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  1. The Corby factory of Fairline Boats closes today
  2. Volunteers are being urged to take a simple 'spit test' to see if they help save a Northampton boy's life
  3. Plans for a new MK Dons training and community facility in south Northamptonshire will benefit the area, according to the club's chairman
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Thursday at 08:00

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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 for Northamptonshire.

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Fairline has a 'good bunch of guys' at the factory

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

One of Fairline's two Northamptonshire factories is closing its doors for the last time today. The luxury boatbuilder went into administration just before Christmas, with the loss of 388 jobs. It was bought by two Russian investors in January.

As part of its restructuring plans the decision was made to close the Corby plant, but continue boatbuilding in Oundle.

Giles Wheatley, from Irthlingborough, is the 100th employee to be taken on since the business restarted having previously worked for Fairline Boats.

Burglars who tried to break into Northampton garage dressed like The Stig are foiled

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Bike helmet-wearing burglars tried to force their way into a garage in Northampton, but left empty handed when they were disturbed by the owner.

George North

Northampton Saints and Wales wing George North says he was tempted to go for the 2016 Rio Olympics sevens team.

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Weather: Clear and warm tonight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be staying fine and dry with long spells of sunshine this evening and lows of 7C (45F).

Weather map

Tomorrow will be another fine and dry day with highs of 19C (66F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Headlines: Corby boat factory closes... Daventry school in 'space seeds' experiement

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

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

  • Fairline's Corby factory has closed with all production moving to Oundle
  • A school in Daventry is taking part in a pioneering experiment to investigate whether it's possible to sustain life on other planets
  • Northampton Town midfielder Danny Rose will sit down to discuss a new contract with the club next week

Lane blocked on the M1 northbound between junction 16 and Watford Gap

BBC Travel

The M1 northbound has one lane blocked between junction 16 (Daventry) and Watford Gap services because of a broken down car in the roadworks area.

Boat builder closes Corby factory - but says it was always part of rescue plan

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

The new owners of Fairline Yachts have said it was "always the plan" to close its Corby factory.

The facility closed its doors today to move to Oundle.

Miles Moorhouse, from Fairline Yachts, said they have just taken on their 100th employee since the business restarted in January after Fairline Boats went into administration.

Corby factory

Formula 1 World Championship leader among charity runners in Brackley

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was among people from the Mercedes headquarters in Brackley who took part in a run for charity Muscle Help Foundation.

They picked the right day for it...

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Seeds from astronaut Tim Peake to be grown by Daventry school pupils

Pallab Ghosh

Science correspondent, BBC News

The Grange School in Daventry is taking part in the "Rocket Science" project, which is being run by the Royal Horticultural Society and the UK Space Agency.

When the project launched in January, British astronaut Tim Peake explained how schoolchildren will be growing rocket seeds that have flown in space...

Lane closed on A45 between Riverside and Great Billing

BBC Travel

The is a lane closed on the A45 between Riverside and Great Billing Interchange eastbound because of a two vehicle accident.

Daventry school takes part in 'Rocket Science'

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

A school in Daventry is taking part in a pioneering experiment to investigate whether it's possible to sustain life on other planets.

Tim Peake

Pupils at the Grange School are growing two packets of seeds, one of which has spent several months aboard the International Space Station with Tim Peake.

The idea of the "Rocket Science" project is to see what effect space has on the way plants grow.

Avon sales slide

BBC Business Live

Avon, whose UK headquarters are in Northampton, has posted a surprise quarterly loss of $165.9m and a 16% fall in revenue to $1.3bn as demand fell further in Brazil and China.

Getty Images

Shares have fallen nearly 50% in the past year and the company is now worth a fairly modest $1.7bn. Rival Estee Lauder, for example, is worth $32bn.

Weather: Dry with warm sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

There are clear skies and sunshine over Northamptonshire, as you can see from this picture of Corby from BBC Weather Watcher 'Blue Shoes 42'...


It will remain dry, warm and mostly sunny throughout the afternoon, with a top temperature of 18C (64F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Midfielder Rose hopes there will be 'lots of fans' at 'perfect' end of season bus parade

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

An open-top bus parade on Sunday for League Two champions Northampton Town is "the perfect way to cap the season," according to midfielder Danny Rose.

Northampton Town
Getty Images

He told me earlier he hopes "lots of fans" will turn up and that it will be good weather.

Luckily for Danny the forecast says 23C (73F) and sunshine.

South Northants is a 'very interesting place,' says MK Dons chairman

James Burridge

BBC Look East

MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman told me a training facility the club has planned for Cosgrove in Northamptonshire will compliment the Silverstone F1 Circuit and Towcester Racecourse.

Mr Winkelman said south Northamptonshire is a "very interesting place"...

Multi-million pound leatherworks to be built in Northampton

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton Borough Council is working with the University of Northampton to create a leatherworking centre of excellence within the town’s cultural quarter.

This new facility would house an Institute for Creative Leather Technologies, a Leather Conservation Centre and a leathercraft exhibition space.

Project will cost around £13 million, £5 million of which will be used to create the university’s new leathercraft centre. Initially, the university is contributing £2 million to the project, and will pay back the remaining costs through a 30-year lease arrangement with the council.
Northampton Borough Council

The proposal will be discussed by the council’s Cabinet at a meeting next Wednesday, 11 May.

High pollen levels in Northamptonshire

BBC Weather

Temperatures are set to rise to 18C (64F) today, and while many might be enjoying the Spring weather, those with hayfever will suffer as the pollen level is going to get up to very high today...

Pollen map

Decision to join Cobblers a "no-brainer," says midfielder Rose

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Cobblers midfielder Danny Rose told me it was a "really hard decision" to leave Oxford United in January, but the fact he was "walking into a really good club that was going places" made the choice a "no-brainer".

Danny Rose

He told me he hopes to discuss a new contract after the final game against Portsmouth on Saturday, adding that he'd "love to stay".

Fairline factory closure 'not good news,' but council leader pleased company has been saved

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Today's closure of Fairline Yachts' factory in Corby is "not good news," according to the leader of Corby Borough Council.

Corby boat factory

Fairline Boats was bought out of administration in January and today all production will be moved to Oundle.

Tom Beattie said the move had been "tempered by the fact the company itself had been saved," while speaking in January Russell Currie, the managing director of Fairline Yachts, said within three years time they hope to produce "100 boats a year".

Headlines: MK Dons training facility will 'benefit south Northants'... Donors for two-year-old sought

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  • Plans for a new MK Dons training and community facility in south Northamptonshire will benefit the area, according to the club's chairman
  • Volunteers are being urged to take a simple test today to see if they could help save a two-year-old Northampton boy's life
  • Fairline Yachts' factory in Corby has closed today, with production moving completely to Oundle

Jigsaw maker appeals for support to bring world record attempt to Kettering

Northamptonshire Telegraph

A jigsaw maker is hoping a Kettering park will be the venue for him to set a new world record for the biggest hand-cut puzzle.

Guide to the May 2016 elections

People in the East of England are going to the polls today, in the UK's biggest set of elections outside of a general election for some years.

Take a look at this BBC guide to find out what you can vote for and how. 

Polling station
Cambridge City Council

Call to serve Northamptonshire cereal at International Trade conferences

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Weetabix should be served for breakfast at every international trade conference organised by one of the Government's departments, ministers have been told.

Conservative Philip Hollobone labelled the food as a "great British breakfast cereal", adding it should also be served at all early morning meetings held by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).


Environment Secretary Liz Truss did not agree to Mr Hollobone's request in her reply to the Commons, but said her "Elizabeth Truss Weetabix is on my desk at Defra for all visitors to see when they arrive at my office."

The Cobblers card goes to Abbey Road? Not quite

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It might look like the cover of The Beatles' famous Abbey Road album, but BBC Radio Northampton's giant Cobblers card - celebrating Northampton Town's League Two triumph - was in fact crossing Northampton's Billing Road.

Cobblers card

It was making it's way to Northampton School for Boys for a morning signing session and is now outside the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton town centre.

MK Dons training facility at Cosgrove is 'good news,' says chairman Pete Winkelman

James Burridge

BBC Look East

I've been speaking to the chairman of MK Dons Pete Winkelman, following the clubs relegation to League One.

He told me a proposed training facility is "good news" for the area of south Northamptonshire at Cosgrove where it would be built...

Objections to Northampton power plant sees residents' group step down from company's board

Northants Herald & Post

The chairman of a residents' association - based in an area of Northampton which has been earmarked for a £160 million power plant - has announced he has stepped down from the board of a company which was set up to sell the plant's energy on to the community.

Hartley back in training for the Saints after England concussion

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

England captain Dylan Hartley is back in full training for the first time since being knocked unconscious during his side's Grand Slam win over France back in March.

Dylan Hartley

He could feature in Northampton's final game of the season, against Gloucester on Saturday.

Bidder for Tata Steel UK business says jobs could be lost

BBC Business Live

One of the bidders for Tata Steel's UK assets says about 1,000 jobs could be lost under its rescue plan, Excalibur Steel chief executive Stuart Wilkie has told 5 Live breakfast.

Tata steel

Tata Steel UK employs more than 10,000 people, including 578 in Corby.

Mr Wilkie said: "There would certainly be a requirement for some form of restructuring across the UK because obviously the organisation will have split from the Netherlands operation and also we would have to take on the costs associated with the recent divestment of Scunthorpe."

'Spit test' to find bone marrow donor for two-year-old with rare blood disorder

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Volunteers are being urged to take a simple test to see if they help save the life of Northampton boy Joey Ziadi.

Joey Ziadi
Ziadi family

Two-year-old Joey is one of only 800 people in the world known to have blood disorder, Diamond-Blackfan anaemia.

A 'spit-testing' session is being held today at Far Cotton Boxing Club in Northampton in an effort to find a bone-marrow match so a transplant can go ahead.

Northamptonshire family left with huge repair bill after bolt of lightning hit their home

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A family in the village of Harpole, near Northampton, has been left with a repair bill of tens of thousands of pounds after a lightning bolt hit the roof of their home, causing a fire.

Fairline factory in Corby to close today

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The Corby factory of Fairline Boats is set to close today after the new company, Fairline Yachts, transferred all production to Oundle.

Fairline factory

The boat builder was bought by two Russian investors earlier this year after going into administration, with the loss of around 380 jobs.

Has Spring finally arrived in Northamptonshire?

BBC Weather Watchers

Over the last few weeks we've had sun, wind, rain and even snow, but now it seems we finally have some Spring-like weather.


This is Oundle at sunrise from BBC Weather Watcher 'Gingerwind'.

If you want to send us your picture either email us, or sign up to the BBC Weather Watchers.

Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal enjoys Cobblers League Two championship

Northampton Town fans have no doubt found any number of ways to sing, 'we are the champions' since the League Two title was wrapped up - but maybe none quite like this.

US basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal is probably the club's most famous fan. The former LA Lakers player co-owns a radio station in America with Cobblers chairman Kelvin Thomas.

The big man is clearly dedicated to his new side. Now he just needs to lay off the vertical videos...

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Weather: Dry with warm sunshine

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a chilly start in places, a dry, warm and mostly sunny day will follow - with a high temperature of 18C (64F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Polls open in council and PCC elections in Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Voting has begun in elections being held in Northamptonshire, with 12 seats out of 36 on Daventry District Council being contested.

ballot boxes

A police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire will also be elected.

Polling stations opened at 07:00 and will close at 22:00.

Headlines: Corby's Fairline factory closes...PCC election today

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories:

  • The Corby factory of Fairline Boats closes today
  • Northamptonshire goes to the polls today to choose the next police and crime commissioner for the county
  • Volunteers are being urged to take a simple test today to see if they help save a Northampton boy's life

Good morning and welcome to Local Live for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

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