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Pilot on dog drowning: 'It was a terrible thing to do'

Meg: The border terrier drowned by Stephen Woodhouse

The pilot given a suspended jail sentence for drowning a neighbour's dog has said it was a "terrible thing to do".

Stephen Woodhouse made a brief statement to ITV News Anglia as he left Corby Magistrates' Court after being given a 12-week jail sentence suspended for two years.

He admitted drowning, Meg, the border terrier belonging to neighbours Alan and Alison Boddington in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire.

Pilot given suspended jail sentence after drowning neighbour's dog

Airline pilot Stephen Woodhouse has been given a suspended jail sentence for drowning a neighbour's pet dog. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A commercial airline pilot has been given a suspended jail sentence for drowning a neighbour's pet dog.

Stephen Woodhouse from Long Buckby in Northamptonshire was given a 12 week custodial sentence suspended for two years at Corby Magistrates' Court. He had pleaded guilty to a charge under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at an earlier hearing.

The dog, a border terrier, was a gift for the disabled daughter of Alan and Alison Boddington.

Click below to watch a video of Stephen Woodhouse arriving at court

An arrest in 22-year old unsolved shop murder

An arrest has been made in a murder investigation that's gone unsolved for more than 20 years.

Arthur Brumhill was 76 when he was found beaten to death in the basement of the pet shop in Northampton where he worked in 1993.

Now a 39-year-old man, formerly from Northampton, but who now lives in West Yorkshire, has been arrested.

ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper has been talking to the man who led the investigation more than two decades ago. Click below to watch her report.

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MEP speaks of 'regret' over comments made about UKIP leader

Patrick O'Flynn Credit: ITV News Anglia

Patrick O'Flynn a Member of the European Parliament for the East of England, who has an office in Peterborough, has issued a statement expressing his 'sincere regret' over comments he made about UKIP leader Nigel Farage after the General Election.

He apologised directly to Nigel Farage for his use of the phrase 'snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive'.

He went onto say his comment was a 'fragment of a wider passage about perceptions and is not what I think of him.'

Mr O'Flynn has now stood down as economic spokesman.

"I would like to express to colleagues my sincere regret at going public with my frustrations about the turn of events following polling day. And more than that, I would like to apologise directly to Nigel for the phrase 'snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive'. This was a fragment of a wider passage about perceptions and is not what I think of him. Nonetheless, I should have known better than anyone what use would be made of phrases that were both unfair and unkind. I think it appropriate to stand down as economic spokesman, which I have done. I hope in the months ahead to be of use to the great campaign to persuade the British people to leave the EU, which is after all what brought me into politics in the first place."

– Patrick O'Flynn, MEP, UKIP

School choirs chosen to welcome teams to Rugby World Cup

School choirs selected to welcome teams to Rugby World Cup Credit: Rugby World Cup 2015

20 school choirs have been selected to welcome teams during the Rugby World Cup 2015.

There were 100 applications from schools to get the chance to be part of the official welcoming ceremonies held in September.

Schools from our region include the Chestnuts Primary School from Bletchley, Milton Keynes who will welcome Samoa in Brighton.

St Aubyn's School from South Woodford in Essex will welcome Romania in London.

Thurstable School from Tiptree in Essex will welcome Fiji in London.

And Haileybury School from Hertford will welcome Argentina in Hertford.

"We were really pleased with the response we’ve seen from schools wanting to be part of the Welcome Ceremonies for Rugby World Cup 2015. The standard of the applications was very high and I would like to thank all schools that took the time to apply. We now have 20 excellent choirs from across England and Wales that will help us to welcome the participating unions to the Tournament and make it a celebration of Rugby. We hope this will provide them with unforgettable memories and give them and the teams a fantastic Tournament experience.”

– Managing Stephen Brown, Managing Director of England Rugby 2015

The choirs range in size from 18 to 50 pupils and perform a whole range of musical styles. The venues and dates of the ceremonies have yet to be announced.

Arrest made in 22 year old unsolved Northampton murder

Arthur Brumhill was murdered in 1993 Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has today been arrested in connection with a murder in a pet shop more than 20-years ago.

76-year old Arthur Brumhill died after suffering blows to the head at Denton's Pet and Garden Store in Wellingborough Road, Northampton on January 22nd 1993.

Mr Brumhill was found in the basement of the shop where he worked part-time.

A 39-year old man who is formerly from Northampton and now lives in West Yorkshire has been arrested in connection with the murder.

The shop where Arthur Brumhill worked Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The suspect is being transported down from West Yorkshire and will be questioned by detectives at the Criminal Justice Centre in Northampton later today. We are unable to say anything further at this stage."

– Detective Sergeant Paul Hamilton, EMSOU Major Crime Team
Scene of the murder in 1993 Credit: ITV News Anglia
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