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Northampton celebrates the Chinese New Year

The celebrations are in full swing in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton has been celebrating the Chinese New Year at the town's Market Square.

Organised by the Northamptonshire Chinese Society with support from the borough Council, the event involved a mix of traditional entertainment including dragon and lion dances, acrobats and martial arts demonstrations.

It followed the success of Northampton's first-ever Chinese New Year celebration back in 2015, which attracted more than 7,000 visitors.


£35,000 of counterfeit goods seized in Northampton

The counterfeit goods included perfume and clothes Credit: Northamptonshire Trading Standards

Counterfeit goods worth up to £35,000 have been seized during a raid at a house in Northampton.

Roy Leah who is 62 of Woodland Close, Duston admitted admitted six offences contravening the Trade Marks Act and was given a fine totalling £1,724 including court costs of £1,060 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court.

Trading Standards say he planned to sell the items which included clothes and perfume in local pubs.

  • 31 Jo Malone Candles
  • 18 Bottles of perfume
  • 13 pouches of tobacco
  • 70 Designer coats
  • 29 Football shirts

"This is a great result for our Trading Standards team and it demonstrates that unlawful trading will not be tolerated in Northamptonshire. I would urge people not to buy counterfeit goods and only use reputable traders. It may be tempting to buy what appear to be authentic items at a low price, but if it seems too good to be true, it probably is."

– Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage, Northamptonshire County Council


Trial to begin for pair charged with 131 offences

The trial will be heard at Leicester Crown Court. Credit: PA

The trial of a man and woman charged with more than 100 offences - including multiple counts of historical drug and sexual assault offences - is due to begin today.

Northamptonshire Police said 47-year-old Nicholas Taylor, from Northampton, had been charged with 96 counts, including supply of Class A drugs, rape and other sexual offences.

43-year-old Joan Taylor, also from Northampton, is facing 35 charges, including supply of Class A drugs, rape, other sexual offences and being in possession of indecent images.

The trial is due to be heard in front of Judge Nicholas Dean at Leicester Crown Court.

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