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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 7 September 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

By Alex Smith

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

Our live updates for Derbyshire have now ended but we'll be back tomorrow with all your news, travel, weather and sport from 08:00.   

Pearson: 'Vital' to freshen up the Rams

BBC Sport

Derby County manager Nigel Pearson has said it was important to "freshen up" the dressing room during the transfer window.

Forwards Matej Vydra and James Wilson and winger Ikechi Anya joined during the international break. 

Nigel Pearson
Getty Images

Majority of people 'feel unsafe' in Chesterfield

Derbyshire Times

Seventy per cent of residents do not feel safe in Chesterfield town centre, according to an online poll by the Derbyshire Times.

Council rejects proposal to give bosses pay rise

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Fan 'known to police for some time'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

PC Roger Brown, of Derbyshire Police’s North Division Football Unit, was on duty in France during the tournament and said Sorrell "has been known to police for some time" due to his "antagonistic behaviour" at Chesterfield games.

"I’m very pleased with the length of the ban. The vast majority of football supporters are law abiding and well-behaved, but there is unfortunately a small pocket of fans who often ruin it for others," he said.

Chesterfield fan banned after Euro 2016 'disorder'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A Chesterfield Football Club fan who "took part in disorder" at Euro 2016 has been handed a five-year banning order.

James Sorrell, 40, was spotted being involved in disorder and upon his return to the UK, was served with the banning order notice, Derbyshire Police said.

Sorrell, of Brooklyn Drive, Chesterfield, has not challenged the application and is now banned from attending all regulation UK football fixtures. He must also surrender his passport when the England national team play abroad.

Arrest made after Co-op robbery

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A 24-year-old man has been arrested following a robbery at a supermarket.

Two men entered the Co-op, in Draycott Road, Sawley, holding knives on 23 August.

They threatened staff and took cigarettes and money before leaving on "some sort of motorbike".

The detained man has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Robbery at the Co-op in Sawley
Derbyshire Police

Government 'will listen to Toyota'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Dales MP Sir Patrick McLoughlin said the government will listen to Toyota - after a report said it was one of the companies most likely to leave the UK following the EU Referendum result.

Toyota - which has an assembly plant at Burnaston in Derbyshire and employs about 3,000 people at the site - said this week their key concern is whether Britain will still have free trade with the EU when it leaves the union.

Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP
BBC

Mr McLoughlin said the government "will do everything they can to make Britain an attractive place to invest".  

Students urged to look out for fraudsters

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Students looking for university accommodation are being urged to protect themselves from fraudsters.

According to Derbyshire Police, seasonal rental fraud is an emerging trend before the start of a new term.

Due to demand, students will often agree to pay upfront fees to secure the property quickly, without viewing the property, only to discover the fraudster posing as the landlord does not own the property - or there are tenants already living there.

Det Insp Rob King - from the Derbyshire Economic Crime Unit - sums it up nicely: "If a deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is."

Bank cards
Thinkstock

Man, 31, charged after car arson

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A man has been charged with arson after a car was torched in Glossop.

A white Mini Cooper parked along Highfield Road was set alight between 01:00 and 01:40 on Monday.

Clive Fowler, 31, of Ashwood Road, Fairfield, has been charged with arson and criminal damage and was remanded in custody after appearing before magistrates at Chesterfield Justice Centre yesterday.

He will appear at Derby Crown Court on 4 October.

Screens off - after council forgets to pay TV licence

Derby Telegraph

Screens at Derby's Queen's Leisure Centre were turned off - because the city council forgot to pay the TV licence. 

On behalf of all local taxpayers... *facepalm. 

'Phosphate and ammonia' problems

Martyn Williams

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Catherine Leonard, from the Environment Agency, said: "We've got problems with phosphate and ammonia and these in turns affect the ecology.

"We can't improve it unless we know where these problems are coming from."

Nunn Brook near Alfreton
BBC

Rivers and lakes 'not meeting standards'

Martyn Williams

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

I've been down to Nunn Brook near Alfreton, where the Environment Agency has brought in 24-hour water monitoring.

It comes after it was announced 59% of rivers and lakes being monitored across the East Midlands are failing to meet the agency's water quality standards.

Julie Wozniczka from Trent River Trust and Catherine Leonard from the Environment Agency
BBC

Fraudsters ordered to repay £400,000

Eric Simpson

BBC News Online

Two fraudsters who went on lavish holidays abroad after illegally claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds have been ordered to pay back the money.  

Angela Poole and her partner George Taylor falsely claimed they had provided sign language services to a government scheme.

George Taylor and Angela Poole
Department for Work and Pensions

They have been ordered to repay more than £400,000.

The couple were based in Derby when they made the claims from 2008 to 2013.

School gets 'first Polish head boy'

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

I've been speaking to Jakub Klosowicz - who's been voted head boy at Shirebrook Academy, the school's first Polish head boy.

His school said he arrived three years ago without speaking English - and is now one of the best and most popular students in school.

Shirebrook is an area associated with tensions with British and Eastern European communities - thanks in part to the influx of agency staff from the latter working at the town's Sports Direct warehouse, where Jakub's dad also works.

Jakub Klosowicz
BBC

Ilkeston's FA Cup opponents confirmed

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Phew...I think we all need to take a breath for a second and remind ourselves of what's happening across Derbyshire.

  • Shareholders 'disapprove' Sports Direct chairman's re-election
  • Man bailed after death of 'amazing daddy'
  • Two-lorry crash blocks Nottingham-bound A52 road
  • Fraudsters ordered to repay £400,000

East Midlands weather update: A mild night

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Tonight won't be quite as warm as last night but it'll still be very mild with lows of 16C (61F).

Tomorrow will see a day of sunny spells - the best of which will be in the afternoon. 

One lane of A52 'now open', say police

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Sports Direct 'disappointed' by shareholder verdict

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

In a statement, Mr Hellawell said: "I take this clear message from our independent shareholders seriously, and I will do my best to address their concerns and earn their confidence over the next year.  

"I have confirmed today that should I not receive the support of a majority of our independent shareholders at next year's AGM, I will step down at that time with immediate effect."

Majority 'disapprove' of chairman's re-election

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Sports Direct's Keith Hellawell's re-election as chairman has not been approved by 53% of the retailer's shareholders.

The 74-year-old had reportedly offered to resign but had been asked by majority shareholder and founder Mike Ashley (below) and other investors to stay.

Mike Ashley shows reporters around Sports Direct's Shirebrook warehouse
Reuters

Arrested man, 30, bailed after city death

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Officers travelling to a different incident came across an altercation in the Market Place at about 01:00.

A 30-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been questioned and bailed pending further inquiries.

Detectives are viewing CCTV footage in the city, interviewing witnesses and awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination, Derbyshire Police say.

Derby city centre
Google

Partner of 'assault victim' pays tribute to 'amazing daddy'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The partner of a 22-year-old man who died after an assault in Derby city centre has paid tribute to him, describing him as an "amazing daddy".

Oliver Falivena, of Derby, died on Tuesday after suffering head injuries following an assault on bank holiday Monday.

Oliver Falivena, Eva and Miss Oakes
Derbyshire Police

His partner, Sophie Oakes, with whom he had a three-year-old daughter, Eva, said: “I love him so much and will miss him always.

“I promise to carry on making him proud and looking after our beautiful princess. It really has caused so much pain and heartbreak and I will always show memories to her and tell her how much of an amazing daddy he was."

Chairman 'probably had fingers in the till'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The Press Association's Alex Britton reports that chairman Keith Hellawell has been taken out of a Q&A at Sports Direct.

Mike Ashley reportedly quipped: "He's probably had his fingers in the till."  

A52 road 'reopening'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Eyewitness Richard Phipps, from Bramcote, said he came across the collision while at the Shell garage.

"A lorry transporting three vehicles has collided with another lorry," he said. "The three-car transporter also had a trailer on it.

"There is one guy who has some form of neck injury.

"The fire service is at the scene and the road is reopening now."

A52 crash
Richard Phipps

Sports Direct shares recover slightly

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

In case you're keeping track...

Following the company's presentation, its shares recovered slightly. They're currently down 6.6% from their earlier 8% fall.

Ashley: 'I could have done better'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Mike Ashley has also told the press: "If the headline is sorry then so be it, because clearly I could have done a better job."

Something tells me the £50 wad is going to feature in the papers tomorrow...  

Mike Ashley facing the press
BBC

Two-lorry collision on A52

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A crash between two lorries on the A52 Nottingham-bound carriageway - near the Shell petrol station - is causing traffic, according to Derbyshire Police.

The road is blocked and there are no injuries, the force added. 

Shell garage on the A52 in Borrowash
Google

Ashley gets out '£50 wad'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

In case you wanted proof Mr Ashley did, in fact, get searched.

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Well, he is a billionaire...

Union members protest outside Sports Direct

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Union protest outside Sports Direct
BBC

Ashley 'used to be searched' at Sports Direct

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

According to BBC reporter Joe Miller, Mike Ashley said he used to be searched on the way in and out of the firm's warehouse in Shirebrook.

Mike Ashley faces the press
BBC

Chairman address minimum wage failure

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Speaking about Sports Direct's failure to pay the National Minimum Wage to some staff, chairman Mr Hellawell said: "We have paid back a sum to the workforce who we feel were damaged, if that's the right word, by the process which we went through. 

"It was paid on August 16 and we are still trying... to trace people who worked for us and have moved on."

Sports Direct warehouse
PA

Ashley 'blames union' for Sports Direct's problems

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

More on that "heated exchange" between Mike Ashley and a questioner earlier...

In response to Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner, Mr Ashley said: "This is probably your fault we are in this mess because we can't talk to you. 

"I made a commitment to make a difference, I am trying, don't pull me down. 

"I accept I have made some errors and I accept I can learn something. Please don't do the whole showboating thing, it will make me turn away and it's the people who work in Sports Direct who suffer." 

Mike Ashley
Reuters

Mr Ashley also criticised an independent shareholder for not declaring that she had links to Unite when she asked a question. He said there also needed to be more transparency from the unions if they were to begin working together more closely.   

Shareholders 'collaring' Mike Ashley

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

However, if you're expecting a fight, prepare to be disappointed...

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Sports Direct: Meeting over, warehouse tour next...

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

This segment was crying out for a picture of Mike Ashley holding a document, and by golly, Press Association has delivered...

Mike Ashley
PA

Sports Direct agencies behaviour 'embarrassing'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Sports Direct's workers' forum system 'not good enough'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

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In addition, Sports Direct's shares have dropped 11% to 312p in early trading before recovering slightly.   

Ashley accuses questioner of 'chasing headline'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

It would appear Mike Ashley has taken issue with a questioner not disclosing they're a member of union Unite...

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