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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 7 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Euan Duncan

All times stated are UK

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Today's Local Live updates have come to an end. We'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday.

Weather: Muggy night with chance of thunderstorms

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

The cloud builds up this evening and there will be a few isolated thunderstorms along with hail and the risk of some flash flooding.

Muggy and humid overnight with lows of 14C (57F).

Weather temperatures for 4am on Wednesday June 8
BBC

A dry and bright start to tomorrow with some sunshine and highs of 23C (73F).

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of the top stories we've been covering:

A&E in Derby busy

Must be the humidity ... a plea to avoid using A&E if possible.

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Your photos: Swan and cygnets at Alrewas

I trust that's a piece of wood sticking up and not a shark fin to the right of the swan and cygnets enjoying themselves in the water at Alrewas.

Swan at Alrewas
Chris n Ginny

Thanks to our Weather Watchers Chris n Ginny for the photo.

Pringle holds up Falcons

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Falcons have finally dismissed Durham Jets for 216 in their One-Day Cup match at Derby, after some tail-end resistance.

Ryan Pringle was last out for 125 from 101 balls.

You can follow the Falcons' reply on 1116AM and via BBC Sport online.

Sharp stop injures passengers

Burton Mail

Bus passengers have been left needing treatment in an incident in Burton.

Three more men arrested over fatal stabbing

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Three men have been arrested overnight on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed in Nottingham last week.

Aqib Mazhar was found in Forest Fields last Wednesday. He later died in hospital.

Junaid Farrukh, 21, from Derby, and 18-year-old Mohamud Alasow, from Nottingham, have been charged with murder already and are due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court today.

Two 24-year-olds and a 21-year-old are currently in police custody.

Watch: Mike Ashley defends Sports Direct

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

In case you missed Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley giving evidence to a Commons select committee earlier, here's a short snippet.

You can read the full story here.

'Complacency culture' to blame for poor school performance, says Ofsted

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Ofsted's chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw blames a "culture of complacency" for the poor educational performance of towns and cities across the region.

Ofsted's chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw
BBC

He says there's a lack of clear accountability and has called on local politicians to take action.

Worst GCSE results in East Midlands, says watchdog

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Not very encouraging news on education locally today as Ofsted says schools in the East Midlands are the worst performing in the country.

Almost one in three secondary schools were judged less than good at their last inspection, and the region had the worst GCSE results in England in 2015.

Derbyshire host Durham in cup

BBC Sport

Derbyshire Falcons have named an unchanged 13-man squad as they aim for a third win in five days.

Billy Godleman
Getty Images

You can hear ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio Derby on 1116AM or via BBC Sport online.

Ramathon organisers name runner who died

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Organisers of the Derby Ramathon have released the name of the man who died after collapsing during the half marathon.

He was Paul Osbourne, who was 38 and from Leicestershire.

Start of Ramathon in Derby
BBC

They say they are continuing to help the authorities 'in all matters relating to the tragic accident'.

Travel: Breakdown blocks lane on M1 southbound

BBC Travel

A broken-down vehicle is blocking a lane on the M1 southbound at J29 for Chesterfield.

Police confirm city centre back to normal after suitcase blown up

Police have confirmed the cordon has been removed in Derby city centre, and Victoria Street and Green Lane have been reopened after a suitcase was blown up in a controlled explosion this afternoon.

Police and a bomb disposal team dealing with an abandoned suitcase in Derby city centre
BBC

Police say the suitcase was found to be empty.

Cordon set to be lifted

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Police officers have been telling members of the public they expect the cordon in Derby city centre to be lifted shortly.

Police cordon in Derby city centre after suitcase abandoned at bottom of Green Lane
BBC

Bomb disposal team's 'robot' in action

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here's a bomb disposal team at work in Derby city centre this lunchtime after a suitcase was abandoned at the bottom of Green Lane.

Bomb disposal team arrives in Derby city centre
BBC

Weather: Humid afternoon and chance of heavy showers later

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Feeling warm and humid this afternoon, with highs of 25C (77F). 

But the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain later today covering Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

Weather temperatures for Tuesday June 7 to Wednesday 8
BBC

There is the potential for heavy, thundery showers to turn torrential with the risk of hail.

BreakingControlled explosion carried out on suspect suitcase

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Police have just confirmed a controlled explosion has been carried out on the abandoned suitcase that prompted an evacuation of the area around the junction of Green Lane and Victoria Street.

Bomb squad called in after suspicious suitcase found

A bomb disposal team have now arrived at Green Lane in Derby where an abandoned suitcase was discovered earlier, prompting police to evacuate the area.

The Derby Telegraph has more on this story.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

These are the main stories we're covering this lunchtime.

Watch: Victoria Street evacuated

BBC Radio Derby's political reporter was at the scene when Victoria Street was evacuated earlier...

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Investigations continue after city centre evacuation

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here's a brief update by police on the evacuation in Derby city centre following the discovery of a suspicious suitcase.

It said a 100m cordon had been put in place while investigations are carried out and it would provide further updates later.

Police cordon
BBC

Ashley 'wanted to buy BHS'

Back at Westminster, the select committee has finished its questioning of Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley.

In the final stages he's asked to comment on the collapse of BHS but is advised by his assistant not to say anything. He does, though, admit he tried to buy the firm.

Mike Ashley
BBC

He also tells the hearing he would have no problem with an unannounced visit by MPs to the Sports Direct site in Shirebrook. He said all he wants is to be treated fairly.  

Buses diverted as city street cordoned off

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Here's another view of the police cordon in Derby city centre after a black suitcase was abandoned at the bottom of Green Lane, close to the former Debenhams building .

Derby city centre cordoned off after suitcase abandoned near former Debenhams store
BBC

The road closure is affecting bus services through Derby.

City street evacuated over suspicious suitcase

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The black item you can see next to the shop on the corner is the abandoned suitcase.

Suitcase
BBC

Cordon put up after abandoned suitcase found

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The suspicious item is a suitcase left next to a bin at the bottom of Green Lane. Police have put up a cordon.

Police cordon
BBC

Reports of suspicious package in Derby city centre

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Away from the Mike Ashley story, we're hearing about a suspicious package outside the former Debenhams building in the centre of Derby. More on this as we get it.

MP suggests Ashley needs more help

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Asked has the company outgrown your ability to manage it, Mike Ashley replied "Probably."

One of the committee MPs suggested: "If you're going from a dinghy to an oil tanker shouldn't you get someone can steer this?"

Ashley: Sports Direct 'a victim of its own success'

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Mike Ashley expands on why Sports Direct uses so many agency staff.

He said: "Agencies are experts in people. That's what they're supposed to be.

"We are victims of our own success. Ten years ago the web was taking £10,000 a year. It was nothing. The firm was built to supply stores, not to supply the individual customer.

"It's a physical warehouse, packed out for stores. They order 36 pairs of socks. All of a sudden [because of internet shopping] you've got a customer coming to you asking for one pair."

Ashley: Agency staff not the cause of Shirebrook problems

Mike Ashley is asked whether some of the problems at the firm's Shirebrook headquarters could have been solved if Sports Direct employed more staff directly instead of relying on agency staff.

He replies: "With my hand on my heart, no."

Mike Ashley
BBC

Ashley: Zero hours contracts still to be addressed

Derby North MP Amanda Solloway asks Mike Ashley if he agrees more of the firm's staff should be on full-time contracts rather than so-called zero-hour contracts.

He says it would seem a reasonable suggestion but he hasn't got round to look at the issue yet.

Amanda Solloway
BBC

Mike Ashley: Staff punishment policy 'needs proper execution'

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Asked if the "six strikes and you're out" policy was unfair, Ashley said: "If it's used correctly, if it's not abusive, if the six strikes are right, if it's executed correctly, would you want your son and daughter under that regime. And if the answer to that's 'no' you have to change it.

"That's why the whole thing is a never-ending process of review."

Ambulance call-outs to Shirebrook 'excessive', says Ashley

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Mike Ashley says the high number of ambulance call-outs to Sports Direct's Shirebrook headquarters is excessive.

However, he said some of the problems could have been resolved without the need for an ambulance.

'We deserve cane if we get it wrong'

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Asked about allegations of criticism of staff over the public address system at Shirebrook, Mike Ashley said: "If it did happen, I'd like to think it doesn't happen any more."

"You can't talk to 2,000 people at a warehouse, You have to have a Tannoy.

Mike Ashley
BBC

"Is the Tannoy system abusive? No, it should not be. If we are abusing it, then Sports Direct deserves the cane.

"There will be occasions when we deserve the cane no matter what I say or promise here."

Ashley says he's tackled staff security check delays

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Mike Ashley tells the hearing his review into working practices at Sports Direct is a "work in progress".

"I've discovered some issues and I've hopefully addressed some of those issues. Bottlenecks at security are the main issue," he said.

Ashley: 'I can't keep track'

Sarah Sturdey

BBC East Midlands

Mike Ashley describes Sports Direct as an oil tanker and tells the committee he can't be all over it.

"I didn't build Sports Direct. Sports Direct built me. I can't keep track," he said.

Sports Direct hearing
BBC

Ashley: Working conditions revelations an 'unpleasant surprise'

BBC Business Live

Sports Direct's founder is asked by the chair of the committee if any of the revelations about working conditions at Shirebrook came as an unpleasant surprise: 

He replies: "Some things have come as an unpleasant surprise, yes. It wasn't our best ever day."

Ashley: Sports Direct has 'hard-working' culture

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

On the culture at Sports Direct, Mike Ashley says: "It's a very hard-working culture and therefore it should come with some rewards.

"The value of Sports Direct is the people. Finish."

Mike Ashley
BBC

Ashley confirms some staff were paid below minimum wage

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Sports Direct was paying workers below the minimum wage at one stage, but that's no longer the case, Mike Ashley tells MPs.