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Teenager bitten by dog in Kettering

The 16-year-old was walking along Fir Road in Kettering at about 3.45pm. Credit: Google Street View

A teenager was been bitten by a dog as he walked home from school in Kettering on Thursday, 16 March.

The 16-year-old was walking along Fir Road at about 3.45pm when it’s alleged that a German Shepherd being walked on a lead lunged at him, biting his thigh.

The dog was being walked by a white man, aged 30-40, around 5ft 7ins and of slim build. He had dark coloured hair, a beard and wore glasses. He wore dark coloured clothing and was walking with a child.

The dog had a long coat of light brown coloured hair.

Witnesses or anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 111 555.

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.

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Police searching for missing teenager

Lily Rose Carr from Pipewell near Kettering went missing on Wednesday 1 March 2017. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police in Northamptonshire are looking for a missing 16-year-old girl.

Lily Rose Carr disappeared from her home in Pipewell near Kettering on Wednesday.

Lily is 5ft 7in with a slim build, shoulder-length, straight brown hair and a tanned complexion. She was last seen wearing black and grey Nike trainers, turquoise socks, black leggings, a grey cropped top and a black puffa-style gilet.

Police are appealing for information on her whereabouts.

Weetabix sale could see breakfast cereal firm join £1bn club

The Chinese owner of Weetabix has reportedly put the breakfast cereal firm up for sale in a deal that could value it at £1 billion.

Bright Food Group, which acquired a 60% stake in Weetabix in 2012, is working with Goldman Sachs on the sale process, according to Reuters.

The remaining 40% of Weetabix is held by Baring Private Equity Asia. State owned Bright Food said when it bought Weetabix that it would look to crack the Chinese breakfast market, but the bulk of its sales still come from the UK.

Weetabix has also been embroiled in the wave of strike action affecting the UK over the festive period after workers voted on Monday to go on strike in the new year following a row over shift patterns.

The Usdaw union said action will affect workplaces in Corby and Kettering, with the first strike taking place in the new year.

The company said "changing consumer breakfast habits" have increased demand for biscuit production, resulting in the new shift patterns.

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Workers at Weetabix to strike in row over shift patterns

Workers at cereal company Weetabix are to go on strike in the new year after voting for action in a row over shift patterns.

Members of Usdaw backed industrial action by 9-1 on a turnout of almost 70%.

The union said action will affect workplaces in Corby and Kettering, with the first strike taking place in the new year.

Each strike will run for 24 hours, with no more than one stoppage in a single week.

Ed Leach of Usdaw said: "Despite long and detailed discussions, the company has so far refused to offer a suitable financial incentives for employees who have moved shift or will be expected to move onto the new 24/7 shift pattern.

"As a result of the failure to agree, Usdaw conducted a ballot for industrial action and members have overwhelmingly backed a series of 24-hour strikes.

"It is deeply regrettable that the company has pushed staff to this point and we hope that they will look again at their offer, continue to negotiate with us and seek a solution that will avoid the industrial action backed by our members."

Walking football kicks off in Kettering

The new activity is designed to help residents maintain an active lifestyle Credit: Kettering Borough Council

An initiative to keep older people active has been launched in Kettering.

Walking football is a non-contact sport and players can't jog or sprint without conceding a free kick.

Kettering Borough Council and the Northants F.A. have teamed up to organise weekly sessions for people over 50 or with restricting health conditions.

This slower version of football will give them the chance to improve their lifestyles and make new friends.

I have played walking football before and I really enjoy the slower pace of the game and I have improved my fitness and become a lot fitter.

The aim is not to improve my football skills but to just enjoy playing football and hopefully make new friends in the process.

– Brian Parton

Lindsay Lohan says no to Kettering Christmas lights in video message

Actress Lindsay Lohan has tweeted a video message to the people of Kettering letting them know she's unable to turn on the town's Christmas lights.

Logan originally agreed to travel to the Northamptonshire town after implying nobody heard of it.

The town's Conservative MP Philip Hollobone then invited Lohan "to switch on the Christmas lights ... thus redeeming her political reputation and raising money for good causes".

But due to her busy schedule, she has now declined the offer and has been replaced by former Eastenders actress Cheryl Fergison.

Hey everyone in Kettering. I really wanted to make it there to light the tree, but with my busy schedule I wasn't able to. I appreciate the offer.

Happy Holidays!

– Lindsay Lohan

Funeral for Second World War 'hero' who died aged 97

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A funeral has been held for a Second World War veteran from Northamptonshire who died aged 97.

Jack Linaker was a tail gunner in a Lancaster bomber - the most dangerous position in the aircraft - and he even survived a crash landing.

His funeral was held in Kettering and attended by personnel from RAF Marham in Norfolk, where the squadron he flew with is now based.

Jack Linaker died aged 97.
Jack Linaker's funeral was held in Kettering. Credit: ITV News Anglia
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