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Fire Chief says response to fatal fire was slower than normal during strike

The Chief Fire Officer of Northamptonshire has admitted that fire crews didn't get to the scene of a fatal fire as quickly as they usually do.

The Fire Brigades' Union is currently holding a four-day national strike.

An elderly woman died in her flat at St Crispin Retirement Village in Duston near Northampton in the early hours of Monday morning. It took crews twice as long as normal to get there and now an investigation is underway to work out whether the ongoing strike affected their response time.

Chief Fire Officer Martyn Emberson said: "I feel very, very upset. What we've done in responding to the strike action is put together the best response we can with the resources we have available to us."

A representative from the Fire Brigades' Union told ITV News Anglia that it was a tragic incident but contingency plans are the Fire Service's responsibility.

Retirement community 'deeply saddened' by fire death

A policeman on duty outside the St Crispin Retirement Village near Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Sarah Cooper

The owners of a retirement community near Northampton where a woman resident died in a fire say they're deeply saddened by the incident.

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust which runs the St Crispin Retirement Village in Duston said the fire was contained to one apartment and no other staff or residents were injured.

"We are deeply saddened by this incident. Our thoughts are with the resident's family. We are also concerned to ensure the welfare of our other residents and staff who are living and working in the Village."

– ExtraCare Charitable Trust

It's not yet known was caused the blaze which is being investigated by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.

One killed in fire at retirement village

A person has been killed in a fire at a retirement community near Northampton Credit: ITV Anglia / Sarah Cooper

A person has been killed in a fire at a retirement community near Northampton.

Fire crews were called to St Crispin Retirement Village on St Thomas Street in Duston just after 3am after reports of a fire alarm going off and smoke coming from the building.

Three fire engines were sent to the scene. The fire is not being treated as suspicious and an investigation has started.

It's not yet known what impact the ongoing strike by firefighters had on dealing with the incident. Members of the Fire Brigades' Union are on strike until 6pm on Tuesday.

Prosecuted for having a 'fake' police car

Michael Allen's fake police car.

The man whose company car was a bit too much like a police car.

Michael Allen from Northampton was prosecuted for taking his replica patrol vehicle on the road - because it had been fitted with the iconic 'blues and twos'.

He thought he was ok to drive it home from work if they were switched off - but because it had blue lights attached and a siren - the police took him to court.

He's been speaking to our reporter Stuart Leithes:


Employee threatened with knife and hammer during Northampton robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses to an armed robbery at Betfred in Harlestone Road, Northampton, on Tuesday night.

Two men entered the shop between 9.30pm and 9.45pm and threatened the staff member with a hammer and knife, demanding money.

They took a coin tray of cash and made off from the shop. It is believed they walked along Althorpe Road to St James Park.

The first offender was a short, thin, white man in his late teens. He was wearing light coloured jogging bottoms, navy jacket and had a grey scarf around his face. He was carrying a white bag and wore light coloured gloves.

The second offender was also a young, thin, white man and slightly taller than the first and was wearing a face covering.

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

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Hundreds of students turn out for a #selfie with Boris Johnson

There were amazing scenes at the University of Northampton today.

Hundreds of students turned out to take selfies, cheer and even sing - but it was not a pop-star they were there to see... it was the Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson is perhaps the only politician who could spark such excitement.

Matthew Hudson was there for us, click below to watch his report:

Woman's face slashed in Northampton street attack

A 43-year-old woman has been slashed across the face with a knife in a Northampton street.

Location of attack Credit: ITV News Anglia

She was going in the direction of Helmdon Road at about 8:30pm on Thursday when a man called out to her and then cut her with a knife.

Police say the woman suffered serious injuries which needed hospital treatment and will leave scarring.

The offender is described as white, aged around 19, about 5ft 9in tall with a Northampton accent. He was wearing a scarf around his face and dark jogging bottoms which were turned up at the ankle.

Anyone with information can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

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