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Watch: Sir John Hurt speaks of love for Derbyshire

Derby actor Sir John Hurt paid tribute to the place he grew up while visiting the city's film festival, saying it 'is nice to feel you belong somewhere'.

Stars have paid tribute to Sir John Hurt who has died at 77 following a battle with cancer.

The British actor was nominated for two Academy Awards, for The Elephant Man and Midnight Express, and won four Bafta Awards, including a lifetime achievement recognition for his outstanding contribution to British cinema in 2012.

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Derby Quad pays tribute to Sir John Hurt

Sir John Hurt at Derby Film Festival in 2014. Credit: ITV News Central

The Derby Quad arts centre has paid tribute Sir John Hurt after the distinguished actor died aged 77.

He was the centre's first patron and often visited the city of Derby, after spending his childhood in Chesterfield.

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46-year-old man missing from Chesterfield

A 46-year-old man has gone missing from his home in Chesterfield.

Barry Shaw Credit: Derbyshire Police

Barry Shaw, 46, was last seen around 8am on Thursday, January 19 before he left his home in Newbold to go to work in the town centre.

He is described as white, around 6ft tall and of a large build. He is bald, clean shaven and was last seen wearing a white shirt and tie, dark coloured trousers and black shoes.

Anyone who sees Barry, or knows where he might be, is asked to contact Derbyshire police on 101, quoting incident number 648 of January 20.

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Chesterfield appoint ex-Wigan boss Caldwell

Gar Caldwell got Wigan promoted from League One. Credit: PA

Chesterfield have appointed former Wigan boss Gary Caldwell as their new manager.

The 34-year-old Scot succeeds Danny Wilson, who was sacked on January 8 following a miserable run of 13 defeats in 18 Sky Bet League One matches which left the Spireites in the relegation zone.

Experienced player Ritchie Humphreys, the current PFA chairman, oversaw the 4-0 defeat at Luton in the EFL Trophy and Saturday's 1-0 league victory over fellow strugglers Coventry but Caldwell now takes charge ahead of the visit of AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.

Demolition set for old Queen’s Park Sports Centre

The old sports centre Credit: ITV News

Demolition of Chesterfield's old Queen’s Park Sports Centre will start next month. Earlier this year Chesterfield Borough Council’s planning committee approved the demolition of the building, in Boythorpe Road, which has been empty since the new Queen’s Park Sports Centre opened in January.

Following a procurement process the council has appointed a contractor to carry out the demolition work in January. It will take between three and four months to complete.

The news comes as the council has published the results of a public consultation into the future use of the site. More than 580 people responded over a six week period during September and October.

The council’s preferred option, outlined in the consultation, is to use the site to house 3G multi-use games pitches.

Of the people who responded 69 per cent agreed with the suggestion of using the site for 3G pitches, with 23 per cent disagreeing and eight per cent giving no view. 22 of the 583 respondents suggested building an exhibition hall, with 21 people proposing a water play area and ice rink respectively.

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