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.

We're hoping you can be our eyes and ears in your own communities so if you spot something going on you can email reporter Beth Pridding at beth.pridding@burtonmail.co.uk or call us on 01283 245031.

Junction in Swadlincote branded 'complete joke' as highways bosses say no improvements will be made

A busy Swadlincote junction has been branded a “complete joke” by a motorist who says drivers have to “take their lives into their own hands” - and has called for traffic lights to be installed.

Drivers say the T-junction of Midland Road and Civic Way, in the town, has been “notoriously difficult” to use when turning right in town and fear the problem will be exacerbated by the nearby Forester’s Gate development of 57 homes being built on a former bus depot site.

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St Peters Bridge will re-open

St Peter’s Bridge WILL re-open by tomorrow, Saturday, November 11, bringing an end to Burton’s traffic nightmare, council bosses have finally confirmed.

And the bridge could even be open as early as later tonight, Friday, November 10 - almost three weeks ahead of the original schedule.

Read the full story here

St Peter's Bridge is nearing completion

Woman shoplifter jailed for stealing two drones from Swadlincote shop

A 27-year-old thief walked into a Swadlincote store and stole two drones, a court heard. It is not known whether Kristy Martin, of Midland Road, Swadlincote, intended to fly the items herself to get an unrivalled view of the landscape or had sought to sell them on.

She appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court where she admitted stealing two drones worth £84.98 from B&M Bargains, Swadlincote, on October 22.

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John Lewis Christmas advert 2017 is here and it's the heartwarming story of Moz the Monster

The monster under your bed isn’t as scary as we all thought as John Lewis has shown us in its new Christmas advert.

The long-awaited ad, which marks the start of the Christmas season, tells the heartwarming story of a young boy striking an unlikely friendship with the monster under his bed, Moz.

Read the story

Meet Moz the Monster
Meet Moz the Monster (Image: John Lewis)

Still no sightings of missing golden labrador Opal who is trained to care for the disabled

TV news cameras rolled into Uttoxeter as volunteers scoured the countryside for a special dog which has gone missing. She is trained to care for the disabled and it is now feared she may have since been stolen.

The appeal to find golden labrador Opal saw a massive search operation in the fields surrounding the Wood Lane area launched last week.

Read the full story here

Opal, a Canine Partners dog that went missing in Uttoxeter
Opal, a Canine Partners dog that went missing in Uttoxeter

Russell Brand's book signing in Burton postponed

Comedian and Hollywood star Russell Brand has changed the day he is coming to Burton - but don’t panic as it is only a week later.

The actor, presenter and author was originally due to sign copies of his latest book, Recovery - Freedom From Our Addictions, on Tuesday, November 14, but this has been put back a week due to his busy work schedule.

Read all about it here

Noreen Oliver, of the Burton Addiction Centre, and Russell Brand at Pirelli Stadium

If you were stuck in slow traffic in Bretby it was down to an abnormal load

If you were caught in slow traffic this morning around Bretby - this is why.

It was all down to a huge load being moved by lorry - a massive 40 tonnes of cooling pipes was being transported on a lorry. The giant load required a police escort to get to its destination in Leicester, having started the journey at Bretby Business Park.

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Man accused of planning a terror attack tells court he thought it was OK to download bomb-making instructions from the web

A Burton factory worker who was allegedly planning a terrorist attack with his girlfriend thought he was allowed to download bomb-making instructions because he found them on Facebook and Youtube, he told police.

Munir Mohammed, who packed ready meals at Burton’s Kerry Foods factory, told officers that he viewed the instructions, which showed how to make a detonator circuit, out of “curiosity” and was not planning an attack.

Read the full story here

Pictured is a court sketch artist impression of Derby man Munir Hassan Mohammed, of Leopold Street, Derby and Rowaida El Hassan, of London. Both are on trial at the Old Bailey in London. Picture shows from left, Munir Hassan Mohammed, Rowaida El Hassan.
(Image: Picture: Julia Quenzler.)

Weather update

It has been a wet start to the morning, but this cloud and rain will quickly clear to leave a bright day with some sunny spells. It could feel a little chilly in the wind. Maximum temperatures of 11C.

Tonight, it is expected to cloud over with outbreaks of rain developing. Temperatures could drop to 5C.

On Saturday, there will be patchy rain first thing, but this will clear slowly through the morning to leave a dry afternoon. However, it will stay cloudy through the day with only a few bright spells. Maximum temperatures tomorrow of 12C.

On the roads

In Burton, traffic is starting to build on the A444 Stapenhill Road and A511 Ashby Road as motorists queue to get on Burton Bridge into the town.

Further afield, one lane has been closed on the M1 northbound in Derbyshire between junction 29 for Chesterfield and 29a for Bolsover. This is due to a broken down vehicle.

Delays in Burton due to an accident

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