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Summary

  1. Enquiry relaunched into man who went missing 25 years ago
  2. Man driving on A52 'sipping JD and coke' caught with drugs
  3. Hundreds sign condolence book for murdered woman
  4. 'Festive fool' dresses up for charity
  5. Cop helped officer awarded for Euro 2016 actions
  6. Updates for Friday 23 December 2016

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Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

  • Enquiry relaunched into man who went missing 25 years ago
  • Man driving on A52 'sipping JD and coke' caught with drugs
  • Hundreds sign condolence book for murdered woman
  • 'Festive fool' dresses up for charity
  • Cop helped officer awarded for Euro 2016 actions 

Appeal after minibus damaged

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The windows of a minibus that was parked in Plummer Road, Swadlincote have been smashed.

Derbyshire Police believe the white Vauxhall Vivaro Combi minibus was targeted sometime between December 17 at 18:00 and December 18 at 08:50.

Minibus
Derbyshire Police

Burst water pipe in Ashbourne

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Travel: Congestion building

BBC Travel

After a surprisingly quiet day on the roads, traffic is beginning to build up around the city and Derbyshire.

There's slow traffic on the A6005 Derby Road in both directions in Long Eaton around the B6540 Market Place junction, slow traffic on the A52 Eastgate in Derby at Pentagon Island and slow traffic on the A5111 Kingsway in Derby at Kingsway Island.

Missing person enquiry relaunched - after 25 years

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Police have relaunched an investigation - over a man that has been missing for 25 years.

Richard Gregory lived in Thornhill Road, Derby, and was 40 years old when his brother reported him missing after he failed to return from a holiday in March 1991.

Financial checks showed he had withdrawn money from his bank account while in Plymouth in April that year. In the same year, he was issued with a passport that was never renewed.

Officers have now commissioned an artist's impression of how Mr Gregory may look today - aged 65. 

Richard Gregory
Derbyshire Police

CCTV released after smoke bomb thrown at Derby v Forest

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Police have released CCTV footage and stills of a man they want to speak to about a red smoke bomb that was thrown at Derby County's clash against Nottingham Forest.

It was thrown shortly after the Rams scored the second goal in their 3-0 win, the force said.

No other fans shown in the clip are believed to be part of the investigation.

View more on youtube

Weather Watchers: East Midlands Airport

BBC Weather Watchers

As Storm Barbara (no, not my mother after several brussel sprouts) heads towards Derby, here's marks landscape's picture of a windsock at East Midlands Airport, showing the "strong winds".

Stay safe out there, folks. 

Windsock
marks landscape

Facebook: Readers stunned at 'JD and coke driver'

Facebook

Naturally, the story about the "JD and coke driver" has got you talking on Facebook.

Lyndsay Kirk said: "Hopefully remanded over Christmas so off the roads. Unbelievable."

Bill Hindle wrote: "Should be a mandatory 10years Ban."

While Lindsay Burton added: "Words fail me!!" 

Storm is heading our way

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

Well Storm Barbara is well on her way! 

She's heading towards Derby and will continue to march south east.

As the storm passes, the winds will strengthen a little more before easing off once the rain clears.

weather
Met Office

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Severe disruption: M42 Leicestershire southbound

BBC Travel

M42 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A42 and J10 for A5.

M42 Leicestershire - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M42 southbound between J11, A42 (Burton-Upon-Trent) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of a broken down vehicle.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Preview: Derby County v Birmingham City

BBC Sport

Here's a preview of that aforementioned match between Derby and Birmingham.

Forward Nick Blackman (pictured) and defender Ikechi Anya are back in training after knee problems but this game is likely to come too soon for them.

Incidentally, the club will set a new record if they keep a seventh consecutive home clean sheet.  

Nick Blackman
Getty Images

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

  • Hundreds sign condolence book for murdered woman
  • Man driving on A52 'sipping JD and coke' caught with drugs
  • 'Festive fool' dresses up for charity
  • Rams players visit sick children in hospital
  • Cop helped officer awarded for Euro 2016 actions  

Weather Watchers: Calke

BBC Weather Watchers

Weather Watcher sky girl is obviously making use of the great outdoors - but look at those clouds. There's a storm coming - and if you're in Scotland, it's already arrived. 

Calke
sky girl

Thug attacked mum as she tried to pour away his vodka

Derby Telegraph

A drunk Derby teenage thug who attacked his own mother as she tried to pour his bottle of vodka down the sink has been jailed, the Derby Telegraph reports.

'JD and coke' driver bailed, police say

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Driver 'doing 90mph sipping on JD and coke' found with drugs

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

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"Utter stupidity". Yep, no argument here. 

Russian hooligans 'like locusts'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

PC Dickerson said he saw "about 150 Russian hooligans who were clearly trained in fighting", wearing boxing gloves and gum-shields, and carrying metal bars and other weapons.

"It was like a load of locusts going through a cornfield. They were just randomly assaulting any England fan that was in their path," he said.

"People have described the scene as [the zombie film] World War Z. I witnessed people being stamped on, bottles hitting over their head, iron bars across their head, chairs thrown at them."

Where's the next World Cup again

Russia fans
Getty Images

Cop helped officer awarded for Euro 2016 actions

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A policeman has been given a bravery award for helping save the life of an England fan who was attacked by Russia supporters during Euro 2016. 

PC Stuart Dickerson (right), who was on attachment in France from Hampshire Constabulary, found Andrew Bache, from Portsmouth, as he was receiving CPR from a riot officer.

Along with PC Roger Brown, from Derbyshire Police, PC Dickerson gave critical first-aid and provided a cordon around Mr Bache, who remains in hospital with life-changing injuries after being assaulted ahead of England's match against Russia in Marseille on 11 June.

PC Stuart Dickerson (right)
Hampshire Police

McClaren on January transfer plans

BBC Sport

Angler fined £440 for 'theft of fish'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

An angler has been fined £440 after being caught fishing on a lake in a small nature reserve.

Kaylan Cooper-Guinness was seen with fishing tackle at Straw's Bridge, West Hallam - known locally as Swan Lake.

The 20-year-old, of Moon Crescent, Eastwood, was interviewed for the offence of theft of fish - as fishing on the lake is prohibited.

He later pleaded guilty to unlawfully taking or attempting to take fish in May this year.

Preview: Aston Villa v Burton Albion

BBC Sport

For many football fans, Christmas actually arrives the day after 25 December - with pretty much the whole of the football league in action.

For Burton Albion, it's a trip to Aston Villa. Nigel Clough's side have Stuart Beavon back after a leg injury, while fellow forwards Will Miller and Jamie Ward are nursing knee and hamstring problems respectively.

Ben Turner has served a ban and the Brewers are also hopeful Hamza Choudhury (back) and Lee Williamson (leg) will be fit.

Nigel Clough
Rex Features

Biker 'shunted' by car in 'hit-and-run'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a motorcyclist was knocked off his bike by a car that did not stop at the scene.

The 21-year-old biker was travelling south on the A6 Alvaston bypass on Monday 12 December between 13:30 and 14:00 GMT when he approached the roundabout leading off to Thulston. Shortly afterwards, he was shunted from behind by a car and fell off his bike.

Fortunately, he wasn't seriously injured.

A6
Google

Watch: Rams boss takes charge of table football match

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Meanwhile, this certainly put a smile on my face... 

Rams midfielder 'shown up' on Christmas cards

Alex Blakemore

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Midfielder Will Hughes told the BBC the main thing was to "put a smile" on the children's faces.

"I've been attempting to make a Christmas card but the kids have been showing me up on that one," he quipped.

Don't worry, Will, bet your wrapping skills aren't as bad as mine. 

Derby County players and children
BBC

McClaren speaks of 'great afternoon'

Alex Blakemore

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Derby boss McClaren, whose side face Birmingham next on 27 December, said: "You see the looks on their faces when they meet some of their heroes they only see on TV.

"We're giving something back, I think we should do more of it and I think it's a great afternoon and the players are really entering into the spirit of the occasion."

Hospital visit
BBC

Rams players visit sick children in hospital

Alex Blakemore

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Poorly children at the Royal Derby Hospital were given a Christmas treat yesterday - when Derby County manager Steve McClaren and his players visited them.

Scott Carson, Alex Pearce and Will Hughes were among the players who spoke to children and handed out presents.

Derby County hospital visit
BBC

Council beds to be offered out

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Forty-two beds in residential care homes owned by Derbyshire County Council will be offered to people who are too ill to leave hospital this Christmas.

The beds will be freed up for those who can't go home - but no longer need acute hospital care.

Oink! The Piggy Angels Sing

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A Peppa Pig nativity set has been spotted in Chester Green. I know - breaking news! 

Sadie Briggs has stolen my "pigs in blankets" pun on Facebook - but I'll let her off since it's Christmas. 

Chester Green
BBC

East Midlands roadworks to stop over Christmas

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Now, quickly returning to travel as it's probably going to be an issue for you at some stage today...

More than 30 miles of roadworks in the East Midlands will be completed or suspended for the Christmas getaway.

Highways England will begin this process this morning until 3 January. Meanwhile, East Midlands Trains services will stop running earlier than normal on Christmas Eve. 

Roadworks
BBC

'Festive fool' helps lift staff morale

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Miss Hulse said her various pieces of attire have helped lift staff morale at the charity.

"It's really difficult to talk about this issue with people sometimes in public," she said. "They can switch off quite quickly so I wanted to raise awareness by dressing silly so people would come up to me, talk to me and find out about what we do.

"[The staff] are really hard-working and they have to hear and see some really not very nice things, whereas I've been putting a smile on their face every morning."

Rhiannon Hulse as a Marley from The Muppets
Safe & Sound
Rhiannon Hulse as Kermit
Safe & Sound

Charity's work highlighted by festive outfits

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

She has done it to raise awareness of the charity Safe & Sound - which helps safeguard children from sexual exploitation.

Does your range of festive outfits top Rhiannon's? I'm going to guess... no. 

Rhiannon Hulse
Safe & Sound
Rhiannon Hulse
Safe & Sound

'Festive fool' raises awareness of charity

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Now, as we get closer to Christmas, we're expected to make a little bit of a fool out of ourselves - be that through too much drink, too much dancing or too much food. 

But Rhiannon Hulse, from Derby, has gone slightly off-piste in her definition of a festive fool - by dressing up in a different piece of festive clothing for each day of December.

Rhiannon Hulse
Safe & Sound
Rhiannon Hulse
Safe & Sound

Recap: Borrowash and M1 deaths

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A reminder of the tragic events that occurred last week... 

  • Mrs Nagle, 38, was found unconscious at her mother's Derbyshire home after her son Nathan Paton, 22, was discovered nearby covered in blood
  • Mr Paton told eyewitnesses he had been attacked with a nail gun and alerted police to his mum. He remains in hospital
  • Mrs Nagle's estranged husband Vincent Nagle, 44, died when he was hit by a lorry on the M1 on the same day 
  • Inquests heard Mrs Nagle's provisional cause of death was given as "pressure on her neck", while Mr Nagle died instantly when he was hit by the lorry
  • Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the three incidents
M1 death
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Reverend: Murdered woman's family 'liked a lot'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Reverend Tim Sumpter described Mrs Nagle's family as "lovely and loving".

"I didn't know Claire or her family personally but I've spoken to many, many people... who know them really well," he said.

"The impression that I get is of an ordinary, lovely and loving family that would do anything for you and were therefore liked a lot and had a very strong network of friends in the community."

Floral tributes
BBC

Hundreds sign condolence book for murdered woman

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

More than 200 people in Borrowash have signed a book of condolence at St Stephen's Church for the family of Claire Nagle - whose murder last week was one of a string of linked incidents.

Her husband, Vincent Nagle, died after being hit by a lorry on the M1 on the same day.

Claire Nagle
Family handout

Woman, 26, found safe and well

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

(No) travel news

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Looks like there's very little in the way of traffic on Derbyshire's roads - but I get the feeling that won't last for long.

Enjoy it while you can! 

Traffic
PA

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather