BBC Local Live: Updates from Derbyshire on Wednesday 23 January

    0800: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    Good morning. I'll be providing today's news, sport, travel and weather updates for the Derbyshire area. You can get in touch by emailing

    0803: Kaye Forster Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    We've had a few flurries of snow overnight, mostly across western parts of Derbyshire. These will tend to fizzle out through the morning so it will dry up. Staying cloudy and cold though with highs of 1C.

    as it happened
    Oldest man 0813:

    Today sees the funeral of Britain's oldest man, in Wirksworth. Reg Dean died earlier this month at the age of 110.

    Reg Dean
    Roads latest 0824:

    BBC Travel News reports the A52 westbound between the Nottingham and Cole Lane junctions is partially blocked due to a three-car accident and there are delays on the A52 eastbound between Kirk Langley and Derby caused by roadworks.


    BBC Radio Derby reports the accident, which has caused tailbacks on the A52 heading from the M1 to Derby, involved a car crashing into the central reservation near Borrowash. Listen Live.

    watch 0848:

    A 21-year-old man, Daniel Broadhead, from Renishaw, has become the first person in the UK to donate part of his liver to a stranger - a four-year-old boy.

    Daniel Broadhead
    Oldest man 0901:

    The funeral of Reg Dean, who died earlier this month aged 110, is taking place this afternoon and is expected to attract a crowd of about 400 people.


    The Dalesmen Male Voice Choir, which Reg Dean established 25 years ago, will sing some of his favourite songs at the service, at Wirksworth's St Mary's Church.

    Your photos 0919:

    Nick Willmot sent us this cute photo from Dallow Lane Lock in Burton which is now being used as the daily cover photo on BBC Radio Derby's Facebook page.

    Ducks in Burton

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    Army jobs 0931:

    Following yesterday's Army redundancies announcement, BBC Radio Derby's Phil Trow has been asking whether former members of the armed services should be pushed to the front of the queue for jobs. Get involved by tweeting @bbcderby or emailing

    Liver donor 0940:

    Daniel Broadhead, from Renishaw, who donated part of his liver to a stranger, made the altruistic gesture to save the life of a four-year-old boy.

    Coming up 0952: Sally Pepper Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    I'll be meeting the retired greyhound who has found work since leaving the track as a therapy dog at a Derbyshire hospice.

    Also, as a new adoption and fostering TV campaign hits our screens, I'll be speaking to a South Derbyshire man who's fostered three children with his wife after seeing an advert four years ago.


    Edale Mountain Rescue has received a spate of call-outs over the past few days, including this 29-year-old woman who hurt her back after slipping on ice while getting out of her car in Hathersage.

    Hathersage rescue
    Snowball complaints 1012:

    Derbyshire Police asks teenagers to stop throwing snowballs at strangers, buildings and traffic following complaints from residents in Chesterfield, Bolsover, north-east Derbyshire and Amber Valley.

    Careers advice 1022:

    Timothy Doleman joins the debate on BBC Radio Derby's Facebook page about whether school careers advice is in decline: "In 1963 the only careers advice I received from a man at the Becket Street education office was 'Have you applied to Rolls-Royce?' When I replied 'yes' his response was 'fine, next please'."

    Co-op closures 1032:

    Union Usdaw says it has held "constructive" talks with Midlands Co-Operative over ways of minimising job losses from the firm's decision to close several stores in the East Midlands. Nearly 400 jobs are at risk.

    A52 crash 1042:

    Trentbarton Buses tweets: The accident on the A52 is having an affect on i4, Indigo, Spondon and Ilkeston Flyer as traffic avoids the A52. Please bear with us.

    UK in Europe 1052:

    East Midlands UKIP MEP Roger Helmer's latest blog entry challenges Ford Europe CEO Stephen Odell's recent pro-EU comments.

    Roger Helmer
    Careers advice 1103:

    Ian Hayes posts on BBC Radio Derby's Facebook page: "Wanted me to go into the cooking industry and try for a chef. Unfortunately I hadn't the slightest interest in that when I was 16. In hindsight maybe I could have been a Jamie Oliver, or maybe another hairy biker."

    Oldest man 1114:

    Talking about the funeral of Britain's oldest man, 110-year-old Reg Dean, musical director of the Dalesmen Richard Hayward says: "I think there will be two moods running at the same time. We're very sad that Reg has finally departed but also we'll be celebrating a terrific life."

    Your photos 1126:

    This photo of a huge ice formation at the side of a lane in Scarcliffe was sent to us by Amanda Boler.

    Roadside icicles

    She said it was caused by cars spraying water from puddles of melting snow on to roadside bushes.

    Football 1138:

    Derby County's academy side take on Ipswich at Pride Park tonight in a fourth round FA Youth Cup tie. A home tie against Manchester City is the incentive for victory.

    Oldest man 1143:

    The order of service from the funeral of Britain's oldest man Reg Dean, which is due to get under way at 12:00.

    Reg Dean funeral order of service
    UK in Europe 1155:

    Bill Dilks, director of the Peak District Beef and Lamb Company, in Belper, tells BBC Radio Derby: "Farming has been working with Europe and it works very well.

    "We've achieved low food prices and the weekly average spend is about 10% of income. It's a real success story and I think it'd be a great shame to move away. I don't think the British government would support us like the European government does."

    helicopter crash 1204:

    Details of the final moments before a helicopter crash in central London which killed two people, have been published by investigators, BBC News Online reports.

    Capt Pete Barnes died after his aircraft hit a crane. Mr Barnes had flown air ambulances in the East Midlands and had links to Derby.

    Pete Barnes
    oldest man 1208:

    BBC Radio Derby's Matthew Barlow reports the Dalesmen Male Voice Choir, the group Reg Dean helped set up 25 years ago, is singing a selection of poignant songs as people arrive at St Mary's Church, in Wirksworth, for his funeral.


    Songs performed by the Dalesmen as guests arrived included You Raise Me Up, American Trilogy and All In The April Evening.

    Dalesmen choir at Reg Dean funeral

    Speaking before the service, former mayor of Wirksworth, Andy Pollock, told BBC Radio Derby he had known Reg Dean for 30 years. He said: "It was impossible not to know Reg in this community. He was so active in all senses - a big character. Everyone knew Reg."

    Reg Dean
    Snowball complaints 1228:

    Community safety Inspector Russ Dakin says: "There is a risk that homes or vehicles could be damaged and people could be injured, especially where snowballs have been compacted into ice or if they have items hidden inside."


    The running order for Reg Dean's funeral service includes a tribute from his son Christopher Dean and a reading by William Tucker, Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire.


    BBC Radio Derby's Matthew Barlow reports St Mary's Church is "absolutely packed out" with friends, family and well-wishers.

    Reg Dean funeral
    1249: Andy Potter Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    From 13:00 I'll be talking to Ronan Keating and Brian McFadden about their music careers. Also, the Loudmouths return for their weekly discussion over the issues of the day. Listen Live

    Andy Potter and Ronan Keating

    Ash Medley pays tribute to Reg Dean on BBC Radio Derby's Facebook page: What an inspiration this man of God was. May we, by his example of Christ-like humility, serve our communities as he did, touching many lives like him.


    East Midlands Today tweets: On East Midlands Today at 1.30pm Europe - what does it mean for our region and the funeral of Britain's oldest man in Derbys

    1310: Sarah Teale Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

    Join me for the lunchtime news when we're at the funeral of Britain's oldest man, Reg Dean from Derbyshire. He lived to 110.


    BBC Radio Derby's Matthew Barlow reports the service was moving but had several lighter moments, including one speaker joking that Reg would have been greeted at the pearly gates by St Peter asking why he was so late - a reference to his record-breaking longevity.

    Reg Dean coffin

    BBC Radio Derby's Matthew Barlow reports Reg Dean's funeral has now concluded and people will shortly be heading to Wirksworth Methodist Church for the wake.


    Reg Dean's son Christopher Dean said his father had only ever wanted to help others and make a difference to their lives.


    The Met Office tweets Yellow Alert of Rain for East Midlands : Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby, Leicester


    BBC News Online has more coverage of the funeral of Reg Dean.

    Reg Dean's funeral

    The current mayor of Wirksworth Mike Ratcliffe tells BBC Radio Derby: "He [Reg Dean] had a wealth of stories and anecdotes and of course his great passion was Charles Dickens. To hear him read was absolutely delightful."

    Nuisance behaviour 1421:

    Derbyshire Police says it is stepping up patrols in Killamarsh following reports of groups gathering around the community centre in Bridge Street and the Bull and Badger car park.

    Sport 1432:

    BBC Radio Derby reports Cricket Derbyshire has welcomed a decision by Derby City Council to defer plans to cut its funding for cricket pitches in the city, due to come into force from March, to next year.

    The authority has also agreed to hold talks before finalising the change.

    helicopter crash 1446:

    More on the helicopter crash in London which killed pilot Capt Peter Barnes, who had studied in Derby earlier in his life.

    BBC News Online reports that the passenger due to be collected by him had suggested the take-off be delayed due to the weather conditions.

    crash scene
    oldest man 1500:

    More on the funeral of Reg Dean. His son Christopher told the congregation about an occasion a few years ago when his father told him he had started helping a friend to mow his lawn because he was "getting old" - only for it to transpire the man being offered help was several years younger than Reg.

    Co-op closures 1510:

    More on the Midlands Co-op closures: Usdaw's divisional officer Gavin Dadley says: "Clearly these are uncertain times for our members but I want to remind them that both Usdaw and the Midlands Co-op are doing all we can to redeploy as many staff as possible."

    Co-op Derby

    Derbyshire County Council tweets: Gritters are out from 6pm. Light flurry of snow this aft/eve. Ice the main hazard in early hours #derbyshirewinter.

    Horse rescue 1535:

    Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently working to rescue a horse which is in the canal at Ilkeston, reports BBC Radio Derby. A reporter is en route to the scene.


    Earlier, BBC Radio Derby's Sally Pepper met Lady, a retired racing greyhound who has now got a job as a therapy dog at the Treetops Hospice in Risley. Listen again.

    Horse rescue 1556:

    Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service tells BBC Radio Derby The water rescue teams from Kingsway in Derby and Nottinghamshire have been called in, as well as the animal rescue team from Matlock.

    Coming up 1606: Ian Skye Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    Coming up, reaction to David Cameron's European referendum speech from local politicians. Joining Ian will be David Gale from UKIP in Derby, Conservative MP for Amber Valley Nigel Mills, and Derby South Labour MP Margaret Beckett. Listen Live

    unemployment 1617:

    BBC Radio Derby reports unemployment in the East Midlands increased by 10,000 to 190,000 in the three months to November.

    oldest man 1631:

    The funeral for Reg Dean was jointly led by Canon David Truby, from St Mary's, and the Reverend Camilla Veitch, from the United Reformed Church. Mr Dean, who died aged 110 and was the UK's oldest man was a member of both congregations.

    Drugs arrests 1642:

    Derbyshire Police says it has made four further arrests in connection with the deaths of a man and a woman who are believed to have died after taking ecstasy in the High Peak area in the run-up to Christmas.


    Police said the four men, aged 18, 21, 27 and 33 and from the High Peak area were arrested in connection with the suspected supply of a class A drug.

    European referendum 1704:

    Margaret Beckett, Labour MP for Derby South, on David Cameron's pledge to hold a referendum on Europe: "It was a political masterstroke which got his backbenchers clapping for about a total period of something like three minutes.

    "The minute he said he wouldn't be campaigning for us to come out of the European Union, all that support ebbed away."

    Margaret Beckett
    1714: Dominic Heale Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    At 18:30, hundreds brave the icy weather for the funeral of Derbyshire's Reg Dean, who was Britain's oldest man. We were invited to film the service in Wirksworth and to hear the many tributes to a much-loved man.

    Also on the programme, why are workers for the Environment Agency busy weighing snow?

    Horse rescue 1724:

    BBC Radio Derby reports a horse has now been successfully rescued from a canal in Ilkeston by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service. The horse, whose name is Rosie, was unharmed by the ordeal.

    Rescued horse

    Charlotte Woodiwiss, 20, from Chapel-en-le-Frith, was found dead in her flat on 22 December while Dale Yates, 18, from Buxton, was found dead at a flat on Eagle Parade on 23 December.

    Drugs arrests 1741:

    A total of 15 people have now been arrested in connection with the deaths. The other 11 people were released on bail pending further inquiries.

    1745: Rebecca Sheeran Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    Tonight will be cloudy with frost and freezing fog in places. Chance of some light snow continuing through the night. Lows of -3C.

    Football 1745:

    As Derby County's youth team prepares to play Ipswich Town in the Youth Cup later, Rams academy boss Darren Wassall tells BBC Radio Derby Sport: "Our aim is to produce players who are good enough to play first team football.

    "With the likes of Will Hughes, Mason Bennett, Jeff Hendrick, Mark O'Brien and Callum Ball we've had a good start over the past three years."

    1800: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    That's the end of the live updates for today, watch East Midlands Today for more about Derbyshire, and listen to BBC Radio Derby for more news, sport, travel and weather.

    Live updates will resume again tomorrow at 08.00.


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