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CCTV released following armed robbery at Kettering bookmakers

Northamptonshire Police are searching for two masked men who carried out an armed robbery at a bookmakers in Kettering.

CCTV of two men jumping over the counter at Coral in Kettering. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

The pair entered a branch of Coral in Montagu Street at about 9.30am on Monday 16 March.

CCTV footage shows that once inside, they jumped over the counter before threatening staff with knives. They got away with money and headed off in the direction of Bath Road.

Witnesses, or anyone who recognises the men in the CCTV image, 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

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Kettering Woman who was abused as a child tells her story to encourage others to come forward

Lisa Edwards. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman from Kettering who was abused by a neighbour from the age of five, has waived her right to anonymity to try to encourage other victims to speak out.

Lisa Edwards, who's 29, was sexually abused for eight years during the 90s.

It wasn't until 2012 that she told police about what happened.

As a result of her coming forward, 67-year-old Richard Cornwell was jailed last Friday for 26 years for a series of sexual offences against boys and girls.

Richard Cornwell. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

"There's no shame in being a victim.

Coming forward is the only way to catch them pretty much and even though it's an historical case, they still need to be punished for what they've done.

By me coming forward, I hope I've saved god knows how many other children."

– Lisa Edwards

Man jailed for 26 years for abusing boys and girls

Richard Cornwell has been jailed. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A man who sexually abused boys and girls in Northamptonshire over several decades has been jailed for 26 years.

Richard Cornwell, from Kettering, was found guilty of a total of 28 offences, including indecent assault of boys and girls and rape.

His abuse began in the 1960s and carried on until the late 90s.

Police concerned for missing woman

Northamptonshire Police say they are growing increasingly for a woman who has been missing since yesterday morning.

Marilyn Toseland Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Marilyn Toseland was last seen going for a walk in the Woodford area of Kettering at 10am on Friday (6th March).

She is about 5ft 6 tall, with jaw length white hair and is believed to have been wearing a dark fleece jacket with a cream and furry collar, blue jeans and black shoes. Northamptonshire Police are asking anyone who might have seen her to contact them as soon as possible.

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Hospitals ask patients to avoid A and E

Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals are asking people to avoid Accident and Emergency departments where possible. Hospitals across the region, and nationwide have struggled to cope with demand in recent weeks.

Kettering and Northampton are rearranging some routine operations and appointments in order to care for the most critically ill patients, after what they say has been their busiest winter on record. They have apologised for any inconvenience caused, and say that all patients who are affected by the postponements will be contacted.

"We have opened additional beds across the hospital to allow us to meet the care needs of patients.

"Over the last two weeks we have had a 15% increase in admissions to hospital beds. Compared to the same period last year - when we were also very busy - that means we are receiving, on average, an additional 16 patients needing hospital beds each day."

– Alan Gurney - Chief Operating Officer, Kettering General Hospital

At Northampton Hospital 2,772 patients have gone to A&E during the last 10 days, with 751 of those needing emergency treatment. The hospital has also opened extra beds to help cope with demand.

Letter written in trenches about Christmas Day 'Truce' could fetch £20,000 at auction

The letter about the 'Truce' football match written in the trenches Credit: Northampton Museum
The letter was written by William Henry Loasby Credit: ITV News Anglia

A letter written by a Northamptonshire soldier from the trenches of the First World War could fetch £20,000 at auction.

The note by Lance Corporal Willie Loasby describes how he organised the famous Christmas Day Truce by shouting to German soldiers in nearby trenches.

The letter is being sold by a collector from Northampton.

Kettering war memorial Credit: ITV News Anglia
Peter Robinson, Northampton Museum Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's a first hand account written to his mother and it gives details of how they contacted the Germans, how they met, how they were quite antagonistic towards each other, but became quite friendly really."

– Peter Robinson, Northampton Museum
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