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  1. Updates on Friday, 19 May 2017
  2. Disruption on trains at Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough
  3. Northampton General Hospital unveils Abington Park mural
  4. Rockingham Horse Trials get under way

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By Kris Holland

All times stated are UK

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Well, that's the end of another week here on the Local Live news feed for Northamptonshire.

The team won't be here this weekend, but we will be back on Monday morning bringing you more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00.

Have a good weekend.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire both ways severe disruption, at J15 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic at J15, A45 (Northampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire

Here's some of the other stories that are being reported in Northamptonshire today:

  • ITV News reports on a teenage carer from Northampton who has been presented with a special award from Prince William and Harry
  • Preparations to build a new deck above a Kettering General Hospital car park start this weekend and will see it shut on Saturday, reports the Northamptonshire Telegraph
  • Finally, the headteacher of a Northamptonshire primary school was treated to a surprise assembly, presents and cake after serving the 82-pupil school for 25 years, writes the Daventry Express

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J15 for A45 and J15A for A43.

M1 Northamptonshire - Lane blocked and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J15a, A43 (Northampton Services), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

Police name Corby crash victim

A man who died after a car crashed with a lorry on the A43 in Corby has been named.

Stephen Patrick Doudie, 50, of Beanfield Avenue, was at the wheel of a Ford Focus that struck a Scania lorry near the Geddington Road junction on 11 May.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to the crash to come forward.

Corby Geddington Road junction on A43

Overnight weather: Further showers but some clear spells too

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening and overnight we'll see a mixture of showers and clear spells, with mainly light winds.

Temperatures will drop to about 7C (45F).

Overnight weather map

There'll be a chilly start to the day on Saturday, with a few overnight showers lingering, but many parts will start dry with some sunshine.

More showers will eventually push in from the south-west, some of which could be heavy and thundery.

Highs of about 16C (61F).

Sunday should be largely dry, and feel a bit warmer.

Pedalo challenge for Wellingborough man

A Wellingborough man and his brother-in-law are travelling from Birmingham to London on the Grand Union Canal... by pedalo.

"We're doing this in memory of my son Freddie," Luke Barker told BBC Radio Northampton.

Luke Barker (right) from Wellingborough, and his brother-in-law Russ Palmer are taking on the challenge for two charities with a common cause

"He was stillborn. We're raising money for two charities which really helped us - Sands UK and Children are Butterflies."

Both charities work to research and prevent stillbirths and neonatal deaths, as well as offering emotional and financial support for bereaved parents.

Luke and his brother-in-law have raised £1,700 of their £5,000 fundraising target and began their journey today. They aim to finish in London in 10 days' time.

The attempt follows on from other charitable challenges the pair have taken on for the same causes, including the Great North Run and cycling from John O'Groats to Lands End.

"We wanted to do our next challenge on a canal, and we didn't want to cycle it so we decided on a pedalo," said Mr Barker.

"It's a standard pedalo that you'd see on the beach - the cheapest one we could find on eBay!"

Rail disruption: Services returning to normal

It was not a good morning to be a rail commuter in Corby, Kettering or Wellingborough...


A signalling fault between Harpenden and Luton saw East Midlands trains cancelled, with lines blocked.

The problem was fixed earlier this morning, but things have took a while to get back to normal.

Passengers were asked to find alternative routes, with tickets accepted on West Coast Mainline services, including at Northampton train station.

However, East Midlands services are now running to schedule.

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Delays on the Thameslink service, which uses the same line, are anticipated to continue until at least 16:00.

Cobblers' defender McDonald signs for Coventry

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town defender Rod McDonald has joined Coventry City for an undisclosed fee.

Rod McDonald
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The 25-year-old made 29 starts for the Cobblers in his two-year stay and was part of the side that won the League Two title in 2016.

"Rod has found first-team opportunities limited," said Northampton manager Justin Edinburgh.

"We were honest with Rod at the end of the season. We said that because he hadn't played as much first-team football as he would have liked he was available to move to another club.

"We are working hard to improve the squad over the summer and we believe it is in the best interests of all parties that Rod makes this move. We wish Rod every success in his future career."

Mural of local park at hospital to help dementia sufferers

Northampton General Hospital has unveiled a new 30m (98ft) long mural of Abington Park to help recall memories for dementia patients.

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It's based in the elderly care centre at the hospital and also features park benches and sounds recorded in the park.

"We felt it was something that would be familiar to our older people," said Jill Garett, dementia liaison nurse at the hospital.

"A lot of people that we have in hospital have dementia or memory problems. We found having something familiar, where they can sit with family or maybe a member of staff and actually look at that [could help] bring back those memories.

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"It's not just about talking about things. It's a visual thing, with sounds of church bells, birds singing and children. It's very therapeutic."

Afternoon weather: Patchy rain

About 10 days ago we were reporting the UK had experienced its driest winter in more than 20 years.

There were even some concerns about a possible hosepipe ban...

Was it something we said?

Northamptonshire saw a real downpour on Wednesday - and after a fairly dry Thursday, the wet weather has returned.

This was the soggy scene at All Saints' Church in Northampton town centre earlier...

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The rain is expected to slow but there will still be some patchy drizzle this afternoon, although brighter spells are possible too.

However, heavy showers could develop for a time into the evening.

Highs of 13C, that's 55F.


BBC Weather has more where you live.

Local boxer turns professional, announces debut bout

A female boxer from Northampton has turned professional with boxing promoter and former world champion Barry McGuigan.

Chantelle Cameron got into the sport at a club in Far Cotton having also taken part in kickboxing and Thai boxing.

The 26-year-old enjoyed a successful career as an amateur, narrowly missing out on qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

She'll make her professional debut a week today in Cardiff against Poland's Kristina Polovikin - featuring on the same billing as flyweight champion Andrew Selby.

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Rockingham 'a beautiful place', says Badminton Horse Trials champion Nicholson

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

One of the biggest events on the equestrian calendar in the UK starts today.

The Rockingham International Horse Trials are in their fifth year, having moved from their previous home of Brigstock.

British number one Oliver Townend and the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall are among those competing at Rockingham Great Park.

And they're joined by newly-crowned Badminton Horse Trials champion Andrew Nicholson, from New Zealand.

"It's beautiful place here," Nicholson told me. "They do a very good job of running it."

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Nicholson was fortunate not to have been paralysed after a fall in 2015 that required eight hours of surgery on his neck.

He's in Rockingham with horses competing in the one star international eventing competition - the lowest level of international events in the sport - and two horses in the next level up.

"It's good to come to a place like this with young horses and give them more of an experience of an international competition rather than a national one," he said.

"For example, simple things like the dressage arenas have a lot of flowers and decorations around them which is what you get on the continent.

"It's good for learning and educating them for the big stuff in a few years' time."

Events at Rockingham take place until Sunday with 4,000 spectators expected over the weekend.

Rockingham International Horse Trials: Events begin today

The Rockingham International Horse Trials get under way today, with events taking place until 21 May.

It's one of the most important events of the year on the equestrian calendar. More than 4,000 spectators are due to attend, with hundreds of horses and riders from around the world taking part at Rockingham Great Park, near Corby.

The event features show jumping, dressage and a range of other events.

"We get all the top riders here," said Hillary Manners from the event.

Rockingham horse trial

"We have the British number one Oliver Townend, Zara Tindall is here. Everyone is here, it's a beautiful place, it's a fantastic cross country course. You can't beat it."

It's the fifth time that the event has been held at the venue, which was previously hosted at nearby Brigstock.

"We spend the whole year worrying about it," Andrew Norman from the Rockingham Castle Estate told BBC Radio Northampton's breakfast programme.

"How can we improve it, tweak it. We wonder if it will ever happen then it sort of miraculously appears out of the ground."

General election 2017: Put your concerns to the candidates

BBC Radio Northampton have been spending the last few days heading out to market places across Northamptonshire, asking people if they have questions or concerns they'd like to raise in the run-up to June's general election.

Despite the rain, the team are live from Brackley this morning. If you're out and about in the town, why not pop across for a natter.

Brackley market

You can fill out one of the election postcards with your question, which will then be answered by the BBC Reality Check team and candidates at debates.

If you'd like to get involved then pop down before 12:30. The team will then be on Rothwell Market Place on Monday morning from 09:30.

Wembley goes claret and white for 10th anniversary

If you know a Northampton Town fan, they might like this...

To mark 10 years since it reopened, Wembley Stadium has lit up its iconic arch in the colours of each of the 166 teams who have played there since 2007.

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The Cobblers have played once at 'new' Wembley - in the 2013 League Two play-off final - but it wasn't an occasion many fans will think too fondly of, as they saw their team lose 3-0 to Bradford City.

Weather: Wet and windy

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today will see plenty of cloud with outbreaks of rain and it will turn more showery in the afternoon. Some brighter intervals may develop later.

It will be rather breezy, although winds will ease through the afternoon.

Watch my full forecast below...

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Rail disruption: Signalling fixed but disruption will continue

There has been major disruption to rail services out of Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough this morning.

It's after a signalling fault between Luton and Harpenden left lines blocked heading to and from London.

The problem has now been fixed, but Network Rail says services won't be getting back to normal until about 13:00.

If you're travelling on the Midland Mainline then the advice is to find an alternative route, with tickets for East Midlands Trains services being accepted on the West Coast Mainline services, including at Northampton train station. A rail replacement is in operation to ease delays.

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Good morning

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Friday, 19 May.

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

Unfortunately it's not a good morning if you're travelling on the Midland Mainline. A signalling fault in Bedfordshire is causing havoc; we'll tell you more shortly.

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

Our live coverage across the day

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Regular updates have now finished for the day, but breaking news will still appear here overnight.

Scroll down for today's highlights which have included a look at a Northampton town centre pub which is in danger of losing its 06:00 closing time.

Join us for more from 08:00 on Friday...

Late-night activity near troubled Northampton pub is "so, so dangerous"

A shopkeeper says the area around a Northampton pub which faces a review of its late-night licence is "dangerous" at night.

The Bantam - which is open on Friday and Saturday nights until 06:00 the following morning - has a history of trouble.

"This street goes so, so dangerous at night after 03:00," said Manoj Shukla who runs a shop opposite the Abington Square venue.

"I believe that after 02:00 when everything else is shut... everyone knows that this pub is open until 06:00 in the morning.

"People come from Daventry and other places. They're not checking who is drinking more or less, they are just letting people in to have a business and that makes the situation worse."

Man charged over Northampton pub stabbing

Earlier we told you how a Northampton pub was facing a battle to retain its late-night licence after a man was stabbed there on 1 April and left needing surgery.

The Bantam, Northampton

The victim was stabbed twice, once in the chest and once in the back, which meant he sustained a punctured lung and required surgery, including a chest drain.

A 22-year-old man from Northampton has been charged with GBH and he's awaiting trial later this year.

Between 30 September and 5 February, there were 19 reported thefts or acts of violence at The Bantam - which is open on Friday and Saturday nights until 06:00 the following morning.

Police want the Licensing Sub-Comittee on Northampton Borough Council to limit the pub closing time to no later than 03:00, have a new CCTV system installed and at least three bouncers on the door at peak times.

The committee will look at the licence on Tuesday.

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells

A pleasant afternoon of sunshine continues, and it'll stay mainly dry with just a few isolated showers.

Highs of 16C (62F).


BBC Weather has more detailed local forecasts for where you are.

In pictures: Raccoon on a rampage

Yesterday we told you about a wily raccoon that went on something of a rampage around a family's home after finding its way inside through a catflap.

Marek Chapanionek initially thought the intruder was a cat, but soon realised the unusual visitor was a more exotic species - and he's just sent us a few more pictures...

Marek Chapanionek
Marek Chapanionek
Marek Chapanionek

The critter stole a cereal bar from his wife's handbag before running upstairs and opening a chest of drawers.

He eventually trapped the animal in a hallway, where it took a nap before the RSPCA arrived in the morning.

And in case you missed it yesterday, you can read more here.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season in full swing, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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Mamma m-eow! Stowaway kittens named after Abba members

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

A lorry driver travelling from Poland to the UK had a shock when he found four kittens hitching a ride in the back of his lorry..

The kittens, who are believed to be just two weeks old, travelled over 1,000 miles through Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France before being found at the truck's destination in Northampton yesterday.

Following their European odyssey, the animals - who are being cared for by the Northamptonshire branch of the RSPCA - have been named Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid after pop legends ABBA.

RSPCA Northamptonshire kittens
Does your moggie know? Björn, Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid have been named after Eurovision winners ABBA

“These kittens are lucky to be alive having travelled so far with no food in the back of a cold lorry," said RSPCA Northamptonshire's animal welfare manager Dawn Smith.

"Our biggest concern right now is ensuring they pull through as - at only two weeks old - they’re very young to be away from their mum."

The Northamptonshire branch say they will hand-rear the kittens over the next seven weeks or until they are ready for adoption.

The RSPCA said the no mother had been found with the kittens.

Travellers in Daventry asked to move on, again

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

A group of travellers have been told to leave The Inlands in Daventry by today.

It's the third time they have been asked to move on in little over a week, after the small group of caravans left The Hollows - a small park near the town centre - last week, before moving on to the Eastern Way playing fields.

Piles of rubbish and empty gas cylinders have been left at each site.

Wooden stumps along the perimeter of The Inlands have been removed and muddy wheel tracks are visible.

The Inlands, Daventry

It's believed the travellers came to Daventry two and a half weeks ago to attend a wedding, which I'm told took place last night.

They've been given notice to leave by the County Traveller Unit within 24 hours. If they don't, a court eviction order could follow.

Victim was left 'needing surgery' after attack at Northampton pub

A man was stabbed and left needing surgery" following an alleged attack at a Northampton pub, which is facing a review of its late-night licence, say police.

The Bantam - which is open on Friday and Saturday nights until 06:00 the following morning - has a history of trouble.

Bantam, Northampton

And in an application to Northampton Borough Council, PC Chris Stevens states: “The most recent incident that has caused this review to be triggered was a stabbing which took place on 1 April, 2017 at about 05:40.

“In the lead-up to the incident, the victim reported that the group involved were inside and had caused five to six fights throughout the course of the night.

"The victim was stabbed twice, once in the chest and once in the back, this has led to him sustaining a punctured lung and needing surgery, including a chest drain.”

The incident follows the report of 19 thefts or acts of violence at the premises between 30 September and 5 February.

Police want the Licensing Sub-Comittee on Northampton Borough Council to make the pub close no later than 03:00, have a new CCTV system installed and at least three bouncers on the door at peak times when they meet to review The Bantam's licence on Tuesday.

Application for the review of a premises licence at Bantam Pub Northampton

Responding to an action plan outlined by PC Stevens on 21 February, Ciaran Shanahan of the Trust Inns - premises licence holders of The Bantam - noted:

"With regards to incident reporting, the majority of incidents have been recorded in our register - ‘the majority’ obviously not being good enough as all incidents should be recorded.

"Also it is agreed that although the main basics had been inputted, the amount of detail in the reports needed to be improved upon."

Profits up at Wellingborough-based wholesaler


Wellingborough-based wholesaler Booker, which is being bought by Tesco for £3.7bn, has reported a 15% rise in annual profit to £174m for the year to 24 March, following higher sales for its catering and retail supply businesses.

The group supplies the Budgens, Londis, Happy Shopper and Premier convenience stores, as well as restaurant chains such as Wagamama and Carluccio's, and also operates the cash-and-carry business Makro.

Booker says it is "continuing to assist the UK competition authorities in their ongoing consideration of the merger", which is expected to complete in late this year or early 2018 subject to shareholder approval.

Northampton pub faces late-night licence review

Police have asked for the late-night licence of a Northampton pub to be reviewed.

Bantam, Northampton

They say The Bantam on Abington Square in the town centre - which is open on Friday and Saturday nights until 06:00 the following mornings - has a history of trouble.

Those complaints include reports of 19 thefts or acts of violence between October and February, and someone was allegedly stabbed there on 1 April.

Officers want the pub to close no later than 03:00, a new CCTV system installed and a minimum of three bouncers on the door at peak times.

The Licensing Sub-Committee on Northampton Borough Council will meet to review the licence on Tuesday, 23 May.

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Weather: Bright spells with rain later

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

A much better day than yesterday, although cloud and showers are lingering in the east.

Sunnier spells inland, with temperatures reaching a high of 18C (64F).

It's downhill overnight with a band of rain pushing in from the south, heavy at times.

BBC Weather has a local forecast for where you live.

Good morning

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Thursday, 18 May.

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

After Wednesday's heavy downpour, there's some early sunshine about in Northampton town centre; we'll take a look at the regional forecast shortly.

And remember that you can get in touch with the team by email, Twitter and Facebook.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between Watford Gap Services and J16 for A45 affecting J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between Watford Gap Services and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an accident involving two cars. Congestion to J17, M45 (Dunchurch).

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

An inquest has ruled David Brickwood was "unlawfully killed" - his son Dale speaks out.
An inquest ruled scrap metal dealer David Brickwood was 'unlawfully killed' as he lay in bed.

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, between J11 for A361 and J12 for B4451.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M40 northbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of an accident.

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


Stuart Bailey

BBC News

That's the end of our Northamptonshire Local Live news feed for another day.

You can, of course, scroll back to read anything you might have missed.

Any breaking stories will appear here overnight. Otherwise, we'll be back with regular news, sport, weather and travel updates tomorrow morning from 08:00.

Have a great evening and try to stay dry out there!