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  1. Updates for Tuesday 9 August 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Dave Wade

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Weather: Dry for most overnight

BBC Weather

It will be a mainly dry night with some good clear spells, although one or two isolated showers will continue until dawn.  

Weather chart

Team news: Rams v Grimsby

BBC Sport

Rams defender Craig Forsyth should be available to face Grimsby in the League Cup tonight after missing the Brighton game due to the birth of his son.

However, full-back Marcus Olsson is out with concussion. The match kicks off at 19:45.

Spot rings to be installed later this month

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The Spot is currently being turned into an area for street theatre and live music. 

The rings are due to be installed in a fortnight. 

The Spot in Derby

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

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

New art installation for city centre

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

What do you think of these?

Four huge stainless steel rings are to be the centrepiece of a new installation in Derby. 

Derby City Council

They're costing £50,000 and are going up on The Spot in the city centre.  

Trader sold fake designer handbags

Derbyshire Times

An Alfreton trader who admitted selling counterfeit handbags and purses carrying designer labels has been handed a curfew.

Gym poster: 'Just a bit of marketing'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's a selection of what some people in Sawley have told the BBC about the poster:

  • "I find it quite comical but I'm having to explain what fat and ugly means to my five-year-old at the moment." 
  • "They just keep getting away with it so they are going to keep doing it. I think it's wrong, I think it's rude and I think it's just silly." 
  • "I think it's entertaining. People are just too sensitive really. It's just a bit of marketing." 
  • "It can be offensive to a lot of people. I mean I'm quite fat. I've got a medical problem so I struggle."

Bullying campaigner trolled over gym poster

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

Natalie Harvey, from Combat Bullying, told me she was "absolutely pulverised" on social media after speaking out publically against the other Fit4Less poster in April.

She even had people tell her that she ought to be dead.

She thinks the latest Fit4Less poster is “even worse” than the original, but Fit4Less insists it is meant as “light-hearted fun”.

Natalie Harvey
Natalie Harvey

Uttoxeter open top bus: 'If Leicester can do it we can'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's what the Mayor of Uttoxeter had to say about plans to celebrate Adam Peaty's gold medal.

"I've never heard of anyone from Uttoxeter getting it before and I think it's superb, especially at 21 years old," Alan Noyes 

Alan Noyes

And on the open top bus parade he said: "If Leicester CIty can do it we can as well."

He said it's been booked provisionally at the end of September.

Dumped benches: More pics

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are a couple more images of the benches that were ripped up and dumped in the river in Bakewell.

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Travel: Baslow delays

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A619 through Baslow at the Eaton Hill junction because of roadworks. Congestion is back to the B6050.

Memorial benches dumped in river

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Vandals have dumped two memorial park benches into the river in Bakewell, police have said.

The benches at Bakewell Recreation Ground may be beyond repair after they were ripped from their stone bases over the weekend.

Bakewell bench in river
Derbyshire Police

A Derbyshire Dales District Council spokesman called it "mindless destruction".

"A dog walker who reported the damage to us on Sunday said it was heartbreaking to see what vandals had done to such a beautifully maintained park," they said.

Travel: Flagg roadworks

BBC Travel

Roadworks are causing delays on the A515 in Flagg at the Upper Blindlow Lane junction.

Teacher 'may not have died had police acted sooner'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Today the headteacher at Shardlow Primary School told the inquest she was instructed by police to keep Mr Wilkinson at work until they arrived. 

She says Ryan might not have died if police had arrived at the school earlier. 

The inquest, at Derby Coroners Court, continues. 

Rail death trainee teacher was due to be arrested

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

An inquest into the death of a trainee teacher who died after being accused of inappropriate behaviour with a boy has heard evidence from the headteacher of the Derbyshire school where he was on a placement. 

Derbyshire Police received an allegation against 22-year-old Ryan Wilkinson, from Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, on 3 February. 

Shardlow Primary School

They planned to arrest him the next morning at Shardlow Primary School, where he was working, but by the time they arrived Ryan had left. 

He was found dead hours later after being hit by a train at Long Eaton station.

Weather: Scattered showers

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

Variable cloud, sunny spells and scattered showers are possible this afternoon – and some of them are likely to be heavy. 


Still a cool northwesterly breeze but not as strong as yesterday. 

Temperatures will peak at 18C (64F).

Capita: 'Social media use strictly governed'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

This is what Capita had to say about the nurse:

The individual was suspended as soon as we were made aware of the allegations, and further investigations are taking place. All prospective assessors are subject to strict security and vetting checks. We also have strict policies in place which govern the use of social media."

Capita spokesman

Mrs Goldstein's husband Jay said the couple have been told a new assessment on Mrs Goldstein would be carried out this week.

Shaun Barker in action for Derby County

Ex-Derby defender Shaun Barker will be offered a deal at Burton if he can prove his fitness, says manager Nigel Clough.

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Benefits nurse: 'Why do our taxes pay for them?'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's something else the nurse, who started working for Capita some time before the posts first appeared in July 2014, is accused of writing:


It appears to attack a claimant who had lost two legs as a child and had appeared on a programme about benefits.

Disabled woman spotted nurse's posts

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The Facebook comments were spotted by Sarah Goldstein from Ilkeston after her claim for personal independence payments (PIPs) was turned down.

The 24-year-old, who has a number of conditions including fibromyalgia, Raynaud's phenomenon and depression, was assessed last year but the nurse turned her down because it was felt she was "making everything up".

Sarah Goldstein and family
Family handout

In a report that followed, the family found she had been turned down on the basis of a number of "falsehoods".

Mrs Goldstein looked up the nurse on Facebook and discovered the posts, which she reported to Capita.

Benefits nurse suspended over Facebook posts

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

"I'd like to remove his wheels & catapult the scrounger back to whatever... he came from" - a pretty abhorrent thing to write on Facebook.

Worse still these are allegedly the words of a disability benefits assessor about one of her claimants, from Ilkeston.


The nurse has been suspended while Capita, the firmthat assesses claimants for the government, investigates.

Fit4Less alien poster also caused offence

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It's not the first time Fit4Less has been lambasted for the wording on its billboards.

This poster, which implied that when Martians arrive, they'll inexplicably go for larger humans, was blasted as "offensive" by a bullying charity.

Fit4Less poster

The gym said back in April that the "cheeky" poster was an alternative to campaigns that use images of skinny models, which are "not the reality".

'Peaty will strive to be faster': Adlington

BBC Derby Sport

Rebecca Adlington believes Uttoxeter's Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Adam Peaty can go even faster. 

Peaty broke his own world record to claim top spot in Rio but Adlington says there's more to come. 

Getty Images

"Every time is there to be broken and for Adam he will just see it as his PB - he won't see it as a world record.

"You don't because you always want to do a personal best time, you're always striving to go faster."

Fat poster 'disgusting'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A bullying charity has warned that the posters, just outside a supermarket in Sawley, will give fuel for bullies to pick on children.

Natalie Harvey, from Combat Bullying, said the poster, for Long Eaton gym Fit4Less, "absolutely disgusts" her.


She was bullied from the age of four and has always felt "fat and ugly". 

"I don't understand why we are using these kinds of advertising. It's almost like shaming people".

Fat and ugly poster 'just a bit of fun'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

If I was to say to you: "Tired of being fat and ugly? Just be ugly", you'd be forgiven for giving me a slap.

But if it's on a billboard, is it still offensive?

fat poster

That's exactly the wording of a poster in Sawley, advertising the Fit4Less gym in nearby Long Eaton.

The company says it didn't mean to cause offence and it's just a bit of "light-hearted fun"...

Pay-out for Ilkeston FC after Adams move

BBC Derby Sport

Former Ilkeston youngster Che Adams has moved from Sheffield United to Birmingham City. 

The Robins should now be in a line for a big pay-out as there was a sell-on clause in the deal that saw the striker move to Bramall Lane.

Che Adams
Getty Images

Derwent otter sign that river is clean again

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust says the fact an otter has been seen in the Derwent, near the Wyvern Retail Park, shows how clean the river has become.

"I'm not surprised there are otters [in the river] but surprised one was seen in the day, which suggests they're feeling quite comfortable down here," Richard Spowage from the trust said.

River Derwent in Derby

He said in the past otter numbers had declined because of pollution killing off fish in British rivers.

"These rivers are getting better - it's saying this river is clean enough to restore itself to its former ecosystem," he added.

Otter spotted in the Derwent

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

So a couple of weeks ago there were fears for wildlife in the River Derwent in Derby after an oil spill.

Well a bit of unexpected good news has come from it...

The Environment Agency teams called to clear up the slick caught a glimpse of an otter - one of Britain's shyest mammals.

Chris Rowland

It seems the Derwent otter has yet to be caught on camera (the otter above is from elsewhere) - but if you've seen it, let us know.

Your photos: Summer sun rise

BBC Weather Watchers

This stunning photo of the sun rising over Castle Donington this morning was sent in by our BBC Weather Watcher Loki's keeper.

I thought it was so beautiful that I'd share it with you...

Sun rising over Castle Donington
Loki's keeper

Change at the Mayor's office

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

We can't be sure that it's linked to a ruling that Derby's former mayor Paul Pegg damaged the reputation of his office - something he disputes.

But a change has already been made at the Mayor's office.

The city council's no longer publishing a list of the mayor's official engagements.

It used to be sent out to media outlets on a weekly basis and was a really useful guide to what was happening in the city.

I'm told the last one was sent in July.

#OlympicNan and other viral oldies

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Adam's nan has become an unlikely star following his success.

Mavis Williams, 74, celebrations as her grandson struck gold in Rio went viral yesterday.

Mavis WIlliams
Alexander Britton

BBC News has had a look at other English grandparents who've captured the internet's heart.

The list includes Peter Oakley from Bakewell who was a prolific YouTuber, using his videos to tell his 50,000 subscribers about his day-to-day life, until his death in 2014, aged 86.

Peter Oakley
Peter Oakley

Travel: Lane closed on M1

BBC Travel

A broken down vehicle has caused one lane of the M1 northbound to close between junctions 30 and 31.

Rams face Grimsby tonight

BBC Derby Sport

Derby County switch their attention to the EFL Cup this evening as they welcome League Two Grimsby Town to the iPro.

The Rams have fallen foul to the Mariners in this competition before, losing 1-0 ten years ago. 

Tom Ince
Getty Images

Striker Tom Ince says you need to be on your game against lesser opposition.

"Cup games are always great and exciting there's that mentality you don't know how far you can go," he said.

Mayor: 'Council staff to blame'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mr Pegg says he doesn't recognise the findings.

He blames council officers for incorrectly compiling his diary.

Mayor 'provided incorrect info to constituents'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The former Mayor of Derby damaged the reputation of his office, according to the city council's top legal officer. 

Labour city councillor Paul Pegg turned down an invite to a hustings in Mackworth because it clashed with an official mayoral engagement. 

Paul Pegg

The council says it can find no record of the event he thought was due to happen and as a result, he's been found to have provided incorrect information to his constituents.

Travel: Burton roadworks

BBC Travel

Slow traffic on the A38 southbound at Branston Interchange because of roadworks.

Open top bus tour for Peaty

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

And the honours from his hometown don't stop there - an open top bus tour in Uttoxeter and a civic reception are on the cards.

East Staffs council are also going to rename their annually presented sports scholarship award after Adam Peaty.

Adam Peaty

And if that wasn't enough, they're hoping to have a post box in the town painted gold in his honour!  

Peaty to be given freedom of East Staffs

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

So you can hardly have missed yesterday's incredible news about Adam Peaty's gold medal in Rio.

The tributes poured in yesterday - and they're continuing today.

Adam Peaty
Getty Images

It's been revealed the Uttoxeter swimmer is to be awarded the Freedom of East Staffordshire after his Olympic gold medal win. 

Mayor of Uttoxeter, Alan Noyes, says the town is considering opening a "book of pride" so people can send Adam their good wishes.