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  1. Updates for Thursday 17 March 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

    Live updates for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Chance of drizzle by morning

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    There is the potential for some isolated fog patches overnight before cloud increases from the east by dawn, with light drizzle possible by the end of the night and lows of 3C (37F).

    Weather temperatures for 6am on Friday March 18

    It's a generally cloudy day tomorrow and for most it will be dry with highs of 6C (43F).

  3. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

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

  4. RSPCA says headless dog find 'shocked' community

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    I've been reporting on a headless dog found dumped on waste ground in south Derbyshire.

    Rachel Butler from the RSPCA says it has shocked the local community in Swadlincote.

    She said: "If the dog did die naturally still we'd want to know answers as to why this dog was on his own in this waste ground, so either way we'd still really to know where this dog came from and how he came to be like he was."

  5. Alton Towers premieres new ride

    Derby Telegraph

    The new Galactica ride has been opened at Alton Towers.  

    The new Galactica ride opens at Alton Towers today
  6. Students analyse Peak District moors samples

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Climate scientists in Manchester will be using data collected by students from The Long Eaton School to see how the moors in the Peak District are changing.

    The pupils have been taking samples and analysing them as part of British Science Week.

    It's hoped the data will help organisations such as the National Park Authority preserve the moors, which store much of the water that eventually comes out of our taps.

  7. Rams and Reds ready for reality clash

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    The atmosphere's building, there'll undoubtedly a few nerves around ... ahead of the East Midlands local derby in the Championship this weekend we're marking the occasion by simulating a game on a computer between all-time great Derby County and Nottingham Forest teams.

    Here are the two teams as chosen by former Rams midfielder Craig Ramage and ex-Forest defender Brian Laws.

    Derby County and Nottingham Forest teams for virtual football match on computer

    You can follow all the action live here.

  8. Travel: Delays in South Normanton

    BBC Travel

    A medical emergency is partially blocking the B6019 Alfreton Road in South Normanton around the Market Street junction.

  9. Toddler death trial: Social workers considered intervention

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A court heard social workers discussed taking a toddler into care when it emerged the stepfather had reportedly threatened to set fire to the family flat in Burton, less than a month before the child died.   

    A jury at Birmingham Crown Court was told that despite concerns about domestic abuse it was decided 21-month-old Ayeeshia Jane Smith would stay with her mother Kathryn Smith while they investigated further.  

    Ayeeshia Jane Smith

    Ms Smith, 23, and her partner Matthew Rigby, 22, both from Nottingham, deny murder, allowing or causing a child's death and child cruelty. The trial continues.

  10. Redknapp outlines role with Rams

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Harry Redknapp has given his first press conference as a football adviser with Derby County.

    He said he was impressed that the Rams were owned by an Englishman who loved the club.

    Harry Redknapp
  11. St Patrick's Day in Derby

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    In case you'd forgotten, today is St Patrick's Day. Here's how The White Horse in Derby is celebrating.

    The White Horse
  12. Your photos: Misty scene in Mickleover

    We've had a fair variety of weather in recent weeks and this photograph taken in Mickleover by our Weather Watcher WeatherWoz captures the wintry feeling.


    And you're welcome to email your comments, questions and photos throughout the day, or get in touch on our Facebook page or via Twitter.

  13. Redknapp: 'I won't be signing players'

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County's new football adviser Harry Redknapp has been talking to the media.

    He said: "The chairman spoke to Darren [Wassall] and he was quite happy for me to come in.

    Harry Redknapp

    "I'll sit in the stand. I'm not going to run down to the dug out or have a hotline to the touch line."

    "I'm not Director of Football. I won't be bringing any players in, I won't be making any signings." 

  14. Derby woman launches campaign for workers with cancer

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A new campaign to protect the working rights of the terminally ill is being spearheaded by a woman from Derbyshire.

    Jacci Woodcock, who's dying from cancer, says her employer tried to force her out of her job following her diagnosis.

    Jacci Woodcock

    She's now determined to stop others going through the same and is working with the TUC in the Midlands.

  15. Rams pair up for award

    Nigel Cash

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County's Jeff Hendrick and Cyrus Christie are contenders for the Republic of Ireland young international player of the year award.

    Hendrick won the accolade last year and along with Christie has become further established in the Republic's squad over the past 12 months.

    Jeff Hendrick

    The third player on the shortlist is Norwich City's Robbie Brady.