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Police appeal for missing 11 year old girl

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UPDATE: 22:50 - Northamptonshire Police have confirmed Imogen has been found and is safe and well.

Police say Imogen Dixon is 11 years old and has run away from her home in the Weston Favell area of Northampton at around 4pm this afternoon.

She was wearing a Northampton Academy uniform, white shirt, black trousers and black shoes. She has long light brown hair, white skin, 5'4", medium build. Police are urging anyone who may have seen her to call 999 or 101 quoting incident 397.

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Inquest into death of four festival goers hears how their car crashed head on with another vehicle

Four friends from Northampton were killed when their car ploughed head on into another vehicle

Four friends from Northampton were killed returning home from a festival when their car ploughed head-on into another vehicle, an inquest heard.

23-year-old driver Sam Jones and friends Brogan Warren, 21, Sam Kay, 26 and Nicoletta Tocco, 25, died in the collision on the A40 Shrivenham bypass in Oxfordshire in May.

Oxford Coroner's Court heard Mr Jones was on the wrong side of the 60mph single carriageway road and, as he swerved his blue Citroen to avoid a black Mercedes coming in the opposite direction, they collided head-on.

The Citroen, which was heading towards Oxford, overturned and suffered "catastrophic damage," the court heard. Mr Jones and his friends were pronounced dead at the scene.

A married couple and their three-year-old son from Swindon, who were travelling in the Mercedes, required hospital treatment.

Collision investigators ruled out mechanical failure as being a cause of the accident.

"It is not known why the driver of the Citroen came to be on the wrong side of the road. There are a number of potential causes but there is insufficient evidence available to be able to categorically state which is contributory.

"The possible explanations include driver fatigue and driver distraction."

– PC James Henderson

RSPCA launch appeal after cat found strangled in Northampton

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The RSPCA have launched an appeal after Chica, a female cat aged around eight, was found by a man in his garden in Trentham Close, East Hunsbury, on Saturday. It is thought that her body had been thrown over into the garden from an alleyway which runs behind it. The tabby-and-white cat had green-coloured string around her neck and appeared to have been strangled. RSPCA inspector Susan Haywood, who is investigating, said:

“Chica was microchipped and so we were able to trace her owners, who live not far from where she was found. Understandably, they are absolutely devastated. It does appear that Chica has been strangled and we cannot rule out the possibility that this was done deliberately, which would have been incredibly distressing and left her absolutely petrified. If so then there is a cruel and callous person out there and I hope anyone who knows anything comes forward so nothing like this happens again. Chica was described by her owners as being an adventurous cat who lived life to the full. She was clearly a much-loved cat who brought her family a lot of happiness.”

– RSPCA inspector Susan Haywood.

People with information which could help the RSPCA’s investigation is asked to call 0300 123 8018 in complete confidence.

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