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Bus station tower to be demolished this weekend

Northampton's Greyfriars Bus Station

The tower at Northampton's notorious bus station will be removed this weekend. Roads around the Greyfriars site will be closed after this evening's rush hour while a crane is brought in to complete the work. The demolition of the 1970s building will be completed in March when it will be flattened using explosives.

Fears over GP recruitment

Dr Paul Driscoll, Haven Health Credit: ITV Anglia

There are growing concerns over a worrying drop in the number of doctors going into general practice in the East. Not enough new GPs are being recruited and many already doing the job want to leave because of the mounting pressure.

In the first of two special reports, Tanya Mercer's been looking into what's causing the crisis...

In the second of her reports, Tanya Mercer's been finding out why it is more young doctors are choosing not to become GPs and what's being done in the East to try to improve the situation...

Saints sign Gibson from rivals Leicester

Jamie Gibson Credit: PA

Northampton Saints have announced that flanker Jamie Gibson will be joining the club from Leicester ahead of the 2015/16 season. The 24-year-old, who has played for England, has marked himself out as one of the Aviva Premiership’s players to watch in the last few years.

Saints' Director of Rugby, Jim Mallinder, said Gibson would bring additional quality to the squad at Franklin’s Gardens.

Jamie has shown repeatedly at London Irish, Leicester and in England representative teams that he is a player with a big future, and we’re delighted that he has put pen to paper to join the Saints. Even though he has played a lot of games he is still relatively early in his career, and we believe that he has the potential to improve even further.

– Jim Mallinder

Unemployment figures released for the East

The unemployment rate in the East of England has remained steady at 4.9%.

The number of those without work rose by 1,000 in the three months to November last year putting the total unemployed at 153,000.

In the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire, the jobless rate has fallen to 5.5% with 2,000 more people finding work in the three months to November last year putting the total unemployed at 129,000.


Northamptonshire: Dambusters 'bouncing bomb' sight sells for double its estimate at auction

The sight sold for £41,500. Credit: J P Humbert Auctioneers

A mahogany bomb sight that was fitted to one of the bombers that carried out the Dambusters raid on Nazi Germany, has fetched more than £40,000 at auction in Northamptonshire tonight.

It guided the 'bouncing bombs' during the war and is thought to be the only surviving example of its kind.

It was expected to sell for around £20,000.

The sight was sold alongside other war memorabilia in Towcester. £75,000 was raised in total.

The items all sold to private buyers.

"The overwhelming interest we have had in these items is testament to the bravery and heroism of the the men who risked their lives in Operation Chastice.

These historical items, much like the story of The Dambusters, have really captured the imagination and I am delighted that the auction has met with such resounding success."

– Jonathan Humbert, auctioneer

Areas at risk of seeing snow tonight and tomorrow

Areas that are most likely to see some snow later tonight and into Wednesday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

West Northamptonshire and the far west of Cambridgeshire

Rain is now moving east across the country and turning to snow as it mixes with the cold air over the UK.

A Met Office yellow warning for snow has been issued for parts of Wales, the Midlands and Northern England. Western parts of Northamptonshire and the far west of Cambridgeshire are also included in the warning area. In these places, there's a risk of settling snow with 2 to 5 centimetres locally and 10 centimetres over hills.

Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, inland Essex, west Norfolk, west Suffolk and the rest of Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire:

Patchy rain, sleet and snow will arrive later tonight, gradually petering out during Wednesday afternoon. Snow is likely above 150 metres but also occasionally at low-levels during any more prolonged rain or sleet.

The rest of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex

Mostly dry, although a few light sleet or snow flurries cannot be ruled out. Grey and cold.

Ben Foden out for the rest of the season

Northampton Saints full back Ben Foden is set to miss the remainder of the 2014/15 season.

Ben Foden being helped from the pitch after suffering the injury Credit: PA Wire

He suffered a knee injury in the club’s Champions Cup win at Ospreys.

Ben Foden left the field in the 12th minute and subsequent scans revealed a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left leg.

He will now undergo surgery with a view to rehabilitating for the start of next season.

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