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Belper wins high street competition

Belper wins high street competition Credit: ITV News Central

Belper has been announced as the champion of the High Streets beating off competition from around the country. There were 135 entries from acrosss the UK. Entrants had to reveal new and inventive ways to boost high streets.

The national competition, launched by the Future High Street Forum, celebrates the achievements of local people in making their high streets great places to live, work and shop.

Belper, and the rest of the winners, were selected across a range of categories for their ability to innovate, collaborate and adapt to changing consumer habits.

They will receive a share of prize money and support from a fund worth £50,000 as well as dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts.

The world of Alice in Wonderland comes to Chatsworth

Visitors to Chatsworth House this Christmas will be taken on a journey through the magical world of Alice in Wonderland.

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire has been transformed Credit: Chatsworth House

People visiting the Derbyshire estate should prepare to head down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass as this year's Christmas theme takes inspiration from the vivid and fantastical world created by author Lewis Carroll.

Alice in Wonderland is this year's Christmas theme Credit: Chatsworth House

The attraction opens on 8 November and runs until 4 January.

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CCTV cameras to catch drivers parking in bus lanes

CCTV cameras are to be installed in Derby to stop illegal and unsafe parking in the city's bus lanes Credit: ITV News Central

CCTV cameras are to be installed in Derby to stop illegal and unsafe parking in the city's bus lanes.

The cameras will go live at the end of November, and will be trained on bus lanes around the city centre.

Anyone caught driving or parking in a bus lane will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice of £30. If the fine is not paid within 14 days, the charge will go up to £60. It will rise even further to £90 if the charge remains unpaid after 28 days.

"It’s really important people follow the rules - more than anything this is important for the safety of road users and pedestrians.

"Lots of people rely on public transport as their main source of travel to get to work, school or to shop so we need to keep our bus lanes free of any traffic that should not be using them.

"This is not a money making exercise. If motorists stay out of the bus lanes then they will not incur penalties and the Council will not make a penny. We want motorists to abide by the law to keep public transport and traffic flowing as much as possible.”

– Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride

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.

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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.

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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