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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Tuesday
  2. Updates for Monday 8 June 2015

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By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Today's Local Live updates have finished. The service will start again at 08:00 on Tuesday.

Rain expected

Kaye Forster

BBC Weather

There will be a few showers passing through this evening but they will clear away later to leave a dry night with clear spells.


It will be a cool night with lows of 6C (43F) in town centres but potentially close to freezing in rural areas.

Happy striker

New Derby County signing Darren Bent

says in a tweet he's "very happy" to be joining the Rams on a permanent basis.

Residents to vote in referendum

BBC Radio Derby

Referendums are likely to be held in three parts of East Staffordshire, the borough council says.

People in the Outwoods area, Yoxall and Branston will be asked to approve a local neighbourhood plan, setting out what people can and can't build in the area.

'Serious but stable'

A Buxton man who was

injured in the Alton Tower's rollercoaster crash on Tuesday is in a "serious but stable condition".

Daniel Thorpe, 27, is being treated at University Hospital Coventry for a collapsed lung and a fractured leg.

Couple attacked at beer festival

Derbyshire Times

Police are appealing for witnesses

after a couple was assaulted during the Three Valleys Beer Festival in Dronfield.

Action urged on former garage

BBC Radio Derby

Residents in Mickleover say they are frustrated by the lack of progress on a derelict site in the heart of the village.

Derelict garage

A former petrol station on Uttoxeter Road has been boarded up for 15 years but the city council has said there is nothing it can do to force the site's owner to build on it.

Team Derby clinch title

Team Derby coach Donna Kellogg said it was "absolutely fantastic" the side had become

inaugural champions of the National Badminton League.

Team Derby
University of Derby

She said: "When we first agreed to be one of the franchise teams it was the dream to be crowned champions.

"Our supporters have been amazing throughout the league and the players have put in the training and that really paid off in the finals."

School truancy rates 'a challenge'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Derby City Council has admitted it faces "challenges" after new figures showed the city

has one of the worst records in England for primary school truancy.

The Labour-led authority said it had identified early intervention as the best way of improving the situation.

Your photos

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Dave Zdanowicz for sending us this stunning view from Mam Tor at sunset.

Mam Tor
Dave Zdanowicz

Email or
tweet us your finest pics of Derbyshire. I'll share the best on Local Live.

Clement: Bent a 'key signing'

Derby County head coach Paul Clement

said Darren Bent was an important signing.

Darren Bent

He said: "Darren Bent is a proven goalscorer. He is going to be key in our plans."

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our main stories this afternoon:

Alton Towers reopens

Trystan Jones

BBC News

The queues at the entrance to Alton Towers could be measured in the dozens, rather than hundreds

soon after the gates opened at 10:00 BST.

Alton Towers

The car parks also looked pretty empty, although it was early in the day. Nobody I spoke to was worried about safety and a couple said they would be happy to ride the Smiler if it had been open.

Crash blocks A6

BBC Travel

The A6 is blocked between the Slipperlow Lane junction in Brushfield and the A6020 junction in Ashford in the Water following an accident involving a lorry and a car.

Climber hurt in fall

A climber suffered back and facial injuries after falling seven metres (23ft) at Lawrence Field on Saturday.

Hathersage emergency
Edale Mountain Rescue Team

The 22-year-old was treated at the scene by a paramedic before members of the

Edale Mountain Rescue Team helped to move him to a waiting ambulance.

Award for poppy artist

BBC Radio Derby

Derby artist Paul Cummins has been given an award for his ceramic poppy installation at the Tower of London.

Paul Cummins
University of Derby

He said he felt "thrilled and privileged" to have won the Visual Arts category at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Amnesty offered to bike thief

BBC Radio Derby

A woman whose £700 bike was stolen in Derby city centre has offered to give her thief another bike if hers is returned.

Charlotte Currey said: "If they stole the bike because they're desperate for a bike, I don't want to leave them bike-less."

India arrest

A Derby city councillor has said he will fight to get his son released from India where he was arrested.

Dapinder Singh
Getty Images

Councillor Balbir Sandhu's son Dapinder Singh was one of about 45 people detained by Indian Police on Saturday following a clash at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Protestors were calling for an independent Sikh state at the 31st commemorations of Operation Blue Star - when hundreds were killed as Indian troops stormed the Temple held by Sikh militants.

Auction for 1875 beer

Burton Mail

A 140-year-old bottle of ale brewed in Burton is set to go under the hammer

after being found unopened in a garage.

Double signing for Rams

Derby County head coach Paul Clement has confirmed the club has signed Darren Bent (pictured) and Alex Pearce.

Darren Bent
Getty Images

Republic of Ireland defender Pearce has signed a three-year deal and former Aston Villa striker Bent has joined on a two-year term.

Council takes action on truancy rates

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Here's how truancy rates at Derby's primary schools compare to the rest of the county.

Truancy infographic

City council cabinet member Sara Bolton said she was writing to every head teacher in Derby to stress the importance of children's attendance.

Pollen outlook

BBC Weather

Moderate pollen levels today across much of the country but rising to high later in the week.

Pollen levels

Broken down bus

BBC Travel

There is

slow traffic southbound on Holywell Street in Chesterfield at the Durrant Road junction because of a broken down bus.

TV timings

Dominic Heale

Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Our lunchtime bulletin is returning to its longer pre-election format from today. The late news also reverts to a shorter duration.

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our main stories this afternoon:

  • One of the victims of the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash
    has her leg amputated
  • A cyclist dies in a road crash in Derbyshire
  • Derby County are expected to make their first signings of the summer

Alton Towers: 'Life-changing injury'

Leah Washington's father issued a statement

as it emerged doctors had amputated the teenager's leg following last week's Alton Towers rollercoaster accident.

He said: "Leah has suffered a life-changing injury and now has many months of rehabilitation ahead of her."

Alton Towers: Injuries update

Leah Washington, one of four people injured in last week's rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers, has had her left leg amputated above the knee, a hospital has confirmed.

Joe Pugh and Leah Washington

A spokesperson from the Royal Stoke Hospital said another victim, Joe Pugh, suffered two broken knees and extensive hand injuries.

'Amnesty' after bike theft

Martyn Williams

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

A woman whose £700 bike was stolen from The Spot in Derby last week has offered to give the thief an older bike if it is returned.

Charlotte Currey

Charlotte Currey said she believed in forgiveness and compassion and will not press charges if her bike is brought back.

Live cricket commentary

BBC Sport

Play is under way on day two of Derbyshire's County Championship match at Kent.

Cricket commentary page

You can listen to live commentary from BBC Radio Derby's Iain O'Brien

through the BBC Sport website.

Park reopens after crash

Andrew Plant

BBC News

Alton Towers has reopened for the first time since since four people were seriously injured on a rollercoaster six days ago.

Alton Towers

It's not a fully-functional theme park though - the X-Sector area of the park, which housed The Smiler, remains closed to the public.

Witness appeal over cyclist death

Police want to hear from anyone who saw a crash

in which a cyclist died.

The 46-year-old was killed after his bike was in collision with a Suzuki car on Chesterfield Road in Hardstoft yesterday evening.

Latest outlook

Mel Coles

BBC Weather

Plenty of sunshine on offer this morning. Sunny spells this afternoon with increasing amounts of cloud and the risk of a slow-moving shower which could be heavy. Highs of 16C (61F).

Jail for truancy parents

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Last year more than 600 children aged under 12 in Derby were classed as persistent truants - the joint worst rate in England.

The city council says it has collected more than £130,000 in truancy fines since 2012 and five parents have been given prison sentences.

Rams set to sign pair

Nigel Cash

BBC Radio Derby Sport

BBC Radio Derby understands Derby County will complete their first two signings of the summer early this week.

Alex Pearce
Getty Images

Darren Bent is set to join following a successful loan spell at the club last season and defender Alex Pearce (pictured) is out of contract at Reading.

Latest headlines

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our top stories right now:

Cyclist killed in crash

A 46-year-old cyclist died in a crash with a car yesterday afternoon.

Police said the car's driver was being interviewed about the collision, which happened on Chesterfield Road in Hardstoft at about 17:30.

Cricket: Lively first day

BBC Sport

An extraordinary opening day in Derbyshire's County Championship match at Kent saw 17 wickets tumble.

Mark Footitt
Getty Images


struggled to 67-7 in response to Kent's 205 all out. Day two is due to start at 11:00.

Flight disruption

BBC Travel

There is possible disruption for flights to and from East Midlands Airport today due to industrial action by air traffic controllers in Spain.