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Group defends mum over breastfeeding in swimming pool

A breastfeeding group in Northamptonshire has defended a mum who was asked to stop breastfeeding in a swimming pool.

Holly Mayes from Northamptonshire says a lifeguard at Billing Aquadrome asked her to go into the changing rooms.

Esther Stimpson, Co-chair, Northamptonshire Breastfeeding Alliance, said: "With regards to the hygiene aspect, breast milk really is the last thing we should be worrying about in a swimming pool.

"Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers will be lactating anyway and could leak milk into the pool at any time.

"Babies can be sick at any time, not just if they're breast-fed, so for us it's not a concern. The baby was being comforted and reassured and being fed at the same time."


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Mum made to feel 'ashamed' over breastfeeding in pool

A mum who was asked to stop breastfeeding in a swimming pool in Northamptonshire said she was made to feel "ashamed".

Holly Mayes said: "I felt like I was ashamed because I felt like I was being made to feel like I was doing something wrong, and I wasn't. I was doing something that was natural and I wanted to do it for my baby."

Nick Allen, general manager of Billing Aquadrome said: "As a family friendly leisure location it's the most natural thing in the world, of course we'll support that, it was purely on a health and safety background that we advised her she maybe better off actually breastfeeding outside of the pool."

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Travelling to Silverstone: Road closures and diversions

The A43 is closed to non-race traffic. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images

No through traffic on the A43 due in both directions between the B4525 (Syresham) and Brackley Road (Towcester). Only race traffic can use this section of the A43.

A one way system is due to be in place for traffic heading to Silverstone in the morning and away in the afternoon.

This system will be in place between 5:30 and 18:00 today.

Diversions will be in place on the A421 and A422 past Buckingham and the A508 to/from M1 J15 as well as the A361 from Daventry to M40 J11.

Local traffic is advised to use back routes past Litchborough, Adstone and Thorpe Mandeville.


Teachers in 'Shake It Off' goodbye video for Year 11 leavers

Teachers at a Northamptonshire school have created a unique farewell present for their Year 11 leavers.

Staff at the Parker Academy in Daventry put on costumes for their routine, which even included headteacher Andrew Mackereth.

Staff wore costumes, wigs and ballet accessories as they sang and danced their way through the Taylor Swift hit. Several scenes also feature teachers attempting to do pull ups and climb ladders in the school gym.

Teenager in hospital after Northampton knife attack

A teenager in hospital after a knife attack in Northampton Credit: ITV Central

A 19-year-old has been taken to hospital with a knife wound following an incident in St James Park Road, Northampton, in the early hours of this morning.

Police were called to the scene near Parkwood Street shortly after 3am following reports of a fight.

The teenager has been taken to hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

Another 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is in police custody this morning.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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