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Council's novel way of tackling litter problem

by Stuart Leithes

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.

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Council takes unique stance over litter

Litter picking is being stopped on one half of a street in Northamptonshire.
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.

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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.

Government slammed over prison closure

Wellingborough Prison

MPs have hit out at the Ministry of Justice's decision to close down Wellingborough Prison, calling the move a "disastrous mistake".

Conservative MPs Peter Bone and Philip Hollobone urged the Government to reconsider plans to dispose of the prison, which they described as "cost-effective".

Mr Bone said the decision was "completely and utterly wrong."

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Wellingborough man charged with drugs possession

34-year-old Shpend Duka.
34-year-old Shpend Duka.

A Wellingborough man has been jailed for five and a half years after pleading guilty to drugs charges.

34-year-old Shpend Duka who is an Albanian national living in Wellingborough was charged with possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

He was also charged with possessing criminal property. The conviction came after police discovered an address being used to supply cocaine.

New appeal two years on from murder

Karoly Varga,  known locally as Charlie
Karoly Varga, known locally as Charlie

Detectives in Northamptonshire have renewed an appeal for information on the murder of a 76 year old man from Wellingborough, two years after his death.

Karoly Varga, who was known locally as Charlie, was violently attacked at his home in Cannon Street on July 27th, 2011.

Police want to trace a man seen entering the house around midday, after which Charlie was not seen alive again. A £10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction is still being offered by his family.

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