A commercial airline pilot has been given a suspended jail sentence for drowning a neighbour's pet dog.
Stephen Woodhouse from Long Buckby in Northamptonshire was given a 12 week custodial sentence suspended for two years at Corby Magistrates' Court. He had pleaded guilty to a charge under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at an earlier hearing.
The dog, a border terrier, was a gift for the disabled daughter of Alan and Alison Boddington.
Click below to watch a video of Stephen Woodhouse arriving at court
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Stuart Broad says he missed a sponsors event on Thursday morning due a migraine.
It was reported that the England bowler has not returned to his hotel room until 7am on Thursday morning following a drinking session with Matt Prior, but the Nottinghamshire seamer has played down the claims.
I don't want to go into massive detail about it but I think it was probably not as bad as it was portrayed. And I woke up with a migraine.
I wasn't on England duty for the ECB but I did apologise for putting them in that position because after the week they've had with (Andrew) Strauss and Pietersen, it was probably not what they needed.
I feel like now is the time as a team that we need to go 'cricket, cricket, cricket' because when we do that, that is generally when we get some good results.
The leader of Northamptonshire County Council says forming a ground-breaking alliance with two other counties would bring billions of pounds worth of investment and create thousands of new jobs in the area.
Northamptonshire, along with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire are going to put a joint devolution bid to the Government this summer.
Whilst keen to stress this would not merge the council councils, they would work together on key issues.
The county council says the alliance would ‘swell’ economic growth by a further £9 billion, creating at least 135,000 new jobs by 2020.
"This area has an economy larger than that of Greater Manchester and we'd like similar devolved powers, over transport and strategic planning in particular.... As the name suggests, England's Economic Heartland is one of the powerhouses of the UK economy but we believe we can further build on our competitiveness in global markets with this innovative new model, and help ensure the UK is an even more prosperous major economy.
M1 Northbound is partially blocked and traffic is queueing due to an accident between J16 A45 / A4500 (Daventry) and J17 M45 (Dunchurch/Coventry).
Emergency services on scene and attending to the single vehicle accident.
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