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Cobblers in the clear as winding-up petition withdrawn

Cobblers fans celebrated the Kelvin Thomas takeover news. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A winding up petition on Northampton Town FC by HMRC has officially been withdrawn after a court hearing last Monday.

All the club's debts have also been paid.

New chairman Kelvin Thomas has said it will give the team a chance to focus on the FA Cup.

"This is a very positive step as we move forward. We can now focus on our review of the club and developing the future plans.

"We really enjoyed our first game in the win against Yeovil last weekend and the welcome we received from the fans was really special.

"Now it's time for the FA Cup. The players have given themselves a wonderful chance of getting into the 3rd Round and it's a great time to get behind them.”

– Kelvin Thomas, Chairman


House fire being treated as suspicious

A fire at a derelict house in Birmingham is being treated as suspicious.

More than 30 firefighters were called to the scene on Ladywood Road in Four Oakes last night.

Pedestrian dies after collision in Stourbridge

A 66-year-old pedestrian died after a collision with a car on Brettell Lane in Stourbridge on Sunday night.

He was treated by paramedics, however, he died a short time later.

The pedestrian died soon after the collision. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Officers were called to High Street Amblecote at the junction of Brettell Lane at around 6.50pm following reports that a car had hit a man and had driven away from the scene.

A 25-year-old man, who was the driver of a red Vauxhall Corsa that collided with the man, was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving. He was later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

And now officers want to speak to another driver who may be able to help them with their enquiries.

The road was very busy last night and we are appealing to the driver of a black 4x4 who was in the area at the time of the collision to come forward.

The driver would have been turning into Brettell Lane from High Street, Amblecote at around the time of the collision. The 4 x 4 driver did stop initially at the scene but left a short time later. We are now appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

Our thoughts remain with the family of the man who lost his life and specialist officers continue to liaise with them.

– Sergeant Alan Wood, Collision Investigation Unit, West Midlands Police
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