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Ground investigations to start on Northampton's Greyfriars site

The Greyfriars site has been cleared ready for developing Credit: ITV News Anglia

The preferred developer for Northampton's Greyfriars site has begun ground investigations there.

Various checks will take place this month on the old bus station site - which was demolished last year.

Proposals include shops, restaurants, housing and a cinema. The Borough Council is expected to consider a formal agreement with the developer next year.

The Greyfriars site in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's great to see the company making a start on site investigations, which further demonstrates their confidence in taking the scheme forward. We believe the scheme will be of huge benefit to Northampton, bringing more people to live in the area, and creating some fantastic facilities which will tie it into the wider town centre."

– Council leader, Cllr Jonathan Nunn

During the next fortnight, the developer's construction partner, R G Carter, has arranged for its in-house soils investigation company to bore piles over 20-metres deep.

The soil conditions will be analysed to ensure that the scheme is designed as efficiently as possible, ensuring best value from the outset. It will also help determine the type of construction for the striking scheme.

Following our selection as the Council's partner in September, we are pleased to be making good progress on all fronts. In order to meet the delivery programme, we have commissioned Carter to carry out the technical due diligence like these soil surveys, commissioned Bidwells to coordinate the preparation of the planning application, and Peter Brett Associates to start the Highway design. This is all in tandem with documenting the legal arrangements."

– Tim Holmes, Greyfriars Quarter Developments

Carlsberg leak investigation continues

Video report by ITV Anglia's Sarah Cooper.

Production has stopped at the Carlsberg factory in Northampton following an ammonia leak.

A man in his 40s died and more than 20 other people were taken to hospital. One person is still being treated.

An investigation is underway.

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Carlsberg leak: "you couldn't take a single breath, it was strong and suffocating"

Carlsberg site in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation is underway after a man in his 40s died following an ammonia leak at the Carlsberg site in Northampton.

A 51-year-old man who was taken to hospital remains in a serious but stable condition.

An eyewitness who walked past the Carlsberg site shortly after the ammonia leak has described the unbearable smell:

"As we walked closer to Carlsberg, we just couldn't really breathe in, we couldn't take a single breath and lucky my daughter had a scarf on so I just put it over her face and then I put this over my face, you couldn't take a single breath, it was just so strong and quite suffocating."

– Inna Lee, Northampton resident

Colin Wells is from the Fire Brigades Union:

"The ammonia inhalation lead to someone suffering respiratory disorders, tight chests, wheezing, we had headaches, sore eyes symptoms, like being hit by a brick wall effectively."

– Colin, Wells, FBU Serious Accident Investigator

Investigation continues into Carlsberg ammonia leak

Fire crews at the Carlsberg site Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation continues at Carlsberg in Northampton town centre which was the site of an ammonia leak yesterday.

Following the death of a man in his 40s, a report has been prepared for the coroner. Formal identification and a post mortem are yet to take place.

A 51-year-old man who was taken to hospital remains in a serious but stable condition.

Emergency services personnel and staff from Carlsberg, who were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, have now been discharged.

The factory remains cordoned off and officers are on the scene.

The emergency services do not believe there to be any danger to the wider public.

One man dies and 22 in hospital after gas leak at brewery

The Carlsberg Brewery

A man has died and another is in a serious condition after a gas leak at the Carlsberg factory in Northampton. Emergency services were called to the brewery in Northampton town centre at 12.30pm following reports of an industrial accident.

Twenty two people - including 11 staff, two police officers and nine firefighters were taken to hospital.

A 51-year-old man working on the site remains in a serious but stable condition, Carlsberg confirmed.

We are deeply, deeply saddened by today's tragic incident and subsequent fatality. Our immediate thoughts are with the individual's family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time and we will support them in every way we can.

Our further thoughts and support are with our colleagues and members of the emergency services who are being treated in hospital. One of our colleagues remains in a serious but stable condition. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of everyone working for us.

– Julian Momen, Carlsberg UK

Northamptonshire Police said the victim was in his 40s. The gas leak was confined to the factory site and there is not thought to be a wider risk to members of the public.

22 taken to hospital after Carlsberg chemical leak in Northampton

Six fire pumps were called to the location to secure the site Credit: ITV News Anglia

11 members of staff have been taken to hospital following a chemical leak at the Carlsberg site in Northampton.

Police, Fire and Ambulance were called this afternoon at around 12.30 to the site following reports of an industrial accident involving an ammonia leak.

Nine firefighters and two police officers were also taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

Six fire pumps were called to the location to secure the site. The gas leak is confined to the Carlsberg site and the emergency services do not believe there to be any wider risk to members of the public, outside of the site. There are no cordons around the property, and roads remain open, although motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible to reduce congestion.

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Crews tackle possible chemical leak at Carlsberg factory in Northampton

Emergency crews attended the site Credit: ITV News Anglia

Emergency services were called to a possible chemical leak at the Carlsberg factory in Northampton.

Crews including the Northamptonshire air ambulance and hazardous areas response team were called after reports of an industrial accident.

A spokesman for Carlsberg confirmed there had been a safety incident at the site on Bridge Street. It's not known if anyone was hurt.

Search for man with 'ginger afro' following attack in Northampton

Police in Northampton are investigating an attack in The Mounts area of the town.

Police searching for man with ginger 'afro style' hair Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man is thought to have pinned a woman against a wall in Bailiff Street at about 10 o'clock last Thursday morning. Two members of the public are believed to have pulled him away.

The offender is described as being a man in his late 40s, about 6ft, with light ginger 'afro style' hair and stubble on his face. He wore a black bomber jacket and was of medium build.

Anyone with information can contact Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man handed life sentence for murder in KFC restaurant

Ashley Palmer will face a minimum of term of 12 and a half years in prison. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A Corby man has been handed a life sentence for murder, after he punched a man in the head at a fast-food restaurant.

33-year-old Ashley Palmer will face a minimum of term of 12 and a half years in prison.

Palmer attacked 38-year-old Bernard Farrell at a KFC in Corby in November 2015, who later died of serious head injuries..

He admitted to the manslaughter, but a jury convicted him of murder following a week-long trial at Northampton Crown Court.

“Ashley Palmer took the life of a man, in a brutal and unprovoked attack. He then also attacked the victim’s fiancé."

– Detective Inspector Phil Mills, Northamptonshire Police Major Crime Team
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