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Summary

  1. 'Clown with chainsaw' sparks police probe
  2. Ilkeston railway station open to the public on 2 April
  3. Derwent by-election polling begins
  4. Possible charge for city centre commercial vehicles
  5. Ilkeston FC players still waiting for payment
  6. Rise in ambulance staff off with stress
  7. Updates for Thursday 9 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: A dry and chilly night

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Tonight will be a dry and chilly night, with clear spells and light winds. However, cloud will gradually increase by the early hours.

Weather
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Neighbour brews up good deed for firefighters

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Firefighters from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service had a very pleasant surprise after being called to a hedge fire earlier today.

A "kind" neighbour brought them a cup of tea while they were working at the scene, the fire service said.

Cup of tea
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Sherwood Forest included in £392m 'Midlands Engine' plan

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Sherwood Forest is to receive investment as part of a the Midlands Engine scheme, which sets out a £392m government investment  to maximise the potential of the Midlands.

The plans will see £500,000 being spent on a new visitor centre at the Nottinghamshire attraction and improvements to existing walking and cycle routes.

Sherwood Forest
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Chancellor Philip Hammond made the announcement today in Dudley and said money would also go towards other projects in the East and West Midlands, including a £6m regeneration of Derby city centre and improvements to road connections around Loughborough.

Watch: The lowdown on the Derwent Dam

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

If you’ve ever been up to Derwent Reservoir for a midwinter walk, you might have seen the water cascading over the top of the dam in a great waterfall.

After heavy rain, it certainly makes for an impressive backdrop while you’re stretching your legs or walking the dog.

So how often does the Derwent Dam overflow, and where does all the water go?

We had a chat with some experts to get the details.

Appeal to trace schoolchildren after woman 'shouts racial abuse'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Police are trying to trace a group of schoolchildren after a woman was alleged to have shouted a racially aggravated term at them. 

Derbyshire Police said officers were called to Spring Gardens in Buxton just before 10:00 this morning after the woman was reported to have shouted the abuse. She was described as white, of large build, and wearing a yellow high visibility jacket. 

After officers arrived, a 23-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order.

Spring gardens
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Ilkeston to get railway station after 50-year wait

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

It's been 50 years since Ilkeston has had its own railway station after being axed by the Dr Beeching cuts in the 60s.

Building work was delayed on numerous occasions by great crested newts and flooding concerns , but it will open to the public on 2 April.

Here's a sneak peek of the station...

Ilkeston railway station
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Severe disruption: A515 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A515 Derbyshire both ways severe disruption, between Cubley Lane and B5033 Cockshead Lane.

A515 Derbyshire - A515 in Cubley closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Cubley Lane junction and the B5033 Cockshead Lane junction. Diversion in operation - local.

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

Your photos: Sunshine in Mam Tor

BBC Weather Watchers

This photo, taken in Mam Tor, is beautiful! 

Thank you to our Weather Watcher The Wendy House for sending this in.

Mam tor
The Wendy House

Toyota waiting on Brexit outcome before it builds Auris models

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

An unnamed senior executive at Toyota has said the company may delay a decision on whether to build its next generation Auris model in Derbyshire until it sees the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

Toyota
BBC

Toyota currently builds its Auris hatchback and family Avensis car at its Burnaston plant near Derby.

Derwent by-election polling begins

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Polling has started in the by-election for the Derwent ward in Derby.

It was triggered by the death of councillor Bill Wright over the Christmas period. 

Polls will close at 22:00 and the results will be published  here.

City Council
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East Midlands weather update: Bright with sunny spells

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Scattered cloud will build in places this afternoon, but there’ll still be plenty of bright and sunny spells. 

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Listen: Ilkeston captain looking for 'reassurance'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Hear what Ilkeston captain Matt Baker had to say on the players' long wait for pay earlier today...

Listen: Ilkeston FC captain Matt Baker looking for 'reassurance'

Police investigating after 'clown with chainsaw' approaches mum and child

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Police has confirmed it is investigating a report from a mother who said a clown with a chainsaw came towards her and her two-year-old son last night.

The mother - who posted about the incident on the Spotted Alvaston page on Facebook - said she had got out of her car with her son in her arms in Boulton Moor at about 20:00 when she heard an "evil laugh" and saw the clown head towards her. 

Alvaston
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New recruits needed to save marching band

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A marching band may soon be forced to close if they can't find new members. 

The Long Eaton Militaries have been recognised for their "upbeat musical arrangements" and have become well-known internationally after performing in Shanghai and "for royalty".

marching band
Long Eaton Militaries

The band currently has 12 members, but are struggling to recruit new members.

Colin Webster, the band's president, said if they can't find new musicians, the group could fold by the summer.

Listen: EMAS paramedic has taken time off for stress - twice

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Current East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) paramedic Alan Brooks has been in his job for 21 years and has had to take time off for stress twice.

He said at times, staff did not get their meal breaks until "nine, 10, 11 hours" into their 12-hour shifts which was one contributor to stress.

Man charged with several motor offences

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A man is due at Cannock Magistrates' Court this morning after being stopped by police while driving late last night and charged with a number of motoring offences, Staffordshire Police said.

Thomas Crump, 38, of Worcester Road, Stapenhill, was arrested and charged with driving whilst disqualified, using a vehicle on a road/public place without third party insurance; possessing cannabis and obstructing a constable in the execution of duty.

Cannock Magistrates
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Possible charge for city centre commercial vehicles

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Commercial vehicles such as buses, lorries and taxis with older diesel engines may be charged for entering Derby city centre.  

The government has said that Derby City Council has to cut emissions in the city by 2020.   

The council cabinet will discuss plans for a Clean Air Zone next week.

Taxis
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If you want to find out more information on Clean Air Zones in Derby, you can do so  here.

Ilkeston FC players still waiting for payment

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Players from Ilkeston Football Club are still waiting for their first payment since before Christmas, after the club failed to pay them again this week. 

The team captain Matt Baker said the players are losing patience.

Ilkeston FC
Google

There's been no comment from the club.   

Rise in number of region's ambulance staff off with stress

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The number of ambulance staff in the East Midlands taking time off due to stress and mental health problems has almost doubled in the past five years. 

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Figures obtained by BBC Radio Leicester found that 518 members of staff were off with stress and mental health issues in 2015/16.

This compares with 271 members of staff for the same reasons in 2011/12.

The union UNISON has said this rise in the number of people going off with stress is because of extra targets and a lack of resources.      

Paramedic
BBC

But East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has said it is doing all it can to support staff.

"We are committed to improving the level of support provided to staff who may experience stress and have introduced measures to ensure that help is provided as promptly as possible," an EMAS spokesman said. 

Travel: Queuing traffic on the A38

BBC News Travel

Luckily, there's only one traffic item to tell you about, and that's about queuing traffic on the A38 Kingsway roundabout.

Your photos: Heanor sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

A beautiful sunrise in Heanor, captured early this morning by our Weather Watcher Stoneyford View.

Heanor
Stoneyford View

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Good morning: Welcome to today's live updates

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

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

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

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