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6 in 10 Northamptonshire businesses victims of cyber crime

Phishing emails are the most common attack Credit: PA

Six out of ten Northamptonshire firms have been victims of cyber crime - that's according to a report from the Federation of Small Businesses.

The figures show that on average they've been hacked on four occasions, costing each business almost £3,000.

The FSB said small firms are unfairly carrying the cost of cyber crime.

Small firms take their cyber security responsibility very seriously, but often they are the least able to bear the cost of doing so.

Smaller businesses have limited resources, time and expertise to deal with ever-evolving and increasing digital attacks.

We're calling on Government, larger businesses, individuals and providers to take part in a joint effort to tackle cyber crime and improve business resilience, and have created this event to help that.

– David Nicholls, FSB Northamptonshire

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Two women arrested on suspicion of child exploitation in Northamptonshire

Two women have been arrested on suspicion of child sexual exploitation by Northamptonshire police.

The women are not known to one another and the offences are not related.

The 32 year-old from Kettering and a 35 year-old from Northampton were arrested by officers from the RISE (Reducing Incidents of Sexual Exploitation) team.

Both have been bailed pending further investigation.

Anybody with any concerns should call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or the Child Safeguarding Team on 0300 126 1000.

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Fifth person arrested over murder of Northampton man

The man was found dead at Patterdale Walk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A fifth person has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 56-year-old man in Northampton.

David Miller was found dead at his home address in Patterdale Walk, on Tuesday (14 June).

A post mortem examination confirmed that David Miller, who was discovered in Patterdale Walk, died as a result of stab wounds on Tuesday morning Credit: ITV News Anglia

The woman, aged 39 and of no fixed abode, was arrested today in Northampton.

She is currently being held in police custody for questioning.

Four people have appeared at Northampton Crown Court charged with his murder.

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Mum pleads guilty to owning dangerous dog

Claire Riley hid her face as she arrived at Northampton Crown Court with two men Credit: ITV Anglia

A mum whose six-month-old daughter was mauled to death has pleaded guilty to owning a dog dangerously out of control.

Claire Riley 23, of Merrydale Square, Northampton admitted the charge at Northampton Crown Court.

Her daughter Molly-Mae died on 3 October 2014 following the attack at her mother's former home in Morning Star Road, Daventry.

She suffered severe blood loss from head wounds.

The dog, a pit bull called Bruiser, was put down at the scene.

Police appeal to find wanted man

Police are appealing for information to find Anthony Fordham, a registered sex offender who is wanted by police for breaching his court order.

Anthony Fordham is wanted by police Credit: Northamptonshire Police

The 24-year-old of Eastbourne Avenue, Corby is known to use Chase Hull or Olly Sykes as false names and has links with Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Lancashire.

Anyone who has information as to his whereabouts should contact Northamptonshire police on 101.

'Blaming schools is not the best way to help them improve'

Students take their exams Credit: PA

Earlier, Ofsted warned that education for thousands of children in the East Midlands is "distinctly Second Division" in a damning report. It has released figures showing the region to be the worst performing in the country on a range of indicators.

The largest teacher's union in the UK, the NASUWT, is the latest body to criticise the report.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

No one is complacent about standards of education, least of all teachers; however merely heaping opprobrium on schools across the region is not the best way to ensure standards improve.

Evidence from other parts of the country shows that what helps schools to improve is opportunities to collaborate with one another, with teachers and school leaders able to share ideas and experiences, along with active and involved local authorities who are able to support those schools to drive up standards.

Schools and local authorities across the East Midlands must be given the support to achieve this if standards of education are to be improved. Thought as to how to organise education in the East Midlands in order to make this happen is also needed.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT
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