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People evacuated from homes after building collapses

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

People had to be evacuated from their homes after a building collapsed in Wellingborough on Sunday night.

Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to Arthur Street after the building came down without warning.

The property had recently been sold was being redeveloped into housing.

Unfortunately a couple of the residents had to move out last night due to the dangerous situation, we've seen them this morning. Obviously they're a little bit distressed and a little bit concerned about their own property but the most important thing here is that nobody was hurt, nobody was injured during the event.

– Cllr Jonathan Ekins, Ward councillor



RSPCA warning to pet owners after cat dies from antifreeze poisoning

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The RSPCA is investigating after a cat died from antifreeze poisoning in Wellingborough.

The four-year-old black-and-white male shorthair cat was found by his owner struggling for breath in a neighbour’s garden in Langham Road on Friday, 20 May.

He was immediately taken to a vets, where tests confirmed he had ingested antifreeze. His condition deteriorated and he was put to sleep by a vet to prevent further suffering.

We would also like to ask everyone in the area to keep an eye on their cats’ wellbeing and if they are showing symptoms of poisoning get them veterinary treatment immediately.

We are urging anyone who has any information about this to please contact the RSPCA’s appeal line in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.

At this stage we do not know if these were accidental incidents or deliberate but in the meantime we would ask for everyone in the area to check where they keep their pesticides and chemicals including antifreeze and make sure it is secure and out of the way of cats. People should check their car radiators for leaks too.

– RSPCA inspector Clint Davies

Signs of poisoning can be seen anything from 30 minutes after a cat has ingested the chemical, though it can be two or three days before signs of kidney failure are seen.

The signs of poisoning can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Depression
  • Sleepy
  • Appearing drunk
  • Uncoordinated
  • Seizures
  • Difficultly breathing

Northamptonshire drug dealer jailed for two years

Dominic Williams-Pearce Credit: Northamptonshire police

A Northamptonshire man's been jailed for two years and four months after pleading guilty to supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

Dominic Williams-Pearce, aged 24, of Buckwell Place, Wellingborough, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin.

Williams-Pearce, who was arrested in February of this year as part of Operation Worcester which is a police drive to tackle drugs and firearms offences in Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire.

"This conviction signifies another class A drug supplier taken off the streets and helps to reduce the supply of dangerous drugs in Wellingborough."

– Det Sgt Keith Morson
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