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  1. Updates for Thursday 2 February 2017
  2. Derby MP 'feeling optimistic' about Brexit
  3. New rules for Shrovetide football
  4. Drug 'linchpin' absconder found in Manchester
  5. By-election for the Derwent ward
  6. Derby Museums 'unlikely' to buy Joseph Wright painting
  7. Thousands expected for Chatsworth Flower Show
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

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By Khia Lewis-Todd

All times stated are UK

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  1. 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.  

  2. Weather: Patchy cloud some clear spells

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    There will be patchy cloud and some clear spells. 

    It’ll feel a bit cooler as temperatures drop slightly with clearer skies. 

    Mostly dry although the odd spot of rain possible.

    Min Temp: 6C (43F).

  3. Your photos: Matlock

    BBC Weather Watchers

    A beautiful shot from Matlock with Riber Castle in the distance.

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

    Riber Castle
  4. Top judges throw out Derby mans bid to clear name

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

     A Derby man has had a bid to clear his name thrown out by top judges.

    Steven Robert Green is currently serving 23 years for sex crimes against three schoolgirls.  

    Green, of Warner Street, was jailed last April and was described as a depraved "monster".

    Court of appeal

    His legal team argued that his trial was unfair because the judge's summing-up to the jury was "unbalanced". 

    However, Lady Justice Hallett threw out his complaints - saying his sentence was "robust but amply justified".

  5. Air ambulance went to Baslow crash

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    If you were stuck in heavy traffic this morning then here's why.

    There was a two-car crash at the Car Road junction at Owler Bar and the A619 in Baslow at about 08:35.

    The air ambulance attended the scene and one person was handed over to the ambulance service.  

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  7. Why did Clough turn down Forest?

    BBC Derby Sport

    "It was a matter of principle."  


    To find out more listen here.

  8. Sudbury absconder captured in Nuneaton

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    And another absconder has been captured by police.

    Jamie Lee Biddle who absconded from HMP Sudbury last November has been recaptured in Nuneaton.

    Biddle was arrested by Warwickshire Police on 30 January and has been charged with escaping lawful custody.

    The 26-year-old was serving an indeterminate term of imprisonment for wounding with intent.

  9. Latest headlines for Derbyshire

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Here's what's been going on across our region:

    • A drugs 'linchpin' absconder found in Manchester
    • Thousands at risk due to faulty heart gene
    • James Wilson's loan from Man United ends early
  10. 'There is no obvious cause or explanation'

    Andrew Strachan

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    Lucy Wilkinson, a Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, spoke to us earlier.

    She said: "It's about being aware about our bodies. Unfortunately for many families the first sign for the problem is when people die suddenly and there is no obvious cause or explanation.

    "Increasing the research and finding out more about these inherited heart conditions means we will have better ways of treatment and better ways of diagnosing people."

  11. Thousands at risk due to faulty heart gene

    Andrew Strachan

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    Almost 10,000 people in Derbyshire are at risk of dying suddenly from a faulty heart gene. 

    On average 12 young, seemingly healthy people die without warning every week in the UK because of an unknown heart condition.      

    A Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation said the lack of symptoms for the condition make avoiding it difficult.  

    Heart problems
  12. Missing Hadfield man

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Billy Burns was last seen this morning at Hadfield railway station at about 8:35.

    The 76-year-old boarded a train to Ashburys in Manchester, where he was due to arrive at 9:12.

    Mr Burns, who suffers from dementia, got of the train at one of the eight stops in between the two stations.

    Mr Billy Burns

    He is 5ft 8in with curly grey hair and was wearing a blue anorak, grey trousers and black shoes.

    Mr Burns was also carrying a walking stick.  

  13. Absconder found in Manchester

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    A drug 'linchpin' who absconded from Sudbury prison on Christmas Day has been arrested in Manchester.

    Blake Anthony Donnellan failed to return to HMP Sudbury following a day release.


    The 31-year-old was serving a sentence for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.  

  14. Oil spillage at Pasturefields Brook

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Looks like more pollution, this time at Pasturefields Brook in Staffordshire.

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  15. James Wilson's loan ends early

    BBC Derby Sport

    Derby County have confirmed James Wilson's season on long loan from Manchester United has been ended early by mutual agreement. 

    James Wilson
  16. 'Gives the lads more opportunity'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Did you know that Shrovetide players can potentially continue until 22:00 if the ball isn't goaled?

    Steve Bull, who turned the ball up in 2012, said a change was needed.


    Speaking to us earlier, he said : "It's so popular these days, there's so many people that attend Shrovetide.

    "The crowds are huge, the games massive, twice the size than it ever used to be and it gives the lads more opportunity to goal the ball."

  17. Your photos: Brailsford bird

    BBC Weather Watchers

    A great photo taken this morning in Brailsford.

    Thank you to our Weather Watcher Anne for sending this in.

  18. Latest headlines for Derbyshire

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    • Derby Museums 'unlikely' to buy Joseph Wright painting
    • Thousands expected for Chatsworth Flower Show
    • New rules for Ashbourne's Royal Shrovetide football
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  20. Travel: Severe delays on the A621 and A619

    BBC Travel

    Due to the accident on the A621, it looks as if there are still long delays. 

    Congestion continues on the Car Road junction in Owler Bar and the A619 junction in Baslow, because of an accident.