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

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.


Coventry supporters to protest again at tonight's game

Coventry fans protested outside the Sixfields Stadium a number of times last season Credit: ITV News Central

Coventry City fans are to protest again tonight at the club's Capital One Cup match against Cardiff City, at the Sixfields Stadium in Northampton.

The Sky Blues Trust say they feel let down by the club's owners, and adding that supporters feel the club's return to Coventry is 'as far away as ever'.

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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. 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. 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.

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