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Northampton prop Kieran Brookes given two-week ban

Kieran Brookes. Credit: PA Images

Northampton prop Kieran Brookes has been handed a two-week suspension following his sending-off against Newcastle.

The England international was dismissed during Friday's Aviva Premiership match at Franklin's Gardens for charging into a ruck and making contact with the head of Newcastle flanker Scott Lawson.

Brookes pleaded guilty to the charge and has been banned by the RFU disciplinary panel until Tuesday, December 13.

Newcastle lock Calum Green, meanwhile, was given a one-week suspension after being cited for striking Brookes with his forearm during the same match. Green also pleaded guilty at a hearing heard in Leeds on Tuesday night.

An RFU statement read: "Both of these cases were considered low-end entry points by the panel, however Kieran Brookes does not have a clean disciplinary record and so the panel did not feel able to reduce the sanction to one week as they could in the case of Calum Green."



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Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident on the line between Northampton and Euston.

This means London Midland services in and out of London Euston are expected to be severely disrupted during this evening’s rush hour.

Hemel Hempstead station remains closed until further notice.

Tickets will be accepted on all other reasonable routes so the advice is to travel on the best train which will get you close to your destination.

Road transport between Northampton and Wellingborough is also being offered so passengers can travel on East Midland Trains from St Pancras.

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Inquest into death of four festival goers hears how their car crashed head on with another vehicle

Four friends from Northampton were killed when their car ploughed head on into another vehicle

Four friends from Northampton were killed returning home from a festival when their car ploughed head-on into another vehicle, an inquest heard.

23-year-old driver Sam Jones and friends Brogan Warren, 21, Sam Kay, 26 and Nicoletta Tocco, 25, died in the collision on the A40 Shrivenham bypass in Oxfordshire in May.

Oxford Coroner's Court heard Mr Jones was on the wrong side of the 60mph single carriageway road and, as he swerved his blue Citroen to avoid a black Mercedes coming in the opposite direction, they collided head-on.

The Citroen, which was heading towards Oxford, overturned and suffered "catastrophic damage," the court heard. Mr Jones and his friends were pronounced dead at the scene.

A married couple and their three-year-old son from Swindon, who were travelling in the Mercedes, required hospital treatment.

Collision investigators ruled out mechanical failure as being a cause of the accident.

"It is not known why the driver of the Citroen came to be on the wrong side of the road. There are a number of potential causes but there is insufficient evidence available to be able to categorically state which is contributory.

"The possible explanations include driver fatigue and driver distraction."

– PC James Henderson


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Inquest into deaths of four festival-goers from Northampton

Brogan Warren and Sam Kay were killed on the A420.

An inquest is due to get underway today into the deaths of four young people from Northampton who died in a head-on crash.

Brogan Warren and Sam Kay were among the friends who were travelling back from a festival, when they collided with another car on the A420 near Swindon in May. All four died at the scene.

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Ground investigations to start on Northampton's Greyfriars site

The Greyfriars site has been cleared ready for developing Credit: ITV News Anglia

The preferred developer for Northampton's Greyfriars site has begun ground investigations there.

Various checks will take place this month on the old bus station site - which was demolished last year.

Proposals include shops, restaurants, housing and a cinema. The Borough Council is expected to consider a formal agreement with the developer next year.

The Greyfriars site in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's great to see the company making a start on site investigations, which further demonstrates their confidence in taking the scheme forward. We believe the scheme will be of huge benefit to Northampton, bringing more people to live in the area, and creating some fantastic facilities which will tie it into the wider town centre."

– Council leader, Cllr Jonathan Nunn

During the next fortnight, the developer's construction partner, R G Carter, has arranged for its in-house soils investigation company to bore piles over 20-metres deep.

The soil conditions will be analysed to ensure that the scheme is designed as efficiently as possible, ensuring best value from the outset. It will also help determine the type of construction for the striking scheme.

Following our selection as the Council's partner in September, we are pleased to be making good progress on all fronts. In order to meet the delivery programme, we have commissioned Carter to carry out the technical due diligence like these soil surveys, commissioned Bidwells to coordinate the preparation of the planning application, and Peter Brett Associates to start the Highway design. This is all in tandem with documenting the legal arrangements."

– Tim Holmes, Greyfriars Quarter Developments
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Weekend Picks: Winter Food Festival

Winter Food Festival: Sat 12th - Sun 13th November (County Cricket Ground, Northampton)

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Northampton Winter Food Festival takes place this weekend.

Visitors can enjoy warming winter treats, shopping for gifts and simply getting ready for the festive season.

There’ll be more than 80 food and drink producers, alongside chef demonstrations, free wine tastings, foodie workshops and talks.

Great British Bake Off star Howard Middleton, and Masterchef semi-finalist Jen Charlton will be among the cooks on the demo stage.

Visit the Foodies Lounge for a series of foodie talks from local food heroes and free samples.

If food is your thing, then the Northampton Winter Food Festival is the place to be this weekend.

We have over 80 artisan food and drink stalls, gifts, chef demos all weekend, foodie talks with free samples, free wine tasting sessions, a street food market, kids cookery classes and more.”

– Crispin Slee, Festival Founder

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