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Kettering Conservative MP flanks new UKIP member as he takes seat in Parliament

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The Conservative MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, acted as a sponsor for the new UKIP MP Mark Reckless as he took his seat in Parliament today.

Another East Midlands MP, Stewart Jackson, the Conservative member for Peterborough has tweeted that any Tory MP who defects to UKIP is "frankly insane".

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Kettering store wrecked as thieves try to steal cash machine using JCB

Thieves tried to remove a cash machine. Credit: Sam Marloww

A supermarket in Kettering has been left severely damaged after thieves drove a digger through the front of the building.

Police were called to Budgens in St Stephen's Road just before 4am as thieves tried to remove a cash machine from the shop using a JCB.

Police say the shop is off limits while the building is checked out.

They've recovered the digger, and are looking for a stolen 4x4 also used in the crime.

“This incident has left the shop severely structurally damaged so we are not letting anybody into the building at the moment and we are guarding the scene to make sure the public remain safe.

We have recovered the yellow JCB which was used to break into the building. We believe this vehicle, along with a 4x4 which was possibly green, was stolen by the thieves before they carried out the robbery.

We would encourage anyone who saw what happened in St Stephen's Road in the early hours of this morning, or who knows anything about the two stolen vehicles, to contact us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Sergeant Nick Cobley, Northamptonshire Police

Students' bid to get people to wee in the shower

A Northamptonshire student and his friend have spearheaded a campaign to get their fellow students to wee during their morning shower Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Northamptonshire student and his friend have spearheaded a campaign to get their fellow students to wee during their morning shower.

Kettering's Chris Dobson came up with the '#gowiththeflow' project with his fellow npower Future Leaders Challenge finalist, Debs Torr. The pair were inspired by a similar campaign in Brazil, which aims to save water.

They hope to get all 15,000 students at the University of East Anglia to take part, saying the reduction in toilet flushes would save enough money to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times every year.

After asking fellow students to declare their habits on twitter and Facebook, the couple have admitted the project has received a "mixed reaction".

Kettering's Chris Dobson came up with the '#gowiththeflow' project with his friend Debs Torr Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"We've done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact.

"With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over.

"Imagine how big an impact it could have if we could get everyone in East Anglia, or even the UK, to change their morning habits."

– CHRIS DOBSON, UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

Soldiers on the march through Corby and Kettering

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment Credit: ITV Central News

Two hundred soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment will be descending on Corby and Kettering today as they march through the towns.

In 2012 the Regiment were officially presented with the Freedom of the Borough of Corby in recognition of their courage displayed in battle and their association with the Borough of Corby.

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Northamptonshire couple distraught as honeymoon turns into a disaster

Xanta Watts was hospitalised for a week. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A couple from Northamptonshire are taking legal action against a travel company after their honeymoon was blighted by illness.

Xanta and Paul Watts from Kettering were staying at a resort on Koh Yao Noi Island in Thailand when Xanta became seriously ill with food poisoning and was hospitalised for a week.

She contracted Paratyphoid which is a disease caused by the Salmonella bacteria.

The couple are planning legal action. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I've never actually felt that ill in my life," Xanta Watts told ITV News Anglia.

"Some days I would just cry because I felt so disappointed that this had happened. I felt trapped because I was on a deserted island."

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Dramatic moment woman in dressing gown tackles two burglars

Dramatic footage has been released of a woman being punched in the face as she bravely tackles two burglars who broke into her home.

Northamptonshire Police are hoping the video will help track down the two men who tried to steal the family cars in Kettering.

The 56-year-old woman tackled the intruders in her dressing gown after they broke into her home and stole her car keys.

During the confrontation she was punched in the face six times but they fled without taking the cars.

Both men were white, slim and in their early 20s. Once was just under 6ft and the other was slightly shorter with short dark hair.

Detective Constable Greg Hemmington, said: “This was a horrific attack on a woman in her own home, who was only trying to protect her property."

Northamptonshire resident given £7,000 water bill

A Northamptonshire resident has received a £7,000 water bill after travellers and gypsies illegally tapped into their water supply.

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone took the case to the Commons after both the police and the water company were unable to help.

Environment ministers have said they will look into the case and urged MP Hollobone to get in contact with the Water Minister.

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