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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 18 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Martin Borley

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From examining why a man is walking the streets of Corby wearing a loud, yellow suit to looking at the government's decision to make Northamptonshire one of eight pilot areas to trial satellite tracking tags to monitor offenders, it's been a busy day in the county.

Take a look through today's feed to find out what you've missed.

Iconic Northampton landmark is 80 years old

There are some wonderful old photos in this Northants Herald & Post article about the Deco, which has turned 80.

The Northampton venue opened as The Savoy. It was also known as the ABC and the Cannon Cinema. The Beatles performed there in 1963.

Developer 'disappointed' by Desborough decision

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

The developers behind plans for 304 houses in the Ise Valley at Desborough say they're "disappointed" an application was rejected by councillors.

Land at The Hawthorns, Desborough
BBC

I asked the developers if they're likely to appeal the decision, but a statement from Central England Co-operative said: "We are disappointed with the outcome of the planning application. At present, we are waiting for the written decision from the planning committee; therefore at this time it is too early for us to comment in any detail.”

Weather: Rain is due to clear

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a wet day, as seen in this picture taken near Walgrave and posted by BBC Weather Watcher 'captkremen'.

Clouds above a roundabout
BBC Weather Watchers/captkremen

The good news is the rain should clear this evening. I'm not sure if you'll be getting your shades out, but tomorrow is supposed to be mostly dry and bright with sunny spells.

Cricket: Bad light and rain sees Northants clash end in a draw

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Only 11 overs were possible on the final day at Wantage Road.

Kent's Joe Denly was caught in the deep off Rob Keogh for 36, having made an unbeaten double hundred in the first innings.

Bad light forced the players from the field and the end followed soon after as the heavens opened.

Daniel Bell-Drummond finished 69 not out as both sides take 11 points.

Travel: A5076 in Northampton closed in both directions

BBC Travel

The A5076 is closed in both directions between the A4500 Wellingborough Road and Blackthorn Road.

It's because of an accident. Delays are said to be "severe".

Campaigners welcome Desborough decision

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Residents of Desborough who campaigned against plans for 304 homes in the Ise Valley say they're "relieved" the planning application was refused.

Kevin O'Brien says: "It's a beautiful decision to save a beautiful valley."
BBC

As we've been reporting, outline planning permission for the site near the former Hawthorns Leisure Centre was rejected due to the effect the development might have on bio-diversity and the surrounding area.

Residents had staged a demonstration before last night's meeting at Kettering Borough Council's offices.

Record numbers of patients at A&E

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Northampton Hospital is seeing record numbers of patients attending Accident and Emergency.

Northampton General Hospital
BBC

The hospital says current patient numbers are around 40% higher than the same week in 2015. Around half of those "could have received treatment elsewhere," managers claim.

It is really important A&E is only used for critical or life-threatening situations."

Dr Emma ClancyGP and Clinical Executive Director For Acute Trusts South at NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group

The Daylight Centre Fellowship: Council leader offers to meet charity trustees

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough says there's less money to support voluntary organisations.

Cllr Martin Griffiths
Borough Council of Wellingborough

In a statement, Councillor Martin Griffiths said the council's budgets have been reduced. The Conservative was responding to calls for more support for the Daylight Centre Fellowship which fears losing its home.

Cllr Griffths has also offered to meet the trustees of the charity.

Charities are being encouraged to work together and co-locate in order to reduce their overheads."

Cllr Martin GriffithsLeader, Borough Council of Wellingborough

Should the old girl of Corby get a facelift?

It's an iconic building in Corby, but should Grosvenor House get a facelift?

Grosvenor House
BBC

I snapped this picture from the top floor of the Corby Cube.

Some think the former Strathclyde Hotel is ugly, others that it should be preserved. The Northants Telegraph have some great pictures of the building over the years - click the link to check them out.

Northants in prison satellite tagging trial

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Northamptonshire is one of eight pilot areas to trial satellite tracking tags to monitor offenders.

Prisoner and prison officer
PA

This could see prisoners become weekend inmates and spend the rest of the week at home as they hold down jobs.

The trial is part of a shake-up of the prisons system which was at the heart of the Queen's speech this morning.

Cricket to start at Wantage Road in next half hour

The rain has gone. The sun is out. Kent are probably going to sedately bat the rest of the day out.

But it looks like we're going to get some play in the cricket with play due to start at 14:40.

Must admit I've been proved wrong (again) & we're going to get play on day four in Northampton. @kentcricket to resume 88-1. #bbccricket

Pitch inspection as Northants and Kents battle against the rain

There's been no play yet today, but Northamptonshire's cricketers are awaiting the outcome of a 14:00 pitch inspection - fingers crossed.

Special needs unit rated outstanding

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Corby Business Academy's unit for children with special educational needs has been rated outstanding for the second time.

A special needs class at CBA
Corby Business Academy

The academy's unit director Claire Robinson said staff work hard to make sure students are supported "in their social and emotional development," as well as in their lessons.

The rating has been made by Northamptonshire County Council in its annual review for special schools.

Weather: Keeping dry in Corby

BBC Weather Watchers

You need your umbrella this afternoon. User 'Blue Shoes 42' in Corby knows how to keep dry, judging by the photo posted on BBC Weather Watchers.

Corby as seen from beneath an umbrella
BBC Weather Watchers/Blue Shoes 42

The forecast suggests heavy and thundery showers this afternoon, but we might have a bit of sunshine between the rain.

The Daylight Centre Fellowship: Bishop backs charity's cause

The leader of Northamptonshire's Anglican community has urged council officials to help secure the future of a Wellingborough charity by offering a long lease on its building.

The Bishop of Peterborough at the Daylight Centre
BBC

The Daylight Centre Fellowship helps vulnerable people by providing a Food Bank, advice and support.

The Bishop of Peterborough, the Right Reverend Donald Allister, said: "The centre is paying rent, but has absolutely no security over the use of the building."

The Daylight Centre Fellowship: Trustees 'can only maintain' site

We can do nothing to it apart from maintain... it is very, very difficult to plan."

Josephine PalmerChairman of trustees at The Daylight Centre Fellowship

The Daylight Centre Fellowship: Vulnerable people's centre 'can't plan for the future'

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The trustees of a centre for vulnerable people in Wellingborough say they can't plan for the future because the council won't renew the lease on their building.

The Daylight Centre
BBC

The Daylight Centre Fellowship, which offers a Food Bank, meals advice and support from its High Street base has been renting the building from Wellingborough Council.

The lease ran out two years ago and the authority won't offer a new one because there are plans to redevelop parts of the town.

'Born in a pub, not dying in one!': Owner's last orders at oldest pub

This story from the Northants Herald & Post caught our eye.

What's claimed to be the oldest pub in Northamptonshire and England has been put up for sale - as its tired owner calls time after an incredible 47 years behind the bar.

Cricket: Heavy skies over County Ground

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's been a badly rain-affected season already for Northamptonshire and sadly, it's very wet again for the final day of their fifth county championship match against Kent.

Rain at Wantage Road
BBC

A fourth draw in five matches looks very likely. The consolation here being they may get an extra day to prepare for Friday's opening T20 at Leicester.

Start of play delayed in cricket at Wantage Road

Northamptonshire vs Kent vs the rain.

The rain is winning... no play so far this morning. Alex Winter will have more soon...

Rain
BBC

Travel: Lane reopens after M1 crash

One lane has reopened on the M1 Northbound, but the other two remain blocked causing congestion from J16 to J15a.

It follows a collision between two lorries.

We have a lane open again past the collision #M1 N/B btwn J16 and J17. Delays approaching from J15A #Northampton.

We have a lane open again past the collision #M1 N/B btwn J16 and J17. Delays approaching from J15A #Northampton.

Keeping dry? We suggest you stay indoors

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a bit wet today - as shown by bev@foxgloves from Spratton who's posted a photo on BBC Weather Watchers.

A wet garden in Spratton
BBC Weather Watchers/bev@foxgloves

I think you should remain indoors, Bev. The forecast says we could have more heavy showers this afternoon.

Travel: One lane blocked on M1 Northbound

BBC Travel

An accident involving two lorries has resulted in one lane being blocked on the M1 Northbound.

The accident happened near J16. There's queuing traffic.

Rushden should 'follow Oundle'

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

The new town manager for Rushden and Higham Ferrers has been looking to Oundle for inspiration.

Julie Thorneycroft's job is to ensure the towns aren't harmed when the giant Rushden Lakes development opens next year.

The Women's Tour in Oundle in 2014
BBC

She says she wants to follow Oundle's example and stage big events such as the Women's Tour, which has twice been hosted by Oundle.

New Rushden town manager promises more events to champion unique offer

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

History and heritage. The watchwords for newly appointed Rushden town centre manager, Julie Thorneycroft.

The role covers Rushden and Higham Ferrers, and has been paid for by the developers of the Rushden Lakes shopping complex.

Rushden town centre
Google

The two towns are full of culture, heritage, independent unique shops... there's a challenge getting people there, but I think we can overcome this by putting on addition events."

Julie ThorneycroftRushden town centre manager

Have you seen the man in the yellow suit?

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Tom Hackett's art project involves walking around Corby in a yellow suit chatting to strangers. He'll be in the town again today.

He'll then design a new suit covered in words and phrases from those conversations. 

The end result of this Arts Council England-funded project will be exhibited in the Corby Cube.

Desborough development rejected by councillors

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Plans for 304 new homes in the Ise Valley at Desborough have been turned down by councillors.

Protestors outside Kettering Borough Council offices
Kevin O'Brien

Those opposed to the development staged a protest last night outside Kettering Borough Council, where the decision was taken.

Outline planning permission was rejected due to the effect of the development on biodiversity and the surrounding area.

A catalyst covered in text fragments... or just a loud suit?

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Is it art? I'll leave that for you to decide, but artist Tom Hackett is certainly attracting plenty of attention in Corby.

Tom Hackett
BBC

He's been walking around the town in a bright yellow suit and chatting to passers-by as part of his latest art project.

The plan is to choose some words or phrases from his conversations, print them onto fabric and have a new suit made - or in his words: "This first suit is like a catalyst which is covered in text fragments, words I've gathered from people over time."

Today's weather: Cloudy and wet

Aisling Creevey

BBC Look East weather

You knew that glimpse of summer was a false dawn, didn't you? It's back to the cloud and rain today - meaning there won't be much chance of play at Wantage Road where Northamptonshire still have hopes of an unlikely win against Kent.

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Get the detailed forecast for where you live at BBC Weather.

Welcome to Northamptonshire Live: The home of the man in the yellow suit

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

There's a man walking around Corby in a yellow suit...

Want to know more about that and the rest of the news across Northamptonshire? Stay tuned.

The man in the yellow suit
BBC