Court to close doors for last time

THE town’s court house will close its doors for the final time at the end of this month.

Daventry Magistrates’ Court is set to hear its last case on Thursday, March 31.

The court house, along with Towcester’s and 91 others across the UK, have been scheduled to close by the Government since December.

The move means cases from the Daventry area will now be heard at Northampton Magistrates’ Court, prompting fears that victims, witnesses and defendants may have difficulty getting there.

Chris Over, a Daventry district councillor who served on the town’s magistrates’ bench for 12 years, has said the closure will be a ‘sad day’ for the town.

He said the loss of the court could impair the idea of local justice dispensed by people that know that area and the impact crimes can have on local people and the wider community.

He also said: “There’s also a sense of civic pride with having a court in the town and I think this news is very sad.”