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Spireites sign Bermuda international

Chesterfield have signed Bermuda international striker Rai Simons from non-league Ilkeston Town.

Credit: Tina Jenner

Simons has signed a two-year deal and Spireites manager Paul Cook is delighted to have clinched his signature.

Cook said: "Rai is someone we have tracked for a while. We feel that he will develop as time goes on and have a bright future."

After agreeing a two-year deal at the Proact, Simons said: "I'm excited because I've been looking forward to this moment since moving to England at the age of 15. The set-up sounds brilliant and it is everything I could ask for."

Weightlifting husband and wife duo lift British titles

Now for many people getting older is a chance to take life a littler easier and put their feet up.

But for husband and wife Eric and Lynn Dolman from Tupton, near Chesterfield, that's not for them.

Instead the dynamic duo have just won a British title each.

So what have they been doing? Well it involves heavy metal, lycra and their converted garage.

Martin Fisher went to meet them:

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Chesterfield artist's poppy installation credited with helping boost UK tourism

The poppy installation at the Tower of London by the Chesterfield artist Paul Cummins is being credited with helping to boost visits to UK tourist attractions.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by artist Paul Cummins at the Tower of London Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It is estimated five million people viewed the display of nearly nine hundred thousand ceramic poppies in commemoration of the First World War.

Chesterfield to be backed by fans in Derbyshire Derby

Chesterfield will have the backing of almost 6,000 fans in their FA Cup Derbyshire Derby with Derby tomorrow

The Spireites, who've had a good season in League One so far, are looking to make it into the fifth round for the only the second time in 60 years.

Both clubs have a lot of respect for each other and the match is a sell-out

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believes that support could inspire them into the fifth round:

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£400 million tourism development to bring 1300 jobs to Chesterfield

A £400 million tourism development for Chesterfield has been announced which will bring more than 1300 jobs to the town.

Work will soon get started on the Peak Resort project, an integrated all-weather, year round leisure, health, sport and education destination. It was formally announced by the Prime Minister during a visit to America.

Plans for the project - which is in the Chesterfield borough on the reclaimed opencast mining site, close to the Birchall Estate at Unstone - have been years in the making. It brings together hospitality, university, sport and medical expertise and will have 600 holiday apartments, hotel and hostel units with 250 woodland lodges.

This is a fantastic boost to Chesterfield and its economy and another sign of the confidence the business community has about investing in our borough. The development will provide 1,300 jobs when it opens, and hundreds more during the construction phase, so the opportunities for local people to get new jobs will be tremendous. And once completed the venue will bring thousands of extra visitors to our borough, improving Chesterfield’s tourism offer, with the knock-on benefits that this gives to our local shops and facilities.

– Cllr John Burrows, Chesterfield Borough Council

Work will start on site between March and April.

Police grow increasingly concerned about missing Chesterfield man

Derbyshire police officers are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man who went missing from his home in Chesterfield in early December.

Missing Carl Mason

Carl Mason was reported missing on December 2. He was last seen by a relative at his home in Endowood Road, Chesterfield the previous evening. He has not been seen since.

48-year-old Mr Mason is white, about 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build, with receding grey hair. He does not have any teeth on his upper jaw and is believed to have been wearing blue jeans, black shoes and a thick blue or black coat.

He left home in a silver Ford Fiesta, the registration plate of which starts with YP56. The car was found parked in the car park of the White Swan on Main Street, Dunham-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire on December 3.

CCTV footage showed a man, believed to be Mr Mason, walking away from the car.

Officers from both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have carried out searches for Mr Mason but there have been no reported sightings of him since the images were captured on the CCTV near the pub.

Chesterfield FC officials to attend hearing over FA charge

Chesterfield officials will attend a personal hearing at Wembley Stadium next Monday after the club was charged by The FA with a breach of FA Cup rules. It is alleged that the club are in breach of FA Cup Rule 15(j)(i) for fielding an ineligible player following Georg Margreitter's appearance in Saturday's second round tie at MK Dons.

The club has until 5pm on Thursday to reply to the charge. Club officials will then travel to the capital on Monday for the hearing.

FA charges Chesterfield FC with breach of cup rules

The FA has charged Chesterfield FC with a breach of FA Cup rules, after allegedly fielding an ineligible player in their FA Cup Second Round Proper fixture against Milton Keynes Dons.

MK Dons were beaten 1-0 at home by Chesterfield on Saturday 6 December 2014, during which fixture Georg Margreitter featured for the away side.

It is alleged that Margreitter – on loan to Chesterfield from Wolverhampton Wanderers – played in the fixture without the necessary written permission having been received by The FA as at the 12noon deadline on Friday 5 December 2014. Chesterfield FC has until 5pm on Thursday 11 December to reply to the charge.

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