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Hot air balloon crash caused blackout, company confirms

The balloon that crashed in Northamptonshire today. Credit: Eddie White

A power company has confirmed there was a temporary power-cut in the Northamptonshire village where a hot air balloon crashed today.

It happened just after 7.30 this morning at Earls Barton - in a field next to the B573.

Eyewitnesses at a nearby car-boot sale reported seeing flames on the balloon before it dropped from the sky, with some claiming it had hit electricity pylons.

Western Power Distribution say the power was temporarily cut from more than 2,000 homes.

We had one of our 33,000 volt circuits trip - it was a momentary interruption to 2,360 customers and they were restored automatically within a minute.

We had a report of a hot air balloon crash and since then we have switched the circuit out. Engineers attended and the circuit was completely isolated.

They inspected the line and completed minor repairs.

The line did not come down.

– Western Power Distribution spokesman
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Hot air balloon crashes in Northamptonshire field

The hot air balloon crashed in Earls Barton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A hot air balloon has crashed in Northamptonshire.

It came down in a field in the village of Earls Barton near Northampton earlier this morning.

A woman on board suffered serious burns and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Appeal after 8-year-old girl seriously injured in collision

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Police are appealing for witnesses after an 8-year-old girl was seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Northampton yesterday (Wednesday, 18 May).

The incident happened just before 4pm when a red Chrysler Ypsilon travelling south along Great Billing Way towards Rectory Farm Roadhot the girl who was on a bike.

As a result the victim sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to the Birmingham Children's Hospital. She is described as being in a stable condition and her injuries aren’t thought to be life changing.


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Northampton school having to be creative to cope with demand for places

A rise in demand for school places in Northamptonshire has forced the county council to convert existing office blocks into schools - because new ones can't be built.

The county's seen an increase in pupil numbers of almost 40 per cent in ten years.

One school in Northampton's so keen to make the most of existing space, it's planning to turn its rooftop into a playground.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes.

Missing 55-year-old man's body found in Northamptonshire

The body of a man found at Pitsford Reservoir in Northamptonshire on Saturday has been identified as missing man Colin Addington.

Colin Addington Credit: Northamptonshire Police

The 55-year-old went missing on 10 May, after failing to arrive at work. His van was later found at Pitsford Reservoir.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and officers are now preparing a report for the coroner.

Police have thanked the public for their help during the searches.

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