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Man jailed for 10 years for Northampton pub attack

Courtney Flanagan. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A man who fatally attacked another man at a pub in Northampton has been jailed for 10 years.

22-year-old Courtney Flanagan punched Paul Smith at the Edge of Town pub in Regent Street last July.

He died in hospital two months later. Flanagan pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

This was a tragic and extremely complex case. Mr Smith had a serious pre-existing heart condition which he had been managing well for more than 10 years. On the night of the assault he was out enjoying a drink with his father.

Our detailed and lengthy investigation involved a hugely complex medical enquiry which ultimately established a clinical causal link between the assault and his death.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Smith’s family for their support and understanding during the investigation and I hope today’s sentencing helps to bring some comfort and closure for them.

– Detective Inspector Mark Hopkinson, Northamptonshire Police

Could £70m ring road solve Northampton's traffic woes?

Plans to build a £70m ring road around the top of Northampton have been unveiled.

People can still have their say on the proposals for the next couple of weeks, and if all goes well, the road could be up and running in six years time.


Pooches audition for musical role on stage in Northampton

Dogs in Northampton have been auditioning for a new production coming to the town's Royal and Derngate theatre.

Six canines have been competing for a starring role in 'Legally Blonde the Musical'. They'll join the cast during the week the touring production is in Northampton.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes.

Paralympic champion holds swimming masterclass

More than 120 children gathered at Northampton High School for a day of sport - including a swimming masterclass with Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Robinson.

The event was all about encouraging girls of primary school age to try, not just swimming, but many different activities.

Schoolboy robbed at knifepoint in Northampton

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact the police Credit: ITV News Anglia

A teenage boy had a knife held against his throat when he was robbed by in Northampton.

The offender approached the 14-year-old victim from behind close to the bird aviary in Abington Park, before holding him in a headlock grip and holding the knife to the victim's throat.

The robber demanded the victim's phone and money before searching his jacket and trousers. He then ran off towards the roundabout on Park Avenue South.

Local people say it's family friendly park and they're scared to hear about what happened, but, many say they won't let it stop them enjoying their time here.

The offender was 6ft 1in, skinny and aged in his 20s. He was wearing a full black tracksuit, black gloves which had a white Nike tick on the top of them and all black Nike Air Max trainers.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Police hunt robbers who stabbed man in park

Police are hunting two robbers who stabbed a man in the Dallington area of Northampton.

Police are hunting two men who attacked and attempted to rob a man in a park in Northampton.

He was attacked as he was walking home in the early hours of Monday morning along a path that runs inside the park on Dallington Park Road.

One attacker demanded his phone and wallet and as the victim tried to fight him off another man stabbed him in the neck with a small unknown pointed object. He was then stabbed again in the stomach and chest causing minor injuries.

One of the men is described as black, about 5ft 5in and was wearing dark clothing. He is believed to have had a tattoo of a face or an animal on his left hand.

Northamptonshire police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.


Police officer charged with sex offences and misconduct

A Northamptonshire police officer has been charged with sex offences and misconduct Credit: ITV News Anglia

A police officer from Northamptonshire has been charged with sexual assault, misconduct in a public office, perverting the course of justice and computer misuse.

PC Jason Farquhar has been charged with nine counts of misconduct in a public office, three counts of sexual assault on a female over 16 years and one count of perverting the course of justice.

Farquhar has also been charged with one offence under the Computer Misuse Act.

He has been suspended from duty while under investigation and will appear before Northampton Magistrates Court on Monday 10 July 2017.

“The Force’s integrity and legitimacy is central to our purpose in protecting people from harm and we take all allegations made against our officers and staff extremely seriously. “These matters are also subject to an internal misconduct investigation which is ongoing and it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment at this stage."

– Rachel Swann, Deputy Chief Constable, Northamptonshire

Alex Ward to face Kyle Edmund in all-British clash

Alex Ward (left) and Kyle Edmund (right) will go head-to-head next week. Credit: PA

Qualifier Alex Ward will play British number two Kyle Edmund in the first round of Wimbledon next week.

The world number 855 pulled off a bit upset by beating Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili in the final round of qualifying yesterday.

Ward will earn a guaranteed £35,000 just for making it to the tournament, and that figure could rise further if he manages to progress further.

World number 855 Alex Ward books Wimbledon spot

Alex Ward will play in the first round of Wimbledon Credit: PA

Northampton tennis player Alex Ward has booked his place at Wimbledon thanks to a stunning win in the final round of qualifying.

The world number 855 defied the odds to beat Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili at Roehampton who was ranked 679 places higher.

It means the 27-year-old will now join the likes of Andy Murray and Novak Djoakevic in the main draw which takes place on Friday.

I played Wimbledon last year but since then I had six months off with a problem with the tendons in my wrist. It was pretty serious but in the end I had an injection and calmed it down.

I came back at the end of January, but since then I've been on a six or seven-match losing streak!

But I came here and just got better and better, and something has just clicked. It's come together for the best tournament

– Alex Ward

Man suffers serious head injury during street fight

A man's suffered a serious head injury after a street fight in Northampton Credit: ITV Anglia

A man's suffered a serious head injury after a street fight in Northampton town centre.

The 49-year-old was hurt during outside River Island in Abington Street just before 5pm on Friday June 23.

A large group of people are reported to have gathered around while the fight was happening and police want anyone who saw what happened to ring them.

They would particularly like to hear from anyone who knows who the offender was or recorded any phone footage of the incident.

The offender is described as white, in his 30s, around 6ft with a large build. He had short dark hair and was wearing a light-coloured hooded top and distinctive big, white headphones.

The victim's in a serious but stable condition in hospital in Coventry.

Witnesses, or anyone with information are asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101, quoting reference number 17000265508.

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