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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 9 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

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By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's all from Local Live today. Join us again from 08:00 tomorrow.

Weather: Mild night ahead

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

An exceptionally mild night with a couple of spots of drizzle.

Lows of 15C (59F).

Weather
BBC

Your pictures: Furry friend in Heanor

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Check out this little fella spotted in Heanor earlier.

Squirrel Heanor
Stoneyford View

It's from one of our Weather Watchers.

Share your pictures on the Weather Watchers website, send us an email or post on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Artist's impression of student flats in Derby released

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The new student flats on Cathedral Road, Derby: Artist's impression and reality.

But which is which?!

Student flats Derby
BBC/GT Architects

Rams new assistant manager on first week

BBC Derby Sport

Chris Powell said: "This almost feels like a head-start for us."

East Midlands hospitals fail to meet A&E targets

Rob Sissons

East Midlands Today Reporter

April A&E figures of patients admitted or sent home within four hours. Target is 95%.

  • Leicester 81.2% 
  • Nottingham 75.6%  
  • Derby 88.1% 
A&E
BBC

Review over toddler murder delayed

The results of a review into the death of Burton toddler Ayeeshia Jane Smith have been delayed for several months.

Kathryn Smith, 23, was sentenced to 24 years for the murder of the 21-month-old in April. 

Ayeeshia Jane Smith
BBC

Chris Cook, chair of Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board, said it was now clear that examining all the evidence from the criminal trial would take longer than expected.

"I understand the need for answers as this has been an extremely distressing case but it is important we give it the time it deserves to ensure the final report is as robust and fully informed as possible," he said.

Derby woman who groomed teen denied jail-term cut

Derby Telegraph

A married mother who was caged for grooming a 13-year-old boy for sex deserves every day of her jail term, top judges have ruled.

Rams: Pearson reflects on first week

BBC Derby Sport

The new Derby County boss said: "Expectations will be high. We have to be able to deal with that."

Travel: A610 lights out

BBC Travel

Traffic lights have failed just over the Nottinghamshire border in Nuthall on the A610.

Your pictures: Ladybower from the sky

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Wow. 

Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District as seen from 2,500ft in a light aircraft.

Ladybower Reservoir
Michael Hardy

Thanks to Weather Watcher, absolute shower.  

Toyota mulling legal action over Brexit logo

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Burnaston-based Toyota is considering a legal complaint over Vote Leave's use of its company logo and trademarks.

Toyota does not wish to enter the campaign and we fully respect that whether to remain or to leave the European Union (EU) is for the British people to decide. So we strongly object to this unauthorised use of our brand and the use of our name in the Vote Leave campaign. Furthermore, Toyota has already stated that 'we believe continued British membership of the EU is best for our operations and their long term competitiveness'."

Toyota statement

Travel: M1 slip road reopens

Travel: A38 blocked

BBC Travel

The entry slip road to the A38 in Alfreton is blocked because of a broken down lorry. It's causing slow traffic northbound at the Watchorn Island.

Plans for new Alton Towers ride submitted

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Alton Towers could be getting its first new rollercoaster since the Smiler.

And there's something quite different about it - it's wooden!

SW8
Alton Towers / Nicholas Brown Webber LLP

Full plans have been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for the ride called, Secret Weapon 8.

M1 lorry fire out

JCB boss in favour of Brexit

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The boss of East Staffordshire-based JCB has told his 6,500 staff he'll be voting to leave the EU. 

Lord Bamford said in a letter that leaving wouldn't mean the company would stop trading with Europe but he says Britain can "stand on its own two feet". 

He went on to say how his employees vote is a matter for them but he has urged them to turn out on 23 June.

Lord Bamford
JCB

In March, JCB's parent company BMW emailed UK car workers at Rolls-Royce and Mini over "risks" of a vote to leave the EU.

Missing: Police 'extremely concerned' over girl, 15

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Have you seen missing Taylar Hutchins?

The 15-year-old, who was living in Leicestershire until recently, was last seen in Alfreton.

Police said they believe she is with a man she knows, who picked her up in his vehicle.

Taylar Hurchins
Derbyshire Police

M1 lorry fire: Picture

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's the view from the Highways England camera on the M1 of the HGV fire on the slip road at junction 29A.

M1 HGV fire
Highways England

Travel: M1 HGV fire

Mr Potato Head is on social media

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

But where does he keep his phone?

View more on twitter

The Sanctuary: Why such a mess?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

In 2012, Derby City Council approved plans for a 1.5km track running between two bird hides and the reserve at Pride Park, where the velodrome was being built.

Sanctuary
Sanctuary Bird Reserve

Conservationists were furious as The Sanctuary was successfully attracting rare birds since its opening in 2003.

Work began in 2014 but was stopped after Derbyshire Wildlife Trust took legal action.

Mr Potato Head out of 'hibernation'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Belper's famous tuber has been "in hibernation" since November after being damaged by the winter weather.

Mr Potato Head
BBC

Before that vandals had damaged his arm, poor thing.

How long will he survive this time...?

Rubble heaps at Sanctuary 'not conducive to nature'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

David Lindo - AKA the Urban Birder - was visiting Derby to speak at the book festival in the cathedral when he found the opportunity to go to the Sanctuary.

rubble at The Sanctuary
BBC

"There are ugly heaps of soil, rock, concrete, that are not conducive to nature. You can't see a thing," he said.

"It's a beautiful oasis in the city given over to the people of Derby... The council should make it the gem it should be."

Urban Birder upset at Derby beauty spot damage

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

You might remember The Sanctuary nature reserve in Derby being in the news in 2014 when the city council started work on a cycle track despite concerns for rare birds.

Work was halted but now a TV wildlife expert - the Urban Birder - has tweeted his "dismay" that huge mounds of rubble are still there ruining views.

View more on twitter

The authority said it has "no budget" to carry out work at the site, next to the Derby Arena velodrome.

Weather: Cloudier later

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Plenty of sunshine around throughout this afternoon although some cloud is likely to build later. 

Staying dry with highs of 22C (72F).

weather
BBC

Missing: Have you seen Miriam?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A woman who has gone missing from Middlesborough might be in Derbyshire.

Miriam Townsend.
Derbyshire Police

Cleveland Police is appealing for help to trace Miriam Townsend, who was last seen in the town centre last Wednesday.

The 54-year-old, who was carrying a pink coat and purple handbag, has connections to Derbyshire, police said.

Teens arrested after park bike chase

Derby Telegraph

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of stealing a motorbike after a police dog handler chased them through Alvaston Park.

Clifton found Abhorrent Decimation 'charming'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Abhorrent Decimation have also been invited to the Kerrang! Awards ceremony, which is being held at Troxy in London.

The band previously visited Bernie at home in Barlow, near Chesterfield, for tea and bacon sandwiches.

Bernie Clifton / Abhorrent Decimation
BBC/Greig Clifford

He said: "I thought 'What are they going to do? Are they going to start looking for chickens to bite their heads off them?'

"They all piled out of the car, these great big bearded monsters, but they were absolutely charming."

Bernie 'frightened' about rock awards

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Death metal band Abhorrent Decimation have also been invited to the heavy metal awards ceremony, which is being held in London.

The tracklisting for their album Miasmic Mutation appeared on the reverse of Bernie's CD of cover songs, which he released on the back of his The Voice audition.

Bernie Clifton
Mel Day

He said he was a bit frightened but looking forward to the tonight's ceremony.

"I think I'm at an age now where you've just got to say to yourself 'just go for it'," he said.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are your top stories this morning

  • Workers have reacted to the news it's "unlikely" a buyer will be found for Belper tights firm, Courtaulds
  • Barlow's Bernie Clifton is to appear with his ostrich at the Kerrang! Awards tonight
  • Mr Potato Head has returned to Belper in time for the Queen's birthday

Bernie Clifton to appear at Kerrang! Awards

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Remember when Bernie Clifton's album had songs by a death metal band accidentally printed on the back?

Well he's become something of a rock star since then...

Abhorrent Decimation and Bernie Clifton
Mel Day

We can reveal the Derbyshire-based entertainer, 80, and his ostrich (Oswald) are to appear at the Kerrang! Awards.

You heard.

Rams: 'Useful' first week for Pearson

BBC Derby Sport

Derby County's new manager Nigel Pearson has said he's enjoyed a "useful" first week in the job. 

The former Leicester boss, pictured second from right, was officially unveiled this time last week.

NIgel Pearson
BBC

Travel: Download delays

This will affect people heading to East Midlands Airport too...

View more on twitter

'100 jobs' at risk at another Belper firm

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

More bad news for Belper workers this morning as Abru, a firm that makes ladders, has announced it's moving all manufacturing to a plant in Essex.

The BBC understands up to 100 jobs could be affected as the company ends production at its Derwentside Industrial Park base later this year.

Redundant workers were hopeful of buyout

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

One of the former workers at the Courtaulds factory, which made Pretty Polly tights for BHS, said they are disappointed at the news.

Caroline Allsopp said: "I think we all held a little bit of hope that if a buyer did come forward that a lot of us, if they wanted to employ ex-Courtaulds, that we would go back."

Caroline Allsopp
BBC

Buyer 'unlikely' to be found for tights firm

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Staying in Belper, administrators say it's highly unlikely a buyer will be found for the Courtaulds factory that closed last month with the loss of over 300 jobs. 

Mid-Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham says she's not surprised, claiming many of the assets have been sold off.

Courtaulds
BBC

Weather for Derbyshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here's how it's looking today...

The return of Mr Potato Head

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

First this morning, let's start with the important things - he's back... 

Love him or hate him, Mr Potato Head has returned to Belper in time to celebrate the Queen's birthday.

Mr POtato Head
BBC

He's had a repair job and is now draped in a Union Jack ready to wish Her Maj many happy returns this weekend.