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  1. Updates for Wednesday 15 March 2017
  2. Prescription error 'may have caused woman's death'
  3. Derbyshire Police told to improve stop and search record-keeping
  4. Ancient bridge to get electronic weight signs
  5. Cat found tied in a bag in field
  6. Man hopes book on father's suicide will end stigma
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Gavin Bevis

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Today's updates have now finished. We'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday.

Weather: Clouds to arrive overnight

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Largely clear skies with a few patches of cloud through this evening. Overnight skies will begin to gradually cloud over from the west. A few patches of hill fog in prone spots with lows of 7C (45F).

Derbyshire Police involved in election expenses probe

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

The Crown Prosecution Service has received files from 11 police forces - including Derbyshire - relating to general election expenses in 2015, a spokesman said.

Staffordshire Police have told the BBC they have also sent a file to the service.

The probe into the Conservative Party's battle bus campaign in the 2015 contest is examining whether strict spending limits in target seats were breached.

Man wanted over Derby attack

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police say they want to speak to this man - Nathan Brandy - about an assault in Derby last month .

The 33-year-old has strong connections to the Nottingham area. Anyone with information is urged to call 101.

Nathan Brandy
Derbyshire Police

Severe accident: A617 Derbyshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A617 Derbyshire eastbound severe accident, between B6425 Hassocky Lane and M1 J29 affecting A61.

A617 Derbyshire - A617 in Heath closed and queuing traffic eastbound between the B6425 Hassocky Lane junction and Chesterfield, because of an accident involving five vehicles. Congestion to the A61 junction.

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

Brewers forwards in race for fitness

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Burton Albion will wait on the fitness of Marvin Sordell, pictured, and Luke Varney ahead of the visit of Brentford on Saturday.

Both strikers were substituted through injury during the win over Nottingham Forest. 

Marvin Sordell
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Keogh set for Forest comeback

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County captain Richard Keogh has welcomed the arrival of new manager Gary Rowett. 

The defender, who has played under seven different managers since joining the Rams, has also declared himself fit for the trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday after missing the previous three matches through injury. 

Richard Keogh
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Derby serial sex attacker could be night worker

Derby Telegraph

A serial sex attacker who has brought terror to the streets of Derby could be a night shift worker , according to an expert.

Cannabis found and sword confiscated

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Sinfin has one less sword as of this morning...

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Sports Direct brands pay report 'fake news'

BBC Business News

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct has criticised a shareholder lobby group, accusing it of "fake news" for claims regarding its executive pay ratios.

The Shirebrook-based firm says a PIRC (Pensions & Investment Research Consultants) report wrongly states the firm has a chief executive-to-average-employee pay ratio of 400:1.

Mike Ashley
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Such a ratio would be the second highest in the FTSE 350.

But the retailer says the PIRC figures include a bonus that was never paid, and a "true ratio" would be about 9:1.

Your comments: 'Bagpuss' dumped in field


More Facebook response to our story about a cat being put in a bag and dumped in a Burton field.

Karen O'Donnell said: "This makes my blood boil."

Brian Gamble posted: "I hope she finds a good home and soon."

Your pictures: Blue skies in Derbyshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's how Ladybower's looking today. Pic by Cloudspotter.

Ladybower Reservoir

Prescription error 'may have caused woman's death'

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

An inquest has heard how a Codnor woman could have died as a result of a prescription error. 

Kymberley Holden, 27, was a dispatch officer for East Midlands Ambulance Service and was described by her boyfriend and father as a "bubbly young woman".

Eleven months before she died, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and the condition was so severe, she was using a wheelchair because she'd lost the use of her right leg.

We heard from her boyfriend that on the night she died in November 2014, she'd taken three doses of a strong liquid painkiller in the afternoon and evening to help her cope with the pain.

She went to bed at about 23:00, and a few hours later, her boyfriend woke to find her collapsed, lying on the floor and not breathing.

Kymberley Holden
Family photo

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as an oxycodone intoxication and Devic's disease, which is very similar to multiple sclerosis.

The coroner also said there had been a prescription error.

The consultant neurologist - who had worked with Kymberley - went through the medication she had been given in the months leading up to her death.

She said she believes it was the dosing of the painkiller over a short period of time in the final hours that caused the respiratory depression that led to her death.

The inquest continues. 

Rowett explains backroom team selection

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

New Derby County boss Gary Rowett has been profiling his backroom team on the official club website .

He will be supported by Kevin Phillips (first team coach), Kevin Summerfield (assistant manager), Mark Sale (first team coach), Kevin Poole (goalkeeping coach) and Joe Carnall (head of performance analysis). 

Gary Rowett
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Your photos: Blue skies in Derbyshire

BBC Weather Watchers

A gorgeous pic of Bamford Edge, courtesy of Keith B.

Bamford Edge
Keith B

Firefighters called to waste machine fire

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

If you spotted a commotion near Wilmore Road a little earlier, here's what was happening...

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Man 'pulled out knife during family row'

Burton Mail

Children screamed out in distress as a man pulled a knife from his waistband during family argument at his sister's Derbyshire home, a court has heard.

Teenagers beaten up in Eyam car park

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A 19-year-old man suffered serious head injuries when he was allegedly hit with a bat after being dragged from a parked car by a group of up to six people in Eyam.

Another 19-year-old man was kicked in the face after getting out of the Citreon Saxo at the Hawkshill Road car park on 8 March. 

Hawkshill Road car park

Three people, aged 15,17 and 20 have been arrested on suspicion of assault. Police have appealed for witnesses.   

Your views: Bagpuss dumped in field


Victoria Plum got in touch via Facebook after reading our story about a cat being tied in a bag and dumped in a Burton field.

She wrote: "Where are these people's head's at?" 


Afternoon weather update: Warm and bright

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It should feel fairly warm for most of this afternoon with light winds and highs of 15C (59F).

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 - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J29a, Markham (Markham Vale), because of a shed load.

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

WWE wrestlers set for return to Download Festival

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Performers from WWE wrestling are set to form part of the entertainment at this year's Download Festival at Donington Park.

WWE wrestlers
Derek Bremmer

Wrestlers including Bobby Rhode, Aleister Black, Tye Dillinger and Kassius Ohno will appear inside the ropes. 

Wrestlers at Download Festival
Derek Bremmer

Festival promoter Dave Bradley said: "Having WWE NXT at Download is like seeing what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object - you just know sparks are going to fly." 

The Download Festival will take place at Donington Park from June 9 to 11.

Suspension will not affect force's stop and search powers

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Derbyshire Police has said they are “disappointed and surprised” by a Home Office decision to suspend them from a stop and search standards scheme.

The force is the only one out of the 43 authorities in England and Wales to be removed from the Best Use of Stop and Search due to problems with record-keeping.

Stop and search
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Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "To ensure high standards continue to be met, I have suspended Derbyshire with immediate effect and now expect them to take this opportunity to improve their performance.”

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said the issue affected a “very small percentage of forms” and inspectors had been assured a roll-out of technology to deal with it would be completed by the end of next month.

The suspension will not affect the force’s stop and search powers.

Fell-runner tried to kill Derbyshire athletics official

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A fell-running champion is beginning an 18-year jail sentence for trying to murder a UK Athletics staff member from Derbyshire .

Lauren Jeska, a transgender athlete, admitted trying to kill Ralph Knibbs at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium in March last year.

Lauren Jeska
West Midlands Police

The "cool, calculated attack" followed a dispute over her eligibility to compete as a female.

Birmingham Crown Court heard Jeska, 42, stabbed Mr Knibbs in the head and neck, leaving a 2cm hole with "blood pumping out".

Cat rescued from roof by firefighters

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

More cat news now...

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service says it worked with RSPCA officers to rescue a moggy that got stuck on the roof of a house in Hemlock Lane in Ilkeston earlier.

Your photos: Sunny in Long Eaton

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Blue skies at Long Eaton's West Park this morning. Thanks to Tracey Bunce for sending in the photo.

West Park
Tracey Bunce

Video appeal after car scratched

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police have released video footage of a man they want to speak to after a parked car was scratched with a sharp object in Melbourne.

The Audi A4 was targeted in Alma Street on Saturday 18 February.

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Barnett: 'Henry comes highly recommended'

BBC Sport

Derbyshire's director of cricket Kim Barnett says Matt Henry's international experience makes him a great acquisition for the club .

Matt Henry
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"He came highly recommended as a fast bowler and also someone with a high strike-rate with the bat," he said.

"Matt has plenty of experience around the world, internationally and here in England with Worcestershire last season. He knows our conditions well and we look forward to him joining us."

Cat found tied in a bag in Burton field

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A cat is recovering after being put in a box, tied in a bag and dumped in a field in Burton.

The female feline was found next to Walton Road in Drakelow by a passer-by who heard a loud meow.

Thankfully she was physically unharmed and is now being looked after by RSPCA staff, who have named her Bagpuss.


RSPCA inspector Laura Bryant said: “Apart from wetting herself, luckily the cat was unharmed so we presume that she had only been there for a short while.

“It is a quiet country road and Bagpuss is extremely lucky she was found.

"It is concerning that whoever abandoned her like this did so with the intention of leaving her to die, as she was dumped in a quiet place where she could quite possibly not have been found inside her box."

Brewers boss 'delighted' Rams opted for Rowett

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough has been taking questions from the media at a news conference ahead of Saturday's home game against Brentford.

Nigel Clough

He said his squad was in good shape fitness-wise going into the final stretch of the season and he was "delighted" to see Gary Rowett handed the reins of Derby County.

Derbyshire Police told to improve stop and search record-keeping

BBC Radio Derby

Derbyshire Police say they're "surprised" and "disappointed" to be the only force in the country suspended from the Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme. 

The initiative's designed to make the controversial police measure fairer and more transparent.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd made the decision to suspend Derbyshire after Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found the force was failing to properly collect and publish information about the searches.

Mrs Rudd said: “To ensure high standards continue to be met, I have suspended Derbyshire with immediate effect and now expect them to take this opportunity to improve their performance.”  

Stop and search operation

Derbyshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable, Bill McWilliam, said: “The specific criticisms made by HMIC relate to a very small percentage of forms where we cannot link, in a way suitable way for a publication, the search to an outcome, for example an arrest and the reason for it. 

"New mobile data terminals used by officers have alleviated this problem but the roll-out of the technology will not be completed until the end of March."

Slavery brothers subject to new court order

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Two brothers  jailed for modern slavery offences  earlier this year have been made the subject of a new court order in a bid to further protect their victims.  

Erwin and Krystian Markowski, from Nottingham, were jailed for six years after they recruited men from Poland to work at the Sports Direct warehouse in Shirebrook.

Erwin and Krystian Markowski
Nottinghamshire Police

Under the 10-year order the pair will have to disclose their bank details to police and are forbidden from carrying more than £500 in cash.

Nottinghamshire Police said it was the first time it had applied for a Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order, under the Modern Slavery Act.

Draw leaves Spireites in deep relegation trouble

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Chesterfield look certain to be relegated after being held to a 3-3 draw at home to Peterborough last night.

A second-half equaliser earned the Spireites a point but the result leaves them ten points adrift of safety in League One.

League One table

Ancient bridge to get new electronic weight signs

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Electronic signs are to be installed on the approach to Swarkestone Bridge warning heavy vehicles not to use it. 

Derbyshire County Council announced the move following complaints drivers were damaging the Grade I-listed bridge by ignoring the 7.5 tonne weight restriction.

Swarkestone Bridge

Traffic light problem in Long Eaton

Watch: Wednesday's weather

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Here's what we can expect today...

Man hopes book on father's suicide will stop stigma

East Midlands Today

A man from Derby whose father killed himself is campaigning to reduce the stigma of mental health among Asian communities. 

Kal Singh Dhindsa says too many British Asians seek help too late for problems like depression.

Kal Singh Dhindsa

He's written a book featuring his father's battle with mental illness and says it's important people talk more about the issue.

Mr Singh Dhindsa said: "People seem to think that people suffering from it are either possessed or someone you need to completely stay away from.

"But it's not on because these people obviously need help and need to be directed to medical assistance or counselling." 

Mohinder Singh Dhindsa
Kal Singh Dhindsa

New Zealand fast bowler signs for Derbyshire

Derbyshire have signed New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry as their overseas player for this year's T20 Blast competition.

The 25-year-old is currently playing in the Indian Premier League with King XI Punjab but will relocate to the East Midlands before the start of July.

Matt Henry
Getty Images

He has featured in six Twenty20 and 30 one-day internationals for New Zealand.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

G'day, as they say in Oz. I'll be with you over the coming hours to provide all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

I always relish the chance to feature your photos, questions, comments and poems, so get in touch at any point via email , Facebook or Twitter .