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  1. Updates on Friday, 21 April, 2017
  2. MP David Mackintosh faces deselection fight
  3. 2013 document said he was 'not of the calibre to be an MP'
  4. Speed monitoring device stolen from 30mph village
  5. Kettering's Kyren takes two-frame lead into tonight's World Snooker session

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By Craig Lewis

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Our live coverage has come to an end for the week - we hope you'll join us again on Monday when we're back with regular updates from 08:00.

Today's main stories have included:

  • Northampton South's sitting MP is facing a battle to be reselected for the 8 June general election
  • A speed monitoring device is stolen from a village in the south of the county, police say
  • And Northamptonshire's cricketers get off to a flying start at Worcestershire

Staying with sport, we'll wish good luck to Kettering's Kyren Wilson as he takes a 9-7 lead going into this evening's final session of his World Championship Snooker second-round match against Stuart Bingham.

Kyren Wilson and Stuart Bingham

Full coverage here and on the BBC Red Button.

Teacher completes 28-mile walk to school

A head teacher has completed her 28-mile walk from her home in Rugby to Brackley Junior School.

Promoting the Healthy Schools Project, Ros Peet set off at 04:30 and made it to school at about 15:00.

Ros Peet said: "My children were waiting at the gate with a lovely reception singing One More Step Along the World I Go.

"When I got to Helmdom, which is about four miles from school, my feet started hurting and I did wonder if I'd get there."

She's raised about £800 the School Fund.

Weather: Cloudy with bright spells and much cooler

BBC Weather

A largely cloudy night with some patchy light rain pushing down from the north. The winds becoming light and variable and lowest temperatures around 6C (43F). 

Weather graphic
BBC weather

Once the last of any overnight rain has cleared, Saturday will be relatively cloudy with odd showers feeding southwards. There should be some bright or sunny spells and a top temperature of 13C (55F).

A cold start to Sunday with a touch of frost in places, it’ll then be largely dry with some brightness and sunshine at times and the small chance of a shower. Temperatures again reaching around 13C (55F) at best.

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

Your pictures: Grey and overcast

Here are some snaps from our BBC Weather Watchers

It'll give some readers a sense of the conditions in Roade, where they're holding a public meeting tonight about the proposed rail freight interchanges.

Field of rape, Pattishall
Grey skies over housing, Roade
River Nene, Irthlingborough

For a full forecast, visit BBC Weather.

'Significant' fire at thatched cottage

Four fire engines and an aerial appliance are at the scene of what police are calling a "significant" fire at a thatched cottage.

It's in Easton Maudit, which is south of Wellingborough, near Bozeat.

The police were called at 12:15 and were "working with Compton Estates to minimise the impact on the local community".

Compton Estates runs Castle Ashby and its estate, which its website says includes 214 houses and 50 commercial premises.

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BreakingThatched cottage on fire

Fire crews are dealing with a "significant" blaze at a thatched cottage in Easton Maudit, between Wellingborough and Olney.

More details to follow...

Man killed in van crash

A man has died after a white van he was in crashed near Brackley.

Northamptonshire Police said a Renault Trafic lost control "for reasons unknown" at the Duck End junction in Hinton-in-the-Hedges, at about 12:30, and rolled on to its side.

Three people were in the van, which was the only vehicle involved in the crash.

Police said they were still informing next-of-kin.

Have you ever wondered how you can become a candidate in the election?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

If Theresa May's recent announcement of a snap election in June has made you yearn to be an MP, here are a few guidelines for you to consider.

You can't stand if you're:

  • Under 18
  • A member of the police forces
  • A member of the armed forces
  • A civil servant, a judge or a peer
  • You're subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or a debt relief restrictions order
House of Commons

If none of those conditions preclude you, and you're either a British citizen, a citizen of the  Republic of Ireland or a commonwealth country (with certain provisos) then you're over the first hurdle, and will need to consider these regulations:

  • You need a completed set of nomination forms and a deposit of £500 
  • You also need an election agent
  • You probably want to plan and run a campaign

There - it's almost as simple as that. So what's stopping you? I'm off now to see how much money is in my piggy bank.

David Mackintosh: Conservatives meeting moved to May

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

An emergency meeting of Northampton South Conservatives will take place on Tuesday, 2 May as the local association decides whether it wants its sitting MP David Mackintosh to stand again.

The selection meeting was due to take place on Friday, 28 April, but it's been moved at Mr Mackintosh's request.

The venue has yet to be decided, as the Billings Road Conservative Association offices aren't available on that date.

Northampton Town's unfinished East Stand
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Anti-speeding device 'stolen from village'

Thieves have stolen a speed monitoring device which was placed in a village to remind motorists of the 30mph limit, police say.

It was installed by Highways England on Deanshanger Road in Wicken, near Milton Keynes.

When officials went to check it last week, only the mounting bracket was left on the post, Northamptonshire Police said.

It is thought to have been taken some time between 9 and 11 March.

Deanshanger Road, Wicken with "Please Drive Slowly" sign

'Take the leg away, and he will run another marathon'

#Get Inspired

Seven inspiring runners taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday

Those were the words of Denise Arthey to doctors after she and her husband Chris were involved in a road accident while on holiday.

Chris and Denise are just some of the thousands of inspiring runners who will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday. 

Read more about there story here and follow the live text commentary on this website from 08:25-16:00 BST on the day.

If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know by using the #GetInspired on social media and we could feature your message!

Snooker: Wilson edging it with two-frame lead

Kyren Wilson and Stuart Bingham
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Kyren Wilson of Kettering (left) has a two-frame lead over Basildon's Stuart Bingham following the daytime session in Sheffield.

The pair will begin the final session of their second-round World Snooker Championship match at 19:00, with Wilson 9-7 up in the best of 25-frame match.

The match is live on the BBC Red Button. Full coverage details here.

Andy Carter

Former Nottinghamshire and Hampshire seam bowler Andy Carter comes out of retirement to sign for Northants.

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Carter treble boosts Northants

Worcestershire 135-6 v Northamptonshire (36.5 overs)

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

All change at Worcester with three wickets in 10 balls for Andy Carter, playing here for his sixth county.

First, Moeen Ali drove a touch loosely to one brought back in towards him and then Tom Kohler-Cadmore shouldered arms fourth ball.

Moeen never quite looked in full control, with several plays-and-misses through his innings. But he did play two straight drives of note and an extra cover drive to make the crowd purr. A half-century to begin his season, but his side in a spot of bother, with Ben Cox also gone, caught behind in Carter's next over..

BBC Sport

Cricket: Good opening session for Northants

It's lunch on day one at New Road, where Northamptonshire are away to Worcestershire in their third County Championship match of the season.

The home side are 92-3, with Daryl Mitchell (30), Brett D'Oliveira (5) and Tom Fell (5) all gone in the opening session.

England batsman Moeen Ali is 42 not out.

Follow this afternoon's action at BBC Sport.

Are you running in London this weekend?


Meet Fran - she's just one of the many thousands who will be taking on the London Marathon this weekend.....

London Marathon 2017: Beating the bullies, Fran's inspiring story

If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know about it using the #GetInspired hashtag on social media and we could feature you in our live text commentary or messages on the TV coverage during the day. 

Snooker: Wilson leads Bingham - just

Kettering's Kyren Wilson is leading Basildon's Stuart Bingham 8-7 as we come to the end of their morning session in Sheffield.

The final session in their second-round match at the World Snooker Championships at the Crucible begins at 19:00.

Wilson hit a 110 break with no response in the 10th frame. There's one frame of this session left.

Follow the snooker results at BBC Sport.

David Mackintosh: The full 2013 report into his suitability as an MP

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

We've been reporting today how Northampton South MP David Mackintosh faces a deselection fight ahead of the general election.

As part of our investigation we also uncovered a report from 2013, suggesting he was "not of the calibre to be an MP".

Here's that report in full...

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David Mackintosh: MP's selection is a matter for local party, says Sajid Javid

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

It is up to the local party to decide whether current Northampton South MP David Mackintosh should be re-selected to stand for his seat in the upcoming general election.

That is the view of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid.

Sajid Javid

The MP faces a deselection fight over his role in a loan in which millions of pounds of public money appears to have vanished.

Mr Javid, who was visiting Northamptonshire to meet Tory candidates for the upcoming county council elections, said the decision over Mr Mackintosh was "not something I should get involved in".

"It would be wrong to comment on that," he said.

But he added: "What I can say about David, having had the pleasure of working with him for the last couple of years in Parliament, is that he is a very effective, very confident and very passionate MP who has worked very hard on behalf of his constituents."

Mr Mackintosh, who did not attend Mr Javid's visit, earlier told the BBC: "I intend to stand for re-election."

A partnership everyone wants to see

Worcestershire 82-3 v Northants

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

A couple of wickets have changed the complexion of this morning's session. Steven Crook and Azharullah struck twice in four balls to bring Northants back into the session and nearer to the scoreboard they were looking for having chosen to bowl first.

But now we have the partnership that everyone wants to see at the crease: Moeen Ali and Joe Clarke together. Is there a more attractive pair to watch batting? 

MP Mackintosh 'not of the calibre to be an MP', according to report

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

As we reported earlier, the BBC has learned Northampton South MP David Mackintosh faces a deselection fight over his role in the Northampton Town 'missing millions' saga.

The BBC has also obtained a previous internal Conservative Party assessment, stating Mr Mackintosh was unsuitable to be an MP.

David Mackintosh

The document, written in 2013, was compiled by a regional party official as the local association considered candidates to succeed the then sitting MP Brian Binley.

It stated Mr Mackintosh "was not of the calibre to be an MP".

Mr Mackintosh was subsequently selected to participate in an open primary in December 2013, which was held at Sixfields Stadium, before going on to win the seat at the 2015 general election.

He was elected to Parliament with a majority of 3,793.

Mr Mackintosh has said he intends to stand for re-election.

Fancy a cuppa: Chief constable raises a mug to National Tea Day

Fancy a nice cup of tea? Then you're in prestigious company.

Northamptonshire Police's chief constable Simon Edens has taken to Twitter today to reveal his love of a good old fashioned cuppa...

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Weather prospects for Sunday's marathon

Kyren Wilson in World Snooker Championship action

BBC Sport

Kettering's Kyren Wilson is currently in action against Stuart Bingham at the World Snooker Championship.

Wilson leads 7-5 in the match at the Crucible.

For the latest developments visit the BBC's latest scores page.

Kyren Wilson

Moeen at the crease against Northants

Worcestershire 20-1 v Northants

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

A very pleasant buzz around New Road with supporters filing in for the first time this season. Cloud overhead and some grass on the wicket, so no decision to be made for Northants to bowl first.

That decision was made - officially - by Josh Cobb, with Alex Wakely absent for family reasons. Ben Sanderson and Rory Kleinveldt are also not here due to injury, with one eye on the 50-over competition that begins next week.

Northants have started well, with Mohammad Azharullah dismissing opener Brett D'Oliveira, to bring England batsman Moeen Ali to the crease early on.  

BBC Sport

Northamptonshire looking for best ever County Championship start

BBC Sport

Northamptonshire's cricketers are under way in their latest County Championship match this morning.

Ben Duckett

They are looking to win their first three championship matches of the season for the first time ever, as they take on Worcestershire at New Road.

They've already defeated Glamorgan in two days and Derbyshire since the start of their Division Two campaign.

Live ball by ball commentary and all the latest cricket updates can be found here.

Rail-freight company is looking in to all traffic implications

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The company behind one of two huge rail-freight schemes earmarked for the south of the county says it is consulting on the potential impact of traffic through villages in the area.

The Rail Central proposal is planned for an area close to the M1, near to Blisworth, Roade and Milton Malsor.

Rail Central Logo
Rail Central

A separate scheme, for a five million square metre terminal called the Northampton Gateway, has also been proposed. 

Arguments for and against the schemes will be discussed tonight at a public meeting at Roade Village Hall, from 19:30.

James Digby, from Ashfield Land, the company behind Rail Central, said: "There is a huge amount of work going in to all the traffic studies we are doing with Highways England and the county council."

Representatives from the Northampton Gateway project declined to comment.

Traffic infrastructure 'can't cope with proposed rail-freight terminals'

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The traffic infrastructure simply isn't in place to deal with one, let alone two, new rail-freight terminals in the Roade area.

That is the view of David Bennett, from the village's parish council.

The area set to be affected by the two proposed developments

A public meeting is taking place this evening involving villagers and developers of the Northampton Gateway and Rail Central projects.

Mr Bennett said the projects amounted to a lot of "concrete and pollution".

He said the area was already "experiencing huge increases in housing development" and the "traffic infrastructure just isn't there".

Campaigners hold meeting to oppose rail-freight terminal proposals

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Campaigns are gathering pace against proposals for two giant rail-freight terminals planned to be built next to each other close to Blisworth.

A public meeting is taking place tonight in the village of Roade to give people a chance to express their views to the developers.

Map of the area planned for the construction of Rail Central
Stop Rail Central

The Northampton Gateway Interchange Project would occupy about five million square feet (743,200 square metres) between the M1 and the Northampton loop line near Roade, Blisworth and Milton Malsor.

Rail Central is a similar scheme to the west between the loop line and the main line (a map of the area is pictured above). Developers say this scheme will create 8,000 jobs.

Campiagners say neither project is needed.

Teacher taking 30 mile trek in to school to encourage benefits of a healthy lifestyle

Were you thinking of walking in to work today, but decided you didn't have the energy?

Well, it's time to hang your head in shame and pay tribute to Brackley head teacher Rosalyne Peet.

She's currently taking a very long walk in to school today - more than 30 miles. The idea is to encourage her pupils to adopt a more healthy lifestyle.

Let's hope she makes it in time for registration... 

The man with the golden (fake) gun

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Northamptonshire Police's proactive team, a group of plain clothes officers operating throughout the county, has tweeted this picture of a fake gun seized on the streets of Kettering.

It says one person was arrested and the imitation firearm was seized.

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Northampton Town loan: MP David Mackintosh faces deselection fight

Julian Sturdy

BBC Look East

Conservative MP David Mackintosh faces a deselection fight over his role in a loan in which millions of pounds of public money appears to have vanished.

David Mackintosh

When contacted by the BBC following PM Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election, a majority of his party's local executive council said they would vote to deselect him.

He also faces questions over hidden campaign donations. 

Responding to the BBC, Mr Mackintosh said: "I intend to stand for re-election."

Friday's weather: Pleasantly warm when the sun breaks through

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today's likely to be the warmest day of the week, although it will be rather cloudy. 

We’re into warmer air now, so it should feel pleasantly warm in any sunshine that appears. 

The cloud will gradually thin and break during the morning, and that will really help to lift the temperatures, giving us highs of about 15C (59F).

Watch my full regional forecast here:

Welcome back to live updates from Northamptonshire

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Good morning and welcome back to our live feed for Northamptonshire.

We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, weather and travel from across the county until 18:00.

First up, we'll bring you a full regional weather forecast.

David Mackintosh MP

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

A majority of his party's local executive council said they would vote to deselect David Mackintosh.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, before J15 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound before J15, A45 (Northampton).

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

Tim Pigott-Smith

The actor's lead role in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman will now be taken by Nicholas Woodeson.

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Goodbye for today

Craig Lewis

BBC News

That's it for today. Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, weather, travel and sport updates. In the meantime, any breaking news will be posted here throughout the night.

Taser training explained courtesy of Northamptonshire Police

We've been talking about Northamptonshire Police's plans to train a further 100 officers to use Tasers.

And if you were wondering what that means in practice, here's a handy video demonstration from the police themselves...

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