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Belper wins high street competition

Belper wins high street competition Credit: ITV News Central

Belper has been announced as the champion of the High Streets beating off competition from around the country. There were 135 entries from acrosss the UK. Entrants had to reveal new and inventive ways to boost high streets.

The national competition, launched by the Future High Street Forum, celebrates the achievements of local people in making their high streets great places to live, work and shop.

Belper, and the rest of the winners, were selected across a range of categories for their ability to innovate, collaborate and adapt to changing consumer habits.

They will receive a share of prize money and support from a fund worth £50,000 as well as dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts.

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Charity cricket tournament in memory of Neil Dalton

Friends of murdered Derbyshire student Neil Dalton are gathering in Belper, in Derbyshire to play a cricket tournament in his memory today.

Neil, a medical student, was stabbed to death in Borneo, Malaysia, last month. Fellow Newcastle University student, Aidan Brunger, was also killed.

Called Neil's Day - the event will see teams from Belper and Ambergate compete against each other. It has been arranged by the Belper Amateurs - for whom Neil Dalton played.

Neil Dalton who was murdered in Borneo Credit: ITV News Central

Police still investigating Belper explosion

Black smoke covered Belper yesterday afternoon Credit: Andy Armstrong

Police are still investigating the cause of an explosion at a former chocolate factory in Belper.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue were called around 3.30pm yesterday to the incident. The chairman of Derbyshire County Cricket Club said that his team's game against Lancashire had to be called off because of the fire.

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Report: Investigation into cause of fire in Belper begins

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has reportedly begun an investigation with police into the cause of a fire that caused extensive damage at a former chocolate factory in Belper:

A spokesman told the Derby Telegraph:

All we know is there has been an explosion in the building.

We think it has been caused by a gas cylinder. At this point, we are waiting for an investigation unit to turn up to determine whether it was arson.

These investigations will be carried out in conjuction with the police. No-one has been injured but the building is 100% damaged.

– Gavin Tomlinson, area manager, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Cricketers 'forced to abandon pitch as smoke fills air'

The chairman of Derbyshire County Cricket Club said that his team's game against Lancashire had to be called off as a result of the fire.

He gave this account to the Derby Telegraph:

I was watching the game when I spotted the fire and it became clear the building had exploded.

I ensured all of the players and the umpires got off the pitch straight away and got back inside.

All of a sudden people started to move their cars very quickly, in case it started to get worse ...

– chris grant, chairman, Derbyshire County Cricket Club
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