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  1. Updates for Thursday 26 November 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Euan Duncan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Today's Local Live updates have come to an end. We will be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Weather: Cloudy but mild tonight

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    A cloudy but mainly dry night with a few spots of light rain or drizzle possible. Fairly mild with lows of 9C (48F).

  3. Rams midfielder banned for trip to Hull

    Ed Dawes

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County head coach Paul Clement says either Craig Bryson or Jeff Hendrick will replace the suspended Bradley Johnson for tomorrow night's trip to Championship leaders Hull City.

    Johnson is suspended after picking up five yellow cards.

    Bradley Johnson

    Clement has strongly hinted that Jacob Butterfield and George Thorne will keep their places in the side for the match at the KC Stadium.

  4. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

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

    • Christmas concerts cancelled by Derby school over safety concerns
    • Derbyshire MP's 'crazy war' label for Syria
    • And Rams midfielder to miss Tigers clash because of suspension
  5. Beavon: 'Goals will come for Thieler'

    Ed Dawes

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Burton Albion striker Stuart Beavon believes the goals will come for German striker Timmy Thieler.

    The 24-year-old is still to open his account for the Brewers in the 18 appearances he's made this season, although he set up the goal for Nasser El Khayati in Tuesday's win at Wigan.

    Stuart Beavon

    Meanwhile, the Brewers opponents on Saturday Colchester have sacked their manager Tony Humes with the club one point above the League One relegation zone.

  6. Young Rams striker recalled from loan

    BBC Sport

    Blackpool boss Neil McDonald said it was a shame Derby County had recalled Kwame Thomas from his loan spell at Bloomfield Road.

    Kwame Thomas

    He said: "We're disappointed to lose Kwame. He's developed as a player in his time with us."  

  7. Could Derbyshire Dales get new village?

    Matlock Mercury

    A Derbyshire Dales town council has urged the planning authority to solve the local housing crisis by building a completely new, self-contained village in the area.

    A new village could be built in the Derbyshire Dales
  8. Call for better protection for birds of prey

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    The RSPB is calling for more to be done to protect birds of prey after a new report found they're still being illegally killed in Derbyshire.

    The charity received 19 reports of incidents involving birds of prey in the county last year including a shot buzzard and an illegally trapped goshawk.

    Alan Firth

    Alan Firth (pictured), from the RSPB's investigations team, said there were probably other cases they did not know about.

  9. Glass more than half full for Burton brewer

    Burton Mail

    Burton-based brewery Marston's has announced an increase in profits in the last 12 months.

    Marston's brewery in Burton
  10. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

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

    • Off-duty paramedic saves life of Derbyshire lorry driver
    • Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner labels Syria a 'crazy war'
    • And Derby school cancels Christmas concerts on safety grounds
  11. School will reply to 'cancelled Christmas' claim

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    BBC Radio Derby has been in touch with Reigate Primary School, which was reported to have "cancelled Christmas" after calling off two of its carol concerts on safety grounds.

    The school said it is prepared to talk about the situation but doesn't want to offer a response just yet.

  12. School accused of 'cancelling Christmas'

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    There's been a lot of coverage nationally today about a Derby school which is said to have "cancelled Christmas".

    A newsletter went out saying two of Reigate Park Primary School's festive activities won't be happening.

    Reigate Park Primary School in Derby

    The headmistress has cancelled Christmas carol concerts over fears it is too dangerous for children to cross the road to the local church.

  13. Crash rollercoaster gets vote of confidence

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    The chairman of the European Coaster Club says he'll happily go on the Smiler rollercoaster when it reopens next year.

    An investigation by Alton Towers has blamed human error for June's crash which seriously hurt four people.

    Smiler ride at Alton Towers

    Paul Burton says he's confident all leisure parks will learn from the accident, saying: "Technically, mechanically the ride is safe. They will review what's happened but this has never ever happened before and I doubt that it will ever, ever happen again."

  14. Van fire leads to delays on A38 northbound

    BBC Travel

    There's queuing traffic on the A38 northbound in Derby at Kingsway Island because of a van fire. 

  15. Thorny issue of confiscated tusk

    Sally Swinfen

    BBC Radio Derby newsreader

    A judge has said customs officers were unreasonable in refusing to return a 300-year-old narwhal tusk that arrived at East Midlands Airport.

    The antique tusk was being sent from Norway to London but didn't have the correct paperwork so UK Border Force seized it.

    The judge said the paperwork defects meant the tusk's seizure was lawful but the refusal to return it was "unreasonable".

  16. Police chief welcomes break from funding cuts

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    More reaction now to yesterday's spending review. Staffordshire's police and crime commissioner says he was surprised by the chancellor's decision not to cut police funding.

    Matthew Ellis says he'd been planning for a 20% cut in budget and was halfway towards making those savings but he says it wasn't a waste of time as it now gives the force some financial respite.

  17. Weather: Cloudy but dry this afternoon

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    The cloud continues to build through the afternoon but it should stay dry with highs of 9C (48F).

    It will be cloudy overnight with some showers possible and lows of 9C (48F).

  18. Skinner: Syria is a 'crazy war'

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner has just given his assessment of the current situation in Syria. 

    Dennis Skinner

    He said: "What a crazy war. Enemies to the right of us, enemies to the left of it. Keep out."   

  19. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a recap of the main stories we're covering this lunchtime.

    • Council defends decision to close Derbyshire care homes
    • Paramedic praised for saving Derbyshire lorry driver's life
    • Derby County prepare for top-of-the-table clash with Hull
  20. Assembly Rooms: Bid for replacement cash

    Sally Swinfen

    BBC Radio Derby newsreader

    Derby City Council has bid for a substantial sum of money so it can replace the city's Assembly Rooms.

    An application's been made to the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire local enterprise partnership, although it's not known how much the authority's asked for.

    Aerial photograph of Assembly Rooms in Derby

    A consultation into the future of the city centre found people strongly supported the redevelopment of the Assembly Rooms site.

  21. Elderly motorist killed in Sawley crash

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Police have confirmed an 83-year-old driver died in hospital after colliding with a parked vehicle in Sawley.

    The incident happened at Peveril Crescent at about 19:00 yesterday.

  22. Derby boxer sets sights on Rio 2016

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby boxer Sandy Ryan is looking to end the year on a high as she fights for the women's lightweight title at the British Championships tonight.

    The 22-year-old faces Charlene Jones, of Wales, in Sheffield, on what she hopes will be the next stage of her journey to the Rio Olympic Games.

    Sandy Ryan

    She's enjoyed a successful 2015 already, with the highlight being her bronze medal at the European Games in Baku.

  23. Council stands by care homes decision

    The county council says it will not be going back on its decision to close four care homes in Derbyshire.

    Quote Message: I can assure people every step of the way the residents, the staff and the families will be supported in what we know is a difficult time for then, and I have every sympathy with them. But unfortunately we've got no choice in what we did and if we saved one of these homes which is proposed to close then we'd have to go out again and look at the whole situation again, and it could mean that more homes have to close as a result of that. from Paul Smith Cabinet member for adult care, Derbyshire County Council
    Paul SmithCabinet member for adult care, Derbyshire County Council
  24. Paramedic 'saved my husband's life'

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A Derbyshire woman whose husband was saved by an off-duty paramedic says she's eternally grateful.

    Nick Andrews, from Matlock, was involved in a serious crash which closed the M6 for five hours in August.

    Nick Andrews and his wife, Tracey either side of paramedic Kelly Topliss

    Kelly Topliss was on a day out with her family and kept him conscious until the emergency services arrived.

  25. Health worker fears return after tribunal win

    Derby Telegraph

    A former Derbyshire NHS worker, who won an employment tribunal after it ruled her boss had called her a 'whore', has told a hearing that she fears returning to workbecause she.

  26. 'Thanks for saving my life'

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A Matlock lorry driver has been reunited with the off-duty paramedic to save his life following a Facebook appeal.

    Nick Andrews was in a serious crash which closed the M6 for five hours in August.

    Nick Andrews and Kelly Topliss

    Kelly Topliss was on her way to West Midlands Safari Park and pulled over to give him emergency treatment.

  27. Council defends decision to close care homes

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Derbyshire County Council insists it didn't take the decision to close four care homes lightly, saying it chose those which were no longer financially viable, including The Glebe in Alfreton.

    The council's cabinet member for adult care councillor Paul Smith says the local authority is doing its best to limit the impact of the closures.

    A named member of staff will be appointed to find suitable alternative accommodation for every resident affected.

  28. Brewers boss beaming at adaptability of young players

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has praised the attitude of Burton Albion youngsters Calum Butcher and Anthony O'Connor.

    Both played out-of-position in the Brewers' midweek League One win at Wigan.

    Anthony O'Connor

    Their manager says adaptability will be vital to Burton Albion's success this season.

  29. Rams 'won't settle for draw'

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Ahead of tomorrow night's promotion clash with Hull City, Derby County defender Stephen Warnock says it's not in the squad's DNA to ever settle for a draw.

    Stephen Warnock

    Victory at the KC Stadium would see the Rams go top of the table.  

  30. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    These are the main stories we're covering this morning.

    • A motorist is killed in a crash in Sawley
    • A campaigner claims her mother could die if plans to close four care homes go ahead
    • A Matlock lorry driver uses Facebook to track down the off-duty paramedic who saved his life
  31. Care home closure 'will kill my mother'

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Heather Arden is fighting to stop the closure of The Glebe care home in Alfreton, where her 89-year-old mother lives.

    It's one of four care homes set to be closed by Derbyshire County Council.

    She said: "I don't think, in my opinion, my mother will survive the move. It will be too distressing for her because she's at a point in her life where she's like a child.

    "She won't understand why she's been taken out of her home."

  32. Care home closure to go ahead

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Campaigners are calling for the county council to overturn a decision to close four care homes in Derbyshire.

    Heather Arden, whose 89-year-old mother suffers from dementia and lives at The Glebe in Alfreton, says having to relocate would probably kill her.

    The Glebe care home at Alfreton

    The county council says the homes will have to go but campaigners say they've chosen the wrong ones to shut and are demanding a judicial review.

  33. Motorist dies in Sawley crash

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A motorist died in a crash in Sawley last night.

    The accident happened on Peveril Crescent at about 19:00. Police have appealed for witnesses.

  34. Weather: Cloudy day ahead

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    An overcast day in prospect as the cloud continues to build during the course of the day.

    Alexandra Hamilton

    Some isolated showers possible this morning which should get patchier towards lunchtime, with highs of 9C (48F).

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

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Hi everyone. I'll be bringing you all of today's news, sport, travel and weather updates for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

    We'll be talking about the closure of four Derbyshire care homes today and hearing about an off-duty paramedic who saved the life of a local lorry driver.

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