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Dozens hurt in coach crash on the M1

The coach after the crash this afternoon Credit: Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

Dozens of people have been injured in a serious crash between a coach and a lorry on the M1 in Derbyshire.

It happened at 12:30pm today on the M1 southbound, between junction 29 and junction 29a.

Thirty-six people were treated by ambulance staff, and 11 have been taken to hospital. The driver of the coach was trapped after the smash - once freed, he was airlifted to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Overall, 29 people were taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, but only ten of those were treated by doctors.

Seven people have minor injuries, while three are thought to be more badly injured, but they will be released within the coming hours.

The road remains closed between the two junctions near Chesterfield while emergency services carry out their investigations, but it is expected to open very soon.

The crash happened between junction 29 and 29a on the M1 southbound near Chesterfield Credit: Google maps


Defeat for Derby means they lose out on play-off place

Derby have lost out on a play-off place after losing to visitors Reading by three goals to nil.

The rams were sitting in sixth place in the League Table going into the game.

They will spend another season in the Championship after their loss at the iProStadium this afternoon.


Jailed: Paedophile who told 14-year-old he was 18

James Craig Credit: Derbyshire Police

A 28-year-old man who met a 14-year-old girl on Facebook and told her he was also a teenager has been jailed for four years.

James Craig pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one count of causing or inciting a child to be involved in prostitution or pornography.

He has been sent to prison for four years and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for ten years.

The case against him began in January when police were called to a house in Langley Mill in Amber Valley, Derbyshire.

A 14-year-old girl was in the hosue with Craig, who told police he was 18. But when officers checked their records, they found he was actually 28. The girl told police they had begun talking to each other online via Facebook before meeting up.

Craig, of First Avenue, Carlton, was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Friday, April 17.

Amber Valley residents warned about scammer impersonating a policeman

Residents are being warned about a scammer pretending to be a policeman Credit: ITV News Central

Police are warning residents in Amber Valley about a scammer who is calling people claiming to be a West Midlands Police officer.

Derbyshire Police says the man calls people telling them money has been taken from their account and asks them to withdraw some so it can be forensically examined.

He then visits the house to collect the cash. In some cases the man has picked people up to take them to the bank where the money is withdrawn and handed over.

We have noted that recent incidents have been primarily targeted at the elderly and vulnerable members of society, and while they are not the only victims of the crime, we would like to urge everybody to pass on this message to their parents, grandparents and elderly neighbours.

I would like to remind residents that the police would never contact you and ask you to withdraw cash under any circumstances.

– Sergeant Gareth Fuller, Derbyshire Police
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