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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Today's Local Live updates have come to an end. We'll be back with more from 08:00 on Friday.

  2. Spark may have triggered Long Eaton explosion

    BBC Radio Derby

    Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service says an explosion at a derelict petrol station may have been caused when residual petrol fumes inside tanks below ground were ignited by a spark from equipment.

    A man in his 40s, who was working at the site on Tamworth Road, was taken to hospital with burns.

    The Heath and Safety Executive has opened an investigation and water has been pumped into the disused tanks as a precaution.

  3. Weather: Showers disperse to leave dry night

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    Showers die out this evening to leave a dry night with some clear spells and lows of 5C (41F).

    Weather temperatures for Friday April 8

    Tomorrow will be largely dry with plenty of sunny spells and highs of 11C (52F).  

  4. Man injured in explosion at former petrol station

    This is the derelict petrol station in Long Eaton where a worker suffered burns in a small explosion earlier.

    Police said the blast happened at the Tamworth Road site at about 12:30.

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    Video caption: A man suffered burns in a small explosion at a former petrol station in Long Eaton
  5. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    These are the main stories we're covering today.

    • Worker suffers burns in explosion at derelict petrol station in Long Eaton
    • Dumped chemical barrels removed from Trent Lock
    • East Midlands Ambulance Service says it is not planning to merge with its West Midlands counterpart
  6. Woman who died in A50 crash named

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Police have named a woman who died in a crash on the A50 near Blythe Bridge. Rachel Edwards, 35, from Dronfield, was a passenger in a car that was in collision with a lorry on Monday morning.

  7. Travel: Breakdown disrupts traffic on M1

    BBC Travel

    A broken down vehicle is blocking a lane on the exit slip road at J27 of the M1 northbound.

  8. Dumped chemical barrels removed

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Barrels containing a mystery chemical that were dumped at Sawley have been cleared away by the Environment Agency and the borough council this afternoon.

    It said the white substance inside the 23 barrels might be an adhesive or sealant.

    Barrels being cleared

    Local residents were warned last night to stay away from the rusting barrels, which the agency says have been moved to a safe temporary location.

  9. Police search for evidence after fight on A38

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A rolling road-block disrupted traffic on the A38 southbound at Willington earlier this afternoon as police resumed their search for evidence after a brawl earlier this week.

    The fight between two groups of men from separate pick-up trucks happened in the aftermath of a crash.

  10. Fire linked to e-cigarette on charge

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A fire in Heanor was caused by an e-cigarette being charged incorrectly, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has said. 

    Nobody was hurt in the fire at a house on Hufton's Drive this morning.

    An e-cigarette being charged incorrectly led to a small fire at a property in Heanor

    But a fire service spokeswoman says it highlights the dangers linked to having smoking materials in the home.

  11. Ambulance service's about turn over merger issue

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    East Midlands Ambulance Service's insistence it has no plans for a merger differs from what West Midlands Ambulance Service has been saying.

    Murray MacGregor, head of communications at West Midlands Ambulance Service, says: "They came to us with a couple of suggestions with NHS Improvement. We have had talks with the East Midlands. This [statement] is a definite change of tack from them."

    He went on to say: "I assume that their change of heart has come from over there. I certainly think that what they have said today is a very different story from what they have said before.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service vehicle

    "We are quite comfortable where they are. If they want to talk to us, the door is always open".

  12. EMAS denies merger plan

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    There's more on the possible merger of the East and West Midlands Ambulance Services, or what seems a denial that the issue has been discussed.

    Pauline Tagg chairs EMAS and said in a statement she's been talking to NHS Improvement about strengthening its leadership arrangements.

    She said: "This will allow us to support the existing team to deliver improved performance, quality and better manage our resources; not a merger with another trust.

    "One of these options has involved talking with West Midlands Ambulance Service about the possibility of its chief executive, Dr Anthony Marsh, working with EMAS to support us with these challenges.

    Ambulance crew with patient

    "This option and others are still being explored and discussions have not yet come to a conclusion."

  13. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a reminder of the main stories we're covering this afternoon.

  14. Watch: Day Concorde touched down in East Midlands

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    It's 20 years since Concorde landed at East Midlands Airport.

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    Video caption: Archive footage of Concorde visiting East Midlands Airport in April 1996
  15. Body in garden 'not suspicious'

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Derbyshire Police say the discovery of a body in the back garden of a house on Stenson Road in Derby isn't being treated as suspicious.

    They were called to the property at 10:45 today.  

  16. Hughes ready to return to Rams squad

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Welcome news for Rams fans next as Will Hughes is available for Saturday's Championship match at home to Bolton after recovering from a long-term knee injury.

    Head coach Darren Wassall has confirmed the midfielder is fit after coming through an U21 game at Fulham on Monday.

    Will Hughes

    Hughes hasn't played since the opening day of the season.

  17. Man suffers burns in Long Eaton blast

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A man thought to be in his 40s suffered burns in a small explosion at a derelict petrol station in Long Eaton.

    Police say he's been taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham for treatment.  

    Emergency services were called to the site on Tamworth Road shortly before 12:30 today.

    Tamworth Road was closed for a short time but is now open.

  18. Blast victim taken to hospital

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Police say they were alerted by the ambulance service to an explosion at a derelict petrol station in Long Eaton this afternoon.

    A man who was working on the Tamworth Road site was injured in the blast and taken to hospital.

    The Health and Safety Executive has been informed, police confirmed.

  19. Man hurt in explosion

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A man working on the site of a former petrol station in Long Eaton has been injured in a small explosion.

    Police say he's been taken to hospital following the incident which happened in Tamworth Road shortly before 12:30 today.