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Firefighters walk out amid countdown to Bonfire Night

Firefighters across the region will today begin their longest strike yet - as many people gear up for bonfire and fireworks parties.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will not work for four days because of an ongoing dispute with the government over pensions.

Today's strike is the latest industrial action as part of an ongoing dispute over pensions Credit: PA

Fire services say they will still be providing emergency cover, but warn response times may be slower and calls from automatic fire alarms will not be answered.

Anyone planning to host or attend and event in the countdown to Bonfire Night is urged to take extra precautions.

Mayor of London visiting Northampton University

The Mayor of London will be swapping the capital for Northamptonshire today.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson taking part in a boxing session earlier this week Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Boris Johnson is visiting Northampton University to see how undergraduates are learning about the town's shoe industry.

He is also going to Corby with Northampton North MP Michael Ellis to discuss transport issues.


Survey finds Birmingham Airport 'second best in UK'

A major airport satisfaction survey has placed Birmingham Airport as the second best in the UK.

Passengers were asked about queuing, the cost of food, parking, cleanliness, noise, and the helpfulness of staff Credit: PA

The survey asked 10,000 passengers across the country their views on things including queuing, the cost of food, parking, cleanliness, noise, and the helpfulness of staff.

Birmingham was pipped to the top spot by Glasgow Airport.


The M1 Northbound is closed between J15A A43 / A5123 (Towcester / Northampton Services) and J16 A45 / A4500 (Northampton West / Daventry).

It's because of a fuel spillage and accident, which involved two lorries and a car.

The accident happened around 04:20, with trapped traffic behind the accident still being turned around.

Police hope to have lane three reopened by 07:30, but say lanes one and two could stay closed until 13:00.


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Kettering store wrecked as thieves try to steal cash machine using JCB

Thieves tried to remove a cash machine. Credit: Sam Marloww

A supermarket in Kettering has been left severely damaged after thieves drove a digger through the front of the building.

Police were called to Budgens in St Stephen's Road just before 4am as thieves tried to remove a cash machine from the shop using a JCB.

Police say the shop is off limits while the building is checked out.

They've recovered the digger, and are looking for a stolen 4x4 also used in the crime.

“This incident has left the shop severely structurally damaged so we are not letting anybody into the building at the moment and we are guarding the scene to make sure the public remain safe.

We have recovered the yellow JCB which was used to break into the building. We believe this vehicle, along with a 4x4 which was possibly green, was stolen by the thieves before they carried out the robbery.

We would encourage anyone who saw what happened in St Stephen's Road in the early hours of this morning, or who knows anything about the two stolen vehicles, to contact us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Sergeant Nick Cobley, Northamptonshire Police
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Largest training centre for Army cadets opens its doors

Cadets on display at the opening ceremony Credit: ITV News Anglia

A £7.2 million training centre for army cadets has been opened in Northamptonshire.

It replaces old First and Second World War buildings used to train cadets at Yardley Chase since the 1980s.

The new centre, partly paid for by the Ministry of Defence can accomodate nearly 200 army, air and sea cadets at any one time and is the largest training centre of its kind in the UK.

Army, air and sea cadets will use the centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

The army cadets were first formed nearly 160 years ago. The aim to challenge and educate young people and to find potential military recruits.

One of the cadets using the new facilities Credit: ITV News Anglia

The cadets are sponsored by the Army, although they aren't part of it. Some go on to have distinguished military careers.

"It's not what the movement's about but certainly 15% of regular personnel in the army have been cadets and for reserve forces it's slightly higher, it's 17% so there's a natural pull through but in the charter of the cadets is promoting an interest in uniformed service and mentoring those people who are showing an interest."

– Major General Robert Nitsch General Officer Commanding Support Command
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