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Train terminates early after carriage windows shatter

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A train has been forced to terminate at Chesterfield after "an incident in a tunnel" caused carriage windows to shatter.

One of the passengers on board the Penzance to Glasgow service said he first heard a loud "clanking" noise from under the train.

Mike Jempson said "people were getting anxious" so he raised concerns to staff.

Shattered train window
Mike Jempson

He added shortly afterwards, something came off the train, hit the ground and sent stones flying up the windows, making them shatter.

A CrossCountry spokesman said: "Window glass did not break and there are no reported injuries on board.

"An investigation will take place to determine what caused the incident."

Rams fans banned after attacking police officers

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Two Derby County fans have been banned from attending football matches after they attacked police officers at games.

Jack Gregory, 25, and Archie Chadwick, 22, both pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer at Chesterfield Magistrates' Court and Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court respectively earlier this month.

Gregory, of Flamstead Avenue in Loscoe, Derbyshire, assaulted a female officer at match against Nottingham Forest in February. The officer suffered "serious bruising", police said.

He was given a three-year banning order as well as a one-year community order, 60 hours of unpaid work and told to pay costs of £470.

Derby County
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Chadwick, of Hornbeam Close, Ilkeston, assaulted a police officer at a match against Leeds United in May.

For the assault and possession of cocaine, he was handed a three-year football banning order, a one-year community order and was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and to pay £270.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We can expect a rainy afternoon with the possibility of thunderstorms later on. Temperatures will drop a bit compared to earlier in the week.

Young East Midlanders 'trapped in renting'

East Midlands Today

The rising cost of buying a home is trapping young East Midlanders in the rented sector, according to a report.

Research by financial company PwC predicts that the East Midlands will see the country's fastest rising property prices, up by 2.9% in 2019.

That would put the average price of a house in our region up from £190,000 now to about £214,000 by 2022, making it harder for people in their 20s to stop renting.


PwC also found young renters were now paying out an average 25% of their income on rent and in our cities, this could be even higher, edging close to the official definition of unaffordable - 30%.

Have you seen missing Chesterfield teenagers?

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Charlie Thorpe
Derbyshire Police

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of two 14-year-old girls.

Charlie Thorpe (above) and Jasmine Henry were last seen on Cavendish Street, Chesterfield, at about 18:30 last night.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said it's believed they may have been planning to travel to Manchester.

Jasmine Henry
Derbyshire Police
Extinction Rebellion protesters storm council meeting
A group of people, some wearing wigs and swimsuits, called for "climate justice now".

Elderly dog rescued from sad life

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Three months ago, Harley the dog was so skinny "you could count each one of his vertebrae".

The RSPCA said most of his body was bald, his skin was blotchy and raw and his eyes were sunken.

Harley three months after he arrived with the RSPCA

After arriving at the charity's Chesterfield branch, he was helped to build up his strength and taught to trust people again.

Gary Taylor, from the RSPCA, said: "He was at his lowest ebb but he remained strong. And he's come on so much since."

Harley when he arrived at the RSPCA

Now the 14-year-old German Shepherd is "playful, silly, clever and cuddly" and looking for a new home.

His previous owner was taken to court where she pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.

The 37-year-old woman, from Holmewood in Chesterfield, was disqualified from keeping dogs for life, ordered to pay £300 in costs and given a six-week curfew order.

East Midlands Trains strike action to go ahead

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has confirmed industrial action on East Midlands Trains (EMT) will go ahead as planned from this Saturday.

Members will strike on 20 July, 27 July and 3 August due to concerns over pay discrimination and contract issues.

East Midlands Trains
PA Media

The union remains available for talks but it takes two to tango. No-one should underestimate the resilience and ‎determination of our EMT members to see justice."

Mick CashRMT general secretary

East Midlands Trains has said trains to and from London will run as scheduled.

However, the operator said some services on local routes will be affected and has advised customers to check their journey times before travelling.

Two charged with drug supply

Two men have been charged with drug supply offences after an investigation into the alleged movement of drugs from Wolverhampton into Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

The two, both 26 and from Wolverhampton, have been charged with three counts of conspiring to supply heroin and three counts of conspiring to supply crack cocaine.

They have also been charged with facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, said Warwickshire Police.

They're both due to appear at Warwick Magistrates' Court on 31 July.

Two arrested over modern slavery offences

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences in Chesterfield.

Derbyshire Police said they attended a car wash at Chesterfield Business Park last Wednesday after concerns were reported by a member of the public.

Officers spoke to two workers and subsequently visited the Spick and Span car wash in Brimington Road, finding three men who they believed were being exploited.

The 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of holding a person in slavery or servitude.

The 45-year-old woman, from Chesterfield, was held on suspicion of holding a person in slavery or servitude and for offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

They have since been released on bail while inquiries continue.

Spick and Span

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A hazy start to the day will give way to blue skies and sunny spells in the afternoon.

Computer virus forces school to close

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A computer virus could have released personal information about pupils and their parents at a Chesterfield school.

The "serious ransomware virus attack" on Heritage High School's systems came over the weekend.

The secondary school said in a message to parents that it was unlikely, but the virus may have been able to copy data, including addresses, phone numbers and information about special needs.

It said this would not include bank details.

Using a laptop
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It also means the staff cannot use the school's phones, e-mails or personal information database.

The school of about 750 pupils will be shut tomorrow and Wednesday because of health and safety concerns.

They have reported the attack to the police and the Information Commissioner's Office.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We can expect a cloudy start to the day which is expected to clear by this afternoon giving us sunny spells across the East Midlands.

Here's Rich Davis with the forecast.

Severe accident: A617 Derbyshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A617 Derbyshire eastbound severe accident, from A61 to B6425 Hassocky Lane.

A617 Derbyshire - A617 in Chesterfield closed and it's slow eastbound from the A61 junction to the B6425 Hassocky Lane junction, because of an accident involving motorbike.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man convicted over driverless car bomb plot

A man has been found guilty of trying to make a bomb to be used in a driverless car.

Farhad Salah
Julia Quenzler

Farhad Salah, of Brunswick Road, Sheffield, was convicted at Sheffield Crown Court of preparing to commit acts of terrorism.

Jurors heard how Salah, 24, an Iraqi Kurd, posted on social media about using a driverless car in an attack.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on his co-defendant, chip-shop owner Andy Star, who was charged with the same offence.

Prosecutors told the trial how Salah and Mr Star, 32, were in the early stages of testing small improvised explosive devices when they were arrested in raids on their homes in a Sheffield community centre and a Chesterfield fish and chip shop in December 2017

Mr Star, from Chesterfield, has always insisted gunpowder and other items found in his flat above the chip shop were all connected to his long-standing interest in fireworks.

Salah is due to be sentenced on 24 July.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be cloudy skies with some rain in the morning, but as the afternoon progresses, the rain will become more showery with sunny intervals. Maximum temperatures of 20 to 23C.

Homes plan gets green light despite rare butterfly concerns

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to build homes on a former mining site in Derbyshire have been approved despite fears rare butterflies would be put at risk.

Welbeck Estates intends to build 450 homes, a huge country park, new wetland areas and 15 acres of space for businesses on the former Whitwell Colliery site, north of Bolsover.

However, the land has been home to the dingy skipper, small heath, common blue and brown argus since mining ceased 33 years ago.

East Midlands Butterfly Conservation said construction would lead to much of the butterfly habitat being damaged.

Dingy skipper
Durham Wildlife Trust

At a meeting yesterday, Derbyshire County Council - in approving the plans - ensured the developer committed to 25 years of management of all the site's open spaces and country park.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service said this is to alleviate the concerns of the butterfly group and also the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, which also fears the loss of vital habitats.

Bolsover District Council said the site - which has been vacant since 1986 - has become an eyesore and also recommended the plans be approved.

Plans for the former Whitwell Colliery site in Bolsover
Welbeck Estates

Appeal for information about Durham man found dead in marshland

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

The family of a Durham man found dead in marshland are appealing for help in finding out what happened to him.

Robert Chatwin was found near the Erewash Canal in Derbyshire in April, two days after he was reported missing.

Mr Chatwin's cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

Image of officers involved in the search

Motorcyclist dies in A6 crash

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A motorcyclist has died in a crash on the A6 near Rowsley, in Derbyshire.

Emergency services were called to reports of a collision involving a grey Audi A6 estate and a black Aprilla motorbike just before 16:30 on Sunday.

Derbyshire Police said: "Sadly, the motorcyclist, a 46-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene."

A6 Bakewell Road, near Rowsley, in Derbyshire

The force added the man's family has been informed, but formal identification is yet to take place.

Police have appealed for witnesses and anyone with a dashcam to contact the force.

Man bailed in police murder investigation

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A man arrested in connection with the death of a Chesterfield man has been released on bail.

The 31-year-old was detained earlier in the week on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Graham Snell
Derbyshire Police

The body of Graham Snell was found during a police search of his home and another part of the town.

Another man, Daniel Walsh, 29, of Marsden Street, Chesterfield, has been charged with murdering the 71-year-old.

Chesterfield backs out of Sheffield city deal

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Chesterfield Borough Council is set to relinquish its membership of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) next year.

It's currently part of the SCR grouping and the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire (D2N2) LEP, but from April 2020 councils will only be allowed to be part of one LEP.

Derbyshire County Council had opposed Chesterfield being part of the SCR.

SCR chairman James Muir said the rule change was "regrettable" and that Chesterfield "has benefited hugely" from being part of the LEP, but Chesterfield's council leader Tricia Gilby said there was "no option" if the authority is going to comply with the new system.


Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There is still some cloud around first thing, but it should brighten up as we head into the afternoon and it will be another warm day.

High UV levels and pollen count again too.

Boy swallowing dental component was 'wholly preventable'

Eddie Bisknell

Local Democracy Reporter

An 11-year-old South Derbyshire boy swallowed a "small dental component" while he was sedated during an operation.

The so-called "never event" has been reported by the Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.

National guidance says a "never event" is a "serious incident that is wholly preventable" due to stringent safety policies.

Boy at the dentist
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The young boy had been having a lower molar tooth "restored" and was sedated and had local anaesthetic for the operation.

During the procedure, the "push button chuck" on a dental hand piece - used to release the drill end - came loose and was swallowed by the patient.

The component is "wafer thin" at less than 1mm thick and about 4 to 5mm in diameter.

The patient was unharmed after the incident in June and his family has not taken the matter further.

The trust says that it has sought to make all necessary changes to avoid this incident being repeated.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be dry with spells of sunshine today, feeling rather warm in the afternoon but with some gentle winds.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A lovely sunny day with a light variable breeze today. It will feel warm in the sunshine with highs of 21C.

There are high UV levels too and a very high pollen count today.