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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.**


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 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:


Post natal depression sufferer speaks out to inspire others to seek help

One mother's experience of post natal depression was so extreme she contemplated suicide - and even harming her own child.

Natalie Ellis, from Chesterfield, has decided to speak out in the hope that other mums find the courage to seek help, if they find themselves in the same situation.

Some viewers may find the story upsetting.

Victoria Davies reports:

Region's cities breach air quality standards

British towns and cities including Leeds, Sheffield and Chesterfield have been named and shamed by the World Health Organisation for breaching safety levels for air pollution.

The global health body said that across the world most cities that measure outdoor air pollution are failing to meet its guidance for safe levels and are putting residents at risk of respiratory disease and other health problems.

Overall, only 12% of the people living in cities reporting on air quality reside in places which comply with WHO's safety levels.

Too many urban centres today are so enveloped in dirty air that their skylines are invisible.

Not surprisingly, this air is dangerous to breathe. So a growing number of cities and communities worldwide are striving to better meet the needs of their residents - in particular children and the elderly.

– Dr Flavia Bustreo, World Health Organisation

Driver dies after crashing into tree

A woman has died after her car crashed into a tree in Chesterfield.

It happened at around 9pm last night on Sheffield Road close to the Sandpiper Hotel.

A grey Citroen C3 with three people inside left the road, went through a metal railing and hit a tree.

The driver, a 35-year-old woman, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two male passengers also sustained injuries and were taken to Sheffield Northern General Hospital. One of the men suffered serious injuries.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Derbyshire Police.

League Two promotion battle hotting up

There could be tears of joy and despair across the region this weekend as the season enters its penultimate round.

Scunthorpe currently top the League Two table, two points clear of second placed Chesterfield.

The Iron are currently on an incredible run of 28 games unbeaten, whereas the Spirites, who have already been to Wembley this season in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, have been consistently in or around the top three all season.

Both managers are optimistic despite the pressure:

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