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  1. Updates for Thursday 23 March 2017
  2. Drug error 'contributed to woman's death'
  3. Burst water pipe fixed, say Severn Trent
  4. 'Oldest photo studio' images on show
  5. Road reopens after fire behind takeaway
  6. London attack: Council flies flag at half mast

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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 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. East Midlands weather update: Clearer spells tonight

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC weather presenter

    There’ll be clearer spells tonight with cloud increasing from the south in the early hours. 

  3. RBS and Natwest banks across region set to close

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Hundreds of jobs will be lost following a  decision to close almost 160 RBS and NatWest branches  across the country.  

    RBS has blamed a "dramatic shift" in banking, with branch transactions falling 43% since 2010.

    In the same period, online and mobile transactions have increased by more than 400%.

    These Derbyshire branches are set to close:

    • Ashbourne
    • Belper
    • Dronfield
    • Matlock
    • Ripley 
    • Staveley

    An RBS spokesman said: "The role of the branch is fast moving to a centre for advice, away from basic transactions. While the branch will still be a core part of our offering to customers, inevitably some branches will have to close." 

  4. Police appeal to trace man after dog attack in Alvaston

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Police have launched an appeal to trace a dog walker after a dog and his owner were attacked in fields behind Noel Baker School in Alvaston.

    A man and his wife were walking their Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog (pictured below) on Tuesday at about 11:50 when it is alleged the dog was attacked by one of two "Pit Bull" type dogs that were on leads being walked by a man.

    Derbyshire Police said while attempts were made to separate the two dogs, it is then alleged the man was bitten on the arm by the same "Pit Bull" type dog.

    The Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog was forced to visit the vets and has been taking medication, while the owner has received treatment for bite marks on his arm.

    Man bit in Alvaston

    The dog walker police wish to speak to is described as being white, 50 to 55 years of age, about 6ft 2ins tall with a large build. He was said to be wearing "walking" type clothes and Wellington boots. 

  5. Derby pupils on London trip diverted away from Parliament

    Andrew Strachan

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    Pupils at Gayton Junior School in Derby were due to be at Westminster at the time of yesterday's attack. 

    Five members of staff and 20 children had just visited the Imperial War Museum - and were due to go to the Houses of Parliament, but were diverted away as news of what had happened spread

    Gayton Primary

    The headteacher Jo Chapman says the children were kept safe and parents were informed.  

  6. Your photos: Clear skies over Chesterfield

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's a beautiful day in Chesterfield this afternoon. 

    This photo of the Heage Windmill was taken by Viki the Blue.

  7. London attack: Fire and police HQ fly flag at half mast

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Both flags at the joint headquarters for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Derbyshire Police are flying at half mast to honour the victims of yesterday's attacks.

  8. Ashbourne youngsters lend a helping hand

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    It seems you're never too young to lend a helping hand - just look at these little 'uns from Ashbourne Hilltop Nursery...

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  9. Hospital visits restricted over norovirus symptoms

    Rory Gallimore

    BBC Radio Derby

    A number of patients at Queen's Hospital in Burton-upon-Trent are reporting symptoms of norovirus. 

    The trust that runs the hospital is restricting visits to patients on ward five to prevent the infection spreading further.

    Queens Hosp

    It's warned the virus can be potentially fatal for vulnerable people.  

  10. Burst water pipe is fixed, Severn Trent say

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Severn Trent has now confirmed that the water pipe in Mansfield Road is fixed and they are beginning to get the road back to normal.

    However, they have said the road will not reopen until "at least Monday".

    Water main
  11. Emergency bus service launched after burst water main

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Notts & Derby Buses has said today it will be providing a shuttle bus from Chester Green to and from Derby city centre due to the continued road closure from Sunday's burst water main.

    The service will run between 08:00 and 18:00 daily and 10:00 to 16:00 on Sundays until further notice. 


    These shuttle buses will run every 20 minutes from Chester Green Road, via the ring road and will stop at bus stop C7, Derwent Street in the city centre.  

  12. Alfreton fire due to 'electrical fault'

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

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    Alfreton fire
  13. Kymberley Holden inquest: Prescription error 'significantly contributed' to death

    Navtej Johal

    East Midlands Today reporter

    A coroner has recorded a narrative verdict into the death of 27-year-old Derbyshire woman  Kymberley Holden , a multiple sclerosis sufferer who an inquest heard was prescribed 10 times the correct dosage of a painkiller before her death.

    The coroner told the inquest: "I cannot and do not find that prescription error by Dr Axten caused Kymberley's death but I do find it made a significant contribution."

    Kymberly holden

    Miss Holden's father and brother said that they are "satisfied" with the coroner's findings and conclusions, but are considering a civil case.  

    Kymberley Holden
  14. Derby photographers find images dating back to 1852

    Greig Watson

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Newly-restored photographs are going on display to mark a restoration project.

    WW Winter (Walter William Winter) in Derby had been organising its 150th anniversary when staff found images dating back to 1852.

    Image caption: Walter William Winter with family members

    The firm has been in the same building since 1867, however it appears to have began 15 years earlier in a shed just metres away.

    Many of the images have been rescued from dumps found in the building's cellars.

    WW Winter
  15. London attack: 'Derby stands with London'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Derby City Council was also one of many local authorities and organisations to hold a minute's silence this morning.

    They added on Twitter : "Derby stands with London."

    City Council
  16. London attack: Derby City Council flies flag at half mast

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Derby City Council has lowered their flag to fly at half mast to pay their respects to those affected in yesterday's  attack in Westminster.

    city council
  17. London attack: Derby North MP praises security services

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Derby North MP Amanda Solloway, who was in Parliament at the time of yesterday's attack,  has praised the response of the security services - but says the simplicity of the attack makes it hard for officials to know how to respond.

    "It's just one of those incidents that you cannot legislate for, and I think of those poor people on the bridge," she said.

    "How can you legislate for that? It's awful."

    Amanda Solloway