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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 17 November 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Euan Duncan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Gales will fade out overnight

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Winds will continue to strengthen through the first part of the night with gusts of up to 60mph possible for a time.

    The gales will then ease into the early hours and any remaining rain will fizzle out to leave things dry, but breezy with lows of 8C (46F).

    Weather temperatures for 9pm on Tuesday November 17

    It's a dry and breezy start again tomorrow before a band of heavy rain makes a brief appearance in the early afternoon, with highs of 12C (54F).

  3. Autumn in the Peak District

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Andy Jones took this photograph of Curbar Gap in the Peak District National Park featuring some autumnal colours, yesterday.

    Curbar Gap in the Peak District National Park

    And you can share your views on our stories and your pictures with us by email or get in touch on our Facebook page or via Twitter

  4. Teenage swimmer set to race on global stage

    Ed Dawes

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Teenage Swadlincote swimmer Lewis White will race for Great Britain in Brazil next week.

    The 15-year-old Pingle School pupil will be among eight athletes and swimmers competing in the 2015 Brazil Paralympic School Games in Natal.

  5. Supper event to enhance Christian-Muslim relations in Derby

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Derby Cathedral staff, clergy and congregation members are visiting Jamia Mosque for supper tonight, as part of Interfaith Week.

    A cathedral spokesman described the event as an extension of its Christian-Muslim dialogue group, and a chance, given the atrocities in Paris, to show solidarity with Derby’s Muslim community.

    He said: "It's also an opportunity to demonstrate that we can work together across communities for peace and moderation."

  6. Weather: Storm takes hold in Derby

    We did warn you that gale force winds were on their way.

    Storm Barney has well and truly arrived in Derby judging by this photograph submitted by Ash Hardwick.  

    Storm damage in Derby

    Send an email, a tweet or contact us via Facebook to get in touch. 

  7. Two adults found dead at Staffordshire engineering business

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Police have launched an investigation after two bodies were found at an engineering business off Lichfield Road at Branston today.

    They say the area's been cordoned off while their forensics team carries out an investigation, following the discoveries at 09:05.

    Lichfield Road at Branston

    Staffordshire Police have yet to confirm the gender of the two dead adults.

  8. Four Derbyshire care homes set to close

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Four care homes and a respite centre for the elderly in Derbyshire look set to close.

    Derbyshire County Council announced it plans to shut the homes, including The Glebe in Alfreton and The Willows in Ripley. It says the homes are unsustainable.

    Hillcrest care home, in Kenilworth Drive, Kirk Hallam

    A report is due to be submitted to the council's cabinet next week recommending the closures go ahead, despite significant protests from residents and their families in the last few months.

  9. Two bodies found at business near Burton

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Staffordshire Police say two bodies have been found at a business off Lichfield Road, in Branston, today.

    They say the area's been cordoned off while their forensics team carries out an investigation, following the discoveries at about 09:00.

    No further information has been released.

  10. Multi-purpose quad bikes ready for winter weather

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Street cleaners in Buxton and High Peak are being given quad bikes to help keep the streets clear from snow this winter.

    The local authority has bought the two new vehicles at a cost of £30,000.

    Quad bike used by street cleaners in Buxton and High Peak

    They're fitted with snow ploughs and gritters to tackle ice on pavements, but can also be used to put down weed killer and collect bins in the summer.

  11. Engagement proposal has unfamiliar ring to it

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    It sounded like a fishy tale to begin with, but Steven Purdiew really did propose to his girlfriend Rebecca May Cressey underwater at Skegness Aquarium, and the couple from Derbyshire plan to marry in a year or two.

    Mr Purdiew admitted he needed a helping hand from the staff to pop the question on Saturday.

    Steven Purdiew proposed to Rebecca May Cressey underwater at Skegness Aquarium

    He said: "The staff had a board made for us with a question on it because obviously you can't talk very well under the water.

    "I thought Rebecca would have said yes because I think she's been hinting for a long enough time."

  12. Call for venue to attract 'A list stars to Derby'

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Here's more reaction to Derby City Council's claim that a £5m insurance payout isn't enough to reopen the Assembly Rooms in the city centre. 

    Anita O'Brien posted on the BBC Radio Derby Facebook page: "It's time we had a decent concert hall within easy access for all. The velodrome is of no use to many citizens of Derby. 

    "They have £5m payout so let the people decide. They could use Duckworth Square to build a concert hall. Let's get A list stars to Derby, not what's left."

    Assembly Rooms in Derby

    But Richard Sleigh says: "The insurer always wins. I wouldn't necessarily blame the council."

  13. Brewers boss ignoring potential lure of Championship clubs

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says he can't do anything about speculation linking him with other clubs.

    Today marks the anniversary of Hasselbaink's first game in charge of Burton and during that time he's won promotion and guided the club to fourth in League One.

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

    Rumours have linked him with vacant positions at Leeds, Queens Park Rangers and Fulham recently.

  14. Talks to be held over on-going strike action at Alfreton school

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    News is coming in today that the union representing teachers at Alfreton Grange Arts College say the school has agreed to negotiate, following changes to the timetable.

    The National Union of Teachers says an increase in the number of lessons and shortened breaks will make the staff's workload "unsustainable".

    Industrial action at Alfreton Grange Arts College

    Members are taking strike action today, with further industrial action planned for tomorrow and Thursday.

  15. Controversial Belper statue heading for hibernation

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier I promised you some news about the Mr Potato Head statue in Belper, which has been damaged for a second time.

    It's thought that heavy winds caused cracks to appear on the figure, which was previously attacked by vandals.

    One of the hands on the Mr Potato Head statue has been damaged in storms

    Town council leader John Nelson says that the statue will be restored and painted before returning in the spring.

  16. Weather: Warning as Storm Barney approaches

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    A reminder there's a yellow warning in place as gales of 50-60mph are expected later this afternoon, although the worst of the storm could miss Derbyshire.

    There could be travel disruption, the risk of trees being brought down and some damage to weakened structures.

    A band of heavy rain is moving in over the course of the afternoon as Storm Barney takes hold, with highs of 13C (55F).

  17. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a summary of the main stories we're covering this lunchtime:

    • Man's body found at business premises near Burton
    • Mouse infestation part of Sawley pub's bad year
    • And Storm Barney triggers yellow gales warning
  18. Mouse infestation was 'bad year' for pub

    Eric Simpson

    BBC News Online

    The manager of the Steamboat called it "a bad year".

    Simon Jones says the riverside pub has now been cleaned up and has reopened.

    More than 40 mice were caught at the premises over three nights.

    The Steamboat

    Between them, Jones and Nicolas Crossman, who ran the kitchen, were fined £7,000 at Derby Magistrates' Court.  

  19. Mouse droppings found on pub plates

    Eric Simpson

    BBC News Online

    If you've ever eaten at the Steamboat in Sawley, you might not want to read on...

    The pub has been fined £6,000 after rodent droppings were found on plates, in a frying pan and on the kitchen floor.

    Plate with mouse droppings

    A mouse even ran across the kitchen floor in front of a council inspector.  

  20. Weather: Storm Barney could be a barnstormer

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Storm Barney is on his way this afternoon.

    From about 16:00 the Met Office says the gales will be strong enough to cause some damage and bring down trees.

    Storm Barney heading for the UK

    Barnstorming by nature, let's hope Storm Barney is something of a damp squib.

  21. Track clear but trains still delayed through East Midlands

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Rail services between London and Derbyshire are expected to return to normal from about 14:00 after a person was hit and killed by a train between Leicester and Market Harborough earlier.

    East Midlands Trains warn its services could be affected until at least 13:00 as they re-position trains and crew, after some services were diverted earlier today.

    British Transport Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious.

  22. Man's body found at Branston business

    Lucy Vladev

    BBC Radio Derby

    Detectives were called to business premises off Lichfield Road, at Branston, following the discovery of a man's body at about 09:00 today.

    An investigation has begun into his death, and police say the building remains cordoned off to allow this to happen.

  23. Derbyshire man's engaging way of popping the question

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    If you're good friends of Derbyshire couple Rebecca May Cressey and Steven Purdiew be prepared to pack a snorkel if you're lucky enough to get a wedding invite.

    He opted for an underwater proposal on a diving trip to Skegness Aquarium, which she accepted.

    Steven Purdiew and Rebecca May Cressey

    She said: "I just wanted to cry, but I thought I'd best not cry because I was concentrating too much on breathing. You see, it's quite difficult."

  24. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a reminder of the main stories we're covering today:

  25. Council's Assembly Rooms stance whips up reaction

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    News that an insurance payout of £5m is not enough for Derby City Council to reopen the Assembly Rooms after the entertainment venue was damaged by fire has certainly provoked a reaction.

    Paul Hart posted on BBC Radio Derby's Facebook page: "The ulterior motive was the velodrome, which is supposed to suffice so we get used to not having the assembly rooms."

    Derby Assembly Rooms

    And Barbara Beer said: "We need a venue in Derby to bring top acts to the city, instead of having to go elsewhere. Think of the money that it would bring in instead of it being spent elsewhere."

  26. City Council: Insurance cash not enough to reopen Assembly Rooms

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Now this isn't great news for music fans. Derby City Council is getting a £5m insurance payout for the fire that closed the Assembly Rooms, but it says the money isn't enough to reopen the venue.

    The local authority claims it would cost £10m to replace it with something which would meet modern safety standards.

    Derby Assembly Rooms fire

    It means Derby still doesn't have any plans for a major performance venue in the city centre.

  27. Rams pair play part in Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifier triumph

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County pair Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendrick starred in both legs as the Republic of Ireland sealed their place at Euro 2016 after last night's 2-0 win against Bosnia Herzegovina in Dublin.

    Republic of Ireland players celebrate qualifying for Euro 2016

    They're likely to be joined in France next summer by Rams team-mates Cyrus Christie and Alex Pearce, who are also part of the Irish squad.

  28. Derbyshire man's romantic gesture on diving trip

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    After the sombre news of the last few days, here's a story to lift the spirits as a Derbyshire man literally took the plunge to propose to his girlfriend as they were swimming with sharks.

    Rebecca May Cressey thought they were just going diving for her birthday, but Steven Purdiew held up a board underwater at Skegness Aquarium asking 'Will you marry me?'.

    Steven Purdiew proposes underwater to girlfriend Rebecca May Cressey

    She put her thumbs up to say she would, and the couple, from Somercotes in Derbyshire, now plan to get married in a year or two.

  29. Muslim communities say attacks do not reflect their religion

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Let's start with local reaction to the events in Paris at the weekend and members of the Muslim community in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire say the acts of violence by so-called Islamic State in Paris don't reflect the religion.

    Europe fell silent yesterday in solidarity with those affected by the terror attacks in which 129 people were killed, and hundreds more injured.

    The Jamia Mosque in Derby and Burton's Central Mosque say the attackers weren't acting on behalf of the Muslim community.

  30. Weather: Rain moving in and chance of strong winds later

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It's a cloudy start with a band of heavy rain moving in over the course of the afternoon as storm Barney takes hold.

    Alexandra Hamilton

    Strengthening winds later in the day with gusts possibly reaching 60 to 70mph, and highs today of 13C (55F).

  31. Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Good morning. High winds are expected in parts of the region later today with storm Barney set to sweep across the country.

    We'll see what effect if any it's likely to have on Derbyshire and East Staffordshire and Mr Potato Head is back in the news after suffering more damage.

    You're welcome toemailortweetus your comments, questions and photos throughout the day, or get in touch on ourFacebookpage.