Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Northampton Borough Council has reached an agreement with developers behind the St James waste-to-energy plant giving them a two-year option on Westbridge Depot
  2. The opening of the under-restoration Delapre Abbey will not be completed until February 2017, having originally been scheduled for this summer
  3. The interim head of the fire service has revealed the number of vehicles jointly manned by police and fire officers in the county is to increase to 14
  4. Updates on Thursday, 2 June 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

Thanks for joining us today.

There's been plenty going on, from a Rushden shoe company in New York, New York to plans for new joint working police and fire vehicles; delays at Delapre to discussions over the St James waste-to-energy plant.

If you want to catch up with anything just scroll down the page. Otherwise, we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

Weather: Mild night in store, another cloudy day tomorrow

A mild night ahead, especially if you happen to be in built-up areas. The odd spot of rain can't be ruled out but it should stay dry for the most part.

Tomorrow's set to be mostly cloudy with a little showery rain spreading from the east, so if you were hoping for summer you're not in luck. Highs of 15C, that's 59F.

You can always check the latest forecast for where you live on the BBC Weather website.

Weather map
BBC

EU referendum Facebook Live: Time to ask your questions

Our BBC East political team of Andrew Sinclair and Tom Barton will be hosting a Facebook Live event tonight, answering your questions on the EU referendum in the East from 18:45.

You can ask questions via Facebook comments during the broadcast, but if you'd like to get in early, you can post them here.

Facebook Live invitation
BBC

Planned pathway at Delapre Abbey will take six to eight weeks to finish

The latest stage in the work to prepare for the opening of Delapre Abbey will see a new footpath built, which will take an anticipated six to eight weeks to complete.

It is intended the path will be able to cope with increased visitor numbers once the restoration is complete.

With such an increase in numbers, we need to make sure all of the facilities are up to scratch, including approach routes."

Tim HadlandNorthampton Borough Council cabinet member for regeneration

Delapre Abbey delay comes after council discovered £900,000 funding black hole

Craig Lewis

BBC News

A fully-restored Delapre Abbey was scheduled to be opened by summer 2016, but by April the borough council was saying it would not be open until October this year.

Delapre Abbey
BBC

That delay came at the same time as the news it would cost the authority an extra £900,000 to complete the work.

Now the date has been put back again until February 2017.

Opening of restored Dealpre Abbey delayed until February 2017

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The opening of Delapre Abbey has been delayed until February next year.

Delapre Abbey
BBC

A £6.3m Heritage Lottery-funded scheme to restore the Abbey was originally set to be completed by summer 2016, when the building was due to open for the first time in 900 years.

But, according to the Delapre Abbey website, a "revised" date of Saturday, 11 February 2017 has now been set in order to "allow us to complete all the detailed restoration work".

Watch: Shoe company makes it in New York

Rob Adcock

BBC News

A shoe company has celebrated its 150th anniversary by opening its first store outside of the UK - in New York.

Grenson shoes, of Rushden, already has several stores across the UK and says the new shop is a natural progression.

The New York outlet is 3,500 miles (5,633km) away from Grenson's Rushden roots.

Watch: Piles of rubbish dumped at Fishponds removed by volunteers

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Black bags full of shredded paper. Sofas and armchairs. Bike helmets. Sleeping bags.

Just some of the items found during a "day of action", carried out by volunteers at Fishponds on the Southbrook estate in Daventry.

I spoke to the co-ordinator of the Clean and Green project in Daventry, Angelina Farrant...

Fly-tipping a major problem on Southbrook estate

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Volunteers have been busy clearing up the Fishponds area of Daventry's Southbrook estate this afternoon.

Judging by what they have found, fly-tipping is a major issue in the area...

Fishponds clear up
BBC
Fishponds clear up
BBC
Fishponds clear up
BBC

Cricket: Three out of three the key for rampant Levi

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

In-form Northamptonshire batsman Richard Levi is looking to propel the county to a third T20 victory tomorrow night.

Richard Levi
Getty Images

Speaking to me today, Levi - who smashed 61 and 58 in wins against Leicestershire and Derbyshire - said the "very supportive" Wantage Road crowd and confidence throughout the team would hopefully propel the team to three wins out of three.

Northants take on Worcestershire at the County Ground tomorrow evening.

Student goes coast to coast to create fashion design

What do the coasts of Cornwall and New York have in common?

They're both featured in the fashion of University of Northampton student Sean Leggett, whose final-year collection will represent the uni at this year’s Graduate Fashion Week.

The coastal clash design
University of Northampton

The coastal clash design combined gold to represent Cornwall - as Sean associated it with a laid-back surfer-dude vibe - and silver for New York to represent the steel of the towering skyscrapers.

Graduate Fashion Week takes place from 5-8 June in Shoreditch.

Headstone crushed by lead thieves

A headstone was crushed and destroyed by thieves stealing lead from a church roof.

The incident at Middleton Cheney was one of two at churches in the county over the past week. The other took place in Thenford.

Significant amounts of lead were taken and damage caused during the thefts.

Destroyed head stone
Northamptonshire Police

Hand-built model steam engine and family car stolen in Burton Latimer burglary

A one-of-a-kind hand-built model steam engine has been stolen.

The 1:8 scale model of an Allchin Royal Chester, serial number SH207, was taken from a house in Churchill Way, Burton Latimer at 20:40 on Tuesday.

Steam engine model
Northamptonshire Police

Police say it is of great sentimental value to its owners, adding they believe it may have been transported in a Land Rover Freelander, registration KG03 OJJ, which was also stolen from the property.  

What a load of rubbish... Daventry Day of Action clean-up

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

I've been out with residents on a Day of Action to clear up the Southbrook estate in Daventry - and this is just some of the rubbish found there...

Rubbish cleaned up on the Southbrook Estate in Daventry
BBC

Weather Watchers brighten up dull day across the county

Craig Lewis

BBC News

It's not raining.

That's about as positive as I can get about the weather today, but that hasn't stopped our eager Weather Watchers.

These pictures were taken by weather watcher 66 in Wellingborough, PaulaMaria in Pattishall and Rosemary in Kettering.

Wellingborough
Weather Watchers/weather watcher 66
Pattishall
Weather Watchers/PaulaMaria
Garden in Kettering
Weather Watchers/Rosemary

St James waste-to-energy plant: Your views

Craig Lewis

BBC News

We've been asking you what you think of proposals for a waste-to-energy plant in St James - after the council reached an agreement with developer Rolton Kilbride giving it a two-year option on the Westbridge Depot.

The debate is taking place on our Facebook page.

Facebook comments
BBC/Facebook

Hand-built model steam engine and family car stolen in Burton Latimer burglary

A one-of-a-kind hand-built model steam engine has been stolen.

The 1:8 scale model of an Allchin Royal Chester, serial number SH207, was taken from a house in Churchill Way, Burton Latimer at 20:40 on Tuesday.

The Allchin Royal Chester model train
Northamptonshire Police

Police say it is of great sentimental value to its owners, adding they believe it may have been transported in a Land Rover Freelander, registration KG03 OJJ, which was also stolen from the property.

St James waste-to-energy plant: The opposition

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Protesters opposing plans for a waste-to-energy plant in St James say information given to them has "constantly changed".

Artist's impression of the new plant produced by protest group
NoMoInNoHo

Chairman of St James Residents' Association, Graham Croucher, told the BBC last week that there are question marks over proposals residents will be given a share of the profits.

The 'NoMoInNoHo' - or No Monster Incinerator in Northampton - has also raised objections over the size and environmental quality of the proposed plant. 

Two-year agreement would give waste plant developers a 'degree of certainty'

Northampton Borough Council has given developer Rolton Kilbride a two-year option on St James' Westbridge Depot.

There is a clause in the agreement that would allow the authority to extend the option for a further period.

This would allow Rolton Kilbride to proceed with its plans with a degree of certainty that, pending planning approval, the scheme could go ahead."

Tim HadlandNorthampton Borough Council cabinet member for regeneration

Rolton Kilbride waste-to-energy plan would 'have to be considered carefully'

Craig Lewis

BBC News

A report on the proposed St James waste-to-energy plant is due to go before Northampton Borough Council's cabinet next Wednesday.

Waste
BBC

If a property deal is agreed, Rolton Kilbride will have two years to submit a planning application, secure other approvals and carry out a public consultation.

Cabinet member for regeneration, Tim Hadland, said: "This could provide the best option for the taxpayers of Northampton, but is something that will have to be considered carefully.”

St James waste-to-energy plant developer given two-year option on Westbridge Depot

Craig Lewis

BBC News

It's one of the most controversial plans in Northampton - but has today been given tacit backing by the borough council.

Proposed waste-to-energy plant for St James
Rolton Kilbride

Rolton Kilbride is planning to build a waste-to-energy plant at the old Westbridge Depot in St James.

Northampton Borough Council has now reached a commercial agreement with the developer giving it a two-year option on the depot.

New police and fire vehicles: 'Where will the officers come from?'

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Northants Police Federation chairman Gez Jackson says he was previously involved in meetings about joint police and fire working but "they stopped last summer".

Despite being broadly in favour of integration, he did question where extra officers to man 12 new 4x4s would come from.

Resources are stretched and I'm not entirely sure where these officers will come from, but I haven't been consulted."

Gez JacksonChairman of Northants Police Federation

Rank-and-file representative 'positive' about fire and police integration

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The head of the organisation that represents rank-and-file police officers in Northamptonshire says he is "positive" about integration between the police and fire services.

Gez Jackson
BBC

Gez Jackson, chairman of the county's Police Federation, said the sharing of the police's Wootton Hall headquarters with the fire service had been a success.

Mr Jackson said the federation had not been consulted about plans to increase the number of joint vehciels from two to 14, but said he was not "anti" the overall aims of blue-light collaboration.

Police Federation chairman found out about new police and fire 4x4s from the BBC

Craig Lewis

BBC News

"Your phone call was the first I had heard of it."

That was the reaction from a "disappointed" Gez Jackson, the chairman of the Northants Police Federation, when I asked him about plans to increase the number of joint 4x4s manned by both police and fire officers.

Gez Jackson, Chairman of Northants Police Federation
BBC

The move was revealed by fire brigade chief, Darren Dovey, who also said communications within the police and fire services on blue-light integration needs to improve. Work still to do?

I can't comment as to the benefits as I wasn't involved in the process."

Gez JacksonChairman of Northants Police Federation

Weather: Dry and breezy... but keep your coat on

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It should be a nicer day than the past few have been. Overall it will be dry and breezy, although that wind will be chilly at times.

Top temperature: 15C (59F).

Joint vehicles aimed at solving rural issues, says fire boss

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The interim head of Northamptonshire Fire Service, Darren Dovey, has been talking about the increase of joint police and fire vehicles across the county.

Here's what he had to say...

What the joint police and fire vehicles do?

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The first joint rural response vehicle was launched in East Northamptonshire in January last year.

The number of vehicles in the county is now due to be increased to 14, but what do they do?

According to a police spokesman, at the time that first vehicle was launched, they are staffed by a police officer and a fire officer whose role is to:

  • Gather intelligence
  • Identify potential crime and fire risks
  • Assess and support at incidents such as minor fires and road traffic collisions
  • Carry out high-visibility patrols in crime hotspot areas
  • Give fire and personal safety talks to schools and community groups
  • Visit farms and businesses to discuss concerns
Joint police and fire vehicle
Northamptonshire Police

When Danny met Adam: BBC's man tried out new patrol vehicle in Daventry

Back in April, the BBC's Home Affairs Correspondent Danny Shaw looked into the roles of police and crime commissioners across the country - including proposals for blue-light collaboration.

Under the Policing and Crime Bill, currently going through Parliament, commissioners can take responsibility for fire and rescue services and create a single employer for the two services.

He even went on patrol in Daventry in one of two purpose-built intervention vehicles.

It's part of a move to reduce costs, cut duplication and improve response times to traffic accidents and other emergencies, driven by the Conservative PCC, Adam Simmonds, and is likely to be replicated in other areas."

Danny ShawBBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Fire boss admits joint working communications errors

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

If your plan is to integrate two major services, one of the first things you should get right is making sure there is a consistent message to the staff within them.

Darren Dovey
BBC

But that's something Northamptonshire's interim fire service chief, Darren Dovey, admits wasn't up to scratch.

He said: "I think we could have joined up our comms a lot better between police and fire to ensure we had one message going out."

Buildings are main priority in joint police and fire plan

Craig Lewis

BBC News

This latest development may be concentrating on vehicles, but interim fire service chief, Darren Dovey, says the plan's main focus remains on buildings.

Fire engine outside police HQ in Wootton
BBC

It's about police and fire getting together to see if we can come up with an estates strategy. That is the immediate thing for integration."

Darren DoveyInterim Head of Northamptonshire Fire Service

'Blue-light collaboration' plan first hatched in 2013

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The increased number of jointly manned 4x4s in Northamptonshire is the latest move in the development of "blue-light collaboration" in the county.

Joint rural response vehicle
BBC

Plans by former Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner, Adam Simmonds, to merge some police and fire service functions were backed by the police crime panel back in 2013.

In the same year, officers and support staff from both forces moved into a newly-refurbished fire station in Thrapston and, in 2014, Northamptonshire County Council approved draft plans to merge the services.

Joint police and fire engines in Northamptonshire to increase to 14

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The number of joint 4x4s manned by both police and fire officers is to be increased to cover the whole county.

Shaun De Groot and PC Gez Shillito show off their joint police-fire vehicle
BBC

A pilot scheme has been running with two 4x4s responding to incidents where both police and fire could play a role.

But the interim head of Northamptonshire Fire Service Darren Dovey says that will be increased to 14 vehicles.

Good morning and welcome to Northamptonshire Live

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Morning. If your house is on fire, you'd expect the fire brigade to show up - but perhaps things aren't that simple any more.

The interim head of the county's fire service has announced the number of 4x4s manned by both police and fire officers will be increasing from two to 14. Good idea?

We'll be kicking off our live page this morning by talking about blue-light collaboration.

Fire engine
BBC