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Pair jailed for murdering man for £20 and phone

Two people who murdered a man in a Northampton churchyard have been jailed for more than 40 years between them.

The pair targetted Jamie McMahon as he made his way home from a night out with friends last October.

The court heard how Mr McMahon was targetted for no other reason than to steal from him. His killers- 20 year old Mark Lewis and 33 year old Michael Francis- got away with just £20 and a mobile phone.

Pair jailed for over 40 years for churchyard murder

Two men have been jailed for the murder of man in a Northampton churchyard last year.

Mark Lewis and Michael Francis were sentenced to over 40 years between them for killing Jamie McMahon.

Mr McMahon was attacked by the pair in the St Giles churchyard after a night out with friends last October.

We are pleased with the significant jail terms handed down to Lewis and Francis. They are both extremely dangerous individuals who targeted a young man who was on his way home from an evening out with friends, for no other reason than to steal from him. Hopefully these lengthy prison sentences will provide some closure to Jamie’s family, who have been left heartbroken by this senseless murder.”

– Detective Inspector Louise Hemingway

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Killers to be sentenced for Northampton churchyard murder

Jamie McMahon
Jamie McMahon was murdered in a Northampton churchyard.

Two men are due to be sentenced today for the murder of a 26-year-old man in a Northampton churchyard.

Jamie McMahon was attacked at St Giles' Church in the town after a night out with friends in October last year.

Michael Francis, 33, was found guilty of murder and robbery following a trial at Northampton Crown Court.

Nineteen-year-old Mark Lewis pleaded guilty to the same offences.

Plans approved for new £340 million campus

Artist's impression of the new campus
Artist's impression of the new campus

Plans to build a three hundred and thirty million pound campus at the University of Northampton have been approved by the council. The new campus will be based in the Waterside Enterprise Zone. The student accommodation will contain 1,500 beds and a visitors' hotel with 150 bedrooms. Building work is forecast to finish in time for the arrival of new students in September 2018.

Artist's impression of the new campus
Artist's impression of the new campus

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Man left with broken arm after pub car park attack

Police have launched an investigation after a man received a broken arm after a fight in a Northampton pub car park.

The incident happened outside the Bat and Wickets in Louise Road, close to the Racecourse, at about 3.45pm on Monday.

Three men were involved in the fight. One was left with a broken arm. His black Volkswagen car was also damaged.

Police would like to speak to one of the men who was Asian, about 5ft 10in, heavily built and clean shaven with a bald head.

Witnesses, or anyone with any information, can call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Ashleigh and Pudsey return to region for special screening of first feature film

Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey pose for photographs at the premiere of their new film in London.
Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey attend the premiere of their new film in London. Credit: Press Association Images.

Britain's Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and her dog Pudsey were back in the region today to be given the freedom of Wellingborough.

Tonight, they'll head to Northampton for a special screening of the dancing duo's first feature film.

Our reporter Olivia Paterson has been there too.

Carlsberg shelves plans for distribution centre in Northampton

Bottles of Carlsberg beer.
Carlsberg has announced it is shelving its plans for a national distribution centre in Northampton. Credit: Press Association Images.

A major brewer has shelved plans to build a new national distribution centre in Northampton.

Carlsberg had planned to move its current centre from Swan Valley to the town's Brackmills Industrial Estate.

A spokesman for the company said the decision not to continue with the relocation plan was down to commercial considerations.

Britain's Got Talent's Ashleigh and Pudsey to get freedom of town

Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey pose for photographs at the premiere of their new film in London.
Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey attend the premiere of their new film in London. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Britain's Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey will be given the freedom of Wellingborough today.

The dancing duo have been jet-setting around the world after their success in the ITV show in 2012.

On Sunday, they attended the premiere of their new film Pudsey The Dog: The Movie.

It has a special screening in Northamptonshire tonight.

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