Joey Ziadi

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A family looking for a bone marrow donor for their seriously ill son will hand out a thousand spit-kits at the Northampton Balloon Festival

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Do you recognise this man? Police seek key witness in Northampton death investigation

Police believe this man may have been a key witness to a fight which left a man with fatal injuries.
Police believe this man may have been a key witness to a fight which left a man with fatal injuries. Credit: Northamptonshire Police.

Police believe this man may have been a key witness to a fight in Northampton town centre which left a 61-year-old fatally injured.

It is thought George Wedderburn, of Byfield Road, St James, was injured after intervening in the fight at Abington Square in the early hours of last Sunday.

He died six days later in hospital.

Police have released this image of a man they think may have tried to act as a peacemaker.

Officers would like him or anyone who knows him to contact them on 101.

Daniel Tero, 22, of Burleigh Road, Kingsthorpe Hollow, has been charged with assault.

He is due to appear at Northampton Crown Court on Wednesday September 3.

Mystery liquid thrown in face of Northampton man

A Northampton man was left with a sore face after a mystery liquid was thrown at him
A Northampton man was left with a sore face after a mystery liquid was thrown at him Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A man had an unknown liquid thrown in his face as he walked his dogs along a Northampton street.

The man was walking along St Leonards Road in Far Cotton at 11.25pm on Friday when two cars full of people shouting abuse at pedestrians passed him.

It was at that moment that the victim felt a liquid hit him in the face and an immediate stinging sensation.

He was left with a sore face, but no lasting injuries. It is not yet known what the liquid was.

It is believed the car which drove past the man was a dark N registration Rover.

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Man caught up in Northampton fight dies

A 61-year-old man who became involved in a fight in Northampton has died in hospital
A 61-year-old man who became involved in a fight in Northampton has died in hospital Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A 61-year-old man who became involved in a fight in Northampton has died in hospital.

George Wedderburn of Byfield Road in St James, is believed to have intervened in a fight in Abington Square in the early hours of August 17.

After becoming involved, Mr Wedderburn sustained significant head injuries.

He was taken to Northampton General Hospital for treatment, but died on Saturday.

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Northampton Balloon Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary

Northampton Balloon Festival.
Northampton Balloon Festival. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

More than 40 hot air balloons from across the country have gathered in Northampton for the start of the town's balloon festival.

The popular event at Billing Aquadrome is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

At 6am today, the balloons took off for their first flight.

They will fly again at 6pm and the festival runs until Sunday.

Pictures from the Northampton Balloon Festival

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Northampton Balloon Festival gets underway

Early morning sun for the Northampton Balloon Festival in 2012 - will it be the same this year?
Early morning sun for the Northampton Balloon Festival in 2012 - will it be the same this year? Credit: ITV News Central

Organisers for the Northampton Balloon Festival will be hoping for good weather as today marks the beginning of the 25th event in the festival's history.

The three-day event will see 40 hot air balloons from around the UK floating across the skies of Northamptonshire.

Weather dependant, the balloons will be aiming to fly at both 6am and 6pm from Billing Aquadrome.

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"Spit kits" to be handed out as search for a bone marrow donor for Joey continues

Joey Ziadi
Joey Ziadi needs a bone marrow donor. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A thousand "spit kits" are set to be handed out in Northamptonshire this weekend as a family continues its bid to find a bone marrow donor for a seriously-ill toddler.

Joey Ziadi, from Northampton, was diagnosed in February with Diamond-Blackfan anaemia (DBA), a blood condition that affects only 800 people in the world.

So far a matching bone marrow donor is yet to be found - but a campaign being run by his family and the Anthony Nolan stem cell register has seen a boost in the number of people signing up as a potential donor since Joey's plight first hit the media.

On Saturday, mum Kaisha Morris, 35, is hoping to encourage a further 1,000 people to join the register at Northampton Balloon Festival, at Billing Aquadrome, by running a marquee at between 9am and 6pm.

She said most people did not realise how simply the process of donating was.

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