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Summary

  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

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 Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. 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).

    weather
  3. Meet the cycling jewel thieves

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

    Video content

    Video caption: Gang travels by bike to stores stealing gems worth millions
  4. 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

    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. 

  5. 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.

    lamb
  6. 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.

    Quote Message: 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. from Councillor Baggy Shanker Cabinet member for finance and governance
    Councillor Baggy Shanker Cabinet member for finance and governance
  7. 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."    

  8. 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.

    Fire
  9. 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. 

  10. Envelope update

    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

  11. 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.

    Accident

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

    Crash

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

  12. Your photos: Heanor sunset

    BBC Weather Watchers

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

    Heanor
  13. 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

    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.

  14. 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.

    Choir

    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."

  15. Envelope update

    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

  16. 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).

    Weather
  17. 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.

  18. Envelope update

    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