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  1. Updates for Tuesday, 29 March 2016
  2. A children's centre provider says county council should cut libraries to reduce the impact on centres
  3. Northampton Town stretched their unbeaten League Two run to 17 games as they drew 2-2 with Mansfield
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Pete Cooper

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Local live is finished for today but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest news, weather, sport and travel.

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Mereway may not now open until Thursday morning

BBC Travel

Mereway in Northampton is currently closed due to a gas leak and the authorities have just said it may be closed for around 36 hours...

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Weather: Rain arriving with the risk of thunder and lightning

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

An area of heavy rain with gusty winds will move in with downpours of hail mixed in and a risk of thunder and lightning and lows of 2C.


Fine start to tomorrow with sunny spells during the morning.  Turning cloudy into the afternoon bringing the risk of showers and highs of 12C.

Shop robbed at knife-point in Northampton

A shop worker has been threatened with a knife in Northampton.

Weedon Road mini-market

Three men escaped with cash and cigarettes from the store in Weedon Road in the St James area of the town on Friday night, police said.

They're all described as white and were wearing masks, hooded tops and dark trousers.

Ambulance service looking to cut calls about diabetes

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

More than 50 potentially avoidable 999 calls related to a diabetes complication are made every month in Northamptonshire, according to the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

insulin pen
Getty Images

It is launching a drive to cut the number of emergency calls it receives to do with hypoglycaemia.

EMAS says these emergency calls could be avoided if people with diabetes managed their condition better.

Headlines: Tata holding steel meeting... Gas leak closes Mereway

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

If you're catching up, here are the headlines:

Kettering's Wilson through to second round of China Open snooker

BBC Sport

Kyren Wilson, from Kettering, has made it through to the second round of the China Open beating fellow Englishman Tom Ford five frames to three.

Kyren Wilson
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The ranking event is the last before the season-ending World Championship in Sheffield, which starts on 16 April.

Weedon Road accident causing more travel problems in Northampton

BBC Travel

There has been a serious accident on the A4500 Weedon Road in Northampton which has partially blocked the carriageway at the Tweed Road junction.

This is in addition to problems on Mereway which is closed due to a gas leak and is likely to remain so until 18:00.

Also, it is first day of month of roadworks on the A508 at the Boughton roundabout which is causing delays both in and out of Northampton.

County council should make an 'evaluation of libraries' rather than cut children's centres

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

I've been the Woodnewton children's centre in Corby to see how planned county council could potentially affect them...

Mereway in Northampton may not be fully open until midnight due to a gas leak

BBC Travel

A gas leak has closed Mereway in Northampton completely between the Tesco roundabout and the Queen Eleanor roundabout.

The authorities say this closure will be well into the evening rush hour...

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Suspected gas leak closes road in Northampton

BBC Travel

Mereway in Northampton has been closed according Northamptonshire Highways because of gas leak...

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Cocktail bar in Northampton shut because ‘managers were unable to contact landlords’

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A successful Northampton cocktail bar closed because the landlords could not be contacted as the end of the lease approached, managers claim.

Weather: Cloudy with rain coming

BBC Weather Watchers

This photo from BBC Weather Watcher 'physics gemma' shows the grey clouds rolling into Kettering.


Those grey clouds will turn to showers through the afternoon with a hight of 10C (50F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Sekhemka statue export bar expires today

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The export bar on the Egyptian statue Sekhemka, that was sold by Northampton Borough Council in 2014 for almost £15m, expires tonight.


It was put in place by the government to try and keep the statue in the UK.

Earlier this month the Egyptian ambassador suggested trying to buy the statue and then loaning it to the British Museum.

Headlines: Steel jobs talk under way... Sekhemka statue export bar expires tonight

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your lunchtime headlines:

Council should save money from libraries not children's centre says provider

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Julie Kitson, who's responsible for the Woodnewton children's centre in Corby says the county council should "look at" libraries rather than close children's centres. 

Children with mother walking

The county council says it needs to save £3m from the £10m children's centre budget and plans to close eight centres, move a further nine to libraries and make significant cuts to others.

A consultation on the plan runs until 28 April - the council says it won't comment until that has finished.

Two shotguns stolen from house in Orlingbury

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Two men wearing balaclavas broke into a house on Pytchley Road in Orlingbury, near Kettering, and stole two shotguns, police said.

A van was also stolen between 19:00 on Sunday, 27 March and 08:20 on Monday, 28 March.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

No minister in India for Tata board meeting Downing Street say

Norman Smith

Assistant political editor

Downing Street has confirmed no UK government minister is in India for crucial talks about the future of steel production in the UK, which could affect Corby.

Corby Steel

Number 10 said there had been no invitation or request for a minister to attend today's Tata board meeting.   

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "We want to see a strong British steel industry at the heart of our manufacturing base. We have worked hard to support the industry in Britain and will continue to work with companies like Tata."  

Fire-hit Northampton bar will become 'most attractive building on the street'

Northants Herald & Post

The new owners of a blaze-hit bar in Northampton town centre hope to turn it into an 'icon' that will become 'the most attractive building in the street'.

Northamptonshire closes two mobile libraries but has large increase in volunteers

BBC News England

An investigation by the BBC has revealed that in the last six years some 15,500 volunteers have been recruited by UK libraries, with one of the biggest increases in Northamptonshire.

Library closures and volunteer staff in Northampton - 1056 volunteers now, 234 volunteers in 2010, 219 paid staff now data for 2010, 2 mobile library closures

Northampton Town continue unbeaten run a remain 13 points clear at top of League Two

BBC Sport

Leaders Northampton stretched their unbeaten League Two run to 17 games as they hit back to deny 10-man Mansfield.

Two Matt Green headers, from free-kicks by Mal Benning and Chris Clements, put the Stags in control, but the game turned when the hosts had Jamie McGuire sent off in first-half injury-time.

John MArquis
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However, Cobblers substitute Ricky Holmes scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-1 after James Collins went down in the box and a close-range John Marquis (pictured) strike following a corner earned a point.

Under 18s arrested for gun crimes in Northamptonshire in past year

BBC News England

Nine young people in Northamptonshire under the age of 18 were arrested in 2015 for suspected gun crimes.

Northamptonshire Police

Nationally, children as young as 10 were among hundreds of youngsters arrested for suspected gun crimes in the last three years, new data has revealed.

More than 1,500 children were held over alleged firearm offences between 2013 and January 2016.

Fresh bid to reduce number of people sleeping rough on the streets of Northampton

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A new emergency shelter to take rough sleepers off the streets in Northampton is being set up by the borough council.

Tata to decide fate of UK steelworks


UK union leaders have held talks in India ahead of a Tata Steel board meeting that could decide the fate of thousands of workers.  

Corby Steel Works

The Port Talbot plant in south Wales suffered most of the 1,000 job losses announced in January, with 30 jobs due to be lost at the Tata steel plant in Corby.

Weather: Sunshine and showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be a mixture of sunny intervals and isolated showers, with those showers likely to turn heavier and more frequent during this afternoon, with a risk of hail and thunder with a hight of 10C (50F).

You find more details on the BBC Weather website or my full forecast is below...

Headlines: Children's centre provider says libraries should be cut... Steel jobs meeting in India

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories:

  • A children's centre provider says Northamptonshire County Council should consider cuts to libraries to reduce the impact on those centres
  • The fate, of thousands of British steel jobs, including some in Corby, could be decided today when the board of the Indian steel firm TATA meets in Mumbai
  • Northampton Town stretched their unbeaten League Two run to 17 games as they drew 2-2 with Mansfield yesterday

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Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

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