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Police appeal after woman assaulted in Matlock

Police are appealing for information after an assault on a woman in Matlock.

The 41-year-old woman was walking on Bank Road when she was approached by a man who reportedly pulled her into an alley near the junction with Smedley Street and assaulted her. She was uninjured but was left shaken.

It happened on Sunday 27 December just after 12.30pm on Bank Road.

The attacker is described as white, five feet tall and was wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie and has a tattoo on the back of one of his hands.

She described her attacker as being white, about five feet tall and wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie and has a tattoo on the back of one of his hands.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.


Jailed: Fugitive who threatened to kill policeman

Gareth Pipes Credit: Derbyshire Police

A man who threatened police with a fake gun has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Gareth Pipes was handed a 16 month sentence for making a threat to kill and 16 months for possessing an imitation firearm.

On February 5, Pipes was wanted on recall to prison. That day, he called Matlock Police Station and asked to speak to a sergeant. When he was transferred to a sergeant, he made threats to kill him.

Two days later, officers searching for Pipes visited a house in Overdale, Matlock. When they walked in, the fugitive produced a gun and threatened them. The officers arrested him and seized the gun, which was later found to be fake.

Pipes, 30, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to both crimes and was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Monday.

Teenage woman charged in connection with Matlock stabbing

A teenage woman has been charged in connection with the stabbing of a 22 year-old man in Matlock.

18 year-old Nicole Ryder, from Matlock, is expected to appear at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates' Court today charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The man was found stabbed at a house on Linden Grove on Thursday night. He remains in hospital.

A 15-year-old girl and 28-year-old man, who were also arrested yesterday, have been released on police bail


Tomlinson trial

A court has heard that a police officer killed a newspaper seller in a "gratuitous act of aggression" while his "blood was up".

Pc Simon Harwood is accused of hitting Ian Tomlinson with a baton and pushing him to the ground as he prepared to walk away from a line of officers during the G20 protests in London in April 2009.

Mr Tomlinson, who was 47 and from Matlock in Derbyshire, collapsed and later died.

Harwood, from Carshalton in Surrey, maintains that he used reasonable force and denies manslaughter.

The trial at Southwark Crown Court continues.