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 Helen Kreft at helen.kreft@burtonmail.co.uk or call us on 01283 245032.

Stanton Road partially closed after car crashes into wall

A car has crashed into a wall in Stapenhill
A car has crashed into a wall in Stapenhill

A road has been partially closed in Stapenhill after a car crashed into a wall.

Staffordshire Police are currently on the scene in Stanton Road, diverting traffic through Brizlincote.

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Appeal for vital witness who may have seen police car fire in Overseal

The police car which was destroyed by fire
The police car which was destroyed by fire (Image: Derbyshire Police)

A fresh appeal has been launched to identify a man who may be able to assist with investigations into a police car fire in Overseal.

Derbyshire police say the man is believed to have knocked on the doors of homes of residents, to warn them about a fire, around the time that a police car was set alight in Burton Road.

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Petition calls for Burton MP to resign after 'rough and tumble' with Jeremy Corbyn

A petition has been started calling for Burton’s MP to resign after he admitted heckling Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during the Budget debate in the House of Commons.

The petition was set up after the exchange in Parliament on Wednesday, November 22, during the Budget announcement in which Burton’s Conservative MP Andrew Griffiths made a jibe about Mr Corbyn’s age.

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Fire near Hilton beauty spot allowed to burn out to avoid contamination

A site of special scientific interest at a South Derbyshire beauty spot has been protected from contamination after fire crews allowed a blaze to burn itself out.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service decided to to let a fire out in the open on land in Sutton Lane, Hilton, burn out following a meeting with the Environment Agency, it has been revealed.

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Fond farewell and tributes at the funeral of former Midway Labour councillor Bill Dunn

The coffin was carried into the church by members of his family. The service was taken by Revd Kath Wood
The coffin was carried into the church by members of his family. The service was taken by Revd Kath Wood

A popular former councillor who served the community of South Derbyshire for 42 years has been given a fond farewell at a moving funeral service which was packed with his family and friends.

Bill Dunn was laid to rest in St John’s Churchyard, in Newhall, following a funeral full of tributes from his family and former council colleagues.

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Duck crossing signs finally installed in Swadlincote after swan was killed crossing the road

Derbyshire County Council has installed duck crossing signs in Midway
Derbyshire County Council has installed duck crossing signs in Midway (Image: Getty)

The move comes after calls from nearby residents to help protect the birds after some were killed in accidents near Eureka Park.

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Festive fun as Swadlincote lights up the sky for annual fireworks display and Christmas switch-on

The fireworks lit up the sky
The fireworks lit up the sky

Hundreds of people have gathered in Swadlincote town centre to mark the official start of the Christmas period with its annual lights switch-on an all-important fireworks display.

Michael Stanton, chairman of South Derbyshire District Council, and the 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) who were recently granted the Freedom of South Derbyshire, flicked the switch to light up The Delph outside the market hall.

See all the pictures and videos here.

Foston paedophile had vile images of children and one including a sex act with an animal

A 47-year-old paedophile has admitted making hundreds of indecent images of a child.

Stephen Lomas is set to be sentenced
Stephen Lomas is set to be sentenced (Image: Getty)

Stephen Lomas, of Brook Lane, Foston, appeared at Derby Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to the charges.

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Large police presence report as officers investigate assault

Police are investigating an assault in Newhall, it has been confirmed.

Four police cars and an ambulance were seen parked at an address in Plummer Road, Newhall, on Friday night.

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Snow hits South Derbyshire

Residents in South Derbyshire have been waking up to light snow flurries.

Snow in Overseal
Snow in Overseal

It has been snowing overnight and the area has been lightly covered. However, we have escaped the worst snowfall, according to Derbyshire Police, which has been forced to close Snake Pass.