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Dramatic moment woman in dressing gown tackles two burglars

Dramatic footage has been released of a woman being punched in the face as she bravely tackles two burglars who broke into her home.

Northamptonshire Police are hoping the video will help track down the two men who tried to steal the family cars in Kettering.

The 56-year-old woman tackled the intruders in her dressing gown after they broke into her home and stole her car keys.

During the confrontation she was punched in the face six times but they fled without taking the cars.

Both men were white, slim and in their early 20s. Once was just under 6ft and the other was slightly shorter with short dark hair.

Detective Constable Greg Hemmington, said: “This was a horrific attack on a woman in her own home, who was only trying to protect her property."



Wellingborough fire: Several roads closed and residents advised to keep windows shut

The fire at the Leyland Industrial Estate.
The fire at the Leyland Industrial Estate. Credit: Northants Police RPU

Several roads have been closed as a result of a major fire at a recycling plant in Wellingborough.

Northamptonshire Police are assisting firefighters to bring the blaze under control at the Leyland Industrial Estate.

The Senwick Road junction with Irthlingborough Road is closed to all traffic in the direction of Irthlingborough and the Leyland Trading Estate.

The Sidegate Lane junction with Irthlingborough Road is also closed to all traffic in the direction of Wellingborough.

Police also say that those living near the fire should keep their windows and doors closed.


Northamptonshire resident given £7,000 water bill

A Northamptonshire resident has received a £7,000 water bill after travellers and gypsies illegally tapped into their water supply.

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone took the case to the Commons after both the police and the water company were unable to help.

Environment ministers have said they will look into the case and urged MP Hollobone to get in contact with the Water Minister.

CQC: 'Northampton General Hospital needs improvements'

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust told to take action
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust told to take action Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has published his first report into the quality of care provided by the Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.

The trust was inspected after changes introduced by the Quality Care Commission.

Despite some areas of good care, including caring and compassionate staff, others areas needed improving.

Northampton General Hospitals Trust was told it must take action in the following areas:

• Review and act on how children are treated in the A&E department, as dedicated staff and facilities were limited.

• Ensure medical equipment is adequately tested and maintained.

• Strengthen governance to ensure it functions consistently at all levels.

• Improve the service provided to patients who access the hospital as an emergency.

• Address the significant issue with bed availability at the trust due to delays in appropriate discharge.

• Improve compliance with both mandatory training and staff appraisals.

• Review how medication is dispensed to patients after they have been discharged from hospital.

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