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11 July 2014 Last updated at 13:18

Queen and Duke visit DerbyshireThe Queen in Matlock

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh meet enthusiast crowds during a visit to the Derbyshire Dales.

Blown up cash machineFive guilty of £500K ATM blast plot

Two men are found guilty of blowing up cash machines across England, including in Derby, to steal an estimated £500,000, while another three admit the offence.

Members of the GMB union make their way through BrightonPublic sector strikes held across UK

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in strikes across the UK as part of a co-ordinated day of action by public service unions.

John Hess, Political editor, East Midlands Article written by John Hess John Hess Political editor, East Midlands

Cities warn of need for new powers

East Midlands cities will lose out without new powers, warns leader.

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BBC Local Live

    Top student chef crowned 17:15:

    Belper School pupil Charlotte Skinner has been named Derbyshire County Council's Student Chef of the Year.

    The competition invited young people to produce a "culturally diverse" meal for two on a budget of £2 a head.

    Charlotte took first prize with her offering of Moroccan meatballs, tortillas and white mousse for pudding.

    Strike 'cost Derbyshire £3m' 17:07: Derbyshire Times

    The government estimates yesterday's mass public sector walkout cost Derbyshire's economy more than £3m.

    News on the hour 16:57: Kelly Smith Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    The top stories in my 17:00 bulletin are:

    • The cause of a fire at a Derbyshire school is revealed
    • New figures show a fall in officer numbers at Derbyshire prisons
    • A toddler is rescued after getting wedged in a mop bucket
    Fresh appeal over sex assault 16:47:

    Police have made a renewed appeal for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in the grounds of Long Eaton Library last weekend.

    The 30-year-old was attacked as she walked home from Manhattan's nightclub shortly after 03:00 on Sunday.

    Giant WW1 tribute 16:36: East Midlands Today

    A town's towering tribute to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One has burst into colour.


    Millions of poppy seeds were sown to create 100ft high lettering on a hill overlooking Belper in Derbyshire.

    Talking bins 16:27: Dean Pepall BBC Radio Derby presenter

    Some parts of Derby won't get their bins emptied for another week after collections were cancelled yesterday because of the national strike by public sector staff.

    After 17:00, we'll hear from one of those residents affected and see what the city council has to say about the situation. Listen live.

    Reds sign defender 16:18:

    Former York City defender Chris Smith has joined Alfreton Town on a one-year deal.

    Chris Smith

    The 33-year-old, who has also played for Mansfield Town, Worcester City and Halifax Town, is Nicky Law's eighth signing of the summer.

    School fire was work accident 16:08: BBC Radio Derby

    The fire service says a blaze at a Derbyshire school yesterday was an accident caused by the work being carried out on its roof.

    The fire destroyed Stonebroom Primary School's roof and damaged four classrooms but staff and pupils were praised for their quick and calm response to the emergency.

    News on the hour 16:00: Kelly Smith Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    Fire investigators have reached a conclusion about what caused a blaze at Stonebroom Primary School in Derbyshire yesterday. Find out more in my 16:00 news bulletin.

    Stonebroom Primary School
    Car hits pedestrians 15:53: Derby Telegraph

    Two pedestrians have been taken to hospital after they were in collision with a car that mounted the kerb, police said.

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    Glasses setback 15:29: Charlie Slater BBC Weather

    I only needed to wear these glasses for one more day before having laser surgery tomorrow - and the arm has fallen off! Typical.

    Charlie Slater
    'Cutting edge' textiles 15:23: BBC Radio Derby

    A Derbyshire textile designer who works with athletes at the cutting edge of fabric technology says she enjoys the challenge of finding solutions to help their performance.

    Sally Cowan, from Belper, has produced clothing for British Cycling, the Ferrari Formula 1 team and is already working on outfits for Rio 2016.

    Fire station opened to public 15:06:

    Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service tweets: Were opening the doors at Kingsway Fire Station tomorrow,12-3pm.Come along & see some great demonstrations.Lots 2see & do for all the family

    Latest headlines 14:57: Kelly Smith Newsreader

    Our top stories at 15:00 are:

    Cash for green travel 14:47: BBC Radio Derby

    The government has announced almost £1m in funding for greener transport in Derby.

    It will be used to encourage people to cycle, walk or take the bus to work, as well as continuing work that's been done in the city to reduce congestion.

    Police museum tour 14:38: Andy Potter Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    Derby will have a dedicated police museum for the first time in 10 years when it opens to the public this weekend.

    Andy Potter with Richard Felix

    At 14:45, you can hear what happened when historian Richard Felix gave me a look behind the scenes. Listen live.

    Fire-hit school to reopen 14:22: BBC Radio Derby

    Stonebroom Primary School, which was evacuated yesterday after a fire broke out, is expected to reopen on Monday, officials have said.

    Cash machine explosion plot 14:09:

    Two men have been found guilty of blowing up cash machines across the country to steal an estimated £500,000.

    Exploded cash machine

    A total of 28 cash machines were raided in locations including Liverpool, Loughborough, Birmingham and Derby.

    News on the hour 13:59: Kelly Smith Newsreader

    Here are the top headlines in my 14:00 bulletin on BBC Radio Derby:

    • A teenager accepts responsibility for unlawfully killing a teacher at a school in Leeds
    • Officials in the Gaza Strip say the number of Palestinians killed during the past four days of Israeli airstrikes has reached 100
    • Derby magistrates take more than £2,000 from a man after he was charged with theft and fraud offences
    Uttoxeter to get a Waitrose 13:51: BBC Radio Derby

    About 180 jobs could be created when a new Waitrose supermarket opens in Uttoxeter.

    The store is to be built on the site of JCB's former heavy products department, after the firm opted to sell the land.

    'I couldn't breathe' 13:39: BBC Radio Derby

    Pupils at Stonebroom Primary School have been describing the moment they were told to leave after a fire broke out yesterday afternoon.

    Stonebroom Primary School

    One said: "We had to crawl down on the floor and put shirts over our noses and mouths."

    Another said: "It was all smoky and I couldn't breathe."

    Send us your pictures 13:27: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    Our new Facebook cover photo was taken by Wendy Scott in Bakewell.

    Facebook cover photo

    If you've taken any pictures worthy of adorning our little corner of Facebook, email them to

    East Midlands Today 13:15: Simon Ward Presenter

    On BBC One at 13:30, some of the region's maternity units have been turning mothers in labour away because they're too busy. Plus there are calls to bring the East Midlands' old waterways back to life.

    News on the hour 13:00: BBC Radio Derby

    The top stories in the 13:00 bulletin are:

    Child abuse at Donington Hall 12:43:

    BBC News Online has more on refugee children being sexually abused at Donington Hall in the 1960s.

    Donington Hall files

    Files on the offences, by a housemaster at the home, have been revisited after a major inquiry was launched into the Home Office's handling of historical allegations of child abuse.

    New Rams defender 12:34: Owen Bradley BBC Radio Derby Sport

    I'm looking forward to meeting new Derby County signing Cyrus Christie later. You can hear the interview on BBC Radio Derby after 18:00.

    Teenager assaulted 12:22:

    A 17-year-old was attacked by a group of teenage boys in Wirksworth on Tuesday, police said.

    The victim was targeted as he walked along Water Lane at about 15:00. Police have appealed for witnesses.

    Youth bands to play in park 12:07:

    Ripley Music Festival will feature a performance from a fresh-faced band this evening, featuring three brothers aged 10, 12 and 14.

    Barnie Rubblez with Ian Skye

    The festival is focusing on "youth bands" at Crossley Park from 19:00 this evening. Denby act Barnie Rubblez are one of several young groups on the bill.

    News on the hour 11:57: Sally Swinfen Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    Here are the top stories in my 12:00 bulletin:

    West Brom's mixed messages 11:47: Owen Bradley BBC Radio Derby Sport

    West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Irvine has been giving some mixed messages about Derby County transfer target George Thorne.

    George Thorne

    Irvine says while he doesn't want the midfielder to leave, he could be allowed to go if the club receives a good enough offer.

    M1 lane closed 11:37:

    A lane is closed on the M1 northbound between J28 and J29 because of a broken down vehicle, says our travel news team.

    FA centre expansion plan 11:25: BBC Radio Derby

    Bosses at the FA's St George's Park training centre say Burton's economy will be boosted by millions of pounds by their "masterplan" for the venue.

    They claim hundreds of jobs could be created as a result of the expansion proposals, which include the building of a golf academy, a sport business campus and new pitches.

    Rock on the radio 11:14:

    Burton-based rock band The Dark Horses are performing on Sally Pepper's programme after 12:00, ahead of their set at the Derby Beer Festival.

    Alex Canner

    Lead singer Alex Canner (pictured) says the group will be treating listeners to a classic 70s guitar number and revealing which band member owns more than 60 guitars. Listen live.

    News on the hour 10:57: Sally Swinfen BBC Radio Derby newsreader

    In my 11:00 bulletin, bosses at a Derbyshire school which was evacuated due to a fire yesterday reveal when it is likely to reopen.

    Video: Royal visit 10:47:

    This time yesterday, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were enjoying a visit to Derbyshire. BBC East Midlands Today followed the monarch through the day.

    The Queen in Matlock
    Firefighters miss start of strike 10:35: Burton Mail

    Firefighters in South Derbyshire were called into action just moments before they were set to walk out on strike - after a person was left trapped in their car following an accident.

    School fire inquiry 10:24: BBC Radio Derby

    A fire investigation is under way following a blaze at a school in Stonebroom.

    Fire-hit school

    A structural engineer will be assessing damage to four classrooms at Stonebroom Primary School which were damaged in the fire yesterday afternoon. Nobody was injured.

    Boozy broadcast 10:10: Sally Pepper Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    On my show today I'll be taking a trip to the 37th Derby Beer Festival in the Market Place. Listen live.

    News on the hour 09:59: Sally Swinfen Newsreader

    The top stories in my 10:00 bulletin on BBC Radio Derby:

    • The public inquiry into how the Home Office handled historical allegations of child abuse will cover two offences at Donington Hall in 1965, when it was a home for refugee children
    • Experts say thousands more patients should be considered for weight loss surgery on the NHS in an attempt to tackle type 2 diabetes
    • The government is to spend an extra £1m on green transport in Derby
    WW1 medals taken 09:51: Derby Telegraph

    'Scum' - the thief who stole medals of Derby First World War soldier.

    Abuser changed his name 09:38: BBC Radio Derby

    Sex offences carried out on refugee boys by a house master at Donington Hall in 1965 are to form part of the public inquiry into how the Home Office handled historical allegations of child abuse.

    Sanchia Berg, who has been looking through the related files for BBC Panorama, said Peter John Moor had a string of convictions for sexual offences but had been able to move around freely simply by changing his name.

    Have your say 09:23:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to find out what you think.

    Gifts for the Queen 09:11: Ian Skye Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    The Queen was given a hamper of Derbyshire products and a loom bracelet during her visit to the county yesterday.

    The Queen is given a hamper

    But what gift would you give Her Majesty if you met her? Call 01332 616161 to talk on-air, or text your comment to 81333, starting your message with the word "Derby".

    News on the hour 08:57: Sally Swinfen BBC Radio Derby newsreader

    Our top stories at 09:00 are:

    • The public inquiry into how the Home Office handled historical allegations of child abuse will include two offences at Donington Hall in 1965
    • Thousands more people could be considered for weight loss surgery on the NHS in England under proposals to tackle type 2 diabetes
    • Bosses at St George's Park say their "masterplan" for the venue will boost Burton's economy by millions of pounds
    West Hallam crash 08:51:

    An accident is blocking Belper Road in West Hallam, warns BBC Travel News.

    Cathedral cash 08:37: BBC Radio Derby

    Derby Cathedral bosses say they hope to start spending their £535,000 windfall early next year.

    Derby Cathedral

    The cash is being provided by the World War One Centenary Repairs Fund to repair heating, lighting and wiring.

    Cricket: Derbyshire draw 08:29:

    Derbyshire's four-day game against Essex ended in a draw at Chesterfield yesterday.

    The home side had set Essex an unlikely victory target of 367 but were unable to take 10 wickets.

    Donington Hall abuse 08:17: BBC Radio Derby

    The public inquiry into how the Home Office handled historical allegations of child abuse will include two offences at Castle Donington's Donington Hall in 1965, when it was a home for refugee children.

    Files show that a house master, Peter John Moor, was convicted of two offences against young boys there.

    Cloud and drizzle 08:07: Charlie Slater BBC Weather

    A fairly decent day is forecast, but with a good deal of cloud and light drizzle possible this morning. Highs of 22C (72F).

    08:00: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    Hi everyone and welcome to Friday's updates for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

    Get involved by emailing or tweeting us your comments, questions or photos.




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