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Sobriety bracelet trial extended in Northamptonshire

A trial using alcohol detection tags, known as sobriety bracelets, is being extended for a further six months by Northamptonshire Police.

Sobriety bracelets check if the wearer is sober Credit: PA Images

The tags are fitted to an offender's ankle and work by sampling their perspiration at regular intervals to check they are sober.

Nine people have so far been fitted with the tags and police say it's helping them tackle alcohol-related violence.


Man arrested following shooting

Police were called to an address in Teeton Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was shot at Teeton in Northamptonshire.

The woman sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and has been taken to hospital in Nottingham by air ambulance.

A man was arrested following an extensive police search which involved police officers from across Northamptonshire, additional support from the East Midlands Operational Support Unit and the police helicopter.

Four men arrested over churchyard death

Jamie McMahon, 26, who was found dead in a Northampton churchyard. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Four men have been arrested in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in a Northampton graveyard.

Jamie McMahon, 26, was found dead outside St Giles Church on Wednesday 2 October. Northamptonshire Police are treating his death as murder.

Today officers said they had arrested four people in connection with the investigation.

Two men, aged 32 and 19, both from Northampton, were arrested last night on suspicion of murder and remain in custody.

A 38-year-old from Northampton was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of murder while a 44-year-old, also from Northampton, was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Both have been released on bail.

Police force fits 'black boxes' to car fleet

Northamptonshire Police are fitting the units to patrol cars Credit: ITV Anglia

Police cars in Northamptonshire are being fitted with new computer systems which monitor the way officers are driving.

It's hoped the black boxes will result a reduction in running costs by constantly showing officers how efficiently they're driving when they're not responding to 999 calls.

New police recruit

Kelly has begun her police training Credit: ITV Anglia

Northamptonshire police have been showing off one of their newest recruits.

9 week old Kelly has joined the force's dog section.

She's about to begin a training programme which will eventually see her enter service with other dogs in the unit.


Police warning about crying woman

Police in Northampton have warned people to be on their guard if a woman with children turns up on their doorstep crying hysterically.

Householders in the Duston area have already handed over money to her when she claims there has been a family emergency and that she needs to get a train to London.

PC Laura Mannion, of Northampton police, said: "The victims are usually vulnerable and elderly and this woman has not only called at residential addresses in Duston but also businesses and pubs in the town centre."

Princess Anne visits new Justice Centre

Princess Anne visiting Criminal Justice Centre in Northampton Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Princess Anne visited Northamptonshire Police’s new Criminal Justice Centre today.The Princess Royal toured the site in Pavilion Drive, Northampton, and visited the custody suite, charge room and intoximeter room.

Princess Anne meets police staff Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Princess Anne was also introduced to officers and staff working at the centre, including representatives from the public protection, intelligence, and criminal investigation departments.The visit closed with the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate The Princess Royal’s visit.

Police lose a box of bullets

Northamptonshire police have lost a box of bullets after it was left on the roof of one of their cars as they responded to an emergency call.

The Force has referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after the box fell on to a road as the firearms officers responded to an emergency in the early hours of Monday.

The box has been recovered but five bullets are still unaccounted for, a force spokesperson said.

Officers with dogs have been conducting searches around the A43 roundabout south of the M1 junction 15a for the missing bullets.

The police have asked the public not to touch anything they suspect to be a bullet and to call 101 right away.