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Mixed picture as unemployment statistics released

Mixed news on unemployment in the Anglia region. It rose in the East Midlands which includes Northamptonshire. Now standing at 98,000 jobless people, an increase of 8,000 on the previous quarter. More than four percent are without work.

Unemployment figures in East Midlands

In the East of England, the figures are down by 5,000. Nationally, the jobless figures are the lowest for 12 years.

Unemployment figures in East Anglia

Stop the Press: A look at the changing face of local media

Over the last few years many communities have lost a valuable voice - their local newspaper.

The internet and changing habits lead to falling sales and eventual closure. Among the papers to have ceased to go to print are the Newmarket News, Beds on Sunday and Norwich Citizen.

More than 200 have closed throughout the country since 2005 - But could there be a fightback? While many have shut some new titles have started. In the first of a two part special report into the changing face face of our region's media Matthew Hudson looks at the fall and rise of the local paper.

Two arrested over allegations of neglect at care home

Northamptonshire Police

Two people have been arrested after allegations of neglect at a privately owned care home.

The Latimer Grange Care Home in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, is under scrutiny from officers after further allegations of criminal offences against current and past residents.

A recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission, conducted as a result of the concerns, rated the home as requiring improvement.

Inspector Kev Wooldridge, of Northamptonshire Police's Vulnerable Adults and Mental Health team, said:

"We want the families of those residing at this care home to be reassured that the safety and care of their relatives is our primary concern, and measures will be put in place to ensure these needs are met."

– Inspector Kev Wooldridge

A Northamptonshire County Council spokesman said: "We were fully aware of the ongoing investigations by the police and have been closely monitoring the situation with fortnightly visits by our Quality Team.Council staff are now on site to support the staff to ensure continuity of care for all the residents."


Three charged over shooting in Kettering

Scene of the shooting

Three people have been charged following a shooting in Field Street, Kettering last Saturday.

A gunman got out of a vehicle and shot the man before speeding away, the victim has since had to have his leg amputated.

Spencer Carr, 38, of Kettering, has been charged with conspiracy to commit GBH, wounding with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Michael Villiers, 45, of Burton Latimer, and Darren Freeman, 36, of Kettering, have been charged with conspiracy to commit GBH.

Four other people arrested in connection with the incident, two men aged 32 and 60 and two women aged 28 and 39, have been released under investigation.

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