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Welfare concern for missing Chesterfield man

Barry Shaw was last seen leaving for work Credit: Derbyshire Police

Derbyshire Police say they are growing growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man from Chesterfield who went missing on his way to work last week.

Barry Shaw, 44, was last seen leaving his home in Hall View, on the morning of Friday, May 8.

He was due to catch a bus to where he worked in Sheffield but he never arrived there.

Mr Shaw is about 5ft 9ins tall and is described as being well built. He was wearing a green shirt, dark trousers and a coat that is red on the front and dark on the back. He may also have a tent with him.

Police are appealing for Mr Shaw, or anyone who has seen him, to contact them immediately.


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Chesterfield confirm Paul Cook is leaving for Portsmouth

Chesterfield have confirmed that manager Paul Cook has been released from his contract to join Portsmouth.

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“I would like to thank Paul for the fine job he has done as manager of Chesterfield and wish him well for the future,” said chief executive Chris Turner.

“I could not have wished for a better working relationship than the one I have enjoyed with Paul over the last two-and-a-half-years and there is nobody more disappointed than me to see him leave.

“We will be looking to appoint Paul’s successor as soon as possible and the incoming manager will be in the enviable position of inheriting a strong squad.”

I’d like to place on record my thanks to Chris, chairman Dave Allen and the rest of the board for giving me the opportunity to manage such a great club. I’d like to thank the staff in all departments of the club for everything they have done during my time at the club. Most importantly, I’d also like to thank the players, who have been fantastic, both on and off the pitch. Finally, thanks to the fans for their superb support.

– Paul Cook

Cook, who joined Chesterfield from Accrington Stanley in October 2012, guided the Spireites to the League Two title in 2014 and the League One play-offs this season.

Assistant-manager Leam Richardson has also left the club. Richardson said: “I echo the manager’s sentiments and would like to thank everyone at the club, from the chairman and chief executive down, together with all the players, past and present. Thanks also to the fans for their tremendous support.”

Chesterfield miss out on Wembley final

Chesterfield have missed out on a Wembley final after losing to Preston North End in their League One play-off semi-final at Deepdale.

Chesterfield's Sam Morsy on a run Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

The final score of the match was 3-0, with the overall score over both legs of the tie 4-0 to Preston.

Chesterfield had a strong first half, with plenty of attacking threat, but fell behind through Jermaine Beckford's strike.

It got worse in the second half when Joe Garner scored a penalty, after Chesterfield goalkeeper Joe Murphy brought down Daniel Johnson in the box.

Murphy had only signed for the Spireites yesterday on an emergency loan deal from Huddersfield.

Joe Murphy trips the Preston midfielder Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire/Press Association Images

And the victory was sealed when Jermaine Beckford scored from near the half way line, with a sublime lob into the corner of the net.

Chesterfield have mountain to climb in play-offs

Chesterfield have a mountain to climb if they're to reach the League One play-off final, after they went in 1-0 down (2-0 on aggregate) at half time against Preston North End.

Chesterfield's Sam Clucas challenges for the ball Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Despite plenty of attacking threat, Chesterfield fell behind thanks to Jermaine Beckford's strike.

Chesterfield will now have to score two unanswered goals to take it through to extra time, or three to win.


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

Chesterfield starting line-up ahead of first-leg play-off semi-final

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

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