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RSPCA receives donations of old newspapers

Animals at the RSPCA in Stretton will benefit from old newspapers donated by the Burton Mail.

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The Burton Mail dropped off some of their old newspapers, for the pets housed at the local rescue centre. Pictured is Dawn Webber with Barney a 12 year old cross breed, that has been with the RSPCA in Hillfield Lane, Stretton since March
The Burton Mail dropped off some of their old newspapers, for the pets housed at the local rescue centre. Pictured is Dawn Webber with Barney a 12 year old cross breed, that has been with the RSPCA in Hillfield Lane, Stretton since March

Thug takes money straight out of pensioner's wallet in Uttoxeter town centre distraction theft

An elderly woman has been targeted by a callous thief in Uttoxeter town centre. Police are warning people in town to be on their guard after the offender distracted his 77-year-old victim, before making off with cash from her purse.

The thug approached her in the Maltings shopping centre, off High Street, at around 10.30am on Wednesday, August 9.

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Lane closed in M1 after broken down van

One lane has been closed on the M1 northbound near East Midlands Airport after reports of a broken down van.

Lane one of four is closed between junction 23A and 24 while recovery work takes place.

Slow traffic has been reported and congestion is backing up to junction 23 at Loughborough.

traffic easing
Slow traffic has been reported on the M1

Collapsed manhole in Burton

Bus service, Midland Classic have claimed that Derby Street, in Burton is closed near to the Derby Turn Island.

They suggest this is because of a collapsed manhole and that traffic is being diverted by Waterloo Street and towards Burton.

They tweeted on their Twitter page that: “Causing delays to all services in the area, particularly service two as a result.”

One lane of A38 at Findern closed

One lane of the A38 at Findern is closed due to a broken down vehicle.
The A38 northbound carriageway is closed between the A50 J4/B5008 Etwall Road, Toyota Island, and A5250 Rykneld Road/Staker Lane/Burton Road, Littleover Turn Off.
Lane one of two is closed and slow traffic is being reported, according to traffic and travel information website Inrix.

Derby Street closed for roadworks

There are roadworks on Derby Street near Lidl in Burton. As a result Derby Street is closed and traffic is being diverted via Waterloo Street. This is impacting all Midland Classic services that run via the railway station and Town Hall.

St Peter’s Bridge to close for three months as multi-million pound repairs get under way

With the planned closure of St Peter's Bridge for 3 months, it is likely to cause additional traffic on an already chaotic bridge. St Peter's Island, Stapenhill
With the planned closure of St Peter's Bridge for 3 months, it is likely to cause additional traffic on an already chaotic bridge. St Peter's Island, Stapenhill

Major work to improve a Burton bridge is set to begin later this month and will see the closure of one of the town’s busiest gateways for three months.

St Peter’s Bridge, in Stapenhill, hit the headlines in January when it was revealed that “life-expired” bearings on the bridge were at risk and the bridge could have a weight limit introduced if they continue to deteriorate.

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One lane of M1 closed in Derbyshire

One lane of the M1 southbound junction 29 and 28 near Alfreton and Mansfield due to a broken down vehicle.

Isis Way in Hilton will not have its name changed

Residents who live in Isis Way will not see the name changed after failing to fill out questionnaires issued by South Derbyshire District Council
Residents who live in Isis Way will not see the name changed after failing to fill out questionnaires issued by South Derbyshire District Council

Residents who live in Isis Way, in Hilton, will not be able to rename the road, after failing to fill out a questionnaire when given the opportunity.

Despite complaining that they receive funny looks and nervous laughs when they give out the name of the street, of the 43 residents who were given questionnaires about the future of the road name, only a handful responded.

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Swadlincote woman suffers burns and is scarred for life after having black henna holiday tattoo

The temporary tattoo has left a lasting mark on Chloe's left arm
The temporary tattoo has left a lasting mark on Chloe's left arm

A woman has revealed her summer of hell after a spur-of-the-moment henna tattoo left her arm burned and scarred. Chloe Goodwin, 20, from Swadlincote, went on holiday with her family for two weeks earlier this summer to Sunny Beach in Bulgaria.

While walking along the sea front in Sunny Beach, Miss Goodwin decided to have a temporary, black henna tattoo of a flower on her left forearm.

Read the full story and see the shocking pictures here.

Group of pals postpone remainder of kayak challenge along the River Trent for charity after illness

Arron, Dannie, Richard and Emily pose on the riverbank during the challenge
Arron, Dannie, Richard and Emily pose on the riverbank during the challenge

A charity rowing event to raise money for children with special needs has had to conclude early, after members of the team were taken ill.

A team of rowers from South Derbyshire set themselves the challenge of rowing from Burton to the end of the river’s flow at Trent Falls to raise money for the charity Sand, Sun and Special Needs.

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Happy Hens project could end as Highfields Farm, in Etwall, is for sale at £1.6 million

Roger Hosking, of Happy Hens, is now looking to retire.
Roger Hosking, of Happy Hens, is now looking to retire.

An Etwall farm which has, for the last 40 years, helped troubled young people has been put on the market for £1.6 million but it could mean the end of the project.

Hundreds of young people struggling with life have benefited from the help provided by Happy Hens over the last four decades. Highfields Farm has been the home of Roger and Beryl Hosking, who wanted to help young people in trouble by providing them with work, support, teaching and love.

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The earlier incident on the A38, which saw scaffolding and wood get scattered across the road coming into Burton has now been cleared.

No indication has been given whether traffic has returned to normal, but the accident has been cleared and the debris has been removed from the road.

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Scaffolding and wood spread across the A38 causing delays this morning

Scaffolding and wood across the A38 is causing delays on the road coming into Burton this morning.

At the Branston Interchange, on the A5121 northbound one lane remains closed while traffic continues to queue.

One lane has been closed by Staffordshire Police, because of several cars colliding with the debris scattered across the road.

Traffic monitoring website Inrix has confirmed that traffic on the road is heavier than normal.

Delays on the M1 northbound this morning

Traffic is beginning to queue on the M1 northbound, in Leicestershire this morning.

An accident between Junction 23A, on the A42 and Junction 24, for the A50, A453 for Kegworth and East Midlands Airport is causing delays.

Traffic monitoring website, Inrix has confirmed that one lane out of the four is closed.

Water safety warning on the third anniversary of death of schoolboy Kai Lambe, who drowned aged nine

The mother of Kai Lambe, who died in August 2014 when he got into difficulty in a Weir, has shared her story to stop the tragedy from happening to others
The mother of Kai Lambe, who died in August 2014 when he got into difficulty in a Weir, has shared her story to stop the tragedy from happening to others

The mother of a schoolboy who drowned while trying to save his friend has given her backing to a new campaign about the dangers of swimming in open water.

Although temperatures have not been soaring recently, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has still voiced fears that groups of children and teenagers are often seen playing in or around rivers, canals, and reservoirs as they are out and about with friends, looking for adventure.

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Amazing pictures of the large-scale building work on the new Alton Towers' rollercoaster ride

The new Alton Towers ride, Secret Weapon 8, or SW8, is under construction
The new Alton Towers ride, Secret Weapon 8, or SW8, is under construction (Image: TowersStreet/Joe Winstanley)

This intriguing shot show the first tangible signs of Alton Towers’ exciting forthcoming rollercoaster so far dubbed ‘Secret Weapon 8’ by park bosses.

The huge wooden structure is being built on the site of the Staffordshire theme park’s old log flume ride, which has been dismantled. The site where the new ride will be situated will include a food outlet, games unit and a shop. It is not known if it will be a water ride.

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Bus delay

The 401 from Hatton to Burton is running 30 minutes late if you are wondering where it is

Driver fined after cyclist flung into the air following crash near Burton

A 56-year-old woman has been fined after her car collided with a cyclist who was flung in the air and sustained a broken leg.

Yvonne Spendlove, of Calais Road, Horninglow, failed to see a cyclist approaching from the opposite direction as she turned right, and the impact of the crash caused the rider to be flung into the air and landing on the road, a court has heard.

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Warmer day expected today

Hints and tips that will give you a holiday to remember
Hints and tips that will give you a holiday to remember (Image: Getty)

It is going to be a bit warmer today with highs of 20C at around 4pm.

It is expected to be sunny all day with a bit of cloud thrown in. We will start the day at 12C before rising to 20C over the course of the day.

Much like last night, tonight will be sunny only with no hint of clouds from around 7pm.

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Mitchell Bird has been caught driving while banned for the sixth time
Mitchell Bird has been caught driving while banned for the sixth time

A 21-year-old motoring menace is back behind bars again after he was caught driving while banned for a shocking SIXTH time. mitchell Bird, of Cedar Road, Castle Gresley, has been jailed for the fourth time after he admitted driving while disqualified just days after his release from prison for a similar offence.

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