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Severe accident: A632 Derbyshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A632 Derbyshire both ways severe accident, from Lant Lane to Upper Lumsdale.

A632 Derbyshire - A632 Chesterfield Road in Kelstedge closed in both directions from the Lant Lane junction to the Upper Lumsdale junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Driver arrested over fatal A38 crash

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A van driver has been arrested following the death of a 66-year-old man who was killed in a crash on a Derby road.

Derbyshire Police said the crash - between a blue VW Transporter van and a white VW Crafter van - occurred at 11:10 on Wednesday on the northbound side of the A38 prior to the Kingsway island.

The force said the blue van left the carriageway after colliding with the white van.

A38
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The driver of the blue van, from Walsall, was pronounced dead at the scene. His family has been informed.

The white van driver, a 56-year-old from Somercotes, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has since been released under investigation.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Air ambulance counts cost of fly-tipping

East Midlands Today

Air ambulance bosses say paying to dispose of people's junk fly-tipped at a Derbyshire donation centre could have financed 10 life-saving missions.

A number of items have been dumped in piles outside The Hanger, the charity's donation superstore in Alfreton, including dirty nappies, old tights and pots of used paint.

In April, they had to spend nearly £1,000 disposing of it - the equivalent of 11,000 miles of fuel.

Donation centre
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be cloudy skies with some rain in the morning, but as the afternoon progresses, the rain will become more showery with sunny intervals. Maximum temperatures of 20 to 23C.

Homes plan gets green light despite rare butterfly concerns

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to build homes on a former mining site in Derbyshire have been approved despite fears rare butterflies would be put at risk.

Welbeck Estates intends to build 450 homes, a huge country park, new wetland areas and 15 acres of space for businesses on the former Whitwell Colliery site, north of Bolsover.

However, the land has been home to the dingy skipper, small heath, common blue and brown argus since mining ceased 33 years ago.

East Midlands Butterfly Conservation said construction would lead to much of the butterfly habitat being damaged.

Dingy skipper
Durham Wildlife Trust

At a meeting yesterday, Derbyshire County Council - in approving the plans - ensured the developer committed to 25 years of management of all the site's open spaces and country park.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service said this is to alleviate the concerns of the butterfly group and also the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, which also fears the loss of vital habitats.

Bolsover District Council said the site - which has been vacant since 1986 - has become an eyesore and also recommended the plans be approved.

Plans for the former Whitwell Colliery site in Bolsover
Welbeck Estates

Appeal for information about Durham man found dead in marshland

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

The family of a Durham man found dead in marshland are appealing for help in finding out what happened to him.

Robert Chatwin was found near the Erewash Canal in Derbyshire in April, two days after he was reported missing.

Mr Chatwin's cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

Image of officers involved in the search
BBC

Motorcyclist dies in A6 crash

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A motorcyclist has died in a crash on the A6 near Rowsley, in Derbyshire.

Emergency services were called to reports of a collision involving a grey Audi A6 estate and a black Aprilla motorbike just before 16:30 on Sunday.

Derbyshire Police said: "Sadly, the motorcyclist, a 46-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene."

A6 Bakewell Road, near Rowsley, in Derbyshire
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The force added the man's family has been informed, but formal identification is yet to take place.

Police have appealed for witnesses and anyone with a dashcam to contact the force.

Police cordon off flip flop after driver loses them fleeing

David Pittam

BBC News Online

It's a little less glamorous than Cinderella's glass slipper, but this plastic flip flop could be a useful bit of evidence for the police.

Flip flop cordoned off
Derbyshire Police

It was left behind by a driver who abandoned his Ford Fiesta while being chased by cops in Clay Cross, Derbyshire, early this morning.

The armed police said he then "legged it" and managed to get away from them.

Fiesta in a bush
Derbyshire Police

Their ever-supportive colleagues at the Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit, who came to help investigate, replied to them: "Proper collision scene management is not to be sniffed at. And they’re called sliders now."

A Derbyshire Police spokesman clarified the creative scene preservation was just "banter".

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There is still some cloud around first thing, but it should brighten up as we head into the afternoon and it will be another warm day.

High UV levels and pollen count again too.

Man arrested after police officer's cheekbone fractured

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer in Huthwaite.

Nottinghamshire Police said the officer suffered a broken cheekbone and an eye injury in the incident, which happened at about 20:00 on Wednesday at Summerhill Court.

A force spokesman said the officer was detaining the man when he suffered the injuries.

Summerhill Court Huthwaite assault
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Boy swallowing dental component was 'wholly preventable'

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

An 11-year-old South Derbyshire boy swallowed a "small dental component" while he was sedated during an operation.

The so-called "never event" has been reported by the Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.

National guidance says a "never event" is a "serious incident that is wholly preventable" due to stringent safety policies.

Boy at the dentist
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The young boy had been having a lower molar tooth "restored" and was sedated and had local anaesthetic for the operation.

During the procedure, the "push button chuck" on a dental hand piece - used to release the drill end - came loose and was swallowed by the patient.

The component is "wafer thin" at less than 1mm thick and about 4 to 5mm in diameter.

The patient was unharmed after the incident in June and his family has not taken the matter further.

The trust says that it has sought to make all necessary changes to avoid this incident being repeated.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be dry with spells of sunshine today, feeling rather warm in the afternoon but with some gentle winds.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, at Tibshelf Services.

M1 Derbyshire - It's slow on M1 southbound at Tibshelf Services, because of earlier broken down lorry on exit slip road to the services. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A lovely sunny day with a light variable breeze today. It will feel warm in the sunshine with highs of 21C.

There are high UV levels too and a very high pollen count today.

Burglar and thief absconds from prison

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A convicted burglar and thief has absconded from HMP Sudbury.

Nathan Richardson was seen leaving the Derbyshire prison at about 13:00 yesterday before getting into a black BMW and driving off towards Ashbourne.

Police said the 35-year-old, who was jailed for three-and-a-half years last April, also has links to Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

Nathan Richardson
Derbyshire Constabulary

Richardson has a tattoo saying "Kyan" on the right-hand side of his neck, "Leanne" written on his left wrist and "Danielle" on his right leg.

Derbyshire police asked people not to approach him but to call them if he is spotted.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It will be dry with spells of sunshine this morning but cloud is expected to build widely by the afternoon.

It's going to be warm today, particularly in the sunshine with only some gentle winds.

Patient attacks paramedic in ambulance
An ambulance worker had his hair pulled out as he was assaulted inside his ambulance in Nottingham.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It's not the soaring temperatures we saw on Saturday, and it will be cloudy today, but there will be some spots of brightness. Highs of 19C.

Temperature rise prompts dog in hot cars warning

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

With temperatures expected to rise this weekend across the region, dog owners have been warned not to leave their pets in hot cars.

The RSPCA said in Nottinghamshire, 123 calls were made to the charity about dogs in hot cars last year compared to 100 in 2017 - a rise of 23%.

In Leicestershire, calls were up from 96 in 2017 to 112 last year - an increase of almost 17%.

However, there was a drop in calls of about 18% in Derbyshire - 175 in 2017 down to 143 last year.

Dog in car
Getty Images

The RSPCA said: "Despite repeated warnings every year, owners still risk their pets' lives by leaving them unattended in vehicles during warm weather."

It advised people to call 999 and request police if their dog is displaying signs of heatstroke - such as panting heavily, drooling excessively, being lethargic or vomiting.

Police: Bang was sonic boom from RAF jet

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Derbyshire Police have just confirmed the loud bang heard across the county was a sonic boom caused by an RAF jet passing overhead.

Mystery bang 'like an explosion or sonic boom'

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

People across a wide area of Derbyshire have reported hearing the mystery bang about 30 minutes ago.

The sound has been variously described as like an explosion, something huge being dropped and a sonic boom.

Derby aerial view
Google

One person who phoned BBC Radio Derby from Ripley said: "It was like a boom and a tremble, I don't think I've ever heard anything like it in my life."

Another person told the station it felt like the sound came from underneath rather than from the sky.

'Loud bang' heard across Derbyshire

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

People across Derbyshire have reported hearing a "loud bang" shortly before 10:00.

Residents in Derby, Belper, Borrowash and Sandiacre have all said they heard the mystery noise.

Derbyshire Police said they were investigating and appealed for information.

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Army celebrates 100th birthday of former soldier

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The Mercian Regiment, including Private Derby, has visited a former member celebrating his 100th birthday.

The Mercian Regiment with Fredrick Joseph Rainsford
The Mercian Regiment

Fredrick Joseph Rainsford joined Derbyshire's Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1939.

During World War Two, he fought in Belgium, France, India and Burma. He also played a part in the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

The Mercian Regiment with Fredrick Joseph Rainsford
The Mercian Regiment

The Mercian Regiment said Mr Rainsford, who has been ill recently, told them "the Germans couldn't beat me, the Japanese couldn't beat me, this is not going to beat me".