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Corby MP Andy Sawford: "Rushden Lakes will provide a great boost to jobs and the local economy"

Andy Sawford MP is happy with the decision.
Andy Sawford MP is happy with the decision. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Corby MP Andy Sawford says that the decision to grant approval for a new £50 million retail development in Northamptonshire will be good news for the local economy.

Rushden Lakes was given the green light by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, this morning.

“I am very pleased that Rushden lakes has finally been given the go-ahead," he said.

"This will provide a great boost to jobs and the economy in East Northamptonshire and I have strongly supported the development.

"After a year’s delay I hope we can now get on with the development as soon as possible."

Read more: Peter Bone MP expresses delight at Rushden Lakes decision

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Northamptonshire: Officers pull over tractor on the M1

The tractor reached a top speed of 24mph!
The tractor reached a top speed of 24mph! Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A tractor driver has been caught trundling down the M1 in Northamptonshire.

Officers stopped the vehicle on the southbound stretch of the motorway near Daventry following a phone call from a worried lorry driver.

It reached a top speed of 24 mph.

Officers stopped the vehicle on the southbound stretch of the motorway near Daventry.
Officers stopped the vehicle on the southbound stretch of the motorway near Daventry. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

The driver was apparently led onto the motorway by his satellite navigation system.

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Wellingborough MP Peter Bone expresses delight at Rushden Lakes decision

Wellingborough MP Peter Bone has expressed his delight at the decision of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, to give the green light to a new £50 million retail development in Northamptonshire.

Mr Bone has campaigned for the the Rushden Lakes development to be approved.

Around 2,000 new jobs could be generated.

The proposals include shops and leisure facilities, and had already been backed by East Northamptonshire Council.

However, the final call rested with Mr Pickles.

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2000 new jobs, major retail outlets and superb new leisure facilities. Listening Campaign delivers! #RushdenLakes

Read more: MP calls for swift decision on Rushden Lakes development

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Children take the 'walking bus' to school in bid to make the streets safer

Over 5,000 children from across the region have been on a walking bus march.
Over 5,000 children from across the region have been on a walking bus march. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Over 5,000 children from across the region have been on a walking bus march this morning, in a campaign to make the streets safer.

It's part of an initiative by the charity Brake who want to lower the speed limit to 20mph in all residential areas.

The walk is also meant to teach children about road safety and encourage them to be more active.

Belinda Dugdale wants to lower the speed limit around her school to 20mph.
Belinda Dugdale wants to lower the speed limit around her school to 20mph. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"What we're trying to do is encourage cars to slow down," Falconers Hill Junior School teacher Belinda Dugdale said.

"We're trying to tell people that twenty is plenty near our school, and to keep our community safe."

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Northamptonshire couple distraught as honeymoon turns into a disaster

Xanta Watts was hospitalised for a week.
Xanta Watts was hospitalised for a week. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A couple from Northamptonshire are taking legal action against a travel company after their honeymoon was blighted by illness.

Xanta and Paul Watts from Kettering were staying at a resort on Koh Yao Noi Island in Thailand when Xanta became seriously ill with food poisoning and was hospitalised for a week.

She contracted Paratyphoid which is a disease caused by the Salmonella bacteria.

The couple are planning legal action.
The couple are planning legal action. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I've never actually felt that ill in my life," Xanta Watts told ITV News Anglia.

"Some days I would just cry because I felt so disappointed that this had happened. I felt trapped because I was on a deserted island."

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Police tracing car after man dies in Corby hit-and-run

It happened in Studfall Avenue Credit: ITV News Central

Police are appealing for help in tracing a car which might have been used in a hit and run incident which resulted in a man's death, in Corby in Northamptonshire.

A 23-year-old man was found in Studfall Avenue at 1am yesterday with serious injuries. He died later in hospital.

Police believe an Audi-type vehicle was involved and was seen driving dangerously in the area. They say it will have sustained damage.

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Joey's heart-breaking story sees huge increase in bone marrow donor applications

Nine-month-old Joey Ziadi has a rare blood disorder

A blood cancer charity has welcomed a 943% increase in bone marrow donor applications following an appeal by a Northampton family.

The parents of nine-month-old Joey Ziadi launched a plea for people to join the Anthony Nolan register after their son was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder.

Joey is one of only 800 people in the world with Diamond Blackfan Anaemia. His best hope of a cure is a bone marrow transplant in a few years' time.

The family launched their appeal after discovering that Joey's four-year-old sister Isabella is not a match.

Click here for more about Joey's story

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Northamptonshire: Killer Anxiang Du refused permission to appeal sentence

Anxiang Du can't appeal his sentence.
Anxiang Du can't appeal his sentence. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A businessman who went on the run after brutally killing a Northamptonshire family has been told he can't appeal against his prison sentence.

Last November, Anxiang Du was found guilty of murdering Jeff Ding, his wife Helen Chiu and their two daughters Xing and Alice.

The Ding family.
The Ding family. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

He was ordered to serve a minimum of 40 years behind bars.

The Court of Appeal today rejected Du's argument that the sentence was too harsh.

Read more: Anxiang Du was a "man on a mission" on the day he killed Ding family

Businessman appeals sentence for killing entire family

54-year-old businessman Anxiang Du was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison in November Credit: ITV News Central

A businessman from Coventry who stabbed four members of the same family to death in Northampton is due to appeal his sentence.

Fifty-four-year-old Anxiang Du fatally stabbed university professor Jifeng 'Jeff' Ding, his wife Ge 'Helen' Chui and their daughters Xing 'Nancy', 18 and 12-year-old Alice, on April 29, 2011, on the day of the royal wedding.

Jeff Ding and his family were murdered in their home in May 2011 Credit: ITV News Central

Du was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison in November last year.

The trial heard that Du, from China, wanted revenge after a lengthy legal battle which left him with a bill of £88,000.

Read more: Police mishandled victim's 999 call allowing Du to flee

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