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Burton couple transform already haunted house into Halloween horror trip

It’s that time of year where everything goes ghostly, we become fascinated with the supernatural and are looking for a fright.

For those looking for a good scare this Halloween, this haunted tower might be the only place you need to see.

Read the full story here.

Scary clowns and Zombies in corridors
Scary clowns and Zombies in corridors

Fright night as Burton Market Hall will be transformed into giant cinema for Halloween

Ghosts and ghouls of the big screen are set to invade Burton Market Hall - as the venue is turned into a cinema for the first time in its history.

In the run up to Halloween, the historic market hall which underwent a £1.6 million revamp in 2013, will be showing for one night only ghostly classics such as Ghostbusters followed by zombie favourite Shaun of the Dead.

Read the full story here.

Storm Brian could be making his way to Burton and Swadlincote this weekend with strong winds and heavy rain

People in Burton and Swadlincote are being warned to brace themselves as severe weather warnings have been issued for parts of the UK due to the impending arrival of Storm Brian at the weekend.

It is expected that the worst of the bad weather is likely to be around exposed coastlines, but around here we will not miss out completely as Saturday, October 21, is expected to see heavy rain accompanied by strong gale force winds.

Read the full story here.

Person hit by a train at Derby Train Station

There is major disruption and risk of cancellations to trains this evening after a person was hit by a train at Derby Train Station.

Emergency services have dealt with an incident at Derby and all lines are open.

However, trains running through Derby may still be delayed by up to 30 minutes, cancelled or revised.

Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 6pm.

Some trains are being diverted through Leicester
The incident has caused disruption to train services (Image: Getty)

Accident on M1 near East Midlands Airport

Traffic is queuing on the M1 southbound after an accident at junction 24, close to East Midlands Airport.

Details about the accident have not yet emerged, but a lane has been closed on the entry slip road from the A453 island.

Accident on M1 causing traffic problems

One lane of the M1 southbound has been closed after an accident involving a car.

The incident happened between junction 29 for Chesterfield and junction 28 for the A38.

Traffic is queuing and travel time is estimated to be around 15 minutes.

Paramedics attending to elderly woman in Coopers Square shopping centre

Paramedics are currently attending to an 80-year-old woman after she fell ill in Cooper Square shopping centre, Burton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the scene at 12:29pm and one ambulance is currently in attendance.

West Midlands Air Ambulance crew are also attending the scene in a rapid response car.

Granville Academy closed for the rest of the week after sickness and diarrhoea outbreak

Parents have been told that Granville Academy in Woodville will be closed for the rest of the week after an outbreak of the sickness bug norovirus.

Yesterday, Tuesday, October 17, the secondary school said that a large number of students were sent home suffering with sickness and diarrhoea. Staff at the school have encouraged pupils to wash their hands and as well asking parents not to send them to school if they are showing symptoms of a bug.

Read the full story here.

Granville Academy has appeared in this year's parliamentary review
Granville Acadmey has closed due to a sickness outbreak

Honey Pots Day Nursery in Swadlincote 'requires improvement', say Ofsted inspectors

The boss at a Swadlincote nursery which saw its rating slip from good to ‘requires improvement’ during its latest inspection says staff are determined to turn things around for when inspectors next visit.

The Honey Pots Day Nursery, in Newhall Road, was visited by inspectors from education watchdog Ofsted. There are four ratings that they give out. The top is outstanding, followed by good, then requires improvement and then the lowest of inadequate.

Read the full story here.

Two people arrested in Burton after early morning drugs raids

Two people have been arrested at an address in Burton after police carried out early morning raids as part of an ongoing operation to tackle drugs issues in Staffordshire.

A man and a woman from the Burton town centre area are now being questioned by detectives.

Read the full story here.

Raiders break into Aldi supermarket in Hilton in a bid to steal the cash machine

Raiders broke into a village supermarket in South Derbyshire early this morning.

Derbyshire police said that officers were called at around 4am today, Thursday, October 19, to reports that the alarm was sounding at Aldi store in Huntspill Road, Hilton.

Read the full story here.

There has been a raid at Aldi in Hilton
There has been a raid at Aldi in Hilton

Broken down vehicle on the M1 still causing issues for motorists

A broken down vehicle on the M1 northbound is still causing problems for motorists this morning.

The incident took place between junction 24 A6 / A50 / A453 for Kegworth and East Midlands Airport and junction 25 A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham / Derby.

There is still slow moving traffic although all lanes have since reopened.

Zookeeper charged with caring for the primates reveals what his job entails at Twycross Zoo

Greg Clifton, the senior primate keeper at Twycross Zoo, shared with us what a typical day is like working at a zoo - and there is no time for monkeying around.

Read what he has to say here.

The Burton Mail have been along to Twycross Zoo to catch up with one of the zoo's Senior Primate Keepers - Greg Clifton and to meet some of the furry animals that he has the fortune of looking after.
The Burton Mail have been along to Twycross Zoo to catch up with one of the zoo's Senior Primate Keepers - Greg Clifton and to meet some of the furry animals that he has the fortune of looking after.

Man arrested over allegations that a racist video was posted online

Derbyshire police have said that a man arrested over allegations that a racist video was posted online. It is alleged that the a video containing racist language was shared on social media.

A spokesman said: The force received complaints about the video and an investigation was launched.

“A 20-year-old man was arrested last night and questioned. He has been released under investigation while inquiries continue.”

Children left terrified after car breaks down because it had run out of fuel

Children traveling in a car on the M1 were left ‘hysterical with fear’ after the family car they were traveling stopped because it had run out of fuel. Police said it happened at 5.30am today, Thursday, October 19. Officers from Derbyshire said there were “two near misses in the live lane and kids hysterical with fear”, describing the incident as acceptable.

Warning to drug dealers after raids in Burton

Police have warned drug dealers they are coming for them after a series of raids in Burton this morning. They have told how they gave people a wake up call when their home was raided by officers. Read it here.

Police in Burton have carried out a series of early morning drugs raids

Police officers have said they have seized what they believe to be Class A drugs after carrying out three early morning drugs raids at homes in Burton town centre. Read it here

Delays on the M1 in the roadworks

There are delays on M1 in the roadworks on the southbound side near junction 25 for the A52 heading for Nottingham and Derby). Travel time is seven minutes, says the traffic information website Inrix.

Delays on the A444 due to the roadworks

There is queueing traffic and delays onthe A444 Stapenhill Road on the the northbound side between A5189 St Peter’s Bridge and Main Street and the A511 Ashby Road due to the roadworks area.

The closure of St Peter’s Bridge is causing drivers to find an alternative route. A police car was also attempting to get through traffic on Burton Bridge, which is busy with traffic due to the closure of St Peter’s Bridge, pictured.

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)