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Breezy weather grounds balloons at Northampton Festival

The start of the Northampton Balloon Festival has been affected by windy weather that has grounded the hot-air balloons. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Windy weather conditions have stopped hot-air balloons taking to the air at the Northampton Balloon Festival.

The event at the Billing Aquadrome is the 28th held in the county.

Balloons are expected to fly between 6am and 6pm between Friday and Sunday but are heavily dependent on the right weather conditions.

The flight director John Tyrrell said: "We waiting for the weather to be confirmed to us from the Met Office."

Stalls and the funfair will operate as normal from 3pm on Friday. At 9pm on Saturday the event holds a "Balloon Glow" when tethered balloons are turned into giant lanterns pulsating to music.

Last year no balloons were able to fly on all three days for the first time in the event's history.

In 2016 the weather meant that balloons were unable to fly on all three days for the first time in the event's history. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Man temporarily blinded in knife attack by gang of six

The attack happened alongside Billing Brook in the Thorplands area of Northampton.

Police are hunting a gang of six who threatened a man with a knife and temporarily blinded him in an attempted robbery in Northampton.

The attack took place on a path running alongside Billing Brook, Thorplands at about 10.15pm on Friday 4 August.

A man in his 20s was walking along the path when he was approached by a group of six young men.

He was threatened with a knife before white powder was thrown over him causing temporary blindness.

The offenders then searched the victim before making off. Four of the offenders were white, two were black.


Man jailed for 10 years for Northampton pub attack

Courtney Flanagan. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A man who fatally attacked another man at a pub in Northampton has been jailed for 10 years.

22-year-old Courtney Flanagan punched Paul Smith at the Edge of Town pub in Regent Street last July.

He died in hospital two months later. Flanagan pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

This was a tragic and extremely complex case. Mr Smith had a serious pre-existing heart condition which he had been managing well for more than 10 years. On the night of the assault he was out enjoying a drink with his father.

Our detailed and lengthy investigation involved a hugely complex medical enquiry which ultimately established a clinical causal link between the assault and his death.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Smith’s family for their support and understanding during the investigation and I hope today’s sentencing helps to bring some comfort and closure for them.

– Detective Inspector Mark Hopkinson, Northamptonshire Police

Paralympic champion holds swimming masterclass

More than 120 children gathered at Northampton High School for a day of sport - including a swimming masterclass with Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Robinson.

The event was all about encouraging girls of primary school age to try, not just swimming, but many different activities.


Schoolboy robbed at knifepoint in Northampton

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact the police Credit: ITV News Anglia

A teenage boy had a knife held against his throat when he was robbed by in Northampton.

The offender approached the 14-year-old victim from behind close to the bird aviary in Abington Park, before holding him in a headlock grip and holding the knife to the victim's throat.

The robber demanded the victim's phone and money before searching his jacket and trousers. He then ran off towards the roundabout on Park Avenue South.

Local people say it's family friendly park and they're scared to hear about what happened, but, many say they won't let it stop them enjoying their time here.

The offender was 6ft 1in, skinny and aged in his 20s. He was wearing a full black tracksuit, black gloves which had a white Nike tick on the top of them and all black Nike Air Max trainers.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Police hunt robbers who stabbed man in park

Police are hunting two robbers who stabbed a man in the Dallington area of Northampton.

Police are hunting two men who attacked and attempted to rob a man in a park in Northampton.

He was attacked as he was walking home in the early hours of Monday morning along a path that runs inside the park on Dallington Park Road.

One attacker demanded his phone and wallet and as the victim tried to fight him off another man stabbed him in the neck with a small unknown pointed object. He was then stabbed again in the stomach and chest causing minor injuries.

One of the men is described as black, about 5ft 5in and was wearing dark clothing. He is believed to have had a tattoo of a face or an animal on his left hand.

Northamptonshire police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Police officer charged with sex offences and misconduct

A Northamptonshire police officer has been charged with sex offences and misconduct Credit: ITV News Anglia

A police officer from Northamptonshire has been charged with sexual assault, misconduct in a public office, perverting the course of justice and computer misuse.

PC Jason Farquhar has been charged with nine counts of misconduct in a public office, three counts of sexual assault on a female over 16 years and one count of perverting the course of justice.

Farquhar has also been charged with one offence under the Computer Misuse Act.

He has been suspended from duty while under investigation and will appear before Northampton Magistrates Court on Monday 10 July 2017.

“The Force’s integrity and legitimacy is central to our purpose in protecting people from harm and we take all allegations made against our officers and staff extremely seriously. “These matters are also subject to an internal misconduct investigation which is ongoing and it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment at this stage."

– Rachel Swann, Deputy Chief Constable, Northamptonshire

Alex Ward to face Kyle Edmund in all-British clash

Alex Ward (left) and Kyle Edmund (right) will go head-to-head next week. Credit: PA

Qualifier Alex Ward will play British number two Kyle Edmund in the first round of Wimbledon next week.

The world number 855 pulled off a bit upset by beating Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili in the final round of qualifying yesterday.

Ward will earn a guaranteed £35,000 just for making it to the tournament, and that figure could rise further if he manages to progress further.

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