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Meningitis research warns adults also at risk

The NHS state that 'Every suspected case of meningitis should be treated as a medical emergency.' Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A family from Kettering are joining forces with the Meningitis Research Foundation to warn the public that adults are at risk of meningitis, not just adults.

Craig and Melanie Hook are supporting the campaign after Melanie contracted pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia at the age of 31 in 2003.

Melanie survived but she is paralysed from the chin down and requires help to breath, and blinks to communicate.

These are the possible symptoms for meningitis:

  • have a high fever, with cold hands and feet
  • vomit and refuse to feed
  • feel agitated and not want to be picked up
  • become drowsy, floppy and unresponsive
  • grunt or breathe rapidly
  • have an unusual high-pitched or moaning cry
  • have pale, blotchy skin, and a red rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it
  • have a tense, bulging soft spot on their head
  • have a stiff neck and dislike bright lights
  • have convulsions or seizures

These symptoms can occur in any order and may be symptoms of other illnesses.

The NHS state that 'every suspected case of meningitis should be treated as a medical emergency.'

Caller with little girl tricks his way into house and steals purse

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An woman in her 80s had her purse stolen after she was tricked into letting a man and a young girl into her home.

When she answered her door in Kettering, the man said he was collecting for a cancer charity, and followed her into the house when she went to collect her purse.

The little girl went into a spare room and while the woman was distracted by what the child was doing, her purse was stolen from the kitchen. Police are warning others to be on their guard for similar distraction thefts.

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Kettering Woman who was abused as a child tells her story to encourage others to come forward

Lisa Edwards. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman from Kettering who was abused by a neighbour from the age of five, has waived her right to anonymity to try to encourage other victims to speak out.

Lisa Edwards, who's 29, was sexually abused for eight years during the 90s.

It wasn't until 2012 that she told police about what happened.

As a result of her coming forward, 67-year-old Richard Cornwell was jailed last Friday for 26 years for a series of sexual offences against boys and girls.

Richard Cornwell. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

"There's no shame in being a victim.

Coming forward is the only way to catch them pretty much and even though it's an historical case, they still need to be punished for what they've done.

By me coming forward, I hope I've saved god knows how many other children."

– Lisa Edwards
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Have you won the lottery?

People in Northamptonshire are being urged to double-check their Lotto tickets as an unclaimed Lotto jackpot of £2.5 million is believed to belong to a ticket bought in the county.

A National Lottery spokesman said the prize-winning ticket was purchased in the south Northamptonshire area for the draw on February 7.

The six winning numbers were 3, 6, 15, 17, 18, 35 and the Bonus Ball was 22.

The lucky ticket-holder has until August 6, 2015 to claim their prize.

If no-one comes forward then the prize money will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

"We're eager to find the mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings - this amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody's life. We're urging everyone who bought a Lotto ticket in this area to check their old tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.

– National Lottery spokesperson

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Dog stolen from outside fish and chip shop

A picture of the breed of dog which was stolen Credit: PA

Police are looking for a dog who was stolen from outside a fish and chip shop in Kettering.

The dog was tethered outside the Bignal fish and chip shop in Bignal Court, off Lake Avenue at around 7pm last Tuesday.

The missing dog is a 5-year-old black and white Saluki bitch and she was untied and taken while the owner was in the shop.

Witnesses, or anyone with information, is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Trains not stopping at Market Harborough as person hit by train

Trains are not stopping on East Midlands Trains at Market Harborough because a person has been hit by a train.

Although lines between Kettering and Leicester have reopened, passengers may still be delayed by up to 40 minutes while services recover. Some trains might divert via Corby.

Problems are expected to continue until 15:00.

Deenethorpe airfield could become 'garden village'

The airfield is located between Deenethorpe and Upper Benefield Credit: Google Maps

A new thousand-home 'garden village' could be built on the site of Deenethorpe airfield in Northamptonshire.

The plans include a hotel, industrial base, school and community hall, but there are fears it could put pressure on services in neighbouring Corby.

The 600-acre airfield is located between Deenethorpe and Upper Benefield and was used by American airmen during the Second World War.

In recent years, the area has mainly been turned to agriculture, but the air strip is still occasionally used as a private runway.

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