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Paedophile vigilante group 'appalled' at lenient sentence of Burton man who escaped jail term as police refuse to release mugshot

A national vigilante group is “appalled” that a Burton paedophile who preyed online on underage girls for sex escaped with a suspended sentence - as Staffordshire Police confirmed it would not release his mugshot. Read the full story here.

Barton under Needwood cafe allowed to open longer and sell alcohol despite neighbours' concerns

A café in Barton under Needwood is to stay open seven days a week until 11.30pm and serve alcohol for the first time since it launched - despite fears from neighbours of late night noise nuisance. Read the full story here.

Road expected to remain closed after crash in Etwall

A busy road in Etwall has been closed after a head-on crash between a lorry and an Audi this afternoon, Thursday, November 2.

Now, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue has tweeted that the road could stay closed for two or three hours.

Read the full story here

Lorry fire causing traffic problems on the A38

The A38 near Burton has been closed due to a lorry fire.

The A38 northbound between A61 Alfreton Road/B6179 Alfreton Road (Little Eaton Island, Coxbench) and A61 Derby Road/B6179 Derby Road (Watchorn Island, Ripley) is closed due to the lorry fire.

There is queuing traffic reported by traffic and travel information website Inrix, whcih says a lorry is on fire at Coxbench. To assist, a wider closure has been implemented from the Little Eaton Island, and is affecting traffic heading away from Derby towards Ripley.

Find out where the firework displays and bonfires are in Burton, South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire

Pictures from 2016's Alton Towers fireworks display
Pictures from 2016's Alton Towers fireworks display

Get those sparklers at the ready, the fireworks in place and prepare the Guy for a very warm reception - it’s that time of year once again.

People across Burton, South Derbyshire and North-West Leicestershire will be wrapping up warm and heading out to bonfires this weekend to watch the sky come to life with some spectacular shows.

Read the full list here.

A swan is causing traffic problems on the A38

Traffic heading towards Burton is being affected by a swan wandering on the A38.

The bird is currently on the A38 northbound at the A513 Alrewas/Tamworth turn off.

Traffic and travel information website Inrix reports that traffic is coping well.

Cuddly kitty Purrcules who defied the odds to survive and is looking for a forever home

Despite being five-months-old Purrcules still looks eight-weeks-old
Despite being five-months-old Purrcules still looks eight-weeks-old

A cuddly kitty who was named Purrcules after he battled the odds to survive is looking for a very special home where he hopes to warm the knees of elderly residents.

Purrcules first arrived at Harley’s Hounds, in Swadlincote, five months ago with his very poorly litter and it soon became apparent to staff, including Della Spalding, just how much of a fighter he was.

Read the full story here.

Staffordshire Police boss Matthew Ellis fights to tackle modern day slavery

Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis is backing moves to crackdown on the “horrendous issue” of modern-day slavery.

The police chief has welcomed a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services HMICFRS calling for more partnership working and a greater emphasis on intelligence gathering.

Read the full story here.

Walton residents share woes about Bailey Bridge after they claim cyclists and motorcyclists ride on footpath

Residents in Walton have been voicing their concerns about the safety of the Bailey Bridge after cyclists and even motorcyclists have been seen driving on the footpath.

At a meeting held at Netherseal Village Hall residents of the South Derbyshire village were keen to speak to police officers and councillors about the bridge issues and discuss possible solutions.

Read the full story here.

Banned driver from Swadlincote got behind the wheel THE DAY of his prison release

Leon Tilt has been jailed again
Leon Tilt has been jailed again

A Swadlincote man who had been banned from driving got behind the wheel of a car on the day of his release from prison for shoplifting, a court heard.

Leon Tilt, 32, had been one of seven shoplifters who caused a massive spike in Swadlincote town crime figures when they were freed from jail.

Read the full story here.

Taxpayers pay £104,000 to maintain EMPTY Burton Magistrates' Court

Burton Magistrates Court is a mixture of 19th and 20th century buildings
Burton Magistrates Court is a mixture of 19th and 20th century buildings

Taxpayers have spent more than £100,000 maintaining an empty historic court building controversially closed last year to save the Government cash, the Burton Mail can reveal.

In the year since Burton Magistrates’ Court closed, a total of £104,000 has been spent on maintenance and security for the Grade II listed building and its extension, which the Government, as owners, are required to do until it is sold.

Read the full story here.

Cloudy day ahead

Despite the winter months creeping in we are expected to see cloudy weather but with sun shining through for most of the day.

We are starting the day at 8C and this will climb to 12C by 2pm. However, expect temperatures to drop to 6C later in the evening.