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Man charged with attempted murder following Northampton incident

The incident happened in Portland Place Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Northampton over the weekend.

A 63-year-old woman was assaulted in Portland Place, Wellingborough Road, just before midnight on Sunday (February 7).

She remains in hospital with serious injuries.

Philip Green, has also been charged with two counts of making threats to kill.

Flytipping in Thetford Forest costing more than £100,000 a year

Flytipping is becoming an increasing problem according to The Forestry Commission. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Forestry Commission, which looks after Thetford Forest, is warning that flytipping is becoming an increasing problem.

Clearing rubbish in our region costs the organisation around £100,000 a year.

They say the money could be spent on projects to improve the area for visitors to enjoy.

According to the Commission, people have been known to dump everything from domestic waste to two lorry loads of cavity wall insulation.

"You get fridges, freezers, washing machines, you name it.

They could have just taken that extra mile and taken it to a formal recycling centre."

– Roger Woods, Forestry Commission

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British Airways to launch Stansted flights in the summer

British Airways will fly to four European destinations. Credit: PA

British Airways will start flying from Stansted Airport this summer, the airline has announced.

The flights will begin on May 28, with destinations including Faro in Portugal and Malaga in Spain.

British Airways destinations from Stansted

  • Faro (Portugal)
  • Malaga (Spain)
  • Palma (Majorca)
  • Ibiza
The fights from Stansted will start in May. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“I am delighted to welcome British Airways to Stansted and very much look forward to the launch of its first ever scheduled flights from the airport in May this year.

Since we acquired Stansted, our focus has been on attracting a wider choice of airlines and these new services to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza are strong additions to our route network, which now covers over 170 destinations across Europe and North America.

I’m sure these routes will be very popular with passengers from across London, Cambridge and the growing east of England region who are looking to head off on their holidays. We look forward to working closely with British Airways to build a strong working relationship and ensure these new flights are a huge success.”

– Andrew Harrison Stansted MANAGING DIRECTOR

Teenager arrested after Northampton youth club spray attack

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Police officers were called to a Northampton youth club last night after reports a group outside had been sprayed in the face with an unidentified substance.

Officers were called to the Spring Boroughs youth club in Tower Street, Northampton, at about 8.10pm.

On arrival, it was established 10 people had been exposed to the substance and were complaining of irritation to their eyes and faces.

It is believed the four offenders used an alkaline based irritant which quickly evaporated once sprayed.

Staff from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and East Midlands Ambulance Service also attended the scene.

Three people were ‘dry-decontaminated’ and all attended Northampton General Hospital and have since been discharged, not requiring any further treatment.

The offenders left the scene in a small black vehicle.

Following the incident, a 19 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm.

Tories accused of breaking spending rules in Clacton by-election

The Clacton by-election, 2014 Credit: ITV Anglia

The Conservative party is facing questions over allegations it failed to declare tens of thousands of pounds spent on 2014 by-elections, including the election in Clacton.

According to electoral rules, each party is allowed to spend £100,000 on campaigning in a by-election.

But Channel 4 News says it found bills totalling £26,786 in Clacton which would have taken the Tories £10,835 over the limit.

It's claimed the party also broke electoral rules in two other campaigns - Newark and Rochester and Strood.

Channel 4 News says it uncovered £56,866 of undeclared hotel bills in Rochester, which would have taken the party £53,659 over the spending limit.

In Newark it found bills totalling £10,459 in Newark, which would have meant a £6,650 overspend.

The Tories defeated UKIP in Newark, but went on to lose the other two by-elections.

A party spokeswoman said: "All by-election spending has been correctly recorded in accordance with the law."

Ukip's Clacton MP Douglas Carswell told Channel 4 News: "It's shocking ... It's simply intolerable. You have to have a law to make sure you don't have unfair advantage.

"We need to look at whether the Electoral Commission should have the right powers. I will certainly be raising it (with the commission)."

Consultation starts on plans to improve cycling in Suffolk

People living in Waveney have the opportunity to comment on a new strategy to improve the local cycle network.

Published for public consultation this week, the draft Cycle Strategy identifies existing issues with cycling routes across the area and proposes potential improvements, aiming to encourage more people to cycle.

Comments are welcome on any cycling issues along with suggestions for ways in which these issues could be resolved.

This feedback will then contribute towards the creation of a more integrated cycle network.

The consultation closes on 15 March 2016.

More details can be found here.

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VIDEO: Police investigating crowd clash at Essex derby

Police are investigating crowd trouble which occurred at the Essex derby between Southend and Colchester on Saturday.

Footage filmed by a supporter at the game, shows a fan running towards the stand occupied by Colchester United fans.

It appears to show him throwing punches at people in the crowd. The incident took place towards the end of the League One match at Southend's Roots Hall. Police are keen to identify those responsible.

The derby was a dramatic affair on and off the pitch.

The U's will have to cope without midfielder Alex Gilbey for their next three games after he was shown a straight red card for that challenge on Ryan Leonard.

Southend scored three goals in the last ten minutes to secure a three-nil victory over their local rivals.

Stallholders on Cambridge market face rent hike

Cambridge market. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Market traders in Cambridge have urged councillors to re-think plans to raise rents for their pitches.

The city council insists it would bring prices into line with other markets and should only effect about a third of the 100 licence holders.

But stallholders are warning it could hit their trade and make every day more of a struggle.

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