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.


  1. Updates on Monday, 18 July 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Live updates for Northamptonshire have finished

That's all for today.

The big news today has been the two proposed plans being revealed for the site of the former Greyfriars bus station.


Tomorrow, amongst other things, we'll have the build-up to Northants' T20 Blast match against Warwickshire.

We'll see you tomorrow from 08:00. Enjoy the sunshine.

Heading out to the county's best parks

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

This week is "Love Parks Week", raising awareness of the importance of parks and green spaces.

To mark it, the BBC Radio Northampton Lunch Show is heading out all week to see some of Northamptonshire's best parks.

And what a week to do it - today they were at a sunny Stanwick Lakes.

Stanwick Lakes

Tomorrow you can join them at the West Lodge Rural Centre, Brixworth Country Park on Wednesday, the Brampton Valley Way on Thursday and Northampton's Abington Park on Friday.

Weather: Unbroken strong sunshine tomorrow

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

It will be staying dry tonight with largely clear skies and light winds, with temperatures only slowly falling away to 13C (55F).

Tuesday will be another dry day with almost unbroken strong sunshine. Feeling hot and humid, with temperatures potentially as high 33C (91F).

More details on the BBC Weather website.


Northants' opener Duckett lines up with England Lions team-mates

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northants' opening batsman Ben Duckett has lined up with his England Lions team-mates for the first time in a photocall today.

He's on the back row, second from the left.

England Lions
England Cricket

The England second string take on Sri Lanka and Pakistan in a limited-overs Tri Series, which include two games at Wantage Road on Thursday and Friday.

Duckett, 21, could make his debut for the Lions tomorrow against Pakistan in Cheltenham.

Rosberg says 'battle is on' with Lewis Hamilton

BBC Sport

For his part, Formula 1 championship leader said: "The battle is on with Lewis and I'm feeling great in myself and great in the car - so bring it on."

Nico Rosberg
Getty Images

Meanwhile, the chief at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, is expecting a tough challenge this weekend, saying the track "plays to the strength of our rivals".

He said: "The Red Bull, for example, is a car that functions well where high drag isn't penalised as much as at other types of circuit.

"We will need to be flawless to come out on top."

Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton targets Nico Rosberg's lead

BBC Sport

Lewis Hamilton says he is "feeling that fire inside me" as he tries to leapfrog Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the F1 drivers' championship in Hungary this weekend.  

Lewis Hamilton
Getty Images

Since the pair crashed in Spain in May, Hamilton has won four out of five races to move to within one point of Rosberg.

"Ever since the low of Barcelona I've been able to cultivate this really strong mental attitude," he said.

"I'm feeling fresh, powerful and confident heading to Hungary."

Greyfriars proposal: Do something with 'rat island', more shops and no more cinemas, say viewing public

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Now the plans for Greyfriars have gone on display I've been speaking to people who've been looking at the proposals on display at the Guildhall in Northampton.

Greyfriars displays

One man told me he was surprised that a four-screen cinema was described as "boutique" and hoped they would do something with what is dubbed "rat island" - the small bit of abandoned green space by Greyfriars.

One lady said she believed people in Northampton would have wanted more shops rather than student accommodation, flats and a hotel.

Meanwhile, another man said Northampton "definitely doesn't need another cinema", describing how he recently went see a film in the Vue cinema in town centre and was the only person in the screen.

From the vaults: Jackie Stewart wins Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1971

Nic Rigby

BBC News

On 17 July, 35 years ago, Scottish racing driver Jackie Stewart won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Jackie Stewart and Jack Brabham
Getty Images

Above he's pictured with Australian racing driver Jack Brabham (1926 - 2014), founder of the Brabham racing team. 

Jackie Stewart
Getty Images

It was the last time he won at Silverstone, having also finished first two years previously.

Playwright looking for actor to play cricketer Colin Milburn

When The Eye Has Gone is a one-man show that dramatises the life of Colin Milburn, the former England and Northants cricketer.

Colin Milburn
Getty Images

The play is set to debut at the Roughhouse Theatre in Bristol in October. 

It's playwright, former Kent and Derbyshire cricketer James Graham-Brown, is looking for an actor to play the cricketer, whose career came to an abrupt end when he lost an eye in a car accident.

If you think you fit the bill, more details are available here.

Weather: Sunny and warm with a small chance of a thunderstorm

BBC Weather

Blue skies and just a bit of cloud - summer is finally here in Northamptonshire. This is Raunds from BBC Weather Watcher 'Willow'...


It will be staying hot through this afternoon with plenty of sunshine, but there is a slim change of the odd thunderstorm developing later, with a high of 27C (81F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Other cinemas 'supportive' of Greyfriars proposals, says council leader

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Mary Markham says the borough council has spoken to the other cinemas in Northampton and they are "supportive" of plans for another complex showing movies in the town.

Scheme 1

One of the proposed schemes has a plan for a four-screen "boutique" cinema, while the other has an eight-screen multiplex cinema or a "family entertainment centre".

She also told me the Grosvenor shopping centre was "looking forward" to the plans, adding it hoped for increased footfall.

Greyfriars is 'never going to be a bus station'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The leader of Northampton Borough Council, Mary Markham, revealed that when it asked the public what it wanted on the Greyfriars site, the most popular suggestion was a replacement bus station...

This is no doubt due to the disaffection felt around the town with the new station after it moved from Greyfriars a few years back, but Ms Markham's response was "it's never going to be be a bus station as we have a bus station".


However, she did say it had "taken on board" of some of the public's suggestions with a new coach station in both proposals.

She told me the proposals were "viable" and would be "an asset for the town".

Does Northampton really need another cinema?

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Both proposals for the Greyfriars site include a cinema, although scheme one does have flexibility for a different "entertainment centre".

But with one town centre multiplex, the Vue at Sol Central, a Cineworld at Sixfields, the single-screen Lings Forum in Weston Favell, and the Errol Flynn Filmhouse expanding to two screens, does Northampton need another cinema?


I put this to the leader of Northampton Borough Council, Mary Markham, and interestingly she said she asked the same question. 

The delays in the public seeing these proposals were because the council conducted an independent study into whether Northampton could sustain another cinema, and the answer came back that it could, so they are in the schemes.

What is the big difference between the two schemes for Greyfriars?

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The two proposed developments are broadly similar in terms of facilities, with a few little differences here and there, but what marks them out is the amount of space for pedestrians.


Scheme one (pictured) offers new pedestrian links to various places around the town, including the Market Square. It also includes a new car-free zone between the Grosvenor Centre and the new development, meaning Lady's Lane would become a two-way street.

Meanwhile, scheme two will keep the existing road network and instead use a footbridge to connect the development with the shopping centre.

Greyfriars proposals: Four star hotel, wine bars and a boutique cinema

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Here are the details of the second proposal for the Greyfriars site.


Scheme two proposes:

  • A boutique, four-screen cinema
  • 11 units for restaurants, wine bars and cafes
  • 150-bed, four star hotel
  • Hotel to incorporate gym and spa
  • 266 residential units, with 144 private rented apartments and 122 apartments to be sold
  • 339 student accommodation units
  • Transport hub with three large coach bays

Greyfriars proposals: Eight-screen cinema, retirement apartments and a new gym

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Let's look at the two proposals for the site of the former Greyfriars bus station in more detail.


Scheme one proposes:

  • A leisure hub including a new multiplex cinema of up to eight screens or family entertainment centre and trampolining facilities
  • 6 casual dining restaurants
  • Retail kiosks
  • 150 flats to let
  • 500 student apartments
  • 81 retirement apartments
  • Health and fitness gym
  • 110-bed hotel
  • New coach station of six bays

Council reveals two schemes that could be on the site of the old Greyfriars bus station

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Meanwhile, this morning I've been down to Northampton Borough Council where I've been given details of two developments that could be built on the site of the old Greyfriars bus station.

Greyfriars proposals

Both include a cinema or entertainment complex, space for restaurants or bars, residential flats, student accommodation, a hotel and a coach station.

The borough council will display the schemes for the next three days and will decide between them in September.

Jeremy Corbyn supporters in Northamptonshire have a curry night

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Now from piri piri to poppadoms...

Last night about 50 Labour party members who support Jeremy Corbyn went along to a special curry night in Northampton.

Labour MPs will attend a hustings today in the party's leadership campaign, with Owen Smith and Angela Eagle setting out their pitches.

Curry for corbyn

Chris Webb, from the Communication Workers' Union, told me last night it "wasn't just about Jeremy [Corbyn]", but also about the "identity" of the Labour Party and they were "protecting a policy agenda for change".

Northamptonshire's Evans celebrates Open finish with some chicken

Ryan Evans decided that after his 58th place finish in the Open at Royal Troon, there was only one way to celebrate...

View more on twitter

Evans finishes first Open and looks forward to next season

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire's Ryan Evans finished in 58th place in his first Open Championship, scoring eight over par.


The 29-year-old, who plays out of Wellingborough, says he'll be turning his focus to qualifying for the European tour next season, but before that he'll be "having a rest".

Complaints about drones on the rise in Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

There's been a big increase in the number of complaints made to police in Northamptonshire about drones invading people's privacy.

The small radio-controlled aircraft can take video or still pictures.

Last, year - there were, EIGHTEEN, complaints......but THIS year - police, received, TWENTY-FIVE - in the FIRST, SIX, MONTHS, ALONE. Complaints to the police include cases of drones flying over people's gardens, close to flats, over schools and even into the grounds of Onley prison.

Trains from Northampton to London may be delayed or cancelled

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

View more on twitter

When we have more details we'll bring them to you.

MP for Northampton North becomes deputy leader of the House of Commons

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton North MP Michael Ellis has been appointed as deputy leader of the House of Commons in Theresa May's new government.

Michael Ellis and Theresa May
Michael Ellis

Mr Ellis was Mrs May's private parliamentary secretary since the last election.

Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris has also been given a post in the Whip's office as an Assistant Whip.

Work on Flore bypass set to last for 90 weeks

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Roadworks scheduled to last nearly two years are getting under way on a busy stretch of road in the west of the county.

Flore bypass

Drivers are being warned disruption is likely between Daventry and Northampton while construction of the new Daventry Link Road takes place on the A45.

Contractors have been carrying out preparation work since December.

Weather: Very warm with the chance of an isolated thunderstorm

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It'll be very warm today, and as temperatures rise this afternoon there's a chance of the odd thunderstorm developing, with a high of 27C (81F).

Here's the full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

No new review on HS2 'irresponsible', say campaigners

BBC News England

After Mr Grayling's remarks, Stop HS2 campaign manager Joe Rukin told the BBC the transport secretary's comments were "hardly a ringing endorsement" of the project.

HS2 Ltd

MPs are due to vote on the first phase of the HS2 project later this year and the company building the line, HS2 Ltd, is also set to hand out £11bn-worth of contracts in the coming months.

Last week Stop HS2 called on the government of new Prime Minister Theresa May to undertake a fresh review of the rail project, saying a failure to do so would be "irresponsible".

'No plans to back away from HS2'

The World This Weekend

Radio 4 programme

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling discussed the Heathrow expansion and HS2 projects with Mark Mardell.

Mr Grayling said he had "no plans to back away from the HS2 project", which cuts through south Northamptonshire, saying it'll help with capacity on the trains in Northampton.

This content only works in the UK.

HS2 rail project backed by new transport secretary

BBC News England

The new transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said he did not intend to scrap the high-speed HS2 rail project.

The initial plan is for a new line from London to Birmingham, which will cut through south Northamptonshire.

HS2 Ltd

The Stop HS2 campaign group had called on Mr Grayling to urgently review the project on cost grounds, and the effect on towns and cities near the route.

But Mr Grayling told BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend: "I have no plans to back away from the HS2 project."

Thanks for joining us for Monday's Northamptonshire Live

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It's the start of a new week and by all accounts it's going to be a scorcher!

We'll bring you the weather forecast shortly - here's the Nene Valley from BBC Weather Watcher 'JPARKERPHOTOGRAPHY'.

Nene Valley
J Parker/BBC

We've also got the latest news for the county, including work beginning on the Flore bypass, a further update to the HS2 project and a story about drones.