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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:


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.

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