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Summary

  1. Four arrested after body found in Northampton flat
  2. Raheem Handley and Alex Revell join Cobblers
  3. Kettering's pioneering laser treatment could go national
  4. Northants play Yorkshire in One Day Cup
  5. County council proposal to sell five buildings

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Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

It's been a busy day with a murder in Northampton, flooding in Kettering and new signings for the Cobblers.

We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

In the meantime, Northamptonshire's game against Yorkshire is in the Ballance. The home side's Gary is currently unbeaten on 59 as his team attempt to chase down Northants' 310-7.

Yorkshire are currently 274-6.

Hannah Barnes looks forward to Women's Tour

Northamptonshire cyclist Hannah Barnes has been telling us about the thrill of competing in her home county.

The fifth and final stage of the Aviva Women's Tour takes place on Sunday. It starts in Northampton and finishes in Kettering.

Heavy skies over Byfield

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher 'WeatherWatcherWill' has posted this picture of dark clouds over Byfield.

Clouds over fields
BBC Weather Watchers / WeatherWatcherWill

The forecast for tomorrow is for more heavy showers, although we could also have some sunny spells.

Woman stabbed in arm at Co-op store

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

A man stabbed a female member of staff in the arm with a knife and then stole meat products at a Co-op store in Northampton.

CCTV pictures of the man
Northamptonshire Police

The incident happened at the store on Oulton Rise at 09:30 on Monday. The police have only given details today. They say the man entered the store and collected a basket which he filled with a number of meat products.

As he attempted to leave the store, he was confronted by a member of staff. He lifted a kitchen knife and threatened her before stabbing her in the arm causing a small cut.

The man is described as white, in his early 20s, aroumd 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall and of medium build. He was wearing a scarf and black jeans and spoke with a local accent.

Northampton Town: Revell 'delighted' to join Cobblers

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Alex Revell has been talking to me about signing a two-year contract with Northampton Town.

Cobblers' manager Rob Page says he's a striker "of proven quality and experience".

Knife amnesty in Northamptonshire

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Northamptonshire Police is urging people to hand in knives and other items which could be used as weapons during an amnesty which runs from 17-26 June.

People wanting to get rid of a knife or a bladed item is being asked to make an appointment with the police by calling 101. Officers will be available for collections at pre-arranged appointment times on Friday 17, Sunday 19, Friday 24 and Sunday 26 June, between 19:00 and 23:00.

Knives taken from youths in London in 2004
BBC

The amnesty is intended to help make our communities safer by removing knives from our streets."

Inspector Adam WardNorthamptonshire Police

Buildings sales could affect 220 public sector staff in Northampton

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

About 220 public sector staff would be affected by the sale of five buildings currently owned by Northamptonshire County Council.

The council has voted to approve a sell-off programme as it prepares to move services to the new £53m Project Angel headquarters.

Its Guildhall Road and Northwood Centre premises are currently leased to third parties.

The three other buildings - Springfield, Northwood Centre and Norborough House - are all used by children's services and employ 90, 59 and 71 staff respectively.

When Cobblers' new striker Alex Revell turned goalkeeper

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

I've been catching up with new Northampton Town signing Alex Revell.

He once played goalkeeper... and saved the day.

View more on twitter

Northampton Town: Raheem Handley is latest signing

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Hot on the heels of Alex Revell earlier today, Northampton Town have announced the signing of Raheem Hanley on a two-year contract.

The 22-year-old left back comes from Swansea City and will join up with the club on 1 July.

Raheem Hanley
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The England under 19 international was previously with Blackburn Rovers. After joining Swansea in January 2014, He signed a contract with the Premier League side last summer before leaving the Liberty Stadium at the end of the 2015/16 season.

Raheem is an energetic left back who loves to get forward and has a lot of potential."

Rob PageNorthampton Town manager

Flats cordoned off at scene of murder investigation

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

A police cordon surrounds the flats in Patterdale Walk, Northampton. Forensic scientists are continuing their work inside.

Outside police stand guard. They've been here since 05:00 when a body was discovered in suspicious circumstances.

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The scene of the murder investigation
BBC
Forensic scientists working inside the building
BBC
Police markers on the grass outside the building
BBC

Travel: Flooding causes severe delays in Kettering

BBC Travel

The A4300 Lower Street in Kettering is blocked and there is queuing traffic in both directions because of flooding.

The area affected is between the A6003 Northfield Avenue junction and the A4300 Northall Street junction.

Northampton Town: Cobblers 'beat off competition' to sign Revell

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town manager Rob Page says new signing, striker Alex Revell, "is exactly the type of character" they want at the club.

Revell has been signed on a two-year contract.

Alex Revell at Northampton Town
Getty Images

We have had to be patient, but we have beaten off a lot of competition to secure Alex's signature and I am sure he will be a big asset to us."

Rob PageNorthampton Town manager

Police guard murder investigation scene

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

I'm on my way to Patterdale Walk in the Boothville area of Northampton where police discovered the body of a man early this morning.

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are helping the police with their enquiries.

I'll have more updates later.

Four people arrested after body found

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Northamptonshire Police say four people have been arrested after a body was found at a property in Northampton.  Detectives are treating the death as murder.

An investigation by officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit has begun.

The body of a man was found at around 05:00 this morning at a property on Patterdale Walk in the Boothville area of Northampton. 

BreakingMurder investigation launched after body found

A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a man was discovered at a property in Northampton.

Police officers attended the property in Patterdale Walk, Boothville, at around 05:00 and discovered the body.

The cause of death is not yet known but the death is being treated as suspicious.

Cricket: 300+ for Duckett inspired Steelbacks

Ben Duckett smashed 121 as Northants reached 310-7 in their Royal London Cup contest against Yorkshire a few moments ago.

He was supported by Alex Wakely (71) and Stephen Crook (46 not out).

It's a decent total for the Tykes to chase.

Search for missing Dean Humphrey: Police issue fresh appeal

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Missing Dean Humphrey has not been seen for 11 days.

The 29-year-old was last seen in the Cliftonville Road area of Northampton at about 3.20pm on Friday, 3 June.

Today, Northamptonshire Police have re-issued an appeal for help finding him.

Mr Humphrey, pictured below, is described as black, about 5ft 4in (1.63m) tall, with a medium build.

Dean Humphrey
Northamptonshire Police

Hip operation success for 101-year-old man

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

A 101-year-old man has become one of the oldest people ever to get back on their feet after having had an emergency operation on a broken hip at Kettering Hospital.

George Saxby, from Irchester, ran the family butcher's shop on Rushden's High Street for 36 years until 1982.

He was rushed to hospital on 7 May after a fall at home left him with a hip fracture. Following surgery, he can now walk using a frame.

George Saxby and the team at Kettering General Hospital
Kettering General Hospital

Mr Saxby has surpassed all expectations in terms of recovery and mobility."

Mr Shabih SiddiquiOrthopaedic consultant

Northampton Town: Revell signing 'signal of intent' for club

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Signing someone like Alex Revell is a signal of intent for the Cobblers.

He's the first player to arrive this summer with real experience of playing in League One and the Championship, and manager Rob Page will be hoping he can be more like the striker he was at Rotherham, than the one who's struggled during the past 12 months.

At Rotherham, he was promoted from League Two and League One in successive seasons. But let's not get ahead of ourselves...

Alex Revell
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Northampton Town: Cobblers sign Alex Revell

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town have signed striker Alex Revell on a two-year contract.

Alex Revell
Getty Images

He has experience at Championship and League 1 level having played for Brighton, Southend, Leyton Orient and Rotherham.

Revell spent the 2015/16 season in the Championship with Cardiff City and MK Dons, as well as a loan spell with League One Champions Wigan Athletic, scoring six times. 

He is a striker of proven quality and experience in League One and the Championship."

Rob PageNorthampton Town manager

Cricket: Duckett and Wakely reach half centuries

Lovely day out, Scarborough, isn't it?

Ben Duckett and Alex Wakely are certainly enjoying it.

The pair have both passed 50 as Northants are starting to enjoy themselves against Yorkshire. The latest score is 177-2.

Ben Duckett
PA

Children's services no longer 'overseen' by government

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

The department of education (DfE) has lifted a direction notice imposed when Northamptonshire children's services were rated as inadequate.

The change follows an Ofsted inspection, published in April, which said the department 'requires improvement to be good'.

Northamptonshire County Council will continue to receive informal support and supervision from the DfE for a period of 12 months.  

Edward Timpson MP
Conservative Party

Your council has clearly achieved much in the three years since the previous inspections."

Edward Timpson MPMinister for Children and Families

Orlando vigil planned for Northampton

A vigil is being organised for Northampton on Friday to show solidarity with people in Orlando. It follows the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando and other vigils which have been held around the world.

People attending a vigil in London's Soho district
Reuters

Forty-nine people were killed in the attack - the worst mass shooting in recent US history.

The Northampton vigil is planned for Friday, 17 June at 18:30 at The Boston pub. It has been organised by Momentum Northamptonshire.

Excitement ahead of Sunday's cycle big finish

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Preparations are well underway for the final stage of the Women's Tour cycling event which takes place in Northamptonshire on Friday.

Map of Stage 5 of the Women's Tour
Aviva Women's Tour / NCC

Stage five starts at Northampton's Guildhall and finishes at Kettering Market Place.

Will Heckford. from Northamptonshire Sport, said Northants is the only county to have hosted a full stage in all the three years since the event started.

We've got 15 of the top 20 female riders in the world and we can watch these riders for free."

Will HeckfordNorthamptonshire Sport

Cricket: Northants under way in lovely Scarborough setting

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Play got underway in Scarborough at 11:00 with Northamptonshire having collected three points from three games in the Royal London Cup. Victory today would see them well-placed at the half-way stage in the North group.

Northants are batting first and are currently on 55-2 after 15 overs.

Scarborough is such a lovely old ground - one of the most famous out-grounds in the country. This is a picture I took just before the start of play this morning.

Cricket ground at Scarborough
BBC

Search for missing Derek Witten: Concern for Kettering man, 77

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

A vulnerable 77-year-old man went missing more than a month ago.

Northamptonshire Police is concerned about the welfare of Derek Witten, who they say may have travelled to London at some point in the last four weeks.

Mr Witten is described as white, 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall, of medium build with short grey hair.

Derek Witten
Northamptonshire Police

Glimpses of the sun in Pattishall

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'PaulaMaria' for posting this beautiful picture from Pattishall.

A field and a barn in Patishall
BBC Weather Watchers / PaulaMaria

The latest forecast says Northamptonshire will have more showers this afternoon and some of them could be heavy and thundery.

New prostate laser therapy will solve problems including poor flow of urine

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says many patients could have pioneering laser treatment used to treat an enlarged prostate rather than conventional surgery.

Consultant urologist Mr Mohammed Al-Sudani, who uses the technology at Kettering Hospital, said a green light laser is used to vaporise the prostate.

Half of men aged 60 have the symptoms of an enlarged prostate: poor flow of urine, or getting up several times in the night to use the toilet, for example.

Mohammed Al-Sudani
Kettering Hospital

Kettering's prostate laser therapy recommended for NHS

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Some 13,000 men in England could benefit from a laser treatment pioneered at Kettering Hospital to manage symptoms from an enlarged prostate.

Consultant urologist Mr Mohammed Al-Sudani performing the procedure at Kettering General Hospital
Kettering General Hospital

Last year, the hospital introduced a new laser operation for patients with enlargement of the prostate.

Today, the technique is being recommended for the rest of the NHS in England.

Vote to declare public buildings 'surplus to requirements'

Northamptonshire County Council's Cabinet meets later to vote on whether to sell five of its buildings which deemed to be surplus to requirements.

Project Angel, Northampton
Northamptonshire County Council

It comes as the council prepares to complete its new £53m Project Angel headquarters later this year.

As part of its reorganisation of its building stock, five existing buildings will no longer be needed.

What is Project Angel?

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Northamptonshire County Council is building its new headquarters on Fetter Street, replacing many of its existing premises.

Project Angel information
BBC

Arts Centre could be bought in council property sale

Willy Gilder

BBC Radio Northampton

The future of an arts centre in Northampton could be secured as the county council plans to sell off five of its buildings.

9, Guildhall Road, Northampton
NN

The county's £53m Project Angel headquarters is due to be completed by the end of the year, meaning other smaller buildings are surplus to requirements.

Northampton Borough Council has already expressed an interest in buying 9, Guildhall Road, to secure a future for the NN contemporary art space, which moved into the building when it had to leave its former home to make way for Northgate Bus Station.

'£50m savings over next 30 years'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Northamptonshire County Council is proposing to sell five of its existing buildings as it prepares to move in to its new £53m Project Angel building.

The council said the reorganisation of its building stock should save it £51m over 30 years.

Money
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The five buildings, in Northampton, are:

  • Springfield, Cliftonville
  • Northwood Centre, Thorplands
  • Briar Hill Resource Centre
  • Norborough House, Delapre
  • 9, Guildhall Road

Good morning and welcome to Northamptonshire Live

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Welcome to Tuesday's Northamptonshire Live page where we'll bring you all the day's news, sport, weather, travel and more.

We'll start with a look at plans to sell off five council buildings.