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Serving Police Officer arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife named as Otis Goldsmith

Supt Chris Hillary from Northamptonshire Police addresses the press. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A serving Northamptonshire Police Officer who was arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife has been named as Police Constable Otis Goldsmith.

He has served in the force for 28 years.

The East Midlands Special Operations Unit will lead the investigation and around 50 officers will be working on the case.

No officers from Northamptonshire will be involved.

Click below to watch the press conference

"I can now confirm that the man arrested was Police Constable Otis Goldsmith.

He's an off-duty officer for Northamptonshire Police.

Otis Goldsmith has served for more than 28 years. What has happened has understandably shocked and upset people within the local community and I would like to offer our sincere condolences to all those affected."

– Supt Chris Hillary, Northamptonshire Police

A post mortem will be carried out at Leicestershire Royal Infirmary at 2pm today.

Stolen: Twenty-eight canaries and a lawnmower

The canaries are a combination of colours including yellow, white, and yellow and black Credit: Swen Pförtner/DPA/Press Association Images

Twenty-eight canaries and a sit-on lawnmower have been stolen from a house near Rushden.

The theft happened between 6.30pm on Friday and 8am on Saturday in Newton Bromswold.

The birds were all stolen from an aviary in the garden. They are a combination of colours including yellow, white, and yellow and black.

The sit-on red Honda lawnmower was taken from a garage.

Anybody with information should call Northamptonshire Police on 101.


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

Palace of Westminster Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

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.

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