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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 29 April 2016
  2. Police commissioner Adam Simmonds is considering whether to accept a caution or face prosecution over an alleged 'data leak', the BBC understands
  3. Plans for a rail freight terminal between Milton Malsor and Blisworth have gone on display
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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Ex-EastEnders star Cheryl Ferguson to star in panto

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Former EastEnders star Cheryl Ferguson will be starring in panto in Northamptonshire this Christmas.

Cheryl Ferguson
BBC

She'll be performing in Beauty and the Beast at the Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering from 10 December.

Plans for a new micropub in Rushden

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Fans of real ales and craft beers could soon be trying out some new tipples if plans for a micropub are approved.

Celebrate the Cobblers League Two triumph - by signing our card

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The Cobblers have been promoted as League Two Champions and we've been wondering what we could get them to say well done... so we've got a them a card.

Quite a big card in fact. And we'd love you to sign it. 

The card will be outside Sixfields - or if it rains in the club shop - on Saturday from 13.30 until just before kick-off.

On Sunday, it will be at The County Ground from noon for the first day of Northants four-day game against Derbyshire.

The Cobblers card
BBC

Police ask for help to spot illegal raves

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Northamptonshire Police is asking for the public’s help to spot illegal raves and suspicious activity.

The force says it relies on information from the public when responding to raves.

A police spokesman said: “In many cases those people who are looking to set-up a rave will visit the proposed site a couple of days before the event and I would urge anyone who spots any suspicious activity in their village, along a country road or around farm land to let us know.”

Magistrate warning to teenagers cleared of arson

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

A magistrate who found three teenagers not guilty of arson said she hoped the group had learned from the experience. 

The boys were caught on CCTV running away from the Willow Place Shopping Centre car park on December 30, 2014. 

The centre after the arson
BBC

Speaking to the men at Corby Magistrates' Court today, chair of the bench, Janet Whitby, said:  "I hope you have learned from this outcome how dangerous fire can be."

Teenagers found not guilty of Corby arson

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Three teenagers have been found not guilty of arson after part of the Willows shopping centre in Corby was destroyed in 2014 causing more than £1m of damage.

The boys admitted to being there when the fire started on 30 December, but blamed each other for starting the blaze when they were questioned by police. 

Their defence teams said they could not have foreseen the damage the fire would cause.

Lightning strike 'blew up TV'

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A house in Harpole, near Northampton, has been severely damaged by a fire after a lightning strike hit the roof of the property.

Corby MP calls for 'a fair immigration policy'

Today, the leader of the House of the Commons, Chris Grayling, will join Corby and East Northamptonshire MP Tom Pursglove on a tour of Corby to call on residents to vote to leave the EU on 23 June.

Tom Pursglove MP
BBC

Mr Pursglove said “Speaking to people on the doorsteps, it is clear uncontrolled immigration from the EU is a major concern. “The current open door policy isn’t working... skilled people from the Commonwealth countries, with which we have strong links, should not be kept out because we cannot stop unlimited numbers of low-skilled workers from Eastern Europe from arriving."

New plaque unveiled in St Giles Street

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

A new plaque has been unveiled in St Giles Street to mark it winning the Best British High Street title. 

Marcus Jones MP, Minister for Local Government met businesses from the wider St Giles Quarter to look at the first phase of the redevelopment work on the street.

Marcus Jones MP and Mary Markham
BBC

Councillor Mary Markham, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said she was “truly thrilled" St Giles Street won the national award.

Desborough vote of no confidence - meeting on 12 May

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

A group of residents angry at Desborough Town Council for increasing their council tax by more than 400% has called for a parish meeting on 12 May.

At that meeting people will be asked to back a motion saying they have no confidence in the town council. 

Corby MP Tom Pursglove will be canvassing Corby this evening

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

MP Tom Pursglove will be canvassing Corby to encourage people to vote out in the EU referendum this evening. 

He'll be assisted by the leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling MP and Grassroots Out campaigners. 

Mr Purseglove said: “With countries like Turkey and Bosnia preparing to join the EU, the problem will only intensify if we choose stay in. There is only one way the UK can regain control of its immigration policy and that is by voting to leave the EU.” 

Desborough residents vote of no confidence explained

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

The part of the council tax levied by Desborough Town Council has increased by 400% in just one year.

For a Band D property it's the equivalent of £96.98 - last year the bill was £19.

The council has argued the money is needed to invest in projects such as improved parking and a skate park - but residents disagree and have called a meeting for a vote of no confidence in the council.

Council tax bill
BBC

Driver seriously hurt following collision in Long Buckby

A driver has been seriously hurt following a collision in Station Road, Long Buckby last night.

A car collided with two other vehicles - one of which was parked. The 24- year-old driver was taken to hospital in Coventry with serious injuries.

Kettering MP Phillip Hollobone speaks out against Tresham College's plans to end A-level courses

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

MP for Kettering, Phillip Hollobone, has outlined the many complications facing students part way through their A-levels now Tresham College is planning to end the courses.

Phillip Hollobone
BBC

He said a lot of the courses the college offer won't be available at other schools and warned the same courses elsewhere might be studying different texts, or working to a different exam board.

He is meeting with managers at the college following the proposal to end A-level courses later this year.

MPs meeting with Tresham College managers over A-level courses

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Three of Northamptonshire's MPs are meeting with managers at Tresham College today following the college's proposal to end A-level courses later this year.

Tresham College
Tresham College

It would mean first year students being unable to complete their two year courses at Tresham.

Lunchtime headlines: PCC considering caution... Call for vote of no confidence in town council

These are the lunchtime headlines:

Would Rail Central scheme by scrapped in face of opposition? "No, that's not how it works"

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Is there a chance the proposed Rail Central scheme, earmarked for land between Milton Malsor and Blisworth, would be scrapped in the face of strong opposition from residents?

Plan of Rail Central site
Rail Central

Unlikely, if you listen to James Digby, a representative of Ashfield Land - the company behind the scheme.

When asked by Radio Northampton's Stuart Linnell if the consultation would result in a "tweak" or "if people don't want it, we won't build it," Mr Digby said: "No, that's not how it works."

He stressed the scheme is "about connectivity" and any decision on it will be made by the Planning Inspectorate.

Funeral of binman hit by lorry due to take place this afternoon

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The funeral of a binman who died following an accident during a rubbish collection round in Daventry is set to take place today.

Floral tributes to Kane Beard
BBC

Kane Beard, who was 22, was hit by a bin lorry in Ashby Road earlier this month.

Residents have been advised some bin collections will be delayed while his colleagues attend the service at Holy Cross Church.

Calls for vote of no confidence for Desborough Town Council

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

A group of residents in Desbororough is calling for a vote of no confidence in its town council over a 400% rise in council tax levied by the authority.

It could mean a parish poll. Kevin O'Brien, one of the residents behind the move, says the council has not consulted residents over the rise. 

Controversial plan for rail freight terminal on display

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Details of a controversial plan for a rail freight terminal on green space between Milton Malsor and Blisworth are currently on display.

Campaigners claim the eight million square foot distribution development would ruin a rural area, but James Digby from Ashfield Land, the company behind the scheme, says it's a project of national importance and would create 8,000 jobs.

The site where the terminal would be built
Google

He said: "Northamptonshire is the center of distribution for the UK - commerce is moving more and more towards consumers wanting online retailing."

Northampton family say thank you to ward staff who saved the life of baby born 13 weeks early

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

The family of a baby born prematurely weighing just two pounds are organising a fund-raising event for the ward that cared for him at Northampton General Hospital.

Weather forecast in full: Mild start with breezy, sunny spells

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's going to be a mild start today with breezy periods and sunny spells later.

Here's my forecast in full:

PCC Simmonds urged to 'come clean' over result of police complaints investigation

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The BBC has revealed how Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds is considering whether to accept a caution or face prosecution over allegations of misconduct.

Tony Clarke
BBC

This is a story we first reported on Saturday, when Mr Simmonds was urged to "come clean" over an Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation.

When I spoke to former MP Tony Clarke (pictured) last week, he told me: "Taxpayers have a right to know the outcome of this complaint and if he has nothing to hide he would have no problem informing us."

Northamptonshire PCC Adam Simmonds 'deliberating caution' over alleged data leak

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

A police and crime commissioner is considering whether to accept a caution or face prosecution over allegations of misconduct, the BBC understands.

Adam Simmonds
Northamptonshire Police

The Independent Police Complaints Commission passed the findings of an inquiry into Northamptonshire PCC Adam Simmonds to prosecutors.

The Crown Prosecution Service is awaiting his response before making its decision public. Conservative PCC Mr Simmonds declined to comment.

Rail Central plans go on display

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Public exhibitions outlining plans for a new strategic rail freight terminal between Blisworth and Milton Malsor have gone on display.

Rail Central logo
Rail Central

The Rail Central proposals would see developer Ashfield Land build a eight million square foot (743,200 square metre) freight hub linking rail and road routes. It would include warehouses, a lorry park, a service depot, and a hotel and pub.

The plans went on display at the Walnut Tree Inn in Blisworth last night, with a series of further exhibitions planned.

Today's weather: Starting dry, showers possible later

BBC Weather

It is due to be dry and sunny this morning, but with heavy showers possible this afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 11C (51F).

Beautiful crisp sunny morning in Northampton
Jeanne B/BBC Weather Watchers

Our picture today is from BBC Weather Watchers' user Jeanne B, who captured a beautiful crisp sunny morning in Northampton. Get the detailed forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

Headlines: PCC considering caution... Rail Central plans on display

These are the latest headlines:

  • PCC Adam Simmonds is considering whether to accept a caution or face prosecution over allegations of misconduct, the BBC understands
  • Plans for a new rail freight terminal between Milton Malsor and Blisworth have gone on display

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Craig Lewis

BBC News

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