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Police appeal on third anniversary of murder

Karoly 'Charlie' Varga
Karoly 'Charlie' Varga Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Northamptonshire Police have made a new appeal for witnesses on the third anniversary of the murder of a Hungarian man in Wellingborough.

Karoly 'Charlie' Varga being was assaulted in his home in Cannon Street with a hatchet-like weapon on the afternoon of Wednesday 27 July 2011, shortly after he had let in an unidentified visitor.

76-year-old Charlie Varga had lived in the United Kingdom since the 1950s.

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for anybody who finds the murder weapon or abandoned black and grey Lonsdale training shoes to make contact with them.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin said: "Even after three years this murder remains an open investigation, and I still believe it can still be solved. The case is reviewed whenever there is an advance in forensic science, but key to solving the case would be the discovery of the murder weapon and the killer's training shoes."

The murder weapon and the key to Mr Varga's back door were taken from the scene by the killer who would have needed to dispose of the weapon, and could have hidden it anywhere in the Cannon Street area of Wellingborough, or further afield. The murderer also would have needed to dispose of his clothing, including a pair of black and grey Lonsdale training shoes.

DCI Kinchin added: "While many materials decompose over time, items such as the murder weapon and the killer's Lonsdale training shoes would be likely to survive to this day and finding these items would be a major breakthrough. If the murderer did not destroy these items, they would certainly want to hide them and so they could still be lying undiscovered.

"The murderer would probably not want to travel very far with the weapon, so it may have been pushed into a hedge, thrown into a garden, or hidden in the rubbish and undergrowth of the many alleys and overgrown areas around the street off Cannon Street and Clark Road.

"It may even be that somebody has later found the weapon in their garden and kept it, not realising its significance."

A £10,000 Crimestoppers Reward remains unclaimed for information leading to the conviction of Charlie's killer.

Anglia

Plans approved for new £340 million campus

Artist's impression of the new campus
Artist's impression of the new campus

Plans to build a three hundred and thirty million pound campus at the University of Northampton have been approved by the council. The new campus will be based in the Waterside Enterprise Zone. The student accommodation will contain 1,500 beds and a visitors' hotel with 150 bedrooms. Building work is forecast to finish in time for the arrival of new students in September 2018.

Artist's impression of the new campus
Artist's impression of the new campus

Here's Russell Hookey's report:

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Passport workers strike over ongoing backlog crisis

Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway.
Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway.

They have taken the action in a bid to end staffing shortages which have caused an ongoing backlog crisis, with holiday-goers left waiting for their renewed passports.

It could affect holiday plans for families across the Midlands.

A new recruitment drive is underway but many of the posts being advertised are not permanent jobs and are only likely to replace 8% of staff needed. The Passport Office has cut hundreds of staff since 2010 but the agency only agreed to meet the union to seriously discuss jobs after recent media and political scrutiny.

– Public and Commercial Services union
Anglia

Silverstone confirms man dies in classic race event

A spokesman for Silverstone Classic has confirmed that a participant in this weekend's event had died following a racing accident.

The man has been named as Denis Welch.

"It is with great regret that the organisers of the Silverstone Classic have to report that, following an accident in a race for HGPCA pre-66 Grand Prix Cars today, Sunday 27th July, the driver of car number 19, Denis Welch, succumbed to his injuries later in the circuit’s Medical Centre."

– Silverstone Classic spokesman

Delays warning as big summer getaway begins

Drivers are being warned of a busy time on the roads as the summer getaway begins.

Heavy traffic is expected as thousands hit the roads for the summer getaway
Heavy traffic is expected as thousands hit the roads for the summer getaway Credit: PA

The roads are expected to be up to 25 per cent busier than normal on Saturdays throughout the summer, with the M6 between Coventry and Wolverhampton, the M1 through Leicestershire and the A52 through Derbyshire expected to be particularly congested.

Drivers are urged to leave early to allow for delays.

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