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  1. Updates for Friday 9 January 2015
  2. Updates resume 08:00 Monday 12 January

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good Evening

    Friday's Local Live updates have now finished. Our service will return at 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Mild but windy night

    Anna Church

    BBC Weather

    A very mild night, it will remain cloudy but mostly dry just a little light rain or drizzle possible.

    Weather chart

    It is set to be windy throughout with gusts up to 50mph expected.

  3. Bent optimistic

    Kirsty Edwards

    Sports Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    On tonight's East Midlands Today, new Derby County striker Darren Bent says he hopes he's at the start of something special with the club.

    Darren Bent

    He's scored in five out of seven of his debuts for previous clubs.

  4. Wilkinson leaves Council

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    Derby City Council has announced the departure of its Chief Executive, Adam Wilkinson.

    It follows a meeting earlier this afternoon which was shrouded in mystery.

    Derby City Council's website

    He's the most senior member of staff at Derby City Council and joined the authority in 2010, on a salary of £160k a year.

  5. Loan move for Rams teen

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County's Alefe Santos has joined Notts County on loan for a month.

    Alefe Santos

    The 19-year-old started his career with Bristol Rovers and joined the Rams on a two-year deal in July 2014.

  6. A&E missing target

    BBC Radio Derby

    There was a slight improvement in the proportion of people being seen within four hours at the Royal Derby Hospital's A&E department last week, but it still fell well below the target set by the government.

    Royal Derby Hospital

    A total of 82% of visitors were seen inside four hours - the government target is 95%.

  7. News on the hour

    Kelly Smith

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    In my 17:00 bulletin, Derby City Council holds a behind-closed-doors "proposed senior management restructure" meeting at short notice.

  8. Council's 'mystery' meeting

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    A mysterious meeting, announced at short notice earlier this afternoon, is to be held at Derby City Council within the next hour.

    Derby Council House

    The press and public are not allowed to attend the meeting, which we're told is to discuss a "proposed senior management restructure".

    The senior management team has been hit by a number of temporary and permanent departures recently, while the Labour administration has also promised to cut management costs in order to help balance next year's budget.

  9. Strike at Derby school

    Derby Telegraph

    More than 600 pupils at a Derby secondary school will miss a day's learning on Tuesday - the first of six proposed strike days over pay.

    Two unions have united to take action at Merrill Academy, which is run by Derby College, over a performance pay-related issue.

  10. News on the hour

    Kelly Smith

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    In my 16:00 bulletin, we'll hear from our political reporter Chris Doidge about a mysterious meeting due to be held at Derby City Council within the next hour.

    Inside Derby's Council House
  11. Doyle talk angers Cook

    BBC Sport

    Chesterfield boss Paul Cook says he is unhappy with clubs talking publicly about their interest in striker Eoin Doyle.

    Paul Cook

    It comes after Rotherham United assistant Paul Raynor revealed the Millers had held discussions with the Spireites about the 26-year-old.

  12. News on the hour

    Kelly Smith


    Derby's Jack O'Connell has been giving his reaction to being nominated for a BAFTA.

    Find out what he had to say to BBC Radio Derby in my 15:00 bulletin.

  13. Key marginal

    John Hess

    Political editor, East Midlands

    The Amber Valley constituency is one of those crucial Midlands marginals that so often decide which party will form the next government.

    John Hess

    Traditionally, it has been a two-horse race between Labour and the Conservatives but will Nigel Farage's UKIP be worth a flutter?

    Watch my report on BBC One at 18:30.

  14. Wind knocks out power line

    Kelly Smith

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    Strong winds have brought a branch down on a power line in Derbyshire leaving 34 properties in Cromford and Holloway without electricity.

    Western Power Distribution says it is aiming to restore power by 14:30.

  15. House's seven crime scenes

    You can read more about the University of Derby's new crime scene house here.

    Inside the University of Derby's crime scene house

    The four-bedroom house, close to the university's Kedleston Road site can accommodate up to seven replica crime scenes for forensic science students to work with.

  16. Crews called to Denby car fire

    Belper News

    Firefighters from Ripley attended a car fire in Denby last night.

    Crews were called to Parsons Grove at 9.34pm and found two 4x4 vehicles well alight on the driveway.

  17. Talking reptiles

    Andy Potter

    Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    A new reptile handling and keeping course has been launched at Broomfield Hall College in Morley because of a growing number people keeping exotic pets.

    Andy Potter with a spider

    I went along to find out more and you can hear my report at 14:15.

  18. Changes at the top

    High Peak Borough Council tweets: What do you think about plans for a combined #Derbyshire authority? Let us know!

  19. Did you know?

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Saturday will be Derby County loan striker Darren Bent's first visit to Portman Road since leaving Ipswich nearly 10 years ago.

  20. Bin backlog

    Derbyshire Dales District Council says it is still trying to catch up with bin collections missed due to the snow and ice between Christmas and new year.

    It said bin staff would be working on Saturday to try to clear the backlog.

  21. News on the hour

    BBC Radio Derby

    Strong winds have brought a branch down on a power line in Derby leaving 34 properties in Cromford and Holloway without electricity.

    More on this and other stories in our 13:00 bulletin.

  22. Derbyshire photos


    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    We liked Simon Bull's excellent photo of Higger Tor so much we made it our new Facebook cover image.

    Facebook cover image

    Email or tweet us your best pictures of Derbyshire and we'll showcase the finest examples.

  23. Mac wants new faces

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County head coach Steve McClaren says he's looking to add "a couple" more players to his squad in the January transfer window.

    Reports from Spain claim the Rams have already agreed a deal to sign highly-rated Spanish defender Raul Albentosa from Eibar.

  24. Wind warning tonight

    BBC Weather


    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of wind in Derby and Derbyshire from 21:00 tonight to 08:00 tomorrow.

    It says the public "should be aware of the risk of disruption to transport".

  25. Your thoughts on Local Live

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    We'd love to know how you feel Local Live could be improved. Give us your feedback.

  26. News on the hour

    Sally Swinfen

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    Traders at Allenton market say they're happy Tesco no longer plans to build a store in the area.

    You can hear more on this in my 12:00 bulletin.

  27. School work progressing

    Construction of a new £5m primary school in north Derbyshire has reached a landmark stage.

    Children and teachers celebrate the topping off stage of construction on their new school building

    North Wingfield Primary School's new building is at the topping out stage - the point at which the last beam is put in place - ahead of a planned September opening.

  28. Cat killing: £1,000 reward

    Animal welfare charity Peta is offering a £1,000 reward for information after a cat was shot dead in Hilton on Christmas Day.

    The charity put up the cash, for information leading to a criminal conviction, after the two-year-old cat was killed with what is believed to have been an air gun outside its home in Trusley Brook.

  29. News on the hour

    Sally Swinfen

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    In my 11:00 bulletin, I'll have more on the concern over the high rate of drug incidents at Sudbury open prison.

  30. Group plans new cycle route

    BBC Radio Derby

    A cycle group is hoping to raise £1.5m to fund an entirely off-road cycle route between Derby and Matlock.

    Existing cycle route

    It would connect the city with many of the county's car-free routes for the first time and would save cyclists having to use the A6.

  31. News on the hour

    Sally Swinfen

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    Sudbury open prison has the second highest number of incidents of prisoners being found with drugs in the country.

    I'll bring you the details in my 10:00 bulletin.

  32. Spireites star to move?

    BBC Sport

    BBC Sport's football gossip column reports a Scottish newspaper is linking Chesterfield striker Eoin Doyle with a £1.5m move to Celtic.

    Eoin Doyle
  33. Crime scene house

    Martyn Williams

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    A new forensic training facility for students at the University of Derby has opened on a residential street.

    Crime scene house

    The building looks like any other four-bedroom house from the outside but has reconstructed crime scenes and a blood pattern analysis room inside to help train forensic science students.

  34. How are hospitals performing?

    Want to find out how your local hospital is coping at the moment? BBC News has created this A&E tracker.

  35. News on the hour

    Sally Swinfen

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    Sudbury open prison has the second highest number of incidents of inmates being found with drugs in the country.

    Find out more in my 09:00 bulletin on BBC Radio Derby.

  36. Tributes to dead actor

    Matthew Barlow

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    A Derbyshire actor who died earlier this week has been described as "one of the nicest people you will ever meet" by a friend.

    Trevor Smith

    The body of Trevor Smith, who had played small roles in Coronation Street and Emmerdale, was found in a quarry near Wirksworth on Wednesday after he disappeared on Monday.

    Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

  37. Ticknall speeding concern

    BBC Radio Derby

    More than half of all people driving through Ticknall were found to be breaking the 30mph speed limit in recent checks.


    However, authorities say because they have been no serious accidents, it is unlikely speed enforcement in the village will be enhanced.

  38. Prison drug figures

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    There have been more than 250 incidents of drugs being found on a prisoner or in their cell at Sudbury open prison over the past four years.

    It's the second highest figure in the country, according to the National Offender Management Service.

  39. Good morning

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Hi everyone. I'll be bringing you all of today's news, sport, travel and weather updates for Derbyshire and east Staffordshire.

    If you fancy contributing a photo, question, or comment, you can email or tweet us.