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Witness appeal after woman punched in the face on night out

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was punched in Northampton Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was punched in the face and left with a broken jaw on a night out in Northampton.

The victim was walking along Bridge Street with a group of friends just after 4am on Sunday when an argument broke out with a group of two or three men, and the woman was assaulted.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

A man was arrested in connection with the assault and has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.


Bailiffs call off eviction after 300 turn out to help cancer patient stay in his home

Tom Crawford has lived in his Nottingham home for 25 years. He is embroiled in a lengthy battle over his mortgage. Credit: FacebookPage/Evictionthefraudofthebank

Bailiffs have called off the eviction of a man with cancer after 300 strangers came out to help keep him in his home.

"The eviction today has been called off on the advice of the police due to safety concerns. We will now discuss this matter with our legal advisors and the Court to determine the most appropriate next step."

– UKAR, who manage mortgage lenders of Bradford & Bingley

Mr Powley's family 'devastated' by care home death

Mr Powley's family have released a statement speaking of their guilt and grief over the 85-year-old's death.

“We are still devastated not only by our Dad’s death but also how it came about.

"His stay at Western Park View was only to be for two weeks’ respite while we explored all options for future care.

“We had supported and cared for Dad daily and kept him safe in his own home for six years following a stroke. The fact that he died from injuries sustained as a result of - in our view - inadequate care in a place where he was supposedly safer than at home, is heart-breaking.

“We all have to live with the thought that Dad trusted our decision to place him in temporary respite care and that decision ultimately cost him his life. "We have lost valuable time with our dearly-loved Dad and his young grandchildren have lost the time to build on their relationship and memories of him. Nearly three years on, we are still grieving for our loss and for the huge hole left in all our lives.

“We hope that the lessons learned with regard to exposed pipe work and acceptable temperatures for hot surfaces in care homes will prevent other families having to experience what we have.”

– Mr Powley's son, Colin


HSE: Mr Powley's death 'foreseeable and preventable'

Leicester Crown Court Credit: Lucy Bogustawski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The care home in which an elderly pensioner was so badly burned that he died of kidney failure days later failed to take proper safety precautions, a judge at Leicester Crown Court has heard.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the pipes and valves at the Hinckley home - owned by Western Park Leicester Ltd - were not covered and were reaching temperatures of around 73 degrees centigrade.

Investigators also found that Western Park Leicester Ltd was aware that 85-year-old Mr Powley was at risk of falls and injury. The staff should have been vigilant, but the company failed to manage the risks in his room.

“This was a foreseeable and preventable fatal incident.

"While most of the residents at Western Park View are physically disabled with limited mobility, Walter was not.

He was more mobile, and known to be so, hence at greater danger from any risks in his room.

“The scalding or burning risks from the pipes were longstanding and could have caused injury to any resident. Western Park Leicester failed to heed published guidance from HSE about the need to cover hot pipes and valves. "Had they been covered or boxed-in, Walter’s death could have been prevented.”

– HSE inspector Dr Richenda Dixon, speaking after the hearing
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