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Derby Fire Officer accused of rape told police he had sex with alleged victim.

Sean Frayne

The jury in the trial of Derbyshire's Chief Fire Officer Sean Frayne has heard he admitted having sex with the alleged victim under police questioning, but claimed it was consensual.

Transcripts were presented of an interview carried out by police with Frayne in February 2014.

He is accused of raping a woman at a pub in December 2006.

The court heard today that the 48-year-old admitted to police that he and the woman did have sex, but he said on tape that "she didn't stop me. I didn't stop her."

Frayne was also heard to say "It was as much me as her. It was one if those incidents in life when you look back and think why did I do that?"

He denies the charge of rape. The trial at Derby Crown court continues.

Sean Frayne has been suspended from his position at the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service for the duration of proceedings.


School closures in Derbyshire

A snow covered lane in Sparrowpitt, Derbyshire Credit: Mike Egerton/PA

Derbyshire County Council say the following schools have shut their doors due to snow and ice.

  • Hope Primary School
  • Barlow CE Primary School
  • Anthony Gell School
  • Monyash Primary School
  • Chapel-en-le-Frith C E Primary School
  • Poolsbrook Primary School
  • Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School
  • Hilltop Infant and Nursery School
  • Grindleford Primary School
  • Lady Manners School
  • Brookfield Primary School
  • Pinxton Kirkstead Junior School
  • Parkside Community Junior School
  • Alfreton Park Community Special School
  • Aldercar Community Language College
  • Chinley Primary School
  • Furness Vale Primary School
  • Ashgate Croft School
  • Croft Infant School, Alfreton
  • Highfields School, Matlock
  • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashboourne is closed today.

Derby's new £27.5 million arena due to open in March

The arena has seating for 1500 spectators when set up for full race mode Credit: ITV News Central

It has been revealed Derby's new £27.5 million arena is due to open in March.

The city council has not given a date yet but they have announced a national badminton event will be held that month to test the new building out. It will also feature a 250 metre cycle track, a gym and basketball courts.


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Fire Chief rape trial hears from alleged blackmailer

Sean Frayne has been suspended from the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The jury in the rape trial of Derbyshire Fire Chief Sean Frayne has been hearing evidence from a friend of the alleged victim, who sent Frayne blackmail letters.

The court heard that the friend had known the alleged victim since she was a child, and was a friend of the family.

He told the court about the day she told him she had been raped in August 2013. He said she had told him she had been raped by a fireman in a pub and gave his name. He said she was in a "hysterical" state.

The Prosecution Barrister Martin Hirst asked "Did you give any advice?"

The friend said "We'll sort something later because I know a solicitor. She said 'No, all I want is an apology'. I thought it was just going to blow over".

He told the court he did not want to get involved.

He said" I only got involved when weeks later she phoned me up". She told him she was angry that she had seen Sean Frayne in a local shop and he said to her she looked nice in some photos he had seen of her. He said she was "getting worried Frayne may do it again".

He told the court "What I wanted him to do was go to the Police. I thought it would shock him to go to Police. It was the whole point of the letter."

He went on to tell the court she was "hysterical" when she found out he'd sent Frayne a letter, saying she hadn't wanted anyone to know.

Prosecution Barrister Martin Hirst said "Did you discuss anyone going to the Police?"

The friend replied to the court "I said she'd have to go to the Police but she wouldn't." "The purpose of the letter was for Mr Frayne to go to the Police"

He told the court the alleged victim knew nothing of the letter and he had not discussed it with her.

Frayne denies the charge against him. The trial continues.

School closures in Derbyshire

A snow-blanketed scene in the Peak Forest area of Derbyshire Credit: PA

Derbyshire County Council say the following schools will be shut today due to wintry weather:

  • Staveley Junior School
  • Whaley Bridge Primary School
  • Peak School
  • Hartington C of E Primary School
  • Eckington Junior School
  • Eckington Camms CE Primary School
  • St Georges C Of E Primary School
  • Taddington & Priestcliffe Primary School
  • Renishaw Primary School
  • Dove Holes CE Primary School
  • Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School
  • Flagg Nursery School
  • Cutthorpe Primary School
  • Chinley Primary School
  • Taxal and Fernilee CE Primary School
  • Gamesley Community Primary School
  • Grindleford Primary School
  • Peak Forest Primary
  • Buxworth Primary School
  • Barlow Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
  • Monyash Primary School
  • Ashgate Croft School
  • Chapel-en-le-Frith High School
  • Lady Manners School

Woman seriously injured in Derby van crash

The Asda van collided with a nearby bus shelter Credit: ITV News Central

Three people were injured - one seriously - this morning after a van crashed into a bus stop in Sinfin Lane, Derby.

The incident happened at a bus stop at the junction outside The County pub just before 10am.

Sinfin Lane was closed off in both directions.

The injured woman is in a serious condition at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Three people were injured, one serioulsy in the crash Credit: ITV News Central
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