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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 30 September 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Alex Smith

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

Police targeting motorists who use phones while driving

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A Derbyshire Police sergeant has warned motorists in South Derbyshire who use their mobile phones that they are being targeted by police.

Sgt Graham Summers said: "We get lots of feedback from our communities that this is an issue that worries them as they see motorists driving through their towns and villages whilst using a phone."

An operation will start at the beginning of October which will involve the use of plain clothes officers deployed as spotters at various locations across the area at different times and on different days. The spotters will then indicate to a uniformed officer when someone is seen using a phone while driving.

Driver using mobile phone
PA

East Midlands weather update: Saturday afternoon showers

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

It’s been a long week but we made it! Marvellous. And the weekend weather-wise... well, if you’re heading out tonight or tomorrow night you should be fine and dry - and Sunday looks lovely too. So not all bad.

It will be a chilly, mostly dry start to tomorrow with some sunny spells. However, cloud will increase through the morning and into the afternoon, bringing showery rain. 

The rain will have the potential to be heavy at times with the risk of hail and thunder locally. However, it'll become dry and fine by the evening.

Weather Watchers: Wingerworth

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Cracking picture from Stu's walks of Wingerworth in Derbyshire.

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Wingerworth
Stu's walks

More on Peaty open top bus tour

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Tomorrow's open top bus tour will start at Peaty's home in Uttoxeter at 11:00 before stopping at The Hornbeams.

Peaty and his family are expected to arrive at the High Street at about 11:30 to 11:45 and walk to the Town Hall.

Outside the town hall, the mayor of Uttoxeter will present Peaty with a "Book of Pride" before all guests head inside for refreshments.

The tour will then resume into Market Place/Market Street and eventually return to Peaty's family home.

Adam Peaty
Getty Images

Three awarded by chief constable for tackling burglar

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Three people have been given an award by Derbyshire Police's chief constable Mick Creedon today. 

It's after they tackled a burglar to the ground in June and held him until police arrived. 

It happened in Heanor when they went to visit a family member and caught him in the act. They've been invited to the police's headquarters to receive the award.

Facebook reaction to city centre bus crash

Facebook

You've been reacting to the news that a bus has hit and knocked over a lamppost and mounted a pavement in Derby city centre - which is still blocking London Road...

Zoe Murray wrote: "Shouldn't have gone on the pavement, just lucky it was just a Lampost and not a person."

Jenni Alsbury said: "Saw it some very lucky people I think it could have been worse."

Police investigating 'assault' on girl, 13

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Police are investigating an alleged assault on a 13-year-old girl.

The incident is believed to have occurred on Butts Road, in Bakewell, between 20:30 and 21:00 on Sunday when the girl was approached by a man.

Police say he grabbed at her and pushed her over but she managed to get up and run away.

The man is described as being white, about 30 to 40 years old with short brown hair and glasses. He wore baggy jeans and drove a small red hatchback car.

The girl believes he followed her in his car as she walked along Matlock Street and King Street onto Butts Road.

Butts Road
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Burton to host Cardiff

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

And, for the sake of balance, Burton Albion will welcome Cardiff tomorrow at 15:00...

Rams set to visit Reading

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Given how much has gone on this week, you'd be forgiven for forgetting Derby County have a game this weekend...

Well, they do. And Derby will be looking to build on their away win at Cardiff when they visit the Madejski Stadium tomorrow.

Chris Powell (right) - as we confirmed earlier - will be in charge for that match after the suspension of manager Nigel Pearson (left). 

Nigel Pearson and Chris Powell
Rex Features

Two arrested after woman 'assaulted'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A teenager and a man have been arrested on suspicion of burglary after a woman was allegedly assaulted in her home.

A man reportedly entered a house in Dewchurch Drive yesterday evening via an unlocked door. Police say he went upstairs where the woman was asleep and pulled at her hair and assaulted her - leaving her with injuries to her arm and face.

The man is described as 5ft 4ins tall and was wearing a woolly hat and gloves, a waist length jacket, pale coloured jeans and trainers.

A 16-year-old boy and 40-year-old man remain in custody.

Former batsman named director of cricket

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Derbyshire have appointed former captain Kim Barnett as their new director of cricket.

The 56-year-old will lead a revamped coaching structure and is stepping down as club president to take on the role.

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Arriva 'investigating bus crash'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Simon Mathieson, area managing director for Arriva Midlands (East), confirmed one of their buses was involved in the crash.

"We are currently working with the emergency services and relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident and ensure the wellbeing of those involved," he said.

Bus crash road remains closed

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

We now have more detail on the bus crash...

Derbyshire Police say officers were called to London Road, Derby, just after 12:30 to the collision - which saw the lamppost knocked over.

The area has been cordoned off and an engineer has been sent out to fix the lamppost.

Police say there was one minor injury.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

  • Troubled NHS trust faces new criticism
  • Bus hits lamppost and mounts pavement - closing city centre road
  • Council's money management criticised by second firm of auditors
  • Conservatives hold on to Allestree after ex-councillor jailed
  • Olympic champion set for open top bus tour 

CCTV footage of five possible witnesses to 'sexual assault' released

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Police have released CCTV footage of five potential witnesses they want to speak to in relation to an alleged sexual assault.

The footage shows people using a cashpoint in Victoria Street, Derby, at about 00:30 on 17 September.

Detectives want to speak to these people - who are not suspects - about the "assault", which is believed to have occurred later.

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Cyclists keen to 'make cycling more attractive'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A group of cyclists will gather in the city centre tomorrow as part of a campaign to make riding a bike in Derby more attractive. 

It's the idea of Derby Cycling Group, which proposes having more designated space on main roads and lowering traffic speeds.

I'm not sure my car commute to work would appreciate that (as if my commute to work has feelings)...

Cycling
Thinkstock

Bus hits lamppost and mounts pavement in city centre

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A bus has hit a lamppost and mounted a pavement near Argos in Derby city centre.

Thanks to Sarah Keeling for the picture.

Argos bus crash
@sarahrkeeling

Sukhjit Singh death: Wife and 'lover' appear in court

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Here's more on the story about the wife and alleged lover of a man found dead in India - who appeared in court yesterday accused of his murder.

Sukhjit Singh, a businessman from Derby, was found with his throat slit on 2 September in Banda, Uttar Pradesh.

Police allege his wife, Ramandeep Kaur Mann, was having an affair with his childhood friend, Gurpreet Singh, and that they conspired to murder Mr Singh.

Sukhjit Singh's ancestral home
BBC

Man jailed after drink-driving for fourth time in two years

Derby Telegraph

A man who was caught drink-driving for the fourth time in less than two years has been jailed, reports the Derby Telegraph.

MP praises BBC Inside Out

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee - Iain Wright MP - has thanked the programme for its work.

"We wouldn't have been here, and we wouldn't have had any success in the select committee had it not been for... Inside Out," he said.

"Ultimately, as a result of the work of Inside Out, thousands of... workers at Sports Direct, will now start seeing their conditions improve, and their lives improve as a result."

Sports Direct has not yet commented on the BBC Trust's finding.

Iain Wright MP
BBC

BBC Trust: Birth reference 'was factually accurate'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The BBC Trust said the reference to the birth was "factually accurate" and "went no further than the known facts".

It also said Sports Direct had been given an adequate "right of reply".

Sports Direct base in Shirebrook
BBC

Sports Direct's complaints about BBC rejected

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Have a look at this for more about the BBC Trust rejecting a complaint about BBC Inside Out East Midlands by Sports Direct.

Sports Direct complained:

  • The programme referred to a member of staff giving birth in warehouse toilets, which "misled" the audience because it implied this was another example of someone coming to work when they were unfit to do so
  • The programme did not provide Sports Direct with an opportunity to respond to that "serious allegation"
Sports Direct
PA

Permanent travellers site 'agreed in principal'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Dales District councillors have agreed in principal to the building of a permanent travellers site near Ashbourne. The site is planned for Watery Lane.

Trust 'has action plan in place to improve'

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

The CQC inspection, which took place in June, found "the pace of change and ability of the senior leadership to grasp the seriousness of the deficits has not been quick enough".

It did however, rate the trust as "good" in the caring category.

The trust said it had an action plan in place to improve areas of concern.

Recap: Ex-HR director awarded £832k

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Earlier this year, former HR director Helen Marks (below) was awarded more than £800,000 after the tribunal found she had been forced out of her job after rejecting the sexual advances of then chairman of Alan Baines.

Both Mr Baines and ex-chief executive, Professor Steve Trenchard, who was also implicated in the actions against Mrs Marks, have left the organisation.

A subsequent review found failures in HR procedures and a lack of oversight for directors.

Helen Marks and her husband Peter
BBC

Troubled NHS trust faces new criticism

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

The management of a troubled NHS Trust has been rated as inadequate in a new report.

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was at the centre of a tribunal which found an employee suffered sexual discrimination from the then chairman.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has given the trust an overall "requires improvement" rating and said it lacked "robust leadership".

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
BBC

Powell: I've not spoken to Pearson

BBC Sport

Chris Powell said he has not spoken to Nigel Pearson since the Derby County manager was suspended by the club on Tuesday.  

Nigel Pearson and Chris Powell
Rex Features

Angel Trains to finance £900m rail contract

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Angel Trains has announced they will be financing a £900m deal to build 665 carriages from the Bombardier factory in Derby. 

It is part of a £1.4bn boost to rail services for passengers across East Anglia, announced by the Department for Transport in August, which was described as "the biggest investment in the railways since the Victorian era". 

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) will partner with Angel Trains to finance the contract.

Bombardier
Getty Images

East Midlands rail engineering works announced

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Train commuters - this is one for your diaries...

Services in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester will be affected while "essential engineering works" take place for a week as of tomorrow.

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Women's Royal British Legion branch closes

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Members of the Mickleover branch of the Women's Royal British Legion laid up their standard in church yesterday to officially mark their closure.

The branch has shut - along with many others across the county - in protest at the charity's plans to integrate its 30,000 members with the male section. 

Cyclist, 16, in hospital after crash

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A 16-year-old cyclist's in hospital in Nottingham after being involved in a crash with a car in Derby last night.

It happened at the junction of Burton Road and Manor Road just after 20:00. Police have appealed for witnesses.

The junction of Burton Road and Manor Road
Google

'OIympic nan' excited about Peaty bus tour

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The grandmother of Olympic swimming champion Adam Peaty said she is looking forward to tomorrow's open top bus tour of Uttoxeter to mark her grandson's gold medal winning exploits.

Mavis Williams - otherwise known as "Olympic nan" - said: "I live in a bungalow and there's 12 bungalows in our square and it's [the tour] going to stop a few minutes...so they can all see because some of them are bad on their legs, like me."

Adam Peaty and "Olympic nan" Mavis Williams
Mavis Williams

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

  • Council's money management criticised by second firm of auditors
  • Conservatives hold on to Allestree after ex-councillor jailed
  • Olympic champion set for open top bus tour

Allestree by-election results

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

And here is the breakdown of the by-election results...

Total votes cast: 3,674

Turnout: 32.8%

Conservatives: 2,006

Labour: 409

Liberal Democrats: 1,053

UKIP: 91

Green Party: 115

Conservatives hold on to Allestree

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The Conservatives have held on to Allestree - after a by-election triggered by the resignation of Richard Smalley, who won the seat in May but resigned 10 days later. It later emerged he had given a false address in order to win what was considered a safe Tory seat.

Smalley, 49, was jailed for two months last month after admitting providing a false address to an elections officer.

Ged Potter was elected following the by-election.

Richard Smalley
Derby City Council

Council 'working to resolve issues'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Derby City Council responded by saying it is conducting a wider review and working to resolve outstanding issues.

Derby City Council
BBC

Analysis: 'An authority with many issues'

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The report paints a picture of an authority with many issues: inexperienced staff, several instances of poor record keeping, problems with providing audit evidence. 

Among the potentially most worrying findings is the mention of fraud. The report highlights a number of situations, ranging from council tenants’ rent to accounting records - where poor financial management has created an opportunity for fraud to be perpetrated.

In one instance, the police were asked to investigate financial irregulaties and the council took disciplinary action, but the reports we've seen don’t provide categorical evidence of fraud taking place.

Auditors report
BBC

Opposition leader 'concerned' at audit findings

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The Conservative opposition leader Matthew Holmes said he is "concerned" at the auditors' findings.

"Right now, I'm not confident that the current administration have governance of the council as a priority and I think that is something they really need to get a grip of very quickly," he said.

"You’ve got to have confidence that your staff are carrying out the job correctly in the public interest and I don’t think that’s the case at the moment."

Conservative opposition
BBC