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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 8 September 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00

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By Alex Smith

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Our live updates for Derbyshire have now ended but we'll be back tomorrow with all your news, travel, weather and sport from 08:00.   

Weather: Chance of some overnight rain

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There'll be mostly clear skies at first this evening, though the cloud will return towards the early hours of the morning, bringing the chance of occasional rain with it.

There will also be moderate or fresh southwesterly winds.

Minimum temperature of 15C (59F). 

Paralympics 'will be tougher than ever'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Former International Paralympics Committee (IPS) chairman Chris Cohen, from Alfreton, said the Paralympic Games - which kicked off last night - will be tougher than ever.

"Once the sport starts, people will realise that this is actually as good, if not better, than London because the quality of the athletes has improved over the four years," he said.

"We look at some of the British athletes and they've got much more competition than they had four years ago." 

Paralympic Games
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Video tells students how to be safe

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Police and Derby University have teamed up to offer students some advice on how to stay safe in the city.

If you ignore the fact these people act in a more wooden fashion than Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator films, this is a useful piece of video...

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CCTV released after 'gold chain robbery'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Officers investigating the robbery of a gold chain in Derby have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to.

The 21-year-old victim was walking past shops at the bottom of Green Lane when the robbery occurred at 13:00 on 3 August.

One of two men grabbed the victim's gold chain, before the second man threatened him with violence if he did not hand it over. The men then ran off up Green Lane and turned on to Crompton Street.

CCTV still - gold chain robbery
Derbyshire Police
CCTV still - gold chain robbery
Derbyshire Police

Pearson: Hughes 'to be assessed'

BBC Sport

Pearson also revealed midfielder Will Hughes picked up "a knock" on international duty and will be assessed before Saturday's game. 

Nigel Pearson
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Rams boss 'confident' results will change

BBC Sport

Nigel Pearson has faced the press ahead of Derby County's Saturday evening clash against Newcastle United.

It's been a bad start to the season for the Rams - who are languishing in 18th place with just five points from five games.

But Pearson has said: "I'm confident results will start to change. This is a big game for us. I expect a good team performance."

Nigel Pearson
BBC Sport

County one of best for 'bargain beer'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Derbyshire has been named as one of the best counties in the country to grab some "bargain beer", according to the 2017 edition of The Good Pub Guide. The average price for a beer in the county is £3.29. 

Pint of beer
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Many would say that isn't a good thing. What say you?

Hundreds of fish die in Uttoxeter brook

David Lumb

BBC News Online

More than 1,500 fish have died in a Staffordshire brook where pollution's been found. 

The Environment Agency says it received reports on Monday of a problem at Picknall Brook in Uttoxeter and found pollution which had spread into the River Dove.

Picknall Brook
Google

The agency says the pollution came from what it calls "an agricultural source" and has now cleared. 

It says it is considering whether to take legal action.

Two accused of 'running brothel' remanded

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Two women accused of running a brothel in Derby have been remanded in custody after appearing in court today.

Junkasam Chaipikum, 31 and Srisuda Krongkrathok, 36, of no fixed abode, were charged with acting or assisting in the management of a brothel after being arrested in James Close (below).

They will next appear - via video link - at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on 16 September.   

James Close
Google

Arrest after clothing store burglary

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A man has been arrested after a burglary at a clothing store in Derby.

Derbyshire Police believe three men were involved in the burglary, which occurred on 5 July between 05:30 and 05:45 when someone forced the gate at 80s Casual Classics in Sadler Gate and smashed the glass door to get in.

One burglar took a large amount of clothing before cycling off. Another two men stood to watch outside, the force added.

The detained man, 28, has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

'Three or four below Z'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The tale has a bittersweet taste, however, as the Beeston couple were handed devastating news in 2015 that Ms Chappell has incurable breast cancer.

Instead of wedding gifts, the couple have requested donations towards the cost of a relaxing space for Ms Chappell.

Both have been touched by the community's support - which has seen donations hit £2,350.

Tim Pollard with councillor Ian Malcolm
Nottingham City Council

Mr Pollard said: "I have no pretensions. I know that if there is a letter of the alphabet three or four below Z, that's the list I'm on.

"I'm a middle-aged man with a dressing-up box, but it astounds me that people are so interested, caring and thoughtful."

Robin Hood to finally wed Maid Marian

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Nottingham's official Robin Hood and Maid Marian are set to tie the knot in Derbyshire.

Tim Pollard (left), 52, and university lecturer Sally Chappell, 39, met after Mr Pollard asked Ms Chappell to be his Maid Marian more than 10 years ago.

The pair have a two-year-old daughter, Scarlett, and will be getting married later this month in Buxton.

Tim Pollard and Sally Chappell
Tim Pollard

'Catastrophic fish kill incident' remembered

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Bake Off Andrew's on a roll

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Along with his baking skills, it looks like Andrew Smyth has a pretty good sense of humour too.

Then again, based on his earlier puns, are we really that surprised? 

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'Unique F1 lamp' stolen

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A "unique" lamp made from a Formula One gear box is among a number of items that have been stolen from a house in Hasland.

Between 12:00 and 14:30 on Saturday, a burglar broke into the house by forcing open a back door.

The lamp - along with a Rolex and Breitling watch, a Bose sound unit and five motorcycle helmets - were stolen.

The thief would have needed a vehicle to transport everything they took, Derbyshire Police said.

Zero hours contracts 'misunderstood'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

That's the view of Scott Knowles, chief executive at East Midlands Chamber.

"Zero hours contracts provide a flexibility that works for both employers and individuals, particularly now that exclusivity clauses have been removed," he said.

"Much of the negativity surrounding zero hours contracts is based on a misunderstanding of the role they play in creating and protecting jobs. They are a vital part of a successful jobs market."

Zero hours contracts graphic
BBC

What do you think? Let me know.

Dame Esther Rantzen: Findings 'deeply disturbing'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Dame Esther Rantzen, president of Childline, said: "It is crucial that we ask ourselves why children in this country feel so lonely, and so desperate, that they have to turn to Childline for help and support."

Dame Esther Rantzen
BBC

Young people 'can feel better'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Hazel attempted suicide after being sexually abused at the age of 11.

"If you're struggling with these feelings...my advice would be you've absolutely lived through the worst of it, and you can feel better," she said. 

Child depression
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Increase in suicides among young people

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Childline dealt with record levels of children talking about suicide, according to the NSPCC.

The national charity's service dealt with 19,481 contacts from young people - more than double the number five years ago. 

Hazel, 40, from Derby, attempted suicide as a teenager. 

Depression
BBC

Travel: Delays on the A52

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A52 Painter's Lane in Yeldersley between the Lady Hole junction and the Rough Lane junction.

Otherwise (fingers crossed), it's all clear on the roads of Derbyshire...

'Lots of equipment' at empty £8.6m college

Martyn Williams

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

There are lots of pieces of equipment already in place ready to be used by students who will not be attending this college. It won't because, we understand, of low pupil recruitment numbers. The opening date has been pushed back and back, presumably because of this lack of interest. 

It was supposed to open almost a year ago, then there was a big review into its future and a decision was made not to open at all. 

Burton and South Derbyshire University Technical College
BBC

Region has highest proportion of zero hours workers

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The number of people on zero hours contracts has risen - according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

They show the East Midlands had the highest proportion of workers without a guarantee of a minimum number of hours between April and June 2016.

The region had 83,000 people on zero hours contracts, making 3.6% of people in employment. 

Man stacking shelves
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College costing £8.6m 'will never open'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Despite costing £8.6m, Burton and South Derbyshire University Technical College will never open.

The Department for Education said approval had been withdrawn following "low pupil recruitment numbers" making the project "financially unviable for the taxpayer".

I wonder how many public services would have benefitted from £8.6m...

Burton and South Derbyshire UTC
BBC

Two women accused of 'running brothel'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Two women have been charged with the alleged running of a brothel in Derby.

Officers went to James Close after reports of nuisance behaviour and suspicious activity at the address "at different times of the day".

James Close, Derby
Google

Junkasam Chaipikum, 31 and Srisuda Krongkrathok, 36, of no fixed abode, were arrested at the scene yesterday and later charged with acting or assisting in the management of a brothel.

They will appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court today.

Corbyn attacks 'contemptuous' Sports Direct

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Even the usually diplomatic Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has had a pop at Sports Direct and Mike Ashley at a campaign rally in Nottingham.

"I had a bit of a chuckle to myself when I was watching the born-again socialist of Mike Ashley on the television last night, saying that he had learnt lessons from what happened in Shirebrook," he said. 

Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

"Shirebrook and Sports Direct are a symptom of a malaise in our society in the way in which we have a lack of respect for people doing vital and important jobs, who are underpaid, under-represented and treated with contempt."  

Bake Off contestant 'works at Asda'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

It's not been all shiny breads and praise for Derby's Andrew, as his attire attracted a number of comments on social media - namely about his apparent allegiance to a supermarket giant...

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'Eddie Bread-Mayne'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Andrew told us this morning that watching the episode back was "stressful".

"Last night especially, because at the end of the bread challenge I remember being rushed trying to get that basket together," he said.

"I was kind of sweating in the chair feeling quite stressed watching it back."

Andrew Smyth's bread basket
BBC

He also revealed he had not been called a "Gingerbread Man" by anyone yet - but had been anoited with the less predictable tag of "Eddie Bread-Mayne", named after the actor.

Derby Bake Off contestant rises to the occasion

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Rolls-Royce aerospace engineer and Bake Off contestant Andrew Smyth, from Chellaston, impressed once again in last night's episode - which marked the show's bread week.

Mr Smyth received praise from judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry for his creative bread basket. 

Andrew Smyth
BBC

Burton boss nominated for manager award

BBC Sport

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough has been nominated for the Championship Manager of the Month award for August.

Clough has guided Burton to seven points from their first five matches, including victory over Sheffield Wednesday and a famous win against close rivals Derby County.  

Nigel Clough
BBC Sport

Sports Direct AGM summary

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

So, to sum up the events from yesterday's annual general meeting (AGM) at the firm's headquarters in Shirebrook...

  • Chairman Keith Hellawell (below) offered to resign but was asked to stay by investors and Mr Ashley
  • Mr Hellawell said he will leave after next year's AGM if investors vote against him
  • A majority of independent shareholders voted against keeping Mr Hellawell as chairman  
  • Mr Ashley asks for "time" to regain the confidence of investors
Keith Hellawell
Reuters

Ashley: If I fail, I will go

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has said it will be best for him to go if he fails to fix the company.

"In the end if I keep failing and keep failing and keep failing, it'll be best for everybody if I go - but give me some time to see if I can fix the problems first," he said.  

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Appeal after grid left on railway tracks

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for information after a heavy metal grid was left on railway tracks in South Derbyshire.

The line at Gresley Tunnel near Swadlincote was scattered with items including the grid. 

Officers, who called the potential consequences "unthinkable", want to speak to five teenagers seen near the site last Thursday.

Metal at Gresley Tunnel near Swadlincote
BBC

Travel: Vehicle fire partially blocks A52

BBC Travel

For those of you already in work - breathe a sigh of relief...

A vehicle fire has partially blocked the A52 Brian Clough Way in Derby with heavy traffic at the Pentagon Island.

There's also slow traffic on the A38 Kingsway southbound between Markeaton Island and Kingsway Island as well as slow traffic on the A38 southbound in Little Eaton at Little Eaton Island. 

Ashley: 'I've been to the casino'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Mr Ashley, who also owns Newcastle United Football Club, walked into his own PR nightmare in a moment that BBC reporter Joe Miller described as an attempt at a "perfectly orchestrated piece of corporate theatre".

The Sports Direct founder was showing reporters the firm's routine search procedure - and proceeded to whip out a wad of £50 notes from his pockets. 

"I've been to the casino," he quipped. 

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Maybe it was the Moussa Sissoko money still burning in his pocket?  

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Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Morning, Derbyshire.

Last night I dreamed I was drowning in one of those giant Sports Direct mugs... which gives you an insight into what was going on yesterday!

Sadly, the firm's majority shareholder Mike Ashley is the gift that keeps on giving so look out for updates on him, other news, sport, travel and weather.

Send me an email if you want to share your most memorable dreams/nightmares, or you can get in touch via Facebook or Twitter