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Two teenagers sentenced to 12 months detention for attempting to kidnap three babies

Two teenage girls from the West Midlands were sentenced to 12 months detention after pleading guilty to attempting to kidnap three babies.

The case was heard at Derby Youth Court, based at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court. Credit: ITV News Central

Reporting restrictions were lifted allowing the names of both girls to be made public.

They are 17 year old Codie Farrar from Evesham and 18 year old Holly Kelland from Wolverhampton.

The pair set up a fake Facebook group and posed as a social worker with the intention of taking babies from their mothers. One of the mothers targeted lived in Derby, and another in Wolverhampton.

Both girls were each handed 12-month detention and training orders, but will serve half of that sentence on probation under youth offending team supervision.

Police appeal for pregnant 21-year-old missing from Derby

Derbyshire Police are appealing to a woman who has been reported missing to contact them.

Jessica Giles. Credit: Derbyshire Police

Jessica Giles, 21, was reported missing by her family on 18 May and is believed to be in the Derby area.

Jessica is white, with long dyed red hair and is heavily pregnant.

She was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, a grey or blue hoody, black top and pink, white and black Nike trainers. She was carrying a leopard print handbag.

Jessica, or anyone who knows where she, is should contact the police on 101. Credit: Derbyshire Police


Police appeal after cat's leg is amputated after being hit by pellet

Derbyshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a cat was shot with a pellet in New Mills.

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The cat’s owner, who lives on Low Leighton Road, called police after their pet returned home at around midnight on 13 May with a damaged leg.

The incident is believed to have taken place sometime between 9.30pm and midnight.

On examination by a vet it was found that the cat had been shot with a pellet believed to be from an air weapon. Later the cat’s leg had to be amputated due to the severity of the injury.

Officers are urging anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area, or anyone with information relating to the attack, to get in touch.

Anyone with any information about the incident should call PC John Nixon on 101 quoting crime number 21548/16, or by sending him a message online by visiting the Contact section of their website here.

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Weekend Picks: Midlands Dance

Midlands Dance Showcase: Sat 21st May (Derby Theatre, Derby)

Audiences can enjoy talents from all ages and genres Credit: Credit: Fernando Leon / ABACA USA/PA Images

This weekend some of the best dancing talents of the Midlands will be taking part in the Co-ACT Midlands Dance Showcase 2016.

Audiences can enjoy talents from all ages and genres including ballet, tap, street dance, modern jazz and contemporary. Proceeds from the event will go towards Cancer Research UK.

For prices, opening times and more information visit:

Derbyshire school closed after more than 80 children contract virus

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St John's Church of England School in Belper will be closed on Friday after an outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea.

The decision was made after 48 children were absent on Wednesday and a further 38 fell ill overnight.

Health and Safety officers have decided to deep clean the school and parents have been informed.

It's hoped the school will reopen on Monday and the headteacher is advising parents to keep children who have been affected at home for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness.


Man jailed for attacking woman with crowbar

A man has been jailed for more than six years after he attacked a woman with a crowbar.

Paul Atkinson was sentenced to six-and-a-half years after admitting the crime, which happened at his home in Station Street, Ashbourne, on February 28.

He was found not guilty of attempted murder.

Atkinson called police that afternoon to report he had struck a woman over the head with a crow bar. The 58-year-old suffered four head wounds which required stitches.

Police release photo after man punched and kicked

Police release image after man punched and kicked Credit: Derbyshire Police

Police have released a photo of a man and woman they would like to speak to after a man was attacked in Derby.

At around 2.15am on Saturday, May 14, a 47-year-old man was walking along Friar Gate when he was approached by a man and a woman.

An argument broke out and the man punched the victim before around four other people joined in. The man fell to the floor where he was punched and kicked.

The victim later attended hospital where he was treated for a broken arm.

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