Vile Northampton rapist caused put family through 'horrific' trial by claiming knifepoint act was a 'one night stand'

A shamed ex-soldier who claimed his rape of a widow in Northampton was "consensual" heaped untold distress on an aging family by dragging them through a trial, a lead detective has said.
Donovan Vernon has been found guilty of raping an elderly woman in 1986.

BREAKING NEWS: Ex-soldier could get life for raping 68-year-old Northampton widow in 1986

A man accused of breaking into a Northampton widow's home in 1986 and raping her has been found guilty following a unanimous verdict.


VIDEO: School children play dangerously close to edge of Northampton town centre rooftops

A shock video showing two young boys playing dangerously close to the edge of a set of Northampton town centre rooftops has gone viral.

BREAKING NEWS: Fire crews attend blaze at Far Cotton home

More than a dozen firefighters have been tackling a fire at a home in Northampton.

BREAKING NEWS: Northampton town centre Marks & Spencer one of 14 proposed for closure

Northampton's town centre M&S has been earmarked for closure as part of a major announcement by the high street giant.

The Westone Manor Hotel extension has been refused retrospective planning permission by Northampton Borough Council.

Northampton hotel owners appeal after council rules 'eyesore' extension to be taken down

Owners of a Northampton hotel whose 18-room extension was labelled an "industrial eyesore" by residents could be ordered to rip the metallic structure down if they lose their appeal.
The St Giles Terrace in Bloom group will be launching their shoe plant trail along the streets of Northampton on Saturday,June 2.

Floral shoe trail set to bloom when 200 potted pumps fill Northampton next month

A set of flowering shoes that first cropped up in Northampton town centre last year are set to come into full bloom next month when a full floral trail is launched.
Danefield Road in Abington remains closed this morning as part of the police investigation.

BREAKING NEWS: Road closed in Northampton after fatal hit-and-run

A witness appeal has been launched after a pedestrian was killed in a collision in Northampton last night.
The Save Northants group were at One Angel Square yesterday to send a message to the two new commissioners set to run finances at the authority.

'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.

PICTURE GALLERY: Jugglers, acrobats and a burst of bunting: Northampton celebrates the royal wedding in style

Street performers entertained crowds in Northampton this weekend as the town turned out in force to toast Harry and Meghan’s nuptials.

Donovan Vernonis standing trial for rape after DNA evidence allegedly linked him to an unsolved crime from 1986.

Alleged widow rapist faces trial 30 years after Northampton case was first reported

A man accused of breaking into a Northampton widow's home in 1986 and raping her faced a jury for the first time yesterday.
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.
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.

From left to right: Nathan Brough (Regional Director at construction firm ENGIE), Councillor Jonathan Nunn (Leader of Northampton Borough Council), Kelly Nicholls (Project Coordinator at NPH), Mike Kay (Chief Executive at NPH), Councillor Stephen Hibbert (Cabinet Member for Housing and Wellbeing at Northampton Borough Council) and Richard Turner (Project Manager at ENGIE).

Council's £5m development for 45 elderly apartments in Northampton gets underway

A £5 million project to develop new housing on the former Lakeview House care home site in Northampton is underway.

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.

Northampton cab driver Abdul Shohid was sentenced to 12 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

Cab driver rapist from Northampton was a 'sexual predator' who dragged his victims through a three-year court ordeal

The victim of a predatory Northampton taxi driver has described how the jailed sex attacker showed no remorse for his 'heinous' crimes by denying his guilt for three years.
A handover of contracts between environmental services providers is causing delays to funerals in Northampton.

Cemeteries contract handover causes funeral service delay in Northampton

Some grieving families in Northampton are facing a long wait to bury their loved ones in Northampton as part of a cemeteries maintenance handover.
A man who asked for his mother's ashes to be buried with his father was left fuming when the council contractors dug a hole in the wrong patch of ground.

Son travels 300-miles to spread mother's ashes in Northampton...but contractors dig hole in the wrong place

A grieving son had to carry out a 300-mile round trip to lay his mother's ashes to rest in Northampton - only to find the graveyard contractors had dug the hole in the wrong place.
Northampton has an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable nightlife according to new accreditation.

Northampton town centre officially 'not as bad as people think it is' after winning prestigious nightlife accreditation

Northampton is now one of more than 70 town and city centres in the UK and Ireland to be given a purple flag for providing a safe nightlife.
Anthony Gallagher claims to have called the council "thousands of times" about a set of flytipping by his house in Lings. Each time it is cleared, more rubbish is piled in the same place.

'Recurring rubbish pile is devaluing my house' claims angry Northampton resident

A disgruntled East Northampton resident says a long-term solution is needed to stop recurring rubbish piles appearing by a flat block in Lings each week.

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