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Free Christmas tree up for grabs in Burton - all you need is a chainsaw and a trailer

A Burton man with a 12 foot Christmas tree which is threatening to take over his entire garden is hoping to give it away free of charge. Read the full story here.

Good news for motorists - St Peter's Bridge is due to reopen ahead of schedule

A major repair scheme which led to the three-month closure of St Peter’s Bridge is to end a week earlier than expected - bringing much-needed relief for thousands of motorists. Read more here.

Tilly Barlow, 10, to take starring role in CBBC show The Dog Ate My Homework after witty audition

Tilly Barlow will star in CBBC show The Dog Ate My Homework
Tilly Barlow will star in CBBC show The Dog Ate My Homework

A 10-year-old girl will be rubbing shoulders with celebrities after her stylish wit won her a place on a television comedy panel show.

Tilly Barlow, from Barton under Needwood, will be hot-footing it to Glasgow in December to film CBBC show The Dog Ate My Homework, following a successful audition.

Read the full story here.

Workers evacuated after chemical incident at Derbyshire chicken factory

Hundreds of workers have been evacuated after a chemical incident at a Derbyshire chicken factory.

Police, fire and ambulance services were called at around 9am to reports of an incident in Blenheim Road, Ashbourne.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has said that 20 members of staff were affected by fumes from the incident.

East Midlands Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team attended the incident and the National Chemical Emergency Centre was informed of the event.

Swadlincote charity which helps homeless gifted 88kg of grub from popular food festival

A charity which helps people with mental health problems has been gifted a gourmet food donation to benefit its vulnerable clients.

Despite the success of this year’s Swadlincote International Food and Drink Festival, which took place from October 13 to October 15, a heap of more than 88kg of grub was left over.

Read more here.

Former Swadlincote woman pens 14th book after swapping Derbyshire for Goa and Malaysia

Joanne Rawson
Joanne Rawson

A former Swadlincote woman who swapped landlocked Derbyshire for the exotic coastline scenery of East Asia has penned her 14th book in six years.

Joanne Rawson was born and brought up in Blackfordby and taught at Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, before giving it all up to split her time between Goa and Malaysia.

Read more here.

Midway driver who led officers on high speed police chase avoids immediate jail sentence

Max Greenfield crashed his car into a kerb leading to the conclusion of the chase
Max Greenfield crashed his car into a kerb leading to the conclusion of the chase (Image: Derby Roads Police Twitter)

A 20-year-old man who led officers on a police chase through the streets of Swadlincote has avoided an immediate jail sentence.

Max Greenfield, of Chestnut Avenue, Midway, only stopped when his car hit a kerb and the aftermath was highlighted on social media when Derby Roads Police unit posted his exploits on its Twitter page.

Read more here.

Tributes pour in for 'gentle and generous' ex-councillor Ann Hood

Tributes have been paid to a “gentle and generous” former council leader who served the people of South Derbyshire for many years.

Ann Hood, who served as chairman of South Derbyshire District Council in 2008-2009 and 2013-2014, died peacefully at Cedar Tree Care Home in Derby on Sunday, October 15.

Read more here.

Swadlincote mother and daughter team open their own salon... with a twist

A mother and daughter from Woodville have teamed up and opened their own hair and beauty salon in Swadlincote.

Donna Bailey, 43, used to own a salon of her own before she left to have children. She has decided that now is the right time to make a return to the beauty world, and this time daughter Aimee, 22, is alongside her.

Read the full story here.

Molson Coors vessels which brought Burton roads to a standstill now in working order

Molson Coors' vessels are now in working order a few months after they brought Burton to a standstill
Molson Coors' vessels are now in working order a few months after they brought Burton to a standstill

Three new 30 tonne fermentation vessels which brought Burton roads to a standstill during their transportation have now been installed as part of a brewing giant’s £100 million investment programme.

Molson Coors’ large vessels were treated to a fanfare welcome when they arrived in Burton earlier this summer after the southbound carriageway of the A38 was closed to allow for transport to the factory and passing over the brewers’ Hawkins Lane bridge.

Read the full story here.

Burton shopping park is now on course for opening after latest proposals are approved

New image shows how Burton Shopping Park will look from its Lichfield Street entrance
New image shows how Burton Shopping Park will look from its Lichfield Street entrance

Retail bosses have jumped the final hurdle to bring a new multi-million pound shopping park to Burton.

Burton Shopping Park is now a step closer to opening with detailed plans for the development’s layout and appearance now approved by East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Read the full story here.

Today's weather forecast set to be a chilly one

You can tell it is October now. Today’s weather is forecast to be cloudy but bright throughout most of the day.
Temperatures started at just 6C and are set to stay in single digits with a maximum of nine degrees by 2pm before it climbs back down.
Cloud will start to spread from the west in the afternoon hiding some of the sun.