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Girl, 8, is World Puddle Jumping Champion

Melanie Mills triumphed in the World Puddle Jumping Championship.

An 8-year-old girl from Kettering is the latest World Puddle Jumping Champion.

Melanie Mills took the title at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire earlier today.

The competition, now in its fourth year, asks children to make the most of the muddy autumn weather.

Judges scores are based on strict criteria including the height of jump, distance of splash and 'stickability' - the amount of mud which clings to each competitor.

Most marks are given for the size of the splash.

"I tried to jump the highest I could and get as muddy as possible but I can't believe I have won. I took part last year too and have been practicing since then."

– Melanie Mills, World Puddle Jumping Champion

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


Pride of Britain West Nominees: Jane Nichols

Video report by ITV News Anglia’s Russell Hookey

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the West of the Anglia region. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

First up, it’s Jane Nichols from Kettering in Northamptonshire who found a different way to raise thousands of pounds for charities close to her heart.

Northamptonshire man jailed for sexual abuse of girl under 13

Gavin McCarthy Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A 31-year-old man from Northamptonshire has been jailed for the sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 13.

Gavin McCarthy, from Cransley near Kettering, was sentenced to eight years for six counts of making indecent images of children.

He'll remain on the Sex Offender Register for life.

I hope the substantial sentence McCarthy received today helps serve as a deterrent to offenders and those considering sexual offending against vulnerable children.

We are committed to safeguarding children by detecting abuse and prosecuting offenders.

– Detective Andy Rogers, aedophile Online investigation team


Search for teen missing from Northamptonshire to continue at Notting Hill Carnival

Veronica Sbircea has been missing since 28th July Credit: Northamptonshire police

The search for teenager Veronica Sbircea who has gone missing from Kettering in Northamptonshire is set to continue over the weekend, with officers paying particular attention at the Notting Hill Carnival.

One of London’s biggest annual events, the street carnival is thought to be of interest to 15-year-old Veronica and there may be a chance she will be there.

"It has been a month since Veronica left home and since we have had any real sightings of her. We are exploring every possible avenue to locate her and believe there may be a chance she will attend the carnival as it is of interest to her friends. We’ve sent leaflets to our Met colleagues and will be briefing the officers, who will be on the ground, to keep an eye out for Veronica.”

– Det Insp Stuart Hitchon

Despite making arrests in the case, detectives are keen to stress the need for anyone with any information to contact the police.

Veronica was last seen on Thursday, 28 July, at about 5.15pm, in the Brixton Road area of south London.

She sometimes goes by the name of Rachel, is white, 5ft, with long straight black hair and brown eyes.

Although missing from Kettering, Northamptonshire, she is originally from the London area, and attended Kingsmead School in Southbury Road, Enfield.

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Charley Hull in gold medal contention after impressive round

Charley Hull was in superb form in Rio. Credit: PA

Kettering golfer Charley Hull could be in contention for a gold medal after jumping up to tied third on the leaderboard in the women's competition in Rio.

The 20-year-old carded a superb round of 66 to move to -8 on day two.

It means she's two shots off South Korea's Inbee Park who currently leads the rest of the field with two rounds remaining.

Detectives arrest man in missing schoolgirl investigation

Veronica has been missing since July. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police investigating the disappearance of a schoolgirl from Northamptonshire have arrested a 19-year-old man.

Detectives have been searching for 15-year-old Veronica Sbircea since she left her home in Kettering on 21 July.

She was spotted in London the following week, but has not been seen since then.

Officers believe she is still in London and have renewed their appeal to find her.

Veronica, who is also known as Rachel, is white, 5ft, with long straight black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing dark leggings and a black top.

“Veronica is known to approach people to use their mobile phone temporarily, and we are urging anyone who may have been approached by her or have seen her, to make contact.

“If you are reading this, Veronica, your family are really worried about your welfare. Please make contact us and let us know you are OK.”

– Detective Inspector Stuart Hitchon, Northamptonshire Police
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