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  1. Updates on Friday 19 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Our Local Live updates have now finished for the day. We will be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Tonight's forecast

Anna Church

BBC Weather

It'll be mostly dry overnight with clear spells and will remain breezy with the risk of an isolated shower.

It should be a frost-free night with lows of 5C (41F).

Rams interviews

Kirsty Edwards

Sports Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

On BBC One at 18:30 you'll be able to see my interviews with Derby County's Johnny Russell, Craig Bryson and George Thorne.

Credit unions endorsement

People in Derbyshire who are struggling to pay bills this Christmas should consider seeking help from a credit union rather than a payday loan firm,

the county council says.

Earlier this year, the authority approved £360,000 to help credit unions in the county offer loans to people on low incomes.

Assembly Rooms future

via Facebook

We asked what should be done with the fire-damaged Assembly Rooms in Derby.

Derby Assembly Rooms

Nick Northover said: "Mend it then build a new one when we can actually afford it."

'Disgusted' at replay decision

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook

says he is "disgusted" by the FA's decision to order a replay of the FA Cup tie between his side and MK Dons.

Paul Cook
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The Spireites' on-loan defender Georg Margreitter was ineligible for the 1-0 win at Stadium MK so the second round tie will be replayed on 2 January.

'Iconic' setting for panto

Peter Ireson, from the city council, predicted the 5,000-seat Derby Arena would prove an excellent venue

for the annual pantomime.

Derby Arena

He said: "We've got over a decade's experience of producing fantastic pantomimes and I just know with that iconic new building we can do something really special for Derby."

Your photos: Hope Valley rainbow

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's a marvellous photo of a rainbow over Hope Valley, sent in by Wendy Scott.

Hope Valley rainbow
Wendy Scott

Email or
tweet us your best pics. I'll feature the finest examples on Local Live.


Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to discover what you think of the service.

Water lines stay open

Severn Trent, which supplies Derbyshire's water, has issued a reminder that its customer service department will be available every day over the festive period.

A spokeswoman said: "We have people in our call centres and field teams ready to fix bursts and clear sewer blockages."

News on the hour

Martyn Williams

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

An open conclusion has been recorded into the death of a Derby man who was found dead in Thailand.

Nick Pearson
Pearson family

At 17:00, our reporter Matt Barlow will bring you all the details from today's inquest.

Crash in West Hallam

An accident has led to the A609 High Lane East in West Hallam being closed,

says BBC Travel.

Caravans dumped

Derby Telegraph

Travellers who were on Allenton Market have now quit the site -

but left their caravans behind.

Petrol station break-in

Three men broke into a petrol station and

stole a large amount of cigarettes last night.

Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the raid, at Tesco in Whaley Bridge at about 00:15.

Young midfielder signs

Midfielder Billy Beresford

has joined Chesterfield on a non-contract basis.

The 18-year-old, the son of former Newcastle United defender John Beresford, has previously played for Sheffield Wednesday and Scunthorpe United.

News on the hour

Martyn Williams

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

A coroner's court in Derby has recorded an open conclusion into the death of a man from the city who died in Thailand in January.

I'll bring you the details

at 16:00.

City centre bus crash

BBC Travel warns an accident involving a bus has closed Albert Street in Derby.

Thailand death: Open conclusion

An open conclusion has been recorded into the death of a 25-year-old Derby man who died in Thailand in January.

Nick Pearson
Pearson family

Nick Pearson's body was found in the sea off Koh Tao on New Year's Day, but coroner Louise Pinder said there was not enough evidence to say how or exactly where he died.

Woman's phone snatched

A robber

snatched a woman's mobile phone from her hand as she walked through Derby.

The 26-year-old victim was targeted as she walked along Bateman Street at about 17:00 on 1 December.

Doyle 'may not play'

Andy Giddings

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook says Eoin Doyle will travel to Gillingham tomorrow but it isn't certain he will play.

Eoin Doyle
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News on the hour

Martyn Williams

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

An inquest has opened into the death of a Derby man who was found in the sea off Thailand on New Year's Eve.

Hear the full story in my

15:00 bulletin.

'No rush' on venue decision

BBC Radio Derby

Derby City Council has defended the time it is taking to make a decision about the future of the Assembly Rooms.

Alison Martin, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: "I think we've been right not to rush in and spend £8m on an immediate refurbishment because in the long run that doesn't represent good value for the people of Derby."

Rams visit young patients

Derby County paid their annual visit to sick children at the Royal Derby Hospital yesterday.

Derby County players with patient

Johnny Russell (pictured left) said: "It's always nice to do stuff in the community and I don't think there's a better cause than the kids' hospital."

Thailand death was murder: Mother

BBC Radio Derby

The mother of a Derby man who died in Thailand on New Year's Eve has told an inquest she believes her son was murdered.

The body of Nick Pearson, from Mickleover, was found by scuba divers in the sea off Koh Tao after he'd been on a night out with his family.

News on the hour

Martyn Williams

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

The mother of a Derby man who died in Thailand on New Year's Eve has told an inquest she thinks her son was murdered.

I'll bring you the details in my

14:00 bulletin.

Have your say

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like

your feedback about this service.

'No party poppers'

East Midlands Airport has published some tips on

flying over Christmas and new year.

It says passengers are not allowed to take party poppers on to planes, but mince pies are fine.

Cool afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather

This afternoon should be bright and breezy but cooler than of late with a colder air mass now in place. Highs of 7C (45F).

Drug-dealing siblings sentenced

Simon Hare

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Two brothers who ran a family drug-dealing business in Derby have been jailed.

Deano Dharam was given a six-year sentence and Anthony Dharam was jailed for five years and four months.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Derby

In the

13:00 bulletin: The mother of a Derby man who died in Thailand on New Year's Eve has told a coroner's inquest she thinks her son was murdered.

Derbyshire's finest

Chesterfield entrepreneur James Hill proved an entertaining candidate in the current series of The Apprentice so it's no surprise he features heavily in

an online quiz about the show.

James Hill

The series reaches its climax this Sunday,

at 21:00 on BBC One.

GP hours 'bullying' claim

East Midlands Today

A leading doctor in Derbyshire has accused NHS England of bullying GPs to keep surgeries open as normal on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Dr Peter Holden, from the British Medical Association, says working hours should be reduced as demand for services at GP practices is extremely low after lunch on those days, but the NHS insists doctors must meet their contractual obligations.

East Midlands Today

Simon Ward


On BBC One at 13:30, a leading doctor accuses NHS England of bullying GPs into keeping surgeries open at Christmas and new year.

Dr Peter Holden

Also, East Midlands Ambulance Service expects a big surge in demand as Christmas parties take their toll.

TV licence excuses

Burton Mail

Rats chewing cables, someone not wearing a bra and even death were among the excuses given by people in Burton

for not paying their television licence.

Your pictures on our Facebook


Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Steve Wake's shot of a snowy Peak District is our latest

Facebook cover photo.

Facebook cover image
Steve Wake/Facebook

Nominate your pictures to be future cover images by emailing them to

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

12:00 bulletin, a Derbyshire GP criticises NHS England's decision to force practices to stay open all day on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Thai death inquest

Matthew Barlow

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Today I'm at an inquest for Derby man Nick Pearson, who died in Thailand on New Year's Day.

Firm agrees new deal


has won a £290m order from Hawaiian Airlines.

The deal will see the firm supplying Trent 7000 engines to power six Airbus A330-800neo aircraft.

Striker faces former side

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County striker Chris Martin admits it will be strange to line up against his boyhood club Norwich City tomorrow.

Chris Martin in his Norwich days
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It will be the first time the ex-Canaries youth team player has faced his former side since joining the Rams 18 months ago.