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Fatal fire investigation continues

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a fatal fire in Wellingborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Investigations will continue today into a fatal fire at a disused hotel in Wellingborough near Northampton.

A 48-year-old man was pronounced dead after emergency services were called to the property in Midland Road at about 9am on Tuesday.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Northamptonshire: Wellingborough MP Peter Bone calls for swift decision on Rushden Lakes development plans

Wellingborough MP Peter Bone has called on the Prime Minister to speed up the decision on a £50 million retail development in Northamptonshire.

Last month the Government delayed the decision on whether or not to approve the Rushden Lakes development.

The proposals, which include shops and leisure facilities, have already been agreed by East Northamptonshire Council but the final decision rests with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Peter Bone MP asked the Prime Minister:

"I've never known of a development that has so much public support. Could the Prime Minister use his best efforts to ensure that the outcome of the public inquiry is announced as soon as possible?"

In response, David Cameron said:

"I know my honourable friend campaigns vigorously for his constituents and for local businesses and for job-creating developments like this one.

"As I'm sure he is aware, I'm not able to get involved in specific planning decisions but I understand that a decision on this application will be made as soon as possible."


"My personal nightmare at the hands of the police" - MP hits back at benefit fraud claims

Wellingborough MP Peter Bone has published a detailed account of his "nightmare at the hands of the police" after his home was raided over benefit fraud allegations.

He said he was first made aware of the visit by officers in March last year by a series of "frantic messages" from his wife.

He said: "What was causing the upset was that three police officers had raided our home without any warning."

Read Mr Bone's full response to the allegations here.

Council begins clean up

Rubbish in Church Street Credit: ITV

A clear-up has started on one half of a street in Northamptonshire, which was deliberately not cleaned over the weekend. Wellingborough Borough Council wanted to show how much rubbish it has to pick up.

So, while litter was still collected from the south side of Church Street, the north side was left all Saturday and Sunday.

Every year, the council spends more than a hundred-thousand pounds clearing up the streets.


Council's novel way of tackling litter problem

Litter picking is being stopped on one half of a street in Northamptonshire this weekend - to show how much rubbish accumulates when nothing's done to tidy it up.

The council in Wellingborough spends more than £100,000 a year on litter picking, now It wants to encourage people to put more of it in bins.

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

Council takes unique stance over litter

Litter picking is being stopped on one half of a street in Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV Anglia

Litter picking is being stopped on one half of a street in Northamptonshire - to illustrate how much rubbish council staff have to pick up.

Wellingborough Borough Council spends more than £100,000 cleaning up the streets each year.

Litter will still be picked from the south side of Church Street - but the north side will be left untouched all weekend.

MP urges Minister of Justice to rethink prison closure

Philip Hollobone

MPs have hit out at the Ministry of Justice's decision to close down Wellingborough Prison.

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone backed his fellow Tory saying:

"Can I gently suggest to you that I think the governmental papers must have got muddled on this particular prison, because it's extremely cost-effective, one of the lowest costs per prisoner across the whole of the prison estate.

"And you say there's lots of money needed to improve the site, but having gone around it myself, I simply don't think that that is the case.

"Can I just urge you to take Mr Bone's advice and look again at this wrong decision?"

Mr Wright said the costs of bringing the prison up to standard were prohibitive, saying it would cost around £50m.

MP: Avoid making a disastrous mistake

Peter Bone

Wellingorough MP Peter Bone has hit out at the decision to close Wellingborough Prison.

He said: "Wellingborough Prison is on a brownfield site, has massive room for expansion; people want an expanded prison there; millions of pounds have been invested in the prison."

He called on Prisons Minister to look again before "making a disastrous mistake".

Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright pointed out that a meeting was already in the diary between himself and Mr Bone, but he would not be swayed with regards to the prison, which closed in December 2012.

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