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That is all from the blog for today folks, but you can tune in from 7am tomorrow where reporter Ben Waldron will be bringing you all the up-to-date news from around Burton and South Derbyshire. See you then!

Burton bridge closure bosses TURN DOWN cash offer aimed at speeding up repairs - because 'it wouldn't help'

Highways bosses have TURNED DOWN an offer of cash aimed at speeding up the completion of roadworks on St Peter’s Bridge in Burton because they say it would not help with what is a complex job.

The closure of St Peter’s Bridge has caused outrage in the town among motorists and traders alike, who have been faced with long tailbacks and a down-turn in trade as shoppers stay away from the town.

Read the full story here.

Children protest over lorries as mother reveals how she had to throw her son over a wall to avoid crash

‘No more lorries, keep us safe’ was the chant from children at a village primary school plagued by lorries squeezing along the narrow road they have to use.

Parents and pupils from Yoxall Primary School, near Burton, left the classroom after school today, Wednesday, September 27, to stage a protest. They gather outside their school close to a narrow bend on the A515 regularly used by HGVs as a short cut from the A38 to the A50.

Read the full story here.

CCTV image released after £400 worth of Olay products are stolen from Boots in Swadlincote

Almost £400 worth of Olay products have been stolen from a Swadlincote store.

Now officers from the Swadlincote Safer Neighbourhood Team have released CCTV footage from Boots, in High Street, of two people they want to trace who may be able to help with their inquiry.

Read the full story here.

Lane closed on M1 northbound

One lane of the M1 Northbound is currently closed at J23A A42 / A453 due to a broken down vehicle. The incident is causing heavy traffic and a lane is closed on the entry slip road. Emergency services are currently in attendance.

Burton dance group Touch of Life forced to temporarily close due to lack of volunteers

A popular dance organisation from Burton has been forced to temporarily close its doors after a long struggle to find volunteers.

The Touch of Life dance company, a non-profit organisation run by Dean Carruthers, provided classes and workshops for people aged between five and 25.

Read the full story here.

Two vehicle crash on Burton Bridge

There were delays on Burton Bridge earlier today, after a collision between two vehicles.

The incident happened shortly after 2pm on the bridge, which has been busier than normal due to the closure of St Peter’s Bridge.

Police confirmed that there had been an incident on the bridge earlier today, Wednesday, September 27, and nobody had been injured.

Staffordshire Police's Collision Investigation Unit has been on the scene
(Image: Staffordshire Police)

Concerns raised over approved 25-home development in Stapenhill

A proposal to build 25 affordable homes, which was met with objections from neighbours concerned about over-development and parking issues, has been approved.

Coventry-based Orbit Housing is to build a mixture of four one-bedroom flats for rent, 15 two-bedroom homes and six three-bedroom homes on land adjacent to 89 Rosliston Road, Stapenhill.

Read the full story here.

One lane closed on A50

An accident on the A50 Westbound has left one lane closed and has resulted in heavy traffic. The accident which took place at J6 A511 for Scropton and Hatton is affecting traffic between Etwall and Foston.

MP Heather Wheeler quick to answer questions from firms at Church Gresley business meeting

Local companies were given the chance to put questions directly to South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler at a dedicated business breakfast.

Representatives from South Derbyshire District Council, William Allitt School, Chameleon School of Construction and DART Training along with others headed to Integrex in Church Gresley to discuss their worries about the future of small and independent businesses in the region.

Read the full story here.

Mrs Wheeler was joined by representatives from local businesses
Mrs Wheeler was joined by representatives from local businesses

Search for driver who may have witnessed crash in Melbourne that left two women injured

An appeal to find a driver who may have witnessed a crash in which two pedestrians were injured when a car swerved and collided with them as they walked along a pavement in Melbourne.

One of the women was seriously hurt in the crash and is still recovering in hospital, police have said.

Officers have now issued an appeal to find the driver of a car who might have witnessed the smash.

Read the full story here.

Investigation work could be on the cards for Woodville sinkhole which keeps appearing

Worried parish councillors and residents have called for an inquiry into the on-off mystery of a sinkhole in a road at Woodville.

The hole first appeared in June on the busy junction between Frederick Street and Bernard Street, and again a few weeks later after being filled in by Derbyshire County Council.

Residents are still worried that the sinkhole could return and the issue was discussed at a Woodville Parish Council meeting earlier this month.

Read the full story here.

The original sink hole that appeared on Monday, June 26
The original sink hole that appeared on Monday, June 26

Burton, Winshill and Uttoxeter all scoop gold at Heart of England in Bloom competition

Burton, Uttoxeter and Winshill, working with East Staffordshire Borough Council, are celebrating a trio of prestigious awards having each scooped gold medals in the annual Heart of England in Bloom competition.

The competition rewards community groups in towns and villages across the country for the quality of floral displays, horticultural excellence and community involvement. More than 3,000 groups participate each year to help improve their local villages, towns and cities.

Winshill Parish Council, which spearheaded efforts in Winshill, achieved a gold standard in the small town category, Uttoxeter was awarded a gold standard in the town category and completing the trio of awards was Burton, which achieved a gold standard in the ‘small city’ category.

Read the full story here.

From left: Eddie Mitchell and Stanley King, who work at Bearwood Hill Allotment, and Donna Loasby and Rodger Tait, Heart of England in Bloom judges
From left: Eddie Mitchell and Stanley King, who work at Bearwood Hill Allotment, and Donna Loasby and Rodger Tait, Heart of England in Bloom judges

Photographers capture stunning shots of Burton in the early morning, making the town look like a scene in a fantasy book

Stunning photographs have emerged of of the early morning mist of Burton from just 300 feet above the ground.

A Burton Mail reader has wowed with the shots captured on a drone. Drones allow budding photographers to capture stunning images that have gone unseen by us for many years.

In the photograph below, you can see the spire of St Mark’s Church, in Winshill to the left of the shot. The water tower can also be seen in the centre of the image.

Read the full story here.

Burton petrol station worker was kicked, punched and had beer bottles thrown at him by thug

A Burton service station worker was punched and kicked before having a six-pack of beer bottles thrown at him.

Staffordshire police have now released an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the attack.

Commuters warned of MORE disruption as £2.3 million improvements in Ashby begin this week

Motorists are being warned about further disruption on the roads as a £2.3 million scheme to reduce congestion and improve roads in Ashby, looks to get under way later this month.

Leicestershire County Council will carry out work at Discovery Way, the Ashby bypass junction and Tesco roundabout, to give motorists easier access to the many industrial and retail stores in the area.

Read the full story here.

Person hit by train near Stoke

Train services from Derby towards Crewe are facing delays of up to 30 minutes, and some services have been cancelled completely.

East Midlands Trains has reported that a person has been hit by a train near Stoke.

All lines around the area have been closed while emergency services and Network Rail deal with the incident.

Cross Country Trains has tweeted advice to rail users.

Action group call for Yoxall village weight limit to be introduced

A campaign group is still pushing for a weight limit to be imposed to stop lorries squeezing along a tiny road near Burton, despite council bosses saying the move is not currently among a raft of safety proposals.

Yoxall Traffic Action Group has slammed Staffordshire County Council’s decision not to include a weight restriction in its proposals to prevent lorries rumbling along on the A515 through the villages of Yoxall and Kings Bromley in East Staffordshire.

Read the full story here.

Molson Coors joins forces with University of Nottingham to offer students an insight of brewing

Burton brewing giant Molson Coors is joining forces with the University of Nottingham to give students a taste of some of the secrets of brewing.

The company has welcomed its first student to receive funding under its new partnership with the University for a project to improve the performance of yeast in the brewing process.

Read the full story here.

Phat Magic's Eddie Young takes on live audition for Britain's Got Talent

A Branston magician who battled depression before turning his talents to magic could be appearing on television as he films his audition for Britain’s Got Talent.

Eddie Young, who performs illusions under the name Phat Magic, and works alongside the Punch Drunk Comedy Club, will be filmed in front of a live audience at the Broadmarsh shopping centre in Nottingham, on Wednesday, September 27.

Read the full story here.

Eddie Young, pictured with his wife, Debbie, will be auditioning for Britain's Got Talent
Eddie Young, pictured with his wife, Debbie, will be auditioning for Britain's Got Talent

Heartbroken daughter of Hatton sepsis victim pays tribute to her 'best friend'

The heartbroken daughter of a woman who died from sepsis at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital has paid tribute to her “best friend” and spoken out about the “silent killer” after her mum was struck down with the infection.

Doreen Powell, 63, was left devastated when her mum Brenda Gates, 82, of Scropton Lane, Hatton, died suddenly in July. The last time she saw her mum she was being put into the back of an ambulance with a “tummy infection.”

Read the full story here.

Andressey Passage could be closed as part of large-scale revamp of Burton town centre

A large-scale revamp of Burton town centre will see improved traffic signals, a railway station facelift and the potential closure of the notorious Andressey Passage.

Other projects as part of phase one of the revamp scheme, could include improving the Memorial Gardens and adding new green areas, as well as improving existing ones. It may also see the commissioning of new public art as well as improving The Washlands to attract more tourists.

Read the full story here.

Narrowboat building and rental business at Mercia Marina gets go-ahead for new factory

A firm based at Mercia Marina which makes and hires out canal boats is set to build a factory in Derbyshire.

Aqua Narrowboats, based at the popular waterside area, near Willington, has been given the green light by South Derbyshire District Council to build the factory at Foston.

The factory is set to be built at the Tomlinson Business Park, in Woodyard Lane, Foston, and will create an extra six jobs at the firm.

Read the full story here.

Aqua Narrow Boats specialises in building and fitting out boats
Aqua Narrow Boats specialises in building and fitting out boats

High court give green light for controversial holiday park near Alton Towers

Controversial plans for 250 holiday lodges in a disused sand quarry near Alton Towers have been given the go ahead despite a High Court challenge from a local protester.

The cabins will be part of a large new leisure development at Moneystone Quarry, Cheadle Road, Oakamoor.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council had granted outline planning permission to developers Laver Leisure Ltd in September last year.

Read the full story here.

An artists' impression of new holiday cabins at the disused Moneystone Quarry in Oakamoor
An artists' impression of new holiday cabins at the disused Moneystone Quarry in Oakamoor

Broken down vehicle on the M1

A broken down vehicle on the M1 northbound in Leicestershire has seen one lane closed between junction 23 and junction 23A.

Lane one, of the three on the road is currently closed, but traffic monitoring website Inrix describe the traffic as coping well with the incident.

Heavy traffic in Winshill

There will be some delays for those travelling in Winshill this Wednesday morning.

On the A511, Ashby Road westbound, just before Stapenhill Road, there is heavy traffic according to traffic monitoring website, Inrix.

A travel times of four minutes should be expected, and we will keep you updated as that changes.

Crisis talks over bridge closure as more gangs of workers are to be brought in

Financial support could be given to businesses suffering due to the closure of St Peter’s Bridge, as Burton’s MP holds crisis talks over the situation.

Tory MP Andrew Griffiths has admitted that the impact the closure is having on residents and businesses is “extremely serious”. It comes after £6.1 million secured worth of funding to carry out urgent repairs. The work is being carried out by highways authority Staffordshire County Council, which is replacing rusted bearings. If they are not replaced a weight restriction will have to be introduced on the bridge.

Read the full story here.

Good morning all!

It’s looking like it could be another cloudy day in Burton and South Derbyshire today, with the sun peeking out for a couple of hours from midday, according to forecasts.

Rain should set in this evening from around 6pm, so make sure you taking those evening strolls as early as possible.

Temperatures should remain constant throughout the day, with highs of 18C and not dipping below 16C until 10pm.

It is going to be a cloudy day in Burton and South Derbyshire
It is going to be a cloudy day in Burton and South Derbyshire (Image: Getty)