Derbyshire pair charged over 400 hoax 999 calls

A woman and a teenage girl have been charged after 400 hoax calls were made to Derbyshire Police over a six-week period.

The 16-year-old girl and 21-year-old woman are accused of causing a public nuisance.

It is alleged the pair made 400 hoax 999 calls between 16 June and 27 July, a Derbyshire Police spokesperson said.

Both the woman and teenage girl are due to appear before Southern magistrates on Friday 27 September.

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    16:04: Council criticised

    Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham has criticised Derby City Council in Parliament, accusing it of using its telephone system to "smear" the government.

    Derby's Council House

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    15:56: News on the hour Kelly Smith Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

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    Private Derby

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    14:56: News on the hour Kelly Smith Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

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    14:29: Crash injures elderly driver Burton Mail

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    14:06: Grit nicked

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    13:41: JCB record breaker

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    JCB GT with driver Matthew Lucas

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    13:23: Inside Marble Hall Andy Potter Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

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    13:12: Organ donor saved six lives

    Nikki Elliott, who died in January, has been given the Order of St John after her organs helped save six lives.

    Nikki Elliott

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    12:59: News on the hour Kelly Smith Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    Derby City Council stands accused of using its telephone answering service to "smear" the government.

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    11:40: Funeral for killed cyclist Derby Telegraph

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    11:27: Appointment with Rams boss Owen Bradley BBC Radio Derby Sport

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    • "She's a real angel that lady is, she really is. I tell her that, I tell her she's an angel"
    • "I fell in love with it as soon as I came here"
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    Alvaston art being installed
    10:28: Award for donor gesture BBC Radio Derby

    The family of a Littleover woman whose organs helped six different people following her death have picked up an award in her honour.

    Nikki Elliott's husband, John, said: "It's a small comfort because the loss is huge, particularly for the boys."

    10:12: Town fearful of 'surprise vote' BBC Radio Derby

    John Lamb, from Burton's Chamber of Commerce said it was unsurprising the town's pub firms had seen their share price fall after MPs voted to change rules forcing landlords to buy stock from them.

    He said: "The share prices probably aren't a great indicator about the long term future but it shows how nervous they are following this very surprising Commons vote."

    09:59: News on the hour Sally Swinfen Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

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    09:50: Delays in Mickleover

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    09:37: Art features local quotes

    An art installation composed of about 20 metal pieces featuring seemingly random phrases has appeared in a Derby suburb.

    Metal piece with 'I remember the day we came home with him' written on it

    The work, commissioned by the city council as part of a project to spruce up Alvaston, features "poignant" phrases picked out by two artists who recorded conversations with local residents.

    09:26: Donor honoured posthumously BBC Radio Derby

    A Littleover woman whose donated organs helped six different people has received a posthumous award.

    The Order of St John honour was collected by Nikki Elliott's family at a ceremony last night.

    09:10: Tough start for Martin Owen Bradley BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County striker Chris Martin has admitted his first international start for Scotland was "a big step up".

    Chris Martin in action against England

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    08:57: News on the hour Sally Swinfen Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    The Chamber of Commerce which covers Burton says it's an uncertain time for local pubs and brewing companies, after the commons voted to reduce the control that breweries have over their pubs.

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    08:46: Fewer elections plan Chris Doidge BBC Radio Derby political reporter

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    08:34: Video: Marble Hall transformation

    Work has started to turn Derby's historic Grade II-listed Marble Hall into a community building for Osmaston.

    Marble Hall

    The building, which once formed part of Rolls-Royce's Derby headquarters, will soon feature meeting rooms, a nursery and a cafe.

    08:24: Crash traps man BBC Radio Derby

    Fire crews had to use cutting gear to free a man who was trapped in his car after an accident in Derby last night.

    Two cars were involved in the crash, which also damaged a traffic light, on Uttoxeter New Road at about 22:30.

    08:11: Concern after pub shares slide BBC Radio Derby

    Business leaders in Burton say they're concerned about the potential for job losses after millions of pounds were wiped off the value of companies in the pub and brewing sector.

    Share prices of firms, including Punch Taverns and Marstons, fell after MPs voted to reduce the control these companies have over the pubs they own.

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