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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.

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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

Attempted murder arrest near Whitby

A 31-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed outside a pub near Whitby. It follows an altercation outside the Hare and Hounds pub in Hawsker, near Whitby at around 10pm on Sunday 20 April.

North Yorkshire Police say a 30-year-old man from Derbyshire is in a stable condition at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough. He has had surgery for stab wounds to his body. An area outside the pub was cordoned off for a forensic examination. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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.

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#M1 #Derbyshire On the M1, J28 - J29, we've temporarily halted traffic on the northbound carriageway to allow the Air Ambulance to land.

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Stephen Benn: 'Well Dad, you did encourage us'

Tony Benn's son paid a moving tribute to the former Labour MP at today's funeral service, praising his "encouragement and inspiration" for his family and many others.

In his eulogy at St Margaret's Church, Stephen Benn said the very last words his father heard were his four children telling him they loved him.

Listen to a segment of his speech here:

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'Laughter and tears' at Benn funeral service

Tony Benn's funeral service has now ended, following tributes from his family.

A number of attendees have tweeted following the ceremony:

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Beautiful service for Tony Benn, incredible eulogies from his children, ending with a defiant rendition of The Red Flag. #HeEncouragedUs

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Just left Tony Benn's funeral - laughs, tears and hugely inspiring. They should take it to the provinces, then do a run in the West End.

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Dean of St Margaret's said Tony Benn once asked a man what religion he was; - reply "lapsed atheist" http://t.co/OVVFsTwm66

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Politicians bid farewell to Tony Benn

Politicians and activists bade an emotional farewell to Tony Benn as the Labour stalwart's final departure from Parliament was greeted with both tears and a sustained round of applause.

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The former cabinet minister's coffin was driven the short distance from the Palace of Westminster's Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, where his body laid in rest overnight, to St Margaret's church in the shadow of Westminster Abbey.

It was topped with a wreath of red roses to match the emblems on many of the banners held by a large crowd lining the route and representing many of the causes he championed during a Commons career spanning more than half a century.

Among them were Stop The War, the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, trade unions and several opposing government cuts.

The procession was led by the chaplain to the Commons Speaker, the Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin - who kept an overnight vigil beside the body - and was followed by family members.

Onlookers clapped as the coffin was carried from the hearse to the entrance to the church but silence fell as Big Ben chimed 11am, and it was borne into the church to the sound of the choir broadcast on speakers to those outside the private ceremony.

Among those seen shedding a tear was his long-time Labour colleague and former foreign secretary Dame Margaret Beckett.

First elected to parliament in 1950, Mr Benn renounced a peerage to remain in the House of Commons, serving in the cabinets of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan and staging a bitterly divisive battle with Denis Healey for the Labour deputy leadership as the champion of the left in 1981.

He famously retired from Parliament in 2001, saying he wanted to "spend more time on politics", and won a new status as a national treasure touring the country to speak to packed venues from town halls to West End theatres and the Glastonbury festival.

Well into his 80s, he was a familiar and popular figure at demonstrations and anti-war rallies. Tributes poured in from across the political spectrum after his death at 88 was announced on March 14.

The funeral will be followed by a private family cremation later in the afternoon and a memorial meeting will be held later in the year.

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Politicians across the divide arrive for Benn funeral

Tony Benn's coffin is carried in by members of his family, including his son Hillary, a serving MP.
Tony Benn's coffin is carried in by members of his family, including his son Hillary, a serving MP. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Figures from across political divide have arrived in Westminster for the funeral service of Tony Benn.

Mr Benn's coffin arrived at St Margaret's Church to applause and some tears as politicians and activists made up the amassed crowds.

Arthur Scargill is pictured in Westminster ahead of the ceremony.
Arthur Scargill is pictured in a rare public appearance. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Arthur Scargill, Rory Bremner, Lord Heseltine, Gerry Adams and Andrew Mitchell are among those at the ceremony, ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.

Lord Heseltine was among the mourners.
Lord Heseltine was among the mourners. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine make their way to the service.
Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine make their way to the service. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Read: Hundreds honour Tony Benn at his funeral in Westminster

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