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  1. Murder arrest after house 'stabbing'
  2. Ceramic poppies coming back to Derby
  3. Doubt over electrification of the Midland Mainline
  4. Refugee charity premises to be sold by city council
  5. Derby County v Barnsley tomorrow
  6. Updates for Friday 3 March 2017

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By Khia Lewis-Todd

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

BBC award-winning boxing club founder welcomed

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Last night, Derby welcomed Nottingham's Marcellus Baz at the Mighty Creative Gala, which was held at The Roundhouse.

Baz has been recognised for his work in the community and recently won the BBC Unsung Hero award.

Creative Gala
Switch Up

Last night's event looked at forming a partnership with Nottingham School of Boxing and Switch Up, giving local young people a wide range of opportunities in creative methods and sports.  

East Midlands weather update: Heavy rain overnight

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Tonight, it’ll be cloudy with further outbreaks of rain through this evening and overnight. 

The rain could be heavy at times, becoming patchier in the early hours.


'Illicit' tobacco and alcohol seized across counties

Rory Gallimore

BBC Radio Derby

More than 182,000 cigarettes and 43kg of "illicit" tobacco has been uncovered in Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) visited 43 retail premises across Derby and Burton-upon-Trent on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The visits led to suspected illegal tobacco and alcohol products being seized from 18 premises - including 97,845 cigarettes with an estimated value of £32,289.

Seized goods

A van and a car, that were found to contain suspected illicit cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco, were also seized by HMRC officers in Derby.

Missing Chesterfield man found

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Earlier on we told you about 33-year-old James Mohan, from Chesterfield, who went missing on Tuesday.

Derbyshire Police has now confirmed he has been found safe and well.

New measures after man's hand caught in police van door

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

New safety devices have been installed in police custody vans - after an arrested man's hand became caught in the door of a Derbyshire Police vehicle.

A man was detained in Dronfield for being drunk and disorderly on 6 June, 2015. He was handcuffed and put into a police van to be taken to Chesterfield Police Station, an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) spokesman said.

However, on arrival, it was discovered that one of the man's hands had got caught in the door. He required immediate hospital treatment and was later released without charge.

Police van

Following an IPCC investigation, it was concluded there was no case to answer for misconduct for any of the officers involved, but it became apparent during interviews with officers that none had received any formal training in placing non-compliant prisoners into caged vehicles.

The need for training in this area was accepted by the force, the IPCC said.

Police have now installed flexible finger trap covers on its caged van doors to prevent a similar incident happening again.

Charity walkers leave Yorkshire

About 40 Barnsley fans have left Yorkshire as they walk their way to Derby today.

Wet walkers

Their aim is to get to Derby by 14:00 tomorrow afternoon and watch their team play Derby County in the Championship.  

I hope they packed their raincoats, because it's been pouring down...

The group's raising money for the Campaign Against Living Miserably in memory of Ashley Salkeld, a Barnsley fan who committed suicide aged 25.

Preview: Derby County v Barnsley

BBC Derby Sport

Here's a preview of tomorrow's Championship game between Derby County and Barnsley. 

Darren Bent
Rex Features

Public invited to sign Andy Potter condolence book

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Just a quick reminder - members of the public are being invited to sign a book of condolence for presenter Andy Potter.

Andy Potter

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

Your photos: Upper Elkstone

BBC Weather Watchers

Our Weather Watcher snowyowl sent in this photo of heavy rain flooding the track at Upper Elkstone.

Upper Elkstone

Your comments: 'Hope to see them again though in Derby'


Earlier on we told you about Derby's iconic poppies coming back home, for an exhibition at the Silk Mill.

This attracted lots of comments on our Facebook , here are a few:

Trish Bott said: "Saw them in London, fantastic sight, hope to see them again though in Derby."

Wendy Thornton wrote: "About time! Looking forward to seeing them."

Phil Paula Brown added:" Went to Lincoln to see them they looked stunning."

Villa's Leandro Bacuna given ban after Rams match

BBC Derby Sport

Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna has been given a six-match ban following his sending off against Derby County last month.

Leandro Bacuna
Rex Features

Latest headlines across Derbyshire

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Here's what's been going on across the region:

  • Murder arrest after house 'stabbing'
  • Ceramic poppies coming back to Derby
  • Doubt over electrification of Midland Mainline
  • Derbyshire refugee charity warehouse to be sold by city council
  • Derby County v Barnsley

BreakingMurder arrest after house 'stabbing'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a 31-year-old man at a house in Allenton.

Derbyshire Police said they were called to a house in Allen Street last night at about 17:55 following reports a man had been stabbed.

The 31-year-old man was found with fatal injuries and pronounced dead at the scene.

The detained man, 41, is in police custody. 

Allen Street

Closure order granted for Eckington home

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A house in Eckington where tenants were suspected of carrying out drug related activity and anti-social behaviour has been closed by police. 

The closure of the property on Cedar Close was granted at Chesterfield Justice Centre on 23 February.

Eckington Close
Derbyshire Police

This follows a series of reports and complaints about drug related activity, public order and nuisance behaviour.

Your photos: Rainy Belper

BBC Weather Watchers

This photo from our Weather Watcher ScoobyJoo in Belper, just about sums up how miserable and wet today is across the region.


Missing Chesterfield man

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

James Mahon from Chesterfield, was last seen on Tuesday at 20:40, at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Derbyshire Police  are concerned on the whereabouts of the 33-year-old.

James Mahon
Derbyshire Police

Midland Railway Centre train vandalised

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A train carriage has been vandalised at the Midland Railway Centre in Ripley.

The carriage was sprayed with graffiti between 14 and 15 February.

Derbyshire Police

Twycross Zoo teaching elephants to walk into transport crates

Heidi Booth

Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

Earlier on in the week we told you about Twycross Zoo moving their Asian elephants elsewhere.

Twycross will now begin a year-long training programme to teach the herd to walk into a transport crate.

It's hoped they will breed and ensure the survival of the species.

Twycross Zoo

Today I caught up with the zoo's director of life sciences, Dr Charlotte Macdonald.

She said: "They are very attractive animals - because we have two females of reproductive age, plus a young female calf who will then become a breeder in the future.

"I think actually a few zoos will want to take them".

Scott Carson: 'Players need to take more responsibility'

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson believes the players need to take more responsibility for their recent poor run. 

Scott Carson
Getty Images

The Rams host Barnsley tomorrow without a win in six - they are now 10 points off the playoffs.  

You can hear more from Scott Carson in his interview here.

'It's very important that Derby celebrates the poppies'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Neil White, who's behind the exhibit, told BBC Radio Derby: "Paul Cummins at the art centre and the designer Tom Piper will make a very individual effort at the Silk Mill.

"I am absolutely convinced that lots of people will go."

Getty Images

"Not only people should come from outside. It's very important that the people of Derby celebrate the poppies."  

Travel: Large load on M1 towards Heanor

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

If you're due to travel on the M1 towards Heanor, expect delays as the police are assisting the move of a large load.

Delays are expected on the A38, A61 and A608.

Large Load
Derbyshire Police

Ceramic poppies coming back to Derby

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derby's iconic ceramic poppies, which were on display at the Tower of London, are coming home.

The Silk Mill will host an exhibition called the "Weeping Window" between 9 June and 23 July.

Ceramic Poppies
Getty Images

Many of the poppies were made in the city, and Neil White - who's part of the team behind the exhibition - said he believes it will be worth seeing.

'Without us it would impact on lots of other groups"

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Amy Sunshine, who is a volunteer at The Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity charity, said: "We work in conjunction with other charities across England and small grass roots groups and we all support each other.

"We are all part of a jigsaw. Without us it would impact on lots of the other groups as well as the refugees".

Amy Sunshine

Refugee charity warehouse to be sold by city council

Alex Blakemore

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

The Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity is under threat as the warehouse it currently uses to store donated goods is up for sale.

Derby City Council owns the building by the cattle market and have allowed the charity to use the space for free over the last 18 months.


The warehouse is used for volunteers to sort through donations which are then sent to Calais, Paris and Syria.

Will the Midland Mainline ever be electrified?

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

A damning report from Parliament has cast doubt over whether the Midland Mainline through Derby will ever be electrified.

East Midlands Trains

The project was put on hold in 2015 but the public accounts committee is urging the government to rethink the plan, after another scheme went over budget by £1.2bn in just a year.

Your photos: Wonderful Wingfield Manor

BBC Weather Watchers

A beautiful shot of Chesterfield's Wingfield Manor.

Thank you to our Weather Watcher Viki the Blue.

If you have any snaps send them our way here.

Wingfield Manor
Viki the Blue

East Midlands weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here's how today will look - don't forget your umbrella...

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 lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Travel: No major problems

BBC Travel

There are no major problems on the road this morning, just general rush hour traffic.

Join us for today's live news coverage

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome along to Friday across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

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

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