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Dramatic moment woman in dressing gown tackles two burglars

Dramatic footage has been released of a woman being punched in the face as she bravely tackles two burglars who broke into her home.

Northamptonshire Police are hoping the video will help track down the two men who tried to steal the family cars in Kettering.

The 56-year-old woman tackled the intruders in her dressing gown after they broke into her home and stole her car keys.

During the confrontation she was punched in the face six times but they fled without taking the cars.

Both men were white, slim and in their early 20s. Once was just under 6ft and the other was slightly shorter with short dark hair.

Detective Constable Greg Hemmington, said: “This was a horrific attack on a woman in her own home, who was only trying to protect her property."

Art scheme set to transform the high street

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A new scheme to install art in empty shops has been launched in Kettering. A series of murals have been introduced into Newland Street in the town.

The scheme is designed to ensure the town centre looks vibrant. Kettering Borough Council hopes to roll out the scheme to Desborough, Rothwell and Burton.

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Hospital mistakes that led to the death of a teenager

A woman from Northamptonshire who lost her daughter after a series of hospital blunders has spoken of her relief that a report into her death has finally been made public.

Victoria Harrison was just 17 when she bled to death in Kettering Hospital after a routine operation for appendicitis. The hospital initially refused to release the report into what went wrong saying it would put more stress on staff.

Tracy Foskett said she had forgiven those who made mistakes.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Police search for two men after woman punched repeatedly in face

Northamptonshire police are searching for two men after a woman was punched in the face repeatedly.

She confronted the men after they came into her home on Neale Avenue in Kettering on Friday and tried to take the family's car keys.

The woman was hit six times but the men ran off empty handed, into Hallwood Road. Both are described as white, in their early 20's and around six feet tall.

Cigarette stubbed out on victim's face during attack

A 20-year-old man was knocked to the ground and had a cigarette stubbed out on his face during an attack in Kettering.

The victim was walking from his house to the shop when the unprovoked assault happened on Nelson Street sometime between 10.30am and 11am on Monday March 10.

He was approached by the two men, who he did not know, and they pushed him to the floor.

They punched him in the face, cutting his lip, and put a cigarette out on his forehead.

He was then able to escape and run back to his house.

The two men were both white and may have been from eastern Europe. One of the men was wearing a black cap.

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MP's burkha ban is part of 'alternative Queen's speech'

Philip Hollobone Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Northamptonsire MP is putting forward three parliamentary bills of his own today as part of what he calls an " alternative Queens Speech'.

The measures which Kettering MP Philip Hollobone is introducing include proposals to ban people from wearing face coverings in public places.

He said:

"If we have a society where more and more people go around covering their faces, whether it be with a balaclava or a burkha, we're never going to have a place where everybody can smile, wave and say hello to each other and recognise each other in the street.

"I don't want to live in a country like that."

Drivers warned of partial bypass closure

The closure will take part on the westbound carriageway Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers are being warned that part of the A14 Kettering bypass will be shut for the next five nights as part of a £42 million scheme to improve safety and relieve congestion.

Kettering bypass Credit: ITV News Anglia

The westbound carriageway between junctions 9 and 7 will shut from 8pm at night until 6am in the morning all this week.

Project manager, Mike Hall said:

"We endeavour to avoid overnight working as far as possible, however we cannot do these works during the day. There may be some disturbance to local residents... but we will of course do our best to minimise this by doing the noisiest work as early as possible during the closure period."

Children robbed at knifepoint in Kettering

Police patrols have been stepped up around schools in the north of Kettering after a number of children were robbed at knifepoint on their way home.

It is believed a gang of between three and five teenage boys carried out a series of robberies between Tuesday 4 February and Sunday 9 February.

In all the incidents a gang of between three and five youths stole mobile phones from the children and threatened them with knives.

The officer investigating the case, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Woliter, said one of the main issues of concern was the increasing level of violence used.

In the majority of incidents, the gang asked the children for the time before demanding their phones. The gang members are all white boys aged somewhere between 15 and 18-years-old.

Anyone with information should contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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