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Woman 'strangled' by 6ft 8in man in Northampton street

The incident happened between 6pm and 9pm on Thursday July 23. Credit: PA

Police have asked for anyone who may have seen an alleged assault where a woman was held by her throat and 'strangled' in a Northampton street to come forward.

The incident happened between 6pm and 9pm on Thursday July 23 in St Leonard's Road, Far Cotton.

The woman was apparently approached by the man who then grabbed her by the throat. A member of the public then intervened.

The man was 6ft 8in tall and had short dark hair.

Witnesses, or anyone who knows anything about this incident, are being urged to call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Southend United skipper White agrees new deal

John White (centre) lifts the League Two play-off trophy. Credit: PA

Southend United captain John White has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

The 29-year-old has been a mainstay of the Shrimpers defence since moving from Essex rivals Colchester United two years ago.

White's new deal means he'll stay at Roots Hall until the summer of 2017.

“I’m really pleased to have agreed a new deal with the club.

It’s been great here since I came and the last two years have been successful with the play-off finish and then promotion at Wembley last season.

The fans have always been good to me, my family and I are settled in the area and I love playing and captaining the club.

Hopefully there can be more success over the next couple of years too!”

– John White, Southend United


Police in Norfolk "increasingly concerned" about missing Sheringham man

The man was last seen near the train station in Cromer. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Norfolk say that they're getting "increasingly concerned" about a man from Sheringham who hasn't been seen since Tuesday (28 July).

29-year-old Chris Walmsey was last seen in Cromer near to the train station at about 3pm.

No one has seen or heard from him since.

He is described as white, 5ft 9, of medium to small build, with pale skin and short blond hair.

King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital "should come out of special measures"

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A health watchdog says a hospital in Norfolk has made "significant improvements" and should come out of special measures.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn was heavily criticised two years ago over its standards of care.

However, following a recent inspection, the Care Quality Commission says it's improved in areas including A and E, surgery and leadership.

A final decision will be made by the health regulator Monitor.

"This is the latest example of what can be achieved by a trust in special measures when there is a clear commitment from the senior leadership team to improve the quality of care, a concerted effort by staff and there is a package of support.

There have been improvements in most of the services we looked at. Our inspectors particularly noted the new leadership which has a clear vision and strategy for the future of the trust. Strong leadership is vital for any service to improve.

There is good communication throughout the organisation and the morale and culture of the organisation has improved. This has, I have no doubt, led to the improvements in the quality of care as we found staff were kind, caring and compassionate towards patients."

– Professor Sir Mike Richards, CQC Chief Inspector of Hospitals

Northamptonshire Police close Cyril Smith probe over lack of evidence

Cyril Smith. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire Police have dropped their investigation into claims the former MP Cyril Smith was found with child abuse images.

It's alleged the images were seized when Smith was stopped on the M1 in Northamptonshire in the 1980s, but the incident was covered up.

Northamptonshire Police said they'd found no witnesses or evidence to support the claims.


Suffolk: Campaigners fight housing plans which they say would ruin character of village

The proposals for nearly 150 homes in East Bergholt have been put forward by the district council to address a housing shortage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Campaigners in Suffolk are fighting plans for a new housing development which they say will ruin the rural character of their village.

The proposals for nearly 150 homes in East Bergholt have been put forward by the district council to address a housing shortage.

However, 'Action East Bergholt' says the development would damage important agricultural land.

"The impact we think on the landscape will be absolutely horrific.

What we're saying is we don't want 144 homes here but there are other locations within the village where developments can take place and we have no issue whatsoever with it."

– Peter Dent, Action East Bergholt

"Huge interest" in former Greyfriars bus station site after rubble is cleared

Northampton's Greyfriars bus station was demolished but has now been cleared. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of tonnes of rubble created when Northampton's Greyfriars bus station was demolished has now been cleared.

The building was brought down in less than 9 seconds, in a controlled explosion in March.

Northampton Borough Council says the site can now be sold to a developer, for retail and leisure use.

"I already know that there's huge interest in the site.

It's four acres of really premium site, so we've got to find something that's absolutely the right thing for Northampton town."

– Jo Lappin, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership
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