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  1. Updates for Wednesday 21 September 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Alex Smith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates for Derbyshire have now ended but we'll be back tomorrow with all your news, travel, weather and sport from 08:00.   

  2. Weather: Dry night expected

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Tonight will be a dry and cloudy night and it'll be a little warmer than recent nights, with lows of 13C (55F).

    Tomorrow will be overcast and drizzly first thing, but this should clear ahead of another mainly cloudy day with sunny spells in the afternoon.

  3. Latest headlines for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Here's one final recap of our top stories:

    • A petition to save a Derbyshire hospital has been taken to Downing Street
    • Derbyshire County Council is relaxing its rules on children being taken on holiday during term-time
    • Knife crime in Derbyshire has risen by 17% over the past year
  4. Man 'robbed as he walked to work'

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    A 29-year-old man was robbed by three men as he walked to work, Derbyshire Police said.

    The victim was walking on Normanton Road between 05:00 and 06:00 on 14 September when he was approached by three men near the junction with Moore Street.

    One of them asked him a question but when the victim said he did not understand, the man punched him several times. A gold chain was then yanked from his neck and the three offenders ran off.

    The victim was not seriously hurt.

  5. 'Heavy rain' stops play in Worcestershire

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Derbyshire are 15-0 after the home side declared on 475-7.

    Something tells me Derbyshire will finish the season without a win...

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  6. Facebook: Derbyshire school holidays fines 'a poor result'


    I don't normally give you a second bite of the cherry when it comes to Facebook - but an awful lot of people are having their say on the Derbyshire school holidays fines story.

    Tim Brown wrote: "Poor result. There is no excuse for taking kids out of school for holidays. We all know travel companies hike the prices. They always have done. Just accept it. Either pay or holiday cheaper. Plenty of time to go abroad once they have left education. And by the way. Yes I am a father!"

    Andrew Bundy said: "Never quite understood why each request wasn't considered based on individual circumstances. 6 year old child has 100% attendance with excellent progress and the parents want to take him on holiday missing the last two days of term (watching a disney movie and throwing sand at classmates) and there is potentially a fine for it. 

    "My son's school had a zero tolerance for holiday requests, why? the child doesn't stop learning when they go on holiday, the world doesn't stop."

  7. Hunt on for £56,250 deputy PCC

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    A recruitment campaign has begun for a deputy to Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa - who will command a salary of £56,250 per annum.

    Previously a deputy himself, Mr Dhindsa wants someone "passionate and committed".

    The successful candidate will be required to travel extensively throughout Derbyshire "to elicit public views on policing and community safety while raising awareness of the the work of the commissioner’s office."

    Sound good? Apply here.

  8. Man, 61, appears in court over 'child sex offences'

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    A 61-year-old man has appeared in court charged with sexual offences against children.

    Andrew Wilson, of Baslow Road, Bakewell, appeared at Derby Magistrates' Court yesterday after being accused of sexually abusing three children in the city between 1977 and 1985.

    Derby Magistrates' Court

    Mr Wilson is charged with nine counts of sexual assault against three girls - who were all under the age of 16 at the time, Derbyshire Police said.

    He was bailed and is due at Derby Crown Court on 18 October.

  9. Honey expert snares thief in 'sting operation'

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Looks like the Derbyshire Times had some fun with this court case...

  10. Keeper Mitchell out to challenge Carson

    BBC Sport

    In other Derby County news...

    Keeper Jonathan Mitchell is determined to prove he can provide strong competition for Scott Carson's place in goal.

    Jonathan Mitchell
  11. Arrest after house fire hits six people and baby

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after seven people - including a baby - were treated following a house fire.

    Emergency services were called to Church Street in Shirland at about 06:50 this morning.

    Seven people were treated "for the effects of smoke inhalation" but there were no serious injuries, Derbyshire Police said.

    Church Street, Shirland

    The arrested man, 35, was detained under the Mental Health Act and has now been bailed.

    A fire investigation is ongoing.

  12. Facebook: Another break for teachers?


    You've been reacting to the Derbyshire holiday fines story on Facebook.

    Looks like Peter Wrobel isn't chuffed with the amount of time teachers get off every year...

    He wrote: "So if the majority [of parents] take their kids out for the same fortnight the teachers will get another 2 week break."

    What do you think?

  13. Police attack 'stupid vandalism'

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Officers have hit out at "mindless and stupid vandalism" to a number of fence panels running alongside a property in Hadfield.

    Damage was caused to the panels in Northbrook Close between 21:40 and 21:50 on Friday.

    A man, described as white, aged in his 20s with dark clothing on, was seen in the area at the time of the incident.

  14. Rams boss accepts 'gulf in class'

    BBC Sport

    Here's how Derby manager Nigel Pearson reacted to last night's 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.

    "I would be first to accept there is a gulf in class, and where we are and where we aspire to be is a considerable difference," he said.

    "All of the goals had an element of we could have done better, so that is frustrating. Mistakes cost you dearly against sides like this. After that it is damage limitation to make sure it is not an embarrassment."

    Nigel Pearson
  15. Hippodrome's demolition plan sparked protests

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    People protested in the spring when the Hippodrome's owners asked for permission to demolish the building. 

    Permission was granted by Amber Valley Borough Council but the work was never carried out.

  16. Hippodrome 'could become community hall'

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Ripley town councillors are considering whether to try to buy the disused Hippodrome building and turn it into a community hall. 

    They've appointed building consultants to study the plan, as well as the alternative location of the former church hall on Moseley Street. The consultants are expected to have completed their work in a month. 

  17. Derby soundly beaten by Liverpool

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

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    Not that shocking really, is it? Derby County, struggling in 20th in the Championship, lost to in-form Premier League outfit Liverpool last night in the League Cup.

    Ragnar Klavan, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi got the goals for the away side.