From Supergrans to creepy clowns: Seven times Northampton was the centre of national attention

Northampton has had no shortage of hard-hitting national news over the years...

Friday, 6th September 2019, 12:23 pm
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In this special segment we take a look at the times the world stood still and watched what was going on right here in Northampton...

The internet turned its gaze on Northampton in 2013 after pictures circulated of a sinister-looking clown wandering the streets... the Hashtag #northamptonclown exploded overnight.
The clown was later revealed as student Alex Powell - who pulled off the stunt as a bit of "harmless fun", and says he never set out to cause trouble.

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The football world was shocked in 2015 when the Chronicle and Echo revealed a 10.5m loan from NBC to build a new stand for the Cobblers' stadium had effectively gone missing...
Only this year, former-NTFC directors David and Anthony Cardoza were ordered to repay the missing millions after a judge ruled they misused the loan to build lush homes for themselves...
Northampton Borough Council was scorned by the art world in 2013 when they announced they would sell a 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue to fund museum renovations.
Former NBC leader David Mackintosh was branded "Philistine of the Year" and the council was thrown out of the Museums Association on ethical grounds. It sold at Christie's for 15.6m.
When a bungling gang of jewel thieves hit the Michael Jones jewellers in 2011, they didn't expect to come up against Northampton's handbag-wielding heroine Ann Timson...
Ann was hailed as "Supergran" and earned the admiration of the world for bravely stepping up to bash the thieves. She was later awarded a Queen's bravery award.
Northampton, the country and the world came to a standstill in 1997 when Princess Diana came home to be laid to rest in Althorp.
The Princess's route to Althorp was lined with mourners, flowers and tributes.
The extent of Northamptonshire County Council's budget problems were laid bare in 2018 it became the first council in 20 years to earn a S114 ban on spending...
The council's financial troubles in 2017/18 were widely reported, but the spending ban made it clear just how what kind of troubles the local authority was facing...
Sometime after 3am on April 9, 1998, the Nene burst its banks and overwhelmed dozens of homes and businesses in St James and Far Cotton.
The devastation was huge. Two people tragically lost their lives and hundreds of people were made homeless. Hundreds had to sleep in hastily-assembled rest centres.