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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 10 March 2017
  2. Oundle 'one of the best places to live in the Midlands'
  3. Academy trust hands back control of its 12 schools

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That's all from us

Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished. Thanks for joining us.

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

You can read more tributes to John Surtees, who has died at the aged of 83, on the BBC Sport page .

We'll leave you with this picture of Surtees and his world championship-winning Ferrari at Silverstone.

John Surtees
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RIP.

Have a good weekend.  

Evening weather update: Foggy tonight, bright tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will be a largely cloudy night with some patchy mist, fog and drizzle. It will also be very mild, with lows of 7C (45F).

Weather forecast
BBC

Any mist and fog will clear on Saturday morning and, after a mainly cloudy start, we should see some brightness and sunshine developing.

In the best of any sunshine, temperatures could climb as high as 18C (64F).

There'll be a light wind between the south-west and south-east.

Find the latest weather where you live on the  BBC Weather website .

Northampton Buffy expert celebrates the vampire slayer's 20th anniversary

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It's been 20 whole years since Buffy The Vampire Slayer first hit our TV screens

Where's the time gone?!

It still has fans all over the world and made a star of its lead actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.

One of the world's leading experts on Buffy is Dr Lorna Jowett from the University of Northampton, and author of  Sex and the Slayer: a Gender Studies Primer For the Buffy Fan.

Sarah-Michelle Gellar
PA/Sky

In a piece for Vice celebrating the series, Dr Jowett chooses her two favourite episodes - and explains why she feels Buffy is so important.

"Buffy can be a hero – a real hero. There are awful consequences but she is continually stepping up," she said.

In pictures: Surtees and Silverstone

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It no surprise that John Surtees, who has died aged 83 , was a regular at Silverstone, both during his career and after it.

Surtees was the only man to win grand prix world championship on both two wheels and four.

He started his career on motorcycles, winning four 500cc motorcycling titles - in 1956, '58, '59 and '60.

John Surtees
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He then went on to win the F1 crown with Ferrari in 1964. Here he is in the famous red car at Silverstone in 1966...

John Surtees
Getty Images

After he stopped racing he came back to Northamptonshire many times, including in 2011 for the opening of the Silverstone Wing...


          John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button
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John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button

He was even at the British Grand Prix up until last year. 

Here he is in 2015 with the man trying to emulate him and win a world championship for Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel.

Sebastian Vettel and John Surtees
Getty Images

John Surtees: 'A legend and a gentleman'

Tributes have continued to come in for motorcycle and Formula 1 world champion John Surtees.

Silverstone-based Force India said he was a "gentleman" and a "true racer"...

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Brackley-based Mercedes driver Valteri Bottas described him as a "legend" and posted a picture of them meeting after Bottas finished second in the 2014 British Grand Prix, while driving for Williams...

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John Surtees tribute from the circuit where scored his first Formula 1 podium

The motor-racing world has been paying tribute to John Surtees.

The former Formula 1 and motorcycling world champion has died at the age of 83, his family has announced .

Surtees is the only man to have won the grand prix world championship on both two wheels and four.

After a successful motorcycling career, at the age of 26 he switched to F1. It was at Silverstone he showed his skill in a car, finishing second in the 1960 British Grand Prix in only his second race.

The Northamptonshire circuit has paid tribute to Surtees and posted a picture of him with multiple motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi.

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While Brackley-based Mercedes said Surtees was inspirational...

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Local paper round-up: Bus delays, more shops for Corby and A5 to shut

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

  • The Northampton Chronicle and Echo has also been covering the borough council's attempt to ease traffic around the bus station. The paper has spoken to shop owners on the Drapery, who say gridlocked traffic caused by buses is driving trade away.
  • Plans have been submitted to build four shops in the car park of Corby's Morrisons store, reports the Northamptonshire Telegraph
  • While  the Daventry Express says the A5 will be closed for more than a mile in both directions next week to carry out urgent temporary line markings

Weather: Sunny spells possible

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be cloudy but mostly dry. However, we may see a few sunny spells and it will feel quite mild, with highs of 11C (52F).

irthlingborough
BBC

There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Council leader wants to get 'traffic running smoothly' around bus station

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

The leader of Northampton Borough Council says he "appreciates" the problems bus users have with delays around the North Gate Bus Station.

Jonathan Nunn (right), who took over the running of the Conservative-led authority in November, told me he was determined to improve the situation, admitting "the traffic is not flowing smoothly" around the station.

Stuart Linnell and Jonathan Nunn
BBC

The council has introduced a series of measures designed to ease congestion. 

However, many people told me the council should not have knocked down Greyfriars. Mr Nunn said "cold hard facts" did not support that view.

He told me : "It was costing £500,000 to maintain [Greyfriars] and it needed a refurbishment that would have cost £30m."

The North Gate Bus Station cost £7m  to build, while demolishing Greyfriars cost £4m.

Council brings in new measures to try to ease town centre bus problems

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A series of measures to try and stop congestion around the North Gate Bus Station in Northampton have been announced by the borough council.

The building that replaced the now demolished Greyfriars has been open for three years, but still faces criticism from bus users and opposition parties on the Conservative-led council for being too small and in the wrong location.

On Monday buses again ground to a halt after roadworks shut one lane on Horsemarket.

buses
Peter Clarke

The new measure announced by the authority include:

  • Police carrying out enforcement on the Drapery, where private vehicles are not allowed
  • The yellow box junction at the junction of Sheep Street will be extended and repainted
  • Parking bays in Sheep Street will be changed to allow loading and unloading only 
  • Signage reminding traffic there is no left turn from Greyfriars into Sheep Street will be improved
  • Bradshaw Street will become one-way, allowing for dedicated lanes for those turning left and right

The council says the enforcement will start immediately, while work on roads and signs should be complete by the summer.

Academy trust hands back control of its 12 schools

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The  Education Fellowship Trust , which is based in Islip, is the first academy trust to give up all of its schools.

The Islip-based trust is responsible for the education of about 6,500 students in Northamptonshire, Wiltshire and Maidenhead in Berkshire.

The trust said in a statement they stopped running the schools "following a review of financial constraints facing the education sector and the misalignment of values with the DfE".

The DfE said they have agreed to the move after "ongoing concerns regarding the educational performance of the majority of the trust's schools" and that all the schools will now be transferred to new sponsors.

Risdene Academy, Rushden
Risdene Academy, Rushden

The following five out of the Education Fellowship Trust's 12 schools were rated inadequate by Ofsted.

  • Ruskin Junior School, Wellingborough
  • Blackthorn Primary School, Northampton
  • Risdene Academy, Rushden
  • Rushden Community College, Rushden
  • Wrenn School, Wellingborough

Planning permission for house for disabled man turned down, but family will appeal

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Yesterday we brought news about how an accessible house for a man with motor neurone disease was likely to be denied planning permission .

South Northamptonshire councillors did indeed refuse permission for Paul Robinson to create the five-bedroom home next to his listed cottage in Rothersthorpe.

However, his family says they'll appeal.

house
Robinson family

Councillors decided yesterday it would be "visually intrusive" in an historic village.

Mr Robinson's son, Duncan Greenaway, said he was "puzzled" by the decision.

He said the house was needed so it could be "truly accessible", while being big enough for the whole family.

Oundle 'one of the best places to live in the Midlands'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Oundle has been named one of the 12 best places to live in the Midlands by The Sunday Times.

oundle
BBC

The lists combines data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance, with the opinions of local residents and Sunday Times writers.

The other 11 places are: Bishop's Castle (Shropshire), Moseley (Birmingham), Leamington Spa (Warwickshire), Ledbury (Herefordshire), Leek (Staffordshire), Leominster (Herefordshire), Oakham (Rutland), Shipston-on-Stour (Warwickshire), Southwell (Nottinghamshire), Tideswell (Derbyshire) and Upton-upon-Severn (Worcestershire).

Gold medal winner opens Corby pool's new gym

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Northampton's gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer Ellie Robinson has officially opened the refurbished gym at Corby's swimming pool complex.

The 15-year-old trains at the 50-metre pool in Corby every Thursday morning.

ellie robinson
BBC

Robinson, who won the BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year last December, told me facilities like the Corby pool "encourage participation and get people into sport".

Money earmarked for Isham bypass

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It looks as though funding of £10m has been secured for the long-awaited Isham bypass.

As reported in the  Northamptonshire Telegraph , the county council put in a bid to the government for the money last year and it's understood it'll receive the full amount.

Isham
BBC

The project has already been awarded £15m, but the overall cost is thought to be at least £40m.

The council says it "anticipates" getting the rest of the money from developers building housing nearby, but no dates as to when this will happen have been confirmed.

Resident Graham Rait, who has been campaigning for changes to the road between Kettering and Wellingborough, said he is "more positive", but until it starts being built he is not "100%" sure the plans will go ahead.  

Final day of pre-season testing for Formula 1 teams

Today is the last day of F1 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

The season starts at the Australian Grand Prix in two weeks' time and it'll be the final chance for many to see how the cars size up to opposition.

There in Spain, in the sunshine, is Brackley-based Mercedes and Silverstone-based Force India.

You can follow the action on the BBC Sport website .

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Weather: Chilly start, cloud thickening from the west through the day

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It'll be a chilly start to the day but during the morning, milder air will push in and cloud will thicken. For many it will stay dry today but there is a chance of a spot of rain at times with a high of 11C (52F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Welcome back

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Good morning. It's Friday! But before we kick up our feet for the weekend we've got news to bring you.

There is some good news if you are in Oundle, or Isham or Corby.

Plus we'll take a look at Northampton's North Gate Bus Station, with BBC Radio Northampton's Breakfast Show coming live from the site which is now three years old.

Plus there will be formula 1, rugby and football.

But first up, the weather.

northampton
BBC

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J15A for A43 and J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed on M1 northbound between J15a, A43 (Northampton Services) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A45 Northamptonshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A45 Northamptonshire eastbound severe accident, between A508 and A428 Bedford Road.

A45 Northamptonshire - A45 in Brackmills closed eastbound between Queen Eleanor Roundabout and Barnes Meadow Interchange, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, at J15 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J15, A45 (Northampton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

That's all from us today

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Live updates from Northamptonshire have now finished.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, when we'll be taking a look at Northampton's bus station, three years on from it opening.

Plus we'll be building up to both football and rugby this weekend and taking in the last day of pre-season testing before the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season.

Any breaking news will appear on this page through the evening and overnight. We'll see you tomorrow.

Dementia-friendly garden planned for Kettering Hospital

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Kettering General Hospital is trying to raise £200,000 to turn a courtyard into a dementia-friendly garden, where patients can safely be active.

The courtyard adjacent to the Lamport and Twywell wards is currently just concrete slabs with a bench in the middle, but it's hoped it will eventually look like this...

garden
KGH

The garden would be part of the hospital's long-term plan to turn Lamport and Twywell wards themselves into a purpose-built dementia unit.

They currently care for older people, which does include some dementia patients.

The hospital is hoping to not only raise money but also receive donations of planet and garden equipment.

White says Lions debut brings him a step closer to England dream

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire spinner Graeme White has said his debut for the England Lions brought him a step closer to his dream of playing for the England team.

"Hopefully it will be a stepping stone for me to go on," he told the ECB website .

Graeme White
ECB

The 29-year-old took three wickets as England Lions beat Sri Lanka A by five wickets.

White said: "It was nice to help towards a victory today – I thought the lads played really well."

He also backed his Northants team-mate Ben Ducket, saying "there’s definitely a big score brewing".

"He’s itching to play again already. I know what kind of mindset he’s in and it’s just a matter of time with him."

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) in Catthorpe and J18, A5 (Rugby) in Northamptonshire, because of a broken down lorry. In the roadworks area.

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

Mobility scooter rider who died following collision with lorry is named

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A man who died following a collision in Horsemarket, Northampton, yesterday has been named as 48-year-old Keith Matson from Northampton.

Keith Matson
Northamptonshire Police

At about 13:00, Mr Matson, who was on a mobility scooter, collided with a large goods vehicle at the crossing by Sol Central.

In a statement, Mr Matson's wife said: "Keith was a funny and lovable man, always willing to help anybody out. He was the love of my life and I will miss him always."

Kettering rail group wants more northbound trains

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Rail passengers in Kettering want more trains to stop there, especially those heading north.

The Kettering Rail Users' Group also wants northbound services to connect properly with trains running between Kettering and Corby.

East Midland trains
BBC

It will continue its lobbying at a meeting with the operator, East Midland Trains, later this month.

Christopher Groome, from the group, said with just one train an hour going north, it is getting "overcrowded" and any changes to the timetable will also benefit Corby and Kettering.

County council leader 'surprised' by bypass announcement

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The leader of Northamptonshire County Council has said the £7.9m from the government for a north-west bypass for Northampton "won't actually cover the whole cost of the scheme".

Conservative councillor Heather Smith, who said she was "surprised" by the announcement, told me she would "have to look at the detail" of the grant.

heather smith
BBC

Mrs Smith said the money "would help us make a start" on the road, which will connect the A428 Harlestone Road with the A5199 Welford Road.

She told me the infrastructure was needed before planned new housing developments were built.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, at J15 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 lane blocked on exit slip road to one and slow traffic southbound at J15, A45 (Northampton).

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

Local paper round-up: Tributes to well-known jeweller and jobs at new supermarket

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

Care for disabled man would be 'more than £6,500' a month if house plans turned down

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The son of a man with motor neurone disease says his father needs a "truly accessible house that fits the family".

Duncan Greenaway says that unless they are given permission to create a new five-bedroom house for his father, Paul Robinson, in Rothershorpe he will have to go into care.

The house would be alongside the existing cottage, but it is likely councillors will turn it down due to it being considered "visually intrusive".

Duncan greenway
BBC

Mr Greenway (pictured) told me there was a "desperate" shortage of care places in Northamptonshire and that the cost of putting his father in a care home would be more than "£6,500 a month".

South Northamptonshire Council would not comment on the case before today's meeting.

Accessible house for MND sufferer may be turned down because it's 'visually intrusive'

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The family of a disabled man in the south of the county say he may be forced to leave his home if politicians don't allow an accessible house to be built for him.

Paul Robinson, who has motor neurone disease and lives in Rothersthorpe, has applied for permission for a new home alongside his Grade-II listed cottage.

house
Robinson family

But councillors are being advised to turn down the plans later today. Officials say the modern building would be "visually intrusive" in an historical village.

South Northamptonshire councillors meet at 14:15 to discuss the plans.

Weather: Mild and sunny

BBC Weather

Today will continue to be dry with long sunny spells. It will also be a mild day, with winds easing during the afternoon.

A high temperature of 12C (54F).

raunds
BBC

There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Government announces funding for north-west bypass for Northampton

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The government has confirmed £7.9m of funding for the Northampton north-west relief road, which will connect the A428 Harlestone Road with the A5199 Welford Road.

The Department for Communities and Local Government says the new road will help reduce congestion and allow further development north of Northampton, such as in Buckton Fields (pictured).

Buckton Fields
BBC

The money for the road is part of £59m given to the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership.

It includes £2.1m for a new driving emissions centre to be built at MAHLE Powertrain in Northampton.

EMAS chaplain says staff are able to say they are 'suffering'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A chaplain who works with the East Midlands Ambulance Service says that support offered for those suffering from stress "has phenomenally increased from what it used to be".

The Reverend Kevin Charles, who used to be a paramedic, said EMAS was the "first ambulance service to sign the ' blue light pledge ' to remove the stigma of mental health in the work place".

He says that within the service "there is not a problem saying, I am suffering".

emas
BBC

However, Mr Charles said that ambulance staff were receiving increasing amounts of abuse, which is contributing to the number of staff who have been off with stress.

He said: "It is not just paramedics, the call takers are aggressively verbally abused. Our staff have been verbally, physically and sexually assaulted."

Hartley and Lawes start for England, with Wood on the bench

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Dylan Hartley will again captain England for their crucial Six Nations game against Scotland at Twickenham.

Dylan Hartley
Getty Images

His saints team-mate, second row Courtney Lawes, also starts, with England hoping to maintain their chance of a second successive Grand Slam.

Northampton Saints' captain, flanker Tom Wood, is once again on the bench.