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Northampton train station opens its doors

The new £20 million railway station in Northampton opened this morning.

Northampton railway station Credit: ITV News Anglia

The station opened at 4am, ready for the first train service to depart Northampton at 04.15 for London Euston.

The transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, was on hand to unveil a plaque at the Booking Office.

The new building is 2,500 square metres, twice the size of the old station.

London Midland plan to add more features including a Starbucks, a Café Republic and a W H Smith store as well as an Enterprise car rental outlet.

Hospitals ask patients to avoid A and E

Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals are asking people to avoid Accident and Emergency departments where possible. Hospitals across the region, and nationwide have struggled to cope with demand in recent weeks.

Kettering and Northampton are rearranging some routine operations and appointments in order to care for the most critically ill patients, after what they say has been their busiest winter on record. They have apologised for any inconvenience caused, and say that all patients who are affected by the postponements will be contacted.

"We have opened additional beds across the hospital to allow us to meet the care needs of patients.

"Over the last two weeks we have had a 15% increase in admissions to hospital beds. Compared to the same period last year - when we were also very busy - that means we are receiving, on average, an additional 16 patients needing hospital beds each day."

– Alan Gurney - Chief Operating Officer, Kettering General Hospital

At Northampton Hospital 2,772 patients have gone to A&E during the last 10 days, with 751 of those needing emergency treatment. The hospital has also opened extra beds to help cope with demand.

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Police appeal after Northampton assault

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Northampton on Saturday 27th December which left a 57-year old man with injuries to his face.

The man left a pub in Clare Street between 11.30pm and midnight and was walking along Artizan Road when he was approached by 2 or 3 men who then assaulted him.

The men were tall, white and in their late 20s.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the assault to contact them through the 101 number.

Boy knocked unconscious by girl's father in fast food restaurant

A boy was knocked unconscious when he was attacked by a girl's father in a Northampton fast food restaurant.

The 14-year-old was in the Sixfields branch of McDonalds between 5pm and 6pm on Sunday, December 28, when he accidentally bumped into a young girl and knocked her over.

In retaliation, the girl's father punched the boy, knocking him unconscious and leaving him with a swollen nose, bruised eye, blurred vision and a bump on the back of the head.

The man was white, in his mid to late 20s and between 6ft 1in and 6ft 2in. He had slightly tanned skin, short black hair and stubble. He was wearing jeans, trainers and either a grey or a blue hoodie.

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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