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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 12 May 2017
  2. Woman dies after A605 crash
  3. Man dies following A43 junction crash
  4. Daventry travellers could face eviction order
  5. Cobblers announce pre-season dates
  6. Northamptonshire at Leicestershire in One-Day cup

Live Reporting

By Kris Holland

All times stated are UK

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Sixfields Stadium and Northampton Town FC crest

The story so far of what happened to £10.25m of council money given to Northampton Town Football Club that seemingly vanished.

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Our live coverage for the week

I'm afraid that's it from us today and indeed this week.

Keep an eye on this BBC News live feed for the latest on the NHS cyber attack.

We'll return with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Northamptonshire on Monday from 08:00.

Have a great weekend.

NHS attack 'could have been prevented', says security expert

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Dr Mils Hills, who is an associate professor of risk, resilience and corporate security at the University of Northampton, has told the BBC the cyber attack on the NHS "could have been prevented".

"It's most certainly going to have come from a user clicking something they shouldn't have, whether it's in an email or on an internet browser tab," he said.

"Hospitals should have measures to prevent this.

"It will be fixed and removed, but it will cost a lot. The task to fix it won't be difficult, but will be time-consuming.

"The problem is this is a pretty low-level attack and it's causing such chaos."

An NHS Digital statement said: "NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and ensure patient safety is protected."  

Overnight weather: Largely dry and frost-free

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Most of this afternoon's showers should quickly move away to leave a largely dry and frost-free night with clear spells across the BBC East region.

Temperatures in some spots will remain in double figures.

Overnight weather map
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It’s spells of sunshine and scattered showers for Saturday, and while we can’t rule out an odd heavy downpour, there will be some places that stay dry throughout the day. 

The winds will be a light to moderate south to south-westerly with temperatures possibly reaching 20C (68F).

Hospitals cyber attack: Kettering General reports IT and phone problems

This is what Kettering General has put on Facebook in the last hour...

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We've yet to hear any further comment from the hospital.

Gabriel Zakuani

Northampton Town release defender Gabriel Zakuani after contract talks broke down over his international commitments.

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Zander Diamond

Mansfield continue their rebuilding for the new season by signing experienced former Northampton centre-back Zander Diamond.

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Hospitals 'cyber attack': Is it affecting Northamptonshire?

You may have seen the breaking news in the last few moments that hospitals across England have been affected by what's believed to be a cyber attack, leading to serious IT failures.

Northampton General Hospital Trust says it hasn't been affected, but has taken precautionary measures to protect IT systems and has closed down its email accounts.

Kettering General Hospital has yet to confirm whether it has been affected.

We'll bring you the latest when we get it.

Northants travel to Leicestershire in One-Day cup

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

With little at stake for Northamptonshire's cricketers, head coach David Ripley has rotated his squad for this afternoon's Royal London One-Day Cup match at Leicestershire. 

Having lost heavily against Yorkshire on Wednesday, the Steelbacks cannot now reach the knock-out stages of the 50-over competition.  

Josh Cobb, Ben Sanderson, Rory Kleinveldt and Alex Wakely are among the Steelbacks players carrying injuries and are rested for today's match.

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"We want to try and be as competitive as we can," said Ripley. "But realistically the competition has gone.

"It's a chance to mix and match a little bit and hopefully finish with a bit of a flourish."

Play got under way at 14:00, and we have live commentary available here with Northants 95-1 from 13 overs batting first.

Local news round-up: Care home celebrates, sailing event and success for local band

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

  • Staff at a care home near the centre of Northampton are celebrating after being ranked among the top 1% in the UK, reports the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.
  • The Daventry Express has news of a sailing and windsurfing festival aimed at families which begins on Saturday.
  • And NNBC has news of a Northampton-based band that are to perform at Camden Rock Festival.

Election candidates for Warwickshire seats

The full list of candidates for each constituency in the forthcoming general election has been issued: 

Warwick and Leamington's candidates can be found here.

Here are the candiates for North Warwickshire and Nuneaton and Bedworth.

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Daventry travellers could face eviction order

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Travellers camped on a playing field near Daventry could receive an eviction order from a magistrates court on Monday.

They've already been served with notice to leave by the council, but that expired at 10:00 yesterday.

The travellers remain camped on Easter Way Playing Field.

Eastern Way Playing Fields
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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5 affecting J20 for A4303.

M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down car transporter and recovery work. Congestion to J20, A4303 (Lutterworth).

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

Despite overnight rain, the dry spell continues

After one of the driest Aprils - just 41% of the monthly average rainfall - it was refreshing to see that rain has fallen overnight.

But by how much? Dan Holley's tweet shows the dry spell continues;

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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J18 for A5 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch affecting J19 for M6.

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car and recovery work. In the roadworks area. Congestion to J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange).

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

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton fastest in Spain

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Bahrain

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton set the pace as Brackley-based Mercedes impressed in first practice at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton was 0.029 seconds quicker than team-mate Valtteri Bottas, and a second clear of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in third and fourth.

Max Verstappen, driving for Milton Keynes-based Red Bull, was fifth, just 0.250secs behind Raikkonen.

McLaren-Honda's dismal season of unreliability continued, with Fernando Alonso sent into a spin by a major engine failure on his first lap.

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Cobblers announce pre-season dates

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town will travel to non-league side Frome Town and host Championship club Derby County as part of their pre-season preparations this summer.

The Cobblers will travel to Frome, of the Evo-Stik Southern League, on Tuesday, 18 July.

Justin Edinburgh's side will then host Gary Rowett's Derby a week later at Sixfields on Tuesday, 25 July.

Derby finished ninth in the Championship last season.

Northampton's pre-season plans also include a training camp in Spain between 9-15 July and the Maunsell Cup final against Kettering Town at Latimer Park on Saturday, 22 July.

Man dies following A43 junction crash

Police say a 50-year-old man has died following a crash in Corby yesterday.

The local man, who has not yet been named, was driving a blue Ford Focus which collided with a red and white Scania lorry at the junction of the A43 and Geddington Road at about 07:15.

Geddington Road junction of the A43 in Corby
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Woman dies after A605 crash

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A woman has died following yesterday morning's crash on the A605 at Elton, near Peterborough, say police.

Josephine Booth, 82, from Church Street, Nassington, was driving a car that crashed with a lorry at the junction with the B671.

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She was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge but later died. The driver of the lorry was not hurt.

She is the third person killed on the road in a week after a pair died in a crash at the weekend.

Video: Forecast of sunshine and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a damp and grey start to the day, with some showers still to clear across the BBC East region.

We can expect sunny spells later, with showers - these could be heavy in places, with the chance of thunder.

Top temperature: 19C (66F).

As for the weekend - tomorrow's looking mostly dry and warm. After a wet start to Sunday, there'll be sunny spells and showers through the afternoon.

BBC Weather has a local forecast for where you live.

Good morning

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Friday, 12 May.

We'll be here until 18:00 keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, sport, weather and travel as it happens.

Don't forget that you can get in touch with the team by emailTwitter and Facebook.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, around J15A for A43.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 northbound around J15a, A43 (Northampton Services), because of an accident involving lorry and a car.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident involving A Lorry.

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 J17 for M45 Dunchurch and J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Our live coverage across the day

That's it from the team today until regular live updates resume at 08:00 on Friday.

We'll leave you with this picture from a BBC Weather Watcher:

Flowers in a garden in Great Billing
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Overnight weather: Turning cloudy with the risk of some heavy rain

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A fine end to the day and a clear start to the night across the BBC East region.

Gradually turning cloudy from the south with the risk of some heavy and possibly thundery downpours.  Muggy, humid conditions will make it feel much milder than last night, with lows of 8C (46F).

Friday's weather map
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Friday morning will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain, some heavy, possibly thundery.

Becoming brighter but turning showery later in the day, with the odd heavy downpour.

Top temperature: 19C (66F).

Get a full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

In pictures: A605 crash

The A605 remains closed between Warmington and Peterborough after an accident between a lorry and a car this morning. 

One person has been seriously hurt and has been airlifted to hospital. 

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A605 crash: One person airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

We've just had an update from the ambulance service on the condition of two people hurt in a road accident on the A605 in Elton this morning... 

They say that one person with life-threatening injuries has been airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital for further treatment. 

A second patient, with an arm injury, did not need transport to hospital.

The road between Warmingdon and the B671 at Elton remains closed. 

A605 accident
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It's the same stretch of road where two people were killed in the early hours of Sunday morning.

'I believed that everybody in my life would be better off if I was dead'

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

As part of Metnal Health Awareness Week, I've been speaking to the former Northampton Town captain Clarke Carlisle.

Refering to the statistic that one-in-four of us are touched by mental health problems, he said:

"If you're one of the three-in-four that hasn't suffered from a mental health issue, then it's still relevant for you to know your own journey, and take an interest in other people.

"You might be the person who directs that one-in-four towards vital services."

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In December 2014, Carlisle, who ended his playing career with the Cobbler tried to take his own life. He suffered serious injuries, but survived and, on leaving hospital, said he had been suffering from mental health issues.  

"I genuinely believed at that point that everybody in my life would be better off if I was dead," he said.

"The notion to kill myself was not an escape, it was the logical answer to what was going on. That's what happens when you let depression take such a grip of you."

If you feel you need to turn to someone to talk to for your own sake, or if you're worried about someone else, you can call Samaritans in total confidence. Their number is 116 123. 

'One of the hardest things for any adult to get is time to themselves'

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

15 years ago, Clarke Carlisle was awarded the title of "Britain's Brainiest Footballer" in a TV game show. 

He was chairman of the management committee of the player's union, the Professional Footballers' Association. In the latter part of his playing days, he played for and captained Northampton Town. 

On the morning of 22 December 2014, Carlisle tried to take his own life. He suffered cuts, bruises, internal bleeding, a broken rib and a shattered left knee, but after leaving hospital he stated publicly that he had suffered from mental health issues and that he had attempted to kill himself. 

Clarke Carlisle
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Three years before that Gary Speed, then manager of Wales, was found hanging at home, although the coroner said she could not conclude he definitely intenced to kill himself.

In the last few weeks the former England international Aaron Lennon was detained under the Mental Health Act over concerns for his welfare. 

Such issues don't just affect footballers of course.

The most popularly quoted statistic is that one in four of us will suffer a mental health problem at some point in our lives. This is Mental Health Awareness Week, and I've been talking to Clark Carlisle about what he went through and the importance of paying attention to our mental health. 

He told me that "one of the hardest things for any adult to get is time to themselves," and began by telling me that the one-in-four figure can be misleading...

Ex-Cobbler Clarke Carlisle talks to Stuart Linnell about Mental Health Awareness Week.

Criticism over delays to electrify the length of railway line

The latest stage of work in the electrification of the Midland Mainline which serves Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough takes place this weekend.

On Sunday, Northamptonshire's Lord-Lieutenant David Laing will unveil a plaque at Kettering railway station marking 160 years since the arrival of the railway in the town. 

Work on the line from Bedford to Corby is due to be complete by 2019, but there's criticism over a lack of plans to do the same on the stretch from Northamptonshire to Sheffield.

"We need the whole programme committed, even if it's over a longer time," said Christopher Groome from the Kettering Rail Users' Group.

A passenger train travelling along the Midland Mainline
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"The first thing is to upgrade the line and secondly to put the electrification in.

"The programme that was originally devised was going to do that."

In 2013, a five-year plan was announced to electrify the route from London to Sheffield through the east midlands. It was "paused" in June 2015, but resumed later that year.

Ariadne Tampion, chair of the East Midland Rail Future group, added that it seems "perverse" that the controversial new high-speed rail network known as HS2 is going ahead while there is still diesel power on the Midland Mainline. 

The BBC approached Network Rail for comment, but due to next month's general election they said they were unable to comment.

Ambulance service treating two people at scene of A605 crash

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The East of England Ambulance service is still at the scene of the accident on the A605 at Elton and have told me they're currently treating two patients. 

They were called at 10:21.

They've sent a rapid response vehicle, ambulance crew, ambulance officer and the Magpas air ambulance has been dispatched. 

The road remains closed between Peterborough and Warmington. 

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One person seriously injured after crash near Peterborough

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire Police believe one person has suffered serious injuries after a two-vehicle accident on the A605 at Elton this morning. 

They say they were called at 10:20, to a collision between a car and a lorry. 

Air ambulance and the fire service are at the scene. 

Accident on A605
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The road is currently closed between Warmington and Haddon and drivers are being advised to avoid the area.

BreakingA605 closed again, just days after fatal accident

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The A605 near Peterborough has been closed again this morning after an accident. 

The road was closed on Sunday after two people were killed in the early hours.

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Pre-season starts here?

Northampton Town's League One season finished less than a fortnight ago, but judging from this picture on the club's Instagram feed preparations for 2017-18 are beginning in earnest.

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Striker Leon Lobjoit signed on a two-year deal from non-league side Buckingham Town in March and is pictured being put through his paces in the sunshine at Sixfields.

Meanwhile, in other Cobblers news, centre-back Lewin Nyatanga, who spent last season on-loan at Justin Edinburgh's side has been released by his parent club Barnsley.

Severe accident: A605 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A605 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between B671 and Peterborough Road.

A605 Cambridgeshire - A605 in Elton closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B671 junction and the Peterborough Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

Sport: Ripley disappointed as Northants exit One-Day cup

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire's hopes of reaching the knock-out stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup came to an end with a heavy defeat against Yorkshire yesterday. 

The county lost by 164 runs at Wantage Road - bowled out for just 136 in reply to the visitors' 300-6, as Gary Ballance (pictured) made 152 not out.

Gary Ballance, Yorkshire County CC
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The result was Northamptonshire's fourth-heaviest defeat in terms of runs in 54 years of one-day cricket.

"It's been story of our competition," said disappointed Northants head coach David Ripley.

"We've good patches of play, but we haven't been consistent, and when we've been bad - actually - we've been pretty bad."

Despite their elimination, Northamptonshire still have two games left to play in the 50-over competition.

They are away to Leicestershire tomorrow, then home to Nottinghamshire on Tuesday.

Churchyard sex attack: Man charged

We've just heard that a man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in Northampton on Monday, is to appear at Northampton Magistrates' Court today.

The 53-year-old, who's from the town, has been charged with rape following an alleged sexual assault in St Giles’ Churchyard shortly before 20:30 on Monday, 8 May.   

St Giles' Church
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