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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.

Tourists flock to birthplace of Richard III

Richard III

The reburial of the remains of King Richard III later this week has been attracting tourists to his birthplace in Northamptonshire.

He was born at Fotheringhay Castle near Oundle in 1452.

The build-up to his reinterment at Leicester Cathedral on Thursday has raised the profile of the castle.

The site in Northamptonshire where Fotheringhay castle stood Credit: ITV News Anglia

Soil taken from close to the castle moat has been placed in his coffin.

The king's grave site had been thought lost to history until archaeologists discovered his skeleton in the remains of an old monastery beneath a Leicester City Council car park.

The plaque marking his birthplace Credit: ITV News Anglia


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