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Sixfields Stadium and Northampton Town FC crest

The story so far of what happened to £10.25m of council money given to Northampton Town Football Club that seemingly vanished.

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Transformation of Corby attracting new growth and more people

Willy Gilder

BBC Radio Northampton

Ten years ago or so I was in Corby town centre on a damp November evening and I remember thinking how depressing it was.

But if you look around the same place now it is transformed with new shops, the striking Cube building complete with theatre and library, an international sized swimming pool and a cinema. 

A lot of effort has been put into regenerating Corby since the steel-works closed in 1980, with new companies, jobs and housing.

Six years ago Corby was Britain's fastest growing town - and it seems set to keep that accolade. Population projections suggest 6% will come here due to natural growth - that's more babies being born - 5% from people moving from other countries and 5.5% from people moving from elsewhere in Britain.

In the 1930s steelworkers from Scotland transformed the small village into a town of 12,000 people by the outbreak of the Second World War. At the last census its population was 61,000 - by 2024 it's likely to be 76,000.

Reckless driver ploughs car into house in Northampton... then saunters back to grab his mobile phone

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A shameless joyrider fled the scene after ploughing his car into the front of a house in Northampton, only to return minutes later to collect the mobile phone he left in the stricken vehicle.

Council prepares for Corby's 17% population growth by 2024

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The population of Corby is set to grow by 17% up to 2024 with 76,000 people predicted to make the town their home.

Borough council leaders Tom Beattie said the increase will bring pressure on schools, health services and housing.

Corby Centre

"We've managed growth to date and know the challenges it brings for regeneration, new jobs and facilities," he said.

Corby's population set to reach 76,000 by 2024

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Corby was a small village in the 1930s when a boom time began thanks to the steelworks and the population rose to 12,000 by the World War Two as families flocked there from Scotland for work.

Corby steelworks
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Now the population is set to reach 76,000 by 2024 as people move to the town from elsewhere and more babies are born to current residents, according to predictions by the National Office of Statistics. 

Travel: M1 southbound congestion

BBC Travel

Congestion on the southbound M1 between J15 for Collingtree and J14 for Buckingham because of heavier than usual traffic which is slow moving.

Also heavy traffic is causing some congestion on A43 south of Towcester.

More details on BBC Travel

Welcome to Local Live news for Northamptonshire

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Good morning and welcome to Northamptonshire Live. 

We'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county from now until 18:00. 

Corby is set to be one of the fastest growing towns in Britain over the next eight years according to the Office for National Statistics so we'll be looking at what that will mean.

Weather: Dry and fine with some sunshine

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After a cool start with almost clear skies it will be warm and dry with sunshine for most.


Our picture taken this morning at Pattishall in the south of the county promises a bright day but some patchy cloud could develop while still it will still feel pleasant in the frequent sunny spells. 

Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F)

Ned Eckersley

Ned Eckersley hits his third century in a week as Leicestershire enjoy a fine day with the bat against Northants.

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Ricky Holmes of Charlton Athletic

Charlton are still looking for their first win of the League One season after drawing with Northampton at the Valley.

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Our live coverage across the day

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

That's it for our regular updates for today. Any major new stories will be posted here over the weekend.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather from the county.

Have a good evening.

Weather: Mainly dry with clear spells tonight

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Staying mainly dry with clear spells this evening, but it will turn increasingly cloudy with an odd spot of light rain possible as it dips to about 14C (57F).

Map for weather

A rather cloudy Saturday with the small chance of light rain, but most places will stay dry and the cloud will break to allow for some bright or sunny spells.

Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). 

Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

Raunds man leads fights against the 'inglorious 12th'

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

A man from Raunds who started a petition to ban grouse shooting says it's almost got enough signatures to force a Parliamentary debate.

The "Glorious 12th" of August is traditionally the start of the shooting season and the Countryside Alliance says the sport is good for conservation and the economy.

But Dr Mark Avery, who used to work for the RSPB, says it's contributing to a rapid fall in the number of hen harriers, an endangered species of raptors.

He also claims practices such as the burning of vegetation on grouse moors are damaging the environment.

The petition he started with the TV presenter Chris Packham now has 92,000 signatures and only needs another 8,000 to get the issue on the Parliamentary agenda.

Man with dog shooting grouse
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Grouse moors don't work for nature and they don't work in terms of environmental sustainability. That's why we're asking the government to ban grouse shooting."

Dr Mark AveryCampaigner

Owen Smith: 'Jeremy is not the only socialist in the Labour Party'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The Labour leadership candidate, Owen Smith, has been in Corby this afternoon on the day judges ruled that more than 100,000 members can be excluded from the election.

The party's ruling body, the NEC, won its Appeal Court battle to stop people who have joined since mid-January from deciding between Mr Smith and Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Smith went to Corby's Urgent Care Centre and met local party members during today's visit.

He told me: "Jeremy is not the only guardian of Labour values; there are many of us who want a radical left-wing Labour government. I'm still confident I can persuade enough members, young and old, to vote for me."

Three Labour constituency parties in the county have voted to endorse Mr Corbyn, but their vote doesn't count towards the final result.

Kettering cemetery to be closed earlier to 'stop people camping'

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Officials in Kettering have introduced new restrictions following reports of people camping overnight at the cemetery.

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Seventy years of Towcester history comes to an end

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Payne's Nurseries has been a familiar sight for anyone travelling into Towcester from the north since 1945.

Originally, it concentrated on supplying tomatoes and cucumbers for local markets, but its flowers became more popular over the years, eventually becoming the most important part of its business.

The nursery hit the headlines in 1998, when it ended up under 3ft (1m) feet of floodwater during the notorious Easter floods, but still managed to open its doors the morning after.

Tomorrow sees the last day of trading.

Ian and Paul Morgan of Payne's Nurseries

Ian Morgan, who runs the nursery with his brother Paul, says recent developments in the town have reduced the number of customers. "On the A5, it's becoming a nightmare, and, with the council building their new offices with no parking, people just don't want to fight their way through traffic to find there's nowhere to park," he said.

Payne's Nurseries interior
Payne's nurseries arch

Mr Morgan has thanked all his customers for their support and says that, once he's emptied the till for the last time on Saturday, he'll look forward to a lie-in on Sunday.

Lead stolen from Lubenham church

Harborough Mail

Thieves attempting to strip lead from the roof of a Harborough village church seem to have fled after an alarm went off.

Weather update: Becoming cloudy overnight

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Cathamesdogfor this view taken in Weedon Bec, near Daventry, where the temperature was 19C (66F).

View of garden in Weedon

After a fine and dry evening for many across Northamptonshire it will become increasingly cloudy overnight, with a little rain or drizzle developing by morning and a minimum overnight of 15C (59F).

Get more details on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.  

Owen Smith responds to leadership vote ruling during Corby visit

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith, who's been in Corby this afternoon, says today's court ruling on voting rights doesn't change anything for him.

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Labour's ruling body, the NEC, can stop new members voting in the forthcoming leadership election.  

More than 100,000 people who have joined the party since mid-January won't be able to take part in the ballot.

Owen Smith talking to Labour members in Corby

Mr Smith, who is challenging Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership, visited Corby's Urgent Care Centre and met local Labour party members. 

He said: "I still have to get around the country and persuade all of those members, young and old, to help save the Labour Party.  

"Everybody in the Labour Party knows we desperately need a Labour government, but we've got to win in places like Corby."

Public urged to look out for 'slave' workers

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

People in Northamptonshire are being urged to look out for signs that workers are being used as modern "slaves"

Eleven people have been rescued from conditions of modern slavery in Northamptonshire alone so far this year.

Det Sgt Ashley Turner from Northamptonshire Police said exploitation could be happening anywhere in the county in a huge variety of environments, including food factories and car washes.

"We've been on certain car wash sites in the county where they're not provided with the correct materials or clothing; they're working 12-hour days for £2.50 an hour which, in today's world, is just not acceptable," he said.

Signs of exploitation include staff looking unhappy, unclean or over-worked.

Slavery "victim" sitting on squalid bed

Curtain up at The Castle

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Politicians in Wellingborough have welcomed news that the town's theatre will reopen next week.

The lights went out in June after the council terminated its contract with the charity that ran the venue.

A theatre management specialist has been brought in to get it up and running again.

The leader of the opposition on the borough council, Labour's Andrew Scarborough, said: "I join all members in supporting its opening. 

"The venue is an invaluable asset for the cultural well-being of Wellingborough and we look forward to working with all involved as the venue moves forward."

Castle Theatre in spring
Castle Theatre

Wellingborough theatre to re-open next week

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Wellingborough Castle Theatre, which closed in June, will re-open next week.

The borough council terminated its contract with the charity that ran the venue in March and the curtain fell two months later.

Now, the council has appointed a theatre management specialist to get the venue up and running and make it available for local groups to hire. Some touring performances have also been scheduled, including Snow White on Ice at Christmas.

The council says it has received an "extraordinary" number of approaches of support from the local community since March.

Wellingborough Castle Theatre

I urge customers and users to support the venue as the council moves it forward into a new and exciting phase."

Martin GriffithsWellingborough Borough Council leader

Labour leadership candidate visits Corby

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Owen Smith, who is challenging Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership, has arrived in Corby on the campaign trail.

He's visiting the town's Urgent Care Centre and meeting prominent local party members and health staff.

Constituency parties in Northampton, South Northamptonshire and Wellingborough have voted this week to support Mr Corbyn, although their selections don't count towards the final outcome.

Owen Smith meeting local labour members

More on Cobblers' new signing

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

As we reported earlier, Northampton Town have signed the winger Emmanuel Sonupe until the end of the season.

He's spent most of the pre-season period with the Cobblers after being released by Tottenham in June.

The 20-year-old is the 12th player to be signed by the Northampton manager, Rob Page, and is available for tomorrow's League One fixture against Charlton.

Emmanuel Sonupe
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Labour member: Jeremy Corbyn has 'principles and integrity'

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

As we mentioned earlier, three of Northamptonshire's constituency associations have thrown their weight behind Jeremy Corbyn in Labour's leadership Contest.

The votes in Northampton, South Northamptonshire and Wellingborough won't count towards the final result, but they provide some indication of the way local members feel.

Anjona Roy (pictured), a party member in Northampton, voted for Mr Corbyn, saying: "People I speak to say Jeremy is a complete breath of fresh air in politics. He's a man with principles and integrity."

People want honest, straight-talking politics - people who look you in the eye and tell you exactly what they think."

Anjona RoyLabour Party member
Anjona Roy

Modern slavery victims in 'living hell'

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

The woman in charge of the Salvation Army's anti-trafficking and modern slavery unit has told me the "onus is on all of us to keep an eye out" for workers who might be being exploited illegally.

Anne Read

Anne Reid spoke to me earlier as it was revealed that 11 people have been rescued from conditions of modern slavery in Northamptonshire this year.  

The Salvation Army supports all trafficking victims across the country, through a network of safe houses - and Maj Reid told me the victims can be "highly traumatised" by the "living hell" of their trapped and exploited existence. 

The joy of growing whoppers

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

A celebration of glorious flowers, fruit and veg is taking place tomorrow in Titchmarsh, near Thrapston.

It's the 40th annual produce show at the village church and dozens of locals have spent months lovingly tending their garden goodies.

Brian "Jet" Jeffries is hoping his massive marrow will catch the judges' eye.  

Jet Jeffries with his marrow

If you look at the old marrow now, he looks like a crocodile, don't he? It's the ugliest thing you could ever see."

Brian "Jet" JeffriesGardener

Heatwave next week?

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Local Labour members back Corbyn

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Labour party members in Wellingborough, Northampton and South Northamptonshire have all voted to back Jeremy Corbyn in the party's forthcoming leadership election.

They have made their choices at local meetings held this week but their decisions do not count towards the final result.

Some of the party's leading members in the area have expressed their support for Mr Corbyn's opponent, Owen Smith, who will be speaking in Corby later.

Vicky Culbard, a Northampton borough councillor, says Mr Smith has come up with strong policies to take the party into the next election.

Jeremy Corbyn

Council leader confident plan to claw back £10.25m Cobblers loan will work

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Mary Markham, the leader of Northampton Borough Council, says she stands by her commitment to the people of the town to "pursue the people responsible for mishandling £10.25m of tax payers' money", loaned to Northampton Town FC.

Mary Markham

The Conservative councillor spoke to me after the council's scrutiny meeting last night, which approved a plan to put aside a further £500,000 of council reserves to chase up the missing money in addition to £450,000 already spent on the council's claw-back plan.

Labour councillors had opposed the move - but Mrs Markham told me: "Yes, I am confident that we will recoup the full £10.25m and I hope to realise maybe a bit more through the development of the Sixfields land."

Emmanuel Sonupe

Northampton sign former Tottenham winger Emmanuel Sonupe until the end of the season after a successful trial.

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Council's £10.25m Cobblers loan claw-back plan condemned as 'good money after bad debt'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Northampton Borough Council's plan to set aside hundreds of thousands more pounds in its bid to get back the £10.25m loaned to Northampton Town FC has been condemned by Labour councillors.

Headlands ward councillor Arthur McCutcheon told me he questioned if it was "worthwhile sending more good money after money that is probably going to be a bad debt".

Northampton Town FC's new east stand
Northampton Town FC

At last night's scrutiny committee meeting, the Conservative administration agreed to spend a further £500,000 of council reserves to chase the cash, despite Labour councillors challenging the decision - having already spent £450,000 on the claw-back plan.

Council to push ahead with plan to claw back £10.25m Cobblers loan

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Northampton Borough Council's Conservative administration has agreed to set aside a further £500,000 to try to retrieve millions of pounds of missing public money loaned to Northampton Town FC.

The council has spent £450,000 already in its bid to get back the £10.25m loaned to the Cobblers to redevelop the Sixfields Stadium.

Northampton Town ground
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Labour councillors had challenged the decision to use a further £500,000 from council reserves to chase the cash - but last night a scrutiny committee decided the administration could carry on with its plans.

Not that I was allowed in to hear the debate - I spent the evening waiting around in a corridor to hear the result.

Police rescue 11 people from modern slavery

It has been revealed that 11 people have been rescued from conditions of modern slavery in Northamptonshire so far this year.

Police want to hear from anyone who suspects a business could be exploiting workers illegally.

Det Sgt Ash Turner said modern slavery has been seen around the country in manual labour sites and food distribution factories, but it can "happen everywhere" and is often "hidden in plain sight".

Friday's weather: Dry, sunny and warm

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

Any early cloud will soon clear leaving plenty of sunshine during the day, although there may be some high cloud at times. Top temperature: 26C (79F).

Watch my regional forecast:

Alina Jenkins has the outlook for the East of England on Friday, 12 August 2016.

Cloud will thicken overnight, but it should remain dry for most. Lows of 15C (59F).

You can get a more detailed forecast from BBC Weather.

Welcome to Northamptonshire Live

David Keller

BBC News

Thanks for joining us for another day of live news, sport, weather and travel updates for the county. 

In the news this morning - it's been revealed 11 people have been rescued from conditions of modern slavery in Northamptonshire so far this year. We'll bring you more on this soon.

If you want to get in touch, email us, send us a tweet or message us on Facebook.

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our regular live updates until 08:00 tomorrow, but any major new stories will be posted here overnight.

Tomorrow we reveal the extent of modern slavery in Northamptonshire, we'll have more on our local competitor in the Olympic sailing and we'd love to get your reaction to everything that's happening in Rio.

Have a good evening.

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Weather: A dry night ahead

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It should stay dry overnight but rather cloudy in light to moderate winds with temperatures 14-16C (57-61F).

Weather map

Tomorrow will be a dry day with any early cloudy thinning and breaking to bring long spells of sunshine. Turning cloudy from the west later in the day with highs of 25-27C (77-81F). 

Get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.