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Detained man found dead in police cell

Derbyshire Constabulary has revealed that a man has died while being held in police custody.

Police reveal that a man has died in custody Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 37-year-old man from Belper had been arrested on the afternoon of Friday June 26 and was taken to Chesterfield police station.

He was found collapsed in his cell at 7.10pm later that evening.

Police officers and paramedics attempted to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

The death has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).


Langley Mill Fire: Three men remanded into custody

The three men who appeared in court Credit: Court Artist / Priscilla Coleman

Three men have appeared in court after they were charged with the murder of three people who died in a flat fire in Derbyshire.

All three defendants have appeared before a district judge at Chesterfield Magistrates Court and were remanded into custody.

They will next appear at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.

Derby residents to raise concerns with Police and county Crime Commissioner

Derby residents will be able to put their concerns to Police. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Derby residents will be able to put their concerns about local policing to representatives of the county's Police and Crime Commissioner today.

It's part of a new effort by Derbyshire Constabulary to hear local views on policing in the county.

Fire investigation officers continue to work with Derbyshire Police after Langley Mill blaze

Specialist fire investigation officers continue to work with Derbyshire Police with a hope of finding the cause of the tragic event that took place on North Street Langley Mill, on Sunday 21 June 2015.

The fire on NorthStreet, Langley Mill, in which Amy Smith, her daughter Ruby-Grace and friend Edward Green tragically lost their lives has had a huge impact on the fire and rescue service.

“The fire service works tirelessly to ensure the safety of everyone in the community and for firefighters who worked in exceptionally difficult conditions to try and rescue the deceased, it is extremely difficult to accept this tragic loss of life. The thoughts of everyone within the fire and rescue service are with both families at this sad time.

“Specialist fire investigation officers will continue to work with Derbyshire police to ensure that a thorough and robust investigation takes place to ascertain the actual cause of the fire.”

– Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Tomlinson


Flat fire: Fourth man arrested on suspicion of murder

A fourth man has been arrested over a fatal flat fire in Derbyshire which killed three people, including a mother and her baby daughter.

Derbyshire Police said officers had arrested a 24-year-old at an address in Long Eaton on suspicion of murder.

Three men were already being questioned by detectives after 17-year-old Amy Smith and her six-month-old daughter Ruby-Grace Gaunt died in the blaze in Langley Mill, Derbyshire, early on Sunday.

Ms Smith's friend Edward Green, 17, was also killed in the fire.

The baby's father, Shaun Gaunt, and two other people are also thought to have been caught up in the blaze.

A force spokesman said it had been granted an extension by magistrates for more time to question the three men all of whom were arrested on suspicion of murder.

A 17-year-old from Long Eaton, and two others aged 43 and 21, and from Sandiacre, were taken into custody late on Monday night.

The cause of the fire, first reported in the early hours of Sunday, remains unknown and investigations are continuing.

Book of condolence opens for Langley Mill fire victims

17-year-old Amy Smith, her six-month-old daughter Ruby Gaunt, and friend Ed Green, died at a property in North Street, Langley Mill. Credit: ITV News Central

Books of condolence for the victims of the weekend's fire in Langley Mill, in which three people died, is now open at two local churches.

The books will be open today at St John's Church, Cromford Road, Aldercar between 9am - 6pm and St Andrew's Church, Station Road, Langley Mill between 9.30am - 1pm and 4pm - 6pm.

People are invited to sign the books, pray and donate money to those affected by the tragedy.

Mother 'would've been too frightened to jump' from fire

The great grandmother of a young mum who died in a house fire along with her baby daughter has told ITV News she "would have been too frightened to jump."

Jean Smith's great granddaughter and great great granddaughter died in the fire Credit: ITV News Central

Jean Smith laid flowers at the scene of Sunday's fatal fire in Langley Mill, Derbyshire.

Amy Smith, 17, her three-week-old daughter Ruby-Grace and 17-year-old Edward Green died in the blaze.

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