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Image released over train sex assault

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

An image has been released in connection with a sexual assault on a Derbyshire-bound train.

A man approached a teenage girl who was waiting at Manchester Piccadilly for a train to Hadfield on the evening of Sunday 18 August, British Transport Police said.

Both boarded the same train and while he was sat next to the victim he put his hands around her and touched her inappropriately.

Suspect image
British Transport Police

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Another sunny day but with the prospect of some rain at the weekend

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Father and daughter admit cruelty to dogs

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Puppy farm
North East Derbyshire District Council

A father and daughter from Derbyshire have admitted animal cruelty offences after inspectors found dogs and puppies living in filthy conditions.

At Chesterfield Magistrates Court, Peter Lamb, 69, of Ashford Road, Dronfield Woodhouse, and Sansha Lamb, 39, of Draycott Place, Dronfield, pleaded guilty to nine offences of failing to ensure the welfare needs of dogs in their care were met, and a further two offences of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs in their care.

Puppy farm
North East Derbyshire District Council

In various outbuildings at a property in Unstone, RSPCA and council officers found 24 dogs and puppies, as well as the decomposing body of a deceased pug.

A vet found the animals were covered in faeces and urine, were suffering from malnutrition, and many had lice infestations causing skin conditions.

The pair are due to be sentenced at Chesterfield Magistrates' Court on 4 November.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Dry and warm day with plenty of sunshine.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be some clear conditions through much of Wednesday, dry with blue sky and sunshine through to this afternoon.

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Warning after car crushed in motorway smash

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A crash on the M1, which left a car wrecked, shows the importance of leaving your vehicle when it breaks down, police have said.

The Volvo was left stranded in lane one of the southbound carriageway between junctions 28 and 29 last night.

Derbyshire Police's roads policing unit said a lorry failed to see it in time and hit it, destroying the rear section.

In a tweet, the unit added: "Good job there was no-one sat in the back. Break down in a live lane? Get out, quickly, call 999."

Damaged Volvo
@DerbyshireRPU
Damaged lorry
@DerbyshireRPU

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be sunshine, sometimes hazy, but it will then feel slightly cooler before a chilly night.

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Hired Lamborghini crashes on M1

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A hired Lamborghini was seen being driven "anti-socially" in Derby before the driver lost control of it on the M1, police have said.

Derbyshire Police's roads policing unit said the driver of the supercar crashed on the southbound carriageway, between junctions 28 and 29, at about 22:40 on Sunday.

"That’s the deposit well and truly lost," the unit added.

Police later confirmed no-one was hurt in the crash and no-one was arrested.

Lamborghini
@DerbyshireRPU
Peak District police increase patrols to tackle illegal raves
Police say they are cracking down on illegal parties in the national park.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We might be in for a treat today with plenty of blue sky and sunshine, but it will be a little cooler and fresher than yesterday.

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Most children 'not woken' by fire alarms, study warns

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Just 28% of 644 youngsters were woken up by a standard smoke alarm, a study has found.

The University of Dundee and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service called on manufacturers to warn parents that sleeping children may not hear the alarm.

But the study also found an alarm using a lower frequency sound, combined with a voice recording, woke more than 75% of the children.

The research will be featured on the BBC One show Watchdog on Thursday.

Sleeping boy
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Cow trampling victim 'in stable condition'

Alex Regan

BBC News

A woman who was airlifted to hospital after being trampled by a herd of cows is in a stable condition, Derbyshire Police have said.

The walker was seriously injured in a Peak District field near Sheldon at about 15:45 BST on Tuesday. Her dog died in the incident.

A passerby raised the alarm and the victim was later flown to hospital in Sheffield in a critical condition, but she is now stable.

Cow trampling incident near Sheldon
Derbyshire Police

Tributes paid to cyclist who died in crash

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

The family of a 71-year-old cyclist who died after a collision with a lorry have said he was "young at heart" and "loved life".

David Bates, from Clifton in Derbyshire, was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash near Ashbourne on Tuesday.

An air ambulance attended the scene and the A515 was shut for several hours while officers investigated.

Mr Bates's family said his death has left a "big hole" in their lives.

David Bates
Derbyshire Police

Derbyshire Police said the 39-year-old driver of the lorry was "voluntarily interviewed" on Tuesday.

The force has appealed for witnesses and any dashcam footage.

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BBC Weather

The bad news? It's going to be a windy, cloudy and, at times, wet Wednesday.

But the good news is the weekend is looking, if not balmy, at least a little bit sunnier.

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Grooming offences in the East Midlands on the rise

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The number of grooming offences in the East Midlands has risen by almost a third in the last year.

Figures obtained by the NSPCC show the number of incidents in the region rose from 266 last year to almost 350 this year.

The data also reveals more children are being targeted on social media sites.

Over the last two years, Facebook-owned apps and Snapchat were used in 70% of incidents dealt with by Derbyshire Police.

Children with phones
BBC

Four missing children found in abandoned garage

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

Four missing children have been found sleeping in an abandoned garage in Burton-upon-Trent.

Derbyshire Police said officers were searching for a 13-year-old girl from Swadlincote, who had been missing for 11 hours, when they found her and three other missing children.

The girl and two 16-year-old boys - one from Swadlincote and one from Coalville - and a 14-year-old girl, from Burton-upon-Trent, were found in the garage of an abandoned pub.

The boys had been missing for one week, while the Burton girl had not yet been reported missing to Staffordshire Police.

Police said each child was found safe and well and taken home by officers.

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Government policy unchanged despite badger reprieve

Press Association

A proposed badger cull in Derbyshire was suspended because of "specific local circumstances", not a change in government policy, the Environment Secretary has said.

Last week, Theresa Villiers told Natural England not to issue a licence for a cull of badgers in the county.

It had been proposed to prevent the spread of tuberculosis in cattle, but wildlife campaigners had raised concerns culling could be expanded into areas where the government has been funding vaccinations of the wild animals, which can transmit the disease to livestock.

Badger
Getty Images

The operation to vaccinate badgers in Derbyshire is the largest in the country and has so far cost £280,000.

Carrie Symonds, the prime minister's girlfriend, is reportedly "delighted" at the decision.

Ms Villiers said the cull had been suspended in Derbyshire to assess the impact of vaccination and culling already under way, but the government still believes culling is "necessary" to make the country TB-free.

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Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It's a drier day today but still a bit chilly. Fortunately that should improve (a bit) towards the end of the week.

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Lorry blocked two M1 lanes after running out of fuel

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Two lanes of the M1 were closed because a lorry got stuck after running out of fuel.

Police and highways officers were called to the northbound carriageway in Derbyshire between junctions 27 and 28 at about 05:25.

The vehicle was moved to somewhere it could refuel and was able to get going again shortly before 06:00.

Lorry
Highways England

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Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Autumn seems to have arrived in earnest today, with a wet and cool start to the week.

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Whaley Bridge crisis cost council £700k

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

The Toddbrook Dam crisis in Whaley Bridge has cost Derbyshire County Council £700,000.

The authority’s finance chief says it must get a hold of its finances to ensure its ability to combat similar emergencies does not decrease.

It had to fund its response to the potential disaster from its reserves.

Peter Handford, the council’s director of finance, had originally estimated the authority would have to draw £2m from its reserves to pay for its Toddbrook Dam response – listed in its five-year plan to be agreed next week.

Whaley Bridge
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This, it is thought, has now been reduced to £700,000 due to the estimate being forecast “before we knew that the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was paying for the helicopter,” the council says.

The helicopter, a Chinook from RAF Odiham, was commissioned for a combined 72 hours over several days to drop more than 600 tonnes of aggregate on the damaged Toddbrook Dam to prevent it from breaching.

The council’s reduced estimate suggests the cost of the Chinook could be £1.3 million – a cost which has not been confirmed by Defra, the Ministry of Defence or Derbyshire Police.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and rainy morning, but we could see brighter spells later.

More than 40m flocked to Derbyshire and Peaks last year

David Pittam

BBC News Online

About 42m people visited Derbyshire and the Peak District in 2018, a new study has found.

That's just a couple of million short of the entire population of Spain, and four times more than those who visited the Grand Canyon.

All these visitors means the area's tourism industry is worth £2.3bn and has 30,000 jobs within it, according to the tourist board.

This is a 7.4% increase in worth over last year.

Peak District
Visit Peak District and Derbyshire

Council's maintenance contracts to be outsourced

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Hundreds of caretakers and cleaners currently employed by Derbyshire County Council are set to be outsourced to Suffolk County Council.

Derbyshire County Council’s property division aims to save money from its £12.6 million budget.

It employs 1,500 of the authority’s lowest-paid staff including caretakers, grounds maintenance and cleaners, as well as electricians, architects and plumbers.

Derbyshire’s ruling cabinet is set to sign off on the plans on 11 September.

Matlock County Hall
BBC

The move could be sealed by March next year, with Derbyshire’s current caretakers and cleaners transferred across to Suffolk contracts.

These employees would work for one of Suffolk’s subsidiaries called Vertas.

Derbyshire has not ruled out redundancies as part of the move.

The employees transferring will retain their existing terms and conditions of employment.

A spokesperson for Suffolk County Council said: “We are excited about the potential opportunities that this partnership could create and look forward to the decision of Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet later this month.”

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We should see some decent spells of sunshine today but there's also the chance of showers later.

HS2 hit by delays

BBC Business News

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says parts of the high-speed rail project HS2 will be delayed by up to five years and cost £22bn more than expected.

"The chairman of HS2 does not believe the current scheme design can be delivered within the budget of £55.7 billion, set in 2015 prices," Mr Shapps said.

The East Midlands section of the new railway is now expected to be completed between 2035 and 2040

Sir John Peace, chairman of Midlands Connect, said: "Although any delay is very disappointing, this is a project we will all benefit from for the next hundred years and more. It’s well worth waiting for."

HS2
HS2 LTD

Derbyshire swim club embraces menstrual cycle app

BBC Business News

A Derbyshire swimming club has started using app technology to factor female swimmers' menstrual cycles into their training schedules.

FitrWoman is used by a number of top sportswomen worldwide and enables users to track their periods, report symptoms, log training activity, and access nutrition and physiology support during each phase of their cycle.

Jamie Main, head coach at Derventio Excel Performance Swim Squad, said members started using it five months ago.

Jamie Main with swimmer Mia Slevin
Jamie Main

He said: "Straight away it normalised the conversations between myself and the athletes. It broke the false taboo on the subject.

"We could be proactive in adapting high-intensity sessions when it didn't fit their cycle.

"There [are] also points in a cycle where there are higher chances of injury. Increased awareness of this allowed us to build in more recovery work and progressive warm-ups."

Swimmer Mia Slevin said she also used the app to learn which foods were important to eat at different stages in the cycle.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We should see variable amounts of cloud today with some bright spells but the chance of drizzly, light rain later.

Crash on M1 near airport causes delays

Highways England

Motorists have been warned of traffic delays on the M1 northbound in Leicestershire, between junction 23 and 24, following a crash earlier.

Highways England said there were seven miles of queuing traffic and delays of more than an hour near East Midlands Airport after three of the four lanes were closed.

Traffic on M1 northbound between junction 23 and 24 following a crash
Highways England