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Cosgrove Hall fire could have been caused by electrical fault

The mansion could not be saved and the privately-owned property was gutted. Credit: Joy Stewart

A fire which destroyed a Grade II listed mansion in Northamptonshire is believed to have been started accidently.

Around 50 firefighters were called to Cosgrove Hall near Milton Keynes on 7 October, to tackle the blaze which quickly spread through the 18th century building.

The fire service say an electrical fault in a store cupboard could have been the cause.

They're unable to carry out a full physical investigation due to the structural damage of the building.


Princess Diana's stepmother Raine Spencer dies after short illness

Raine Spencer was 87. Credit: PA

Raine Spencer, the stepmother of Diana, Princess of Wales, has died aged 87 after a short illness, her family has said.

"Raine, Countess Spencer, died peacefully at her home in London on 21st October, 2016, after a short illness."

– Family statement

She lived at the Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire for a number of years after marrying the former Earl Spencer in 1976. She was his second wife.

Raine was the daughter of Barbara Cartland - one of the most prolific romantic authors of the 20th century.

Corby to Kettering railway line to reopen in late October

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Helen Keenan

The Corby to Kettering railway line is due to reopen in late October following a six week closure.

There have been no hourly trains between the two towns since 10 September. A replacement bus service has been operating instead.

The line was closed to upgrade it to two tracks, but the new one won't be operational for some time.

"There is more track to go in and then crucially there's the signalling works to do. That will be complete in the February of 2018."

– Spencer Gibbens, Network Rail


Police 'welcome' report findings into baby's dog attack death

Molle Mae Wetherspoon died after being attacked by the family dog in October 2014. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northamptonshire Police say they "welcome" a report in the death of a baby girl, who was brutally attacked at home by the family dog.

Molle Mae Wetherspoon died from her injuries October 2014.

A serious case review today concluded that no single professional could have prevented her death - but it highlighted "missed opportunities" by police.

The report draws attention to the fact that the RSCPA alerted officers that an aggressive dog had been taken to a local vet - three month's before Molly Mae's birth - but officers "failed to carry out any further enquiries".

Molly Mae’s mother and grandmother were jailed over the attack. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

“We welcome this important report and the findings into what was a very challenging case on a number of levels.

“Within weeks of the tragedy, Northamptonshire Police had carried out a complete overhaul of its response policy to dangerous dogs.

"The key driver for this has been to ensure that any report of a dangerous dog is responded to in line with our core aim of protecting people from harm.

“We also embarked upon a review of every dog incident in the 12 months prior to that night to ascertain whether there was any potentially dangerous dog incident that we had not reviewed or taken action against.

“Awareness around dangerous dogs is now part of the Force’s overall safeguarding training and this has been an extremely positive thing to come out of such a tragic episode.”

– Det Supt Steve Lingley, Head of Safeguarding, Northamptonshire Police

'It's a lot of pain all the time' says woman raising money for new wheelchair

A disability awareness campaigner from Northamptonshire whose limbs have been dislocating everyday since she was thirteen says she is in constant pain.

Sarah Alexander who is 29 has a genetic condition which means her body over-stretches. Now she's trying to raise five thousand pounds to buy a special motorised wheelchair that will help her condition.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight.

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