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Northamptonshire Police officer who murdered his wife dismissed from the force

Adrian Goldsmith Credit: Northamptonshire Police.

A Northamptonshire Police Officer who was convicted of murdering his wife has been dismissed from the force.

PC Adrian Goldsmith killed Jill Goldsmith at their home near the force's headquarters in Northampton last summer.

He was dismissed without notice after a fast track misconduct hearing found he had committed gross misconduct having breached the standards of professional behaviour.

Mr Goldsmith, who was not present at the hearing, was convicted at Stafford Crown Court on 29 January 2016 of the murder of his wife. At the hearing today, which was chaired by Chief Constable Simon Edens, he was formally dismissed from the force.

His conviction for murder was found to be a breach of the police’s Code of Conduct, specifically, honesty and integrity and discreditable conduct. In his absences, Goldsmith was represented by his Police Federation advocate, who offered no mitigation.

The first thing I want to say is to express my own sympathies to the family and friends of Jill Goldsmith, who so violently lost her life.

“As chief constable, I am responsible for leading an organisation that is committed to protecting people from harm. We are particularly committed to protecting people from violence in their own homes.

“As an officer of Northamptonshire Police, PC Goldsmith represented the force, and his actions were a gross betrayal of the force’s values as well as society’s standards.

“His actions leave me with no other conclusion than to say he is not fit to be a police officer and is therefore dismissed without notice from the police service.”

– Chief Constable Simon Edens

Disciplinary hearing for police officer who murdered wife

Adrian Goldsmith. Credit: Northamptonshire Police.

Northamptonshire Police will hold a public disciplinary hearing today to discuss the future of an officer who murdered his wife.

PC Adrian Goldsmith killed Jill Goldsmith at their home near the force's headquarters in Northampton last summer.

He was found guilty of her murdered following a trial last month and has ben sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison.

It is expected he will be formally dismissed from the force.


Return of the Saint: Lawes back in England squad

Courtney Lawes - back with England Credit: PA

Just hours after being told he was surplus to requirements - Courtney Lawes is back with England's 6Nations Rugby squad.

It comes after lock Joe Launchbury has been ruled out of Saturday's RBS 6 Nations match against Ireland, the Rugby Football Union has announced. Northampton Saints Lawes has been called into the squad as a replacement.

Pedestrian killed in M1 crash was 45-year-old man, police confirm

The man was hit opposite the Northampton Services. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have confirmed that a pedestrian who was killed in a crash with a lorry on the M1 in Northamptonshire yesterday was a 45-year-old man from Oxfordshire.

It happened on the southbound carriageway opposite the Northampton Services when the pedestrian was hit by a white Iveco HGV.

The 65-year-old driver of the lorry was shaken but uninjured.

M1 near Northampton closed after pedestrian hit by a lorry

The pedestrian was hit near junction 15a. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are major delays on the M1 tonight after a pedestrian was hit by a lorry on the M1 in Northamptonshire.

It happened on the Southbound carriageway near to Junction 15a just after 1.30pm.

Cars are being diverted at the Northampton Services and the road is likely to remain closed until at least 6pm.


IPCC begins investigation into police response to missing person report

India Chipchase. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has started its investigation into the police response to the missing persons report for a 20-year-old woman who was killed in Northampton last month.

India Chipchase was reported as missing by her family on January 30 and her body was found the following day.

A 51-year-old man has since been charged with her murder.

The IPCC investigation will initially look into the actions and decisions made by police dealing with the missing persons report.

"My thoughts are with India's family at this difficult time.

We will be undertaking a thorough investigation into how police responded to the concerns for India following her disappearance."

– Guido Liguori, IPCC Associate Commissioner

'Good response' to Crimewatch appeal into murder of Northamptonshire pensioner

David Brickwood.

Police leading the investigation into the murder of a popular Northamptonshire pensioner say there's been a good response to their national TV appeal.

The murder of 74 year old David Brickwood, from Abington, was featured on the BBC's Crimewatch show last night (February 8).

Detectives say they are chasing up a number of leads about the attack last September, but they're still urging anyone else with information to come forward.

“We have received a good response following our appeal yesterday. We have a number of leads that we will pursue to establish if any significant detail has come to light.

While we will be progressing these enquiries, I strongly believe that there are still people out there who have vital information, and we need them to come forward.

If they are worried about not having come forward before, I would encourage them to think about David’s family and what they have had to go through. They can call us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Mick Graham

Man charged with attempted murder following Northampton incident

The incident happened in Portland Place Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Northampton over the weekend.

A 63-year-old woman was assaulted in Portland Place, Wellingborough Road, just before midnight on Sunday (February 7).

She remains in hospital with serious injuries.

50-year-old Philip Green has also been charged with two counts of making threats to kill.

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