Energy drinks could be cocaine ‘gateway drug’ say scientists

Energy drinks could act as a ‘gateway’ to cocaine for young people, say scientists.

Simon Bovey, far left, will step into the role of Northampton Borough Council's interim chief executive next week.

Northampton borough's new interim chief stepping into role after 20 year career at Daventry District Council

Northamptonshire councillors have reacted to the announced selection for a placeholder chief for Northampton Borough Council.

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The new Co-Op store, on the site of the former Barn Owl pub.

'It's your choice whether you use the new store': Northampton community's anger over new supermarket opening on site of former local

A mini-supermarket on the site of a former Northampton neighbourhood's local has opened despite threats of legal action by the borough council.

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John Healy is hopeful of getting the 1897 tunnel listed.

Railway author to apply for listing status for Catesby Tunnel

An author and publisher of railway books has promised to submit an application to get the Catesby Tunnel listed, just days after the Government awarded developers £4.2million to convert it into an aerodynamic testing facility.
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Cliftonville, off Billing Road, has seen over 9,000 motorists fined in the past five years.

Road outside Northampton General Hospital nets county council £330,000 in parking fines in five years

Over 9,000 cars have been hit with parking fines on a single street outside Northampton General Hospital in the past five years.

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County Hall

Protest forces u-turn by Northamptonshire County Council over free access to archives

County Hall has done a u-turn on plans to cut free access times to Northamptonshire's archives after protests by campaign groups locally and across the country.

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GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: Sickening footage shows chicken producer which supplies Asda, Lidl and Nando’s allegedly breaching animal cruelty laws

This sickening footage shows a chicken producer which supplies Asda, Lidl and Nando’s allegedly breaching animal cruelty laws.

Little Europe supermarket, in  Barrack Road, has been granted a license to sell alcohol under "strict conditions".

Liquor licence with 'strict conditions' granted to shop in Northampton's worst area for alcoholism

A supermarket in Northampton's worst area for alcohol abuse has been given a license to sell drink despite objections by the county council.

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The footpath walk is this weekend

Residents to walk site of proposed rail depot in Northamptonshire to highlight environmental damage

A group of residents will take part in a walk along public footpaths which cross the site of a planned major development that would radically alter their villages and the Northamptonshire landscape.
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The two poles with traffic lights on the right in this picture were damaged in a crash.

Traffic lights at Northampton pedestrian crossing destroyed in crash will be repaired today

A set of traffic lights at a pedestrian crossing in Northampton were destroyed in a road traffic collision.
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The residents of Boughton say the current plan will damage their community and only paves the way for housing development.

FEATURE: Northern Orbital Road will only pave the way for more congestion in Northampton, says community

Not everyone is pleased with the county council's plan to end Northampton's congestion nightmares. In fact, some think it will just make things worse, and carve up the countryside in its path.
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Director of children's services Lesley Hagger says the new children's services organisation will "cut out red tape".

Northamptonshire County Council scheme to give agency social workers permanent jobs 'will pay for itself in a year', director says

A "golden hello" scheme to bring attract temporary agency social workers into full-time jobs at Northamptonshire County Council will pay for itself "in a year", a council chief has said.
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Families could be eligible for up to 30 hours of free childcare a week.

Families can claim up to 30 hours free childcare a week, says council

Parents of three and four-year-olds in Northampton could qualify for 15 extra hours of free childcare a week, the county council has said.
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Picture by Sharon Hakesley, who keeps her two horses, Pirate and Boe, in Chapel Brampton on land that will likely form part of the Northern Orbital route.

Congesting-busting bypass could have disastrous consequences for Northampton's picturesque valley, say campaigners

A bypass aimed at busting the traffic in the north of Northampton could destroy a swathe of countryside for future generations, campaigners have warned.

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The camp currently has a parasol, chairs and what appears to be a sofa.

Council chiefs could force homeless camp in Northampton park to leave

The people living in a series of tents and shacks in a Northampton park have refused beds at the town's night shelter, according to a council official.
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Northamptonshire County Council has objected to Little Europe's application to sell alcohol.

Council fights to stop another off-licence opening in Northampton's worst area for alcoholism

A convenience store's application to sell liquor could be barred for fear of feeding the habit of the worst area for alcohol abuse in Northampton.
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Reporter Alastair Ulke interviews clients at the Hope Centre.

SPECIAL REPORT: Why Northampton may never resolve its rough sleeping issue

Despite the best efforts of charities and the borough council, Northampton still has a serious homelessness issue, writes Alastair Ulke.
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Cabinet member for housing, Councillor Stephen Hibbert thinks a scheme to allow Northampton folk first refusal on 1,770 properties on neighbouring authority land will reduce the town's housing waiting list.

Northampton families could be prioritised social homes built on neighbouring council lands

People waiting for a social home in Northampton could be given the first refusal on more than 1,700 affordable properties due to be built on the edge of town following an agreement between a trio of councils.
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Andrea Leadsom's Jane Austen slip up today has been doing the rounds on social media.

WATCH: The moment Northamptonshire MP called Jane Austen one of our greatest 'living' authors

A Northamptonshire MP was left with egg on her face after calling Jane Austen "one of our greatest living authors" in a debate today.
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David Kennedy at his last civic event.

COMMENT: Why Northampton Borough Council's £135k-a-year chief executive had to go

The chief executive of Northampton Borough Council who was roundly criticised over his handling of the  £10.2 million Sixfields loan  has handed in his notice. But with mounting pressure on all fronts, he had to.

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