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  1. Updates for Thursday 18 August 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Alex Smith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Derbyshire have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.    

  2. Weather: Sunny end to Thursday

    Kay Crewdson

    BBC weather presenter

    Remaining dry with variable amounts of cloud and some sunny spells to end the day.

    Highs of 24C (75F) and a gentle easterly breeze.

  3. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Here's our final round-up of headlines for today:

    • East Midlands Airport is to close for several weekends this winter to allow the runway to be resurfaced
    • Thousands of students across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire have been collecting their A-level results
    • Cricket: Derbyshire all-rounder Shiv Thakor is ruled out for the rest of the season with a back injury
  4. Tributes to 'brave and forgiving' Ralph


    You've been reacting to our story on three-legged dog Ralph who is looking for a new home after being neglected.

    Sue Waterfall Was Hall wrote: "What a brave and forgiving dog, being treated so badly, what poor Ralph must have gone through but has fought back with courage to trust humans again and play. I hope he finds a loving home he so deserves."

    Marie Llewelyn said: "omg, how can anyone hurt dogs like this, it is heartbreaking."   

  5. Thakor's season ended by back injury

    BBC Sport

    Derbyshire all-rounder Shiv Thakor has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a stress fracture of his back.

    Shiv Thakor
  6. Police pledge to tackle 101 problems

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Derbyshire Police said it's working hard to resolve problems with its 101 non-emergency number.

    It comes after some callers have been experiencing a delay in getting through - or have been cut off during the conversation.

    Assistant Chief Constable Chris Haward said: "I would ask for your patience while we do everything we can to resolve the problem as quickly as possible."

    The 999 number has not been affected.

  7. Travel: M1 delays

    BBC Travel

    A lane is closed on the M1 southbound between J28 and J27 because of debris on the road. 

  8. Full story: Teenager given three-year deal

    BBC Sport

    Derby County

    More here on the news that teenage midfielder Timi Max Elsnik has signed a new three-year contract with the Rams.

  9. Students celebrate A-level success

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Students and staff at Tupton Hal's sixth form have been captured celebrating A-level results day.

    Well done everyone, you can breathe now.

    Students celebrate A-level results
    Students celebrate A-level results
  10. Quiz trips up Labour candidates

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Well Francesca, neither candidate covered themselves in glory yesterday - if you want to judge them by their knowledge of popular culture...

    Video content

    Video caption: Quiz trips up Labour candidates Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith
  11. Labour supporter 'more comfortable' at Tory conference

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    "I would feel more comfortable going to a Conservative conference saying I'm a Labour supporter than going to the Labour party conference saying I'm an Owen Smith supporter," Mrs Hannay said.

    Mr Corbyn said members should not have to experience that. 

    Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith
  12. Labour supporter 'afraid' to admit she is anti-Corbyn

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    A Derby Labour supporter has told BBC Radio Derby she feels afraid to admit she doesn't support Jeremy Corbyn.

    Francesca Hannay spoke at a debate between Mr Corbyn and Owen Smith - the other contender in the Labour leadership contest. 

  13. Soggy day tomorrow?

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Thanks Alexandra, not like I've got to drive to Coventry and then Bristol tomorrow...

  14. East Midlands weather: Dry tonight, rain tomorrow

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be mostly dry but fairly cloudy. Tomorrow, a band of rain will move west to east - expect wet and breezy conditions for much of the day with heavier pulses of rain potentially causing tricky driving conditions.

  15. 'No injuries' after building's partial collapse

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    BBC Radio Derby is at the scene of the Slack Lane waste site after part of a building there collapsed.

    They say there have been no reports of any injuries.

    Slack Lane recycling site in Derby
  16. Ralph's previous owners sentenced

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Paula Watson and Andrew James, both of St Michael's Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, were sentenced at Mansfield Magistrates' Court last week after being found guilty in their absence of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and duty of person responsible for animal to ensure welfare.

    Watson received an eight-week suspended sentence, was ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £250 in costs.

    James was handed an immediate eight-week prison sentence and ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge. Both were disqualified from keeping animals for life.

  17. Neglected three-legged dog seeking new home

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    An 11-month-old dog who had to have his leg amputated after being neglected by his previous owners is being looking after in Derby while he tries to find a new home.

    Ralph, a Staffordshire bull terrier cross, was rescued from a home in Nottinghamshire by an RSPCA inspector in February. 

    He had a fractured left back leg, three broken ribs and a fractured pelvis which had gone untreated for at least 10 days. It's not known for certain how he sustained the injuries.

    Video content

    Video caption: Neglected three-legged dog in Derby seeking new home

    He's currently at the RSPCA's Derby branch in Abbey Street.    

  18. Campaigners criticise Peak tunnel plans

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Halved journey times? Brilliant...right?

    But The Campaign for Better Transport has hit out at the plans, saying the tunnel would increase pollution.

    Bridget Fox, from the group, said: "The enormous sums of money and expertise being spent on this speculative exercise would be better used on proven solutions and improving everyday travel."

    Woodhead Pass
    Image caption: The scheme envisages tunnelling under the Woodhead Pass
  19. Peak tunnel route plans announced

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Five possible routes for a tunnel that would bore through the Peak District between Sheffield and Manchester have been unveiled.

    The Department for Transport (DfT) said the tunnel could halve journey times between the two cities.

    Proposed tunnel routes
  20. Rams boss tight-lipped on transfers

    BBC Sport

    Nigel Pearson, now addressing the media, has not given anything away regarding potential transfers.

    "In regards to our transfer speculation, we'll make statements when it's appropriate," he said.

    "I have already said we'll add players if they're the right players. I'm trying to improve the quality here." 

    Nigel Pearson