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Summary

  1. Sports Direct chairman stays despite revolt
  2. Pride Park meeting for Football League representatives
  3. Man quizzed after firework thrown at crowd
  4. Cyclist on orange bike 'may help' stabbing inquiry
  5. Derby County sign Boro midfielder on loan
  6. Updates for Thursday 5 January 2017

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Weather Watchers: Glossop

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's one place to go for a casual stroll... 

Thanks to Singy Chris for this great shot of Valehouse Reservoir near Glossop. 

Valehouse Reservoir near Glossop
Singy Chris

East Midlands weather update: Cloud and more cloud

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

There will be more cloud around tonight than last night, however it'll still be cold with lows of -2C (28F).

Tomorrow, there will be much more cloud around through the morning, followed by some rain in the afternoon and evening. 

Volunteers and cadets take on 'crash exercise'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Police's cadets and police support volunteers have taken part in a multi-agency training exercise at Kingsway Fire Station in Derby.

The exercise involved firefighters from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and staff from East Midlands Ambulance Service training in a scenario based on a major road traffic collision.

Martin Gibbons, the "bloodied" man pictured below, said: "The event was professionally organised and was a very interesting and enjoyable activity to be involved in."

Police support volunteer Martin Gibbons 'in role' during the exercise
Derbyshire Police

Homes evacuated during cannabis factory raid

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Houses on a street in Burton had to be evacuated during a police raid on a cannabis factory. 

Staffordshire Police say officers searched the site on Goodman Street early this morning and found 80 plants and drug production equipment.

Goodman Street
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They say while they were there, an unknown substance was found and several nearby homes were evacuated while it was checked - it turned out to be harmless. 

Officers say one man's been arrested after initially running away and a second man's also been arrested but is being treated in hospital for burns to his face, which the force say he suffered before they arrived.

Facebook: 'Fireworks should not be sold to public'

Facebook

You've been having your say on Facebook about the news that a man has been questioned after a firework was thrown into a crowd in Matlock, injuring two people.

Jennifer Barkess said: "I have long said that fireworks should NOT be sold to the general public. Organisations wishing to firework displays should meet very strict criteria."

Clare Schofield wrote: "Totally agree, feel for all the animals who are terrified, by all the noise." 

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

  • Sports Direct chairman stays despite revolt
  • Pride Park meeting for Football League representatives
  • Man quizzed after firework thrown at crowd
  • Cyclist on orange bike 'may help' stabbing inquiry
  • Derby County sign Boro midfielder on loan 

Travel: Broken down vehicle on A38

BBC Travel

A broken down vehicle has closed one lane on the A38 southbound in Burton-upon-Trent around Clay Mills. 

Striker extends loan spell at Burton

BBC Sport

Cyclist on orange bike 'may help' stabbing inquiry

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Police are looking to trace a cyclist who was seen on an orange bike at the time of a stabbing in Derby.

Sometime between 16:45 and 17:10, on 8 December, a man heard a knock on the door of his house in Webster Street. When he opened the door, a man stabbed him in the chest.

The "shocked" victim shut the door and therefore did not get a good look at his attacker, Derbyshire Police said. He has since been discharged from hospital. 

Local CCTV captured a person on an orange bike in the area at 16:45. 

A force spokesman said: "The footage is not of a good enough quality to be released but we are asking the rider to come forward." 

Webster Street
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Godleman extends Derbyshire contract

BBC Sport

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman has signed a new contract which keeps him at the club until the end of the 2019 season.

The 27-year-old opening batsman joined before the start of the 2013 season and has scored 2,763 runs at an average of 34 - including seven hundreds.

He hit 1,000 first-class runs for the first time in 2015, and managed 934 last summer at an average of 40. 

Billy Godleman
Rex Features

Weather Watchers: Mayfield

BBC Weather Watchers

Again, not a cloud in the sky... but ensure you take that jacket out with you!

Thanks to mayfieldmartin for sending in this shot of Mayfield. 

Weather Watchers
mayfieldmartin

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

  • Sports Direct chairman stays despite revolt
  • Pride Park meeting for Football League representatives
  • Man quizzed after firework thrown at crowd
  • CCTV installations have 'tripled' 

Micro-brewery and pizza oven pubs up for sale

Derby Telegraph

Two Derbyshire pubs, which could introduce a micro-brewery and install a pizza oven, are up for sale, according to the Derby Telegraph.

JCB gets £115m order from US Army

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Digger firm JCB says it's had one of it's "biggest single orders" in its history from the US Army for £115m of machines.

JCB forklift
JCB

The company, which has its headquarters in Rocester, says the military wants 1,600 "rough terrain forklifts" for work including loading and unloading aircraft and shipping containers. 

JCB says they'll be made at their North American headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.

Lansbury 'one of many players' Derby want

BBC Sport

McClaren has also been asked about the potential signing of Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury (below) - after a £2.5m bid from Derby was rejected by Forest.

"Henri Lansbury is one of many players we're interested in. It would be wrong if we weren't looking to improve," McClaren added.

Henri Lansbury
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De Sart will provide 'cover'

BBC Sport

Steve McClaren is currently addressing the press following the loan signing of midfielder Julien de Sart.

"Bradley Johnson has done a great job but we need a bit of cover in that position," McClaren said.

Julien de Sart
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Chairman has 'unanimous support' of board

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The former West Yorkshire Police chief constable had been accused of overseeing a "catalogue of governance and operational failures".  

Following the vote, Mr Ashley (below) said in a statement: "Keith has my full backing and will be continuing in his role on the basis that he has the unanimous support of the board.

"I note that many of those who voted against Keith have acknowledged that we have made positive progress since the AGM."

The company has been under fire during the past 18 months over conditions for its workers and governance issues.

Mike Ashley
BBC

Sports Direct chairman stays despite revolt

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell will stay on at the retailer - despite 54% voting against his reappointment, the Press Association reports.

Mr Hellawell received the backing of 80.92% of all shareholders, which includes founder and Newcastle United Football Club boss Mike Ashley - who owns 55% of the company.

Today's vote was triggered after more than half of the firm's independent shareholders voted against Mr Hellawell's reappointment in September.

Keith Hellawell
Reuters

Accident delays bus services

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Police volunteers do a 'fantastic job'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Meanwhile, the number of police support volunteers in Derbyshire Police's ranks rose to 98 compared to 40 the previous year.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Haward said: "It is a fantastic achievement that so much time has been given by people on top of their work commitments and personal lives. The commitment of specials and police support volunteers is key in ensuring Derbyshire is a safe place to live and visit.

"I want to thank everyone who volunteers with us – you do a fantastic job."

Volunteers give police more than 55,000 hours

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Volunteers gave more than 55,000 hours of their time to support Derbyshire Police last year, the force has said.

Special constables contributed 49,347 hours, while police support volunteers gave 6,458 hours.

The force's 220 specials made 337 arrests in 2016, attended 273 collisions and went on 70 warrants. They conducted 326 breath tests.

Police GV
BBC

Council to begin gritting this afternoon

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Weather Watchers: Bakewell

BBC Weather Watchers

A quick look out the window and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a scorcher - but don't be fooled. As this picture from Fractus shows, it is still rather cold and frosty. 

Weather Watchers
Fractus

Midfielder has 'plenty of potential'

BBC Sport

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has spoken about the club's loan signing of Julien de Sart from Middlesbrough. 

"He [De Sart] is a talented player with plenty of potential and, having made the move from Belgium, he has been in English football for almost a year now. I’m looking forward to working with him," McClaren said.

Steve McClaren
Reuters

School support staff strike again

Sally Swinfen

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

Some support staff in Derby have been striking again in support of a long-running pay dispute with Derby City Council. 

Members of Unison, who rejected a £1.1m package, started this latest action yesterday and it'll continue today.  

School support staff row
BBC

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

  • Sports Direct faces revolt over chairman vote
  • Pride Park meeting for Football League representatives
  • Man quizzed after firework thrown at crowd
  • CCTV installations have 'tripled' 

Thieves steal cash from post office

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Staffordshire Police is appealing for information after cash was stolen from the Post Office on Main Street, Burton-upon-Trent.

Officers were called to the location just after 04:30 on 2 January after two offenders entered the premises and stole a "large quantity of cash" after climbing over a fence to get to the building.

The police force said they left in a silver-coloured vehicle and headed out of the area on the A38 southbound.

Post Office in Stretton, Burton-upon-Trent
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Boro midfielder joins Rams on loan

BBC Sport

Football: Burton manager pleased with 'experienced Championship' signing

BBC Sport

Burton Albion's manager Nigel Clough says the club have signed a "good, experienced Championship player" in Luke Varney. 

Luke Varney
Rex Features

The 34-year-old has moved to the Brewers from Ipswich Town on an 18-month deal, after Mick McCarthy's side agreed to cancel the remainder of his contract. 

He could play in Burton's FA Cup tie at Watford on Saturday.

He's a good, experienced Championship player. He's had a couple of knocks and injuries and things, but I don't think he's got anything to prove in the Championship."

Nigel CloughBurton Albion

Man quizzed after firework thrown into crowd

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A 24-year-old man has been interviewed by police after a lit firework was thrown into a crowd of people celebrating the new year in Crown Square, Matlock.

A 20-year-old man suffered burns and Anna Maher - who spoke to BBC Radio Derby yesterday - was left with burns and a burst ear drum after the incident, just minutes into New Year's Day.

Derbyshire Police has now said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Anna Maher
BBC

Cost behind CCTV rise

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Mr Shaw has put the perceived rise down to the cheaper cost of installing a CCTV system.

"The price has come down so much in the last few years," he said. "You consider three years ago, to get a half-decent camera system, you could have been paying £1,500 to £2,000 on a domestic property.

"These days, that can be as little as £300 to £400."

CCTV
Getty Images

Derby contractor: CCTV installations have 'tripled'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

There seems to be a lot of home CCTV kits you can buy online in the January sales.

It made us wonder if it was something that was becoming more popular.

Well, one security contractor in Derby has said the number of CCTV cameras he's installed has TREBLED in the last three years.

Wayne Shaw, owner of Shaw Electricals, fitted more than 600 CCTV units last year - compared to 200 three years ago.

CCTV
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Pay difference per match 'is about £10.4m'

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

When you look at the numbers involved, it's easy to understand why Derby and other clubs are frustrated, especially when the Championship is, in its own right, one of the most watched leagues in the world.

Broadcasters are paying about £11m per match [in the Premier League] but in the Championship, a match only costs broadcasters about £600,000 - that is a massive difference.

Chairman's 'concerns' over broadcasting deal

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

This all started in the summer following the annual meeting of all the Football League clubs. Essentially, Mel Morris (below) thinks English football outside the Premier League isn't reaching its full potential and he wants to change that, so he wrote to all 72 clubs in the Football League a few weeks ago specifically about the current broadcasting deal - the thing that mainly governs how Championship, League One and League Two matches are seen on TV.

That's after he got in touch with the league to ask to see details of the deal - only to be told that he can't because they're confidential. 

For Derby, this is about a few things. Money is certainly part of it but the bigger picture is that the club feel the English Football League (EFL) is selling itself short and could be doing a lot better.

Mel Morris
BBC

Football League representatives to attend Derby meeting

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Representatives from each of the Football League's 72 clubs will be meeting at Pride Park Stadium today to discuss television rights.

They've been invited by Derby County owner and chairman Mel Morris. The meeting will discuss the current TV deal that covers matches in the Championship, League One and League Two.

Pride Park
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Chairman 'obliged' to face second vote

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Mr Hellawell, a former police chief constable and government drugs adviser, offered to resign but was persuaded to stay "in order to assist with making further improvements".

The 74-year-old, who has been Sports Direct chairman since 2009, said he would step down at the 2017 AGM if he had failed to win over shareholders' approval by then.

New rules to empower shareholders mean Mr Hellawell is obliged to face a second vote now before he is confirmed in the chairman's role. That is the vote taking place today. 

Sports Direct
PA

Investors urged to vote against reappointment

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The advisory group Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) is recommending investors vote against Mr Hellawell's reappointment.

"As chairman, Keith Hellawell has overseen a period of serious operational, governance, and risk oversight concerns which have materially affected the company's outlook and damaged shareholder value," the ISS said in a report.

At the company's September 2016 annual general meeting, more than half of the independent shareholders voted against Mr Hellawell.  

Sports Direct warehouse
BBC

Sports Direct faces revolt over chairman vote

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell is set to face a shareholder revolt later over his proposed reappointment.

Independent investors are being urged to vote against his re-election because of a "catalogue of governance and operational failures" under his watch.

However, chief executive Mike Ashley is expected to support Mr Hellawell, ensuring he will continue in the role.  

Keith Hellawell
Reuters

Travel: Congestion in Little Eaton

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A38 southbound in Little Eaton at Little Eaton Island but otherwise there's very little to report.