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Motorcyclist killed in A14 crash named by police

The crash happened between junctions 2 and 3. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A motorcyclist who died in a crash on the A14 in Northamptonshire last month has been named as 45-year-old Thomas McNeill.

Mr McNeill from Corby died when he hit the central reservation on the westbound carriageway near Kettering on May 28.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen what happened.

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Latest stage of Midland Mainline electrification due to start

The work is expected to last for several months and will mostly take place overnight. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The latest stage of work to electrify the Midland Mainline between Kettering and Corby gets underway this weekend.

Network Rail are warning people living in Northamptonshire to expect some disturbance.

The process is expected to last several months. It is particularly noisy, as it involves drilling steel into the ground.

Most of the work will take place overnight.

Shopkeeper fined over fake vodka

Bottles of the fake vodka Credit: Northamptonshire Trading Standards

A shop owner from Corby has been fined for selling fake vodka following an investigation by trading standards.

Balraj Singh Dhaliwal, who runs VG Stores in Willowbrook Road, was investigated after a customer complained about a bottle of Chekov vodka bought in April 2016.

Northamptonshire Trading Standards officers then visited the store where they found 87 bottles of illegal vodka, most of which were seized from a storeroom in the back of the shop.

Dhaliwal admitted four offences relating to the sale of the illegal vodka.

He was fined £800 and ordered to pay £1,250 in court costs, £11.50 compensation to the consumer and a £30 victim surcharge.

Counterfeit vodka can be extremely dangerous for consumers – you don’t know the strength of what you're drinking or even what it contains. There are some key signs to look out for, including poor quality labelling, spelling mistakes and whether the product smells and tastes right.”

– David Hedger, manager of Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards

Anglian Water to pay charity £100,000 after sewage leak

The sewage polluted a 6 kilometre stretch and killed up to 500 fish. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Anglian Water have agreed to pay £100,000 to an environmental charity after leaking raw sewage into a Northamptonshire stream.

Sewage from a water recycling works in Corby was released into the Willow Brook in 2014.

The sewage polluted a 6 kilometre stretch and killed up to 500 fish.

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Musician composes 'antidote' anthem for 'Brexit' Britain

A composer from Northamptonshire is hoping her new piece of music will bring people together after 'Brexit'.

Paula Boulton, from Corby, was inspired by the musical memories of 30 people, who have moved to the town from all over the world.

Paula Boulton's composition represents more than 50 countries Credit: ITV News Anglia

When composing the seven-movement 'Sounds of Home Suite', Paula asked people what music reminds them of home.

"I think music has the power to bring people together. Why build a wall, when you can build an orchestra and have people play music together and reach their souls and hearts through music? That's what we need to do. No one's going anywhere, we can't just disintegrate people, we have to learn to live together."

– Paula Boulton, Composer
Paula interviewed Danijela Bastajic & Anna Guzek as part of the project Credit: ITV News Anglia

The piece premieres with a 60-strong orchestra at The Core at Corby Cube tonight (Saturday 21st January).

You can watch some of the musicians in rehearsal by clicking below:

Corby teacher shortlisted for $1 million education prize

Raymond Chambers is one of four British teachers in the running. Credit: Youtube/Raymond Chambers

A teacher from Corby is one of only 50 worldwide to be nominated to win a $1 million education prize.

Raymond Chambers teaches computer science at the Brooke Weston Academy.

Mr Chambers says he became a teacher by accident after a last-minute computer science placement.

He now boasts more than a quarter of a million views on his YouTube education channel.

Mr Chambers' makes popular videos explaining how computer science works. Credit: Youtube/Raymond Chambers

He is one of four Britons in the running for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

The top 50 were shortlisted from more than 20,000 applications from 179 countries from around the world.

The final 10 candidates will be announced in February. The winner will be revealed in ceremony in Dubai in March.

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