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Northampton man in court accused of climbing on roof of Palace of Westminster

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A man from Northampton has appeared in court accused of climbing on to the roof of the Palace of Westminster.

Braydon Anderson allegedly caused £20,000 of damage by breaking a stained glass window, 11 other windows, an ornamental crown and a CCTV camera.

A security alert was sparked when a man was spotted on the roof of the Houses of Parliament late on March 7. He engaged police in an eight-hour stand-off before being arrested at 5.15am the following day.

Anderson, 23, of Portland Place in Northampton, is charged with criminal damage and trespass on a protected site.

Dressed in a grey tracksuit he appeared at London's Southwark Crown Court and spoke only to confirm his name.

Anderson was remanded in custody and is next due to appear in court on June 2 for a plea hearing.

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Police release CCTV footage after knifepoint robbery

Police have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to in connection with a knifepoint robbery in Northampton.

At about 7.30pm on February 3, a man was walking along Mill Lane in Kingsthorpe towards the Cock Hotel.

He was approached by two strangers who threatened him with a knife and demanded that he hand over his bank cards and PIN numbers.

The two men then ran away.

The cards stolen from the man's wallet were later used at the nearby Asda store in Thornton Road, Kingsthorpe, to buy a number of expensive electrical products.

Alan Carr bids farewell to Greyfriars bus station

Comedian Alan Carr has been taking a sardonic stance on the demise of Northampton's Greyfriars bus station this morning.

Carr - who grew up in Northampton - marked the occasion with a series of funny tweets.

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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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