Man faces court over taxi driver murder

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A 61-year-old man will go on trial today accused of murdering a taxi driver in a picturesque village.

Colin Cheetham is accused of shooting dead 43-year-old Stuart Ludlam and dumping his body in the back of the taxi driver's silver Ford Focus estate on September 17 last year.

The car was found parked on a road leading up to Cromford railway station, just south of Matlock in Derbyshire.

Cheetham, of Ripley, Derbyshire, will stand trial at Nottingham Crown Court accused of murdering the father-of-three from nearby Darley Dale.

A second man, Andrew Brough, 56, from Heanor, Derbyshire, will go on trial with Cheetham. He is charged with assisting an offender and possessing illegal ammunition.