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  1. Updates for Thursday 14 May 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

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By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for reading today's news, sport, travel and weather updates. The service will be back at 08:00 Friday.

Dry night in store

Mel Coles

BBC Weather

Any patchy rain will clear south-east to leave

a dry night with light winds and clear spells.

Mel Coles

It will be a chilly night with some rural areas close to freezing. Lows of 6C/43F (urban) and 2C/36F (rural).

Fire service's stand against homophobia

Derbyshire's fire service

says it will be flying the rainbow flag at its headquarters and stations tomorrow to show its support for the International Day Against Homophobia.

A spokesman said the service wanted to show it was committed to ending discrimination.

Barker looks to the future

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Former Derby County captain Shaun Barker

says he hopes to join a Championship side after being released by the Rams.

Natalie Jackson

History tells us that if he sets his mind on something, he usually gets there.

New bishop appointed

BBC Radio Derby

A new Bishop has been appointed to the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham, which covers Derbyshire.

Patrick McKinney is the tenth person to take on the role.

Thieves steal horn from house

A French horn (pictured), a computer, clothes and some bank cards are among the items

stolen from a house in Hathersage overnight.

French horn
Derbyshire Police

Anyone with information on the burglary, in Roslyn Road, is asked to contact police on 101.

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A reminder of our main stories this afternoon:

Stanage sunset

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Stephen Elliott writes: "I was out on Stanage Edge on Tuesday night for the sunset. That didn't happen as too much cloud but I did get a nice burst of light a little while earlier."

Stanage Edge
Stephen Elliott

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Record-breaking number plate

A personalised registration has set a new British record

after selling for more than £230,000, according to the DVLA.

Number plate auction

KR15 HNA was bought by a London-based businesswoman during an auction at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield.

County council switch

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

A cabinet shake-up at Derbyshire County Council sees Kevin Gillott out and Jim Coyle in as member for children and young people.

Derbyshire County Council sign

Teenager found dead

BBC Radio Derby

Police have confirmed a boy was found dead at his home in Derby this morning.

The 13-year-old, who has not been named, was a pupil at Merrill Academy. Police say they are not treating the death as suspicious.

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's a reminder of our top stories this afternoon:

Council will oppose Kedleston homes

Alan Cox, expected to be named Conservative leader of Amber Valley Borough Council next week, has pledged to challenge plans for

400 new homes near the Kedleston estate.

Mr Cox said while the authority was powerless to change the final document sent by the previous Labour administration to the housing inspector, it would be expressing its opposition to the proposals.

Man squeezed medic's bottom

Derby Telegraph

A reveller who squeezed a paramedic's bottom while she was treating a patient in a Derby pub handed himself in to the police

after seeing a CCTV image of himself published online.

Poynton made vice-captain

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton has been made vice-captain for Derbyshire's T20 Blast campaign.

Tom Poynton
Getty Images

The competition is due to get under way tomorrow with Derbyshire travelling to face Yorkshire.

Teenager is banned

Lisa Teanby

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

An antisocial behaviour injunction has been taken out against a 17-year-old by Derby Homes to protect a vulnerable tenant.

The measure means the teenager can be arrested if he enters an exclusion zone at any point over the next 12 months.

Newcomers given free market stalls

Free pitches are being offered at Swadlincote Market for the rest of the month to encourage new traders.

The district council said it was particularly keen to see budding young entrepreneurs getting involved with the project, which runs until 27 May.

Police appeal to help find 77-year-old missing Swadlincote man

Burton Mail

Police are searching for a 77-year-old man in Swadlincote

after he went missing from his home this morning.

The man has not yet been named, but is said to be wearing grey bottoms, a grey polo top, a blue Adidas coat and a black woollen hat.

Man vanishes after crash

Police are looking for an Ilkeston man who disappeared from hospital while being treated for injuries sustained in a road crash.

David Carlin
Derbyshire Police

It is believed David Carlin, 23, may have headed to Lincolnshire after leaving Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre on Tuesday.

Tories oppose scrutiny overhaul

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Derby City Council's Conservative opposition has criticised proposals to reduce the number of scrutiny meetings by a third.

The Labour-led authority says the move will allow it reduce the number of staff involved in the process, but the Tories says backbenchers will have fewer opportunities to investigate how the council is being run.

Progress on supermarket plan

Matlock Mercury

A plan for a new Aldi store in Bakewell

has been recommended for approval before it goes before the Peak District National Park Authority tomorrow.

Barton flood problem tackled

Work to ease a long-standing flooding problem in Barton-under-Needwood is being carried out by Severn Trent Water.

Sewers between the A38 and the canal bridge on Barton Turn

are to be cleaned using jetting machines and the firm will then use cameras to work out whether anything else can be done.

Watch: Barker says thank you

Natalie Jackson

Sports Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Former Derby County captain Shaun Barker has thanked Rams fans for their "remarkable support" after it was confirmed the defender will leave the club this summer.

Shaun Barker

The defender spent six years with the Rams but has not played a first team game since suffering a serious knee injury in 2012.

Watch the full interview here.

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's a reminder of the main stories we're currently covering:

  • The Labour leader in East Staffordshire has resigned
  • Plans for new homes near Kedleston Hall
    are to be challenged
  • Derby County are linked with Brighton defender Lewis Dunk

Tree falls on road

BBC Travel

A fallen tree has partially blocked the A515 in Fenny Bentley

near the Ashes Lane junction.

East Staffordshire: Labour leader quits

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The Labour leader in East Staffordshire, Julian Mott, has resigned following last week's elections, in which control of the borough council switched from Labour to the Conservatives.

Mr Mott, currently under investigation for comments made online about another councillor who'd died, said he intended to resign whether his party won or lost.

Wanted: your pictures

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

England's Big Picture feature

has a fresh new look - and wants to showcase even more of your photos.

Graham Kidd

Bank blunder: 'No-one was helping'

BBC Radio Derby

A woman has been describing her struggle to retrieve £5,000 she and her husband mistakenly paid into a stranger's bank account rather than her mother's.

She said: "I just felt at a loss because I felt no-one was trying to help us. I also felt really guilty that my mum had lent us this money and now it was sat in someone else's account."

Pollen outlook

BBC Weather

Due to the cloud and showers across parts of the UK we've got a lower sniffle factor as a rule today, apart from Northern Ireland and the North West.

Pollen map

More details here.

Well dressing season

Andy Potter

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

This year's well dressings are due to be unveiled in Tissington today.

More of the well dressing in progress
Sir Richard FiztHerbert

The annual event is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors to the village, which has been in the hands of the Fitzherbert family for more than 500 years.

New powers for cities


Plans to give English cities powers over housing, transport, planning and policing will be set out in George Osborne's first post-election speech.

George Osborne

He'll say the "old model" of running everything from London is "broken" and has unbalanced the economy.

Rams target defender

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County have been linked with a move for Brighton defender Lewis Dunk (pictured left tackling Derby's Chris Martin).

Lewis Dunk tackles Derby County's Chris Martin
Getty Images

BBC Radio Derby understands the Rams are interested in the 23 year-old, but talk of a bid being rejected is premature.

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of the main stories we're covering right now:

  • The man expected to take charge of Amber Valley Borough Council
    pledges to challenge plans for 400 new homes near the Kedlestone estate
  • A couple who paid £5,000 into the wrong account complain it took too long to retrieve the money
  • Derby County are linked with Brighton defender Lewis Dunk

New Erewash MP sets out stall

BBC Radio Derby

Erewash's new Conservative MP, Maggie Throup, says she plans to prioritise getting young people into work.

Maggie Throup

She said: "We need to make sure school leavers know where they're going, know what the opportunities are and have the right GCSEs and A-levels to meet our job needs across the constituency."

Council scrutiny overhaul plan

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Derby City Council is proposing sweeping changes to the way its councillors scrutinise the work of the authority.

Derby's Council House

The proposal being put forward next week would cut the number of scrutiny meetings by almost a third and greatly reduce the number of reviews backbench councillors can carry out.

Frustration after bank blunder

BBC Radio Derby

A couple who accidentally put £5,000 into a stranger's bank account after entering the wrong details online say they're disappointed with how difficult it has been to get their money back.

The money, which was intended for Tessa Wardle's mother in Chaddesden, was finally retrieved after BBC Radio Derby contacted Santander to discuss the situation.

Kedleston homes plan could be axed

The Conservative group leader of Amber Valley Borough Council

says he will try to have plans for 400 new homes near Derby's Kedleston estate thrown out.

Kedlestom homes site

The development had been recommended by the previous Labour administration but opposed by nearby residents.

Alan Cox, who is expected to take charge of the council next week, said the extra homes were not needed.