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Wellingborough marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Memorial Candle, Swanspool Gardens, Wellingborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

A candle has been lit in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

70 candles in 70 locations across the UK, mark each year since the nazi-death camp was shut down.

The Memorial Candle, Swanspool Gardens, Wellingborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than one million people died there in the 5-years it operated between 1940 and 1945.

Cynthia Bailey, is a member of the Holocaust Memorial Committee in Wellingborough. Click below to watch a short clip with her.

Ian Nunney is from Wellingborough Museum, which has a special exhibition about the Holocaust. Click below to watch a short clip from him.

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Northamptonshire secure signing of exciting all-rounder Afridi

Shahid Afridi has agreed to join Northamptonshire. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire have signed Pakistan big-hitter Shahid Afridi for the start of this season's T20 blast competition.

The all-rounder is one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket, and holds the record for the most sixes in the history of one-day internationals with 342.

The 34-year-old is also a more than capable leg spinner and has taken 81 wickets for his country in T20 internationals.

Afridi is one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket. Credit: PA

Afridi will be available for six of Northants' fixtures, starting with the trip to Durham on May 15.

“This is a very exciting signing for us. Shahid is without doubt the most outstanding spin bowling all-rounder in one day international cricket of the last 5 years.

He is a fierce competitor and undoubted match winner with bat and ball”.

– David Ripley, Northants head coach

Bus station tower to be demolished this weekend

Northampton's Greyfriars Bus Station

The tower at Northampton's notorious bus station will be removed this weekend. Roads around the Greyfriars site will be closed after this evening's rush hour while a crane is brought in to complete the work. The demolition of the 1970s building will be completed in March when it will be flattened using explosives.

Fears over GP recruitment

Dr Paul Driscoll, Haven Health Credit: ITV Anglia

There are growing concerns over a worrying drop in the number of doctors going into general practice in the East. Not enough new GPs are being recruited and many already doing the job want to leave because of the mounting pressure.

In the first of two special reports, Tanya Mercer's been looking into what's causing the crisis...

In the second of her reports, Tanya Mercer's been finding out why it is more young doctors are choosing not to become GPs and what's being done in the East to try to improve the situation...

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Saints sign Gibson from rivals Leicester

Jamie Gibson Credit: PA

Northampton Saints have announced that flanker Jamie Gibson will be joining the club from Leicester ahead of the 2015/16 season. The 24-year-old, who has played for England, has marked himself out as one of the Aviva Premiership’s players to watch in the last few years.

Saints' Director of Rugby, Jim Mallinder, said Gibson would bring additional quality to the squad at Franklin’s Gardens.

Jamie has shown repeatedly at London Irish, Leicester and in England representative teams that he is a player with a big future, and we’re delighted that he has put pen to paper to join the Saints. Even though he has played a lot of games he is still relatively early in his career, and we believe that he has the potential to improve even further.

– Jim Mallinder

Unemployment figures released for the East

The unemployment rate in the East of England has remained steady at 4.9%.

The number of those without work rose by 1,000 in the three months to November last year putting the total unemployed at 153,000.

In the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire, the jobless rate has fallen to 5.5% with 2,000 more people finding work in the three months to November last year putting the total unemployed at 129,000.

Northamptonshire: Dambusters 'bouncing bomb' sight sells for double its estimate at auction

The sight sold for £41,500. Credit: J P Humbert Auctioneers

A mahogany bomb sight that was fitted to one of the bombers that carried out the Dambusters raid on Nazi Germany, has fetched more than £40,000 at auction in Northamptonshire tonight.

It guided the 'bouncing bombs' during the war and is thought to be the only surviving example of its kind.

It was expected to sell for around £20,000.

The sight was sold alongside other war memorabilia in Towcester. £75,000 was raised in total.

The items all sold to private buyers.

"The overwhelming interest we have had in these items is testament to the bravery and heroism of the the men who risked their lives in Operation Chastice.

These historical items, much like the story of The Dambusters, have really captured the imagination and I am delighted that the auction has met with such resounding success."

– Jonathan Humbert, auctioneer
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