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I am off now to the East Staffordshire Borough Council cabinet meeting to find out whether or not the new the new cost of dying plans will be approved in the area. Tune into the Burton Mail bright and early in the morning to find out the results, and for your breaking news, traffic and weather brought to you by our reporter, Rhea Turner.

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HS2 'could force closure' of Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

A world-famous reindeer farm in Staffordshire which attracts visitors from all over the globe every Christmas could be forced to close because of HS2, the owner says.

Angry Stephen Swinnerton says Blithbury Reindeer Lodge would be wrecked by the high speed railway development, which would slice up his land and disrupt the environment for the animals.

Read the full story here.

Owner Steve Swinnerton at Blithbury Reindeer Farm
Owner Steve Swinnerton at Blithbury Reindeer Farm

Summery day ahead before Hurricane Ophelia hits Burton this evening

Burton and South Derbyshire look set to escape the worst effects of Hurricane Ophelia - but gusts of wind could reach 40mph across the area.

The region will bask in summery conditions with temperatures into the 20s for much of today, Monday, October 16, but winds are set to creep in later in the day.

Read the full story here.

Man is jailed after stealing cash from Burton mini market

A 24-year-old man who stole cash from a Burton mini market has been jailed.

He also resisted arrest while subjecting a police officer to hostility, a court has heard.

Read the full story here.

Screamfest returns to the National Forest - and you'd better get ready for quite a fright

The countdown to Halloween is well and truly on in Burton and South Derbyshire - as horror attraction Screamfest returns to the National Forest Adventure Farm.

The Burton Mail was given personal access to the five spooky sections at the park, and the scares didn’t disappoint.

Read our thoughts of the event here.

Stapenhill's Riverside Care Home on the up, says manager, despite 'requires improvement' rating

The manager of a Stapenhill care home has expressed her pride at the results of its latest inspection, saying that the service has taken a step forward, despite it receiving a ‘requires improvement’ rating.

Riverside Care Home, in Main Street, Stapenhill, was visited by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on July 10, 2017. They concluded that the home needed improving, six months after a previous report gave the same rating.

Read the full story here.

One lane closed on M1 as vehicle breaks down

Heavy traffic has been reported on the M1 northbound close to East Midlands Airport.

A vehicle has broken down on the carriageway and Lane One has been closed as it is recovered. This has led to heavy traffic and so commuters are motorists are advised to look for alternative routes.

This is why the sky looks orange as Hurricane Ophelia blows in

If you’re wondering why the skies over the Burton and Swadlincote area look like they are glowing orange it’s all due to the hurricane whipping up clouds of dust from as far away as Africa.

As the country prepares for the arrival of the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia tonight, Monday, the orange-tinted sky would be more at home on some far flung planet in Star Wars.

Read the full story here.

Sarah Jones got a beautiful shot of the sun earlier
Sarah Jones got a beautiful shot of the sun earlier (Image: Sarah Jones)

Imposter 'water board' officials strike Staffordshire four times targeting victims as old as 101-years-old

Residents in Burton and throughout East Staffordshire are being warned about imposter ‘water board inspectors’ after four elderly people were burgled in the last two months.

Since September 1, there have been four burglaries in Staffordshire, where intruders claiming to be from the water board gained entry to homes, with victims ranging between the ages of 86 and 101.

Read the full story here.

Delays on M1 near East Midlands Airport

Traffic is building on the M1 northbound at junction 24 close to East Midlands Airport.

One lane has been closed on the exit slip road due to a broken down vehicle.

Woodville Schools Federation is open as usual today after deep clean due to diarrhoea and sickness bug

A Woodville junior and infants school which closed for a deep clean after at least 50 children and staff were taken ill with a diarrhoea and sickness bug is open as usual today, Monday, October 16.

Woodville Schools Federation, in High Street, closed on Friday, October 13, to allow for the deep clean to take place to try to reduce the risk of the sickness bug speading.

However, it is open day as usual but parents of any pupils who are unwell or are showing signs of a bug are being asked to keep them at home.

Read the full story here.

Woodville Infants and Junior School is now open after a deep clean
Woodville Infants and Junior School is now open after a deep clean

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

Comedian, author and Hollywood actor Russell Brand is set to sign copies of his latest book in Burton - and will donate part of the proceeds of its sale 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.

Noreen Oliver, founder of the Burton Addiction Centre, and Russell Brand at the BAC Summer Ball at the Pirelli Stadium
Noreen Oliver, founder of the Burton Addiction Centre, and Russell Brand at the BAC Summer Ball at the Pirelli Stadium

Tributes paid to Barton man Arthur Kennedy who lived to serve his community

Tributes have poured in for a Barton man whose commitment to his community saw him donate gallons of blood, raise thousands for charity and serve on the parish council for 45 years.

Respects have been paid to Arthur Kennedy, who was well known and loved for the big part he played in his village, since moving to Barton under Needwood in 1965.

Read the full story here.

The pair moved to Barton as they thought it would be a nice village to raise a family
The pair moved to Barton as they thought it would be a nice village to raise a family

Burton man escapes immediate jail sentence after using fraudulent cheques

A 49-year-old man has escaped an immediate jail sentence after he was caught committing fraud. Sandor Horvath, a Hungarian national, who lives in Byrkley Street, in Burton, had been due to be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court in August for offences of deception and fraud.

However, he had failed to attend the hearing and the court then issue a warrant for his arrest.

Read the full story here.

Slow traffic in Willington

There is very slow traffic on the B5008 Repton Road this morning in both directions, particularly around Bargate Lane.

Temporary traffic lights causing delays on the A514 in Woodville

Temporary traffic lights on the A514 Swadlincote Road Eastbound are causing problems for drivers this morning as traffic builds up around Rose Hill. The lights are also causing disruption to those at the B5004 Moira Road at A514 Hartshorne Road and A511 Burton Road (New Inn Roundabout).

More than 200 bikers take part in the Ride for Remembrance event in Swadlincote

Hundreds of bikes roared their way through Swadlincote today, Sunday, October 15, to remember those who lost their lives during wars.

Around 220 bikers from far and wide donned their leather jackets and poppies at the bus station car park in the town as they too part in a two-minute silence before embarking on a 35-mile ride to Matlock in Derbyshire.

Read the full story here.

Thousands of bikers descend for the Ride for Remembrance each year
Thousands of bikers descend for the Ride for Remembrance each year (Image: Picture: Ian Hodgkinson / Picture It)

Sever delays around Burton town centre due to bridge closure

Motorists setting out this morning are being warned of delays in Burton’s town centre due to the closure of St Peter’s Bridge.

There is currently slow moving traffic on the A511 Ashby Road Westbound at the A444 for Stapenhill Road.

The A444 Stapenhill Road Northbound is also backed up with queuing traffic between the A5189 St Peter’s Bridge and Main Street and A511 Ashby Road.

Storm backlash means we are in for a windy day

With Storm Ophelia still doing the rounds, people in Burton and South Derbyshire can expect Monday to be a bit blustery, although it should stay dry with a spot of sunshine.

After a mild start to the day with some sunny spells, the breeze will strengthen from the south with some fair weather cloud meaning weather will stay dry and bright with some strong gusty winds, particularly towards the north and west. Temperatures are expected to reach 21C.

Through this evening and overnight the winds will gradually ease. It will stay dry for all with some clear spells, but it will remain mild with temperatures expected to fall to 11C.

It's going to be a dry and sunny day today but scattered showers are predicted
It's going to be a dry and sunny day today but scattered showers are predicted (Image: Getty)

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