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DERBYSHIRE LAY-BY MURDER: Police release image of suitcase which contained burnt remains

An image of a suitcase similar to the one found containing the burnt remains of a murder victim has been released by detectives. The identity of the man remains unknown and police are now widening their inquiries to including missing people cases from a

yesterday, 17:05 in Regional East

Drug-user caught with crack-cocaine and heroin in pub car park

A drug-user has been ordered to pay £195 after she was caught with heroin and crack-cocaine in a pub car park. Chesterfield magistrates’ court on Thursday, October 20, how Victoria Palanzula Bowskill, 32, of Cuttholme Road, Chesterfield, had been in the

yesterday, 14:39 in Regional East

Police non-emergency 101 number experiences ‘technical difficulties’

Derbyshire Constabulary is currently experiencing technical difficulties with its 101 non-emergency number. Callers have been reporting that they are experiencing an engaged tone when they have tried to call. Derbyshire Police say engineers are working t

yesterday, 12:00 in Regional East

Latest Chesterfield magistrates’ court results

The latest Chesterfield magistrates’ court results as published in the October 20 edition of the Derbyshire Times are listed below. Motoring Ian David Flower, 52, of Bakestone Moor, Whitwell. Pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit. Fin

yesterday, 08:10 in Regional East

PICTURES AND VIDEO: Sneak peek inside the new-look New Bath Hotel and Spa

New Bath Hotel and Spa Matlock Bath’s spa town history is about to be re-instated as the village’s iconic New Bath Hotel is set to re-open next week. The 18th century building sold at auction last year for £930,000 - well under its asking price of £2,500

yesterday, 08:10 in Regional East

Pioneering expert set to develop youngsters’ language and communication skills

An educational pioneer is set help youngsters across Chesterfield and Derbyshire develop their speech, language and communication skills. Tracy Rodgers has already trained staff at Birley Pre-School, Bright Beginners Nursery, Croft Corner Forest School N

yesterday, 08:10 in Regional East

TV company looking for exciting Derbyshire pensioners for new documentary

TV channel More4 is looking for Derbyshire pensioners doing exciting and unusual things in their retirement for a new documentary. The channel is appealing for people aged 65 or over who have an unusual job, are enjoying a newfound creativity or who are

yesterday, 08:10 in Regional East

Term-time holiday fines in Derbyshire to be scrapped - but only for some

Fines for Derbyshire parents who take their children out of school during term-time are to be scrapped - but only for some. The county council is adopting a number of measures, including instructing headteachers not to issue fines to parents taking their

Wednesday, 11:51 in Regional East

600 jobs to go at Travis Perkins as 30 branches close

The UK’s biggest builders merchant, Travis Perkins, whose businesses include DIY chain Wickes, is closing 30 branches, putting 600 jobs at risk. The branches will be shut across its trade businesses, while it is also closing 10 smaller distribution centr

Wednesday, 11:30 in Regional East

WEATHER FORECAST: A cool, breezy day with scattered showers

The Met Office forecast for the East Midlands for today is for a cool and breezy day with scattered showers spreading from the east. Most parts starting dry with bright or sunny spells, but scattered showers developing near the Lincolnshire coast will sp

Wednesday, 09:22 in Regional East

WARNING: UK kids at risk from virus that can leave victims paralysed

A health alert has been issued warning parents over an outbreak of a polio-type virus that can easily be spread through coughs and sneezes. Cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), which has no known cure or vaccine, have more than doubled in the last year. Li

Tuesday, 14:39 in Regional East

Hiker dies after being taken ill on Pennine Way in Derbyshire

A hiker died after suffering from chest pains while walking on the Pennine Way in Derbyshire. On the evening of Saturday October 15, the Buxton and Edale Mountain Rescue Team were called by the East Midlands Ambulance Service, following reports of a man

Tuesday, 12:36 in Regional East

Pothole claims cost Derbyshire County Council £220,000

Derbyshire County Council has paid out more than £220,000 for damage to vehicles caused by potholes in the last three years. A total of 1,833 claims were made against the authority between 2013 and 2016, with the total for successful claims standing at £

Tuesday, 12:36 in Regional East

VIDEO: Hundreds march through Matlock against hospital proposals

‘Save our beds’ was the rallying cry in Matlock on Saturday morning as hundreds marched against cutbacks at the town’s Whitworth Hospital. The march - which was organised by the Matlock Hospitals League of Friends - was to protest against the closure of

Tuesday, 12:36 in Regional East

96-year-old ‘saved from house fire’ by portable misting system

A 96-year-old woman’s life was saved after a portable misting system put out a fire which started while she was sleeping. At 6pm on Saturday October 15, firefighters attended the Cotmanhay home of a 96-year-old female who had fallen asleep whilst smoking

Tuesday, 11:27 in Regional East

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