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Police appeal after products stolen from store

Police appeal after 'Northampton incident' Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Northamptonshire police want to speak to the man pictured above as they believe he may have information about an alleged incident in Northampton on Friday 20 January.

At just after 9pm, a man went into the Select Convenience store on Sheep Street and took laundry products and confectionary.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Appeal after 16-year-old girl grabbed by man

Appeal after 16-year-old girl grabbed by man Credit: PA

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a 16-year-old girl was grabbed by a man in Northampton.

It happened on Wednesday 18 January at around 4:45pm. The girl was walking along Haines Road when a man ran past her, stopped, turned around and asked her for directions before grabbing her wrists. She pushed him away and ran off.

The offender is described as a 5ft 6in slim, muscular man in his early 20s, with afro hair shaved at the sides, tattoos on his arm and chest and wearing no top. He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms.

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Man admits stealing a venetian blind by hiding it under his jacket

Bellham tried to hide the venetian blind in his jacket Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A thief caught on camera stealing a pair of Venetian blinds from a Northampton store has been handed a 12-month community order.

Jessie Bellham, aged 39, of Chaucer Street, Kingsley, Northampton, admitted stealing the £48.99 blinds from the Dunelm Mill store in St James Retail Park on October 16 last year.

Two days later an appeal by Northamptonshire Police, which showed CCTV footage of Bellham leaving the store with the blind tucked into the back of his coat, attracted global attention after it was retweeted almost 11,000 times on Twitter.

At a hearing in December, Northampton magistrates were told he also admitted stealing four bottles of perfume worth £152 from a Tesco store in November 2016, cash from a burglary in October 2016 and breaking into Tanfast in St Leonard’s Road, Far Cotton, last November 2016, and stealing two pairs of shoes from another burglary.

Last week, he appeared at Northampton Crown Court where he was handed the community sentence and instructed to carry out unpaid work for 180 hours, supervised by probation.

Bellham must also carry out 20 days rehabilitation and undergo six months treatment for drug dependency.

He was also ordered to pay a Victim Surcharge of £85.


New Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh makes first appointment

Justin Edinburg Credit: PA

Northampton Town have appointed former Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh as their new manager.

The 47-year-old takes over from Rob Page who was sacked earlier this week.

The new manager has made his first appointment to his backroom staff, by bringing in former Nottingham Forest, Watford and Cardiff City coach and assistant manager David Kerslake as his number two.

As a player, Kerslake represented QPR, Swindon Town, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and Ipswich Town, with his coaching career including spells with Forest, Watford, Cardiff and Gillingham.

As a result and further changes to come Paul Wilkinson, Paddy Kenny and John Harbin will leave the club with immediate effect.

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Northampton Town appoint Edinburgh as new boss

Justin Edinburgh. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have appointed former Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh as their new manager.

The 47-year-old takes over from Rob Page who was sacked earlier this week.

Edinburgh spent the majority of his playing career at Tottenham Hotspur, and has previously managed the likes of Rushden and Diamonds and Newport County.

He was recently dismissed by Gillingham with the club in 17th place in League One at the time.

He's agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Sixfields.

We spoke with a lot of managers this week and had a lot of applications, but Justin’s teams have always impressed me with the energy that they play even back to his Rushden days.

I have also spoken to a lot of people in the game and had very positive feedback. He knows how to get results especially when going into clubs.

We have talked a lot today about the squad and he is excited about starting to work with them on Monday. He thinks we have good players, that he knows well, and is confident of winning football matches with this group.

We have also talked about his time at Gillingham and why that ended, and it certainly feels like he has learnt a tremendous amount from that experience which will hopefully be to the benefit of Northampton Town Football Club.

– Kelvin Thomas, Northampton Town chairman
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