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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.


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.


Boys aged 11 and 14 arrested after major Kettering fire

The fire happened in Dryland Street. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two boys aged 11 and 14 have been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire in Kettering earlier this week.

It's after a major blaze broke out at a block of flats in Dryland Street on Monday (26 October).

More than 40 firefighters tackled the fire and two people were taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

The pair have been released on bail.

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