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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 28 March 2017
  2. Pot-holed roundabout is 'dangerous'
  3. Japanese Knotweed discovered in Derby street
  4. Fire closes part of road in Stanton by Bridge
  5. Bird hide nature reserve burnt down
  6. Road reopens after burst water main
  7. Traffic light failure on A608
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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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: Heavy showers this evening

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A few heavy showers as we move through this evening. 

Overnight will be cloudy with some patchy outbreaks of rain, but it’ll become drier into the early hours. 

A few patches of hill fog.

Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather
BBC

Thousands of ladders withdrawn from sale over safety fears

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire County Council is warning DIY enthusiasts, tradesmen and gardeners to check telescopic ladders thoroughly and use them with care.

An investigation led to more than 32,000 dangerous sets being withdrawn from sale after trading standards inquired into the safety of telescopic ladders.

The investigation was led by Derby City Council, Leicestershire County Council and Northamptonshire County Council alongside the government.

Faulty ladder
Derbyshire County Council

Many of the ladders were easily damaged during testing, showing they were not robust enough for general wear and tear.

In the worst case, a ladder snapped in half beneath the test load − despite claiming to comply with the safety standard, the county council said.

Faulty ladder
Derbyshire County Council

This is bad enough under any circumstances, but when it is placing people in danger, it simply isn't acceptable.

Mike AshworthDerbyshire County Council

Fire closes part of road in Stanton by Bridge

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

One lane is closed on Wards Lane in Stanton by Bridge because of a fire in a workshop which has gas cylinders inside.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a small industrial unit this afternoon which was well alight.

Fire
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Majority of the fire is now out, and the fire service has confirmed nobody was injured. It is not being treated as suspicious. 

The lane closure is causing travel delays up to the Swarkeston Bridge and the A50 roundabout.

Fire
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
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Bird hide at nature reserve burnt down

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A bird hide at Mapperley Wood Nature Reserve has been burnt down by vandals, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust said.

Bird hide
Dave Cook

A local fisherman called the fire service after he spotted smoke at the reserve on Saturday evening.  

Bird hide
Dave Cook

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust said they were now raising money to try to replace the destroyed hide.  

Your questions: What happens to Rolls-Royce penalty?

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Judith Pratt got in touch through Your Questions to ask us what happened to the huge sum of money  Rolls-Royce was ordered to pay for corruption? She wanted to know if it could be used to save libraries, parks and other amenities.

Back in January, the engineering firm, based in Derby, was ordered to pay a £497.25m penalty and £13m in costs to settle a corruption case.

We asked the Serious Fraud Office what would happen with the money. A spokesman said Rolls-Royce would pay up over the next five years.

Rolls-Royce
Reuters

He added: "The UK penalty will be paid into the UK government's consolidated fund.

"The consolidated fund is the government's general bank account at the Bank of England. Payments from this account must be authorised in advance by the House of Commons.

"The government presents its requests to use this money in the form of consolidated fund bills."

Swan halts traffic on M1

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Good news - traffic is back to normal on the M1. If you were caught in a jam, it's because there was a swan on the carriageway. I imagine it caused quite a flap.

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Council flushed with success over loo award

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Do you despise using public toilets?...unless you're desperate that is.

Well, East Staffordshire Borough Council has won Best Loo of the Year thanks to how sparklingly clean they are kept.

Organisers behind the scheme have promoted the authority to its toilet Premier League, ranking it 16th alongside City of London and West Oxfordshire District Council. 

Loo of the year
East Staffordshire Council

Derby street cordoned off after Japanese knotweed discovery

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Abbey Street in Derby has been cordoned off after the discovery of Japanese knotweed.

The plant is strong enough to break through concrete, and damage walls and foundations.

The area near the junction with Boyer Street has a temporary metal fence to prevent people going on the land.

Japanese Knotweed
BBC

Gardening expert Mark Smith says the consequences can be serious.

"It's incredibly invasive. Japanese Knotweed is one of the most invasive plants which we've got in the country at the moment and it's getting worse.

"It can simply come through block paving, wooden floors, brick walls and it's very disruptive."

Witness appeal over hate crime

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A man is being sought by police in connection with an alleged hate crime in Duffield.

On three separate occasions between 4 and 19 February, a man said he was subjected to comments about his religion.

Officers would like to speak to the man pictured below, who is thought to have a strong Glaswegian accent.

Man wanted over hate crime
Derbyshire Police

Your comments: 'I try and dodge pot holes'

Facebook

It seems as if pot holes across the region are driving people potty.

This has gathered a few comments on our Facebook :

Donna Crutchley said: "The roads are really dangerous for all users at the moment. The state of the potholes are potentially dangerous for bicycle an motorcycle riders as well as damaging alloy wheels on your cars!"

Dave Smith wrote: "Highways England is spending £120 million on upgrading the M1 at junct 23a. They are wasting money. Why not fix potholes with that money instead?".

Pot-holed roundabout is 'dangerous'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Across the East Midlands nearly a 150,000 pot holes were repaired in the last 12 months.

New figures released today show that one in six roads in the UK are in bad condition, costing the authorities £86m to repair them.

Pot Holes
BBC

The Walton Roundabout just off the A38 has been a talking point in Barton-under-Needwood because of its notorious potholes.

Locally, it's been dubbed "the most potholed roundabout in the country" and drivers have complained that it is so bad it is dangerous.

Mark Deaville, cabinet member for highways at Staffordshire County Council said: "We do have a huge road network here in Staffordshire, with around 6,000km of roads and our crews fix around 20,000 potholes every year."

Road reopens nine days after water main burst

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

I bring you good news this morning - yes, Mansfield Road in Chester Green has now reopened.

It was first closed nine days ago when a water main burst with such ferocity that nearby windows were smashed and homes were flooded.

Mansfield Road after the water main burst
BBC

Since then, Severn Trent said it has struggled to repair the pipe, delaying the reopening of the road and causing traffic problems in the area.

Thankfully, at 06:00 today the road reopened.

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Your photos: Sunset over Derbyshire

BBC Weather Watchers

What a fantastic shot taken of Snake Summit above Glossop.

Thanks to Petejoz for sending this in.

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Petejoz

Watch: East Midlands weather

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A small amount of mist and fog patches to start the morning but how's the rest of the day shaping up?

Travel: Traffic light failure on A608

BBC News Travel

A traffic light has stopped working on the A608 Mansfield Road both directions at the junction with Sir Frank Whittle Road.

There is also slow moving traffic on the A52 Pentagon Island between Stoney Lane and the A61 Sir Frank Whittle Road due to the traffic light failure.

Join us for today's live updates

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

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

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

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