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Police name and release photo of Ilkeston murder victim

Paul Averill Credit: Derbyshire Police

A man who was stabbed to death at a flat in Ilkeston has been named by police as Paul Averill.

The 30-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene in Charlotte Street on Thursday morning.

A second man was taken to hospital with suspected stab wounds. He remains in a serious but stable condition.

A 23-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody.

Derby school closed after reports 20 teachers sick

A school in Derby has been forced to close today after reports that up to 20 teachers have taken ill.

St Clares School in Derby Credit: Google Maps

A sickness bug has hit St Clares School in Mickleover, according to the Derby Telegraph.

The school on Rough Heanor Road posted on its website that it had closed today 'due to unforeseen circumstances' and was aiming to reopen by Monday.

It advised children at the school suffering from illness to stay off for 48 hours.


Offensive chant warning ahead of Forest v Derby match

Nottingham Forest bosses have issued a warning to supporters about offensive chanting ahead of Sunday’s East Midlands derby.

Nottingham Forest issue warning ahead of Sunday's Derby County match Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police have backed the club's appeal which warns fans that "racist, homophobic and offensive" chants will not be tolerated.

Football clubs now risk being subjected to strong sanctions from the football authorities for failing to control their fans. This includes racist, homophobic and offensive chanting.

The club will deal strongly with anyone who participates in such behaviour.

– Alan Bexon, Forest safety officer

Superintendent Mark Holland said police would be looking to identify any troublemakers

We want people to enjoy the banter of a local derby, but the club rightly wants to stamp out those chants that are deemed offensive or in bad taste. Our evidence gatherers will be on alert to record anyone looking to cause trouble but we will also be supporting the clubs to identify anyone who thinks it appropriate or acceptable to chant distasteful songs to the opposing fans.

– Superintendent Mark Holland

Nottingham Forest take on Derby County on Sunday. Kick off is at 1.15pm. Forest sit top of the Championship after an unbeaten start to the season. They will be looking to avenge last season's 5-0 defeat to their local rivals.

Police: Ilkeston murder and robbery 'not linked'

Police officers investigate a knife attack at a house on Charlotte Street yesterday Credit: ITV News Central

A murder and an armed robbery that happened minutes apart on the same street are not believed to be linked.

Police officers were called to an armed robbery at the One Stop shop on Charlotte Street in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, at about 5.30am yesterday. Ten minutes later, officers found a man who had been stabbed to death, and another man with serious injuries in a nearby house.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

"Although both of these incidents were reported at around the same time and in the same street, we do not believe they are linked in any way.

“Individual investigations are now being carried out into the two incidents and I would urge anyone with information to call us.”

– Superintendent Gary Parkin, Derbyshire Constabulary

Tour of Britain director urges more councils to host it

More local councils are being urged to apply to host stages of next year's Tour of Britain.

The event's race director Mick Bennett, who was born in Birmingham, said it could help boost the local economy.

The tour passed through parts of Worcestershire earlier this week, including Pershore and Evesham, bringing in hundreds of thousands of pounds in extra income.

Pictures: Tour of Britain speeds through the Midlands


Police keeping open mind on both Ilkeston incidents

Derbyshire Police say they are keeping an open mind on the incidents that took place on Charlotte Street in Ilkeston, Derbyshire this morning.

A man was stabbed to death and another seriously injured after an attack, which happened just 10 minutes after an armed raid at a shop down the road.

Supt Gary Parkin has asked the public to help with their enquiries.

Friends pay emotional tribute to man killed in Ilkeston

Friends of the man killed in Ilkeston in Derbyshire today have paid tribute to him.

A 30-year-old man was stabbed to death on Charlotte Street this morning. ITV News Central has learned the identity of the man, but we have been asked by his family not to reveal it.

Ben Houlding and Clair Millband spoke of his 'genuine nature'.

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