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Man jailed after attacking police officer in Derbyshire

Lee Willan

32-year-old Lee Willan of Woodlands Close, Glossop appeared at Derby Crown Court charged with wounding with intent to do serious grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to six years.

On Saturday 5 September police were called to reports of a man acting suspiciously on Buxton Market Place. Officers arrived and were confronted with Willan holding a knife.

Willan attacked Sergeant Trevor Steed, which left him requiring hospital treatment for a puncture wound to his arm.

Sergeant Steed together with other attending officers detained Willan and arrested him.

Today’s sentencing reflects the upmost seriousness of the attack upon Sergeant Steed. The level of violence and intent to cause him harm is one of the most harrowing incidents I have witnessed."

– Sergeant Ed Mellor

Two killed after car hits tree near Buxton

Two men died in the accident Credit: ITV News Central

Two men have died after their car crashed into a tree in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the fatal collision which took place on the A515 near Buxton.

The dark blue Land Rover Discovery, travelling towards Buxton, left the road at Sterndale Moor and collided with a tree.

The two male occupants of the vehicle, aged 27 and 32, received fatal injuries.

Road closed after potentially explosive materials found

Police have cordoned off a road in Fairfield Credit: ITV News Central

Police have cordoned off a road in Fairfield after a number of potentially explosive chemicals and other materials were found at a house.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the find.

The discovery was made at an address in Thornsett Avenue and police have closed the road.

A cordon has been set up as a precaution, covering Thornsett Avenue and parts of the surrounding streets.

The bomb disposal unit is on its way to the scene to assess the chemicals and materials found.

Part of Boarstones Lane leading up to Fairfield Junior School is also shut. Parents planning to collect children from the site should contact the school to make arrangements.

At this stage it is not thought that the incident is linked to terrorism.


Dramatic photo shows fireball as gas main ruptures

The fireball after a gas main ruptured in Buxton overnight. Credit: Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service

This was the scene which met firefighters in Buxton when they attended a ruptured gas main in Buxton.

Emergency services were called to a wooded area close to Charles Street at about 12.20am this morning to reports of a fire.

The road was closed for a time and the nearby Aldi store will also be shut today.

Firefighters say the incident has now been 'resolved'.

Ruptured gas pipe blaze disrupts road & rail

The Aldi store on Charles Street in Buxton Credit: Google Street View

A ruptured gas pipe which blazed fire into the air last night has closed a road in Buxton in Derbyshire.

Emergency services were called to a wooded area close to Charles Street at about 12.20am this morning to reports of a fire.

There they found the ruptured pipe which had caused a fire reaching several feet into the air.

Police say gas engineers are at the site working with the emergency services and there is not thought to be a risk to other properties. There is no evacuation in place.

The Aldi supermarket, which is near to the ruptured pipe, will remain closed today. There is also a partial closure to railway services in Buxton as part of the line passes close to the affected site.

A Derbyshire police spokesman said:

“There will be an impact on people driving into Buxton due to the site being in the town centre. Anyone planning to visit the Aldi store will not be able to and should plan alternative arrangements. “We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause and are working together with gas engineers and the fire service to get it sorted as quickly as possible.”

– Derbyshire Police

Anyone who may be affected by the railway closure should check with the rail operator for any disruption.

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