Birds of prey are being drafted in to Northamptonshire, to help deal with problem pigeons posing a health risk in Daventry town centre.
The action is being taken by Daventry District Council, in response to concerns over the growing number of pigeons creating a mess in the town, particularly Bowen Square and Foundry Place.
As well as looking unsightly, bird droppings carry disease and can erode stonework on buildings and block gutters.
During a two-week programme, experienced handlers will fly falcons in a wide arc around the town centre, deterring pigeons from roof tops and balconies. The Harris hawk will be walked around the town to move the pigeons from paths and walkways.
The birds of prey will then be brought back to the town, to deter the pigeons from returning.
"Our falconry response programmes create a visual deterrent, letting the pest birds know that the area is no longer safe.The presence of a hawk or falcon quickly makes an area undesirable to feral pigeons and encourages them to establish a new pattern of behaviour. This is a natural method of bird control which utilises nature's instincts to move the pigeons on - they will not roost in an area where they know there is a predator and over time pigeons will leave the area."
Throughout the Rugby World Cup there has been a singular aim of creating a legacy and getting more youngsters playing the sport.
It's already happening in Northamptonshire with hundreds of school children taking part in their own rugby world cup competition in Daventry.
About 400 children from more than 20 schools were taking part in a Festival of Tag Rugby.
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Northamptonshire Police have released a video of two separate drugs raids carried out in Daventry earlier today.
The footage shows the moment police officers smashed their way into a home to carry out a search of one of the properties.
The force says it's conducted two search warrants under the misuse of drugs act.
Two people at different addresses were given cautions for possession of cannabis.
Northamptonshire Police say a taxi driver was robbed after he was threatened with a knife in Daventry.
The robbery took place in Chantelle Court, Hemans Road, Daventry, on the evening of Sunday, 24 May.
The offender was a white man, about 5ft 9ins, of slim build with a shaved head. He had a cleft palate and an eastern European accent. He escaped with £20.
New powers to tackle dog fouling look set to be introduced in Daventry. The council there plans to fine dog owners as much as £1000 if they don't carry bags to clear up their pet's mess.
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Police have released CCTV pictures following a robbery at a shop in Daventry, Northamptonshire.
A man, thought to be in his 20s, entered the Co-op in Ashby Road at about 8.25am on Saturday 14 March. He demanded cash and cigarettes from staff then ran away through the car park.
Police have issued the following description of the man...
- White, around 5ft 10in tall, skinny build
- Wearing a distinctive red and white hooded top
- Wearing dark blue or black Adidas tracksuit bottoms
- Local accent
Witnesses, or anyone who recognises the man from these pictures, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101.
Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
The M1 in Northamptonshire is blocked on one lane southbound due to a broken down vehicle at junction 16 for Daventry.
One lane closed and queuing traffic on the M1 Southbound in Northamptonshire between Junction 17 M45 and Junction 16 A45/ A4500. This is due to a broken down van.