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Met Office confirms tornado touched down in Northampton

The Met Office has confirmed that the extreme weather in Northampton earlier today was a tornado.

"Our chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen has watched the footage and is happy it was a tornado.

"The weather conditions were right at the times, their was unstable air mass which created pockets of low pressure.

"This in turn created a funnel cloud which did touch down in the area and therefore it would be classified as an official tornado."

– Met Office spokesperson

Meanwhile, East Midlands Ambulance Service says it is not aware of any injuries.

Police confirm no reports of injuries so far following tornado in Northampton

Northamptonshire Police says it has received a number of calls about a tornado in the Duston area of Northampton.

"We had our first call at around 1.10pm to reports of damaged roof tiles to a property.

"Vehicles parked close to St Luke's Primary School were also damaged as were several other houses in the area.

"Officers have been in attendance but we have not had any reports of people being injured at this stage."

– Northamptonshire Police spokesperson

People have reported their sightings of the tornado on social media.


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Video: Tornado captured on camera over Northampton

A tornado has been spotted over Duston near Northampton. Credit: Shaun Whitcombe

Video has been captured of a tornado in the skies above the Duston area close to Northampton. It was spotted at around 12.15pm.

There are reports on social media of damage to nearby houses with roof tiles being blown off and trees damaged as the twister swept through.

The Met Office confirmed that weather conditions in the area suggest it was a tornado.

This video was captured by ITV News viewer Shaun Whitcombe

Tornadoes form as a spiralling column of air descends from the base of a thunderstorm cloud.

It starts as a funnel cloud which can extend all the way to the ground and then becomes a tornado.

Click below to watch a computer animation of the Met Office rainfall radar at the time of the tornado. The brighter colours indicate the heaviest downpours.

Northampton journalist released from prison in Turkey

Jake Hanrahan Credit: VICE News

The two Vice news reporters who were arrested in Turkey will be released, according to a government source.

British journalists Jake Hanrahan, from Northampton, and Philip Pendlebury and have been detained since late last Thursday in Turkey.

The pair were charged by a Turkish court with “aiding a terrorist organisation”.

The journalists' fixer, an Iraqi national, remained in custody pending investigation, the source said.

VICE News has received confirmation from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office that two of our journalists, Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury have been released from a Turkish prison."

"While we are grateful that they have been freed, we are deeply worried by reports that our other VICE News colleague, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, has had his appeal of release rejected by the Turkish government. Rasool is an experienced journalist and translator who has worked extensively across the Middle East with VICE News, Associated Press, and Al Jazeera."

"We call on the Turkish authorities for a swift end to this unjust detainment and to grant his immediate release."

– VICE News


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Boats gather for waterways celebration

Canal boats lining up in Northampton

Boats of all shapes and sizes have been making their way to Northampton this weekend for a major event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Northampton canal Arm.

The Arm connected the Grand Union Canal (or Grand Junction as it was then known) to the Nene in Northampton, creating a route to the East Anglian waterways and the Wash by water.

The 200th anniversary event

The Arm replaced an earlier horse drawn railway between Gayton Junction and an unloading point at Far Cotton where a restored historic crane still stands.

The Arm enabled ironstone and limestone to be carried to local blast furnaces, grain and flour to and from mills along the Nene, coal from North Warwickshire and timber from London's Surrey Docks to Northampton.IWA is holding a major waterways event on the river Nene over the August Bank Holiday Weekend in 2015.

The event was opened by actor Timothy West and his wife, Fawlty Towers star Prunella Scales. The couple present a television series on canal boat journeys.

Timothy West and Prunella Scales at the opening ceremony

Here's Wesley Smith's report:

London Midland train disruptions due to trespassers on train line

There is disruption on London Midland train services on the following lines due to trespassers on the line between Northampton and Wolverton.

  • Between London Euston and Birmingham New Street
  • Between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street
  • Between London Euston and Hereford
  • Between London Euston and Wolverhampton

Trains across the whole London Midland network are affected. Services may be delayed by up to 45 minutes or cancelled at short notice. Disruption is expected to continue until around 19:00.

Serious sexual assault investigation underway in Miller's Meadow

Officers are investigating an assault that happened in the early hours of this morning Credit: PA

Police officers in Northampton are investigating a serious sexual assault that happened in the early hours of this morning in Miller’s Meadow, St Andrew’s Road.

They are searching for a man in connection with the incident, described as slim, white and about 6ft tall with a slim build. If anyone saw a man fitting this description in the area in the early hours of this morning they are asked to contact police.

Officers believe this is an isolated incident and ask people in the area who may have information or concerns to contact them.

Anyone with any information can call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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