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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 22 March 2017
  2. Road still closed in Chester Green after burst water main
  3. Derby pupils educated on grooming risks
  4. Homeowners warned after mirror causes house fire
  5. Derby expected to see school funding rise
  6. Ex-football coach Barry Bennell denies 20 child sex offences
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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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: Outbreaks of rain

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Tonight will be cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain at times. 

Winds will ease in the early hours with a chance of a few patches of mist and fog forming at times.

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F)

weather
BBC

Westminster terror attack: Most local MP's accounted for

Wesley Mallin

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Most of our local MPs were in the main chamber of Parliament preparing to vote at the time of the attack.

So far we've heard from 

  • Nigel Mills
  • Pauline Latham
  • Andrew Bridgen
  • Amanda Solloway
  • Heather Wheeler
  • and Dame Margaret Beckett

The north east Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel was in Portcullis House and said she was close to the sounds of gunshots and it was terrifying. 

Watch: Ice Rinklies skating for the over 60s

BBC Radio Derby

Over 60 and thinking about ice skating? It's never too late.

The Ice Rinklies ice skating group has been launched for people aged over 60.

They hope to encourage more elderly people to take up the sport.

Lynn Emmett a member of the Ice Rinklies meets twice a week in Uttoxeter to practice and learn new skills.

She returned to the ice after retirement and hopes to still be skating at the age of 90.

Firm 'illegally felled' protected trees

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A company has been served with a court injunction after protected trees were cut down at a caravan park in the Derwent Valley.

Amber Valley Borough Council visited Haytop Country Park, Whatstandwell, on Friday, and told workers the trees were subject to Tree Preservation Orders.

Cut down trees
BBC

However, despite being told to "stop immediately", the authority said workers cut down more over the weekend.

The BBC has made several attempts to contact the park's owners Countrywide Park Homes for a comment.  

The Leicestershire-based firm bought the site, which has 60 pitches for touring and static caravans, in October.

Rams striker left out of final Czech Republic squad

BBC Derby Sport

Derby County striker Matej Vydra has been left out of the final Czech Republic squad for their upcoming matches against Lithuania and San Marino.

Vydra had been named in the preliminary squad last week.

Matej Vydra
Getty Images

Police investigate assault on female jogger in Belper

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Attack alarms are being given to running clubs in Derbyshire after a second assault on a female jogger in a week.

A woman was forced into an alleyway and assaulted as she ran along Whitemoor Lane, in Belper, yesterday between 20:30 and 20:45.

Offiers are investigating whether the assault is linked to a recent attack on a  woman jogging alongside Cromford canal. 

Whitemoor Lane
Google

Officers are keen to speak to drivers or pedestrians who were in Belper and noticed anything suspicious.

Weather: Sleet and hail showers this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Rain pushing in throughout the afternoon with some heavier downpours possible at times which could also involve sleet and hail.  

Highs of 8C (46F).     

weather
BBC

Paramedic sexually assaulted in ambulance

Sonia Kataria

BBC News Online

A patient who sexually assaulted a female paramedic while he was being treated in the back of an ambulance has been jailed.

Darshit Tanna, 28, from Derby, "grabbed her breast twice" while the woman was trying to help him last June, Derby Crown Court heard.

He was being treated by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) for breathing difficulties at the time. 

Darshit Tanna
Derbyshire Police

He pleaded guilty to sexual assault and assault against a male member of EMAS, who was trying to protect her.

Tanna was jailed for 18 months and added to the sex offenders register for 10 years.

New plans to develop former American Adventure theme park site

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Plans to develop the former American Adventure theme park site, near Ilkeston, are likely to go before councillors later this year. 

The site closed in 2007 and has been empty ever since - despite a campaign to bring another theme park to the area

Amber Valley Borough Council is expecting a planning application for a mix of up to 300 homes and retail space. 

American Adventure
Glen Fairweather

What are your memories of the theme park?  Let me know.

CCTV released after pub baseball bat incident

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A CCTV image has been released of a man police are keen to speak to in connection with an incident involving a baseball bat at a pub in Hasland.

He was in the Devonshire Arms in Mansfield Road when another man walked in and swung a baseball bat around.  

During the incident, a pub-goer was pushed to the floor and suffered facial injuries.

Officers believe the man pictured might have information relating to the incident and are keen to speak to him.

CCTV image
Derbyshire Police

Complications in fixing Chester Green burst water main

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

This 10-inch wide pipe - which burst at the weekend, damaging homes - has caused Severn Trent workers a bit of a headache.

Because the pipe has an unusual curve and isn't a standard fitting, it's taking longer to fix the problem on Mansfield Road in Chester Green than expected. 

A spokesman said they need to make sure nothing is there that shouldn't be and they are making sure everything is clear from a larger pipe which the 10-inch pipe connects to.

10-inch blue pipe
Severn Trent

But they are confident the service will resume later on today.

Householders experiencing low pressure will find things back to normal once the repair is complete.

The road closure will remain closed and may reopen by the weekend Severn Trent said.

'Fewer carriages' on some East Midlands trains services

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Worth casting your eye over this if you are travelling later...

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Severe accident: A609 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

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

A609 Derbyshire - A609 High Lane West in West Hallam blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Station Road junction and the St Wilfrid's Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - diverting via West Hallam Village.

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

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell denies 20 child sex offences

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Former football coach Barry Bennell has denied 20 child sex offences. 

The 63-year-old appeared via videolink from prison at Chester Crown Court.  

Some of the alleged offences are said to have happened at Furness Vale in North Derbyshire. 

Mr Bennell already denied eight charges but entered not guilty pleas again to the 12 further accusations and was remanded into custody.

Barry Bennell
BBC

Warning for homeowners after mirror causes house fire

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service is warning householders about placing mirrors in direct sunlight - after a fire in Rolleston. 

Firefighters say the reflected light from a mirror caused a bedroom blind in the house to burn. 

The incident happened in the bedroom of the property on Beacon Road in Rolleston-on-Dove at 07:45 yesterday.

Crews managed to put out the fire before it could spread.

Beacon
Google

Broken down vehicle closes lane on M1 northbound

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

One of four lanes is currently closed on the M1 northbound between junction 28 for Alfreton and 29 for Chesterfield because of a broken down vehicle.

Derby expected to see school funding rise

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derby is one of the areas expected to see the total funding shared by schools to rise by about 2.4%  in the first year of the biggest shake-up of school funding in England for decades.

Of the city's 87 schools, 85 will get more money under sweeping proposals by the Department for Education (DfE). 

The DfE said the proposals would ensure "every pound of the investment we make in education has the greatest impact". 

Table showing areas with largest increase in funding
BBC

Education secretary Justine Greening says the old system is "unfair" as similar schools can get different levels of funding with "little or no justification".  

Travel: Chester Green road still closed

BBC News Travel

It looks like Sunday's water main burst  is still affecting traffic within the area as Mansfield Road is still currently closed.

Yesterday, Severn Trent Water said it will probably be "a couple of days" before the road can reopen.

water main
BBC

Murder victim's mum educates pupils on grooming risks

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Pupils from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne have been learning lessons on internet safety. 

They were joined by Lorin LaFave from Surrey whose  teenage son Breck Bednar was murdered after being groomed online. 

Breck Bednar and his mum Lorin LaFave
Essex Police

She spoke to the children about the dangers of online grooming and how to stay safe whilst using the net.

Staff at the school believe internet safety awareness should be just as important as English and maths.

Travel: Queuing traffic on A38 and A61

BBC News Travel

There is currently long queuing traffic at the Little Eaton Island on the A38 and delays on the A61 and Pentagon Island coming into Derby.

Your photos: Sunrise in Alvaston

BBC Weather Watchers

Looks like a beautiful start to the day in Alvaston. 

This fabulous shot of the sunrise was taken by johnbalvaston.

Alvaston
johnbalvaston

If you have any snaps then send them our way  here.

Watch: Wednesday's weather

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here's how today's looking across the region - don't forget your brolly!...

Join us for today's live updates

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

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

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

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