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  1. Updates on Friday, 2 June 2017

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By Kris Holland

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Craigslist sales of cocaine and stolen passports exposed

BBC Inside Out

Craigslist sales of cocaine and stolen passports exposed

Secret filming shows how an undercover BBC reporter was able to buy Class A drugs listed on the website Craigslist.

Jonathan Gibson bought cocaine from a dealer in Derby, illegal cigarettes from men in Corby and Carlisle, and was offered a stolen passport from a man in Chatham, Kent. Such items are supposedly prohibited from being offered in classified advertisements on the site.

Craigslist was contacted by the BBC but has declined to comment.

See this story in full on BBC Inside Out West Midlands at 19:30 on BBC One on Monday 23 October, or via iPlayer for 30 days afterwards.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J17 for M45 Dunchurch and J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 partially blocked and slow traffic southbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an accident involving a lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Northampton man threatened with 50cm machete and stabbed

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A man has been stabbed with a pocket knife and threatened with a machete during an attempted robbery by two teenagers in Northampton.

Northamptonshire Police said a boy "aged about 14" was brandishing a 50cm-long blade in an alleyway on Melbourne Walk, just off Wellingborough Road.

A second teenager, also aged about 14, stabbed the victim with a pocket knife.

It happened between 04:00 and 05:00 on Saturday.

The 58-year-old victim was treated for puncture wounds to the leg, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

Melbourne Walk in Northampton.
Google

Gasification plant plans withdrawn for Northampton

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Plans for a gasification plant in Northampton have been shelved.

The £160m facility - which would have turned waste into power - would have been built on the old Westbridge Depot in St James.

Artist's impression of proposed gasification plant in Northampton.
Rolton Kilbride

The developers said it would regenerate the area and provide cheap power, but there was opposition from the start from people living in the area.

The "No Monster Incinerator" campaign group had put posters all over the town.

Now the company Rolton Kilbride has withdrawn the plans.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J15 for A45 and J14 for A509.

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed on M1 southbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Craigslist sales of cocaine and stolen passports exposed
Secret filming shows a reporter buying drugs and illegal goods advertised on a classified ads site.
Stolen passport on a computer screen

Jonathan Gibson

BBC Inside Out West Midlands

A police chief calls for more to be done to tackle cyber-crime on sites such as Craigslist.

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Severe disruption: M1 Buckinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Buckinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between J14 for A509 and J15 for A45.

M1 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J14, A509 (Milton Keynes) and J15, A45 (Northampton), because of an incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A5 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 Northamptonshire both ways severe disruption, between A43 and A422.

A5 Northamptonshire - A5 in Heathencote, Towcester partially blocked in both directions between Towcester and Old Stratford.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A14 Northamptonshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Northamptonshire westbound severe accident, between J8 A43 and J7 A4300.

A14 Northamptonshire - A14 in Kettering blocked and stationary traffic westbound between J8, A43 (Kettering) and J7, A4300 (Kettering), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Northampton Saints

Mike Henson

BBC Sport

Northampton face an uphill struggle to make the last eight after Clermont inflicted their second straight Champions Cup defeat.

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Football

Northampton move above Gillingham in the League One table after Matt Grimes' free-kick secures an away victory.

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Former WW2 bomber pilot from Northampton honored by France

A former Second World War bomber pilot from Northampton has received the Légion d'Honneur from the French government.

George Verden, 94, was today presented with the honour at the Guildhall in Northampton.

Mr Verden paid tribute to his fellow air crew members: "They helped me get my medal, but they are not here to receive their medals. That is the sad thing about it."

George Verden
BBC
PC Declan Gabriel, pictured right, at Kettering Magistrates' Court

A disciplinary hearing finds the Northamptonshire officer "grossly breached the trust placed in him".

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New guidelines to help doctors treat peanut allergies

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A mum from Northamptonshire has described the moment her five-year-old son had a severe allergic reaction after eating some chocolate.

It's as a new set of guidelines for doctors is launched to help them identify patients most at risk from nut allergies and how to treat them.

Between 1992 and 2012, 69 people in the UK died after experiencing a severe allergic reaction to nuts, with teenagers and young adults particularly at risk.

Peanuts.
Thinkstock

Marie Gale is a first aid trainer from East Hunsbury and said it was terrifying when it happened to her son Sam: "He started making a really funny gagging noise then his lips started swelling. I could tell he was petrified.

"We took him to A&E and it turns out he has a significant peanut allergy.

"Our life’s changed dramatically since May because we have to make sure there are no peanuts in our house in anything we eat.

"And we've had to let the school know but they've been brilliant."

Lorry embedded in front of house after crash

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Experts are assessing the damaged caused to a house in Daventry when a lorry crashed into it and became embedded in the structure.

It happened in the early hours of yesterday morning at an unoccupied property in Badby Road West.

Lorry in house in Daventry.
BBC

The lorry was still there this afternoon.

The driver was released from the vehicle and taken to hospital. He's not thought to have suffered any serious injuries.

Lorry in house in Daventry.
BBC

BreakingPolice office dismissed for gross misconduct

Craig Lewis

BBC Northampton

A police officer who unzipped his trousers and placed his hands in his underwear while alone with a 17-year-old girl has been dismissed from the service.

PC Declan Gabriel, 28, of Northamptonshire Police, was found guilty of gross misconduct at a disciplinary hearing on Friday.

PC Declan Gabriel.
PA

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A45 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

'Deadly weapons' found by Northamptonshire Police

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Northamptonshire Police said officers had a "nasty surprise" when they found a large knife concealed in the waistband of a male arrested in Wellingborough on suspicion of supplying drugs.

Knives found in Wellingborough.
Northamptonshire Police

The photo was tweeted by the force's plain-clothed Proactive Team and follows another tweet last night about "deadly weapons" found on a suspected gang member in Northampton.

We've asked Northamptonshire Police for more information.

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Troubled Northampton pub to close

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A Northampton pub with a history of trouble is to close permanently at the end of the month.

The Bantam, in Abington Square, said in a Facebook post that it would close on 30 October "and will not re-open again".

"We want to thank all our loyal customers who have supported us over the last 8 years," it said.

The Bantam in Northampton.
Google

A man needed surgery after being stabbed at the pub in April, causing the police to apply for a review of its licence.

That incident followed the report of 19 thefts or acts of violence at the premises between 30 September and 5 February.

The pub changed its weekend closing time from 06:00 to 04:00 and was told by Northampton Borough Council to install more CCTV cameras.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J18 for A5 and J19 for M6.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 partially blocked and queuing traffic northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) in Crick and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) in Leicestershire, because of an accident. Travel time is around 30 minutes.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Northamptonshire County Council

The Conservative-controlled council argues it is not receiving its fair share of government funding.

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Fly-tipping costs taxpayers £58m in clean-up costs

A drone-camera filmed the extent of rubbish dumped in Purfleet in south Essex in 2014

More than one million incidents of fly-tipping were dealt with by councils in England in 2016-17, costing taxpayers £58m to clear up.

It was the fourth year in a row that incidents increased.

About 56,000 fixed penalty notices were handed out by councils to people caught illegally dumping.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said two-thirds of fly-tipping was household waste.

There were about 1,002,000 cases of fly-tipping handled by councils in England between April 2016 and March 2017, equivalent to 114 every hour.

This was 66,000 (7%) more than the year before.

Chart showing areas with the most incidents of fly-tipping by population
BBC
Teimana Harrison: Northampton Saints forward aims to restore pride against Clermont
Northampton forward Teimana Harrison says the team's "pride is on the line" in their European Champions Cup game at Clermont.

Our pride is on the line - Harrison

Teimana Harrison: Northampton Saints forward aims to restore pride against Clermont
Northampton forward Teimana Harrison says the team's "pride is on the line" in their European Champions Cup game at Clermont.

Job losses as computer reseller goes into administration

Some 200 jobs have been lost in Wellingborough after the UK arm of computer reseller Misco entered administration.

It's understood the Northamptonshire-based company will keep 30 people on during the administration period.

Misco headquarters in Wellingborough
Google

Misco UK had made great progress since the change of ownership and new investment in March this year, but the company's turnaround plans could not deal sufficiently with the rapid deterioration in cash flow after the sudden tightening of credit insurance terms. The UK business had moved to a system of supply chain outsourcing of stock, with increasing levels of automation to enable greater efficiencies with suppliers and distributions and overall lower cost, however these efforts came at a time of heightened competition from other globalised online retailers which have eaten heavily into the margins of even established IT resellers like Misco.

Geoff RowleyJoint administrator at FRP Advisory

Dunstable gets ready for BBC Question Time

BBC Question Time

Tonight's BBC Question Time is coming from the Grove Theatre in Dunstable.

The panel includes Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, Hertfordshire's Baroness Sal Brinton, who is the president of the Liberal Democrats, and Finedon's pop star-turned-vicar and Strictly Come Dancing contestant the Reverend Richard Coles.

Question Time panel
BBC

Question Time, presented by David Dimbleby, is on BBC One at 22:45 and then available on the BBC iPlayer.

Andrea Leadsom defends decision to delay Brexit debate

BBC Politics

The government is defending its decision to delay parliamentary debate on Brexit for several weeks.

Measures which would pave the way for European Union legislation to be transferred into British law will only be discussed after the autumn break.

Andrea Leadsom
Reuters

The government is looking very carefully at those amendments and new clauses to ensure that when it does come back to this chamber, where we have eight days of debate with eight protected hours on each day, that the responses will be well thought through."

Andrea LeadsomSouth Northamptonshire MP

Travis Perkins sales up after Brexit-related price rise

BBC Business Live

Northampton-based builders' merchant Travis Perkins, has said it put up prices to offset soaring costs from the Brexit-hit pound in the third quarter, which helped it boost sales.

The group, which also owns the Wickes DIY chain, reported a 4.1% rise in like-for-like sales in the period, with total sales increasing by 3.5%.

The firm said its revenue growth was down to "inflation driven price increases" after the pound's slump following the Brexit vote last year saw costs soar.

Builders merchant Travis Perkins
PA

Read more economics news from the BBC Business Live page.

Northampton remembers mother and twin daughters killed in Zeppelin raid

Commemorations are taking place 100 years to the day since a World War One Zeppelin raid on Northampton killed a woman and her twin daughters.

Eliza Gammons, 52, died instantly when an incendiary bomb struck her house on Parkwood Street in the St James area, setting fire to the upper rooms of the house.

Her brother-in-law Pte Albert Bazeley, who was staying at the house, rescued his family and carried out Mrs. Gammons' 13-year-old daughters Lily and Gladys, but they later died as a result of "shock by burns".

Zeppelin
BBC
The grave of Aliza Gammons and her twin daughters Gladys and Lily lies in Dallington Cemetery

Their father Henry Gammons, a railway bricklayer, was away at the time.

The Zeppelin L45 airship, had been trying to reach Liverpool, but was blown off course and dropped an estimated 66 bombs on Northampton instead.

The Gammons are believed to be Northampton's only victims of WW1 air raids, which killed more than 500 people throughout the UK.

At 11:00 today, Mrs Gammon's great-great grandson, Wayne Casey, will lead a ceremony at their graveside at Dallington Cemetery.

Why was Northampton targeted in German air raids?

Then, from midday, a ceremony led by the St James Residents' Association will see a new memorial unveiled on St James Square, and a shopping area between It's A Gift and Natwest Bank re-named as Gammons Place.

To learn more about how World War One affected the people and places of the UK and Ireland visit the BBC's WW One At Home website.

East Midlands MEP gets UKIP deputy leader job

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

An East Midlands MEP has said her new role as deputy leader of UKIP will be crucial in order to "help shape the future of the UK".

Margot Parker
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Margot Parker, one of the party's two representatives for the East Midlands in the European Parliament, was appointed by to the position by the recently-elected UKIP leader Henry Bolton.

"I was both delighted and honoured to be asked by Henry to become the party’s deputy leader," Ms Parker said.

"It is time for everyone in UKIP to pull together and drive the party forward over the next few years.

"I will continue my work as an MEP to ensure a clean Brexit and to fight for what is best for the country.

"I will also be working closely with our new leader and his team over the next 18 months or so – a crucial period which will help shape the future of the UK."

Giraffe stolen from Staverton back garden

Police are appealing for witnesses to stick their neck above the parapet after a 6ft (1.82m)-high giraffe ornament was stolen from a back garden in a rural village.

The metal sculpture was taken from Staverton near Daventry.

Ornamental giraffe
Northamptonshire Police
The owner did not wish to be identified

Police believe it was taken between 14:00 on Wednesday, 11 October and 10:00 on Saturday, 14 October.

The ornament is of "significant value", Northamptonshire Police said.

Man pleads guilty to attack in Kettering

A man has pleaded guilty to grevious bodily harm following at attack in Kettering town centre last month.

Mark Rebhan, 24, from Kettering attacked another man leaving him in a critical condition in the Horsemarket area on Saturday, 16 September.

Rebhan who has been remanded into custody will be sentenced on 15 November.

Severe accident: M45 Northamptonshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M45 Northamptonshire westbound severe accident, at M1 J17 Dunchurch.

M45 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic on M45 westbound at M1 J17, Dunchurch, because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

David Buchanan

Northampton Town captain David Buchanan claims a group of supporters tried to start a fight with him after a League One game.

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Kettering Town identify 'viable site' for new stadium

Kettering Town say they have identified a site within the town which would be "a viable location" to build a new football ground.

Rockingham Road, the club's home until 2011, was bought last month by property developers - ending any hope of the Poppies returning to their home of 114 years.

Kettering had twice tried and failed to get their old home listed as an "asset of community value".

After a brief spell playing at Nene Park, the now demolished former home of Rushden & Diamonds, the club currently play in Burton Latimer in a ground share with Burton Park Wanderers.

Latimer Park
BBC
The club have played games at Latimer Park in Burton Latimer for almost five years

A statement on the Southern League Premier club's website said: "As discussions are still at a delicate stage we have been requested not to declare the location but we are confident that it will tick the boxes for the majority of our followers.

"If we can make this happen the club will move to a purpose-built stadium, with on-site parking and suitable clubhouse facilities.

"This would not, however, see the end of our relationship with Latimer Park, which would continue to be used as a training base, match day facility for our academy as well as a community venue."

On the pitch, the Poppies missed out on an FA Cup first-round trip to Stevenage last night, after they were beaten 1-0 at home by Nantwich in a replay.

Northampton General Hospital A&E has busiest day ever

Anna Bartlett

BBC Radio Northampton

The A&E department at Northampton General Hospital (NGH) was the busiest it's ever been on Monday.

It said 438 patients were seen - the most ever in a single day - and 25% more than usual.

The news comes as BBC research has revealed that both the county's hospitals failed to meet A&E targets over the past 12 months.

Northampton General Hospital
Google

Two years ago, seeing 300 patients in a day in Northampton General's A&E department was considered busy. Alongside this record demand on A&E, the hospital said it's operating at Opel 4 level - formerly known as black alert, meaning demand is so high, the hospital is stretched to its limits, with more people coming through A&E than beds are available in the hospital.

This highest level of alert is usually seen during the winter, but NGH says seasonal pressures haven't begun in earnest yet.

In addition, both Kettering and Northampton general hospitals missed the government-set target of seeing 95% of A&E patients within four hours, every month during the past year - according to data from the BBC's NHS Tracker, which launches today.

Billericay Town

Big-spending Billericay Town progress to the first round of the FA Cup after a 2-1 win at sixth-tier Brackley Town.

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Football

Rochdale goalkeeper Josh Lillis' late penalty save secures a 2-2 draw against Northampton at the Crown Oil Arena.

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