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Derby's Christmas lights switch-on event cancelled

Derby's Christmas lights switch-on cancelled Credit: ITV News Central

The Christmas lights switch-on event in Derby will not take place this year. The city council said it is due to budget cuts.

A spokesman said:

Due to cuts in the Council’s budget, the Council will not be staging a Christmas Lights Switch-On Event this year.

The Christmas Lights in the city centre will be switched on, without an accompanying event, to coincide with the Christmas/Winter Night Market (Thu 17 Nov) taking place in the Cathedral Quarter.

– Derby City Council spokesman:


Warnings over dangerous 'Tinkle' eyebrow razors

Concerns have been raised over potentially dangerous eyebrow razors being bought online from China, after a fourteen year old girl from Derby needed stitches after using them.

The 'Tinkle' Eyebrow Razors were tested by trading standards experts and found to be unsafe.

The razors failed the ‘sharp edges test’ and didn't have a safety guard on the blade to prevent injury, according to the Derby Trading Standards investigation.

Safe and unsafe eyebrow razors Credit: Derby City Council

Although it can be hard to distinguish between safe and unsafe eyebrow razors, the photo shows the differences between the product which failed testing (right), and the safety approved product (left).

The most obvious difference on the packaging is the lettering on the bottom right. The razors with safety guards have the letters DORCO whereas the razors without the safety guard are marked with DORCC. On the unsafe products themselves, they lack the stainless steel safety guard as stated on the packaging.

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Christmas lights face council cuts in Derby - full report

Three hundred and fifty more jobs are to go at Derby City Council as it has announced a further 9 million pounds in cutbacks.

The council set its budget in January but is having to cut further services because it's getting less from central government than it previously thought.

And now things like the city's Christmas lights and bin collections are under threat. Chris Halpin reports.


Derby City Council helping first-time buyers onto property ladder

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Derby City Council and Lloyds TSB will today join forces to help first-time buyers purchase a home with a deposit of just five per cent.

The move to help people onto the property ladder, has already been rolled out by some councils across the Midlands, including Lincoln, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stafford and Gelding.

Derby City Council has set aside £1million to help 35 to 40 buyers on to the property ladder through the Local Lend a Hand scheme.