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Plans to merge parts of Northamptonshire police and fire services

Plans to merge parts of the police and fire service have been welcomed by Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds.

The Home Office is looking at whether the two emergency services could share sections of their operations like support staff and IT systems as a money saving technique.

Unions say the services should remain separate.

Commissioner Simmonds says he welcomes the sharing of facilities but doesn't want to see the two organisations run by the same person.

Emergency services updates on Kingsthorpe Fire

Local emergency services have been providing updates on the development of a fire in Kingsthorpe.

East Midlands Ambulance service told ITV News Central that they were called to the scene but that there were no patients requiring treatment.

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Dramatic photos released of aftermath of Digbeth market fire

West Midlands Fire Service have released dramatic photos showing the aftermath of today's fire at the Wholesale Market in Digbeth.

Forty firefighters battled to put out the blaze which gutted the inside of the market.

Aftermath of the Digbeth fire Credit: Michael Scott/West Midlands Fire Service
Aftermath of the Digbeth fire Credit: Michael Scott/West Midlands Fire Service
Aftermath of the Digbeth fire Credit: Michael Scott/West Midlands Fire Service
Aftermath of the Digbeth fire Credit: Michael Scott/West Midlands Fire Service
Aftermath of the Digbeth fire Credit: Michael Scott/West Midlands Fire Service
Aftermath of the Digbeth fire Credit: Michael Scott/West Midlands Fire Service

Digbeth market trader says serious damage will cost 'a lot of money'

Market trader Parmjit Bhogal told ITV News Central that traders could barely see each other because of the smoke caused by the fire. He also said that the damage will cost him 'a lot of money'.

Forty fighters were deployed to tackle the blaze, which has caused serious damage to the Wholesale Market.

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