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Northampton MP at centre of deselection rumours says he has no plans to stand down

Northampton South MP David Mackintosh

David Mackintosh the Conservative MP for Northampton South says he plans to defend his seat at the upcoming General Election despite rumours he could be facing deselection by the local party.

Click below to see a report by ITV Anglia's Sarah Cooper

David Mackintosh the Conservative MP for Northampton South says he plans to defend his seat at the upcoming General Election despite rumours he could be facing deselection by the local party.

It's all about his role in a loan to Northampton Town Football Club when he was leader of the council - where millions of pounds of public money went missing.

Before he was an MP - David Mackintosh was Leader of Northampton Borough Council.

He was in charge when the authority lent more than 10 million pounds to the Cobblers - to improve Sixfields stadium and develop land nearby.

The work was never finished - and now the money's missing and the loan is being investigated by police.

But David Mackintosh has always insisted he's done nothing wrong

I welcome the investigation into the problems with Sixfields Stadium and I am as concerned as anyone to find out what happened. I have consistently said that I have done nothing wrong and I have never been approached by the Police over this matter.

I am proud of my record as an MP, to date I have dealt with over 20,000 cases from thousands of my constituents. I would like to continue that work and intend to stand for re-election.

– David Mackintosh MP
Sajid Javid

The communities secretary has thrown his weight behind the MP - amid the deselection rumours.

Sajid Javid has been in Northamptonshire as part of the Conservative's local election campaigning.

When asked about suggestions Mr Mackintosh could be deselected as the party's candidate for June's general election the minister called him an "effective and passionate" politician - but said selection was a local party issue.

Meanwhile police say their investigation into the affair is continuing

A dedicated team of full-time investigators, accountants and analysts‎ continue to independently assess the grant, use and the loss of millions of pounds of public money. We are committed to thoroughly and objectively investigating this matter, which includes evaluating and investigating every allegation which may have a bearing on events. This is a complex investigation involving multiple allegations and counter allegations and it is important to remember that neither criminal nor financial liability will diminish with time.

– Northamptonshire Police

Debenham's to close a distribution centre in Northampton

Debenhams Distribution centre in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

High street department store Debenhams has announced plans to close a distribution centre in Northampton employing 220 people.

The site at Lodge Farm is run by courier company DHL. It will close in two years time and it's hoped, by then, that the company will have redeployed many of the workers.

The closure is part of a major review by Debenhams' chief executive which could also see up to 10 stores shut across the country.

Debenhams distribution centre, Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Eight-year-old boy injured by motorbike in hit and run

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An appeal has been launched after an eight-year-old boy was injured in a hit and run with a motorbike in Northampton.

The driver - who was not wearing a helmet - was seen circling the Goldings area of the town on Wednesday afternoon (April 19).

The victim was hit in an alleyway between Entwood Drive and Dell Crescent. The motorbike rider did not stop.

The boy was taken to hospital where he continues to be treated.

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Police name Northamptonshire crash victims

The crash happened on Sunday night. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man and a woman who died in a crash near Northampton on Sunday night have been named.

25-year-old Guy Marriott and 22-year-old Sophie Griffin from Leicestershire were both killed when their car hit two other vehicles on the A5199 just outside Creaton at about 8.45pm.

A further two people were also seriously injured.

Witnesses to the collision, or anyone who may have seen any of the vehicles prior to it, are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.

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Loss of Northamptonshire bakery is sad news for town

The business was established in the town in the 1860s. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The administrators of a 150 year old Northamptonshire bakery, which announced the sudden closure of all its sites in the county, say the loss of the brand is sad news for the area.

Oliver Adams Bakery told its 150 staff last week, that the company was closing after financial troubles.

The business, which is based at Gladstone Road in Northampton, was established in the town in the 1860s.

More than 20 shops in the region have closed as well.

It's always difficult to tell people their job is no longer their job...It never gives us any pleasure to be involved with mass redundancies.

– Peter Windatt, Director, BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency

Mother calls for changes to police procedure after finding out about daughter's death on Facebook

A mother from Northampton says she first found out about her daughter's death in a car crash, by reading a message on Facebook.

Brogan Warren, who was 21, was returning home from a festival with three friends when their car ploughed head-on into another vehicle. All four were killed in the collision in Oxfordshire last May.

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