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Olivia Paterson tweets from the Northampton balloon festival

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Almost our turn now. In just a few minutes we'll be high over Northamptonshire @itvanglia http://t.co/FCF6nar1f7

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Pilots briefing underway. Conditions looking good. About 20 balloons expected to take off this morning @itvanglia http://t.co/YmEYuiR0Gi

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Police warning for Cobblers fans

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

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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