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Arrests made in connection with serious sexual offences

14 men aged between 14 and 41 have been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into serious sexual offences against two young people.

The arrests took place across five locations in the North Staffordshire, West Midlands and Chesterfield areas.

Today’s operation is to support an investigation into serious sexual offences and our first priority is safeguarding and supporting the victims, and the most vulnerable in our communities.

Together with our partners, we have already taken action to protect those we know are affected by this crime. It is vital we allow this sensitive investigation to establish the facts and we urge the public not to prejudge the outcome of the criminal justice process.

– Chief Superintendent Martin Evans, local commander for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire

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Chesterfield take on Preston North End tonight in the first-leg of their League One play-off semi-final.

Dozens hurt in coach crash on the M1

The coach after the crash this afternoon Credit: Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

Dozens of people have been injured in a serious crash between a coach and a lorry on the M1 in Derbyshire.

It happened at 12:30pm today on the M1 southbound, between junction 29 and junction 29a.

Thirty-six people were treated by ambulance staff, and 11 have been taken to hospital. The driver of the coach was trapped after the smash - once freed, he was airlifted to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Overall, 29 people were taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, but only ten of those were treated by doctors.

Seven people have minor injuries, while three are thought to be more badly injured, but they will be released within the coming hours.

The road remains closed between the two junctions near Chesterfield while emergency services carry out their investigations, but it is expected to open very soon.

The crash happened between junction 29 and 29a on the M1 southbound near Chesterfield Credit: Google maps

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Mechanic sends Mercedes smashing through garage

The car smashed through the wall of the MOT centre Credit: SWNS

A mechanic has mistakenly crashed a Mercedes through the wall of a Derbyshire garage.

Dramatic pictures show the bonnet encased in the remnants of the brick wall at Cherry's MOT Centre in Chesterfield.

It's believed the mechanic pushed the accelerator pedal by accident, sending the silver car flying into the side of the building.

Alan Cherry, who owns the centre, told ITV Central he was busy running his business, and felt angry about exaggerated reports of the accident.

Cherry's MOT Centre in Derbyshire Credit: SWNS

"It was a pure accident. The mechanic was just doing his job.

"The press have blown it out of all proportion. I've read the car was worth £30,000 - it wasn't. It was 11 years old and it was worth £4,000 at most. It would've struggled to pass its MOT."

– Alan Cherry, owner of Cherry's MOT Centre

Pensioner dies after being hit by coach

The accident happened after a bus pulled out of Chesterfield coach station Credit: ITV News Central

A pensioner has died after being hit by a National Express coach in Derbyshire.

Police say it happened as the single decker bus pulled out of Chesterfield Coach Station onto Beetwell Street just before 1:30 pm.

A man who was crossing the road was hit and suffered fatal injuries. An investigation has begun.

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Tower of London poppy creators to receive honours

The creators of the spectacular sea of poppies that engulfed the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War will be honoured today.

The creators of the successful Tower of London poppy installation will receive their MBEs today. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Sculptor Paul Cummins, 37, and theatre designer Tom Piper, 50, will receive MBEs from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace in recognition of the immensely popular 'Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red'.

The artists previously met William, along with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in August when the royals toured the powerful display of 888,246 ceramic poppies that progressively filled the moat at the Tower - one for each British or Colonial military death during the First World War.

Mr Cummins, from Chesterfield, receives his MBE for services to art and First World War commemorations. Mr Piper, from London, receives his for services to theatre and First World War commemorations.

Body found in search for missing Chesterfield man

Officers believe they may have found the body of missing man Alistair Gosney Credit: Derbyshire Police

Police searching for a missing Chesterfield man have found a body.

Alistair Gosney was reported missing from his home on Monday.

At 2:30pm yesterday, officers found a body in a field off Lower Alley in Calow. Mr Gosney's car was found nearby.

A formal identification has not yet been made.

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