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Artist weaves tribute to Queen using war memorial name labels and pins

The portrait is made out of name labels Credit: Joy Pitts

A Nottingham artist has created an unusual portrait of the Queen by weaving together names taken from a war memorial in Ilkeston in Derbyshire.

Each individual name was machine woven onto tape and assembled into a portrait using just dressmaker pins.

The portrait is made out of name labels and dress pins Credit: Joy Pitts
The names of servicemen are clearly visible Credit: Joy Pitts

Joy Pitts' portrait was inspired by the Queen's festive message last year, which recalled the Christmas Truce of 1914.

The portrait is designed to pay tribute both to World War One servicemen and to the Queen’s sixty-three year reign and dedication to the armed forces.


Demolition of old Ilkeston train station to begin

Demolition work will get underway today of the old Ilkeston train station, 50 years after it closed.

Demolition work will get underway today Credit: ITV News Central

It will make way for a new one costing £6.5 million.

Ilkeston has often been described as the largest town in England without a train station after Dr Beeching, a former Chairman of British Railways, brought out a report in the 1960s, which led to thousands of stations and many railways closing down.

Artist's impression of the new station Credit: Derbyshire County Council

The new station will have two platforms, automated ticket machines, a 150-space car park and a taxi rank.

It will also service the Nottingham to Leeds line.

Pedestrian seriously hurt in hit & run near Ilkeston

Street view of Stanley near where last night's collision took place Credit: Google Street View

A pedestrian's been seriously hurt in a hit & run in Ilkeston in Derbyshire.

The collision happened at 11:00pm last night (Saturday 17 May), on Station Road in Stanley.

Map showing village of Stanley where the hit & run took place Credit: ITV News Central

The silver coloured car failed to stop and police are now appealing for witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire Police on the 101 number.

The collision happened at around 11:00pm last night on Station Road Credit: ITV News Central


Murder investigation launched after woman dies

A murder investigation has been launched in Derbyshire after a woman died in hospital overnight.

The 27-year-old was found with serious injuries in a flat in Critchley Street, Ilkeston, at 9pm yesterday. Paramedics treated her at the scene before rushing her to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, but there was nothing they could do to save her and she died.

The 27-year-old was found with serious injuries in a flat in Critchley Street, Ilkeston, yesterday evening. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

A 48-year-old man was arrested at the scene and remains in police custody this morning.

Her family has been informed but formal identification has yet to take place. A post mortem will be carried out to establish the cause of death.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

Ilkeston railway station plans approved

Erewash Borough Council has made a unanimous decision to approve the application for a new railway station in Ilkeston.

The plans are reported to cost £6.5 million, £1 million of which will be paid by the council.

Ilkeston has been described as the largest town in the country with a rail line running through it without a station.

The new station will be built near the location of the town's previous station which was cut in the 1963 Beeching Report, in between Millership Way and Coronation Road.

Ilkeston railway station plans expected to be approved

The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, will be visiting the site for the planned Ilkeston railway station today. He will be looking over plans with Jessica Lee MP. Plans for the station are expected to be given approval by councillors at a meeting later today.

Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

McLoughlin, MP for Derbyshire Dales, is also visiting the A453 to see how work is going. The road, which links Nottingham with the M1 and East Midlands Airport, is being widened.

The A453, which links Nottingham to the M1 and East Midlands Airport Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Brave shopkeeper takes on robbers with wine bottle

CCTV footage shows how a brave shopkeeper tried to defend his stock, taking on three masked raiders armed only with a wine bottle.

The video shows as the door of the Londis, in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, is forced open when a Ford Mondeo rams through the security shutters.

The shopkeeper tries to intervene several times, armed with a wine bottle, but is pushed to the floor - and, as the robbers are leaving, one of them starts throwing plastic shopping baskets.

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