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Cold callers jailed for tricking victims out of thousands

Sean Lowther Credit: Northants County Council

Two men who tricked their victims into handing over thousands of pounds for unnecessary, poor quality or overpriced home repairs have been jailed.

Sean Lowther and James Delaney called at a number of homes in Northampton and Wellingborough in 2014 and told residents work needed to be carried out on their property.

The two men would carry out some work, often increasing the cost to the homeowner or leaving the job unfinished. Surveyors later confirmed that the work carried out was to such a poor standard it had little or no value.

Victims lost up to £6,000, and one victim was even taken to a cashpoint by Lowther to withdraw more money.

James Delaney Credit: Northants County Council

Delaney was sentenced to 32 months in prison, while Lowther was also given sentenced to 32 months plus a further six months for similar offences in Nottinghamshire.

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Terrified pensioner wakes to find burglar in her Northampton home

A terrified pensioner awoke to find a burglar was targeting her Northampton ground floor flat while she slept.

The burglars smashed a rear glass door before unlocking it and then searching the property in Harlestone Road, some time between 4.40am and 4.50am last Sunday (January 31).

The victim woke up to find a man inside her flat, who then escaped taking with him a 32in JVC TV and some paperwork and letters belonging to the occupant.

He was dressed all in black and wore a black balaclava. Police believe a vehicle may have been used due to the size of the television.

The victim is elderly and vulnerable and suffers from heart problems and this break-in has had a dramatic effect on her. She now feels extremely unsafe in her own home."

– Northamptonshire Police spokesperson

Northampton residents fear for their safety after India Chipchase murder

India Chipchase was found dead in a property in Northampton.

After 20 year-old India Chipchase was killed in Northampton last week the Police are increasing the number of patrols on the town's streets this weekend.

India Chipchase was found dead after a night out. Now many people in the town say they don't feel safe.

Click below to watch the full report from ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper.

Police refer themselves to watchdog over India Chipchase case

Northamptonshire Police has referred itself to the official watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), over its conduct before and during the search for 20 year-old India Chipchase.

The force said the referral will 'ensure transparency', but declined to give any further details.

The IPCC will look into whether there are any concerns over the way Northamptonshire Police handled the investigation and will rule whether there's a need for a full investigation.

Northamptonshire Police has made a referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission to ensure transparency in examining police action and responses before and during the search for India Chipchase.

We await the decision of the IPCC and will not be commenting further as the criminal investigation is now in the court process.

– Police press release

Man accused of Northampton murder to appear in court

India Chipchase was found dead in a property in Northampton.

A 51-year-old man will return to court today charged with killing Northampton woman India Chipchase.

The 20-year-old's body was found in a property in the town at the weekend after going missing on a night out.

Edward Tenniswood, of Stanley Road, Northampton, has been charged with her murder and is due to appear at Northampton Crown Court.

Police say there will be extra officers in the town centre this weekend to reassure people a week on from the death.

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