Large vending machine for Derbyshire village with no shop

Inventor Peter Fox tells BBC News about his vending machine that doubles as a village shop

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Milk, bread, toilet roll and even eggs are being sold from a large vending machine in a Derbyshire village after its only store closed 13 years ago.

The Speedy Shop, in a pub car park in Clifton, near Ashbourne, sells more than 80 products.

Peter Fox, who has submitted a patent application for his invention, said it was "not just a business", but an idea that could serve the community.

The automatic village shop sends an email when stock is running low.

Mr Fox, 50, said the design was "completely different" to a standard vending machine.

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We've been very surprised how many people have used it and not just people from the village, we've had people from Mayfield and Ashbourne”

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"Instead of having a machine which is a certain design and therefore things have to fit in it... we've designed the machine around the product," he said.

'Trek for bread'

"We've been very surprised how many people have used it and not just people from the village, we've had people from Mayfield and Ashbourne."

Lorraine Garside, landlady of the Cock Inn, said: "We lost the village shop over 12 years ago and if you don't drive, because we have no buses through the village, it's a trek into Ashbourne for milk or bread.

"It's a great convenience for the elderly and schoolchildren have been using it too."

Mr Fox said tinned vegetables, milk and bread have been popular with customers.

"It's not just a business, it's a service to the community and it's a good feeling to do that," he said.

Large vending machine selling over 80 food and household products The Speedy Shop, in Clifton, near Ashbourne, sells over 80 food and household products

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