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Three year old Kylan seriously injured in Northampton hit and run

A three year old boy Kylan Spires has been left with serious head injuries after a hit and run incident involving a moped as he played in his front garden.

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He had been playing on grass in Derwent Drive, Kings Heath, at about 4.25pm yesterday (Monday, June 12).

Kylan Spires the three year old seriously injured in a hit and run incident in Northampton

Detective Inspector Mark Hopkinson, who is leading the investigation said:

This was an extremely serious incident and our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time. We realise that emotions are running high in the local community.

“We have one individual in custody and we are progressing several lines of inquiry, We are working closely with the family, but it would be inappropriate to give further details on that at this stage.

“We would strongly urge people to refrain from making threats and accusations which could constitute offences in themselves, and much worse, if inaccurate, could undermine any investigation.

Northamptonshire Police needs to get on with the job of finding the right person who did this.

– Det Insp Mark Hopkinson, Northants Police

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Teenager forced to ground fights off would-be rapist

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A teenager fought off a would-be rapist after he approached her in a Northampton alleyway and forced her to the ground.

The 14-year-old girl was attacked at Ridge Walk between Middlemead Court and Hertford Court at the end of March.

Nearly three months on, police have released an e-fit image of the man they believe was responsible.

E-fit released of the man police believe was responsible.

Police issue image of man wanted over 'attempted rape' on 14-year-old

This is an e-fit. It is not a photograph.

Detectives have issued an e-fit of an attacker who attempted to rape a 14-year-old girl.

Police said the man, wanted in connection with an offence committed in the Standens Barn area of Northampton, is thought to be aged in his early 40s.

The offender struck in an alleyway between Middlemead Court and Hertford Close between 4pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday March 28.

The victim was pulled to the ground but managed to run away after kicking out at the man, who is described as white, about 5ft 7ins with shaved brown/grey hair, a goatee beard and a local accent.

He was wearing black jogging bottoms, a black hoody with the hood up and a white T-shirt.

Anyone who recognises the e-fit or has information to help the inquiry is urged to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Pedestrian dies after being hit by van which failed to stop

The incident took place at the junction of Black Lion Hill and St Andrew's Road in Northampton.

A pedestrian has died after being hit by a van which failed to stop at the scene.

The 42-year-old victim was struck by a black Transit-style van while crossing a road in Northampton town centre at about 4.10am on Sunday.

The man, who has not been named by police, died after being taken to University Hospital in Coventry.

Officers from Northamptonshire's collision investigation unit are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which took place at the junction of Black Lion Hill and St Andrew's Road.

Police see rise in hate crimes after Manchester attack

Northamptonshire Police HQ. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There's been a rise in the number of hate crimes being reported in Northamptonshire since last week's terror attack in Manchester, according to the county's police force.

Officers say they're monitoring the situation and have urged people to keep coming forward if they're targeted.

They've also confirmed that they'll continue to be on patrol at large events this weekend.

Over the next few days, we will be continuing our focus on patrolling crowded places, religious establishments, transport hubs and large events, and in those communities which may feel more vulnerable.

We have seen a rise in the number of hate crimes and incidents reported to us over the past week and we are continuing to monitor this. We want people to feel confident in reporting incidents where they or others have been targeted because of who they are or what they believe in.

– Chief Inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd, Northamptonshire Police

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Motorcyclist dies a week after Northampton crash

A motorcyclist has died a week after a crash in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 22-year-old motorcyclist has died a week after being involved in a crash in Northampton.

Stuart Hutchings, of Southfields, suffered serious head injuries when his motorcross bike collided with a Ford Fiesta at Eastern Avenue North, Kingsthorpe, on Thursday May 18.

He was taken to University Hospital in Coventry but died yesterday (Wednesday).

The two occupants of the Fiesta were uninjured.

Estate agent jailed for spending £92,000 of clients' money

Peter Bell. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

The former managing director of a Northampton estate agents has been jailed for two years for theft and fraud.

Peter Bell, 36, and his ex-partner diverted more than £90,000 from the company client account to lease cars and pay for expensive trips abroad.

The Enfields office in Mercer's Row has since closed down following complaints from landlords and tenants.

This outcome is the result of a lengthy and complex investigation involving a large number of victims who have lost substantial amounts of money through the dishonest actions of someone they had placed their trust in.

Mr Bell’s behaviour represents a massive betrayal of that trust and it is hoped that this result will go some way to making things right. In the meantime, the investigation continues and efforts are ongoing to recover some of that money and compensate those who have lost money through their dealings with Mr Bell and his company.

– DC Paul Houghton-Draeger, Northamptonshire Police

Dog owner sought after little boy bitten in face

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Police are urging a dog owner to get in touch after a five-year-old boy was bitten in the face in Northampton.

At around 8am on Wednesday, May 17, the boy was walking with his father in Foxwell Square, where a woman was also walking her dog.

The boy approached the dog and asked the woman if he could stroke it.

The woman agreed, and after the boy had stroked the dog he got up, at which point the dog suddenly jumped up and bit the boy to the face.

The boy required stitches following the attack.

Police said the woman had tried to help but, because the child was upset, no details were exchanged.

Officers have urged her to get in touch. Her dog was a Staffordshire Bull terrier, sandy in colour and called Rosie or Roxy.

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