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Loss of Northamptonshire bakery is sad news for town

The business was established in the town in the 1860s. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The administrators of a 150 year old Northamptonshire bakery, which announced the sudden closure of all its sites in the county, say the loss of the brand is sad news for the area.

Oliver Adams Bakery told its 150 staff last week, that the company was closing after financial troubles.

The business, which is based at Gladstone Road in Northampton, was established in the town in the 1860s.

More than 20 shops in the region have closed as well.

It's always difficult to tell people their job is no longer their job...It never gives us any pleasure to be involved with mass redundancies.

– Peter Windatt, Director, BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency

Mother calls for changes to police procedure after finding out about daughter's death on Facebook

A mother from Northampton says she first found out about her daughter's death in a car crash, by reading a message on Facebook.

Brogan Warren, who was 21, was returning home from a festival with three friends when their car ploughed head-on into another vehicle. All four were killed in the collision in Oxfordshire last May.


Barber shop told to stop giving free beer to customers

The Quarters Barber Shop has been told it must get a licence before it is allowed to give out alcohol. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A barber shop in Northampton has been told to stop handing out free beer to customers - because it doesn't have an alcohol licence.

The local council say the owners of the Quarters Barber Shop will need to apply for a licence because drinks are only offered to paying customers, which means they are part of a transaction.

The shop offers customers a free beer while they wait to have their hair cut. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I've seen a lot of barber shops doing it, so I had the same idea when I opened my own shop - to get a free beer when you have a haircut or a shave.

"Not many people have it, but it's just good because it goes with a gentleman's look - a beer and a haircut and a shave.

"It's sad really, because it's not hurting anybody."

– Jake Hillery, Owner, The Quarters Barber Shop

Northampton man jailed for 12 years for rape in Bletchley

25-year-old Franklyn Kehinde Coker Credit: Thames Valley Police

A Northampton man's starting a twelve year jail sentence for a rape which took place in 2015.

Franklyn Kehinde Coker who is 25, attacked a woman he found collapsed in the street in Bletchley.

Police say the woman was vulnerable and not able to defend herself.

“Due to the victim’s courage in coming forward and giving evidence, we were able to thoroughly investigate and ensure that this dangerous offender was brought to justice. The twelve-year prison sentence sends a strong message that violent and sexually motivated crimes will always be dealt with robustly by Thames Valley Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts. Coker will now serve a significant amount of time behind bars."

– Detective Sergeant Phil Walsh,Thames Valley police

Police confirm identity of man's body found in the River Nene

Northamptonshire police have now confirmed the identity of the man whose body was recovered from the River Nene in Northampton yesterday (Tuesday 13th March) close to Nunn Mills Road.

Police sat there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and are not releasing the name of the man.

"I can now confirm that we have formally identified the deceased and his next of kin have been informed. Northamptonshire Police would like to take this opportunity to thank the public who responded to our media appeal last night and enabled us to identify him at the earliest opportunity and inform relatives.”

– Det Sgt Hayley Thurston, Northamptonshire police
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