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  1. Updates on Friday, 31 March 2017
  2. Council applies for judicial review into Horton Hospital changes
  3. Uncertainty over future of bakers in Northamptonshire

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We'll be back on Monday will all the latest news, weather, sport, and travel for Northamptonshire.

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A dry night, with sunshine and showers tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will be mostly dry across the BBC East region, with clear spells as temperatures drop to 7C (45F).

It's a mixed bag of weather for Saturday. There'll be sunny spells and the first of those April showers, some heavy with hail and thunder.

Temperatures could reach 15C (59F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Weather graphic for Saturday 05:00

Kyren Wilson beats Ding Junhui to set up China Open semi

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Kettering's Kyren Wilson is through to the semi-finals of the China Open.

He beat last year's snooker world championship runner-up Ding Junhui 5-1.

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The 25-year-old now faces world champion Mark Selby. It's Wilson's third ranking semi-final this season.

Rutland MP celebrates birthday

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Sir Alan Duncan tweets... 

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Northamptonshire baker ceases trading after 'running out of cash'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The insolvency company working with Oliver Adams has told us that the business has ceased trading and is planning to enter voluntary liquidation next month.

Ian Cooke, from BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency, said a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) with creditors that was agreed last year failed, because "effectively [Oliver Adams] has run out of cash".

Now the company's 110 employees have been made redundant.  

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Mr Cooke said another company had been appointed to handle the liquidation and the asset would be sold.

Mr Cooke said having "lived in Northampton all my life" he went to see "about 100 of the employees" to explain the situation, along with officials from the Department for Work and Pensions and the Jobcentre to help the company's employees.

He said the employees were "disappointed and angry", but said efforts to save the company "just hadn't worked".

Local news round-up: Father raising money, special cinema screening and 'Astro Bowls'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

When tackles go wrong...


Just how did those legs end up there? Find out with our top 10 magic moments from last weekend's FA People's Cup semi-finals.

For more FA People's Cup action, watch our semi-final highlights programme,  available on the iPlayer from 06:00 BST on Saturday morning, 1 April, and on the Red Button at 13:50 BST and repeated throughout the weekend.

Northampton town centre car park to re-open after year and a half

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

The Midsummer Meadow car park in Northampton is set to re-open this weekend.

It was closed in July 2015 as part of the widening of Bedford Road and the building work on the University of Northampton's new Waterside Campus. 

Waterside Campus

The site has now been handed back to Northampton Borough Council and will open again as a car park tomorrow.

GP practice to shut as Northampton healthcare contracts end

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Virgin Care says its contract to run two GP practices in Northampton will finish today.

The Kings Heath and Lings Brook practices have been run by the firm since October 2010. 

The BBC understands that while Kings Heath will remain open, Lings Brook (pictured) will close.

Lings Brook

In a statement, Virgin Care says it's "working with commissioners" to make sure patient care isn't affected by the decision.

It's not clear why the decision was made. Contracts like this are confidential, despite public money being involved, and quality of care doesn't seem to be a factor - the last inspection rated Lings Brook "good".

Lings will close after today and its patients will be registered with other practices in the same building. 

While we're told Kings Heath will remain open and a new provider found, patients I've spoken to say they don't yet feel fully reassured.

Northampton Saints forward James Craig signs new deal along with academy players

BBC Sport

Northampton Saints forward James Craig has signed a new contract with the Premiership club, with 10 academy players also agreeing extended deals.

Second row Craig, 28, broke into the Saints side in the 2011-12 campaign and has made 65 appearances.

"He's a talented player with a good rugby brain and has played well this season," said boss Jim Mallinder.

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Alex Mitchell and James Grayson, who helped England Under-20s  win the Six Nations,  are among the others to sign.

The length of the deals have not been disclosed by the club.

Half-backs Mitchell and Grayson have featured in the Northampton first team this season along with fellow academy players James Fish, Alex Moon and Devante Onojaife, who have also agreed contracts.

Josh Peters, Tom Emery, George Furbank and props Ehren Painter and Toby Trinder are the others to commit their futures to the 2014 Premiership champions.

Duncan: Independence brought 'sense of community' to Rutland

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Rutland MP Sir Alan Duncan has been speaking about the county's 20th anniversary of independence from Leicestershire.

Sir Alan Duncan

"There's the sense of community that comes with it," Mr Duncan told BBC Radio Leicester. 

"When Ted Heath [Prime Minister] tried to get rid of it in 1972 the battle raged for 24 years until we got it [independence] back again." 

The county will mark 20 years of independence tomorrow with a series of events at Oakham Castle.

Weather: Mostly bright and warm, though not as warm as yesterday

BBC Weather

It will be another sunny and pleasantly warm afternoon across Northamptonshire.

A few brief showers are likely for some of us, most likely around Corby and the east with a high of a 16C (61F).


There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

MP pleased 'vital service' of Corby Urgent Care Centre continuing

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Yesterday it was announced the Corby Urgent Care Centre would stay open until at least the end of September, which Corby's MP Tom Pursglove described as a "very positive step forward".

The contract between Corby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Lakeside Plus, which runs the centre, was due to expire today.

After a dispute about funding, Lakeside Plus said the centre would close, while the CCG vowed to keep it open. But the two sides have now come to an agreement.

Corby Urgent Care Centre

Mr Pusglove said the centre, which helps relieve pressure on Kettering's A&E, was "such a vital service" that represented "best practice" in the NHS.

He added: "I'm not concerned about who provides the service, but that the service is provided, because it is a model that works".

Uncertainty over future of bakers in Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The Northampton Chronicle and Echo is reporting that Northampton bakery firm Oliver Adams has stopped production.

The paper says staff are currently in a meeting about the future of the business and branches are closed today across the county.

This sign was on the door on J Lawrences on St Giles Street, which is owned by Oliver Adams...


This sign was also in the window...


However, when I went to the branch on Mercers Row it was open.

The staff there told me they didn't know what was happening with the company and didn't know if they were going to stay open. 

They said when they arrived at the shop this morning they were able to open as normal.

We have attempted to contact Oliver Adams, but have been unable to.

We'll bring you more when we get it.

Charley Hull forced off at first major of the year after high winds

BBC Sport

Burton Latimer's Charley Hull got off to a pretty good start at the first women's major of the year .

The 21-year-old was two under after seven holes at the ANA Inspiration when high winds stopped play.

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Gusts of 35mph were blowing when the players were taken off - after being allowed to finish their holes - at the event in California.

Play will resume at 15:30 BST, with almost half the field yet to complete their first rounds at Mission Hills Country Club.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic and one lane blocked on M1 northbound between J15a, A43 (Northampton Services) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

No Northampton bid for Wales' fly-half Dan Biggar, say Ospreys

BBC Sport

Ospreys say they have received no contact from Northampton about the potential transfer of Wales' fly-half Dan Biggar.

The 27-year-old is on a  national dual contract  with Ospreys and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

Biggar's deal expires at the end of next season and he has been linked with a move to the Saints in 2018.

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"Northampton have not been in touch," Ospreys managing director Andrew Millward told BBC Wales Sport.

"Being on an NDC [national dual contract], I'm not aware that Northampton have gone to the WRU.

"I picked it [the speculation] up on Twitter last week and apparently the signing was imminent. The reality of the situation is Dan's not come to us and said he's signed."

Council applies for judicial review into Horton Hospital changes

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Politicians in the south of the county have launched a legal challenge to plans to reduce services at a hospital used by thousands of local people.

They say the consultation process carried out into the proposals for Horton General Hospital in Banbury was "confusing and flawed".

Horton General Hospital

The plans put together by the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) include changes to maternity services, critical care and the use of hospital beds.

Critics say the two-stage consultation the CCG carried out left people confused about what exactly was happening to their local hospital.

An application for a judicial review into the process has been launched by the district councils of South Northamptonshire, Cherwell and Stratford-on-Avon, as well as Banbury Town Council. 

The councils must now wait to hear if the case will proceed to the High Court to be considered. A decision on this is expected next month.

CCG spokesman Richard Mccrann said it had received the letter and "will respond appropriately".

Leon Lobjoit: Prolific Buckingham Town striker bought by Northampton Town

BBC Sport

League One side Northampton Town have signed striker Leon Lobjoit from non-league Buckingham Town on a two-year deal.

The 22-year-old has scored 62 goals in 36 games for the team who play in the 10th tier of English football.

Leon Lobjoit
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He has spent time at MK Dons and Coventry City during his career and impressed on trial at the Cobblers.

"His attitude since coming in has been first class," boss Justin Edinburgh told  the club's website.

"Leon knows this is an important opportunity for him and he is determined to take it."

Weather: Mostly bright and just the outside chance of a shower

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It will be a very mild start to the day, with any early brightness soon clouding over.

Through the afternoon the cloud will break up to reveal some good spells of sunshine and just the outside chance of a shower.

It will be a little less warm than yesterday, but temperatures could still reach 17C (63F).

Here's my full forecast...

You can find more details on the BBC Weather website .

Welcome back

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

It's Friday! We are here bringing you the latest news, weather, sport and travel for Northamptonshire.

We've got news about the NHS locally, plus football, golf and rugby for you.

But first up the latest weather forecast for the region.

Leon Lobjoit

Northampton Town sign striker Leon Lobjoit on a two-year deal after scoring 62 goals for non-league side Buckingham Town.

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That's all from us

Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished.

We'll be back tomorrow building up to Northampton Town's trip to Rochdale and uncertainty around two doctors' surgeries in Northampton.

Any breaking news will appear through this evening and overnight, and we'll see you tomorrow from 08:00.


Weather: Clear tonight and sunny spells and showers tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Any evening showers should soon ease, to leave mostly dry conditions for the rest of the night with some clear spells. It will be mild with a minimum temperature of 10C (50F).


Tomorrow morning some showery rain will move eastwards. By the afternoon it will turn drier and brighter, with sunny spells and a few light showers. 

It'll be a little less warm than today with a maximum temperature of about 17C (63F).

There are more details on BBC Weather website .

Warth Park extension: 'I am still very angry'

Earlier we brought you news that East Northamptonshire councillors granted planning permission for two giant warehouses near Raunds and Stanwick.

The extension to Warth Park will be used by a kitchen supply business.

There was plenty of local opposition to development and, as this email show, anger about the decision...

James Taylor and David Sales join Northamptonshire coaching staff

BBC Sport

Former England batsman James Taylor has joined Northamptonshire as a coaching consultant, while David Sales has taken a part-time coaching role.

Taylor (pictured), 27, retired with a  heart condition  in April 2016 after seven England Tests and 27 one-day games.

He has since worked with Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire's academies in addition to media work.

James Taylor

Former Northants captain Sales, who scored in excess of 22,000 runs in more than 20 years at the County Ground before his retirement in 2014, will work with the county's batsmen.

"David has been working part time with the batters since January, focusing on improving more of the technical aspects of their game,"  head coach David Ripley said.

NHS apprentice conference in Kettering to find health service's 'future workforce'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Young people from nine secondary schools in the county have been at a conference in Kettering today hearing about apprenticeships within the NHS.

Nationally the health service has set a target of recruiting 100,000 apprentices by 2020.

Northampton General Hospital

Jo Stewart, apprentice project manager for the NHS in Northamptonshire, said the NHS was looking to "develop our future workforce and deliver the key services".

Dom Anderson of trade union Unison said it would be be working with trusts to make sure apprentices "aren't just cheaper staff" and were properly trained and mentored in their roles.

Local paper round-up: Wellingborough prison plans, cafe plans and grants available

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

  • Plans to demolish the existing buildings and build a new prison in Wellingborough could be approved next week, according to the Northamptonshire Telegraph .
  • The Northampton Chronicle and Echo  reports hat Delapre Abbey, which is undergoing a multimillion -pound renovation, will see a cafe return to its grounds from next week.
  • And  the Daventry Express  says grants of up to £500 are available to community groups wishing to put on events to celebrate The Women’s Tour.

MP opens pre-school playground in Sherington

Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster has been in ribbon-cutting mode today - visiting Sherington Pre-School in the new city to open a new playground.

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Weather: Cloud clearing, then a dry, bright and warm day

BBC Weather

It'll be a brighter afternoon with some sunny spells developing, although there will perhaps be an occasional shower at times, too.

It'll feel warm though, especially in any sunshine, with a high of 19C (66F).


There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Fewer coaches on East Midlands Trains service

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

East Midlands Trains tweets... 

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...this affects a train running through Leicester, Loughborough and Market Harborough later. 

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J18 for A5 and J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an accident.

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

On this day: Charles Wicksteed born

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Charles Wicksteed, the man behind Wicksteed Park in Kettering, was born on this day 170 years ago.

Wicksteed Park was one of the first ever leisure parks in the UK, and last year its water chute was listed.

I wonder what he would make of the the new Sway Rider...

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James Taylor

Ex-England batsman James Taylor joins Northamptonshire as a coaching consultant, while David Sales also joins the staff.

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More than 20 dogs stolen from Northampton kennels

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Nine adult dogs and 12 puppies were stolen from a kennels on the outskirts of Northampton earlier this week.

It happened between 22:00 on Tuesday and 09:30 on Wednesday. The thieves broke padlocks to access the kennels and are believed to have cut through fencing to get to the location.

The dogs taken included a female red cocker spaniel...

Northamptonshire Police

...a female cockerpoo...

Northamptonshire Police

...a female black and tan King Charles cavalier...

Northamptonshire Police

a female sable cocker spaniel with six chocolate and black sable puppies....

Northamptonshire Police

... and a female red cocker spaniel that was very heavily pregnant.

Northamptonshire Police

Police are appealing for information .

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J17 for M45 Dunchurch and J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an accident involving four lorries. In the roadworks area.

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

Local paper owner Johnston Press announces £300m pre-tax loss

BBC Business News

News publisher Johnston Press has announced a pre-tax loss for last year of £300m.

The group publishes several papers in the region, including the Northampton Chronicle and Echo, the Peterborough Evening Telegraph and the Milton Keynes Citizen.

The valuation of its titles has been slashed in two tranches over the past year.

With its half-year results, it announced a write-down of £224m. To that, it has added a reduction of £120m with its full-year figures.

local papers

The share price dropped 9% after the annual results were published.

Print advertising revenue was down from £149m to £123m in 2016. Digital advertising remained below £19m.

There was an operating profit of £42m, but the major revaluations took the pre-tax statutory loss to £300m.

Corby Urgent Care Centre to stay open

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Health bosses and the managers of the Corby Urgent Care Centre have said they have come to an agreement that means the health facility will stay open until at least the end of September 2017.

The contact between Corby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Lakeside Plus, which runs the centre, was due to expire tomorrow.

corby urgent care

After the dispute about funding, Lakeside Plus said the centre would close tomorrow, while the CCG vowed to keep it open.

The two parties have been been discussing the issue since last week, and have come to this agreement, although we don't know any of the details.

A statement says that the CCG will be speaking to patients and residents to see what the future of the centre should be.