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Summary

  1. 'Dangerous' mobility scooter on busy road sparks complaint
  2. Derbyshire Police rated by HMIC as 'good' and 'outstanding'
  3. Sports Direct owner acquires struggling retailer
  4. 'Good news' in council budget - despite cuts and tax rise
  5. Shrovetide Football: Up'Ards win ancient game
  6. Updates for Thursday 2 March 2017

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By Khia Lewis-Todd

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Derbyshire have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. East Midlands weather update: Dry with risk of isolated shower

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Overnight, it will be dry with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells with a risk of an isolated shower.

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  3. World Book Day: Little Red Riding Hood in Mickleover

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Reagan Woolley, from Mickleover, was ready for her day as Little Red Riding Hood.

    Little Red Riding Hood
  4. World Book Day: Mary Poppins

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Doesn't seven-year-old Phoebe, from Allestree, look dashing dressed as Mary Poppins?

    Mary Poppins
  5. Derbyshire Police rated by HMIC as 'good' and 'outstanding'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Derbyshire Police has been graded as "good" and "outstanding" by inspectors.

    A report by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) looked at four key areas which rated the force "good" in three and "outstanding" in one.  

    They were rated as "good" at:

    • Preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe
    • Investigating crime and reducing re-offending 
    • Protecting the vulnerable and supporting victims

    The force was rated "outstanding" at tackling serious and organised crime.

    Police

    Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “It’s excellent that after years of cuts and austerity, and a reduction of 700 officers and staff, that our external inspectors have rated us in this way.

    “We were rated as one of only two forces to be ‘outstanding’ in the HMIC legitimacy report in December and this reflects brilliantly on all our staff and officers."

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  7. World Book Day: Heanor's Little Red Riding Hood

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Five-year-old Niamh, from Heanor, looks the part dressed as Little Red Riding Hood.

    Little Red
  8. Sports Direct owner acquires struggling retailer

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    The owner of Shirebrook-based Sports Direct, Mike Ashley, has acquired struggling retailer Agent Provocateur out of administration.

    Mr Ashley is set to pick up the firm, which has 10 stores in the UK and employs about 600 people, via a pre-pack administration.

    The Newcastle United Football Club owner is thought to have beaten off competition for the retailer from another private equity firm, Lion Capital. 

    The amount paid by Mr Ashley is understood to be in the region of £25m. 

    Mike Ashley
  9. Concern over number of laser incidents at East Midlands Airport

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    There have been 54 incidents involving laser pens and planes at East Midlands Airport last year, according to figures released by The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA).

    Bottom of a plane

    BALPA have said they want tougher punishments for what they have called the "incredibly dangerous" act of shining lasers at planes. 

    If you want to read more about how dangerous lasers are to planes,  this BBC News article from February 2016 is well worth a read.  

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J29 for A617.

    M1 Derbyshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. UNISON and Derby City council release statements after meeting disruption

    Navtej Johal

    East Midlands Today reporter

    Union UNISON and Derby City Council have released statements after last night's council meeting was disrupted by parents who are unhappy about the authority's ongoing row with school support staff  over pay and conditions. 

    A UNISON spokesman said: "A group of parents from across Derby spoke out from the public gallery, making clear their concern about the council's approach to the school support staff dispute.

    "Unfortunately, following the parents' protests, the council suspended the meeting and cleared the public gallery. 

    "UNISON Derby City firmly believes that the feelings and concerns of parents should be listened to, and that their actions... are borne of frustration that they are not being heard. UNISON stands in solidarity with parents impacted by the dispute and shares their hope that the dispute can be brought to a swift conclusion that is acceptable to both sides."

    Meanwhile, a council spokesman said: "The council is very disappointed that UNISON shows no inclination to end the strikes disrupting the education of Derby children. We completely understand and share the distress of parents affected by such action, which is being funded by the union.

    "Once again, we ask UNISON to end this distress by suspending the strikes and working with us to find an achievable solution to the dispute."

  12. Council leader waiting on £8m Assembly Rooms redevelopment bid

    Rory Gallimore

    BBC Radio Derby

    Ranjit Banwait, the leader of Derby City Council, has said he's waiting to hear if the authority's been successful in its bid for £8m to redevelop the Assembly Rooms. 

    The building has been empty since  it was hit by a fire in 2014.

    Assembly rooms
  13. Car fire at Kingsway retail park

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Some dramatic scenes of a car fire at Kingsway retail park - captured about an hour ago.

    BBC producer Jessica Hunt said firefighters arrived and put out the fire within 10 minutes. She said drivers were "dashing" to move the cars that were parked next to the vehicle on fire. 

    Car fire
  14. Crackdown on drivers who 'did not get mobile phone memo'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Police have recorded two separate drivers on video not adhering to the law... 

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  15. World Book Day: Mad Hatter

    Twitter

    Nine-year-old Harry, from Spondon, as the Mad Hatter - is looking very cool.

    Harry
  16. Travel: Snake Pass reopened after snow forces closure

    BBC Travel

    The A57 Snake Pass is now reopen. It was closed earlier this morning due to snow.

    Derbyshire County council has said the route is now "passable with care". 

  17. World Book Day: Wonder Woman and 'Super Baby'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Two-year-old Evelyn aka Wonder Woman and 10-week-old Henry aka "Super Baby" - from Derby - are certainly looking the part.

    Wonder woman and super baby
  18. Watch: 'Dangerous' mobility scooter on busy road sparks complaint

    Eric Simpson

    BBC News Online

    A motorist has complained to police after spotting a mobility scooter driving along a busy city ring road.

    Linda Miller, of Littleover in Derby, recorded dashcam footage of the incident on the A601 and sent it to Derbyshire Police.

    She filmed the footage returning home from a shopping trip with her husband on Tuesday.

    A police spokesman said it was "not really an appropriate road to be using any motorised scooter on".

    The ring road has a 40mph speed limit, although the scooter appeared to be travelling far slower than that.

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    Video caption: Mobility scooter spotted on busy ring road

    Mrs Miller, a retired phlebotomist, said : "We were just driving along coming around Derby where the A6 goes off, on the north side of Derby.

    "I looked sideways and there was this mobility scooter tootling along in the far left-hand lane.

    "It didn't have a licence plate. It just looked so dangerous. It's a bit of road where you've got a lot of cars coming on, and going off, across five lanes.

    The Highway Code states scooters with an 8mph (12.9 kph) speed limit can be used on dual carriageways - with a speed limit of under 50 mph (80kmh) - but only if they have a flashing amber beacon.

  19. Listen: Parents voice feelings at council meeting

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    After the meeting, some parents spoke to BBC Radio Derby about how the dispute has left them at "breaking point".

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    Video caption: Listen: Parents voice feelings at Derby City Council meeting