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Lindsay Lohan apologises to the people of Kettering

Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan has apologised to residents in Kettering after being unable to attend the annual Christmas lights switch-on event.

She originally pledged to turn on the town's lights after implying earlier this year on her twitter that nobody had heard of the place.

But the Borough Council said although they were in touch with her management, they had failed to respond further to the invitation.

The Mean Girls star tweeted a video apologising for not being able to make it due to her "busy schedule" but wished everyone a "Happy holidays!".

It would have been wonderful if Lindsay could have joined us this evening but sadly her other commitments made this impossible.

However, we appreciate how hard she and her team tried to make this work and we were delighted to get a video message wishing us well.

– Kettering Borough Council chief executive David Cook

Kettering's Christmas lights switch goes ahead - without Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan had said she would attend Credit: PA

The annual Christmas lights switch-on event will take place in Kettering tonight - but it looks unlikely that Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan will be the guest of honour, as originally hoped.

The star had originally pledged to turn on the town's lights after residents objected to a tweet she had written about Kettering on the the night of the referendum.

But the Borough Council says that although it is still in touch with Lindsay's management, they have lined up Eastenders star Cheryl Fergison to do the honours tonight.

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Northamptonshire man jailed for sexual abuse of girl under 13

Gavin McCarthy Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A 31-year-old man from Northamptonshire has been jailed for the sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 13.

Gavin McCarthy, from Cransley near Kettering, was sentenced to eight years for six counts of making indecent images of children.

He'll remain on the Sex Offender Register for life.

I hope the substantial sentence McCarthy received today helps serve as a deterrent to offenders and those considering sexual offending against vulnerable children.

We are committed to safeguarding children by detecting abuse and prosecuting offenders.

– Detective Andy Rogers, aedophile Online investigation team

East Midlands services delayed by about two hours after person hit by train

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Delays of up to one hour are expected on East Midlands Trains between St Pancras International and Luton.

Normal train service is expected to resume on the affected route at around 1430.

There are cancellations with no service at West Hampstead Thameslink. Replacement bus service are running between Kettering and Corby due to emergency services dealing with an incident at West Hampstead Thameslink.

London Underground are accepting tickets for reasonable routes. Tickets being accepted on CrossCountry and Virgin Trains West Coast services.

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