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  1. Updates for Friday 17 March 2017
  2. Man in court over serious sex attacks
  3. Teaching assistant strike action suspended
  4. Murder railway station aims to change image
  5. Convicted robber absconds from open prison
  6. Nottingham Forest v Derby County tomorrow
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

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By Khia Lewis-Todd

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

Weather: Hill fog with outbreaks of rain

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will stay cloudy overnight with some hill fog and patchy outbreaks of rain remaining mild.

Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F).


Meet the cycling jewel thieves

And here's a video of those cycling thieves in operation...

Gang jailed for £3m jewellery store burglaries

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A crime gang which burgled jewellers across England stealing more than £3.1m of property have today been jailed.

The six men were jailed for a total of 47 years for conspiring to commit burglaries at jewellers in nine counties including Earnest Jones in Derby.

Crime gang
Staffordshire Police

The men were sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court for the offences committed between November 2015 and September 2016. A seventh man is awaiting sentence.  

Staffordshire Police said the group could be linked to a crime academy in Romania which trains people in evading detection. 

Five legged lamb born in Derbyshire

Alex Blakemore

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

A lamb with five legs has been born at a Derbyshire farm.

"Forest" is named after Forest Gump - he was born at Bayley's farm in Ashbourne and is perfectly healthy. 

His fifth leg is slightly smaller than the rest and Mark Bayley who owns the farm has no plans to remove it.


Council 'appreciates positive negotiations' over strike

Derby City Council has welcomed the news that Unison has suspended further strike action following an new offer to teaching assistants.

We are appreciative of the very positive negotiations with Unison. We acknowledge the difficult financial circumstances experienced by some staff as a result of the pay review. Once again, we wish to put on record our recognition of the valuable contribution made by all teaching assistants and school based support staff in all our schools.

Councillor Baggy Shanker Cabinet member for finance and governance

Teaching assistant strike action suspended

BBC Radio Derby

School strikes due to be held on Monday have been suspended following a new offer from Derby City Council.

Teaching assistants will get a cash lump sum and a promise that schools will work with them to find a more permanent solution to their drop in pay.

school strike

The union Unison said it will recommend its members accept the offer in a ballot which opens next week.

It could pave the way to the end of a long running dispute between school support staff and the council.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Throughout this dispute, Unison has made every effort to get an offer that would enable Derby school support staff to end their strike and go back to into school."    

Manor road reopens after lorry's 'failed U-turn'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

If you are heading this way the road is now reopen...

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Road reopens in Chapel-en-le-Frith after lorry fire

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Here's a photo from the lorry fire which closed Foresters Way in Chapel-en-le-Frith. 

The road closure caused long delays to traffic and Derbyshire Police have now confirmed the road has reopened.

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HGV driver reported for careless driving after 'failing U-turn'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Oh dear.

Lorry U-turn

Manor Road towards Burton Road is currently closed due to this HGV driver who "failed a U-turn", Derbyshire Police said.

Lorry U-turn

The force added the driver has been reported for careless driving. 

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

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

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

Girl, 11, in hospital with serious head injury after collision

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

An 11-year-old girl is in hospital with a serious head injury after she was involved in a collision in West Hallam.

Derby Telegraph

It happened at about 15:40 yesterday on High Lane West at its junction with Mapperley Lane.   

Derby Telegraph

The girl's being treated at the Queen's Medical Centre and  police are appealing for witnesses  to contact them.  

Your photos: Heanor sunset

BBC Weather Watchers

A fantastic shot of this morning's sunrise in Heanor from our Weather Watcher WMR-86.


Nottingham Forest and Derby County set to clash in East Midlands derby

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County play their final match before the international break tomorrow, with a trip to Nottingham Forest set to bring down the curtain on another memorable week at Pride Park. 

Derby v Forest
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Steve McClaren was sacked on Sunday, with former Rams defender Gary Rowett appointed on Tuesday. 

He said he expects managing Derby at the City Ground will be an amazing experience.

Derby choir reaches competition finals

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derby University Gospel Choir has reached the finals of the University Gospel Choir of the Year contest being held at The Hippodrome in London this weekend.

The choir will face nine other groups.


Musical director Daniel Cecile said: "This is our second year of trying, the first year we were so disappointed that we didn't get through.

"It gave us extra motivation to make sure this year was definitely going to be our year."

Severe disruption: A5111 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A5111 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between St Albans Road and A5250 Burton Road affecting A38.

A5111 Derbyshire - Queuing traffic on A5111 Manor Road southbound in Derby between the St Albans Road junction and the A5250 Burton Road junction, because of earlier jackknifed lorry. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Kingsway Island.

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

Afternoon weather: Light rain

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It'll be cloudy throughout the afternoon with some showers arriving bringing light rain for a time then becoming breezy in the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).


Lorry fire closes Foresters Way in Chapel-en-le-Frith

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Drivers are being advised to find alternative routes because a lorry fire has closed Foresters Way, Chapel-en-le-Frith. 

Diversions are in place, Derbyshire police said.

Kymberley Holden inquest: Four witnesses to be heard today

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

Severe disruption: A6 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6 Derbyshire both ways severe disruption, between A624 and Sheffield Road.

A6 Derbyshire - A6 in Chapel-en-le-Frith closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A624 junction and the Sheffield Road junction, because of a lorry fire. Diversion in operation.

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

Large load heading towards M1

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derby Roads Police will assist in moving a 118 tonne quarry truck. 

So if you are heading towards junction 28 of the M1 via Peasehill Ripley, A610 and A38 northbound then expect delays.

Large load
Derbys Road Police

No agreement between council and UNISON over pay dispute

Wesley Mallin

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

There’s still no agreement between Derby City Council and UNISON over a strike by teaching assistants across the city - despite a £2m offer to end the dispute. 

The council released details of the offer yesterday which the union has described as "premature". 

It would mean the very worst affected assistants would get up to £5,500, the authority  said.

Teacher strike

The union has said it will continue strike action and more talks are due to take place later today overseen by conciliation service ACAS.

Missing Derby man found safe and well

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Last week we told you about Lakhbir Kalirai who went missing from the Sunny Hill area of Derby.

Derbyshire police has confirmed that the 42-year-old has been found safe and well.

Man, 23, remanded in custody over Derby sex attacks

James Roberson

Reporter, East Midlands Today

A man has appeared in court charged with seven sexual offences against women in Derby. 

Ilija High, 23, from Chaddesden, was remanded in custody by Derby magistrates this morning. 


The charges relate to three incidents in Spondon and Darley Abbey over a 15 month period. 

Mr High is next due to appear at Derby Crown Court on 18 April.

Lorry and car involved in Sandiacre collision

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that the collision in Sandiacre involved a lorry and a car.

The collision happened on Bostocks Lane, Sandiacre and the fire service were called to make the area safe as it was blocking the junction near the M1.

All the people involved were out of their vehicles when the fire service was called and they "don't believe" anybody has any serious injuries.

Murder railway station 'avoided by local population'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Volunteer Jeremy Beckett, pictured left, believes people were put off using the station after the murder of Stuart Ludlam in 2009.

Speaking to Radio Derby he said: "I think a number of the local population didn't like coming down here. 

"There was that feeling of it being overshadowed by the trees and not being a welcome and attractive place."


Volunteers aim to change murder railway station reputation

Peter Spencer

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Volunteers in Cromford are trying to improve the image of their village railway station after a taxi driver was murdered there in 2009.

Father-of-three Stuart Ludlam was lured to the station by Colin Cheetham who appeared to have no motive other than the desire to "shoot a stranger". 

Cromford Parish Council has "adopted" the station allowing volunteers to carry out work to improve the site.

The volunteers aim to make the station feel safer and more welcoming.


Collision in Sandiacre near M1 junction

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

If you are due to head this way expect delays...

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Convicted robber absconds from Sudbury prison

BBC Radio Derby

Convicted robber Daniel James Wyatt, who was jailed for eight years for a string of offences, has absconded from Sudbury.

He was serving part of his sentence at the Derbyshire open prison, but left on Wednesday night.

Derbyshire Police

The 50-year-old has links to Solihull and Birmingham. Derbyshire police believe he may have returned to the area.

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

I would carry your brolly if I were you. Here's how today's looking...

Man charged over serious sex attacks in Derby

BBC Radio Derby

A 23-year-old man has been charged with seven sexual offences against three women.

The charges relate to three incidents which happened between 2014 and 2015 in Darley Abbey and Spondon.

The man, who is from Chaddesden, is due before Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court later today.

Travel: Slow traffic on A52

BBC News Travel

There is slow moving traffic around the A52 Pentagon Island coming into Derby. All other routes seem to be clear.

Join us for today's live news coverage

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Good morning Derbyshire and East Staffordshire and welcome along to Friday. 

I'll be with you today with the region's news, sport, weather and travel. 

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