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Emergency night shelter helps dozens in first month

The night shelter opened for the first time on 6 February,

An emergency night shelter in Northampton has helped more than 30 people in its first month.

The temporary accommodation and support services are being used by men aged 18 to 59 since it opened on the 6 February.

Since staying at the shelter, some have moved to supported housing and others have reconnected with family.

We opened the night shelter to help people move away from dangerous situations and that’s what’s happening.

Our aim is to help and encourage everyone who stays at the shelter to engage with services and take a leap of faith.

The key to the night shelter’s success is the fantastic team of volunteers who spend time talking to people about the support they need, and their hopes and fears.

– Stephen Hibbert, Cabinet member for housing and wellbeing

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Hunt for attacker after punch left man unconscious outside restaurant

Police are looking for a man who punched the victim outside a restaurant in Northampton Credit: ITV Anglia

A man was assaulted outside a restaurant in Northampton on Friday, 3 March.

The 37-year-old was in the smoking area outside Chillies Restaurant in Clannell Road, East Hunsbury, when he was punched in the face by a man leaving the premises between 11.20pm and midnight.

The victim fell to the floor, losing consciousness while the offender, who was with another man, walked away.

The offender was white, around 5ft 11ins, in his mid-20s, of medium build with short, dark hair. He had a short beard and wore dark clothing.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information regarding it.

Divers search lake for clues in teen murder inquiry

17-year-old Liam Hunt was stabbed to death in Northampton on Valentine's Day. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police investigating the murder of teenager Liam Hunt in Northampton have recovered items from a lake in the town.

Divers have spent two days searching the lake at Delapre Abbey and the articles found will now undergo forensic assessment.

17-year-old Liam Hunt was stabbed to death in Northampton on Valentine's Day.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information from the public

Six people have been charged with murder.

Sixth person charged over teenager's murder

17-year-old Liam Hunt was stabbed to death in Northampton on Valentine's Day. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A sixth person has been charged with murder in connection with the Liam Hunt murder investigation.

17-year-old Liam Hunt was stabbed to death in Northampton on Valentine's Day.

A 20-year-old man, who was arrested on Tuesday, will appear before Northampton Magistrates’ Court.

Four boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and 18-year-old James Dodd, of Sentinel Road, Northampton, have already appeared in court charged with murder.

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Five appear in court on murder charge

The scene of the incident Credit: PA Images

Four youths and an 18-year-old man charged with the murder of teenager Liam Hunt have appeared at Birmingham Crown Court.

They were remanded into custody.

The four boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and 18-year-old James Dodd, of Sentinel Court, Camp Hill, are next set to appear at Northampton Crown Court on May 19 for a plea and trial hearing.

A 20-year-old man has also been arrested today on suspicion of murder.

Liam Hunt, 17 suffered fatal injuries during an assault at around 5pm on Valentine's Day.

Work to upgrade controversial museum gets underway

Preparation work has stared for a £8 million refurbishment and extension at Northampton Museum. Credit: Northampton Borough Council

A museum, which controversially sold off an ancient Egyptian statue, is now preparing for a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Northampton Borough Council is standing by its decision to sell the Sekhemka figurine to for £15m to an overseas buyer fund the expansion work.

It was a controversial move that cost the museum its Arts Council England accreditation and prompted the government to impose a temporary export ban.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

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