who thwarted thieves, tot and tackled a fire

September saw a Heanor councillor hailed a hero after he helped stop a thief stealing three champion horses. Alex Stevenson, 41, tracked the villains down after a horsebox was stolen in Codnor.

A pensioner and an off-duty cop were praised when they put out a fire threatening to destroy a family home in Ripley. Chf Insp Steve Wilson and OAP Kenneth Gould leapt into action after an explosion on Stanley Avenue. Concerned Swanwick residents voiced their fears over plans to build a new crematorium.

David Simmonds pleaded guilty to the murder of Jia Ashton at Nottingham Crown Court. The 21-year-old father-of-one was sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal murder of the Thorntons worker.

A Heanor jewellery store was targeted in a frightening raid which saw a robber snatch a £1,169 gold necklace from the hands of a shop assistant.

Excited schoolchidren also greeted HRH Princess Anne when she made a flying visit to Amber Valley. The Princess visited Denby Pottery, DebLtd, Thorntons in Somercotes and David Nieper in Alfreton to mark the firms’ birthdays.

Sainsbury’s in Ripley unveiled plans for a proposed extension.

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