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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.

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.

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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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Yorkshire Ripper victim's mother welcomes his possible move to 'regular' prison

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe could be moving to a regular prison Credit: ITV News

The Northamptonshire mother of Barbara Leach, one of the victims of the Yorkshire Ripper, has welcomed news that her daughter's killer could be moved to a prison.

Psychiatrists have decided that Peter Sutcliffe is no longer mentally ill and should be moved out of the high security Broadmoor Hospital where he has been held for over 30 years.

Sixty nine year old Sutcliffe was given 20 life terms for murdering 13 women and attacking others.

He killed student Barbara Leach, whose mother lives in Kettering, in 1979.

Student Barbara Leech who was murdered by Peter Sutcliffe Credit: ITV News

Schoolgirl hurt in religiously aggravated attack in Kettering

Police believe the attack on a 13-year-old girl was racially aggravated. Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses following what they believe to be a religiously aggravated attack on a 13-year-old girl in Kettering.

The girl, who was wearing a hijab, was pushed over by a stranger while she was walking down Whiteford Drive. She was left shaken and suffered minor injuries.

It happened just before 5pm on 11 November.

The man who assaulted her was white, fat, about 5ft 6in and aged between 40 and 48.

He had white hair with a bald patch on the top of his head and was wearing dark clothes.

Appeal for witnesses after driver assaulted in Kettering

Police are appealing for witnesses after a driver was assaulted in Kettering.

The victim was driving down Maple Road and stopped at the junction with Laburnum Road, when a dark-coloured van, believed to be a Mercedes, with a foreign registration plate, was travelling in the other direction.

The van stopped and a man got out of the passenger side, went up to the victim's car and punched him in the face.

The man then got back into the van, and drove away towards Stamford Road.

It happened just before 3pm on Saturday, 7 November.

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