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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 18 December 2015
  2. More from 08:00 on Monday

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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 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Dry, mild night ahead

    Kaye Forster

    Weather Presenter, East Midlands Today

    Rain will clear this evening leaving a dry night, and it will be mild with lows of 11C (52F).

    Weather temperatures for 6am on Saturday December 19

    More rain will be heading in through tomorrow morning and it will continue on and off into the afternoon, but again it will be very mild with highs of 15C (59F).

  3. Towpath back in tip-top condition

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Cromford Canal towpath from Cromford Meadows to High Peak Junction has been reopened today in time for walkers to enjoy at Christmas.

    Derbyshire County Council closed the towpath at the beginning of November for it to be to resurfaced with recycled building materials.

    The work cost £60,000 and was finished ahead of schedule.

  4. Peaty in SPOTY spotlight

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    City of Derby swimmer Adam Peaty is one of the 12 contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015, which will be decided this weekend.

    Peaty, from Uttoxeter, was shortlisted after winning three gold medals at this year's world championships.

    Adam Peaty

    The annual review of the sporting year is on BBC One at 18:50 on Sunday.

  5. Brave Mia lights up Swadlincote

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A brave seven-year-old's wish to switch on Swadlincote's Christmas lights has been granted later than originally planned.

    Mia Parnell, who has a terminal degenerative disease, was due to help with the ceremony in the town on 27 November but a bout of flu meant she was too ill to attend.

    Mia Parnell and her mum Sarah with South Derbyshire District Council chairman councillor Neil Atkin and Paul Mitchell, from Christmas Plus Ltd

    But Mia, her mum Sarah, and her brother and sister Callum and Lydia, were invited this week to The Delph, to meet South Derbyshire District Council chairman Neil Atkin and Paul Mitchell, from Christmas Plus Ltd, the local authority's new lighting contractor.

  6. Injury boost for Alfreton

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Alfreton Town host in-form Bradford Park Avenue in National League North tomorrow, at the halfway stage of their season.

    The Reds have taken only four points from the last 24 on offer, but are hopeful of having top scorer Jordan Robertson and goalkeeper Matt Duke fit again.

  7. Eagle Market's fortunes set to soar?

    Sally Swinfen

    BBC Radio Derby newsreader

    Traders have welcomed news that Derby City Council is in talks with INTU about the future of the Eagle Market.

    Vice-chairman of Derby Market Traders' Association, Lindsey Morgan, thinks it would be a "positive boost" for the market if INTU were to take over.

    Derby's Eagle Market could benefit from investment

    He said: "The market as a whole is making a profit. But to move it forward, it needs a bit of investment and it needs some more commercially-minded management, that's something the council hasn't really got and Intu has."

  8. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

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

  9. Business as usual for Burton boss

    Nigel Cash

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Burton Albion midfielder Tom Naylor says continuity in the coaching staff has helped the transition between managers.

    First team coach Neill Hornby and goalkeeping coach Gavin Ward, remain at the Pirelli Stadium working alongside the new boss Nigel Clough and his assistants Andy Garner and Gary Crosby.

    Tom Naylor

    Naylor admits it's a bonus not everyone left with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, and the manager said at their first meeting that he didn't want to change too much.  

  10. Weather: Some rain expected this afternoon

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Cloud builds this afternoon, with some patchy outbreaks of rain expected at times.

    It will remain mild, but with a brisk south-westerly breeze, and highs of 12C (54F).

  11. Swimmers shine at short course event

    Nigel Cash

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Teenage Derventio swimmer Imogen Clark won the 50m breaststroke final at the Amateur Swimming Association's national winter meet.

    The 16-year-old was one of three swimmers who broke British short course records finishing in a time of 30.02 seconds.

    City of Derby's Sarah Vasey took silver in the same race, with a personal best time of 30.47 seconds.

  12. Funeral procession tribute to Derby rescuer

    Sally Swinfen

    BBC Radio Derby newsreader

    A procession of mountain rescue vehicles passed through Derby this afternoon, ahead of a funeral at the cathedral of one of the earliest members of the city's team.

    Steve Hilditch died from cancer last month.

    He was a volunteer for the service for 47 years and was awarded an MBE.

  13. Bombardier bombarded with praise

    Mike O'Sullivan

    Reporter, East Midlands Today

    The Derby train-maker Bombarder has been praised for the quality of its work, as it prepares to deliver the last train, in what was a massive order for London Underground.

    Staff were congratulated today by the head of London Underground at the Bombardier works, having built nearly 1,400 carriages for 190 trains.

    A tube carriage being made at Bombardier

    The £1.5bn contract was the biggest in the UK back in 2003.

  14. Airport radar issue delayed wind turbine switch on

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Soon after the Spondon turbines were installed, it was found that they interfered with the East Midlands Airport radar six miles away.

    They had to be fitted with some new “clever electronics” and that’s led to the delays in getting them switched on.

    Severn Trent say today they were now just waiting for the all clear form the Civil Aviation Authority and hoped the turbines, named Winnie and Tony by local schoolkids, can start working in the new year.

  15. Sports Direct staff feared 'six strikes and out'

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    We've been talking about Sport Direct founder Mike Ashley's decision to review the terms and contracts of agency workers.

    The BBC's Inside Out East Midlands team reported earlier this year that former workers said some staff were "too scared" to take sick leave because they feared losing their jobs, although the firm said it aimed to provide safe working conditions for all.

    Liga Zarina-Shaw says her father was too scared to take "one day sick" at Sports Direct

    The programme uncovered a document produced by one of the agencies, which said: "Any person who exceeds six strikes within a rolling six-month period will have their assignment at Sports Direct ended."

    Workers could receive a strike for a period of reported sickness, excessive chatting, long toilet breaks, or using a mobile phone in the warehouse.