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Museum loses its Arts accreditation

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Musuem has lost its Art Council accreditation Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton Museum has lost its accreditation with Arts Council England because of the sale of an ancient Egyptian statue.

The Sekhemka statue fetched more than £15 million at auction in July.

The Borough Council made the sale to fund an extension to the museum but the Egyptian Embassy was critical of the sale.

The museum will not be able to participate in the Accreditation scheme until at least August 2019.

The Sekhemka statue
The statue in question. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“It is always hugely regrettable when we have to exclude a museum from the Accreditation Scheme. However, it is equally important that we are robust in upholding the standards and principles which underpin the Scheme and are shared by the vast majority of museums. I am confident that the museums sector and wider community will share our dismay at the way this sale has been conducted and support the decision to remove Northampton Museums Service from the Scheme. It is of great importance that the public retain their trust in museums to look after the collections held in their name. There is a very real risk that this trust, and particularly that of potential donors and funders, will be seriously undermined if disposals from public collections are seen to be driven by financial considerations and in breach of our professional standards and ethical code.”

– Scott Furlong, Arts Council


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Jealous ex who murdered young father begins jail term

James Burton
James Burton Credit: Leicestershire Police

A 32-year-old man will begin a life sentence in prison today after being found guilty of murdering his ex partner's new boyfriend in a jealous rage.

James Burton, from Earl Shilton in Leicestershire, stabbed Matthew Dunn 29 times after breaking into his home in Factory Road in Hinckley in January.

Burton will serve a minimum of 30 years before he is eligible for parole.

Matthew Dunn
Matthew Dunn Credit: Leicestershire Police

Parents of toddler with 6 weeks to find life-saving donor overwhelmed by support

Khalid Adam is fighting for his life
Khalid Adam is fighting for his life Credit: BPM Media

The parents of a toddler from Coventry who are trying to find a life saving donor for their son say they're overwhelmed with the number of people wanting to help.

19-month-old Khalid Adam from Cheylesmore has a rare form of blood cancer.

He could only have 6 weeks left to live unless a suitable match is found.

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Three schoolboys arrested over Cadbury arson attack

Northfield Manor House
Northfield Manor House Credit: ITV Central

Three schoolboys have been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire which destroyed the former home of the Cadbury family in Birmingham.

Northfield Manor House was torched in an arson attack on Wednesday night.

The boys aged 12, 14 and 15 were questioned yesterday evening and have now been released on bail.

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