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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 3 March 2017
  2. Northamptonshire Police not improving 'quick enough', says chief constable
  3. Simon Edens said he is looking at long term plans for the force
  4. Cobblers need 'a bit of nous', says boss Edinburgh

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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Ben Foden

Northampton boost their Premiership play-off chances with a bonus-point win at Sale, who are still not clear of relegation.

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That's all from us

Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished.

Don't forget Northampton Saints take on Sale tonight in the Premiership. If you want to follow that, there is live commentary on BBC Radio Northampton .

Meanwhile if you want to follow Northampton Town taking on Charlton at Sixfields tomorrow in League One, head to our Twitter feed .

We'll be back on Monday at 08:00.

Have a good weekend.

Weather: Rain later, but feeling mild

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A mainly dry evening, but rain will spread across the whole of the BBC East region later.

It'll turn misty, but feel mild with temperatures falling to 7C (44F).

WEeather graphic for 15:00 Saturday
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A grey and misty start to the weekend, with outbreaks of rain.

It will become drier and brighter by Saturday afternoon, with sunny spells by the end of the day.

Feeling mild, with temperatures reaching 11C (52F).

Visit BBC Weather for more details where you are.

Arthur Brumhill trial: Jury sent home until Tuesday

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

The jury in the trial of Stuart Jenkins, accused of murdering Arthur Brumhill (pictured) at a Northampton pet shop in 1993, has been sent home for the weekend.

They will return to Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday to continue their deliberations.

Mr Jenkins, 41, of Ossett, West Yorkshire,  denies killing the 76-year-old shop worker , who body was found in the basement of Denton's pet and garden shop on Wellingborough Road.

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Eventing competition abandoned on Saturday

Laura Cook

BBC Radio Northampton

The British Eventing competition at Aston-le-Walls, between Daventry and Banbury, which was scheduled for tomorrow has been abandoned due to heavy rain.

The event, which includes dressage, show jumping and cross country, was due to run all weekend.

The organisers say a decision on Sunday's competition will be made at 15:00 tomorrow.

Saints' trip to Sale 'good fun' against 'tough team', says Mallinder

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints take on Sale in the Premiership this evening.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder, who spent 15 years at Sale as a player and coach, told me that going back is "always good fun".

Mallinder said it's "a difficult place to play" and the 20:15 kick-off was "quite unusual".

Jim Mallinder
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Mallinder warned that even though Sale "do not have many household names" they are a "tough team to beat... because they all play for each other".

He's also predicted some running rugby, despite the forecast wind and rain, saying Sale bring their backs into the game, and "they don't just play kicking rugby".

BBC Weather Watchers: Wild(ish) Northamptonshire

BBC Weather Watchers

The weather hasn't been baa'rilliant, but our BBC Weather Watchers have been busy capturing the wildlife of Northamptonshire this week.

Here's a selection of the pictures that made us smile...

Sheep
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Brackley
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Stanwick
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Magic moments from FA People's Cup

#PeoplesCup

Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

On this day: Saints' Edgar Mobbs captains England against France

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

In 1910, on this day, Northampton Saints legend Edgar Mobbs captained England to an 11-3 win over France in Paris.

It would be his final England cap.

Edgar mobbs
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Mobbs retired from rugby aged 30 and later joined the Army to fight in World War One.

He was mentioned in dispatches twice and awarded the Distinguished Service Order, but died while charging a German machine gun in the battle of Passchendaele on 31 July 1917.

Local paper round-up: Concerns over development clearance work and tea party for homeless pets

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J15 for A45 and J15A for A43.

M1 Northamptonshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J15a, A43 (Northampton Services), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

A 'beast' of a car - Hamilton

BBC Sport

I think it's safe to say that after five days of pre-season testing, Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton is rather happy with his Northamptonshire-designed car for 2017...

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Cobblers need 'a bit of nous', says boss Edinburgh

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Cobblers manager Justin Edinburgh says there's no panic in the team as they prepare to play Charlton tomorrow.

Defeat to Oldham on Tuesday leaves Northampton Town just four points off the drop zone with 11 games left in the season.

Justin Edinburgh
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Edinburgh told me there was "frustration and anger because we should have been securing points when we haven't".

He said the side needs to have "a bit of nous", but added: "That means a change in mindset and [that] change takes more than eight games."

Weather: Cloudy with persistent rain developing

BBC Weather

It's been a rather wet day so far.

The rain will start to ease through the afternoon though, with some parts having a dry end to the day, with a high of 9C (48F).

irthlingborough
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There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Severe accident: A43 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A43 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between Benefield Road and A43 Weldon Bypass.

A43 Northamptonshire - A43 in Corby blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Benefield Road junction and the A43 Weldon Bypass junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

The County Ground in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Cricket Club announce reduced losses for the financial year ending 30 September 2016.

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Shortage of detectives affecting all forces, says chief constable

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

One of the issues the police watchdog identified in its report about Northamptonshire Police yesterday was "a high proportion of serious and complex crimes being dealt with by trainee detectives".

Chief constable Simon Edens said the workload on his detectives was "quite big and quite demanding".

However, he said it reflected a national problem, and  HMIC warned there was now a "national crisis" caused by a shortage of detectives.

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Mr Edens said it had appointed a new detective chief superintendent, who will be starting with the force "soon".

He also said the police and crime commissioner had found an extra £2m for the force, but when asked if that was enough, and whether he wanted more money, he replied: "No public sector leader would turn away extra resources."

Northants announces decrease in financial losses

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Northamptonshire have announced reduced losses for the financial year ending 30 September 2016.

The club made a loss after tax of £182,119, compared to £391,304 in the 2015 financial year.

Turnover for the year increased by over £100,000, helped by an increase in prize money from the club's victory in the T20 Blast last season.

"I am exceptionally proud of this result and financial turnaround," chairman Gavin Warren  said.

"It is testament to the hard work and belief that has gone on in the past two-and-a-half years by all stakeholders involved with Northamptonshire County Cricket Club."

An update on a proposed share offer will be given at the club's AGM on 30 March, after members voted to make the club a limited company  in September.

Northants win T20
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Police chief looking at long term plans for the force

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

Echoing what the police and crime commissioner told me yesterday, the chief constable of Northamptonshire Police, Simon Edens, said there was no "quick fix" to problems identified in the HMIC report, which said the force "requires improvement".

The police watchdog said there were inconsistencies in the quality of investigations carried out by the force.

It said investigating and safeguarding domestic abuse victims also needed to be improved, along with the way it handled organised crime - especially gang violence.

But Mr Edens told me if he brought in changes that just "looked good" or were "cosmetic", then "no-one would forgive me when it went wrong".

police hq
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Mr Edens said he was looking at long-term plans for the force, but he was "very confident" he had "the right people in the right places, the right number [of people] and the right skills".

He told me the HMIC "quite rightly set a high bar," but the force was "daily protecting people from harm".

Northamptonshire Police not improving 'quick enough', says chief constable

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The chief constable of Northamptonshire Police said he "accepts the verdict" of police watchdog HMIC, which yesterday said the force "requires improvement" .

The report said the county force was not making progress in the same way similar forces had.

Simon Edens said Northamptonshire Police was improving, "but not quick enough".

Simon Edens
BBC

Mr Edens said resources were an issue.

"We've had to take a huge number of police officers out of the force between 2010 and 2015 to make sure our books are balanced," he said.

However, he added there was "some great work being done" by the force, and he was "working very hard to fill those gaps" identified by the HMIC.

Lewis Hamilton on F1 testing: 'The fastest I have ever been'

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

The Formula 1 teams are halfway through their pre-season programmes following this week's test in Spain, and it is just becoming possible to view shapes of the year to come.

The 2017 season heralds a revolutionary change to the cars, following rule changes aimed at making them deliberately faster for the first time in decades.

The drivers have been revelling in the higher cornering speeds and greater demands on their skills  over four days at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya  this week.

Lewis Hamilton
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Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton could hardly contain his enthusiasm when it came to describing the sensation of driving his Brackley-designed Mercedes this week.

"The car is amazing," the triple world champion said. "It is definitely the fastest I have ever been in F1."

"Turn nine [a 160mph uphill right-hander], I am going out of it and I am like a kid on a rollercoaster ride because it is so much better than before."

Weather: Turning wet through the morning

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After what looks like a promising start, cloud will thicken with persistent and occasionally heavy rain spreading north  through the morning. 

The rain will hang around the further north you are for much of the afternoon, but further south things will clear.

A cloudy end to the day for most of us. Highs today of 10C, that's 50F.  

Check the latest forecast for where you live with BBC Weather.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, before J16 for A45 affecting J15A for A43.

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic for three miles on M1 northbound before J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an accident involving a couple of lorries and a van. Congestion to J15a, A43 (Northampton Services).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Our live coverage across the day

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Live updates have now finished for Northamptonshire.

Tomorrow among other things we'll be building up to another busy weekend of sport with the Saints in action on Friday night and Northampton Town making the trip to Charlton.

Any breaking news will appear on this page this evening and overnight.

We'll see you tomorrow from 08:00.

Watch: Peter Bone on the rights of EU citizen post-Brexit

BBC Newsnight

The government will "resist" any changes to its Brexit bill and seek to overturn the defeat inflicted by the House of Lords, ministers have vowed.  

Peers defied ministers by 358 to 256 to guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the UK after Brexit.

But the Wellingborough Conservative MP Peter Bone told Evan Davis that the amendment was not needed.

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Overnight weather: Dry with clear spells

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying dry this evening with clear spells.

Overnight temperatures are expected to drop to 3C (37F) early on, but as cloud increases from the west they'll recover to about 7C (45F) by the end of the night.

Friday's weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain, some heavy, although it'll be come drier and a little brighter later, with further showers following.

Top temperature: 10C (50F)

Get the full forecast for where you live from BBC Weather .

Arthur Brumhill trial: Jury sent home

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

The jury at the trial of Stuart Jenkins, who is accused of murdering Arthur Brumhill in Northampton in 1993, has been sent home.

They will continue their deliberations at 10:00 tomorrow.

Mr Jenkins, 41, of Ossett, West Yorkshire,  denies killing the 76-year-old pet shop worker , who body was found in the basement of Denton's pet and garden shop on Wellingborough Road.

arthur brumhill
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Local paper round-up: Free bus idea rejected and plans for Stanwick Lakes

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

  • A move to bypass the proposed Tory budget at the borough council and shift investment towards the east of Northampton, introduce a free town “hopper bus” and build 200 new council homes was voted down this week reports the Northampton Chronicle and Echo
  • Meanwhile, the  Northamptonshire Telegraph say plans for a new heritage building at Stanwick Lakes to demonstrate traditional building techniques have been submitted

New defibrillator could save lives at Northampton parkrun

Craig Lewis

BBC News

A potentially life-saving defibrillator has been installed at the Racecourse in Northampton following fundraising from the town's parkrun.

Organisers of the 5km run, which takes place every Saturday morning, decided to buy the machine after hearing stories about runners who had suffered heart attacks during parkruns in other parts of the country .


          Volunteers at Northampton parkrun ahead of defibrillator training
Northampton parkrun

          Northampton parkrun voluinteers having defibrillator training
Northampton parkrun

The Northampton event has seen a boost in the number of attendees, with more than 500 people taking part in recent runs.

Some of the volunteers took part in training on how to use the defibrillator on Wednesday night.

Race director Mark Timmins said it is vital to have such equipment available.


          Northampton parkrun voluinteers having defibrillator training
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Kettering council freeze their part of council tax, but everyone else proposes rises

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Kettering Borough Council has decided not to increase its share of council tax for the next year.

But East Northamptonshire Council has joined the county's other district and borough councils in putting up their share of the tax by the maximum they are allowed without a referendum, either £5 a year or 1.99%.

Kettering Borough Council
BBC

However, people in Kettering will still pay more because the county council and the police share of the tax is going up.

Weather: Becoming mainly dry later

BBC Weather

It'll feel chilly in the wind today, but it will become mainly dry by this afternoon, with some sunny spells developing and a high of 9C (48F).

sibbertoft
BBC

There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Stadium:MK

Northampton will not play any "regular season" matches at Stadium:MK next season, says Saints chairman-elect John White.

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Arthur Brumhill trial: Jury retired to consider verdict

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

The jury at the trial of Stuart Jenkins, who is accused of murdering Arthur Brumhill in Northampton in 1993, has retired to consider its verdict.

Mr Jenkins, 41, of Ossett, West Yorkshire, denies killing the 76-year-old pet shop worker , who body was found in the basement of Denton's pet and garden shop on Wellingborough Road.

pet shop
BBC

Mr Jenkins was arrested at the time, but was later released.

The former Army sergeant worked at the pet shop for about a month in 1992, aged 17, on a youth training scheme.

He denies murder.

New Saints chairman says there will be no Premiership games in MK

John White, who will take over as chairman of Northampton Saints at end of this season, has said that all club's regular season games will be played at Franklin's Gardens.

The Saints will still play next month's Premiership game against Saracens at Stadium:MK, where they have also played European games.

"Home" games played away from Northampton have proved unpopular with some fans.

Northmpton Saints
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White, who played at the Saints in late-1970s, said that it wasn't a reflection on Stadium:MK and the club would "never say never" about moving future games.

He described Franklin's Gardens as "a unique stadium that is the envy of all of the other Premiership clubs and many in Europe".

Rugby Union: Saints make one change for trip to Sale

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints make just one change for the Premiership trip to Sale , from the side that beat Worcester last weekend.

Second-row James Craig comes in for Christian Day.

With Tom Wood on England duty, Ben Foden continues to captain the side and also stays on the wing with George North away with Wales.

The game kicks off at the odd time of 20:15 tomorrow evening.

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Lewis Hamilton not running today, but 'can't wait' for next week's testing

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

After being scheduled to take his car out in today's artificially wet testing in Barcelona , Lewis Hamilton has said that an "electrical fault" has meant he won't be able to take his Brackley-based Mercedes out after all.

Testing resumes next Tuesday and Hamilton says he "can't wait".

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Severe accident: A1 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, between A47 and Townsend Road.

A1 Cambridgeshire - A1 Great North Road in Wansford closed and queuing traffic northbound between the A47 junction and Wittering Turn Off, because of an accident involving car and a lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Forth day of Formula 1 testing, and it's wet in Barcelona (sort of)

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

The Formula 1 teams are back out at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

The track will start wet today, after it was artificially dampened last night after testing had finished and again this morning. 

The idea is to provide some testing for Pirelli’s new wet tyres. Racing director Mario Isola said he hoped the teams would get running on the "extreme" and "intermediate" tyres. But it is unclear how many will take them up. 

Lewis Hamilton, for one, did not sound at all keen, joking he might find he had pulled a muscle in the morning. 

Formula 1
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However, Hamilton is down to test his Brackley-based Mercedes, while Sergio Perez is out in his Silverstone-based Force India.

You can follow the action on the BBC Sport website .

Six Nations: Hartley says he will be better captain after Italy lesson

Chris Jones

BBC rugby reporter

England captain Dylan Hartley says he should have reacted sooner to Italy's tactics in his side's Six Nations win at Twickenham on Sunday.

The Azzurri controversially  chose not to engage in rucks,  creating widespread confusion in the England ranks.

Hartley has taken responsibility for his side's failure to adapt quickly before recovering to win 35-16.

"As a player, as a captain, as a man, you are never the finished article. I am still learning," he said.

England should of reacted sooner v Italy - Dylan Hartley