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  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 November 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all for Local Live today. Join us tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. Weather: Cloudy night ahead

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    The evening and night will become largely cloudy with a small amount of light rain or drizzle. Winds will become more westerly and lighter.

    Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

  3. Spending Review: 'Frustration' over HS2

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Quote Message: "One big disappointment was the lack of acknowledgement for the Midlands Engine for Growth. Largely positive... but frustrating that we still have no clarity on the route or timeframe of HS2." from East Midlands Chamber
    East Midlands Chamber
  4. Your views: 'Brave ladies' in breast cancer exhibition


    We posted pictures on our Facebook page earlier from a Royal Derby Hospital exhibition, which features women who've had breast cancer surgery.

    Here are some of your responses:

    Janet Morley wrote: "Brave ladies, inspirational of them to show future patients the results, of what they might expect after reconstruction, well done to them, they look lovely."

    Royal Derby breast cancer exhibition

    Trish Caroll: "It is a beautiful display, very brave and beautiful ladies. Well worth the visit."  

  5. Travel: Kingsway delays

    BBC Travel

    There's heavy traffic on Kingsway in Derby in both directions between the A516 junction and the Kingsway Island this rush hour.

  6. Latest headlines for Derbyshire

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    A final recap of the top stories in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire:

  7. Spending Review: An East Midlands perspective

    Tony Roe

    BBC East Midlands political editor

    Investment in the East Midlands part of the "engine room" is limited.

    Extending an enterprise park in Derby and £1.25m to prepare the way for the HS2 station at Toton plus investment in the electrification of the Midland mainline was as far as it went. 

    Front Benches

    Local councils, as predicted, are going to be able to spend the business rates but lose direct government grants. More assets will have to be sold. They are also going to be "encouraged" to cut back on excessive salaries.

  8. Derbyshire PCC: Let's wait for detail on no police cuts

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner on the announcement of no cuts to the police budget: 

    Quote Message: We're not jumping up and down yet because we want to look at the detail. A lot of work and time has been wasted, but we will live with that if we get the funding coming through to us." from Alan Charles
    Alan Charles
    Alan Charles
  9. Pothole angers Burton residents

    Burton Mail

    Angry residents have hit out after a deep pothole in the middle of their road has steadily got worse.

  10. Your Pictures: Rainbow in Brailsford


    Weather Watcher Anne Brown took this lovely picture in Brailsford.

    Brailsford rainbow

    It's now the cover photo on our Facebook page.

  11. Boxing: Derby's Sandy Ryan at GB championships

    Natalie Jackson

    BBC East Midlands sports editor

    Wicked day with Derby boxer Sandy Ryan at Team GB base in Sheffield. 

    Good luck tomorrow Sandy at the GB Champs!

    Natalie Jackson, Sandy Ryan
  12. Spending Review: How will it affect Derbyshire?

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    What was in the Spending Review that affects us here in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire, I hear you ask?

    • There's more than £1m to develop agrowth strategy for Toton- that's almost certain now to be the home of the region's high speed railway station 
    • Derby's enterprise zone atInfinity Park, near Rolls-Royce, will be extended and the government'sprotecting grants for the aerospace industry, which probably led to some cheering at Rolls-Royce's Sinfin campus
    • Highways England's road improvement schemes will go ahead in full by 2021 - they includemajor upgrades to the A38through Derby and the A50 near Uttoxeter 
    • Andunderused courts will be closed- no absolute confirmation, but Burton and Buxton's magistrates' courts were among those earmarked for closure, so that could now go ahead
    George Osborne
  13. 'Bald' flasher on Long Eaton towpath

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    A flasher, carrying a torch, exposed himself to two women on a canal towpath in Long Eaton, police have said.

    The women, in their 20s, said the man, described as having a shaved or bald head, was stood on the other side of the canal on the towpath, near Fox Covert on Sunday.

  14. Black screws 'blight' on Burton roads

    Burton Mail

    Drivers are facing expensive pre-Christmas bills as the scourge of Burton's black screws returns to the town's roads.

    It is unclear exactly where the mysterious objects have been scattered, but one Burton garage has carried out an incredible 70 repairs since Thursday.

    Clive Heard screws
  15. Spending Review: Funding for growth strategy on planned HS2 station

    More from BBC Radio Derby's political reporter...

  16. Warnock: Rams should aim for win at Hull

    Tom Brown

    BBC East Midlands digital sports reporter

    On Friday's match against Hull, Derby County's Stephen Warnock says it's in the team's DNA to go for the win - not to aim for a point.

    Stephen Warnock
  17. Rams boss 'happy' with squad

    Tom Brown

    BBC East Midlands digital sports reporter

    At a press conference today, Derby County manager Paul Clement has ruled out making any emergency loan signings. 

    He's happy with his squad, he says.

    Paul Clement
  18. Spending Review: No more VAT on sixth forms

    George Osborne announced that sixth form colleges will be able to become academies "so they no longer have to pay VAT". 

    BBC Radio Derby political reporter tweets...

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  19. Latest headlines for Derbyshire

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Making the news today...

    • Strike action has been suspended at Alfreton Grange Arts College following talks
    • Rolls-Royce is to cut £200m of costs a year 
    • A mystery loose sheep in Belper has been collected but there are claims it's the second time it's happened in a fortnight
  20. Spending Review: East Mids not on elected mayors list

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    Predictably, the East Midlands isn't on the list of areas signed up for devolution and an elected mayor... yet.  

  21. Travel: A42 lane closed

    BBC Travel

    A lane has been closed on the A42 just over the border into Leicestershire because of a broken-down lorry. It's causing slow traffic between junction 12 and the M42.

  22. Belper sheep escape: 'Second time in fortnight'

    Elise Chamberlain

    East Midlands Today reporter

    A sheep has been causing a stir after arriving in a quiet residential street in Derbyshire five days ago.

    The animal, nicknamed "Shaun the Sheep', by people living on Charnwood Avenue in Belper, was first spotted on Saturday morning.

    Robin Beck

    It was collected by people known to the owner at about 12:00 today - and comes just over two weeks after a similar incident.

    Robin Beck, of Alport Close, awoke to find a different sheep on his lawn on 7 November, which was also later picked up - he said he "can't believe it's happened again".

  23. Brewers: El Khayati pleased with 'perfect' performance

    BBC Sport

    Abdenasser El Khayati says Burton Albion's performance at Wigan Athletic was a perfect display from the Brewers. 

    El Khayati

    El Khayati scored in the 74th minute as his side won 1-0 on Tuesday to move up to third in the League One table, two points adrift of second place. 

    "I had to wait for my moment but my moment came and I am happy to score my goal," he said.

  24. Buxton head injuries man 'slipped on ice'

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    A man who was found with serious head injuries in Buxton had slipped on ice, police have said.

    Officers put out an appeal for information after the 43-year-old man was discovered by a passerby in Springdale, off St John’s Road, at about 23:45 on Saturday.

    He was taken to Salford Royal Hospital with serious head injuries but his condition is now improving.

  25. Long Eaton firm to receive millions after bra battle

    Derby Telegraph

    A High Court battle over bras has ended with a Derbyshire underwear company in line to receive millions of pounds from one of the world’s biggest high street retailers, H&M.

  26. Your pictures: Derbyshire sunrise

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    The skies above Derbyshire have been catching people's eyes this morning.

    Sunrise Allestree

    Diana Higman tweeted us this picture of the sunrise in Allestree.

    "My view out of bed...nothing like putting you in a good mood for the day ahead," she said.

    Send us yours.

  27. School strike action suspended

    East Midlands Today

    Further strike action at Alfreton Grange Arts College has been suspended following talks. 

    Staff have staged six walkouts as part of a dispute over timetable changes. 

    Alfreton strike

    But after the school's trust met with union leaders, future strikes have been called off. 

    New timetable conditions have been agreed - parents and staff will now be consulted.

  28. Rolls-Royce 'needs to get in shape'

    Derby Telegraph

    The boss of Derby's Rolls-Royce has described the company as "an athlete that's a bit overweight and needs to get fit".

    Warren East
  29. Rolls-Royce boss warns Chancellor over business cuts

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    And sticking with Rolls-Royce. Its chief executive Warren East has said he's been in touch with George Osborne about the Spending Review, due to be announced later.

    He warned cutting business grants would have an impact on Britain's engineering future.

    Rolls Royce

    The Chancellor is to set out government spending plans up to 2020 later, which will include billions of pounds in cuts to Whitehall and budgets and welfare but also new money for housebuilding.

  30. Rolls-Royce to cut £200m a year

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    More today on the problems faced by Rolls-Royce. Its chief executive has said the company will be more transparent about the risks it faces and will cut up to £200m of costs a year.

    Warren East said the engineering group had developed an "accounting fog" which had left investors unclear about the direction it was going.


    He said investor "confidence was not in a good place", and the company must make shareholder returns a priority.

    Rolls-Royce employs more than 21,000 people in the UK, with more than 12,000 employed at its Derby aerospace engines and submarines division.  

  31. Brewers: 'Daring' win against Wigan

    BBC Derby Sport

    Nassel El Khayati's second-half goal was the difference as Burton Albion beat Wigan 1-0 to move back up to third in League One. 

    Nassel El Khayati

    Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink described the performance as, "daring". 

    Burton are within three points of leaders Coventry, with a game in hand.

  32. Burton brew from 19th century set to return

    Burton Mail

    An iconic Burton beer with a history dating back nearly 200 years is set to make a comeback.

    Old Cottage Brewery
  33. Travel: M1 traffic eases

    BBC Travel

    The M1 appears to be back to normal after the problems across the county this morning.

  34. Lost sheep 'could run out of food'

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    There's concern for Belper's lost sheep Shaun who appeared in the town on Saturday and has been shepherded into a garden.

    Jack Bailey and his wife Ann spotted him on Charnwood Avenue and called the RSPCA and the police but nothing has been done.


    Jack's worried he might start to get hungry: "That's all he's got is four square yards of grass - you can't bring it a sandwich down, so we don't know what to do with him."

    The RSPCA says it has to prioritise animals most at risk but is looking into the matter.

  35. Latest headlines for Derbyshire

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the stories making the news in the county this morning:

  36. Travel: M1 delays continue

    BBC Travel

    Long delays still on the M1 after an earlier incident involving a lorry between junctions 24A and 25.

    Travel time through the area is estimated at 55 minutes.

    There are also delays southbound between junctions 26 and 25 and northbound between junctions 30 and 31.

  37. Residents baffled by lost sheep

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    More now on Belper's lost sheep - "Shaun" who appeared on Saturday and is now being looked after by residents on Charnwood Avenue.


    Ray Bailey said he called the police, who shepherded him into a back garden.

    "I don't know where it's come from - it's not like there are any farms nearby really," he said.

    The RSPCA says it's looking into the matter but has to prioritise animals most at risk, first.

  38. Travel: More M1 woes

    BBC Travel

    There's queuing traffic on the M1 southbound between junctions 26 and 25.

    Here's the view at junction 26 for the A610.

    junction 26

    There are severe problems further down between junctions 24A and 25 northbound.

  39. Recognise this sheep...?

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Stray cats and dogs are nothing new but stray sheep?

    Shaun (as he's been named by locals) turned up in Belper two days ago.


    Residents have been keeping him safe until they work out who he belongs to.

    Watch him frolic in a back garden over on BBC Derby's Facebook page.

  40. Weather: Bright and breezy

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Sunny spells on and off throughout the morning before clouding over in the afternoon with a couple of showers. 

    Breezy with highs of 9C (48F).

  41. Good morning: Join us for today’s live news coverage

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Good morning Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

    It looked like a cracking sunrise over the East Midlands this morning. Did you get a picture? 

    Sunrise Asda Spondon

    Chelsea Mansell sent us one on Facebook. It shows the dramatic sky above Asda in Spondon.

    Send us yours.