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

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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: Cloudy night with rain

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    A band of rain will move across the region overnight before clearing in the early hours, with lows of 7C (45F) in urban areas, but cooler in rural locations.

    Weather temperatures for 7am on Saturday April 2

    It’ll be a bright start for most tomorrow, but the cloud will increase with the chance of some isolated showers and highs of 13C (55F).  

  3. Council: No decision yet on refugees in Derby

    Here's more from Derby City Council after we asked whether it would be looking to house Syrian refugees in the future.

    In a statement, it said: "We have not committed to being part of the Syrian vulnerable person relocation scheme as yet, because we are mindful that Derby already has a heavy concentration of asylum seekers in the city.

    "We are still evaluating how we might support new arrivals to the city and integrate them into the wider community of Derby. Any decision to get involved with this scheme will be made in the context of local capacity.”

  4. Reunion strikes a chord with former school pupils

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Members of a school choir have been reunited on BBC Radio Derby 35 years after performing on Top of the Pops.

    The Children of Tansley School got to number 27 in the charts with the song My Mummy is One in a Million.

    BBC Radio Derby reunited some members of the Tansley School choir who had a chart hit 35 years ago

    One of those took part, Marie Row, says it's still something that comes up in conversation.

  5. 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.

  6. New puzzle room attraction set for Derby

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    An application has been submitted to create a new visitor attraction in Derby.

    The escape room game centre would be built next to The Spot.

    The Spot

    The architectural plans have been submitted to the city council and include a secret room, the location of which is revealed in the floor plan available on the council's website.  

  7. Dentists unhappy with targets

    East Midlands Today

    A new survey by the British Dental Association has found 95% of dentists in the East Midlands think government targets are failing patients in most need.

    More than 86% also said the current system is restricting them from undertaking preventative work.

  8. Brewers loanee 'has big part to play'

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough says on-loan Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker will have a big part to play between now and the end of the League One season.

    Tyler Walker

    The 19-year-old made his Brewers debut in the 2-0 defeat at Millwall, having only linked up with his new team-mates 24 hours before Easter Monday's game.

  9. Boy with autism to ring cathedral bells

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    So Derby Cathedral will turn blue tomorrow to tie in with World Autism Awareness Day.

    Marie Whittaker's son, Sam, has autism and will ring the cathedral's bells for the event.

    Derby Cathedral lit up previously for Derby Festival of Light

    She said: "Life is very difficult and although you can't see it as it doesn't look like a physical disability, it's very difficult and very hard work just getting the family to function."

  10. Cathedral to change colour as mark of respect

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    And this isn't an April Fools' Day story either ... Derby Cathedral will be lit up in blue to mark world autism awareness day tomorrow.

    Derby Cathedral

    It's hoped it will improve understanding of the condition which affects people's ability to interact with others.

  11. Taxi driver racially abused in Derby

    BBC Radio Derby

    A taxi driver has been racially abused and had a car driven at him in Derby.

    The victim had been trying to park his taxi in the early hours of Easter Monday when he was challenged by another motorist, who shouted racial abuse at him before getting back in his car and driving it at the victim.

    There was a minor collision, although the victim wasn't seriously injured, and the car was then driven off towards Traffic Street.

  12. City council not involved with refugee plan

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Plans are being drawn up to accommodate 50 Syrian refugee families in Derbyshire - but it seems none will be heading the city.


    A brief statement from Derby City Council says: "Derby has not taken any Syrian refugee families and the City Council does not have any involvement in the reported fifty families that are coming to Derbyshire.”  

  13. Weather: Cloud to be followed by rain

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    It's likely to remain cloudy this afternoon, with highs of 12C (54F). We could see rain pushing in this evening too.

    Weather temperatures for Friday April 1 to Saturday 2
  14. Gun boy 'sometimes a nice little lad'

    The second victim said the boy who fired the air pistol was a volatile character.

    He said: "Sometimes you could talk to him if you were one to one, he was a nice little lad and you could talk sensibly but then he would change and you didn't know what he was going to do next."

    The boy, now 11, was not in court for the verdict and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

  15. Boy 'blase' after firing air pistol

    One of the two victims told Derby Youth Court she felt "quite terrified" when an imitation firearm was pointed at her by a ten-year-old boy.

    The woman, whose daughter lived on the street where it happened, said she "felt very strange in the stomach. I felt out of control in the situation".

    She described the youngster as being "blase" after he fired plastic pellets from the Chinese-made 6mm air pistol.

  16. Boy guilty of firearms charge

    Navtej Johal

    East Midlands Today reporter

    A ten-year-old boy who pointed a fake gun at two people in a Derby street has been found guilty of a firearms offence.

    Derby Youth Court heard the boy, now 11, pointed the imitation firearm at two neighbours who had complained about his behaviour before firing it at a car parked across the street.

    A firearms expert said the gun was a "Chinese-made, 6mm, plastic pellet firing, soft air pistol".

  17. Wage rise hardest for small firms

    BBC Radio Derby

    The new national living wage comes into force today with some Derbyshire employers saying it will be a significant burden.

    More than 1m low-paid workers over the age of 25 will now have to be paid at least £7.20 an hour.

    The TUC has called the pay increase "good news" for eligible workers but the East Midlands' chamber of commerce says smaller companies are most likely to find the new rule harder to bear.