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Dozens protest outside Library over planned Northamptonshire council cuts

Dozens protest outside Moulton Library in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Dozens of people have gathered outside Moulton Library in Northampton over planned cuts to County Council services.

£10 million pounds worth of cuts are on the table which could see 21 libraries handed over to community groups or closed.

Northamptonshire County Council says it doesn't get enough funding from the Government.

Library services are facing cuts by Northamptonshire County Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

The County Council is set to approve starting a consultation on their budget saving plans.

It says unprecedented demand for local services along with a reduction in government funding mean the authority is facing severe financial challenges.

"There is no denying that there are difficult decisions to be made, and the proposals we have before us will undoubtedly have an impact on local communities. Therefore, what we are looking to do with some of these proposals is gauge what role local communities themselves could have in the running of these services."

– County Council Leader Cllr Heather Smith

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Police hunt two teens who used 50cm machete and pocket knife in failed robbery

Police are searching for two 14-year-old boys in connection with an attempted robbery in Northampton which left the victim with several stab wounds to the leg.

It happened in an alleyway near Wellingborough Road. Credit: ITV Anglia.

It happened on Saturday 21 October between 4 and 5am in an alleyway where Melbourne Walk meets New Town Road.

The pair were armed with a machete and a pocket knife. The police are also looking for two females who were there at the time. They have released this description of the four:

  • One offender was white aged about 14, 5ft 7in with a medium build and dyed black spiky hair. He was wearing a dark jacket, trousers and trainers and was brandishing a machete with a 50cm-long blade.
  • A second offender was white, aged about 14, of similar height and build, and he had wavy, blonde hair with a fringe. He wore a mid-tone coloured jacket and carried a pocket knife which he used to stab the victim.
  • Two females were also at the scene of the attempted robbery. Both were about 5ft and wore dark jackets with fur-rimmed hoods pulled up.
  • All of the suspects spoke in English and another language.
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