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  1. Updates for Tuesday 28 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Derbyshire.

Overnight forecast

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Rain will spread in through the early hours of Wednesday morning with some strong, gusty winds and lows of 5C (41F).

Charlie Slater

Tomorrow is looking like it'll be a damp start, but this should clear leaving us with a mainly dry and bright day.

Volunteers wanted for reading challenge

Derbyshire County Council

tweets: Wanted - volunteers aged 13-24 to help with our Summer Reading Challenge. It is fun & builds skills & confidence.

Keith Harris 'a brilliant ventriloquist'

Andy Potter

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby


Keith Harris, best known for his act with his puppets Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey, has died.

Keith Harris and Orville

The television entertainer was 67 and had been suffering from a rare form of cancer.

Derbyshire comedian

Bernie Clifton, who worked on the club circuit with Keith, says: "What a sad day. He was a brilliant ventriloquist. He created an iconic character with Orville and generations of kids remember them."

Labour hope to increase majority

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Labour are hoping to increase their majority at next week's local elections in Derby.

In the first of four interviews with the political parties represented on the city council, their

leader Ranjit Banwait told us the next year would be a difficult one.

On Wednesday Philip Hickson, from the Conservatives, will join Ian Skye. On Thursday Liberal Democrat Mike Carr will come in. And then on Friday Freddie Theobald, representing UKIP.

Focus on Championship play-off

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Paul Simpson says Derby County's players must "forget about everything else" when they try, against Reading, to seal a Championship play-off place on Saturday.

A point will be enough for Derby to guarantee a place in the top six.

Latest headlines

Some of the news we've been reporting this afternoon has included:

  • More than £20,000 has been donated since the death of our presenter Colin Bloomfield
  • A man is in critical condition after a collision with a car
    while riding a child's motorised scooter
  • The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has been visiting the East Midlands again

Council elections: Banwait interview

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

We're speaking to the four political parties represented on Derby City Council this week, ahead of the local elections which take place on the same day as the general election.

Derby City Council elections - Labour leader Ranjit Banwait

Our first interview was with Ranjit Banwait, the Labour leader, who currently runs the administration.

Your pictures: Snow in Hope Valley

Tweet @bbcderby

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Many of us woke up to blue skies and sunshine this morning, but it was cold. Villager Jim took this photo at 8am in the Hope Valley of.... yes - snow!

Snow in the Hope Valley
Villager Jim

He posts on Facebook: "Can you believe i took this at 8am this morning above my home - Its May in 3 days for goodness sakes lol"

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tweet us your photos.

Weather this week

BBC Weather

  • Wednesday: Damp start but improving through the day
  • Thursday: Sunshine returns, though the odd shower still possible
Charlie Slater

See the latest forecast for

Derbyshire on BBC Weather.

Constituency battles mapped

Election 2015

BBC News has

produced a map of constituency opinion polls across the country, including some from here in Derbyshire.

Constituency polling map

These are, of course, just snapshots and in no way predict entirely accurately what could happen on 7 May, but if you want to see how things may unfold next week, why not

have a click.

More than £20k donated since presenter's death

Helen Grimes

Assistant editor, BBC Radio Derby

The Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal was aiming to raise £75,000, but we've exceeded that target, with more than £20,000 in donations since Colin died.

We'll use this money to put towards work to protect future generations from the risks of skin cancer and to continue to make Derbyshire and East Staffordshire the Sun Safe Capital of the UK.

Ian Skye will have the latest appeal total on Friday morning from 06:30.

Rabbit the size of a dog

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Crickey he's as big as a dog! Who wants Randall, the giant rabbit being cared for by the

RSPCA in Chesterfield?

Randall the rabbit in Chesterfield

The centre in Chesterfield has just finished building its "five-star Rabbit House".

Randall, a 5kg giant continental white rabbit, is one of the animals being looked after there until a new home is found for him.

Election trail

John Hess

Political editor, East Midlands

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne was back in the East Midlands today, making his third election visit to the region in less than a week.

When can we expect the party leaders back in the East Midlands? I'll have a full report on BBC East Midlands Today from 18:30.

Cars damaged in Borrowash

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Derbyshire Police says about

eight vehicles have been damaged by vandals in Borrowash in recent weeks.

The latest vandalism happened between 13:00 on Saturday and early the next morning, when a driver's window was smashed.

Latest headlines

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

These are the top stories on the live page this afternoon:

Play-offs 'will bring best from young players'

Chesterfield's Gary Roberts (pictured) says the

play-offs will bring the best out of the club's young players.

Chesterfield's Gary Roberts
Getty Images

The Spireites will face either MK Dons or Swindon in the semi finals.

Roberts, who has featured in the play-offs five times, says he will share his experience with others in the squad.

Get in touch


Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Remember if you spot something happening in your local area you think we should be covering on BBC Local Live,

email or
tweet @BBCDerby.

We also welcome your comments and questions, so do get in touch.

Thanks for all of your messages

Helen Grimes

Assistant editor, BBC Radio Derby

Everyone at BBC Radio Derby has been really moved by all the support and messages we've had since Colin Bloomfield died.

Colin Bloomfield 1982 to 2015

People have been calling, emailing, leaving messages on social media and coming into our offices to sign the book of condolence.

Colin was a wonderful friend and colleague and we're really touched to know how many people are sharing our sadness at his death.

Staveley pest behind bars

Derbyshire Times

A pest who plagued his ex with phone calls and texts and left letters strewn through a park where she walked her dog has been

jailed for 20 weeks.

Colin Bloomfield Appeal donations

Sally Pepper

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

Earlier I logged on to the

JustGiving page and it has hit £21,000.

I am utterly overwhelmed by the amount of donations that have flooded in and the huge support for my London Marathon effort - raising money for the

Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal.

Sally Pepper kisses her London Marathon medal

My training has taken many months, many hours and many many miles and my one incentive was our friend Colin Bloomfield.

Man 'dragged along' road

Read more on BBC News about a 29-year-old who was hit by a car and "dragged along" while riding a child's motorised scooter in Uttoxeter.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service says: "He was carried some distance by the car, along with the scooter, causing significant damage to the bonnet, windscreen and roof of the car."

Latest headlines

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

  • Derby chef Sat Baines in Nepal hotel when
    earthquake struck
  • Man riding child's motor scooter badly hurt in crash
  • Vandals damage vehicles in Borrowash

Booze brings road ban

Derby Telegraph

A serial drink-driver - caught for the fourth time - has been handed what is believed to be

one of the longest driving bans ever in Derby - for seven years.

Weather snapshot

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It will be

bright and breezy and really quite cold through the rest of the day.

Charlie Slater

There's potential for the odd heavy shower, but in the main it will be bright with lots of sunshine.

For the latest forecast, follow the

BBC Weather team on Twitter.

Team Derby in badminton play-offs

Team Derby have qualified for the National Badminton League end-of-season play-offs after a comfortable victory over University of Nottingham.

Donna Kellogg's side were 4-1 winners at Derby Arena.

The two teams will face each other again in the semi-finals in June.

Man on child's scooter badly hurt in crash

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A man's in a critical condition in hospital after he was hit by a car while riding a child's motorised scooter in Uttoxeter.

Crash after a man was hit by a car while riding a child's motorbike in Uttoxeter.
West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service says it attended the crash on the B5030 Uttoxeter to Rocester road at about 23:30 yesterday.

A 29-year-old man was taken to hospital with significant head and abdominal injuries and a broken leg. The driver was unhurt.

Details of book of condolence

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

If you'd like to sign the book of condolence for Radio Derby presenter Colin Bloomfield, who died at the weekend aged 33, and share your memories and wishes, you can do so between 09:00 and 17:00 at the following addresses:

  • BBC Radio Derby, 56 St Helen's Street, Derby DE1 3HY. Reception phone number is 01332 375001.
  • iPro Stadium, Pride Parkway, Derby DE24 8XL. The central reception phone number is 01332 667532.

The books will be given to Colin's mother at a later date.

Concerns over housing shortage

Angelina Socci

BBC East Midlands Today

Housing is one of the key issues for this general election. There are fears a shortage of new houses in the East Midlands is nearing breaking point.

Row of houses in the East Midlands

Several housing organisations and charities have voiced concerns that house prices and rents, particularly in the private sector, are rising rapidly.

What they'd like to see is the money the government currently spends on housing benefit being put towards building affordable new homes.

Cricket: Guptill 'embraces one-day spirit'

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Martin Guptill says embracing his one-day spirit was the key as he smashed Derbyshire into a match-winning position on day two of their County Championship clash at Gloucestershire.

Martin Guptill
Getty Images

Guptill hit 11 sixes as he scored 227 - his highest first-class total - and power Derbyshire to 511 for 8 in their first innings. His knock has given Derbyshire a first innings lead of 236.

Play resumes at 11:00 and you can hear ball-by-ball commentary on 1116AM and


Latest headlines

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories in the BBC Derby newsroom:

  • A Derby chef caught up in the earthquake in Nepal says it was the craziest 72 hours of his life
  • About 150 schools across Derbyshire and east Staffordshire have now become "sunsafe"
  • Weather: Showers possible but it will be mainly bright and breezy

Ambulance trust board meeting

East Midlands Ambulance Service

tweets: It's our Trust Board today. We're in Derbys & will tweet live
#EMASLive. Agenda & papers on on Trust Board page

More schools become 'sunsafe'

Sally Swinfen

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

About 150 schools across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire have now become "sunsafe".

The scheme is part of the

Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal and provides schools with sun cream and education tools for pupils.

John Grattidge, co-head teacher at St John Fisher, a sunsafe school in Alvaston, says it's an important message not just for young people but parents and adults too.

Nepal earthquake appeal

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is appealing for funds to help those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

DEC website

If you'd like to donate you can do so via the

DEC website.

The United Nations says eight million people have been affected by the massive earthquake - more than a quarter of the country's population.

More people sign book for Colin Bloomfield

People have been signing a book of condolence at BBC Radio Derby for presenter Colin Bloomfield, who died at the weekend.

Book of condolence for Colin Bloomfield

A book has also been placed at Derby County's iPro stadium and includes a message from club chairman Sam Rush.

He says: "Always loved and never forgotten. He was a very special individual. He was a superb broadcaster and we had some very good chats. He wasn't employed by Derby County but he had an extremely important role here."

Bent should be fit for Saturday

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County should have striker Darren Bent (pictured) available for Saturday's crucial Championship clash at home to Reading.

Darren Bent
Getty Images

Derby must get at least a point to be sure of a place in the play-offs.

Bent missed last weekend's trip to Millwall through illness.

Phone scam warning

BBC Radio Derby

Members of the public are warned to be vigilant about a new telephone scam.

Derbyshire Police says there's been 13 incidents where someone claiming to be from West Midlands Police tells the victim their card has been cloned and asks them to withdraw cash so it can be forensically examined.

Latest headlines

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

These are the top stories here in the BBC Derby newsroom at 08:00:

  • Police warn people to be vigilant over new telephone scam
  • More people sign book of condolence for Colin Bloomfield
  • Weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers