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Appeal after Northampton town centre break-in

Police are appealing after a disused building in Northampton town centre was broken into by burglars armed with a crowbar

Three men got inside the property, in Dunster Street, The Mounts, but fled after they were disturbed on Wednesday December 30.

It is not known if anything was taken from inside the building, but some damage was caused.

Northamptonshire Police Credit: Northamptonshire Police

The three men were all white - the first was in his early 30s, about 5ft 11 and of medium build, dressed in black and a balaclava.

The second man is about 6ft tall, stocky, and was also wearing black clothes.

Witnesses, or anyone who knows anything about this incident can call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at

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Hospitals under pressure

Northampton General Hospital is under pressure Credit: PA Images

Kettering General Hospital and Northampton General Hospital continue to experience extremely high numbers of people at their Accident and Emergency departments.

People reporting to the A&E department with minor injuries and ailments are being warned they face longer waits than normal as more serious cases are prioritised, and are being urged to use alternative NHS services where appropriate such as NHS 111, pharmacies, alongside seeing their GP in the normal way.


Grandmother appears in court after dog mauls baby to death

Stock photo of a pitbull Credit: PA

The grandmother of a six-month-old baby who was mauled to death by a dog has appeared in court.

Molly Mae Wotherspoon died after a pitbull attacked her in Morning Star Road, Daventry, on October 3 last year.

Susan Aucott, 55, of Northampton, denies being a person in charge of a dangerously out of control dog which caused injury to Molly Mae resulting in her death.

She appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Thursday morning and spoke only to confirm her name and enter a not guilty plea.

Aucott has been granted bail until her next court appearance.

Molly Mae's mother, Claire Riley, 23, whose address has previously been given as West Cotton Close, Northampton, is charged with the same offence but did not attend court for medical reasons.

She will next appear at Northampton Crown Court to enter a plea on January 18.

A trial has been fixed for Stafford Crown Court starting on June 7.

Northampton Saints beaten comfortably in European Champions Cup

A penalty from JJ Hanrahan was the only Northampton score of the first half Credit: Paul Harding/PA Archive/PA Images

Saints have been replaced at the top of Pool Three by Racing Metro after they were beaten comfortably 33-3 in their European Champions Cup match.

Prospects of progressing from their group could well rest on next week's reserve fixture at Franklin's Gardens , as Northampton suffered their first defeat in five games.

The Saints improved in the late stages of the game, enjoying more possession of the ball, but Racing's quality was just too much, with tries coming from Chavancy, Ben Arous, Dulin and Imhoff.

Motorcyclist injured in collision in Northampton

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a collision in St James Road, Northampton, earlier today.

The collision happened at about 7.30am at the junction with St James Mill Road, when a white Vauxhall Vivaro van, driven by a 28-year-old man, was in collision with a black Aprilla moped.

The moped rider, a 28-year-old man from Northampton, was taken to Northampton General Hospital and later transferred to University Hospital Coventry with serious injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information is asked to call the Northamptonshire Police Drivewatch hotline on 0800 174615.


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Police and fire launch investigation into pub fire

The fire left the pub severely damaged Credit: Sue Haywood

Police and fire officers have launched a joint investigation into the fire that tore through the Sixfields Tavern on Saturday.

Police officers will remain at the site until a full assessment of the building is completed, however, all other areas of Sixfields are open.

Officers would like to thank people for their co-operation and patience while fire and police have been dealing with this incident.

Emergency services were called to the fire at Sixfields Tavern at about 2.30pm yesterday afternoon (Saturday 5 December).

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