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Optometrist spots tumour and saves life of Northampton teenager

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson.

A teenager from Northampton is urging everyone to book a sight test after a routine appointment saved her life.

Lauren Whittington says eye tests aren't just for people who need glasses.

Her optometrist picked up symptoms which showed she had a brain tumour.

Within three hours she and her family were told that doctors would have to operate.

The pressure that I spotted behind Lauren's eyes set me off to think that something wasn't right.

– Nicole Barber, Optometrist

Three local newspapers set to close

The Bedfordshire on Sunday will continue despite the closure of its sister titles. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three local newspapers are to close.

Trinity Mirror has announced it will no longer publish the free weekly titles Luton on Sunday, One MK and the Northampton Herald Post.

However the media group insists it will have a renewed focus on the Bedfordshire on Sunday, which will continue alongside its website. The publisher is set to increase its distribution.

“We are not exiting these markets but will retain a presence in a different way.

We believe there is a better way for us to provide content and commercial solutions for the local communities, for example through a schedule of niche products and awards & events."

– Spokesperson, Trinity Mirror


Man tries to steal venetian blind by hiding it down trousers

The man allegedly tried to hide the blind down his trouser leg. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police have released a picture of a man who allegedly tried to steal a venetian blind - by concealing it down his trouser leg and the back of his jacket.

The blind was taken from the Dunelm Mill shop in Nene Valley Retail Park in Northampton sometime between 2pm and 2.25pm on Sunday.

A man allegedly walked into the shop, hid the blind under his clothes and left.

He was followed by staff to a nearby canal path. He dropped the blind and ran off. Police are trying to find him.

The blind was damaged as a result.

The blind was damaged as a result. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police appeal after woman assaulted in Northampton pub

Police have released a CCTV image of a man who might have information on the assault. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police have released an picture of a man they want to speak to after a woman was assaulted at a Northampton pub.

It happened at the Boston Clipper pub in College Street at around 3.30am on 8 October.

A 26-year-old woman suffered facial injuries.

Officers are appealing for information.

Woman hurt in Northampton hit and run

The driver failed stop and made off towards the town centre. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was hurt in a hit and run in Northampton.

It happened while she was crossing Weedon Road, near to the Homebase and Argos, at about 5pm on Friday.

She collided with a blue car, which may have been a Toyota.

The driver, a black man aged 30 to 40, failed to stop. He drove away towards the town centre.

The woman was taken to hospital with minor injuries.


CCTV released after two women assaulted in lift

Two women were inappropriately touched while they were in a lift. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after two women were assaulted in a lift in Northampton.

Both assaults happened at the Grosvenor Centre, between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, on 22 September.

A man inappropriately touched the women on two separate occasions, while other people were in the lift.

Officers are keen to speak to any witnesses.

Norfolk man sentenced for grooming girl under 16

Connor Hibberd was jailed for the grooming and sexual abuse of a child under 16. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A man from Norfolk has been handed a 12-year sentence at for the grooming and sexual abuse of a child under 16.

Connor Hibberd, who’s 19, was told he will have to serve up to four years in custody and eight on extended licence at his sentencing at Northampton Crown Court.

He was also placed on the sex offender register for life and is now the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the bravery of the victim, who courageously gave evidence to the court about the protracted abuse and control she was subjected to over a two-year period, starting when she was just 13-years-old.

The judge described Hibberd as a manipulative young man and imposed the extended licence conditions in order to protect the public from harm having deemed him to be a dangerous individual.”

– Detective Constable Louisa Dyer, Northamptonshire Police

Northampton home badly damaged in arson attack

The front of the house was significantly damaged. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack at a house in Northampton.

Officers believe something was thrown at the front door, which caused it to set on fire.

No-one was hurt, but the front of the home was significantly damaged.

It happened at Scholars Court in the town centre between 10.45pm and 11pm last Thursday (6 October).

The offenders are thought to have run off in the direction of Victoria Promenade.

New film aims to put Northamptonshire on the map

A new film is being shot in Northamptonshire aiming to raise the county's profile. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The social enterprise group Screen Northants has been shooting its latest movie with the aim of using the film industry to raise the profile of the county.

It's described as a High School Musical-style production following a group of students through a year of university. It was written by Suzanna Storey who lives in Northampton.

Dozens of local extras had turned up to take part and a number of the main cast members were students from Northampton University.

Click below to watch a report on the new film by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

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