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Ben will be back bright and early tomorrow at 7am.

Parish council objects to 'inappropriate' plan to build 150 homes in Winshill

A parish council has slammed plans for 150 homes to be built on the edge of Winshill, calling the proposals “inappropriate” and said it is confident that the development bid will be turned down.

An application to develop 28 acres of agricultural land off Sales Lane and Hawfield Lane, Bretby, has sparked concern among residents and led to criticism from locals who also claim it will put extra pressure on GPs and schools and lead to a loss of wildlife.

Read the full story here.

Find out how clever you are in just three questions by taking the world's quickest IQ test

Are you a clever clogs? Do you love quizzing and have Eggheads, The Chase and Tipping Point on series link so you don’t miss an episode? Then you are going to just love this.

Most people would love to know their IQ but few have actually taken the test as it takes time and effort and there is too much TV to catch up on to do this.

Read the full story here.

Air ambulance landing in Hartshorne

Air ambulance has been spotted in Hartshorne
Air ambulance has been spotted in Hartshorne (Image: Geoff Girvan-Merryweather)

An air ambulance has been filmed landing in Hartshorne.

The Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance was spotted flying low in an area called The Cutting.

More information to follow.

First day at school pictures in Burton and South Derbyshire - day two

The first day of school is exciting for both children and parents and last month the Burton Mail was on hand to capture this special moment at infant and primary schools in and around Burton and South Derbyshire.

If your child took their first steps into the school playground this term, the chances are we captured a picture your little one embarking on this great new adventure in their life.

See the pictures here.

Recruitment open day as Ferdinand Bilstein UK has 140 vacancies to fill due to relocation

A total of 140 jobs are up for grabs at a German automotive parts firm which is recruiting for its new Derbyshire business park.

Ferdinand Bilstein UK is preparing to relocate its distribution operations from Kent and Yorkshire to Markham Vale, off Junction 29a of the M1.

Read the full story here.

Thousands of flowers planted at the National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum has quite literally been blooming after thousands of flowers were planted. The arboretum, in Alrewas, saw 38,000 flowers planted, after they were supplied by Johnsons of Whixley, a Yorkshire-based horticultural nursery.

The thousands of plants include a mixture of shrubs and herbaceous varieties. Tony Coles, from Johnsons, the commercial nursery business which supplies flowers and plants across Europe said that it was a privilege to be a part of the project.

Read the full story here.

Flowers are in bloom at the National Memorial Arboretum
Flowers are in bloom at the National Memorial Arboretum

Former South Derbyshire MP Edwina Currie stands by her egg stance as they are declared safe to eat raw

Edwina Currie, the former MP for South Derbyshire, has once again weighed in on the topic of egg safety - more than 20 years after her outspoken comments on salmonella landed in her hot water.

Her latest comments come after the Food Standards Agency declared that eggs bearing a ‘lion mark’ are safe to eat, even then raw.

Mrs Currie, who was a junior Conservative health minister at the time, caused a major scare in 1988 after she declared: “Most of the egg production in this country, sadly, is now affected with salmonella.”

Read the full story here.

Edwina Currie caused panic with her comments about eggs and salmonella in 1988
Edwina Currie caused panic with her comments about eggs and salmonella in 1988

Police release image of thief who stole thousands of pounds from elderly Burton couple

Detectives are hunting for a conman who preyed on a vulnerable elderly couple after tricking his way into their home in Burton and stole thousands of pounds.

The crook tricked his way into the house in Birchfield Road, Burton, and stolen between £8,000 and £10,000, in what detectives have branded an “abuse of trust”.

Read the full story here.

The offence took place at Birchfield Road, Burton
The offence took place at Birchfield Road, Burton

Russell Brand to sign copies of his new book at Langan's Tea Rooms in Burton

Comedian, author and actor Russell Brand is set to sign copies of his latest book in Burton - and will donate part of the sale proceeds to the town’s Addiction Centre.

The TV star will be heading to Langan’s Tea Rooms, in George Street, on Tuesday, November 14, to meet fans and sign copies of his latest book, Recovery - Freedom From Our Addictions.

Read the full story here.

Russell Brand Morris Dancing in Burton town centre
Russell Brand Morris Dancing in Burton town centre

Just two more days to enter your tot into the Burton Mail Baby and Toddler of the Year competition

Time is running out for the cutest tots in Burton and South Derbyshire to enter one of the area’s most popular baby and toddler competitions.

Photography sessions for the Burton Mail Baby and Toddler of the Year competition are set to close on Saturday, October 14.

Read the full story here.

Burton Mail Baby of the Year photographs are being taken in the Cooper's Square Shopping Centre with Andrea Powell Photography taking the photographs Baby: Lucie - Paige Deakin Mum: Elizabeth Grumshaw
Burton Mail Baby of the Year photographs are being taken in the Cooper's Square Shopping Centre with Andrea Powell Photography taking the photographs Baby: Lucie - Paige Deakin Mum: Elizabeth Grumshaw

Police were not at fault for chase which saw 'madman' driver kill granddad in Hilton

An investigation into what happened when police chased a “madman” driver who went on to send a 75-year-old man flying into the air, killing him instantly, has been described by a watchdog as being carried out “appropriately”.

Etwall man Matthew Hogg, 24, who had never passed his test, overtook cars at breakneck speeds down quiet country lanes and drove the wrong way around a roundabout on April 5, before colliding with father-of-four Barrie Arkesden in Main Street, in Hilton at 60mph.

Read the full story here.

Derbyshire road between Hatton and Hilton closes after car hits cow

A busy Derbyshire road was closed for an hour earlier this morning after a car hit a cow.

Both lanes of Derby Road, near Hilton were closed at around 7am this morning, causing traffic congestion on the road connecting to Hatton.

Read the full story here.

Just for Pets to close in Burton but Swadlincote store saved from administration

A major pet business will remain open in Swadlincote after being saved from administration – but its Burton site will close as part of the plans.

Around 200 jobs have now been saved at Nottingham-based Pedigree Wholesale Just for Pets after the stricken firm had gone into administration.

These jobs include the roles at the firm’s Swadlincote operation, in Belmont Street.

Read the full story here.

Just for Pets - Burton has gone into administration
Just for Pets - Burton has gone into administration

Road between Hatton and Hilton reopens

The earlier accident on the Derby Road, between Hatton and Hilton has now been cleared after a car collided with a cow.

Between the A511 Derby Road, Hatton and Marston Lane in Hilton, the accident early this morning caused the road to close, but both sides of the road has now closed and traffic is now coping well.

Swadlincote's community hub to run over its £2.7 million budget, it is revealed

Plans to bulldoze Swadlincote Fire Station could face a setback as the cost of work to build a multi-million pound community hub in its place is more than expected, a new report reveals.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service had budgeted £2.7 million for the cost of work but it has been revealed that the lowest tender for building the centre is £250,000 over that final figure, forcing fire chiefs to consider raising the overall budget by £300,000 to £3 million.

Read the full story here.

Swadlincote Fire Station This Station will soon be demolished to make way for the new community Fire Station
Swadlincote Fire Station This Station will soon be demolished to make way for the new community Fire Station

Marston's to open 15 news pubs and restaurants despite plans to reduce expansion in 2018

Marston’s is set to cut down on its expansion plans for the next 12 months due to “subdued market conditions”, it has revealed.

The Pedigree brewer’s pubs and bars business, which has its main brewery in Shobnall Road, Burton, opened 19 new venues in 2017, but only expects to open 15 in 2018, despite declaring a rise in annual sales.

Read the full story here.

Marston's will lowered it's expansion plans for 2018
Marston's will lowered it's expansion plans for 2018

Delays in Winshill and Stapenhill this morning

There is some slow traffic in both Winshill and Stapenhill on the early commute this Thursday morning, due to the closure of St Peter’s Bridge, in Burton.

In Winshill, at the A444 Stapenhill Road, there is slow moving traffic, and there is a similar picture in Stapenhill, between the bridge, Main Street and the A511 Ashby Road.

Keep following today’s Burton Mail Live blog for more traffic updates throughout the day.

Good morning all!

Good morning and welcome to the Burton Mail Live blog for all of your traffic updates, weather and breaking news from the day.

In terms of your early morning weather forecast, we have some good news as it appears that the sun will be out from early until around 1pm, then cloudy for the rest of the day. Temperatures should remain constant at around 15C, but should not dip below 14C until 9pm.

The weather is predicted to be sunny today
The weather is predicted to be sunny today