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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 January 2017
  2. Christmas Day body still not identified
  3. Tunisia attack: Death of Chaddesden man discussed
  4. Man arrested over 'arson' at former cinema
  5. Parents holding protests over school staff strikes
  6. 'Pellet guns' used in supermarket robbery
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Khia Lewis-Todd

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

East Midlands weather update: Drizzle with snow flurries

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It will stay cloudy with some isolated drizzle or light snow flurries and the risk of ice in places.

Weather
BBC

'Industrial action is not going to resolve this'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Councillor Lisa Eldret spoke to us earlier and had this to say about the ongoing strike action.

"The only way we are going to end the dispute is by Unison calling off the strikes," she said. 

Councillor Lisa Eldret
BBC

"The answer is to come back to the table, sit down and talk to us to understand the financial constraints that we are under as an authority, and to sit with us and to work with us on a school-by-school basis to find a solution that works."

Tunisia attack: Death of Chaddesden man discussed

Rory Gallimore

BBC Radio Derby

An inquest has heard how a man from Chaddesden was killed by an Islamist gunman on a beach in Tunisia.

Scott Chalkley was one of 38 people murdered in the attack in Sousse in June 2015. His partner, Suzanne Davey, also died. They'd been relaxing on sunloungers before the attack.  

Scott Chalkley
Family handout

Mrs Davey's son, Conor Fulford, paid tribute to Mr Chalkley at London's Royal Courts of Justice today. He said he had a wicked sense of humour and a "cheeky disposition". 

Police 'treating death as suspicious'

Alex Blakemore

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

It's believed he visited a nightclub in Birmingham on Christmas Eve before returning to an address in Derby.  

Death
BBC

The court heard the cause of death was yet to be established, but a toxicology report revealed there were a number of drugs in his system. 

Police are still treating the death as suspicious. The case was adjourned until the end of March.

Police working with Vietnamese authorities

Alex Blakemore

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Det Insp Gemma Booth, from Derbyshire Police, told Derby Coroner's Court today that officers still don't know the identity of the man and they're working with the Vietnamese authorities to find out. 

He's thought to be 17-year-old Han Lam, but they're now investigating the name Trung Thanh Hoang - who could be aged 21.

Memorial park
BBC

Christmas Day body still not identified

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

The inquest into the death of a Vietnamese man whose body was found on Christmas Day in Heanor has heard police still aren't sure of his true identity. 

Body on park
BBC

Nicky Law explains why he's leaving

BBC Derby Sport

We caught up with Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law and he explained why he's leaving the Reds after 10 years in charge.   

Listen here.

Nicky Law
BBC

Nugent 'struggling to be fit for Friday'

BBC Derby Sport

Derby County manager Steve McClaren spoke to us earlier and said David Nugent was "struggling" to be fit for Friday following an injury.

Derby County are playing Leicester City.

McClaren
BBC

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - Lane closed on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

So here's what's been going on across the region:

  • 'Pellet guns' used in supermarket robbery
  • A plaque to commemorate Derby entrepenuer is revealed
  • Protest parents chant inside council house

Protesters chant 'Banwait out'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Protesters have been voicing their opinions today inside the city council house.

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Parents 'did not meet with council leader'

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

Derby City Council has confirmed that parents are meeting with councillor Lisa Eldret and not council leader Ranjit Banwait. 

Council meeting with parents
BBC

A small crowd of teaching assistants are still outside the council's offices.    

Bent 'bit sore' after 'unorthodox' goal finish

BBC Derby Sport

Our reporter was brave enough to ask Darren Bent about his "unorthodox" finish for his goal against Reading... when the ball hit his groin. Ouch! 

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New bus service goes on tour

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Attention people of Ashbourne! Looks like a bus service will be serving your town. 

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Plaque to commemorate entrepreneur

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A blue plaque will be unveiled at Darley Abbey Mills later to commemorate the life of a Derbyshire entrepreneur.

Thomas Evans had various businesses in lead and copper smelting in and around Derby.

He also became a banker with a counting house in St Mary's Gate - which became part of the modern day Natwest Group.

'Pellet guns' used in supermarket robbery

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Police has confirmed this morning's robbery at the Co-op store in Whitwell. 

The force said the two men went into the store holding what officers believe to be pellet guns.

A small amount of cash was taken before the pair left.

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

  • Two men 'threatened staff' in robbery
  • Man arrested over 'arson' at former cinema
  • Parents holding protests over school staff strikes
  • Council defends cuts to budget
  • 'Wildlife sites' in Derbyshire are at risk of being destroyed

Parents invited for meeting with council leader

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

Parents chant 'Banwait Out' at protest

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

Your photos: Swanning around Wingerworth

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a very clear day today in Wingerworth now the fog has passed.

Thank you to Janice's Patch for sending in this photo.

Wingerworth
Janice's Patch

Two men 'threatened staff' in robbery

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Two men threatened staff and took money from a till at a Derbyshire Co-op store. 

The robbery occurred at about 07:10 this morning at the store in Spring Street, Whitwell. 

We will bring you more information on this as soon as we have it. 

Your comments: 'More and more bank online'

Facebook

Yesterday we told you about a number of HSBC branches closing, including one in Alfreton

This attracted a variety of comments on our Facebook page. 

Nichola Tatlow said: "As a business customer I still use the bank, they closed 2 of my local branches in derby last June since then it's been a nitemare parking in town centre."

Victor Dyjas added: "Moving with the times as more and more bank online small bank branches are under used and costly."

Gritters will be out and about

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Looks like we are in for another very cold night.

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Council defends cuts to budget

Wesley Mallin

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

More than £23m of planned cuts to services next year have been defended by Derbyshire County Council. 

A further £10m will be taken from reserves to cover a reported £30m funding and costs gap. 

The council said it's having to do more, but is getting less money from central government. 

County council
BBC

Your photos: Hey foxy!

BBC Weather Watchers

This fox was captured strolling around Peak Forest.  

Thank you to our Weather Watcher David Hudson for sending this fantastic snap. 

Fox
David Hudson

'Valuable habitats could be lost'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A quarter of "wildlife sites" in Derbyshire are at risk of being destroyed.  

They're defined as areas which contain a large variety of plants or animals, but have not been designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest. 

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust said if things don't change, these valuable habitats could be lost.

Congestion on A50 eastbound

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Chef Gino D'Acampo training at fire service

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

There's a familiar face at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue HQ today... 

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Hospital website now live again

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Man arrested over 'arson' at former cinema

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A teenager has been arrested in connection with a suspected arson attack at a former cinema.

Cinema
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters and police were called to reports of a fire at the old Galaxy cinema on Derby Road, Long Eaton around 22:30 last night.

The 18-year-old, who lives in Long Eaton, was arrested in the early hours of this morning and will be questioned later today.  

'Clough has shown great faith in me'

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Burton Albion's Marvin Sordell has had a few nice words to say about his manager... 

Marvin
BBC

"Nigel Clough has shown great faith in me. I need to repay his faith now," Sordell said.

Midfielder returns following injury

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Hospital website down

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

If you need any information, get in touch with the trust via the number below.

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Reading the SAS handbook 'came into play'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Mr Robinson said he used his survival training after spending 26 years in the territorial army. 

Tim Robinson
BBC

He said: "I do like to watch the survival programmes and read the SAS survival handbook, so that all came into play. 

"It's like.. right, I've got to start thinking about what's happening here and make an assessment, go along with it and make a decision."

Travel: Accident on M1 northbound

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the M1 northbound between J28, A38 (Alfreton) and J29, A617 (Chesterfield) because of an accident and fog.  

Latest headlines for Derbyshire

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Parents to hold protest over strikes

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Unison flag
PA

It would appear the roles have reversed and now parents are planning to hold a mass protest in Derby today.

This is due to the long-running dispute between school support staff and Derby City Council. 

Teaching assistants have been striking in recent months over changes to their contracts which has led to some losing a quarter of their pay. 

Watch: East Midlands Weather outlook

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Broken leg two-hour crawl man recovering

Alex Blakemore

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Tim Robinson
BBC

Tim Robinson - who fell from rocks in Dorset and broke his leg - has said it's a long road to recovery now he's back home. 

Tim slipped on seaweed and had to crawl across a shingle beach for more than two hours before his wife found him and raised the alarm.

He said things are looking up now he's back in Derby.