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Summary

  1. Police in Northamptonshire say they have rescued 11 people from modern slavery so far this year
  2. Northampton Borough Council to push ahead with £500K plan to claw back £10.25 Cobblers loan
  3. Three constituency Labour parties vote to back Jeremy Corbyn in leadership election
  4. Cobblers sign winger Emmanuel Sonupe until the end of the season
  5. Weather: Sunny and dry, peaking at 26C (79F)
  6. Updates for Friday, 12 August

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Northamptonshire's Rob Newton

Rob Newton scores a maiden double century to help Northamptonshire frustrate Leicestershire at Wantage Road.

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Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Northamptonshire Live team on Monday.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

So have a good evening and enjoy the summer sunshine.

Cricket: Rob's double century puts Northants in position to declare

BBC Sport

A double century by opener Rob Newton has put Northants in a strong position as they declared on 397 for 7 in their first innings against Leicestershire in the County Championship.

Rob Newton
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Weather: A sunny end to the day - much of the same tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

There'll be plenty of sunshine to end the day and then a dry night with some isolated mist and fog patches. 

Light winds and temperatures down to about 10C (50F).

Map of the East of England
BBC

Tomorrow will be another fine and dry day with plenty of sunshine.

Temperatures are expected to climb to about 23C (73F). It will be a few degrees cooler on the coast with an on-shore easterly wind, light to moderate in strength.

You'll find your local forecast at BBC Weather.

Seaside fun in the centre of Kettering draws in thousands

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The seaside  came to Kettering in a heat wave - and proved a huge success with thousands flocking to a huge sandpit and splash fountain in the town centre.

Kettering-by-the-Sea
Kettering Borough Council

Lesley Thurland, the borough council's head of community and culture, said: "Once again Kettering by the Sea has been a fantastic event, drawing thousands of people into the town centre for fun in the sun. 

"For the families who did not travel abroad for the season, this free community event has been the ideal way to spend the summer holiday and we are extremely grateful for everyone who helped make it a memorable summer."

Travel: Accident shuts A509 at Wollaston

BBC Travel

An accident involving a car has closed the A509 road in Wollaston and delays are being experienced between the York Road junction and the B570 Gypsy Lane. 

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

There are more details on BBC Travel.

Walkers injured after being knocked down by herd of cows

Two walkers have been injured after being knocked over by a herd of cows in Northamptonshire. 

The Air Ambulance says it has flown a woman with severe chest trauma to hospital in Coventry. 

There are no other details on the condition of the other walker at present.

Second track scheme on Corby-Kettering line to cost £100m

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Network Rail is to spend £100m on laying a second track between Corby and Kettering as part of its upgrading programme for the Midland Main Line.

Single track line
BBC

The company, with East Midlands Trains, has mounted an exhibition at Corby Railway Station so passengers can find out more about the scheme. 

From 10 September to 24 October, the line will be closed for strengthening and upgrade work on key bridges and viaducts with a bus services replacing trains.

The goal that defined Dalian Atkinson's career

Dalian Atkinson, who died today after being tasered by police in Telford, is best remembered for scoring the Match of the Day goal of the season in the 1992-93 campaign - the inaugural Premier League season.

Then at Aston Villa, the former Ipswich striker dribbled the ball from inside his own half before lobbing Wimbledon keeper Hans Segers from the edge of the area.

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Cattle settle in valley-side pasture under almost clear skies

There are almost clear lunchtime skies at Glapthorne near Oundle, where a herd of cattle has settled into the valley side to relax in the warm sunshine.

Glapthorne
Ziggy's Wood

It's the height of summer in the east Northamptonshire countryside with fruit ripening and pasture at its most lush.

The picture was taken today by BBC WeatherWatcher Ziggy's Wood.

Juan Pablo Estelles

Northampton Saints have signed Argentina Olympic rugby sevens player Juan Pablo Estelles from Atletico del Rosario.

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Development agencies join forces following government sign-off

A merger has taken place between two of the agencies which look after the development of Northamptonshire.

The government has approved the deal between the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and the South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership.

We'll try to explain exactly what that means for people later on... hold on to your hats!

Weather: Fine and clear, but cloudy overnight

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

This evening will be fine and clear. Overnight, although cool, it will stay dry as cloud fills in from the east. 

Maximum Temperature: 22C (75F).

Legends day at Northampton

Leicestershire 519 v Northamptonshire 211-5

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

"It's a perfect summer's day at Wantage Road and there's good atmosphere in the ground with Northants legends here for former players' day. Plenty of autograph hunters are around with most of the 1976 Gillette Cup-winning side around - the first silverware won by Northants as a first-class county.

"The 2016 crop are trying to show the old boys their character as they try to battle back into the game. Adam Rossington fell for a skittish 26, but Rob Newton remains obdurate and has Saif Zaib, surviving some leg theory, for company."

Northamptonshire v Leicestershire
BBC Sport

Life-changing experience of Judy after she moved to growing Corby 10 years ago

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Moving to Corby can bring life-changing benefits, according to Judy Caine, who moved to the town 10 years ago and became borough mayor in 2013.

Corby Cube
Google

Corby is the fastest expanding town in England and is predicted to grow to a population of 76,000 by 2024.

Ms Caine said: "I will have nothing said against the town. It's phenomenal and the commitment of the people to make it work after the steelworks closed in the 1980s makes it a wonderful place to be."

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
Google

"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.

Pattishall
PaulaMaria

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
BBC

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
Getty Images

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
BBC

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
BBC
Payne's nurseries arch
BBC

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
BBC

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
BBC

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
BBC

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
BBC

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
BBC

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
Getty Images

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
BBC