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Man sentenced to eight years for the death of Rushden grandfather

Mohammed Hirsi. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A man's been jailed for eight and a half years after being found guilty of using his car as a weapon to kill a 60-year-old grandfather after a row outside a club in Rushden.

27-year-old Mohammed Hirsi, from Camden in London, claimed he had been racially abused when he drove his car at Lorenzo Gallucci in the Splash Pool car park - causing a fatal head injury.

Lorenzo Gallucci. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Hirsi was later arrested in London but denied manslaughter.

Mr Gallucci's family said their lives had been changed forever.

“This was a tragic event where a man lost his life in the most unfortunate of circumstances.

There was no need for what happened and a family have lost their loved one as a result of an incident that could so easily have been prevented.

I would like to thank the investigation team for all their hard work and commitment on this case. This was a lengthy and complicated enquiry. The team worked tirelessly to seek justice for Lorenzo and his family. Hirsi’s conviction and the appreciation from the family is proof of their hard work.”

– Detective Inspector Mark Brayfield,

Dylan is speeding his way to the top of the drag-racing world

Dylan Bradley, from Northamptonshire, is one to watch in the world of drag racing. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A nine-year-old from Northamptonshire is taking the drag-racing world by storm.

Dylan Bradley, from Rushden, only climbed into a dragster a year ago but he is already the youngest driver in the British Championship.

This morning he took his car into school to show his friends, as Sarah Cooper reports.

Green light for Rushden's multi-million pound shopping complex

A £50m development in Northamptonshire has been given the go-ahead by the government.

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, visited the site at Rushden Lakes today, which is set to be transformed into a shopping and leisure complex.

It's expected the project will provide around 2,000 new jobs to the local area. Once completed, the complex will boast big-name stores, multiple restaurants, a hotel and a waterside activity centre.

While the news was welcomed by the local community, there have been objections from other nearby towns.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes.

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Scrabble expert prepares for National Finals

Anyone who thinks a nice game of Scrabble is a gentle way to while away a winter evening probably hasn't met Paul Allan.

The teacher from Rushden in Northamptonshire takes a rather more competitive view of the word game, in fact he's such a whizz at it that he'll be taking part in the national final this weekend. So what's his secret?

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey


Northamptonshire teacher swaps School for Scrabble

Paul Allan is preparing to battle it out at the National Scrabble Championship. Credit: Paul Allan

A teacher from Rushden in Northamptonshire is preparing to battle it out at the National Scrabble Championship this weekend.

Paul Allan has successfully got through to the final of the competition.

Paul Allan won the title previously in 2007. Credit: Paul Allan

He's no stranger to the event having won the title back in 2007 and is confident he could be bringing the trophy back to the region together with a £2500 cash prize when he goes head to head with his rival on Sunday 3 November.

To reach the final he competed against 57 talented Scrabble experts in 14 hard-fought games at the semi-final in Cardiff in September.

Now Paul will participate in a gruelling best-of-five games showdown at The Cavendish Conference Centre in London.

Paul will participate in a gruelling best-of-five games showdown at The Cavendish Conference Centre in London. Credit: Paul Allan

If he wins he stands a good chance of taking on players from around the world for the title of World Scrabble Champion in December.

Investigation into factory fire

The remains of the factory in Rushden. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a fire that destroyed a partly built factory in Northamptonshire over the weekend.

It broke out late on Saturday night in the building on Norris Way in Rushden.

Firefighters from across the county went to the scene but despite battling with the flames for more than four hours they were unable to save the building.

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