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Ice bucket challenge to thank for MND breakthrough

Footballers also got involved in raising money for the charity. Credit: Ipswich Town Football Club

The global craze which saw celebrities and millions others doused in ice water to raise money for a Northampton based charity has been credited with funding a scientific breakthrough.

The Motor Neurone Disease association benefitted from some of the 75 million pounds raised through the ice bucket challenge - and now a gene which contributes to the disease has been identified, thanks to research paid for by fundraising.

Calls for road safety review after school bus crash

Emergency services at the scene of the incident. Credit: ITV Anglia.

There's been calls for a road safety review following a school bus crash in Oundle earlier this month.

Tom Pursglove, the MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, has urged the county council to review the safety of the Cotterstock Crossroads following the crash.

Around 20 children were left with minor injuries following the incident.


India Chipchase: First evidence from the man accused of murdering her

ITV Anglia's Sarah Cooper was in court.

Edward Tenniswood, the 52-year-old accused of raping and throttling India Chipchase, today (July 26) told the jury he saw her looking "distressed" outside NBs nightclub in Northampton in the early hours of Saturday the 30th January.

He told the court: "I just felt sorry for her, I'm a tactile person, I just put my arm half round her in a sort of paternal way" to "calm her down."

The prosecution claim the former book-keeper "led, steered or escorted" her into a taxi and took her back to his house on Stanley Road, where her body was found on a mattress the next day.

Mr Tenniswood said he told India she was welcome to come back to his place for a drink if she wanted to. Once they got back to his house, he told the jury, India's mood improved. He said they were joking and she was "not upset anymore."

He denies charges of murder and rape.

The trial continues.

India Chipchase: Tenniswood kept clippings of women who looked like his ex-girlfriends

India Chipchase Credit: Northamptonshire police

A man accused of raping and murdering a barmaid kept newspaper clippings of women who looked like his ex-girlfriends in his "squalid" home, a court has heard.

Edward Tenniswood is on trial facing the Crown's accusation he "raped and throttled" 20-year-old barmaid India Chipchase at his home after chancing upon her outside Northampton nightclub NB's in the early hours of January 30.

Giving evidence for the first time at his Birmingham Crown Court trial, he was asked about a series of clippings with pictures of women found in his home.

He said: "I'm always hoarding magazines and newspapers, clippings. These individuals are extremely similar to ex-girlfriends of mine. Rather than just have the whole place covered in dusty dust sheets, they're ornaments, memories of ex-girlfriends. Nothing more interesting than that."

The court also heard that Tenniswood drank up to three boxes of red wine per day, and usually kept six 1.5 litre bottles of cheap Sainsbury's wine in store.

Tenniswood also explained how he kept most of his belongings covered in dust sheets because he claimed to have "OCD."

This included keeping his computer keyboard and monitor in cling film, explaining: "It seems illogical to keep cleaning it to use it, instead you just replace the cling film, rather than the rigmarole of keep cleaning."

Tenniswood told the six men and six women of the jury he was "a terrible hoarder" and that photographs of his home showing newspaper covering every inch of the floor, and boxes of his belongings stacked against the walls, were to keep things "tidy."

He claimed he was also on one month's notice to move, from his landlord, and kept everything in plastic storage containers so he could be ready to move home if needed.

However, he also told the court he had been in the rented terraced home in the St James area of the town for five years.

Asked what sort of house he lived in, he replied: "Almost squalid - very run down."

Tenniswood said he "contained" himself to living upstairs, and used his downstairs as a storage space with the exception of his kitchen where he prepared his food in individual boxes so he could "graze" on the contents throughout the day.

Tenniswood denies the charges of rape and murder but the prosecution has already told the jury he is expected to claim Ms Chipchase consented to sex and that her death was "an accident."

The trial continues.

Tata Steel ordered to pay £2 million after two workers injured

Tata Steel has been ordered to pay more than £2 million after two workers suffered serious injuries at their Corby plant in Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tata Steel has been ordered to pay more than £2 million after two workers suffered serious injuries at their Corby plant in Northamptonshire.

A 26-year-old lost two thirds of his left hand while trying to clear a blockage on machinery at the site in Corby in September 2014, and a 52-year-old lost two thirds of his little finger when his hand was caught in a lathe at the same plant in February 2015, Northampton Crown Court heard.

The two incidents were investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which found the guarding on the two machines was inadequate. Tata Steel had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to two counts of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Judge Rupert Mayo ordered the company to pay a fine of £1,985,000 and costs of £22,500, saying the injuries were the result of "two subsequent and avoidable incidents."

"Guarding of dangerous parts of machinery is a fundamental of ensuring workers' safety. HSE will not hesitate to hold those accountable who do not fulfil their legal obligations, especially if that results in someone receiving life-changing injuries."

– Mark Austin, HSE inspector

Sick toddler finds matching donor

Joey Ziadi seen above in 2014, has now found a matching blood donor after being diagnosed with a rare form of anaemia Credit: ITV News Anglia

A seriously ill toddler from Northampton has finally found a matching donor after a two-year search for his family.

Joey Ziadi was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anaemia when he was just nine months old. It's a blood condition that affects just one in nine million people.

His mum has been campaigning tirelessly since then to encourage more people to become bone marrow donors.

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