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Hospitals under pressure

Northampton General Hospital is under pressure Credit: PA Images

Kettering General Hospital and Northampton General Hospital continue to experience extremely high numbers of people at their Accident and Emergency departments.

People reporting to the A&E department with minor injuries and ailments are being warned they face longer waits than normal as more serious cases are prioritised, and are being urged to use alternative NHS services where appropriate such as NHS 111, pharmacies, alongside seeing their GP in the normal way.

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Kettering

A 32-year-old man from Kettering has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, after officers were called to an address in Lewis House, Carrington Street, Kettering yesterday.

Officers attended shortly before 11pm to reports of a stabbing incident.

A 28-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious wounds to his stomach where he is currently in a stable condition.

A man remains in custody at this time and officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

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Boys aged 11 and 14 arrested after major Kettering fire

The fire happened in Dryland Street. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two boys aged 11 and 14 have been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire in Kettering earlier this week.

It's after a major blaze broke out at a block of flats in Dryland Street on Monday (26 October).

More than 40 firefighters tackled the fire and two people were taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

The pair have been released on bail.

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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