Mother calls for warning about virus

A mother from Northampton is calling on the NHS to warn pregnant women about a common virus which can affect their unborn babies.

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Northampton family desperately try to raise funds to bring home their critically ill father

A family from Northampton are desperately trying to raise funds to bring their critically ill father home from the Philippines. 66 year old Peter Robinson is paralysed, and only able to blink, after suffering a massive stroke.

He does not have medical insurance, and his daughters say the hospital, near Manila, will not discharge him unless they pay bills of tens of thousands of pounds. They will need another £19,000 to fly him home.

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Northampton's very own 'Boris bikes' scheme to launch

'Boris bikes' parked at a station in central London.
'Boris bikes' parked at a station in central London. Credit: PA

A bicycle hire scheme similar to London's 'Boris bikes' launches in Northampton this morning.

Set up by the County Council, the £150,000 initiative called 'Cycle Connect' will provide 50 bikes for hire from 10 sites.

It's hoped it'll be a convenient and sustainable way to travel around the town.

£16 million for THIS statue

The Sekhemka statue Credit: ITV News

This ancient Egyptian statue has been sold at auction for nearly £16 million.

It was given to Northampton in 1880 and the Borough Council will now use its share of the proceeds for a £14 million extension to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

The rest will go to Lord Northampton, whose ancestors originally donated the statue.

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Man found guilty of Jamie McMahon's murder

Jamie McMahon

A man has been found guilty of murdering Jamie McMahon in a churchyard in Northampton.

The 26-year-old was left for dead at St Giles' Church in October last year. 19-year-old Mark Lewis had already admitted robbery and murder but the jury had to decide if Michael Francis, who's 33, was also guilty.

He had admitted being in the graveyard on the night but denied being part of the attack. The jury, who retired yesterday afternoon, today found him guilty of murdering Jamie.

In court, the public gallery was packed with Jamie's family and friends. Many held hands and sobbed as the verdict was read out.The judge, Mr Justice Mayo, said Lewis and Francis will both receive life sentences. He will set the minimum term on the 1st of August.

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Northamptonshire: Fire breaks out at historic Castle Ashby estate

A fire has broken out at the historic Castle Ashby estate near Northampton.
A fire has broken out at the historic Castle Ashby estate near Northampton. Credit: Reece Coles

A fire has broken out at the historic Castle Ashby estate near Northampton.

Crews were called at 3pm after flames were spotted in a building used as the estate office.

Nine fire crews from Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire are at the scene.

The fire is said to be under control and hasn't spread to the main house.

Scientists 'locked out' of hospital after plans to strike

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust told to take action
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust told to take action Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Talks are set to be held to try to resolve a row over biomedical scientists at Northampton General Hospital who say they've been locked out after planning to take industrial action.

Unite said almost 80 staff at the hospital face losing up to £6,000 a year under changes to their contracts, as well as having to work more night shifts.

The scientists, who test blood and operate transfusion machinery, were due to take industrial action short of a strike last month but say they were locked out.

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