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Four-year-old triathlete Effie will sleep rough for charity

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to have to sleep rough on the streets, the YMCA in Burton is bringing back its sleep-out event for another year to raise money for the charity.

This year will see one of their youngest ever participants, four-year-old Effie Bowman, from Castle Gresley. In August, plucky Effie captured the hearts of Burton Mail readers when she took on a triathlon to raise money for charity.

Read the full story here

Effie tried out the box that she will be sleeping in during the sleepout
Effie tried out the box that she will be sleeping in during the sleepout

Temporary traffic lights causing havoc in Bretby

Temporary traffic lights are in place close to Burton-on-Trent golf club, causing havoc for drivers already delayed by the closure of St Peter’s Bridge.

Traffic information website Inrix has reported traffic is moving slowly in both directions on the road.

It is not known why the traffic lights are in place.

Drivers could face delays through the 18 weeks
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Long standing Tory MP Michael Fabricant will be swapping the cut and thrust world of politics for Cupid’s arrow as he looks for love on a popular TV dating show - all in the name of charity.

Lichfield MP Mr Fabricant, 67, whose constituency covers Barton and Alrewas, is hoping that romance will blossom when he appears on the hit Channel 4 show Celebrity First Dates, which will be aired in November or December.

Read the full story here

The conservative MP said he found the experience nerve-wracking
The conservative MP said he found the experience nerve-wracking

Aldi selling three litre bottle of prosecco

It might only be Monday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pour yourself a big glass of prosecco!

Luckily, Aldi is now offering a three litre bottle for a bargain price!

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Person taken to hospital after falling from a fair ride in Ashby

Paramedics treated a person who fell from a fair ride in Ashby at the weekend, it has been confirmed.

East Midlands Ambulance Service said someone had fallen from the waltzer and that a 999 call was received at 2.16 pm on Saturday, September 16. The incident took place in Market Street, Ashby. The Ashby Statutes fair is currently taking place in the town centre on Market Street. It started on Friday, September 15, and finished on Tuesday, September 19.

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Hartshorne mum's heartbreaking tribute to 'pink and sparkly' Georgia, 8, who lost cancer battle

Tributes have been paid to eight-year-old Georgia Findlay
Tributes have been paid to eight-year-old Georgia Findlay

The mother of a mischievous schoolgirl who lost her battle with cancer at the age of just eight has told how the “little actress” always had a smile on her face and fought to the very end .

Mum Ria Findlay, 36, was left heartbroken when her eldest daughter Georgia was diagnosed with metastatic Wilms’ tumour last year. After a gruelling battle, the Hartshorne Primary School pupil died on July 8 surrounded by her family.

Read the full story here.

Bulls Head in Repton launches Pooch Park to attract dog-loving customers and their pets

Bulls Head at Repton are now catering for the their 4 legged customers, as they have installed a pooch bark bar in their outside seating area. Pictured: Cassie and Richard Pope
Bulls Head at Repton are now catering for the their 4 legged customers, as they have installed a pooch bark bar in their outside seating area. Pictured: Cassie and Richard Pope

A Repton pub known for its pints and pizzas has become dog friendly with the installation of a new bar especially for pooches.

The Bulls Head, in High Street, has created its very own Pooch Park in a bid to attract dog lovers and their pets into the traditional Victorian ale house.

The full story here.

Branston mum fulfils lifelong dream of opening her own coffee shop

Nicola, Ruth and Emma are in the store six days a week
Nicola, Ruth and Emma are in the store six days a week

A Branston mum has fulfilled her lifelong dream of opening her very own coffee shop with her husband by her side. Ruth Birchall-Wright, 42, bought her shop, now called the Pickle Pot, in Branston, earlier this year with husband Lester, 36, who owns his own gardening business.

The pair had a big job on their hands turning the former pet shop in Main Street into a bustling cafe. When the couple bought the premises there was no gas or heating, and they all had to be installed from scratch.

Read the full story here.

Hundreds of jobs to be created in Swadlincote after business park given the green light

The Tetron Point development site in Swadlincote
The Tetron Point development site in Swadlincote

The green light for a business park in Swadlincote is hoped to bring with it hundreds jobs in the town. PMW Property now has permission for the 10 commercial units to be built on a site extending to almost 3.5 acres and said it has already received “much interest” in the buildings.

The Derbyshire developer has acquired the final plot on the Tetron Point business park which could create hundreds of jobs when complete.

Read more here.

Pensioner caught driving dangerously in South Derbyshire

A 77-year-old man was caught driving a Ford Focus dangerously in Melbourne. He was among the latest people to have their cases dealt with at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court.

Read the full list here.

Man admits damaging a hot tub and a wooden door in Burton

A man has admitted damaging a hot tub and a wooden door. He was among the latest people to have their cases dealt with at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court.

Read the full list of criminals here.

Newhall mum thanks restaurant staff for 'saving the day' after she loses purse containing weeks worth of takings

A hairdresser who accidentally left a week’s worth of her takings in a Swadlincote restaurant following ‘the day from hell’, has issued a heartfelt thanks to staff who came to her rescue.

Michelle Martinez, from Newhall, has told how she was having a really bad day when she decided to nip to the New Swad Indian, on the Delph.

Read more here.

Head teacher of Burton Catholic school dismissed

Neil Jinks was head teacher at the school for 13 years
Neil Jinks was head teacher at the school for 13 years

The head teacher of a Burton Catholic school has been dismissed from his job after 13 years. Neil Jinks was head teacher at Holy Rosary Primary Catholic School in Burton and was dismissed following four months of being suspended from his post over allegations of gross misconduct.

After his suspension in March this year, an investigation was undertaken at the school in Alexandra Road headed by the chairman of the school governors, Cecilia Emery. After this was concluded, Mr Jinks was sent a letter detailing the findings and he was invited to attend a disciplinary and grievance panel hearing where he was allowed to put his case.

Read more here.

Slow traffic today blamed on bridge closure

Very slow traffic is being reported on alternative routes into Burton as the closure of St Peter’s Bridge is blamed.

Both the A444 at St Peter’s Street northbound into Burton and on the A511 Ashby Road westbound are busy with queuing traffic.

Two-car collision on A38 at Burton

There is a lorry fire on the A38
There is a lorry fire on the A38

A two-car crash has left the A38 partially blocked near Burton.

The incident is between the A5121 Clay Mills and the A5121 Branston Interchange on the southbound side towards Burton.

There is slow traffic in the area following the incident, which was first reported by traffic company Inrix.

Delays for rail passengers

Train passengers between Derby, Leicester and Nottingham are being warned to expect delays of up to ten minutes following a derailment.

The incident over the weekend has led to a “points failure” - meaning that the movable sections of the track which allow trains to change junctions are not functioning.

The delays are affecting trains in both directions between Derby, Leicester and Nottingham.