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  1. Updates on Thursday 4 December 2014
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Our Local Live updates for Thursday have now finished. Join us at 08:00 on Friday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

Mainly dry night

Anna Church

BBC Weather

A cloudy evening with light rain possible. Clear spells overnight with lows of 2C (36F).

See my full update during

East Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30

Firm loses £150,00 in scam

A Derbyshire firm lost £150,000 after a fraudster pretending to be from one of its suppliers convinced staff to change the account money was paid into.

Police said the scam, known as mandate fraud, was a growing problem in the county.

Big club motivation

Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee says his team-mates are extra motivated to win Saturday's FA Cup tie with MK Dons by the prospect of meeting a big side in the third round.

Tommy Lee
Getty Images

He said: "The lads support the Liverpools, the Manchester Uniteds, the Chelseas, teams like that. That'd be a dream tie for the club but if we don't get one of the big teams we'd like a home tie."

Silver for Peaty

BBC Sport

Uttoxeter's Adam Peaty has won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke at the

World Short Course Swimming Championship in Doha.

The 19-year-old swam a time of 56.35 to break the British record for the third time in just over 24 hours. Felipe Franca won the race in a time of 56.29.

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Derby

In my

17:00 bulletin, the latest on warnings that a city museum could close if the council goes ahead with planned budget cuts.

Post office raid

BBC Radio Derby

Post office workers

were threatened with a gun by two masked men during a robbery in Cromford.

Nobody was injured but the pair fled with a large quantity of cash following the raid yesterday evening.

City museum facing closure

The trust in charge of Derby's Pickford House Museum says it will close if the council goes ahead with plans to cut its budget.

Pickford House Museum

Derby Museums said it would also be cutting opening hours at its other sites and making redundancies if its funding is cut by a quarter.

Anger at pool closure

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

BBC News Online has more on Derby's swimming community

criticising plans to shut the pool at Moorways.

Swim coach Andi Manley, whose club Derventio Excel trains at the council-owned facility, said the news was "a bolt from the blue".

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Derby

Derby Museums Trust is threatening to close one of its attractions, after learning of the city council's planned budget cuts.

More details from BBC Radio Derby's political reporter Chris Doidge in our news at

at 16:00.

Repton headmaster to leave

Rachael Gilchrist

News Editor, BBC Radio Derby

The headteacher at Derbyshire's

Repton school, Robert Holroyd, is standing down due to ill health.

Repton School

Parents and pupils have been informed and his deputy Sarah Tennant has been appointed as acting head.

Gritters deployed

Derbyshire County Council

tweets: All primary routes gritted this pm, but not those from Risley depot as temp here not forecast to fall below freezing

New Facebook pic

Thanks to Steve Fedun for our stunning new

Facebook cover photo, taken in Castleton.

Facebook cover photo
Facebook/Steve Fedun

We'll be picking a new one soon. If you'd like us to use one of yours, email it to

Councillors consider closing Ashbourne creche

Ashbourne News Telegraph

Councillors are due to decide next week whether to keep a crèche running for children of

Ashbourne Leisure Centre's newly-extended sports facilities.

The Clifton Road building, which is next month due to come back to full strength following a fire and a gymnasium revamp, currently has two staff employed to run the crèche, which has 14 children registered.

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Derby

Police in Cromford have made an urgent appeal for witnesses after two men in balaclavas held up the village post office with a handgun.

Find out more in my

15:00 bulletin.

Lenihan fit again

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Burton Albion midfielder Darragh Lenihan is fit and available for Saturday's game at Exeter City after recovering from a groin injury.

Defender Ian Sharps could also be involved after missing the last three games with a foot problem.

Annoying phrases

Aleena Naylor

BBC Radio Derby presenter

After the Derbyshire-based Plain English Campaign

handed out its annual awards, I asked for your most annoying words, phrases or cliches. Suggestions included:

  • "I'm not being funny but..."
  • "At the end of the day"
  • "It does my head in"
  • "Should of" instead of "should have"
  • "Train station" instead of "railway station"

Hotel transformation begins

BBC Radio Derby

After being boarded up for about four years, renovation work has finally begun on the Grade II listed Kedleston Hotel in Quarndon.

Kedleston Hotel

The Derby Brewing Company is spending more than £1m

converting the building into a restaurant.

Delays on the M1

BBC Travel reports a lane is closed on the M1 northbound between J29a and J30 due to a broken down vehicle.

Concern over anti-extremism effort

BBC Radio Derby

Mohammed Sharief, who runs a training charity in Normanton, has expressed concerns about the effectiveness of the city's counter-terrorism team Prevent.

He said: "I'm not convinced it is effective and doing any good, certainly from the community I work with in the Normanton area, particularly the Pakistani community, we're not impressed.

"For any project to to be delivered you need to look at its reporting mechanisms and see where the benefits are, but I'm not aware of any."

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Derby

In my

14:00 bulletin, a scaffolding company, its director and a developer are convicted of breaching health and safety rules after a man fell to his death in east Staffordshire four years ago.

Police tales

Andy Potter

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

On my programme this afternoon I'm talking to a former Derbyshire Police officer, who worked in CID, the drugs squad and Special Branch.

Listen live.

Rod Repton

Nuisance calls

The One Show last night

featured a report on a pilot scheme by Derbyshire County Council, aimed at stopping older people being targeted by nuisance calls.

Call-blocking report

After it had aired, chart star Olly Murs revealed he used to work at a call centre and said more needed to be done to stop firms pestering vulnerable people.

If you missed it, you can catch up here..

News on the hour

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Derby

In the 13:00 bulletin, hear about an armed robbery at Cromford post office.

Listen live.

Lollipop campaign

Matlock Mercury

A politician

has launched a campaign to save Derbyshire's under-threat lollipop men and women.

Missing man search continues

BBC Radio Derby

The family of an Alfreton man who has been missing for ten weeks have pledged to keep on looking for him.

Ricky Hill poster

Ricky Hill was being treated for depression at the Royal Derby Hospital when he disappeared on 23 September.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

In my 12:00 bulletin, I'll have more on firms being fined after a roofer died in east Staffordshire.

Listen live.

Warehouse fall killed roofer

A 36-year-old roofer died after falling from scaffolding at a new warehouse being built in Tutbury.

A scaffolding firm and the developer

have now been fined by the Health and Safety Executive after admitting serious failings leading to Phillip Lonergan's death in December 2010.

Prevent: 'We're in a good place'

BBC Radio Derby

Sgt John Booker, a Derbyshire policeman working with the

Prevent counter-terrorism team in the city, responded to claims from a community leader that its efforts had made little difference.

He said: "Extremism is a very difficult and contentious issue to identify. In terms of what we do, I think we're in a pretty good place in terms of communication and knowledge with communities."

Mystery art

Adam Slater writes: "I found this piece of art work on the Markeaton Brook walk this morning. Has Banksy come to Derby?"

Wall art/graffiti
Adam Slater

Any ideas?

Email or
tweet us.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Ten weeks on from when Alfreton man Ricky Hill went missing after leaving the Royal Derby Hospital, his father says he will continue to search for his son.

I'll bring you more on this in my

11:00 bulletin.

Reservations over pool plan

BBC Radio Derby

Philip Hickson, leader of Derby's Conservative opposition, said he had reservations about the city council's plan to close the pool at Moorways and replace it with a new one.

He said: "If we spend all the money available on building a new pool in Allenton, eventually Queen Street will have to close and we'll be left with no city centre facility at all."

'Mindless' vandals ruin display

Matthew Barlow

North Derbyshire Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Parish councillor Carol Easton has described the vandalism of Cromford's Christmas display as "a mindless act".

Cromford Christmas display

She said: "Someone's come in during the night and decided to take our Christmas decorations out of the memorial gardens.

"We found them this morning with all the wires cut and they've taken away five trees, a reindeer, a polar bear and a penguin."

Firms fined after roofer dies

Burton Mail

Two companies involved in the death of an experienced roofer from Burton have been fined more than £120,000, after a court found he died

because of severe health and safety failings.

News on the hour

Kelly Smith

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Friends and family of missing Alfreton man Ricky Hill will return to one of his favourite spots this weekend in their continued search for him.

Listen to my

10:00 bulletin for more.

Shared HQ plan moving forward

BBC Radio Derby

Derbyshire's police and fire services will meet today to give the final sign-off to a £14.5m joint headquarters.

Artist impression of new police and fire headquarters
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

A planning application has been approved to build a joint base at the current police HQ in Ripley.

Motorway delays

A broken down vehicle is causing delays on the M1 southbound, between J29 and J29a,

reports BBC Travel.

Annoying phrases

Aleena Naylor

BBC Radio Derby presenter

Between now and 10:00, I'm asking which words, phrases or cliches really get on your nerves.

Listen live.

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tweet, call 01332 616161 or text 81333, starting your comment with the word 'Derby'.