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  1. Updates for Thursday 22 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Friday

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By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Thursday's Local Live updates have now finished. The service will start again at 08:00 on Friday.

Sub-zero overnight temperatures

Anna Church

BBC Weather

A dry night with clearing skies. Temperatures will drop quickly allowing for a widespread frost and some patches of freezing fog.

Weather chart

E-cigs warning

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Derby's Trading Standards have issued a safety warning about e-cigarettes.

Officers have numerous reports of chargers overheating or exploding while in use and is concerned people are failing to read instructions properly or may be combining incompatible products.

Former teacher found hanged

Derby Telegraph

An inquest has opened into the death of Hilton man Ian Barnett,

whose body was found in a nature reserve.

Road gritters sent out

Derbyshire County Council

tweets: We'll be gritting all primary routes at 6pm tonight and again at 4am tomorrow. No road closures in the county now as a result of snow.

Rams v Spireites team news

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County are assessing injuries to Craig Bryson and Johnny Russell (pictured) ahead of Saturday's FA Cup game against Chesterfield.

Johnny Russell
Getty Images

Will Hughes is fit again and Simon Dawkins is likely to return.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

17:00 bulletin, demolition work gets under way at a former Derby hospital and encouraging news for dairy farmers is revealed in Derbyshire.

Talking cattle

Andy Potter

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

On today's show I went to find out all about Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Gourmet Grazing Project at Woodside Farm near Shipley.

Highland cattle

Highland cattle have been put on the land to help improve the environment for wildlife.

Listen again.

Wolf Hall reviews

BBC Two's adaptation of

Wolf Hall by Derbyshire author Hilary Mantel has been praised by critics, with one calling it "close to perfect television".

Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis was also admired for his "fearsome" portrayal of Henry VIII.

Read more about the reviews.

Mac: No interest in Atsu

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren has dismissed any link between the Rams and Chelsea starlet Christian Atsu.

Rising star

A Derbyshire schoolgirl is on the road to becoming an Olympic star.

niamh emmerson

Niamh Emmerson from Shirland near Alfreton is following in the footsteps of gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill competing in the heptathlon.

At the age of just 15, she's been picked for the Great Britain under 20s squad.

More on

BBC East Midlands Today.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Demolition work has started on the site of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

I'll bring you the full story in my

16:00 news bulletin.

Minister visits Derbyshire

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Liz Truss, secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, visited Erewash Canal earlier.

Liz Truss at Erewash Canal

You can hear my interview with her after 16:00 on

BBC Radio Derby.

Gritters out again

Derby City Council

tweets: We're out #gritting again from 6.00pm on our main roads as temps drop #DerbyUK

New club for ex-Ram

Former Derby County striker Chris Porter

has left Sheffield United to join Colchester United.

Chris Porter
Getty Images

The 31-year-old scored nine times in 44 appearances for the Rams between Jan 2009 and July 2011.

Alton Towers attacker jailed

Ashbourne News Telegraph

A man who stabbed an Alton Towers manager after his shift at the theme park

has been jailed for more than four years.

Watch: Mantel's Wolf Hall

The first episode of a TV dramatisation of award-winning historical novel Wolf Hall, written by Derbyshire author Hilary Mantel, was broadcast last night.

Damien Lewis in Wold Hall

If you missed it,

you can still see it on BBC iPlayer.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

15:00 bulletin, work to knock down the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary gets under way.

Snake Pass reopens

Derbyshire County Council

tweets: The A57 Snake Pass is now open following earlier closure for snow. All main routes in Derbyshire are now open.

Hospital demolition starts

East Midlands Today

Demolition work has begun at the site of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary on London Road.


The land, which covers more than 18 acres, is to be developed into 300 homes and shops.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Demolition work began today on the site of Derby's oldest hospital.

Find out more by listening to my 14:00 bulletin on

BBC Radio Derby.

'Beyond our control'

BBC Radio Derby

Chesterfield FC says it can't stop its fans who missed out on an away end ticket for Saturday's FA Cup clash with Derby County buying a ticket to sit with the Rams fans at the iPro Stadium.

Derby County's iPro Stadium

The club's communication manager Nick Johnson said: "We don't encourage fans to do that but it's beyond our control."

East Midlands Today

Angelina Socci


On BBC One at 13:30, demolition work begins on the site of one of the region's oldest hospitals, the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

Three jailed for attack on woman

Derbyshire Times

A Heanor man has been

jailed for breaking into a flat and beating a woman over the head with a metal kitchen implement.

Alan Chapman, 28, of Park View, Heanor, joined Christopher Dennis, 46, of Graham Street, Ilkeston, and Gary Morton, 40, of John Street, Ilkeston, in storming the flat on September 13 last year.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Chesterfield Football club says it had no option but to bring forward the sale of tickets for Saturdays FA cup match against Derby County at the iPro stadium. More in the news

at 13:00.

Winger 'not ready'

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Burton Albion are keeping an open mind on when winger Alex McDonald will return to the side.

Alex MacDonald
Getty Images

The Brewers' top scorer has returned to training after suffering a severe gash to his knee on 26 December but assistant manager David Oldfield says he's still not ready to return to the first team.

CF medication petition

BBC Radio Derby

A petition has been started by Littleover teenager Tom Bull calling for the government to waive prescription charges for people with cystic fibrosis.

The 16-year-old said: "There are conditions like diabetes and epilepsy where people get all prescriptions free - and not just for their condition.

"It's fair enough a diabetic should not have to pay for insulin, but why should they get paracetamol free when I can't get medication I need to survive free?"

Help us to improve

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

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

your feedback about this service.

Football fans cause train chaos

Police are investigating disorder which broke out on two trains travelling from Leicester to Derby

following Stoke City's match at Leicester City on Saturday.

Rail staff were abused, police officers were assaulted and other passengers were intimidated during the trouble on the 18:01 and 18:30 services.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my

12:00 bulletin, I'll have more on concerns Chesterfield supporters may buy tickets to sit among Derby County fans at Saturday's FA Cup match.

Winter driving tips

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

With many parts of north Derbyshire still covered by snow, here's some useful advice for

driving in extreme wintry conditions.

Driving advice page

Tributes for late Corrie actress

Ilkeston's William Roache

paid an emotional tribute to his former Coronation Street co-star Anne Kirkbride at last night's National Television Awards.

William Roache

He described the actress, who died on Monday, as a "vibrant, warm-hearted, loving person who came to work each day, gave us all a hug and brightened up our lives".

'Derbyshire Derby' ticket concern

BBC Radio Derby

Chesterfield FC says there is little it can do to stop supporters buying tickets in the home sections of the iPro Stadium for Saturday's FA Cup clash against Derby County.

The Spireites have sold out their allocation of 5,700 tickets, prompting concern some fans who missed out may opt to sit with the Rams supporters.

Al-Madinah: Further improvements needed

Despite taking Al-Madinah out of special measures, Ofsted said the Derby free school still required improvement in all areas.

Ofsted report

Among the failings

mentioned in its latest inspection report were inconsistent teaching and pupils failing to reach expected standards in reading and writing.

News on the hour

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

The latest Ofsted report on Derby's Al-Madinah school says it no longer needs special measures.

You can hear more on this story in my

11:00 news bulletin.

Your photos: Snow tractor

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Many parts of Derbyshire are still covered in snow following yesterday's wintry storm. Here's a photo of an impressive snow tractor built by the Allen family in Taddington.

Snow tractor
Ruth Allen

Email or
tweet us your snow pics. I'll feature my favourites on BBC Local Live.

Call for more foster carers

Sally Swinfen

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

More foster carers are being called for in Staffordshire.

The county council says around 60 carers are needed to look after children who may have experienced neglect or abuse.