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Daventry Firework display'Jakob Russ ( 2 )
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The Daventry Express looks over some of the best stories from 2012.


Plans to build 45 new homes on the Middlemore estate in Daventry were given planning permission. Residents were left angry as the site had been originally earmarked for a school on the site.

Tributes were paid to a man who lost his life in a car accident. Robert Pejas, 39, crashed in Thames Road on the Grange estate. Another crash on Badby Road West saw calls made by councillors to make the roads safer.

According to Apple, the town of Daventry no longer existed. An upgrade for iPhone users saw Google Maps app removed and replaced by Apple’s own mapping system but Daventry was labelled as Leamington.


Two incidents of indecent exposure near schools happened within a week of each other. The schools including the Parker E-ACT Academy, Falconer’s Hill Infant and Junior Schools and the Danetre and Southbrook Learbing Village vowed to protect their pupils with increased security.

It was announced that 98 workers at the engineering firm Cummins would be made redundant. Later this month, a 1,000 jobs were unveiled as Sainsbury’s closed a deal to build a new warehouse.

Daventry Business Partnership announced plans to set a Guinness World Record. It was looking to gather the most people dressed as elves in one place. It took place in December with 60 people turning up.

A road marking blunder in Daventry made the national headlines. A disabled sign was spelt “disableb” by workers at Northamptonshire County Council.


The controversial Barby Pools Marina near to Onley was given planning permission. The 550-berth marina had attracted criticism from fellow marinas due to a perceived lack of demand and congestion on the canal network.

The Daventry Express was successful in the second of its campaigns as the Holy Cross Church raised the funds needed for repairs. A £50,000 donation was made by anonymous backer meaning it would no longer have to close.

Daventry District Council revealed detailed plans for the Mulbery Place development. It would see new shops, a cinema, supermarket and create a total of 755 new jobs.


The developers behind the new Monksmoor estate in Daventry revealed what it could look like. They were released after a detailed application for the first 200 homes on the site were revealed. It will be the first in five phases which could see a 1,000 homes built.

A man was charged with the murder of a woman from Daventry. Michelle Levy died of multiple stab wounds following an incident on the Southbrook estate in Daventry. Erroll Anglin will appear in court in April charged with the murder.

An investigation was launched by police after Santa’s sleigh was fired at with an air weapon. The sleigh, organised by Danetre Rotary Club, was attacked on Waveney Close on the Grange estate while it was collecting funds for local charities.