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Northampton couple in court charged with historical sex offences

A man and woman have appeared in court charged with multiple counts of historical drug and sexual assault offences.

Northamptonshire Police said Nicholas Taylor, 47, of no fixed abode, had been charged with 71 offences, including supply of Class A drugs, rape and other sexual offences.

Joan Taylor, 43, from Semilong, Northampton, is facing 34 charges, including supply of Class A drugs, rape, other sexual offences and being in possession of indecent images.

Both have appeared at Northampton Crown Court for a short hearing where no pleas were taken.

They were both remanded in custody and are next due to appear at the same court on October 21st.

'Up and away' for Northampton's Balloon Festival

Last year's festival Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hot air balloons from all over the country will gather today for Northampton's annual Balloon Festival.

The popular event at Billing Aquadrome is celebrating its 27th anniversary.

Thousands of people are expected to attend over the weekend.

Northampton Balloon Festival 2015 Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The balloonists are excited about the annual event giving both local and others from further afield the chance to flying above the Northamptonshire countryside. This continues with the support provided by Billing Aquadrome for the last seven years, since the event moved from the Racecourse in 2009."

– Spokesperson for the balloon festival


7 year old Jacob has one of his dreams come true

Jacob with officers from Northamptonshire police Credit: Northamptonshire police

A 7-year-old boy with terminal cancer who set himself a bucket list challenge has seen one of his dreams come true in Northampton.

Jacob Rhodes set a goal of joining a police chase. He went out on a speedway track in Corby with the county police force and helped to apprehend a pretend criminal.

Jacob has been given five years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Jacob's day out took place as part of an annual event at the racetrack organised by Sporting Bears.

"You’re not going to forget something like this. Just to live a normal life. Just to be happy for a day, it’s amazing.”

– Sarah, Jacob's mum

"It was immensely rewarding to see this little boy enjoy himself and to be a part of his happiness.”

– PC Ruth Vickery

Police seek McDonalds robber who threatened staff with hammer

Police want to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the picture Credit: Northants Police

A man stole cash after threatening staff in McDonalds at Sixfields in Northampton late on Saturday night.

The man entered the restaurant at about 11pm on Saturday, 6 August and threatened staff with a hammer and demanded cash.

A small amount of money was handed over to the man who made off without injuring anyone.

The offender was a white man, tanned, aged between 20 and 25, of slim build and about 5ft 11in. He was English, possibly drunk and had a large graze down the back of his left leg.

He was wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood up, black sunglasses, light grey shorts, white socks and black trainers.

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

They would also like to speak to anyone who may recognise the picture of the man attached.

India Chipchase murderer was already known to police

India Chipchase and Edward Tenniswood. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police have admitted they were already investigating the man jailed for murdering Northampton barmaid India Chipchase before her murder.

52-year-old Edward Tenniswood is serving a 30 year sentence for her rape and murder.

Northampton Police say they had spoken to Tenniswood about an incident in 2004 - which wasn't reported to them until last year.

It meant that when he was seen with India on CCTV footage they knew who he was and where he lived.

Homeless man jailed for life in Northampton for killing man who offered him a place to stay

Karl Pound and Mary Cash Credit: Northamptonshire police

A homeless man who killed a Good Samaritan who offered him a place to stop for the night has been jailed for life after admitting the crime.

Karl Pound pleaded guilty to murdering 54-year-old Robert Chester while his co-accused Mary Cash was convicted of manslaughter for her part in their victim's death.

Mr Chester was stabbed eight times at his Northampton home on October 8 last year, and then set alight in a bid to destroy evidence.

When firefighters arrived at the address in Rothersthorpe Road they discovered the victim dead in his lounge.

Police were able to link Mr Chester's attackers to the scene through DNA on blood-stained clothing.

Cash claimed Pound stabbed Mr Chester in a row over a £10 note, while Pound alleged Cash killed their victim because of a drunken bout of bad temper.

However Pound changed his plea to guilty after the first day of the trial at Northampton Crown Court, while Cash, who denied murder, was convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter by a jury.

Pound, 51, was sentenced today (August 3) to a minimum of 19 years in jail while Cash, 39, was handed a 10-year sentence, two-thirds of which must be served in prison.

"This was a completely senseless attack on a man who had shown only kindness towards Pound and Cash.

"The level of violence shown towards Mr Chester, over a seemingly insignificant argument, was shocking and difficult to comprehend.

"Robert was a quiet man who kept himself to himself. His act of kindness towards two people in need proved to be a fatal mistake and he has paid the ultimate price.

"I welcome the sentences handed down today by the judge and hope Robert's family can gain some comfort from them."

– Detective Chief Inspector Louise Hemingway, Northamptonshire Police


India Chipchase father: 'no other family is to experience what we have'

India Chipchase was raped and murdered after a night out. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

The father of India Chipchase has said there should be no possibility of another woman falling into the hands of her killer.

Northamptonshire Police have released a video of Jeremy Chipchase reading a victim impact statement, which was shown during the two-week trial.

52-year-old Edward Tenniswood was today (Tuesday 2 August) found guilty of India's rape and murder, after finding her in a drunken state outside a Northampton nightclub.

A jury took just one hour and 45 minutes to convict him.

"I sincerely hope there's no possibility that another woman ever falls into the hands of my daughter's murderer.

Speaking from a father's perspective, I do not want any other father to hear that their daughter's gone missing like I did - and then for them to hear that she's been found dead.

No other father will have to see their daughter's body in the mortuary and be told that they are unable to touch her or kiss her one last time."

– Jeremy Chipchase, India's father

You can watch the full statement below:

Inside India Chipchase killer's cling-filmed home

Photographs show the inside of India Chipchase's killers home where he raped and murdered the 20-year-old in the early hours of 30 January.

Edward Tenniswood lived alone, in squalid surroundings, at a terraced house in Stanley Road, Northampton.

Tenniswood claimed he kept the pictures of women in his home, which was covered in dust sheets and cling film, as "memories of ex-girlfriends".

When police smashed down the door of his house, having traced Ms Chipchase's mobile to the address, they found her fully-clothed body lying on a mattress in a dimly-lit upstairs bedroom.

CCTV footage: India Chipchase approached by killer

Police have released CCTV footage of Edward Tenniswood approaching India Chipchase on the night he killed her.

It shows him speaking to the 20-year-old barmaid outside NB's nightclub in Northampton, where she had been for a night out with friends.

The 52-year-old former book-keeper was convicted of her rape and murder today at Birmingham Crown Court.

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