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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 26 July 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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Weather: Patchy rain expected

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

The cloud will thicken up this afternoon and there will be some rain heading in by the evening.

The rain will be very patchy and light at first but there will be another batch of rain heading in through the early hours of the morning. 

weather
BBC

Minimum temperature of 14C (57F).  

Buxton 'a pleasure to deal with'

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Jake Buxton was the first Derby player I every interviewed for BBC Radio Derby Sport.

He was a pleasure to deal with that day and has been every day since. 

So from me - Jake Buxton, a massive thank you, and good luck. 

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Girl injured in Peaks water jump

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It's that time of year when rivers, lakes and lagoons can look very tempting indeed but here's a cautionary tale from Derbyshire's mountain rescue teams.

A 12-year-old girl has injured her back jumping into water in the Peak District.

rescue slippery stones
Edale Mountain Rescue Team

The Edale and Buxton teams and the air ambulance were dispatched to rescue her from one of the pools above Slippery Stones in the Upper Derwent.

She was treated at the scene and flown to Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Kinder Scout: 'Desolation was its character'

Facebook

As green and pleasant as the landscape on Kinder Scout now is, it's not pleased all visitors, as you've been pointing out on Facebook.

Derry Graham wrote: "A remarkable transformation but crossing the groughs in the peat was part of a hard day's yomp over Kinder, particularly when one just reached the point of jumping into them and scrambling out."

kinder
BBC

And Ross Molloy commented: "Oooooo lets sanitise it and turn it into a pretty park, not Impressed. The desolation was its character."

But Mark Day points out the "desolate landscape" of Kinder was not how it originally looked: "We don't remember forested hillsides, but that's their natural state, and not what we see today all around us."

Drugs warning for festival-goers

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Don't take drugs to Y Not Festival is the warning from Derbyshire Police as around 25,000 revellers get ready for the event in Pikehall.

They said there will be sniffer dogs and anyone caught with illegal substances won't be allowed through the gates.

Y Not
Ross Silcocks

Amnesty bins will be around the site so people can anonymously dispose of drugs

Headliners at the festival this weekend include Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Madness.

Kingsway lights: Your views

Facebook

Wow. What a lot of comments we've had on Facebook about the decision to turn the lights off at Kingsway.

Judith Bunn wrote: "At last, I use the retail park on most days, and have never experienced such problems until they started messing with the island!"

facebook post kingsway
Facebook

But Tim Day said the lights aren't the only problem: "It's the amount of traffic that needs to be addressed, traffic lights or any other control will not change this."

Sarah Yates joked: "I reckon whoever came up with this ridiculous idea is feeling like a prize prat."

Up to 300 litres of oil safely contained on Derwent

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There are currently an estimated 200-300 litres of diesel contained behind a boom on the River Derwent, the Environment Agency has said.

Working at the scene, Paul Reeves said they've tracked down the leak to a surface water drain, which feeds into the river just upstream of Pride Park bridge.

river derwent
BBC

The drain belongs to Severn Trent which is investigating who might be responsible.

It'll be up to the company to hold them to account he said.

Diesel spill could impact wildlife

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Paul Reeves said staff are looking to see whether the spill has affected any wildlife across the 1km stretch.

He said the Environment Agency will work with the RSPCA if it needs to rescue any waterfowl, ducks or swans.

Environment agency at work
BBC

Rams head up A61

BBC Derby Sport

Derby County travel to Chesterfield tonight for the testimonial of former defender Shane Nicholson.

Shane Nicholson
Getty Images

No games cancelled

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The council says the remaining seven sites can accommodate more fixtures, so games won't have to be cancelled.

Council axes football pitches

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The number of sites used for organised football matches by Derby City Council is to be cut. 

These will stop being used:

  • Normanton Park
  • Osmaston Park
  • Rowditch
  • Vicarage Road
  • Arboretum
  • King George V playing fields

Travel: A38 crash

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on the A38 southbound near Barton-under-Needwood that's blocking the road.

Jake Buxton

Defender Jake Buxton joins Wigan Athletic from Derby County on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

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Oil spill could affect businesses

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A petrochemical spill is affecting around 1km of the River Derwent, the Environment Agency has said.

Staff are still working to minimise the potential impacts on the environment 

They've notified businesses who use river water around Pride Park to ensure they're adequately prepared.

oil spill
Environment Agency

Chesterfield: There be dragons...

Rams say goodbye to Buxton

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

After seven years and 159 appearances for Derby County, Jake Buxton has left the club to join Wigan.  

Jake Buxton
Getty Images

Mobile man walks into lamppost

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Another Pokemon Go casualty?

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More pictures of Derwent oil spill

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are some more pictures showing the pollution in the Derwent...

oil spill
Environment Agency

A spokesman said teams have launched a boat nearby, which will be used to set out containment booms to try to stop it spreading.

oil spill
Environment Agency

City gym shuts down

Derby Telegraph

Derby gym Funktion Fitness has ceased trading, according to its Facebook page.

New shirt sponsor for Brewers

BBC Derby Sport

Burton Albion have signed their biggest ever shirt sponsorship deal, with online betting firm Tempobet.

Burton Albion kit
Burton Albion FC

Oil spill: Pictures from the scene

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Environment Agency workers have arrived at the site of oil slick, near Pride Park.

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Travel: A50 crash

BBC Travel

An overturned vehicle is blocking the A50 in Lockington between Derby and Kegworth. Congestion back to Long Eaton.

Travel: M1 crash

BBC Travel

Congestion is backing up into Derbyshire because of delays between junctions 32 and 33 in South Yorkshire.

'Desolate' Kinder Scout now lush with greenery

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It's the highest point in the Peak District, and until a few years ago you might have described it as one of the national park's most desolate places.

But Kinder Scout - the site of the famous Mass Trespass in the 1930s - has in recent years had 500,000 trees planted, producing a lush new landscape 

Kinder Scout

It's all thanks to a five-year campaign by the National Trust.  

Lee Williamson

Burton Albion sign former Blackburn midfielder Lee Williamson, winger Lloyd Dyer and defender Ryan Delaney.

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New town crier: 'I knew I was loud'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The role of a town crier was introduced to Swadlincote after residents said they wanted one in a survey.

But only two people applied for the job and then both failed to turn up for auditions in June.

town crier
PA

Kate Bailey, 53, said: "I thought I’d have the skills to do the job - I’m a dance teacher so I knew I was loud anyway! I’m really excited about it.”  

Here she: Town gets its crier

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Swadlincote a month ago was looking at a quiet future after no one turned up for auditions to be its town crier...

Step forward ex-dance teacher Karen Bailey who's looking forward to having a good shout at events across the South Derbyshire town.

Karen Bailey
South Derbyshire District Council

Apparently, she'd never used a bell before her interview for the role.

She'd better get used to it as her first event is this Thursday in the Princess Diana Memorial Garden.

Staff working to contain Pride Park oil pollution

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

I've contacted the Environment Agency who have told me they are trying to contain the oil spill on the River Derwent, near Pride Park.

Staff are still trying to establish how far the slick extends and they're sending a boat and boom out in order to stop it spilling further.

More info to follow.

Oil spill in River Derwent

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Not a pleasant sight.

East Midlands Environment Agency worker tweets...

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Travel: Fire blocks Castle Gresley road

BBC Travel

A serious fire is blocking Coton Park in Castle Gresley in both directions at Cadley Lane.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are today's top stories...

  • Efforts to stop hen harrier persecution in areas including the Peak District have failed, says RSPB
  • Kingsway's "problematic" traffic lights to be switched off this week
  • Football: Burton face QPR; Derby face Chesterfield

Council U-turn over Kingsway lights

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The new traffic lights at Kingsway were put up less than a fortnight ago in a bid to ease an already very busy stretch of road heading into the city.

It seems to have failed spectacularly, judging by what commuters have been telling us about long queues and serious congestion since then.

kingsway
Google

Here's what the city council has had to say: "The traffic signals were intended to manage traffic at the junction and also provide much needed facilities for pedestrians.

"However problems have occurred as a result of significant demand for access to Kingsway Retail park."

Kingsway traffic lights to be switched off

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Traffic on Kingsway this morning...

Timelapse on Kingsway this morning

The temporary traffic lights are being switched off on Thursday evening, the city council has said.

The city council says it follows "a number of difficulties" at the entrance to the retail park.

Roadworks warning

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Some advice from a county councillor...

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Why shoot hen harriers?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Defra's grouse shooting plan was started in January after five male hen harriers disappeared in 2015, leading to the collapse of nests.

hen harrier
RSPB

But why kill such beautiful creatures?

It's down to the fact that hen harriers kill grouse for food which puts them in direct conflict with people who shoot grouse on the moors, but there was hope the birds' decline could be halted through a joint approach.

However, the RSPB believes that hasn't happened.

Hasselbaink back at Burton

BBC Derby Sport

Burton Albion host Queens Park Rangers and former boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink tonight in a pre-season friendly.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Getty Images

RSPB withdraws support for raptor plan

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

In April a video emerged appearing to show an armed man using a decoy bird to attract a hen harrier in the Peak District.

It led to the National Trust terminating a lease to shoot grouse for the first time.

hen harrier peaks decoy
AP

The RSPB said these incidents were "depressingly predictable" and has withdrawn its support for the government's Hen Harrier Action Plan.

"People are still breaking the law and not enough is being done within the grouse shooting community to effect change," wrote conservation director Martin Harper.

Hen harrier action plan 'failure'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

First this morning, seeing a hen harrier in the Peak District is a beautiful, if rare, moment.

Now the RSPB has said a government plan to increase their numbers has failed.

hen harrier
RSPB

Incidents of "illegal killing", including one involving an armed man on National Trust land in the Derbyshire Peak District have continued, the charity said.

But the government says plans to safeguard birds of prey in England are at an early stage.