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'Greatest batsman' Don Bradman video uncovered in attic
The black and white film was shot at Northamptonshire's County Ground in 1934.

'Dementia friendly' ambulance launched

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The first "dementia friendly" ambulances in the UK have been launched by East Midlands Ambulance Service.

The four vehicles will be out across Leicestershire and Northamptonshire from Monday.

EMAS has worked with the University of Northampton to make the ambulances less frightening and confusing for people with dementia.

Inside a dementia friendly ambulance
East Midlands Ambulance Service

The window nearest the ambulance stretcher is now covered with a scene containing key points to talk and reminisce about.

Staff will be able to play music from different decades and give patients "twiddlemuffs" – a decorated knitted hand muff.

EMAS responds to emergency calls from 43,000 patients a year who are living with dementia.

There are plans for all 104 ambulances across the two counties to be "dementia friendly" by the end of October.

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.