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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 16 March 2017
  2. Toyota to invest £240m in UK operations
  3. Man arrested after serious sex attack appeal
  4. Derby homes offering tenants £100 to pay rent online
  5. Ilkeston factory to be demolished after fire
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

By Khia Lewis-Todd

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Weather: Chance of heavy rain on Friday

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It’ll be cloudy tonight with a few patchy, drizzly showers to begin with. There’ll be some clearer spells in the early hours. 

    Lows of 3C (37F).

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  3. Inmate's overdose death 'not suicide'

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a bit more detail on the inquest into the death of prisoner Karen Morris .

    The 33-year-old was serving a 15-year jail term after she and her boyfriend killed their friend Nelvaughan Brade in 2004.

    She then fed his remains through a mincer.

    She died following an overdose of painkillers at HMP Foston Hall in Derbyshire in January 2015.

    An inquest at Derby Coroner's Court recorded her death as misadventure.

    Karen Morris
  4. Burton Albion's Luke Murphy 'relishing the chance to play'

    BBC Derby Sport

    On loan midfielder Luke Murphy said he's relishing the chance to play regular first team football with Burton Albion. 

    Murphy had only featured once for Leeds in the first half of the season, but has only missed one game since joining the Brewers in January.  

    Luke Muprhy
  5. Woman 'knocked out with a lump of concrete'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    A woman had a block of concrete thrown at her face knocking her unconscious and leaving her with a broken eye socket, Derbyshire Police said.

    The 21-year-old was walking home with friends when a row broke out with a group of men. 

    During the argument, one of the men hurled a lump of concrete which struck the woman in the face.

    Macklin Street

    The incident happened in Macklin Street, Derby, at about 03:40 on 4 March.

    Derbyshire Police is looking for people  who were in the area at the time, in particular two black men who were walking up Green Lane and may have seen the dispute.

  6. Karen Morris: Inquest concludes 'death by misadventure'

    Andrew Strachan

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    A coroner said a convicted murderer who died after taking an overdose at Foston Prison in Derbyshire, did so partly because checks on how the prescription drugs were distributed weren't robust enough. 

    Karen Morris was serving a 15 year sentence and had a history of self-harm.

    Karen

    She was found unconscious in January 2015 having stockpiled the painkiller tramadol.

    An inquest into her death today returned a conclusion of death by misadventure.

  7. Derby Moor pupils take part in BBC School Report

    BBC School Report

    School members from Derby Moor Community Sport College today have taken part in the BBC School Report.

    It's a project which helps school pupils from around the UK make their own news. 

    Radio Derby reporter Rory Gallimore went to meet pupils to give them an insight into a day in the life of a journalist.

    Pupils
  8. Appeal after runner is sexually assaulted

    BBC Radio Derby

    A 39-year-old woman who was running along a canal path towards Ambergate from Whatstandwell was approached by a man who sexually assaulted her.

    The incident happened at about 13:45 yesterday.

    Police say the man ran off towards Whatstandwell and is described as white, about 5ft 6ins tall and of medium build.

    He had fair hair and wore thick grey jogging bottoms, a grey hooded top and a grey cap.

    Derbyshire police believe the incident is not linked to the sexual assaults in Spondon and Darley Abbey.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A609 Derbyshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A609 Derbyshire both ways severe accident, between St Wilfrid's Road and Station Road.

    A609 Derbyshire - A609 High Lane West in West Hallam closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the St Wilfrid's Road junction and the Station Road junction, because of a serious accident involving car and pedestrian.

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

  10. Derbyshire given £1.3m for Derwent Valley Mills

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Derbyshire has been named as one of the areas to benefit from a £20m Heritage Lottery fund.

    The Great Places scheme will be shared between different areas in England to spend on cultural projects.

    They are giving Derbyshire County Council £1.28m to spend on the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

    Fund

    Heritage Minister Tracey Crouch said: "Strong local heritage and culture brings real benefits to communities. It can boost investment, attract tourists and make areas better places to live and work."

  11. Teenager who crashed car during 100mph police pursuit sentenced

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live

    A teenager who crashed his car in a high-speed police pursuit in Lincolnshire has been sentenced. 

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    Steven Thomas, 19, from Alfreton, Derbyshire, has been sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders' institution after two of his passengers were seriously injured in a 100mph chase through the Lincolnshire Wolds 

    Thomas eventually lost control and smashed into a road sign and tree in Hagworthingham.

    A 13-year-old female passenger suffered several fractures, and a pregnant woman required 50 stitches for a large cut to her head.

    The prosecution said Thomas was evading police either because he was speeding or because he had "10,000 counterfeit cigarettes in his boot".  

    Quote Message: Having seen the photos of the wreckage, it is a wonder any of you survived." from Paul Mann QC Judge
    Paul Mann QCJudge
  12. Council makes new offer in attempt to resolve school staff dispute

    Wesley Mallin

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    Derby City Council has made a new offer to the union UNISON in an attempt to resolve the long-running dispute with teaching assistants and school support staff over pay and conditions.  

    The authority said it has a "strong desire" to settle the dispute. 

    UNISON said it will put the council's offer to its members.

    Council
  13. Your photos: Beautiful Brailsford

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Look at this stunning shot taken of the sunset in Brailsford by Anne.

    One word comes to mind... beautiful.

    Brailsford
  14. Gary Rowett talks to the media ahead of Forest v Derby

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Gary Rowett is talking to the media at Moor Farm ahead of Derby County's trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

    "Saturday is going to be amazing," he said. "I know how much it means to the fans. I know what they want to see from the players."

    Gary Rowett
  15. Gritters to be out around county this evening

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    It looks like temperatures will plummet enough for gritters to be out around Derbyshire... I wish we could go back to yesterday's beautiful weather!

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  16. Derby Homes to 'modernise'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    The director of Derby Homes, Maria Murphy, spoke to us about why she believed it was time to "deliver an efficient service".

    "In today's times, there are ways where you can deliver a more efficient service by modernising and using the power of the internet," she said. "At the moment, we're very much limited to office hours."

    Derby Homes
  17. Toyota investment will 'make plant competitive'

    Sarah Teale

    Reporter, East Midlands Today

    Toyota's deputy managing director Tony Walker has said there are "no guarantees for the future but a £240m investment at Burnaston will make the plant competitive."

    Tony Walker
  18. Afternoon weather: Dry and cloudy

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    This afternoon will be dry and cloudy with a couple of brighter spells and otherwise an overcast afternoon.

    Highs of 11C (52F).

  19. Appeal to find 'sentimental' rings stolen from 84-year-old man

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    "Sentimental rings" were stolen from an 84-year-old man as he rode his mobility scooter along a Derby street.

    A woman pulled her small black car onto the pavement on Almond Street to stop him and then asked for his rings.

    When he refused she stood in front of his scooter and pulled them off before trying to take his necklace and driving away.

    Stolen rings

    The rings, described as "highly sentimental", included a gold signet ring and a wedding band.

    The incident took place on the afternoon of Tuesday, 28 February but Derbyshire Police have only just released details.

  20. Toyota investment a 'huge vote of confidence' in Derby plant

    Sarah Teale

    Reporter, East Midlands Today

    The £240m investment in Toyota at Burnaston in Derby, has been described by the Secretary of State for Business Greg Clark as a "huge vote of confidence" in the plant.

    Toyota