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  1. Updates for Friday 22 April 2016

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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 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Clear skies overnight and feeling cold

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Cloud will clear overnight, so it will be chilly with a frost for some and lows of 3C (37F).

Weather temperatures for 7am on Saturday April 23
BBC

Tomorrow will be a pleasant day, although cloud increases during the afternoon with the risk of an isolated shower, which could be wintry in the Peak District, and highs of 10C (50F).

Hughes has to be patient

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County supporters are desperate to see him start his first match in eight months, but head coach Darren Wassall says midfielder Will Hughes will have to earn his place in the side on merit.

Hughes suffered a serious knee injury on the opening day of the season.

Will Hughes
Getty Images

The Rams host Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship's lunchtime kick-off tomorrow.

Van driver approaches teenage girl

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Police want to speak to a man who helped a teenage girl after she was approached by a van driver in Oakwood.

Officers think the man, photographed getting on a bus, may have important information about what happened.

The girl was walking along Acorn Way on Monday 11 April when a man in a silver van with a ladder on top pulled up next to her and offered her a lift.

Man police believe could have important information after a van driver approached a girl in Oakwood
Derbyshire Police

She ran off towards Spondon and told police the man at a bus stop on Nottingham Road was kind to her.   

Reds set for final home fixture

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Segregation will be in place as Alfreton host Stockport County in their final home match of the season in National League North tomorrow.

The Reds will aim to extend a five-match unbeaten run. Home fans are to use the North Street turnstiles only. 

War memorial vandalised twice in a week

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Graffiti has been daubed on a Derbyshire war memorial for the second time in a week.

The word ‘Rich’ was written on the memorial on Rose Hill in Chesterfield, yesterday, in what officers believe may have been black marker pen.

They want to speak to three girls seen in the area around 18:00.

Chesterfield Borough Council removed some graffiti from the same location earlier in the day, which had been reported to police a week ago.

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.

Table tennis scheme gets funding

Brewers await fitness check on full-back

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Burton Albion will check on the fitness of defender Damian McCrory ahead of tomorrow's League One trip to Colchester as the left back has missed the last three games.

Damien McCrory
Getty Images

A win for the Brewers could relegate the hosts, with Nigel Clough's team needing the points to ensure they remain in the automatic promotion places.

Dead cats dumped in woods

BBC Radio Derby

The bodies of four cats have been dumped in bin bags in woods off Nottingham Lane at Riddings.

The RSPCA is appealing for information after they were found on Tuesday.

Man jailed for stabbing woman in frenzied attack

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A Somercotes man has been jailed for ten years after a frenzied attack on a woman in Alfreton.

Lee Greenall, 39, of Castle Drive, has been sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court today.

He tried to steal a 68-year-old woman's handbag while she was walking along Grange Street in February, before punching her and stabbing her with a knife.

Lee Greenall
Derbyshire Police

Greenall pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, robbery and possessing an offensive weapon.

Charity match sparks women's football initative

The success of a charity game in Eyam in December has proved the catalyst to Derbyshire Dales District Council organising football sessions for women.

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Derbyshire skipper making speedy recovery

BBC Sport

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman could return to action sooner than first thought. The 27-year-old injured his hand in the nets ten days ago.

Elite performance director, Graeme Welch, says he could return next weekend against Northamptonshire.

Hamish Rutherford
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Derbyshire host Glamorgan in County Championship Division Two from 10:00 on Sunday.

Will Bragg

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Purple tribute to Prince

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

The director of music at Derby Cathedral has played Prince's Purple Rain on the cathedral organ this morning, as a tribute to the singer.

Prince died yesterday, aged 57. Purple candles were lit inside the cathedral.

Purple candles at Derby Cathedral as part of tribute to pop singer Prince who's died in the USA
BBC

Gritters out in Peak District tonight

There have been whispers that it might be turning cooler at the weekend, and this might be the clearest indication so far.

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Weather: Sunny spells this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Bright spells and sunshine this afternoon but also plenty of cloud around, with highs of 12C (54F).

Weather temperatures for Friday April 22 to Saturday 23
BBC

Any cloud clears allowing for a cold night with temperatures down to 3C (37F)  

Charity needs new disabled swimming club venue

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

It's not easy for groups inconvenienced by the closure of the Queen's Leisure Centre in Derby.

Janet Tristram is the acting CEO of the St James Centre, which arranges swimming sessions for disabled children.

She says trying to find another venue is frustrating: "I've been ringing round many other pools in the area - school pools, local pools - and I am waiting to hear back from people whether there's any chance we could move it to some other location.

Janet Tristram
BBC

"Our children, I know, will be very disappointed if they can't have their swimming club."  

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:

Closure curtails disabled children's swimming

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

The closure of Queen's Leisure Centre in Derby is having an impact on the local community.

A charity in the city says it's had to cancel swimming sessions for disabled children at the Queen's Street pool.

Queen's Leisure Centre in Derby
BBC

The St James Centre provides care for more than 100 children with a range of disabilities.  

Beacon lights up Queen's birthday tribute

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Henry VIII was there, a choir sang and there was a small bonfire ... all to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

Beacon lighting at Tutbury Castle
BBC

Tutbury Castle was the location for one of 19 beacon lightings across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

Smiler victims left with mental and physical scars

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Paul Paxton, from legal firm Stewarts Law LLP, spoke outside North Staffordshire Justice Centre on behalf of the victims of The Smiler ride.

Paul Paxton
BBC

He said: "The clients still have psychological injuries, which will last a while. The physical injuries will last forever."

Accident shut theme park for four days

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Those most badly hurt in The Smiler accident at Alton Towers included University of Derby student Vicky Balch, who lost a leg, and Daniel Thorpe, from Buxton, who suffered a collapsed lung.

The 500-acre theme park in Staffordshire was shut for four days after the crash, while The Smiler only reopened last month.

Daniel Thorpe and Vicky Balch
Facebook

The Smiler is the world's first 14-loop rollercoaster.

'I can't talk play-offs with Redknapp'

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

It reminds me of the Cliff Richard lyric: "It's so funny how we don't talk anymore".

Derby County midfielder George Thorne says he cannot speak to ex-QPR boss and now Rams' advisor Harry Redknapp about the 2014 Championship play-off final.

George Thorne in action for Derby (left) and Harry Redknapp celebrates promotion to the Premier League as QPR boss
Rex Features

Rangers scored a last-minute winner at Wembley to clinch promotion to the Premier League.

George Thorne in action for Derby (left) and Harry Redknapp celebrates promotion to the Premier League as QPR boss

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'Unchartered territory' as junior doctors' strike looms

Derby Telegraph

The head of Derby hospitals has sent out a plea ahead of the first all-out strike by junior doctors in NHS history.

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

No victory for victims of theme park crash

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A statement has been issued on behalf of the victims of the Alton Towers Smiler Ride, following a health and safety prosecution today, of theme park owner Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd.

It says: "Today is not seen as a victory. This guilty plea will be a milestone along the way to psychological rehabilitation." 

Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire
Getty Images

University of Derby student Vicky Balch and Daniel Thorpe from Buxton. were among those seriously injured on the ride.

Alton Towers owners react to HSE hearing

Alton Towers' owner, Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd, is to be sentenced later after admitting health and safety breaches over The Smiler ride crash at the theme park last summer.

The firm faced a Health and Safety Executive prosecution at North Staffordshire Justice Centre today.

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Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

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

Alton Towers owners face large fine over rollercoaster crash

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

The owners of Alton Towers have been told they face a large fine after admitting safety breaches on The Smiler rollercoaster ride.

Merlin Entertainments pleaded guilty today to breaching the Health and Safety Act.

Emergency teams working at Alton Towers after crash on The Smiler ride
West Midlands Ambulance Service

District Judge John McGarva, sitting at North Staffordshire Justice Centre, said the incident was a very serious case leading to life-changing injuries.

Alton Towers crash: Staff overrode computer

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A brief hearing at North Staffordshire Justice Centre was told The Smiler ride was mechanically sound.

The Health and Safety Executive said there wasn't a sufficient system in place for staff when there was a static train on the rollercoaster.

Emergency services attending The Smiler ride crash at Alton Towers
West Midlands Ambulance Service

A computer correctly showed there was an empty carriage on The Smiler, but staff didn't see it and overrode the computer.    

BreakingAlton Towers owner admits health and safety breach

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Alton Towers' owner, Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd, has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 over The Smiler ride crash at the Staffordshire theme park.

The firm's due to be sentenced later at Stafford Crown Court.

Council considers Moorways pool options

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A reminder that Derby City Council's considering options that would allow it to reopen Moorways Pool to the public on a short-term temporary basis during the repair work at the Queen's Leisure Centre.

The local authority says there are maintenance issues which would need to be addressed before this can happen.

Queen's Leisure Centre closure notice
BBC

It's working with swimming clubs including The City of Derby to provide temporary access to Moorways as agreed already with the Derventio club.

Five weeks of repairs after pool reopens

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Let's return to the story about repairs to Queen's Leisure Centre in Derby after its sudden closure this week.

The city council hopes to have the swimming pool available again by Monday 20 June, but repairs are set to carry on for five weeks after the building reopens.

Queen's Leisure Centre in Derby
BBC

In a statement the council says the family pool is scheduled to reopen at a later date.

HSE bringing Smiler crash prosecution

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Merlin Attractions is alleged to have breached section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Here's what the law says: "It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety."

Smiler ride accident
West Midlands Ambulance Service

The prosecution has been brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Family offers support to Ayeeshia's father

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Ayeeshia Jane Smith's grandmother says the family is rallying around her son, the toddler's father Ricky Booth.

Tracey Bodell said: "For Ricky, I think it's got to be the hardest thing for any young dad to have to go through. We've all supported him, we've stood by him.

Ayeeshia Jane Smith
Staffordshire Police

"We all know it isn't going to be easy. Hopefully in time Ricky will find at least a little bit of peace in his heart."

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories we're covering today.

Smiler crash case set for today

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

The owner of Alton Towers is due to appear in court today to face an allegation it breached health and safety rules over The Smiler rollercoaster crash which left five people seriously hurt.

Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd is scheduled to appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre accused of a breach of section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Smiler ride at Alton Towers
PA

Five people were seriously injured on the ride on 2 June last year, including University of Derby student Vicky Balch and Daniel Thorpe from Buxton.

Weather: Colder day with occasional bright spells

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here's today's local weather forecast.

Grandmother will 'never forgive' toddler's killer

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

First today the Derbyshire grandmother of 21-month-old Ayeeshia Jane Smith says she'll never be able to forgive her killer.

The toddler's mother Kathryn Smith was jailed for 24 years earlier this month after being found guilty of murdering her child, who was stamped on.

Tracey Bodell
BBC

Tracey Bodell, whose son Ricky Booth was Ayeeshia's father, said: "I will never forgive her and I never speak ill of anybody, but that is one girl I will never ever forgive for what she's taken from us. It's just unforgiveable."