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Derby in talks with Man Utd over damaged seats

Derby are in discussions with Manchester United regarding the cost of repairs after a large number of seats were damaged by visiting supporters during the FA Cup clash between the two clubs at the iPro Stadium last month.

Man Utd brought 5,460 fans to Derby for the fourth round tie. Credit: PA

The Guardian has reported that Derby have informed United about up to 300 seats which were vandalised and will request that the relevant repairs, which will run into thousands of pounds, are paid for.

The Premier League giants brought 5,460 fans to Derby for the fourth round tie on January 29, with the damage discovered the next day.

A Rams spokesman said: "I can confirm there was damage caused to seats in the away section and that we are liaising with Manchester United."

United won the game 3-1 thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata. George Thorne scored a first-half equaliser for the Championship team.

Louis van Gaal's men visit Shrewsbury in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night, with the Guardian also stating that the League Two club have now abandoned plans to increase their capacity by installing temporary seating for the tie.

A Manchester United source said on Tuesday evening that the club had not yet been contacted by Derby or the police on the matter.


Paul Clement wary of attacking threat posed by QPR

In-form Derby will look to maintain their momentum when QPR visit the iPro Stadium on Tuesday night.

Clement is wary of the attacking threat posed by QPR. Credit: PA

After a stuttering start to his first managerial role, Paul Clement's team have now found their feet and are flying in the Sky Bet Championship.

The former Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid assistant coach failed to win any of his first five league games after taking over as head coach from Steve McClaren in the summer, drawing the first four matches.

But since returning from the international break in September, Derby are unbeaten and have won seven of their nine fixtures during that time, propelling them up to fifth in the table and just three points behind leaders Brighton.

Clement said:

We've had a lot of challenges in this period but we've risen to them all and that says a lot about the players that we have.

We're in a good moment right now and we want to keep it going. We've had a number of different goalscorers in the league and that's really pleasing - everyone is contributing.

QPR are the next challenge and they are a big threat offensively and it will be a tough game. QPR are one of the highest goalscorers in the league and in the forward area they are very strong - but we have to focus on us and hopefully we can keep our run going.

– Derby manager Paul Clement

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.


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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