We have so much news these days that we can’t always fit it all into the work week. So every Sunday we’ll bring you updates on recent stories, news briefs and other things you need to know across Corby, Wellingborough, East Northamptonshire and Kettering.
Corby Font will focus on drug use, motorcycle nuisance and road safety over the coming months.
The Corby Neighborhood Policing Team (NPT) has named the three issues as its priorities through August.
They compiled the list after asking local people for their opinions through surveys and local crime statistics.
People fear their children may be involved in drug gangs are invited to participate in online information sessions.
Free county line and criminal child exploitation (CCE) awareness events for Northamptonshire parents will take place in May, July and October. The next online session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The webinars are an opportunity for parents and guardians to hear from a panel of experts on what criminal exploitation is, how to spot the signs it may be happening to their child, and how to seek help. The viewers :
• Learn what county lines are
• Understand what is happening in your area
• Understand the signs that your child may be at risk
• Learn how offenders treat and exploit children
Audiences also have the opportunity to ask questions, share concerns, and connect with others. You can register at http://northantsparentwebinar.eventbrite.com/.
The events are organized by PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation) and feature speakers from Northamptonshire Police, Barnardo’s, OPFCC and PACE.
Northamptonshire Police Detective Sergeant Adrian Sharpe said: “We want parents and guardians to be able to recognize the signs of child exploitation and know what to do if they suspect a child is in danger. “
A man who exposed himself to Kettering was placed on the sex offender registry.
Martin Roberts, 40, was arrested after an incident on October 2.
On Tuesday May 3, Roberts, of Crispin Street in Rothwell, was sentenced to a community order after pleading guilty to an exposure charge.
He will have to stay at home between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. every day for four months, where he will be monitored by an electronic beacon, and will participate in a rehabilitation program.
Magistrates told him he would be required to register as a sex offender and ordered him to pay compensation of £150, costs of £85 and a surcharge to fund victim services of £95.
A Wellingborough Primary School received a donation of hedgehog houses from a home builder as part of National Hedgehog Awareness Week.
Barratt Homes has donated four of the homes to Redwell Primary School, which is close to its new Glenvale Park development on Niort Way.
Dulcie Sharpe, Deputy Head of Redwell Primary School, said: ‘We would like to thank Barratt Homes for donating four hedgehog houses to our school.
“We always love finding ways to help wildlife thrive on the school grounds and hope we’ll have some spiky new residents very soon.”
Garden Center Cherry Lane Podington hosts a special terrarium workshop with plant expert and author Dr. Manos Kanellos.
Taking place at 2.30pm on May 17 at Podington Garden Centre, the Terrarium Workshop will allow customers to build their very own terrarium under the expert guidance of Dr Manos.
Terrariums are miniature gardens housed inside a small, usually resealable container, such as a glass jar. These mini ecosystems are very easy to maintain, making them perfect for any home.
Tickets for the workshop cost £25. All terrarium materials and light refreshments are included. Spaces for the event are limited, so people are advised to book early online at www.cherry-lane.co.uk.
Rushden Transport Museum was able to purchase a new custom donation box with the help of a local home builder.
Davidsons Homes, which is building in its neighboring Sanders Fields development, donated £250 to the museum to help with the purchase.
The museum features a collection of transport-related artefacts from the Rushden area, while the station uses both steam and diesel locomotives to run passenger trains at public events.
Richard Lewis, President of the Rushden Historical Transport Society, said: “We had been hoping to purchase a personalized donation box for some time, so we were very pleased when Davidsons Homes reached out to offer their support.
“As we don’t charge an admission fee, we rely heavily on the generosity of people who donate, so having this new feature is a great way to encourage that.”
A nine-year-old boy from Corby who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy gets vital exercise on a specialized tricycle.
Filip Kowalewski, who has Dravet Syndrome – a rare, severe and lifelong type of epilepsy – is unable to ride an ordinary bicycle due to his condition, resulting in mobility and balance issues.
Filip’s family desperately wanted him to have a suitable tricycle, to help him exercise regularly and safely, but at a cost of over £1,600 they approached children’s charity Children Today Charitable Trust for help.
Children Today pledged to cover almost half the cost of Filip’s Tomcat trike and helped the family with a fundraising appeal to raise the extra £885 needed.
Donations from the local community poured in after the appeal was shared on social media and featured in the Northants Telegraph.
Filip’s mother, Gabriela Kowalewska, described how the tricycle brought Filip joy.
Gabriela said: “I can’t even express how happy Filip is since he got this tricycle. He is like a different child. We knew the trike would be great for his physical development, but to see how much joy and happiness it has brought him is amazing.
“The pandemic and the lockdowns have really affected Filip’s mental health and confidence. But since he got the tricycle he is so much happier and more independent. He’s the smiling, talkative Filip we know and love again.