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  1. Updates for Thursday 30 March 2017
  2. Pedestrian knocked into canal in two car crash
  3. M1 'smart motorway' plans criticised
  4. Search for poisonous materials after dog dies
  5. Derbyshire man takes on 'toughest footrace on earth'
  6. Cricket: Derbyshire appoint new president and chairman
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

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By Khia Lewis-Todd

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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.  

Weather: Dry with outbreak of rain

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It’ll be mild and mostly dry cloud will thicken through the night with the odd outbreak of patchy light rain possible.

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)


Travel: Report of an accident on A6

BBC News Travel

Trent Barton is diverting its buses, although the police have just told me the road should have reopened by now...

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Award for chief constable before retirement

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire's chief constable Mick Creedon has been awarded for his "outstanding contribution" to policing.

After serving 37 years in the police force he was given a Special Recognition Award, presented by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabularly Zoe Billingham before his retirement in May.

Mick Creedon
Derbyshire Police

Mr Creedon said: “I am proud to have served such a fantastic force. I want to thank everyone at Derbyshire Constabulary but particularly their families – we couldn’t police the county without the support you give to our officers and staff.”

M1: Lanes re-open

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Expect delays to remain for some time.

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M1 closure: Four miles of queues

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

And growing...

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Travel: M1 delays

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Traffic appears to be queuing from before junction 27 after an accident closed three lanes northbound between junctions 27 and 28.

Highways England

New station marks a 'historic day' for Ilkeston

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.  

ilkeston Railway
Dan Hayes

The Conservative MP for Erewash, Maggie Throup, said it's mainly thanks to government funding.

"This Sunday's a historic day as Ilkeston finally reconnects with the rest rail network. This wouldn't be possible without the £6.6m station fund grant.

"This is money well spent and will encourage people to use the train to visit Ilkeston and will boost the local economy."

Maggie Throup

Derbyshire man takes on 'toughest footrace on earth'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A 72-year-old Derbyshire man is preparing to run 156 miles across the Sahara Desert, again.

Bill Mitchell from Turnditch said he will be the oldest man from the UK to take part in the Marathon Des Sables and he's aiming to beat his 2016 time.

Bill Mitchell

Preparing himself for the challenge described as "the toughest footrace on earth" he said he his still nervous.

"You might have an injury or you might not perform as well. You're running through sand dunes, salt flaps and it's just baking."

Bill is raising money for the charity Starlight which helps children with serious and terminal illness.

Craig Bryson respects Gary Rowett's 'honesty'

BBC Derby Sport

Derby County midfielder Craig Bryson has compared new boss Gary Rowett to former manager Nigel Clough, saying he respects the "honesty" that Rowett has brought to the club.

Craig Bryson
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HS2 firm's pull-out 'no misdemeanour'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The government's rejecting Labour's calls for an independent inquiry into the operation of the HS2 high speed-rail link after an engineering company pulled out amid allegations of "conflicts of interest". 


Yesterday it was revealed, American firm, CH2M,  won't be going ahead  with its £170m contract to develop Phase 2b of the project, part of which is due to pass through our region via the East Midlands hub at Toton. 

The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the House of Commons: "This was not some massive misdemeanour. 

"It was an error in process which has caused them to take a step back."

Visitors confused over Elvaston parking fee

Alex Blakemore

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Visitors have been left confused over how to pay for parking at Elvaston Castle as ticket machines have been faulty for a few weeks.

Elvaston car park

Around three of the machines I saw in the car park were faulty this morning. 

Whilst I was there one woman put her money in but was not issued a ticket and another woman in the car park told me the machines were often like this.

Derbyshire County Council told BBC Radio Derby: "If all the parking meters are broken and could not be used then we wouldn't issue a ticket. 

"If one machine was working then we would expect people to use it and pay for a ticket."

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells and few showers

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It'll be mainly dry and bright with some sunny spells and only a couple of showers – particularly in the early evening. 

Warm too with highs of 19C (66F).


Water from 'poisoned' park to be tested

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

On this day in 1970...

BBC Derby Sport

A self proclaimed footballing legend was born.

Happy 47th Birthday to Craig Ramage our sports summariser. 

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All stalls taken for returned Ashbourne market

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Missing the Ashbourne market?...well I bring you good news - it's one week away from returning.

The market will now be held in the Civic Square, between Waitrose and Ashbourne Library.

Derbyshire Dales District Council closed the market at the start of the year because of a lack of stalls and customers in its previous location, Market Place.

Ashbourne Market
Derbyshire District Council

All the stalls in the new venue have been snapped up by traders for the opening day.

Man arrested after drugs raid in Alvaston

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A man has been charged with possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply.

The 51-year-old was arrested yesterday after police raided a house on Westminster Street in Alvaston. 

Drug Warrant
Derbyshire Police

The man is due before Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court today.  

Watch: Volunteers at Poppy Wood Park

Heidi Booth

Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

This morning I joined volunteers and the Environment Agency at Poppy Wood Park where they were trying to identify what's been poisoning dogs.

The Forestry Commission said at least three dogs were taken ill after visiting the park near in Melbourne.

The park has been closed after volunteers said they couldn't guarantee dogs' safety.

Derby welcome Queens Park Rangers tomorrow

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County Manager Gary Rowett said he's already got to work on some of the Ram's frailties.

The team conceded a 95th minute equaliser at Forest in his first game in charge. 

It was the seventh time they had either lost a match or a winning position after 90 minutes this season. 

They get ready to welcome Queens Park Rangers tomorrow.

Gary Rowett
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Pedestrian knocked into canal in two car crash

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A pedestrian who was knocked into a canal when he was caught in a two car crash remains in a critical condition. 

A van and a car collided in Swarkeston yesterday afternoon sending the car into the canal.

Passersby helped the elderly female driver out of her car and pulled the pedestrian from the water.

The man remains in Queen's Medical Centre in a critical condition. The woman was treated for minor injuries.


Derbyshire Police are  appealing for witnesses .  

Watch: East Midlands weather

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here's how today's looking across the region...

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News 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.

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

Award for police officer who saved football fan during riot

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A Derbyshire police officer who helped save the life of a football fan during a riot at Euro 2016 in France has received a special award. 

PC Roger Brown was on duty in Marseille when fan Andrew Bache, 51, suffered a heart attack during the clash before the England and Russia game.

During the riots PC Brown and a colleague resuscitated Mr Bache.

PC Roger Brown

Now PC Brown has been honoured by the Royal Humane Society for his bravery.  

He said: "There were still bottles and chairs being thrown around so I assessed him and put an airway into him and did some CPR."

Cricket: Derbyshire appoint new president and chairman

BBC Derby Sport

West Indies legend Michael Holding has been appointed as president of his former club Derbyshire.

They have also named local businessman Ian Morgan as their new chairman.  

Cricket president
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Volunteer search after 'dog poisioning' at popular park

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Volunteers are to carry out searches at a popular dog walking park after two dogs died and six were taken ill.

Patrols will be at Poppy Wood Park to look for any poisonous substances.

Poppy Wood Park

The Forestry Commission said it had closed the park until it is satisfied it is safe.

M1 'smart motorway' plans criticised over hard shoulder loss

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The RAC has criticised plans to turn a stretch of the M1 in the East Midlands into a smart motorway. 

Cars on the M1

The scheme, which work begins on today, will see signs put above lanes on the M1 between junctions 23a and 25 which tell you when it's closed or what the speed limit is.

It also means the hard shoulder could become a full time driving lane.

But the RAC believe this part of the plan could cause safety issues.  

Smart Motorway
Balfour Beatty

Simon Williams from the RAC said: "The concerns are that the hard shoulder is there as a place of refuge when something goes wrong or you break down or you have an accident. 

"While smart motorway schemes have refuge areas my main concern is they are not close enough together. They are up to two and a half kilometres apart."  

Highways England has said the scheme is safe, and they have procedures in place to help any motorists facing difficulty on the motorway.

Your photos: Spring sparrows

BBC Weather Watchers

A great snap taken of a group of sparrows in Heanor by our Weather Watcher Stoneyford View.

Stoneyford View

Travel: Queuing traffic on A38 and A52

BBC News Travel

There is currently slow moving traffic on the A38 near the Kingsway and Queensway roundabout. As well as queuing traffic coming into Derby on the A52 Brian Clough Way.

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Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

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