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Kitten has leg amputated after being shot with air rifle

Willow the kitten Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a kitten had to have her leg amputated after being shot by an air rifle.

Three-month-old Willow was found by her owner in Sturminster Way, Corby, on Friday 25 September with a wound to her left front leg.

She was taken to the vets, where it was found that two pellets had caused the bones in her leg to shatter in such an extreme way that her leg had to be amputated.

“I found Willow in the back garden and I thought at first she had fallen off something. It was only when we got her to the vets that we found out she’d been shot.

“The vet said that her injuries are so severe that she was more than likely to have been shot at close range, which makes me think this was a deliberate act. She is only a kitten and is so small.

“I’m devastated, and so are my two daughters. We just can’t comprehend why someone would do this and we are all in shock.”

– Willow’s owner Rhona Dickie, 40

“This is an horrific incident and one which would have left Willow in great pain and in a lot of distress.

“However it happened, there is a cat who is suffering greatly from very serious injuries and we want to make sure that no other animal goes through this again.”

– RSPCA inspector Clint Davies

Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.

Those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a £20,000 fine.


Man beaten up in Northampton town centre

Police are looking for witnesses after a man was knocked to the ground and beaten up in Northampton town centre.

The man was at the top of Abington Street on Wednesday when he was approached by two men he didn't know.

He was pushed to the floor by one of the men then kicked and punched while he lay on the ground.

Both men left in a car parked nearby.

The incident happened at about 4.30pm.

Homes evacuated after fire breaks out in Northamptonshire

A number of homes have been evacuated after a fire broke out in Northamptonshire today.

A 200m cordon is in place around the Saxon Street area of Abington, Northampton. Several roads remain closed and drivers are being urged to avoid the area.

Fire crews were called to the property close to the junction with Norman Road at about 1.10pm.

A house, caravan, and gas cylinders are thought to be involved.

The road closures are affecting: Saxon Street, Norman Road, Wessex Way, Taylor Avenue, Cambria Crescent, Briton Road and Birchfield Road.


Flowers left outside home of murdered pensioner

Flowers outside the home of David Brickwood. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

An ever-growing collection of flowers is forming outside the home of a pensioner who was violently killed in Northamptonshire.

David Brickwood, who was 74, was assaulted in his house in Lindsay Avenue in the Abington area of Northampton.

The flowers pay tribute to a "kind-hearted man with a heart of gold".

Police have launched a murder investigation.

Police appeal to 'urgently' trace mother of baby girl abandoned outside house in cardboard box

A baby was found abandoned outside a house in Northamptonshire in this box. Credit: Northamptonshire Police.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a baby girl was found abandoned in a box outside a house in Corby.

She was found wrapped in a blue blanket wearing just a nappy. She's being taken care of at Kettering General Hospital. Officers urgently need to trace her mother.

For me it's really important urgently that we trace the baby's mother. We're concerned for her welfare, the circumstances of this are quite unusual, quite extreme and if anyone knows the mum or has any information please call police on 101.

– Det Supt Steve Lingley, Northamptonshire Police

Saints' Tom Wood cleared to face Australia in crunch World Cup match

England flanker Tom Wood, who has been cleared to play against Australia this weekend Credit: David Davies/PA Wire.

Northampton Saints' Tom Wood has been told he is free to play in England's World Cup match against Australia on Saturday.

The flanker was warned for striking Wales full-back Liam Williams in last weekend's defeat at Twickenham.

The clash - when Williams was struck on the head by Wood's shin as the Saints player attempted to kick a loose ball - ended the Welshman's game in the 67th minute.

But the warning, issued by match citing commissioner Maurizio Vancini, is the equivalent of a yellow card in terms of sanctions, clearing Wood to face the Wallabies.

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