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  1. Updates for Friday, 15 December 2017

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Dan Evans grimaces and the spray flies as he feels the impact of a tackle by Northampton's Teimana Harrison

Ospreys earn a bonus point as they beat Northampton for the second time in a week in the European Champions Cup.

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Crash driver sentenced for second time after one victim dies

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

A driver who caused a crash eight years ago has been sentenced for a second time after one of the victims died.

Michael Mattacola, then 25, lost control of his BMW car in heavy rain on the A45 London Road in Northampton in 2009.

It veered into the path of a car carrying married couple Dawn and Norman Chandler, who were injured and had to be cut free.

Northampton Crown Court
BBC

He was found guilty of careless driving and fined £700.

But Mrs Chandler's health deteriorated as a direct result of injuries caused by the crash and she died in 2016, aged 71.

Mattacola pleaded guilty at Northampton Crown Court to a fresh charge of causing death by careless driving. He was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence, ordered to do 200 hours' community service and banned from driving for a year.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A361 and J10 for A43 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 southbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J10, A43 (Brackley), because of an overturned lorry.

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, after J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound after J16, A45 (Daventry), because of a rolling road-block.

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

Northampton Star Wars screening cuts out before ending

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A midnight premiere of the new Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, was "ruined" last night after the film cut out 10 minutes before the end, reports the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, at J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road and heavy traffic southbound at J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an accident.

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

Jim Mallinder

Northampton Saints CEO Mark Darbon says there is a "lot of interest" in the director of rugby vacancy at Franklin's Gardens

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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J15 for A45 and Newport Pagnell Services affecting J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and Newport Pagnell Services, because of an accident. Congestion to J16, A45 (Daventry).

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

Severe disruption: A6086 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6086 Northamptonshire both ways severe disruption, between A43 Stamford Road and A427 Weldon Road.

A6086 Northamptonshire - A6086 Geddington Road in Corby closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A43 Stamford Road junction and the A427 Weldon Road junction, because of a jackknifed lorry.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, before J18 for A5 affecting J20 for A4303.

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M1 southbound before J18, A5 (Rugby), because of an accident involving two lorries and a flatbed truck, recovery work and a fuel spillage. Travel time is 1 hour 20 minutes. Congestion to J20, A4303 (Lutterworth).

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

Northampton Saints CEO says Jim Mallinder sacked at right time
Northampton Saints CEO Mark Darbon tells BBC Look East the club sacked director of rugby Jim Mallinder at the right time.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J15 for A45 and J15A for A43.

M1 Northamptonshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M1 northbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J15a, A43 (Northampton Services), because of an accident involving lorry and car.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J15 for A45 and Newport Pagnell Services.

M1 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic and one lane blocked on M1 southbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and Newport Pagnell Services, because of an accident involving a van and a car.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, at J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 exit slip road closed and slow traffic southbound at J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a lorry fire.

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

Mike Ford

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

Former Bath and Toulon boss Mike Ford emerges as an early contender to replace Jim Mallinder at Northampton Saints.

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Severe accident: A43 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A43 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between A422 and A413 Brackley Road.

A43 Northamptonshire - A43 blocked and queuing traffic northbound between Brackley East in Brackley and the A413 Brackley Road junction in Silverstone, because of an accident involving three cars.

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

Jim Mallinder

Northampton Saints part company with director of rugby Jim Mallinder after more than 10 years with the Premiership club.

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Dealer jailed for supplying drugs 'on commercial scale'

A 22-year-old Birmingham man has been jailed for his part in a conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine into the towns of Kettering and Corby in Northamptonshire.

Jamal Marshall
West Midlands Police

Jamal Marshall, 22, from Wheeleys Lane, was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday to eight and a half years in prison.

Police say the gang traveled from Birmingham to the Northampton towns daily, buying and selling drugs on a "commercial scale".

In April, three other men were also jailed for their parts in the operation.

East Midlands train

East Midlands Trains will no longer stop at Bedford and Luton during morning and evening rush hours.

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