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Two confirmed dead in M1 crash

Two people were killed on the M1 after their car crash with a transporter vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.

A man and woman have been killed in a road crash on the M1 in Northamptonshire.

The pair were the driver and passenger of a car which collided with a transporter vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.

The transporter had smashed through the central reservation between junctions 14 and 15 near Northampton on Monday afternoon.

Several other people were injured and vehicles damaged as a result of the collision.

The M1 re-opened at around 4.50am on Tuesday morning after the carriageway was cleared and repairs made to the central reservation.

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Homeless shelter helps dozens find new homes and jobs

Homelessness is on the decline in Northampton thanks to a new shelter.

A new homeless shelter in Northampton has helped dozens of rough sleepers find stable accommodation and new jobs

Since it opened in February, around a hundred men in the town have spent time at the shelter. Run predominantly by volunteers, the centre offers support when it comes to employment, mental health or addiction.

Northampton Borough council says the success of the shelter means their overall homelessness figures are actually now bucking the national trend and declining.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sascha Williams

Cat mutilated and left on doorstep in second attack

Rusty the cat was dismembered and left on the owner's doorstep.

A pet cat has been mutilated and then left on the doorstep of its owners in Northampton. The family have issued a picture of Rusty in the hope of finding witnesses to come forward.

Police have been called in after the cat's head, legs and ears had been cut off and then placed in a bag before being left on the doorstep where it was discovered by the owner's 14-year-old daughter.

The pet was taken some time between 9.30pm on Sunday and 10am on Monday 28 August and then returned to the owner's home in Betjeman Court in the Kingsley Park area of Northampton.

Police say the incident comes only a few days after their other cat was found in the Kingsley area killed after being deliberately set on fire.

“We would like anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to get in contact.

Rusty was a beloved pet and the family are understandably devastated. I would like to stress that we are in the early stages of investigating and are considering a number of lines of enquiry at this stage.”

– PC Andrew Glover, Northamptonshire Police
A pet cat has been mutilated and then left on the doorstep of its owners in Northampton.

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Appeal to help the homeless at Northampton shelter

Appeal to help the homeless

Northampton Borough Council is looking for more volunteers to help with its emergency homeless shelter.

Since it opened six months ago almost 100 rough sleepers have spent at least one night there.

The council says 44 rough sleepers are now living in stable accommodation.

"What's clear is that the night shelter is working as we always hoped it would. When people come to stay they get much more than a bed for the night because we insist that people engage with the range of services available here in Northampton."

– Councillor Stephen Hibbert, cabinet member for housing and wellbeing at Northampton Borough Council

The night shelter is run predominantly by local volunteers and the Borough Council is keen to recruit more people for the overnight shifts.

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
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