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Campaign to save Glamis Hall Day Centre

People in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire are campaigning against a council decision to close a building used as a day care centre for elderly residents.

Campaigners say the community must not lose Glamis Hall which is used by around 50 people each day. The council says it does not want to stop the service but can't afford to keep it going.

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Police appeal on third anniversary of murder

Karoly 'Charlie' Varga
Karoly 'Charlie' Varga Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Northamptonshire Police have made a new appeal for witnesses on the third anniversary of the murder of a Hungarian man in Wellingborough.

Karoly 'Charlie' Varga being was assaulted in his home in Cannon Street with a hatchet-like weapon on the afternoon of Wednesday 27 July 2011, shortly after he had let in an unidentified visitor.

76-year-old Charlie Varga had lived in the United Kingdom since the 1950s.

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for anybody who finds the murder weapon or abandoned black and grey Lonsdale training shoes to make contact with them.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin said: "Even after three years this murder remains an open investigation, and I still believe it can still be solved. The case is reviewed whenever there is an advance in forensic science, but key to solving the case would be the discovery of the murder weapon and the killer's training shoes."

The murder weapon and the key to Mr Varga's back door were taken from the scene by the killer who would have needed to dispose of the weapon, and could have hidden it anywhere in the Cannon Street area of Wellingborough, or further afield. The murderer also would have needed to dispose of his clothing, including a pair of black and grey Lonsdale training shoes.

DCI Kinchin added: "While many materials decompose over time, items such as the murder weapon and the killer's Lonsdale training shoes would be likely to survive to this day and finding these items would be a major breakthrough. If the murderer did not destroy these items, they would certainly want to hide them and so they could still be lying undiscovered.

"The murderer would probably not want to travel very far with the weapon, so it may have been pushed into a hedge, thrown into a garden, or hidden in the rubbish and undergrowth of the many alleys and overgrown areas around the street off Cannon Street and Clark Road.

"It may even be that somebody has later found the weapon in their garden and kept it, not realising its significance."

A £10,000 Crimestoppers Reward remains unclaimed for information leading to the conviction of Charlie's killer.

Britain's Got Talent's Ashleigh and Pudsey to get freedom of town

Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey pose for photographs at the premiere of their new film in London.
Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey attend the premiere of their new film in London. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Britain's Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey will be given the freedom of Wellingborough today.

The dancing duo have been jet-setting around the world after their success in the ITV show in 2012.

On Sunday, they attended the premiere of their new film Pudsey The Dog: The Movie.

It has a special screening in Northamptonshire tonight.

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RSPCA appeal after bird of prey is shot

Red Kite injured by shotgun pellets
Red Kite injured by shotgun pellets Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a rare bird of prey was shot in Wellingborough.

The bird suffered a badly-injured wing and was taken to the East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk. It was x-rayed and found to be peppered with shotgun pellets. The bird had to be put down.

X-ray showing Red Kite's shotgun injuries
X-ray showing Red Kite's shotgun injuries Credit: RSPCA

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act it is an offence to take, injure or kill a Red Kite and punishment can include fines up to £5,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to six months.

Red Kite's injured wing
Red Kite's injured wing Credit: RSPCA

Earthquake 'strongest in 13 years'

Rutland was hit by its strongest earthquake in 13 years this morning.

The 3.2-magnitude earthquake, powered from a depth of 2.5 miles, struck the Oakham area at 7.07am.

"There was a 4.1 in Melton Mowbray in October 2001 - so this is the biggest in the region for 13 years.

"It was quite widely felt but we probably get about three of these at this size somewhere in the UK each year.

"We record about 200 earthquakes and it is to do with the earth's dynamic plates moving, probably about the pace of the growth of a fingernail.

"The most common reports we have had is that houses shook, windows rattled for quite a few seconds, people were quite alarmed.

"We do not get the big earthquakes like they would get in places like Japan."

– Davie Galloway, British Geological Survey seismologist.

It was felt up to 28 miles (45 km) away from the epicentre of the earthquake near Wellingborough but most reports have come in from people who are within 15 miles (25km) of Oakham. Residents in parts of Stamford, Kettering and Oakham went online to say they felt the earthquake.

The UK's most powerful earthquake was the 5.4 magnitude tremor which hit the Lleyn peninsula in north Wales in July 1984 and in 2008 a quake centred on Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, was measured at 5.2.

New Wellingborough mayor named

Jim Bass has been named as the new Mayor of Wellingborough and will take office in May Credit: Borough Council of Wellingborough

Conservative councillor Jim Bass has been named as the new Mayor of Wellingborough.

Mr Bass, who had a long career in the engineering industry, wants to use his year as mayor to develop relationships with industry and educational facilities.

Cllr Bass said: “It is a great honour to be appointed as mayor by my peers. The borough is changing and growing, and we’re excited to become a part of new communities that will be developing throughout this year and beyond."

Jim Bass has been a councillor for Ecton, Mears Ashby and Sywell for seven years. He takes office as mayor on Thursday 29 May.

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