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Drug-user told how she stole goods because she left purse at home

A thief told how she stole from a store because she has a drug habit and had forgotten her purse. Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday how Lindsey Weatherall, 40, of Nesfield Close, Dunston, Chesterfield, stole coffee, chocolate and a drink f

today, 10:34 in Regional East

WEIRD WINTER WEATHER: Temperatures to top balmy 12C

Temperatures are set to hit double digits today - after days of freezing weather. A Met Office spokesman said: "It will be a mild but dull start to the day for the East Midlands, with mist and fog patches slowly clearing in a strengthening...

today, 10:34 in Regional East

Man caught with cannabis revealed he uses drug for pain relief

A man caught with cannabis revealed he used the drug for pain relief. Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday how police found Wayne Durrance, 39, of Talbot Crescent, Hasland, with 5.5grammes of cannabis in his pocket at Woodstock Court, Chester

today, 09:06 in Regional East

Couple called police after ‘unbelievable’ UFO sighting in Derbyshire

A couple have told of their amazement after witnessing a ‘UFO sighting’ in Wirksworth last night. This morning we reported how a Youtube video shot on the A38 in the county showed ‘diamond shaped UFOs’ in the sky. MORE HERE: VIDEO: ‘Diamond shaped UFOs’

today, 09:06 in Regional East

WATCH: Female driver films video proving women can parallel park

A female driver fed up with jibes about the way women park has filmed a tongue-in-cheek video in response. Anna Draper, 51, became so annoyed at men stopping to watch her park her car in impossibly narrow gaps that she decided to come up with a how-to vi

yesterday, 14:48 in Regional East

Rare Asian bird spotted in the Peak District

A rare bird from Asia has been spotted in the Peak District. Hundreds of birdwatchers have today descended upon Dukes Barn activity centre in Beeley to try and catch a glimpse of the Dusky thrush. Centre manager Colin Higginson said: "It's in an...

yesterday, 14:48 in Regional East

Driver gets two-year ban after taking off in partner’s car after row

A motorist who committed driving offences after she drove off between Matlock and Buxton in her partner’s sports car after a row has been banned from the road for two years. Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, November 30, how Jill Mitche

yesterday, 14:48 in Regional East

TV presenter rambles through the Peak District

A national treasure has taken to the hills of the Peak District to record an episode of a popular radio show. Clare Balding and BBC producer Lucy Lunt arrived in Great Hucklow to record a programme for their series, ‘Ramblings’. The popular Radio 4 serie

yesterday, 14:29 in Regional East

COLUMN: Kind donors improve students’ prospects

Schools are working hard to provide the best education, and experience, for their students. This is increasingly challenging in light of shrinking budgets. Government funding for schools has decreased in real terms year on year. Due to the current unequa

yesterday, 10:56 in Regional East

TIM FROHWEIN INQUEST: 'We loved him deeply and we always shall'

The wife of Timothy Frohwein - a top-ranking Derbyshire police officer who was found dead in the Peak District - has paid tribute to her husband at the conclusion of his inquest. Derbyshire's senior coroner Dr Robert Hunter today concluded that Mr Frohwe

yesterday, 08:06 in Regional East

Dating app creator reassures users over online safety

The creator of a new dating ‘app’ has sought to reassure users after it emerged a murderer used another popular site to meet his victims. Michelle Cafferty, who created the ‘Did I See U’ earlier this year, issued the advice after Stephen Port was sentenc

Monday, 12:01 in Regional East

COLUMN: Supportive justice values crime victims

It can take a lifetime to repair the emotional damage caused by crime but good quality professional support helps vulnerable people take those tentative steps towards recuperation with greater confidence. No one deserves to become a victim of crime but v

Sunday, 15:17 in Regional East

Derbyshire council chiefs pull funding for ‘lifeline’ bus service

Cash-strapped council chiefs are to pull funding for a ‘lifeline’ travel service for pensioners. Derbyshire County Council has announced that the money it gives to Dial-a-Bus - currently £689,000 - will be withdrawn from October 2017. Around 1,300 people

Sunday, 14:09 in Regional East

COLUMN: Explore the Peaks from every angle like Puttrell

On December 12 1903 the first ascent was made of High Tor Gully in Matlock Bath. This impressive limestone crag is 396 feet high and all previous attempts to conquer it had failed. The man who did make it, along with two companions, was a man named Jim P

Sunday, 13:16 in Regional East

Fire at large Derbyshire building

A large building in Derbyshire went up in flames this morning. Firefighters from Matlock, Wirksworth and Ashbourne were called to Town Street in Brassington shortly before 9.10am. Crews found a 'large detached dwelling which is currently unoccupied' abla

Sunday, 12:03 in Regional East

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