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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 1 March 2017
  2. Darley Park Concert set to return
  3. Shrovetide: Up'Ards win first day
  4. New talks in place for school support staff
  5. Police crackdown on phones at the wheel
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Khia Lewis-Todd

All times stated are UK

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

Weather: Heavy rain outbreaks

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

There will be outbreaks of rain will spread in from the south through the evening. 

Rain will be heavy at points and could turn to snow for a time but mainly over high ground.

Min Temp: 2C (36F).

Weather
BBC

Police phone crackdown continues

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Another driver in Derby on the phone at the wheel... 

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Banwait rants on Twitter with support staff

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Councillor Banwait yesterday found himself in the middle of a social media storm.

The city council leader took to Twitter to ask UNISON to call off this week's strikes, but a teaching assistant and UNISON member tweeted back.

Which then resulted in this...

Ranjit
BBC

Flood warning for River Trent

BBC Radio Derby

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the River Trent in Derbyshire. 

Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

They are advising people to be prepared.

Travel: M1 northbound reopen

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

If you are travelling this way, the lane has now reopened...

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Shrovetide Football: Ball still going for Down'ards

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

It's reaching Bernard Gadsby Close and it's still going the Down'ards' way...

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Adam Peaty races in USA

BBC Derby Sport

So it will be his first race in the USA Pro Swim Series...

Good luck!

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Your Questions: Does Derby have a rugby team?

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

David Hudson got in contact with Your Questions  to ask: Does Derby have a rugby team?

And the answer is yes they do.  Derby Rugby Football Club was officially formed in 1891/2, and they currently play in Midlands Division 3.

It’s likely Derby had been playing for a number of seasons before 1891 but this year is the earliest we know of any written evidence.

In June 2002 the club moved from Kedleston Road to the new clubhouse and grounds at Haslams Lane.

Derby Rugby Football Club
DRFC

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Clergy out in Derby for Ash Wednesday

Martyn Williams

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Today is Ash Wednesday, the day that for Christians marks the beginning of Lent.

In Derby this morning clergy were stationed at various points around the city centre, putting the mark of a cross in ash on people's foreheads. 

Ash Wednesday
BBC

Shrovetide Football latest

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Down'ards get the ball towards Clifton Road...

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale and J30 for A616.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J29a, Markham (Markham Vale) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

County Council website will be down this evening

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Shrovetide Football: Day two

Heather Burman

Journalist, BBC News Online

They're in the river again...

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Public invited to sign condolence book

BBC Radio Derby

Just a reminder that members of the public have been invited to sign a book of condolence for presenter Andy.  

Book of condolence
BBC

It is in BBC Radio Derby's reception, which is open weekdays from 09:00 until 17:00.  

Parliament honour for Burton Albion's cancer work

BBC Midlands Today

Burton Albion have been named the Football League's Community Club of the Year for the Midlands. 

The Brewers' pioneering work to get fans checked for prostate cancer was particularly commended by judges with the English Football League.

Burton Albion fans test positive for prostate cancer

Eleven of the 130 fans tested were referred to hospital for treatment as a result. 

Burton, along with the other five regional winners, will be honoured in Parliament on 6 March.

Watch: Action from Shrovetide Football 2017

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of day one of the famous football match.

Shrovetide Football: Kurt Smith goaled yesterday's ball

Matthew Barlow

BBC Radio Derby reporter

Kurt Smith with the ball he goaled yesterday and his friend Monty Lyon.

Kurt
BBC

Shrovetide Football: Not long now

Matthew Barlow

BBC Radio Derby reporter

People in Ashbourne in good voice, ahead of the second day's play...

Shrovetide football
BBC

Andy Potter remembered as 'a fine broadcaster'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Following the sad news on Monday of  BBC Radio Derby presenter Andy Potter's death  we are still being sent messages.

Ian Wood said: "I’ve just come to the awful news about Andy. I’m so sorry to hear this.

"Andy was a fine broadcaster and, though our paths didn’t cross a lot, I always found him engaging company."

Andy Potter
BBC

Director Turner leaves Chesterfield 'on good terms'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Chesterfield director of football Chris Turner has left the struggling League One club.

Chris Turner
Getty Images

Turner, who joined Chesterfield in 2011,  told the club website:  "I am very disappointed to be leaving Chesterfield, but I can understand the situation and I leave on good terms."  

Yorkshire president John Hampshire dies

BBC Derby Sport

The Yorkshire President and former England batsman John Hampshire has died, aged 76.

He played eight Tests for England and represented both Yorkshire and Derbyshire. 

John later became a successful Test Match umpire until his retirement in 2005.

John Hampshire
Getty Images

Police clampdown on phones at the wheel

Heidi Booth

Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

Today I joined Derbyshire Police who have been out enforcing the new laws for drivers who use mobile phones at the wheel.

In the short period I was with them, four people were pulled over for mobile phone usage.

Police
BBC

The new law will see the fine double to £200, plus six points on your licence.

Newly qualified drivers who are in their first two years of driving will have their full licence taken away, putting them back on a provisional. 

Twycross Zoo to re-home elephants

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Twycross Zoo has announced that it will re-home its four Asian elephants. 

Asian elephants
Twycross Zoo

The zoo said it hoped the move would allow the animals - all females - to breed.

Esha was the last baby elephant to be born at the zoo, in 2014, and she was conceived artificially.

The zoo said it would be working with the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme to arrange the transfer and the "receiving zoo".

Your Questions: How many times have Derby won the FA Cup?

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

David Hudson used Your Questions to ask: "How many times have Derby won the FA Cup?"

That's easy David - they won it back in 1946 at Wembley Stadium, beating Charlton Athletic 4-1.

Pictured below is Jack Nicholas, who was Derby's team captain in the final.

FA Cup 1946
Getty Images

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Nigel speaks to the media

BBC Derby Sport

Ahead of Saturdays game...

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New talks in place for school support staff

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

New talks are due to take place to try to find a resolution to the long-running pay dispute between striking school support staff in Derby and the city council. 

The conciliation service ACAS will attend tomorrow's negotiations.

Strike
BBC

It comes as the teaching assistants announce plans to extend this week's walkout by another five days, affecting dozens of schools.   

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J29 for A617 and J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale.

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J29a, Markham (Markham Vale), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

CCTV image released after pub burglary

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

This CCTV still has been released by the police after a burglary at the Greyhound Inn on Friar Gate in Derby.

Large amounts of cash and stamps were stolen along with three Acer laptops and a mobile phone.

CCTV STILL
Derbyshire Police

It's believed to have happened sometime between the evening of 3 February and the early hours of 6 February. 

Listen: Reaction from residents in Darley Abbey

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Here's how residents are feeling about the return of the concert...

Darley Park Concert given go-ahead by Derby City Council

Shrovetide: Up'Ards win first day

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

The Up'Ards have won the first day's play in Ashbourne's Royal Shrovetide Football. 

Kurt Smith was the man who goaled the ball at Sturston at around 20:20.

Shrovetide
Getty Images

The second game will commence when dairy farmer John Stubbs turns up the ball at 14:00.    

Banwait: 'We have listened to the people'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

The council leader Ranjit Banwait told us: "Classical musical is an absolutely wonderful experience. 

"We want to make sure that people can experience that in the city. It's only right it comes back to its home here in Derby. 

Ranjit Banwait
BBC

"Feedback we've got, and we have listened to the people, is they want it to come back to the city and they are prepared to pay for it."  

Police crack down on drivers using phones

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

From today tougher penalties will be in place...

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Darley Park Concert set to return

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Derby's Darley Park Concert is on the way back, but it'll cost you.

Derby City Council's proposing to charge £5 for adults to see the show but children will still be free.

Darley Park concert
Derby Live

It was cancelled in 2015 because the authority could no longer afford it but it said the charge would make it sustainable.  

Your pictures: Heavenly Heanor

BBC Weather Watchers

The sky is beautiful and bright this morning in Heanor.

Thank you to our Weather Watcher Heanor Weather Station for sending this in.

If you have any snaps send them our way here. 

Heanor
Heanor Weather Station

Travel: M1 northbound one lane closed

BBC Travel

M1 northbound lane closed on exit slip road due to broken down lorry at J30 A616 / A6135.

It looks as if there are no other major problems on the roads just general rush hour traffic.

East Midlands weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

And here's how it's looking today...

Welcome to today's live updates

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome along to March.

I'll be with you today with the region's news, sport, weather and travel across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire. 

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