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Residents warned about library fines scam

Derbyshire residents are being warned about a library fines scam. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Derbyshire residents are being warned about a library fines scam.

Criminals have been calling local people and pretending to be representatives of Derbyshire County Council.

The scammers tell victims they represent the council's library service and that they are ringing to recover fines from overdue books. They then ask for the person's bank details over the telephone. They may also threaten to visit the borrower's house and collect the books in person if payment is not made immediately.

"We never have and never will use an agency to recover overdue library fees. If someone has an overdue fee our library staff will write to them and we would not ask for bank details.

"This is a shameful scam designed to frighten people into handing over their financial information.

"If people receive a call like this they should report it straight away and in no circumstances should they give out any personal information or bank details."

– Councillor Dave Allen, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities

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Plans to transform Elvaston Castle on display

Plans to completely transform Derbyshire's Elvaston Castle with the help of lottery funding are on display today, giving local residents to chance to find out more.

Elvaston Castle Credit: National Trust

Bosses at the attraction expect to submit a bid for funding next year to renovate the ground floor of the castle so it can offer services like weddings, conferences and seminars.

There would also be new exhibition space to tell the story of the history of the castle.

The proposals will be on show in the Gothic Hall, Elvaston Castle on Sunday 30 November between 10.30am and 3pm.

War veteran tracks down family of soldier he killed

A Falklands war veteran from Spondon in Derbyshire is hoping he can finally find closure after tracking down the family of an Argentinian soldier he killed during the conflict.

Gordon Hoggan Credit: ITV News Central

Gordon Hoggan suffered years of depression after the incident 32 years ago.

The dead soldier's family say they are happy to meet him.

Read: Falklands veteran's attempt to track down family of man he killed

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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.

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."

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