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Chesterfield turn down Leeds bid for Cooper

Chesterfield have confirmed they have turned down a bid from Leeds United for defender Liam Cooper.

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Official confirmation that the Spireites have turned down a bid for Liam Cooper http://t.co/2soC7XKfv8

Chesterfield Chief Executive Chris Turner has confirmed that an undisclosed six-figure offer for Cooper failed to meet the club's asking price.

The former Hull player was a key player at the heart of the Spireites' title-winning defence last season.

We have turned down an initial bid which was below our valuation of Liam and we now await a response from Leeds. I'm not surprised that there has been interest in Liam because he is a quality player. Paul Cook has assembled a squad of players who are capable of playing in League 1 and above and it would be a surprise if none of them attracted interest from other clubs.

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield chief executive

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New £6.65m composting plant to open

The new £6.65m composting facility for North east Derbyshire will be officially opened today.

The facility, at Arwright, has been built to deal with food and garden waste collected by Bolsover District Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and Chesterfield Borough Council from around 128,000 households in the area.

Up to 40,000 tonnes of waste can be taken to the facility each year to be turned into compost.**

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Sir Tom Jones gets ready to perform in Chesterfield

Sir Tom Jones entertained audiences in London Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The multi-million selling artist Tom Jones will be swapping the green grass of home for the green grass of Chesterfield Football club when he performs there tonight. (Saturday June 6, 2014).

Best known for hits such as' It's not unusual, Kiss and Deliah', Sir Tom will be taking to the stage at the Proact Stadium as part of a weekend of live music.

" I am absolutely delighted that we have secured the booking of the one and only Tom Jones. He is without doubt one of the world's best acts. For over five decades he's been at the very top of the tree playing to audiences all over the world."

Club Chairman Dave Allen.

Sir Tom will be in good company as Katy B, Ms Dynamite and Tinie Tempah will be entertaining the crowds tomorrow.

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Campaigners call for more support for armed forces veterans

Members of the Armed Forces
Members of the Armed Forces Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

Organisers of a new initiative to support armed forces veterans in Chesterfield are calling for it to be rolled out across the country.

The Chesterfield Armed Forces and Veterans Hub was set up this year to give support to veterans on a range of issues including finance, mental health and housing.

It's based at the town's football stadium on the last Friday of every month.

Charity exposes scale of scam-mail fraud

The true scale of cash letter scams targetting vulnerable and elderly people in our communities is being laid bare by a local charity.

The group 'Think Jessica', set up by Marilyn Baldwin from Chesterfield, whose mother was tricked out of £50,000 by con artists, says the victims of the scam mail shots are being ripped off by £10 billion a year - three times the previous estimate.

Now the Royal Mail is training postmen and women to spot potentially fraudulent mailshots to pensioners as the get-rich-quick con hits record levels. Jon Hill reports:

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