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  1. Updates for Friday 26 February 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Euan Duncan

All times stated are UK

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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: Frosty night as temperatures drop

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    A widespread frost will form overnight, with lows of 0C (32F) in urban areas, but down to -3C (27F) in rural parts.

    Weather temperatures for 3am on Saturday February 27

    After a frosty start tomorrow, it will be a dry day for most with plenty of sunshine, and the chance of a few isolated wintry showers, with highs of 5C (41F).

  3. Knife brandished as robber attacks shopkeeper

    Lucy Vladev

    BBC Radio Derby

    CCTV footage has been released after an attempted robbery at a store in Derby.

    Two men entered the shop on Burton Road in Saturday 9 January.

    One of them demanded cash from the shopkeeper and punched him in the face.

    Robbery at Convenience Store on Burton Road in Derby

    The man then took out a knife and after a struggle with the member of staff both offenders ran off empty handed.

  4. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

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

    • Man found dead in Derby alleyway is named by police
    • Derbyshire gets its first female bishop
    • And flood protection scheme begins in centre of Derby
  5. Project starts to cut city's flood risk

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A new defence scheme in Derby will drastically reduce the risk of flooding in the city, say officials.

    Work on the project to protect 2,000 homes and businesses started today.

    The level of the River Derwent in Derby rose significantly earlier this month after heavy rainfall

    Head of highways and engineering at Derby City Council David Bartram said: "The existing standard protection in Derby is approximately a 25-1 chance of flooding every year, and that's not acceptable for a city the size of Derby.

    "So it's crucial to reduce the flood risk to 2,000 properties, to promote regeneration and bring back some of our brownfield sites into useful development."

  6. Travel: Accident partly blocks A6007 at Ilkeston

    BBC Travel

    An accident is partially blocking the A6007 Heanor Road in Ilkeston at the Shipley Common Lane junction.

  7. Wedding singer heads into battle on The Voice

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Derby wedding singer Dwaine Hayden hopes to impress the judges on television show The Voice tomorrow night.

    The battles stage of the BBC programme starts this week and Dwaine will return to the stage in front of a panel that includes Boy George and Will.I.Am.

    Dwaine Hayden

    We'll update you on his progress on Monday.

  8. Brewers midfielder set to extend loan spell

    Ed Dawes

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough says midfielder Matty Palmer could have his loan spell at Oldham Athletic extended after it expires tomorrow.

    Palmer, who's 21 tomorrow, has won two man-of-the-match awards with the Latics, but has found it difficult to force his way into the Brewers' midfield.

    Matty Palmer

    Tomorrow, the League One leaders host one of their promotion rivals Walsall.

  9. 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:

    • Bishop of Derby gives backing to first female bishop in East Midlands
    • Police name man found dead in Derby alleyway
    • And Rams midfielder returns to full training after long-term knee injury
  10. Travel: Breakdown leads to lane closure on M1 northbound

    BBC Travel

    A broken down vehicle means a lane is closed on the M1 northbound around J29.

  11. Councils could scupper devolution deal

    We reported earlier how an elected mayor for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire would have the authority to raise a share of council tax, but it seems now that the whole concept is at risk of being undermined.

    BBC Radio Derby's political reporter Chris Doidge says High Peak Borough Council last night became the first authority to reject the so-called North Midlands devolution deal.

    The councils of Derby and Nottingham could work together as part of the devolution deal

    And it isn't alone in having doubts as Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover, South Derbyshire and Bassetlaw could all choose to reject the proposal next week.

    Some of them could choose to share Sheffield's elected mayor instead.

  12. Rams midfielder returns to full training

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County midfielder Will Hughes is back in full training after a serious knee injury.

    Rams' boss Darren Wassall gave an update about the England under 21 international's progress during a press conference, ahead of the Championship visit to Wolves tomorrow.

    Will Hughes

    Wassall said: "He has been like a kid at Christmas out there."

  13. New bishop sets out agenda in Derbyshire

    The Archdeacon of Norwich, the Venerable Jan McFarlane, has visited BBC Radio Derby after it was announced she'd become the sixth Suffragan Bishop of Repton in the summer.

    She said: "My real priority is going to be getting to know everybody.

    The Archdeacon of Norwich the Venerable Jan McFarlane who'll become the sixth Bishop of Repton

    "I really am looking forward to getting to know all the people in the churches and the people in local communities, to work with Bishop Alastair, and to share the Christian faith, and to learn from other communities too."

  14. Your photos: Glowing Alfreton

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Many thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Latimer for this striking photo of Alfreton.

  15. East Midlands teacher brain drain 'a real worry'

    Ofsted says schools in the East Midlands are finding it difficult to recruit and retain the best teachers.

    Emma Ing, from the education watchdog, says it's a national problem.

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    Video caption: Ofsted's Emma Ing: East Mids teacher brain drain 'a real worry'
  16. Famous gardener was born 300 years ago

    Andy Kershaw

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    I've been around the gardens of Chatsworth House today celebrating the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown's birth.

    Chatsworth House
  17. Weather: Mainly cloudy day with some bright spells

    Kaye Forster

    Weather Presenter, East Midlands Today

    It will stay dry today and the cloud will thin and break at times to give some brightness later, with light winds and highs of 6C (43F).

    Tonight it remains dry with a patchy frost and lows of -2C (28F).

  18. First female bishop 'should be celebrated'

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    The Bishop of Derby says the arrival of Jan McFarlane as the East Midlands' first female bishop is a case for celebration.

    The Archdeacon of Norwich the Venerable Jan McFarlane and Bishop of Derby Alastair Redfern

    Alastair Redfern admitted the Church of England had been "a bit slow" to recognise women's abilities.