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University of Northampton sees more than 100 members join Credit Union in first year

The University of Northampton.

The University of Northampton says more than 100 members have joined its Credit Union in the first year.

It's among a handful of educational unions in the UK - and lets students, staff and graduates borrow at rates of just 1%. It's aimed to help students avoid high-interest loans.

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Porsche driver wanted for alleged road rage attack on Audi owner

Road rage attack on A43 Credit: ITV Anglia

Police in Northampton are appealing for witnesses after a driver was assaulted following an alleged road rage incident on the A43 near Northampton.

It happened on Saturday 4 October between 2pm and 2.15pm when the driver of a silver Porsche Carrera and the driver of a black Audi Q7 were travelling along the A43 towards the southbound junction 15a of the M1.

As they were approaching Swan Valley Way, the driver of the Porsche allegedly cut up the driver of the Audi causing him to brake to avoid a collision. The Porche driver then went over to the Audi and assaulted the driver.

Officers are asking anyone who witnessed the alleged road rage incidents or the assault to contact them. They are particularly keen to speak to the drivers of two vehicles believed to have been behind the Audi and Porche at the time of the assault.


£1.3m funding to give Northampton a jobs boost

Dalepak is located on the Brackmills Industrial Estate in Northampton. Credit: Google Street View

The government has announced £1.3 million worth of funding to help an Northampton company bring 150 new jobs to the town.

Dalepak, which is a packing, warehousing and distribution company, will receive the cash as part of a £9.5million expansion project that is set to provide a boost to the East Midlands.

“The Government’s Regional Growth Fund is helping create thousands of permanent jobs that stimulate private sector investment and rebalance the economy.

“The people of Northampton will benefit significantly. Companies like Dalepak Limited and the people that work there are helping us to build a stronger economy and a fairer society for this generation and the next.”

– Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer

Two men set dog on disabled girl at Northampton beauty spot

Lings Wood in Northampton. Credit: PA

Two men set a pit bull-type dog on a disabled girl as she was being taken in a wheelchair across a Northampton beauty spot last Friday.

A man was walking through the wood with his 12-year-old daughter, who was in a wheelchair, in Lings Wood.

The girl became upset when two men and a dog passed them, and she subsequently flailed her arms at them.

It was then that one of the men told the dog to "get her".

The animal latched on to the young girl’s arm and would not let go until the father took action to stop it, after which the dog and the two men ran off.

Luckily, the girl was wearing arm guards as a result of her disability which prevented her from being injured.

The offenders are described as black and in their 30s.

“This is an absolutely disgraceful incident. It is not a case of a dog being out of control, but being used as a weapon in an assault on a very vulnerable girl.

Had it not been for the victim’s arm guards, she could have been seriously injured.

I know local residents will be appalled by this incident and I would urge anybody with any information to contact us immediately.”

– Sector Inspector Kev Byrne, Northamptonshire Police


Museums Association: "Northampton statue sale was a violation of public trust"

The Sekhemka statue. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Museums Association says that Northampton Borough Council's decision to sell an ancient Egyptian statue was a "clear violation of public trust."

Nearly £16million was raised by the sale of the Sekhemka statue in July.

Today, the Museums Association barred the Council from its membership for a minimum of five years.

“Northampton Borough Council has clearly breached the MA’s Code of Ethics by selling the statues from its collection. Its actions are a clear violation of public trust at a local, national and international level.

The MA is convening a summit of funding bodies later in the year to agree on a new range of sanctions and deterrents for governing bodies considering this course of action.”

– Sharon Heal, Museums Association acting head of policy

The council said in a statement that they'd already resigned their membership and had no desire to re-join.

“It is curious that the Museums Association is choosing to review our membership when we have already notified them that we have resigned from the Association and have no desire to ever re-join.

Having reviewed the value of membership we could not see what benefit it offered to our museums."

– Spokesperson, Northampton Borough Council

Northampton Borough Council barred from Museums Association membership after statue sale

The Sekhemka statue.

Northampton Borough Council has become only the fourth organisation in 125 years to be barred from membership to the Museums Association, following the highly controversial sale of an ancient Egyptian statue.

Council officials who authorised the sale, which raised nearly £16m towards extending Northampton museum, were told of the decision earlier.

It's the latest in a series of sanctions made against the council, with Arts Council England also withdrawing funding.

This evening, the council said they'd already resigned their membership and had no desire to re-join.

Council to face disciplinary hearing over sale of statue

The Sekhemka statue. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton Borough Council could face a further loss of funding today over its sale of an ancient Egyptian relic for nearly £16 million.

The authority cashed in on the Sekhemka statue in July. It's facing a disciplinary hearing today (Wednesday) with the Museum's Association. The Arts Council has already withdrawn access to funding.

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