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Blue John stone stolen from site in Derbyshire

Blue John stone is very rare Credit: Blue John stone

Thieves have stolen some rare 'Blue John' stone from a site in Derbyshire, just days after it was first discovered.

A Blue John vein has not been found in over 150 years. Police believe thieves took the stone directly from the rock face at Treak Cliff Tavern before dragging it away in bags.

Blue John stone is so named because of its distinctive colour Credit: Blue John stone

The name of the rare material reflects its distinctive shade. Each vein has its own characteristic colour and banding of blue, purple, yellow and white. .

It is found in only one place on earth - beneath Treak Cliff Hill near the pretty Peak District village of Castleton.

Work to fill massive sinkhole almost half complete

Work to fill a sinkhole the size of 3,500 double decker buses which opened up over an old mine in the Peak District is almost half complete.

It appeared on land which is part of Nether Slates Mine eight months ago.

Filling the hole is expected to cost around £250,000.

This video shows the sinkhole when it first appeared:


Coins in Derbyshire hoard thought to belong to British tribe

Experts and archaeologists discovered twenty six coins, including three Roman coins which pre-date the invasion of Britain in AD 43, and 20 other gold and silver pieces which are Late Iron Age and thought to belong to the Corieltavi tribe.

The coins would suggest a serious amount of wealth and power of the individual who owned them.

Coins were used more as a symbol of power and status during the Late Iron Age, rather than for buying and selling staple foods and supplies.

Was an individual simply hiding his 'best stuff' for safe keeping?

The situation of the cave can't be ignored either.

Could it have been a sacred place to the Late Iron Age peoples that was taboo to enter in everyday life, making it a safe place that would ensure that person's valuables were protected?


National Trust archaeologist Rachael Hall said whoever owned the cache, which has been declared as "treasure" by the authorities, was probably a wealthy and influential figure.

Hoard of Roman and Iron Age coins found in Derbyshire cave

A treasure trove of Roman and Late Iron Age coins has been discovered in a British cave where they have lain undisturbed for more than 2,000 years.

Hoard of Roman and Iron Age coins found in Derbyshire cave Credit: PA

The hoard was initially unearthed by a member of the public, who stumbled across four coins in the cavern in Dovedale in the Peak District, sparking a full-scale excavation of the site.

Experts say the find is highly unusual as it is the first time coins from these two separate civilisations have been buried together.

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Massive sinkhole opens in the Peak District

A massive sinkhole has opened over old mine workings in the Peak District.

Local caver Mark Noble who filmed video of the hole told ITV News: "There are old mine workings directly below the sinkhole with huge cavities left, where the old mine was extracting lead centuries ago.

"The modern Milldam Mine is working at a much greater depth in the area of the sinkhole, but its collapse does not appear to have had a great impact on the mine."

Cycling funding won't turn Birmingham into Amsterdam 'overnight'

Councillor James McKay says Birmingham will not turn into Amsterdam overnight after being awarded £17million to make the city cycle-friendly.

Over the next two years officials want to triple the number of people cycling in the city, create or upgrade 130 miles of cycle routes plus introduce and launch schemes like London's Boris bikes.

Birmingham is one of eight cities to benefit from the Government money. Officials say they want to make safer and more accessible.


Derbyshire Council reaction to cycling funding

The Peak District in Derbyshire is to get nearly eight million pounds of funding as it attempts to make the area as cycle-friendly as Amsterdam.

The Department for Transport and local authorities are funding the development, which includes four new routes across the national park, giving people from Derby and Nottingham better access to the Peak District. Its one of eight national schemes to receive funding to help cyclists.

Councillor Andy Botham from Derbyshire County Council gave us his reaction.

Cycling project is ‘fantastic news’ for economy

This is fantastic news for Derbyshire.

Boosting our local economy is at the top of our agenda so anything we can do to improve tourism and open up our county’s beautiful countryside to attract new visitors is most welcome.

We will consult fully with local people on each of the routes and we will need to gain planning permission before any work can start.

– Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council

Four new trails proposed in Peak District cycling project

Four new trails have been named as part of the £7.5million project to make cycling safer and more accessible in the Peak District.

  • White Peak Loop – 11 miles
  • Little Don Link – 12 miles
  • Staffordshire Moorlands Link – 14 miles
  • Little John Route and Hope Valley Link – 3 miles

The ‘Pedal Peak’ scheme is in order to get an estimated 3.5million people within reach of the cycle network in the national park.

Local governments have invested £2.5million, whilst the Department for Transport has pledged £5million to the project.

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