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Two men charged for Derby murder

Officers investigating the death of Richard Bernard in Derby have charged two men with his murder.

Richard Bernard Credit: Derbyshire Police

Mohammed Ibrahim, 18, of no fixed address, arrested on Friday and Aaron White, 34, from Moss Street in Derby, arrested yesterday, are due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

51-year-old Richard Bernard was found injured outside his flat in Trocadero Court in Derby on Tuesday evening. He died a short time later from stab wounds.

Urgent appeal for missing 49-year-old woman from Derbyshire

Police in Derbyshire have issued an urgent appeal to help find a missing local woman.

Shirley Hutton Credit: Derbyshire Police

Shirley Hutton, 49, left her home in Brimington yesterday afternoon and has not been seen since.

Extensive searches have been carried out overnight and this morning in the Brimington and Staveley areas. Officers are asking residents to check their gardens and outhouses.

She is 5ft 5ins tall, with short blonde hair and of slim build. She was wearing a grey sweater, blue skinny jeans and black knee-length boots and was carrying a black handbag.

Officers are extremely concerned for her safety.

Anyone who sees her or knows where she is should contact the police on 101 or in an emergency 999.

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Derbyshire school shut for 'deep clean'

Derbyshire school shut for 'deep clean' Credit: Google street view

A school in Derbyshire was forced to close today due to blocked drains in the building's toilets.

Street Lane Primary School is now undergoing a deep clean.

Natasha Cooke, headteacher of Street Lane Primary School in Ripley, said:

We were forced to close school today due to blocked drains in the building’s toilets.

The drains have now been unblocked and a deep clean is in progress.

School will reopen following the half term holiday on Monday 6 June.

– Natasha Cooke

It comes just days after another Derbyshire school was forced to shut to eradicate a viral bug which had left many pupils and staff sick.

Sports Direct boss ordered to appear before MPs on June 7

Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley outside of the company's warehouse in Shirebrook in Derbyshire Credit: PA

MPs have told Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley he has to give evidence next month on his firm's work practices.

The Business Select Committee has been trying to quiz Mr Ashley for months about working practices, including the use of zero hours contracts.

He has been refusing to appear before the committee, but in a letter he said he will travel to Westminster, but only on condition that the MPs visit the Sports Direct offices in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, the day before.

Committee chairman Iain Wright has written to Mr Ashley saying he expects him to give evidence on June 7, and that MPs will not travel to Shirebrook.

Jobs lost as tights manufacturer goes into administration

Courtaulds textiles Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds of jobs are set to be lost after a Derbyshire clothing manufacturer went into administration today.

It's thought as many as 350 employees at Courtalds in Belper are set to lose their jobs after the company called in the administrators.

The textile and garment workers union Community described it as 'absolutely devastating news' for the workers.

"We are already in contact with the administrators and we will be looking for further urgent discussions to understand the full implications for the workforce and any future of the business."

– Sean Scorer, National Officer for the textile and garment workers' union Community

ITV News Central has attempted to contact Courtaulds for comment but has not received a response.

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Murder investigation launched after injured man dies in Derby

Police in Derby have launched a murder investigation after a man found with injuries last night died shortly afterwards.

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The 51-year-old local man, who has not yet been named, was found at 8.50pm at the Trocadero Court premises in the Normanton area of the city.

A Home Office pathologist will be carrying out a post mortem examination to determine the cause of his death.

Two people who were arrested last night remain in police custody.

Officers are appealing to anyone who was in the area of Trocadero Court or Normanton Road between 7pm and 9pm to contact them on 101, quoting incident number 680/24/05/16 or call anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Witness appeal after man assaulted in Derby

Police in Derby are investigating an assault on a man in the Normanton area of the city on Tuesday evening.

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Officers were called to premises on Trocadero Court shortly before 9pm where a man was found suffering from injuries. He was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital by ambulance.

A local man and woman were arrested nearby and are currently in police custody.

Anyone who has any information that would help the investigation should contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Knife surrender bins unveiled across Derbyshire

A knife amnesty is being launched across Derbyshire today to reduce the risk of weapons falling into the wrong hands.

The six-week event runs until July 3 and during this time, people can deposit knives at secure bins throughout the county.

All surrendered knives will go to the Save a Life Surrender Your Knife project, a scheme run by the British Ironworks Centre to raise awareness of knife crime.

The centre is creating an angel sculpture from knives surrendered across the UK.

The amnesty is being supported by Rachel Webb, whose son, Tom Webb, 22, was fatally stabbed in Derby city centre in January. A 16-year-old boy has been charged with his murder.

I think the knife amnesty is an incredible idea. It’s raising awareness of a horrendous situation we have in society at the moment where people feel it’s alright to carry knives with them.

My message to young people who are choosing to carry a knife is to stop and think about it and decide what sort of person you want to be in life.

Carrying a knife for whatever reason is one of those choices in life that you have to make and it’s never a good idea.

– Rachel Webb

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In 2015/16, 207 people were arrested in Derbyshire for possessing a bladed article. Of these, 119 were charged and 47 were dealt with by other positive outcomes, like summons, for example.

This compares to 176 arrests in 2015/14 with 112 charges and 45 other positive outcomes. In 2013/14, police arrested 144 people, charged 102 and 33 people were dealt with positively but not charged.

Every knife handed in is one less that can potentially be used on the streets of Derbyshire.

Young people might think that having a knife is some kind of status symbol, or that they need one for protection, but they don’t realise that in 65 per cent of cases, people who carry knives have those weapons used against them.

Just carrying a knife can result in a prison sentence of up to four years. If you know a friend or family member carries a knife, urge them to surrender it as part of the amnesty or contact police or Crimestoppers. Please don’t stay silent.

– Assistance Chief Constable Bill McWilliam

Knife bins can be found at the following locations:

  • Derby Market Place
  • St Mary’s Wharf Police Station, Prime Parkway, Chester Green
  • Cotton Lane Police Station, Allenton
  • Peartree Police Station, Peartree Road, Normanton
  • Ilkeston Police Station, Heanor Road
  • Long Eaton Police Station, Midland Street
  • Swadlincote Police Station, Civic Way
  • Chesterfield Police Station, New Beetwell Street
  • Clay Cross Police Station, Pilsley Road
  • Ripley Police Station, Wyatt’s Way
  • Buxton Police Station, Silverlands
  • Buxton Market Place
  • Glossop Police Station, Ellison Street
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