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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.

Cigarette stubbed out on man's face during attack

Stock picture of a cigarette Credit: PA

A 20-year-old man is recovering after a cigarette was stubbed out on his face during an attack in Kettering.

The unprovoked assault happened on Monday 10 March, while the victim was walking to his local shop on Nelson Street.

He was approached by two unknown men, who pushed him over before punching him in the face, and stubbing a cigarette out on the 20-year-old's forehead.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the two men, who were both white and may have been from eastern Europe. One of the men was wearing a black cap.

Row over safety of Northamptonshire skate park

The trustees of a group which runs a skate park at Desborough in Northamptonshire say they'll fight an order to demolish it, after an independent safety report found it was dangerous.

Desborough Youth Action Group leases the site, but Kettering Borough Council has forced it to close because it claims young people's safety is being put at risk. It's told the group the park must now be dismantled. Russell Hookey reports.


Hospital trust fails to protect people's safety

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has failed to protect people’s safety and welfare

Kettering General Hospital is not meeting the national standards of quality and safety.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has told the trust it must make urgent improvements to comply with the standards set out.

This follows an unannounced inspection at Kettering General Hospital in Kettering, Northamptonshire, on 7, 8 and 11 March 2013.

The inspection was carried out in response to concerns that some of the national standards were not being met at the hospital.

Coroner calls Dylan's death a 'tragic misfortune'

Coroner Michael Rose recorded a verdict of accidental death by drowning at the inquest into the death of Dylan Cecil last August.

He said there was nothing Dylan's parents, Rachel McCollum and Darren Cecil, could have done to prevent this "terrible tragedy." He called it, "a tragic misfortune – a nightmare from which they cannot wake."

He said both parent had tried their very best but he added, "we cannot restrain children, they have a life to live".

Cecil Dylan inquiry: death by drowning

The inquest into a four-year-old boy from Kettering who died while visiting the Somerset seaside with his family has recorded a verdict of accidental death by drowning.

Dylan Cecil was on holiday to see his grandparents when he fell into the water at Burnham-on-Sea on Sunday, August 19, 2012.

He was said to have been trying to get a closer look at the sea when the incident happened.

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