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Northamptonshire man jailed for sexual abuse of girl under 13

Gavin McCarthy Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A 31-year-old man from Northamptonshire has been jailed for the sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 13.

Gavin McCarthy, from Cransley near Kettering, was sentenced to eight years for six counts of making indecent images of children.

He'll remain on the Sex Offender Register for life.

I hope the substantial sentence McCarthy received today helps serve as a deterrent to offenders and those considering sexual offending against vulnerable children.

We are committed to safeguarding children by detecting abuse and prosecuting offenders.

– Detective Andy Rogers, aedophile Online investigation team

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East Midlands services delayed by about two hours after person hit by train

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Delays of up to one hour are expected on East Midlands Trains between St Pancras International and Luton.

Normal train service is expected to resume on the affected route at around 1430.

There are cancellations with no service at West Hampstead Thameslink. Replacement bus service are running between Kettering and Corby due to emergency services dealing with an incident at West Hampstead Thameslink.

London Underground are accepting tickets for reasonable routes. Tickets being accepted on CrossCountry and Virgin Trains West Coast services.

Have you seen missing Kettering teenager Veronica Sbircea?

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a teenager missing from her home since July 21 and are urging her to make contact.

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Veronica, 15, left her home in Kettering on July 21. Officers believe she may now be in Birmingham, although there is a possibility that she remains in London.

She was seen in Ponders End, Enfield, on Wednesday, 27 July and then in Brixton in and around the KFC store on Brixton Road, London, on Thursday, 28 July. There are no confirmed sightings of Veronica since then.

Veronica Sbircea Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Veronica is white, 5ft, with long straight black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing dark leggings and a black top, as seen in the attached CCTV image.

She is originally from the London area and may have possibly travelled back there.

Veronica is known to approach people to use their mobile phone temporarily, and officers are urging anyone who may have been approached by her or have seen her, to make contact.

Officers are urging Veronica, or anyone who may know of her whereabouts, to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Kettering ballot papers being sorted before count

Kettering is the regional counting centre for the East Midlands.

The regional result is expected in the early hours of the morning,

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One hour delays on East Midlands trains

East Midlands trains Credit: ITV News Central

There are delays of up to an hour on East Midlands trains between Kettering and St Pancras due to a person being hit by a train.

Tickets are being accepted on Virgin Trains, Thameslink, London Underground and Cross Country services.

Trains may still be delayed until 18:00.

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Serious crash closes A43 in both directions between Northampton and Kettering

The A43 is closed between Northampton and Kettering. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A crash involving two lorries and other vehicles has closed the A43 in Northamptonshire in both directions.

It is affecting the stretch of road between the Round Spinney roundabout at Northampton and the junction with the A14 at Kettering.

The air ambulance is close to the scene of the crash naer Sywell.

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