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  1. Updates for Thursday 25 February 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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: Another cold frosty night in prospect

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Some patchy cloud will build for a time tonight, but it'll stay dry into the early hours of Friday morning, with a frost likely and lows of 0C (32F).

    Weather temperatures for 9am on Friday February 26

    Sunny spells again through tomorrow morning although cloud moves in during the afternoon but it should stay dry with highs of 5C (41F).

  3. 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:

  4. Rams win could 'define' season

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Jacob Butterfield says Derby County deserved their Championship victory against Blackburn Rovers last night.

    Darren Wassall

    Head coach Darren Wassall called it a defining performance, as the Rams won at home for the first time since Boxing Day.

  5. Your views: Trees felled for flood defence


    People have been commenting on the our Facebook page about the felling of trees near to the River Derwent in parts of Derby in preparation for new flood defences.

    The city council says new trees will be planted at the end of the work, and Carol Bell said: "I hope so, to replace the ones they have taken up and hope they don't plant any in stupid places such as in front of shops, just to be taken up again when the roots break the pavement."

    Tree stump near the River Derwent in Derby as some trees are removed for flood protection scheme

    Keith Jackson posted: "Trees absorb water. They should plant more trees."

  6. Alton Towers responds to prosecution announcement

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    We told you earlier that Alton Towers is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive following the Smiler ride accident last June.

    Merlin Entertainment, which owns the theme park, has issued a statement saying: "We have co-operated fully with the HSE throughout its investigation while continuing to support those who were injured in the accident. 

    "The company completed its own investigation and published the results in November, accepting responsibility for what happened.

    Smiler ride at Alton Towers

    "We have also kept the HSE fully informed of the subsequent actions that we have taken to ensure that something like this cannot happen again."

  7. The Flying Scotsman's enduring appeal

    Here are some facts and figures about the Flying Scotsman which has travelled from London to York today.

    Facts and figures about the Flying Scotsman

    An icon from another age, the steam locomotive has been restored over ten years and still has the capability to attract crowds of people to track its progress.

  8. New chief for fire service

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has appointed the UK's first female chief fire officer to have risen through the ranks.

    Becci Bryant began her career as an operational firefighter.

    Becci Bryant

    She will relinquish her current role with as executive director/deputy chief executive on April 18 when she will officially replace the outgoing chief fire officer Peter Dartford.

  9. Drop in number of speeding tickets

    Lucy Vladev

    BBC Radio Derby

    Figures from Derbyshire Police show a 4.5% decline in the number of speeding tickets issued in the county last year.

    Researcher Matt Lloyd says that could be for a number of reasons, such as changing driver behaviour, the use of speed awareness courses as opposed to penalty points and fines, and economic reasons based on policing resources.  

  10. Cathedral to mark World Cup triumph anniversary

    Derby Cathedral want local residents to share their memories of the 1966 World Cup for a special event being held in July.

    The celebrations will include a party hosted in the cathedral to mark 50 years since England's victory.

    England players celebrate the 1966 World Cup win at Wembley

    The cathedral's chief executive Rachel Morris says they're looking for people who went to Wembley from Derbyshire for the final, or who have special memories or stories from watching the game.

  11. Cash boost for Derby Quad

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    The world of entertainment isn't always at the front of the queue for financial handouts, so there's welcome news today that Derby Quad is part of a consortium which has secured £500,000 investment from Arts Council England.

    Derby Quad

    The money is intended to boost cultural events in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and the funding will be managed by Nottingham's Creative Quarter Company.

  12. Your photos: Frost bites deep across country

    Is this a scene being acted out across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire on these frosty mornings?

    'Hurry up with that camera thing ... I want to get on with this walk, my bottom's freezing.'

    Dog sitting on frosty ground

    Thanks to weather watcher Philip3448 for this photograph taken in Marlpool.

    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.

  13. Flying Scotsman arrives in York

    The Flying Scotsman is on her way to the National Railway Museum having arrived in York where the platforms were crowded to see the steam locomotive pull in.

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  14. Police IT deal 'first of its kind'

    BBC Radio Derby

    Staffordshire Police's £100m deal with Boeing is understood to be the first IT partnership between a UK police force and a private firm. 

    The county's police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis said it was essential for officers to have the right technology to tackle crime made more complex by the internet and social media.

  15. Front row of Smiler ride carriage suffered main impact

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Four people sitting in the front row were among those most seriously hurt in the Smiler ride accident at Alton Towers.

    University of Derby student Victoria Balch, 20, had six rounds of surgery in a bid to save her leg before needing an amputation.

    Four people in the front row of The Smiler were among those most seriously hurt

    Leah Washington, 17, from Barnsley, also had one of her legs amputated and her 18-year-old boyfriend Joe Pugh shattered his knees.

    Daniel Thorpe, 27, from Buxton, was treated for a collapsed lung and lower leg injuries.

  16. Toyota wants UK to stay in EU

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    I can see there'll be plenty of passionate debate about the pros and cons of Britain's EU membership leading up to the referendum on 23 June.

    We heard from the chief executive of Rolls-Royce earlier this week, now another Derby-based firm Toyota has voiced its thoughts. 

    President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe Johan van Zyl said: "We have carefully considered the implications for our manufacturing operations, should the UK leave the European Union.

    Toyota in Derby

    "We are committed to our people and investments, so we are concerned that leaving would create additional business challenges. As a result we believe continued British membership of the EU is best for our operations and their long term competitiveness."

  17. Your views: Flying Scotsman returns


    Our coverage of the Flying Scotsman's journey from London to York has attracted some interesting reaction from you on Facebook.

    Keith Jackson posted: "We seem to have forgotten the man who really saved the Flying Scotsman. It was Tony Marchington.

    "He bought it about 20 years ago and restored it. I believe it made him bankrupt. He was also Derbyshire born."

    Flying Scotsman