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Murder investigation is launched after death of two-year-old

Officers were called to a home in Arthur Street this lunchtime. Credit: ITV Anglia

A murder investigation's been launched following the death of a two-year-old child in Northampton. Officers were called to a home in Arthur Street at lunchtime on Friday 15 December. The child was found unresponsive and was taken to Northampton General but died later. A 30-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in police custody. Police are still trying to establish what happened.


Two injured after 'shots fired at car' in Northampton

Police are appealing for witnesses Credit: PA

Two women have been injured after shots were reportedly fired at a car in Northampton.

It happened on South Holme Court, Thorplands, shortly after 6pm, on Friday (17 November ).

The women, who were passengers in the car, suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Police also received reports of a group of people carrying knives in the area at the time.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

Officers investigating what happened would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed last night's disorder.

This was a serious incident to which we are responding robustly and people will see additional officers in the Thorplands area over the weekend while we investigate.

I would urge anyone who may have any concerns about the disorder we saw last night to speak to one of our officers on patrol.

– Chief Inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd, Northamptonshire police

Protests in Northamptonshire over planned cuts to services

Under the budget cut proposals Northamptonshire County Council, 21 libraries would either be closed or handed over to community groups.

Road gritting, children's centres and bus services could also be affected.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Byrd.

Dozens protest outside Library over planned Northamptonshire council cuts

Dozens protest outside Moulton Library in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Dozens of people have gathered outside Moulton Library in Northampton over planned cuts to County Council services.

£10 million pounds worth of cuts are on the table which could see 21 libraries handed over to community groups or closed.

Northamptonshire County Council says it doesn't get enough funding from the Government.

Library services are facing cuts by Northamptonshire County Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

The County Council is set to approve starting a consultation on their budget saving plans.

It says unprecedented demand for local services along with a reduction in government funding mean the authority is facing severe financial challenges.

"There is no denying that there are difficult decisions to be made, and the proposals we have before us will undoubtedly have an impact on local communities. Therefore, what we are looking to do with some of these proposals is gauge what role local communities themselves could have in the running of these services."

– County Council Leader Cllr Heather Smith


Attempted knife-point robbery caught on CCTV

Police have released CCTV footage of an attempted knife-point robbery in Northampton.

It happened at Northants News in Kettering Road around 10.30pm on Thursday, October 26.

Two men entered the shop carrying large knives, but ran off after a member of staff threw a number of items at them.

One of the offenders is described as aged 16-18, wearing dark clothing, with a backpack on his back.

The other man is described as white, aged 16-18, wearing a dark hooded top, tracksuit bottoms and trainers. Both men were wearing scarves across their faces.

Officers believe this incident may be linked to a robbery at the same premises on Tuesday, October 24, when two men, one with a machete, stole money and cigarettes.

  • Anyone with information is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Man robbed just after withdrawing £38,000 from bank

The man had just withdrawn £38,000. Credit: PA

Thieves stole £38,000 from a man who had just withdrawn the cash from a bank in Northampton.

The victim went to the Santander branch at Market Square on Thursday afternoon and realised he was being followed as he walked to his car.

As he reached Guildhall Road, the thief grabbed and punched him before running off with the bag.

Description of the offender

  • White and possibly Eastern European
  • Stocky, about 5ft 8in with a dark black beard leading up to his hair which was also black in colour
  • Messy, short and flat hair
  • He was wearing a black leather jacket which looked worn, blue denim jeans and black sunglasses
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