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New weapon to fight anti-social behaviour

Police in Northampton have a new weapon at their disposal to keep order in the town centre.

They've been granted a dispersal order to combat reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.

It means they've got the power to move potential troublemakers out of the designated area under Section 30 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.

The roads covered by the order are as follows:

  • Melbourne Walk
  • Bouverie Walk
  • Elizabeth Walk
  • Elizabeth Street
  • Stockley Street
  • Vernon Walk
  • St Edmonds Street
  • Palmerston Road
  • St Edmonds Road
  • Cyril Street
  • Wellingborough Road
  • Portland Place
  • Exeter Place
  • Market Street
  • Market Walk
  • Grove Road
  • Queens Road
  • Spencer Road
  • Clare Street
  • Carey Street
  • Cowper Street
  • Hood Street
  • Colwyn Road
  • Kettering Road
  • Shakespeare Road

In recent months there has been an increase in anti-social behaviour, street drinking and youths congregating in this area. Police have been working hard to tackle these issues and improve the town.

Bereaved partner praises her 'gentle giant'

George Wedderburn's partner Angela Augustine said her sons had lost a great father.

Mr Wedderburn’s two teenage sons have described him as ‘a hero who died a peacemaker’ and ‘a good friend and confidant’.

“Our sons have lost a devoted dad. My wider family have lost a brother, stepdad and close friend and I have lost my soulmate and the father to my children.

“George was a good man, a gentle giant, liked by all that knew him, he loved being with his two children and spent a lot of time with his step-children.”

– Angela Augustine

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Police pay tribute to Good Samaritan killed as he went to break up a fight

Northamptonshire police have paid tribute to George Wedderburn, who was acting as a Good Samaritan when he crossed the road to help a member of the public who was being assaulted.

Daniel Tero punched him once to the head, knocking him to the floor. It was the impact of his fall that led to his death almost a week later. Tero's been sentenced to four years and ten months for the fatal attack.

“This has been a huge loss for Mr Wedderburn’s family and friends who remember him as a kind and caring man.

“Daniel Tero by contrast is a violent, confrontational and aggressive man with past convictions for inflicting unprovoked significant harm to others.

“This type of one-punch assault is unfortunately prevalent in towns and cities across the UK and, in this case, has had disastrous consequences for Mr Wedderburn and his family.

– Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Woliter

Students develop history app to help people discover Northampton's 'hidden gems'

Staff and students at the University of Northampton have devised an app to give people a chance to learn all about the history of the town.

Follow Northampton App Credit: University of Northampton

The Follow Northampton App, which is being launched today, includes audio, visual and written content to help people discover the 'hidden gems of Northampton'.

There are also links to extra content for teachers or individuals who want to learn more.

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School's out: all because the classroom's not ready

Most schools are a couple of weeks into the Autumn term, but at one primary in Northampton, some children still have not had a single lesson.

Delapre Primary School is growing year on year and building new classroom's to take in more pupils. But they are not ready yet, leaving the youngest children with nowhere to learn.

Click below to watch Olivia Paterson's report:

Four-year-old boy seriously injured in collision with taxi in Northampton

Map showing where the collision happened.

A four-year-old boy has been seriously injured in a collision with a taxi in Northampton.

The child was with his mother in the car park when the collision with a private hire taxi took place at about 9.45pm.

He was initially taken to Northampton General Hospital but later transferred to Birmingham Children's Hospital with serious injuries.

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

Anyone with information or who witnessed this incident is asked to call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.

Do you recognise this man? Police seek key witness in Northampton death investigation

Police believe this man may have been a key witness to a fight which left a man with fatal injuries. Credit: Northamptonshire Police.

Police believe this man may have been a key witness to a fight in Northampton town centre which left a 61-year-old fatally injured.

It is thought George Wedderburn, of Byfield Road, St James, was injured after intervening in the fight at Abington Square in the early hours of last Sunday.

He died six days later in hospital.

Police have released this image of a man they think may have tried to act as a peacemaker.

Officers would like him or anyone who knows him to contact them on 101.

Daniel Tero, 22, of Burleigh Road, Kingsthorpe Hollow, has been charged with assault.

He is due to appear at Northampton Crown Court on Wednesday September 3.

Man, 61, dies after intervening in fight

A man has died after intervening in a fight in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A man who is thought to have intervened in a fight in Northampton town centre earlier this month has died.

George Wedderburn, who was 61, suffered a serious head injury in the early hours of Sunday, August 17.

Northamptonshire Police said they believed he had intervened in a fight at Abington Square, close to Steffans jewellers, just before 3.45am.

He was taken to Northampton General Hospital for treatment but died six days later on Saturday, August 23.

Police are now keen to trace a man who they believe may have tried to act as a peacemaker.

He was a tall, white man in his early 20s. He had a small beard and wore a blue t-shirt and glasses.

A 22-year-old man, Daniel Tero, of Burleigh Road, Kingsthorpe Hollow, has already appeared at Northampton Magistrates' Court charged with assault.

He is due to appear at Northampton Crown Court on Wednesday September 3.

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