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Summary

  1. The EU referendum debate continues
  2. Fare dodgers 'cost London Midland £7m'
  3. Football league fixtures announced
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Thursday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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That all for live updates for Northamptonshire today

We've finished for today, but we will be back tomorrow with all the latest news, weather, sport and travel for the county.

We'll see you at 08:00. Until then, have a good evening.

EU referendum: MP says vote for Leave can ease 'pressure on public services'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has been one of the key voices on the Leave side of the campaign.

She has been involved in two of the big set-piece TV debates, including last night at Wembley Arena.

Andrea Leadsom
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The Conservative, who is an energy minister, said that in Northamptonshire we have seen "pressure on public services" caused by EU migration, which can only be solved by leaving the European Union.

She has also focused on sovereignty, telling the debate last night: "We have this one last chance to keep our democracy."

EU Referendum: EU doesn't 'impose' laws, says MEP

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Both sides in the EU debate are making their closing arguments on what is the final day of campaigning in the referendum.

Glennis Wilmott, a Labour member of the European Parliament representing Northamptonshire, wants the UK to remain in the EU. She said no laws are 'imposed' on the UK from Brussels.

Glenis Willmot
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Mrs Wilmott, also the leader of the Labour group in the EU Parliament, said "both our Parliament and our government have to agree" before something becomes law, adding that involves "negotiations and agreement".

Warning to avoid Station Close in Daventry because of fire

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Around 30 firefighters are tackling a fire at a commercial premises in Station Close in Daventry.

The fire service was called at 16:16 and they have pumps tackling the fire at the moment.

The blaze is ongoing and people are warned to avoid the area.

Azharullah takes all four wickets in first session at Arundel

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's Tea at Arundel and Sussex are 127-4, with all four wickets having fallen to Mohammad Azarullah.

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You can follow the game with me online and via the BBC Sport App.

What will happen with the EU referendum vote tomorrow?

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Tomorrow the country will go to the poles to vote in the EU referendum. Polling stations across the county will open at 07:00 and close at 10:00. Then the counting begins.

Each district and borough council will declare its result and send them on to Kettering.

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Then we'll have a result for Northamptonshire, and for the East Midlands. That result will be sent to Manchester, where the country-wide result will be collated.

As for when we'll get some results, we are really not sure - but we're guessing sometime between 02:00 and 06:00 on Friday morning.

Refusal of wind farm upheld despite MPs tearoom conversations

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

A decision to refuse permission to build five wind turbines in South Northamptonshire has been upheld on appeal.

Developers had said a conversation between the local MP and a government minister meant the decision should have been overturned.  

Andrea Leadsom
BBC

Back in 2013, MP Andrea Leadsom opposed plans for five wind turbines between Greatworth and Helmdon.

A minister, Kris Hopkins, was due to make the planning decision, and Ms Leadsom told him of her opposition in the House of Commons tearoom.

Developers said this left Mr Hopkins open to accusations of bias. Today, Appeal Court judges said Mr Hopkins should have "cut off" the conversation - and that it was a breach of the ministerial code.

But they said it was "impossible to conclude" the conversation influenced the final decision - so the developers appeal was dismissed.

Milestone for Northamptonshire in Sussex match

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Play is underway at Arundel in Northamptonshire's County Championship match against Sussex.

The match sees the county reach a huge milestone, with batsman Sean Terry becoming the 500th first-class cricketer to play for them.

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Northamptonshire are in the field, and you can follow full coverage with me online or via the BBC Sport app.

Local paper catches up with 'Razor' at the football

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Let's be honest England's 0-0 draw with Slovakia wasn't that exciting, but for fans in the Vicarage Farm Club in Wellingborough it was slightly more interesting thanks to a visit from former Liverpool, Tottenham, West Ham and England (once) defender Neil 'Razor' Ruddock.

You can see in him the club, and find out why he was there in the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.

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EU vote: Where does your MPs stand?

BBC Politics

Tomorrow, the polls opens for the EU Referendum, where voters will decide with the county will leave or remain in the European Union.

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The BBC's dedicated EU Referendum website has a list of how all MPs will be voting. Enter you postcode and all will be revealed.

Weather: Rain and sunny spells

BBC Weather Watchers

There is a lot of cloud across the county, as shown in this picture of Roade taken by BBC Weather Watcher 'dugjay72'...

Roade
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There will be outbreaks of rain today, but also some hazy sunshine with highs of 22C (72F).

More details can be found on the BBC Weather website.

Drone used to carry out survey on 200-year-old aquaduct

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

For the first time the aqueduct in Cosgrove is being surveyed by the Canal & River Trust - using a drone.

Its progress was hampered this morning by rain, but the survey is now under way.

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Ducklings taking in 200-year-old Iron Trunk Aqueduct

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

The Canal & Rivers Trust is carrying out a survey of the 200-year-old Iron Trunk Aqueduct, which runs along the Grand Union Canal between Northampton and Milton Keynes. The Trust is using a drone to carry out the work.

Earlier today, things were pretty peaceful...

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Man stabbed to death in Northampton a 'very kind and loving person'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The family of David Miller (pictured), found stabbed to death at his home in Boothville last week, have called him "a much loved brother" who "was permanently a very kind and loving person, generous to a fault".

David Miller
Miller Family

Mr Miller, 56, was found dead at his home address in Patterdale Walk, Boothville, Northampton in the early hours of Tuesday, 14 June.

Four people remain in custody having appeared last week at Northampton Crown Court, charged with murder.

NHS in Northamptonshire looking for apprentices

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A recruitment drive is being held in Northampton today to attract more apprentices to the NHS.

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Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust currently has several apprenticeship vacancies ranging from business administration to clinical positions.

The event starts at 16.30 and runs until 19.30 in Newland House on Campbell Square, Northampton.

Cobblers have trip to Barnsley in first round of Football League Cup

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Following the release of the Football League fixtures this morning, the draw has been made in the first round of the newly revamped Football League Cup.

Northampton Town have been drawn away to Championship side Barnsley.

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The tie will be played during the week starting 8 August.

Billy Vunipola says Dylan Hartley is 'very inspirational'

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter in Australia

Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley has also been praised for his England captaincy by one his side's stand-out players, number eight Billy Vunipola.

Vinipola said Hartley "always puts the team first" and is "very selfless".

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Vunipola, one of Hartley's vice-captains, said: "He would never ask of us something he wouldn't do himself. He is very inspirational, and a lot of boys follow him in that respect."

Hartley 'very good with the players' says Jones

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter in Australia

Dylan Hartley has "clearly done a good job leading England," according to his coach Eddie Jones.

Jones said the Saints hooker "has got the ability to develop relationships with people - and therefore he would be a great candidate for the Lions job".

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"He is very good with the players in making sure they understand standards we want in the team, and making sure they understand the values that are important," Jones added.

Eddie Jones: Dylan Hartley 'great candidate' for 2017 Lions captain

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter in Australia

England coach Eddie Jones has backed Dylan Hartley for the role of Lions captain in New Zealand next year.

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Hartley has excelled as England skipper in 2016, captaining the side to eight straight victories, including a Grand Slam and a series win in Australia.

And Jones feels the 30-year-old "would be a great candidate" to lead the Lions against the All Blacks.

Northamptonshire due to face Sussex at Arundel today

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Not a classic morning at one of the UK's most wonderful cricket grounds, Arundel Castle.

Arundel
BBC

Northamptonshire are due to face Sussex here in the county championship, but the forecast isn't great.

Dodging train fares: Some without a train ticket have made a 'genuine mistake'

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

An independent watchdog, Passenger Focus, says some people without a train ticket have made a "genuine mistake".

It comes after operator London Midland said fare-dodgers are costing them nearly £7m a year in lost revenue...

Dodging train fares: 'There was too much of a queue'

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

People caught at Euston without a ticket for London Midland trains, which operate through Northampton and Long Buckby, explained to be me yesterday why they didn't purchase one.

The company says fare-dodgers are costing them nearly £7m a year in lost revenue.

Train company losing nearly £7m a year from fare dodging

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

London Midland, which operates trains from Northampton and Long Buckby, says fare-dodgers are costing them nearly £7m a year in lost revenue.

Yesterday, it carried out a major revenue recovery operation at Euston Station and 104 passengers were given penalties for having no tickets, or incorrect tickets.

London Midland
BBC

But Transport Focus warns it is too easy for passengers to make unthinking mistakes with a ticketing system that is too complicated, and where it isn't always easy to find the correct fare information.

Weather: Cloudy and rather humid with outbreaks of rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It will be a mostly cloudy day with outbreaks of rain at times, although there will also be a few drier and brighter intervals, with some hazy sunshine and a high of 22C (72F).

My full forecast is below...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

The football fixtures explained...

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

If you're confused by today's talk about football fixtures, here is an alternative look from BBC comedian David Mitchell...

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Northampton Town will wait for Wilder's 'welcome' back

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

While the Cobbles will travel to Bramall Lane to face Chris Wilder's Sheffield United on News Year's Eve, there is quite a wait to welcome him back to Sixfields.

Chris wilder
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The manager who lead them to the League Two title last season returns to Northampton Town on Saturday, 8 April 2017.

How he's welcomed by the fans might depend on where the Cobblers are in the table by then. Interestingly it was in Northampton Town's fifth to last fixture of last season - the same fixture as the Blades clash will be next season - that they won the League Two title.

Cobblers fans have some long Tuesday night trips

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The fixtures haven't been kind to Northampton Town fans hoping to be home early after some of the Tuesday night fixtures.

Their first Tuesday night game is on 16 August, when they will have to travel to Oldham, a 290 mile round trip.

Rod McDonld
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They also have trips on a Tuesday to Swindon and Bradford, but at least they play Fleetwood on a Saturday.

Northampton Town's longest and shortest trips

356 mile round trip to Fleetwood on 25 February 2017
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45 mile round trip to MK Dons on 21 January 2017
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New Cobblers manager Page won't face old side until December

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

New Northampton Town manager Rob Page will have to wait until the end of 2016 to face his former side, Port Vale. The Cobblers travel to Vale Park on Saturday, 10 December.

Rob Page
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They then host Vale at Sixfields on Tuesday, 14 March 2017.

Here are Northampton Town's League One 2016/17 fixtures

06/08/2016 15:00 Northampton Town v Fleetwood Town 13/08/2016 15:00 Charlton Athletic v Northampton Town 16/08/2016 19:45 Oldham Athletic v Northampton Town 20/08/2016 15:00 Northampton Town v A.F.C. Wimbledon 27/08/2016 15:00 Coventry City v Northampton Town 03/09/2016 15:00 Northampton Town v Milton Keynes Dons 10/09/2016 15:00 Northampton Town v Walsall 17/09/2016 15:00 Chesterfield v Northampton Town 24/09/2016 15:00 Northampton Town v Southend United 27/09/2016 19:45 Swindon Town v Northampton Town 01/10/2016 15:00 Northampton Town v Bristol Rovers 08/10/2016 15:00 Scunthorpe United v Northampton Town 15/10/2016 15:00 Northampton Town v Millwall 18/10/2016 19:45 Peterborough United v Northampton Town 22/10/2016 15:00 Shrewsbury Town v Northampton Town 29/10/2016 15:00 Northampton Town v Bury 12/11/2016 15:00 Gillingham v Northampton Town 19/11/2016 15:00 Northampton Town v Peterborough United 22/11/2016 19:45 Bradford City v Northampton Town 26/11/2016 15:00 Northampton Town v Bolton Wanderers 10/12/2016 15:00 Port Vale v Northampton Town 17/12/2016 15:00 Northampton Town v Rochdale 26/12/2016 15:00 Oxford United v Northampton Town 31/12/2016 15:00 Sheffield United v Northampton Town 02/01/2017 15:00 Northampton Town v Bradford City 07/01/2017 15:00 Bristol Rovers v Northampton Town 14/01/2017 15:00 Northampton Town v Scunthorpe United 21/01/2017 15:00 Milton Keynes Dons v Northampton Town 28/01/2017 15:00 Northampton Town v Coventry City 04/02/2017 15:00 Walsall v Northampton Town 11/02/2017 15:00 Northampton Town v Chesterfield 14/02/2017 19:45 Northampton Town v Swindon Town 18/02/2017 15:00 Southend United v Northampton Town 25/02/2017 15:00 Fleetwood Town v Northampton Town 28/02/2017 19:45 Northampton Town v Oldham Athletic 04/03/2017 15:00 Northampton Town v Charlton Athletic 11/03/2017 15:00 A.F.C. Wimbledon v Northampton Town 14/03/2017 19:45 Northampton Town v Port Vale 18/03/2017 15:00 Bolton Wanderers v Northampton Town 25/03/2017 15:00 Northampton Town v Oxford United 01/04/2017 15:00 Rochdale v Northampton Town 08/04/2017 15:00 Northampton Town v Sheffield United 15/04/2017 15:00 Millwall v Northampton Town 17/04/2017 15:00 Northampton Town v Shrewsbury Town 22/04/2017 15:00 Bury v Northampton Town 30/04/2017 12:00 Northampton Town v Gillingham
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Northampton Town start at home to Fleetwood and meet Wilder's Sheffield United on New Years' Eve

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The Cobblers' League 2 season starts at home - Fleetwood Town are the visitors on Saturday 6 August. That's followed by a trip to Charlton and a swift re-union with Ricky Holmes.

Ricky Holmes
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There are two very tasty fixtures over Christmas - both away from home.

It's Oxford United on Boxing Day and then auld acquaintances are renewed with Chris Wilder at Sheffield United on New Year's Eve.

The derby matches against Peterborough are away on Tuesday, 18 October and at home on 19 November, while they host MK Dons on Saturday, 9 September and travel down the M1 on Saturday, 21 January 2017.

The season finishes on 30 April with a home match against Gillingham.

What fixtures will Northampton Town fans be looking out for?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Cobblers fans will be looking out for what their opening and closing fixtures will be, but also there are host of derbies coming up.

They'll be facing their old foes Peterborough in League but also their newest rivals MK Dons, where the Northampton took 7,000 away fans to in the FA Cup last season...

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They'll also be looking out for Oxford United, after manager Michael Appleton said they were the best side in League Two last season, despite finishing second to the Cobblers.

Also, the another fixture to look out for is the Cobblers facing their League Two winning manager Chris Wilder now at Sheffield United.

Could this season possibly be as dramatic as the last for the Cobblers?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It's unlikely anything could happen this season which would top the drama of last season. There was the very real possibility the club could have gone out of business...

Cobblers fans
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But a takeover from Kelvin Thomas at the end of November secured the clubs future...

Kelvin Thomas
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And on the pitch there was an unbeaten run of 24 games which took them to the League Two title...

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And an open top bus parade...

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Maybe some fans will be hoping for less drama?

Cobblers hoping for similar beginning and end of the season

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Last season begin for Northampton Town how it ended - with a win. The first fixture of their League Two championship season was away at Bristol Rovers, which they won 1-0 thanks to John-Joe O'Toole...

John-Joe O'toole
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The season concluded with a 2-1 win away at Portsmouth thanks to a winner from Jame Collins...

James Collins
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Big day for the Cobblers - Welcome to football fixtures live...

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Don't worry sports-haters, we won't be doing this all day, but we're starting today's live feed with the announcement of the football league fixtures.

The full list will be revealed at 09:00 with Northampton Town on the brink of an exciting new journey in League One.

We're going up
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