Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday, 12 July 2016
  2. Care home to close in Northampton
  3. Police commissioner makes five major changes
  4. Migration 'must continue' to supply farms with summer labour
  5. Three children removed from drug supplier mum
  6. Northants attempt to limit Worcestershire lead

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Thanks for reading - I'll be back tomorrow with a worrying story about increasing levels of violence from children to their parents.

On a lighter note, we'll also look at Wellingborough Golf Club's Ryan Evans as he builds up to The Open which begins on Thursday.

Email us if you've got something you think we'll find interesting. Have a good evening.

Greyfriars plans to go on display next week

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

More than a year after Greyfriars bus station was demolished, plans for the site will go on display next week in Northampton.

Greyfriars
BBC

Two developers have put forward their ideas - and both will be on show from 12:00 on Monday 18 July until 17:30 on Wednesday 20 July in the Court Room at the Guildhall. 

You can leave your comments on the ideas, which include a mix of homes and commercial buildings. The ideas will be discussed by Northampton Borough Council's cabinet in September.

Regional forecast: Further torrential downpours with drier conditions later

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

The risk of heavy and possibly thundery showers continues this evening and there is a yellow warning in place until 22:00 for further torrential downpours and the risk of localised flooding.

Later, the wet weather will be confined to the eastern half of the region, as drier conditions spread from the west. Lows of 9C (48F).    

Overnight weather map
BBC

Tomorrow the last of the overnight showery rain should clear to the North Sea, and then it's a mixture of sunshine and showers, which should be lighter and more scattered than today, although an occasional heavier downpour can't be ruled out. Top temperature: 19C (66F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Relative of resident says Ecton Brook 'still fit for purpose'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Linda Titmuss' uncle lives at Ecton Brook care home, which Northamptonshire County Council has today decided to close within three months.

Northampton care home: Niece says Ecton Brook still 'fit for purpose'

Former PCC backs successor if he 'makes Northants safer'

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The county's first police and crime commissioner has backed his successor, despite some of his policies being scrapped.

Adam Simmonds
BBC

Mr Simmonds said Mr Mold was elected to take difficult decisions.

"He has my full support if his efforts as PCC ultimately make Northamptonshire safer in the coming days and its police force one of the best in the country," he said.

New PCC Stephen Mold 'not bringing in dramatic changes'

Craig Lewis

BBC News

New police and crime commissioner Stephen Mold says he is not bringing in "dramatic changes", despite scrapping or altering five of his predecessor.

Stephen Mold
BBC

Mr Mold said: "I'm PCC 2.0. I want to learn from the past."

New PCC 'would have done Wootton Hall deal differently'

Craig Lewis

BBC News

I've been looking at how Northamptonshier's new police and crime commissioner, Stephen Mold, has been making his mark in the role - including by scrapping or changing a number of the schemes implemented by his predecessor, Adam Simmonds.

Wootton Hall
BBC

But one scheme he had no choice over was Mr Simmonds' grand plan to sell off the force's Wootton Hall headquarters and turn it into a school.

The move was signed off on the day before Mr Mold came into office and he says it would be hugely costly to unpick.

Mr Mold said: "I would have preferred it was left on my desk... I would've done it differently"

High profile schemes fall foul to change of crime commissioner

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Former PCC Adam Simmonds introduced a number of high profile initiatives during his time in chrage, including a recruitment drive for special constables and the sale of the force's Wootton Hall headquarters.

Adam Simmonds
BBC

His successor Stephen Mold has taken little time making changes though. He has scrapped Mr Simmonds' target of 900 Specials, while a "full alliance" with Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire police forces will instead be confined to back office functions.

The controversial Office for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives has also been axed, while Mr Mold has re-instated burglary as one of his main priorities after Mr Simmonds chose to concentrate on violent crime.

Cobblers pre-season continues

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Northampton Town are in action tonight, away against Nuneaton, as their pre-season training continues under new boss Rob Page.

Marc Richards
Getty Images

The game kicks off at 19:30 and the team will be looking to pick up where they left off, after beating Sileby Rangers 3-0 at the weekend. 

Bad news from Wantage Road

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants are sliding towards defeat to Worcestershire at Wantage Road after losing four quick wickets in their second innings.

Rob Keogh
Getty Images

Sent in for three overs before lunch on the third day with a nominal 454 to win, Ben Duckett fell to the final ball of the session.

And in a rain-reduced afternoon, Rob Keogh (pictured during the T20 against Warwickshire) was bowled for just 9, Adam Rossington caught behind for 3 and Rob Newton was caught behind for 11.

Listen: BBC Radio Northampton live commentary

The pressure on adult social care isn't going away

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The closure of Ecton Brook care home in Northampton will be a blow to the 18 people still living there and the staff, but it isn't a surprise when one considers the regular stories we've heard of cuts to the budgets for adult social care.

It's a difficult time to work in the field, not least because while looking after vulnerable children is one of the county council's legal responsibilities, adult social care doesn't carry the same status. 

But Conservative councillor Bill Parker, cabinet member for adult care, told me that closing Ecton Brook isn't just about saving money now, it's about the changes they want to make to how  they provide care.

He told me in the future there will be "less demand for care homes, but more demand for the special care packages for people to live in their own homes."

Ecton Brook would 'need a lot of money spending on it'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Ecton Brook care home in Northampton will close in three month's time, after Northamptonshire County Council decided it isn't cost effective to keep it open.

Ecton Brook
Google

The Conservative-run council has agreed to try and save £30m from adult social care this year, at a time when the population is ageing and demand for support increasing. 

Bill Parker, cabinet member for adult social care, said: "Ecton Brook is a property that needs a lot of money spending on it to bring it up to the standard that we would require and that the people residing in it would require."

'PCC 2.0' reboots predecessor's legacy

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Out with the old, in with the new.

Northamptonshire's new police and crime commissioner, Stephen Mold, has denied trying to force through "dramatic" changes despite scrapping or altering five of his predecessor's policies in his first two months in the role.

Stephen Mold
BBC

The police chief, who calls himself "PCC 2.0" and took over from fellow Conservative Adam Simmonds in May, said he is "just making some important tweaks".

Mr Simmonds said his successor has his full support.

Cricket updates from the BBC - read or listen

As well as listening to BBC Radio Northampton's live commentary, you can read continuous coverage of Northamptonshire v Worcestershire and the rest of the day's county championship matches at the BBC's Live Reporting page.

The match in Northampton is rain-delayed, but Northants will resume their second innings on 16-1 chasing a target of 437 after the visitors declared on 324-8 in their second knock.

Decision time over Ecton Brook care home

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The County Council's cabinet will decide this afternoon whether to close Ecton Brook care home, having proposed to do so back in February.

Care Home
BBC

The council says the home, which had 34 residents at the time, was not fit for purpose. The council said shutting it would save £150,000. 

Ecton Brook would close over three months and alternative homes found for the people still living there. I'll bring you more on this as it we get it.

St Edmunds demolition progressing

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

As the cranes begin to knock down much of the long-derelict former St Edmunds hospital, it's worth remembering how long it's taken to get to this stage.

St Edmunds
BBC

The buildings fell out of use in 1998 and over the past 18 years have been vandalised, trespassed on, invaded by birds and dilapidated.  

St Edmunds
BBC

The site will be re-used to build a retirement village, but the former workhouse, which was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and opened in 1836, will - apart from its facade - disappear. 

Rain at Wantage Road

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Rain is likely to delay the resumption of play after lunch at the county ground, in Northamptonshire's county championship match against Worcestershire.

Worcestershire declared at 324-8 and took the wicket of Ben Duckett in a tricky three overs before the lunch break.

Northamptonshire are highly unlikely to win and will be hoping for more rain during the remaining five sessions of cricket in this match.

Listen to BBC live commentary here.

Group supporting blind people across Northamptonshire hits the jackpot with £356,000 lottery grant

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Northamptonshire Association for the Blind is celebrating today after receiving a £356,000 award from the Big Lottery Fund.

Health and safety issues with Castle Theatre

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough will re-open as soon as a checklist has been worked through by the council.

The theatre was closed by administrators last month and Wellingborough Borough Council will take on the running of it on an interim basis while longer-term plans for its future are considered. 

There's no sign when the doors will open again though - a 50-point plan is being worked through as we speak - and 15 issues have to be addressed before performances can be held. 

Castle
BBC

Forecast: Blustery, cloudy and cool

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher "coleole" took this in Irthlingborough this morning - but the blue sky will be harder and harder to find as we move through the afternoon.

Irthlingborough
coleole/BBC

Heavy showers will develop which could turn thundery with heavy downpours as they'll be slow-moving. Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

For more more detail where you are, visit BBC Weather

Council 'overwhelmed by the offers of help' with Castle Theatre

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

The local community and former employees of the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough have been contacting the council in their droves to offer help with getting the venue back on its feet after it closed last month.

Castle
BBC

Hazel Clover was appointed by the Borough Council of Wellingborough to its re-opening.

"I would like to thank everyone who has contacted me. I am so impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by so many people," she said.

'New partnership will bring St Edmunds site back to life'

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

I've lived in Northampton since 2006 - and for that entire time, St Edmunds hospital has sat, decaying and collapsing at the top of one of the busiest routes into town.

St Edmunds
BBC

Not the best advert for Northampton.

I've just got back from the site though - and I can report that things are actually happening there.

St Edmunds
BBC

Demolition equipment is on site and the tumbledown former wards at the rear of the site are being knocked down.

18 years of dereliction brought to a close, at last.

Charity awarded £350k in lottery funding

A charity supporting, blind and partially-sighted people in the county has been awarded more than £350,000 in lottery funding. 

The Northamptonshire Association for the Blind aims to use the money to help people live independently in the community. 

The money comes from the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme.

View more on twitter

Today's cricket commentary is under way

Day three of the County Championship match between Northamptonshire and Worcestershire at the County Ground is beginning.

Listen to live commentary from the BBC Radio Northampton sports team.

County Ground, Northampton
BBC

Migration from abroad 'must continue', says farmer

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

Farms in Northamptonshire will continue to depend on seasonal labour from the European Union, even after we leave, a former chairman of the National Farmers Union in the east midlands told me this morning.

Field
BBC

Richard Harris, who farms near Moulton, said: "We depend on a vast number of people coming in to do casual harvest labour and we really feel this must continue or a lot of farmers will be struggling to get their produce to the marketplace."

How this will work though, remains to be seen.

Are the worst bits of St Edmund's finally being knocked down?!

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

You've told us you hate it, the demolition preparation work began in April and, today, the word is that the cranes are at the former St Edmund's hospital site in Northampton, beginning to knock it down.

St Edmund's
BBC

Over the years, various redevelopment projects have come and gone, but now - it appears - action to turn the former workhouse into a retirement village and care home has got underway.  

The facade will remain, but the buildings behind that are going to go. 

I'm off up there with my camera to see what I can see... 

Listen: Can Northants limit Worcs second innings lead?

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Play at the County Ground in Northampton resumes at 11:00.

You can listen to live commentary from the BBC here.

Worcestershire will resume with big lead over Northants

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The third day of the county championship game at the County Ground will resume today with Northamptonshire trailing the visitors Worcestershire by 310 runs.

Brett D'Oliveira
Getty Images

Worcs will resume on 181-4 in their second innings in the Division Two match.

Brett D'Oliveira was out for 81 shortly before stumps on Monday.

Children removed from care of drug woman

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Three children should be taken away from a woman who is facing jail for admitting conspiring to supply £800,000 worth of amphetamines, a judge has ruled.

High Court in London
BBC

Family Court judge Mr Justice Keehan said the children, aged 16, 15 and three, should live with other relatives and that Northamptonshire County Council has responsibility for their welfare.

The woman wanted the children to live with her, but conceded she could not care for them as she has been told she's likely to receive a substantial prison sentence.

The judge's ruling did not identify the woman's relationship to the children, but it said the children all had different fathers.

Keep tabs on the Leadsom fall out

Following the Conservative Party leadership race turning into a one-horse event with the withdrawal of South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom...

... you can follow all the news about Theresa May's ascent to prime minister, and the Labour leadership battle, at the BBC's dedicated EU Referendum Live page.

It's David Cameron's last day as prime minister:

David Cameron: "I am delighted that Theresa May will be the next prime minister."

Andrea Leadsom 'didn't have the weight'

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

The way to Number Ten suddenly cleared for Theresa May yesterday when her rival in the leadership contest, South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, stood aside

Andrea Leadsom reads letter of resignation from leadership race
AP

Suzanne McDonald-Walker, who's a senior lecturer in politics and international relations at the University of Northampton, said that isn't a huge surprise.  

"She didn't have the experience, she didn't have the weight," Ms McDonald-Walker said.

"Whilst the superficial slogans worked alright in the referendum, after the referendum people are getting a bit wise and she didn't have anything to back it up."

Travel: A43 partially blocked and London Midland delays

BBC Travel

The A43 Park View in Moulton is partially blocked southbound between Ashley Lane and Round Spinney due to a two car collision. It's congested to the Sywell Road junction.

London Midland services are delayed by up to 15 minutes between Long Buckby and Rugby due to a fault on a train. Tickets are being accepted on alternative services.

Weather: Heavy rain on the way

Aisling Creevey

BBC Look East weather

The sunny start this morning is a little bit deceiving... we're going to see some heavy downpours later this afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

Watch my full regional forecast here:

Visit BBC Weather for updates for where you are.  

Welcome to Northamptonshire live

Good morning and welcome to today's live page for all things Northamptonshire.

We'll bring you more on the fall-out from Andrea Leadsom's resignation as Tory leadership contender, as well as the latest from the new police and crime commissioner Stephen Mold who has denied making wholesale changes to his predecessors policies.