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Public health officials from Derbyshire County Council are warning parents to look out for the symptoms of scarlet fever in their children.

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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.

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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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British teen found dead in Florida 'had lots of friends'

The former headteacher of a British teenager found dead in Florida has paid tribute to a "sociable" and "able pupil".

Alex Hollinghurst was born in Oldham and lived there until she was six. Her family moved to Hadfield in Derbyshire where she attended St. Andrew's C.E. Junior School until the age of 11.

It is thought her family left Hadfield for the US in 2010.

She was with us until the age of 11. She was an able pupil, sociable, with a lot of friends. Our thoughts are with her and her family.

– Andrew Cartledge, head teacher, St Andrew's C.E Junior School

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Derbyshire teen dies after officer shot dead in Florida

A British teenager has died after she and her American boyfriend allegedly shot dead a US police officer.

According to US reports Alex Hollinghurst, 17, and Brandon Goode, 18, are believed to have killed themselves after the officer was murdered in Orlando, Florida.

Alex Hollinghurst
Alex Hollinghurst Credit: Facebook/Alex Hollinghurst

Her family and friends have written on social media sites that they believe she was murdered.

Alex, who was originally from Derbyshire, moved to America around six years ago.

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Officer 'shot after stopping British girl and boyfriend'

Officer Robert German was shot early on Saturday morning. Credit: AP

The shootings took place in the early hours of Saturday morning in the wealthy residential suburb of Windermere.

US officials said Windermere Police Department Officer Robert German was killed after stopping Alex and Goode on foot and calling for backup.

When assistance arrived they discovered the officer had been shot. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead.

The officer had served with the force for five years.

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Friend: Alex 'taken from us in horrific circumstances'

Grace Etchells, who went to primary school with Alex in Hadfield, Derbyshire, paid tribute to her on Twitter.

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So horrible knowing a very close friend from primary Alex Hollinghurst sadly got taken from us in such horrific circumstances. RIP lovely xx

Contractor fined after worker crushed by 60 stone steel frame

A plant hire company in Derbyshire has been fined after a worker was hit by a steel frame and left with broken bones.

The 39-year-old suffered needed 58 stitches in his head after the incident at a former block works in Shawell, Lutterworth on 11th March 2013.

Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard the injured man and a colleague used ladders to access the top of the steelwork which was seven metres high.

The frame which fell on the man weighed 380 kilograms. The Health and Safety Executive said the incident could have been prevented.

HCL Equipment Contracts Limited of Cote Park Industrial Estate in Somercotes was dined £10,000 and told to pay costs of £491.

Our investigation found that if this work had bee properly planned and risk assessed, and sufficient training given, it could have been avoided.”

– Tony Mitchell, HSE
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