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Northampton man in his eighties to run his 250th park run

Bob Emerson is running in the 80-84 year old category Credit: Bob Emerson

A Northampton man, who's now in his eighties, will be taking part in his 250th park run this weekend.

Bob Emerson's son is flying over from Australia especially to watch him.

The 5 kilometre race takes place at Northampton race course and sets off at 9am.

Bob is running in the 80-84 year old category.

Bob Emerson is about to take part in his 250th park run Credit: Bob Emerson

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Work on £2 million Sikh temple to get underway in June

How the temple is expected to look once it is completed. Credit: PRP Architects

Construction work on a £2 million Sikh temple in Northampton is set to begin next month.

The Gurdwara in St James Mill Road will replace the existing building on St Georges Street.

It will include a gym, community centre and 120 parking spaces. It's due to be completed in early 2019.

It will just completely transform all the services that we've got, not only for our own community but we want other communities to come and share that space.

We want to have that respect for each other and help each other grow as well at the same time.

– Amarjit Singh Atwal, Trustee

Northampton South MP will not seek re-election

The Conservative MP for Northampton South, David Mackintosh has said he will not stand for re-election in June.

Just days ago he said he had no plans to step aside despite rumours he was facing deselection by the local conservative party.

  • ITV Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson says he was in for a tough deselection battle.

It comes after questions over the handling of a £10 million loan to Northampton Football Club when he was leader of Northampton Borough Council.

Work the money was meant to go toward was never finished, and now the money's missing and police are investigating. Mr Mackintosh has always insisted he's done nothing wrong.

After much thought I have decided not to stand again as the Conservative candidate for Northampton South. It has been a huge honour to be the Member of Parliament since 2015, but I now feel it is the right time for my constituents to have a new representative.

This is an important election for our country with a clear choice: strong and stable leadership for Brexit and beyond under Theresa May - or a coalition of chaos under a weak, floundering, nonsensical Jeremy Corbyn.

I supported Theresa May since the start of her leadership campaign, and I know that every vote for her and the Conservative team on 8 June will strengthen our hand in negotiations to get the best possible deal for Brexit and beyond, leaving Britain stronger and better off for the future.

– David Mackintosh MP

Northampton woman raises awareness of MS

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

One in three of us knows someone who has been diagnosed with MS - but according to research by the MS Trust, three quarters of us don't know what the symptoms are.

Beccy Huxtable, from Northampton, will forever be grateful that a listener to her radio show did.

After years struggling with symptoms she finally got a diagnosis when they texted in.

We were just joking, messing about on the show and Scott said something like oh Becky's buzzing again. And then we had some texts in from listeners.

One of them said you shouldn't be joking about this, she could have MS.

– Beccy Huxtable, MS patient

Twin brothers retire together after 50 years in family business

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

A pair of twin brothers are about to retire together, after nearly 50 years working at one of the oldest iron works in Northampton.

The Slatter brothers took over the business their father first set up in 1958 - but now the Slatter and Sons workshop in Northampton is closing down.

The brothers say it's the end of an era - but they've got to move with the times.

It's come to an end really, because of competition from China - also we're wearing out. You just get older and un-loading a big lorry full of steel - it's demanding.

– Max Slatter

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Northampton MP at centre of deselection rumours says he has no plans to stand down

Northampton South MP David Mackintosh

David Mackintosh the Conservative MP for Northampton South says he plans to defend his seat at the upcoming General Election despite rumours he could be facing deselection by the local party.

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

David Mackintosh the Conservative MP for Northampton South says he plans to defend his seat at the upcoming General Election despite rumours he could be facing deselection by the local party.

It's all about his role in a loan to Northampton Town Football Club when he was leader of the council - where millions of pounds of public money went missing.

Before he was an MP - David Mackintosh was Leader of Northampton Borough Council.

He was in charge when the authority lent more than 10 million pounds to the Cobblers - to improve Sixfields stadium and develop land nearby.

The work was never finished - and now the money's missing and the loan is being investigated by police.

But David Mackintosh has always insisted he's done nothing wrong

I welcome the investigation into the problems with Sixfields Stadium and I am as concerned as anyone to find out what happened. I have consistently said that I have done nothing wrong and I have never been approached by the Police over this matter.

I am proud of my record as an MP, to date I have dealt with over 20,000 cases from thousands of my constituents. I would like to continue that work and intend to stand for re-election.

– David Mackintosh MP
Sajid Javid

The communities secretary has thrown his weight behind the MP - amid the deselection rumours.

Sajid Javid has been in Northamptonshire as part of the Conservative's local election campaigning.

When asked about suggestions Mr Mackintosh could be deselected as the party's candidate for June's general election the minister called him an "effective and passionate" politician - but said selection was a local party issue.

Meanwhile police say their investigation into the affair is continuing

A dedicated team of full-time investigators, accountants and analysts‎ continue to independently assess the grant, use and the loss of millions of pounds of public money. We are committed to thoroughly and objectively investigating this matter, which includes evaluating and investigating every allegation which may have a bearing on events. This is a complex investigation involving multiple allegations and counter allegations and it is important to remember that neither criminal nor financial liability will diminish with time.

– Northamptonshire Police

Debenham's to close a distribution centre in Northampton

Debenhams Distribution centre in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

High street department store Debenhams has announced plans to close a distribution centre in Northampton employing 220 people.

The site at Lodge Farm is run by courier company DHL. It will close in two years time and it's hoped, by then, that the company will have redeployed many of the workers.

The closure is part of a major review by Debenhams' chief executive which could also see up to 10 stores shut across the country.

Debenhams distribution centre, Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Eight-year-old boy injured by motorbike in hit and run

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An appeal has been launched after an eight-year-old boy was injured in a hit and run with a motorbike in Northampton.

The driver - who was not wearing a helmet - was seen circling the Goldings area of the town on Wednesday afternoon (April 19).

The victim was hit in an alleyway between Entwood Drive and Dell Crescent. The motorbike rider did not stop.

The boy was taken to hospital where he continues to be treated.

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Police name Northamptonshire crash victims

The crash happened on Sunday night. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man and a woman who died in a crash near Northampton on Sunday night have been named.

25-year-old Guy Marriott and 22-year-old Sophie Griffin from Leicestershire were both killed when their car hit two other vehicles on the A5199 just outside Creaton at about 8.45pm.

A further two people were also seriously injured.

Witnesses to the collision, or anyone who may have seen any of the vehicles prior to it, are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.

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