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  1. Knife crime expert says police amnesty won't work
  2. Phase two for St Giles Street revamp
  3. Local Live resumes at 08:00 on Wednesday

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Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

That's it for today from the Local Live team; I hope you get to enjoy the warm evening - I may go in the garden for about the first time this year.

Don't forget you can email us anything that catches your eye. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

Northamptonshire's squad for Sussex announced

Northants take on Sussex in Day one of their latest County Championship match.

The game will take place at the picturesque surrounds of Arundel Castle tomorrow...

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Weather: Sunshine - at last...

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Yesterday's summer solstice didn't bring the greatest weather, but thankfully some sunshine has been dragged, kicking and screaming, into Northamptonshire today.

WeatherWatcherWill took this in Great Brington.

Great Brington

Enjoy it though - cloud and showers will return overnight and stick around through Wednesday morning, but by the afternoon the sunshine should return. High temperature: 21C (70F).

Date set for public unveiling of proposals for former Greyfriars bus station site

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

The future of Northampton’s former bus station site can be first glimpsed next month.

Appeal for vulnerable Victorian buildings

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Overstone Manor is a tumbledown former stately home, turned school, turned religious headquarters.

Overstone Manor

It's up for sale - but after years of neglect and a major fire, it'll need a lot of TLC.

Overstone Manor

In 2015, it was one of the Victorian Society's Top 10 most endangered buildings in the country. The society's now putting together its 2016 list and says it wants your help to find more of them.

Overstone Manor

The closing date for nominations for its Top 10 list is 1 July.

Prasanna's quick-fire half century for Sri Lanka

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Steelbacks fans will be no strangers to the sight of Seekkuge Prasanna walloping white balls all over the place - and he's continued that form for his national team in the first ODI against England, at Trent Bridge.

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Prasanna was out for 59 off 28 balls, caught and bowled by Woakes. It's one of the fastest 50's ever scored in a ODI against England.

Northamptonshire will look forward to getting him back to Wantage Road.

New goalkeeper David Cornell on joining the Cobblers

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

'I haven't seem them play like that before' - New Sixfields stopper on Wales

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

There aren't many better times to interview a new signing at Sixfields than after one of his national team's best ever performances.

David Cornell at Swansea
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David Cornell joins the Welsh contingent at Northampton Town the day after his country topped Group B at the Euros with a 3-0 thrashing of Russia.

The stopper told me: "It was great... I don't think many teams would have dealt with them last night, everyone on that pitch was incredible."

Northampton Town snap up new goalkeeper

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

I've been to meet Northampton Town's new goalkeeper, David Cornell, who's signed a two year contract.

He told me he'd hoped to play more often at Oldham Athletic last season, but that he's excited to have a new opportunity.

David Cornell

Ryan Clarke only played four times for Northampton Town last year, thanks to the form of Adam Smith.

Clarke's left the club today for AFC Wimbledon, but Cornell told me he's not worried: "He [Smith] had a fantastic season last year, but I'm happy enough to challenge anyone in these leagues. It should be a good competition for that shirt and I'm looking forward to it."

Bid to convert former Kettering office block into apartments

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Kettering Council has made a planning application to convert a former office block in the town into apartments.

Two young men explain why getting knives off the streets is so hard to do

Willy Gilder

BBC Radio Northampton

Northamptonshire Police has a knife amnesty at the moment. But will it work? I went into Northampton town centre yesterday to ask people that exact question - and one conversation has stuck with me.

Two young men told me they'd carried knives in the past - and told me why...

This is what the police are up against, at least in part; people who feel they need a knife to feel safe, as opposed to going out intending to threaten or attack people.

EU Referendum: When political 'purdah' seems peculiar

Craig Lewis

BBC News

There have been plenty of battle lines drawn in the EU referendum - but have you heard about the 'tiny riot' banned by a local council?

The Aftermath Dislocation Principle art installation

As first reported in the Northampton Chronicle and Echo, a touring piece of artwork depicting the aftermath of a riot was banned from being displayed in Northampton town centre because the borough council feared it would influence how people voted.

The council used Purdah - guidelines in place to prevent councils campaigning for one side to win - to justify its decision.

The BBC's Bethan Bell has been looking at some other cases where the 28-day moratorium before all polls has led to some, shall we say 'interesting' decisions.

Should this baby's life support be turned off?

Baby Rimari was born in April with a serious genetic condition, meaning he cannot breathe or swallow unaided.

Northampton Hospital has applied to the High Court to switch off his life support, saying he has no quality of life.

His parents are opposing the move...

Previous knife amnesty saw 200 knives handed in

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

Northamptonshire Police says it's true that taking knives off the streets isn't enough on its own - the force has to address why people are carrying them to begin with.

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Insp Adam Ward was responding to critics who claim knife amnesties - such as the current 'Operation Scorpion' - don't work because some people see them as the equipment of their 'job"

"We've had knives handed in by mothers who've found them in the bedrooms of their children, he said. "Each knife handed in is potentially the reduction of one opportunity for them to be involved in a serious offence."

'One moment of anger can bring a lifetime of pain'

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

Education and awareness are vital when dealing with knife crime, according to a crime expert in Northamptonshire,

Glen Banks came into my studio this morning to tell me that because knives are legal, you can "hand in 20 tomorrow morning then go to your house, open your kitchen drawer and pull out another".

Knife amnesty

This makes dealing with knives a very different prospect to guns, which were surrendered in significant numbers in an amnesty in 2014.

Operation Scorpion will run for three months.

England into fourth successive U20's final - Mallinder's first

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints' Harry Mallinder was key - again - for England's under-20's as they beat South Africa 39-17 in Manchester to reach their fourth consecutive final.

Harry Mallinder
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Mallinder played at fly-half and was instrumental with the boot, knocking over four out of five conversions in a dominant England first half.

England will face Ireland in the final on Saturday evening.

Work to improve St Giles Street 'misses a trick'

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

The second phase of refurbishment on St Giles Street gets underway today - at a cost of £1.75m - replacing pavements and adding in trees down to the Guildhall.

But one business owner told me that while the work is welcome, it could have gone even further.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith, from Dreams, told me Guildhall Road, just around the corner, has no kerbs, meaning a flat surface across road and pavement.   

"That potentially would have led to some of the catering businesses being able to have outside seating," he said. "From a personal point of view, this time of year, it would have been superb."  

St Giles Street 'a much more pleasant place' after improvements

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

There's no denying that on a sunny day, the part of St Giles Street which has already been refurbished looks great.

Today, phase two begins, running down to the Guildhall, with wider pavements, more greenery and a smarter appearance.

St Giles Street

Councillor Tim Hadland told me "we started with Abington Street... we've improved the Drapery. Now it's St Giles Street's turn."  

It all takes time though. While it's starting in bright sunshine, those of us who plan ahead will be doing our Christmas shopping by the time it's done.

Work to refurbish St Giles Street in Northampton 'won't benefit us at all'

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

The second phase of work to spruce up St Giles Street in Northampton is under way - but not everyone is happy.

St Giles Street

Sue Dennis is Regional Manager for Save the Children, which has a shop on the street. She told me people trying to make donations will "vote with their feet" and give to other charities' shops if they aren't able to stop outside.

She also told me she wasn't consulted about the work, but other businesses in the street say they were. It'll be finished in time for Christmas.

Syresham Scarecrow Festival raises £5,000

Helen Burchell

BBC News

The Syresham Scarecrow Festival, held at the village near Silverstone, has raised more than £5,000 for the village hall fund.

Syresham Scarecrow Festival
Syresham Scarecrow Festival

The event included about 120 scarecrows ranging from Robin Hood to the Wizard of Oz.

The festival took place over the weekend.

Concern over knife amnesty in Northamptonshire

A knife amnesty launched by Northamptonshire Police won't work, according to an expert on knife crime. 


The amnesty aims to cut violent crime in the county, but Glen Banks, who founded the Youth Crime Project, says evidence from elsewhere in the country suggests amnesties are not effective.

"Any knives that are off the streets is good, but the knives that are handed in are usually going to be from people not involved in crime themselves," said Mr Banks. 

"The career criminal who uses a knife as a tool of their trade, that knife is not going to be handed in."

Northampton traders hope road scheme will pay-off

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Traders in St Giles Street in Northampton say they hope the short-term pain from improvements to the road will pay off with long-term gain.

St Giles Street, Northampton

Work starts today to replace the pavements and road surface. 

It is due to be completed before the Christmas shopping period starts

Rev Richard Coles relying on kitchen gadgets

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Rev Richard Coles, 54, who is to appear on Celebrity MasterChef, said he has turned to kitchen gadgets to try to improve his cuisine - with dubious results.

Rev Richard Coles

"A whirring food processor, a fine-mesh chinois for straining limp custard and grainy gravy, and a battery of balloon whisks," said the parish priest of St Mary the Virgin, Finedon.

"I can't say they have made my cooking any better, but I've put on half a stone trying the results." 

The vicar admitted even his own mother does not believe he stands a chance of winning the show, telling him: "You'll be out in the first round."

Finedon vicar on Celebrity MasterChef

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Northamptonshire music-star-turned-vicar Rev Richard Coles has joked that church catering wars have prepared him for the culinary battles of Celebrity MasterChef, which starts tomorrow night on BBC One.

Richard Coles

The former member of the Communards, who was born in Northampton and is now vicar of Finedon, will be trying to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace in the upcoming 11th series of the show.

Writing in the Radio Times, Coles said "food as sport is nothing new".

"To a vicar, especially, church catering has represented the conduct of war by other means for many years," he said.

"I remember in one parish a terrible row over the ideal size of mince pies, and in another two great ladies dashing trays of pancakes to the vicarage floor in a controversy over whether to roll or to fold."

Weather: Bright and breezy today

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be bright and breezy across the county. 

The cloud should break to allow some sunny intervals and in the sunshine it'll feel warm. Highs of 20C (68F).

Watch my forecast, and for more head to BBC Weather

Live updates for Northamptonshire

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Hello again, welcome to BBC Local Live. Stay with us until 18:00 as we bring you the day's news, sport, weather and travel for Northamptonshire. 

Today we'll be previewing the upcoming appearance of music-star-turned-vicar Rev Richard Coles on Celebrity MasterChef.

We'll also look at whether knife amnesties work after a local expert told BBC Radio Northampton they don't.

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