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150+ guns handed in during Derbyshire amnesty

Some of the guns handed in during the Derbyshire Police gun amnesty Credit: Derbyshire Police

More than 150 shotguns, rifles and pistols have been handed in during a 12-day firearms amnesty organised by Derbyshire Police.

The aim was to reduce the number of firearms in circulation and raise awareness of new legislation tightening the rules on who can possess guns.

More than 9,000 rounds of ammunition and three deactivated hand grenades were also handed in.

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Derbyshire artist may receive an OBE for poppy display

Derbyshire artist Paul Cummins is reportedly set to receive an OBE in the New Year's Honours List.

Artist Paul Cummins may receive an OBE for designing the ceramic poppies Credit: PA

He designed the ceramic poppies which filled the Tower of London moat to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The Cabinet Office says they can't confirm the reports or comment on speculation.

Six of the ceramic poppies from the Tower of London Remembrance display were given to Commonwealth leaders at the G20 summit.

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Ceramic poppies to be given to Commonwealth leaders

Volunteers began clearing the poppies on Friday. Credit: PA

Six of the ceramic poppies from the Tower of London Remembrance display are to be given to Commonwealth leaders at the G20 summit.

David Cameron will present the flowers to the summit's host, Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, fellow PMs Narendra Modi of India, John Key of New Zealand, Stephen Harper of Canada, Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

Each of the 888,246 poppies created by artist Paul Cummins represents a British or Commonwealth casualty of the First World War.

The artwork, marking the centenary of WWI, was viewed by an estimated five million visitors.

Mr Cameron said: "The extraordinary poppy display at the Tower of London caught the imagination of so many people across Britain and I wanted to share some of that with my fellow Commonwealth leaders, recognising the sacrifice their countries made to secure our freedom."

Belper wins high street competition

Belper wins high street competition Credit: ITV News Central

Belper has been announced as the champion of the High Streets beating off competition from around the country. There were 135 entries from acrosss the UK. Entrants had to reveal new and inventive ways to boost high streets.

The national competition, launched by the Future High Street Forum, celebrates the achievements of local people in making their high streets great places to live, work and shop.

Belper, and the rest of the winners, were selected across a range of categories for their ability to innovate, collaborate and adapt to changing consumer habits.

They will receive a share of prize money and support from a fund worth £50,000 as well as dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts.

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The world of Alice in Wonderland comes to Chatsworth

Visitors to Chatsworth House this Christmas will be taken on a journey through the magical world of Alice in Wonderland.

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire has been transformed Credit: Chatsworth House

People visiting the Derbyshire estate should prepare to head down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass as this year's Christmas theme takes inspiration from the vivid and fantastical world created by author Lewis Carroll.

Alice in Wonderland is this year's Christmas theme Credit: Chatsworth House

The attraction opens on 8 November and runs until 4 January.

CCTV cameras to catch drivers parking in bus lanes

CCTV cameras are to be installed in Derby to stop illegal and unsafe parking in the city's bus lanes Credit: ITV News Central

CCTV cameras are to be installed in Derby to stop illegal and unsafe parking in the city's bus lanes.

The cameras will go live at the end of November, and will be trained on bus lanes around the city centre.

Anyone caught driving or parking in a bus lane will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice of £30. If the fine is not paid within 14 days, the charge will go up to £60. It will rise even further to £90 if the charge remains unpaid after 28 days.

"It’s really important people follow the rules - more than anything this is important for the safety of road users and pedestrians.

"Lots of people rely on public transport as their main source of travel to get to work, school or to shop so we need to keep our bus lanes free of any traffic that should not be using them.

"This is not a money making exercise. If motorists stay out of the bus lanes then they will not incur penalties and the Council will not make a penny. We want motorists to abide by the law to keep public transport and traffic flowing as much as possible.”

– Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride
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