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Man charged with attempted murder over Alfreton attack

A man has been charged with attempted murder and robbery Credit: PA

A man has been charged with attempted murder and robbery following an incident in Alfreton where a woman suffered puncture wounds to her neck and face.

A 68-year-old woman told police that at around 6pm on Friday a man came up to her on Grange Street and demanded her handbag.

She said that when she refused to hand the bag over, the robber struggled with her, punching her several times and taking her bag.

39-year-old Lee Greenall from Castle Drive in Somercotes has been charged with attempted murder, robbery and possessing an offensive weapon. He is due to appear at Chesterfield Justice Centre today.

Man's body found at scene of fire

The body of a man has been found at the scene of a fire in Alfreton.

Police and firefighters were called to a farm in Morton at around 8.50pm last night.

Attempts were made to resuscitate a man found inside the farmhouse but he died at the scene.

He is thought to be in his late 60s.

A joint investigation will take place today where Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service will work together to determine the cause of the blaze.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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Video: Man robs KFC dressed as Father Christmas

Police are investigating a robbery after a man dressed as Father Christmas stole cash from a fast food restaurant.

CCTV footage captured a man climbing through the drive-through window at the KFC in Hockley Way in Alfreton at around 10.30pm on Saturday.

He produced a knife, threatened staff and demanded money before leaving with cash.

The robber is described as being about 5ft 10ins tall and stock. He wore a red hat, red trousers and a red jacket over a black top and his face was covered with what appears to have been black tights or stockings.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

NUT: Nine-lesson-day not good for learning

The National Union of Teachers says the new nine-lesson-day implemented at Alfreton Grange College in Derbyshire is not good for the learning capabilities of students.

This year, the school increased the working day from five one-hour lessons, to nine 45-minute lessons.

Teachers on the picket line at Alfreton Grange this morning Credit: ITV News Central

Today, teachers who are members of the NUT took to the picket line for the fifth time, with 11 more strike days arranged in the coming weeks.

The NUT President, Philipa Harvey, says teachers want to look at different structures to the day at Alfreton Grange.

The school says the changes have been made to improve the curriculum, teaching standards and student achievement. Read the statement in full here.

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Teachers picket Alfreton school over longer days

The school has introduced a nine lesson working day Credit: ITV News Central

Teachers from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are picketing outside Alfreton Grange Arts College in Derbyshire this morning as they continue 16 days of strikes.

The college has changed the structure of the school day to include more lessons, with nine classes each day.

The NUT argue that this change causes too much work and can be unsuitable for their children.

But the school says that the extended day benefits students and that it is working to resolve the dispute.

Inquest opened into death of couple at exploded house

The house where the couple died in Riddings, Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central

Inquests have been opened into the deaths of a couple who were found dead after their house was destroyed by an explosion.

Telesales operative Shelley Saxton-Cooper was stabbed to death before the fire started at the house in Valley View Road in Riddings in Derbyshire on Sunday.

Officers from Derbyshire Police are treating the death of the 45-year-old as murder after she was found in the fire-ravaged house with husband Simon Saxton-Cooper, a 50-year-old plumber.

Mr Saxton-Cooper died from smoke inhalation, a clerk at Chesterfield Coroner's Court said.

She added the pair had to be identified by dental records.

The inquest is not likely to resume until 2016.

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