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  1. Updates for Thursday 18 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Have a good evening

    We have reached the end of today's Local Live updates. The service will return at 08:00 on Friday.

  2. Weather: Dry and increasingly cloudy

    Anna Church

    BBC Weather

    A dry evening with some sunny spells before dark cloud gradually moves in, bringing a few spots of light rain. Lows of 12C (54F).

  3. Cash could change community groups

    BBC Radio Derby

    Community groups in South Derbyshire are being urged to bid for cash from the district council.

    Groups such as parish councils, art groups and sports clubs have until 4 July to apply for grants ranging from £1,000 to £25,000.

    Councillor Jim Hewlett said the cash could help transform communities and could "really make a difference".

  4. Footitt call-up support continues

    Christopher Grant, chairman of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, tweets after Mark Footitt was named in England's pre-Ashes squad: Buzzing for @footy_23 Included in the 14 man pre Ashes squad. Reward for all his hard work & actually delivering results.

  5. Frayne leaves fire service

    BBC Radio Derby

    Derbyshire's former chief fire officer Sean Frayne has accepted an offer to retire from the fire service.

    Sean Frayne

    Mr Frayne's position with the service had been under consideration since he was acquitted earlier this year of raping a woman in 2006.

  6. New Matlock building wins award

    A new development in the heart of Matlock's conservation area has received a national award.


    Parkside, which is made up of commercial units and residential accommodation, is one of 37 UK building to be given a 2015 RIBA National Award.

  7. Brides left without dresses after shop closure

    Dave Wade

    BBC News Online

    Brides in Derby say they are uncertain whether they will receive their wedding dresses or get a refund after a bridal shop closed.

    Brides of Sadler Gate

    Bride-to-be Kelly Bell, from Chaddesden, told the BBC she had suspected things were wrong last month after email replies stopped, the shop's phone number was cut off and the website was taken down.

  8. Striker deal 'close'

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    At least one outlet is reporting that Weimann-to-Derby is a done deal. Think they're getting slightly ahead of themselves but it shouldn't be too long.

    Andreas Weimann
  9. Derbyshire cricket ground ready

    Benjamin Howe, Derbyshire County Cricket Club's groundsman, tweets: Everywhere cut and set up for Derbyshire vs Leicestershire #t20blast

    3a County Ground
  10. Rush hour traffic building up

    BBC Travel

    There are reports of some congestion appearing around the county as we get closer to the evening rush-hour.

    Traffic is already slow on the Westbound A52 Brian Clough Way approaching Pentagon Island and there are delays too on the A57 Woolley Lane in Longdendale, Derbyshire.

    Keep up-to-date here.

  11. Latest headlines

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Stories across Derbyshire this afternoon:

    • Travellers have been moved off a park in Alvaston, Derby after two weeks.
    • Councils in Derbyshire have rejected plans to build an HS2 station at Breaston and say they are in favour of it being built at Toton, Nottinghamshire.
    • A woman has been charged with theft and fraud after £5,000 was taken out of a pensioner's bank account.
  12. Bridal shop closure prompts wedding advice

    After a bride-to-be has been left without a dress following the closure of a Derby bridal shop, Ivan Thompson, principal trading standards officer at Derby City Council, has this advice for couples organising their big day:

    Wedding cake
    • Pay by credit card where you can for anything over £100. It makes the credit card company equally liable should anything happen
    • Avoid paying in cash, because should the company go into liquidation, you are an unsecure creditor and unlikely to get a refund
    • Get wedding insurance to protect yourself properly against any problems with your venue, caterers, photographers etc
  13. Travellers left rubbish and human waste behind

    East Midlands Today

    Labour councillor Mark Tittley (pictured) from Derby City Council said travellers who have been parked on a recreation ground in Alvaston for the past two weeks had "caused a considerable amount of problems".

    "Apparently they have been driving their trailers and cars around at 01:30am and the mess is considerable - not just rubbish but human excrement as well", he said.

    Councillor Mark Tittley
  14. Footitt picked for pre-Ashes training squad

    BBC Sport

    Derbyshire's left-arm bowler Mark Footitt is the only uncapped player that has been named in England's pre-Ashes training squad.

    Mark Footitt

    He will head to Spain on 27 June for new coach Trevor Bayliss to assess the team before this summer's Ashes against Australia.

  15. Accident on A61 causes traffic

    BBC Travel

    The A61 in Chesterfield is partially blocked because of an accident on a roundabout involving a lorry.

    Traffic is very slow at the A632 Hollis Lane junction and police are directing motorists.

  16. Unique motorbike stolen

    Ilkeston Advertiser

    A unique motorbike - thought to be the only one of its kind - has been stolen from a house in Long Eaton.

  17. Ilkeston station train confusion

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    I do hope no-one's waiting for the 14:29 train from Ilkeston. They might have a long wait.

    Google Maps is showing live departures and arrivals for the railway station which is interesting because it hasn't been built yet.

    It's expected to open in 2016.

    Ilkeston station
  18. Travellers moved on from park

    East Midlands Today

    A group of travellers who have been staying on a park in Alvaston for two weeks have been moved on.

    Derby travellers

    Bailffs had served an eviction notice over council concerns about human waste and damage to the Elvaston Lane Recreation Ground.

  19. Footitt call-up 'wise move'

    Iain O'Brien

    BBC Test Match Special

    If England want to win the Ashes, he [Footitt] should be involved given what he has done in the past couple of seasons. He has bowled fast and intelligently; he has got the ball to swing and moved it both ways, and he is very quick - one of the quickest out there.

    It has been a genuine pleasure to watch a lot of him over the past couple of years. But I am not at all influenced by having been following Derbyshire. He is just that good.

  20. Ramadan 2015: What do I need to know?

    This week marks the start of Ramadan - the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.

    Ramadan guide

    Most people know it involves fasting from sunrise to sunset, but there's much more to it. BBC iWonder has a complete guide.

  21. Derbyshire cricketer named in England squad

    BBC Sport

    Derbyshire bowler Mark Footitt has been named in England's 14-man pre-Ashes training squad.

    Mark Footitt

    He will travel to Spain later this month for training with the team and new coach Trevor Bayliss.

  22. Phone photography exhibition opens

    Andy Potter

    Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    We'll be at the opening of an exhibition at the North End Gallery in Wirksworth this afternoon of photos taken solely on an iPhone or iPad.

    David Booker

    David Booker from Belper has previously showcased his work in New York, Washington and Toronto and is displaying 20 images in his first solo exhibition in the UK. The display runs until July.

  23. Popular bottled ale brewed in Burton

    It has been revealed the UK's best selling bottled ale is no longer brewed in Cornwall, but in Burton-upon-Trent, reports BBC News Online.


    Sharp's Doom Bar has been bottled in Staffordshire for the last two years after the US owners said it did not have the room to bottle the ale in Rock, Cornwall. The cask version is still made at the firm's main brewery.

  24. Latest headlines

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Top stories on the live page this afternoon:

    • Derbyshire's councils are confident the HS2 station will be at Toton in Nottinghamshire - not at Breaston as was suggested in October
    • Many Derby brides have been left without wedding dresses they have paid for after the unexpected closure of a city bridal shop
    • Derbyshire bowler Mark Footitt has been selected for pre-Ashes training with the England team later this month
  25. High Peak man wanted on prison recall

    Derbyshire police are trying to find a man who is wanted after a recall to prison.

    Sean Gregory

    Officers have been looking for Sean Anthony Gregory, 27, since 22 May and have now appealed for help. He is thought to be in the New Mills or Buxton area.

  26. Melanoma tests at cricket

    Dermatologists will be at the 3a County Ground tonight to carry out mole checks on fans during the T20 Blast game between Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

    Colin Bloomfield

    It is part of the club's support for the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal after the BBC Derby presenter died earlier this year. The appeal will receive 10% of advance ticket sales.

  27. Derby landmarks debate

    In response to the BBC Radio Derby debate this morning on whether Derby has too many ugly landmarks, Nikolai Garbutt tweets: I think they should have kept more of the original buildings. Cities like York, Lincoln and Chester more appealing to visitors.

  28. Hughes named in England Under-21 squad

    BBC Sport

    Derby County's Will Hughes is in the squad for England Under-21s tonight as they begin their European Championship campaign against Portugal.

    Will Hughes

    The midfielder became the second youngest player to cap for England Under 21s when he joined the team in 2012. The first was Arsenal's Theo Walcott.

  29. Closed bridal shop orders will be honoured

    BBC Radio Derby

    Amy Phillips, director of the Brides of Sadler Gate shop, has told BBC Radio Derby that due to personal and health issues the business is permanently closed.

    She said in a statement she was working with designers to get orders delivered, otherwise refunds would be given.

    "As it currently stands no orders are not going to be left unfulfilled and in the event a dress was not or becomes unable to be provided a full refund would be offered," she said.

  30. High UV levels

    BBC Weather

    Here's today's UV forecast. It's high or very high for many so be sure to take the usual precautions.

    UV map
  31. Charity cricket match

    Ed Dawes

    BBC Radio Derby

    Join me Iain O'Brien and Andy Twigge at Derbyshire County Cricket Club from 18:00 on BBC Radio Derby for The Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal T20 Blast v Leicestershire Cricket Club.

  32. Does Derby have a lot of ugly landmarks?

    Love it or hate it Derby's Wilderslowe Tower is being knocked down.

    Wilderslowe Tower, Derby

    Peter Helps, chief executive of the Sinofina Viva orchestra, thinks it is hard to compare the city to places like York and Canterbury which have always had the heritage and buildings.

    He said: "Derby has suffered a lot from the decision made in the 60s where a lot of the heritage had gone and designers pushed for modernism."

  33. Bride left frockless after shop closure

    Derby bride-to-be Kelly Bell is uncertain whether she will receive her dress before her big day after the unexpected closure of bridal shop Brides of Sadler Gate.

    Brides of Sadler Gate

    Miss Bell, from Chaddesden, has since been told by the designers that her dress had never been ordered and so she has forked out hundreds for another.

    She said: "It is just the worst feeling, I can't explain it."

  34. Councils back Toton HS2 station

    BBC Radio Derby

    Chris Corbett, the leader of Erewash Borough Council, said moving the HS2 station plan back to Toton was a good idea.

    "It looks like we are winning the argument and it looks increasingly likely that the station will be in Toton, but we have nothing definite yet," he said.

  35. Latest headlines

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    The top stories on the live page today include:

    • Derbyshire councils have backed plans for a HS2 station to be based at Toton, in Nottinghamshire, rather than the Derbyshire village of Breaston
    • Brides-to-be have been left uncertain of whether they will get their dresses before the big day after the closure of a Derby shop
    • Derbyshire's T20 Blast game against Leicestershire tonight will be helping to raise money for the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal
  36. Derby landmarks

    Ian Skye

    Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    We've been talking this morning about landmarks in Derby.

    As Derby's Wilderslowe Tower has started to be pulled down piece by piece, do you think there are too many ugly buildings or landmarks in our city? Or am I being unfair?

    Listen live and let me know what you think.

  37. Your pictures: Monsal Dale

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Elizabeth Rachael Heavey Brierley took this great picture at Monsal Dale in the Peak District and its featured as the cover photo on our Facebook page today.

    Monsal Dale, Derbyshire

    If you've taken a photo during your travels around the region then tweet or email them to us.

  38. Where exactly will the East Midlands HS2 station be?

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    In October last year it took many of us by surprise when it was announced that Breaston in Derbyshire was an option for the HS2 station. The idea came out of the blue and it was clear there was no local support for it.

    HS2 aren't officially commenting yet, but the local authorities of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire believe the station has now swung back to Toton.

    A final decision on where it will be will be announced in September.

  39. Worried brides after shop closure

    BBC Radio Derby

    A Derby bride-to-be says she's had to buy a second wedding dress after the unexpected closure of a bridal shop.

    Kelly Bell paid for a dress from Brides of Sadler Gate but it closed without warning.

    A company director told us they were still working with designers to deliver outstanding orders, but full refunds would be given if that was not possible.

  40. Councils back Nottinghamshire HS2 station

    East Midlands Today

    Councils across the East Midlands have finally backed plans for an HS2 station at Toton, Nottinghamshire - rather than the Derbyshire village of Breaston.

    HS2 plans for Toton

    Derby had wanted a city-based station or one with strong Derbyshire links but after years of debate councils have agreed to support Toton, providing transport connections are good.

    The government's due to announce the next phase of the line in the Autumn.

  41. New face at Derby County

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    It's being reported that England under-17 manager John Peacock is set to join Paul Clement at Derby County as assistant manager.

    John Peacock

    I think he would be a very good appointment. Bit like the Gary Rowett and Kevin Summerfield, and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and David Oldfield partnerships at Burton recently.

  42. More checked for skin cancer signs

    BBC Radio Derby

    More people in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire are being checked for signs of skin cancer, according to Consultant Dermatologist Dr Tanya Bleiker.

    She says since mole checks were carried out as part of the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal there's been an increase in awareness about the signs and symptoms of skin cancer.

  43. Good morning

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Derbyshire today.

    If you want to get in touch email me at or tweet @bbcderby.