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Man banned from football games for three years

The Recreation Ground where the incident occured Credit: PA

A man has been given a three year football banning order for assaulting a police officer during a match between Chesterfield and Barnsley.

Rhys Atkinson, 23, of Mansfield Road, Barnsley, appeared before magistrates at Chesterfield Justice Centre yesterday (Monday, January 4) charged with the offence on Saturday, August 8 at the Chesterfield ground.

Mr Atkinson was also given a fine of £216, a £21 victim surcharge, £620 costs and ordered to pay £50 compensation to the officer he assaulted.

Mr Atkinson’s behaviour at the game between Chesterfield and Barnsley has led to him being banned from all regulated football matches for three years. This means he will not be able to go to the Euro 2016 tournament in France, and must surrender his passport when England play abroad.

I hope these sanctions act as a reminder to people that we will not tolerate violence and anti-social behaviour, whether it is football related or not.”

– PC Roger Brown, Football Intelligence Officer

Bookmaker threatened with screwdriver in armed robbery

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to about a robbery at a bookmaker in Chesterfield.

The bookmaker was threatened with a screwdriver. Credit: Derbyshire Constabulary

At around 10am on Wednesday a man walked into Coral Racing, in Derby Road and approached the cashier.

He threatened her with a screwdriver and demanded cash. She handed some money over and the man left.

Derbyshire Police want to speak a man believed to be white, in his late 20s or early 30s and wore red trainers. He had mousey brown hair.

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Former Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor dies

Phil Taylor (second from right) has died aged 61 Credit: PA

Phil Taylor, the former drummer with British rock band Motorhead who was from Chesterfield, has died.

The 61-year-old played with the heavy metal group from 1975 to 1984 and 1987 to 1992 alongside frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister and guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke.

"My dear friend and brother passed away."

"He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character."

"Fortunately we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together. Rest in Peace, Phil!"

– Eddie Clarke, Motorhead guitarist

Grammy-award winners Motorhead are perhaps best known for their single Ace Of Spades.

Taylor played on all of the group's major albums, including Overkill, Bomber, Ace Of Spades, and live recording No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.

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Chesterfield marathon to raise money for Kids 'n' Cancer

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Runners will be pounding the streets of Chesterfield today as they take part in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire marathon. There will also be a half marathon, fun run and a relay race, where four competitors take a share of the course.

The event will once again be in support of children's charity Kids 'n' Cancer, along with other local charities and good causes.

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