Live updates


Growing fears over Cobbler's future

Northampton Town FC

There are growing fears for the future of one the region's oldest football clubs.

Northampton Town was formed back in 1897 and has survived two world wars, numerous recessions and relegations.

But it is possibly facing its toughest fight of all. If it doesn't find over 10 million pounds within the next 48 hours it could be forced out of business.

That is the figure the club's chairman David Cardoza must find to repay the council having already defaulted on 2 previous payments.

Today at the Cobblers weekly press conference, the clubs Manager admitted the stress of the situation was taking its toll, while supporters said they're hoping for a last minute solution. Here's a report by Olivia Kinsley:

Essex star Bopara pens new two-year deal

Ravi Bopara has agreed a new two-year deal. Credit: PA

Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara has signed a new two-year deal with the county.

The England international has agreed a contract that will run until the end of the 2017 season.

Bopara made his debut for Essex way back in 2002.

“I am happy to have signed a new contract. The club is making some changes with Ronnie (Irani) on board. I’ve played a lot under Ronnie, I know him very well, and I’m trusting him to get things the way we all want here at Essex.

We’re a team that should be competing and performing at a higher level than we are. I think we can achieve that with a couple of new signings and I’m confident that the club will get that right.”

– Ravi Bopara, Essex

Injured dog left outside police station

The injured dog, Bella Credit: Essex Police

Police are appealing for information after a shar pei dog suffering serious injuries was left outside Braintree Police Station in Essex

She was brought to the station at about 12pm on Sunday, September 20 by a man who told members of the public waiting at the front counter that he had found her running around outside.

CCTV of a man police want to speak too about the dog Credit: Essex Police

Unfortunately he left before speaking to officers.

She was in a horrific state. She was emaciated, had swollen and weeping eyes, a swollen nose and was struggling to walk.

I found a specialist rescue centre based in Southampton that has taken her in and had her checked over by a vet.
It was discovered she has scars across her stomach from surgery that has not been carried out by a vet, suggesting she has been used for breeding.

She has also suffered some serious internal injuries and will need surgery on all her legs and her eye, as well as treatment for a bladder infection and other illnesses.

– PC Red Leeson
Bella the abandoned Shar Pei Credit: Essex Police

The rescue centre, Shar Pei Rescue Great Britain (Trust), has named her Bella and is fundraising for her treatment.

She has not been microchipped and her owner has yet to come forward.


Lord Sugar backs Stansted expansion

Lord Alan Sugar

Stansted Airport should be expanded instead of Heathrow, Lord Alan Sugar has suggested.

The non-affiliated peer, who quit Labour earlier this year, used a Lords question session to press the case for the airport which is north east of the capital.

The Government is due to announce where a new runway will be built before the end of the year after the Davies Commission recommended expansion of Heathrow.

Ipswich Town winger Fraser ruled out with knee injury

Ryan Fraser has been ruled out for at least two months. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ipswich Town have been dealt a blow with the news that their winger Ryan Fraser will be missing for at least the next couple of months with a knee injury.

The 21-year-old has made a big impact since joining on loan from Bournemouth in the summer but has now been ruled out after damaging his medial ligament while on international duty with Scotland under 21s.

“Ryan was training on the Friday when he suffered a non-contact injury.

He had a scan in Aberdeen and that showed a medial ligament problem. We took him to see a specialist in London yesterday and he has confirmed the injury.

You can never be sure about timings with an injury like Ryan’s but I would expect him to be out for at least two months.”

– Matt Byard, Ipswich Town physio
Load more updates Back to top