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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


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.

Woman assaulted in Corby ice cream parlour

A woman was attacked inside an ice cream parlour Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in an ice cream parlour in Corby.

Two men started talking to the woman - one of them then grabbed her in a very tight hug.

She managed to break away and shouted at him. He then touched her inappropriately.

He also made a rude gesture at a member of staff who told him to leave.

The happened last Thursday (15 December) between 5pm and 6pm in Italgelatio on Corporation Street.

Officers are particularly keen to speak to a man who was in the shop at the time. He is described as:

  • 5ft 7in
  • Dark complexion
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes

He was wearing a bright yellow and black coat and a green baseball cap.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the assault. He has released on bail pending further enquiries.

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.
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