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Racist graffiti nuisance in Dronfield

Police are appealing for information after racist graffiti was sprayed in numerous public places around Dronfield.

Offensive language was written on a park bench and litter bin at the back of the Civic Centre, on a children’s play area on Thirlmere Drive and on the side of garages at Greendale Court.

The graffiti was reported to police on Sunday, March 30.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who has any information about those responsible.

Council: Cycle lane is part of a longer path

Derbyshire County Council has defended a cycle path in Chesterfield, which local cyclists have criticised for being four metres long. They say it is simply a section of a longer cycle lane.

"This is not a four-metre long cycle path - it is part of our Chesterfield town-wide network. The photograph makes it look odd because it is a busy part of town and it is intersected by two road junctions.

We're keen to promote cycling and make our towns accessible to cyclists. This cycle path runs from West Bars, along New Beetwell Street, ending at Park Road. It is a continuation of a longer cycle path from the A61 Derby Road, through the picturesque Queen's Park into the town centre.

Chesterfield cycle lane is just four metres long

Council chiefs in Chesterfield have been left red faced after cyclists criticised a brand-new bike lane - which is just four metres long.

The short cycle lane was painted in Beetwell Street earlier this month and was almost instantly criticised by cyclists in the town.

The tiny lane Credit: Ross Parry

Bike commuter Will Jones, said: "It makes the council a laughing stock really."Why on earth would anybody need a cycle lane so short? It's stupid."

Cyclist Lisa Jennings, said:

"It's an embarrassment to the town. There are so many dangerous roads which really do need a cycle lane, but don't. So to paint this pathetic little lane is just an insult to cyclists who are forced to use genuinely dangerous roads which still don't have a cycle lane."

The entire lane Credit: Ross Parry


Lorry crash causes M1 tailbacks

The M1 is closed southbound between junction 29 for Chesterfield and Mansfield and junction 28 for Alfreton following a crash involving at least two lorries. Traffic is now queuing back at least a mile and a half from the accident. Diversions are in place.

Chesterfield marathon offer discount to Sheffield runners

Runners in the cancelled Sheffield Half Marathon are being given a discount to enter in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon in September.

Chesterfield Marathon organisers

Organisers of the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon will provide entry into the full marathon at £25 and the half marathon at £15 - a reduction on the current prices of £35 and £20 respectively – if they sign-up before June 1.

Any runners entering the relay race, usual price £100, will receive a £20 discount.

Runners will have to provide their Sheffield Half Marathon race ID number to qualify for the reduction.

Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon takes place on Sunday, September 14 and will raise funds for children’s charity Kids ‘n’ Cancer UK, as well as other local charities and causes, including Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

Runners can take part in a full marathon, half marathon and a relay race, where four competitors take a share of the course. There will also be a fun run for parents, children and anyone wanting to take part in shorter distances up to two miles.

Mike Hyman, founder of Kids ‘N’ Cancer and the marathon, said: “We have great sympathy for both the runners and organisers in the cancellation of the Sheffield Half Marathon after everyone had put in a lot of hard work in the build-up to it.

“We therefore wanted to offer our support by providing a discount to those runners to provide them with a race in the region of similar distance. The offer will be open to runners wanting to take part in both the half marathon and full marathon as part of our day in September.”

More than 450 people have already signed up to take part in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon and entry is now open for all events.

Mercian Battalion honoured by marching through Chesterfield

As the phased withdrawal of troops from the war zone gathers pace, a battalion which has lost 11 soldiers since the start of the conflict has returned home for the last time and paraded through the streets of Chesterfield.

The infantry battalion of the second Mercian has seen some of the fiercest fighting on the battlefields and paid a high price. David Hirst was in Chesterfield for todays march past.:

Soldiers exercise freedom of Chesterfield

Soldiers from one of the most highly decorated battalions in the Army have been given a heroes welcome in Chesterfield today as they exercised their freedom of the town.

Infantry battalion 2nd Mercian marched through the streets just months after the last of four deployments in Afghanistan where they went toe-to-toe with the Taliban.

Major Tom Kelly says his men should be proud of their time in the conflict:

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