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  1. Updates on Friday, 6 May 2016
  2. Stephen Mold is the new police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire
  3. The Conservatives lost one seat to Labour, but have retained a large majority in Daventry
  4. New owners of Rainsbrook secure training centre must deal with 'too frequent' violence
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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Northampton secure a Champions Cup place and fifth spot in the Premiership as they come from behind to beat Gloucester.

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Our live coverage through the day

Local Live is finished for today, but we'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with all the news, weather, sport and travel for Northamptonshire.

For updates over the weekend do keep an eye on our Twitter feed.

Weather: Dry tonight, warm tomorrow - but with a chance of thunderstorms

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

It will stay largely dry through the rest of tonight, with clear spells and areas of high cloud at times. Lowest temperatures: 7C (45F).


There is a chance of an isolated thunderstorm in Northamptonshire on Saturday, but apart from that it will be very warm with sunny spells. Temperatures reaching highs of 24C (75F).

Young entrepreneurs set up stall at Northampton Market for national campaign

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A youth market is set to take place at Northampton Market later this month as part of the national Love Your Local Market campaign to celebrate markets across the country.

Headlines: Stephen Mold is new PCC... Police investigating Tory expenses

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories this evening:

  • Conservative Stephen Mold has been elected as Northamptonshire's new police and crime commissioner
  • At least eight police forces, including Northamptonshire, are investigating whether election expenses for Conservative MPs were filed illegally at last year's General Election
  • England captain Dylan Hartley is on the bench for Northampton Saints, for their final match of the Premiership season

'A donkey' with a Tory rosette could have won PCC election, says defeated UKIP candidate

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

It seems UKIP's police and crime commissioner candidate Sam Watts isn't that impressed with Tory rival Stephen Mold's win. 

Sam Watts

He finished third in the race behind Mr Mold and Labour's Kevin McKeever, but said the Conservative Party has such a core support in Northamptonshire it would have won "even if a donkey with a rosette had turned up".

He did row back slightly on his comments by adding that Mr Mold is a "very nice chap" and that a good turnout showed people "were engaged" with the election.

New PCC: It's 'surreal.' but it will soon be 'time to get to work'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire's new police and crime commissioner, said it is "a bit surreal" he's been elected.

Stephen Mold
Office of Police and Crime Commissioner

Conservative Mr Mold told BBC Radio Northampton: "I genuinely think I can make a positive contribution and next week we get to work."

Final figures for Northamptonshire PCC election

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

We've had a clarification on the number of votes won by police and crime commissioner winner, Stephen Mold.

Ballot boxes

It was earlier announced that he polled 58,452 votes, but that figure has now been revised to 58,175 - 54% of the vote.

It's still a solid victory, with nearest rival Kevin McKeever getting 49,161 votes after the second preference count - while 8,099 ballot papers were rejected during the second count.

Losing Labour PCC candidate 'proud' of the share vote his party achieved

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Labour's Kevin McKeever, who came second to Conservative Stephen Mold in the police and crime commissioner election, told me he was "very pleased how the vote was spread".

Kevin McKeever

Mr McKeever said the result was "at the top end of expectations" for his party and he was "proud" of what they had achieved.

He added that Northamptonshire was not quite a "true blue as some people think".

'Red Lippy Day' earns celebrity endorsement

Jules Osmany, from Northampton, started 'Red Lippy Day' to raise money and awareness for Dementia UK.

She thought up the event a year ago because her mother Gloria has advanced vascular dementia.

Thanks to the power of social media the event has grown and was even endorsed by University of Northampton Vice-Chancellor Nick Petford, model Holly Matthews, and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips...

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Tory election expenses 'all above board,' says Sir Eric Pickles

The Government's Anti-corruption Tsar, Sir Eric Pickles, says he is confident a police investigation into whether election expenses for Conservative MPs were filed illegally at last year's General Election won't find any wrong-doing.

Sir Eric Pickles

Northamptonshire Police is one of eight forces looking into allegations about overnight accommodation for the Conservative Party's "battle buses".

The Tories didn't file the hotel costs and say it was an administrative error. Sir Eric said he's been told the party "will successful demonstrate everything is above board".

Friends of Northampton Castle launch 'Virtual Reality' tour

John Griff

BBC Radio Northampton

It was a rather interesting experience this afternoon as I took a tour of Northampton's former Castle without leaving the studio.

VR heatset

The Friends of Northampton Castle have launched a Virtual Reality tour of the site which uses the latest technology, including a mobile phone and a headset.

Stagecoach apologises for timetable error between Kettering and Market Harborough

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Stagecoach has apologised after a timetable error left passengers between Kettering and Market Harborough missing their bus to work.

Police investigating 'battle bus' expenses from 2015 General Election

Daniel Sandford

Home Affairs Correspondent

Northamptonshire is one of eight police forces investigating Conservative election expenses from the 2015 General Election.

Michael Ellis

The allegation is that hotel bills for the party's 'battle bus' activists, who were boosting campaigns in target seats, were not filed in as election expenses.

The forces will not say which constituencies they are investigating, but the claims which were first raised by the Daily Mirror and Channel 4 News named the Northampton North constituency won by Conservative Michael Ellis.

New PCC: 'I might make mistakes, but the aim is to make Northants safer'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Northamptonshire's new police and crime commissioner, Conservative Stephen Mold, said he "may not always get it right, but it won't be for the want of trying".

Stephen Mold

Mr Mold, who succeeds Adam Simmonds, said he takes the "trust" placed in him by the people of Northamptonshire "seriously," adding that he want to make the county "safer".

New PCC Stephen Mold 'humbled and honoured' by election victory

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Stephen Mold, the new police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire, said he is "truly humbled and honoured" by his election victory.

Conservative Mr Mold beat Labour's Kevin McKeever, with 57.5% of the vote (58,452), after the second preference votes of UKIP Sam Watts were counted.

Update: The number of votes for Mr Mold was later adjusted to 58,175.

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UKIP PCC candidate 'positive' despite third place

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

UKIP police and crime commissioner candidate Sam Watts said his 24% of the vote was "very positive" despite it meaning he finished third behind Conservative Stephen Mold and Labour's Kevin McKeever.

Sam Watts

Mr Watts said he was hampered by "minuscule resources," adding that if it had gone to second preference votes he "had most of those" from what he could see.

Chief constable 'looking forward' to working with new PCC

Within moments of Conservative Stephen Mold becoming the new police and crime commissioner, the chief constable of Northamptonshire Police tweeted his congratulations...

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BreakingConservative Stephen Mold wins PCC election

Stephen Mold, Conservative, has been elected at the new police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire.

PCC election on to second preference but how to does the vote work?

The police and crime commissioner election has gone to the second preference vote after none of the candidate secured the 50% required.

Conservative Stephen Mold came first with 40.5%, while Labour's Kevin McKeever had 35.5%, with UKIP's Sam Watts third with 24%.

But how does the vote now work? This video from the Electoral Commission explains all...

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Conservative PCC candidates ahead after first round votes

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

In the police and crime commissioner elections, Conservative Stephen Mold has won the first round of the vote - but not at the 50% level needed for victory.

Stephen Mold

Mr Mold has 40.5% of the first preference votes ahead of Labour's Kevin McKeever, who had 35.5% followed by UKIP's Sam Watts at 24%.

That means Mr Watts drops out of the contest and the second preference of those who voted UKIP will now be counted.

Cobblers to be presented with ceremonial scroll to celebrate title win

A ceremonial scroll will be presented to Northampton Town to celebrate their League Two success this season.

Cobblers celebrate League Two win

Councillor Phil Larratt will hand over the scroll as part of a civic reception at Northampton’s Guildhall on Sunday.

BBC Radio Northampton's big Cobblers card continues to collect signatures

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

As part of the open-top bus parade, BBC Radio Northampton will be presenting a big card to Northampton Town to mark the winning of League Two.

Big card

It's still collecting more signatures and today is in the Weston Favell Shopping Centre.

Open-top bus parade for Cobblers to set off from Sixfields and will do two laps of Market Square

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

This Sunday sees an open-top bus parade take place in Northampton as the Cobblers celebrate winning League Two.

Northampton Town
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The parade will set off from Sixfields at 16:00, head down the Weedon Road, up into Marefair and across Horsemarket and into Gold Street and Mercer's Row performing a lap of All Saints before moving up the Drapery.

The buses will perform two laps of the Market Square before pausing for speeches and moving into George Row and then St Giles Square. Finally the players will head to the Guildhall, where a civic reception will take place.

Jigsaw maker aiming for world record success at Wicksteed

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Puzzle-maker Dave Evans is hoping to break a world record at Wicksteed Park next month.

Mr Evans, from Weymouth, wants to create the biggest-ever hand-cut jigsaw to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

He's hoping he has more  success than during his last effort in 2013...

Headlines: PCC count under way... Conservatives still control Daventry District Council

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  • Counting is underway in Kettering in the election to choose Northamptonshire's next police and crime commissioner
  • The Conservatives remain firmly in control of Daventry District Council despite losing a seat to Labour
  • The leader of Northamptonshire's Anglican community has called for government action to improve mental health services for prisoners

Weather: Warm with hazy sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

There is hazy, warm sunshine across Northamptonshire today. This image shows Irthlingborough this morning as captured by BBC Weather Watcher 'coleole'.


It will feel rather warm this afternoon with a gentle easterly breeze and a top temperature of 20C (68F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Saints XV unchanged, but Hartley on the the bench

Northampton Saints have named an unchanged side for tomorrow's game against Gloucester, which could guarantee their place in the European Champions Cup.

However, the big news is on the bench as England captain Dylan Hartley takes his place among the replacements for the first time since his concussion in the Six Nations match against France.

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Prison mental health care 'varies hugely,' says Bishop

BBC Look East

The leader of Northamptonshire's Anglican community has called for government action to improve mental health services for prisoners, which he says "varies hugely".

The Bishop of Peterborough, the Rt Rev Donald Allister, was responding to a recent report which showed an increase in violence and deaths in custody.

New owners of young offenders centre need to answer violence question

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

The first task facing the new owners of a young offenders centre will be to reduce levels of violence among occupants.


MTC Novo take control of the Rainsbrook secure training centre, near Daventry, today. The centre was previously run by G4S, which lost the contract after six staff members were dismissed for misconduct.

An Ofsted report, published today, says violence at Rainsbrook "remained too frequent," adding that although young people feel safe and bullying is rare the number of restraints and the use of force has increased since a previous inspection in February 2015.

Hull in Ladies tour action in Alabama

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Burton Latimer golfer Charley Hull will head out later today in the second round of the LPGA tournament in Pratville, Alabama.

Charley Hull

She is eight shots off the lead, held by Israeli Laetitia Back at seven under.

Another big name signs up for Rushden Lakes scheme

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Joules is the latest name to sign up to the multi-million pound Rushden Lakes development.

Turnout increases for crime commissioner election

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The turnout for the police and crime commissioner election in the county has gone up from just under 20% in 2012 to 22.5% in yesterday's election.

Adam simmonds

Back in 2012, when Adam Simmonds (pictured) was elected, the 19.82% turnout was one of the highest in the country - due to it coinciding with a Corby by-election.

This time it seems the election for a third of Daventry District Council has boosted the figures as turnout there for the PCC vote was 33.5%.

PCC election turnout under a quarter

Count to determine Adam Simmonds' successor as PCC about to start

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

I'm at Kettering where the count is about to get under way in the police and crime commissioner elections for Northamptonshire.


Whatever happens it will be all change in the hot seat as current commissioner Adam Simmonds is standing down.

Tory Stephen Mold, Labour's Kevin McKeever and UKIP's Sam Watts are competing to take his place.

Abbey North loss 'very disappointing,' but Daventry Tories keep large majority

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

When you enter an election knowing you can't lose and will most probably come out of it with a large majority, you know it's going to be a good night.

That was the scenario for Conservative leader on Daventry District Council, Chris Miller - but he did admit it was "very disappointing" to lose Abbey North to Labour...

Dickson 'can't wait' to try and silence Gloucester crowd tomorrow

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Shutting up Gloucester's fans is one of the best experiences in rugby, according to Northampton Saints captain Lee Dickson.

Lee Dickson
Getty Images

The scrum half said it's "always nice to shush the crowd" at Kingsholm, where Saints travel tomorrow with a place in the European Champions Cup still to play for.

Dickson said both Northampton and Gloucester "have not had the best season" but he "can't wait to get down there".

Labour leader on Daventry District Council is 'pleased' with gain

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Wendy Randall, the Labour group leader, is pleased with her party's one gain on Daventry District...

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She told me the proposed Daventry canal arm and lift, which Labour oppose, was a big part of the result.

However, the Conservatives, who have put forward the plan, still have a large majority - 27 - on the council.

Northamptonshire parent sets up petition to fight plans to turn all schools into academies

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A petition has been set up by a Northamptonshire parent in opposition to the education secretary’s plan to turn every school in the country into an academy.

Council elections 2016: 'Nobody asked' about Corbyn, says Daventry's new Labour councillor

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Ken Ritchie was Labour's one gain last night on Daventry District Council, in the Abbey North ward.

He told me it was not national issues that were important in his victory...

Nobody has asked me about Jeremy Corbyn's policies. National issues haven't come up much. - Ken Ritchie