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Saints march into Europe after thriller at the Gardens

Ahsee Tuala scored the winning try for Saints Credit: PA Images

There was a dramatic evening of rugby at Franklin's Gardens in Northampton.

A place in next season's Champions Cup was at stake for the winner of tonight's game between Northampton Saints and Stade Francais.

A minute's silence was held just before kick off in memory of the victims of Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

There was a disastrous start for the home side, who fell behind after just four minutes, Waisea Nayacalevu scoring a try for the French.

They found themselves 10-0 behind after seven minutes. In a frantic opening 20 minutes Mallinder finally got the home side on the board with a penalty, but Stade, with Will Genia pulling the strings, ran in two more tries before half time. Saints trailing 22-9 at the break.

The fight back started straight after the break when Harry Mallinder broke clear. He was tripped by Remi Bonfis earning the Frenchman 10 minutes in the sin-bin.

Saints took advantage, Ben Foden scoring to reduce the arrears to six points. But the game tilted in favour of the visitors again when Northampton found themselves reduced to 13. First when replacement centre Hutchinson was sin-binned on 62 minutes for taking Genia out in the air.Then it got even worse a minute later when captain Wood was sent off for an apparent stamp on Camara's head in a ruck.

But with 13 men Saints still piled forward and a wonderful 20-metre pass from Mallinder saw Tuala twist and twirl through three men to touch down.


Anglia Weather: UV Levels will be high on Friday

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Anglia Weather: UV Levels will be high tomorrow and will reach 7. The highest the UK normally experiences is 8.

The UV index forecast identifies the strength of the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun at a particular place on a particular day, allowing you to take the necessary precautions to help reduce the impact of UV on your health.


Armed police board the region's trains amid terror fears

Armed officers will become a more familiar sight on the region's trains. Credit: British Transport Police.

Armed police are to patrol the region's trains for the first time, following the increase in the UK's terror threat level.

British Transport Police said officers would be deployed from this afternoon (Thursday) to ensure the public was kept safe on the rail network.

A spokesman said travellers should feel comforted by their presence and urged passengers to speak to them if they had any worries.

The move follows the government's decision to increase the terror threat level to critical following Monday's suicide bombing at a music concert in Manchester.

"Since the devastating events in Manchester on Monday evening, our force has radically increased the presence of our officers nationwide.

“By having firearms officers on board trains we’re ensuring that trains remain as safe as possible for passengers. Our patrols will be highly visible and passengers should feel comforted by their presence. Please do speak to them if you have any concerns at all.

“It is important to note that we do not have any specific intelligence in relation to train services but are taking this action to ensure we can protect and reassure the public.”

– Paul Crowther, Chief Constable, British Transport Police.

Motorcyclist dies a week after Northampton crash

A motorcyclist has died a week after a crash in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 22-year-old motorcyclist has died a week after being involved in a crash in Northampton.

Stuart Hutchings, of Southfields, suffered serious head injuries when his motorcross bike collided with a Ford Fiesta at Eastern Avenue North, Kingsthorpe, on Thursday May 18.

He was taken to University Hospital in Coventry but died yesterday (Wednesday).

The two occupants of the Fiesta were uninjured.

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