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Burton businesses change opening hours in a bid to 'Beat the Bridge'
Burton businesses are changing their opening hours to “make life easier” for customers who are being affected by the three-month closure of St Peter’s Bridge.
The Alphabet Gift Shop, in Union Street, is the latest firm to open its doors early in a bid to cater for commuters who are getting caught up in traffic chaos.
Lowercase Café, which is based inside the gift shop, is mounting a ‘Beat the Bridge’ initiative in a bid to ease the pain of people suffering through the closure of the bridge while worn-out bearings are replaced and the road waterproofed and resurfaced.
Burton nursery backs new government scheme to offer families 30 hours of free childcare
A Burton nursery has backed a new government scheme which is seeing many families across Staffordshire receive twice as many free childcare hours as they previously had.
Parents of three and four-year-olds are eligible to sign up to the new scheme which has increased the number of free childcare hours from 15 to 30 a week for working families, with applications closing on Thursday, August 31.
To be eligible for the scheme, either parents, or one parent in a single-parent family, must work the equivalent of at least 16 hours a week at the national minimum wage or living wage.
Firefighters were called to Burton primary school to rescue child locked in toilet
Firefighters were called to a Burton school at the end of the first week back, after a young pupil found himself locked in a toilet cubicle.
Crews from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Horninglow Primary Academy, in Horninglow Road North, just after 2.50pm on Friday, September 8, to reports of a young boy locked in a bathroom.
Friendly firefighters from Burton managed to free him quickly and left the primary school 15 minutes later at 3.05pm.
Boy, 13, found with a knife in a Midway park
A 13-year-old boy was found to be carrying a knife in a South Derbyshire park last night, police have revealed.
Derbyshire Police said its officers were called out at 6.50pm. They were called after receiving reports that children using the park had been threatened by a boy with a knife in Chestnut Avenue, Midway.
Officers were dispatched to the scene scene where they found the youngster in “possession of a bladed article”. He was spoken to, said a spokesman.
Cyclist taken to hospital following collision
A cyclist has been taken by air ambulance to hospital following a collision with a car on a busy Burton road, earlier this afternoon.
The incident, which took place at the A5121 in Union Street, caused major traffic problems on the junction by Magnet Kitchens.
Read the full story here.
Air ambulance seen circling over Burton town centre
The Midlands Air Ambulance has been seen circling over Burton town centre. More to follow.
Granville Sports College in Woodville gains academy status after joining the de Ferrers Trust
A South Derbyshire school is the latest to gain academy status after officially joining the de Ferrers Trust.
Staff at Granville Sports College in Burton Road, Woodville said they were delighted to have made the change after a strong improvement over the last two years saw the school’s best ever examination results with 69 per cent of pupils achieving a grade 4 or better in English and maths.
Jo Kingswood, Granville principal, said the school, which has 634 pupils and its staff were delighted to have become an academy.
Dog owners warned of deadly parvovirus could be heading to South Derbyshire
Dog owners in Burton and Swadlincote are being warned to know the signs of a deadly contagious dog virus as it could be heading to the area.
The deadly dog virus - parvovirus - is spreading across the UK once again with 12 cases reported to a pet rescue charity in Lincolnshire in just 48 hours.
This means that it could be set for a resurgence in the East Midlands, with cases confirmed in Loughborough, before then heading to South Derbyshire and East Staffordshire, experts have warned.
Miracle baby Oliver Seagrave who was born with half a heart defies the odds to reach first birthday
Miracle baby Oliver Seagrave, who was born with half a heart and has defied doctors all his life, is today celebrating his first birthday.
Oliver battled for his life when he was born in September last year with only the left side of his heart. After undergoing the first of three life-saving operations to re-route the blood through his heart when he was just six days old, he has gone on to amaze doctors and his parents to reach his first birthday.
Now, his mum Jessica, 22, and dad Ashley, 23, have spoken of their pride for their bouncing baby boy who they called their little miracle and looked back on a rollercoaster year.
Can you give a forever home to heartbroken cat Clive?
The RSPCA’s Burton branch is urgently seeking a new home for a heartbroken cat with a heart condition.
Eighteen-month-old Clive has been with the charity since April after his previous owner was hospitalised, and since then, no one has come forward to offer him a forever home.
Click here to read the full story.
Suspended jail sentence for man, 29, who stole hundreds of pounds from Burton car parking firm over three-day period
A 29-year-old man has avoided an immediate jail sentence after he admitted stealing money from a Burton town centre car park.
Matthew Tallett, of St Matthew’s Street, Burton, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court where he had originally denied a series of charges against him, but later pleaded guilty.
Read the full story here.
Heavy traffic in Repton due to emergency water works
There are reports of emergency water works on the B5008 Repton Road which is causing heavy traffic in both directions. Drivers between A5132 Willington and High Street/Brook End.
Popular Burton car park uses flower pots to ease traffic flow problems
New signs, arrow directions and huge plant pots have been placed in a popular Burton car park in a bid to ease the volume of traffic flowing through the site.
Shoppers were greeted by the new one-way system as they entered Coopers Square shopping centre car park earlier this week.
Read the full story here.
New mum shares the horrors of suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum - same as Duchess of Cambridge as she expects baby number three
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed this week they are expecting their third child, to the delight of many as they prepare to welcome a new royal next year.
However, with Kate’s history of hyperemesis gravidarum, known to many as extreme morning sickness, it is not set to be an easy pregnancy.
New mum Alicia Savory, from Outwoods, knows all too well the pain of the condition which is so much more than just morning sickness.
Read the full story here.
Drivers in Stapenhill and Winshill bearing brunt of traffic problems this morning
The closure of St Peter’s Bridge is continuing to cause havoc as we come to the end of the school week, with many drivers becoming stuck in daily gridlock as part of their morning commute.
Traffic is currently at a standstill on the A444 St Peter’s Street northbound between the A5189 for St Peter’s Bridge and Main Street and A511 Ashby Road.
The build-up of traffic in the roadworks area is also affecting A511 Ashby Road both ways at A444 Stapenhill Road as drivers look to find an alternative route into work and school.
To find out more about the closure of the bridge, read here.
Friday will be full of blustery showers
We have almost made it to the end of the week but don’t get too excited as forecasters have predicted a washout this weekend, with a bit of thunder and lightning thrown in!
Friday will see a day of sunshine and blustery showers with the best of the sunshine in the afternoon, however, some of the showers will be heavy or thundery. Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 18C.
Showers will ease this evening, letting through some late sunshine, with more showers and longer spells of rain passing through in the early hours. Temperatures will fall to 10C.