Live updates

Olivia Paterson tweets from the Northampton balloon festival


Almost our turn now. In just a few minutes we'll be high over Northamptonshire @itvanglia


Pilots briefing underway. Conditions looking good. About 20 balloons expected to take off this morning @itvanglia


Police warning for Cobblers fans

Police are warning Northampton Town fans not to take flares or smoke grenades into football matches.

Smoke flare
Smoke flare Credit: PA Images

It follows an incident at Sixfields Stadium on Saturday when a smoke grenade was let off. Police say it is a criminal offence and could be a danger to other people in the crowd.

Last season there were five smoke bomb incidents at Sixfields.


Finances - not grades - will decide whether students go to university

Thousands of teenagers across our region have picked up their A-level exam results today.

Overall the pass rate dropped for the first time in more than 30 years.

Here in the east the number of A* grades awarded increased very slightly - by 0.5% - as A grades fell by 0.4%.

But for many, it is not the grades but financial considerations which will decide whether or not they head to university.

Serena Sandhu reports from Essex.


"Spit kits" to be handed out as search for a bone marrow donor for Joey continues

Joey Ziadi
Joey Ziadi needs a bone marrow donor. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A thousand "spit kits" are set to be handed out in Northamptonshire this weekend as a family continues its bid to find a bone marrow donor for a seriously-ill toddler.

Joey Ziadi, from Northampton, was diagnosed in February with Diamond-Blackfan anaemia (DBA), a blood condition that affects only 800 people in the world.

So far a matching bone marrow donor is yet to be found - but a campaign being run by his family and the Anthony Nolan stem cell register has seen a boost in the number of people signing up as a potential donor since Joey's plight first hit the media.

On Saturday, mum Kaisha Morris, 35, is hoping to encourage a further 1,000 people to join the register at Northampton Balloon Festival, at Billing Aquadrome, by running a marquee at between 9am and 6pm.

She said most people did not realise how simply the process of donating was.

Load more updates


Today's top stories