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Australian cricketer Marcus North signs for Derbyshire

Marcus North celebrates a century for Australia
Marcus North celebrates a century for Australia Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The former Australian Test batsman has signed for Derbyshire a day after ending his first-class career.

The 34-year-old will cover for Shivnarine Chanderpaul who will be playing for the West Indies in Tests against New Zealand and Bangladesh.

The left-hander has played 21 Tests, two one-day internationals and one Twenty20 for Australia. He scored five Test centuries including a 117 on his debut against South Africa.

North comes back to Derbyshire after previously playing for them in 2006, making 465 at an average of 93 in a three-match stint.

North is hoping he can help get the team back to Division One.

I've enjoyed arguably one of my best seasons in Australia, so the opportunity to play this specific role for Derbyshire was very exciting and has come at the perfect time in my career.

They obviously have a talented group of players so hopefully I can assist in getting the boys back up to Division One quick smart.

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Regiment to exercise Freedom of Ashbourne

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment will be parading through Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire over the next three days, exercising their Freedom of three East Midland towns.

The regiment, which recruits many of its soldiers from the two counties, will be exercising its freedom of Ashbourne, Mansfield and Chesterfield ahead of its move to Dale Barracks in Chester from Northern Ireland over the next six months.

The battalion previously paraded through Nottingham on a 'coming home' tour in 2009
The battalion previously paraded through Nottingham on a 'coming home' tour in 2009 Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

After this, the regiment will be deployed on a UN tour of Cyprus.

The parades start at Ashbourne Town Hall today, from Mansfield Town Hall tomorrow and from Chesterfield Town Hall on Friday.

Pedestrian dies after being hit by car in Derbyshire

A pedestrian has died after they were hit by a car in Derbyshire, shortly before midnight last night (Tuesday 1 April).

The incident happened on the A514 William Nadin Way, involving the pedestrian and a blue Ford Mondeo.

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward, and in particular they want to speak to a man and a woman in a vehicle that was not involved, but arrived at the scene just before police officers.

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Chief Fire Officer appears in court charged with rape

Sean Frayne arriving at court this morning
Sean Frayne arriving at court this morning Credit: ITV News Central

The Chief Fire Officer of Derbyshire has appeared before court charged with raping a woman.

Sean Frayne appeared before magistrates charged with raping the woman between November 30 2006 and January 1 2007.

The 47-year-old from Etwall has been with the service since 1997 and has been suspended from his post until further notice.

Deputy District Judge Miller bailed him to next appear at Derby Crown Court on April 14.

Derbyshire vending machine goes global

The giant vending machine installed in the Derbyshire village of Clifton Credit: ITV News Central

The story of the vending machine that has replaced a village shop in Derbyshire has now gone global.

ITV News Central told you last week about the new giant vending machine in Clifton which sells everything from milk to toilet paper.

The news of the invention has now spread to Germany, New Zealand and America.

You can see the coverage around the world by clicking the links above.

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