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Police dog attack in country park

A German Shepherd police dog being exercised by an off-duty police officer has attacked a dog belonging to a member of the public. It happened at about 9am at Brackmills Country Park in Northampton.

Brackmills Country Park Credit: Rishi Luchun/Google Maps

Both dogs were injured during the confrontation and were subsequently taken to different vets for treatment.

Northamptonshire Police say the police dog has been put on restricted duties until it has been assessed and approved to return to front line work.

Northampton cat killer jailed

A man who admitted killing and mutilating cats across Northampton has been sent to prison.

Brendan Gaughan Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Brendan Gaughan, aged 32, formerly of Mendip Road, Northampton, was sentenced to three years and nine months for a series of arson offences between 15 and 16 June 2018.

In sentencing, the judge took into consideration other offences that Gaughan admitted: Seven shed fires in Duston in November and December 2017, and seven cat killing offences – five in Duston between October and November 2017 and two in Kingsley in September 2017.

“I am pleased that Gaughan has now admitted to the offences in particular the awful crimes committed against the cats.

“Hopefully the sentence will give some closure to the families who lost their pets in such a callous and cold hearted way.

“At this time there is no evidence to link Gaughan to any other offences elsewhere in the country and I am satisfied that the sentence received reflects the serious and worrying nature of his offending.”

– Detective Inspector Dave Harley, who led the investigation

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The inspirational football team who've won a national award for breaking the silence on stillbirth

Sands United have won Team of the Year award at the Daily Mirror Pride of Sports Awards

They've been described as Britain's most inspirational footballers.

Sands United play in Northampton's Nene Valley league. They're named after a charity supporting those who've been affected by stillborn and neonatal death.

Out of the seventeen players involved, fifteen have lost a child.

Their efforts to break the silence on baby loss earned them the Team of the Year award at the Daily Mirror Pride of Sports Awards last night.

  • Watch our full report from ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake below

Fears about university CCTV cameras overlooking nearby homes

The University of Northampton has reassured neighbours that CCTV cameras cannot see into their homes.

The University of Northampton has had to write to residents living nearby to reassure them that campus CCTV cameras cannot see into their homes.

It comes after a former security guard alleged some of the cameras on the new Waterside site have a direct view of some private gardens and even bedrooms.

The University says the technology that is used means any private areas caught on surveillance are automatically blacked out - an explanation that's done little to calm the nerves of those nearby.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Graham Stothard
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