Lamb Death by Dog Bite?

 Notice affixed to a stile on the Abthorpe to Slapton public footpath

Notice affixed to a stile on the Abthorpe to Slapton public footpath

Lamb death. “Due to lamb death following dog bite please keep dogs on a lead.” That was the printed message posted alongside a stile on the Abthorpe to Slapton public footpath. Barbara Smith of Slapton Manor Farm explained that a large well looked after lamb had been found dead in the field with a largish bite that she believed was too big for a fox. As people find it difficult to realise that the pet dogs that they love can cause expensive damage to a farmer’s stock, Barbara was asking for dogs to be kept on leads for the immediate future. The potential value of the lamb was between £65 and £85.

John Riches


Grand National Winner to be Star at Towcester Races

Mon Mome at Aintree last week courtesy of Gavin James -

Mon Mome at Aintree last week courtesy of Gavin James -

GRAND National winner Mon Mome will be the star attraction for a bumper Bank Holiday crowd at Towcester on Sunday when the action gets underway at 2.10pm.

Mon Mome’s trainer Venetia Williams could already lay claim to being the ‘first lady’ of Towcester. Now though, her soaring reputation has been given even greater momentum after the nine year-old French bred became the first 100/1 winner of the Aintree showpiece in 42 years in the hands of jockey Liam Treadwell.

As well as parading Mon Mome, the Herefordshire handler will be keen to send out more winners at the Northants course on Sunday. More successful at Towcester than any other yard during the course of the past ten seasons, she has notched a total of 45 scorers going back to the start of the 1999/2000 campaign.

That puts her ahead of the likes of Jonjo O’Neill (41), Henry Daly (28) and Nigel Twiston-Davies (27) so she was never going to disappoint her legion of Northamptonshire followers in the wake of last weekend’s triumph.

Fittingly, given the pedigree of Mon Mome, who was second to Kilbeggan Blade in a 3mnovices’ hurdle at Towcester in January, the first entry on the list is aptly named A French Horse who has been second on his last two starts at Uttoxeter and Doncaster.

However, the trainer may also field runners with solid course form and experience under their belts, such as Pterodactyl , successful here in a 2m novices’ hurdle at Towcester’s last meeting on March 26th, and Pliny, a winner of a National Hunt Flat race here on Boxing Day under Will Biddick.

National winning jockey Liam Treadwell is also no stranger to the winner’s enclosure as he has ridden three winners on the track this season, while in 2007/08 he was on board the 33/1 winner Taran Tregarth here.

General Admission is £10.00 to over 16’s – FREE parking. Gates open at 12.00 – First race 2.10pm

PSP Awareness Week

Afternoon Tea For PSP
National PSP Awareness Week occurs 4th-11th April 2009. Whether you organise ‘An Afternoon Tea for PSP’ or something very different, National PSP Awareness Week represents an opportunity to raise awareness of PSP and CBD nationally and internationally.

2009 ‘Afternoon Tea for PSP’

If you are planning to organise a Tea Party, you can download a 2009 Tea Party Pack, which is designed to help you with your organisation and provide some ideas for increasing awareness of PSP and CBD. Alternatively, you can complete a Tea Party Order Form and receive everything for your Tea Party through the post.

We would like to thank everyone in advance for their support of this awareness and fundraising initiative. We know that many of you have been planning your 2009 Tea Party for months, whilst others would like to hold a Tea Party but for varying reasons cannot do this. There are many other supporters who prefer to do something very different at a date that is convenient for them later in the year. Whatever you do, whatever your reason, The PSP Association is appreciative of all your support.

2008 National PSP Awareness Week

‘Afternoon Tea for PSP’ was first launched in 2008, when nearly 2,000 of our supporters were asked to hold an ‘Afternoon Tea for PSP’ and drink Tea for Treatment or Coffee for Care. Funds raised were attributed to research (to find a treatment), or to the ongoing costs of our Care & Support Services.

All were sent a Tea Party Pack, which included pre- and post-party Press Releases and information on ‘People Special to your Patch’ with the overall objective of inviting local dignitaries and other well-known or important people living locally. Supporters were told that even if their invitation was declined they would have achieved our objective of increasing awareness.

The result was that more than 1,000,000 new people heard about PSP and CBD on the television, the radio or in their local newspaper and over £40,000 was raised.

In addition, many supporters who could not hold a tea party during Awareness Week organised their own ‘awareness raising event’ at a later date. The enthusiasm and commitment of our supporters has been extraordinary with many already planning their 2009 ‘Afternoon Tea for PSP’.

Magnolia Day

Our annual Magnolia Day (8th April) falls in National PSP Awareness Week. The Magnolia was the favourite flower of Sara Koe who was a co-founder of The PSP Association. Sara died of PSP early in 1995; on 8th April 1995 a memorial service was held for her and later this date became known as ‘Magnolia Day’.

The Magnolia has since become the emblem of The PSP Association and in 2008 the Royal Horticultural Society named a Magnolia ‘Sara Koe’. This is a tremendous honour for our charity.

Button Takes Pole Again!

Jenson Button took his second successive pole position today in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit maintaining his and the Brawn GP team’s perfect start to the 2009 Formula One season.

Team-mate Rubens Barrichello qualified in fourth having battled with understeer with his car throughout qualifying. Rubens will incur a five-place grid penalty ahead of tomorrow’s 56-lap race after a gearbox change.

The Brawn-Mercedes drivers topped the times in all three qualifying sessions with Rubens going quickest at the end of Q1 on the soft option tyre and Jenson posting the fastest lap of Q2 on his first set of options having used the harder prime tyre for his previous runs. Both drivers completed two runs in Q3 with Jenson coming out on top to secure his second pole of the season.


Drivers Car No. Chassis No. Free Practice Qualifying 1 Qualifying 2 Qualifying 3
Jenson Button 22 BGP 001-02 P10 P7 01:35.058 P1 01:33.784 P1 01:35.181
Rubens Barrichello 23 BGP 001-01 P9 P1 01:34.681 P6 01:34.387 P4 01:35.651

Weather Hot and humid
Temperatures Air: 29-30°C Track: 36-40°C

“Achieving pole position today in Malaysia is possibly even more special than last week in Australia. It’s not easy to get one pole but two successive poles is just fantastic and it’s a first for me in my Formula One career. It’s a great feeling and proves that our car works well on different types of circuit. We were really struggling with the balance yesterday and I had a lot of rear locking however we made some changes to the car overnight which really improved it for today and it felt really good throughout qualifying. It’s a big turnaround and I have to say thank you to the team for their hard work in such tough conditions. They did a fantastic job. We are hoping that the rain stays away tomorrow but you just never know at this circuit and we will be working hard tonight to make sure we are prepared for all eventualities.”

“It was a good qualifying session for the team today and well done to Jenson once again as he had the pace to put the car on pole. Unfortunately on my side of the garage, the car developed understeer in qualifying and we were not able to resolve the problem. However we know the performance of the car in race conditions is strong and I will be aiming to score as many points as possible tomorrow before I can start chasing for my own pole position and wins.”

“It was a great qualifying performance from Jenson and the team today particularly as we had some issues with the balance of the car in yesterday’s practice sessions. At the start of qualifying, there was a distinct possibility of rain so we went out early in Q1 to bank some dry running and from there it was a busy session with the track evolving incredibly quickly. Rubens was struggling for grip under braking which resulted in understeer and he was never completely happy with the balance of his car. With the replacement of his gearbox, this puts him further back on the grid than we would have hoped, however his experience will stand him in good stead in the race. Jenson was much happier with the balance which reflects in his second pole of the season after an excellent lap. It was an incredibly close session and with the prospect of rain in the race tomorrow, we should be in for a very eventful and exciting Malaysian Grand Prix.”

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Crime Down

CRIME in Northamptonshire fell by 5.9 per cent during 2008/09, the fifth successive year that crime has come down in the county.

During the last year, between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009, offences dropped from 63,567 to 59,904 – 3,753 fewer than in the previous year.

This year there were 15,000 fewer victims of crime in Northamptonshire than there were in 2003/04, a decrease of 19 per cent.

Chief Constable Peter Maddison said: “Northamptonshire Police is committed to delivering the best possible quality of policing services to the people of this county and I am very proud of my police officers and staff, who have worked tirelessly with partner agencies to ensure that we have brought crime in the county down for the fifth year in a row.

“It is very encouraging to see nearly 4,000 fewer victims of crime compared to last year. But be in no doubt, our endeavours will continue with vigour as we work to reduce crime further and build public confidence, through listening to our communities and responding to their needs.

“My staff are determined to tackle the increases of domestic burglary and robbery we have seen in the north of the county, and I am particularly pleased to see the positive results already coming through in combating these peaks.

“Initiatives such as Smartwater and Operation Tiger have made significant impacts on burglary offences and vehicle crime throughout Northamptonshire, and we will be keeping the pressure on criminals throughout 2009.

“The challenges facing us in the longer term are also significant. As a region we have to deal with one of the fastest rates of population growth in the country, with all the demands for policing and public service that this necessitates.

“I and my colleagues in the local authorities and NHS continue to keep this on the government’s agenda, to ensure the county is adequately funded to deliver the service we would all wish to.”

The headline figures are as follows:-

Violent crime – DOWN 8.7 per cent
Commercial burglary – DOWN 8.7 per cent
Vehicle crime – DOWN 4 per cent
Theft and handling – DOWN 8.9 per cent
Criminal damage – DOWN 7.8 per cent

Sexual offences – UP 8.2 per cent
House burglary – UP 7.1 per cent

Deirdre Newham, the Chair of the Police Authority, commented: “It is heartening to see that crime is down again for the fifth consecutive year.

“At the Police Authority, we are acutely aware that the concerns of members of the public by and large centre around criminal damage, juvenile nuisance and anti-social behaviour, so the fall in criminal damage is especially welcome.

“Hopefully the reduction in crime will in turn lead to an increase in public confidence in the Force.

“The Authority has made a commitment to providing the Force with 40 additional front-line officers and hopefully this will re-enforce the good work that is being done to tackle criminal activity in this county.”


In the south and west of the county, crime has fallen by 9.4 per cent over the last year.

This equates to 3,375 fewer victims of crime in the Northampton, Daventry and South Northamptonshire areas.

Significant reductions have been recorded in violence offences (12.2 per cent), commercial burglaries (17.4 per cent), theft from motor vehicles (11.5 per cent), theft of motor vehicles (14.5 per cent), vehicle interference (22 per cent), theft and handling (10.8 per cent) and criminal damage (10 per cent).

But increases have been recorded in sexual offences (9.5 per cent) and fraud and forgery (21.1 per cent).

Chief Superintendent Paul Phillips, Area Commander for Northamptonshire West, said: “I am really pleased with the crime reduction on this side of the county, with nearly 3,500 fewer victims of crime this year than last.

“The significant results are in relation to vehicle crime, with more than a 12 per cent reduction in vehicle crime in Daventry, Northampton and South Northants.

“We’ve continued to reduce street robbery offences. There were only a small number anyway, but we’ve seen a six per cent reduction in Northampton town, which amounts to 32 fewer victims.

“And violent crime has fallen by 10 per cent thanks to lots of partnership work around the night economy and initiatives focused on domestic abuse.

“Anti-social behaviour has continued to fall this year with more than 4,000 fewer incidents on this side of the county.

“A great deal of the credit for this goes to the Safer Community Teams who have provided greater visibility, reassurance and local knowledge.

“Our focus in the new policing year will be to continue to increase public confidence in the police service, continue to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour with our partners, and to seek feedback from the public as to what is important to them for us to work on and to respond to their needs.”

Free Internet on Fridays… Well at the library

Free internet on Fridays

Free internet on Fridays

County job-hunters can now take advantage of free internet access on a Friday at any of Northamptonshire County Council’s libraries.

The county council is waiving the usual computer hire fee at all of its 36 libraries on Fridays from 3rd April until further notice as part of efforts to support residents during the recession.

The Free e-Fridays will give people looking for work the opportunity to research vacancies and apply online on the day after vacancies are usually published in local newspapers.

Cabinet member for customers and communities, Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage said: “As a county council we are working to look at all ways we can support people during these difficult financial times. Libraries already offer a useful service for anyone who is short of money with free book hire as well as being free to just come in and browse through the daily newspapers or magazines.

“The new Free e-Fridays scheme will give people looking for a job the opportunity to access the internet at no charge, making available to them the vast range of websites offering job-hunting advice, vacancies and the chance to apply online.

“Our libraries are a valuable community resource and maximising all opportunities for the good people of our county is of significant importance, please visit your locallibrary for more information and any assistance”

Libraries are also offering Beat the Credit Crunch one-to-one advice sessions to help customers make the most of the money saving information available on the internet.

For more information customers should contact their local library.