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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 25 August 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

Our live updates have now ended and will return from 08:00 tomorrow. 

Weather: Flash flooding possible

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

A rain weather warning has been issued by the Met Office as it’s likely to get heavy and possibly thundery later through this evening. 

This could lead to tricky driving conditions and flash flooding. Highs of 22C (72F).

Palmer: We can't let the occasion get the better of us

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Matt Palmer's got an extra incentive to do well against Derby tomorrow night...

Your photos: August across Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

I quite like this spooky looking pic from BBC Weather Watcher Stu's walks in Wingerworth near Chesterfield. 

Misty wood
Stu's walks

Looks good enough to be a film set...

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across our region: 

  • Derby's Christmas lights are to be switched on this year after a U-turn by the city council 
  • A group of high-profile investors is urging Derbyshire-based Sports Direct overhaul its working practices
  • Burton Albion sign Will Miller from Tottenham 

Your comments: Christmas in Derby 'saved'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The Christmas lights in Derby earning a reprieve has been one of the hot topics over on Facebook. 

Leigh Henson writes: "That's only because so many people have complained! 

"At least it won't be ghost town." 

Head to celebrate GCSE success with 'cheeky half'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's a little bit more local reaction to this morning's GCSE results. 

Martyn Cooper
BBC

"Today's been a cracker," Belper School headteacher Martyn Cooper told BBC East Midlands Today. 

"They're the best results we've ever had as a school. 

"I shall be having a cheeky half tonight to celebrate."   

Your photos: August across Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It's been a misty and murky day across most of the region - one of those days when rain never seems far away.

River Wye in Bakewell
Fractus

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Fractus for this shot from Bakewell. 

Derby school sees GCSE improvement

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Well done all...

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Clough: I want us to retain our 'never say die' attitude

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's some essential listening ahead of the big match tomorrow night...

Countdown to Christmas

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Oh, and for those of you interested, there are 122 days until 25 December...

Council 'digging into reserves' to save Christmas

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The city council is using £35,000 of reserves to fund the lights. 

Christmas lights
BBC

A further £6,000 will come from the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District.

New Burton forward was BBC period drama actor

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

You learn something new every day...

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BreakingBrewers sign Miller

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Welcome to Burton, Will...

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Derby's Christmas 'will go ahead'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Christmas has been saved. 

Christmas lights
BBC

OK, I'm exaggerating a little. 

Derby's Christmas lights will now be switched on this year. 

The council had previously announced they wouldn't be put on as part of cost cutting efforts.

Sports Direct to hold 'open day' at Shirebrook

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Interestingly - in response to the various criticisms their working practices - Sports Direct is to hold an "open day" on Wednesday 7 September

Mike Ashley
Getty Images

"The purpose of the open day is to enable the board to engage with as many people as possible in an open discussion about the business," the firm said.   

Investors 'uncomfortable' with Shirebrook practices

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A group of some of the world's highest profile investors are urging Derbyshire-based retailer Sports Direct to overhaul the way it is run.

Mike Ashley
BBC

The Investor Forum is uncomfortable about the company's illegal underpayment of staff at its Shirebrook warehouse. 

Shoppers discouraged from feeding pigeons

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It's all going off in Burton.

Pigeon
AP Photo/Christophe Ena

Pigeons are "terrorising" the town with one bird snatching a bacon sandwich from a child, reports the Burton Mail.  

'National service' for Rams midfielder

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Big night to come for Will in Colchester...

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Butcher departure could signal new arrival

Joe Shennan

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Calum Butcher's departure not much of a surprise. Also suggests a new forward player could be arriving imminently.

Calum Butcher

League One club Millwall sign Calum Butcher from Burton Albion on a two-year contract.

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Praise for region's GCSE students

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Lots of happy faces...

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Rams star on BBC quiz show

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

If you are looking for something to do on your lunch break - how about last night's episode of A Question of Sport? 

A Question of Sport
BBC

Any particular reason you ask? 

Derby County forward Darren Bent joined Phil Tufnell's team to test his sporting knowledge. 

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening in our region: 

Students collecting exam results

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Burton and Uttoxeter MP tweets...

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Watch: Rams welcome green light for Moor Farm expansion

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's Derby County spokesman Paul Tyrrell giving his response to Erewash Borough Council's voting to back plans to extend the club's Moor Farm training ground in Oakwood.

Council votes in favour of Moor Farm expansion

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

After a seemingly never-ending battle, councillors have voted to allow Derby County to extend their Moor Farm training ground. 

The club says the work would help it reach the Premier League but the government will have the final say on any redevelopment plans.

Weather: Wet afternoon and end to the day

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Some heavy and possibly thundery rain is likely to arrive in the late afternoon and evening.    

BBC weather map
BBC

This could lead to tricky driving conditions and flash flooding with highs of 22C (72F). 

Mr Potato Head helps celebrate Team GB's success

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Belper's Mr Potato Head has had a bit of a makeover. 

Mr Potato Head
BBC

It's to celebrate Team GB hockey player Hollie Webb's gold medal. 

Head back to the classroom with these GCSE questions

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

If all this talk of GCSE results has whetted your appetite for taking an exam (unlikely, I know) then have a go at these questions.

I struggled with ICT and maths - but I'm expecting you to get full marks...

Region's students opening GCSE results

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Successful morning...

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Analysis carried out at stab attack hostel

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

These images of the police and forensic operation at the hostel have also just been released. 

Police and forensic vehicles
ROGER MAYNARD/AFP/Getty Images
More police and forensic vehicles
ROGER MAYNARD/AFP/Getty Images

Australia comes to terms with backpacker murder

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A number of tributes have been left to Mia outside the hostel in Queensland where she was attacked and killed.

Tributes to Mia Ayliffe-Chung
ROGER MAYNARD/AFP/Getty Images

GCSE results 'don't determine the rest of your life'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A Derbyshire county councillor has some sage advice on results day...

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Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening in our region: 

Suspicious 'tunnels' death sparks murder probe

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A murder probe has been launched after a man's body was found on remote moorland in Derbyshire.

Woodhead Tunnels
Gareth James

A 34-year-old man from Rotherham was found at the Woodhead Tunnels off the A628 on Monday.  

Watch: Today's weather outlook

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It was a scorcher yesterday - will it be the same again? Charlie Slater has the details...

Weather for the East Midlands on Thursday 25 August 2016

Watch: Mia's mother pays tribute

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's that statement from Mia Ayliffe-Chung's mother Rosie, being read out by her partner Stewart Cormack.