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Export ban on Sekhemka statue extended until 2016

The Sekhemka statue

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has announced that the export ban on an Egyptian statue sold by Northampton Borough Council will continue until March 2016.

The statue of Sekhemka, which had originally been on show in Northampton Museum, was sold by the authority for nearly £16 million pounds to a foreign buyer last summer - but a temporary export ban was later put in place.

Now the 4,000 year-old statue won't be allowed to leave the country until 2016.

It's to allow a buyer the opportunity to "save the Sekhemka statue for the UK".

Following notification of a serious intention to raise funds to save the Sekhemka statue for the UK, the Culture Minister has decided to initiate a second deferral period. A decision on the export licence application will be deferred until 29 March 2016.

The purpose of the export deferral period is to allow a buyer the opportunity to save the Sekhemka statue for the UK, and ensure there will be public access to the statue.

– Department for Culture, Media, and Sport

A week on from pensioner murder: police appeal for witnesses

David Brickwoood

Police investigating the murder of a pensioner in Northampton will be talking to people in the area a week on from his death.

David Brickwood was violently assaulted in his own home in Abington in the early hours of last Saturday morning (26th September)

The scene of the crime.

The police will be doing spot checks in the area from 22.00 tonight and are appealing for witnesses.


Fresh appeal to find mum who abandoned baby

Detectives are making a fresh appeal for help to find the mother of a baby who was abandoned in a box outside a house in Corby.

She was found wrapped in a blue blanket wearing just a nappy on Ibsen Walk on Monday (September 28th)

Ibsen Walk in Corby

Detectives are hoping this afternoon to release a picture of the baby in the hope it will help trace the mother.

Northamptonshire Police officer found guilty of gross misconduct

Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A Northamptonshire Police officer has found guilty of gross misconduct.

Karen Clarke, 49, appeared before a panel at a public disciplinary hearing yesterday.

At the end of the hearing, the panel found she had breached the standards of professional behaviour.

The following allegations were found proven:

  • She failed to take adequate steps to provide intelligence relating to a prolific offender who was in a relationship with her daughter
  • Following a police incident involving her son, she took a call from him, during which she suggested a possible explanation he could use, knowing it to be false. In a conversation with her sergeant in connection with the same incident, she failed to be open about her conversation with her son. She later deleted messages from her phone in efforts to frustrate police investigation into her son.

However, an allegation that she behaved inappropriately while on duty, and in full uniform, when dealing with a matter involving her son, was not proven.

Clarke was dismissed without notice.

In issuing the sanction, the chair of the panel said it was “vitally important” to maintain public trust and confidence in the police.

“We expect the highest standards from our officers. On very rare occasions the actions of an officer may fall below those standards.

“In this case, the panel, having heard the evidence, felt the actions of Karen Clarke, were below what would be expected. As such, she was dismissed without notice.”

– Chief Inspector Mark Taylor, Professional Standards Department

Police appeal for witnesses after woman assaulted in Kettering

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted while she was walking along a street in Kettering.

The victim was walking along Montagu Street, towards the town centre, sometime between 5am and 5.10am on Saturday when a man grabbed her arm from behind.

The woman shrugged him off and ran away. She was not injured

The offender is described as a black man, 30–40 years old, around 6ft tall and wearing a dark coloured hooded top with the hood over his head,

Burglars sneaked into elderly woman's Northampton home

Burglars sneaked into an elderly Northampton woman's home as she tried to give a stranger directions.

A man knocked at the door of the woman's house in the Spinney Hill area at about 2pm on Tuesday, 29 September.

First, he asked her for some water for his car, which he claimed had broken down, then he asked for directions to the hospital.

While he distracted the woman, his accomplice sneaked into her house and stole her purse.

The man who distracted the woman was white aged between 28 and 32, about 5ft 9in and slim. He spoke with an accent which may have been Spanish.

He had short dark hair, some facial hair and was wearing smart black trousers, a long white shirt, dark shoes and possibly a black tie. He was also carrying a black clipboard.

Witnesses, or anyone who knows anything about this incident, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101.


Man stabbed during fight in Northampton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed during a fight in Northampton.

Three men were involved in a fight opposite KFC on Cambridge Street at about 6.40pm on Monday. It led to one of the men sustaining a stab wound to the back.

Both offenders were black and around 6ft tall. One was wearing a blue jacket with white sleeves. The other was wearing a black bomber jacket and may have had dreadlocks.

The victim was taken to hospital and is not believed to have a serious injury.

Ambulances assess medical condition of suspected illegal immigrants found in lorry

Ambulances at Brackmills Industrial Estate Credit: Vicky McDermott

Ambulances are at the scene of an industrial estate in Northamptonshire after number of suspected illegal immigrants were reportedly discovered in the back of a lorry.

Officers were called to the Brackmills Industrial Estate just before 2pm.

Ambulances at Brackmills Industrial Estate Credit: Vicky McDermott

Because of concerns about the medical condition of the people in the vehicle, they are now being assessed by the ambulance service at the scene.

The area where the lorry is contained has been closed off to the public as a precaution while investigations continue.

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