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Crews rush to fire in Derby city centre

BBC Radio Derby

A fire has broken out at a disused industrial unit on Friar Gate in Derby.

The blaze, near the junction of Ford Street, was reported to Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service at about 13:02.

Friar Gate fire

Two fire engines and three police cars are currently at the scene.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Severe disruption: A52 Derbyshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A52 Derbyshire westbound severe disruption, from A601 Ford Street to The Greyhound.

A52 Derbyshire - A52 Friar Gate in Derby closed and it's slow westbound from the A601 Ford Street junction to The Greyhound junction, because of a fire at at a disused industrial unit.

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

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

It's going to be a breezy Monday with fresh to moderate southerly winds.

However, make the most of the morning as it is going to be largely dry with plenty of hazy sunny spells. It will become cloudier later in the day with some rain expected tonight.

One of our BBC Weather Watchers, JolieR, has been out early this morning enjoying the Rutland Water sunrise.

Morning at Rutland Water

Two arrested after car flips in collision

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Two teenagers have been arrested and a woman taken to hospital after a crash left a car on its roof in Derby.

The collision took place on Carrington Street, Derby, at about 14:30 on Thursday, police said.

A 27-year-old woman suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital.

Car Crash
Mark Jones

The injuries were not believed to be life-changing or life-threatening.

An 18-year-old man from Derby was arrested on suspicion of drugs and motoring offences, including driving a motor vehicle dangerously and failing to report a collision.

A 16-year-old boy from Derby was arrested on suspicion of motoring offences, including driving a motor vehicle dangerously and failing to report a collision.

Both have been released under investigation as inquiries continue.

Derbyshire health boss says tougher restrictions inevitable

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

Derbyshire's health boss has warned it is "a matter of when, rather than if" other areas of the county, including Derby, are subject to tighter restrictions.

Three Derbyshire districts - Chesterfield, Erewash and North East Derbyshire - are set to join parts of the High Peak in tier 2 - high alert - from Saturday.


This means different households will be banned from mixing indoors, including in pubs and restaurants, and the rule of six will apply outdoors.

High Peak has an infection rate of 224.5 per 100,000 people in the week to 12 October, with Erewash on 183.8, North East Derbyshire on 167.6 and Chesterfield on 136.3.

Tier risk graphic

Dean Wallace, Derbyshire County Council's public health director, said: "Everywhere in Derbyshire is following that ever-increasing trend and if everywhere carries on... every part of Derbyshire could end up in tier 2.

"And it is probably a matter of when, rather than if, given the amount of community spread we have got going on.

"Bolsover, Amber Valley, South Derbyshire and the Dales are rising but at a slower rate and if we keep increasing steadily and that is sustained ultimately the R number (rate of infection) grows and you need extra measures to have any chance of slowing it down."

Controversial delayed waste plant cost £8.2m last year

BBC Radio Derby

A controversial waste treatment plant in Derby, which was given the go-ahead in 2012 but has not been operational, has cost taxpayers 8.2m in the 2019-20 financial year.

Derbyshire County Council said the costs covered the removal of waste and deep-cleaning of the site, as well as work to assess its condition.

Construction at the facility, on Sinfin Lane, began two years later despite campaigners' concerns on air quality and an increase in lorry traffic.

The city and county councils said they took over the plant last August after there was a delay in opening in 2017.

Now, the authorities say they do not know when it will be fully operational, as they await the results from site surveys.

Image of the waste treament plant on Sinfin Lane, Derby
Alan Thomas

The plant aims to divert 190,000 tonnes of waste per year away from landfill by heat-treating waste to produce a gas which is then burned to create enough electricity to power 14,000 homes.

Virus leaves thousands waiting a year for operations

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

Nearly 3,000 people face waiting a year for NHS hospital treatment or operations in Chesterfield, Burton and Derby.

The huge increase - from 45 in March - has been caused by operations being cancelled in lockdown, Derby City Council was told at a meeting.

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Zara Jones, planning lead for Joined-Up Care Derbyshire, which oversees all NHS services in the county and city, said such waits were rare before the pandemic.

She said the main area affected was elective surgeries in orthopaedics - including hip and knee operations - but cancer treatments continue to be prioritised.

Figures show 2,509 people waiting 52 weeks for treatment at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust as of the week ending 2 October.

At the Chesterfield Royal Hospital the figure was 298 patients.

Ms Jones also highlighted an "unidentified need" of people believed "not to have presented for health care" - avoiding NHS services due to Covid-19 concerns.

New testing sites in pipeline for Derby

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

Derby is about to open a new coronavirus testing centre - but could get more, according to health officials.

Morleston Day Centre, near Osmaston Road, is aimed at residents without access to transport.

Dr Robyn Dewis, Derby City Council's public health director, told the council's adult health scrutiny committee work on the site was "well progressed".

Testing centre signs

She added: "We are working with Deloitte and the Department of Health and Social Care to enable some other local testing sites as well.

"This will mean that individuals who don't have access to a car can book into those sites and can walk for their test."

The rate of confirmed cases in Derby has tripled from 33 per 100,000 people in the week to 29 September, to 109 up to 10 October.

Dr Dewis said this increase was expected continue through winter.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's a shot of moody skies over Melton Mowbray to start your Wednesday.

Weather-wise, it's set to be an increasingly cloudy day with the chance of some showers in the afternoon.

Melton Mowbray

Coronavirus: High Peak restrictions due tomorrow

BBC Radio Derby

A small part of the High Peak will be placed under "tier two" measures from tomorrow.

It'll affect the Glossopdale area with an SK13 postcode, covering Glossop, Hadfield, Padfield, Tintwistle and others.

Dean Wallace, Derbyshire County Council's director of public health, said other parts of the county could also face tougher restrictions in the weeks to come.

High Peak
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"We've seen other parts of the county double in rate in less than a week," he said.

"We have serious concerns about areas around north-east Derbyshire, Chesterfield, some parts of Bolsover and Erewash.

"We're currently having discussions around those areas where further measures might be required."

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

This was the scene in Beeley, Derbyshire, as Tuesday morning arrived.

Today we're expecting a dry and sunny morning followed by showers this afternoon and cool conditions.

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MP gives details on High Peak measures

David Pittam

BBC News Online

An MP has given more detail on the "small area" of the High Peak in Derbyshire which is to be put under "tier two" measures.

High Peak Conservative MP Robert Largan said the restrictions for Glossopdale will cover the SK13 postcode, which includes Glossop, Hadfield, Simmondley, Shirebrook, Dinting, Padfield, Tintwistle, Gamesley, Charlesworth, Chisworth, Chunal, Moorfield and Crowden.

He said the rest of High Peak will be under the lower "tier one" restrictions.


Badger cull banned by Derbyshire council

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Derbyshire Dales District Council has voted to ban badger culling on its land.

Last month the government announced it was extending its culling programme to 11 new areas, including Derbyshire, as part of efforts to eradicate bovine TB.

However, the council voted by 16 votes to nine - with eight abstentions - to not allow badgers to be killed on land it owns.

Culling will still be able to take place in other parts of Derbyshire.

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The authority plans to support its stance by adding extra signage to make clear which land it owns.

Hathersage and Eyam councillor Claire Raw, who brought the motion, said vaccination was a more effective way of dealing with bovine TB.

The government has said it is using culling, vaccination and testing to eradicate the disease.

Infection rates across the East Midlands

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

When Leicester became the first city in England to face local coronavirus restrictions it had an infection rate of 135 cases per 100,000 people.

Nottingham's infection rate is currently more than five times higher than this.

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The tighter restrictions have remained in place in Leicester and the infection rate is now at 142.57.

In Derby the infection rate is just 81 per 100,000 people.

Police officer injured during arrest following pursuit

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A police pursuit of a car in Derby has resulted in an arrest and an officer needing stitches.

Shortly after 19:00 yesterday, a suspected stolen Audi was spotted on the A38 at Little Eaton.

Stolen Audi
Derbyshire Police

After it was followed for a time, police used a stinger to puncture the tyres but the vehicle drove on.

It collided with a police car and another car before stopping on the carriageway near Coxbench.

Burst tyres
Derbyshire Police

A 29-year-old man from Bristol was arrested on suspicion of stealing the Audi, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.

During the arrest, an officer sustained cuts to his arm from broken glass and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Concrete block causes traffic problems on busy road

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Traffic was disrupted on a busy Derbyshire road earlier by a large concrete block.

Highways England said they were called to the A38 between the Markeaton and Kingsway junctions at about 09:00 to reports of debris in the southbound road.

Block being removed
Highways England

They found the block, measuring roughly 1 sq m, in the carriageway and closed a lane to have it removed.

Officers said it had apparently fallen off the back of a vehicle.

It was hoisted on to another lorry for removal.

They added the carriageway would be reopened after the surface had been checked for damage.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

There will be a few heavy bursts of rain for a time in the morning, but these will move away. However, it is likely to remain grey and damp before a few sunny spells develop from the west.

Today's Weather Watchers picture is by Nick A and shows autumn colours in Ripley, Derbyshire.

Autumn trees Ripley
Nick A

Derbyshire: The 1939 Penguin guide to a 'spa county'

Emma Jane Kirby visits Derbyshire on her trip round England using a 1939 Penguin guidebook
Shortly before the outbreak of the second world war the newly established Penguin press launched a series of travel guides to various English counties. 

Armed with a first-edition of the 1939 Penguin guide, Emma Jane Kirby took a drive across Derbyshire to see how it has changed since World War II.

(Photo: Matlock Baths, Derbyshire Credit: BBC)

'Stolen' lorry driven wrong way down M1 slip road

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Two men have been arrested after a "stolen" lorry was driven the wrong way down a motorway slip road in Derbyshire.

The truck, believed to have been stolen in York last month, was followed by police officers after it was seen on the M1 northbound between junction 26 and 27 just before 04:00.

Derbyshire Police said the lorry then left the carriageway at junction 30, near Barlborough, before turning on to the southbound exit slip road, driving in the wrong direction.

Stolen lorry stopped by Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit

The Derbyshire roads policing unit said the occupants of the cab, which had cloned plates and was thought to be "linked to HGV load thefts", ran off before two men were arrested nearby.

The men, aged 24 and 30, from Sheffield, were held on suspicion of stealing a motor vehicle and remain in police custody.

The force added the lorry was recovered and inquiries were ongoing.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

Today, there will be a variable amount of cloud with a scattering of showers, likely to be more widespread during the afternoon, when these could be occasionally heavy.

Today's Weather Watchers picture is from Janice Dyson of a dog dodging the rain at Carsington Water in Derbyshire.

Carsington Water
Janice Dyson

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a mostly dry start for today, with sunny spells between patchy cloud. It will then become increasingly cloudy with a band of rain pushing in from the south west.

Today's Weather Watchers picture is from Brinsley Helen and shows autumnal cloud and sunshine over Brinsley in Leicestershire.

Brinsley Helen

Heavy rain warning for the East Midlands

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain across the East Midlands this weekend.

The alert is in place from 03:00 on Saturday to 18:00 on Sunday.

Puddles in Market Harborough

The Met Office said there was the potential for flooding and road closures.

It added: "The unusual wind direction associated with the rainfall will mean that the peak rainfall totals are likely to occur in some areas that are usually well-sheltered and drier during unsettled spells of weather."