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  1. 'Dangerous' mobility scooter on busy road sparks complaint
  2. Derbyshire Police rated by HMIC as 'good' and 'outstanding'
  3. Sports Direct owner acquires struggling retailer
  4. 'Good news' in council budget - despite cuts and tax rise
  5. Shrovetide Football: Up'Ards win ancient game
  6. Updates for Thursday 2 March 2017

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By Khia Lewis-Todd

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

East Midlands weather update: Dry with risk of isolated shower

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Overnight, it will be dry with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells with a risk of an isolated shower.


World Book Day: Little Red Riding Hood in Mickleover

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Reagan Woolley, from Mickleover, was ready for her day as Little Red Riding Hood.

Little Red Riding Hood
David Woolley

World Book Day: Mary Poppins

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Doesn't seven-year-old Phoebe, from Allestree, look dashing dressed as Mary Poppins?

Mary Poppins
Alana Holmes

Derbyshire Police rated by HMIC as 'good' and 'outstanding'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Police has been graded as "good" and "outstanding" by inspectors.

A report by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) looked at four key areas which rated the force "good" in three and "outstanding" in one.  

They were rated as "good" at:

  • Preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe
  • Investigating crime and reducing re-offending 
  • Protecting the vulnerable and supporting victims

The force was rated "outstanding" at tackling serious and organised crime.


Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “It’s excellent that after years of cuts and austerity, and a reduction of 700 officers and staff, that our external inspectors have rated us in this way.

“We were rated as one of only two forces to be ‘outstanding’ in the HMIC legitimacy report in December and this reflects brilliantly on all our staff and officers."

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

World Book Day: Heanor's Little Red Riding Hood

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Five-year-old Niamh, from Heanor, looks the part dressed as Little Red Riding Hood.

Little Red
Lorna Wild

Sports Direct owner acquires struggling retailer

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

The owner of Shirebrook-based Sports Direct, Mike Ashley, has acquired struggling retailer Agent Provocateur out of administration.

Mr Ashley is set to pick up the firm, which has 10 stores in the UK and employs about 600 people, via a pre-pack administration.

The Newcastle United Football Club owner is thought to have beaten off competition for the retailer from another private equity firm, Lion Capital. 

The amount paid by Mr Ashley is understood to be in the region of £25m. 

Mike Ashley

Concern over number of laser incidents at East Midlands Airport

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

There have been 54 incidents involving laser pens and planes at East Midlands Airport last year, according to figures released by The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA).

Bottom of a plane

BALPA have said they want tougher punishments for what they have called the "incredibly dangerous" act of shining lasers at planes. 

If you want to read more about how dangerous lasers are to planes,  this BBC News article from February 2016 is well worth a read.  

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J29 for A617.

M1 Derbyshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

UNISON and Derby City council release statements after meeting disruption

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

Union UNISON and Derby City Council have released statements after last night's council meeting was disrupted by parents who are unhappy about the authority's ongoing row with school support staff  over pay and conditions. 

A UNISON spokesman said: "A group of parents from across Derby spoke out from the public gallery, making clear their concern about the council's approach to the school support staff dispute.

"Unfortunately, following the parents' protests, the council suspended the meeting and cleared the public gallery. 

"UNISON Derby City firmly believes that the feelings and concerns of parents should be listened to, and that their actions... are borne of frustration that they are not being heard. UNISON stands in solidarity with parents impacted by the dispute and shares their hope that the dispute can be brought to a swift conclusion that is acceptable to both sides."

Meanwhile, a council spokesman said: "The council is very disappointed that UNISON shows no inclination to end the strikes disrupting the education of Derby children. We completely understand and share the distress of parents affected by such action, which is being funded by the union.

"Once again, we ask UNISON to end this distress by suspending the strikes and working with us to find an achievable solution to the dispute."

Council leader waiting on £8m Assembly Rooms redevelopment bid

Rory Gallimore

BBC Radio Derby

Ranjit Banwait, the leader of Derby City Council, has said he's waiting to hear if the authority's been successful in its bid for £8m to redevelop the Assembly Rooms. 

The building has been empty since  it was hit by a fire in 2014.

Assembly rooms

Car fire at Kingsway retail park

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Some dramatic scenes of a car fire at Kingsway retail park - captured about an hour ago.

BBC producer Jessica Hunt said firefighters arrived and put out the fire within 10 minutes. She said drivers were "dashing" to move the cars that were parked next to the vehicle on fire. 

Car fire

Crackdown on drivers who 'did not get mobile phone memo'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Police have recorded two separate drivers on video not adhering to the law... 

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World Book Day: Mad Hatter


Nine-year-old Harry, from Spondon, as the Mad Hatter - is looking very cool.

Mark Blaney

Travel: Snake Pass reopened after snow forces closure

BBC Travel

The A57 Snake Pass is now reopen. It was closed earlier this morning due to snow.

Derbyshire County council has said the route is now "passable with care". 

World Book Day: Wonder Woman and 'Super Baby'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Two-year-old Evelyn aka Wonder Woman and 10-week-old Henry aka "Super Baby" - from Derby - are certainly looking the part.

Wonder woman and super baby
Mickila Milward

Watch: 'Dangerous' mobility scooter on busy road sparks complaint

Eric Simpson

BBC News Online

A motorist has complained to police after spotting a mobility scooter driving along a busy city ring road.

Linda Miller, of Littleover in Derby, recorded dashcam footage of the incident on the A601 and sent it to Derbyshire Police.

She filmed the footage returning home from a shopping trip with her husband on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said it was "not really an appropriate road to be using any motorised scooter on".

The ring road has a 40mph speed limit, although the scooter appeared to be travelling far slower than that.

Mobility scooter spotted on busy ring road

Mrs Miller, a retired phlebotomist, said : "We were just driving along coming around Derby where the A6 goes off, on the north side of Derby.

"I looked sideways and there was this mobility scooter tootling along in the far left-hand lane.

"It didn't have a licence plate. It just looked so dangerous. It's a bit of road where you've got a lot of cars coming on, and going off, across five lanes.

The Highway Code states scooters with an 8mph (12.9 kph) speed limit can be used on dual carriageways - with a speed limit of under 50 mph (80kmh) - but only if they have a flashing amber beacon.

World Book Day: Paddington Bear

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

How fabulous does "Paddington" look?

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Listen: Parents voice feelings at council meeting

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

After the meeting, some parents spoke to BBC Radio Derby about how the dispute has left them at "breaking point".

Listen: Parents voice feelings at Derby City Council meeting

'Balloon protesters' halt council meeting

Wesley Mallin

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Last night's Derby City Council meeting was brought to a halt after protesters and union members threw balloons from the public gallery.

They were angry about the school closures and strike action taken by school support workers in their dispute with the authority.


After the meeting, the council said it sympathises with parents and called on the union UNISON to end the dispute.    

Shrovetide Football: Kurt Smith bags winning goal

Matthew Barlow

BBC Radio Derby reporter

The only goal of the ancient game was scored by Kurt Smith (pictured here with friend Monty Lyon) at about 20:20 on Tuesday.

It took nearly and hour for the goal to be confirmed.


World Book Day: The Mad Hatter and Fantastic Mr Fox

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Charlotte Thornley has sent in photos of her Mad Hatter, Harry, aged seven, and Fantastic Mr Fox, Archie, aged five.

If your child is dressing up today, let us know via  emailFacebook  or  Twitter .    

Charlotte Thornley
Charlotte Thornley

'Boring design' sees council turn down plans for city centre Aldi

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Derby City Council has thrown out plans for a new Aldi building which could have created 40 jobs.

The budget supermarket would have been built on the corner of Uttoxeter New Road and Talbot Street in the city.

Getty Images

Last night the plans for the store were refused by the authority's planning committee - which cited traffic and road safety concerns, as well as a "boring design".  

A537 Cat & Fiddle cleared by plough teams

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

The A537 Cat & Fiddle has been cleared by plough teams and is "open" and "passable", Derbyshire County Council has said.

This was the scene earlier... 

A537 Cat & Fiddle
Derbyshire County Council

Travel: Delays in Kirk Langley due to two-car collision

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A two-car collision on Flagshaw Lane, Kirk Langley, is causing heavy traffic in the area, Derbyshire Police has said.

The force has urged drivers to avoid the area.

Famous names chosen to "turn up" ball

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Prince Charles and the late Nottingham Forest and Derby County football manager Brian Clough are among the famous names chosen to "turn up"  the ball in previous years.

Shop windows around the town were again boarded up ahead of the famously hard-fought contest.

Shrovetide Football
Getty Images

This year the honour fell to Dallas Burston, a former GP who became a businessman, and John Stubbs, a retired dairy farmer. 

Severe accident: A52 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A52 Derbyshire both ways severe accident, between B5020 Moor Lane and Church Lane.

A52 Derbyshire - A52 Ashbourne Road in Kirk Langley closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B5020 Moor Lane junction and the Church Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Shrovetide Football: Up'Ards win ancient game

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Play has ended in a mass game of football that has been played in a Derbyshire town for centuries.

Ashbourne's Royal Shrovetide Football game involves two sides competing to move a ball to posts at opposing ends of the town.

It takes place across fields, streets, car parks and waterways each Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.

The game was won 1-0 by the Up'Ards, who defeated the Down'Ards in the two-day event.

Getty Images

World Book Day: Your photos

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

How great do these three look? Thanks for getting in touch, Kat! 

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Council leader says there's 'good news' in budget - despite cuts and council tax rise

Wesley Mallin

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Derby City Council leader Ranjit Banwait said there's "good news" in the budget the authority passed last night - despite £10m of cuts and a council tax rise of almost 5%.

Ranjit Banwait

The council has pledged to make Derby the cleanest city in England by 2021 and to fix Duckworth Square and the Assembly Rooms.  

World Book Day: Send us your photos

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Today's the day parents put their costume design skills to the test... or pop out to the supermarket to buy a costume. 

Yes, you guessed it, it's World Book Day - a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, a celebration of reading.

Fantastic Mr Fox
Rachael Gilchrist

If your little bookworm is dressing up today, let us know by email , Facebook or Twitter

Severe disruption: M42 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A42 and J10 for A5.

M42 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 southbound between J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent) and J10, A5 (Tamworth).

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

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here is your weather forecast for Thursday... 

Your photos: Snow in New Mills

BBC Weather Watchers

Looks like snow is still around in parts of Derbyshire.

Thank you to Weather Watcher Birchvale Boy for sending this picture in this morning.

New Mills
Birchvale Boy

Travel: Queuing traffic on A38

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the A38 Kingsway roundabout causing delays between Abbey Hill and Ashbourne Road. 

Welcome to today's live updates

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome along to Thursday across Derbyshire. I'll be with you until later with the region's news, sport, weather and travel. 

It is also World Book Day, so if you are getting dressed up as your favourite character, get in touch  via emailFacebook  or  Twitter  and I'll share some of the best.