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Northamptonshire suffer first defeat of the new season

Ben Duckett, seen here in action last season, struggled against Worcestershire. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire suffered their first defeat of the new County Championship season inside two days at Worcestershire.

Northants came into the game on the back of victories in their first two fixtures of the Division Two campaign, but they struggled with the bat at New Road.

The match was dominated by the ball, with both sides failing to register a score of more than 200 in each innings.

In the end, the visitors fell an agonising 20 runs short of their 185-run target thanks to a fantastic spell from Worcestershire bowler Joe Leach who took 5-62.

Max Holden top-scored for Northants with 37, but Ben Duckett was dismissed for just five.

David Ripley's side will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Thursday when they host Warwickshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup.


New Sikh temple design released

The design for the new temple

Designs for a new two million pound Sikh temple in Northampton have been released. It's hoped work on the temple and community centre in St James Mill Road will start in June. The first phase of external construction work could be finished by February.

Debenham's to close a distribution centre in Northampton

Debenhams Distribution centre in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

High street department store Debenhams has announced plans to close a distribution centre in Northampton employing 220 people.

The site at Lodge Farm is run by courier company DHL. It will close in two years time and it's hoped, by then, that the company will have redeployed many of the workers.

The closure is part of a major review by Debenhams' chief executive which could also see up to 10 stores shut across the country.

Debenhams distribution centre, Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia


Eight-year-old boy injured by motorbike in hit and run

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An appeal has been launched after an eight-year-old boy was injured in a hit and run with a motorbike in Northampton.

The driver - who was not wearing a helmet - was seen circling the Goldings area of the town on Wednesday afternoon (April 19).

The victim was hit in an alleyway between Entwood Drive and Dell Crescent. The motorbike rider did not stop.

The boy was taken to hospital where he continues to be treated.

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TRAVEL- Train disruption after fire damages signals

Passengers heading in from Northampton and Milton Keynes are being warned it could continue until lunchtime. Credit: @NetworkRailEUS/PA

On the trains there is continuing disruption to services into and out of London Euston this morning.

Passengers heading in from Northampton and Milton Keynes are being warned it could continue until lunchtime.

A fire yesterday near South Hampstead next to the track damaged signalling and triggered a power cut.

Public in Northamptonshire at risk from offenders on probation

The probation service in Northamptonshire needs to improve

A report has found improvements are needed to protect the public in Northamptonshire from offenders who are on probation.

Inspectors said too many staff at the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) did not have the skills to deal with criminals who could be a risk.

The Chief Inspector of Probation, Dame Glenys Stacey, said: "We found that the CRC’s work was simply not good enough.

"Too little is being done to reduce the risk of someone committing a further offence, or to minimise risk to the public.

"Local leaders are committed, but stretched, and don’t have a good enough grasp on the quality of work actually being delivered to turn people away from crime."

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