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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 8 March 2017
  2. Picture of alleged murder victim released
  3. Appeal to count Peak District hen harriers
  4. "Frustration" over lack of honesty box theft arrests
  5. Northern rail strike timetables released
  6. Rams draw against Preston
  7. Burton draw against Sheffield Wednesday
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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Weather: Breezy, dry night

Sara Blizzard

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A dry night with clear spells. Remaining breezy.

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Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Your pictures: Skies clear

BBC Weather Watchers

We're back to blue skies to end the day.

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Man wanted over travel agent robbery

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police have released a picture of a man they want to speak to in connection with a robbery at a Co-op Travel in Glossop.

Staff were allegedly threatened by two men and assaulted and a large amount of cash was stolen in July last year.

Ian Cunningham
Derbyshire Police

Ian Cunningham, 37, from Stalybridge, is currently wanted in connection with the robbery.

He has connections to Derbyshire, Manchester, Staffordshire and Cheshire and is also wanted on recall to prison.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

Co-op Travel
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Five people have been charged over the robbery on 29 July, including a 41-year-old man from Stalybridge, who's charged with robbery.

He's due to appear at Stockport Magistrates' Court on 20 March, alongside a 38-year-old man, from Hattersley, who's charged with assisting an offender, a 35-year-old woman, from Stalybridge and a 23-year-old woman from Mottram, both charged with Proceeds of Crime Act offences.

A 39-year-old man from Hyde was charegd with robbery and is due for a trial at Manchester Crown Court on 5 June.

Travel: A5111 delays

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

  • The A5111 southbound is very congested this rush hour
  • Look out for delays on the A453 southbound approaching J24 of the M1
  • Congestion also getting on to the M1 northbound at J24A from the A50

Flats owner sentenced for having no fire alarms

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The owner of two blocks of flats, which had no working fire alarms, put his tenants' lives at risks, a court heard.

Fire inspectors visited Brookview Court in Nottingham Road in 2015 after a tenant complained, Derby Crown Court heard yesterday.

They found there had been no working fire alarm system in the flats or common areas since 2007, there was defective emergency lighting and neither repairs nor a risk assessment were carried out after the visit.

Brookview Court
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Robert Reilly, 66, of Much Wenlock in Shropshire, admitted four fire regulation breaches and was sentenced to four months, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay costs of £3,000 at Derby Crown Court yesterday,  according to the fire service.

Area manager, Alex Johnson, said: “If a fire had broken out in any of the flats, due to the lack of a functioning alarm system, no alarm would have been raised. 

"Anyone discovering the fire would only have been able to raise the alarm by knocking on doors or pressing doorbells to rouse residents, by that time, any fire could have developed to prevent their escape down the only staircase."

Mummy takes 'cat nap' after tour

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Ever seen a cat mummy?

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I'd wager you can't unsee it now.  

Amber Valley MP 'nervous' over Midlands Engine

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

Hard to call it an "austerity budget", when public spending has increased by 4%, Amber Valley's Nigel Mills has said in the Budget debate.

Nigel Mills
BBC

And on the Midlands Engine, the Conservative MP said he feels "a bit nervous when I hear 'Midlands'" and hopes a fair proportion of strategy finds its way to the east of the region.  

O'Neil happy with Alfreton Town progress

BBC Derby Sport

The Reds manager says they've done well in his opening six matches.

Modern slavery arrests in Burton

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Two arrests have been made in the Burton area this morning as part of a nationwide investigation into human trafficking. 

It's being led by officers from Avon and Somerset who are concerned about possible modern slavery offences in nail bars.

They said they've identified four victims of the crime.

Electoral fraud accused in court

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man's appeared before magistrates in Derby this morning charged with 16 counts of electoral fraud. 

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PA

Chris Fernandez, 59, from Chaddesden, is accused of making false signatures on nomination forms during last year's local elections in the city, where he stood as a candidate for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. 

The Labour candidate was elected in the Darley ward , in which Mr Fernandez stood, receiving just 45 votes.

He made no plea and has been bailed to appear at Derby Crown Court on 5 April.

Travel: M1 clear

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Travel: M1 lane blocked

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Cannabis farm found in Mickleover

Rory Gallimore

BBC Radio Derby

Police in Mickleover have arrested two men, after finding a suspected cannabis farm. 

Officers arrived at a house on Crystal Close at around 12:50 where they found a "large amount" of the drug. 

A 26-year-old and a 28-year-old were arrested.

Inquest told of medication problems at prison

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The jury at an inquest into the death of a Foston Hall prisoner has been told it's easy to conceal medication at the jail. 

Karen Morris died after taking pills there in January 2015.

karen morris
West Midlands Police

A prisoner who knew the 33-year-old said prison staff get distracted when they're supposed to be monitoring pill taking as they have so many prisoners to see in a short space of time.

Derby Coroners Court also heard that Miss Morris never said she wanted to die and only took high levels of medication to get a "buzz". 

She died from high levels of the painkiller Tramadol. The inquest continues.

Brewers: 'A valuable point' - Irvine

BBC Derby Sport

Burton Albion's captain scored a screamer in the Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 draw.

Rams: 'Frustrating we didn't get second goal' - Vydra

BBC Derby Sport

The Rams striker scored his third goal of the season but Rams could only draw with Preston.

Weather: Brighter spells later

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Staying mainly dry and cloudy this afternoon with a few brighter and sunnier spells developing.

weather
BBC

Just the risk of an isolated shower across southern parts later.  

Top temperatures of 12C (54F).

Clot retrieval 'first' at PMQs

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

In the House of Commons earlier, Erewash MP Maggie Throup raises the serious issue of stroke treatment. 

Must be a first that the phrase "mechanical clot retrieval" has been used at Prime Minister's Questions...

Maggie Throup
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Budget: Pub rates discount 'rise not cut'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Shadow pubs minister (yes, a real thing) Toby Perkins has also been reacting to the news that the Chancellor is giving 90% of local pubs a £1,000 discount on their business rates bill.

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Business leaders gather for budget speech

Hannah Meredith

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Business leaders from across the East Midlands have gathered at PwC at Castle Donington to listen to Philip Hammond's first budget...

Business leaders from across the East Midlands
BBC

Budget: Chesterfield MP attacks NI increase

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Chancellor Philip Hammond has just announced a rise in National Insurance tax for the self-employed from 1% to 10%.

It will raise a net £145m a year, around 60p a week per self-employed person, he added.

Chesterfield's Labour MP tweeted...

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Steve McClaren

Derby boss Steve McClaren says his side's poor game management was the reason for their failure to beat Preston.

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Football: Burton 'defended magnificently' to get Sheffield Wednesday draw

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport Online

The Burton Albion manager, Nigel Clough, says his team "defended magnificently" as they held on for a draw in a gutsy away performance at Sheffield Wednesday. 

Jackson Irvine scoring
Rex Features

The Owls led after a bright start when keeper Jon McLaughlin allowed Ross Wallace's 30-yard strike to creep in.

But Jackson Irvine's fierce shot following a corner restored parity by the interval.

It was backs-to-the-wall at times and I thought we defended magnificently, to a man. We tried to be a threat but it's very difficult against quality opposition like Sheffield Wednesday. You can't play open, expansive football."

Nigel CloughBurton Albion manager

Police appeal over traffic lights hit-and-run

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A driver who hit another car from behind drove off without exchanging details, police have said.

It happened at lights in Ashby Road, Woodville, at about 17:45 on Wednesday 22 February.

ashby road woodville
Google

The black Alfa Romeo stopped for a red light when it was struck from behind by a black Volkswagen car.

The driver of the VW drove off in the direction of Woodville.

Police are looking for witnesses, particularly drivers with dash cam footage in the area at the time. They have only released details today.

Quality CCTV pictures snare burglar

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police have just told us about a man who was sentenced to seven months in a young offenders' institution after he was caught on camera burgling two properties in Derbyshire.

joshua joyce cctv
Derbyshire Police

At Derby Crown Court on Friday, Joshua Joyce, 20, of no fixed abode, admitted stealing cash and spirits from the New Bridge Inn in Shelton Lock in January and bikes and parts from a garage in Shardlow in February.  

joshua joyce cctv
Derbyshire Police

Both break-ins were caught on good quality CCTV.

Kate Bowyer from Derbyshire Police said: "This case really shows the benefit of CCTV as one of the crime prevention tools to help guard against this type of offence."

Appeal to count hen harriers in the Peaks

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

How many hen harriers are there in the Peak District?

The RSPB is asking wildlife fans for help in finding out as it relaunches its Hen Harrier Hotline.

There were only three successful nests in England last year but experts reckon there's enough space to provide habitats for around 300 pairs.

male hen harrier
RSPB

The birds of prey are in trouble largely because of illegal persecution as they can prey on grouse, the charity said.

Last summer the National Trust revoked a shooting lease in the Peaks after a "suspicious"  incident involving an armed man.

Amanda Miller, from the RSPB, said: “The past few breeding seasons have been disastrous for England’s hen harriers and sadly there appears to be no let up in the illegal killing and disturbance of these magnificent birds."

female hen harrier
RSPB

Male hen harriers are ash-grey with black wing tips and a wingspan of just under a metre.

Female hen harriers are slightly larger and look a bit like owls with a mottled brown plumage.

Robins frustrated by lack of wages

Ilkeston Advertiser

Ilkeston FC’s players will hold crunch talks with the club’s owner Nigel Harrop this week after it emerged that many haven’t been paid for up to three months.

Ilkeston FC
Ilkeston FC

Clough: Ward out for Forest game

BBC Derby Sport

Jamie Ward won't be returning to Forest when they play Burton on Saturday after picking up his tenth booking last night, according to Brewers manager Nigel Clough.

nigel clough
BBC

"Wigan vs Bristol City on Saturday is a huge game. We've got two games coming up at home which are massive for us, " he added at a press conference this morning.

Your pictures: Moody skies

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a grey day over Derbyshire. 

Here are the moody skies glooming over Heanor this morning.

heanor
Stoneyford View

Picture of stabbing victim released

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A picture of a man who was  fatally stabbed in Allenton on Thursday  has been released this morning.

Liam Pennick
Derbyshire Police / BBC

Liam Pennick was found dead at his home in Allen Street last week.

Derbyshire Police has apologised after initially giving his age wrong. He was 34, not 31 as reported yesterday.

James Eames, 41, of Allen Street, has been charged with murder.

Rail strike: Northern publishes revised timetable

Train operator Northern has published details of its revised timetable which is due to operate during industrial action on Monday 13 March.

Northern train
El Pollock

The RMT union announced strike action last month in a dispute over plans to bring in more driver-only-operated trains.  

Northern says it expects to run approximately 980 services, or about 40% of its normal timetable on many, but not all, of its routes in the north of England.

All services are expected to be extremely busy and the firm's advising customers to give themselves extra time to travel and consider whether their journey is necessary.

Richard Allan, Northern's deputy managing director, says: "We've focused our planning efforts on maintaining a train service on our busier routes between 07:00 and 19:00, and are looking to provide replacement bus services on some routes where trains won't run."

'Frustrated' over lack of honesty box theft arrests

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Remember this video of the theft of an honesty box from a farm near Kedleston Hall in January?

It's been viewed and shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook

There are clear images of the suspects' faces (despite the man's efforts to use a bag of potatoes to block the camera) and the car used.

But two months on, Derbyshire Police are yet to make any arrests.

James Burton, from Lane End Farm, said he's "very frustrated" at the lack of action so far.

"They're proper blatant about it - you would've thought it'd be straightforward: There they are, you've got the faces, you've got the car - do something about it," he said.

Police said they're looking into lines of inquiry members of the public have provided them with.

Other Derbyshire teams in action

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

In League One, Chesterfield lost 1-0 at Walsall to stay eight points from safety. 

Alfreton Town have their first win under new manager, Russ O'Neil. They beat Halifax 1-0.

Burton Albion 'having to work so hard'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Burton Albion held Sheffield Wednesday to a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough to extend their unbeaten run to five matches. 

Here's what Nigel Clough had to say...

Jackson Irvine's first-half volley was enough to keep Burton three points clear of the relegation zone.  

Rams draw against Preston

BBC Derby Sport

Derby County missed the chance to move within eight points of the Championship playoffs as they conceded a 95th minute equaliser in last night's 1-1 draw with Preston. 

Matej Vydra
Getty Images

Matej Vydra had put Derby in front in the second half. They are still tenth in the table.  

Travel: Lane blocked on A52

BBC News Travel

One lane is blocked on the A52 Brian Clough Way eastbound because of a broken down car.

It is blocked between Victoria Avenue and the M1 junction.

Weather for the East Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here's how it's looking this morning...

Travel: Pentagon Island delays

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

  • The A52 is very slow around the Pentagon Island in Derby
  • The A50 is congested approaching M1 J24a
  • M1 northbound between J23A and 24

Good morning: Join us for today’s live news coverage

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It's feeling a lot less Spring-like than earlier in the week but here are some daffodils at Tissington Hall to brighten things up a bit.

Tissington Daffodils
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