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Homeless charity sees surge in people seeking help

Video report from ITV Anglia's Sarah Cooper

A homeless charity in Northampton say it has seen a sharp rise in people seeking help.

More than 30,000 people used the Hope Centre last year - 8,000 more than 2012. That's a rise of a quarter in four years.

"Everybody knows that you have to spend a large and larger parcentage of your income on housing and, as a result, you have less money to spend on other things.

People are often very poor, because so much goes on housing and, therefore, the risk, if you lose your job, that you'll be made homeless, or you can't afford to pay your rent and you have to go and live with somebody.

Wages have stagnated, although rents and obviously house prices have not."

– Robin Burgess, General Manager, Hope Centre
The number of people using the Hope Centre has risen by a quarter since 2012. Credit: ITV Anglia

Northampton Borough Council says there are now fewer people sleeping on the streets since the launch of a new strategy earlier this year.

However, councillors admit there's still work to do. There are plans to open a new night shelter in November.

Classmates go wild as Robinson qualifies for butterfly final

School children at Northampton High School have been celebrating after their fellow pupil Ellie Robinson qualified for tonight's S6 50m Butterfly final at the Paralympics.

The 15-year-old won her heat with ease to make it through to tonight's showpiece in Rio.

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Northampton teenager cruises through to butterfly final

Ellie Robinson will be going for gold tonight. Credit: PA

Teenage Northampton swimmer Ellie Robinson has qualified fastest for tonight's S6 50m Butterfly final at the Paralympics.

The 15-year-old, who has Perthes hip disease, finished first in her heat in Rio with an impressive time of 36.62 seconds.

The final is expected to take place at around 22:20 tonight.

Murder investigation after death of assault victim in Northampton

Robert Gardner. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Northamptonshire Police say they've launched a murder investigation following the death of a 43 year old man who was assaulted.

Robert Gardner, of no fixed abode, died at Northampton General Hospital on Friday, 24 June after he was attacked earlier in the month and suffered a head injury.

The incident took place on Thursday, 9 June, close to Krates Supermarket in Boughton Green Road in Kingsthorpe, Northampton.

Officers working on Operation Neon want to talk to anyone who saw an argument between the victim ad another person.

They say a 43-year-old man from Brixworth has been been arrested today as part of the investigation and is helping police with their inquiries.

Robert Gardner. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Man's body found in river in Northampton

This was the scene where the body was found Credit: Andrew Phillips

A man's body has been found in the river near the Barnes Meadow roundabout in Northampton.

Police were called to the scene toward the town centre at around 6.15pm yesterday (Saturday, 27) when the body was discovered.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and officers are preparing a report for the coroner.

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Scuffles outside court as woman whose dog mauled her baby to death arrives for sentencing

The Crown Court sentencing of a young woman whose Pit bull dog killed her baby daughter had to be adjourned today after the defendant collapsed outside Northampton Crown Court.

Clare Riley and her mother Susan Aucott have both admitted offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

There were also scuffles between the family and media outside the court.

Watch Matthew Hudson's report from Northampton Crown Court.

Mother of baby mauled by dog taken to hospital and sentencing adjourned

There were clashes outside Northampton Crown Court Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mother who was due to be sentenced after her six-month-old baby was mauled to death by a dog has been rushed to hospital and the case adjourned.

Claire Riley, 23, was treated by paramedics before the hearing began on Friday morning at Northampton Crown Court.

Her daughter Molly Mae Wotherspoon was killed by the dog at the family home in Daventry, Northamptonshire, in October 2014.

Riley was due to be sentenced after admitting owning a dangerously out of control dog at a previous court hearing.

Susan Aucott, 55, also of Northampton, admitted being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog and was in court for sentencing.

Mrs Justice Carr adjourned the sentencing for both defendants until September 15th so the mother and grandmother can be sentenced together.

Baby death: chaotic court scenes in 'banned dog' sentencing

A Judge has delayed the sentencing of a Northamptonshire mother who has admitted owning a banned breed of dog which killed her baby daughter.

There have been chaotic scenes outside Northampton Crown Court as 23-year old Claire Riley arrived with her family to be sentenced.

6 month old Molly Mae Wotherspoon died in October 2014, she was mauled to death by the family dog, an American Pitbull.

At a previous hearing both Claire Riley and Molly Mae's grandmother 55-year old Susan Aucott, both from Northampton, admitted owning a banned breed of dog.

An ambulance is called to Northampton Crown Court Credit: ITV News Anglia

An ambulance was later called to the court to treat Claire Riley who had become unwell. She was taken away.

The Judge adjourned the hearing until 2pm when he is expected to make a decision of whether or not to proceed with the sentencing.

Mother of baby mauled to death by dog rushed to hospital after scuffle outside court

An ambulance is called to Northampton Crown Court Credit: ITV News Anglia

The mother of a baby who was mauled to death by a dog was rushed to hospital after a scuffle outside the court where she was due to be sentenced.

Six-month-old Molly Mae Wotherspoon died after an American pit bull attacked her in Daventry on October 3rd.

Claire Riley, Molly Mae's mother, pleaded guilty to owning a dangerously out-of-control dog at a previous court hearing.

Riley, 23, of Northampton, was taken away from court in an ambulance before the hearing began on Friday morning at Northampton Crown Court.

Susan Aucott, 55, also of Northampton, had admitted being in charge of a dangerously out-of-control dog and remains in court.

23-year-old Claire Riley is due to be sentenced after admitting she owned a banned breed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The sentencing has been adjourned until 2pm, when the judge will make a decision on whether or not to proceed today.

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