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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 19 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00

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By Euan Duncan

All times stated are UK

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Today's Local Live updates have come to an end. We will be back at 08:00 tomorrow. 

Weather: Rain clears overnight and it remains mild

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

The rain will clear later leaving a dry night as well as some low cloud and hill fog, with a minimum temperature of 12C (54F).

WEather temperatures for 10am on Friday May 20
BBC

Tomorrow will be largely dry with sunny spells, although there's the risk of a shower, but it will feel warm in the sunshine, with a maximum temperature of 18C (64F).

MP apologises to 'people in Sawley'

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

It's humble pie time for Shadow Europe Minister Pat Glass ... here is her apology in full: "The comments I made were inappropriate and I regret them.

"Concerns about immigration are entirely valid and it's important that politicians engage with them.

"I apologise to the people living in Sawley for any offence I have caused."

Volunteers swarm to archaeological dig

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

There's plenty of enthusiasm for digging up ancient artefacts judging by the fact that organisers of an archaeological dig in Derby have been overwhelmed by people wanting to get involved.

Archaeological dig at Chester Green in Derby
BBC

Volunteers have signed up for the dig in Chester Green and a number of young unemployed people will be working on the site this week.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here's a reminder of the top stories we're covering this afternoon:

  • Labour MP apologises after calling voter 'horrible racist' in Sawley today
  • Derbyshire school closed tomorrow because of sickness bug
  • And one month left for someone in East Staffordshire to claim £1m Lotto raffle prize

School should reopen on Monday after sickness bug

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

More now on the decision to close St John's Primary in Belper tomorrow because of a sickness bug ... head teacher Roger Averis hopes it will reopen on Monday.

 "I am confident it will be business as usual on Monday, but would urge parents to keep children who have been affected at home for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness."

The school, in Laund Nook has 500 pupils, and three members of staff have been affected by the bug.

Your views: MP 'stereotypes whole community'

Facebook

You've been reacting on our Facebook page to the comments made by the Shadow Europe minister Pat Glass on a visit to Sawley today.

Lee Harrold wrote: "So she's ignorant and also stereotypes a whole community, based upon the views of one person. Another demonstration of the divide between politicians and the public."  

But Nathan Rogers posted: "She shouldn't have to apologise if the person was indeed a horrible racist."

Travel: Breakdown blocks two lanes on M1

BBC Travel

A broken-down vehicle has shut two lanes on the M1 northbound between J28 and J29.

Company says village has other bus options

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

More on the Little Eaton bus service ... Trent Barton says it's cutting the 9.2 route to improve punctuality and reliability for other, more popular routes.

Jordan Kemp says they are trying to find a solution for the village and said: "Throughout the day they've still got the Amber Line, they've still got the sevens, which serves those areas quite well.

Trent Barton bus in Derby
BBC

"There's ways that we can work with the county council to look at what we do with the Amberline."

Travel: Accident partly blocks A38

BBC Travel

An accident is partially blocking the A38 southbound at Alfreton's Watchorn Island.

School took advice over sickness bug

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Pupils at St John's Primary School in Belper have been told to stay at home on Friday while the school is deep cleaned to prevent a sickness bug spreading any further.

Head teacher Roger Averis said: "On Wednesday, 48 children were absent from school, with the majority of parents saying this was due to their child suffering from a sickness bug.

“I took immediate advice from the appropriate agencies and we believe the sickness is viral, which means it can be easily spread from pupil to pupil.

St John's Primary School
Google

“Following advice from Derbyshire Health and Safety and Public Health England yesterday and today I believe the best course of action to stop the bug spreading is to close the school on Friday and carry out a further deep-clean.

“I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause due to the short notice but we do not want any more children becoming ill and want to ensure we do all we can to stop the bug spreading."

BreakingSchool closed after sickness bug outbreak

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

We've just had some news in about St John's Primary School in Belper. It's going to be closed on Friday due to an outbreak of sickness.

Head teacher Roger Averis said 48 children were absent on Wednesday with a bug which caused sickness and diarrhea and a further 38 became ill overnight.

The school will be closed for a deep clean on Friday, to try to contain the bug.

T20 Blast set for biggest year yet

BBC Sport

The domestic cricket scene is set to burst into life as the glitz and glamour of the T20 Blast gets under way on Friday.

Chris Gayle (left), Shahid Afridi (middle), Brendon McCullum (right)
Rex Features/Getty Images

Derbyshire Falcons open their campaign against Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Chris Gayle (left), Shahid Afridi (middle), Brendon McCullum (right)

T20 Blast set for biggest year yet

The domestic cricket scene is set to burst into life as the glitz and glamour of the T20 Blast gets under way on Friday.

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MP apologises after calling voter 'horrible racist'

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Labour's shadow Europe minister Pat Glass has issued an apology after her remarks at Sawley today: "The comments I made were inappropriate and I regret them.

Pat Glass
BBC

"I apologise to the people living in Sawley for any offence I've caused."

Two jobs planned to help refugees

BBC Radio Derby

Two temporary posts are being considered by Derbyshire County Council to help Syrian refugees settle in the county.

The 12-month role would involve integrating 50 refugees into the county, and would be funded by the government.

Renshaw qualifies fastest for 200m semis

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Ripley's Mollie Renshaw and fellow Briton Chloe Tutton have qualified for the women's 200m breaststroke semi-finals as the two fastest swimmers at the European Championships in London.

Mollie Renshaw
BBC

Renshaw finished seventh in the women's 100m breaststroke final last night.

Month left to claim on winning lottery raffle ticket

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Time to start searching those trouser pockets, drawers and any other nooks and crannies.

The clock is ticking for a local lottery winner in East Staffordshire, who has just over a month left to claim their million pound raffle prize.

East Staffordshire is location for an unclaimed lottery raffle winning ticket
Camelot

The winner is one of the lucky tickets drawn out on Boxing Day, and has until 23 June to make a claim.

Immigration on agenda over EU referendum

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

I’ve been with Labour’s EU Referendum battle bus this morning in Sawley, near Long Eaton. One of the passengers seems not to have enjoyed the entire visit.

Labour's shadow Europe minister, Pat Glass, said: “The very first person I come to was a horrible racist. I’m never coming back to wherever this is.”

Labour battle bus campaigning in Sawley
BBC

The voter Mrs Glass had been speaking to denied being racist, but said he was concerned some of his Polish neighbours were "scroungers", who didn't work.

Mrs Glass says immigration has been one of the main issues on the doorstep when she's been campaigning.

Weather: Brighter afternoon and feeling warm

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Some brighter intervals are expected throughout the afternoon in between the cloud, but there is a chance of an isolated shower, with highs of 19C (66F).

Rain pushes in from the west in the early evening.

Weather temperatures for Thursday May 19 to Friday 20
BBC

There'll be patchy cloud throughout the night, with lows of 11C (52F).

Draw specialists Derbyshire ducking showers

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

It's been a familiar scene so far this summer ... groundstaff taking the covers on and off.

Derbyshire's cricketers ready for their warm up session between the showers at Chelmsford
BBC

The rain's certainly contributed to Derbyshire's playing record of five draws from five games in the County Championship.

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:

  • Private swimming pools filling the gap after closure of Moorways and Queen's Leisure Centre in Derby
  • Bus service cut at Little Eaton will have impact on local work force, says manager of residential home
  • And Derbyshire supermarket introduces dementia-friendly till

Battle bus on campaign trail in Sawley

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

You write about one bus story and then almost immediately along comes another!

In fairness, we're going to see a fair bit of the EU vote campaign buses in the run-up to the referendum next month.  

Campaigners for the UK to remain in the European Union with their bus in Sawley
BBC

Sawley was the destination for some of the supporters of the campaign for the UK to remain in the EU.

Wassall stays silent over Rams' future

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Opinion is divided among Derby County fans over whether Darren Wassall should stay or go after their season ended with defeat in the play-offs.

The Rams will want to make a quick decision. As for the head coach himself, he says he has "loved every single minute" of his time in charge.

Darren Wassall
Reuters

But Wassall declined the chance to declare his interest in the job on a permanent basis following their 3-2 aggregate defeat by Hull.

Dilemma for employees over threat to bus service

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Back to our story about the bus service in Little Eaton ... Trent Barton's planning to cut the 9.2 route later this month so people in the village won't be able to get a bus into Derby after 19:00.

Olive Tomlinson is the manager of Coxbench Hall residential home and says the change will have a big impact on her staff. 

Bus service 9.2 set to be cut later this month affecting Little Eaton
BBC

She said: "I've got girls who live in Kilburn. I've got girls and boys living the other side of Derby, and it's just going to be such a problem for them getting in on time for work.

"And I can't afford to lose good members of staff through a bus company. It's ridiculous really."

Sausage grew and grew

Derby Telegraph

A butcher in Little Eaton has "accidentally" made a 20-metre-long-sausage.

Barry Fitch and Safa Yilmaz
Derby Telegraph

Supermarket's 'dementia counter' takes stress out of shopping

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

For some people, apparently simple tasks such as paying for your shopping, can be daunting and stressful, particularly if you have memory problems.

One supermarket in Derbyshire has opened a dementia-friendly till, thought to be the first of its kind in the county.

Demetia friendly till at Tesco store in Alfreton
BBC

Specially trained staff will be on hand to help anyone with memory problems buy their goods at the Tesco store in Alfreton, and allow them more time to use the checkout.

Your photos: Cascading water in the Peak District

Fancy a dip? ... This mesmeric photo was taken by Weather Watcher Sam's House at Bakewell.

Bakewell
Sam's House

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

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

  • Closure of Moorways and Queen's Leisure Centre in Derby leads to increased demand at private pools
  • Residents rally round to complain about change to bus service in Little Eaton
  • And Derbyshire supermarket opens county's first dementia-friendly till

Chesney leads the run chase

Piling on the runs ... Derbyshire's Chesney Hughes leads the way in Division Two of the County Championship.

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Bus service cuts proving to be a thorny issue

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

There's a row brewing over buses in Little Eaton, so much so that nearly 100 people attended a meeting in the village hall to complain about a change to the service.

Little Eaton
Google

Residents in the village say the proposed scrapping of the 9.2 bus service after 19:00 could cost jobs.  

Two rescued from fire in Chesterfield flat

Derbyshire Times

Crews from Chesterfield and Staveley attended a residential fire where two adults were trapped inside.

Surge in public swimmers at Gayton pool

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Gayton Swimming Pool in Littleover has seen a 14% increase in swimmers recently and is also having to turn people away because it can't cope with the demand.

Lonsdale Swimming Pool in Mickleover
BBC

Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover has seen demand increase by more than a quarter and has been turning people away since Queen's Leisure Centre closed in March.

Travel: Accident shuts lane on M1 southbound

BBC Travel

An accident has closed a lane on the M1 southbound between J29a and J29.

Car boot sale kicked into touch

And I'd just emptied the attic ... charity shop here I come.

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Queen's Leisure Centre repairs on target

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

While swimmers are turning to private pools in the Derby area, 27 schools are now using Moorways swimming pool in Derby, following the closure of Queen's Leisure Centre.

Moorways Swimming Pool
BBC

The city council says repairs to the roof at the swimming baths are on schedule and it should reopen in the middle of next month.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

These are the top stories today.

  • Private pools in the Derby area inundated by swimmers after closure of Moorways and Queen's Leisure Centre
  • Residents of a Derbyshire village say scrapping a bus service could cost jobs
  • And Rams' head coach says he has "loved every single minute" of his time in charge

Weather: Feeling warmer today

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A warmer day is on the way today.

There will be a bit of cloud and fog around first thing but that will clear away quickly to make way for some brighter, sunny spells.

weather
BBC

This afternoon a band of cloud and rain will push in but temperatures will stay at a maximum of 19C (66F).

Lonsdale pool helps meet demand from Derby swimmers

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Lonsdale Swimming Pool in Mickleover has been picking up some of the slack now Derby doesn't have a public pool.

It's managing director Ian Cotter says while they want to keep Derby swimming, they're at their limit.

Lonsdale Swimming Pool in Derby
BBC

He said: "One thing that we do have some difficulty with is people coming and thinking we might be open all day for public swimming.

"People have got to look at our website and ring up and talk to us because we're only open for specific periods."