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Women against 'state pension inequality' to protest in Chesterfield

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Campaigners against changes to the state pension age for women born in the 1950s will hold a protest in Chesterfield today.

Members of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) say the speed at which the change was introduced to increase the age to 65 in 1995, did not give women the chance to make plans for retirement.

The group does not want the pension age to revert back to 60, but wants a a 'bridging' pension to cover the gap from age 60 until State Pension Age - not means-tested and with compensation for losses for those women who have already reached their SPA.

The march in New Square will be addressed by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, Natascha Engel, the MP for North East Derbyshire and Dennis Skinner, the veteran Labour MP for Bolsover.


Police probe 'suspicious' death in Chesterfield

Detectives say they are treating the death of a man found at a house in Chesterfield as suspicious.

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Officers were called to Thorntree Court in the Grangewood area of the Derbyshire town at 8.40am on Monday.

A body was found and detectives from the East Midlands major crime unit are working with officers in Chesterfield to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.


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

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.

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