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  1. Updates for Friday, 5 January 2018

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Ken Pisi

Northampton's last-minute penalty try beats Gloucester in Alan Gaffney's first match with Saints.

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Shay Facey

Northampton Town sign Manchester City defender Shay Facey and Southend winger Jack Bridge on undisclosed deals.

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Find out all the details about the competition here - and you'll be able to see Jesse Lingard, Jack Butland and Harry Maguire try our five-a-side challenge on the BBC Sport website on Saturday.

Boss at Northampton charity hospital resigns from £328k-a-year post

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

The chief executive of St Andrew's Hospital has resigned from his £328,000-a-year job at the charity.

Charity changing its services to help tackle homelessness in Wellingborough

Northamptonshire Telegraph

A charity is changing its services for homeless people in a move designed to offer a more flexible response to the town’s growing problem with homelessness.

Severe accident: A43 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A43 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between M1 J15A and A5.

A43 Northamptonshire - A43 closed and queuing traffic southbound between Northampton Services and the A5 junction, because of an accident involving lorry and car.

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

Rise in ambulance delays at A&E in the East of England

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Nearly 3,000 ambulance patients had to wait more than half an hour outside hospitals in the East of England between Christmas and New Year's Day, figures show.

Of those, about a third were delayed for over an hour, waiting for A&E staff to become available, and preventing paramedics from attending other emergencies.

Essex was the worst-affected county in the region with 827 ambulances having to queue outside hospitals, while there were 500 cases in Norfolk and 422 in Cambridgeshire.

The worst individual hospitals were Broomfield in Essex with 243 delayed ambulances waiting to offload patients, Kettering General with 240 over the same period and Colchester with 233.

Ambulance in transit.
GORGIOS

Across England as a whole there has been a sharp rise in the number of A&E patients facing delays on arrival in ambulances. Theresa May has apologised for the problem.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Northants police stop car after Herts burglaries

Police officers in Northampton stopped a silver Ford Mondeo in Shadowfax Drive on Wednesday afternoon following a police pursuit in connection with four burglaries and two kidnaps that are reported to have occurred in Hertfordshire earlier in the day.

Shadowfax Drive, Northampton
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The car was stopped at about 14:00. The reported burglaries were in Little Acres in Ware, Saffron Close in Hoddesdon, London Road in Hertford Heath and Mercia Road in Baldock.

The offenders damaged a police car as officers arrived at the scene of the Hoddesdon burglary. A man was taken against his will at the scene of the Baldock burglary when his vehicle was stolen and a woman was held in Welwyn when her vehicle was stolen. Both are safe and were not injured during the incident.

A 50-year-old man from Essex was arrested by Northamptonshire Police.Two other men made off from the scene and inquiries are ongoing to locate them.

As part of the investigation, a grey BMW was recovered in Mercia Road, Baldock and a blue Honda Civic was recovered in Fulling Mill Lane, Welwyn.

Nine weeks of roadworks planned for A45 in East Northants

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Motorists face nine weeks of roadworks on the A45 between Rushden Lakes and Raunds, from 15 January.

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Yellow weather warning issued for the East

A yellow severe weather warning for wind has been issued for the East of England for between 08:00 and 19:00 on Thursday.

A spell of strong and gusty winds is expected to move eastwards during the day.

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Hildeberto Pereira

Northampton Town sign winger Hildeberto Pereira on loan from Legia Warsaw, while Lewis McGugan and Ryan McGivern are released.

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George North

Wales wing George North will be out for up to four weeks after suffering a knee injury during Northampton's loss at Harlequins.

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Hospitals 'under considerable pressure'

Patients are at risk in overcrowded hospitals as the NHS struggles to cope with the deluge of patients seen in recent weeks, a senior doctor has said.

Prof Suzanne Mason, from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, described it as a "huge tragedy".

NHS bosses have responded by cancelling non-urgent care en masse.

Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals says it is "currently under considerable emergency pressure" and is "urging local people to use NHS services appropriately".

It means planned operations and routine outpatient clinics have been cancelled.

Hospital corridor with gurneys
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Storm Eleanor: 'Strong winds' still expected

The Met Office is warning that "strong winds" will continue throughout the day.

It says Storm Eleanor is now over the North Sea, but it has left a swath of strong winds in its wake.

Delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are expected to continue, with some journeys taking longer than normal.

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Storm Eleanor: Fallen tree causes motorway problems

Storm Eleanor continues to cause problems across Northamptonshire this morning.

The M1 northbound is partially blocked due to a fallen tree between J16 for Daventry and J17 for Coventry.

Reports say traffic is coping well.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 partially blocked northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a fallen tree. Traffic is coping well.

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

Storm Eleanor continues to move across region

It's been an extremely blustery night but the good news is winds are set to ease as we head through the rest of today and into this evening.

There's a yellow weather warning in place for wind - have a look at the Met Office website for more information.

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Dylan Hartley of England has endured a terrible run of form with Northampton

Dylan Hartley has a "clear role with England as captain and leader" says head coach Eddie Jones, following his club Northampton's dismal run.

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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic 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

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 on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

At 70, Australian Alan Gaffney is now the oldest rugby boss in the Premiership, edging 67-year-old South African Alan Solomons at Worcester

Northampton technical coaching consultant Alan Gaffney says it 'shouldn't be too difficult' to turn results around.

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Sixfields Stadium and Northampton Town FC crest

The story so far of what happened to £10.25m of council money given to Northampton Town Football Club that seemingly vanished.

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Alan Gaffney: First training session for new Saints boss

Northampton Saints' interim director of rugby Alan Gaffney has taken charge of the club's training for the first time.

The 70-year-old Australian, who will act as technical coaching consultant after the sacking of Jim Mallinder last month, has joined on a contract until the end of the season.

He will work alongside acting head coach Alan Dickens, forwards coach Dorian West, defence coach Phil Dowson and assistant coach Mark Hopley.

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On Saturday, Saints play their first match under Gaffney's leadership, when Gloucester come to Franklin's Gardens for a Premiership fixture.

Teenager missing for six days

Dave Wade

BBC News

Have you seen missing 14-year-old, Que Smith?

Que Smith
Derbyshire Police

He hasn't been seen since leaving his home in Burton Road, Derby, on Wednesday last week.

Que is 5ft 2ins tall and was wearing a black Adidas hoody with skinny black joggers and black Nike trainers.

He has links to Staffordshire and Northamptonshire, and Derbyshire Police believe he may have spent time in the Coventry area.

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 on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A427 Northamptonshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A427 Northamptonshire eastbound severe disruption, between High Street and A6086 Lloyd's Road.

A427 Northamptonshire - A427 Weldon Road in Corby closed eastbound between the High Street junction and the A6086 Lloyd's Road junction, because of a burst water main. Diversion in operation - via High Street and through the town centre.

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

Linnets lose top spot in Southern Premier

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Town have been knocked off the top of The Evo-Stik Southern League after losing 1-0 at Kettering.

Michael Clunan missed a penalty for The Linnets, who are now two points adrift of the new leaders Kettering.

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In the Bostick North Division, Dereham remain fourth after a 4-1 win at Soham Town Rangers while Norwich United scored in the 89th minute to salvage a 1-1 draw with Mildenhall. It means they are unbeaten in four matches.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, after J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound after J16, A45 (Daventry), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Football

Wigan Athletic stay top of League One as they begin 2018 with an away win at Northampton, thanks to Nick Powell's goal.

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Severe accident: A508 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A508 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between M1 J15 and Northampton Road.

A508 Northamptonshire - A508 in Roade closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Northampton and the Northampton Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

New interim Northampton Saints director of rugby Alan Gaffney

Alan Gaffney's fresh approach as interim director of rugby at Northampton will lift the players, says centre Rob Horne.

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Charlie Walker

Harlequins enjoy a festive feast at Twickenham as they run in seven tries to demolish hapless Northampton.

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Football

Ollie Hawkins scores twice to fire Portsmouth to another victory as they come from behind to win against Northampton.

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