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New Corby school would meet rising demand for SEN places

Northamptonshire County Council wants to create a new free school for children with special educational needs. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A new school for children with special educational needs could be created in Northamptonshire to meet a rising demand for places.

The county council has revealed plans for an all-through free school in Corby.

It follows a 9.3% increase in the number of children attending a special education needs (SEN) school between January 2014 and January 2016.

Red Kite Academy, which would be built on part of the former Beanfield Community School, would provide places for up to 100 pupils aged four to 18.

A planning application is due to be submitted later this month and building work could start next June.

"We know there are an increasing number of children in Northamptonshire attending special educational needs schools and this new school will help us to meet demand and provide local places for local children.

“I would encourage people in Corby to come along to our consultation event to find out more about these exciting plans.”

– Cllr Matthew Golby, Northamptonshire County Council.

Man handed life sentence for murder in KFC restaurant

Ashley Palmer will face a minimum of term of 12 and a half years in prison. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A Corby man has been handed a life sentence for murder, after he punched a man in the head at a fast-food restaurant.

33-year-old Ashley Palmer will face a minimum of term of 12 and a half years in prison.

Palmer attacked 38-year-old Bernard Farrell at a KFC in Corby in November 2015, who later died of serious head injuries..

He admitted to the manslaughter, but a jury convicted him of murder following a week-long trial at Northampton Crown Court.

“Ashley Palmer took the life of a man, in a brutal and unprovoked attack. He then also attacked the victim’s fiancé."

– Detective Inspector Phil Mills, Northamptonshire Police Major Crime Team


Corby to Kettering railway line to reopen in late October

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Helen Keenan

The Corby to Kettering railway line is due to reopen in late October following a six week closure.

There have been no hourly trains between the two towns since 10 September. A replacement bus service has been operating instead.

The line was closed to upgrade it to two tracks, but the new one won't be operational for some time.

"There is more track to go in and then crucially there's the signalling works to do. That will be complete in the February of 2018."

– Spencer Gibbens, Network Rail

Work to begin on £103m rail improvements

Corby train station Credit: ITV News Anglia

From tomorrow there will be no trains running through Corby Railway Station for the next seven weeks.

A replacement bus service will be operate while work is done to re-instate a second railway line through the station to Kettering.

The £103m investment will double the amount of trains.

Tata Steel ordered to pay £2 million after two workers injured

Tata Steel has been ordered to pay more than £2 million after two workers suffered serious injuries at their Corby plant in Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tata Steel has been ordered to pay more than £2 million after two workers suffered serious injuries at their Corby plant in Northamptonshire.

A 26-year-old lost two thirds of his left hand while trying to clear a blockage on machinery at the site in Corby in September 2014, and a 52-year-old lost two thirds of his little finger when his hand was caught in a lathe at the same plant in February 2015, Northampton Crown Court heard.

The two incidents were investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which found the guarding on the two machines was inadequate. Tata Steel had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to two counts of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Judge Rupert Mayo ordered the company to pay a fine of £1,985,000 and costs of £22,500, saying the injuries were the result of "two subsequent and avoidable incidents."

"Guarding of dangerous parts of machinery is a fundamental of ensuring workers' safety. HSE will not hesitate to hold those accountable who do not fulfil their legal obligations, especially if that results in someone receiving life-changing injuries."

– Mark Austin, HSE inspector


Man jailed for life after shooting woman in face with sawn-off shotgun

Billy Johnson was found guilty of murdering Kerry Reeve Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man from Corby who shot a woman in the face at point-blank range with a sawn-off shotgun has been jailed for life.

Billy Johnson with his accomplice Charles Noble were found guilty of murder on Friday Credit: Thames Valley Police

20-year-old Billy Johnson killed Kerry Reeves in Oxfordshire last November.

She died two days later in hospital.

Both Johnson and his accomplice Charles Noble were sentenced to more than 20 years in prison each on Friday.

The jury found Johnson unanimously guilty of one count of murder and Noble unanimously guilty of one count of murder.

It is with regret that neither man showed any remorse for taking the life of an innocent woman by shooting her at point blank range.

Kerry’s murder has had a huge impact on her family and the community of Abingdon.

Although there can be no sense of happiness with the conviction of Charles Noble and Billy Johnson, I hope there is a sense of justice for Kerry’s mother, Nicky and her family.

– Det Ch Insp Mike Lynch, Thames Valley Police

Father of paralysed sisters says he just wants them to walk again

The family say they are staying strong despite what has happened Credit: Family picture

The father of two little girls who were left paralysed following a crash hopes that they will one day walk again and has vowed to spend the rest of his life trying to get the best for them.

Katrina, who is 8, has to use a wheelchair now Credit: Family picture
Karlina, 6, uses a wheelchair after the crash Credit: Family picture

Speaking outside court following the sentencing of crash driver Andrew Nay, Roberts Raibais, father of Katrina and Karlina Raiba, added that "life has totally changed since the crash", and that along with his wife "they are doing everything to try and get the best for the girls".

He added the sisters were back at school and doing well, and that they were happy and smiley, but they kept asking when they would be able to feel their legs again.

"We are a very strong family", Mr Raibais said.

Road rage driver who paralysed girls gets four and a half years

Andrew Nay Credit: PA Images

A man from Northamptonshire who left two sisters paralysed after his 4x4 smashed into their family car during a road rage chase, has been jailed for four and a half years.

39-year-old Andrew Nay from Corby crashed into the Vauxhall as he made a right-hand turn across oncoming traffic near Wellingborough - causing sisters Katrina and Karlina Raiba, aged five and eight, to suffer life-changing injuries last October.

The judge said "Although you pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity you maintained your account to the very end" and there was "overwhelming evidence against you". "You continued to maintain an account that was incredible and inconsistent".

Nay will serve 4.5 years in jail and be disqualified from driving for a further four years after release.

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