Welcome to the rolling news live blog where you'll find all the latest news and traffic, travel, sport and weather updates for Burton and the surrounding area. If it's happening, you'll hear it here first. If it's happening in the wider world and we think you'll be interested, this is where you will find it. We will keep you up to date on all you need to know.

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Woodville-Swadlincote bypass on the cusp of planning proposal, meeting reveals

A £10.5 million scheme which could bring 2,000 jobs to South Derbyshire and relieve traffic congestion at one of its busiest roundabouts could be taking a major step forward this month.

It is believed that Derbyshire County Council is on the verge of submitting an application for permission to create a vital new road link, known as the Woodville-Swadlincote Regeneration Route.

Read the full story here.

Swadlincote traders reveal how the closure of St Peter's Bridge in neighbouring Burton has hit them

Some market traders in Swadlincote say they have seen a rise in the number of customers who have been heading to the town as they give Burton a wide berth due to the bridge repair works there.

It comes as market traders and businesses in Burton have already told how they have seen takings slump due to the £6.1 million repairs to St Peter’s Bridge, which has seen the main route into the town closed.

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The Gym opens to fanfare as latest fitness suite comes to Middleway Park in Burton

The ribbon was cut by Luke Harvey and James Page
The ribbon was cut by Luke Harvey and James Page

A second gym has opened its doors to the public in Burton’s Middleway Park. Called The Gym, it opened to fanfare today, Monday, October 9, as Burton Albion mascot Billy Brewer handed out goody bags to the first 50 people who walked through the doors.

The unit originally belonged to the bed store Dreams and then NCF furniture store before the latter moved out earlier this year. The unit stood empty for eight months before The Gym moved in.

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Grade II Listed Burton Magistrates' Court to be sold on the open market

A historic piece of Burton which has seen tens of thousands of criminals face justice over more than 100 years could be sold off to the highest bidder in the next few months.

The Grade II Listed Burton Magistrates’ Court will be sold on the open market more than a year after it controversially closed its doors to save the Courts and Tribunals Service, which managed the court, £200,000 a year, it has been revealed.

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Guest left struggling to breathe and constantly tired after contracting legionnaires' disease after stay at Burton's Three Queens Hotel

A woman who contracted legionnaires’ disease while staying at a Burton hotel after visiting the town for her granddaughter’s birthday has been left struggling to breathe and with possible damage to her kidneys.

The hotel is currently closed after two guest contracted the disease after staying at the Three Queens Hotel.

Read the full story here.

Ashby man apologised to partner before stabbing her and killing himself in front of two-year-old child, inquest hears

A 25-year-old Ashby man apologised to his ex-partner before stabbing her and killing himself, an inquest has been told. Warren Hall had been arguing with his former partner on March 9 this year.

When the pair returned to her bungalow in Holland Crescent, Ashby, with her two-year-old daughter, Hall pushed her inside and told her he was going to “kill her”.

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Milkfloat and bus involved in collision

Police attended Castle Road, between Linton and Castle Gresley this morning following a collisions between a milkfloat and a bus.

Midland Classic originally revealed that one of its routes was delayed this morning.

Derbyshire Police has now revealed that officers attended the scene at 7.40am.

No one was injured and the road was only partially blocked while vehicles awaited recovery.

Problems with phones and drugs as well as two deaths, report of HMP Sudbury reveals

Drugs, assaults and mobile phones are problems in a Derbyshire prison with two deaths reported in a year - but increasing numbers of inmates are also climbing onto the jobs ladder.

And prisoners residing at HMP Sudbury generally feel safe from violence, coercion and bullying, according to the newly published annual report from the Independent Monitoring Board for June 2016 to May 2017.

Read the full story here.

Virgin Care meeting to be held at Burton Town Hall to discuss proposed hospital merger

Virgin Care are inviting residents from throughout East Staffordshire to attend an open information session at Burton Town Hall for an update on its improving lives project ahead of the proposed hospitals merger. Read the full story here.

Motorcyclist dies after taking part in Ride to the Wall event at National Memorial Arboretum

A motorcyclist who died after taking part in the 10th anniversary of Ride to the Wall has been named locally.

Darryl Souza was on his way home after Saturday’s event at the National Memorial Arboretum when he was involved in a collision in Northamptonshire.

Read more here.

Ride to the Wall is in its tenth year
Ride to the Wall is in its tenth year

Horninglow woman left devastated after mum dies of Sepsis calls for more awareness after both she AND her mother fought the infection

A hairdresser left heartbroken after her mother succumbed to sepsis has called for greater public awareness of the “silent killer” after she AND her mum both fell prey to the deadly infection.

Celia Harris has spoken out about her own fight with the disease which kills 44,000 people every year in the UK.

Read the full story here.

Burton hotel closed after two guests take ill

Burton’s Three Queens Hotel has been forced to close after two guests who had stayed there for three days contracted legionnaires’ disease. Read the full story here

Incident in Linton, says bus company

Bus firm Midland Classic is reporting an incident in Linton affecting route 21. It says the 0710 route 21 from Swadlincote to Burton is being delayed.

A spokesman for the firm said: “We have sent out a replacement bus. This will, in turn, delay the 0819 route 21 from Burton to Swadlincote. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

St Peter's Bridge closure causing issues for morning drivers

There is queueing traffic and delays on A444 Stapenhill Road northbound between A5189 St Peter’s Bridge and Main Street and A511 Ashby Road. This due to the closure of St Peter’s Bridge.

Picture of the ongoing roadworks on the St Peter's Bridge in Burton. Titled "Water Under Troubled Bridge".
Picture of the ongoing roadworks on the St Peter's Bridge in Burton. Titled "Water Under Troubled Bridge". (Image: IAN LEECH)