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Man stabbed multiple times in 'serious' condition

Police search football pitch for clues after man stabbed multiple times Credit: ITV News

A man is in a 'serious' condition in hospital after he was found with multiple stab wounds in the early hours of this morning (June 20).

Police are appealing for witnesses after they received reports of a man stumbling outside an address close to the Mill Lane-Nene Way junction in Kings Heath.

Northamptonshire Police said the victim had suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest, back and abdomen and was taken to Northampton General Hospital.

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Hate crime investigation launched after seven taxi drivers 'suffer racial abuse'

A hate crime investigation has been launched Credit: PA

A hate crime investigation has been launched after seven taxi drivers reported being racially abused by two men in Northampton town centre.

Northamptonshire Police said the drivers were waiting for fares in Mercers Row when the two approached the group and became racially offensive.

The first man was 6ft with a stocky build and he had square-rimmed black glasses. He was wearing a blue jumper, cargo trousers and tanned work boots which looked to be steel toe-capped. He also had tattoos on his knuckles, which was in writing.

The second man was white, 6ft with a tanned complexion and white hair. He was wearing a light checked shirt and blue trousers.

Both men spoke with Irish accents and may have been drinking, but not to such an extent they did not know what they were saying or doing.

– Northamptonshire Police statement

Police are treating the incident, which happened at 6.50pm on Saturday (June 10), as a hate crime.

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Saints face top teams in European Champions Cup

Northampton Saints have been placed in Pool two Credit: Twitter/@ChampionsCup

Northampton Saints' fate has been decided for next season's European Champions Cup.

The Saints have been placed in Pool Two and face tough opponents, including reigning champions Saracens and last year's runner's up Clermont Auvergne.

The opening round of the competition starts in October.

Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder says it's a chance for his side to test themselves against the other top teams.

If you want to be in the Champions Cup you’ve got to be prepared to play tough teams and this is what we will have to do,” Mallinder says.

It’s a challenging draw and we know that we’ll have to play at our very best if we are to progress from it. Saracens and Clermont were this year’s Champions Cup finalists and are two of the best teams in Europe, and the Ospreys have plenty of international players, too.

But it is a draw that we can be excited about, because we want to test ourselves against the other top team, and we believe we’ve got a squad that can compete next season.

– Jim Mallinder, Director of Rugby
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