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  1. Updates for Monday 27 March 2017
  2. Boy, 17, dies after amateur boxing match
  3. National Trust to build 'outdoor hub' at Calke Abbey
  4. Power cut in Ripley affecting 500 householders
  5. Dame Margaret Beckett: Longest serving female MP
  6. Fire in moorlands was 'started deliberately'
  7. Road still closed after burst water main
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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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. Weather: Cloudy risk of mist and fog

    Jennifer Bartram

    BBC Look North weather presenter

    It'll become fairly cloudy through this evening with the risk of some patchy mist and fog through the night. 

    Staying dry through the night with light winds and lows of 5C (41F).

  3. Householders in Ripley are still without power

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Western Power Distribution has confirmed that about 500 homes and businesses in Ripley are still without power.

    The company said there is a fault on the high voltage network between the town centre and Sainsbury's.

    About 1,500 customers were affected but the company managed to restore power to 1,000 people. 

    Western Power, which apologised for the problem, plans on bringing in generators so remaining customers have supplies restored.


    A spokeswoman for the company said they will undertake emergency digging works to repair the fault, which will begin today or tomorrow.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, between J28 for A38 Alfreton and J29 for A617.

    M1 Derbyshire - Queuing traffic and two lanes blocked on M1 northbound between J28, A38 (Alfreton) and J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of an accident involving three cars.

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

  5. Ilkeston boy learning to speak by singing Olly Murs songs

    Alex Howick

    BBC Radio Derby reporter

    An 11 year old boy from Ilkeston - who suffers from severe learning disabilities - is learning to speak by singing along to Olly Murs. 

    William Smedley had been told by doctors he might never formulate words, but surprised his parents three years ago by belting out the words "bacon and eggs" from the song Busy. 

    William Smedley

    His mum Jemma said using music in William's speech therapy has made all the difference.

    "Me and my husband were looking at each other in disbelief thinking bacon and eggs...what does it mean?

    "It was clear it was his first words that had formed."

  6. Car 'deliberately driven at children'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    A woman has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a car was allegedly driven at a group of children in Heanor.

    It was said to have happened after an argument at a bus stop on Wilmot Street. 

    The car was allegedly driven towards the children before mounting the kerb and hitting a boy.

    He suffered "very minor injuries" but did not need hospital treatment.

    A 51-year-old woman was arrested and has been released on police bail.

    Wilmot Street Heanor
  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J29 for A617 and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Derbyshire 'some of the lowest funded schools in country'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler said the government is looking at the school's funding formula to try to iron out some inequalities.

    "Without a doubt Derbyshire and South Derbyshire are some of the lowest funded schools in the country and that's not right.

    "It's not right that a school somewhere else in the country gets £5,000 per pupil and Hilton get £3,080 per pupil - it's not right."

     The government is coming under increasing pressure to change or implement its changes to school funding.

    Heather Wheeler
  9. 'Budget crisis' in Derbyshire school may result in job losses

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Teaching assistants at one of Derbyshire's largest primary schools fear for their jobs because of a funding shortfall.

    Hillton Primary School said it is facing a budget crisis with around 13 of its 40 teaching assistants facing redundancy.

    The school is lobbying Derbyshire County Council and has been in touch with South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler. 


    Headteacher Kevan Lomas said the funding formula doesn't work for a school of this size.

    "When you have 800 children we're talking more than £600,000 short fall."

  10. Power cut in Ripley

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    There is currently a power cut in Ripley in the DE5 areas.

    Western Power Distribution has engineers investigating the problem and is aiming to have the power back shortly.

  11. Chris Martin scores for Scotland

    BBC Derby Sport

    Out-on-loan Derby County striker Chris Martin was greeted by boos from the Scotland supporters as he came on as a substitute on 82 minutes.

    But minutes later he scored the winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Slovenia.

    Chris Martin

    Meaning they retain slim hopes of World Cup qualification going into their next group game against England.   

  12. Your photos: Blooming blossom


    Magical spring blossom near Edensor and Chatsworth House. 

    A great snap tweeted by Bicycle Bob.

  13. Moorland fire was 'started deliberately'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    A large area of moorland in the Peak District was badly damaged by a fire which was started deliberately, police said.

    The blaze took hold at about 13:00 on Saturday between the A537 and the Goyt Valley.  

    Derbyshire Fire Service, a police helicopter and the dog unit were all called out to the scene, but couldn't find anyone.

    Officers are keen to speak to this man (pictured below) about the incident or anyone with information.

    Police seeking male after moorland fire
  14. Basketball: Derby Trailblazers in division one play-offs

    BBC Derby Sport

    In basketball, the Derby Trailblazers ended the regular season with a 73-84 home defeat to Loughborough Student Riders.

    It means Derby finish fourth in division one and will benefit from home advantage in the quarter finals of the play-offs.

    Basket Ball
  15. Dame Margret Beckett: Longest serving female MP

    Sally Swinfen

    BBC Radio Derby newsreader

    Derby's Dame Margaret Beckett has become the longest serving female MP of all time. 

    She served as leader of the opposition, after John Smith's death, and was the first female foreign secretary. 

    Dame Margaret Beckett

    She represented Lincoln between 1974 and 1979 before being re-elected in 1983 to represent Derby South.

    Fellow Labour MP Rachel Reeves tweeted her congratulations at the weekend, describing Dame Margaret as "an inspiration".  

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  16. Support floods in for teen who died in the boxing ring


    There have been lots of messages of support on our Facebook  page after the death of boxer  Eddie Bilbey, 17  at the weekend. 

    Paul Turnbull wrote: "More people die in other sports than boxing takes a brave man to get in the ring RIP." 

    Jacquie Rackham Pellerdi said: "Very sad! Prayers go out to his family."

    Brian Gamble also said: "What a waste of a young life, my condolences."

    Laura Marshall commented: "This is heartbreaking. And my 14 year old wonders why I worry every time he goes in the ring. My thoughts go to his family and friends."

  17. National Trust to build 'outdoor hub' at Calke Abbey

    Heidi Booth

    Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

    Plans to build new facilities at Calke Abbey have been approved.

    The National Trust was granted planning permission to build a new cafe, toilets and a bike hire facility between the entrance and the main house, dubbed an outdoor hub. 

    There'll also be a new car park, footpaths, cycle routes and outdoor recreation areas, including natural play areas and nature trails.  

    Calk Abbey

      The estate receives around 350,000 visitors a year.   

    Calke Abbey planning permission

    In the longer term, the plan is to introduce a multi-use room that can be used for learning and education.    

  18. Road in Chester Green still closed after burst water main

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Mansfield Road in Chester Green is still closed after a water main burst more than a week ago .

    It's causing travel delays from the A61 near the Little Eaton Island.

    Severn Trent said the road will reopen tomorrow.

    Chester Green
  19. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J29 for A617.

    M1 Derbyshire - Broken down vehicle on M1 northbound at J29, A617 (Chesterfield).

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

  20. Your photos: Beautiful Bamford

    BBC Weather Watchers

    This beautiful, picturesque shot was taken yesterday of the sunset at the Ladybower Reservoir.

    Thanks to our Weather Watcher Gez Robinson for sending such a great shot in.

    Bamford - Ladybower Reservoir