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Boats gather for waterways celebration

Canal boats lining up in Northampton

Boats of all shapes and sizes have been making their way to Northampton this weekend for a major event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Northampton canal Arm.

The Arm connected the Grand Union Canal (or Grand Junction as it was then known) to the Nene in Northampton, creating a route to the East Anglian waterways and the Wash by water.

The 200th anniversary event

The Arm replaced an earlier horse drawn railway between Gayton Junction and an unloading point at Far Cotton where a restored historic crane still stands.

The Arm enabled ironstone and limestone to be carried to local blast furnaces, grain and flour to and from mills along the Nene, coal from North Warwickshire and timber from London's Surrey Docks to Northampton.IWA is holding a major waterways event on the river Nene over the August Bank Holiday Weekend in 2015.

The event was opened by actor Timothy West and his wife, Fawlty Towers star Prunella Scales. The couple present a television series on canal boat journeys.

Timothy West and Prunella Scales at the opening ceremony

Here's Wesley Smith's report:

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London Midland train disruptions due to trespassers on train line

There is disruption on London Midland train services on the following lines due to trespassers on the line between Northampton and Wolverton.

  • Between London Euston and Birmingham New Street
  • Between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street
  • Between London Euston and Hereford
  • Between London Euston and Wolverhampton

Trains across the whole London Midland network are affected. Services may be delayed by up to 45 minutes or cancelled at short notice. Disruption is expected to continue until around 19:00.

Serious sexual assault investigation underway in Miller's Meadow

Officers are investigating an assault that happened in the early hours of this morning Credit: PA

Police officers in Northampton are investigating a serious sexual assault that happened in the early hours of this morning in Miller’s Meadow, St Andrew’s Road.

They are searching for a man in connection with the incident, described as slim, white and about 6ft tall with a slim build. If anyone saw a man fitting this description in the area in the early hours of this morning they are asked to contact police.

Officers believe this is an isolated incident and ask people in the area who may have information or concerns to contact them.

Anyone with any information can call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Emergency services updates on Kingsthorpe Fire

Local emergency services have been providing updates on the development of a fire in Kingsthorpe.

East Midlands Ambulance service told ITV News Central that they were called to the scene but that there were no patients requiring treatment.

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Man charged with 1993 murder of pet shop owner appears in court

Arthur Brumhill Credit: ITV News

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a pensioner whose body was found in a Northampton pet shop more than 20 years ago.

Stuart Jenkins, 39, of Ossett, West Yorkshire, spoke only to confirm his name and enter a not guilty plea during a short hearing at Northampton Crown Court.

The body of 76-year-old Arthur Brumhill was found in the basement of Denton's pet and garden shop in Wellingborough Road on January 22 1993.

Jenkins was charged in May this year with his murder after officers from Northamptonshire Police reviewed the case.

He will next appear at court in December with a trial starting next spring.

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