Motorcyclist, 22, dies in Coxbench crash

A 22-year-old motorcyclist has died after losing control of the vehicle in Derbyshire.

The motorcyclist was travelling along the B6179 in Coxbench with two other bikers when his vehicle left the road.

Police said the driver "failed to negotiate a bend and left the carriageway", suffering fatal injuries.

Anyone who saw the three motorcyclists before the collision at 21:00 BST on Thursday is asked to contact Derbyshire Police.

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    Dry today, wet tomorrow 17:50: Kaye Forster BBC Weather

    It's staying dry, bright and breezy for the rest of the day. Mostly dry overnight and into tomorrow but there is the potential for some heavy rain to push in by Thursday evening. Watch this space.

    Bells to return 17:41: Simon Hare Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

    The parish bells of Alfreton may have been silent for years, but that's soon to change thanks to a major restoration project.


    Find out more on BBC One at 18:30.

    Memorable moment 17:34:

    A painting owned by a Derbyshire priest that was revealed to be a Van Dyck portrait on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow has failed to sell at auction.

    Antiques Roadshow

    You can see the moment Father Jamie MacLeod was told of the painting's true value here.

    PM's Peak walk invitation 17:27:

    Andrew Bingham, Conservative MP for High Peak, has invited the prime minister to walk around his constituency with him to find out more about what it has to offer.

    Andrew Bingham

    Responding in the Commons, David Cameron said it was "an enticing invitation" and described the Peak District as "beautiful", but didn't commit to the walk.

    Previous royal visit 17:20: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Jean Harrison for sending in this photo from the Queen's most recent visit to Derbyshire.

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    She writes: "I took this photo of the Queen outside the Cathedral Quarter Hotel in 2010 where my brother Albert Morley received the Maundy Money from her at the Cathedral earlier in the day."

    Serial bottom slapper detained 17:12: BBC Radio Derby

    A teenager who sneaked up behind six women in Derbyshire and slapped their bottoms has been sent to a young offenders institution for 21 months.

    Derby Crown Court heard all the offences took place in Ilkeston over a five-week period after the 18-year-old had just been released from custody for doing the same thing in Chesterfield.

    News on the hour 16:55: Kelly Smith Newsreader

    Our top stories at 17:00 are:

    • UKIP expresses its outrage at comments allegedly made at a Derbyshire school
    • A Derbyshire MP condemns tomorrow's planned strike action
    • It's revealed almost £150,000 was spent on a Derby cycle track that was never built
    Airport to use volunteers during strike 16:46:

    East Midlands Airport says travellers are unlikely to be inconvenienced by immigration staff joining tomorrow's public sector strike.

    It said: "Minimal operational impact is anticipated and volunteers will be in place during this time to cover all immigration functions, including E Gates and Transfers."

    School's UKIP Nazi comparison 'misconstrued' 16:30: BBC Radio Derby

    A Derbyshire school has defended itself against claims a teacher compared the UK Independence Party to "the Nazis before the Holocaust" during a speaking and listening exercise.

    Pingle School, in Swadlincote, said it investigated the complaint and had reached the conclusion the comments were misconstrued.

    County Hall sale 16:17: Chris Doidge BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    The Matlock Mercury is reporting a sort-of denial from Derbyshire County Council about its plans for Matlock's County Hall.

    County Hall

    Leader Anne Western told the paper the authority was not actively seeking a buyer, but here's what she said to me on Monday.

    Woman, 85, conned at home 16:06:

    Rogue traders conned an 85-year-old woman out of cash after charging her up-front for guttering work and then never returning.

    The two men targeted the woman at her home off Louvain Road, in Derby, on Friday afternoon. Police have appealed for information.

    News on the hour 15:57: Kelly Smith BBC Radio Derby newsreader

    In my 16:00 bulletin, a Derbyshire school defends itself following claims a teacher compared the UK Independence Party to the Nazis. Listen live.

    Cricket selfie 15:46: Ed Dawes BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Here's me out on the field at Queen's Park in Chesterfield before Derbyshire began their second innings against Essex.

    Ed Dawes

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    Routes blocked 15:30:

    An accident is partially blocking the A625 in Grindleford, advises our travel news team.

    There are also delays at the junction of Derby Road and Breaston Lane in Risley because of a jack-knifed lorry.

    Sweepstake dream dies 15:25: Rob Watts BBC Radio Derby reporter

    Devon Daley isn't the only one miserable about last night's thumping for Brazil (see 10:05), my office sweepstake dreams also lie in tatters.

    Ripped up sweepstake ticket
    Strike may delay bin collections 15:12:

    Erewash Borough Council has warned some services may be affected by a national public sector strike tomorrow.

    It said residents should put out their bins as usual and any that did not get emptied would be collected on Friday instead.

    News on the hour 14:59: Kelly Smith BBC Radio Derby newsreader

    Our top stories at 15:00:

    • The Government is rejecting calls for a retired judge to stand down as the head of a review into child abuse
    • A South Derbyshire school has defended itself following an accusation that a teacher compared UKIP to the "Nazis before the Holocaust"
    • Derby City Council spent almost £150,000 on its failed plan to build an outdoor cycle track at Pride Park
    Father's school places anger 14:48: Derbyshire Times

    A bereaved single dad has accused the council of tearing his family apart after they refused to send his young children to the same school.

    Video: Beer festival preview 14:37: Rob Watts BBC Radio Derby reporter

    Here's a short video preview of Camra's summer beer festival which starts in Derby Market Place later.

    The event, now in its 37th year, promises at least one beer from every Derbyshire brewery.

    Dead cats found in shed 14:24: BBC Radio Derby

    A cat sanctuary volunteer has been banned from keeping animals for life after eight dead pets were found in a shed.

    Samantha Hall, 28, who operated Cross Country Cat Rescue, in Ilkeston, admitted failing to meet the needs of the cats - seven of which had decomposed - and was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid community work.

    Sports pavilion plan approved 14:12:

    A new sports pavilion is to be built at Hasland's Eastwood Park after the borough council gave the project the go ahead.

    Eastwood Park

    The £350,000 building, which is being funded by the authority and Sport England, should be completed early next year.

    News on the hour 14:01: Kelly Smith BBC Radio Derby newsreader

    Our top stories at 14:00:

    • The retired judge appointed to chair a child abuse review rejects calls to step down over her family connection with a previous investigation
    • Britain sold chemicals and components to Syria that ended up being used in the manufacture of the deadly nerve agent sarin
    • Derby City Council spent almost £150,000 on its failed plan to build an outdoor cycle track at Pride Park
    Rams win friendly 13:39: Owen Bradley BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County continued their warm-up to the new Championship season with a 2-1 victory at Nuneaton Town last night.

    Jamie Ward

    Jamie Ward (pictured) and Mason Bennett scored for the Rams in the second half, with the Conference side grabbing a consolation goal late on.

    Phone problems persist 13:21:

    Derbyshire County Council tweets: Oh dear! Sorry, the gremlins are back. We're having problems with our call centre phones again. We're doing our best to fix them.

    On today's show 13:09: Andy Potter Presenter

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    News on the hour 12:56: Kelly Smith Newsreader

    Hello, I'm reading this afternoon's bulletins on BBC Radio Derby. Our top stories at 13:00 are:

    • There's controversy over the judge appointed to chair the review into child abuse
    • It's revealed almost £150,000 was spent on a Derby Cycle track that never happened
    • George Clooney criticises the Daily Mail following comments about his forthcoming marriage
    Dog helps in search for woman 12:49:

    Derbyshire Police's dog section says PD Tex helped to find a vulnerable woman who went missing in Oakwood last night.

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    Failed cycle track plan cost £150k 12:22: BBC Radio Derby

    Derby City Council spent almost £150,000 on its failed plan to build an outdoor cycle track at Pride Park.

    The track was supposed to complement the new velodrome being built nearby, but was scrapped after being held up by a legal challenge from wildlife campaigners unhappy it was to be put on part of a nature reserve.

    Bus blocks A-road 12:06:

    BBC Travel News warns the A61 Derby Road in Chesterfield is partially blocked at its St Augustines Road junction by a broken down bus.

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

    Here are some of the top stories you'll hear in my 12:00 bulletin:

    News script
    • The retired judge appointed to chair a child abuse review insists she will not quit over her family connection with a previous inquiry
    • Derby City Council spent almost £150,000 on its failed plan to build an outdoor cycle track at Pride Park
    • A man from East Sussex is jailed for eight years for killing his five-week-old baby daughter
    Cricket commentary 11:49: Ed Dawes BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Play is under way in Chesterfield for the third day of Derbyshire v Essex.

    Listen to our live commentary or check the latest scorecard.

    Region's economy 'among best performing' 11:37: East Midlands Today

    Analysts have predicted the East Midlands could be one of the three best performing regions in the country in 2014, with overall growth expected to be 3%.

    The study, by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, also says house prices could rise by up to 8%.

    Sir Frank Whittle Road closed 11:22:

    The A61 Sir Frank Whittle Road in Derby is closed near to the Alfreton Road junction because of an accident, says BBC Travel News.

    Cow obstruction 11:14: Chris Doidge BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    Slight obstruction while driving near Buxton earlier.


    One of them took out (perhaps a bit of an exaggeration) my wing mirror.

    'Couldn't be more excited' 11:05:

    Ian Skye asked BBC Radio Derby listeners earlier whether they were excited about the Queen visiting Matlock tomorrow.

    Bob, from Holbrook, texts: "I remember as a kid standing and waving at the Queen as she passed through Kilburn Toll Bar in the 80s. Was loads of fun and will always remember it.

    "My wife and 15-month-old Daughter will be at Matlock tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited for her."

    News on the hour 11:00: Sally Swinfen Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    In my 11:00 bulletin, I'll be revealing how much was spent by Derby City Council on its failed plan to build an outdoor cycle track at Pride Park.

    Van Dyck discovery fails to sell 10:47:

    A painting revealed to be a Van Dyck portrait on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow has failed to sell at auction in London.

    Van Dyck painting

    The Old Master painting was bought by Derbyshire priest Father Jamie MacLeod from an antiques shop in Cheshire for £400 in 1992 and had been expected to fetch up to £500,000 at the Christie's sale.

    Library service facing cuts 10:36: BBC Radio Derby

    Derbyshire County Council is planning to slash the amount of money it spends on library books by half.

    Opening times and staffing levels could also be reduced as part of a raft of cuts announced earlier this week.

    'Energy farm' plan 10:27:

    The county council says it wants to use land it owns for renewable energy projects.

    The authority said it would be spending the next year identifying unused sites which could accommodate projects, such as energy farms with solar panels.

    'Crumbling schools' cash bid 10:13: Derby Telegraph

    A bid is being made for tens of millions of pounds of government cash to revamp six crumbling Derby schools.

    Brazil humiliated 10:05:

    BBC Radio Derby's foremost Brazil fan Devon Daley says he is still coming to terms with last night's heavy World Cup defeat.

    Devon Daley

    He said the tournament hosts had been left exposed by the absence of Neymar and Thiago Silva.

    News on the hour 10:00: Sally Swinfen Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    The top stories in my 10:00 bulletin are:

    • The retired judge appointed to chair a child abuse review faces calls to step down over her family connection with a previous probe
    • The NSPCC says people who fail to report child abuse should face criminal prosecution
    • The Macmillan Cancer Care Centre at the Royal Derby Hospital is recognised as one of the best in the country
    Showcasing your photos 09:53: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    Our latest Facebook cover photo is a colourful shot sent in by Paul Hargreaves, from Derby.

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    If you've taken any pics worthy of adorning our Facebook page email them to

    Three-mile walk to see Queen's train 09:48: BBC Radio Derby

    Pupils from Bonsall Junior School in Derbyshire are to make a three-mile round-trip to Matlock Bath Station to watch the Queen's train pass through on its way to Matlock Station.

    The monarch is due to arrive in Derbyshire tomorrow morning for visits to the headquarters of knitwear firm John Smedley and Chatsworth House.

    School row over UKIP 'Nazi' comments 09:37: Burton Mail

    A school has been forced to defend itself following an accusation that a teacher compared UKIP to 'the Nazis before the Holocaust'.

    Beer festival to start 09:21: Rob Watts BBC Radio Derby reporter

    Derby Camra's summer beer festival is due to begin in the Market Place later. Here's a first glimpse of this year's tankard.

    Beer festival tankard
    Delays of 40 minutes on M1 09:07:

    BBC Travel News says travel time on the M1 southbound between J25 and J24a is 40 minutes, following a crash earlier.

    News on the hour 08:58: Sally Swinfen Newsreader

    I'm reading this morning's BBC Radio Derby news bulletins. Our top stories at 09:00 are:

    Excited by the Queen? 08:53: Ian Skye Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    Will you be one of those people waiting outside for hours for a glimpse of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in Derbyshire tomorrow? If so, why?

    The Queen

    Call 01332 616161 to tell me why the Queen's visit is important to you, or text 81333 starting your comment with the word "Derby".

    Cricket: Even contest 08:38:

    Derbyshire's four-day game against Essex is evenly balanced at the halfway stage.

    Day three is due to get under way at Chesterfield at 11:00.

    Video: Rail project to bypass planners 08:28: John Hess Political editor, East Midlands

    A scheme to build a rail freight interchange on farmland close to East Midlands Airport will not have to follow normal planning procedures, it has been revealed.

    John Hess

    It is regarded as an infrastructure project of national significance, so has been taken out of the hands of local planning councillors. Watch my report.

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    Cancer care award 08:17: BBC Radio Derby

    Cancer sufferers in Derby now officially have access to one of the best Macmillan Care Centres in the country.

    The unit at the Royal Derby Hospital helped more than 3,500 people last year and will be awarded a special plaque later in honour of its high standards.

    Sunny day 08:07: Sara Blizzard BBC Weather

    Any isolated mist patches will soon clear to leave a dry day with sunny spells and patchy cloud. Highs of 22C (72F).

    M1 crash 08:00:

    Two lanes are blocked on the M1 southbound between J25 and J24a due to an accident, warns BBC Travel News.

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