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Conservatives celebrate Derbyshire County Council result

Tories celebrating outside County Hall Credit: ITV News.

The Conservatives have regained control of Derbyshire County Council after overturning a Labour majority of 22.

The final results were Con 37 Lab 24 Lib Dem 3 UKIP 0

A key factor was the collapse of the UKIP vote with its supporters switching en masse to the Tories.

It meant Theresa May's party were able to pick up gains in traditional Labour strongholds like Swadlincote.

Leader Barrie Lewis taking a photo of the final results screen Credit: I

Cllr Barrie Lewis, the Tory group leader, said he was delighted with the result which he put down to a well-fought campaign on local issues, although he acknowledged the importance of UKIP's decline.

Clrr Anne Western, the Labour group leader, said she was "shellshocked". The turnout was 38%.

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Concerns grow for missing woman from Derbyshire

Credit: Derbyshire Police.

Police in Derbyshire say they are increasingly concerned for the safety of a vulnerable woman who has gone missing from Sandiacre.

Julie Bell (66) was last seen in the Travers Road area at around 3.30pm today.

She is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall and has long hair and wears glasses.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

UPDATE: 23:00 Julie has now been found.

Family release picture of father and daughter who died in crash

James Watson and Ruby Watson Credit: Derbyshire Police

The family of a father and daughter who died in a car crash in the town where they lived have released a photograph of them.

28-year-old James Watson and his six-year-old daughter, Ruby Watson, were passengers in a blue Fiat Panda which collided with a railing in Kilbourne Road, Belper in Derbyshire, at 1.25am on Sunday, April 30.

James’ partner, who was also Ruby’s mother, was driving the car at the time and she remains in a critical but stable condition in the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Derbyshire Police said:

Anyone with information, or anyone who has dashboard camera footage of the collision or the car prior to the crash, should call us on 101 quoting incident number 92 of April 30.

– Derbyshire Police statement

Growing concern for missing 17-year-old girl

Courtney Meynell-Brookes was reported missing last week. Credit: Derbyshire Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for a teenager who has gone missing from her home in Alvaston in Derby.

Courtney Meynell-Brookes was reported missing last week (Tuesday 25 April) and has not been in touch with her family since Thursday 27 April.

Courtney is described as white, of thin build, and she has long ginger hair.

Derbyshire police are now growing increasingly concerned for the 17-year-olds welfare.

Anyone who knows where she is, or who may have seen her in the last few days is asked to contact the police.

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