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Northampton's new £20million train station to open in mid-January

Northampton's new train station will open on January 12. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been confirmed that Northampton's new £20million train station will finally open on Monday January 12.

London Midland had suggested that the station would open at some point next month, but a definitive date has now been agreed.

There had been criticism from many that the station had taken too long to open, with the town's council leader and local MP demanding answers from Network Rail about the delay earlier this month.

"The new station is a fantastic addition to the town.

Its modern design and new facilities provide a fitting gateway to Northampton and is the latest example of investment in the rail network to meet the demands of an increasing number of passengers.

We have all been frustrated by the delay to the opening but I hope everyone will agree the new station was worth the wait when it comes into use on 12 January.”

– Terry Strickland, Network Rail

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Letter written in trenches about Christmas Day 'Truce' could fetch £20,000 at auction

The letter about the 'Truce' football match written in the trenches Credit: Northampton Museum
The letter was written by William Henry Loasby Credit: ITV News Anglia

A letter written by a Northamptonshire soldier from the trenches of the First World War could fetch £20,000 at auction.

The note by Lance Corporal Willie Loasby describes how he organised the famous Christmas Day Truce by shouting to German soldiers in nearby trenches.

The letter is being sold by a collector from Northampton.

Kettering war memorial Credit: ITV News Anglia
Peter Robinson, Northampton Museum Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's a first hand account written to his mother and it gives details of how they contacted the Germans, how they met, how they were quite antagonistic towards each other, but became quite friendly really."

– Peter Robinson, Northampton Museum

Bars at centre of Northampton street fight to remain closed

Two bars in Northampton will remain closed until a review of their licences in January. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two bars in Northampton will remain closed for the foreseeable future after a fight on Friday 12 December which left eight people in hospital.

The licensing committee for Northampton Borough council has met to decide the fate of NU bar and Faces, both on Bridge street. They both had their licences suspended.

The council says it will keep the suspension in force until a review of the licences again in January.

Decision to be made on future of two Northampton bars after street brawl

Police patrol Northampton after the brawl in Bridge Street Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two bars in Northampton which had their licences suspended after a street brawl almost a week ago, will learn today if they can re-open.

More than 50 people were involved in the riot which broke out in the early hours of Friday 12th December outside the Nu Bar and Face Bar in Bridge Street in Northampton.

Northampton Borough Council's licensing committee will decide if any further action will be taken.

8 people were injured during the brawl, with 6 people suffering stab wounds, with one person remaining in hospital in a stable condition.

Bridge Street in Northampton cordoned off on Friday 12th December Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 19 year old man has been arrested by Police on suspicion of GBH in connection with the incident in Bridge Street.

M1 re-opens after accident closes northbound for 7 hours

M1 northbound in Northamptonshire after accident Credit: ITV News Anglia
Recovery work on the M1 after collision between a car and a lorry Credit: ITV News Anglia

The M1 in Northamptonshire has now fully re-opened after a collision at 4.30am closed the road for around 7 hours.

A man died in the accident between Junction 16 and 18.

There were long delays all morning and traffic was trapped on the carriageway way after the collision.

Delays stretched back to junction 15.

M1 northbound was shut for 7 hours this morning Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Police 'concerned' for missing 15-year-old girl

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for a missing 15-year-old girl from Northampton.

Maria Nicole Ramos Gouveia Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Maria Nicole Ramos Gouveia was last seen in Northampton town centre on Saturday 6 December, where she was due to meet friends.

She made a call during the afternoon to say she was staying with friends for dinner and has not been heard from since.

Police describe Nicole as white, 5ft 5in tall, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police are urging Nicole, or anyone who thinks they may have seen her or has any information as to her whereabouts, to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Licences suspended after street brawl

Two Northampton bars have had their licences suspended after six people were stabbed in a street brawl.

In total, eight people needed hospital treatment after the fight on Bridge Street early yesterday morning. The police say more than fifty people may have been involved.

Northampton Borough Council has temporarily suspended the licences of Nu Bar and Faces Bar, where it is believed some of the fighting broke out.

The council says it will review the suspension after seven days.

“We want people to be reassured that Northampton is a safe and welcoming town. Last night's incident is something that we do not expect to see in our town, and we will make sure that as the licensing authority, we take the appropriate actions to ensure people coming to Northampton are safe as they enjoy their night out.”

– Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council

Opening date set for new £20million Northampton train station

An opening date has finally been agreed for Northampton's new £20million train station. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An opening date has finally been agreed for Northampton's new £20million train station.

The train operator London Midland announced the news today and say the station will be open no later than January 12.

It follows a meeting yesterday when the town's council leader and local MP demanded answers from Network Rail about why it's taken so long to open.

“Everyone has been extremely patient, and we’ll all be glad to finally see the new station in use.

It is a key gateway to our town, and the kind of facility that rail passengers to and from Northampton have deserved for many years.

It will also be good to get on with demolition of the old station buildings so our plans for the new multi-storey car park can be put into operation.”

– Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council

Police believe as many as 60 people could have been involved in Northampton street brawl

Police say that they believe as many as 60 people could have been involved in the brawl. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police say that they believe as many as 60 people could have been involved in a brawl in a Northampton street earlier this morning

Officers understand that there was initially a fight at the NU Bar in Northampton, before things also got heated in the Faces nightclub later.

At this point, the brawl spilled onto Bridge Street.

Police also say that a lot of people had congregated on the town for a pre-arranged event, with many coming up from London.

Six people were stabbed, while two others were injured.

Three people were taken to a specialist trauma unit in Coventry and the other five were taken to Northampton General.

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