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£300,000 cannabis farm discovered in Corby

This cannabis farm was found at an address in Corby Credit: Northamptonshire police

A cannabis factory worth over £300,000 has been discovered by police during a raid in Corby.

Officers executed a search warrant on the Kingswood Estate under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

525 cannabis plants were found during the raid on the 31st January..

A 28-year old man was arrested during the warrant and subsequently charged with Production of Class B under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Armando Musa is currently being held on remand in custody.

"Obtaining this warrant was a direct result of information we received from the community in Corby Town whose neighbourhood had become blighted by this drugs operation. Over £300,000 worth of cannabis plants were found at this address so I am pleased that we have managed to disrupt this organised criminal network and help take drugs off our streets. "

– Sergeant Jon Hodgson from the Neighbourhood Policing Team

Bridge in Corby to close for seven months

Cottingham Road to be closed Credit: ITV

Cottingham Road in Corby, Northamptonshire will be closed for seven months from January 19.

A bridge on the road, which runs over the railway lines, needs to be shut as part of the upgrade of the line between Kettering and Corby.

Network Rail say the bridge will be raised to allow electric lines to run underneath and is due to reopen on August 14.


Postcode lottery decides your good or bad life chances

A report on social mobility suggests that where you live has a huge impact on your future. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new report has highlighted a stark postcode lottery across the Anglia region in your chances of getting on in life.

The State of the Nation report on social mobility suggests that where you live has a huge impact on your future.

Rural, coastal and former industrial areas are said to offer some of the most limited opportunities - with lower pay and fewer top jobs.

Corby in Northamptonshire comes fourth worst in the country with Wellingborough's at seventh and Waveney in Suffolk at 11th from bottom.

East Hertfordshire and neighbouring Uttlesford in Essex are among the best areas - near the top of the table at 14th and 20th respectively.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Byrd who has been to Corby

Police urge parents to check on children after rise in Anti-Social Behaviour

Corby town centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are urging parents to make sure they know where their children are at night after a rise in anti-social behaviour in Corby.

The call comes following an increase in Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in the town centre since the start of the school holidays, with children seen out and about into the early hours of the morning.

We are currently experiencing high levels of ASB in Corby town centre with incidents involving teenagers aged 12 to 16 and have an operation in place to tackle it.

Incidents have included criminal damage, intimidating members of the public, throwing stones and assaulting vulnerable people and smoking cannabis.

– PC Candy Liverpool, from the Corby Neighbourhood Team

Motorcyclist killed in A14 crash named by police

The crash happened between junctions 2 and 3. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A motorcyclist who died in a crash on the A14 in Northamptonshire last month has been named as 45-year-old Thomas McNeill.

Mr McNeill from Corby died when he hit the central reservation on the westbound carriageway near Kettering on May 28.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen what happened.


Latest stage of Midland Mainline electrification due to start

The work is expected to last for several months and will mostly take place overnight. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The latest stage of work to electrify the Midland Mainline between Kettering and Corby gets underway this weekend.

Network Rail are warning people living in Northamptonshire to expect some disturbance.

The process is expected to last several months. It is particularly noisy, as it involves drilling steel into the ground.

Most of the work will take place overnight.

Shopkeeper fined over fake vodka

Bottles of the fake vodka Credit: Northamptonshire Trading Standards

A shop owner from Corby has been fined for selling fake vodka following an investigation by trading standards.

Balraj Singh Dhaliwal, who runs VG Stores in Willowbrook Road, was investigated after a customer complained about a bottle of Chekov vodka bought in April 2016.

Northamptonshire Trading Standards officers then visited the store where they found 87 bottles of illegal vodka, most of which were seized from a storeroom in the back of the shop.

Dhaliwal admitted four offences relating to the sale of the illegal vodka.

He was fined £800 and ordered to pay £1,250 in court costs, £11.50 compensation to the consumer and a £30 victim surcharge.

Counterfeit vodka can be extremely dangerous for consumers – you don’t know the strength of what you're drinking or even what it contains. There are some key signs to look out for, including poor quality labelling, spelling mistakes and whether the product smells and tastes right.”

– David Hedger, manager of Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards
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