A year of protests and people power

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THE year got off to a foot-tapping start with news of two inspirational Ripley teenagers who raised hundreds of pounds for charity by busking in the streets.

Friends Tom Roberts and Georgia Oxley raised £700 for Cancer Research UK after Tom suffered from the disease.

Georgia Oxley and Tom Roberts busking to raise money for cancer charity.

Georgia Oxley and Tom Roberts busking to raise money for cancer charity.

Plans for a £45 million rail link between Ripley and Derby were derided at a public meeting and the ambitious scheme later came to nothing.

In February, Amber Valley Borough Council announced a hit list of proposals to save £2 million over the next two years.

A mum who ran a pet crematorium, but dumped the bodies of dead animals, was jailed for eight months. Mum-of-three Emma Bent, of Heage, pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud for failing to cremate family pets and 14 counts of breaching environmental regulations.

A have-a-go hero chased a knife wielding robber during a Heanor jewellery store raid. Chris Ottewell from Loscoe ran after the armed man who stole a £1,100 gold necklace.

Ripley and Heanor news, new years honours presentation. Diane Hatton, Nora Fotherby and Chris Bamford.

Ripley and Heanor news, new years honours presentation. Diane Hatton, Nora Fotherby and Chris Bamford.

In March the murder of Jia Ashton dominated the headlines as police hunted her killer.

The 24-year-old was killed on her way home from work from Thornton’s factory on Wimsey Way, Somercotes, and her body was discovered on March 10 in Sleetmoor Woods.

Detectives launched one of the biggest murder investigations Derbyshire had ever seen.

In March, The Ripley and Heanor handed out certificates to the worthy winners of its New Year Honours Awards. In May a proposal to build hundreds of new homes and a retail centre near Ripley sparked anger among nearby residents.

jia ashton

jia ashton

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