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  1. Updates for Monday 20 March 2017
  2. Burst water main leaves family homeless
  3. Severn Trent begin repairs on water pipe
  4. Support staff strikes suspended while talks continue
  5. Unison praises councillor's strike negotiations
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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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 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

Weather: Cold and wet

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A cold night on the way with clear spells and scattered isolated showers. 

Showers have the potential to be quite heavy and fall as sleet at times, or snow over high ground. 

Patches of ice are possible on untreated surfaces and a touch of frost for some.

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F)


Derbyshire appeal to appear on Crimewatch tonight

BBC Radio Derby

A man Derbyshire Police are trying to trace will appear on Crimewatch tonight.

Police say Daniel Gilbert may have information about the rape of a woman.

The 30-year-old, who may now have a beard, has lived at addresses in Derby and also has links to Birmingham and Ilkeston.

Wanted man Daniel Gilbert
Derbyshire Police

People with any information are being asked to call the police.

Man arrested after 'handing himself in'

BBC Radio Derby

A 33-year-old man has handed himself into police after an appeal by officers.

The man, of Beverly Square in Nottingham, was arrested earlier and charged with assault.

He is due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on 5 April.

Council 'relieved' at school strike suspension

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

As I told you earlier,  most schools affected by the teaching assistants strike in Derby will be back to normal today.

Industrial action was suspended after a possible deal was drawn up between Derby City Council and Unison. 

Councillor Baggy Shanker said he's relieved to have been able to move the negotiations in the right direction.

I am just delighted that we've come to a point were Unison are taking the recommendation to their members, which has allowed suspension of the strikes for now so we can get schools back to normal and get children having the education they deserve and parents being able to go to work."

Baggy ShankerDerby City Councillor

Running groups show solidarity after jogger is sexually assaulted

Jonathan Baker

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Running groups in Belper joined forces after a runner was sexually assaulted.

The Belper Harriers organised the run along the Cromford Canal at the weekend to show solidarity and reclaim the route.

The Belper Harriers

The  39-year-old woman was sexually assaulted  last Wednesday whilst running along the route from Ambergate to Whatstandwell at about 13:45.  

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire Police.

Road to remain closed until essential repairs are complete

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Mansfield Road at the Alfreton Road and Old Chester Road junction will remain closed until essential repairs have been completed due to the burst water main.

Road closure

Diversion signs have been put in place and the council has advised travellers wishing to access Alfreton Road they can only do so from the north and the A61 junction. 

Those leaving the city centre and who would have used the Mansfield Road route should either use the A61 Sir Frank Whittle Way or Stores Road. 

Family left homeless after burst water main

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A Derby family have been left homeless after a burst water main sent 1.3 million litres of water and rocks crashing into their house.

Leigh Gregory, his wife and children were woken by debris smashing windows of their home in Chester Green, Derby, on Sunday morning.

They found themselves huddled on a top floor for six hours before being able to leave.

Gregory home

Mr Gregory said: "Obviously we could see what was happening through the window - water was coming into the first floor bedroom and a landing window."

The family plan on renting somewhere until they are able to return to their home.

Ruined house

Severn Trent Water has apologised for the issue, which damaged several properties and cars in the area.

Do you know this man?

BBC Radio Derby

An image has been released of a man officers want to speak to in connection with an attempted burglary and a shed break-in, in Ilkeston.

A number of power tools were stolen from the shed on Cotmanhay Road between 07:45 and 08:00 on 10 February.

Damage was also caused to a rear door of the house.

Image of man police are seeking
Debyshire police

Derby skydiver representing Great Britain

Peter Spencer

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

David Rodgers hopes to bring back a medal from this summer's World Cup and European Championships - despite hating his first parachute jump.


David's wife Jenni treated him to the experience in 2009, but, despite not enjoying it, stuck with the sport and is now representing Great Britain in Germany later this year.   


Police car rammed with stolen Transit van

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Two men who stole a Transit van deliberately rammed a police car before making off in Ripley on Saturday.

Derbyshire police are on the hunt for the duo warning that they were caught on camera.

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Unison praises councillor's strike negotiations

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Nicole Beresford from the Derby branch of Unison said the involvement of Derby City Council cabinet member Baggy Shanker has made all the difference.

The councillor was involved with negotiations on the dispute between the council and teaching assistants.

“It meant that the discussions we had on Friday were more positive and meaningful and we were then able to come to an agreement on an offer that we feel confident we now can recommend to our members.”


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 and heavy traffic 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

Drivers ‘ignoring’ Chester Green road closure

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

I think Michael Futers has seen more than one vehicle paying no attention to the diversion sign… 

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Hedge fire in Swadlincote

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

If you are heading onto Fairfield Crescent in Swadlincote be careful as there is currently a hedge fire...

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Parts delivered to repair burst water main

Heidi Booth

Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

Parts for the repairs were delivered around an hour ago so the repair inside this very big hole should start soon...

Burst water main

Teaching assistants back in classrooms today

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Schools in Derby affected by the ongoing support staff strike are back to normal this morning.

Strike action was suspended after a deal was drawn up between Derby City Council and Unison.


The deal now goes to a vote, with a final decision expected on 5 April.  

Watch: House badly damaged due to burst water main

Jonathan Baker

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Here's a look at the aftermath of the burst water main in Chester Green which resulted in gallons of water damaging properties...

Severn Trent Water apology over burst water main

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Severn Trent Water has apologised to homeowners after the burst water main caused a large amount of damage and disruption.   

"We’d like to say sorry to everyone who’s been affected by the incident in Derby, whether they’ve had a problem with damage to their home or business, with flooding or through loss of supply.

Water burst

"Our focus is now on making sure that the water keeps flowing for everyone while we work out how best to repair the pipe and the damage caused by the burst."  

Burst water main 'sounded like a bomb going off'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

An eyewitness said that the burst water main on Sunday spurted water three storeys high.

People who had to evacuate their homes have been offered alternative accommodation.

Damaged homes

Resident Dawn Mead said she was woken by what sounded like a bomb going off at about 02:00.

She said: "My house is a disaster zone... I thought somebody was attacking my house, I couldn't comprehend what was happening.  

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J29 for A617.

M1 Derbyshire - Lane closed on M1 northbound at J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Weather: East Midlands weather outlook

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Make sure you have your umbrella close by today as it's looking like a very wet day across the region...

Burst water main in Chester Green

Heidi Booth

Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

Here's how it's looking in Chester Green this morning after a burst water main on Sunday, which was so powerful it damaged homes and vehicles.

It also resulted in gallons of water being pumped into some houses leaving some people having to evacuate their properties.

Buurst water main

Your photos: Blooming Chesterfield

BBC Weather Watchers

Blossoms on a dull miserable day. Thanks to Viki the Blue for taking this snap from Chesterfield this morning.

Viki the Blue

Travel: Burst water main closes roads in Chester Green

BBC News Travel

Following a burst water main yesterday in the Chester Green area of Derby , roads near the incident have been closed. Mansfield Road and Old Chesterfield Road are still currently closed.

There is queuing traffic on the A52 coming into Derby and on the Kingsway roundabout.

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

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Welcome along to Monday across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire, I hope you all had a good weekend.

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

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