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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 23 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have now ended but will return tomorrow at 08:00. 

  2. Weather: Dry and clear night across region

    Anna Church

    BBC East Midlands Today weather presenter

    Remaining dry and cloudy to end the day. There will be some clear spells overnight but temperatures should stay above freezing.

    BBC weather grid

    A few spots of drizzle are possible with lows of 5C (41F). 

  3. Hotel boss releases CCTV footage to try to trace thief

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Can you help identify this man who took two wooden antique sculptures from The Old Bell Hotel in December. 

    Man with two wooden sculptures

    The owner has released the CCTV footage having unsuccessfully appealed to the man to have them returned. 

  4. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Here's what's happening across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire: 

    • The leader of Derby City Council says it's "outrageous" the government has seized a plot of land in Normanton 
    • Police are trying to find out who damaged 15 cars in Uttoxeter on Sunday evening 
    • Jeff Hendrick pulls out of the Republic of Ireland's friendlies with a shoulder injury 
  5. Police hunt Uttoxeter car vandal

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    At least 15 vehicles on a number of roads were damaged in Uttoxeter on Sunday night. 

    Many had deep scores in the paintwork, three had their windscreen wipers pulled off and one had the word "dead" scratched on it. 

    Police are keen to trace a teenager seen riding a bicycle in Park Street at about 03:45 on Monday morning. 

    He's described as white aged between 14 and 16 and was wearing a grey jumper and hat.

  6. Council leader: We're owed money for Normanton land

    Ranjit Banwait
    Quote Message: At a time of government cuts, give us rent for it so we can use it as income to keep other council services running. Or, give us a two million pound payment for it so we can refurbish the Assembly Rooms and the swimming pool." from Councillor Ranjit Banwait Leader of Derby City Council
    Councillor Ranjit BanwaitLeader of Derby City Council
  7. Normanton land 'taken' by the government

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Here's the plot of land that the government has seized from Derby City Council in Normanton. 

    Land in Normanton in Derby
  8. Council criticise government land grab

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    The leader of Derby City Council says it's outrageous that the government's seized a plot of its land, worth over £1m, to allow a free school to be built there. 

    The site at Normanton had been earmarked by the city council for a new school for special needs pupils. 

    But now the Department for Education has used powers to take it - without paying a penny.

  9. Your photos: March across Derbyshire

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Chutney for sending in this fabulous panoramic shot from Beeley. 

    Panoramic shot across Derbyshire from Beeley
  10. Bryson: Getting Hughes back is 'excellent'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a little more of what Craig Bryson has had to say about Will Hughes' impending return from injury. 

    Will Hughes and Craig Bryson

    "Me and Will both got injured on the first day of the season and it was a bad injury," the midfielder said. 

    "When he was told he was going to be out for six months it was a big blow for the club and what we wanted to do for the rest of the year. Getting him back on the pitch will be excellent." 

  11. City council to sign agreement with Slovakia

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    An agreement to help vulnerable Slovakian children make their way back to their home country will be signed in Derby today. 

    A delegation from the eastern European republic will meet with Derby City Council this afternoon. 

    Representatives from Slovakia want children in the care of the council to be repatriated as quickly as possible if they can't return to their parents' care. 

  12. Roundabout to be renamed after regiment

    The roundabout at the junction of London Road and Traffic Street in Derby is due to be officially renamed Royal Lancers Island by Derby's mayor, Paul Pegg, shortly.

    Royal Lancers Island

    He said: "I believe it shows our appreciation of their efforts and sacrifices made over the years."

  13. Derbyshire squad prepare for new season

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    The lads look hard at work ahead of the new season at the County Ground...

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  14. Police: 'Someone must know watch's owner'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Derbyshire Police says it hasn't been able to track down who owns the items. 

    Linda Fletcher, a force enquiry officer said: "We have completed all our usual checks on found property and have not yet found an owner, however the inscription is so specific that we feel sure someone must know who the watch belongs to.

    "We think that B.S.C. stands for British Steel Corporation and we have spoken to their pensions department to see if they can help but unfortunately they say they just have too many J. Stewarts to start narrowing it down."