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Seizure of 24 vehicles in road safety operation

Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A policing operation in Northampton, focused on tracking down motorists suspected of breaking the ‘fatal four’ driving laws, resulted in the seizure of 24 vehicles. The two-day operation led to 65 traffic offences being identified and dealt with, ranging from drink and drug driving to driving with no insurance. The operation was led by officers from the joint Safer Roads Team. The ‘fatal four’ driving laws relate to speeding, drink driving, misuse of mobile phones while driving and failing to use seat-belts.

The traffic offences dealt with during the operation included 17 cases of failure to wear a seatbelt, one case of drink driving and one of drug driving. Other offences discovered included 14 cases of driving with no insurance and one of driving through a red light. In total, six arrests were made. During the operation, people suspected of other, non traffic offences were also discovered, including one person wanted for assault and one for theft.

PC Chris Gray, Safer Roads Officer, said:

“This was a huge operation which proved successful as more than 60 traffic offences were dealt with. We hope this type of regular operation sends a message to the public to say that any breaches of driving law will not be tolerated, as we continue our work to keep the public safe from harm and to keep Northamptonshire’s roads as safe a place as possible. This recent operation was part of ongoing enforcement and engagement work to improve driver awareness and road safety throughout the county."

– PC Chris Gray

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of clothing stolen from unit

Ben Sherman suits and Hunter wellington boots were amongst some of the items taken from the unit in Godwin Road. Credit: PA

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of clothing, including designer brands, has been stolen from a unit in Corby.

Ben Sherman suits and Hunter wellington boots were amongst some of the items taken from the unit in Godwin Road.

Police say that sometime between midnight and 2am on Monday 19 September, three white, high top, Ford Transit vans with caravans, and a navy blue BMW either 3 or 5 series were seen in the car park of the building.

5 year sentence for man who sexually groomed child

55 year old Christopher Bygraves Credit: Northants Police

A 55 year-old man has been jailed at Northampton Crown Court for sexual grooming a teenager from Wellingborough.

Christopher Bygraves, from Richbell Court, Bedford, was given a 5 year sentence and has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

The sentencing follows an investigation by the Reducing Incidents of Sexual Exploitation team.

Detective Inspector Richard Tompkins said:

"This was a classic case of child sexual exploitation (CSE), where the young victim was given gifts and groomed over a period of time by a significantly older man who did so for his own sexual gratification.

Reducing CSE is a priority for Northamptonshire Police and our partner agencies who are working hard to support victims and bring to justice anybody who exploits children in this despicable way."


Man dies in M1 Northamptonshire collision

Man dies in M1 Northamptonshire collision Credit: PA

A 47 year-old man has died following a crash on the M1 in Northamptonshire yesterday morning (October 10).

The collision, involving a lorry and a construction worker happened around 9am within a section of road works on the northbound carriageway.

Police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with information to contact the Northamptonshire Police.

Amazon to hire another 300 staff for new warehouse

Amazon has announced it will be hiring another 300 staff in Daventry. Credit: PA Images

Online retail giant Amazon has announced it will be hiring another 300 staff for its new warehouse in Daventry.

The warehouse in Northamptonshire is set to open next year as the company expands to meet a surge in demand.

The group said its new warehouse will support a 40% hike in the number of independent sellers.

Amazon plans to add 3,500 jobs this year to take its UK workforce to more than 15,500.

Daventry will be the sellers third warehouse in the Midlands, joining sites in Rugeley, Staffordshire, Coalville and Leicestershire.

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