Five teenagers who broke a man's jaw and started fights "for no reason" on a night out in Northampton will spend the rest of the year curfewed at home. The five lads, who were all 18 during the drunken attacks in August last year, were also handed hundreds of hours of unpaid work and will pay back a total of £5,750 in costs and compensation.At Northampton Crown Court yesterday (July 7), His Honour Judge Roger Tregilgas-Davey told the boys he would give them "one chance" to stay out of trouble or spend two years in young offenders institutes.He told them in sentencing: "If any of you breach this order you will be brought back to me and you will lose your liberty. Leave, before I change my mind."Alfie Drage, Samuel Hillyard, Tom Mason, Billy Skelton and Liam Swann were arrested after a string of fights and an incident of GBH on a night out on Bridge Street.The court how they picked fights "for no reason". At one point, a man who tried to help separate his friend from a fight was set … [Read more...] about Teenagers given curfew and fined £5,000 for starting string of drunken fights in Northampton town centre
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WHY do cars keep crashing in Hungerford town centre? The question was discussed at a recent meeting of the town council’s highways and transport committee and was prompted by the most recent incident, in which a Volkswagen ploughed into the John O’Gaunt Inn last month. Committee chairman Rob Brookman told the meeting: “It’s been suggested by one of our colleagues that perhaps extra traffic-calming measures, such as a pelican crossing, should be put in the High Street because of the incidents involving cars crashing.” Councillor John Downe said: “It’s happened that someone has rammed a building even in a car park. “Do we even know the cause of these accidents?” His colleague, Rob Chicken, pointed out: “What is concerning is the frequency. “In the past four years there have been several accidents, but coming off the A4 there is a sharp bend by the John O’Gaunt [Inn], then a hump-back bridge.” However, … [Read more...] about Does Hungerford town centre have more than its fair share of car crashes?
A successful law firm has headed to Morpeth to open its latest office. O’Neill Richmonds has opened its latest and fourth branch overall in Bridge Street.Director Richard Twyford is running the Morpeth branch and has been joined by consultant solicitor Vernon Usher, as well as three other expert members of the team, including Caroline Merifield and Helen Donaldson.Richard said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to provide O’Neill Richmonds’ expert services to a thriving and growing town.“We specialise here in commercial, agricultural and residential property law, and additionally provide Wills, Powers of Attorney and estate administration. We are also developing a specialisation in education law. “No matter what the legal issue may be, we offer a personal service to each of our clients.”Consultant solicitor Vernon, who has lived in Morpeth most of his life, has joined the firm following more than four decades in the industry as a specialist in … [Read more...] about Solicitors expand with a new town centre office
Commuters travelling into Burton this morning will be greeted with a "no right turn" sign when heading onto a major route in the town. For those leaving Worthington Way, near Burton Place Shopping Centre and attempting to turn right into Station Street, which leads to the town's Sainsbury's Superstore and Burton railway station, a sign is in place saying 'No right turn except for local buses' onto Station Street. It was in place this morning, Thursday, July 5. With ongoing repair works on the Burton Bridge leading it to partially close for up to 10 weeks, traffic has been busier than normal in the town centre and the sign is likely to come as a surprise many today. One motorist said this morning: "I don't remember that being there yesterday. I don't know what that's all about. "What difference does it make if we turn right on to Station Street? Perhaps it's more roadworks, but it doesn't appear so and I hope not. "I suspect people will just head through Cooper's Square car park and … [Read more...] about Confusion after arrival of road sign in Burton town centre
A fire in the Bridge Street area of Larne yesterday evening was 'deliberate', Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has said. Two applicances from Larne Fire Stations were called to a gorse fire approximately 600m long at around 6.52pm on Tuesday."The cause of the fire appears to be deliberate," a spokesperson for NIFRS added."The incident was dealt with at 7.35pm." … [Read more...] about Crews tackle ‘deliberate’ blaze in Larne town centre