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Summary

  1. Criminal gangs are exploiting foreign workers in the county, according to Northamptonshire Police
  2. Northamptonshire Police need more firearms officers
  3. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Pete Cooper

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We've come to the end of today's live stream, but Northants are still playing in the county championship.

Visitors Kent are currently looking comfortable on 84-1, 18 runs behind with nine wickets remaining in their second innings.

You can join us again tomorrow at 08:00.

Woman left with scratch marks on neck during alleged assault at Corby cinema

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Cinemagoers are being asked to help police with their investigation into an alleged assault at a town centre cinema.

Weather: Dry tonight, but rain tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening is going to dry with sunny spells and it'll be dry until the end of the night with lows of 9C (48F).

Weather
BBC

I'm afraid tomorrow will be cloudy and wet with outbreaks of showers, some of which will be heavy and thundery, so you'll need an umbrella. The high will be 14C (57F).

South Northamptonshire MP says energy bills will go down if UK leave EU

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has said leaving the European Union would "give us the freedom to keep (energy) bills down and meet our climate change targets".

The energy minister gave a speech earlier at the Vote Leave headquarters in London.

Andrea Leadsom
BBC

Her views are in contrast to her boss, the Secretary of State for energy Amber Rudd. In a speech in March she said EU energy efficiency rules "would mean lower bills not just for families and businesses across Europe, but right here in Britain."

Ise Valley homes protest to take place outside Kettering council

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Councillors in Kettering will be met by protestors when they attend a borough council planning meeting tonight.

Kettering Borough Council
BBC

Desborough and Rothwell residents are campaigning against plans for 304 homes in the Ise Valley. It is recommended the application - from Central England Co-operative Ltd - is given outline planning permission this evening.

The meeting starts at 18:30.

Developer behind Desborough house says it has 'taken on board' concerns

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

The developer behind plans for 304 new homes in Desborough says it has "consulted with people in the area" and have "taken on board some of these concerns."

But that hasn't stopped residents decided to hold a protest against the development at tonight's Kettering Borough Council planning meeting.

Central England Co-operative said it has "worked very closely with Kettering Borough Council and planning officials" and is "looking forward" to the decision of the planning committee.

Land earmarked for homes in Desborough should be "preserved"

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Important open space or vital land for housing?

It's an increasingly common argument when it comes to development projects - and it will be repeated tonight at Kettering Borough Council.

Hawthorns
Google

Protestors from Desborough and Rothwell say land previously used as playing fields and another area once occupied by the Hawthorns Leisure Centre in Desborough should be "preserved" - a report to councillors says that - in principal - it should be turned into a 304 home development.

A decision is due tonight.

Lead of 102 for Northants against Kent

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants have been dismissed for 498 in their county championship clash with Kent - a lead of 102. Captain Alex Wakely had told me he wanted a hundred lead, and he's got it.

Wantage Road
BBC

It's now over to the bowlers, with a day and a bit to go in this match, and Monty Panesar has opened the bowling.

I am live at Wantage Road with commentary online or via the BBC Sport app.

Air ambulance lands in B&M store car park in Northampton after man collapses at gym

Northants Herald & Post

An air ambulance landed in a shop car park - to the amazement of stunned onlookers - after it was scrambled to a man who had collapsed at a nearby gym in Northampton this morning.

Brackley Town Hall restoration given planning permission

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The Georgian Town Hall building in Brackley has been granted planning permission and listed building consent for its full restoration, which is due to start in the Autumn.

Brackley Town Hall
Brackley Town Council

The project, which includes extensive repairs and new facilties such as toilets and a kitchen in the Grade II listed building, was awarded a £2.2m Heritage Lottery Fund grant last year.

The Lottery funding will be matched by £500,000 from both South Northamptonshire Council and Brackley Town Council.

Northamptonshire NHS governor says email system problems have caused patients to miss appointments

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A governor of an NHS Trust in Northamptonshire says failures with the national NHS email system has led to patients missing psychiatric appointments.

Don't leave me this Soufflé - Vicar and former Communard's MasterChef role

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Singing. Preaching. Cookery? Is there anything the vicar of Finedon, Richard Coles, can't do?

Masterchef
BBC

The former Communard will be competing in this year's Celebrity MasterChef.

He'll be up against the likes of Strictly professional dancer Gleb Savchenko, pop singer Sinitta and Tommy Cannon, from Cannon and Ball.

New deputy leader for Northampton Borough Council

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

There's been a shake up of the top team at Northampton Borough Council, with Jonathan Nunn chosen as the new deputy leader by the Conservative group after he stood against Mike Hallam.

Mary Markham
BBC

The authority's leader Mary Markham (pictured) has used it as an opportunity to make changes to her ruling cabinet. The opposition Labour group has questioned the need to increase the size of the cabinet to eight.

Northants take first innings lead

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

At Wantage Road, Northants have taken a first innings lead over Kent, thanks in part to an explosive 50 from Rory Kleinveldt...

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Weather: Sunny, but cloud around

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a sunny day, but there is some cloud rolling in as you can from BBC Weather Watcher 'captkremen' and this picture of Walgrave...

Walgrave
BBC

There will be plenty of sunshine, but also some cloud around with a top temperature of 18C (64F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Northants trail by just 30 at lunch

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

We're about to resume on day three at Wantage Road and it's been a great morning for Northants, moving from 206-3 to 366-6, just 30 behind Kent's first innings score.

Adam Rossington
Getty Images

It's down to a fabulous knock from wicketkeeper Adam Rossington (72 not out), who has played with power, timing and some deft touches.

There will be full commentary online or via the BBC Sport app.

Northampton swimmer Robinson selection for Paralympics in Rio

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Teenager swimmer Ellie Robinson has been selected for ParalympicsGB for the Paralympics in Rio this summer.

Ellie Robinson
Georgie Kerr

The 14-year-old from Northampton competes in the S6 butterfly.

Details of Women’s Tour route through Daventry district announced

Daventry Express

Elite cyclists will hurtle through Daventry town centre, climb Newnham Hill and sprint through Bugbrooke.

Headlines: One in five arrested in county is a foreign national... More firearms officers needed

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories...

  • One in every five people arrested in Northamptonshire is a foreign national
  • Northamptionshire Police, along with other forces, needs more firearms officers
  • Northants are looking for a first innings lead over Kent at Wantage Road

Problems on the A5 and A14

BBC Travel

The A5 is closed both ways between the Kilsby junction and Rugby Road junction because of a serious accident involving a car and a mototbike.

Also, on the A14 there is disruption both ways between junction 13 and junction 12 because of jackknifed lorry - thanks to Dave who emailed us with that news.

Cobblers interest in Vale boss Grant 'no surprise'

BBC Sport

Port Vale midfielder Anthony Grant says he is "not surprised" at the reported interest in his manager Rob Page.

Rob Page
Getty Images

Page has been linked to the vacant managers job at Northampton Town after Chris Wilder left for Sheffield United.

"It's no surprise. He's done very well with a limited budget," said Grant.

Almost 3,000 foreign nationals arrested in Northamptonshire in last year

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

Northamptonshire Police are using number plate recognition to track down foreign criminals, with almost 3,000 foreign nationals arrested in the county in the year ending in March 2016.

I spoke to Detective Inspector Ash Turner about how the system works....

Borough council's internal investigation into Cobblers loan 'progressing well'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

An internal investigation into the £10m loaned to Northampton Town is "progressing well", according to a new report. The loan was never repaid.

Northampton Town
BBC

Northampton Borough Council asked internal auditor PriceWaterHouse Cooper to look at the processes followed when the loan was approved in 2013.

The internal audit is one of three investigations under way. An update is expected in the summer.

Northants looking for lead today

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It was slow-going for Northamptonshire yesterday and they began the day still 190 runs behind Kent.

Wantage Road
BBC

Captain Alex Wakely would like a lead of over a hundred to try and push for victory, but they will have to up the scoring rate to get there by the close tonight - a whole day is surely needed to try and bowl out Kent again on a flat, slow wicket.

There is full commentary online or via the BBC Sport app.

Signalling fault causing problem for Northampton trains

If you are due to get a train from Northampton there is some bad news...

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Northamptonshire firearm recruits not deterred by possibility of intense scrutiny

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

The new firearms recruits at Northamptonshire are warned - as are others elsewhere - they face intense scrutiny and many months, possibly years of investigation, if they do open fire.

Firearms training
Northamptonshire Police

At the moment, it does not appear to be deterring them from taking on the role. There are still plenty of armed police volunteers - but that can change quickly.

What is firearms training like at Northamptonshire Police?

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

I visited a firing range in Northampton. There I saw 14 policemen and women, each carrying a Glock 17 self-loading pistol, on their first week of training. They had volunteered to become firearms officers, a role that comes with no extra payment but huge responsibility.

Firearms training
Northamptonshire Police

Dressed in black police uniforms, and wearing goggles and ear defenders, they stood in a row, 10m (33ft) from a line of cardboard targets.

A police instructor bellowed at them to get ready. Seconds later, gunfire echoed around the building. After each time they fired, the officers checked the targets, plugged the holes where the bullets had gone with different coloured markers, to see if the officers aim was improving.

New firearm officers will have to carry out 'core policing' roles

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

As a result of the number of firearms officers falling to their lowest figure since 1987, the Home Office has agreed to fund 1,000 extra officers for five years.

Another 500 are being funded by local forces, like Northamptonshire - from within existing budgets.

Firearms training
Northamptonshire Police

The Home Office says many of the new firearm officers will continue to carry out "core policing" roles, reducing the need to "backfill vacancies".

But Che Donald, from the Police Federation, which represents constables, sergeants and inspectors, is concerned the recruitment exercise will create a "gap" in the front line.

Northamptonshire needs more firearms officers

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Like many other forces, Northamptonshire Police, part of a joint armed policing unit in the East Midlands, needs more firearms officers.

Firearms training
Northamptonshire Police

The latest official figures, for 2015, show the number across England and Wales fell to 5,647. This is the lowest level since at least 1987 - when Michael Ryan shot dead 16 people in Hungerford, Berkshire.

And, after the attacks in Paris by gunmen last November, it became clear to senior officers they would not have enough firearms officers to deal with a similar strike in Britain.

Wood hoping for 'full use of left arm' after surgery

You might think not being selected for England's tour of Australia would be a right pain in the neck for Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood.

But the 29-year-old is determined to make it exactly the opposite - he's taking advantage of the break to have surgery on a neck injury...

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Denley double as Kent and Northants share runs in the sun

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Sun + flat wicket = runs.

Kent and Northamptonshire's batsmen enjoyed conditions at Wantage Road yesterday.

Alex Wakely
Getty Images

First Joe Denly scored his maiden double century (206 not out) as the visitors clocked up 396. Then Nottinghamshire loanee Jake Libby's 81 helped Northants to 206-3.

If you can't get down to the County Ground, there will be full commentary online from 11:00 or via the BBC Sport app.

Wilder picks up League Two Manager of the Year award

BBC Sport

Chris Wilder has picked up the Manager of the Year award for League Two after guiding Northampton Town to the title.

Chris Wilder
Getty Images

Wilder, who last week left the Cobblers for his home town club Sheffield United, was honoured last night at the League Manager's Association ceremony.

It also saw Claudio Ranieri named overall Manager of the Year, not long after a bus parade finished in the streets of Leicester for their Premier League title victory.

Headlines: Gangs exploiting foreign workers... Northants to continue fightback against Kent

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories this morning:

  • Criminal gangs are exploiting foreign workers in the county, according to Northamptonshire Police

Weather: Sunny start but cloudier later

Aisling Creevey

BBC Look East weather

It will be a warm day with plenty of sunshine, but cloud is expected to gradually build throughout the day, with a high of 18C (64F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Good morning and welcome to Local Live for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It's a lovely start to the day, with blue skies across Northamptonshire. Here's what it looks like in Irthlingborough, from BBC Weather Watcher 'coleole'.

St Peter's Church, Irthlingborough
BBC

We'll have a full weather forecast for the region shortly, plus stay with us until 18:00 to get all the news, sport and travel for the county.

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