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Govt commissioners sent in to take over finances at Northamptonshire County Council

The taskforce will take over financial management at the council. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has announced he is sending in commissioners to take over the governance and strategic financial management of Northamptonshire County Council.

It comes after an independent report found that the Conservative-run authority had lost control of its budgets and failed in its duty to provide best value for money.

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Reckless driving puts road workers' lives at risk

Thousands of road workers' lives are being put at risk, says Highways England.

Research by Highways England reveals a catalogue of serious incidents and near misses ranging from motorists driving into coned off areas where road workers are working to physical and verbal abuse.

On average there are nearly 300 incidents each week.

Highways England is calling on road users to be patient if they are delayed by roadworks and to respect road workers doing a difficult job.

Anglia Weather: A mainly fine day but feeling cooler

Credit: Joanne Joyce

Today: Dry with some mist or fog patches at first, but these soon clearing to give a bright morning with sunny spells. Turning a little cloudier in the west later. Light winds. Maximum temperature 21 deg C (70 deg F).

Tonight: Cloud continuing to thicken with mainly light rain moving into the west by midnight and all parts by dawn, by which time it will be rather patchy. Minimum temperature 7 deg C (45 deg F).

Tomorrow: After a cloudy start with patchy rain drier brighter conditions will move across the area from the west to leave a dry afternoon with sunny spells. Less warm than recently. Maximum temperature 17 deg C (63 deg F).

Outlook for Friday to Sunday: Dry at first Friday, turning breezy with rain later. Cloudy with some rain at first Saturday, sunshine and isolated showers later. Sunny periods and perhaps the odd shower on Sunday.

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Police officer injured after motorist deliberately drove at him in Kettering

A man deliberately drove at a police officer Credit: ITV News

Detectives are appealing for help after a man deliberately drove at a Northamptonshire Police officer causing him to break his wrist.

The suspect vehicle, a grey Peugeot 206, registration KS02 UEK, was spotted by the officer and a colleague while waiting at traffic lights in Silver Street, Kettering, shortly before 4.30pm on Sunday, May 6.

The vehicle, which had four people inside and was uninsured, turned into Barnes Close, a small cul-de-sac where the officers positioned their patrol car to stop them from getting away.

When the officers approached the car, the driver drove towards one of them causing him to fall to the floor. The abandoned car was later found in Stanley Boddington Court, Kettering.

The driver is described as being white, aged about 20, with a goatee beard. He also had a number of small, distinctive black tattoos on his right arm.

"We are urging the public to come forward with any information they may have as to the identity of the driver. This was an extremely reckless act in which the offender deliberately tried to cause harm to police officers who were going about their lawful duty.

– DI Tania Ash,
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