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Horse freed from bridge in joint operation

Credit: RSPCA

A horse who had got her legs stuck over the edge of a footbridge in a Derbyshire field was brought to safety in a joint rescue operation between the RSPCA and the local fire service. A man spotted the horse in trouble this morning while he was walking his dog in fields off Park Mill Drive, in Alfreton.

RSPCA’s Chief Inspector for Derbyshire, Simon Parker, who attended the rescue with Animal Welfare Officer Andy Sowden, said:

“There is a narrow concrete bridge which runs over a stream and the horse must have slipped while walking across it, all four of her legs got stuck down the sides of the bridge - three over one side and one on the other side. She was in quite a pickle."

– Simon Parker, RSPCA

A local vet gave the horse anesthetic so that she could be released quickly as concerns grew of her breaking a leg. She was thoroughly examined after being carefully freed, and thankfully she had not sustained any serious injuries. Her legs had been left bleeding after the incident and this was treated by the vet at the scene.


BREAKING NEWS: Derby manager Nigel Pearson has been suspended

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Derby manager Nigel Pearson has been suspended by the club, pending an internal investigation. in a statement this afternoon the club said:

Derby County can confirm that Manager Nigel Pearson will not be carrying out his duties at tonight’s game at the request of the club. Assistant Manager Chris Powell will take charge of the team for this evening’s Sky Bet Championship match at Cardiff City. The club will make no further comment at this time.

– Derby County FC

Weekend Picks: Derby Festé

Derby Festé: Fri 23rd - Sat 24th Sept (Derby City Centre)

Derby Festé first came to the city centre streets in September 2007 Credit: Kev Ryan

The 10th Derby Festé takes place this weekend, transforming the city centre into a family-friendly festival site.

On Saturday the streets in Derby will come to life with entertainers, music, circus performances, dance, and acrobatics. The People’s Stage in the marketplace will also feature live music performances from all over the UK.

Derby Festé looks set to be another spectacular two-day festival for local people and visitors to our city alike to enjoy.

– Pete Meakin, Culture Development Manager, Derby City Council

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Solihull Baroness welcomes Sports Direct review in to working practices

Baroness Burt of Solihull has welcomed a decision by Sports Direct to hold an independent review in to working practices and corporate governance following concerns raised by shareholders about operations at the Derbyshire based retailer.

Speaking to ITV News on the last day of the Liberal Democrats party conference in Brighton, the business spokesperson said it was about time the decision was taken that the so called 360 degree review would be carried out independently.


Fears grow for missing Derby woman

Tanya Strauss from Derby has been missing since Monday 12 September. Credit: Derbyshire Police

43-year-old Tanya Strauss who is from Derby has been missing since Monday 12 September. She was last seen at 6.30pm in the Uttoxeter Road area of the city centre.

Police are growing concerned about her.

Tanya is described as white, of a slim build and has short greying hair. She was last seen wearing tight blue jeans, a long sleeved grey loose knit top, white trainers and was carrying a laptop bag.

Anyone who sees Tanya or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact Derbyshire police on 101 quoting incident number 703 of September 12.

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