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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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Weightlifting husband and wife duo lift British titles

Now for many people getting older is a chance to take life a littler easier and put their feet up.

But for husband and wife Eric and Lynn Dolman from Tupton, near Chesterfield, that's not for them.

Instead the dynamic duo have just won a British title each.

So what have they been doing? Well it involves heavy metal, lycra and their converted garage.

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Fire chief cleared of rape

Cleared of rape: Sean Frayne Credit: PA

A chief fire officer from Huddersfield has been found not guilty of the rape of a woman at a pub in 2006.

A jury took just over 10 minutes to clear 48-year-old Sean Frayne who denied raping the woman, claiming to have had a consensual sexual encounter with her after she kissed him passionately.

His lawyer criticised the decision to prosecute Frayne instead of launching a blackmail inquiry after it emerged that a friend of the alleged victim wrote to him suggesting she may "avoid publicity" for a substantial out-of-court payment.

Jurors at Derby Crown Court had been told the alleged rape took place while Frayne's wife was in another room. He wiped away tears and left the court with his wife after the jury returned its unanimous verdict.

Frayne, formerly of Etwall in Derbyshire but now living in Fixby, Huddersfield, was arrested by police after a formal complaint was made in December 2013.

A five-day trial heard that Frayne, the £140,000-a-year head of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, went to talk to the alleged victim before his arrest after receiving an anonymous letter branding him a rapist.

The court heard that the letter went on to suggest the out-of-court payment. But the Crown said the woman, who cannot be named, knew nothing of her friend's attempts to "achieve some form of informal justice" on her behalf by sending the letter.

In her closing submission, defence barrister Laura Pitman said: "They (the police) have investigated one side of the story and they have not investigated the other. If this is nothing to do with money why is there even mention of an out-of-court payment?"

Chesterfield boss Cook extends contract

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has signed a one-year extension to his contract.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook extends his contract Credit: Press Association

Cook, whose previous deal was due to expire in 2016, is now tied to the club until the summer of 2017, together with his assistant, Leam Richardson.

Cook joined the Spireites in October 2012 and has overseen the club's rise from League 2 as champions in 2013/14 and their stabilisation in League 1 during the current campaign.

The contract extension comes in the wake of the January transfer window, which saw the Spireites bring in five new players and sell striker Eoin Doyle to Championship side Cardiff City for a seven-figure fee.

Cook is delighted to commit his future to the club given the volatile nature of football management.

Along with the rest of the coaching staff, I was brought in to do a job and in football it's always a difficult job in an ever-changing world. I've been here now for two years and four months and I think I'm in the top 20 longest-serving managers, which is quite amazing. I'd just like to thank the chairman, Chris [Turner], the board of directors and all the supporters for all the faith they've shown in me. We feel we have a very strong unity here together as a club. Any manager will be clamouring for time, but in football today we don't get that. The club is very important to us all. Loyalty in football now is a very hard thing to come across and as a manager or a player I think you need to show that.

– Paul Cook, Chesterfield manager

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Bus services in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire affected by snow

A number of Stagecoach bus services in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire have been affected by the adverse weather conditions. There are disruptions to routes in Sheffield, Chesterfield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster. Passengers are being encouraged to allow more time for their journeys and check the Stagecoach website.

Council workers to see wages rise

Low paid workers employed by Derbyshire County Council could see their wages go up.

Councillors are meeting this week to look at plans to increase pay for staff including cleaners, school crossing patrollers and catering assistants. The council said they're putting up wages to meet the cost of fuel, food and energy prices.

Matthew Cryer's family vow to fight to find on for answers

The family of a teenager who died while on holiday in Zante say they're stunned and also angry at the findings of a report into his death just released by Greek authorities.

The document, just translated for the family, details why four men accused of causing Matthew Cryer's death outside a nightclub in 2008 were cleared last month. That was despite an inquest verdict of unlawful killing here in the UK.

But they've vowed to fight on and launched an appeal they hope will be heard by a new set of judges in Greece. Martin Fisher reports.

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