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'We need a £100m bailout': Campaigners send a message to Northamptonshire's new commissioners

Protestors rolled out the "welcome mat" for the commissioners set to take over at Northamptonshire County Council by calling on the £1,500 a day taskforce to lobby for emergency funds.
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HMP Rye Hill.

Northamptonshire prison gets tough on mobile phone smuggling inmates

Officers are clamping down on mobiles being smuggled into a Northamptonshire prison, a study has revealed - despite the fact confiscations are rife elsewhere.
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The crash on the A45 yesterday caused major delays on the westbound carriageway.

Three people taken to hospital with injuries following Northamptonshire rush hour crash

Three people taken to hospital after a crash on the A45 yesterday are not thought to have serious injuries.

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Council launches campaign to help the 1,082 Northamptonshire children needing a foster carer

Council launches campaign to help the 1,082 Northamptonshire children needing a foster carer

Northamptonshire County Council has teamed up with neighbouring councils for a new video campaign to encourage more people to become foster carers.

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Former police worker Yvonne Mason has lost her constructive dismissal case against Northamptonshire Police.

Northamptonshire Police worker ordered to pay £10k after losing constructive dismissal hearing

A worker who claimed her treatment by Northamptonshire Police amounted to constructive dismissal has lost her case and been ordered to pay the force £10,000.
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Commissioners have been sent in to manage finances at Northamptonshire County Council.

BREAKING NEWS: Government taskforce sent in to turn around Northamptonshire County Council finances

Two commissioners have been drafted in to oversee financial decisions at Northamptonshire County Council for three years following a Government announcement.
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Unison general secretary Dave Prentis was in Northampton yesterday to kickstart the union's consultation on unitary status here in Northamptonshire.

'We will be at the table - not on the menu': Unison says Northamptonshire council employees will be part of unitary negotiations

The chief of a public sector union looking after 7,000 workers in the county vowed "we will have a seat at the table" in Northamptonshire's unitary authority negotiations.
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Fat cat salaries were paid to 23 people at Northamptonshire County Council in 2016/17, a study has revealed.

SPECIAL REPORT: Cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council paid £100k fat cat salaries to 23 people

Nearly two dozen employees of Northamptonshire County Council were paid wages of more than £100,000 last year, a study has revealed, despite being branded one of the worst performing authorities in the country.

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A pony was found near a car showroom in Bedford Road at the weekend.

Bid to track down owner of stray pony found near Northampton main road

Officers are trying to find the owners of a horse found wandering near a car showroom in Northampton at the weekend.
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The FBU says it cannot support commissioner Stephen Mold's takeover of the fire service budget.

Firefighters' union condemns police commissioner's takeover of Northamptonshire's fire service

The police commissioner's takeover of Northamptonshire's fire brigade budget is a threat to the 'neutrality' of the service, a union has claimed.

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Stephen Mold, left, faced a backlash this week for suggesting some in his police force had not been working as hard as they should.

Police bodies call on Northants commissioner to show evidence of force's 'cultural problem'

Bodies representing police staff in Northamptonshire have called on the county's commisioner to justify his claim that some officers were not pulling their weight.
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The police federation is demanding an explanation from Mr Mold after he accused a minority of police officers of not pulling their weight.

Commissioner's 'swinging the lead' comment prompts Northamptonshire Police backlash

The county’s police and crime commissioner has been forced to make an apology to the force’s staff after suggesting some had not been pulling their weight.

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Stephen Mold has been given the go-ahead to take over the budget of the county's fire and rescue service.

BREAKING NEWS: Police commissioner gets green light to take over Northamptonshire fire and rescue budget

Northamptonshire's police and crime commissioner will become the first in the UK to take over spending controls of his county fire service as well after a bid was approved by the Home Office.
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EASTER FLOODS IN NORTHAMPTON: 20 years on from the devastating day people will never forget

A photo of children playing in shallow flood waters published in the Chron on April 9 1998 gave no indication of the devastation that was to hit Far Cotton and St James over the next 24 hours.

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Burglars stole tools from a business in Moulton Park.

Industrial machinery stolen from Northampton tool hire company

Burglars broke into a tool hire company in Northampton and escaped with industrial machinery.
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The Domino's in Horse Market was raided on Good Friday.

Robbers raid pizza takeaway in Northampton

Masked robbers raided a pizza outlet in Northampton in the latest in a series of business robberies.
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Kelmarsh Country Show has been cancelled due to heavy rain.

Northamptonshire country fair cancelled due to 'partial flooding'

Hundreds of people were left dissapointed today after rain waters prevented the county's most popular country show from opening.

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The fight broke out near St Peter's Way Car Park.

Crowd of 100 people watched mass 'fight' in Northampton town centre

More than 100 late night pubgoers gathered after a mass brawl broke out in the early hours of the morning.

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Masked robbers raided the Subway outlet in Merefield last night.

Pole-wielding robbers threatened staff in Northampton Subway raid last night

Masked raiders brandished a metal pole and ordered staff at a Northampton fast food outlet to empty the tills last night.

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Northamptonshire is set to receive 1.64m from a Government pothole emergency.

Emergency pothole funding will barely make a dent on Northamptonshire's lumpy roads

A Government emergency pothole fund will only fix a fraction of the bumpy roads in Northamptonshire according to the county council.
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