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Marketing chief leaves Chesterfield after raffle incident

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Chesterfield have announced that a senior member of staff has left after an internal investigation into a raffle for a place at the club's pre-season training camp which was won by a "falsified entry".

Kevin Fitzgerald, head of commercial and marketing at the League One club resigned after a supporter spotted that the winner for a place on the training camp in Hungry possibly did not exist.

The club's director Ashley Carson described it as a "total farce" and "sorry mess", adding that all other lotteries/raffles run by the club are not affected by this "isolated incident".

Following on from my statement on Monday, I am still reeling from the shameful incident that has attracted nationwide headlines for the football club for all the wrong reasons.

After a thorough internal investigation, I can now confirm that the person responsible for this total farce has now left the football club.

Kevin Fitzgerald has been a hardworking, respected, likeable employee who has, for some reason, made a massive error of judgement and has subsequently paid the consequences for his actions. The board were unaware of his actions and have taken swift action after uncovering the truth.

I do hope that we can look for a replacement to head our commercial department, move forward and pick up the pieces from the whole sorry mess.

Finally, I want to confirm that all other lotteries/raffles run by the club, which are so valuable to providing funds, are in no way affected by this isolated incident.

– Ashley Carson, Chesterfield FC director & company secretary

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Police appeal to find missing Rotherham teenager

Police are appealing for help to find a teenager who has gone missing from her home in Rotherham.

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Natalie Pentland, who is 14-years-old, was last seen leaving her home address in the Brinsworth area at around 6pm on Tuesday June 14.

She is described as white, around 5ft, medium build with shoulder length blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing an army-style tracksuit, jumper and trousers.

Police said she was links to Chesterfield and Skegness.

Unite hold Dick Turpin style protest over working practices at Sports Direct

Unite union is holding a 'Dick Turpin' style protest in Chesterfield over work practices at retail giant Sports Direct.

Police appeal after man found dead on Chesterfield road

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 46-year-old man was found dead on a Chesterfield road in the early hours of this morning, after being involved in an accident.

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Officers were called to the scene, on Rother Way near to Sainsbury's store , shortly after 12.30am where the body of the man, was found in the carriageway.

The man has not yet been formally identified but is thought to live locally and his family has been informed.

Young boy seriously injured after Chesterfield motorbike collision

Derbyshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision between a motorbike and a young boy in Staveley.

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The incident happened before 4pm on Saturday 23rd April on the A619 Lowgates.

The victim was seriously injured and was taken to Sheffield Children's Hospital, where he remains.

The biker was taken to Northern General Hospital in Sheffield where his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

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Chesterfield war memorial defaced for 3rd time in four years

A war memorial in Chesterfield has been defaced for the third time in four years.

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The council says it has had to spend hundreds of pounds on specialist cleaners to remove the red spray paint from the Rose Hill memorial.

Residents say the vandalism is disrespectful to the family, friends and relatives of those who have died for their country.

Man charged over distraction burglary in Chesterfield

A man is due in court today charged with a distraction burglary at a pensioner's home in Chesterfield.

Rudi Sykes, 24, of Oak Close in Calne, Wiltshire was arrested early yesterday morning and questioned about the offence.

He is due to appear before magistrates at the Chesterfield Justice Centre today.

The burglary happened on February 15 when a man entered the home of a 73-year-old woman after speaking to her for about 10 minutes snatched her bag.

Police appeal for abuse victims to come forward

Derbyshire Police have issued an appeal for victims of alleged abuse at two children's homes to contact them.

The force is investigating alleged abuse that took place at Lindenhurst children’s home in Chesterfield and Greenacre’s children’s home in Clay Cross and between 1983 and the early 90s.

Two men aged 69 and 61 have been arrested in connection with the investigation and are currently on police bail.

Officers investigating would like to hear from anyone who attended either children’s home and may have been a victim of abuse between these dates.

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