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India Chipchase: Witness 'saw man helping woman into house'

India Chipchase. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

The jury in the trial of a 52-year-old man, accused of raping and murdering a Northampton woman, has been told a witness saw an older man helping a young woman into a house in the town's Stanley Road.

20-year-old India Chipchase went missing on a night out in January.

Her body was found in the home of Edward Tenniswood in Staney Road, Northampton the next day.

The witness told the court the young woman seemed drunk and was stumbling as she was helped into the house.

Tenniswood denies the charges

Teenagers arrested after couple attacked in Northampton

The attack happened on Monday night. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Eight teenagers are being questioned by detectives in Northampton after a couple were violently assaulted.

It happened in the Blackthorn area of the town on Monday night.

A woman is in a critical condition in hospital while a man was kept in overnight.

We have had officers in the area all day today to provide reassurance to the local community and gather any information people may have.

We are still appealing for witnesses to come forward at this time.

– Detective Inspector Adam Pendlebury, Northamptonshire Police


Plans for former bus station site go on show

There are plans to develop the site of the former Greyfriars bus station in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Proposals for the future of the demolished Greyfriars bus station site in Northampton will be put on display this week.

The iconic building was demolished last year, and the council will put forward two plans for the site - which could include shops, restaurants and housing.

Farron: Leadsom should be sacked for 'stupid' paedophile comments

Andrea Leadsom is in trouble again. Credit: PA

Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron says new Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom should be sacked after she suggested men shouldn't take on childcare roles in case they are a paedophile.

The controversial comments were made in an interview published in The Times today.

"Your odds are stacked against you if you employ a man", she told the newspaper.

"We know paedophiles are attracted to working with children. I'm sorry but they're the facts."

The South Northamptonshire MP was promoted to the cabinet yesterday by her former rival for the Conservative leadership Theresa May, but the man in charge of the Lib Dems thinks she should be removed straight away.

Andrea Leadsom has let yet another of her masks slip. I have to admire The Times - journalists are there to hold politicians to account and this interview was clearly a masterclass in doing just that.

These remarks are stupid, ignorant and not ones any minister should be making. Over the last day Theresa May has shown she is willing to relieve ministers of their duties and she must do so again now.

It is inconceivable that somebody who holds such offensive, ignorant views should be sat around the Cabinet table.



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Johnson: May will make an excellent prime minister

Boris Johnson had backed Andrea Leadsom for PM Credit: PA

Boris Johnson has said he has "no doubt Theresa (May) will make an excellent party leader and Prime Minister" and called for the handover of power to begin "immediately".

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Andrea Leadsom: I wish Theresa May the greatest success

Andrea Leadsom wished Home Secretary Theresa May "the greatest success" as she pulled out of her bid to be prime minister.

Here is Andrea Leadsom's speech in full:

So this morning I have written a letter to Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, and I would like to read it out to you.

The best interests of our country inspired me to stand for the leadership. I believe that in leaving the EU a bright future awaits, where all our people can share in a new prosperity, freedom and democracy.

The referendum result demonstrated a clear desire for change - strong leadership is needed urgently to begin the work of withdrawing from the European Union.

A nine-week leadership campaign at such a critical moment for our country is highly undesirable.

Business needs certainty - a strong and unified Government must move quickly to set out what an independent United Kingdom's framework for business looks like. It is also essential that current EU workers in the UK and businesses that employ them know where they stand.

The Conservative Party was elected only last year with a strong manifesto. We now need a new prime minister in place as soon as possible, committed to fulfilling that manifesto as well as implementing the clear instructions from the referendum.

Theresa May carries over 60% of support from the Parliamentary party. She is ideally placed to implement Brexit on the best possible terms for the British people and she has promised that she will do so.

For me personally, to have won the support of 84 of my colleagues last Thursday was a great expression of confidence for which I am incredibly grateful.

Nevertheless, this is less than 25% of the parliamentary party and after careful consideration I do not believe this is sufficient support to lead a strong and stable government should I win the leadership election. There is no greater privilege than to lead the Conservative Party in government and I would have been deeply honoured to do it.I have, however, concluded that the interests of our country are best served by the immediate appointment of a strong and well-supported prime minister. I am therefore withdrawing from the leadership election and I wish Theresa May the very greatest success. I assure her of my full support. Thank you very much.

– Andrea Leadsom
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