Derbyshire Constabulary

Whaley Bridge response head to become county's top cop

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

The new Chief Constable of Derbyshire is set to be the officer who became the face of the Whaley Bridge crisis response.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has confirmed Rachel Swann, who is currently the Deputy Chief Constable, as his preferred candidate.

Rachel Swann
Derbyshire Police

Ms Swann led the multiagency emergency response when part of the Toddbrook Reservoir dam failed in August 2019.

In November, she said she had been forced to leave social media after receiving abuse sparked by her hairstyle.

Mr Dhindsa said: "Rachel's depth of experience and proven leadership will ensure Derbyshire Constabulary continues to go from strength to strength in the future."

Ms Swann said she was "absolutely delighted and extremely privileged".

The appointment is subject to a confirmation hearing by Derbyshire's Police and Crime Panel.

Two men 'assaulted on doorstep' in Ilkeston

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

Two men suffered head and facial injuries after they were attacked when answering the door.

Derbyshire Police said the assault occurred at about 21:00 in Stapleton Road, Ilkeston, on 12 July when the men, aged 41 and 50, answered the door to a number of men stood outside.

Officers have asked anyone with any information or anyone who has CCTV that covers the street to contact the force.

Stapleton Road

Car crashes into house in Dronfield

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A car crashed into a house in Dronfield this morning, damaging the building and its gas supply.

Car crashing into house in Dronfield

Derbyshire Police said they were called to Shakespeare Crescent just after 11:00 to reports of a Vauxhall Astra crashing with a house and a Toyota.

Police confirmed the driver was uninjured and nobody in the house was hurt.

Police seize £2m cash and Class A drugs as network cracked

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

More than £2m in cash and 52kg of Class A drugs have been seized and 29 people arrested in the East Midlands after police cracked a criminal communications network.

The East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) said it has been working with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and a number of forces on investigations linked to an international inquiry.

Cash seized in Derbyshire raid
East Midlands Special Operations Unit

About 60,000 criminals across the world were using a secret communications network called EncroChat to conduct illegal business, the unit said.

The National Crime Agency says it worked with forces across Europe on the UK's "biggest and most significant" law enforcement operation, leading to 746 arrests across the continent.

This included two gangs - one believed to be based out of Derbyshire and another thought to have roots in Nottinghamshire, EMSOU said.

A total of £1.4m in bank notes, gold bullion worth more than £6,000 and 19 vehicles were seized from the former and 11 people were arrested.

Meanwhile, 7.5kg of cocaine and heroin and £620,000 in cash were seized from the Nottinghamshire gang and five people were arrested.

Det Ch Supt Dave Kirby, from EMSOU, said: "As the country was under lockdown, these criminals continued to traffic their illicit wares and inflict incredible harm to our communities. But as they continued to operate, so too did we."

Police appeal to trace men after car break-ins

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Police investigating several thefts have released images of two men they would like to speak to.

Derbyshire Police said a Nissan Micra was broken into just after 00:30 on 24 May while it was parked on Shaldon Drive, Littleover, and a bank card was stolen.

The force said it is looking into whether the theft is linked to several other vehicle break-ins in Littleover, which have occurred in recent months.

Anyone who recognises the men or has any information is asked to contact police on 101.

Derbyshire Police