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  1. Updates for Friday, 5 January 2018

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  1. England trio challenge you to sign up!


    Consider yourself a great five-a-side footballer or willing to give it a go?

    Fancy something fun to get 2018 off to a great start?

    Want a chance to play at St George's Park and go to the FA Cup final?

    Sign up is now available for the FA People's Cup - the free five-a-side competition that's back and even bigger than before. Don't take our word for it, listen to these three......

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    Video caption: FA People's Cup 2018: England trio Lingard, Butland, Maguire challenge you to play

    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.

  2. 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.

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    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

  4. 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.

    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.

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    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

  6. 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

    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.

  7. 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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  8. 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