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A former Church of England priest who sexually abused boys has been put behind bars for a second time. Colin Pritchard changed his name to Ifor Whittaker after he was handed a five-year sentence at Northampton Crown Court in 2008 after admitting abusing two children in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, between 1979…
A Tory MP has branded his local Conservative-run council as "the worst run local authority in the country" as he renewed calls for Government commissioners to step in. The criticism by Philip Hollobone was followed up by local government minister Rishi Sunak, who said there were issues with governance and…
A cash-strapped council has imposed emergency spending controls after warning that it faces a "severe financial challenge". Conservative-controlled Northamptonshire County Council said it has issued a section 114 notice banning all new expenditure apart from statutory services for safeguarding vulnerable people. In a statement, the council said: "The notice has…
A care worker has received a police caution after shocking hidden camera footage showed her repeatedly slapping an elderly woman with dementia in her own home. Mega Nursing and Care confirmed it had dismissed employee Stacey George, 46, who was caught hitting Sabina Marsden, 78, at her house in Kettering,…
Sajid Javid has ordered a review into "allegations of failures in financial management and governance" at Northamptonshire County Council. On his first full day as the newly re-titled Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, he commissioned an independent inspection to better understand whether the authority is complying…
Two people have been arrested after allegations of neglect at a privately owned care home. The Latimer Grange Care Home in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, is under scrutiny from officers after further allegations of criminal offences against current and past residents. A recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission, conducted as…
Councils in England are being urged to check their homelessness procedures are fit for purpose, after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found significant fault with a Northamptonshire district council. The Ombudsman’s advice follows its investigation into a homelessness complaint from a woman in the Kettering area. The woman…
Four street drinkers who savagely killed a vulnerable man in his own home before scattering his mother's ashes over his partially dismembered body have been jailed. David Miller, 56, was attacked with weapons including corkscrews, knives, broken glass, an angle grinder, scissors, a rolling pin, a chisel and a saw.…
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