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Teenage Northampton swimmer smashes butterfly record

Ellie Robinson set a new British record. Credit: British Swimming.

Teenage Northampton swimmer Ellie Robinson has qualified for the Rio Paralympics after setting a new British record at the Para-swimming trials.

14-year-old Robinson, who has a form of dwarfism, clocked 36.70 seconds in her S6 50m butterfly heats, before registering an even better time of 36.34 seconds in the final.

It means she easily achieved the qualification standard required to qualify for September's games in Brazil.

She will now be aiming for the world record of 36.05 which is held by Ukraine's Oksana Khrul.

Boom heard across Northamptonshire caused by Typhoon Jets

small passenger jet being escorted by two fighter jets over north Cardiff Credit: Paul Clarke

The two bangs heard around Northampton and Brackley were caused by Typhoon jets which had been scrambled from an RAF base in Lincolnshire to identify an unresponsive aircraft.

Fire crews were mobilised following reports of the explosions and people posted on social media about feeling tremors just before 4pm this afternoon (Friday 8 April)

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue said crews were mobilised to reports of the explosions - but it was later confirmed the noise was caused by "two jets flying over the area creating a sonic boom".

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched today from RAF Coningsby to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft.

Military jet intercepting civilian aircraft caused sonic boom

The sonic boom was caused by a military jet intercepting an unresponsive civilian aircraft.

An RAF spokesperson said: “Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched today from RAF Coningsby to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft.

"Communications were re-established and the aircraft has been safely escorted to Cardiff airport.”


'Sonic boom' heard in Northamptonshire

A Typhoon like the one pictured was responsible for the boom Credit: PA

An explosion sounding like a 'sonic boom' has been heard over Northamptonshire.

Sonic boom is a common name for the loud noise that is created by the 'shock wave' produced by the air-plane that is traveling at speeds greater than that of sound.

It usually causes a loud bang and tremors can be felt on the ground.

The fire service have confirmed that the sound was caused by two Typhoon jets flying in the area.

Travel: Trains at Northampton station disrupted

Trains are being disrupted Credit: PA

Trains at Northampton station are being disrupted after a freight train broke down.

Passengers are warned that there could be delays until later this morning.

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