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Derby's Christmas lights switch-on event cancelled

Derby's Christmas lights switch-on cancelled Credit: ITV News Central

The Christmas lights switch-on event in Derby will not take place this year. The city council said it is due to budget cuts.

A spokesman said:

Due to cuts in the Council’s budget, the Council will not be staging a Christmas Lights Switch-On Event this year.

The Christmas Lights in the city centre will be switched on, without an accompanying event, to coincide with the Christmas/Winter Night Market (Thu 17 Nov) taking place in the Cathedral Quarter.

– Derby City Council spokesman:


Police release image of man after serious sexual assault

Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police are appealing for help to identify a man after a 33-year-old woman was the victim of a serious sexual assault in Leicester. The victim was walking through Nelson Mandela Park in Welford Road when she was approached from behind and subjected to a serious sexual assault. The main suspect has been described as a black man, in his 30s, tall, slim, with chin length dreadlocks. He spoke with a southern accent. The incident took place sometime between 9.30pm and 10pm on Friday 5 February.

Police say they appreciate that the incident took place some time ago and extensive work has been carried out since it was reported including a CCTV trawl, forensic work and local enquiries. The victim has now been able to assist in compiling this computer generated image and the force are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the man in the picture. Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 3011 James Piskula on 101, quoting crime number 20194.


Scammers steal thousands pretending to be police

In both cases the offenders phoned the victim’s reporting that they were a police officer who told them their bank accounts had been fraudulently used. Credit: PA

Two elderly people in Loughborough have been scammed out of thousands of pounds and police are now warning residents to make sure they don’t become the next victim. In both cases the offenders phoned the victim’s reporting that they were a police officer who told them their bank accounts had been fraudulently used. The caller tells them to go to their bank and withdraw all of their money, organising a taxi for them to get to a branch. Once the victim has withdrawn the cash the caller tells them to seal it in an envelope and asks them for a password, and a courier comes to pick up the money. Detective Constable Julia Newton said:

“We are aware of two incidents in Loughborough on 11 and 21 October, and believe there could be more victims who have not come forward and reported it to us. If you have elderly relatives, neighbours or friends, please speak to them about this scam – make them aware of the dangers and what they can do to protect themselves. Genuine callers will be happy to verify their credentials and will not mind you asking to call them back while you phone their supposed employer to seek assurance.”

– Detective Constable Julia Newton.
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