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Unveiling a monument to fun at an historic play park

The statue unveiled at Wicksteed Park Credit: ITV News Anglia

A park in Northamptonshire, known as the "home of children's play" has celebrated the end of a £3 million restoration of one of its major attractions.

The lake at Wicksteed Park in Kettering is one of the site's oldest features - there since it opened in the 1920s.

To mark the end of the restoration a new sculpture has been unveiled on the water's edge as a reminder of the park's history.

Bronze children statues unveiled at Wicksteed Park

Models Megan Phillips, 9, and Victor Groves, 4, with the figures Credit: ITV News Anglia

A bronze statute of two youngsters has been unveiled at Wicksteed Park to mark the end of the lake's £3 million restoration.

The life-sized bronze figures, modelled on two young visitors to the park, show a girl and a boy holding hands and paddling in the lake.

The park was founded in 1921 by engineer Charles Wicksteed, who invented the modern day swing and slide.

The two young models, Megan Philips, 9, from Kettering and Victor Groves, 4, from London were selected after a national appeal for volunteers by the park last year.

Megan said: "I am really happy with how it looks. It is amazing that a sculpture of me will be in the park for years and years." Victor said: "Modelling for the sculpture was fun. I like paddling but not for too long in case the water is cold!

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Policeman appeared at court charged with murdering his wife

Otis Goldsmith Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A Northamptonshire police officer has appeared at court charged with the murder of his wife.

Adrian (also known as Otis) Goldsmith appeared at Northampton Crown Court via a video link and was remanded in custody.,

The 49 year old was arrested last Thursday, 26th March, after the body of his wife Jill Goldsmith, 49, was found at their home in Wootton Hall Park, Northampton.

A post mortem examination conducted at Leicester Royal Infirmary concluded that Mrs Goldsmith died as a result of a head injury.

General Election 2015: Day One

The election campaign has formally begun with politicians hitting the campaign trail across the East for what's likely to be one of the closest battles for political power in modern times.

Over the next five or so weeks, candidates will be knocking on tens of thousands of doors in the hope they can convince you they're worthy of your vote.

Russell Hookey reports on Day One of the election campaign in the west of the Anglia region...

To see how the Election battle began across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex click on the link below to hear Victoria Lampard's report

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Police watchdog investigating Police and Crime Commissioner

Adam Simmonds Credit: Northamptonshire Police

The police watchdog has announced it's investigating Adam Simmonds, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire.

The IPCC says its looking into allegations that Adam Simmonds breached the data protection act by leaking information about a criminal investigation carried out by Northamptonshire police in 2013.

Mr Simmonds says he has not been directly contacted by the IPCC or interviewed by them so can not fully respond to the allegations.

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