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Weather: Dry night ahead

BBC Weather

It will remain dry overnight and there will be some clear periods, though some mist may develop later in the night.

Tomorrow is expected to be another dry day and feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine.


Rams fans urged not to buy resale Wembley tickets

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Derby County fans have been warned not to buy re-sale tickets for Monday's play-off final against Aston Villa.

The Rams' allocation for the game at Wembley have all been snapped up and Derbyshire Police's football officer, PC Roger Brown, has urged fans not to buy re-sold tickets.


He said: "We know how much this game means to fans – and many are willing to pay the sky-high prices that are being asked.

"However, the risk you run by buying one of these tickets is huge.

"Not only could you be refused entry to the ground – you will almost definitely lose your money as there is little or no recourse to regain that money yourself.

"The force is also investigating people who are selling tickets online, particularly by social media.”

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Rams fans fill giant ball with good luck messages

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A huge, inflatable football is being filled with messages of good luck for Derby County.

The Rams play Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final next week. The ball is currently under close guard in the Intu centre and will be outside Morrisons tomorrow

Huge signed ball

Once this ball is full, a second will be filled up and presented to the club.

Delay caused by A38 break-down

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Worth avoiding if you're travelling around Derby this morning.

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'Frustration' over play-off final tickets

BBC Radio Derby

The Rams sold out their allocation of more than 36,000 tickets for Wembley at the weekend, within hours of going on general sale.

They're up against Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final a week today.

Some tickets have surfaced on the internet for more than £900.

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Derby County

Stephen Hillier is a Derby County fan who hasn't managed to get a ticket but he's still planning to travel to London for the atmosphere.

He told the BBC: "It's so frustrating. I've heard of fans, who are not Derby fans, who have got tickets. They shouldn't really be in the Derby end.

"I'd love to be going and watching them live but I'll just sit in a pub and enjoy it there."

Train speed improvements set to disrupt journeys

East Midlands Today

Passengers using the Midland Mainline are being warned to expect major disruption next week.

Market Harborough station

From next Tuesday, no services will be stopping at Market Harborough station for six days as work is carried out to straighten the line and install a new footbridge.

There will also be fewer trains between the East Midlands and London and services that do run will take longer.

When work on the line is completed, it will allow trains to travel at greater speeds. A replacement bus service will run in the meantime.

Rams fans warned of ticket touts

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police are warning Derby County fans about buying tickets for the play-off final from a ticket tout.

Officers told one person selling a pair of tickets for £400 on Twitter that they were one of "many" profiles being investigated.

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Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A dry, warm and sunny day across the East Midlands - here's the full forecast.

East Midlands weather: Dry night ahead

BBC Weather

Lingering daytime showers will slowly die away this evening. It will then be dry overnight with clear periods, although some mist is likely to develop later in the night.


Tuesday is expected to be a dry day with sunny periods. However, there is a small chance of a few fairly isolated showers developing during the day which are most likely in the afternoon.

Derby's Keogh named in Ireland squad

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Derby County defender Richard Keogh has been named in Mick McCarthy's Ireland squad for next month's Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The Boys in Green will travel to Denmark on 7 June before hosting Gibraltar three days later.

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Landlord banned for 11 years over £7.9m tax bill

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

A pub landlord who owed £7.9m in taxes has been banned for 11 years from running a company for submitting inaccurate tax returns.

Kirpal Rathaur, 51, from Nottingham, was banned after an investigation by the Insolvency Service, prompted by his company entering into voluntary liquidation in November 2018.

Mr Rathaur, who was director of Edward & Moore which ran nine pubs in Nottingham and Derby, has been banned from promoting, forming or managing a company for 11 years from today.

The investigation established that Mr Rathaur caused the company to file inaccurate tax returns between February 2010 and November 2014 and removed it from the business tax list in March 2015, building up £7.9m in unpaid taxes.

Martin Gitner, Deputy Head of Investigations, of the Insolvency Service said: "Directors cannot pick and choose what taxes they want to pay but this did not deter Kirpal Rathaur from avoiding paying business duty that he rightfully owed."


Council plans festival celebrating Derbyshire

Aleena Naylor

BBC Radio Derby

A Festival of Derbyshire is being planned to help boost the county's tourism industry.

The event would celebrate a series of key cultural and historic anniversaries for Derbyshire including the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park and 20 years since Derwent Valley Mills became a World Heritage Site.

terry eyre

The county council has said it would help promote Derbyshire to national and international audiences.

Tourism is worth £2.1bn to the local economy supporting 29,000 jobs directly and indirectly.

It's hoped a Festival of Derbyshire may replicate some of the success Yorkshire has enjoyed - after hosting the Tour de Yorkshire it's seen record numbers of overseas visitors.

A38 closed after lorry crash

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

A driver was freed from a lorry after a crash on the A38 northbound this morning.

Two lorries were involved in the collision near Somercotes at 11:05 and clean-up and recovery work is currently under way.

One of the drivers has been taken to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre but there are not believed to be any serious injuries.

Heavy traffic is expected in the area, with queues stretching back past the A610 junction.

Derbyshire Police

Appeal to find medals left on bus

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A bag of military campaign medals has been left on a bus between Derby and Nottingham.

The Royal British Legion bag was left on the YourBus Y5 service in Chaddesden on Wednesday 17 April.

Man with a carrier bag
Derbyshire Police

A man was later seen leaving the bus in Attenborough carrying a similar bag but the medals have not yet been handed in.

There are seven medals missing including at least two WWII stars and two Korea Medals. They're believed to be replacements and might not have the owner's service details on them.

Derbyshire Police would like to speak to the man seen in this picture.

Call for traffic-free cycleway

East Midlands Today

More than 150 cyclists rode out to show support for a proposed cycle route between Derby and Baslow at the weekend.

Campaigners are calling on Derbyshire County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership to support their bid for the off-road pathway which would cost an estimated £10m.


Derek Latham, from the Derwent Valley Trust, said: "What we want next is to get the feasibility study to be able to design it in detail and agree it with the owners.

"Then we're in a very clear position to make a bid to government for the money and we will better know then how much it's going to cost exactly."

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's a sunny start but there’s a chance of a shower later - here's the full forecast.

Weather: Sunshine and heavy rain

BBC Weather

It'll be a cloudy night with areas of patchy rain and drizzle. A few mist patches are set to develop too.

There'll be a mixture of sharp showers and dry spells tomorrow. Some showers could be on the heavy and perhaps on the thundery side. There will however still be some brighter spells.

Peregrine falcon eggs 'disappear'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police would like to speak to this man after two peregrine falcon eggs disappeared.

It's not known if the nest site, in the Derbyshire Peak District, was "interfered with" but it has been confirmed that recently laid eggs have gone.

Images of wanted man
Derbyshire Police

Rural crime officers have been monitoring nests over the last few months with the use of a done.

One pair of birds were seen with two eggs and the female had been incubating them but on Wednesday morning she was off the nest and acting "oddly".

peregrine falcon nest
Derbyshire Police

By the afternoon she had left the nest completely and did not return.

Police returned with the drone yesterday afternoon and confirmed the eggs were no longer there.

In a statement, the force said: "There are numerous theories and possibilities as to what happened to the eggs, at this moment in time we simply don’t know if human interference played a role."

Men jailed for supplying cocaine worth millions

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Four men who intended to "flood Derbyshire with cocaine" have been jailed for more than 60 years.

The men were arrested after £1.3m worth of heroin, cocaine and cannabis, three firearms and £500,000 in cash were found at a house in Derby in May 2018.

Police have said the evidence pointed to a £35m conspiracy over two years.

Liutauras Streckis, John Devine and Benjamin Mousley
Derbyshire Police

Benjamin Mousley (right) and Liutauras Streckis (left) were arrested and approximately 5kg of cocaine was recovered.

Later in the year John Devine (middle) and a fourth man Alvydas Giedraitis were arrested and £5,000 in cash was seized. All were charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and have been sentenced at Derby Crown Court.

  • Giedraitis (42) of Enfield, London jailed for 20 years.
  • Streckis (36) of Littleport, Cambridgeshire jailed for 19 years.
  • Mousley (35) of Friar Gate in Derby jailed for 12 years.
  • Devine (32) of Worcester Crescent in Derby jailed for 10 years.

Derbyshire police said the men intended to flood the county with cocaine "bringing untold harm to our communities".

Rams defender wins player award at loan club

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Derby County's defender Max Lowe has been named Aberdeen’s Players’ Player of the Year.

The 22-year-old full-back was handed the honour after making 41 appearances during two loan spells with the SPL side.

Max Lowe

Derbyshire MP gets behind McVey leadership bid

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham has backed Esther McVey to succeed Theresa May as leader of the Conservative party.

The former cabinet minister Esther McVey announced last week she will put herself forward for the position when Theresa May stands down.

The prime minister has promised to set a timetable for the election of her successor after the next Brexit vote in the first week of June.

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Cyclists demonstrate need for cycle way

BBC Radio Derby

Cyclists will be riding between the University of Derby and Matlock tomorrow to highlight the need for a cycle way.


The Derwent Valley Trust has raised £1m of the £9m needed for a route between between Derby and Chatsworth.

The chairman of the trust, Derek Latham, said: "We'll have to cycle up the A6 because we don't have the cycle way now. This will demonstrate the need for the cycle way."

Play-off final tickets to go on sale

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Tickets for Derby County's Championship play-off final against Aston Villa are due to go on sale at 10:00.

Rams have been given 36,000 seats for the Wembley clash on Monday 27 May.

Tickets are available today for season ticket holders, home membership holders and Final 3 Game Plan customers, with any remaining tickets going on general sale on Sunday.

Derby County celebrations after beating Leeds United
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UK knife crime: The first 100 fatal stabbings of 2019

BBC News

Jaden Moodie is the youngest of the 100 people stabbed to death in the UK so far this year.

The 14-year-old moved from Nottingham to London for a fresh start six months before his death.

The first death was 33-year-old mother Charlotte Huggins, who died in London on 1 January. The 100th death was John Lewis, 32, who died in Middlesborough this week.

There has been one fatal stabbing every 1.45 days so far this year in England and Wales. If killings continued at that rate for the rest of the year, the total would be slightly lower than the 285 stabbing deaths recorded in 2017-18.

Jaden Moodie
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Three people have been fatally stabbed this year in the East Midlands:

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain has moved in to replace the glorious sunshine we've been enjoying this week.

Weather: A cloudy day with some rain

BBC Weather

Cloud is expected to become more extensive through tonight and will thicken enough to give some light showers.

Sun in Leicester

Friday will feel fairly cool and there will be rather a lot of cloud, thick enough to produce some showers.

Boy band singer 'proud' of Rams

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The One Direction singer and "lifelong Derby County fan" Niall Horan has said he's "proud" of the team after they beat Leeds in a play-off semi-final thriller last night.

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He followed this tweet with another saying: "This is by far the most together I’ve seen the club in years."

Man sexually assaults woman in park toilets

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A 40-year-old man may be deported after he sexually assaulted a young woman enjoying a day out with her family.

Christian Mihai, of no fixed abode, approached his victim in the women's toilets at Darley Park Café in Derby.

He grabbed hold of her and kissed her hands, tried to kiss her face and rubbed up against her before she managed to escape, police said.

Cristian Mihai
Derbyshire Constabulary

He pleaded guilty to sexual assault and was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, put on the sex offenders register for 10 years and given a restraining order stopping him from contacting his victim or entering the park for three years.

Mihai is now automatically liable for deportation and the Home Office will make a decision on this.

Det Con Harry Bashir, of Derbyshire Police, said the incident had a "profound and lasting impact on a vulnerable young woman".

Peregrine chicks hatch at cathedral

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Egg-citing peregrine news - two baby chicks have hatched at Derby Cathedral.

This footage, by the Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project, shows a glimpse of the first chick.

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The falcon is still incubating at least two more eggs but Nick Moyes, who writes a blog about the project, said it "seems unlikely" these will ever hatch.

Council to distribute fly papers to infested homes

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The city council has described fly infestations at some homes in Derby as "very concerning".

The authority has said it's working closely with the Environment Agency to try to identify the source of problem affecting homes in the Sinfin and Normanton areas.

Flies stuck to sticky paper
Samsia Aloy

Derby City Council has said: "Our Environmental Health team were alerted to the issue yesterday, and since then have been working to order fly papers, which will be distributed to the homes affected.

“In the meantime we will continue to aid the Environment Agency in their investigations.

"There has been speculation that flies may be coming from the Waste Treatment Plant in Sinfin, however no evidence has been found to suggest that the facility is the source at this time."

Rams gain police dog supporter

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

It looks like everyone has Rams-mania after their play-off semi-final win against Leeds.

This is Derbyshire Police Dog Zane.

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Rams celebrate victory over Leeds

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Last night the Rams booked their place at Wembley to play for a spot in the Premier League after pulling off a comeback against Leeds.

There were some pretty ecstatic scenes in the changing rooms, where the team mocked the other side by singing 'Stop crying Frank Lampard' - a song Leeds fans came up with in the wake of 'Spygate'.

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M1 smart motorway upgrade cost £125m

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Highways England has invested more than £125m upgrading a section of the M1 to a smart motorway.

It allows variable speed limits to be used on the section between Junctions 23a and Junction 25, which helps to adjust the flow of traffic to ease congestion.

Sensors by the side of the road work out when vehicles are slowing down, and signs above the carriageway change the mandatory speed limits accordingly.

Highways England monitors motorways and trunk roads from a series of regional control centres. Its operators can trigger various aspects of the smart motorway, including “Red X” instructions, which close one or more lanes at a time.


The Rams are going to Wembley

East Midlands Today

Derby County are going to Wembley and are one win away from the Premier League.

There were incredible scenes at Elland Road last night as the Rams pulled off an amazing comeback against Leeds.

They were two goals down over the two legs- but came back to win 4-2 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate. Derby will now face Aston Villa on Bank Holiday Monday for a place in the top division.


Weather: A cooler day tomorrow

BBC Weather

A fine evening with sunshine and overnight it will remain dry with mainly clear skies.

Sun in Nether Heage, Belper

Any early mist patches will lift on Thursday morning to leave a dry day with spells of sunshine.

There will be more in the way of cloud and it will be a breezier day so will start to feel cooler.

Mummies travel to Manchester for scanning

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Derby Museums' two ancient mummies are being sent to the University of Manchester to be photographed, CT-scanned and digitally X-rayed by researchers.

ancient mummies
Derby Museums

They've only left Derby once in the last 140 years when they went to Lincoln University in the early 1990s for cleaning.

It's hoped new technology will provide a more comprehensive insight into the mummified remains.

Although these two mummies were X-rayed many years ago, the clarity and resolution of the images is relatively poor. Imaging technology is so advanced nowadays, that even those mummies studied as recently as 5-10 years ago, can benefit from repeated study.”

Dr Lidija McKnightUniversity of Manchester

NHS bosses to spend £1.3m reducing stillbirth figures

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Eddie Bisknell

An NHS trust is set to spend £1.3m on plans to halve the number of stillbirths and maternity incidents at hospitals in Burton-upon-Trent and Derby.

Entrance to Burton's hospital

The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust said there was an NHS aim to meet the target by 2025.

It said it would invest extra money in maternity services - on areas such as improving bed capacity in intensive neonatal care and offering better mental health support.

Puppy has 'jigsaw puzzle' head reconstructed

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A team of vets have saved the life of a German Shepherd puppy after she was hit by a motorbike in Belper.

Nine-month-old Bella's skull was so fractured when she arrived at Pride Veterinary Centre, senior surgeon Rosario Vallefuoco said the CT scan, "was like looking at a jigsaw puzzle".

CT scan of injuries
Scarsdale Vets

The surgery reconstructed Bella's face using a titanium mesh. The vets believe it's one of the first times this approach had been used in a trauma case involving a dog.

Within two days Bella was able to eat by herself and was allowed to go home with her owners.

Bella a few days after surgery
Scarsdale Vets

Rosario said: "She is doing extremely well and, cosmetically, you would never know she had been in such an accident - which given her initial CT scans, is something we are very proud of."

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Wear sunscreen - it's going to warm and sunny today.