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Summary

  1. Castle Theatre to close
  2. UK goes to the EU referendum polls
  3. Harrison in England team for Aussie game
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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Live updates have finished for today

We'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 with the results of the EU Referendum.

See you then.

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Weather: Rain tonight, sunshine tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Tonight there will be thunderstorms with locally heavy rain and lightning. Lows of 15C (59F).

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A dry start to the day with some early sunshine and highs of 22C (72F).

You can find more details on the BBC Weather website.

Adminstrator says theatre closure is 'tragic' but business is not 'viable'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Gary Pettit, from the administrators of the Castle Theatre, has described the 31 redundancies resulting from its closure as "tragic".

However, he said the venue "is not a viable business as a theatre on it's own, it needs other services".

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Mr Pettit said he been speaking with seven parties about the running of the theatre and "if the council are prepared to work with one of those" it could reopen.

He also confirmed anyone with tickets for future events at the theatre in Wellingborough will get a refund.

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The 'Travelling Morrice' comes to Northamptonshire

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Cambridge Morris Men, known at the 'Travelling Morrice' have come to perform in Northamptonshire as part of their summer tour.

I paid them a visit in Badby...

Wilson hopes 'things get sorted' after pulling out of tournament

Kettering snooker player Kyren Wilson has been forced to pull out of this week’s Riga Masters in Latvia, according to the Northamptonshire Telegraph.

Wilson is suffering from a potential blood clot in his left leg and chose to withdraw from the first major competition of the season. He has tweeted his thanks for the support received.

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Council to get theatre 'back up and running again' in weeks

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

In a statement, The Borough Council of Wellingborough has said it is "already working on how to reopen [The Castle] in a matter of weeks", despite the administrator saying it could take two years for the theatre to reopen.

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The authority also says if it can rebook any community events which have been cancelled then fees to rehire The Castle would be waived.

The statement says the authority "has been fully supportive of the venue and continues to be fully supportive of it," adding it is "taking the operation back in house for an interim period so that it can get it back up and running again".

Castle Theatre closure confirmed

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It has been confirmed The Castle in Wellingborough is to close with 31 members of staff made redundant.

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The administrators say there has been a lot of interest shown in taking the theatre forward and non-disclosure agreements were issued to those parties interested.

However, there are some complex legal and constitutional issues that have prevented them from proceeding.

EU referendum: Pens now alright in East Northants

Pen or pencil? Both are fine now according to East Northants Council...

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Rain halts strong session for Northamptonshire

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Unfortunately it is lashing down with rain at Arundel. I know this picture doesn't show it, but I promise you that it is. That's why the covers are on.

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The rain looks set for a couple of hours, which is a pity for Northants who were in a strong position at 142-2 trailing by by only 36 runs with captain Alex Wakely 46 not out.

'No pride' in Northampton cemetery, says man whose wife is buried there

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Kelvin Muddiman, whose wife is buried at Dallington Cemertery, says it's been left in such a bad state he and his family have resorted to cutting the grass around her grave themselves.

He says the people who are meant to maintain the cemetery need to do better.

"There's no pride. Stuff is just being left on the pavement and on the grass" - Kelvin Muddiman
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Man 'let down' by council over state of Northampton cemetery

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Dallington Cemetery in Northampton is in a "disgusting condition," according to a man angry with the state of his wife's grave.

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Kelvin Muddiman's wife was laid to rest at Dallington nearly seven years ago.

He said he and other mourners are being let down by Northampton Borough Council and their contractors.

Racism victims in grassroots football 'don't feel confident' in authorities to deal with it

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Racism on the pitch is still a problem in grassroots football, according to a lecturer at the University of Northampton.

Dr Jim Lusted chairs the Grassroots Guidance Group for the "Kick it Out" campaign.

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He spoke at a special conference held at the university yesterday and said victims "don't feel confident in the authorities dealing with incidents" and referees "don't feel comfortable" in reporting racism.

EU Referendum: Queuing at Finedon polling station

There have been reports of long queues at polling stations across the country and that seems to have been the case in Finedon earlier, judging by these tweets from vicar and broadcaster Richard Coles...

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EU referendum: Do you use a pen or a pencil?

This is the official advice from the Electoral Commission...

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But East Northants Council doesn't agree...

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Former England and Northamptonshire batsman tips Duckett for England

In our montage of some of the 500 Northamptonshire first-class cricketers we feature county legend and former England batman Allan Lamb.

He's been tipping one of Northamptonshire current batsman to follow in his footsteps...

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Weather: Cloud breaking to sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

Temperatures are set to get up to 23C (73F) today, but at the moment there is cloud around.

This picture was taken in Lamport from BBC Weather Watcher 'bob100'...

Lamport
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It should be a warm and pleasant afternoon for many, but there is also a risk of some showers.

More details on the BBC Weather website.

Harrison is an "excellent defender and robust," says Jones

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

England coach Eddie Jones said Teimana Harrison, who is set to get his second England cap against Australia on Saturday, is a "bit of a street-fighter".

Jones said: "He doesn't mind throwing it around a bit and we're going to need that on Saturday. He's nice and competitive in that seven spot."

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Jones said Harrison had trained well throughout the tour and deserved his opportunity. "He's an excellent defender and his robustness will be important to us at the start of the game."

Harrison 'can't wait' to play for England again

Northampton Saints flanker Teimana Harrison will make his second appearance for England this Saturday against Australia.

He's taken to Twitter to show his thanks for the fans support.

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Cobblers close to signing former Peterborough defender

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town are close to signing former Peterborough defender Gaby Zakuani.

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The 29-year-old DR Congo centre-back was released by Posh at the end of the season after making 252 appearances in two spells, having initially joined them in 2008.

Northamptonshire reaches 500 first-class cricketers

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Sean Terry became Northamptonshire's 500 first-class cricketers during the game against Sussex, which started yesterday.

Past players to grace the shirt include Frank Tyson, Allan Lamb and Colin Milburn.

Here are a few more of the 500...  

Northamptonshire has had 500 first-class cricketers. Here are some of them.

Council says it will receive Castle Theatre back - but don't know when it might re-open

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

The Borough Council of Wellingborough has told me "it does appear that in the near future the council will receive the building back". 

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It goes on to say before it could re-open the theatre "a number of housekeeping and legal processes" would have to carried out.

The authority also says it hope to be able to help any local groups which have had shows cancelled to have an opportunity to perform.

All Castle Theatre shows have been cancelled

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

I've now found out all shows at the Castle in Wellingborough have been cancelled with immediate effect.

The administrators decided last night that it was no longer able to honour existing bookings.

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They had previously said they would honour all pre-booked shows until September, but today it announced that was no longer possible.

It's understood the news means 30 staff at the venue have been made redundant.

Castle Theatre in Wellingborough 'expected to close'

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

A post on the Save The Castle, Wellingborough Facebook group says it expects the theatre to close later today.

The theatre is expected to shut after the EU Referendum voting. It is currently operating as a polling station.

Castle Wellingborough
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The theatre was placed in administration back in April, but it was hoped it could carry on operating until a new organisation to run it was found.

I am hoping to speak to the administrators later today and also a dance group who have had their show cancelled.

Very high pollen levels today

BBC Weather

Sorry hayfever sufferers...

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County Championship: Azharullah puts Northamptonshire in command at Sussex

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Azharullah's 6-68 gave Northamptonshire the upper hand on day one of their Division Two encounter with Sussex yesterday.

Rain prevented play until 14:30 at Arundel, two and a half hours after the scheduled 12:00 start. Northants bowled first having elected not to contest the toss.

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Azharullah took the first six wickets to fall to reduce Sussex to 139-6. Only Chris Nash (75) offered real resistance as the hosts were all out for 178, with Northants 43-1 in reply.

Ollie Robinson struck to bowl Rob Newton for a 24-ball duck, but Ben Duckett and Alex Wakely held on until the close, which came just before 20:00 because of bad light.

Plus will resume told at 12:00 and there will be commentary online with me then.

England v Australia: Teimana Harrison starts in third Test

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton flanker Teimana Harrison will start for England in Saturday's third Test against Australia as Eddie Jones' men aim for a whitewash.

Harrison, 23, who made his debut against Wales in May, replaces the injured James Haskell.

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The rest of the England squad remains unchanged with Dylan Hartley captaining the side and Courtney Lawes and Paul Hill on the bench.

Weather: Warm sunshine for most

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's set to be a fine day with sunny spells. However, cloud will build through the afternoon, leading to a risk of showers or thunderstorms by the late afternoon or evening. Top temperature of 23C (73F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

EU Referendum: What happens after I vote?

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Once polling stations close across the county at 10:00 the counting begins.

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

Then we'll have a result for Northamptonshire, and for the East Midlands.

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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.

EU Referendum: Smiley faces ok - but not advised - but selfies are 'strongly discouraged'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The Electoral Commission says the best way to make sure your vote is counted is to mark an X in a box.

But a smiley face or anything interpreted by a returning officer as an expression of preference "must not be rejected if the voter's intention is clear", guidance to Counting Officers says.

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Although there's nothing legally specifically banning taking photos, the Electoral Commission strongly discourages photography inside a polling station, including selfies, "as you might find yourself in breach of secrecy of the ballot requirements". Anyone who inadvertently reveals how someone else votes could face a £5,000 fine or six months in prison. Consequently, you will see "no photography" signs inside many polling stations.

The Commission advises it would be better to take a photo outside the polling station to use on social media.

EU Referendum: How do I vote?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

You will be given a ballot paper listing two options: "Remain a member of the European Union" or "Leave the European Union". It will be printed on special paper or feature an official mark or number to combat fraud.

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Put an X in the box which reflects your choice. If you mark any more boxes, your paper will be invalid.

Fold the ballot paper so others cannot see your choice and post it in the ballot box.

If you make a mistake you can get your ballot paper reissued, so long as you have not put it in the ballot box.

EU Referendum: Where do I vote?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

If you are on the electoral register, you should have received a polling card through the post which has your name, polling number and the address of your polling station printed on it.  

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You do not need to take your polling card with you when you vote, but you must only vote at the polling station to which you have assigned.

Any voter who has not had a chance to post their postal vote (if they have asked for one) can still take it to their polling station in person.

EU Referendum: When can I vote and What are we voting for?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Today UK will go the polls in the EU referendum.

The polls opened at 07:00 and will close at 22:00. Provided you are at the polling station at 22:00, you will be guaranteed the opportunity to vote.

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The referendum will decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union.

You will be asked to answer the following question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?"

Whichever side gets more than half of all votes cast is considered to have won.

Welcome to Thursday's live page for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

Between now and 18:00 we'll be bringing you news, weather, sport and travel updates for the county.

We'll start with today's vote on the EU Referendum...

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