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MPs ask for changes to flight tax for families

Three East Midlands MPs are calling on the government to scrap Air Passenger Duty on children's flights Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Three East Midlands MPs are calling on the government to scrap Air Passenger Duty on children's flights.

Mid-Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham, West Leicestershire's MP Andrew Bridgen, and Amber Valley's Nigel Mills wrote to the Chancellor to make their case for a change.

They say the tax adds an average of £134 on the cost of long haul flights for a family of four.

They believe the levies discourages families from going abroad.

Police forces launch gun surrender

Real and replica guns handed in during a gun amnesty Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

From this morning, Derbyshire Police is launching a county-wide gun surrender lasting for 12 days.

The county has not had a gun amnesty since 2003, and officers hope to pick up real, fake, antique and even licensed guns that are no longer needed.

Staffordshire Police is also launching a gun surrender today, lasting until November 9.

The force has said that many firearms may be held in innocence, with owners being ignorant of their illegality. Some may even be forgotten in people's homes.

The surrenders give gun owners the chance to hand in their weapon to police without facing prosecution.

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Major report on HS2 to be presented today

HS2 Ltd's Executive Chairman David Higgins Credit: David Parry/PA Archive/Press Association Images

HS2 Ltd's Executive Chairman David Higgins is expected to make significant announcements about HS2 in Leeds this morning.

Mr Higgins will be presenting his report on the project, and will give recommendations on the second phase, which runs from Birmingham to Leeds and goes through the East Midlands.

It is believed he will announce that a suggested route for the high-speed service through Stoke-on-Trent will be dumped in favour of a hub at Crewe, on the western arm of the 'Y'-shaped northern route.

It is rumoured that he will recommend that plans for a high-speed rail link in Nottinghamshire should be moved to Derbyshire. It was originally proposed that the HS2 station should be at Toton Sidings, but there may be new plans to try to link HS2 to existing rail lines serving Nottingham and Derby.

Derby wins major flood protection funding

Horses being rescued from fields near Derby after the river Derwent burst its banks in 2007 Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Derby council has secured a major investment in the city's flood defences.

Large areas of Chester Green, Darley Abbey Village and the Strutts Park area will benefit from the plans.

Up to £17.1m has been awarded as Flood Defence Grant in Aid, and a further £13m is available from the Growth Fund

The scheme is expected to protect residents and businesses from flooding, and to encourage investment in brownfield sites which are currently at a high risk of flooding.

When the project is completed, it will protect 1,450 residential and 800 commercial properties from water damage and will improve the river for local wildlife.

VIDEO: Waterfall blown upwards by high winds

A video has emerged on youtube which shows a Derbyshire waterfall, called Kinder Downfall, blowing upwards as high winds from ex-Hurricane Gonzalo hit.

Storm-force winds battered the Peak District today as remnants of the hurricane moved across the UK.

Rod Kirkpatrick, who shared the video on YouTube, said the River Kinder was "stopped in its tracks" where it usually cascades 80 feet (24 metres) down the waterfall.

The storm-force winds ensured Kinder Downfall did not live up to its name Credit: Rod Kirkpatrick

This was not the first time Kinder Downfall has defied gravity, but was one of the most spectacular examples of this phenomenon.

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Organisers estimate football match has raised more than £4,000

Organisers of the memorial football match, played in honour of murdered medical students Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, estimate that more than four thousand pounds has been raised.

Today, Belper United took on Newcastle Medics FC to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, a cause close to Neil Dalton's heart.

Friends of murdered medical students unite for football match

Friends of Neil Dalton from Derbyshire and Aidan Brunger from Kent, have come together today to play a memorial football match in their honour.

Neil and Aidan were both stabbed in Borneo in August whilst on a medical placement.

Today, Belper United took on Newcastle Medics FC to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, a cause close to Neil Dalton's heart.

Memorial match for medics murdered in Malaysia

Neil Dalton from Belper (Left), and Aidan Brunger from Kent (Right), were both stabbed after an argument in a bar in Borneo Credit: ITV News Central

Friends of murdered student Neil Dalton from Derbyshire are playing a fundraiser football match against a team of medical students from Newcastle this afternoon.

Neil, who was 22 and from Ambergate, and fellow Newcastle University student Aidan Brunger, were killed on the street in the town of Kuching in Borneo on August 6, after a night out during their six-week hospital placement in the country.

Today's match is taking place at Belper Town Football Club at 3.30pm.

The money raised at the match will go towards the Anthony Nolan Trust, a charity close to Neil's heart because he was on the stem cell register.

Heartbroken dog needs a home after owner's death

Bruno, whose owner recently died Credit: Abbey Street Animal Rehoming Centre

An animal centre in Derby is appealing for a lovely new home for a heartbroken resident called Bruno.

The 12-year-old Staffy arrived at the Abbey Street Animal Rehoming Centre when his owner passed away.

Staff at the rehoming centre say Bruno is very attached to people and has plenty of energy for an older dog. Ideally, he would suit owners who will be able to spend most of the day with him and take him out for walks.

The animal centre would love to hear from pet lovers who think they fit the bill and recommend a visit to meet the loveable pooch in person.

Bruno spontaneously shows his affection for staff at the dog's home Credit: Abbey Street Animal Rehoming Centre

"Bruno doesn't understand that his owner has died, so he's very stressed. "Kennels are no place for older dogs and what Bruno really deserves is a home where he can live out the rest of his days in comfort and happiness".

– Leanne Manchester from Abbey Street Animal Rehoming Centre
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