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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 9 June 2016
  2. New strategy approved to tackle rough sleeping in Northampton
  3. Graeme White's 6-37 helps Northants to victory over Lancashire in the cricket One-Day Cup
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Local Live in Northamptonshire today

Thanks for joining us. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow, where amongst other things we will bring you the result of the parish poll in Desborough.

Desborough polling station
BBC

We'll also look ahead to the Northampton Carnival.  

Plus, there will be plenty of build-up to Northamptonshire's T20 match at Worcestershire, England's first Rugby Union Test against Australia and the start of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

Hope to see you then.

Weather: Dry tonight and sunshine tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Plenty of sunshine to end the day and then a dry night, with temperatures no lower than 9C (48F).

Weather map
BBC

Friday is looking largely dry with spells of sunshine. Temperatures could reach 21C (70F).

More details on the BBC Weather website.

Milton Keynes flat fire: White 'did nothing in life-threatening situation'

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A judge passing sentence on Thomas White for the manslaughter of his partner told him: "You intentionally did nothing to help a fellow human being in what was a life-threatening situation."

Thomas White
SBNA

The 26-year-old was passed an extended sentence of 13 years and nine months at Luton Crown Court today by Judge Richard Foster, who said White posed a risk to the public of committing further serious offences.

Judge Foster detailed to the court how White had found out hairdresser Ashley Gillard was HIV positive and he left him fitting whilst tied up in his flat.

He later returned to burn the flat in an attempt to destroy any evidence of the killing.

BreakingMilton Keynes flat fire: Ashley Gillard's partner jailed

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A man who admitted killing his partner and then setting fire to his flat after hearing his victim was HIV positive has been jailed for more than 13 years.

Ashley Gillard
SBNA

Thomas White, 26, of Bibury Close in Wellingborough, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court in April to manslaughter by gross negligence.

Hairdresser Ashley Gillard (pictured), 31, was discovered after the blaze in the third-floor property in Wolverton, Milton Keynes on 8 June.

Judge Richard Foster gave White an extended sentence of 13 years and nine months, and he was told he would be on licence for four years after his release.

Ex-MP says council could 'miss out' after power station decision delayed

Willy Gilder

BBC Radio Northampton

Northampton could be in danger of missing out on a great opportunity if the borough council doesn't agree to lease land for a proposed power station, according to ex-Northampton South MP Brian Binley.

Mr Binley now represents the community interest company promoting the power and heat plant that could be built in St James.

Brian Binley
BBC

Yesterday the council said more consultation was needed before it could consider leasing land.

Mr Binley said "the people of Northampton would benefit" but that has "been put at great risk".

Waste-to-energy developer disappointed over council bumping it off cabinet agenda

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

The developer behind the waste-to-energy plant planned for St James in Northampton said it is "disappointed" that a discussion about a property option was taken off the Northampton Borough Council cabinet meeting agenda last night.

Waste-to-energy
BBC

The authority postponed any decision on the plant as it believed there hadn't been a proper consultation.

Rolton Kilbride, which is behind the development, says it will now talk to the borough council and discuss any concerns with residents.

See the artwork from Banksy installation visit to Northampton

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A shipping container at a greasy spoon cafe may not immediately strike you as unusual, but the contents of this container in Northampton today were anything but normal...

Miniature mayhem on university campus
BBC

An art installation that was part of Banksy's critically-acclaimed Dismaland project was displayed inside the container in the car park of the Super Sausage.

It attracted numerous visitors, including Northampton author and comic-book writer Alan Moore.

You can see more pictures on the Northampton Chronicle & Echo website.

Formula 1 moves onto Montreal for Canadian Grand Prix

This weekend it is the Canadian Grand Prix and it looks like a far cry from the sunshine of Monaco two weeks ago, as you can see from Silverstone-based Force India...

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While Brackley-based Mercedes show the Montreal circuit doesn't quite have the glamour of Monte Carlo...

View more on twitter

Development at junction 16 of the M1 given go-ahead by councillors

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

News just in - villagers living near junction 16 of the M1 have lost their battle against a big industrial development being built there.

Local councillors voted to allow the project to go-ahead despite protests from people in Harpole, and these downbeat people from Kislingbury...

Kislingbury protestors
BBC

The development will involve 41 acres (16.5 hectares) of warehouses and offices and will create more than 9,000 jobs, developers say.

The plan also includes two new roundabouts on the road network near the motorway. 

Mission accomplished!... almost

Marsha Ramroop

BBC Radio Northampton

The air ambulance base covering the East Midlands was expecting its 25,000 mission today.

BBC Radio Northampton's lunchtime show came live from Coventry as it waited with pilots in anticipation...

We thought they had captured the landmark mission live on Facebook. But not long after, the team was stood down and the paramedics are still waiting... It was quite exciting to watch nonetheless.

Radio presenter Helen Blaby met some of the team, including fundraising manager Jo Payne who told her it needed to raise £1.7m each year to fly its missions.

Jo Payne
BBC

Decision today on warehousing and office at junction 16 of M1

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

I'm at South Northants Council for a decision on plans for a big industrial development by junction 16 of the M1.

Development protest sign
BBC

There is plenty of local opposition to the 41 acre (16.5 hectare) warehousing and office site, not least from the nearby villages of Harpole and Kislingbury.

Residents of Desborough vote in parish poll

Elinor Cross

BBC News

A parish which increased its share of council tax by more than 400% is facing a "no confidence" poll from residents.

notice of poll
BBC

The vote was called after Desborough Town Council increased its annual tax levy from £19.10 to £96.98 per year.

The council said the money was needed to build a "wonderful Desborough", but more than 200 residents backed calls for the no confidence poll.

Polling stations will open at 16:00 and close at 21:00 and the poll will also asks voters if they would like more consultation on tax bills.

We'll bring you the result tomorrow.

Hartley on Burrell: 'He'll grab the opportunity with both hands'

Chris Jones

BBC rugby reporter

England captain Dylan Hartley told me he is "chuffed" for his Northampton Saints' team-mate Luther Burrell, after he was picked to start in Saturday's Test against Australia.

Luther Burrell
Getty Images

Burrell (pictured) wasn't selected in the recent Six Nations. Hartley said: "Like myself he's been out in the cold, he wasn't on the plane before the tour, but he's played his way back in and has got a great opportunity."

Speaking live on the BBC 5 Live Sport Facebook page, Hartley added: "Full credit to him, he's got his chance and I'm sure he'll grab it with both hands this weekend."

Northants squad getting thinner because of injury and international call-up

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants are three wins from three in the T20 Blast, but tomorrow's trip to Worcester is looking tougher with Rory Kleinveldt and Richard Levi (pictured right) unlikely to play.

Richard Levi
Getty Images

With Seekkuge Prasanna's call-up to the Sri Lanka one-day squad confirmed, he could also miss five of Northants' T20s and Tuesday's One-Day Cup match.

Living on the streets: Councillor says sleeping rough is 'lifestyle choice'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton Borough Council has defended its statement that some people sleep rough as a "lifestyle choice".

Stephen Hibbert, the councillor responsible for housing, told BBC Radio Northampton: "If someone is working and living on the streets then it's got to be a lifestyle choice".

Rough sleeping
BBC

However, he said the authority was trying to tackle the issue of homelessness, and a new planned shelter in British Rail Sports & Social Club in St Andrew's Road wasn't just about beds but also to "communicate and engage" with rough sleepers and "help them with their problems".

Living on the streets: Two thirds of county's rough sleepers are in Northampton

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton Borough Council published figures on rough sleeping in the town and county as part of its new strategy to tackle homelessness.

However, the authority admits the actual figures "may be higher" and that, for safety reasons, volunteers were unable to go into buildings such as the derelict St Edmund's Hospital where some homeless people have been staying.

Living on the Streets - datapics
Reuters

Living on the streets: 'Immense set of problems' lead to homelessness

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton Borough Council's new homelessness strategy says the town has "an established community of people who are choosing to sleep rough, as a lifestyle".

But Robin Burgess, manager of the Hope Centre which takes in rough sleepers, told BBC Radio Northampton "there are normally an immense set of problems that underpin homelessness".

homelessness
BBC

Mr Burgess said he "fully supports" the council's efforts to get people off the streets, but said "we have to be careful not to assume that it'll be easy".

Weather: Sunny and warm

BBC Weather

It is sunny day across Northamptonshire, here's Northampton this lunchtime...

Northampton
BBC

That sunshine is going to stick around and temperatures should be about 21C (70F).

Enjoy it while it lasts, as the next few days look cloudy with potentially some rain.

Living on the streets: The freezing winter

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Lithuanian Kristian Olsteins has been living on the streets of Northampton for four to five months.

Kristian Olsteins
BBC

"Winter is cold," he said. "Now it is alright, but in winter you sometimes wake up when you are freezing."

He told me any shelter that can be found is vital as "you need to sleep out of the rain".

Living on the streets: Kristian's story

Craig Lewis

BBC News

"If I want a life in music, I need to be homeless now."

Kristian Olsteins came to Britain to live with his sister, but within two days he lost his job and his passport. He found himself on the streets of Northampton.

Kristian Olsteins
BBC

"I came to make a new life," he said. "I left Lithuania and my old life. I don't want to go back there."

Now he plays guitar at a Lithuanian church, playing hymns: "I am trying to make a life from here."

Living on the streets: Is it a lifestyle choice?

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Northampton Borough Council's new strategy to combat homelessness suggests that, for some, living on the streets is a lifestyle choice.

Homeless man Michael Hallett doesn't agree, but admitted "a lot of people get used to being on the streets".

Mike Hallett
BBC

He said: "They get messed about so much, they just stay there... you get put into Oasis House and the council say they've given you accommodation, but it's not the same."

Living on the streets: Michael's story

Craig Lewis

BBC News

"I have been living on the streets a couple of years. It's been terrible."

Michael Hallett told us his story of living on the streets in Northampton.

Mike Hallett
BBC

"I lost my accommodation as I couldn't keep up the payments.  

"I would rather be anywhere else. I don't want to be on the streets."  

Living on the streets: New shelter a 'good idea'

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Northampton Borough Council last night approved a new plan to try and solve the problem of rough sleeping in the town.

It includes a proposal to convert the former British Rail Sports & Social Club in St Andrew's Road into a temporary night shelter.

British Rail Sports & Social Club
Google

Darren Jordan, who currently lives at Oasis House accommodation centre, says it is "definitely important".

"If the temperature drops below zero they open up the Hope Centre and after 10pm people can go there, but then again they are kicked out at 6am," he said.

Living on the streets: Kicked in the face for being homeless

Craig Lewis

BBC News

I got kicked in the face by somebody. People will pee where you are sleeping. I think 'how ignorant' because most people are just two steps away from homelessness. - Darren Jordan
BBC

Living on the streets: The tent with a carpet

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Even those living on the streets can have their little luxuries, small though they may be.

Homeless for two years, Darren Jordan took to living in a tent underneath the railway tunnels near Northampton Railway Station.

"It was cold," he said. "Although I did have carpet in my tent. My ex-brother-in-law was a carpet fitter and he laid it in my tent for me."  

Living on the streets: Darren's story

Craig Lewis

BBC News

"It is so easy to become homeless," Big Issue seller Darren Jordan tells me.

He ended up on the streets after injuring his leg and splitting up with his partner: "Because I'd been living with her, I had nowhere else to go."

Darren Jordan
BBC

These days he is staying at Oasis House, but he spent two years rough sleeping.

He says he's liaising with a key worker from Northampton Borough Council, who is "helping me to get a place".  

Burrell starts alongside captain Hartley for England with Lawes and Hill on the bench

BBC Sport

England head coach Eddie Jones has just confirmed that Northampton Saints' Luther Burrell will start at inside centre for England in their opening Test against Australia.

He'll be alongside England captain and Saints' hooker Dylan Hartley.

Dylan Hartley
Getty Images

Saints' forwards Courtney Lawes and Paul Hill are on the bench for the match which kicks off on Saturday at 11:00 in Brisbane.

Very high pollen levels in Northamptonshire today

BBC Weather

There is bad news for hayfever sufferers today, with pollen levels getting very high...

pollen levels
BBC

Weather: Warm with sunshine today

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's going to  become brighter through the day with some warm sunshine by the afternoon and highs of 21C (70F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Saints' wing North starts against New Zealand

BBC Sport

It's not just Northampton Saints' England contingent that are touring down under...

Their Welsh wing George North is in New Zealand and is set to start in Saturday's Test in Auckland.

George North
Getty Images

Wales take on the All Blacks in a three-game Test series, as well facing Chiefs on 14 June.

North told BBC Sport it is a "hard task to try and match" the southern hemisphere style of play.

Saints centre Burrell likely to start against Australia

Chris Jones

BBC rugby reporter

George Ford is expected to make way for Owen Farrell at fly-half for England's opening rugby Test match against Australia on Saturday.

It means Northampton Saints' Luther Burrell is likely to take the inside-centre role vacated by Farrell.

Luther Burrell
Getty Images

The team will be confirmed at 10:00, while Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley, the England captain, will be live on the BBC 5 Live Sport Facebook page from 11:00.

Rough sleepers strategy: Is homelessness a lifestyle choice?

Craig Lewis

BBC News

An established number of people are choosing to sleep rough as a "lifestyle choice", a council report has claimed.

The "Together we change lives" strategy includes the line: "Northampton now has an established community of people who are choosing to sleep rough, as a lifestyle, and are resolutely refusing to leave the streets."

I asked some of the town's homeless what they thought of that statement...

Rough sleepers strategy: Can new plan stop people having to sleep on the streets of Northampton?

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Northampton Borough Council's Cabinet last night approved a new strategy to tackle homelessness, which ultimately aims to end the need for people to sleep rough in Northampton.

I've been speaking to three homeless people in the town - Kristian Olsteins, Darren Jordan and Mike Hallett - to find out what they think about the strategy and what living on the streets is like.

We'll bring you their views throughout the day.

Homeless person
BBC

Spinner White says 'everything clicked'

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Graeme White's 6-37 in last night's One-Day Cup win over Lancashire at Wantage Road surpassed his previous best List A haul of 5-35.

White told me that they "got lucky" with the pitch breaking up, but said he felt he was "bowling well" and that "everything clicked into place".

Graeme White
Getty Images

The 29-year-old left-armer's superb spell provided the sixth-best figures for a Northants player in the format, and best for 11 years.

One-Day Cup: Graeme White takes 6-37 in Northants win over Lancashire

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Graeme White's career-best six-wicket haul helped Northamptonshire comfortably beat Lancashire by 76 runs in the One-Day Cup at Wantage Road.  

Graeme White
Getty Images

The hosts were reduced to 37-3, but a 137-run stand between Ben Duckett (98) and Rob Keogh - who hit a List A career best 66 - helped them finish on 287-8.

In reply, Lancashire lost Jos Buttler for two and Alviro Petersen for three.

Despite half-centuries by Luke Procter (52) and Karl Brown (51), spinner White's 6-37 saw them all out for 211.

Welcome to Local Live for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Hello, it's Thursday and there is plenty to keep us occupied today.

We'll be taking a look at homelessness following last night's Northampton Borough Council cabinet meeting.

It could be a special day for Northamptonshire's Air Ambulance, as it nears its 25,000th mission.

Plus there will be plenty of sport including Formula 1, rugby and we'll start with last night's cricket.