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Man robbed just after withdrawing £38,000 from bank

The man had just withdrawn £38,000. Credit: PA

Thieves stole £38,000 from a man who had just withdrawn the cash from a bank in Northampton.

The victim went to the Santander branch at Market Square on Thursday afternoon and realised he was being followed as he walked to his car.

As he reached Guildhall Road, the thief grabbed and punched him before running off with the bag.

Description of the offender

  • White and possibly Eastern European
  • Stocky, about 5ft 8in with a dark black beard leading up to his hair which was also black in colour
  • Messy, short and flat hair
  • He was wearing a black leather jacket which looked worn, blue denim jeans and black sunglasses

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Fears for the future of Northampton's historic market

Traders fear for the future because of proposed changes to the layout of Northampton's historic market. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Despite being a fixture in the town for hundreds of years there are fears about the future of Northampton's historic market.

Some stall holders say changes to the layout in the Market Square mean they will get less footfall and could be forced to shut up shop.

"This will be the finish of us, this will affect us so badly. The council do not know what they're doing, they have no idea whatsoever, no consultation whatsoever with traders.

"We might make it until Christmas, but we won't make it after that I don't think, so it'll be the end for us. Very sad, very angry."

– Anne Andreoli, Market trader

Northampton Borough Council is spending £30,000 on the project and says the works will improve the market and bring in more shoppers and traders.

Officials insist all traders were invited to have their say at a meeting.

  • Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Byrd

Rail lines through Milton Keynes re-open following fire

There has been major disruption on trains through Milton Keynes because of a trackside fire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Rail lines have reopened between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston following a large fire at a timber yard in Harrow.

However Network Rail says trains to and from London Euston may cancelled or delayed because trains and train crew are out of position.

It was a difficult day for commuters after a major fire at a London timber yard put one of the busiest rail lines in the country out of action.

All trains into Euston from Northampton and Milton Keynes were cancelled as more than 50 firefighters tackled the flames at the timber yard, further south at Harrow in North West London.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Dani Crawshaw

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Two confirmed dead in M1 crash

Two people were killed on the M1 after their car crash with a transporter vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.

A man and woman have been killed in a road crash on the M1 in Northamptonshire.

The pair were the driver and passenger of a car which collided with a transporter vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.

The transporter had smashed through the central reservation between junctions 14 and 15 near Northampton on Monday afternoon.

Several other people were injured and vehicles damaged as a result of the collision.

The M1 re-opened at around 4.50am on Tuesday morning after the carriageway was cleared and repairs made to the central reservation.

Homeless shelter helps dozens find new homes and jobs

Homelessness is on the decline in Northampton thanks to a new shelter.

A new homeless shelter in Northampton has helped dozens of rough sleepers find stable accommodation and new jobs

Since it opened in February, around a hundred men in the town have spent time at the shelter. Run predominantly by volunteers, the centre offers support when it comes to employment, mental health or addiction.

Northampton Borough council says the success of the shelter means their overall homelessness figures are actually now bucking the national trend and declining.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sascha Williams

Cat mutilated and left on doorstep in second attack

Rusty the cat was dismembered and left on the owner's doorstep.

A pet cat has been mutilated and then left on the doorstep of its owners in Northampton. The family have issued a picture of Rusty in the hope of finding witnesses to come forward.

Police have been called in after the cat's head, legs and ears had been cut off and then placed in a bag before being left on the doorstep where it was discovered by the owner's 14-year-old daughter.

The pet was taken some time between 9.30pm on Sunday and 10am on Monday 28 August and then returned to the owner's home in Betjeman Court in the Kingsley Park area of Northampton.

Police say the incident comes only a few days after their other cat was found in the Kingsley area killed after being deliberately set on fire.

“We would like anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to get in contact.

Rusty was a beloved pet and the family are understandably devastated. I would like to stress that we are in the early stages of investigating and are considering a number of lines of enquiry at this stage.”

– PC Andrew Glover, Northamptonshire Police
A pet cat has been mutilated and then left on the doorstep of its owners in Northampton.
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