BBC Local Live: Updates from Derbyshire on Tuesday 22 January

    0700: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    Good morning. I'll be bringing you all today's live updates from across Derbyshire.

    0703: Kaye Forster Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    It's a cold start to the day and there are a few light flurries of snow around this morning. Ice will be a hazard on untreated surfaces again. For most it will be a dry day. There will be some brightness at first but the cloud will fill in later.

    school closures 0706:

    Although there is plenty of snow still on the ground, there are fewer school closures than yesterday. You can see the full list here.

    As it happened
    Roads update 0717:

    BBC Travel News reports travel disruption caused by the wintry weather is less severe than yesterday, Most routes around Derby, Burton and Alfreton are flowing freely, although some rural roads may still be difficult.

    Public transport 0727:

    BBC Travel News says East Midlands Airport is running as normal, East Midlands Trains is not reporting any major problems and Trentbarton Buses is running a full service, but with minor diversions and slight delays.

    Post problems 0739:

    BBC Radio Derby's Phil Trow has been asking when was the last time you had any post delivered, following reports some people in Burton had not received anything since Thursday. Tweet us @BBCDerby, email or call 01332 6161616.

    Co-op closures 0749:

    Also on BBC Radio Derby, Phil Trow has more local reaction to yesterday's announcement that nine Midlands Co-operative stores in the East Midlands are to be closed. Pictured is the store in Ilkeston.

    Ilkeston Co-op

    On BBC Radio Derby's Facebook page, Joe Jahal writes: "I remember Co-op from when I was a kid in Derby. It's a shame and a sad day for us old-timers."


    Derbyshire County Council tweets: Gritting primary routes at the moment, then out on secondary routes. School closures coming in now. #derbyshirewinter

    Co-op closures 0817:

    BBC East Midlands Today reports union representatives will be meeting bosses from the Midlands Co-operative today in the hope of saving jobs. About 388 posts are under threat from the closures.

    Post problems 0830:

    Cat Treadwell tweets: @BBCPhilTrow @royalmail Nothing in Bargate, Belper since Thursday... V frustrating, as awaiting partner's birthday gifts! Buses running too

    Football 0840:

    Derby County manager Nigel Clough says he is delighted to see Richard Keogh, Conor Sammon and Jeff Kendrick rewarded for their performances with a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad.


    These icicles were spotted in Ashbourne yesterday. Have you seen any bigger? Send your photos to

    Ashbourne icicles
    0910: Phil Trow Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    Does drug trafficking really deserve the death penalty? Get in touch on BBC Radio Derby. Email or phone 01332 616161.

    Post problems 0922:

    BBC Radio Derby says it is still awaiting a response from Royal Mail following reports of people in Derbyshire not receiving any post for several days.

    Co-op closures 0931:

    Gavin Badley, from the Usdaw union, tells BBC Radio Derby: "This is devastating news in terms of the impact not only on jobs but also where the stores are located. We're due to meet with senior managers at 11:00 at their Lichfield head office."


    Derby tattoo artist Kevin Paul tells BBC Radio Derby's about the dangers of using home tattoo kits.

    Kevin Paul and Harry Styles

    One of Kevin's clients is Harry Styles from One Direction, who he says told him he's been tattooed by a friend, using a home kit.

    0950: Sally Pepper Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    I'll be meeting the Derby man who has been blind from birth and, after five of his own guide dogs, is paying £5,000 to get a puppy trained to be a guide dog for someone else. Plus your comments on today's talking point: Prince Harry says he was just "one of the guys" while he was out in Afghanistan, but can he ever really be that? Listen Live

    Ambulance review 1004:

    The government is demanding an urgent review of East Midlands Ambulance Service after MPs outlined stories of elderly patients left to wait for hours before being taken to hospital, BBC Radio Derby reports.


    "A range of measures have been put in place to ensure deliveries reach people as quickly as possible. We are doing our utmost to ensure continued deliveries but it may not be possible to do so everywhere because of the weather."

    Postal problems 1017:

    Royal Mail spokeswoman Morag Turnbull says: "We apologise to customers who are experiencing delays to their deliveries in Derbyshire as a result of the severe winter weather conditions there."

    Gritting 1028:

    Helen Ayre writes on BBC Radio Derby's Facebook page: "The road leading down to Alfreton Grange Arts College and Alfreton Nursery School are awful. There will be a serious accident if something isn't done."

    Your pictures 1037:

    This photo of Foolow, taken by Peak District Online, was chosen as today's cover photo on the BBC Radio Derby Facebook page. Send your photos to


    Bolsover District Council tweets: Bins are being collected today but there may be some that are missed depending on the road conditions.


    Terry Prater is on a waiting list for his sixth guide dog but is also paying £5,000 to get a puppy trained for someone else. "It's a difference between being able to get out independently and feel good about yourself and not," he tells BBC Radio Derby's Sally Pepper. Listen live

    Football 1106:

    Chesterfield FC announces defender Terrell Forbes has left the club after his contract was terminated by mutual consent. The 31-year-old made 21 appearances for the Spireites after joining on a free transfer in the summer.

    Terrell Forbes
    Co-op closures 1112:

    Chesterfield Borough Council leader John Burrows says the Co-operative store has been a "mainstay" of the town centre and that the council is disappointed with the decision. "I am confident Chesterfield can recover from this," he adds.

    Ambulance review 1123:

    On the call for a review of East Midlands Ambulance Service, Health Minister Anna Soubry says: "I take the view that this needs urgent review and I will certainly be making those recommendations within the department to say that we need to really look again at our ambulance service."

    Anna Soubry

    The service is considering replacing its 65 stations with large hubs and community posts. A decision is due to be made on 25 March.

    Prince Harry 1133:

    Joan from Derby texts: I wish the media would leave the poor lad alone. It's sad. He just wants to be like all the other boys for a short while.

    Listen Live to BBC Radio Derby's talking point on whether Prince Harry can ever be "one of the lads".

    Prince Harry 1139:

    Mick from Derby texts: I do understand his point but he also has to temper that with what is expected of him and his unique position.


    Stoke City striker Michael Owen tweets: Heading to St George's Park in Burton this morning. Heard loads of people talking highly of it. We play Derby there in a friendly at 2pm.

    Michael Owen

    Age UK Derby & Derbyshire is using a pop-up 1950s living room and pop-up vintage cinema to stimulate deep memories for people in the early stages of dementia and memory loss.

    "All the bits and bobs and apparatus are there so they can actually sit and soak up the atmosphere of the older time," spokeswoman Diane Cliff tells BBC Radio Derby. Listen live


    Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a progressive decline in brain functions such as memory, understanding and thinking. Find out more about the symptoms on the BBC Health website.

    Sport 1216:

    Derby's Nikki Harris withdraws from the Great Britain squad for the upcoming Cyclo Cross World Championships in the US because of a knee problem. No replacement will be named.

    Sport 1227:

    Derby's Nikki Harris has pulled out of the world championships but just what is cyclo cross? "A muddy hell," according to some. Bike Radar magazine explains everything you need to know about the sport.

    1233: Andy Potter Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    On BBC Radio Derby after 13:00, I'll be talking to author Peter James, Nick Brown from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has news of a new wildlife survey and I'll also be revisiting an interview I did with film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner, who passed away yesterday.

    Sport 1244:

    Great Britain will not call up a replacement for 26-year-old Nikki Harris, who has withdrawn from the Cyclo Cross World Championships because of a knee injury.

    Nikki Harris
    1255: Kaye Forster Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    Some beautiful sunny skies out there at the moment. It's going to stay dry today but there will be a little bit more cloud as we go into the afternoon.


    East Midlands Today producer Paula Bettison tweets: Producing your lunch news today. @geetapendse presenting. A call for jobs for wounded military veterans; #nottscounty pitch ok? 1.30 BBC1

    Co-op closures 1313:

    Midlands Co-op plans to keep part of its store in Ilkeston open despite saying it would close its department stores across the region, BBC Radio Derby reports.

    The travel centre will move down to the ground floor of the Ilkeston shop and only the upper floors will close.

    Co-op closures 1315:

    Midlands Co-op chief executive Martyn Cheatle says it's unlikely they'll continue trading from the outlet on East Street in Derby and instead hope to redevelop the site.

    1322: Geeta Pendse Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

    More than 1,000 children in Nottingham are to receive intensive musical training from a professional orchestra. I met some of them and you can see my report on East Midlands Today at 13:30

    Geeta Pendse with school children

    On BBC Radio Derby's Facebook page you have been responding to Derbyshire County Council saying bad parking has caused problems for gritters.

    Susan Mills says: "It is a problem in our village. But people in this old village have nowhere to park their cars but outside their houses. When our village was built the car had not been invented."


    Derbyshire Police tweets: Man absconds from Sudbury Prison #police #derbyshire

    Prison absconder 1345:

    John Darren Cadby, 45, was jailed for six years in October 2010 for robbery and attempted kidnap. His last home address was Stechford in Birmingham, Derbyshire Police say.

    Gritters 1356:

    Susan Mills adds another comment to BBC Radio Derby's Facebook discussion on gritting: "My car was one of the cars hit and it was in a proper parking place. But the hill was an ice rink and the car hit a wall before bouncing off the wall into my car."


    Age UK Derby & Derbyshire will use the pop-up rooms - known as Reminiscence Pods - at support groups each weekday afternoon in Futures Homescape community centres in the Amber Valley area. Call Age UK on 01773 768 240 for times and locations.

    Co-op closures 1420: Wesley Mallin Political Reporter, BBC Derby

    It leaves a workforce of more than 400 staff and concession employees with a very uncertain future. Some will be redeployed but others will end up joining the ranks of the unemployed alongside their old high street neighbours from Jessops, HMV and Comet.

    Co-op closures 1431: Wesley Mallin Political Reporter, BBC Derby

    Chief executive Martyn Cheatle told me earlier that online stores had hit the business, but that Midlands Co-Op wasn't well placed to develop its own online response because it's a regional, not a national brand.


    Andrew Griffiths, Conservative MP for Burton, tweets: Delighted to announce that Burton's own Velis Kebabs won the manufacturers award at last night's British Kebab Awards.

    Snow pictures 1457:

    Snowy weather causes problems for motorists, but things are even worse for motorcyclists - as evidenced by this shot from Newhall. Send your photos to or tweet us @bbcderby

    Snowy motorbike
    Gritters 1508:

    Emily Barrie writes on BBC Radio Derby's Facebook page: "What gritters? I haven't seen a gritting lorry. Our main road it quite a steep hill with speed bumps and it was impossible to get anywhere Fri/Sat/Sun. Councils need more Indians and less chiefs!"

    Snow 1515:

    The Met Office tweets: Yellow Alert of Snow for East Midlands - Derby, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire & Nottingham

    Snow 1521:

    Derby City Council tweets: We'll be out gritting all main routes in the city from 6.30pm as temps drop again overnight.

    1528: Ian Skye Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    On my programme from 16:00 - The latest reaction to the Co-op closures and the Army axing more than 5,000 jobs.

    You'll also hear from Prince Harry on his time in Afghanistan, we'll go live to Derby's newest favourite roadworks, and find out which celebrities are heading up the Zambezi for Comic Relief. Listen Live

    Your pictures 1535:

    Scott Raynor's fantastic shot of Shining Cliff Wood in Ambergate has been added to BBC News Online's photo gallery of wintry scenes across the East Midlands.

    Ambergate snow
    Co-op closures 1546: Wesley Mallin Political Reporter, BBC Derby

    The closure of The Co-Operative Society's department stores across the Midlands may have come as a surprise to many, but it'll have been widely expected by anyone watching the firm's books. The retail arm's been losing money for a decade.

    Match postponed 1600:

    Alfreton Town's Derbyshire Senior Cup third round tie against Buxton, due to take place this evening, is postponed for a third time because of snow. The match will now be played on 29 January.

    Football 1610:

    New Burton Albion signing Ian Sharps tells BBC Radio Derby Sport his transfer from Rotherham to the Pirelli Stadium was a "surprising and sudden move".

    Ian Sharps
    Snow 1615:

    Derbyshire motorists are facing more warnings about hazardous driving conditions, but what do you do if you absolutely must travel?

    Here's some BBC News advice on how to prepare your car for winter driving - and what to do if you are caught out in bad weather.

    Coming up 1621:

    BBC East Midlands Today tweets: On tonight's programme - four days of snow cost the East Midlands nearly thirty million pounds say businesses...

    Prison absconder 1629:

    BBC News Online has more information on the convicted robber who absconded from HMP Sudbury yesterday.

    Ambulance review 1637:

    The government declines to intervene over a planned reorganisation of East Midlands Ambulance Service - despite East Midlands MPs voicing concern about ambulance station closures in a Commons debate, reports BBC Radio Derby

    Weather update 1650: Rebecca Sheeran Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    Freezing fog in places this evening and it will be cloudy and cold. A band of snow moving in through the night may reach parts of Derbyshire.

    Travel update 1654:

    BBC Travel News reports delays on the A52 Ashbourne Road in Derby due to roadworks, hazardous driving conditions on the A53 near Buxton and the closure of the A6024 Woodhead/Holme Moss Road between the A628 Woodhead Pass and the A635 Greenfield Road.

    Your pictures 1705:

    Crich Tramway Museum sent us this photo (and a few more) of how the attraction looks following this week's snowfall. Send your photos to or tweet us @bbcderby

    Crich Tramway Museum
    Football 1712:

    New Burton Albion signing Ian Sharps tells BBC Radio Derby that he hopes to prove Rotherham United manager Steve Evans was wrong to sell him. Listen live.

    Gritters 1726:

    Kirstie Daniel posts on BBC Radio Derby's Facebook page: "I saw a gritter truck going down our road (on a bus route in Church Gresley) today, no cars parked on the road. Truck did about 30mph, no grit laid whatsoever!"

    Co-op closures 1740:

    Rebecca Shaw tweets: Well done to the Co-op for its sensitive handling of closures and job losses, talking directly with employees with care.

    Snow shark 1755:

    We've showcased some brilliant snow photos sent to us through today but also worth a mention is this fantastic Kirk Langley snow shark sculpture by Sara-Lee Burton which featured in the Huffington Post. The ketchup blood was the icing on the cake for us.

    1800: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    That's all for today from BBC Local Live. You can keep up-to-date with everything happening in Derbyshire by listening to BBC Radio Derby or watching BBC East Midlands Today at 18:30 and 22:25.

    We'll be back with more updates from 08:00 on Wednesday.


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