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Arrests in connection with thefts from elderly and vulnerable

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the theft of thousands of pounds from elderly and vulnerable victims across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

The victims were targeted after visiting cash machines, building societies or post offices.

A 37-year-old man and 32-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of theft and remain in custody.

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Chatsworth hosts campaign to promote rural tourism

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire Credit: PA

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is hosting the launch of a new campaign to promote the country's rural tourism overseas.

The 'Countryside is GREAT' campaign is a new three-year initiative developed by VisitBritain.

New analysis from VisitBritain reveals that more international tourists are travelling across the country than ever before, with spending hitting new record levels for the first 9 months of 2014.

Four authorities launch fair funding campaign

Four authorities have come together to launch a campaign for fair government funding.

Nottingham is the ninth hardest hit authority in the country Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire say spending cuts in their areas are higher compared to those made in more affluent ones.

Nottingham is the ninth hardest hit authority in the country.

A petition is being organised which will then be presented to Parliament.

Survey: Most East Midlands parents pestered by kids to buy junk food

Survey: More than half of parents in the East Midlands are pestered by their children to buy junk food advertised on TV Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A new survey says that more than half of East Midlands parents with children under 16 say they have been pestered by their children to buy junk food advertised on TV.

The study by the British Heart Foundation polled 2,000 parents in the region and found that 37% reported being badgered by their children at least once a week.

Three in ten parents told researchers that junk food adverts make it difficult to encourage their children to eat healthily.

The study was carried out ahead of Heart Month this February.

Now, the BHF is campaigning for the government to ban junk food advertising on TV before the 9pm watershed.

Three in ten parents told researchers that junk food adverts make it difficult to encourage their children to eat healthily Credit: Paul Seheult/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

"Regulations for TV and online advertising in the UK are weak. Loopholes in the system mean that every day millions of children are exposed to sophisticated marketing techniques specifically designed to lure them into unhealthy eating habits.

“This evidence shows that junk food ads are having a detrimental impact on children’s behaviour and are hindering parents’ efforts to get their children to eat healthily."

– Mike Hobday, Director of Policy at the British Heart Foundation

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Snow forces closure of schools in Derbyshire

Some schools have closed because of weather conditions Credit: PA

A number of schools in Derbyshire have been closed because of snow:

  • Queen Elizabeths Grammar School, Ashbourne
  • Alfreton Park Community Special School
  • Highfields School
  • Biggen C.E. Primary School
  • Flagg Nursery School
  • Lady Manners School
  • Anthony Bek Community Primary School
  • Cutthorpe Primary School
  • Parwich Primary School
  • FitzHerbert Primary School
  • Stanton-in-Peak C of E Primary School
  • Brassington Primary School
  • Peak Forest Primary
  • Youlgrave All Saints CE Primary School
  • Bakewell Methodist Junior School
  • Monaysh Primary School
  • Marsh Lane Primary School
  • Bakewell Methodist Junior School
  • Brookfield Community School
  • Barlow Church of England Primary School

Derbyshire County Council planning to increase council tax

The authority needs to save £45 million from its budget over the next financial year Credit: Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire County Council is planning to raise council tax by 2%.

The authority hopes to raise £5 million under the plans.

It needs to save £45 million from its budget over the next financial year and £157 million by 2018.

Other proposals include cuts to adult care and economy and transport initiatives.

The cabinet will meet next Tuesday to consider the plans.

Unusual mountain rescue in Derby church tower

A first for the Derby Mountain Rescue team. Credit: Derby Mountain Rescue

Derby Mountain Rescue team were called to an unusual scene today to assist a woman in distress at Brailsford Church in Derby.

The woman had been taking part in bell ringing for the church service when the rope had become tangled around her arm, causing injuries to her arm and to hip as she fell.

Due to the extremely narrow stairway leading to the tower, the team had to use their initiative to rescue the woman and take her down the steps to safer ground.

She was placed into a specialist piece of rescue equipment known as a vacuum mattress, with full body splints which form a rigid shell around a person.

She was carried down the narrow stairs and handed over to the waiting ambulance crew who took her to the Royal Derby Hospital for treatment.

We often get called to incidents that people would never associate with mountain rescue, but I believe this is a first for the team.

We’re just happy to have been able to help and wish the woman a speedy recovery.

– Team spokesman
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