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  1. Updates for Wednesday 23 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

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: Occasional showers tonight

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    Clear spells and scattered showers this evening and overnight while it becomes increasingly windy with lows of 8C (46F).

    Weather temperatures for 9am on Thursday December 24
  3. Rams pair remain sidelined by injury

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County will be without the injured Scott Carson and Craig Bryson for the visit of Fulham on Boxing Day.

    Craig Bryson

    Carson is still struggling with a bad back while Bryson has been injured since the first game of the season.

  4. Ilkeston defender to join Tykes

    Ilkeston Advertiser

    League One side Barnsley look set to sign Ilkeston FC defender Rhys Dolan after the two sides agreed a fee for the 17-year-old.  

    Rhys Dolan
  5. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    These are the main stories we're covering at the moment:

    • Police investigate suspected kidnapping in Long Eaton
    • Search on for man in Santa outfit who robbed Alfreton takeaway
    • Injured Rams pair set to miss Boxing Day clash
  6. Witness appeal after suspected kidnap

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Police are investigating an assault and kidnap of a man in Long Eaton. 

    Officers say the male was approached by a group of people in a small silver Mazda on Rowsley Avenue and it's thought he was bundled into the boot of a vehicle and driven off following an altercation.

    A bus stopped nearby on Beresford Avenue around the time of the incident at 20:40 yesterday and police are appealing to the passengers to contact them if they saw what happened.

  7. Presenter relives pantomime performance

    It's that time of year ... oh, yes it is! The panto season is well under way and one of the guests on BBC Radio Derby's Sally Pepper Show today was the head of wardrobe at Derby Theatre Tim Heywood, who's currently working on Cinderella.

    Sally Pepper

    He brought in one of the costumes and Sally - who starred in a performance of the same show 12 months ago - couldn't resist the chance to reacquaint herself with the wig.

  8. Presents given to elderly in hospital

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Staff from the careers and employment service at the University of Derby collected 300 presents for older people in hospital this Christmas.

    Presents for older people in hospital in Derby

    A present drive was organised after Derby Hospitals Trust said that some of its elderly patients sometimes miss out on festive gifts, especially if they don’t have family or friends nearby.

  9. Man in Santa outfit robs fast food venue

    We've been telling you about a robber dressed as Santa, who stole cash from the KFC restaurant, in Hockley Way, Alfreton.

    Police say the offender was about 5ft 10in tall and stocky.

    Man dressed as Santa robs KFC in Hockley Way at Alfreton

    Despite earlier speculation on social media, police say they're unable to identify his ethnicity.

  10. Brewers stars pass on experience

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Burton Albion winger Lucas Akins, goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin and midfielder Tom Naylor joined youngsters at one of the club's community trust's holiday courses.

    Burton Albion's Lucas Akins, Jon McLaughlin and Tom Naylor visit holiday course at at Shobnall Leisure Complex

    The players each took charge of a team for a mini indoor tournament at Shobnall Leisure Complex.

  11. Sex attack on woman in Spondon

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Police are investigating a sexual assault in Spondon after a 28-year-old woman was attacked while walking along a footpath between West Drive and Acorn Way.

    The victim was left badly shaken by the incident, which happened at 18;30 yesterday, but didn't need hospital treatment.

    Police say the offender was white, in his early to mid-20s, of medium build, and with short black hair. He was wearing a black, zip up hooded top.

  12. Gold award for marina's conservation work

    South Derbyshire's Mercia Marina has earned a fifth gold conservation award in five years from the British Holiday and Home Parks Association.

    Mercia Marina in Willington

    The 74-acre marina, near Willington, is the largest inland marina in Europe, and was recognised for its work to protect and improve the natural environment or local wildlife.  

  13. Village homes to get £10m makeover

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A £10m revamp of New Bolsover Model Village is set to go ahead after the Heritage Lottery Fund agreed to contribute £1.9m towards the project.

    New Bolsover Model Village

    The scheme will carry out essential repairs and restore original architectural features on the 194 properties which make up the village, while the 138 council-owned premises will be insulated inside.

    The three-year project is due to start in June 2016.

  14. Soap star to help open new leisure centre

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    The new Queen's Park Sports Centre in Chesterfield will be officially opened on Thursday 7 January, two days before a community open day for residents.

    Kym Marsh

    Saturday's event will feature actress and singer Kym Marsh leading a fitness class from 10:00.  

  15. Where should new houses go in South Derbyshire?

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A public consultation's been launched by South Derbyshire District Council over which green spaces should be protected from housing developments.

    Part two of the authority's local plan will be discussed at public meetings during the next few months.

    The plan deals with proposals for about 600 homes in smaller developments before 2028.

  16. Knife-wielding Santa robs restaurant

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Police have released CCTV footage of a robbery in which a man dressed as Father Christmas stole cash from a fast food restaurant in Alfreton.

    The offender climbed in through the drive-thru window at the KFC takeaway, in Hockley Way, before producing a knife, threatening staff and demanding money.

    Man dressed as Santa robs KFC in Hockley Way at Alfreton

    The robber had his face covered with what appears to be black tights or stockings.

  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.