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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 18 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Calum McKenzie

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Our live updates have now ended and will return tomorrow at 08:00. 

Weather: Drier night to come

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The showers will soon ease this evening to leave partly cloudy conditions.

BBC weather grid
BBC

A few mist and fog patches may form in rural areas with lows of 8C (46F).

Town defender gets 'national service' call

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Congratulations to Alfreton Town defender Joe Leesley on his call-up to the England C squad for a match against Slovakia under-21's.

Unfortunately for Joe there's no actual trip to Slovakia - the game is being played at Sutton United in South London.   

Your photos: May across Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It might be grey and gloomy but this swan seems to be having a nice enough day out at Wingerworth near Chesterfield. 

Wingerworth
Janice's Patch

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Janice's Patch for the pic. 

Rams defender set for Windsor Park friendly

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Derby County's Chris Baird has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad for their friendly against Belarus later this month. 

Chris Baird
Getty Images

It's all part of the preparations for choosing a squad to go to Euro 2016. 

So don't pack your passport just yet Chris...

Additional help for officers to tackle modern slavery

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Police officers in Burton and Uttoxeter are to receive training to help them spot signs of modern slavery.  

Modern slave
BBC

13 victims have already been rescued by Staffordshire Police this year. 

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire: 

  • Police officers in Burton and Uttoxeter are to receive training to help them spot signs of modern slavery
  • Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner shouts "Hands off the BBC" before the Queen's Speech 
  • Derby forward Johnny Russell claims their season must be classed as a failure 

Lifeline for CAB?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Controversial plans to stop council funding for Derby's Citizens Advice Bureau will be discussed today. 

It comes after a 5,000-signature petition was handed in to the city council. 

Russell: We're failures

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Derby County forward Johnny Russell says missing out on promotion to the Premier League means their season must be viewed as a failure.  

Johnny Russell
Getty Images

"You can only look on it as a failure. There's no point in sugar-coating it.

"Nobody has a right to play in the Premier League but with our squad, we should be."

Your photos: May across Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher jamesdtaylor for sending in this stunning picture from the Peak District. 

Bull
jamesdtaylor

Play to resume in the cricket

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here we go then...

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Raining again at Chelmsford

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Actually scratch that restart...

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Your comments: Skinner's 2016 speech quip

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Dennis Skinner's Queen's Speech interruption has certainly got your attention over on the BBC Radio Derby Facebook page. 

Dennis Skinner
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Jason Walker writes: "Go Dennis go Dennis go go go you tell em." 

Listen: Johnny Russell on play-off 'failure'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

This brutal assessment of Derby's season from Johnny Russell is certainly worth a listen...

Your photos: May across Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Mike Swain for this great pic of Matlock Bath. 

Matlock Bath
Mike Swain

Rain set to save Derbyshire?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Their prospects of escaping with a draw gets better and better...

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Overseas star jets in for t20 duty

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire chairman Christopher Grant tweets...

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Your comments: Wassall right man for Rams?

There's been plenty of chatter on the BBC Radio Derby Facebook page over whether this man is the right boss to take the Rams forward. 

Darren Wassall
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Gerry Belmore writes: "No but surely he can be an assistant if he wants hes served the team well xx"  

Mart Rhodes adds: "No we need a experienced manager." 

Region's employment rate 'above the UK average'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Perhaps somewhat unsurprisingly, the Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb is feeling pretty pleased with this latest set of figures. 

Stephen Crabb
BBC

"In the East Midlands the employment rate is above the UK average, and over 150,000 more people are now in work since 2010."

Rams midfielder Hendrick draws line under season

Transport reprieve for special needs sixth-formers

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Plans to end free transport for sixth-formers with special needs or disabilities in Derbyshire are set to be postponed by the county council.

But the proposal to end free transport for pre-school children with the same needs is likely to go-ahead, despite opposition in the council's consultation. 

FA to look into play-off pitch invasion

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The FA is to investigate the pitch investigation following Derby's play-off semi final defeat to Hull, according to reports in the Guardian. 

Pitch invasion
Getty Images

TV pictures showed a fan confront Rams skipper Richard Keogh. 

Weather: Mixed afternoon with thunder and lightning possible

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Bright spells this afternoon with some heavy showers.

BBC weather map
BBC

These showers could contain thunder and lightning. Feeling cooler than of late. 

Max Temp: 14C (57F). 

People 'in work' rises in region

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Employment in the East Midlands has risen by 4,000 in the three months to the end of March 2016. 

Job centre
BBC

It means there are 2.25m people in work. 

Yep, I've had my calculator out...

Your comments: Wassall the right man for Rams?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

You've been taking to the BBC Radio Derby Facebook page to discuss whether Darren Wassall is the right man to take the Rams forward. 

Sam Moreton writes: "No, but walk away with your head up DW!"   

Rain stops play again at the cricket

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It looks like the rain's filling in that hole Derbyshire have found themselves in...

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Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire: 

  • Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner shouts "Hands off the BBC" in his usual quip before the Queen's Speech 
  • Employment rises by 4,000 across the East Midlands in the first quarter of 2016 
  • Derby County's season is an "underachievement," according to former defender Danny Higginbotham  

Watch: Dennis Skinner's Queen's Speech intervention

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's Dennis Skinner's quip after a year off in 2015...

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Skinner's Queen's Speech shouts

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here are some of Dennis Skinner's recent shouts for you.

In 2012 he yelled “Jubilee Year, double dip recession, what a start."

In 2013 he said “Royal Mail for sale, Queen’s head privatised.”

In 2014 he said “Coalition’s last stand.”

In 2015 he said nothing. Talking to the Daily Mirror about why he was silent Skinner said "I’ve got bigger fish to fry than uttering something. I’ve been fighting some other battles, haven’t I? I was fighting the Scot Nats single-handed for a while."

'Hands off the BBC,' Skinner shouts

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner has shouted "hands off the BBC" as members were called to the House of Lords to hear the state opening of Parliament. 

He's known for always making a remark at this point in the ceremony.  

Watch: Darren Wassall on Rams record

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Derby boss Darren Wassall says he "loved every minute" of being in charge - but I suppose the question is, should he be allowed to continue? 

Join the debate on the BBC Radio Derby Facebook page. 

Play imminent at the cricket

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Play will start at Chelmsford at 11:50 if there is no further rain. 

13 overs will have been lost from the day. 

Normanton teenager missing

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Police are looking for a 16-year-old teenager who hasn't been seen by her family for four days. 

Sandra Gazikova
Family issue

Sandra Gazikova left her home in Normanton at about 20:00 on Saturday, telling her family she would be back soon.   

Lift broken at museum

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Stairs only then at the moment I'm afraid...

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Rams performance 'doesn't match the money spent'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Former Derby defender Danny Higginbotham certainly hasn't held back in his criticism of the club's season.

Tom Ince looks downbeat
Getty Images

"You can say it is progression from last season when they missed out on the play-offs, but I don't think that progression matches up to the money that has been spent," he told BBC Radio Derby. 

Your photos: May across Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

But all this rain is of course good for the garden. 

Garden in Draycott
marksweather

Thanks to marksweather in Draycott for this pic. 

Rain to delay start of Essex vs. Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

In fact, cricket grounds always seem to look particularly bleak in the rain...

Chelmsford Cricket Ground
BBC

Cricket to be delayed by rain

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

And here's some more of that Essex rain...

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