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Peter Bone MP to meet with Prisons Minister over future of HMP Wellingborough

Peter Bone MP, is to meet with the Prisons Minister this week (Wednesday 8 October) to try to find out exactly what is happening at the town's mothballed jail.

Peter Bone MP Credit: ITV News Anglia

Reports that work is being carried out on site has led Mr Bone to believe that the prison could be reopened as a reserve jail to help deal with over capacity.

The prison closed almost two years ago despite campaigns locally to keep it open but the Ministry of Justice says there are currently no plans to reopen it.


Decision to close adult day care centre in Northamptonshire could be reversed

Glamis Hall.

The decision to close an adult day care centre in Northamptonshire could be reversed tonight.

Wellingborough Borough Council made the original decision in June, but a campaign has been launched by those who use Glamis Hall.

Protesters have collected more than 10,000 signatures.

They have collected more than 10,000 signatures. Protesters had even threatened legal action against the authority because they said they had not been consulted when the original decision was taken.

Wellingborough Borough Council says it cannot afford repairs the buildings require.

Man hit by car in Wellingborough

Police are investigating after a man was hit by a car in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

Man hit by car in Church Street, Wellingborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 23-year-old victim was standing with friends outside the Cutting Room pub at about 2.40am on Sunday 24 August when he was hit by a red Vauxhall Astra.

He was knocked down and his leg was broken as a result.

The car was then driven off at speed and narrowly missed another pedestrian.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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 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 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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