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Amber Valley residents warned about scammer impersonating a policeman

Residents are being warned about a scammer pretending to be a policeman Credit: ITV News Central

Police are warning residents in Amber Valley about a scammer who is calling people claiming to be a West Midlands Police officer.

Derbyshire Police says the man calls people telling them money has been taken from their account and asks them to withdraw some so it can be forensically examined.

He then visits the house to collect the cash. In some cases the man has picked people up to take them to the bank where the money is withdrawn and handed over.

We have noted that recent incidents have been primarily targeted at the elderly and vulnerable members of society, and while they are not the only victims of the crime, we would like to urge everybody to pass on this message to their parents, grandparents and elderly neighbours.

I would like to remind residents that the police would never contact you and ask you to withdraw cash under any circumstances.

– Sergeant Gareth Fuller, Derbyshire Police


Derby Cathedral to be lit up in blue for World Autism Awareness Day

Derby Cathedral will be lit with blue lights tonight Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The tower of Derby Cathedral will be lit up in blue lights tonight as part of World Autism Awareness Day.

Famous buildings around the globe, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia and Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, have previously been lit as part of the campaign.

Around 700,00 people in the UK have autism. Autism Awareness Day aims to raise funds and boost knowledge about the disability.

Arrests after family tied up and children threatened with weapon

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Derbyshire Police have arrested three people in connection with a robbery where a family was tied up and children were threatened.

On the evening of Thursday March 19 three men entered a house in Dronfield. They tied up a couple and one child, and forced a second child to come with them as they searched the house.

The men stole cash and jewellery before being disturbed and fleeing in a takeaway delivery driver's car.

Three men have been released on police bail pending further investigations.


Derbyshire Police refer themselves to IPCC after man dies after collision with a train

Derbyshire Police have referred themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Credit: PA Images

Derbyshire Police have referred themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, after a man died following a collision with a train.

Police were called to Belper Town Centre at around 9.50pm on Saturday evening.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the police are now preparing a file for the coroner.

Mechanic sends Mercedes smashing through garage

The car smashed through the wall of the MOT centre Credit: SWNS

A mechanic has mistakenly crashed a Mercedes through the wall of a Derbyshire garage.

Dramatic pictures show the bonnet encased in the remnants of the brick wall at Cherry's MOT Centre in Chesterfield.

It's believed the mechanic pushed the accelerator pedal by accident, sending the silver car flying into the side of the building.

Alan Cherry, who owns the centre, told ITV Central he was busy running his business, and felt angry about exaggerated reports of the accident.

Cherry's MOT Centre in Derbyshire Credit: SWNS

"It was a pure accident. The mechanic was just doing his job.

"The press have blown it out of all proportion. I've read the car was worth £30,000 - it wasn't. It was 11 years old and it was worth £4,000 at most. It would've struggled to pass its MOT."

– Alan Cherry, owner of Cherry's MOT Centre

Derbyshire man charged with murder

A man from Derbyshire has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in a Buckinghamshire park.

The body of Adam Fanelli, from Dunstable, Bedforshire, was found in Nash Park, in Winslow Road, on March 17.

Addy McAllister, from Bolsover, was arrested by Thames Valley Police in connection with the 31-year-old's death.

The 33-year-old has now been charged with murder and was remanded to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court today.

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