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Summary

  1. 'Clown with chainsaw' sparks police probe
  2. Ilkeston railway station open to the public on 2 April
  3. Derwent by-election polling begins
  4. Possible charge for city centre commercial vehicles
  5. Ilkeston FC players still waiting for payment
  6. Rise in ambulance staff off with stress
  7. Updates for Thursday 9 March 2017

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

  2. East Midlands weather update: A dry and chilly night

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be a dry and chilly night, with clear spells and light winds. However, cloud will gradually increase by the early hours.

    Weather
  3. Neighbour brews up good deed for firefighters

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Firefighters from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service had a very pleasant surprise after being called to a hedge fire earlier today.

    A "kind" neighbour brought them a cup of tea while they were working at the scene, the fire service said.

    Cup of tea
  4. Sherwood Forest included in £392m 'Midlands Engine' plan

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Sherwood Forest is to receive investment as part of a the Midlands Engine scheme, which sets out a £392m government investment  to maximise the potential of the Midlands.

    The plans will see £500,000 being spent on a new visitor centre at the Nottinghamshire attraction and improvements to existing walking and cycle routes.

    Sherwood Forest

    Chancellor Philip Hammond made the announcement today in Dudley and said money would also go towards other projects in the East and West Midlands, including a £6m regeneration of Derby city centre and improvements to road connections around Loughborough.

  5. Watch: The lowdown on the Derwent Dam

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News Online

    If you’ve ever been up to Derwent Reservoir for a midwinter walk, you might have seen the water cascading over the top of the dam in a great waterfall.

    After heavy rain, it certainly makes for an impressive backdrop while you’re stretching your legs or walking the dog.

    So how often does the Derwent Dam overflow, and where does all the water go?

    We had a chat with some experts to get the details.

    Video content

    Video caption: Watch: The lowdown on the Derwent Dam
  6. Appeal to trace schoolchildren after woman 'shouts racial abuse'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Police are trying to trace a group of schoolchildren after a woman was alleged to have shouted a racially aggravated term at them. 

    Derbyshire Police said officers were called to Spring Gardens in Buxton just before 10:00 this morning after the woman was reported to have shouted the abuse. She was described as white, of large build, and wearing a yellow high visibility jacket. 

    After officers arrived, a 23-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order.

    Spring gardens
  7. Ilkeston to get railway station after 50-year wait

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    It's been 50 years since Ilkeston has had its own railway station after being axed by the Dr Beeching cuts in the 60s.

    Building work was delayed on numerous occasions by great crested newts and flooding concerns , but it will open to the public on 2 April.

    Here's a sneak peek of the station...

    Ilkeston railway station
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A515 Derbyshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A515 Derbyshire both ways severe disruption, between Cubley Lane and B5033 Cockshead Lane.

    A515 Derbyshire - A515 in Cubley closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Cubley Lane junction and the B5033 Cockshead Lane junction. Diversion in operation - local.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Your photos: Sunshine in Mam Tor

    BBC Weather Watchers

    This photo, taken in Mam Tor, is beautiful! 

    Thank you to our Weather Watcher The Wendy House for sending this in.

    Mam tor
  10. Toyota waiting on Brexit outcome before it builds Auris models

    Sally Swinfen

    BBC Radio Derby newsreader

    An unnamed senior executive at Toyota has said the company may delay a decision on whether to build its next generation Auris model in Derbyshire until it sees the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

    Toyota

    Toyota currently builds its Auris hatchback and family Avensis car at its Burnaston plant near Derby.

  11. Derwent by-election polling begins

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Polling has started in the by-election for the Derwent ward in Derby.

    It was triggered by the death of councillor Bill Wright over the Christmas period. 

    Polls will close at 22:00 and the results will be published  here.

    City Council
  12. East Midlands weather update: Bright with sunny spells

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC weather presenter

    Scattered cloud will build in places this afternoon, but there’ll still be plenty of bright and sunny spells. 

    weather
  13. Listen: Ilkeston captain looking for 'reassurance'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Hear what Ilkeston captain Matt Baker had to say on the players' long wait for pay earlier today...

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    Video caption: Listen: Ilkeston FC captain Matt Baker looking for 'reassurance'
  14. Police investigating after 'clown with chainsaw' approaches mum and child

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Derbyshire Police has confirmed it is investigating a report from a mother who said a clown with a chainsaw came towards her and her two-year-old son last night.

    The mother - who posted about the incident on the Spotted Alvaston page on Facebook - said she had got out of her car with her son in her arms in Boulton Moor at about 20:00 when she heard an "evil laugh" and saw the clown head towards her. 

    Alvaston
  15. New recruits needed to save marching band

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    A marching band may soon be forced to close if they can't find new members. 

    The Long Eaton Militaries have been recognised for their "upbeat musical arrangements" and have become well-known internationally after performing in Shanghai and "for royalty".

    marching band

    The band currently has 12 members, but are struggling to recruit new members.

    Colin Webster, the band's president, said if they can't find new musicians, the group could fold by the summer.

  16. Listen: EMAS paramedic has taken time off for stress - twice

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Current East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) paramedic Alan Brooks has been in his job for 21 years and has had to take time off for stress twice.

    He said at times, staff did not get their meal breaks until "nine, 10, 11 hours" into their 12-hour shifts which was one contributor to stress.

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    Video caption: Listen: 'Stressed' East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic speaks of troubles at work
  17. Man charged with several motor offences

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    A man is due at Cannock Magistrates' Court this morning after being stopped by police while driving late last night and charged with a number of motoring offences, Staffordshire Police said.

    Thomas Crump, 38, of Worcester Road, Stapenhill, was arrested and charged with driving whilst disqualified, using a vehicle on a road/public place without third party insurance; possessing cannabis and obstructing a constable in the execution of duty.

    Cannock Magistrates
  18. Possible charge for city centre commercial vehicles

    Sally Swinfen

    BBC Radio Derby newsreader

    Commercial vehicles such as buses, lorries and taxis with older diesel engines may be charged for entering Derby city centre.  

    The government has said that Derby City Council has to cut emissions in the city by 2020.   

    The council cabinet will discuss plans for a Clean Air Zone next week.

    Taxis

    If you want to find out more information on Clean Air Zones in Derby, you can do so  here.

  19. Ilkeston FC players still waiting for payment

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Players from Ilkeston Football Club are still waiting for their first payment since before Christmas, after the club failed to pay them again this week. 

    The team captain Matt Baker said the players are losing patience.

    Ilkeston FC

    There's been no comment from the club.   

  20. Rise in number of region's ambulance staff off with stress

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    The number of ambulance staff in the East Midlands taking time off due to stress and mental health problems has almost doubled in the past five years. 

    ambulance

    Figures obtained by BBC Radio Leicester found that 518 members of staff were off with stress and mental health issues in 2015/16.

    This compares with 271 members of staff for the same reasons in 2011/12.

    The union UNISON has said this rise in the number of people going off with stress is because of extra targets and a lack of resources.      

    Paramedic

    But East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has said it is doing all it can to support staff.

    "We are committed to improving the level of support provided to staff who may experience stress and have introduced measures to ensure that help is provided as promptly as possible," an EMAS spokesman said.