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Kieran Brookes decides to leave Northampton

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Northampton have announced that prop Kieran Brookes is to leave Franklin's Gardens at the end of the season.

The England-capped front row, who has never featured under Eddie Jones, has made 66 appearances for Saints since his arrival at the club in 2015 from Newcastle Falcons.

"This is a decision I have not taken lightly. I've thoroughly enjoyed my three years here at Northampton," Brookes said.

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CPS: Edward Tenniswood 'dangerous and manipulative'

Edward Tenniswood attacked and killed India Chipchase. Credit: ITV News

Edward Tenniswood was a "highly dangerous and manipulative man", the Crown Prosecution Service have said.

Janine Smith, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands, said India Chipchase's death was "heartless" and "devastating for all who knew her".

The abduction, rape and murder of India Chipchase were devastating for all who knew her.

Edward Tenniswood is clearly a highly dangerous and manipulative man, who pursued his own self-interest and preyed on his young female victim.

Tenniswood concocted an elaborate web of lies to try to cover up his criminal actions in court. The truth of this case is that India Chipchase could not and did not consent to anything that night.

Tenniswood abducted her, raped her and then killed her.

My sympathies are with India’s family at this difficult time. It is a tragedy that a young woman with her life ahead of her was taken from those who love her in such a heartless manner.

– Janine Smith, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands

India Chipchase family thank 'bedrock of support'

Northamptonshire Police read a statement on behalf of India Chipchase family. Credit: ITV News

The family of India Chipchase have thanked her friends, who they described as "bedrock of support for us".

They also paid tribute to Northamptonshire Police for the speed at which "the suspect was found and arrested".

In a statement read outside of court on their behalf, they said: "India had a wide group of friends both at work and in her leisure time, and everyone has gone out of their way to help us.

"The strong feelings that India's friends have had for her have given us plenty of comfort and inner strength at this time.

"Our fellow townspeople have respected our privacy and given us space to grieve as a family, and with our friends.

"We cannot tell you how important it has been for us as a group and cannot thank you enough", they added.

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Police: 'Edward Tenniswood was the worst predator'

Edward Tenniswood was "the worst predator" who targeted a "young, vulnerable woman" who was "at the start of her life", West Midlands Police have said.

Edward Tenniswood's predatory behavior and actions on the early hours of January 30 have left India's family totally devastated.

India's family and friends have shown great strength and courage.

India was a young, intelligent woman at the start of her life. She should have been able to enjoy a night out with friends and return home safely.

It is clear she was targeted by Tenniswood at a point in her life where she was most vulnerable and unable to defend herself.

The actions in my view are of the worst predator.

My lasting hope is that India's family is able to take some solace in the fact that Tenniswood will not be able to prey on any other young women who are innocently going about their daily lives.

– Steve Woliter, Northamptonshire Police detective chief inspector
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Inside India Chipchase killer's cling-filmed home

Photographs show the inside of India Chipchase's killers home where he raped and murdered the 20-year-old in the early hours of 30 January.

Edward Tenniswood lived alone, in squalid surroundings, at a terraced house in Stanley Road, Northampton.

Tenniswood claimed he kept the pictures of women in his home, which was covered in dust sheets and cling film, as "memories of ex-girlfriends".

When police smashed down the door of his house, having traced Ms Chipchase's mobile to the address, they found her fully-clothed body lying on a mattress in a dimly-lit upstairs bedroom.

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