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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 15 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Euan Duncan

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Weather: Chance of snow on hills overnight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy this evening with further rain, which is forecast to fall as snow across the hills.

It will become drier across most areas later in the night, with some clear spells developing, and lows of 1C (34F).

Weather temperatures for 7am on Saturday April 16
BBC

Another spell of rain arrives tomorrow with showers which could be wintry in the afternoon, and highs of 8C (46F).

Promotion incentive for Brewers squad

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Burton Albion goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has revealed the players have talked about what's at stake for the club, the squad and the supporters during their recent poor run in League One.

The Brewers led the table until recently but remain in the automatic promotion places ahead of tomorrow's match at home to Barnsley.

Jon McLaughlin
Empics

McLaughlin said: "For 90% of us this is the biggest incentive we've ever had because it'll be the highest we've ever played if we can get across the line, so there's massive incentive there for us."

Just how local is local at election?

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

I've been analysing how 'local' the candidates are in the Derby City Council local elections.

Here's the data for each of the parties standing in every seat.

Graphic showing how many of the four main parties' candidates live in the ward they're contesting in the forthcoming Derby City Council elections
BBC

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here's a reminder of the main stories we're covering today:

Bus service cuts will hit elderly passengers

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Do you rely on a local bus service? A campaigner says tens of thousands of bus users will be without proper transport if Derbyshire County Council withdraws its subsidies.

John Geddes, from Winster, fears for elderly travellers if the cuts affecting 138 services across the county go ahead.

Buses at Derby bus station
BBC

Derbyshire may replace bus services with pre-bookable mini-buses.

Your views: Libraries need to be 'more people friendly'

Facebook

You've been reacting on our Facebook page to the story about a decline in the number of library book loans in the Derby area.

Gerry Belmore said: "I am an avid reader, but no I don't use my library as it's closed on the days I am off work. We need to make them more people friendly, put in sofas, coffee facilities and generally a more relaxed place."

Decline in book loaning at libraries in and around Derby
BBC

And Margaret Stockwell posted: "I couldn't live without Alvaston Library. The staff are brilliant and judging by the amount of people taking out and ordering books the decline does not apply here."

Police appeal over missing Burton man

Burton Mail

Police are appealing for the public to report any sightings of a Burton man missing since Monday.

Flytipper fined for dumping dishwasher parts

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A flytipper who dumped old dishwasher parts in a South Derbyshire lane has been ordered to pay £1,200 by a court.

Richard Weston, from Woodville, was caught out during a district council surveillance operation.

Old dishwasher parts dumped in south Derbyshire
South Derbyshire District Council

He'd been disposing of the waste illegally between April and August last year.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

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

  • Derby man appears in court charged with alleged murder of teenager stabbed in Swadlincote
  • Repairs to historic Burton bridge on course for summer reopening
  • And City of Derby's Adam Peaty and Harriet Cooper swim for gold at British Championships tonight

Phone help for CAB inquiries

BBC Radio Derby

Derby's citizens advice bureau, which closed at the beginning of April, says its able to offer a reduced service over the phone.

Project co-ordinator Matthew Allbones says the staff and volunteers wanted to continue to help people in the city.

A CAB office
BBC

He said: "Because of the resources we've got from other funders we're able to provide a phone service and continue delivering our other specialist services."

Fletcher 'good old-fashioned seamer'

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Have Derbyshire made a key signing at the start of the new cricket season? The club's elite performance director Graeme Welch is looking forward to what Nottinghamshire's Luke Fletcher can offer.

"I've been an admirer of Luke's for the last couple of years, a good old fashioner seamer, played here last year for Surrey and bowled us out.

Luke Fletcher
Getty Images

"He isn't in the Nottinghamshire team at the start of the season, so we're probably just going to bring him in for a month and integrate him into the squad."

Historic bridge repairs on schedule

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

News of a restoration project in Burton... the £1.3m revamp of Ferry Bridge is on course to finish in June.

The bridge which crosses the River Trent from the town to Stapenhill opened in 1889 and replaced the ferry service.

It's due to officially open in the summer once it's been repainted and the handrail and timber decking replaced.

Pensioner on track for marathon record

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

I mentioned that a 71-year-old from Derbyshire hopes to become the oldest Britain to complete the gruelling Marathon des Sables across the African desert today.

Marathon des Sables across African desert
Getty Images

Shelton Striders are following Bill Mitchell's progress and say he's currently in 873rd position with more than 100 people behind him.

Peak District tops stunning scenery survey

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

We knew it already, but now it's rated top in a survey... the Peak District National Park’s hills have been voted number one in a poll of Britain's stunning sites.

Vew from the summit of Mam Tor in the Peak District National Park
Mike Hutton

Coach firm National Express asked 1,000 people to chose the most naturally beautiful locations around Britain.

Reindeer put their feet up in summer months

An East Staffordshire farm with England's largest working reindeer herd is open this weekend in Blithbury,

Kerry Endsor helps look after the reindeer on the farm and said: "Summer's a big rest period for the reindeer, so we tend not to do many events involving them during the summer.

Reindeer at farm in Blithbury
BBC

"During the summer they have to grow their antlers as they drop off every year, they have to grow a new winter coat as they're moulting at the moment, and they have to put on a lot of weight.

"So they spend the day pretty much eating and lying down which sounds not a bad gig to me."

Weather: Wet afternoon in prospect

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

There'll be rain on and off for most of the afternoon with temperatures struggling to 9C (48F).

Weather temperatures for Friday April 15 to Saturday 16
BBC

It will be a cold night as there'll be more showers and the potential for some wintry conditions, although no snow is likely to settle, with lows of 1C (34F).

Travel: Accident on A38 at Burton

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on the A38 near Clay Mills at Burton affecting traffic in both directions.

Marathon milestone after fitness trainer's weight loss

Uttoxeter Advertiser

A fitness instructor who was 'heading for an early grave' due to obesity has spoken of the emotional moment he completed his first marathon.

Oliver Appleby has a picture with his proud wife, Charlotte, at the 2016 Manchester marathon
Uttoxeter Advertiser

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

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

  • Man remanded in custody by magistrates over alleged murder of teenager stabbed during fight at Swadlincote
  • Police arrest five people over two armed robberies in East Staffordshire
  • And Adam Peaty makes 200m breaststroke final at British Swimming Championships

Cooper reaches freestyle final

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

There's more local success to report at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

City of Derby swimmer Harriet Cooper
Getty Images

City of Derby's Harriet Cooper qualified third fastest for tonight's women's 100m freestyle final.

Local farm boasts England's biggest working reindeer herd

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Plenty of reindeer but not a Santa Claus or a sleigh in sight on a farm in East Staffordshire.

Reindeer at farm in Blithbury
BBC

Blithbury is home to England's largest working reindeer herd with 150 being looked after all year round.

Pensioner's marathon record bid ends today

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

It's a long trek through sweltering conditions, but later today 71-year-old Bill Mitchell from Derbyshire hopes to become the oldest Briton to complete the Marathon des Sables.

Competitors in the Marathon des Sables
Getty Images

The week-long race across the African desert is known as the toughest footrace on earth.

Libraries embrace new technologies

Libraries have always adapted and they continue to adapt. Some of them now have coding clubs for kids, some of them are getting together and having 'make a space' centres where you've got 3D printers and a heck of a lot of applications. They're bang on the edge of developments and they always have been."

Laura Swaffieldfrom The Library Campaign

Peaty into second final after heat win

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Uttoxeter's Adam Peaty won his heat of the 200m breaststroke at the British Swimming Championships today.

Adam Peaty
BBC

The City of Derby swimmer qualifies third fastest for tonight's final.

Man appears in court over alleged stabbing murder

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A man's appeared in court charged with the murder of a teenager who was stabbed in Swadlincote.

Dominic Halliday-Fox, 21, from Derby, has appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court accused of killing the 17-year-old, who has been named locally as Dante Francis.

He was remanded to appear before Nottingham Crown Court on 18 April.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here are the main stories we're covering this morning.

  • Man due in court charged with murder over death of teenager stabbed during fight in Swadlincote
  • Libraries branching out into new technology as book borrowing declines
  • And Derbyshire strengthen bowling attack with loan signing from Nottinghamshire

Peaty back in action today

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

It's an important week for our local swimmers as the British Championships continue in Glasgow.

Adam Peaty
Getty Images

There's a return to the water today for Uttoxeter's Adam Peaty. The City of Derby star competes in the 200m breastroke event.

Derbyshire turn to neighbours to boost bowling options

BBC Sport

Derbyshire have strengthened their bowling attack ahead of the new season by signing Nottinghamshire seamer Luke Fletcher on a one-month loan.

Luke Fletcher
Getty Images

The 27-year-old has taken 213 first class wickets and is expected to play five matches over the coming weeks.

Luke Fletcher

Derbyshire loan for Notts' Fletcher

Nottinghamshire bowler Luke Fletcher makes a one-month loan move to neighbours Derbyshire.

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Five arrests follow armed robberies

BBC Radio Derby

Five people have been arrested after two shops in the Burton area were robbed and staff threatened with a suspected firearm.

The first robbery happened on Tuesday night at Tesco Express in Stanton Road, the second on Wednesday in the post office at Draycott in the Clay.

Libraries meet changing demand

It appears that the drop in the number of library books being borrowed in Derbyshire doesn't paint the whole picture.

Libraries in Derbyshire are adapting to public demand as book borrowing declines
Reuters

The Library Campaign says libraries remain as popular as ever because they're adapting to what people want to meet changing habits.

Knife wound victim out of hospital

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Police say a 20-year-old man taken to hospital with a knife wound following a fight in Swadlincote has been released after treatment.

A 21-year-old man's due to appear before Southern Derbyshire Magistrates today charged with the murder on West Street of a 17-year-old from Leicester.

Man charged with murder of 17-year-old youth in Swadlincote
BBC

Meanwhile, a 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of violent disorder has been released on police bail while inquiries continue.  

Sunny Spain break for Rams squad

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

While we all prepare to shiver here this weekend as a return to colder weather is forecast, Derby County's players have been enjoying some sunshine in Spain.

Darren Wassall
BBC

Rams' head coach Darren Wassall revealed the squad has been in Barcelona this week for warm-weather training ahead of tomorrow's trip to Charlton.  

BreakingMurder charge over teenager's stab death

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A man's been charged with the murder of a 17-year-old Leicester youth in Swadlincote.

Dominic Halliday-Fox, 21, from Derby, is due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court today.

A man's charged with the murder of a teenager in Swadlincote
BBC

The teenager died from a stab wound while another man suffered a knife wound after a fight on West Street.   

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories we're covering today.

Number of library books borrowed falling

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Is the number of bookworms declining locally? Apparently the number of books taken out in Derby's dropped by more than a third during the last five years.

Decline in the number of books being borrowed in Derbyshire libraries
BBC

Derbyshire County Council's considering closing some libraries, changing the way they're staffed or limiting opening hours.

Weather: Dry at first, but rain returns later

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here's today's local weather forecast.

Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

There's a wintry feel returning to the weather this weekend.There might even be snow in the Peak District.

I'll bring you the forecast, as well as the news, sport, travel and weather updates for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

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