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  1. Updates for Wednesday 9 March 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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

  2. Weather: Cloudy night with chance of more rain

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    It will stay cloudy this evening and during the night with further outbreaks of rain.

    These will gradually ease by dawn and temperatures remain above freezing, with lows of 4C (39F).

    Weather temperatures at 6am on Thursday March 10

    It's a cloudy start tomorrow and for most it will be a dry day, with highs of 7C (45F).

  3. Your pictures: Singing in the rain ...

    It's just not fair when it's raining cats and dogs.

    This rather bedraggled robin was perfectly captured by our Weather Watcher Sam's House in Stoney Middleton.

    Robin in the rain at Stoney Middleton

    You're welcome to email or tweet us your comments, questions and photos throughout the day, or get in touch on our Facebook page.

  4. Your views: Junior doctors strike


    It's the third junior doctors strike today and you've been reacting to our coverage on the BBC Radio Derby Facebook page.

    Carol Kemp said: "Total support to all junior doctors. Thank you for all you sacrifice for the NHS and it's patients!"   

    But Anthony Ludlow posted: "The doctors are now on strike for more money, no other reason. They have agreed to 95% of the new contracts, but not to losing money for weekend shifts or working nights. 

    "It's not about patient safety now. So get real, they are on strike for there own reasons ie pay. Not patient safety."

  5. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

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

    • Junior doctors join the picket lines locally at start of 48-hour strike
    • Sports Direct owner risks contempt charge if he ignores MPs request over Derbyshire HQ
    • And firm fined over bat roost destruction in Derbyshire
  6. Sports Direct boss risking wrath of MPs

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    The boss of Derbyshire-based Sports Direct could be charged with being in contempt of Parliament for failing to appear before MPs.

    The business select committee wants to question Mike Ashley over staff pay and conditions, particularly the use of controversial zero-hours contracts.

    The Newcastle United owner had invited MPs to his Shirebrook HQ, but they're demanding a Westminster hearing.

    A protest was staged outside Sports Direct's HQ at Shirebrook in Derbyshire

    If he fails to respond this month he could become the first person charged with contempt for 60 years.

  7. Firm fined in 'landmark' bat roost case

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A company which destroyed a protected bat roost has been fined £6,000 in a "landmark" case.

    ISAR Enterprises Limited destroyed the bat roost while renovating a property at Matlock in 2012.

    Brown long-eared bat

    Derby Crown Court heard on Monday the firm saved money by failing to protect the roost, and it was ordered to pay back what it would have spent.

    Firm fined in 'landmark' bat roost case

    Brown long-eared bat

    A company which destroyed a protected bat roost is fined £6,000 in a "landmark" case.

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  8. Last gasp goal dents Reds' winning run

    Nigel Cash

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Of our leading local football teams Alfreton came closest to a win last night, but the Reds were denied by an equaliser deep into stoppage time from Worcester's Lee Hughes.

    The late goal denied Nicky Law's side a sixth successive away win in National League North.

  9. Comedy festival aims to raise a laugh

    Time for a laugh now, or at least that's the long-term plan, as the line-up for Derby's third comedy festival has been announced.

    But after Jimmy Carr performed there in 2015, there are no plans to use Derby Arena this year.

    Some of the performers at Derby's third comedy festival

    Derby City Council says the focus is on supporting grass roots comedy and local artists for this year's festival.

  10. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Here's an update on the main stories we're covering this afternoon:

  11. Stamp of approval for conservation projects

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    There's no shortage of historic buildings and features in Derby, and now the quality of the conservation work on two of the city's listed buildings has been recognised by the local council.

    Former 18th Century coaching house The Old Bell Hotel on Sadler Gate has won the George Rennie award.

    Former Boots building in Derby city centre

    And the former Boots building on the corner of St Peters Street and East Street was highly commended for its sympathetic restoration.  

  12. Reports of child sex offences increase in Derbyshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    It appears publicity in high profile cases such as Jimmy Savile is responsible for an increase in reports of child sex offences in Derbyshire.

    Figures, from children's charity the NSPCC, show 727 child sex offences were reported to Derbyshire Police in 2014-2015 -an increase of 42% on the previous year.

    Justice Lowell Goddard

    Derbyshire Police say there are several reasons for the increase including the Goddard inquiry and publicity around national cases.

  13. MP says skilled workforce should find new jobs

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    We brought you news of some job losses in Burton yesterday and now the town's MP Andrew Griffiths says he's confident the workers losing their jobs at Npower will find new work.

    The energy company's closing its Burton contact centre with the loss of 150 posts.

    Andrew Griffiths MP for Burton and Uttoxeter

    Mr Griffiths says he's sure the well-trained workforce will soon find other jobs.

  14. Weather: Rain turns showery this afternoon

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    There's a yellow warning in force for rain across the East Midlands valid until 15:00, so standing water, spray and localised flooding are all likely.

    The rain continues for a time, but it won’t be as persistent as this morning with showers on and off becoming the theme, and highs of 6C (43F).

    Weather temperatures for Wednesday March 9 and Thursday 10

    Showers continue to fizzle out in the early hours of tomorrow, with overnight lows of 3C (37F).