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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 16 March 2017
  2. Toyota to invest £240m in UK operations
  3. Man arrested after serious sex attack appeal
  4. Derby homes offering tenants £100 to pay rent online
  5. Ilkeston factory to be demolished after fire
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

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By Khia Lewis-Todd

All times stated are UK

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

Weather: Chance of heavy rain on Friday

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be cloudy tonight with a few patchy, drizzly showers to begin with. There’ll be some clearer spells in the early hours. 

Lows of 3C (37F).

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Inmate's overdose death 'not suicide'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's a bit more detail on the inquest into the death of prisoner Karen Morris .

The 33-year-old was serving a 15-year jail term after she and her boyfriend killed their friend Nelvaughan Brade in 2004.

She then fed his remains through a mincer.

She died following an overdose of painkillers at HMP Foston Hall in Derbyshire in January 2015.

An inquest at Derby Coroner's Court recorded her death as misadventure.

Karen Morris
West Midlands Police

Burton Albion's Luke Murphy 'relishing the chance to play'

BBC Derby Sport

On loan midfielder Luke Murphy said he's relishing the chance to play regular first team football with Burton Albion. 

Murphy had only featured once for Leeds in the first half of the season, but has only missed one game since joining the Brewers in January.  

Luke Muprhy
Rex Features

Woman 'knocked out with a lump of concrete'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A woman had a block of concrete thrown at her face knocking her unconscious and leaving her with a broken eye socket, Derbyshire Police said.

The 21-year-old was walking home with friends when a row broke out with a group of men. 

During the argument, one of the men hurled a lump of concrete which struck the woman in the face.

Macklin Street
Google

The incident happened in Macklin Street, Derby, at about 03:40 on 4 March.

Derbyshire Police is looking for people  who were in the area at the time, in particular two black men who were walking up Green Lane and may have seen the dispute.

Karen Morris: Inquest concludes 'death by misadventure'

Andrew Strachan

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

A coroner said a convicted murderer who died after taking an overdose at Foston Prison in Derbyshire, did so partly because checks on how the prescription drugs were distributed weren't robust enough. 

Karen Morris was serving a 15 year sentence and had a history of self-harm.

Karen
West Midlands Police

She was found unconscious in January 2015 having stockpiled the painkiller tramadol.

An inquest into her death today returned a conclusion of death by misadventure.

Derby Moor pupils take part in BBC School Report

BBC School Report

School members from Derby Moor Community Sport College today have taken part in the BBC School Report.

It's a project which helps school pupils from around the UK make their own news. 

Radio Derby reporter Rory Gallimore went to meet pupils to give them an insight into a day in the life of a journalist.

Pupils
BBC

Appeal after runner is sexually assaulted

BBC Radio Derby

A 39-year-old woman who was running along a canal path towards Ambergate from Whatstandwell was approached by a man who sexually assaulted her.

The incident happened at about 13:45 yesterday.

Police say the man ran off towards Whatstandwell and is described as white, about 5ft 6ins tall and of medium build.

He had fair hair and wore thick grey jogging bottoms, a grey hooded top and a grey cap.

Derbyshire police believe the incident is not linked to the sexual assaults in Spondon and Darley Abbey.

Severe accident: A609 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A609 Derbyshire both ways severe accident, between St Wilfrid's Road and Station Road.

A609 Derbyshire - A609 High Lane West in West Hallam closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the St Wilfrid's Road junction and the Station Road junction, because of a serious accident involving car and pedestrian.

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

Derbyshire given £1.3m for Derwent Valley Mills

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire has been named as one of the areas to benefit from a £20m Heritage Lottery fund.

The Great Places scheme will be shared between different areas in England to spend on cultural projects.

They are giving Derbyshire County Council £1.28m to spend on the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

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Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Minister Tracey Crouch said: "Strong local heritage and culture brings real benefits to communities. It can boost investment, attract tourists and make areas better places to live and work."

Teenager who crashed car during 100mph police pursuit sentenced

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live

A teenager who crashed his car in a high-speed police pursuit in Lincolnshire has been sentenced. 

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Steven Thomas, 19, from Alfreton, Derbyshire, has been sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders' institution after two of his passengers were seriously injured in a 100mph chase through the Lincolnshire Wolds 

Thomas eventually lost control and smashed into a road sign and tree in Hagworthingham.

A 13-year-old female passenger suffered several fractures, and a pregnant woman required 50 stitches for a large cut to her head.

The prosecution said Thomas was evading police either because he was speeding or because he had "10,000 counterfeit cigarettes in his boot".  

Having seen the photos of the wreckage, it is a wonder any of you survived."

Paul Mann QCJudge

Council makes new offer in attempt to resolve school staff dispute

Wesley Mallin

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Derby City Council has made a new offer to the union UNISON in an attempt to resolve the long-running dispute with teaching assistants and school support staff over pay and conditions.  

The authority said it has a "strong desire" to settle the dispute. 

UNISON said it will put the council's offer to its members.

Council
bbc

Your photos: Beautiful Brailsford

BBC Weather Watchers

Look at this stunning shot taken of the sunset in Brailsford by Anne.

One word comes to mind... beautiful.

Brailsford
Anne

Gary Rowett talks to the media ahead of Forest v Derby

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Gary Rowett is talking to the media at Moor Farm ahead of Derby County's trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

"Saturday is going to be amazing," he said. "I know how much it means to the fans. I know what they want to see from the players."

Gary Rowett
BBC

Gritters to be out around county this evening

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

It looks like temperatures will plummet enough for gritters to be out around Derbyshire... I wish we could go back to yesterday's beautiful weather!

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Derby Homes to 'modernise'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

The director of Derby Homes, Maria Murphy, spoke to us about why she believed it was time to "deliver an efficient service".

"In today's times, there are ways where you can deliver a more efficient service by modernising and using the power of the internet," she said. "At the moment, we're very much limited to office hours."

Derby Homes
@MariaMurphy_DH

Toyota investment will 'make plant competitive'

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Toyota's deputy managing director Tony Walker has said there are "no guarantees for the future but a £240m investment at Burnaston will make the plant competitive."

Tony Walker
BBC

Afternoon weather: Dry and cloudy

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

This afternoon will be dry and cloudy with a couple of brighter spells and otherwise an overcast afternoon.

Highs of 11C (52F).

Appeal to find 'sentimental' rings stolen from 84-year-old man

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

"Sentimental rings" were stolen from an 84-year-old man as he rode his mobility scooter along a Derby street.

A woman pulled her small black car onto the pavement on Almond Street to stop him and then asked for his rings.

When he refused she stood in front of his scooter and pulled them off before trying to take his necklace and driving away.

Stolen rings
Derbyshire Police

The rings, described as "highly sentimental", included a gold signet ring and a wedding band.

The incident took place on the afternoon of Tuesday, 28 February but Derbyshire Police have only just released details.

Toyota investment a 'huge vote of confidence' in Derby plant

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

The £240m investment in Toyota at Burnaston in Derby, has been described by the Secretary of State for Business Greg Clark as a "huge vote of confidence" in the plant.

Toyota
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Ilkeston factory to be demolished after fire

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A derelict factory in Ilkeston on Cotmanhay Road, which was gutted in a fire last night will be demolished later today.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were called out to the former Gardner Aerospace building at 21:33.

The fire continued overnight and caused road closures around the area.

Gardner Aerospace
Derbyshire Fire Rescue Service

Rail route 'failing to meet demand'

Emma Thomas

Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

The rail route linking Stoke-on-Trent to Crewe and Derby is failing to meet demand, according to local business groups.

The Chambers of Commerce for Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire have written to the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, asking for government intervention.

Stoke-on-Trent's main railway station
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They say they want ministers to speed up journey times and encourage more frequent departures on train timetables.

In the letter, they say increased popularity of the route exceeds capacity. 

BBC Radio Stoke has approached the government for reaction and, when we get it, we'll bring it to you.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J29 for A617 and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

BreakingMan arrested over serious sex attacks in Derby

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A 23-year-old man has been arrested by Derbyshire police on suspicion of committing four serious sex attacks in Darley Abbey and Spondon.

The man from Chaddesden remains in police custody for questioning.

On Monday officers launched an appeal after linking the four incidents, setting up a dedicated phone line and distributing leaflets.

Derbyshire police said today's arrest has come as a direct result of information given to them during the appeal.  

Hope for Toyota after uncertainty around Brexit

BBC Radio Derby

In January the UK car industry trade body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, indicated that the uncertainty around Brexit and future trading arrangements had hit investment in the sector.

Toyota
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Investment commitments in the UK automotive sector last year totalled £1.66bn, down from £2.5bn in 2015.  

Government to provide £21.3m for Toyota training and research

BBC Radio Derby

The government is also providing Toyota with £21.3m in funding, training, research and development as well as enhancements of the plant's environmental performance. 

The Burnston plant near Derby already produces the Auris and the Avensis models.

Last year it manufactured around 180,000 vehicles with the majority being exported to the EU and around the world.

Toyota
BBC

Toyota is 'doing all it can to make Burnaston more competitive'

BBC Radio Derby

The chief executive of Toyota Motor Europe , Johan van Zyl, said the investment showed that the company is doing all it can to make Burnaston more competitive.

However, he warned: "Continued tariff-and-barrier free market access between the UK and Europe that is predictable and uncomplicated will be vital for future success."

Johan Van Zyl
Getty Images

BreakingToyota to invest millions of pounds in Derby

John Moylan

BBC industry & employment correspondent

Japanese carmaker Toyota says it will invest almost a quarter of a billion pounds to upgrade the Burnaston plant near Derby.

Toyota says the £240m investment will improve plant competitiveness and promote UK supply chain efficiencies.

Derby Homes offering tenants £100 to pay rent online

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Some good news for tenants of Derby Homes this morning - if you are computer-literate.

The housing association will be offering residents £100 if they switch to paying their rent online. 

Derby Homes is hoping this incentive will cut the costs of missed appointments and property maintenance.

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Derby Homes

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

And here's how today's looking across the region...

Your photos: Misty Alderwasley

BBC Weather Watchers

It's looking very misty on the hills this morning in Alderwasley.

Thank you to our Weather Watcher Bicycle Bob for sending this in.

Alderwasley
Bicycle Bob

Travel: Slow traffic at Markeaton Island and A52

BBC News Travel

There is currently slow moving traffic at the Markeaton Island coming into Derby and slow traffic coming into Derby on the A52.

Join us for today's live news coverage

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Good morning - I hope you're all well this Thursday morning.

I'll be writing the updates on your Local Live page today with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

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