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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.

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

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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