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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The deadline for the old £1 coin has passed, but you can still spend yours at some shops in Burton

The new £1 coin may have taken the place of its round predecessor, but there are still several places in Burton where your old coins will be accepted.

The new 12-sided pound coin, which resembles the old threepence coin, entered circulation in March and boasts new hi-tech security features to prevent counterfeiters.

Read the full story here.

The old £1 coins
The old £1 coins

Staffordshire Police working on plan to prevent offices abusing authority for sexual purposes

Staffordshire Police says it is focused on improving policing as a lead force in targeting those who abuse their authority for sexual purposes, a superintendent has said.

It comes following concerns by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) that some forces across England and Wales were failing to tackle the problem of officers and staff abusing their authority for sexual gain.

Read the full story here.

Four police officers were sacked over WhatsApp messages
Police say they are focused on improving policing

Fluffy fellas eager to make new friends at Charnwood Forest Alpacas

Almost hidden away in Boundary, is a wildlife wonderland of alpacas, waiting to be discovered by animal lovers.

Charnwood Forest Alpacas based at Scamhazel Farm is run by Chris Deakin, 54, and Laura Stock, 35, and has become a popular tourist attraction over the years.

Read the full story here.

These are just a few of the female Alpacas at the centre. Many of the ones that members of the public, get to hug and walk are males, as the females are often pregnant and they have to be careful with them and how they are handled.
These are just a few of the female Alpacas at the centre. Many of the ones that members of the public, get to hug and walk are males, as the females are often pregnant and they have to be careful with them and how they are handled.

Swadlincote's Trelleborg has big changes up its sleeves with new proposals

A Swadlincote aerospace business could be undertaking major changes to its site as latest applications have been submitted to South Derbyshire District Council.

Trelleborg, Ryder Close, Swadlincote - the erection of replacement fencing to site boundaries to Cadley Hill Road and Ryder Close and new vehicular access to Ryder Close and creation of new car park.

Read the full list here.

Trelleborg wants to create a new car park
Trelleborg wants to create a new car park (Image: Google)

Dovegate prisoners handed thousands of extra days behind bars as punishment for bad behaviour

Tens of thousands of extra days behind bars handed out to punish serving prisoners are contributing to jails becoming “out of control”, campaigners have claimed.

Lobbyists have spoken out after statistics were released showing nearly 4,000 extra days were enforced for lags serving time at HMP Dovegate, just outside Marchington.

Read the full story here.

HMP Dovegate Prison, a Category B prison in Marchington
HMP Dovegate Prison, a Category B prison in Marchington

Gin night to he held at Dog and Partridge pub in Marchington

A pub landlord admits he is yet to catch the “gin bug” sweeping the UK - but promises the perfect tonic for lovers of Britain’s fastest-growing spirit on Friday night.

There are now a “gin-credible” 131 distilleries in the UK - up a fifth in the last year and double the number in 2012.

Read the full story here.

Paul Needham, landlord of the Dog and Partridge, Marchington
Paul Needham, landlord of the Dog and Partridge, Marchington

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.

Burton convict forced to sell his own home to pay the bill for clean-up of illegal waste site

A convict who blighted land near Burton by running an illegal waste site has had to sell his own home to pay for the land to be cleaned up.

Robert Murphy was jailed for seven months in May 2015 at Stafford Crown Court for operating a rubbish site off the A38 at Egginton, for which he did not have a permit.

Read the full story here.

Christmas is coming to Burton as light switch-on date is revealed

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year again - and Burton is already getting in the festive mood ahead of next month’s grand lights switch-on. Hanging lights already adorn Station Street, in the town centre, with more on the High Street.

Lit-up shooting stars to a message of ‘Merry Christmas’ decorate the town centre, while strings of lights hang above shops along the street and Christmas trees above the NatWest branch in the town.

Find out when here.

Christmas lights on High Street, in the town centre
Christmas lights on High Street, in the town centre

Six arrests in Burton as police carry out morning raids in a bid to tackle drugs issues

Six people have been arrested in Burton as part of a police operation aimed at cutting drug supply lines into the town.

Four people were arrested this morning, Thursday, October 19, as police officers targeted three addresses in early morning raids.

Read the full story here.

Staffordshire Police - Police Dog Emma who was at Burton Police Station with handler Julie Hargreaves doing random sniffs of passengers, to see if they have come into contact with drugs.
Staffordshire Police - Police Dog Emma who was at Burton Police Station with handler Julie Hargreaves doing random sniffs of passengers, to see if they have come into contact with drugs.

When will 'weather bomb' Storm Brian hit Burton and South Derbyshire?

Burton and South Derbyshire is in line for a gale-lashed weekend - as Storm Brian heads to the UK bringing winds of up to 70mph.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning from 4am on Saturday, October 21.

Read the full story.

Storm Brian could be heading to Burton and Swadlincote
Storm Brian could be heading to Burton and Swadlincote (Image: Getty)

John Port School pupils banned from wearing 'survival straps' which can be used to start fires

An Etwall school has banned pupils from wearing a bracelet which costs as little as 80p and can be used to light fires.

Parents and guardians of pupils at John Port School were sent an email from one of the school’s assistant head teachers on Thursday about the bracelets.

Read the full story here.

Police searching for missing Derbyshire man find body in River Trent

Officers searching for a missing Derbyshire man, who has not been seen since October 14, have found a body.

The body, which has yet to be formally identified, was found on Thursday afternoon in the River Trent between Weston-on-Trent and Castle Donington.

Read the full story here.

Police are search for missing man Johnathan Webster, 50
Police are search for missing man Johnathan Webster, 50

Car goes into hedge on Willington road causing slow traffic on the morning commute

A car which has left the road and gone into a hedge is causing very slow traffic on a Derbyshire road in Willington this morning.

There is slow traffic on the B5008 Willington Road, heading in both directions, between Bargate Lane and the High Street.

Read the full story here.

Willshee's Waste and Recycling takes top gong as the Burton Mail Business Awards 2017 winners revealed

Willshee’s Waste and Recycling has been named The Business of the Year at the prestigious Burton Mail Business Awards 2017.

The winners in 11 categories were unveiled at a glittering gala awards ceremony at the Pirelli Stadium last night, Thursday, October 19, with the Burton-based company famed for its work across the town coming out on top.

See the fantastic pictures from the night and full list of winners here.

Awards director Dave Bryon hosted this year's gala event
Awards director Dave Bryon hosted this year's gala event (Image: Alex Cantrill-Jones / ACJ Media)

Bosses at Stapenhill Medical Centre vow to improve further after 'good' CQC rating

A Stapenhill doctors surgery has received a good rating from inspectors - but bosses say there is room for improvement.

Stapenhill Medical Centre, on Fyfield Road, in the Staffordshire village was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on Monday, August 14, who ruled the practice was performing at a good standard.

Read the full story here.

Stapenhill Medical Centre, on Fyfield Road
Stapenhill Medical Centre, on Fyfield Road (Image: Google)

Accident between Willington and Repton

Willington Road is partially blocked in both directions and there is very slow traffic due to an accident involving one a car. The incident is between Bargate Lane, and High Street and Brook End, says traffic information website Inrix.

The car has gone into a hedge. Drivers in the area have reported that traffic is just about getting past the scene, but it has slowed down.

Bridge closure leads to queuing traffic on other routes around Burton

Traffic is queueing traffic on A444 Stapenhill Road northbound between Peter’s Bridge and the A511 Ashby Road in Burton. In the roadworks area, caused by the closure of the bridge for repair work. There is also queueing traffic on the A511 Ashby Road westbound.