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Northampton Saints' Rob Horne

Northampton score three quick tries to turn around a half-time deficit to win 25-17 against London Irish, who look destined to be relegated.

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Sting in Northampton as Last Ship prepares to sail into Royal & Derngate

A musical featuring songs by Sting is due to come to Northampton.

The Last Ship will play at the Royal & Derngate from April 24 to 28, and The Police singer attended the launch at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse today.

Sting at the Royal & Derngate
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He said the show is "about the town I was raised in" and was inspired by his 1991 album The Soul Cages.

It tells the story of a community during the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Tyne and Wear.

Sting said: "I was born within spitting distance of a shipyard where they built the biggest ships in the world.

"The whole town was very proud of that fact and the shipyard closed down so the town was mortally wounded in a way."

Severe disruption: A43 Northamptonshire southbound

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A43 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between A5 and Brackley Road.

A43 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A43 southbound in Towcester between the A5 junction and the Brackley Road junction.

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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 southbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an accident.

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Tory Jason Smithers wins Higham Ferrers by-election

Craig Lewis

BBC Online East

Conservative Jason Smithers won yesterday's Higham Ferrers by-election to became part of the "worst run" council in the country.

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone gave that description to Northamptonshire County Council after the authority was hit with a notice banning all new expenditure.

The Higham Ferrers by-election count
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One of Mr Smithers' first decisions will be whether to back his under fire leader Heather Smith - a statement signed by 21 of his new backbench colleagues recently called for the council to be run by government commissioners.

Mr Smithers polled 1,414 of the 2,503 votes cast, with Labour's Gary Day finishing second with 557 votes. The turnout was 26.04%.

The seat was left vacant following the death of Glenn Harwood in November.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A361 and J12 for B4451.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A361 and J12 for B4451.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, at J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked on M1 southbound at J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe disruption: A14 Northamptonshire eastbound

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A14 Northamptonshire eastbound severe disruption, between J2 A508 Harborough Road and J3 A6.

A14 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on A14 eastbound between J2, A508 (Kelmarsh) and J3, A6 (Desborough), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A45 and J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 partially blocked northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J18, A5 (Rugby), 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: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, at J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound at J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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Northamptonshire County Council's new headquarters

Craig Lewis

BBC Local Live

It would cost the local authority more than £250m to immediately repay 19 'risky' LOBO loans.

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Kieran Brookes in action for Northampton

England prop Kieran Brookes will leave Premiership side Northampton Saints at the end of the season.

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Football

Gillingham continue their excellent run of form with a fifth win in eight games as they beat Northampton at Sixfields.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, at J15 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J15, A45 (Northampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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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 slow traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Taqele Naiyaravoro in action for Waratahs earlier this month

Northampton Saints sign Australia wing Taqele Naiyaravoro for the 2018-19 season from Super Rugby side Waratahs.

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Man touches woman's shoulder

Esther Webber

BBC News, London

People working in MPs' constituency offices tell the BBC they feel left out of the proposed crackdown.

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Severe accident: A427 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A427 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between A427 Main Road and B664 Sutton Road.

A427 Northamptonshire - A427 Harborough Road in Dingley closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A427 Main Road junction and the B664 Sutton Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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Severe disruption: A4500 Northamptonshire both ways

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A4500 Northamptonshire both ways severe disruption, between A43 Lumbertubs Way and Little Billing Way.

A4500 Northamptonshire - A4500 Wellingborough Road in Northampton closed in both directions between Weston Favell and the Little Billing Way junction, because of a gas leak. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: A14 Leicestershire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Leicestershire eastbound severe accident, between M1 and J1 A5199.

A14 Leicestershire - A14 closed, stationary traffic and queuing traffic eastbound between the M1 junction in Swinford and J1, A5199 (Welford) in Cold Ashby, because of a serious accident and debris on the road. Diversion in operation - 'Hollow Circle' diversion symbol. From Catthorpe Interchange take the M1 northbound to J20, then the A4304 to the Welford junction. From there, take the A5199 through Welford and join the A14 at J1.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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

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

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No chickens allowed in House of Commons, MP warned

An MP who has been campaigning against a massive chicken farm in Northamptonshire has been warned he cannot bring chickens in to the House of Commons in order to make his point.

Conservative Peter Bone - who represents Wellingborough - is opposed to plans for the poultry farm in Rushden.

Speaking in the Commons last week, Mr Bone said: "There is an application to have 540,000 [chickens] slaughtered every 42 days. That is unacceptable.

"Would you allow me, sir, to bring in a cage with the chickens in it to demonstrate the appalling conditions they have to live under?"

However, the Speaker, John Bercow, was having none of it.

"No cage, no chickens - at any rate in the chamber," he replied.

Football

Daniel Powell's second-half goal seals victory for Northampton on the road over fellow League One strugglers AFC Wimbledon.

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Severe accident: A45 Northamptonshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A45 Northamptonshire eastbound severe accident, between A509 and A5001 Northampton Road.

A45 Northamptonshire - A45 in Wellingborough closed eastbound between the A509 junction and the A5001 Northampton Road junction, because of an accident.

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'My 40-year secret on my true gender identity'
A woman has told how she kept her gender identity a secret for 40 years.