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Force refer to police watchdog over death of man in custody

The death of a man in cells at Chesterfield police station has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The 37-year-old from Belper was arrested on 26 June. He was found collapsed in his cell at 7.10pm that evening. Police officers and paramedics attempted to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

A post mortem examination is being carried out today and Derbyshire Police has referred itself to the police watchdog.

We will now be making a careful assessment to determine the level, if any, of IPCC involvement.

– IPCC spokesperson

Police search for man not seen since Tuesday

Police are searching for a man from Chesterfield who has not been seen since Tuesday.

Andrew Bennett, 44, was last seen in Calow

Andrew Bennett, 44, was last seen in Calow but has been out of contact since. He is 5ft 6ins tall, of medium build, with short greying hair. He was last seen wearing a beige coat, dark trousers and a grey T-shirt.

He is thought to have links with Dronfield and Sheffield.

Anyone who has seen him is asked to contact police.


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Tributes paid to mother, baby and friend who died in fire

Tributes have been paid to a young mother, her baby daughter and a family friend while police continue to investigate the cause of a house fire which claimed their lives.

Fire crews at the scene of the blaze on Sunday Credit: ITV News Central

The trio, named locally as Amy Smith, 17; her six month old daughter Ruby Gaunt, and friend Ed Green, died in the fire at a block of flats in Langley Mill, Derbyshire in the early hours of Sunday.

The baby's father Shaun Grant is believed to be in hospital after being rescued from the blaze.

Writing on a tribute site set up for the victims, friend Jodie Mee said: "Rest in peace girls and Ed, Heaven has gained two beautiful girls and a strong boy. Thoughts go out to their family and all the people who knew them.

"(They're) in a safe place now, Ruby will be in mummy's arms and Ed will be standing by them both. Fly high beautifuls, sleep tight."

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Firefighters investigate after fatal fire in Derbyshire

Three people have been killed in a house fire in Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central
Three people have been killed in a house fire in Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central
Three people have been killed in a house fire in Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central
Three people have been killed in a house fire in Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central
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Two adults and one child killed in house fire

The scene outside the house this morning Credit: ITV News Central

Three people - including a child - have died in a house fire in Derbyshire.

It happened on North Street in Langley Mill and 4am today.

A man, a woman, and a little girl were killed in the blaze, which badly damaged the house and a car parked outside it.

Firefighters evacuated neighbouring houses because the fire caused a gas leak. Engineers are currently working to fix the problem.

Police are working with the fire service to find out how the fire started.


Concerns grow for missing Chesterfield man

Police are growing increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of a missing Chesterfield man.

James Wheelhouse

James Wheelhouse, 29, of Nether Avenue, Killamarsh was last seen on Sunday, May 10 at a friend's house on Sheffield Road.

Mr Wheelhouse is described as white, 5ft 11ins tall, of a slim build with brown spiked receding hair. He was last seen wearing a light coloured t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone who sees Mr Wheelhouse or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police.

Chesterfield confirm Paul Cook is leaving for Portsmouth

Chesterfield have confirmed that manager Paul Cook has been released from his contract to join Portsmouth.

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“I would like to thank Paul for the fine job he has done as manager of Chesterfield and wish him well for the future,” said chief executive Chris Turner.

“I could not have wished for a better working relationship than the one I have enjoyed with Paul over the last two-and-a-half-years and there is nobody more disappointed than me to see him leave.

“We will be looking to appoint Paul’s successor as soon as possible and the incoming manager will be in the enviable position of inheriting a strong squad.”

I’d like to place on record my thanks to Chris, chairman Dave Allen and the rest of the board for giving me the opportunity to manage such a great club. I’d like to thank the staff in all departments of the club for everything they have done during my time at the club. Most importantly, I’d also like to thank the players, who have been fantastic, both on and off the pitch. Finally, thanks to the fans for their superb support.

– Paul Cook

Cook, who joined Chesterfield from Accrington Stanley in October 2012, guided the Spireites to the League Two title in 2014 and the League One play-offs this season.

Assistant-manager Leam Richardson has also left the club. Richardson said: “I echo the manager’s sentiments and would like to thank everyone at the club, from the chairman and chief executive down, together with all the players, past and present. Thanks also to the fans for their tremendous support.”

Eleven in hospital after M1 coach crash

Several people have been taken to hospital following a coach crash on the M1 near Mansfield.

Around 36 people in total are thought to have been injured.

Ten people were taken to the Chesterfield Royal Hospital, three in seriously injured.

One person was taken by Air Ambulance to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

The coach was travelling from Gateshead to Nottingham.

Chesterfield Hospital had declared an emergency, but that has since been stood down and all ten patients are now expected to be discharged.

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