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Firefighters deal with 'major gas leak' in Rothwell

Emergency Services in Northamptonshire say they're dealing with a 'major gas leak' at a medical centre in Rothwell near Kettering.

The A6 has been closed and people are being urged to avoid the area.

Northamptonshire boxer Cameron out of Olympic contention

Chantelle Cameron won't be at this summer's Olympics. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire boxer Chantelle Cameron's hopes of making this summer's Olympics are over.

The 25-year-old was eliminated at the Women's World Championships in Kazakhstan.

She'd needed a semi-final finish to qualify for Rio, but lost on a split decision to Finland's Mira Potkonen in the Astana preliminaries.


Hot air balloon crash caused blackout, company confirms

The balloon that crashed in Northamptonshire today. Credit: Eddie White

A power company has confirmed there was a temporary power-cut in the Northamptonshire village where a hot air balloon crashed today.

It happened just after 7.30 this morning at Earls Barton - in a field next to the B573.

Eyewitnesses at a nearby car-boot sale reported seeing flames on the balloon before it dropped from the sky, with some claiming it had hit electricity pylons.

Western Power Distribution say the power was temporarily cut from more than 2,000 homes.

We had one of our 33,000 volt circuits trip - it was a momentary interruption to 2,360 customers and they were restored automatically within a minute.

We had a report of a hot air balloon crash and since then we have switched the circuit out. Engineers attended and the circuit was completely isolated.

They inspected the line and completed minor repairs.

The line did not come down.

– Western Power Distribution spokesman

Hot air balloon crashes in Northamptonshire field

The hot air balloon crashed in Earls Barton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A hot air balloon has crashed in Northamptonshire.

It came down in a field in the village of Earls Barton near Northampton earlier this morning.

A woman on board suffered serious burns and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.


Film star among photos of American servicemen in our region on new website

James Stewart

A new website featuring a unique collection of over 30,000 documents, including photographs and letters created and collected by the veterans of the Second Air Division has gone online.

It portrays the huge commitment made by the American Air Force in our region. Film star James Stewart was among the American servicemen.

Here's a link to the website


We have been talking to Libby Morgan, a librarian at the Second Air Division Memorial Library in Norwich:

High Court judge wants public's help to find teenager


A senior judge is set to open the doors to a private family court in order enlist the public's help finding a missing teenager from Northamptonshire, social services bosses say.

Mr Justice Keehan, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court, is scheduled to make a public appeal in the hope of tracing 14-year-old Moses John - and his mother Pauline Watson, 46 - in Court 41 at the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday.

Social services staff at Northamptonshire County Council - which has responsibility for Moses' welfare - say the judge has agreed to take "the exceptional step" because of the level of concern for the teenager's well-being.

They say Moses and his mother have vanished from their home in Northamptonshire and are thought to be in London.

They say that Moses and his mother need to be found as a "matter of urgency".

They say police attempts to trace the pair have failed.. And they say Mr Justice Keehan wants journalists to attend court on Monday to publicise his appeal.

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