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Police appeal over New Year rape

The attack happened in Abington Park Credit: ITV Anglia

Detectives have appealed for witnesses after a woman was raped in Abington Park, Northampton.

The victim and the suspect had been walking home from the town centre following a New Year’s Eve night out.

The sexual assault, which happened sometime between midnight and 4am on New Year’s Day, took place in the park when the man dragged the woman to the ground and assaulted her. He then made off and left her in the park on her own.

Witnesses or anyone with information about this incident should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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New research to stop children dying from treatable infections

New research is being carried out in Northampton to try to reduce the number of children dying from treatable infections.

New research is being carried out in Northampton to try to reduce the number of children dying from treatable infections.

Figures show under-5s in the UK are twice as likely to die from conditions such as pneumonia and sepsis than children in Sweden.

Now an 18 month study led by the University of Northampton is being carried out to discover why survival rates here are so low and what can be done about it.

ITV News Anglia has been speaking to a mother from Kettering who knows first hand how important it is to improve the way we diagnose and treat deadly infections in children.

  • Click to watch the report by Liz Summers

Toddler died from injuries to abdomen

Flowers being laid outside at house in Northampton following the death of a two-year-old boy. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police investigating the death of a two-year-old boy in Northampton say he died from injuries to his abdomen.

A post mortem examination has revealed the boy died due to "blunt force trauma to the abdomen causing internal injuries".

There will be further tests before a final cause of death is confirmed. The boy was found dead on Friday 15 December.

Raphael Kennedy, 30, of Arthur Street in Northampton, has been charged with murder.

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Murder investigation is launched after death of two-year-old

Officers were called to a home in Arthur Street this lunchtime. Credit: ITV Anglia

A murder investigation's been launched following the death of a two-year-old child in Northampton. Officers were called to a home in Arthur Street at lunchtime on Friday 15 December. The child was found unresponsive and was taken to Northampton General but died later. A 30-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in police custody. Police are still trying to establish what happened.

Two injured after 'shots fired at car' in Northampton

Police are appealing for witnesses Credit: PA

Two women have been injured after shots were reportedly fired at a car in Northampton.

It happened on South Holme Court, Thorplands, shortly after 6pm, on Friday (17 November ).

The women, who were passengers in the car, suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Police also received reports of a group of people carrying knives in the area at the time.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

Officers investigating what happened would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed last night's disorder.

This was a serious incident to which we are responding robustly and people will see additional officers in the Thorplands area over the weekend while we investigate.

I would urge anyone who may have any concerns about the disorder we saw last night to speak to one of our officers on patrol.

– Chief Inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd, Northamptonshire police

Protests in Northamptonshire over planned cuts to services

Under the budget cut proposals Northamptonshire County Council, 21 libraries would either be closed or handed over to community groups.

Road gritting, children's centres and bus services could also be affected.

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

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