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Good Samaritans praised by police after chasing mugger who snatched cash from pensioner's hand

Warren Atkinson has been jailed for 14 weeks
Warren Atkinson has been jailed for 14 weeks (Image: Derbyshire Police)

Two good Samaritans have been praised by police for their “selfless actions” after they chase down a thief who snatched money from a pensioner’s hand as she used a cash machine.

Warren Atkinson, of Midland Road, Swadlincote, has now been jailed for 14 weeks after he was caught by the public spirited passers-by as he fled the scene on the foot. The pair have now been praised by officers after they even managed to return the £50 he had stolen to the victim after the broad daylight theft.

Read the full story here.

Stretton man caught exposing himself THREE times in just one day

A flasher who exposed himself to members of the public THREE times in one day.

Barry Thompson, 68, of Main Street, Stretton, has now appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, where he admitted a total of four counts of exposing himself.

Read the full story here.

Jet2holidays, which flies from East Midlands, now second biggest UK operator ahead of Thomas Cook

New data published by the Civil Aviation Authority has revealed that Jet2holidays, a holiday package company which offers flights from East Midlands Airport, is now officially the biggest tour operator in the UK.

The latest ATOL data shows that, in the 12 months to September 2018, the leading package holiday specialist was licensed to carry 2.94 million passengers, an increase of more than 660,000 passengers on the previous 12 months.

Read the full story here.

Calls for St Peter's Bridge repair work to be done 'quickly' with business promotion event to be held before Christmas

Business bosses in Burton are calling for vital repair work on St Peter’s Bridge to be completed as quickly as possible as firms continue to struggle to stay afloat.

Meanwhile, a business event to promote the town is to be held before Christmas to encourage shoppers back into the centre and ease fears of a downturn in trade due to the three-month closure.

Read the full story here.

Tributes paid to Barton man Arthur Kennedy who lived to serve his community

Tributes have poured in for a Barton man whose commitment to his community saw him donate gallons of blood, raise thousands for charity and serve on the parish council for 45 years.

Respects have been paid to Arthur Kennedy, who was well known and loved for the big part he played in his village, since moving to Barton under Needwood in 1965.

Read the full story here.

Arthur is pictured with his wife Christine on their wedding day
Arthur is pictured with his wife Christine on their wedding day

Recruitment open day as Ferdinand Bilstein UK has 140 vacancies to fill due to relocation

A total of 140 jobs are up for grabs at a German automotive parts firm which is recruiting for its new Derbyshire business park.

Ferdinand Bilstein UK is preparing to relocate its distribution operations from Kent and Yorkshire to Markham Vale, off Junction 29a of the M1.

Read the full story here.

Good Samaritans praised by police after chasing mugger who snatched cash from pensioner's hand

Two good Samaritans have been praised by police for their “selfless actions” after they chase down a thief who snatched money from a pensioner’s hand as she used a cash machine.

Warren Atkinson, of Midland Road, Swadlincote, has now been jailed for 14 weeks after he was caught by the public spirited passers-by as he fled the scene on the foot. The pair have now been praised by officers after they even managed to return the £50 he had stolen to the victim after the broad daylight theft.

Read the full story here.

Warren Atkinson has been jailed for 14 weeks
Warren Atkinson has been jailed for 14 weeks (Image: Derbyshire Police)

Gary Barlow to embark on solo tour next year and here's how to get tickets

Gary Barlow has announced he will embark on a solo tour next year, playing 34 dates in 24 intimate venues including dates in Leicester and Nottingham.

Tickets go on sale from 10am on Friday, October 20 and the last time Gary played a string of venues this size, demand was so high he could have sold certain venues out six times over.

Read the full story here.

All lanes re-open on the M1 in Leicestershire

Traffic on the M1 southbound is returning to normal after an earlier accident between a car and a lorry closed two of the four lanes on the road.

At junction 24 of the A50, for Kegworth and East Midlands Airport, the accident was first reported at around 8.40am this morning, but all lanes have now re-opened, but traffic remains slow.

Tesco announces it will still accept old £1 coins after they stop becoming legal tender

A supermarket giant has confirmed that its branches will continue to accept old round £1 coins even after they cease to become legal tender.

Bosses at Tesco have announced that the firm will allow customers to pay with the old coins for one week after the upcoming deadline on Sunday, October 15.

Read the full story here.

The new 12-sides £1 coin came into circulation back in March this year
The new 12-sides £1 coin came into circulation back in March this year (Image: Getty)

Woodville school closes for deep clean following 'outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea'

Woodville Junior School is closed to all pupils today, Friday, October 13, due to an outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea.

The school, on High Street, in the village, will be closed throughout the day to allow for a deep clean to try to reduce the risk of the sickness spreading, said a spokesman for the school.

Read the full story here.

Burton and South Derbyshire set to bask in sunshine this weekend

Burton and South Derbyshire will be basking in glorious sunshine on Sunday - so make the most of what weather experts think will be the last flush of summer.

Because over the next few days forecasters have warned that the area could be hit by the remains of Hurricane Nate and Hurricane Ophelia as the two storms race across the North Atlantic.

Read the full forecast here.

There could be glorious sunshine on Sunday
There could be glorious sunshine on Sunday (Image: Getty)

Delays in Winshill and Stapenhill this morning

The closure of St Peter’s Bridge is causing delays in Winshill and Stapenhill this morning as drivers resort to alternate routes.

In Winshill, at the A444 Stapenhill Road, there is slow traffic in the roadworks area, while in Stapenhill between the bridge and the A511 Ashby Road, there is also slow traffic.

Virgin Care stopped 480 people from going into East Staffordshire hospitals, according to bosses

Bosses from private firm Virgin Care have revealed that they have prevented 480 people from going into hospital unnecessarily during the time they have run some health services in the area.

The details were revealed at an open meeting held at Burton Town Hall on Tuesday, October 10, by Virgin Care to give the residents of East Staffordshire an update on what has been achieved in the time since the contract began.

Read the full story here.

The open meeting at the Town Hall in Burton was well attended
The open meeting at the Town Hall in Burton was well attended

The roads are looking clear

Roads around Burton and South Derbyshire are looking rather quiet this morning on the commute to work, but we will keep you updated with any breaking incidents and traffic issues, as and when we know.

Good morning all!

Good morning to you all on this very early Friday morning.

As we wind down to the weekend, forecasts for today’s weather just cannot make it’s mind up!

With clouds throughout the day, but brief patches of rain at around 12pm, but sun peaking through between 2pm and 3pm, before turning cloudy again later from around 6pm.

Temperatures should remain constant throughout the day at around 18C, without dipping below 17C until 10pm.