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Derby is mobile phone theft hotspot

Derby is one of the UK's top ten hot spots for mobile phone theft Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Derby is one of the UK's top ten hot spots for mobile phone theft, according to research by an insurance company Protect Your Bubble.

More than eight per cent of all theft claims received by the company came from the city.

Nottingham and Leicester followed closely behind.

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Murdered schoolgirl's fund raises £300,000

The 14-year old was was shot dead ten years ago Credit: Nottinghamshire Police handout/P/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A Trust fund set up in memory of murdered schoolgirl Danielle Beccan from Nottingham has raised £300,000 for community projects in the city.

The 14-year old was was shot dead as she walked home from the Goose Fair ten years ago.

The Danielle Beccan Memorial Trust was set up in 2004 and has provided funding to dozens of creative arts groups.

Funeral of Dowager Duchess of Devonshire today

Mourners will gather in Derbyshire today to pay their respects at the funeral of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah Mitford.

The Duchess - the last of the famous Mitford sisters - died last month at the age of 94.

The Duchess - the last of the famous Mitford sisters - died last month at the age of 94. Credit: PA

She and her aristocratic sisters became famous for their writing careers, love lives and controversial political opinions - and she worked hard to open her home, Chatsworth House, to the public.

The funeral will be held at St Peter's Church, Edensor, at noon.

Family demand answers over Moazzam Begg detention

The family of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg are demanding answers after he was remanded in custody for seven months on terror-related charges - before being released today as the charges were dropped.

His father, Azmat Begg, said he could not understand "how or why" police had arrested his son if they did not have sufficient evidence.

Charlotte Cross has the full story.

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Statement from Moazamm Begg solicitors on release

The solicitors for Moazamm Begg have released a statement following his release.

Moazzam Begg Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 45-year-old from Birmingham, who has previously been held in Guantanamo Bay, had been in custody for seven months awaiting a trial which was due to start on Monday.

He was released earlier today after prosecutors dropped seven terror charges against him.

Moazzam Begg is a good and brave man. He is a rare individual who will talk to everyone and listen to everyone, even those with whom he profoundly disagrees. He has spent the near decade since he was released from the torture of Bagram and Guantanamo in attempting to wake the world up to injustice and to comprehend its causes and effects. His intelligent voice, of reason and tolerance, is desperately needed now. We are relieved he is free again to contribute to our understanding of each other. There is nothing new that can have been discovered now that was not always crystal clear - that this is an innocent man.

– Moazzam Begg's solicitors

Terror charges against Moazzam Begg dropped

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg will walk free from prison after prosecutors dropped seven terror charges against him linked to the civil war in Syria.

Moazzam Begg Credit: PA

The 45-year-old from Birmingham has been in custody for seven months awaiting a trial which was due to start on Monday.

At an earlier hearing he had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

But at a pre-trial review today lasting just five minutes the prosecution dramatically dropped the case.

When Mr Begg was charged with a number of offences earlier this year the Crown Prosecution Service were satisfied there was sufficient evidence to afford prosecution. In the months that have followed the prosecution have kept under review the sufficiency of the evidence in this case. The prosecution have recently become aware of relevant material and in light of which, after careful and anxious consideration, have reached the conclusion that there is no longer a realistic prospect of conviction in this case. The prosecution therefore offer no evidence."

– Prosecutor Christopher Hehir
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