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  1. Updates for Friday 26 August 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

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 on Tuesday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.    

  2. Weather: Cooler night expected

    BBC Weather

    A mainly dry and slightly cooler night with a few mist or fog patches forming towards dawn.  

  3. Snake surprise for Severn Trent staff

    Severn Trent Water encountered this snake at Carnfield Sewerage Pumping Station.


    The firm said: "With some extra care and attention it was set free unharmed."

  4. Airport 'set to see 90,000 passengers'

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    East Midlands Airport is preparing for one of its busiest weekends of the year - with more than 90,000 passengers expected to travel through it this bank holiday weekend.

    Off anywhere nice? 

    East Midlands Airport
  5. 'Large amount of gold' stolen in burglary

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    A "large amount" of gold jewellery has been stolen after a house in Kenilworth Avenue, Normanton, was burgled yesterday afternoon between 13:45 and 15:50.

    Six gold necklaces, five gold rings, eight gold earrings and 13 gold bangles were among the items stolen. 

  6. New dog features in police recruitment drive

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Today is National Dog Day - because no day is sacred. 

    Derbyshire Police have been showing off their newest recruit, Skye, in a bid for people to "follow her lead" and join the force.

    I think the whole world sees what you did there, Derbyshire Police...

  7. 'Mystery judges' to visit Food and Drink finalists

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Each establishment will be visited by mystery judges, who will assess them on food, drinks, overall atmosphere and customer service.

    Marketing Derby managing director John Forkin said the finalists were whittled down from more than 2,200 nominations.

    I am truly envious of those judges... 

  8. Derby Food and Drink Awards finalists revealed

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    The winners will be announced at a ceremony in October.

    Derby Food and Drink Awards graphic
  9. 'No pigeon motive' behind benches removal

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    However, the shopping centre has said the main reason for removing the benches was not to tackle the pigeon issue, but to make the church adjacent to the entrance more accessible. 

  10. Mo' benches mo' (pigeon) problems

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    I'm sure plenty of you will have seen a report from the Burton Mail about pigeons "terrorising" the town - with one bird snatching a bacon sandwich from a child.

    Well, BBC Radio Derby has been out to talk to shoppers - who say fewer benches will mean fewer pigeons.

    Seating outside Coopers Square Shopping Centre has been removed after it was reported people were sitting on the benches and feeding birds.

  11. 'So, the thing is, boss...'

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Right, that's my excuse sorted for a lovely four-month break...

  12. Rams fan trying to reclaim record

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    One of the many fans that will be in attendance at tonight's Burton v Derby match will be Ed Wood, a Derby County supporter originally from Quarndon. 

    He is trying to reclaim the record for seeing a league match at every English football league ground in the fewest days - and has taken four months off work to try to win it back.

    Mr Wood held the record more than 20 years ago.

    Ed Wood
  13. Police release 'distinctive helmet' image

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a Co-op have released a stock image of a "distinctive helmet" worn by one of the suspects.

    The helmet is a RST Cobra Vent red and silver helmet with some black detailing in the pattern. It has the RST logo in the centre above the visor and has silver stars on it.

    It was worn for the duration of the robbery by one of two men who demanded cash and cigarettes from staff at the Co-op, in Draycott Road, Sawley.

    RST Cobra Vent red and silver helmet
  14. Injured friend 'still in shock'

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    In a Facebook posting, Mr Porter (below) said: "I'm truly devastated and heartbroken about what has happened and I'm still in shock. 

    "Never thought I'd be heading back through that airport without Mia. I'd appreciate if everyone just gave me some time to myself for a while and I will get through all my inbox gradually."

    Chris Porter
  15. Injured friend 'devastated' after backpacker death

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    A friend of a backpacker who was stabbed to death has spoken of his devastation after being caught up in the attack.

    Chris Porter, from Kent, has been discharged from hospital after reportedly damaging both ankles when he jumped from a second-storey window to flee the knifeman.

    Mia Ayliffe-Chung (below), 21, was killed in the attack at the Shelley's Backpackers accommodation in Australia.

    Mia Ayliffe-Chung

    Smail Ayad, 29, has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of serious animal cruelty and 12 counts of serious assault. 

    His case was adjourned after he failed to appear in court as "he had caused a disturbance".

  16. Your views: Council are 'pathetic'

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Julia has got in touch over the Christmas lights saga.

    "The powers that be at Derby City Council are pathetic," she writes.

    "There is an old expression….'first impressions last'. When folk approach a town/city, the first impressions stay in the memory.

    "A small investment in flowers/Xmas lights brings its own rewards. Anyone seen Ilkeston's Xmas lights? People flock into the town to see them."

    Thanks for getting in touch, Julia. Anyone else agree/disagree? Here's the email again.

  17. Traders 'unhappy' after Christmas lights U-turn

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    As we reported yesterday, the Christmas lights in Derby are now going to happen - but the St Peter's Quarter area of the city won't have as many, and shop owners are not pleased.

    Derby City Council previously said it couldn't afford the lights, but now said it will pay £35,000 from its "reserves".

    Who else would love a cool £35,000 just sitting around in "reserves"? And what were they saving it for? Let me know your thoughts.

    Christmas lights
  18. Two murder arrests after moorland body find

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of Craig Nelson - also known as Craig Preston - was discovered on the moors off the A628 at Woodhead Tunnels.

    Mr Nelson, 34, from Wath-Upon-Dearne, Rotherham, was found on Monday at about 11:00.

    Craig Nelson

    A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of head injuries.

    A 41-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were arrested in Sheffield and remain in custody.

  19. Latest headlines for Derbyshire

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    • Backpacker murder accused's case adjourned
    • Football club to play after suspension
    • Owen Smith says Labour has 'zero chance' with Jeremy Corbyn
    • Burton take on close rivals Derby County
  20. Burton Albion v Derby County preview

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Here's more on tonight's clash between the Brewers and the Rams - the first-ever competitive match between the sides, despite just 13 miles separating them.

    Within the piece, it's reported that Burton Albion captain John Mousinho is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

    That name reminds me of a certain Special One...

    Jose Mourinho