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  1. Updates for Thursday 30 March 2017
  2. Pedestrian knocked into canal in two car crash
  3. M1 'smart motorway' plans criticised
  4. Search for poisonous materials after dog dies
  5. Derbyshire man takes on 'toughest footrace on earth'
  6. Cricket: Derbyshire appoint new president and chairman
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

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By Khia Lewis-Todd

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live updates 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: Dry with outbreak of rain

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    It’ll be mild and mostly dry cloud will thicken through the night with the odd outbreak of patchy light rain possible.

    Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)

  3. Travel: Report of an accident on A6

    BBC News Travel

    Trent Barton is diverting its buses, although the police have just told me the road should have reopened by now...

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  4. Award for chief constable before retirement

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Derbyshire's chief constable Mick Creedon has been awarded for his "outstanding contribution" to policing.

    After serving 37 years in the police force he was given a Special Recognition Award, presented by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabularly Zoe Billingham before his retirement in May.

    Mick Creedon

    Mr Creedon said: “I am proud to have served such a fantastic force. I want to thank everyone at Derbyshire Constabulary but particularly their families – we couldn’t police the county without the support you give to our officers and staff.”

  5. Travel: M1 delays

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Traffic appears to be queuing from before junction 27 after an accident closed three lanes northbound between junctions 27 and 28.

  6. New station marks a 'historic day' for Ilkeston

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    It's been 50 years since Ilkeston has had its own railway station after being axed by the  Dr Beeching cuts  in the 60s.  

    ilkeston Railway

    The Conservative MP for Erewash, Maggie Throup, said it's mainly thanks to government funding.

    "This Sunday's a historic day as Ilkeston finally reconnects with the rest rail network. This wouldn't be possible without the £6.6m station fund grant.

    "This is money well spent and will encourage people to use the train to visit Ilkeston and will boost the local economy."

    Maggie Throup
  7. Derbyshire man takes on 'toughest footrace on earth'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    A 72-year-old Derbyshire man is preparing to run 156 miles across the Sahara Desert, again.

    Bill Mitchell from Turnditch said he will be the oldest man from the UK to take part in the Marathon Des Sables and he's aiming to beat his 2016 time.

    Bill Mitchell

    Preparing himself for the challenge described as "the toughest footrace on earth" he said he his still nervous.

    "You might have an injury or you might not perform as well. You're running through sand dunes, salt flaps and it's just baking."

    Bill is raising money for the charity Starlight which helps children with serious and terminal illness.

  8. Craig Bryson respects Gary Rowett's 'honesty'

    BBC Derby Sport

    Derby County midfielder Craig Bryson has compared new boss Gary Rowett to former manager Nigel Clough, saying he respects the "honesty" that Rowett has brought to the club.

    Craig Bryson
  9. HS2 firm's pull-out 'no misdemeanour'

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    The government's rejecting Labour's calls for an independent inquiry into the operation of the HS2 high speed-rail link after an engineering company pulled out amid allegations of "conflicts of interest". 


    Yesterday it was revealed, American firm, CH2M,  won't be going ahead  with its £170m contract to develop Phase 2b of the project, part of which is due to pass through our region via the East Midlands hub at Toton. 

    The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the House of Commons: "This was not some massive misdemeanour. 

    "It was an error in process which has caused them to take a step back."

  10. Visitors confused over Elvaston parking fee

    Alex Blakemore

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    Visitors have been left confused over how to pay for parking at Elvaston Castle as ticket machines have been faulty for a few weeks.

    Elvaston car park

    Around three of the machines I saw in the car park were faulty this morning. 

    Whilst I was there one woman put her money in but was not issued a ticket and another woman in the car park told me the machines were often like this.

    Derbyshire County Council told BBC Radio Derby: "If all the parking meters are broken and could not be used then we wouldn't issue a ticket. 

    "If one machine was working then we would expect people to use it and pay for a ticket."

  11. Afternoon weather: Sunny spells and few showers

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    It'll be mainly dry and bright with some sunny spells and only a couple of showers – particularly in the early evening. 

    Warm too with highs of 19C (66F).

  12. On this day in 1970...

    BBC Derby Sport

    A self proclaimed footballing legend was born.

    Happy 47th Birthday to Craig Ramage our sports summariser. 

  13. All stalls taken for returned Ashbourne market

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Missing the Ashbourne market?...well I bring you good news - it's one week away from returning.

    The market will now be held in the Civic Square, between Waitrose and Ashbourne Library.

    Derbyshire Dales District Council closed the market at the start of the year because of a lack of stalls and customers in its previous location, Market Place.

    Ashbourne Market

    All the stalls in the new venue have been snapped up by traders for the opening day.

  14. Man arrested after drugs raid in Alvaston

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been charged with possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply.

    The 51-year-old was arrested yesterday after police raided a house on Westminster Street in Alvaston. 

    Drug Warrant

    The man is due before Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court today.  

  15. Watch: Volunteers at Poppy Wood Park

    Heidi Booth

    Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

    This morning I joined volunteers and the Environment Agency at Poppy Wood Park where they were trying to identify what's been poisoning dogs.

    The Forestry Commission said at least three dogs were taken ill after visiting the park near in Melbourne.

    The park has been closed after volunteers said they couldn't guarantee dogs' safety.

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    Video caption: Volunteers search a popular dog walking park in search of poisonous substances.
  16. Derby welcome Queens Park Rangers tomorrow

    Ed Dawes

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County Manager Gary Rowett said he's already got to work on some of the Ram's frailties.

    The team conceded a 95th minute equaliser at Forest in his first game in charge. 

    It was the seventh time they had either lost a match or a winning position after 90 minutes this season. 

    They get ready to welcome Queens Park Rangers tomorrow.

    Gary Rowett
  17. Pedestrian knocked into canal in two car crash

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    A pedestrian who was knocked into a canal when he was caught in a two car crash remains in a critical condition. 

    A van and a car collided in Swarkeston yesterday afternoon sending the car into the canal.

    Passersby helped the elderly female driver out of her car and pulled the pedestrian from the water.

    The man remains in Queen's Medical Centre in a critical condition. The woman was treated for minor injuries.


    Derbyshire Police are  appealing for witnesses .