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Derby snap up Aston Villa striker

Weimann has joined Derby. Credit: PA

Forward Andreas Weimann has joined former Aston Villa team-mate Darren Bent at Derby after agreeing a four-year deal with the Rams.

Weimann has joined Paul Clement's ambitious side for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £2.75million.

The 23-year-old has spent his entire senior career at Villa, barring two loan spells at Watford in 2011, making 129 appearances and scoring 24 times.

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Tom Ince joins Derby on loan from Hull

Former Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince has joined Championship high flyers Derby from Hull until the end of the season.

The Rams came agonisingly close to promotion last season after defeat in the play-off final, and hope Ince will give them enough quality to secure one of the two automatic places this time around.

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Derby incident involving toddler 'no longer suspicious'

The man seemed to be leading the toddler away from his mother Credit: West Midlands Police

Derbyshire Police have confirmed that an incident which appeared to show a man leading a toddler away from his mother is no longer considered as suspicious.

The man in question came forward to police this morning after CCTV footage of the incident was released.

In a case of mistaken identity the man thought the boy was another woman's child and had wandered off from her in Derby's Intu Shopping Centre.

Police are now satisfied the incident was not malicious.

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Man comes forward after Derby CCTV appeal

Police are due to speak to an 80-year-old man as a result of a CCTV appeal.

The man contacted police this morning after CCTV footage of an incident appearing to show a toddler being led away from his mother was released.

He is due to be interviewed later.

It appears that the man shown in the CCTV footage may have been acting with good intentions but we will be speaking to him today to ascertain the full details.

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Lamb

Derbyshire Police: 'This is an extremely unusual incident'

Derbyshire Police are urging a man captured on CCTV appearing to lead a toddler away from his mother in a shopping centre to come forward:

This was a very isolated and extremely unusual incident and we are very keen to speak to the person shown in the images.

Although we do not know the intentions of the man involved, I would urge parents or those with young children to always be mindful of their safety, especially in crowded places.

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Lamb

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CCTV released after 'suspicious incident' involving toddler

Derbyshire Police have released CCTV footage of a 'suspicious incident' being investigated which took place in Derby's Intu shopping centre.

Since releasing this CCTV footage an 80-year-old man has come forward and police say they are satisfied he was acting with 'good intentions'.

A toddler was following his mother into the Boots store yesterday morning at 10.30 when a man walked up, took the boy by the hand and appeared to be leading him away.

The mother turned and challenged the man who then apologised and left the shopping centre in the direction of The Spot.

Police would like to speak to the man and have appealed for information. The man is described as white, aged about 60 and was wearing a dark coat and a flat cap.

Crossrail contract 'huge boost' for Bombardier

Winning the £1 billion contract to supply the Crossrail trains is a "huge boost" for the company, Bombardier's managing director has said.

Francis Paonessa said the Derby company had spent £20 million developing the Aventra train which will be built for the route.

We are absolutely delighted with the news, which is a real endorsement of the hard work the team has put in.

We have been working on the design for the past year. The train has wider gangways, is much lighter and more energy efficient.

– Bombardier Managing Director Francis Paonessa

He added that when built the train will be painted purple and black.

'Free school agenda is vital for driving up standards'

The Skills Minister Matt Hancock Credit: ITV News

The Skills Minister has said that the case of a Muslim free school in Derby which faces the prospect of closure unless "swift action" is taken, does not mean free schools are risky.

Matt Hancock told ITV News: "This one school has broken the rules, it's broken its funding requirements.

"We're having robust discussions with it and if it doesn't abide by the rules that are very clearly set out then we will close it.

He added: "But make no mistake. The free school agenda is vital for driving up standards, it's having an effect and it's hugely welcomes in local communities where these schools open

Muslim Free school must take action to avoid closure

The Al-Madinah school in Derby. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A Muslim free school in Derby must take "swift action" to address concerns over the way it is run or face the prospect of closure, the Department for Education has said.

The Al-Madinah school re-opened on Monday after being temporarily closed amid reports that girls were forced to sit at the back of classrooms.

It was also claimed that female teachers at the school - which claims a "strong Muslim ethos" - were forced to wear hijabs even if they were not Muslim.

Inspectors from Ofsted have visited the school and are currently completing their report.

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