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Three arrested in human trafficking probe

Three men have been arrested as part of an investigation into human trafficking and modern slavery in Northamptonshire, police have said.

Three men have been arrested as part of a human trafficking probe Credit: PA Wire

Detectives targeting businesses in the city found evidence of staff being paid below the minimum wage and poor working conditions.

"We found people working in a seemingly legitimate car wash which was in reality being used to exploit foreign nationals.....We know there are people being kept in slavery in this county and we need the public to be aware of the signs to look out for which may indicate somebody is a victim and to let us know if they have any suspicions."

– Ash Turner, Det Serg. Northamptonshire Police

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Police refer themselves to watchdog over India Chipchase case

Northamptonshire Police has referred itself to the official watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), over its conduct before and during the search for 20 year-old India Chipchase.

The force said the referral will 'ensure transparency', but declined to give any further details.

The IPCC will look into whether there are any concerns over the way Northamptonshire Police handled the investigation and will rule whether there's a need for a full investigation.

Northamptonshire Police has made a referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission to ensure transparency in examining police action and responses before and during the search for India Chipchase.

We await the decision of the IPCC and will not be commenting further as the criminal investigation is now in the court process.

– Police press release
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Man appears in crown court charged with murder of India Chipchase

Court artist sketch of Edward Tenniswood Credit: PA

A 51-year-old man has appeared at Northampton Crown Court court via a video link, charged with the murder of India Chipchase.

Court artist sketch of Edward Tenniswood Credit: PA

The 20-year-old's body was found in a property in Northampton on Sunday after going missing on a night out.

Edward Tenniswood has been charged with her murder at his home in Stanley Road, Northampton.

Today, he was brought from his cell at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes.

He only spoke after that to confirm that he could see the judge, prosecutor Mary Loram and his lawyer Derek Johashen. He told the clerk of the court "I can hear you, definitely."

There was no application for bail and he was remanded in custody. There will be a plea hearing on the May 25 and a trial is due to begin on July 18.

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'Timewaster' calls 999 complaining about lettuce in kebab

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Northamptonshire Police are warning people only to call 999 in a real emergency as it is revealed one person rang complaining about lettuce in his kebab.

Another dialled 999 and said: "I've run out of credit on my phone."

The calls were all made last year to the force who revealed 70 per cent of people who contacted them were timewasters.

The force have now tasked a group of media production undergraduates to produce videos to help provide information to people considering calling with non-emergencies.

Superintendent Dennis Murray, who is co-ordinating the initiative, said:

"Northampton is the fastest-growing town in the country, so we are seeing an increase in demand for policing, but at the same time we are having to provide a service that is experiencing huge cuts in funding.

"It's common for there to be around 1,000 incidents across the county in a day, and if there's an accident on the motorway, we can get 200 to 300 calls in a few minutes.

"We have to answer a 999 call within ten seconds, and manage to answer the majority within four seconds.

"When people dial 999 when they shouldn't, it puts us under an even greater strain, and so we are hoping this initiative will help to educate such callers and change their behaviour, which will allow us to respond quickly to proper emergencies."

– Superintendent Dennis Murray Northamptonshire Police
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NHS 'faces exodus' if ministers try to force new contract

Doctors have warned that attempts to force a new contract on junior doctors could seriously damage relations and cause an "exodus" of trained medical staff.

The government has hinted that it could abandon talks aimed at a agreed settlement if junior doctors do not drop calls for extra pay for all work on Saturdays.

Dr Johann Malawana of the British Medical Association told ITV News Health Correspondent Rachel Younger that ministers were trying to " play politics" over the standoff.

And Dr Usman Ahmed, a trauma and orthopedic registrar from the West Midlands warned that any attempt to force a new deal on doctors without their consent could prompt a huge outflow of trained staff.

He said: "If you want to see an exodus of doctors from the NHS who would like to have some semblance of a quality of life that they can spend with their family, their friends, and look after their own health, then by all means continue pushing at this issue as they are at the moment."

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