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Force refer to police watchdog over death of man in custody

The death of a man in cells at Chesterfield police station has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The 37-year-old from Belper was arrested on 26 June. He was found collapsed in his cell at 7.10pm that evening. Police officers and paramedics attempted to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

A post mortem examination is being carried out today and Derbyshire Police has referred itself to the police watchdog.

We will now be making a careful assessment to determine the level, if any, of IPCC involvement.

– IPCC spokesperson

Police search for man not seen since Tuesday

Police are searching for a man from Chesterfield who has not been seen since Tuesday.

Andrew Bennett, 44, was last seen in Calow

Andrew Bennett, 44, was last seen in Calow but has been out of contact since. He is 5ft 6ins tall, of medium build, with short greying hair. He was last seen wearing a beige coat, dark trousers and a grey T-shirt.

He is thought to have links with Dronfield and Sheffield.

Anyone who has seen him is asked to contact police.

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Concerns grow for missing Chesterfield man

Police are growing increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of a missing Chesterfield man.

James Wheelhouse

James Wheelhouse, 29, of Nether Avenue, Killamarsh was last seen on Sunday, May 10 at a friend's house on Sheffield Road.

Mr Wheelhouse is described as white, 5ft 11ins tall, of a slim build with brown spiked receding hair. He was last seen wearing a light coloured t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone who sees Mr Wheelhouse or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police.

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Dean Saunders appointed as new Chesterfield manager

Chesterfield have appointed Dean Saunders as their new manager.

He takes over from Paul Cook, who left for Portsmouth on Tuesday, and has been given a two-year contract.

It is a great opportunity as this is a club on the rise, run by good people, and I am inheriting a very good team from Paul Cook.

Taking over now gives me a full pre-season to make a fresh start, put my plans in place and work with the squad, which is a great position to be in.

The profile of the club has been raised in the last few years and there has been an impressive increase in attendances so it is an exciting prospect and I can’t wait to get started.

– Dean Saunders

When chairman Dave Allen and I met Dean, it was clear that he shared our vision for the future of the club. He has infectious enthusiasm for the job and he is in the enviable position of joining a club with solid foundations.

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield chief executive

Reports: Dean Saunders set to be appointed new Chesterfield manager

Dean Saunders is set to be appointed as the new manger of Chesterfield, ITV News understands.

Dean Saunders Credit: Press Association

The former Bradford City and Sheffield United striker will replace Paul Cook, who was released from his contract by Spireites on Tuesday to take over at Portsmouth.

Cook guided Chesterfield to the League One play-offs, where they lost to Preston.

The club have called a news conference for midday to announce Saunders' appointment.

Chesterfield confirm Paul Cook is leaving for Portsmouth

Chesterfield have confirmed that manager Paul Cook has been released from his contract to join Portsmouth.

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“I would like to thank Paul for the fine job he has done as manager of Chesterfield and wish him well for the future,” said chief executive Chris Turner.

“I could not have wished for a better working relationship than the one I have enjoyed with Paul over the last two-and-a-half-years and there is nobody more disappointed than me to see him leave.

“We will be looking to appoint Paul’s successor as soon as possible and the incoming manager will be in the enviable position of inheriting a strong squad.”

I’d like to place on record my thanks to Chris, chairman Dave Allen and the rest of the board for giving me the opportunity to manage such a great club. I’d like to thank the staff in all departments of the club for everything they have done during my time at the club. Most importantly, I’d also like to thank the players, who have been fantastic, both on and off the pitch. Finally, thanks to the fans for their superb support.

– Paul Cook

Cook, who joined Chesterfield from Accrington Stanley in October 2012, guided the Spireites to the League Two title in 2014 and the League One play-offs this season.

Assistant-manager Leam Richardson has also left the club. Richardson said: “I echo the manager’s sentiments and would like to thank everyone at the club, from the chairman and chief executive down, together with all the players, past and present. Thanks also to the fans for their tremendous support.”

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