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.

Mini-roundabout plan for notorious crossroads finally taking shape after 15-year wait

Plans are still in the design process for a mini roundabout system
Plans are still in the design process for a mini roundabout system

Plans for two mini-roundabouts at a notorious crossroads near Swadlincote are finally taking shape - 15 years after being recommended to cope with 400 new houses.

Housing developer Taylor Wimpey is currently putting the finishing touches to its proposal for the two mini-roundabouts at the Albert Village crossroads, five months after preliminary work started at the junction.

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Thugs do this to 87-year-old man as they punched in the face and ransacked his home

Arthur 'Bob' Gumley has allowed the police to release images of his injuries to bring his attackers to justice
Arthur 'Bob' Gumley has allowed the police to release images of his injuries to bring his attackers to justice

These upsetting images of the horrific injuries suffered by an elderly man who was attacked in his own home have been released to the public in a bid to catch the two thugs who are responsible.

Staffordshire Police are now hunting the men who punched 87-year-old Arthur ‘Bob’ Gumbley in the face after breaking into his home, before beating and robbing him.

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Meet the four charities that will hand out your vital donations in this year's Feed Our Families campaign

Students in Year 12 have also taken the time to back the vital appeal
Students in Year 12 have also taken the time to back the vital appeal

As The Burton Mail’s Feed our Families campaign got under way this week, we thought we’d tell you about the vital charities we well be raising donations for.

Every year, as part of the Feed our Families campaign, we team up with a number of charities which work tirelessly with the Burton and South Derbyshire communities to ensure people who are struggling are clothed, fed and watered, by giving them a that helping hand.

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

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.

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Abbots Bromley author on his updated book The Real Enigma Heroes on 75th anniversary

Colin Grazier
Colin Grazier

An updated version of The Real Enigma Heroes book by East Staffordshire author Phil Shanahan has been published to mark the 75 anniversary of one of the most extraordinary stories ever to come out of the Second World War.

On October 30, 1942, two Royal Navy men serving on HMS Petard drowned while capturing codebooks from a German U-boat. A teenager, who helped them, tragically died two years later.

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Viking weaponry from more than 1,100 years ago unearthed by archaeologists in Repton

University of Bristol students excavating the Viking camp in Repton
University of Bristol students excavating the Viking camp in Repton

Viking weapons including arrowheads and axe-heads have been unearthed next to a Repton church - shedding fascinating new light on life over 1,100 years ago.

Large areas for workshops and ship repairs have also been uncovered by a team of archaeologists from the University of Bristol. The extraordinary remains, found in the Vicarage garden next to St Wystan’s Church, have been dated to the winter of 873-4.

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WWE champion Tyler Bate is coming to Burton's Midco Toys for figurine launch

WWE wrestling champion Tyler Bate is coming to Midco Toys
WWE wrestling champion Tyler Bate is coming to Midco Toys

A popular Burton toy shop will be welcoming a world wrestling superstar to the town as it launches his new figurine - sold exclusively at the store.

Midco Toys, in High Street, has revealed that professional wrestler Tyler Bate will be joining fans at the store for the launch of Mattel’s World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) first ever elite figure of Tyler Bate and the WWE championship belt which will be available in store on the day.

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Bravery award for woman who saved the life of a drowning 91-year-old man at Mercia Marina

Christa Calladine - First Responder, Sarah Cunnington - First Aid, Dennis Oates
Christa Calladine - First Responder, Sarah Cunnington - First Aid, Dennis Oates

A brave woman has been awarded after saving a 91-year-old man from drowning at Mercia Marina.

Sarah Cunnington, a part-time worker at the Willington marina, jumped into the water after pensioner Dennis Oates fell in on Friday, May 5.

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