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Samurai swords stolen from Northamptonshire home

Two samurai swords similar to those taken. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Thieves have stolen a haul of property, including cash, jewellery and two unique Japanese samurai swords from a house in Northamptonshire.

The robbery took place on Wednesday, 23 November between 4.30pm and 7pm when the thieves forced their way into the house in Edison Drive in Upton.

It is believed one of the offenders wore a face covering, scarf and hooded top.

Police would like to hear from anybody who has been offered items like these for sale or has any information about this incident.

Fog warning to drivers in the East

Drivers urged to take extra care in fog Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads this morning with areas of fog expected across the region.

Highways England is advising drivers to check their headlights and fog lights before setting out on journeys to make sure they are working properly, and adjust their speed to suit the conditions on the road.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for fog until 9am, meaning drivers should plan ahead and think about possible travel delays.

Drivers should switch their headlights on when visibility is reduced – generally when you can’t see for more than 100 metres – and use fog lights if you’re struggling to see other vehicles. You shouldn’t use your lights on full beam as the fog can reflect the light back and reduce visibility.

We’d also encourage drivers to check their lights before setting out and make sure they know how to operate their front and rear fog lights.

– Stuart Lovatt, Highways England’s Head of Road User Safety

Drivers are also being advised to:

  • Keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front and beware of other drivers who may not be using headlights and so will be harder to see.
  • Use your windscreen wipers and demisters, including air conditioning.
  • Be able to stop well within the distance you can see clearly. This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster.
  • Check your mirrors before you slow down. Then use your brakes so that your brake lights warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down.


Meeting to discuss controversial football club loan

A meeting will be held to discuss the loan given to Northampton Town Credit: ITV Anglia

A meeting will be held at Northampton Borough Council later to discuss an auditor's report into the loan to Northampton Town football club.

They loaned the club over ten million pounds for a stadium development in 2013 but the work was never completed. The council has previously apologised for the mistakes it made. A police investigation is ongoing.

Rail fares rise: How services in the East will be affected

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Rail users were handed a blow today with the announcement that fares will increase again.

From 2 January 2017, passengers will pay an average of 2.3% more - the highest average increase since January 2014.

The Rail Delivery Group say the money will be used to improve services, but public transport campaigners warn some people will be "priced off the railways".

Here's how much rail services in the East of England will increase by:

  • Greater Anglia: 1.8%
  • c2c Rail: 1.8%
  • CrossCountry: Unknown
  • East Midlands Trains: 1.5%
  • London Midland: 1.9%
  • Southeastern: 1.8%
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