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Police searching for missing teen find gun in woods

Police searching woodland for the body of a teenager who went missing nearly 16 years ago, have found a gun. Sarah Benford, from Kettering, disappeared in April 2000, but her body has never been found.

Click below to watch a full report from ITV News Anglia's Northamptonshire reporter, Sarah Cooper

Police hunting for missing teen find gun

Police officers searching of woodland in connection with the disappearance of teenager Sarah Benford have found a hand gun.

Searches of woodland near Warkton in Northamptonshire have been taking place today as part of a fresh appeal to find the 14-year-old who went missing in April 2000.

A review of the case which has seen 20 witnesses interviewed in recent months, led officers to search the woodland in the hope of finding some link to Sarah.

As part of that work officers uncovered the hand gun, which appears to have been in place for some time.

“At this stage there is no evidence to suggest the hand gun has any connection to Sarah and her disappearance, but it does reinforce how important it is to search this piece of land.

“We want to hear from anyone who may have any information about Sarah’s disappearance, or who may have information about how this piece of woodland was used by people wanting to hide items, including stolen goods.

– Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin

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New information leads police back to woods in search for missing teen

Appeal posters have been put up across Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Northamptonshire are resuming their search for a teenager who went missing 16 years ago.

Officers say they have reviewed this case again and again over the years, but never found Sarah Benford's body.

This time, new witnesses have come forward with new information and that's brought them back to woods in Warkton near Kettering.

It would have been Sarah's 30th birthday on Saturday and police are re-appealing for information to help them find her body and give her family closure.

Serious crash closes A43 in both directions between Northampton and Kettering

The A43 is closed between Northampton and Kettering. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A crash involving two lorries and other vehicles has closed the A43 in Northamptonshire in both directions.

It is affecting the stretch of road between the Round Spinney roundabout at Northampton and the junction with the A14 at Kettering.

The air ambulance is close to the scene of the crash naer Sywell.

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Police treating Kettering pub fire as arson

Police investigating a fire at a pub in Northamptonshire this morning, say they think it was started deliberately. Crews arrived at The Wayfarers in Kettering at 6:30am. 16 fire fighters tackled the flames on the ground floor of the building.

Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the early hours of this morning? Credit: ITV News Anglia

Nobody was inside the pub at the time and nobody was hurt.

Northamptonshire Police are treating the fire as arson and want to hear from anyone who saw anybody acting suspiciously in the area, in the early hours of this morning.

Victim attacked with glass bottle at Northamptonshire nightclub

Police are trying to trace an offender who attacked a man at a nightclub in Northamptonshire with a glass bottle, leaving him with extensive facial injuries.

The victim was with friends at The Loft nightclub in Kettering at about 2.50am on Sunday, 14 February.

There was a confrontation between this group and another group of men, during which one of the men attacked the victim.

The offender is described as white and aged between 18 and 22.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northamptonshire police.

Hospitals face extreme pressure as weather gets colder

Hospitals say the cold weather is putting them under pressure Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hospitals in Northamptonshire say the cold weather is putting them under extreme pressure.

Both Kettering and Northampton General say they're seeing large numbers of people who are acutely ill and need high priority care.

In addition, patients are also coming to casualty with minor injuries that they say could have been treated more appropriately by other NHS services such as 111, pharmacies or GPs.

Poppies mark 40 years of shirt sponsorship

Did you know the first ever shirt sponsor for a UK football team was negotiated 40 years ago - by a team from this region?

Well, today at their game with Stratford Town, Kettering Town donned their historic "Kettering Tyres" sponsored shirts to mark the anniversary.

The four figure deal was agreed by the Poppies' then-chief executive in time for a match against Bath City.

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