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Derbyshire school closed after more than 80 children contract virus

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St John's Church of England School in Belper will be closed on Friday after an outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea.

The decision was made after 48 children were absent on Wednesday and a further 38 fell ill overnight.

Health and Safety officers have decided to deep clean the school and parents have been informed.

It's hoped the school will reopen on Monday and the headteacher is advising parents to keep children who have been affected at home for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness.


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.

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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