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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 31 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

    Today's updates have now come to an end. We'll be back at 08:00 on Friday.

  2. Weather: Clear night with chance of frost

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Any scattered cloud will disperse leaving a clear night so frost is expected, especially in rural areas, with lows elsewhere of 3C (37F).

    Weather temperatures for 7am on Friday April 1

    Cloud will increase over the course of the day tomorrow, but again plenty of sunny spells with highs of 11C (52F).

  3. Rams midfielder won't feature in Cardiff clash

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Championship football resumes this weekend after the international break, and Derby County held their media conference today ahead of the trip to Cardiff.

    Midfielder Will Hughes won't be involved as he works his way towards full fitness after a serious knee injury.

    Will Hughes

    The Rams have no fresh injury concerns.

  4. Latest headlines for Derbyshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a reminder of our top stories this afternoon:

    • The council is closing Moorways Swimming Pool and switching off several water features in Derby
    • Ken Clarke is accused of being "unhelpful" during regional devolution negotiations
    • Derby County are unlikely to risk Will Hughes against Cardiff City this weekend
  5. Travel: Delays after crash in Clowne

    BBC Travel

    The A618 Rotherham Road in Clowne is partially blocked by an overturned car.

  6. Vox: Moorways Pool closes to public

    Navtej Johal

    East Midlands Today reporter

    Earlier today, users of Moorways Swimming Pool told me what they thought about it being closed by the council.

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    Video caption: Users of Moorways Swimming Pool react to the venue's closure
  7. Brewers likely to make changes

    BBC Derby Sport

    Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough says midfielder Robbie Weir and defender Shane Cansdell Sherriff are pushing for recalls to the starting line-up against Bury on Saturday.

    Robbie Weir

    Both players have spent the past few games on the bench but Clough admits he probably should have started Weir against Millwall on Easter Monday.

  8. Clarke denies he's to blame for devolution deadlock

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    An MP has denied being responsible for the failure of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire's plans for an elected mayor.

    Ken Clarke was one of a handful of MPs who council leaders said had been unhelpful.

    Ken Clarke

    Mr Clarke says he has spoken to ministers about his concerns, but can't be blamed for the deal being in trouble.  

  9. Man dies after car struck tree

    BBC Radio Derby

    A man has died in East Staffordshire after the car he was driving hit a tree. 

    The victim was confirmed dead at the scene in Hollington Road at Croxden earlier today.

  10. 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:

  11. Royal wedding cake could make up to £100

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    More on that relic of Queen Victoria's wedding now. The cake was found in a small envelope which had "a piece of Queen Victoria's wedding cake" written on it.

    Auctioneer Charles Hanson said: "Although it may not have intrinsic value, it has great historical worth and we hope it will sell like hot cakes."  

    A piece of Queen Victoria's wedding cake

    Hanson's reveals that Queen Victoria's wedding cake weighed in at an impressive 300lbs, measured three yards in circumference and cost more than £100.

  12. Your views: Waterfall switched off

    Facebook

    Booing accompanied the moment the water was switched off at Derby city centre's waterfall.

    Water feature in Derby city centre runs dry to save council money

    On Facebook, Sam Beighton commented: "Oh great so instead of a waterfall we have a big chunk of nothingness doing nothing... Brilliant,, come to derby, see our nothingness.""

  13. New leader for Derby Lib Dems

    BBC Radio Derby

    The leader of Derby's Liberal Democrats is standing down to devote more time to other interests within the community.

    Hilary Jones has worked at the city council for 16 years and represents the Mickleover ward.

    Councillor Ruth Skelton will be taking over as Liberal Democrat group leader. 

  14. Royal wedding cake up for grabs

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Are you feeling peckish? Well, a piece of what is reputed to be Queen Victoria's wedding cake from 1840 is going under the hammer in South Derbyshire tomorrow.

    Piece of Queen Victoria's wedding cake which is due to be auctioned in Derbyshire

    The not-so-appetising fragments were discovered by auctioneer Charles Hanson wrapped up in parchment in a chest and are expected to attract offers up to £100.

  15. Two boys rob eight-year-old girl

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    An eight-year-old girl has been robbed by two boys in Derby as she made her way home from a shop.

    The victim was leaving the Premier store in Clarence Road when she was followed by two boys who had been standing outside the store.

    One stopped and threatened her before taking cash out of her hand and pushing her to the ground.

  16. Boos as waterfall turned off to save money

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    This was the moment as the waterfall sculpture in Derby Market Place was reduced to a trickle as it was switched off as a cost-cutting measure by the council.

    Water feature is switched off in derby city centre

    There were a few jeers from a small crowd of onlookers as the flow of water was halted earlier today.

  17. Rams losses within fair play rules

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County's £10.1m loss comes despite the club achieving another record year of ticketing and commercial revenue.

    The net spend in the transfer market was nearly £4m. The club has repaid the £15m mortgage on the iPro Stadium and spent £7.5m on its Moor Farm academy.

    Derby County's Moor Farm training ground

    For the purposes of the Football League financial fair play rules, Derby's loss was £5.6m which is well within the FFP limit.

  18. Rams reveal £10m losses

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County have announced a loss of £10.1m for the year to June 2015.

    Ipro Stadium

    The losses increased from £7m the previous season when the Rams missed out on the play-offs and there was a 32% increase in the wage bill to £21.8m.