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Boy, 13, attacked near skate park in Northampton

Credit: PA

Police are appealing for information after a 13-year-old boy was attacked near a skate park in Northampton.

The teenager was with a friend at Lings Park Recreation Ground when he was approached by a group of older boys who shouted at him to give them his bike.

They both tried to run away - but one of the group chased after the boy, shouted at him, then punched him in the face.

It happened at about 2.15pm on 21 December. The older boy who assaulted him is described as:

  • Black
  • Between 15 and 16 years old
  • About 5ft 11ins
  • Slim build
  • Short hair

He was wearing a grey hooded top, white tee-shirt and black trousers.

Police appeal after house burglary in Northampton

Thieves forced their way into a garage in Northampton. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a house was broken into in a burglary in Northampton.

Thieves forced their way into a garage on Lindsay Avenue late on 21 December.

They stole stole fishing equipment, including a battery powered three wheeled PowaWalker and charger, three fishing rods, a carp rod and a blue zip-up hard case rod carrier.


TV presenter Clare Balding shares her Olympic and Paralympic stories with schoolchildren

Clare Balding talks to schoolchildren

TV presenter Clare Balding has been sharing her Olympic and Paralympic stories with more than 150 school children in Northampton.

She gave a talk at Paralympic gold medallist, Ellie Robinson's, primary school in the town.

Clare Balding is visiting schools across the country to promote her new book.

Northampton man jailed for sex offences against children

Northampton man Jason Scott James who has been jailed for sex offences against children Credit: Northants Police

A Northampton man has been jailed for a total of 16 years for a string of sex offences against children.

Jason Scott James formerly from Duston pleaded guilty to four counts of rape against a child under 13.

In addition, he was convicted of two rapes against a child aged under 16, and one against another child under the age of 16.

He also pleaded guilty to one allegation of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

James, must serve a further six years on licence following completion of his jail sentence

Carlsberg in Northampton resumes work

The factory shut for two weeks after a fatal ammonia leak. Credit: ITV Anglia

Carlsberg in Northampton has begun brewing again, two weeks after the factory was shut because of a fatal ammonia leak.

David Chandler who was 45 died after breathing the poisonous gas.

Another person remains in hospital in a critical but 'improving' condition.

An investigation into what caused the leak is ongoing.


Inquest into death of four festival goers hears how their car crashed head on with another vehicle

Four friends from Northampton were killed when their car ploughed head on into another vehicle

Four friends from Northampton were killed returning home from a festival when their car ploughed head-on into another vehicle, an inquest heard.

23-year-old driver Sam Jones and friends Brogan Warren, 21, Sam Kay, 26 and Nicoletta Tocco, 25, died in the collision on the A40 Shrivenham bypass in Oxfordshire in May.

Oxford Coroner's Court heard Mr Jones was on the wrong side of the 60mph single carriageway road and, as he swerved his blue Citroen to avoid a black Mercedes coming in the opposite direction, they collided head-on.

The Citroen, which was heading towards Oxford, overturned and suffered "catastrophic damage," the court heard. Mr Jones and his friends were pronounced dead at the scene.

A married couple and their three-year-old son from Swindon, who were travelling in the Mercedes, required hospital treatment.

Collision investigators ruled out mechanical failure as being a cause of the accident.

"It is not known why the driver of the Citroen came to be on the wrong side of the road. There are a number of potential causes but there is insufficient evidence available to be able to categorically state which is contributory.

"The possible explanations include driver fatigue and driver distraction."

– PC James Henderson

Production teams return to Carlsberg site

Carlsberg factory in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Production teams are back on site at the Carlsberg factory in Northampton following an ammonia leak that killed a 45-year-old man.

David Chandler from Bridgnorth in Shropshire died of inhalation of ammonia. One person who was in a critical condition is improving and remains in hospital.

A further ten individuals working on site, and a further 11 members of the emergency services, were also taken to hospital and have now been released.

Carlsberg says brewing may re-commence in the next day or so. The company says they will continue to source some beer from other Carlsberg breweries for the time being.

Investigations into what caused the leak continue.

“The initial on-site enquiry work has now been concluded, meaning we have been able to make good progress against our site recovery plan, and our production teams have been able to return back on site. Subsequently, we have been packaging beer on site since the weekend and we anticipate that some brewing will re-commence tomorrow. During this period, when we will not be at our optimum production levels, we will continue to source some beer from other Carlsberg breweries for the UK market.

“This has been a very difficult time for everyone concerned, and I speak on behalf of everyone working at Carlsberg UK, when I say that we truly appreciate all of the support we have received from the industry, our customers and the local community.”

– Julian Momen, CEO, Carlsberg UK

Carlsberg ammonia victim was 'happy, funny and bright'

David Chandler, 45, died at the Carlsberg factory.

A father-of-two who died at the Carlsberg factory in Northampton has been described by his family as "happy, funny and bright".

45-year-old David Chandler from Bridgnorth in Shropshire died of inhalation of ammonia.

In a statement his family said: "David was a happy person, he always had a smile on his face, was always happy to help others and you would never hear anyone say a bad thing about him.

"Married for six years, David leaves behind his beautiful wife Laura and two beautiful daughters Ava, five, and Isabella, nearly two.

"Not only do Laura, Ava and Isabella have to learn to cope with this, but also David’s two sisters and father who are left devastated and heartbroken.

"He was an amazing uncle to two little nieces, so the knock on effect is huge.

"This is such a massive thing, this will take a long time to move on from.

"David was very well known. He was a really lovely, happy family man, with a beautiful family. He was always happy, funny and bright. We need to get on as best we can."

Carlsberg offers sympathies to David Chandler's family

Carlsberg UK has released a statement saying their thoughts are with the family of David Chandler who died at their brewery in Northampton.

David Chandler was working as a contractor on the Bridge Street factory at the time of the tragic incident.

A post mortem examination was carried out at Leicester Royal Infirmary and the cause of death was given as inhalation of ammonia.

Carlsberg said: We remain deeply saddened by the tragic incident that took place at our brewery last week.

"Today our sympathies and thoughts are with David Chandler’s family, friends, employer and colleagues at what is a very difficult time.”

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