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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 24 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel, and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday
  3. There were more than 14,000 cases of domestic abuse dealt with by Northamptonshire Police last year
  4. Nicky Adams has left Northampton Town for Carlisle

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Goodbye from Nicky Adams - and from me...

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

As Nicky Adams bids farewell to the Cobblers, that's it from Local Live for today. Here's hoping there won't be more departures from Sixfields.Enjoy your evening.

Weather: A bright end to a sunny day

BBC Weather

Weather Watcher Will in Badby had a glorious view this morning - and with the evening set to remain dry, it's a good time to get out and enjoy the county.

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It'll stay generally fine and dry overnight with clear spells initially and a minimum temperature of 7C (45F).

Tomorrow will be rather cloudy with an increasing chance of rain. Not quite so warm as today as temperatures peak at 11C (52F).

Fire Brigades Union says reform isn't possible without new members

Annabel Amos

BBC Radio Northampton

I've been speaking to Sheldon Fenning, the Brigade Secretary for the FBU in Northamptonshire, after Theresa May told fire services to become less overwhelmingly white and male.

Fire vehicle

Sheldon told me that if we want to make the fire service more diverse, there's only one way to do it:

"Northamptonshire has lost 800 thousand pounds out of its budget and firefighters have to work to a later age. That's why we're not recruiting. Recruitment is the only way to get new blood into the fire service, but if we're shrinking, we're not going to recruit."  

Firefighters in Northamptonshire criticise May reform plans

Annabel Amos

BBC Radio Northampton

Plans announced by the Home Secretary Theresa May for reform of the service have been criticised as "unrealistic".

Northamptonshire firefighters tackle a blaze in Corby last year
Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Northamptonshire said a record number of jobs, engines and stations have been cut across the country making any added inspection or reform difficult.

Mrs May said she wants a new system of inspections, partly to address cultures of bullying and harrassment, adding that fire brigades are "96 per cent white and 95 per cent male" and need to stamp out bullying and harrassment.

Safeguarding week: One in four women suffer from domestic violence

Northamptonshire Safeguarding Week is concentrating on domestic violence today.

And the figures around it make harrowing reading...

14,439 cases of domestic violence dealt with by Northamptonshire Police in the last year

Safeguarding week: Support for domestic abuse victims

Domestic violence is the subject of today's Northamptonshire Safeguarding Week.

PC Beth Warren has offered this advice to victims...

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Northamptonshire struggle despite Prasanna success

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

A good morning became a second afternoon of toil for Northamptonshire in the field as a ninth wicket partnership of 76 helped Gloucestershire to 418 all out and a first-innings lead of 242.

Northants have not batted well away from home this season and will need to bat out four sessions left in this game to salvage a draw - but they may be without Adam Rossington, who suffered a suspected dislocated finger yesterday and hasn't kept wicket since taking the blow.

And the county haven't started well - they are currently 47-2.

There was at least a bright point to the afternoon with Seekugge Prasanna - the Sri Lankan legspinner - taking 5-97 on his Championship debut. It's his 37th five-wicket haul of his career.

Adams vs Holmes in their promotion season

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Adams vs Holmes
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Adams' departure a significant blow

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Nicky Adams' departure will come as a major bolt from the blue to Cobblers, especially given that it's to a League Two club.

Nicky Adams
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His first - and now only - season at Sixfields can be split into three distinct sections. 

An excellent opening third, a mid-section where he ran out of steam, before he came on strong to help push Northampton Town over the line and to promotion, specifically with the opening goal against Bristol Rovers on that fateful day back in mid-April

Adams will be tricky to replace

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Statistically, 29-year-old Nicky Adams was the most creative player in the Northampton Town squad last year, providing a staggering 17 assists in 45 games - as well as three goals.

Nicky Adams holds the League Two trophy
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But ultimately, the time spent away from his wife and young family has proved too much, with Adams moving to Cumbria specifically with the aim of being closer to his Bolton home.

For Cobblers fans, hopefully this isn't the start of a summer exodus. Spare a thought for new manager Rob Page, who now needs to another player to his shopping list.

BreakingNicky Adams to leave Sixfields

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Nicky Adams
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Safeguarding week: The pain of emotional abuse

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Domestic violence can take the form of both physical and emotional abuse - and the latter can often be harder to crack.

Lucy Westley, from the Sunflower Centre, told me while victims who are physically abused will know they have been mis-treated, emotional abuse can be a creeping malady,

Talking as part of Northamptonshire Safeguarding Week, she said: "Victims can start to believe it is the norm. It can be very hard to kick that belief."

Safeguarding week: Why domestic abuse can be such a hard crime to crack

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Domestic abuse can be one of the hardest crimes to deal with as it involves "intimate or familial relationships".

That's according to Sunflower Centre service manager, Lucy Westley. The centre offers support to victims through civil and criminal cases, as well as advice on issues such as whether it is safe to remain in the home with an abuser.

Domestic abuse victim

Domestic abuse is never usually a straight forward crime."

Lucy WestleySunflower Centre service manager

Peake performance: Studfall cyclists take up Tim's challenge

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Children at Studfall Junior School in Corby have been in the saddle today - trying to rack up the 400km between earth and the International Space Station.

Tim Peake challenged schools all over the country to have a go, whether on foot, bike, trike, handstands, or any other means necessary.

The astronaut is currently circling the earth every 90 minutes, travelling at more than 17 thousand miles per hour but there's a cardboard version of him, at Studfall...

Studfall Junior School

Handbags and glad rags as University of Northampton makes waves internationally

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

New York's Fashion Institute of Technology ranked the University of Northampton at number 67 in the top 100 fashion schools in the world - to the delight of its Head of Fashion, Dr Julie King.

Fashion show
University of Northampton

Another pre-season friendly for the cobblers

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

After confirming earlier this morning they'll travel to Eastleigh in pre-season, Northampton Town have announced they'll also take on Nuneaton Town in July, as part of their for life in League One.

Joel Byrom and Nicky Adams
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The National League North side are managed by ex-Cobblers boss Kevin Wilson, while former Town defender Sam Warburton is in their squad.

The match at Liberty Way will be played at 7:30pm on Tuesday, 12 July. Ticket details are yet to be announced.

Safeguarding week: Domestic abuse a 'hidden crime' despite 14,000 cases last year

Craig Lewis

BBC News

14,439. The number of domestic abuse cases reported to Northamptonshire Police last year.

And yet Lucy Westley, the service manager at support group the Sunflower Centre, said it remains a "quite a hidden crime".

That's why police and support groups are keen to raise awareness of the problem.

Anyone experiencing domestic abuse or who suspects someone may be a victim can call the Sunflower Centre on 01604 888211 or Women's Aid on 0845 123 2311.

Domestic violence often co-exists with child abuse through direct abuse of children or exposure to the abuse of an adult #SafeNorthants16

Door open for Burrell?

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

With the news Manu Tuilagi is out of England's tour to Australia, could the way be open for Luther Burrell to return to the England squad?

Luther Burrell
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England's head coach Eddie Jones said Burrell was one of two men in the frame as potential replacements for Tuilagi:

"Either Luther Burrell or Ollie Devoto [will join the squad] and give us four great options at number 12," he said.

Northampton Town's pre-season takes shape

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

After announcing their first warm up match against Wolves, the Cobblers have confirmed they'll also travel to Eastleigh in their preparations for life in League One.

Rob Page's team will travel on Saturday, 30 July, The club says ticket details will be announced in due course. 

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Traffic officers cut - Northamptonshire Police's response

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

The RAC say there are 21 fewer traffic officers in Northamptonshire than 12 months ago, at a time when their members want more police on our roads.

Here's a very simple statement from Northamptonshire Police explaining everything:

“Northamptonshire Police is part of the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMPpSS), a regional collaboration with Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, which puts the force in a strong position in terms of depth of resource and resilience, and allows resources to be called upon from across the region.

“Roads policing is carried out by the Roads and Armed Policing team and the Tactical Roads Policing team which, as well as firearms support, provides roads policing, including initial response to fatal and serious road traffic collisions and roads policing enforcement.

“In addition, the force’s Safer Roads Team within the joint police and fire Prevention and Community Protection Department, focuses on additional local enforcement of traffic issues as well as prevention and education.”

Full-time traffic officer posts cut in Northamptonshire

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

There are 21 fewer traffic officers in Northamptonshire than a year ago, according to a report by the RAC.


The motoring organisation says that amounts to a cut of 36 per cent - the second highest in the country.

The RAC says while police budgets are tight, motorists want to see more traffic officers on the roads, not less and that offences like tailgating or middle-lane hogging need an actual officer to address them, not a camera.

Northamptonshire need to sort out their batting

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire endured a long day in the field yesterday, but gained reward very late in the day to keep a finger hold on this match.

Quick wickets this morning would put them back in the frame but they will have to bat very well in the second innings - and good batting has deserted them away from home so far this season.

Catch up with the latest here.


In out, in out, Daventry debate will shake EU arguments all about

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Still not sure which way to vote in the EU referendum?

There will be another chance to hear the various in and out arguments at an EU referendum debate in Daventry.

Speakers Emma Reynolds (In) - the MP for Wolverhampton North East - and Daventry's own MP Chris Heaton-Harris (Out) will go head-to-head at the event at the iCon Innovation Centre between 7pm and 8.15pm on Thursday, 2 June.

You can get involved by booking a place by contacting Abigail Campbell via or on 07989421836.

Northampton's fashion students prepare for their finale

Safeguarding Week: One in seven children live with domestic abuse

Here's a sobering statistic.

One in seven children across the country live with domestic violence. Northamptonshire is no different, which is why police have made it a top priority today.

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Safeguarding week focuses on domestic abuse

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Domestic abuse is top of the agenda today as Northamptonshire Safeguarding Week enters its second day.

Domestic abuse

The project is backed by NHS Nene and NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Groups, Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Police and Northampton and Kettering Hospitals.

The week's activities are being followed on the special Twitter hashtag #safenorthants16

School children take on Tim Peake challenge

Children in Corby are aiming to run the distance between Earth and the International Space Station today, inspired by astronaut Tim Peake.

Tim Peake

Angie Alloway, science manager at Studfall Junior School, says 415 pupils will be running and cycling to make up the 247-mile (400km) distance collectively.

"He's been a real inspiration to the children, who have enjoyed finding out what he's been doing and how he's surviving in space," she said.

"We've been running space diaries and are currently growing plants that have come down from space."

Two-car crash causing delays on the A14

BBC Travel

A crash involving two cars is causing delays on the westbound A14.

It happened between junction seven, A4300 (Kettering), and junction four, B669 (Rothwell).

Northants' cricketers face uphill battle

BBC Sport

There were more away day blues for Northamptonshire yesterday - and the county faces an uphill battle against Gloucestershire, with the home side extending their lead to 64 runs yesterday.

Day two of the County Championship match saw Northants add  just 42 runs before they were bowled out for 176.

Adam Rossington
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In reply the hosts finished on 240-4 and there was more bad news when Northants wicketkeeper Adam Rossington (pictured) was forced to leave the field with a suspected dislocated finger.

Praying for rain already? 

In the papers: Supermarket 'could be built at police HQ'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The Northampton Chronicle has published an article about plans for the police headquarters site - which it says could include housing, offices and a supermarket.

Northamptonshire Police headquarters

A new free school is due to open on the site later this year.

Weather: Bright start, turning cloudy later

BBC Weather

After what has been a bright, but chilly start to the day, there will be plenty of sunshine around. However, cloud will gradually begin to increase through the afternoon. Top temperature: 16C (61F). 

Looking ahead to tonight, it will remain fine and dry, although cloud will gradually spread in from the east. Lows of 7C (45F).

Get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Welcome to local live for Northamptonshire

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Good morning, and welcome to our live page for Northamptonshire.

In a few moments we'll bring you a full weather forecast, but in the meantime here's a little taster in the form of this picture from Weather Watcher coleole, who says it's a "cool morning" in Irthlingborough.

Weather Watchers: coleole