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  1. Updates on Friday, 17 March 2017
  2. Name proposed for new Northamptonshire village
  3. Daventry 'badly hit' by bus problems
  4. Cars set alight in Northampton

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By Stuart Bailey

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us for another week of Northamptonshire Live.

That's it for now, but don't fret - we'll be back again on Monday from 08:00 with all the news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

Keep an eye on the  BBC Northampton website  for any news over the weekend - and have a good one!

A mix of weather for the region tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A mostly cloudy night, with some outbreaks of patchy rain and drizzle across the BBC East region.

Temperatures falling to 7C (45F).

Weather graphic for Saturday morning

It's a mixed bag of weather for the region tomorrow.

Some parts will remain cloudy with further outbreak of patchy rain - and other areas could have a mainly dry day with sunny intervals.

Winds will ease, with temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Shedding light on the darkness

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

The Spring Equinox marks the start of astronomical Spring - and that's on Monday.

But today's the Spring Equilux.

Confused? This tweet explains:

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Edinburgh talks of 'tough task' for Cobblers

Cobblers manager Justin Edinburgh says they know tomorrow's game at Bolton Wanderers will be a "tough task". 

Northampton Town are on the back of three consecutive wins - Bolton have scored eight goals in their last two, both away from home.

Edinburgh says it will be one of the hardest games since he's be in charge.

Justin Edinburgh
Getty Images

"It's going to be extremely hard - a difficult game, very good opponents.

"We know it's a tough task, but we're in good form ourselves, we go there full of confidence."

BBC Radio Northampton will have full commentary tomorrow from 15:00 and all the build-up from 14:00 from the Macron Stadium, on 104.2 / 103.6 FM.

Tractor among items stolen from farm

It may have been a rather slow getaway, but a tractor similar to this was among a number of items stolen from a Northamptonshire farm.

Northamptonshire Police

Between 16:20 yesterday and 09:15 today, containers on a farm off Earls Barton Road, Great Doddington, were broken into. 

A Kubota B7001 tractor, similar to that pictured, two aluminium loading ramps and a red Honda rotavator were taken.

Witnesses can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 111 555.

Eight swords handed in during knife amnesty

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Well this is certainly a terrifying sight...

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The last in a series of knife amnesty sessions is being held by Northamptonshire Police today.

Over the past week it's been encouraging people to surrender weapons anonymously.

Officers are at Semilong Road until 16:00 and, already this afternoon, they've been handed eight swords.

A look at the papers

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

Cobblers midfielder set for trip to 'languishing' former club

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Northampton Town make the trip to Bolton tomorrow.

Cobblers midfielder Matt Taylor says he's surprised his former side have ended up in League One.

Bolton are third in the table, just a point off the automatic promotion places, and have scored 8 goals in the last two games. 

Matt Taylor
Getty Images

Taylor, who scored his second goal in as many matches on Tuesday night, said: "It's disappointing as a former player to see them languishing in the lower reaches of English football, but they've got a good, strong squad.

"They've managed to hold on to the majority of their players from last season and I assume they have one of the biggest budgets in the league, so they'll be looking to bounce back at the first opportunity. 

"For me it'll only be a good day if we go there and get something. If we go there and get nothing it won't be enjoyable."

Weather: A cool and cloudy afternoon

BBC Weather Watchers

A cloudy and windy end to the working week with some patchy rain by this evening.

Temperatures falling to 7C (45F) overnight.

A field in Pattishall

Saturday will be a largely cloudy and breezy day, with a risk of a little patchy rain.

Sunday will be windy again and wet for a time, though it will turn brighter and colder later.

BBC Weather  has more details for where you live.

Cars set alight in Northampton

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Two cars were set alight in the Kings Heath area of Northampton overnight.

Church Green in Northampton

It happened between 03:00 and 03:30 in Church Green.

Police are treating the incident as arson and are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

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Village McVillageface?

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

We reported earlier that "Tresham" is the proposed name for the new 1,500-home development planned at Deenethorpe Airfield.

East Northamptonshire Council has invited comments on the name, but has warned that the consultation is not intended for people to suggest alternative names. 

So, hard luck if you were hoping for "Village McVillageface".

Deenethorpe Airfield site
The Deenethorpe Airfield site

A note on the  council's planning website  says: "The purpose of this consultation is to make sure that the name chosen by the promoter is not offensive, misleading or likely to cause confusion." 

This could be wise, as we all know what happens when you  ask the British public to name something .

If you want to comment on the name "Tresham" then you can contact the council until 30 April.

Of course, if you have any alternative names for the village, you can always contact us on emailFacebook  or  Twitter .

Saints' Dylan Hartley 'excited' by Six Nations tie

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

England look to make some sporting history in Dublin tomorrow.

A Six Nations win against Ireland would set a new record of 19 wins in a row. 

It would also be back-to-back Grand Slams, something England have only ever done once in 1991 and 1992 when Will Carling captained.

Dylan Hartley

The current captain, Saints' hooker Dylan Hartley, said: "I've had Will Carling texting me reminding how great his team was! 

"We're not seeing it as a daunting thing going to Ireland, we're very much excited by the opportunity, and why not? We should be excited. 

"There's a certain level of expectation or pressure, as you might call it, but we're excited by it."

Daventry 'badly hit' by bus problems

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

We've reported recently about congestion in Northampton town centre and how roads around Northgate station often struggle to cope with the number of buses.

The boss of Stagecoach Midlands has acknowledged it's having a knock-on effect on buses elsewhere in the county.

          Temporary traffic lights have caused delays between Northampton and Daventry
Temporary traffic lights have caused delays between Northampton and Daventry

Steve Bird said it's planning a "major review" of bus services in Daventry, which have become increasingly unreliable of late.

He said: "Daventry has been badly hit in recent months because of traffic problems in Northampton town centre and a series of roadworks between Northampton and Daventry.

"We're now running a shuttle bus, stationed in Daventry, to run services across the town when buses are late arriving from Northampton.

"We are also planning changes to bus services in Daventry to try and improve reliability."

Blues v Saints: Hooker Charlie Clare says Blues 'got me where I am now'

Craig Lewis

BBC Sport

Northampton Saints' hooker Charlie Clare says his three-year stint at Bedford Blues "got me back on track" after a number of injuries.

Clare helped Bedford reach the Championship's top four at the end of last season, prior to joining Saints.

Before he joined the Blues, the 24-year-old was a member of the Leicester Tigers academy, where he had loan spells with Nottingham, Jersey and Loughborough Students.

Charlie Clare
Getty Images

Speaking about this evening's friendly, he said: "It's an East Midlands derby. We are probably closer to Bedford than Leicester.

"Back in the old days it was those three who would battle it out."

Clare said he has some "great memories" of his time at Goldington Road.

"I kept my head down and worked hard, and everyone always looks after you," he said.

"It is what happened there that got me where I am now." 

Northampton Saints' visit to Bedford will feel like a homecoming for Charlie Clare

Craig Lewis

BBC Sport

From re-acquainting himself with the unique sloping pitch to preparing to take on his housemate, Northampton Saints' hooker Charlie Clare is looking forward to tonight's clash with Bedford Blues .

Saints travel to Goldington Road for an evening friendly. It is a ground Clare, 24, is familiar with after spending three seasons with the Blues.

Charlie Clare
Getty Images

"It's quite special [playing at Bedford], mainly because of the slope," he said.

"There are not many other pitches like that. It is right in the centre of town. Bedford is very similar to Northampton in that it is a rugby town.

"They get 2,000 people to most games."

Clare said he has more reason than most to put in a big performance: "I still live in Bedford and my housemate is a Bedford player."

Name proposed for new Northamptonshire village

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A new village planned for east Northamptonshire could be called "Tresham". 

The village, with 1,500 homes, is due to be built on the site of Deenethorpe Airfield.

Map of Deenethorpe Airfield

The landlord, Brudenell Estates, wants it to be named after Sir Thomas Tresham; a prominent, Catholic landowner in Elizabethan times.

He was responsible for Triangular Lodge at Rushton, Market House in Rothwell and Lyveden New Bield near Oundle. 

The Deenethorpe Airfield development would also include new shops, business premises and green spaces.

East Northamptonshire Council will hold a public consultation on the plans between July and September.

Weather: A cool and cloudy day

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A cool end to the working week, with the best of any sunshine this morning.

Turning cloudy, but staying dry, with freshening winds.

Temperatures reaching a high of 11C (52F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Elizabeth Rizzini has the forecast for the east of England

Good morning, Northamptonshire

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Happy St Patrick's Day and welcome back to our regular updates for the county.

We'll have all the news, sport, weather and travel you need between now and 18:00.

Coming up we'll look ahead to tonight's rugby derby, Saints v Bedford.

First though, a full weather forecast for today and the weekend. Expect a lot of cloud.

Cloudy skies near Flore
Cloudy skies near Flore

Weather: Chilly overnight and some sunshine tomorrow

BBC Weather

This evening will turn increasingly cloudy from the west of the BBC East region.

BBC East weather graphic
BBC Weather

Staying mostly dry, but with some showers developing later and moving through overnight. 

A chilly start to Friday but with some sunshine and highs of 11C (52F).

BBC Weather  has more details for where you are.

Goodnight Northamptonshire

That's it for our regular updates - thanks for joining us today.

We'll be back tomorrow morning with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

And keep an eye on this feed, as any breaking news stories from Northamptonshire overnight will appear here. 

Have a good evening.

Nicholas Taylor 'dangerous and depraved' and Joan 'a willing accomplice'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Northamptonshire Police began investigating Nicholas and Joan Taylor in 2014.

Nicholas Taylor (below) had presented himself in interviews to the BBC as a reformed criminal - but instead the couple have been found guilty at Leicester Crown Court of rapes, assaults and sexual abuse against 11 victims - some as young as 11 years old.

NIcholas Taylor

Det Insp Adam Pendlebury described Nicholas Taylor as "a dangerous, depraved individual" and Joan Taylor as his "more than willing accomplice".

He said: "The Taylors were master manipulators who used crack cocaine to force their victims to engage in sexual activity against their will, and their actions have had a devastating impact on their victims' lives."

They will be sentenced in May.

Northampton couple convicted over decade of child abuse

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

We now have more from Leicester Crown Court, where a couple from Northampton have been convicted of child abuse.

Nicholas Taylor, 47, and his wife, Joan, 43, committed crimes against 11 children - boys and girls - between 1996 and 2006. 

Most of the abuse took place at their home in Briar Hill, the court heard.

The jury was told their victims were given class-A drugs and then assaulted, sexually abused and, in some cases, raped.

Nicholas and Joan Taylor
Northamptonshire Police

They found the couple guilty of 84 charges and it took 15 minutes to read all the verdicts.

They also pleaded guilty to 10 additional charges and were cleared of 17.

Before sentencing in May, the court will hear from victims about how their lives have been affected.

Northampton North election expenses file passed to CPS

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Northamptonshire Police has asked the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider charges over general election expenses in the Northampton North constituency, the BBC understands.

The Conservative MP Michael Ellis has not responded to repeated requests for comment.

Michael Ellis MP

In total 12 forces have sent files to the CPS relating to Conservative candidates' expenses incurred during the 2015 General Election.

Northamptonshire Police says this is a "live inquiry" and it will not comment further.

It comes after complaints about the way Conservative "battle bus" visits to constituencies had been recorded in campaign spending returns.

What a difference a day makes

BBC Weather Watchers

Northamptonshire was basking in glorious sunshine yesterday.

It's rather gloomy today, but that hasn't stopped our BBC Weather Watchers from making the most of it.

A narrow-boat in Irthlingborough
A foggy field in Hellidon
Photo of daffodils and grass in Corby.
Cloudy skies over a field in Wadenhoe

Completion of Sixfields' stand 'a lot closer'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Northampton Town says a "big step" has been taken towards resuming work on the club's unfinished East Stand.

Building work began in May 2014 but has been halted on a number of occasions because of a long-running legal dispute.

The unfinished East Stand at Sixfields.

The club says a legal deal has been reached over the lease of a "parcel" of land at Sixfields, which was owned by County Developments (Northampton) Limited (CDNL).

The company, directed by former Cobblers' chairman David Cardoza and his father Anthony, went into administration in 2015.

The club says a deal has been reached with administrators and those owed money by this company. 

Chairman Kelvin Thomas said while more legal deals need to be signed, the club is "a lot closer" than it was to restarting work on the stand.

We can hopefully look forward to moving ahead with much more clarity on the East Stand development and we expect to be able to provide further updates on the progress in the near future."

Kelvin ThomasChairman of Northampton Town

Teenage boy attacked with metal pole

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A 16-year-old boy has been beaten with a metal pole during an attack by two men in Northampton.

Map of Bourne Crescent in Northampton

It happened on Bourne Crescent in the Kings Heath area between 17:50 and 18:30 on Tuesday.

Members of the public intervened to stop the attack and police have appealed for them to come forward.

The boy suffered bruising, but was not seriously injured.

BreakingNorthampton couple guilty of abusing children

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A couple from Northampton have been found guilty of 84 charges between them relating to sex and drug offences against children.

Leicester Crown Court

A jury at Leicester Crown Court returned the verdicts on Nicholas Taylor, 47, and Joan Taylor, 43, of Pitstone Road, Briar Hill. 

They will be sentenced later.

We'll bring you more news when we get it.

Bed shortage blamed for Northampton A&E delays

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Meanwhile, accident and emergency patients in Northampton face delays in being treated because of a bed shortage in other departments, according to the hospital's boss.

We told you earlier how A&E waiting times at Northampton General had increased over the past three years.

Northampton General Hospital

Chief operating officer, Deborah Needham, said the department often had patients waiting to be admitted.

"We have about 150 patients elsewhere in the hospital who are waiting to go back out into the community with additional care, or waiting for a rehab bed in a community hospital," she said.

"If we can't get those patients out, it's hard to get patients in. 

"But we've made some big improvements around patient flow in the past year, by trying to make sure we have enough empty beds earlier in the day."

Patients still using Kettering A&E 'unnecessarily'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Kettering's accident and emergency department is still seeing an increasing number of patients who could have been helped elsewhere, according to the hospital's chief operating officer.

Kettering General Hospital

We told you earlier how waiting times there are continuing to rise.

Rebecca Brown urged people to think carefully before using the service, but said other issues faced by the department were trickier to solve.

"Kettering has a growing population and an ageing one," she said.

"We've also seen a big rise in the number of patients who face delays in being discharged from hospital, mainly for social care reasons. 

"That puts extra pressure on our beds when we are not able to get patients where they need to be."

People waiting longer at A&E in Northamptonshire

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Waiting times at Northamptonshire's two accident and emergency departments have increased over the past three years, figures show.

Accident and emergency at Northampton General Hospital

At Kettering General Hospital, 86% of patients were seen within the four-hour target between July 2015 and June 2016. This is down from 95% between July 2013 and June 2014.

At Northampton General Hospital, 87% of patients were seen within four hours between July 2015 and June 2016. This is down from 90% in the previous period.

We'll bring you the response from the hospital trusts shortly.

City congestion leads to changes to bus timetables

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you regularly drive into Leicester you'll know that at times it can feel like one big traffic jam on our roads. 

Well the bus company Arriva has said congestion has become such an issue, they're having to change the timetable and routes for some of their services.

Arriva bus

The services that will change are: 

  • 31/31A (Leicester - Oadby)
  • 44/44A (Leicester - West Knighton and Wigston Fields)
  • 49 (Leicester - Wigston Harcourt)
  • 58 (Lutterworth - Market Harborough)

More information will be made available next month when Arriva holds "roadshows" for passengers.

Bus users

Simon Mathieson from Arriva said: "We have a system that tracks all our buses all the time and we've built up a database of actual times buses are taking to get between places. 

"That is saying it's taking longer to get between places like Haymarket, the Clock Tower and sections of Narborough Road.

"We've got to keep up to pace with the modern world of the county and the city."

Weather: Cloudy day ahead

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Early mist or fog patches will clear, then it will be dry for much of the day, if rather cloudy. There will be some brighter spells, most likely in eastern areas. 

A little light rain may arrive from late afternoon. 

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F). 

Good morning

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

We are back with live updates for Northamptonshire. 

We'll bring you all the news, weather, sport and travel you need for the county until 18:00. 

First up will be the full weather forecast. 

(Spoiler alert: It's going to be much cloudier and cooler than yesterday.)

Northampton town centre
Northampton town centre

Severe disruption: A43 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A43 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between A427 Weldon Road and A6086 Geddington Road.

A43 Northamptonshire - A43 Bangrave Road South in Corby blocked southbound between the A427 Weldon Road junction and the A6086 Geddington Road junction, because of an overturned lorry.

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

Farewell from Local Live for today

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

That's it for our regular updates of news, sport, travel and weather for Wednesday.

We'll be back tomorrow morning with the latest news on waiting times at A&E departments in the county, and a boost for the community in Moulton.Any breaking stories overnight will still appear here.

Have a good evening.

Focusing young minds on school subject choices

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

I've spent the afternoon in Corby watching primary school children making skateboard ramps and using scooters.

It sounds like fun, but there's a serious message behind today's activities at Adrenaline Alley.

The event was highlighting the importance of STEAM subjects - that's Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

Children doing STEAM activities

Linda Davis-Sinclair, from the University of Northampton, told me: "There's a need, particularly with our girls, to keep them focused on the science and engineering as they're going through school.

"Some of the decisions they make about subjects early on, as 10 and 11 year olds, may impact on what they can actually do when they choose GCSE subjects."

A dry night followed by a brighter morning

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying fine and dry this evening, but turning misty and foggy in many parts of the eastern region.

Temperatures dipping to 6C (42F).

Any mist will clear to bring brighter weather and sunny spells tomorrow - but it'll turn cloudy later.

Patchy rain will follow, with temperatures reaching 12C (53F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Weather chart for 16:00 on Thursday