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Three Saints players called up for England's Rugby World Cup squad

England's Rugby squad for the World Cup has been announced.

The squad includes 31 players from 8 Premiership clubs. They open their campaign against Fiji at Twickenham on September 18th.

Kieran Brookes Credit: PA Wire

There are three Northampton Saints players in the squad. Kieran Brookes, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood.

However there's disappointment for Luther Burrell who misses out on a call up.

Ben Youngs Credit: PA Wire

Norfolk born brothers Tom and Ben Youngs are both included

“It’s really positive that we have such depth and options to choose from. Selection wasn’t easy and it is tough to leave anyone out but it’s important to stress that the players not in this group are still part of our wider squad and could come in at any point."

– England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster

Damage to home caused by "mini tornado"

There was damage to at least one home at Winfarthing near Diss today.

One family came home to find what they believe may have been a mini tornado had struck their home.

One house at Winfarthing near Diss Credit: Paula McQue
More damage at Winfarthing Credit: Paula McQue
A tree also hit power cables Credit: Paula McQue

As well as high winds in places there was also some torrential downpours.

Drains were overflowing, cars were struggling and passers by were getting absolutely drenched.

Damage to the garden Credit: Paula McQue

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Man arrested after discovery of cannabis factory

Cannabis factory. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A 50-year-old man from Northampton has been arrested on suspicion of cultivating Class B drugs.

Officers discovered a cannabis factory containing around 50 plants between the disused railway track and the A43 near to the Shires Estate in Towcester.

Cannabis factory. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Teenage girl reported missing in Northampton

Courtney Roberts is missing. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A 16-year-old girl from Northampton has been reported missing.

Courtney Roberts was last seen in in Kingsley Road, Northampton, at around 11am on Friday 21 August.

She is described as white, about 5ft 5ins tall, red shoulder length hair, blue eyes and with a Liverpool accent.

She was last seen wearing a Northampton Academy jumper and blazer, black trousers and black shoes.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Ipswich to play Manchester United at Old Trafford

Ipswich Town are through to the third round of the Capital One Cup - they beat Doncaster 4-1 this evening. Their reward is a match against Manchester United at Old Trafford

Norwich City beat Rotherham 2-1, They now have a home tie against West Brom or Port Vale

Luton Town took Premier League side Stoke City to extra time and penalties but were knocked out 8-7

MK Dons secured victory in extra time - beating Cardiff 2-1, they will now entertain Southampton in the third round

Northampton were beaten 4-1 by Newcastle at St James' Park

Peterborough also left the competition at the hands of Charlton - also 4-1

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Last minute liver donation saves baby with 48 hours to live

A baby girl from Corby in Northamptonshire - who was given just 48 hours to live - is healthy again thanks to a last-minute organ donation.

When Sophie Treanor was six months old she had acute liver failure and a frantic search for a donor began. Surgeons were able to carry out the operation using a small part of an adult's liver.

Now her parents are urging other families to follow their lead and sign up as donors.

Click below to watch the full report from Andy Bevan

Investigation after video appears to show Northants police officer punching autistic boy

The shocking video that's emerged online allegedly showing a police officer punching a teenage boy with autism from Northampton.

The footage apparently shows an officer hitting 17 year-old Tristan Perry while another shouts repeatedly at him to put his hands behind his back. The teenager was not arrested, or charged with any offence.

Northamptonshire Police say they're taking the allegations "extremely seriously" and have referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Click below to watch the full report from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson.

Half a million pound donation to help homeless people get a new start in life

Some of the most vulnerable people in society are set to benefit from a donation of nearly half a million pounds. The money will be used to help homeless people learn new skills and find work to make a new start in life.

The Lottery funding guarantees support workers for the next five years at The Hope Centre in Northampton. But in some ways, the grant is just a drop in the ocean.

Click below to watch the full report from Wesley Smith.

Two women charged in connection with fatal dog attack on Daventry baby

Tributes Credit: ITV Anglia

Detectives have charged two people in connection with the death of a six-month-old baby who was fatally attacked by an illegal dog in Daventry.

Molly Mae Wotherspoon died following the attack by an American pit bull at an address in Morning Star Road on October 3 last year.

The victim’s mother, Claire Riley, aged 23, has been charged with an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act of being the owner or person in charge of a dog, dangerously out of control, that caused injury to Molly Mae resulting in her death.

She has been bailed to an address in Far Cotton, Northampton, and will appear before Northampton Magistrates’ Court on September 21.

Molly Mae’s grandmother, 54-year-old Susan Aucott, has been charged with the same offence and bailed to an address in Kettering.

She will also appear before Northampton Magistrates’ Court on the same day.

“This has been a very lengthy and challenging investigation and I would like to thank everyone who has worked on it to ensure that it did finally come to court.

“These incidents are extremely rare and it is the first time in Northamptonshire that someone has been charged with this offence.

“It took some careful consideration from experts within CPS to come up with the final decision which, ultimately, sends out a clear message to the owners of these dogs.

“This incident has had tragic consequences for the family that has not ended with the death of the child. The events of that night were also extremely distressing for the police officers and EMAS paramedics who attended the scene and who showed great professionalism in trying to save Molly Mae’s life.”

– Supt Andy Cox, head of the county’s operational command unit
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