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Candlelit vigil for murdered Northampton pensioner

A candle-lit vigil has been held in Northampton for pensioner David Brickwood who was murdered in his own home a week ago.

Detectives also spent last night speaking to people in the Abington area about the night of the murder in the search for new witnesses.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight.


CCTV released following ATM 'shut down'

Police have released images of two men they want to speak to in connection with an incident at a cash machine outside the Co-op store, Stocks Hill, Moulton, Northamptonshire.

CCTV image 1 Credit: Northamptonshire Police
CCTV image 2 Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A member of the public attempted to use the cash machine, however, after requesting money the machine appeared to shut down, the card was not returned and no money was dispensed.

Although when the victim checked with the bank later on, it showed that money had been released.

The two men pictured were in the area at the time and may have experienced a similar problem with the machine or may have information relating to the incident.

Officers are keen to speak with them, or anyone who may recognise them.

Anyone with any information can call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

New powers target Daventry dog owners who don't pick up after their pets

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Dog walkers in Daventry who don't clean up after their pets will soon face tougher penalties.

From the 1st December anyone caught without a poop bag or the means to clean up risk a £100 fine or potential prosecution from the council.

"This order will give us greater powers to take effective action against the minority of dog owners who do not pick up after their pets.

"Once introduced in December, our priorities will be to raise awareness of the new powers among local communities and to educate dog walkers about the issues. We will be advising them to make sure they have extra poop bags with them at all times to ensure they have the means to pick up, regardless of how long they've been out and about with their pet."

– Cllr Mike Warren, Daventry District Council


Export ban on Sekhemka statue extended until 2016

The Sekhemka statue

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has announced that the export ban on an Egyptian statue sold by Northampton Borough Council will continue until March 2016.

The statue of Sekhemka, which had originally been on show in Northampton Museum, was sold by the authority for nearly £16 million pounds to a foreign buyer last summer - but a temporary export ban was later put in place.

Now the 4,000 year-old statue won't be allowed to leave the country until 2016.

It's to allow a buyer the opportunity to "save the Sekhemka statue for the UK".

Following notification of a serious intention to raise funds to save the Sekhemka statue for the UK, the Culture Minister has decided to initiate a second deferral period. A decision on the export licence application will be deferred until 29 March 2016.

The purpose of the export deferral period is to allow a buyer the opportunity to save the Sekhemka statue for the UK, and ensure there will be public access to the statue.

– Department for Culture, Media, and Sport

A week on from pensioner murder: police appeal for witnesses

David Brickwoood

Police investigating the murder of a pensioner in Northampton will be talking to people in the area a week on from his death.

David Brickwood was violently assaulted in his own home in Abington in the early hours of last Saturday morning (26th September)

The scene of the crime.

The police will be doing spot checks in the area from 22.00 tonight and are appealing for witnesses.

Fresh appeal to find mum who abandoned baby

Detectives are making a fresh appeal for help to find the mother of a baby who was abandoned in a box outside a house in Corby.

She was found wrapped in a blue blanket wearing just a nappy on Ibsen Walk on Monday (September 28th)

Ibsen Walk in Corby

Detectives are hoping this afternoon to release a picture of the baby in the hope it will help trace the mother.

Northamptonshire Police officer found guilty of gross misconduct

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A Northamptonshire Police officer has found guilty of gross misconduct.

Karen Clarke, 49, appeared before a panel at a public disciplinary hearing yesterday.

At the end of the hearing, the panel found she had breached the standards of professional behaviour.

The following allegations were found proven:

  • She failed to take adequate steps to provide intelligence relating to a prolific offender who was in a relationship with her daughter
  • Following a police incident involving her son, she took a call from him, during which she suggested a possible explanation he could use, knowing it to be false. In a conversation with her sergeant in connection with the same incident, she failed to be open about her conversation with her son. She later deleted messages from her phone in efforts to frustrate police investigation into her son.

However, an allegation that she behaved inappropriately while on duty, and in full uniform, when dealing with a matter involving her son, was not proven.

Clarke was dismissed without notice.

In issuing the sanction, the chair of the panel said it was “vitally important” to maintain public trust and confidence in the police.

“We expect the highest standards from our officers. On very rare occasions the actions of an officer may fall below those standards.

“In this case, the panel, having heard the evidence, felt the actions of Karen Clarke, were below what would be expected. As such, she was dismissed without notice.”

– Chief Inspector Mark Taylor, Professional Standards Department
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