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  1. Updates for Wednesday 29 March 2017
  2. Car goes into canal after crash
  3. Probe into dog 'poisonings' at park
  4. Ex-footballer auditions for X-Factor
  5. 'Peppa Pig' helps free child from toilet seat
  6. Bryson: Rams must show pride in final games
  7. Derbyshire hoping to increase capacity for World Cup
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Calum McKenzie

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Our live updates have now ended and will return from 08:00 tomorrow. 

Weather: Some rain around overnight

hold for after 3.30pm

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Dry for most of the night with a couple of showers arriving just before dawn.   

Weather grid

Lows of 11C (52F). 

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Rowett 'still getting to know Rams squad'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Derby County boss Gary Rowett has been giving an insight into his first few weeks running the Rams.

Gary Rowett

He said: "I've sat down and had lots of good conversations with players, there are probably a few I still need to get round and spend a bit more time with, but it has been a really positive few weeks. 

"My door is always open and I'll say the same to my players...come and tell me if you have a problem, don't tell everyone else and we'll have a chat about it and sort it out. 

"I don't think it is a case of finding out if players are short of confidence - it is a case of trying to find out what makes them tick and find out the things you can do to help them." 

Rowett takes charge of his first home game on Friday night against QPR.

Woman charged with historic sex abuse

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A 60-year-old woman has been charged in connection with four sex offences at a Stapleford children's home in the 1980s.

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Myriam Bamkin, of Ripley Road, Belper, is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on 27 April, charged with three offences of indecent assault on a male under 16 years old and one offence of indecent assault on a male over 16,  police have said.

The charges, which were brought following an investigation by officers from Nottinghamshire Police’s historical abuse unit Operation Equinox, are alleged to have happened at the former Amberdale children’s home.

A5132 remains closed after crash

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

We've just had an update from Derbyshire Police on the crash in Swarkestone - it was two vehicles rather than four and one of them ended up in the canal.

All the occupants escaped from their vehicles, a spokeswoman said. One person was taken to hospital.

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BreakingCar crashes into canal after four vehicle pile-up

Giles Taylor

BBC East Midlands Today reporter

A car has gone into a canal after a four vehicle crash in Derbyshire.

One person has been taken to hospital and emergency services are dealing with "potentially serious injuries" on Swarkestone Road, near to Swarkestone Bridge.

The air ambulance is on the scene.

Severe accident: A514 Derbyshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A514 Derbyshire westbound severe accident, between A50 J3 Swadlincote and A5132 Barrow Lane.

A514 Derbyshire - A514 Swarkestone Road in Swarkestone closed westbound between Swadlincote and the A5132 Barrow Lane junction, because of an accident involving four vehicles and recovery work.

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

What would you like to know about Brexit?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Tonight on Facebook we'll be hosting a live Q&A about Brexit. What are your questions?

Get in touch via email.

Rise in complaints about animal cruelty across East Midlands

East Midlands Today

Complaints about animal cruelty in the East Midlands have risen in the last year, according to figures published by the RSPCA.


Ralph (pictured above) was neglected by his owners in Mansfield when he was four months old and he had to have a leg amputated. 

He has fully recovered and is now living with a family in Derby. 

Dog is rehomed

Dermot Murphy, of the RSPCA, said: "I believe the figures show that we're not becoming crueller, but that people are simply less willing to stand by and do nothing if they think an animal is suffering.

"People are increasingly likely to share images or footage on social media of animals they believe are not being cared for properly."

Your Comments: 'Slim chance' Rams will make play-offs


You're all sounding very pessimistic about Derby County's chances of making the top six.

It follows Craig Bryson's comments that the Rams "must show pride" in their last eight games .

Over on Facebook , Derek Bale wrote: "Honest answer = NO, NO, NO."

Chris JR Wilson Martin added: "Slim chance very slim chance."  

Authority pledges cash to improve the A52

East Midlands Today

Plans to reduce congestion on the A52 at Derby have been announced by Highways England. 


The authority has said it is spending £2.6m to create extra lanes, a slip road into Pride Park and a new crossroads at the junction of Wyvern Way and Derwent Parade.

It is part of a wider £14m project to improve the area, Highways England added. 

'Distinctive' remote control fishing boat stolen from Mickleover

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

More than £5,000 worth of fishing equipment - including a "distinctive" remote control boat - have been stolen from a property on the outskirts of Mickleover.

Remote control boat
Derbyshire Police

The boat, used for spreading bait on the water, (similar model pictured above), was taken during a break in between Monday 20 and Friday 24 March. 

A fishing reel (similar model pictured below) was also taken during the burglary of outbuildings of a property on Etwall Road. 

Fishing rod
Derbyshire Police

Beckett: Remain voters 'are allowed to ask questions about Brexit'

House of Commons


The Derby South MP Dame Margaret Beckett has said the voice of people who voted remain should still be heard in the Brexit negotiations now Theresa May has sent her letter triggering Article 50.

Margaret Beckett
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She told the Commons: "Will the Prime Minister ensure that everyone in her team stops the practice...of claiming that every awkward question is evidence of a desire to overturn the will of the British people?" 

The prime minister said Brexit was a "unique opportunity" to "shape a brighter future" for the UK.  

Your photos: Derbyshire across March

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher WMR-86 for sending in this excellent pic of Bakewell. 

River in Bakewell
WMR-86/BBC Weather Watchers

Gym referral transforms Heanor man's life

BBC Radio Derby

A former firefighter from Heanor - who was told he would never walk again after being knocked off his bike - has defied doctors to become a fitness instructor and triathlete.   

Steve Summers

Steve Summers was knocked off his bike on his way to work 27 years ago and was forced to quit his job and stop exercising. 

He was referred to the gym by doctors in order to help him lose weight and he did so well he has now become an instructor. 

He has recently completed two triathlons, a marathon and the Great North Run. 

Weather: Some rain around this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Plenty of cloud around throughout the afternoon with a few showers likely.

weather map

A couple of bright spells also in the mix on an otherwise overcast day. 

Highs of 14C (57F).

Council giving away free train tickets for new Ilkeston station

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

You've got to be in it to win it as the saying goes... 

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...although, is this one of the most underwhelming competition prizes? 

According to, a full price return ticket from Ilkeston to Nottingham is £5.30.

Rams 'must show pride' in Championship play-off chase

BBC Sport

Derby County's players must show pride in the last eight games of a season of underachievement even if they fail to reach the play-offs, according to midfielder Craig Bryson.

Craig Bryson
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Scotland international Bryson said: "This season's not been good enough. The players must take responsibility.

"If we don't make the play-offs this season we have to build for next season and put things right."

Derby face QPR at Pride Park on Friday in their second game under  new manager Gary Rowett.

Derbyshire hoping to boost capacity for World Cup match

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The chief executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club said they will ask to install more seats for the opening match of this summer's Women's World Cup between England and India. 

England womens team
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All 2,500 tickets for the match have been bought but the extra seating could increase capacity by 600. 

A final decision will be made by the International Cricket Council (ICC).  

County Ground in Derby
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"I know that the ICC always look to see if there are any tickets they can release nearer the time," Simon Storey told BBC Radio Derby. 

"It may well be that there is a chance of that...what we've been advised by the ICC is that the current allocation is all gone. 

"We do have some space but it will be the ICC's decision." 

Peppa Pig 'helps free' stuck Ilkeston girl from toilet seat

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue (with a little bit of help from Peppa Pig) came to the rescue of a three-year-old earlier this week who had got a toilet seat stuck over her head. 

Zeva stuck and Zeva free
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

Firefighters in Ilkeston cut Zeva, 3, free on Monday evening. 

They put Peppa Pig on the TV to distract her and said she was "very brave" during the whole rescue. 

Ex-Rams goalie auditions for X-Factor

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A former Derby County goalkeeper has auditioned for the X-Factor. 

Joe Sharman

Joe Sharman, 85, who played for the Rams in the 1950s, sang "Working Man" by David Alexander for the judges.

"When we were on the bus home from away games they [my teammates] expected me to get up and sing," he told BBC Radio Derby. 

"In those days I was an [Al] Jolson impersonator."

Joe is waiting to hear back from the judges if he has got through to the next stage. 

X Factor logo
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Probe into dog 'poisonings' at Derbyshire park

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

An investigation has been launched after a dog died and two others suffered seizures following visits to a popular walking spot.

Karen Dean

The Forestry Commission said at least three dogs were taken ill after visiting Poppy Wood Park in Melbourne, Derbyshire, in recent days.

The site's parking area has been closed by park volunteers, who cannot guarantee it is "a safe environment".

A park-wide search for poisonous substances will now be carried out.

Rams duo part of Ireland loss to Iceland

BBC Sport

Derby County defenders Cyrus Christie and Alex Pearce both played 90 minutes as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 at home to Iceland (remember them?)

Alex Pearce plays for Ireland vs. Iceland
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Hordur Magnusson's superb 21st-minute free-kick proved decisive as Ireland's 15-game unbeaten run at the Aviva Stadium came to an end. 

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It is damp out there - but what does the rest of the day have in store? Charlie Slater has your forecast...

Derbyshire businesses react to PM's Brexit letter to the EU

BBC Radio Derby

Businesses across Derbyshire have been giving their reaction to BBC Radio Derby about what the triggering of Article 50, the device that will see the UK leave the European Union, means to them. 

Theresa May signs a letter
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David Lamb, from the Derby-based wetsuit firm HUUB, has said he is concerned trade will be affected. 

"Scotland are looking at another referendum which creates uncertainty," he said. 

"So what can we plan for? What are we planning for? 

"Will there be extra import tarriffs when we are bringing goods in from Europe?...we just don't know so uncertainty is the number one factor for us." 

EU flag and parliament
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But Christopher Neiper, who runs a clothing firm in Alfreton, believes businesses have to be proactive.  

"All sorts of things could happen," he said. 

"One of the things we have to do in business is make ourselves government proof, try and make ourselves Europe proof and withstand whatever happens."  

Good morning: Welcome to today's live updates

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome along to Wednesday across Derbyshire. I'll be with you until later with the region's news, sport, weather and travel. 

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