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Summary

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

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By Alex Smith

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Live updates for Derbyshire have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.    

Weather: Cooler night expected

BBC Weather

A mainly dry and slightly cooler night with a few mist or fog patches forming towards dawn.  

Snake surprise for Severn Trent staff

Severn Trent Water encountered this snake at Carnfield Sewerage Pumping Station.

Snake
Severn Trent Water

The firm said: "With some extra care and attention it was set free unharmed."

Airport 'set to see 90,000 passengers'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

East Midlands Airport is preparing for one of its busiest weekends of the year - with more than 90,000 passengers expected to travel through it this bank holiday weekend.

Off anywhere nice? 

East Midlands Airport
Google

'Large amount of gold' stolen in burglary

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A "large amount" of gold jewellery has been stolen after a house in Kenilworth Avenue, Normanton, was burgled yesterday afternoon between 13:45 and 15:50.

Six gold necklaces, five gold rings, eight gold earrings and 13 gold bangles were among the items stolen. 

New dog features in police recruitment drive

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Today is National Dog Day - because no day is sacred. 

Derbyshire Police have been showing off their newest recruit, Skye, in a bid for people to "follow her lead" and join the force.

I think the whole world sees what you did there, Derbyshire Police...

Skye
Derbyshire Police

'Mystery judges' to visit Food and Drink finalists

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Each establishment will be visited by mystery judges, who will assess them on food, drinks, overall atmosphere and customer service.

Marketing Derby managing director John Forkin said the finalists were whittled down from more than 2,200 nominations.

I am truly envious of those judges... 

Derby Food and Drink Awards finalists revealed

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in October.

Derby Food and Drink Awards graphic
Marketing Derby

'No pigeon motive' behind benches removal

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

However, the shopping centre has said the main reason for removing the benches was not to tackle the pigeon issue, but to make the church adjacent to the entrance more accessible. 

Mo' benches mo' (pigeon) problems

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

I'm sure plenty of you will have seen a report from the Burton Mail about pigeons "terrorising" the town - with one bird snatching a bacon sandwich from a child.

Well, BBC Radio Derby has been out to talk to shoppers - who say fewer benches will mean fewer pigeons.

Seating outside Coopers Square Shopping Centre has been removed after it was reported people were sitting on the benches and feeding birds.

Pigeon
AP Photo/Christophe Ena

'So, the thing is, boss...'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Right, that's my excuse sorted for a lovely four-month break...

Rams fan trying to reclaim record

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

One of the many fans that will be in attendance at tonight's Burton v Derby match will be Ed Wood, a Derby County supporter originally from Quarndon. 

He is trying to reclaim the record for seeing a league match at every English football league ground in the fewest days - and has taken four months off work to try to win it back.

Mr Wood held the record more than 20 years ago.

Ed Wood
BBC

Police release 'distinctive helmet' image

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a Co-op have released a stock image of a "distinctive helmet" worn by one of the suspects.

The helmet is a RST Cobra Vent red and silver helmet with some black detailing in the pattern. It has the RST logo in the centre above the visor and has silver stars on it.

It was worn for the duration of the robbery by one of two men who demanded cash and cigarettes from staff at the Co-op, in Draycott Road, Sawley.

RST Cobra Vent red and silver helmet
Derbyshire Police

Injured friend 'still in shock'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

In a Facebook posting, Mr Porter (below) said: "I'm truly devastated and heartbroken about what has happened and I'm still in shock. 

"Never thought I'd be heading back through that airport without Mia. I'd appreciate if everyone just gave me some time to myself for a while and I will get through all my inbox gradually."

Chris Porter
Facebook

Injured friend 'devastated' after backpacker death

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A friend of a backpacker who was stabbed to death has spoken of his devastation after being caught up in the attack.

Chris Porter, from Kent, has been discharged from hospital after reportedly damaging both ankles when he jumped from a second-storey window to flee the knifeman.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung (below), 21, was killed in the attack at the Shelley's Backpackers accommodation in Australia.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung
Facebook

Smail Ayad, 29, has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of serious animal cruelty and 12 counts of serious assault. 

His case was adjourned after he failed to appear in court as "he had caused a disturbance".

Your views: Council are 'pathetic'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Julia has got in touch over the Christmas lights saga.

"The powers that be at Derby City Council are pathetic," she writes.

"There is an old expression….'first impressions last'. When folk approach a town/city, the first impressions stay in the memory.

"A small investment in flowers/Xmas lights brings its own rewards. Anyone seen Ilkeston's Xmas lights? People flock into the town to see them."

Thanks for getting in touch, Julia. Anyone else agree/disagree? Here's the email again.

Traders 'unhappy' after Christmas lights U-turn

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

As we reported yesterday, the Christmas lights in Derby are now going to happen - but the St Peter's Quarter area of the city won't have as many, and shop owners are not pleased.

Derby City Council previously said it couldn't afford the lights, but now said it will pay £35,000 from its "reserves".

Who else would love a cool £35,000 just sitting around in "reserves"? And what were they saving it for? Let me know your thoughts.

Christmas lights
BBC

Two murder arrests after moorland body find

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of Craig Nelson - also known as Craig Preston - was discovered on the moors off the A628 at Woodhead Tunnels.

Mr Nelson, 34, from Wath-Upon-Dearne, Rotherham, was found on Monday at about 11:00.

Craig Nelson
South Yorkshire Police

A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of head injuries.

A 41-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were arrested in Sheffield and remain in custody.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

  • Backpacker murder accused's case adjourned
  • Football club to play after suspension
  • Owen Smith says Labour has 'zero chance' with Jeremy Corbyn
  • Burton take on close rivals Derby County

Burton Albion v Derby County preview

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Here's more on tonight's clash between the Brewers and the Rams - the first-ever competitive match between the sides, despite just 13 miles separating them.

Within the piece, it's reported that Burton Albion captain John Mousinho is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

That name reminds me of a certain Special One...

Jose Mourinho
Getty Images

'The real Mr Potato Head' reacts

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Whoever has done this, well played. Well played indeed. 

'Potato head' Facebook comment
Facebook

Travel: Overturned lorry closes two M1 lanes

BBC Travel

Heads-up - an overturned lorry and the subsequent recovery work has closed two lanes on the M1 northbound between junction 28, A38 (Alfreton) and Tibshelf Services. 

Overturned lorry
Highways England

Football's coming home - to Ilkeston

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Ilkeston Football Club has announced its season will finally get underway tomorrow against Ashton United after the club's licence was suspended for not paying creditors.

The club said they are "excited" to have football back at the New Manor Ground.

East Midlands weather update: Yellow warning tomorrow

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Tomorrow will see a dry start but showers will move up from the south in the afternoon with the potential for heavy, thundery downpours in the evening.

There's a yellow warning for heavy rain from the Met Office to cater for this as tricky driving conditions and flash flooding are a possibility.

Belper spud tribute delights hockey star

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Footage of robbery released

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Police has released some shocking footage of two knife-wielding men robbing a Co-op in Draycott Road, Sawley, on Tuesday night.

The men threatened staff and took cigarettes and money from the till before leaving on "some sort of motorbike" at about 22:00.  

As part of the investigation, police are trying to trace a man who went into the Tamworth Road Co-op, in Long Eaton, at around 21:45 that evening and told staff there were two men acting suspiciously outside.  

Rivals Burton and Derby set for 'A38 derby'

BBC Sport

Nearby rivals Burton and Derby County will face each other tonight at 19:45 in what's been dubbed the "A38 derby".

Neither side has made an impressive Championship start, with the sides in 18th and 16th place respectively.

Burton v Derby graphic
BBC Sport

Travel: Spots of congestion around city

BBC Travel

Maybe don't head to these places for your lunchtime meal deal...

There's heavy traffic on the A38 northbound in Derby between Kingsway Island and Markeaton Island as well as slow traffic on the A52 Brian Clough Way inbound in Derby at the Pentagon Island.

'Jam' Corbyn 'can't lead'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

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First bread and butter, now jam...did Owen Smith have a big scone this morning?

Doidge v Smith: The (Rolls-Royce) Rumble in the Jungle

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Owen Smith's assuring the crowd he can handle himself with the media...ten minutes until I interview him (cracks knuckles).

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

  • Murder accused 'disturbance' delays appearance
  • Labour candidate Owen Smith visiting Rolls-Royce
  • Man discovered dead on moorland named
  • Burton take on close rivals Derby 

'Eject Jeremy'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

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He could be talking about anyone called Jeremy...

'Zero chance' with Corbyn in power

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

"He may have views, but I'm not sure he understands bread and butter issues," Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith has also lamented the "incredible decline" in manufacturing which Labour "didn't fight enough" and asked: "Why are we are accepting of the idea we can't have an A&E department in the community where we live?"

What do you think? Drop us a line.

Owen Smith speaking in Derby
BBC

'Audience of 40' to see Owen Smith

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

It's a low-key event, with an audience of about 40 people. But Owen Smith's campaign is hoping they're an influential 40 who will spread the message on the shop floor and in the community.

Owen Smith
BBC

D-Day for football club

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A decision on the future of Ilkeston Football Club will be made today.

Ilkeston Football Club had been charged for not playing their Northern Premier League fixtures, despite being suspended before the season started.

The club had their licence suspended by the league for not paying creditors, and competition officials say they have yet to see evidence of payment.

National League ball
Empics

After receiving the suspension on 11 August, the club said that debts owed were being chased, with reports suggesting they would receive a sell-on fee from the sale of former striker Che Adams from Sheffield United to Birmingham City.  

'Not snarky' questions welcome

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Get your questions in for our political reporter...

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Owen Smith at Derby's Rolls-Royce today

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith is visiting Rolls-Royce in the city today.

His opponent and party leader Jeremy Corbyn was in the city last week - and both went head-to-head in Nottingham recently, where they *excelled in an impromptu popular culture quiz.

*dramatically floundered

Owen Smith
BBC

Moorland murder victim named

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A man whose body was discovered on moorland has been named as Craig Nelson, also known as Craig Preston.

The 34-year-old, from Wath-Upon-Dearne, Rotherham, was found at the Woodhead Tunnels off the A628 on Monday.

Post-mortem tests found he died from head injuries and Derbyshire Police has launched a murder investigation.

Craig Nelson
South Yorkshire Police

East Midlands weather: Bright and 'pleasant' Friday

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Friday's weather for the East MIdlands

Mia's cause of death revealed

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A post-mortem carried out on Miss Ayliffe-Chung found her cause of death to be multiple stab wounds.

Police have confirmed Mr Ayad shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the attack but said there is no indiciation that radicalisation or political motives were involved.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung
Amy Browne/PA Wire