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

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By Sandish Shoker

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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.

Weather: Rain continues

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

Cloudy with showery rain continuing to move eastwards, occasionally heavy although as it’s showery there’ll be some drier spells at times. 

Gentle to moderate southerly breeze with highs around 14C (57F).


Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Dog walker has to 'be careful' of needles

Keith Dakin who walks his dog near the Friar Gate Goods Yard site every day said he often saw people taking drugs.

He said his dog had almost stood on used needles two or three times so they had to be "very careful".

Keith Dakin

He added: "It's a shame. I don't know why they come up to this area."

Needles left around site

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This is an example of some of the rubbish that's been found on the old Friar Gate Goods Yard site in Derby, with syringes and needles left behind by drug users.


Police to clean up around city drug spot

BBC Radio Derby

Derbyshire's police and crime commissioner Hardyal Dhinsa has promised to clean up an area around the old Friar Gate Goods Yard in Derby city centre, which has become a regular sport for drugs users.

The secluded derelict land is overgrown and littered with needles and syringes.

Friar gate

A6 work finishes early

Injured trio could return for Rams

BBC Derby Sport

Derby County Manager Nigel Pearson says Johnny Russell, Abdoul Camara and James Wilson could help freshen the Rams line-up for their trip to Cardiff tomorrow evening. 

Wilson suffered a knock to his knee at Bristol City 10 days ago, while Camara and Russell haven't been involved in five matches.

Ramage answers your questions

Former England U21 and Derby County footballer Craig Ramage faced your questions.

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Bike death: Judge 'balanced justice and mercy'

Jo Healey

East Midlands Today

Judge Jonathan Bennett said he had to "balance justice and mercy" in sentencing Haywood.

"There are no winners in this particular case," he said.

GoPro and cash stolen in burglary

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A GoPro camera and cash were stolen from a house in Littleover, Derby last Tuesday.

It happened some time between 07:30 and 16:15 when thieves smashed the glass panel to the back door then reached inside and used the key in the lock to open the door, before ransacking the house.

Lorry driver caused cyclist's death

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Cyclist Louise Wright was killed in the accident two years ago.

During the trial, the jury heard how Haywood was stopped at the lights on Lower Parliament Street when Miss Wright cycled down the left side of his lorry and waited near the front of his vehicle.

Jurors were told it is not illegal for a cyclist to come up the inside of a lorry, but the Highway Code recommends not to do so.

Louise Wright
Family handout

Merlin 'The most reputable operator in this field'

Phil Mackie

Midlands correspondent, BBC News

Merlin Entertainments is currently defending its character saying it is regarded as "the most reputable operator in this field".

Barrister Simon Antrobus says it is a "good organisation. It made a serious failing, but otherwise is of good character".

He added: "The company has got the message, knows what it did wrong and is putting things right."

Alton Towers crash

The sentence could run through until tomorrow.

Alton Towers sentencing: Firm apologises

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The lawyer for Alton Towers has issued a company apology in court to Smiler crash victims, saying owners Merlin Entertainments are "a good organisation".

Alton Towers
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Driver avoids jail for crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Adam Haywood has been handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He has also been banned from driving for two years, handed 150 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £1,500 in costs.

Driver guilty of cyclist death

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The driver of a brewery lorry has been found guilty of causing the death of a cyclist in Nottingham by driving carelessly. 

Louise Wright, who was 29, was cycling to work two years ago when she was dragged under the lorry at the junction of Lower Parliament Street and Pennyfoot Street. 

Adam Haywood
Nottingham Post

This afternoon, the jury at Derby Crown Court has found Adam Haywood, 31 from Whitwell, Derbyshire guilty. He'll be sentenced later today.  

Pair in court over man's death

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Craig Nelson was also known to many people as Craig Preston.

Seven people have now been arrested in connection with his death.

A man and a woman, Mohammed Bashir, 41, and Leonie Mason, 23, both from Huddersfield were previously charged with murder and are due to to appear at Sheffield Crown Court tomorrow.

Women say 'seemed a coincidence' husbands had same illness

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

One of the widows told BBC East Midlands Today she "couldn't understand how two work mates in their 60s could suffer from the same brain tumour during the same time."

They both said it "seemed a coincidence" for it to happen. 

Neville and Martin

Widows question whether plant gave husbands cancer

East Midlands Today

Two Derbyshire widows are trying to find out if their husbands' deaths from a rare, aggressive brain cancer were caused by working at a world-renowned chemical plant. 

Audrey and Jacqui's husbands were electricians at Staveley Chemicals, near Chesterfield, which is now shut.

Staveley deaths

Neville and Martin both worked as electricians at the plant and both died from gliomas. 

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Watch: Truck fire holds up Heanor traffic

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Jason Tedford has sent us this video of the fire in Heanor.

He said: "It is holding traffic up in both directions on Church Street."

Truck on fire in Heanor

He said he saw the truck on the side of the road "smoking a bit" but by the time he got out to see if he could help "it just caught fire in the engine bay".  

Alton Towers sentencing: What's happened so far

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The Health and Safety Executive is putting its case forward at Stafford Crown Court against the owners of Alton Towers following last year's Smiler crash. Here's what's happened so far:

  • The 16 victims injured in the crash are in court for the hearing
  • The Health and Safety Executive has opened its case against Merlin Entertainments, the owners of Alton Towers
  • The prosecution says a train stalled, engineers overode the computer and a 16-seater carriage crashed into a stationary one
  • HSE says the crash wasn't the fault of employees but the employers - the individuals followed procedures but they were wrong
  • The hearing is scheduled to last two days

'Lovely how community comes together' says fundraiser

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Lynne Sansom, from Risley, Derbyshire is a friend of Josh Boothman's family and set up the fundraising page.

She said Josh's father Mark hoped to give some of the donation to "charities close to Josh's heart".

She said: "It's lovely the community has come together. The support for the family has been overwhelming at this difficult and devastating time."

Tributes after teenage river death

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Tributes have been paid to a 13-year-old boy who drowned in the River Erewash on Saturday afternoon. 

Josh Boothman was with a friend when he fell in at Stapleford.

Josh Boothman
Kate Sermon

A fundraising page set up to help pay for memorial costs reached its £2,000 target within 10 hours of being set up over the weekend.

County loses 90-year largest cabbage record

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Time to mourn, Derbyshire...

We've lost the title for the heaviest red cabbage, held by Mr R Straw from Staveley, Derbyshire, since 1925.

David Thomas
Malvern Autumn Show

David Thomas, from Cornwall presented the 23.2kg (51.1lbs) vegetable at this year's National Giant Vegetable Championships.  

Train passengers share memories of children's home

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The train journey took place for more than 50 years, from Friar Gate station in Derby to the charity's home in Skegness to allow children from underprivileged backgrounds to have a holiday by the sea.

Harold Hutchinson, 94, who went on this weekend's trip said it "brought back a lot of memories" from when he used to go in the 1930s. 

"I had never been away from Derby then and going to Skegness was like going to a foreign land."

Trip marks 125 years of Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre

More than 300 passengers have recreated a trip from Derby to the Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre in Skegness.

Pulled by the steam locomotive Scots Guardsman the journey was part of the charity's 125th anniversary celebrations.  

Travel: Heanor street closed by fire

BBC Travel

Church Street in Heanor is closed in both directions because of a lorry on fire.

The road is shut between the Hand's Road and High Street junctions.

Man injured in Derby assault

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police are investigating an alleged assault in Derby on Friday evening after they were called to the junction of Manchester Street and Surrey Street at 22.50 where a 29-year-old man had been seriously injured.

Officers say they're particularly keen to speak to three people who were standing on Surrey Street at the time and a man and a woman who were walking past with a dog.

Victims in court for sentencing

The case is being heard at Stafford Crown Court and all the victims have now arrived to hear the sentencing.

Two women each lost a leg and three others were seriously injured when their rollercoaster carriage collided with a stationary carriage on the same track.  

Alton Towers victims

Daniel Thorpe (left) from Buxton, Derbyshire was one of those who received serious injuries.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Plans are likely to be approved later this week for the first authorised traveller site in Ashbourne
  • Bosses at Alton Towers are in court this morning to be sentenced over the Smiler rollercoaster crash last year which seriously injured five people
  • Rams manager Nigel Pearson has been critical of his side's performance as they sit in the Championship relegation zone today

Alton Towers bosses in court over Smiler crash

Bosses at Alton Towers are in court this morning to be sentenced over the Smiler rollercoaster crash which seriously injured five people.

The owners have been warned to expect a "very large fine" over the collision, which happened in June last year. 

Smiler ride
West Midlands Ambulance Service

An investigation found human error was to blame.

Merlin Attractions has admitted the health and safety breach and its barrister told the previous hearing in April the company accepted additional measures could have been taken to guard against safety risks. 

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J29 for A617 and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down bin lorry.

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Coach picks up award for third time

BBC Derby Sport

Success for Adam Peaty's coach.

Mel Marshall - from the City of Derby Swimming Club - has been named the British Swimming Coaches Association 'coach of the year' for the third year in a row. 

Mel Marshall

Peaty won gold at the Rio Olympics and Mel Marshall also coached Lewis White to bronze at the Paralympics.

Support grows to save city's light railway

Derby Telegraph

The Derby Telegraph says a businessman's plans to save Markeaton Park's Light Railway has received huge support.

Thousands enjoy Derbyshire Day

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Yesterday's Derbyshire Day at Kedleston Hall was said to be the biggest ever with more than 10,000 people attending.

Warren Elkes from Mickleover Derby sent us this photo.

Derbyshire Day
Warren Elkes

Council hopes to reduce tensions with authorised sites

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The council hopes by building these authorised travellers sites it will reduce the number of unauthorised camps appearing and will help reduce tensions between communities.

The meeting to make a final decision on the plans isn't until Thursday though, so we'll bring you an update later in the week.