Warm welcome home for Royal Lancers

Among the events that have taken place this weekend to mark Armed Forces Day was the return of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers to Northampton

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Northampton Council sells statue for almost £16m

The Sekhemka statue.
The Sekhemka statue. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An ancient Egyptian statue that was gifted to the town of Northampton in 1880 was sold last night at auction in London for nearly £16million.

The Sekhemka statue.

The Borough Council which owns the Sekhemka statue will use its share of the proceeds for a new £14million extension to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

The rest will go to Lord Northampton, whose ancestors originally donated the statue.

The Sekhemka statue.

Northamptonshire: Fire breaks out at historic Castle Ashby estate

A fire has broken out at the historic Castle Ashby estate near Northampton.
A fire has broken out at the historic Castle Ashby estate near Northampton. Credit: Reece Coles

A fire has broken out at the historic Castle Ashby estate near Northampton.

Crews were called at 3pm after flames were spotted in a building used as the estate office.

Nine fire crews from Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire are at the scene.

The fire is said to be under control and hasn't spread to the main house.

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Joshua Boren Report: Police officer had raped Northampton wife before killing his family

Jaden, Joshua, Hayley and Kelly.
Jaden, Joshua, Hayley and Kelly. Credit: ITV News

Police in America have released details of an investigation into the murder of a Northampton woman and her children by her police officer husband.

Utah policeman Joshua Boren used his Police-issued handgun to shoot and kill his wife Kelly, their two children and his mother-in-law, also from the Northampton, before killing himself.

According to a report by the Spanish Fork Police Department, Mr Boren had previously drugged his wife, before raping her and filming it on several occasions.

The report also suggested that the couple's marriage was coming to an end and several text messages described as "heated" were exchanged before the murder.

Read more: Family "devastated" by Utah shooting

Northampton: Egyptian government launches bid to stop statue sale

The Egyptian government has denounced Northampton Borough Council for its plans to sell an archaic Egyptian statue at Christie's this Thursday.

The Museums Association is also warning that they may have to cancel Northampton's membership if the sale goes ahead.

But the council insist the statue will be sold, and say it will pay for a much needed expansion of the town's museum.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

Read more: Battle to keep statue in Northamptonshire

McMahon trial jury due to consider verdict

Jamie McMahon

The jury is due to begin considering its verdict today (Wed) in the trial of a man accused of murdering Jamie McMahon in a churchyard in Northampton.

The 26-year-old was left for dead at St Giles' Church in October last year. 19-year-old Mark Lewis has already admitted robbery and murder but the jury must now decide if Michael Francis, who's 33, is also guilty. He's admitted being in the graveyard on the night but denies being part of the attack

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Warning after distraction burglary in Northampton

Police have issued a warning after a distraction burglary in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Police in Northampton are warning residents to be on their guard after two men - pretending to be builders - took a large amount of cash from an elderly couple in the town.

The men called at the house on Sunderland Street saying the roof was in need of repair and asked to be shown upstairs.

While the couple were distracted, the men stole the money and left.

Northampton General Hospital: 'Pathology industrial action will not jeopardise patient safety'

We were informed by Unite on 23rd June that a small number of our employees within the pathology service intended to undertake partial duties as part of their planned industrial action.

This means they would be unlikely to undertake out-of-hours’ work, be unable to meet current turnaround times for tests and potentially refuse to complete the required duties in their expected job role.

Patient safety is of paramount importance to us. We treat a high volume of emergency patients at the hospital and the care they receive is absolutely dependent on rapid turnaround of vital tests.

The action proposed by Unite creates uncertainty in the pathology service, with no clarity available from the Union on what staff will and won’t do. That, in turn, creates risk; a risk which we are not prepared to take on our patients’ behalf.

It is for that reason that we have had to take the decision to ask staff who have chosen not to work to their contract to remain at home during the period of the dispute.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly. However, our prime concerns are to ensure patient safety, provide a high-quality, 24/7 pathology service and prevent any potential delays in the turnaround of important sample results.

We have well developed contingency plans to ensure the pathology service is maintained and there is minimal disruption to the service. We remain available to meet with the union.

– NGH Pathology Service, statement
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