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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 22 March 2017
  2. Road still closed in Chester Green after burst water main
  3. Derby pupils educated on grooming risks
  4. Homeowners warned after mirror causes house fire
  5. Derby expected to see school funding rise
  6. Ex-football coach Barry Bennell denies 20 child sex offences
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

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: Outbreaks of rain

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain at times. 

    Winds will ease in the early hours with a chance of a few patches of mist and fog forming at times.

    Minimum temperature: 5C (41F)

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  3. Westminster terror attack: Most local MP's accounted for

    Wesley Mallin

    Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    Most of our local MPs were in the main chamber of Parliament preparing to vote at the time of the attack.

    So far we've heard from 

    • Nigel Mills
    • Pauline Latham
    • Andrew Bridgen
    • Amanda Solloway
    • Heather Wheeler
    • and Dame Margaret Beckett

    The north east Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel was in Portcullis House and said she was close to the sounds of gunshots and it was terrifying. 

  4. Cricket: Derbys ditch Dubai for home comforts

    BBC Derby Sport

    Derbyshire abandoned their regular pre-season tour to sunnier climates and opted to stay closer to home to hone their skills.

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    Video caption: Derbyshire ditch Dubai for home from home pre-season 'tour'
  5. Watch: Ice Rinklies skating for the over 60s

    BBC Radio Derby

    Over 60 and thinking about ice skating? It's never too late.

    The Ice Rinklies ice skating group has been launched for people aged over 60.

    They hope to encourage more elderly people to take up the sport.

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    Video caption: Ice skating for the over 60s

    Lynn Emmett a member of the Ice Rinklies meets twice a week in Uttoxeter to practice and learn new skills.

    She returned to the ice after retirement and hopes to still be skating at the age of 90.

  6. Firm 'illegally felled' protected trees

    Neil Heath

    BBC News Online

    A company has been served with a court injunction after protected trees were cut down at a caravan park in the Derwent Valley.

    Amber Valley Borough Council visited Haytop Country Park, Whatstandwell, on Friday, and told workers the trees were subject to Tree Preservation Orders.

    Cut down trees

    However, despite being told to "stop immediately", the authority said workers cut down more over the weekend.

    The BBC has made several attempts to contact the park's owners Countrywide Park Homes for a comment.  

    The Leicestershire-based firm bought the site, which has 60 pitches for touring and static caravans, in October.

  7. Rams striker left out of final Czech Republic squad

    BBC Derby Sport

    Derby County striker Matej Vydra has been left out of the final Czech Republic squad for their upcoming matches against Lithuania and San Marino.

    Vydra had been named in the preliminary squad last week.

    Matej Vydra
  8. Police investigate assault on female jogger in Belper

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Attack alarms are being given to running clubs in Derbyshire after a second assault on a female jogger in a week.

    A woman was forced into an alleyway and assaulted as she ran along Whitemoor Lane, in Belper, yesterday between 20:30 and 20:45.

    Offiers are investigating whether the assault is linked to a recent attack on a  woman jogging alongside Cromford canal. 

    Whitemoor Lane

    Officers are keen to speak to drivers or pedestrians who were in Belper and noticed anything suspicious.

  9. Weather: Sleet and hail showers this afternoon

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Rain pushing in throughout the afternoon with some heavier downpours possible at times which could also involve sleet and hail.  

    Highs of 8C (46F).     

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  10. Paramedic sexually assaulted in ambulance

    Sonia Kataria

    BBC News Online

    A patient who sexually assaulted a female paramedic while he was being treated in the back of an ambulance has been jailed.

    Darshit Tanna, 28, from Derby, "grabbed her breast twice" while the woman was trying to help him last June, Derby Crown Court heard.

    He was being treated by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) for breathing difficulties at the time. 

    Darshit Tanna

    He pleaded guilty to sexual assault and assault against a male member of EMAS, who was trying to protect her.

    Tanna was jailed for 18 months and added to the sex offenders register for 10 years.

  11. New plans to develop former American Adventure theme park site

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    Plans to develop the former American Adventure theme park site, near Ilkeston, are likely to go before councillors later this year. 

    The site closed in 2007 and has been empty ever since - despite a campaign to bring another theme park to the area

    Amber Valley Borough Council is expecting a planning application for a mix of up to 300 homes and retail space. 

    American Adventure

    What are your memories of the theme park?  Let me know.

  12. CCTV released after pub baseball bat incident

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    A CCTV image has been released of a man police are keen to speak to in connection with an incident involving a baseball bat at a pub in Hasland.

    He was in the Devonshire Arms in Mansfield Road when another man walked in and swung a baseball bat around.  

    During the incident, a pub-goer was pushed to the floor and suffered facial injuries.

    Officers believe the man pictured might have information relating to the incident and are keen to speak to him.

    CCTV image
  13. Complications in fixing Chester Green burst water main

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    This 10-inch wide pipe - which burst at the weekend, damaging homes - has caused Severn Trent workers a bit of a headache.

    Because the pipe has an unusual curve and isn't a standard fitting, it's taking longer to fix the problem on Mansfield Road in Chester Green than expected. 

    A spokesman said they need to make sure nothing is there that shouldn't be and they are making sure everything is clear from a larger pipe which the 10-inch pipe connects to.

    10-inch blue pipe

    But they are confident the service will resume later on today.

    Householders experiencing low pressure will find things back to normal once the repair is complete.

    The road closure will remain closed and may reopen by the weekend Severn Trent said.

  14. 'Fewer carriages' on some East Midlands trains services

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Worth casting your eye over this if you are travelling later...

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  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A609 Derbyshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A609 Derbyshire both ways severe accident, between Station Road and St Wilfrid's Road.

    A609 Derbyshire - A609 High Lane West in West Hallam blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Station Road junction and the St Wilfrid's Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - diverting via West Hallam Village.

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