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Gas fitter who put lives at risk set to sentenced

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

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A GAS FITTER whose illegal work potentially endangered lives and may have caused an explosion is set to be sentenced today.

Glenn Edkins, of Holly Road, Barton under Needwood, pleaded guilty earlier this month following a case led by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The 43-year-old’s illegal handiwork was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after he carried out faulty gas work while installing a boiler at a home in Barton-under-Needwood in November 2012.

Mr Edkins was not Gas Safe registered as the law requires.

It was later found that he subsequently left a gas leak in the boiler, and also used the incorrect width of piping which could have led to an explosion and lead to the loss of lives.

He is set to appear at Burton Magistrates’ Court today.

Effort to reduce impact of computer virus rise

COMPUTER uses in South Derbyshire are being warned about a new computer virus that is on the rise in the area.

Derbyshire Police have urged people to be on their guard over the ‘significant threat’ posed by CryptoLocker.

The virus locks personal files on a computer if downloaded, which can only be unlocked by the payment of a fee.

A spokesman for the police said: “The virus, which is mainly spread through email attachments, encrypts personal files such as images and documents.

“After the virus has been downloaded, a pop up window launches on screen, typically given users three days to pay a set fee.”

Online videos to help cut youngsters drinking

YOUNG people will be targeted in a social media campaign which aims to inform about the dangers of alcohol.

Staffordshire County Council’s ‘Alcohol Fail’ campaign uses animated videos to deliver the message about alcohol misuse.

The videos have been designed to resonate with young people aged 11 to 14 which mimic the phenomenon of ‘fail’ videos which show people injuring themselves in amusing circumstances.

Robbie Marshall, the county council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “By working directly with young people, we have been able to produce something that will really strike a chord with them.”

Flood issues sees school moved to thank residents

SCHOOL chiefs have thanked residents of a South Derbyshire village for their ‘patience’ following flooding issues in the area.

St Wystan’s School moved to thank people in Repton for their ‘understanding’ while it remedied issues with footpaths from Chestnut Way to The Pastures, which run alongside its playing field.

Church chiefs pleased with cash raising events

CHURCH chiefs have thanked visitors for helping to raise ‘vital’ cash.

Open day visits to the church hall at St Mary’s Church, in Dunstall, have helped raise £365,60 to booster funding efforts for the site.

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