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Work to upgrade controversial museum gets underway

Preparation work has stared for a £8 million refurbishment and extension at Northampton Museum. Credit: Northampton Borough Council

A museum, which controversially sold off an ancient Egyptian statue, is now preparing for a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Northampton Borough Council is standing by its decision to sell the Sekhemka figurine to for £15m to an overseas buyer fund the expansion work.

It was a controversial move that cost the museum its Arts Council England accreditation and prompted the government to impose a temporary export ban.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

Woman escapes burning car after collision with lorry on motorway

The car caught fire after a collision with a lorry Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A woman has escaped serious injury despite her car being destroyed in a fire on the motorway.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and a lorry on the southbound carriageway of the M40, between junctions 13 and 12.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:

Thankfully, the driver, a woman believed to be in her 20s, had already got out of the vehicle prior to it setting on fire.

She was treated by ambulance crews for back pain suffered in the collision and given pain relief before being transported to Warwick Hospital for further assessment. The driver of the lorry, a man, was uninjured in the incident.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

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Stoke-on-Trent by-election turning into three-way fight

  • Video report by ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen

Thursday's by-election in the constituency of Stoke-on-Trent Central is turning into a three-way fight between UKIP, Labour and the Conservatives.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing his most difficult electoral challenge so far with Ukip expected to pose the greatest challenge in Stoke, particularly given the Midlands city's support for Brexit in last year's EU referendum.

But Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, who is standing for the seat, has faced criticism for a statement on his website falsely claiming he lost "close friends" in the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

Labour in-fighting and an uphill struggle for Mr Nuttall to regain the public's trust could leave the door ajar for a previously unthinkable Tory win.

  • Full list of candidates in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election
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