Raunds

England, United Kingdom

Latest Stories

Sheep butchery suspect released on bail

A 39-year-old man from Coventry who was arrested on suspicion of theft and criminal damage over the weekend after 65 ewes were stolen has been released on bail.

Sheep meat found in a freezer during weekend raids
Northamptonshire Police

Officers from Northamptonshire and Warwickshire Police raided four properties in Coventry on Saturday.

Police say 81 lambs and sheep have been killed and 258 stolen in a string of incidents in Northamptonshire since February.

Officers believe the animals are killed - with many of them butchered in the fields where they were grazing - and then sold illegally to restaurants and shops.

107,800 government-funded trees planted ​in East Northamptonshire in eight years

​There have been 107,800 government-funded trees planted in East Northamptonshire between 2010 and 2018, Forestry Commission data shows.

​This works out at 1,157 trees per 1,000 people.

​Between 2010 and 2018 the government funded about 15 million trees in England. Figures for trees planted with private funds or by local councils are not included and the data only covers new trees, not replacements for any that were cut down.

Overall tree planting rates across the UK would need to more than double to combat rising temperatures and climate change, according to official figures.

Last year 13,400 hectares of new trees were planted across the UK, most of them in Scotland, but the Committee on Climate Change says this should rise to at least 30,000 hectares a year.

Campaign group The Woodland Trust said more trees were needed to provide summer shade, reduce air pollution, improve water quality and manage flooding.

The government said it had made it "much easier" to apply for planting grants.

Find out about tree planting across the UK here.

This story has been generated using Forestry Commission data, BBC analysis and some automation.

UK heatwave: Rail companies urge passengers not to travel

With temperatures predicted to soar to an unprecedented high of 39C (102F) today, many train companies in the eastern region are urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Network Rail has announced that speed restrictions will be in place for most of the day because of fears that rail tracks could buckle.

Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern have said there will be delays and cancellations to services across the whole network.

View more on twitter

East Midlands trains are not calling at Bedford and Southern trains to Milton Keynes are not running.

Greater Anglia has advised people against travelling unless its urgent.

John Halsall, from Network Rail, said: "I've been working on the railway for 10 years - I've never encountered temperatures like this or put in the level of blanket speeds that we're talking about.

"We're not making this decision easily but it is essential in terms of passenger safety."

Reward offered in hunt for escaped rapist

A £1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a convicted rapist who absconded from an open prison.

Stephen Tierney
Lincolnshire Police

Stephen Tierney, 39, has not been seen since 3 July when he walked out of HMP North Sea Camp, near Boston.

Lincolnshire Police say they are investigating possible sightings in Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.

The force say Tierney poses a risk to the public and has advised people not to approach him.

A police spokesman said he also poses a "high risk" to anyone who enters in to a relationship with him.

Anyone with any information about Tierney's whereabouts is asked to contact CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or report online at crimestoppers-uk.org.