Welcome to the rolling news live blog where you'll find all the latest news and traffic, travel, sport and weather updates for Burton and the surrounding area. If it's happening, you'll hear it here first. If it's happening in the wider world and we think you'll be interested, this is where you will find it. We will keep you up to date on all you need to know.

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John Taylor pupils almost run over on walk to school

School pupils as young as 11 have been left fearing for their own safety as reckless drivers attempt to beat traffic chaos in the wake of the St Peter’s Bridge closure, it is claimed.

John Taylor High School students who take the bus from Walton have had several near-misses over the last few weeks as impatient motorists mount the pavement to overtake other drivers, according to parents.

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Five-strong gang who 'targeted' Burton dog breeder have been jailed for theft of French bulldogs

French bulldogs were stolen from a home in Burton (File photo)
French bulldogs were stolen from a home in Burton (File photo) (Image: Getty)

A five-strong gang involved in the theft of pedigree French bulldogs worth at least £15,000 in total from the home of a Burton breeder have all received jail sentences.

Ten dogs worth around £1,500 each were stolen during two raids on the breeder’s home in Horninglow, Burton, in November last year, Stafford Crown Court heard.

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Crew change over means St Peter’s Bridge work appears to stop for short period, says county council

St Peter's Bridge - During changeover
St Peter's Bridge - During changeover

Motorists have been reassured that work is taking place on St Peter’s Bridge is on target despite a small gap in the day when residents have reported that the structure appears silent.

Staffordshire County Council has told the Burton Mail that a “crew changeover” is the reason for when the bridge appears empty for a short period in the afternoon.

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Inquest into death of Swadlincote woman, 93, opens after she died in mobility scooter crash

A 93-year-old retired Burton newsagent was involved in a collision with a car while on her mobility scooter, an inquest heard.

Dorothy Gertrude Upton was taken to Royal Derby Hospital on September 9 after being struck by the car on Alexandra Road in Swadlincote.

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Moira man in drugs gang jailed for seven years after police find 1.5kg of cocaine at his house

Clive Andrews has been jailed for seven years
Clive Andrews has been jailed for seven years

A man from Moira has been jailed for seven years for being part of a gang which supplied £145,000 worth of cocaine in a crime spree described by a Judge as a ‘substantial operation and conspiracy.’

Clive Andrews, of Cherry Tree Court, Moira, was one of six members of the drugs gang, who have been jailed for a total of more than 50 years.

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All lanes on A38 are open as aftermath of car fire is revealed

A shocking image of the aftermath of the car fire on the A38 has been revealed. One lane of the A38 southbound was closed due to the fire.

The incident happened just before B6179 Derby Road and congestion was reported on A38 to A610 / B6441 Hartshay Hill.

The incident caused delays but all lanes have reopened.

One lane closed due to car fire

One lane of the A38 southbound is closed due to a car fire.

The incident happened just before B6179 Derby Road and there is congestion on A38 to A610 / B6441 Hartshay Hill.

Recovery work has now started but this is causing delays and one lane is closed, leading to queuing traffic between Alfreton and Derby.

Travel time is around 20 minutes

Car fire on the A38

There is currently a major car fire on the A38 southbound in Derbyshire this morning.

Fire engines from Alfreton and Nottingham Road are currently on the major route southbound between Little Eaton and Coxbench.

Man destroyed metal panel at Coopers Square shopping centre and assaulted a PCSO in Burton on the same day

A man has been caught damaging items in Coopers Square shopping centre, Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court heard.

See the full list of criminals here.

Manchester United 4 - 1 Burton Albion - the verdict: United's attack too hot to handle as Brewers exit Carabao Cup

Burton Albion's players applaud their travelling fans following their 4-1 loss to Manchester United
Burton Albion's players applaud their travelling fans following their 4-1 loss to Manchester United (Image: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Burton Albion found the Old Trafford test a step too far once again as they exited the Carabao Cup with a 4-1 defeat against Manchester United.

Eleven-and-a-half years after their maiden trip to the Theatre of Dreams - following that unforgettable FA Cup third-round draw at the Pirelli Stadium - Nigel Clough’s Brewers found themselves pitted against the Premier League giants once again.

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