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  1. Updates for Tuesday 21 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00

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By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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

Weather: Risk of isolated shower

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be cloudy with some brighter spells and the risk of an occasional, isolated shower. 

Feeling quite humid with highs of 20C (68F).    


Woman missing for two weeks

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police are becoming concerned for a woman who not been seen since leaving the house to walk her dog two weeks ago.

Emma Phillips, who is from Pontefract in West Yorkshire, was staying with family in Dronfield when she went out at about 16:30 on Saturday 11 June.

Emma Phillips
Derbyshire Police

The 36-year-old has not been seen since and she has not been in contact with her family, who reported her missing a week later.

She is white, 5ft 2ins tall, slim, with dark brown hair and blue eyes.

Office block plan for Pride Park

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Plans have been submitted for a new office block on Pride Park, near Derby College and the Pentahotel.

A previous start on the site was scrapped in 2008 because of the recession.

Office block
CAD Architecture

A new, unnamed tenant is interested in the site.

Cake stolen in raid

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Hungry burglars...?

A cake was among items stolen from a house in West Hallam last week, police have said.

A brick was thrown through the window of the property in Station Road last Tuesday.

Derbyshire Police

The intruders also stole a Royal Doulton figure, like this one, and several other figurines.  

Archbishop hoping 'to see work of Christ in Derbyshire'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

He's tweeted about his trip to the county this morning...

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Sun returns to Derbyshire

BBC Weather Watchers

You're not imagining things - that yellow thing intermittently appearing from behind the clouds is, indeed, the sun.

Our Weather Watchers have noticed. Here's Brailsford:


And Draycott:

marks landscape

Jewellery stolen from Littleover

A large amount of jewellery has been stolen from a house in Littleover.

Police said a burglar broke through the back door of a house in Coleridge Street on 9 June.

If you're offered any for sale, contact Derbyshire Police.

Derbyshire Police
Derbyshire Police

Listen: Derbyshire cricket boss on new head coach

BBC Derby Sport

"John's appointment brings stability into a critical period of cricket," says Simon Storey, Derbyshire Cricket Club's chief executive.

Alton Towers owner to be sentenced later this year over Smiler crash

Alice Bentley

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The owner of Alton Towers will be sentenced later this year in connection with the Smiler rollercoaster crash which left five people seriously injured. 

The Smiler rollercoaster

Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd has already admitted a breach of health and safety rules over the incident in June last year.

During a half-hour hearing at Stafford Crown Court today, attended by several of Merlin's directors, a date was set for the sentencing.

Victims and their relatives are expected at a two-day hearing in Stafford starting on 26 September.

Travel: A52 delays

BBC Travel

There's a broken down vehicle causing delays on the A52 outbound at Wyvern Way. Congestion to the Pentagon Island.

Travel: Chesterfield crash

BBC Travel

Sheffield Road in Chesterfield is partially blocked in both directions at the Queen Street North junction because of an accident.

Archbishop chats to Radio Derby

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's Justin Welby talking to Radio Derby presenter Aleena Naylor...

Aleena Naylor Justin Welby

Weather: Dry with sunny spells

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's staying dry with occasional sunny spells and some cloud. Highs of 20C (68F).


Youths sought over house damage

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Do you recognise these youths?

They were seen near a house that was damaged in Derby on Sunday.

youths CCTV
Derbyshire Police

The CCTV images have been released after three windows of a house on Campsie Court in Sinfin were smashed on Sunday evening.  

Derby welcomes Archbishop of Canterbury

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

If you've ever wondered why the role of Archbishop of Canterbury is so important, the Church of England website has the answers.

Archbishop of Canterbury

Watch: Archbishop of Canterbury in Derbyshire

Justin Welby tells BBC Radio Derby's Aleena Naylor which bits of his visit he's most looking forward to.

Pedestrian hit by car named by police

Matlock Mercury

Derbyshire Police have confirmed that a file is being prepared for the coroner following the tragic death of 22 year-old Ezra Hytch in a road collision at the weekend in Tansley.

County Show cancellation has 'deep implications'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The organisers of the Derbyshire County Show, which has been cancelled because of the "waterlogged" conditions at Elvaston Castle, have said pre-bought tickets will be valid for next year or a full refund will be offered.

But the Derbyshire Agricultural and Horticultural Society said the cancellation has "deep implications" for its future.

The Society Council feels it would not be safe or responsible to hold the Show given the amount of traffic that staging the event generates before, during and after the event...The Society will be contacting exhibitors at the Show during the next few days with more specific information to them. This cancellation has deep implications for the future of the Society and once we have had a chance to settle the accounts after this, more information will follow."

Edward HicklinChairman, DAHS

Travel: Overseal delays

BBC Travel

Roadworks are causing delays on the A444 Burton Road in Overseal at the Coronation Street junction.

County Show cancelled

Sunday's Derbyshire County Show has been cancelled due to wet conditions at Elvaston Castle, organisers have announced.

Travel: M1 lanes closed

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed on the M1 southbound heading into the county because of an accident between junctions 31 and 30. Congestion is back to junction 32 for the M18.

Archbishop arrives in city

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

Here's Justin Welby getting off the train at Derby station...

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Wright paintings: Museum had auction 'secret agent'

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Derby Museums employed a secret agent who was under instructions to only bid on the paintings if somebody else did at the Christie's auction in New York. 

Meanwhile, gallery staff back in Derby nervously watched the sale online. 


Jonathan Wallis said: "It went right down to the wire. He just chipped in at the end and the auctioneer said 'new bidder in the room. Sold to you sir'."

If it was known the museum - which has the world's largest collection of Wright paintings - was interested, art dealers would try to buy the paintings and sell them on to the gallery with an added premium, Mr Wallis explained.

Travel: A6 blocked by fallen tree

BBC Travel

The A6 is partially blocked in both directions at Whatstandwell because of a fallen tree between Stoney Street and the A610.

Wright pictures are 'piece of our heritage'

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Jonathan Wallis from Derby Museums said the paintings haven't been in the UK for over half a century - and even then they were in private ownership.

"This is great for us to do this for the people of Derbyshire and actually bring back a piece of their heritage," he said. 

"How often do you hear a story of something coming back from America? Normally it's the other way around."

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Man dies after Poolsbrook crash

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man's died and three people have been seriously hurt in a collision in Poolsbrook, near Chesterfield, last night. 

A man in his fifties died at the scene, police said.

Two men and a woman remain in intensive care in hospital.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories for Derbyshire:

  • The Archbishop of Canterbury is visiting the county for the first time today
  • Two Joseph Wright paintings have returned to Derby
  • Cricket: John Sadler's appointment as Derbyshire head coach will give club "stability", says chief exec

Wright paintings show Arkwright mills

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The paintings, thought to be two of Wright's last works, may have been commissioned by Sir Richard Arkwright, the revolutionary mill owner.

His iconic mills can be seen in the pictures.

They passed through numerous hands before coming up for auction at Christie's in New York earlier this year, where they were snapped up by Derby Museums and brought home.

Willersley Castle Joseph Wright
Derby museums

Wright paintings return to Derby

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A pair of paintings by Derby's Joseph Wright have returned to the city.

Derby Museum bought the paintings, which show Willersley Castle Mansion in Cromford, at a New York auction for about £250,000.

Here's one of the paintings, due to go on display at the museum later.

Joseph Wright, Willersley Castle
Derby museums

Cricket: Sadler 'will give club stability'

BBC Derby Sport

Derbyshire County Cricket Club chief executive, Simon Storey, says John Sadler's appointment as head coach until the end of the season will give the club stability. 

Sadler replaced Elite Performance Director, Graeme Welch.

Simon Storey

Archbishop's visit will be 'memorable'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The Bishop of Derby says he's very excited to have the Archbishop of Canterbury in Derbyshire today.

Alastair Redfern

"He's the leader of our church - he represents us on the world stage," he said.

"It's a privilege to show him what we're doing and what we hope to do.

"This will be his first visit formally to Derbyshire and we want to make it a memorable one."

Travel: A617 congestion

BBC Travel

Traffic is heavy either side of the M1 slowdown at junction 29 along the A617.

Archbishop to tour Derbyshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Justin Welby won't just be visiting Derby - he's here for three days and will also be visiting Brampton, Danesmoor, Glossop as well as planting trees with schoolchildren in Swadlincote.

He'll be accompanied throughout by the Bishop of Derby, Alastair Redfern.

Justin Welby
Diocese of Derby

Today he's off to the Quad, the Cathedral and the Roundhouse in Derby.  

Archbishop on first official visit to county

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The Archbishop of Canterbury is visiting Derbyshire for the first time this morning.

Justin Welby will be in Derby discussing modern slavery, meeting asylum seekers and finding out what support is available in areas of high deprivation.

Archbishop of Canterbury

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

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

Travel: A61 delays

BBC Travel

Temporary traffic lights are causing delays on the A61 Derby Road in both directions at Clay Cross, between High Street and Brassington Lane.

There are also delays on the southbound side in Alfreton.

Travel: M1 lanes closed

BBC Travel

Over-running roadworks are causing misery for drivers on the M1 southbound this morning between junctions 29 and 28. Two lanes have been closed.

Congestion is running back to J30

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