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High-tech signs to deter drivers from damaging historic bridge

Swarkestone Bridge Credit: Derbyshire County Council

Hi-tech signs are to be installed to deter drivers of overweight lorries from damaging an historic bridge.

Flashing amber warning signs will be put up and sensors are to be laid beneath the road surface on approaches to the Swarkstone Bridge, in Derbyshire.

The signs are due to be installed during the week of Monday 24 April and are expected to be live later that week, near to Swarkestone Causeway.

Sensors will detect if a vehicle is restricted and transmit a signal to the signs which illuminate the 7.5 tonne weight limit.

Geoff Pickford, director for highways, said:

The bridge is historic and wasn't built to carry today's type and volume of traffic.

Signage is already in place but drivers of a significant number of vehicles are flouting the weight limit, including some that are more than twice the weight limit.

– Director for highways, Geoff Pickford

Derbyshire County Council said drivers of around 40 overweight lorries are ignoring the existing weight limit signs and are continuing to use the bridge each day.

Some vehicles, for example buses and dustbin lorries, are exempt from the restriction.

Derby County hold minute's silence in memory of supporter

Hannah Bladon Credit: Family Photograph

A minute's silence will be held before today's Derby County game with Huddersfield Town, to mark the death of Rams supporter Hannah Bladon.

20-year-old Hannah, who was from Burton-upon-Trent, was murdered on Good Friday in Jerusalem where she was studying at The Hebrew University.

She has been described by her family as 'the most caring, sensitive and compassionate daughter you could ever wish for.'

Everybody at Derby County would like to express our sincerest sympathies to the Bladon family.

– Derby County statement

Campaigners save under threat pub site in Derbyshire

The Spotted Cow in Holbrook, near Belper, closed down over two years ago. Credit: ITV News Central

Campaigners fighting to save an under threat pub are celebrating after securing the keys to the building.

The Spotted Cow in Holbrook, near Belper, closed down over two years ago. Developers had wanted to turn the site, which dates back to the 17th Century, into housing.

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Road closures after serious collision in Derbyshire

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Police have closed a number of roads in the Hilton area of Derbyshire following a serious collision this afternoon.

Derby Road and Uttoxeter Road are both closed from the junction with Eggington Road to the junction with Mill Lane.

The closure is likely to remain in place for some time and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

It is also likely to have an impact on traffic leaving the A50 at the Hilton/Etwall exit and officers are urging drivers to plan alternative routes.

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