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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.
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).
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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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 are appealing for information to find Anthony Fordham, a registered sex offender who is wanted by police for breaching his court order.
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.
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.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has responded to Ofsted's report on schools in the East Midlands as 'the worst in the country'.
“Every child deserves a great education and that’s why our White Paper has spreading educational excellence everywhere at its heart.
“The East Midlands has improved drastically since our reforms began and there are now 119,000 more pupils in good or outstanding schools than in 2010 – an increase greater than the English average. This is a testament to the hard work of teachers across the region in implementing our reforms.
"But some parts of the country are not yet good enough. That is why, in common with other areas of underperformance, we are working with groups like Teach First to place great teachers where they are needed most, returning power back to the profession through our White Paper reforms and introducing schemes like the National Teaching Service which will develop even more brilliant leaders.”
The Association of School and College Leaders has accused Ofsted of making a 'sweeping generalisation' about education across the East Midlands.
In a damning report, Ofsted has warned that education for thousands of children in the East Midlands is "distinctly Second Division" and has released figures showing the region to be the worst performing in the country on a range of indicators, including GCSE results.
But Malcolm Trobe, Interim General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders said:
It is disappointing that Ofsted has issued a press release which makes a sweeping generalisation about education across an entire region. It risks damaging the morale of staff, pupils and parents.
The majority of schools in the East Midlands are judged by Ofsted to be outstanding or good, just as they are across England. Those schools which are struggling are in this position for a variety of reasons and it is important to understand these specific factors in order to address them.