The World Conker Championships have taken place today in a quintessentially English celebration of the humble brown nut.
Hundreds gathered in a field in the village of Southwick, Northamptonshire for what is the 49th unbroken year of conker competition.
The competition, started by a group of pub regulars in 1965, today features 187 entrants from 15 countries.
A thief starred directly into a camera lens in shock as he realised his raid of a couple's home in Northamptonshire had been caught on CCTV.Read the full story ›
Conservative MP Peter Bone and his wife will not face any charges over fraud allegations, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.
Northamptonshire police investigated the Wellingborough MP and his wife over claims that assets belonging to his mother-in-law were concealed so Northamptonshire County Council would fund her care home fees.
The CPS said: "We have decided there is insufficient evidence to charge any criminal offence."
It explained: “The evidence showed: firstly that the woman’s mother considered the suspects' conduct to be acceptable; secondly that the suspects acted openly in declaring the sale of the mother’s house to the Council; thirdly that no element of dishonesty could be proved."
It added that there is an ongoing civil litigation case.
A babbling brook that alarmed onlookers when its waters turned a deep shade of crimson last week was caused by an ink spillage, an investigation has found.
Some residents who live near Billing Brook, in Northamptonshire, feared that there may have been a fatality in the river - while other more outlandish explanations suggested it was a sign of the apocalypse.
Pep Finn-Scinaldi, 28, who lives close to the brook, said: "At first I thought something had died as it looked like blood but when it was all the way along we said it must have been a whale to create that much blood."
One Facebook user commented: "The start of the book of revelations. Thou local waters will turn red like blood is the sign of the coming of the Anti-Christ."
However, an investigation by the Environment Agency found that nothing more dramatic than an ink spillage had caused the water to flow red."The red colour was caused by a water-based ink," a spokesman for the agency said.
"The water has returned to its natural colour and, apart from the discolouration, we do not believe there were any negative environmental effects," the spokesman added.
After Anxiang Du was jailed for at least 40 years, relatives of the Ding family made the following statement:
Today justice has been served. The murderer Anxiang Du will spend the rest of his life in prison. No sentence, however long, can ever replace the loss of our loved ones and the pain we feel.
Sentencing Anxiang Du, who stood in the dock staring down at his hands, Mr Justice Flaux told him the jury had rejected his defence of diminished responsibility or loss of control.
What is clear from the evidence and the verdicts is that these were cold-blooded murders which, in my view, were pre-meditated and were considered acts of revenge in which you wiped out an entire family.
Barristers for Du had argued he should be convicted of manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility or loss of control as he was suffering a severe depressive illness at the time of the killings but jurors dismissed the claims.
I'm quite satisfied that hatred and anger and your desire for revenge was what motivated you to act as you did on the 29th of April, not the moderate depression you suffered.
Anxiang Du was today jailed at Northampton Crown Court for life with minimum of 40 years after being convicted of murdering four members of the Ding family at their home in Wootton, Northamptonshire, in April 2011.
Anxiang Du has been found guilty of killing a family of four in a revenge attack after he lost a legal case against the parents in 2011.Read the full story ›
Relatives of a family of four who were stabbed to death have said it was "like the whole sky had fallen down" when they were told about the murders.
The Ding family, including two girls aged 18 and 12, were murdered by Anxiang Du.
Watch Mrs Ding's father Zuyao Cui speak about his heartache:
Relatives of the Dings who were stabbed to death have said it was "like the whole sky had fallen down" when they heard about the murders.Read the full story ›