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'I'm completely overwhelmed': Disability campaigner reaches target for new wheelchair

Sarah speaking to ITV News Anglia in October Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Northamptonshire disability awareness campaigner says she is 'completely overwhelmed and grateful' after reaching her crowd funding target for a new wheelchair in just 26 days.

Sarah Alexander from Wollaston suffers from a genetic condition which causes her limbs to dislocate every day.

The 29 year says the new £5,000 pound chair will give her more freedom.

Sarah has now ordered her wheelchair and is expecting to have it delivered later this month.

A dislocation in Sarah's fingers damaged a tendon in her hand Credit: Sarah Alexander

"I'm completely overwhelmed and so grateful. I received £1000 donation the night my campaign aired and cried happy tears. I honestly thought it would take ages to raise the money but it was only 26 days. Thank you to everyone that donated."

– Sarah Alexander

Read more of Sarah's story here.

Driver patched-up window with blue sheet - but left a hole so he could see

Police were surprised by this "interesting" approach by a driver in Northampton. Credit: @Northants_RPU

A driver has been pulled over after patching up his smashed car window with blue plastic sheeting - leaving only a small hole to see his mirror.

Police stopped the vehicle just after midday on Saturday in Northampton after receiving reports of the bizarre installation, which was held together by tape.

Despite the improvised solution obscuring almost all of his view out of the driver's side window of the white Toyota, officers said the driver "thought it was actually OK".

PC Dave Lee, who took a picture of the car, which was stopped on Wellingborough Road, commented on Twitter that it was an "interesting concept".

The Safer Roads Team officer for Northamptonshire added the driver had been written to by the central ticket office and could face a fine or a court appearance.


Campaign to re-brand Northamptonshire as top destination

A campaign's being launched to re-brand Northamptonshire as one of the country's top tourist destinations.

The region's beautiful countryside and stately homes already attract 20 million visitors a year generating around a billion pounds.

Organisers want to double that in the next five years. The man behind the campaign is James Lowther, a former advertising guru at Saatchi and Saatchi.

Man 'assaulted and bundled into car' in Northampton

A man was reportedly forced into a car, which then drove off. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are investigating claims of a man being assaulted and bundled into a car in Northampton.

A car driver reported seeing the victim, who was Asian, being attacked in the British Heart Foundation shop car park at Victoria Gardens just before 10pm o'clock on 22 October.

He was forced into a dark-coloured four-door saloon, which then drove off.

There offenders were described as being Asian in appearance and they were speaking in a foreign language. One of the gang is believed to have been wearing a cap.

"There would have been a lot of people out enjoying a Saturday night in the town centre and we are hoping someone will come forward with some further information."

– DI Adam Pendlebury, Northamptonshire Police

Optometrist spots tumour and saves life of Northampton teenager

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson.

A teenager from Northampton is urging everyone to book a sight test after a routine appointment saved her life.

Lauren Whittington says eye tests aren't just for people who need glasses.

Her optometrist picked up symptoms which showed she had a brain tumour.

Within three hours she and her family were told that doctors would have to operate.

The pressure that I spotted behind Lauren's eyes set me off to think that something wasn't right.

– Nicole Barber, Optometrist

Three local newspapers set to close

The Bedfordshire on Sunday will continue despite the closure of its sister titles. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three local newspapers are to close.

Trinity Mirror has announced it will no longer publish the free weekly titles Luton on Sunday, One MK and the Northampton Herald Post.

However the media group insists it will have a renewed focus on the Bedfordshire on Sunday, which will continue alongside its website. The publisher is set to increase its distribution.

“We are not exiting these markets but will retain a presence in a different way.

We believe there is a better way for us to provide content and commercial solutions for the local communities, for example through a schedule of niche products and awards & events."

– Spokesperson, Trinity Mirror


Man tries to steal venetian blind by hiding it down trousers

The man allegedly tried to hide the blind down his trouser leg. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police have released a picture of a man who allegedly tried to steal a venetian blind - by concealing it down his trouser leg and the back of his jacket.

The blind was taken from the Dunelm Mill shop in Nene Valley Retail Park in Northampton sometime between 2pm and 2.25pm on Sunday.

A man allegedly walked into the shop, hid the blind under his clothes and left.

He was followed by staff to a nearby canal path. He dropped the blind and ran off. Police are trying to find him.

The blind was damaged as a result.

The blind was damaged as a result. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police appeal after woman assaulted in Northampton pub

Police have released a CCTV image of a man who might have information on the assault. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police have released an picture of a man they want to speak to after a woman was assaulted at a Northampton pub.

It happened at the Boston Clipper pub in College Street at around 3.30am on 8 October.

A 26-year-old woman suffered facial injuries.

Officers are appealing for information.

Woman hurt in Northampton hit and run

The driver failed stop and made off towards the town centre. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was hurt in a hit and run in Northampton.

It happened while she was crossing Weedon Road, near to the Homebase and Argos, at about 5pm on Friday.

She collided with a blue car, which may have been a Toyota.

The driver, a black man aged 30 to 40, failed to stop. He drove away towards the town centre.

The woman was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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