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RSPCA warning to pet owners after cat dies from antifreeze poisoning

Generic photo of cat. Credit: PA Images

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

Northamptonshire town hosts political milestone

Nigel Farage on a walk-about in Wellingborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Northamptonshire town hosted an important political event today - the start of the cross-party campaign for Britain to leave the EU.

About two thousand people were in Kettering for the launch of Grassroots Out, including the UKIP Leader Nigel Farage.

Around 2,000 people gathered for the launch of the cross-party campaign Credit: ITV News Anglia

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson.

Family hope to raise awareness of daughter's rare form of epilepsy

Jess is now back on medication and recovering well

A mum and dad from Northamptonshire are on mission to raise awareness about their daughter's condition, after she stopped breathing last week.

Three-year-old Jess Adams from Wellingborough has a rare form of epilepsy- which means she has seizures that are sometimes hard to spot.

Her first was at 13 months old - and after 8 weeks in hospital, she was diagnosed with a genetic mutation called PCDH19 Epilepsy.

Jess' parents are now raising money for the PCDH19 alliance charity. They want to make as many people aware of the condition as possible.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper.

Cat shot for second time this year may have been targeted

Charlie was also shot with a pellet in February this year.

A cat from Wellingborough has been shot with a pellet gun for the second time this year.

Charlie the cat was shot in the Oak View area sometime between 8.45am and 3.50pm on Tuesday, December 15.

As a result of the attack, he had to have an eye removed and a pellet was found lodged in his neck.

The pellet also injured his mouth.

Charlie, who is described as a very friendly cat, was also shot with a pellet in February this year, when he also received injuries to his face.

Officers investigating the case believe he may be being targeted as there are other cats in the area who have not been shot at.

Witnesses, or anyone who knows anything about this incident can call Northamptonshire Police on 101.


Police seek witnesses after Sunday morning stabbing

The stabbing happened in the early hours. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Police are asking witnesses to come forward after a stabbing in Wellingborough.

Officers were called to Market Street at 4am on Sunday morning where they found a 35-year-old with a stab wound to his stomach.

He was taken to Northampton General Hospital for treatment.

They have arrested a 49-year-old man in connection with the attack but are asking anyone who might have seen it to call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Work to start on £5.5 million crematorium site in Northamptonshire

The first phase of work is due to start later on a £5.5 million pound crematorium that is to be built in Northamptonshire.

An official ground-breaking ceremony on the 11 acre site this lunchtime will mark the start of work in Wellingborough.

The project was first discussed back in 2011.

This is a key project for the people of Wellingborough who will benefit from this new facility once it's complete. By working closely with public-sector bodies like Wellingborough Council we can help make sure the council receives the best value for money possible through our approved construction partners that use local employers and supply chains.

– Alan Coole, head of empa
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