands of her mother.

David Cameron has pledged to examine concerns over the independence of a serious case review into the 21-month-old's death.

Ayeeshia Jane Smith
Family handout

It was after Burton MP Andrew Griffiths raised the matter during Prime Minister's Questions and called on Mr Cameron to make such reviews more independent.  

Kathryn Smith, 23, was jailed for 24 years for the murder in Burton in May 2014 and the toddler's stepfather Matthew Rigby was given three years and six months for causing or allowing her death.

Swimming: Renshaw takes silver at national

BBC Derby Sport

Derby swimmer Molly Renshaw was forced to settle for silver in the 200m breaststroke at the British Swimming Championship 

Molly Renshaw
Getty Images

Welsh 19-year-old Chloe Tutton produced a three-second personal best to win gold and put herself in contention for an Olympic spot. 

Renshaw, formerly of Derventio Excel, had qualified fastest for the final. She'll now have a nervous wait to find out if she'll be picked for Rio.