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More shoppers visit Northampton town centre

Northampton town centre

The number of shoppers visiting Northampton town centre is on the up.

New figures show more than 13 and a half million came last year - almost five percent more than the same period in 2013.

And more than one million drivers have taken advantage of the free parking offer in the town's four multi-storey car parks over the same period.

A little bit of Northants buried with Richard III

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When Richard III is buried today, a little bit of Northamptonshire will be buried with him

The King was born in Fotheringhay castle near Oundle - and soil from there is being sprinkled in his coffin before he's interred.

Those involved say they're very proud to be involved with the whole ceremony

Richard died at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. His skeleton was found by archaeologists in 2012 under a car park in Leicester.

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Fears that new homes could swamp villages

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Plans to build two thousand houses in rural Northamptonshire have fuelled fears that a "tsunami" of homes will swamp two nearby villages. The major development on land between Moulton and Overstone would include the building of a primary school, large supermarket and a new section of the A43, but residents fear that the character of nearby villages would be lost.

Kettering Woman who was abused as a child tells her story to encourage others to come forward

Lisa Edwards. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman from Kettering who was abused by a neighbour from the age of five, has waived her right to anonymity to try to encourage other victims to speak out.

Lisa Edwards, who's 29, was sexually abused for eight years during the 90s.

It wasn't until 2012 that she told police about what happened.

As a result of her coming forward, 67-year-old Richard Cornwell was jailed last Friday for 26 years for a series of sexual offences against boys and girls.

Richard Cornwell. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

"There's no shame in being a victim.

Coming forward is the only way to catch them pretty much and even though it's an historical case, they still need to be punished for what they've done.

By me coming forward, I hope I've saved god knows how many other children."

– Lisa Edwards

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Man jailed for 26 years for abusing boys and girls

Richard Cornwell has been jailed. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A man who sexually abused boys and girls in Northamptonshire over several decades has been jailed for 26 years.

Richard Cornwell, from Kettering, was found guilty of a total of 28 offences, including indecent assault of boys and girls and rape.

His abuse began in the 1960s and carried on until the late 90s.

Call for 'Adult Only' games rating

Video games that depict explicit content such as torture and murder should have an "adult only" rating certificate in order to protect children, according to a report from Northamptonshire's police and crime commissioner.

Adam Simmonds, wants the video games industry to give more to parents in order to protect children from exposure to potentially damaging content.

According to the research, one in four primary school age children have seen something online that upsets them, with the most common cause being in a video game.

Mr Simmonds has suggested a new rating - AO or adult only - should be introduced on certain games in order to help parents identify which content is suitable for children.

The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) rating system is already in place in the games industry, with ratings and reasons for that rating displayed on packaging. But Mr Simmonds has suggested that titles that ask players to participate in extreme acts of violence, such as massacring civilians, should be given an 'AO' rating.

Speaking ahead of a conference in Northampton today he said:

The Conference on Video Gaming taking place in Northampton today Credit: ITV News Anglia

Controversy creates cash. However, today's report shows that children as young as five are being subject to graphic scenes while playing video games that have left them feeling extremely upset. "Many parents might not be fully aware that these games contain such disturbing scenes. "It is time for the industry to play a more proactive role in protecting young minds."

– Adam Simmonds Police and Crime Commissioner, Northants

Click below to watch Olivia Paterson's report

Bank cards stolen in knifepoint robbery

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police have released CCTV of a man they want to talk to in connection with a knifepoint robbery in Kingsthorpe in Northampton.

The victim's stolen bank cards were later used at an Asda supermarket in Thornton Road to buy a number of expensive electrical products.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Former Northampton Town footballer pleads guilty to drink driving

Clarke Carlisle Credit: PA Images

Former Northampton Town footballer Clarke Carlisle has pleaded guilty to a drink driving offence.

Carlisle admitted failing to provide a sample when he appeared before magistrates in north London.

His Mercedes was stopped by police in December after being spotted travelling in an "erratic" manner.

The incident happened two days before Carlisle was hit by a lorry in a suicide attempt that left him in a coma until mid-January.

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