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Firefighters called to fatal house fire in Northampton

It happened in the Semilong area Credit: Google Maps

A woman has died in a house fire in the Semilong area of Northampton earlier today.

Fire crews were called to the scene at 10.45am after reports of a smoke alarm going off and of smoke coming from a ground floor flat.

A woman in her 80s was found dead at the scene of the fire. It's not being treated as suspicious by police.

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Graffiti clean-up at Northampton station to cost £8,500

Graffiti in Northampton. Credit: Northampton Borough Council

Work is taking place to clean up graffiti on trackside buildings in Northampton.

The council and Network Rail say it does not give a good impression of the town. It is being covered with anti-graffiti paint and the work will cost around £8,500.

Councillor Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council, said: "Graffiti affects the way people feel about a place and it is important to us that people get the very best possible impression of Northampton."

Mark Killick, from Network Rail, said: "Graffiti and other forms of vandalism are a menace to the railway network. Not only is the act unsightly but those who carry out this type of act put their lives and the lives of others at risk."

Graffiti in Northampton. Credit: Northampton Borough Council

ROADS: M1 - NORTHBOUND - NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

There is queueing traffic after an accident involving three lorries on M1 Northbound between J16 A45 / A4500 (Daventry) and J17 M45 (Dunchurch/Coventry).

Two lanes have been closed.

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TV presenter Clare Balding shares her Olympic and Paralympic stories with schoolchildren

Clare Balding talks to schoolchildren

TV presenter Clare Balding has been sharing her Olympic and Paralympic stories with more than 150 school children in Northampton.

She gave a talk at Paralympic gold medallist, Ellie Robinson's, primary school in the town.

Clare Balding is visiting schools across the country to promote her new book.

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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."

TRAINS: LONDON MIDLAND - NORTHAMPTON - EAST MIDLANDS

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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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