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Murdered pensioner was 'still standing' when police arrived

An inquest into the death of a pensioner who was murdered in Northampton has heard how the 74-year-old was still standing, covered in blood and incoherent when police arrived.

David Brickwood was stabbed 17 times at his home in 2015.

He collapsed soon after police arrived and later died. His killers have yet to be found.


Northampton women given Slimming World title after losing half body weight

Tracey Topping before and after her weight loss success Credit: Slimming World

A grandmother from Northampton who was so overweight she couldn't work has lost 18 stone to be been named as Slimming World's 'Greatest Loser of 2017'.

47-year old Tracey Topping went from 30 stone to just under 12 stone and says it's completely changed her life.

Tracey Topping weighed just under 30st Credit: Slimming World

"Before I wasn't active at all because I was too big, now I've done a Race for Life 10k, I can walk for miles and enjoy playing with my grandchildren. My weight loss has completely changed my life - and I love it! I want to show other people who might be feeling the way I was that there is hope and they can lose the weight."

– Tracey Topping

Tracey is now a size 10-12 and weighs in at a healthy 11 st 6Ibs.

Tracey says she swapped takeaways and opted to cook meals from scratch after joining Swimming World in November 2014.

Appeal for witnesses after a man's stabbed in Northampton

Detectives are investigating a stabbing in Northampton town centre early this morning.

Officers came across a disturbance in Lower Mounts at 6.15am.

Two men had been assaulted and were taken to hospital for treatment, one with stab wounds. Neither of the men is believed to be seriously injured and both have been arrested in connection with the incident.

An area at the top of Abington Street was initially closed off to pedestrians but has now been fully opened.

Man charged with Northampton rape

A man has been charged with a rape in Northampton. 53 year old Eric Herminie, will appear in court later today.

An investigation was launched after an alleged attack at St Giles’ Churchyard, in Northampton on Monday evening.

A man has been charged following an alleged rape in Northampton


Northampton man in his eighties to run his 250th park run

Bob Emerson is running in the 80-84 year old category Credit: Bob Emerson

A Northampton man, who's now in his eighties, will be taking part in his 250th park run this weekend.

Bob Emerson's son is flying over from Australia especially to watch him.

The 5 kilometre race takes place at Northampton race course and sets off at 9am.

Bob is running in the 80-84 year old category.

Bob Emerson is about to take part in his 250th park run Credit: Bob Emerson

Work on £2 million Sikh temple to get underway in June

How the temple is expected to look once it is completed. Credit: PRP Architects

Construction work on a £2 million Sikh temple in Northampton is set to begin next month.

The Gurdwara in St James Mill Road will replace the existing building on St Georges Street.

It will include a gym, community centre and 120 parking spaces. It's due to be completed in early 2019.

It will just completely transform all the services that we've got, not only for our own community but we want other communities to come and share that space.

We want to have that respect for each other and help each other grow as well at the same time.

– Amarjit Singh Atwal, Trustee

Northampton South MP will not seek re-election

The Conservative MP for Northampton South, David Mackintosh has said he will not stand for re-election in June.

Just days ago he said he had no plans to step aside despite rumours he was facing deselection by the local conservative party.

  • ITV Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson says he was in for a tough deselection battle.

It comes after questions over the handling of a £10 million loan to Northampton Football Club when he was leader of Northampton Borough Council.

Work the money was meant to go toward was never finished, and now the money's missing and police are investigating. Mr Mackintosh has always insisted he's done nothing wrong.

After much thought I have decided not to stand again as the Conservative candidate for Northampton South. It has been a huge honour to be the Member of Parliament since 2015, but I now feel it is the right time for my constituents to have a new representative.

This is an important election for our country with a clear choice: strong and stable leadership for Brexit and beyond under Theresa May - or a coalition of chaos under a weak, floundering, nonsensical Jeremy Corbyn.

I supported Theresa May since the start of her leadership campaign, and I know that every vote for her and the Conservative team on 8 June will strengthen our hand in negotiations to get the best possible deal for Brexit and beyond, leaving Britain stronger and better off for the future.

– David Mackintosh MP
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