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Arrest after suspected acid attack on couple in Northamptonshire

A 23-year-old man has been arrested after a suspected acid attack on a couple in Daventry last Saturday (27 August).

He was arrested at the same time as two other people for separate offences. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The attack happened in the Park Leys area of the town as the victims were crossing a zebra crossing.

The man was arrested yesterday evening (29 August) alongside two other people as part of an investigation into a collision involving a suspected stolen moped in Southbrook.

The other two suspects, an 18-year-old man and 22-year-old woman, were arrested in connection with various offences, including theft of a motor vehicle, burglary, possession of an offensive weapon, drugs offences and obstructing the police.

The 23-year-old was also arrested in connection with the acid attack.

Appeal for witnesses after suspected acid attack on couple

Police are appealing for witnesses after a couple walking home in Daventry were victims of a suspected acid attack involving two men on a moped.

A 23-year-old man and 19 year old woman were sprayed with what's believed to be acid - at the zebra crossing near Park Leys on Saturday morning.

One of the offenders also brandished a machete before they rode off.

The victims were treated for minor injuries and police say there is an increase in this type of attack.

When this type of incident does occur, people should apply water to the victims of this type of attack and call 999.

It's a really really callous attack. Very fortunately in this case, the victims are not badly injured. We know that people can be terribly injured and have life-changing and life long injuries. If anybody is thinking about carrying this type of substance, think again.

The consequences are awful and we will pursue them and make sure they get the maximum possible sentence.

There is definitely an increase in this type of attack and at this point of time it is very difficult to understand why.

– Detective Chief Inspector Louise Hemingway, Northamptonshire police



11-year-old boy dies after suffering 'awful' burns at rail depot

The incident happened at the Rail Freight Depot just north of Daventry. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An 11-year-old boy has died after he suffered serious electrical burns at a rail depot in Northamptonshire.

The British Transport Police has confirmed the incident happened at the Daventry International Rail Freight Depot shortly after 5pm on Tuesday afternoon.

Paramedics, including the air ambulance, were sent to the scene but the boy couldn't be saved.

An investigation into his death is currently underway Credit: ITV News Anglia

His death is currently being treated as unexplained and an extensive investigation is now underway.

Our thoughts are with the family of this young boy during what must be an incredibly difficult time. I have specially trained officers supporting the family as they try to come to terms with this awful news.

Our focus is now fixed on understanding exactly what happened and how this young boy came to receive these awful injuries. Therefore, I would be looking to hear from anyone who may have seen a young boy enter this depot at around 5pm.

If you were in the area or have any information, no matter how small, please do get in touch as soon as possible. The family will be desperate for answers and we will be working tirelessly to get them answers they will be seeking.

– Detective Inspector Gareth Davies, British Transport Police

Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.

Police 'welcome' report findings into baby's dog attack death

Molle Mae Wetherspoon died after being attacked by the family dog in October 2014. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northamptonshire Police say they "welcome" a report in the death of a baby girl, who was brutally attacked at home by the family dog.

Molle Mae Wetherspoon died from her injuries October 2014.

A serious case review today concluded that no single professional could have prevented her death - but it highlighted "missed opportunities" by police.

The report draws attention to the fact that the RSCPA alerted officers that an aggressive dog had been taken to a local vet - three month's before Molly Mae's birth - but officers "failed to carry out any further enquiries".

Molly Mae’s mother and grandmother were jailed over the attack. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

“We welcome this important report and the findings into what was a very challenging case on a number of levels.

“Within weeks of the tragedy, Northamptonshire Police had carried out a complete overhaul of its response policy to dangerous dogs.

"The key driver for this has been to ensure that any report of a dangerous dog is responded to in line with our core aim of protecting people from harm.

“We also embarked upon a review of every dog incident in the 12 months prior to that night to ascertain whether there was any potentially dangerous dog incident that we had not reviewed or taken action against.

“Awareness around dangerous dogs is now part of the Force’s overall safeguarding training and this has been an extremely positive thing to come out of such a tragic episode.”

– Det Supt Steve Lingley, Head of Safeguarding, Northamptonshire Police
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