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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.

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
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