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  1. Updates on Friday, 20 October 2017
  2. Police office dismissed for gross misconduct
  3. 'Deadly weapons' found by Northamptonshire Police
  4. Troubled Northampton pub to close

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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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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

Overnight weather: Dry at first but some outbreaks of rain later

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

There'll be a few clear spells at first tonight where it will turn a little chilly, but thickening cloud will eventually bring outbreaks of rain from the west.

Southerly winds will strengthen during the early hours, with temperatures initially falling to 8C (46F) but becoming milder by dawn.

Wind chart

There'll be a sunny start to Saturday morning, with just a few isolated showers, but these will become more widespread as cloud builds through the day.

Windy with southwesterly winds gusting 40-50mph during the afternoon, temperatures peaking at 16C (61F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Opportunity for young people to try their hand at sports reporting

Do you know a youngster who'd like to report on their own sports story at the BBC?

The BBC School Report Sports Reporter scheme is open for 16-18-year-olds, with applications open until 10 November.

What's on offer?

  • 5 day placement within a BBC Local or Nations radio or online sports department
  • A mentor from your chosen BBC site
  • The opportunity to share your sports story with BBC audiences
  • Training with your BBC mentor to provide you with the required skills to tell your story. These could be: interviewing and sports story writing skills; editing skills; script writing and presenting skills of packages for radio and online

What are we looking for?

  • You'll need to be aged 16-18 before the start of the scheme
  • You’ll need to be in full-time education*
  • A proven passion for sport
  • A fantastic story idea relevant to the location you’re applying to
  • You don’t need to have any prior journalism experience or training to apply

*Please note this is an opportunity for people studying at school, college or a youth group. This is not a suitable opportunity for university students or apprentices studying at university level.

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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

Speed awareness courses 'most expensive' in Essex

Essex drivers paid the highest amount for speed awareness courses in the country last year, according to figures released today.

Policeman carrying out speed check

A speed awareness course is offered to motorists caught exceeding the speed limited by a few miles per hour.

It's offered as an alternative to a fine and three penalty points on a motorists driving license.

Figures from the Press Association show motorists in Essex paid £99 to attend an awareness session last year.

That compares to just £75 for a similar course offered in Northamptonshire.

The "Safer Essex Road Partnership" says it takes speeding seriously and the courses offer motorists the option of education on the dangers of speeding.

The cost of that course is now £91 with roughly half that money going to the police.

'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.

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.

Today's weather: Wet and windy start

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a wet and windy start there will be a gradual improvement through the day and things will brighten up in the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Elizabeth Rizzini has the outlook for the East of England on Friday, 20 October 2017.

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

Weather: Wet and misty overnight, brighter by Friday afternoon

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Rather cloudy across the BBC East region this evening with scattered showers becoming more prolonged later this evening, but they should clear to leave mild and misty conditions.

There will be moderate southerly winds and lows of 10C (50F).

BBC East weather map

Friday will be cool, cloudy and breezy with more showers possible at first, but then brighter later.

There will be west to south westerly winds and a peak temperature of 14C (58F).

For a more detailed forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

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
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

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

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

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

Ex-Anglia TV presenter 'sexually abused as a child'

The television presenter, Helen McDermott, has revealed she was sexually abused by a family friend when she was 12 years old.

"I was sexually abused by a member from the church... this is the first time I've ever mentioned it, it was something that you never talked about, I thought it was my fault," said Ms McDermott, who is a former presenter on television with Anglia TV and Mustard TV and on BBC Radio Norfolk.

"I was picked up, it was a friend of the family... I would never have talked about this until now, it has affected me all my life, there's no question about that."

Helen McDermott

Ms McDermott has spoken out, as part of the hashtag Me Too campaign, which has gained momentum after allegations of rape and sexual assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced.

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

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".

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.

Today's weather: Mild and damp

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a damp, mild and rather murky start to the day across the BBC East region, with mist and fog in some places and there will probably be some rain in the western counties. Further east, it is more likely to be dry.

There will be lots of cloud through the day and there might be some showers through the afternoon as well.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Elizabeth Rizzini has the outlook for the East of England on Thursday, 19 October 2017.

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

Latimer Grange care home

The pair were detained follow allegations of criminal offences against current and past residents.

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Alabama rot dog disease cases 'mostly occur in winter'

About 60% of cases of Alabama rot, which has killed more than 100 dogs in the UK, occur in the first three months of the year, researchers have found.

Dog with Alabama rot
Stop Alabama Rot

New research by London's Royal Veterinary College is under way to try and discover more about the risk factors and spread of the disease.

The cause of the disease, which first occurred in the UK in 2012, is still unknown.

However, researchers have found there are more cases in autumn and winter.

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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William McKinlay

Craig Lewis

BBC Local Live

William McKinlay was left in a urine-soaked chair with a circle drawn around it, his daughter says.

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Nominate your Unsung Hero

Get Inspired

Get Inspired

The deadline to nominate your BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero is on Sunday, at 23:59.

The award recognises someone who devotes their free time to help people in grassroots activity and sport.

Smiling, encouraging, mentoring and lifting spirits - a person who is dedicated to helping others in your community or club.

Who do you know who fits the bill?

Regional winners will attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Liverpool on Sunday, 17 December, when the overall winner will be announced.

Lulu, when she had Alabama rot

Some dogs can develop life-threatening kidney failure as a result of Alabama rot, which has no cure.

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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
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

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.

Today's weather: Outbreaks of rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's a grey and damp start this morning but remains mild.

During the day, outbreaks of rain will make their way across the region from the south - mostly light and patchy but with some heavier bursts - and it will remain gloomy.

Maximum temperature 13C (55F).

Kate Kinsella has the outlook for the East of England on Wednesday, 18 October 2017.
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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Rochdale goalkeeper Josh Lillis' late penalty save secures a 2-2 draw against Northampton at the Crown Oil Arena.

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