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  1. Updates on Friday, 26 May 2017
  2. Kettering General Hospital 'fiddled' waiting time records
  3. Police arrest two on suspicion of murder after fatal crash in Northampton
  4. Survey commissioned for Northampton Castle site
  5. Northamptonshire's cricketers in County Championship Division Two action
  6. Northampton boxer Chantelle Cameron to make professional debut later

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By Kris Holland

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Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Thanks for joining us as we come to the end of another week on BBC Local Live: Northamptonshire.

We return on Tuesday with regular updates.

Have a great bank holiday weekend, and don't forget you can tune in to BBC Radio Northampton's live commentary from Franklin's Gardens for the Saints v Stade Francais clash, which is one of the many things you can read about if you scroll down this page...

Weekend weather: Hot and humid

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

It's set to be a beautiful evening across the BBC East region, with fine and dry weather and clear skies, though it could feel muggy overnight. Some sea mist and fog may move in along the Norfolk coast for a few hours.

Weather map

Tomorrow is going to be another dry and sunny one, feeling hot and humid. Cloud will increase from the west and bring the risk of a few isolated heavy showers or thunderstorms during the afternoon, although many places will remain completely dry.

Moderate southeasterly winds, becoming light southwesterly by the end of the day.

Highs of 28C (82F).

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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Teaching assistant jailed for child sex offences

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A former teaching assistant at a school in Corby has been jailed for three years after admitting 15 sexual offences against children as young as 13.

Northampton Crown Court heard that Stuart Baker, 40, who used to work at Corby Business Academy, used a fake Facebook profile to pose as a 14-year-old girl and befriend teenage boys.

Stuart Baker
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He persuaded five of them to send him explicit photos of themselves over a period of about 18 months.

Baker had previously pleaded guilty to 10 charges of inciting children to engage in sexual activity and a further five relating to the making and distribution of indecent images of children.

Judge Timothy Smith said: "A significant amount of planning had gone into this deception. You exploited these boys. This was a breach of trust as a high level teaching assistant."

The court was told that it had caused his victims psychological harm.

Baker was also banned from working with children and put on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

Trespassing raccoon 'friendly and inquisitive'

A raccoon, which was found in a house in Northampton after getting in through the cat flap earlier this month, is settling in to his new RSPCA home.

The animal charity believes he was an abandoned pet and it has produced a video of him at its Stapeley Grange centre in Cheshire which you can watch by clicking here.


The charity said he will be rehoused in a more specialised facilities once he is neutered and vaccinated.

Lee Stewart, Stapeley Grange manager, said: "We must stress that raccoons really don't make good pets.

"They are wild animals and we would strongly discourage people from buying or keeping one.

"They are nocturnal and need a great deal of space so their needs cannot be met in a typical domestic environment."

Game 'slipping away' from Northants

Worcestershire 76-0 (14.1 overs) v Northamptonshire 238

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Wantage Rd
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It's not an exaggeration to say that this game is already slipping away from Northamptonshire.

A poor effort with the bat has been followed by a moderate start with the ball and Worcestershire have rattled along at five-and-a-half an over.

There is definitely a bit of swing available but Northants haven't found a good enough area so far to create any opportunties.

Worcestershire will be delighted and have Daryl Mitchell and Brett D'Oliveria resuming their alliance that added a mere 243 last time out at Derby.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A45 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - Heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down car. In the roadworks area.

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Saints v Stade: Team news as Wood returns as captain

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England back row Tom Wood returns to captain Northampton in the Saints' only change for tonight's Champions Cup play-off against Stade Francais.

The 30-year-old, who missed the play-off semi-final win over Connacht with a back injury picked up against Harlequins earlier this month, replaces Jamie Gibson at open-side flanker.

He is joined in the back row by Louis Picamoles and Teimana Harrison.

Captain Sergio Parisse will miss the match for Stade Francais.

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Wood took over the captaincy from Lee Dickson, who is on the bench for Saints tonight

However, the French team are strengthened by the return of Australian scrum-half Will Genia.

France international Jules Plisson is preferred to Springbok rival Morne Steyn at fly-half, while prop Rabah Slimani is on the bench.

South African Jonathan Ross, who will join Sale at the start of next season, comes in to replace Parisse at number eight.

Victory will assure Northampton of a ninth successive season of top-flight European rugby.

Saints finished bottom of their pool, behind Leinster, Montpellier and Castres this campaign.

Cobblers' Wembley win remembered in special programme

Wednesday marked 20 years since Northampton Town Football Club beat Swansea City 1-0 in the Division Three (now League Two) play-off final.

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John Frain's 93rd minute free-kick helped the Cobblers cap their centenary season with promotion in front of over 32,000 of their supporters under Wembley's twin towers.

Tonight from 18:00, BBC Radio Northampton presents a special programme with memories of the day from former manager Ian Atkins and captain Ray Warburton.

Several of the players, including Frain, will also feature on the show, along with the BBC Radio Northampton commentators that day, Mike Sewell and Tim Oglethorpe.

Northampton Saints prepare for Champions Cup showdown

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints are in the second chance saloon as they take on French club Stade Francais in the European Rugby Champions Cup play-off final at Franklin's Gardens tonight.

Both clubs missed out on automatic qualification after they finished outside the top six in their respective domestic leagues.

Saints finished the Premiership season in seventh, and beat Irish club Connacht 21-15 in Saturday's play-off semi-final.

"We've got one more game now and it's going to be difficult," said Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

"We know where we are at. This is it. It's a big game, against a big team and they have got some class acts. But so have we - and the players are really looking forward to that competition."

The green, black & gold - European champions in 2000 - have competed in eight successive seasons of top-flight European rugby, but finished bottom of their pool, behind Leinster, Montpellier and Castres this campaign.

There will be increased security at Franklin's Gardens after the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday.

This was the scene at the Gardens earlier this afternoon, bathed in sunshine...

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BBC Radio Northampton has full commentary of the match, which kicks-off at 19:45, with build-up from 19:00 available here (UK Only).

Severe accident: A508 Northamptonshire eastbound

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A508 Northamptonshire eastbound severe accident, between Commercial Street and St John's Street affecting A5123 Towcester Road.

A508 Northamptonshire - A508 Bridge Street in Northampton blocked and queuing traffic eastbound between the Commercial Street junction and the St John's Street junction, because of an accident involving lorry and car. In the roadworks area. Congestion to Gas Street Roundabout and to the Greyfriars junction.

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Northants 'haven't helped themselves'

Northamptonshire 216-8 v Worcestershire (58.5 overs)

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Wantage Rd
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There has been a bit in this wicket for the bowlers and Worcestershire were probably right to think their best chance of getting something out of it was to bowl first, but Northants have not helped themselves with a series of cheap dismissals.

You would expect Worcestershire to bat with more care - but you would also expect the Northants bowlers to go well with a first-choice attack back fit here.

They would have liked a few more to bowl at than this but Graeme White and Nathan Buck have at least brought up a batting point with a half-century stand - the first of the innings - for the ninth wicket.

Manchester attack: Wellingborough to hold vigil for victims

A vigil for the victims of the Manchester bombing will be held in Wellingborough tonight.

The event has been organised by the town's Inter Faith Group, and take place from 18:00 in the town centre, opposite the Hind Hotel on Sheep Street.

hind hotel in wellingborough

The organisers say they're keen to invite people of all faiths and none to come together to show solidarity with those suffering in Manchester.

Mohiuddin Choudhury, from the Shahjalal Jame Masjid mosque, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families at this time.

"This is a horrific and criminal attack on innocent human life.

"We want the perpetrators to face the toughest justice of the land and in the thereafter.

"We pay tribute to our police force, other emergency services (such as fire services, ambulance services, doctors, and nurses) and those who played such important roles to save people’s lives and rushed to assist survivors and their families."

Twenty two people, including a number of children, died in Monday's suicide attack at Manchester Arena.

Weather Watchers: Your view of Northamptonshire's sunshine

Please don't hold me accountable if the weather turns over the weekend - but it feels like summer has arrived.

Here are some of the best shots of the day from our BBC Weather Watchers, taken around the county...

Roade garden
Great Doddington
Guildhall Road, Northampton
Patient 'suffered' operation delay after hospital error
A Corby man tells us how he had to wait over a year for a prostate operation.

'Worcestershire's decision justified'

Northants 95-4 (29 overs) v Worcestershire

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

A very strange morning here. Glorious weather but Worcestershire clearly saw something in the wicket that was enough persuasion to bowl first and by the way the second hour of the morning has played out, they are fully justified.

There has been plenty happening for the bowlers and Jack Shantry has just got one to leap on Richard Levi that he edged to slip.

Rob Keogh also fell to a good delivery from Ed Barnard and coupled with the poor strokes of Max Holden and Ben Duckett, it's not been the best of starts for Northants here.

Wantage Road
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'Garry' on early for Worcestershire

Northants 22-1 v Worcestershire

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Perfect day for cricket here in Northampton in what is a big game between a Worcestershire side who have won three from three so far this season and Northamptonshire who are two from three - their only defeat was at Worcester, and that just by 20 runs.

Perhaps surprisingly on such a gorgeous day, Worcestershire did not contest the toss and are in the field.

They may think that if there is anything available from what can often be a fairly benign surface at Wantage Road, it'll be first thing. But they've given a early bowl to Australian off-spnner Nathan 'Garry' Lyon, who is bowling to Ben Duckett and Alex Wakely.

Wantage Rd
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Police arrest two on suspicion of murder after fatal crash in Northampton

Yesterday we told you that a Northampton man had died, after a collision involving the motorbike he was riding and a car.

Kingsthorpe junction

Stuart Hutchings, 22, of Southfields, died at University Hospital, Coventry on Wednesday, having sustained head injuries on Eastern Avenue North in Kingsthorpe - close to the junction with Eastern Close - at about 20:30 on Thursday, 18 May.

Now, police say that a 25-year-old man and a 28-year-old man, both from the Daventry area, are being questioned by detectives on suspicion of murder in connection with the collision.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses who saw the collision or either of the vehicles involved - a white motocross bike and a red Ford Fiesta.

Mercedes' Hamilton eighth, Vettel quickest, in Monaco

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Bahrain

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set an impressive pace in second practice at the Monaco Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton - driving for Brackley-based Mercedes - ended the session eighth.

Formula 1 car in Monaco
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Championship leader Vettel was 0.487 seconds quicker than Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, with Stevenage's Hamilton more than a second off the pace.

Hamilton was top in the first session, but Mercedes were less competitive later, a concern for the weekend.

Final practice and qualifying in Monte Carlo takes place from 09:55 on Saturday, with the race at 13:00 on Sunday.

As ever, there'll be full coverage available on the BBC Sport website.

Survey commissioned for Northampton Castle site

Willy Gilder

BBC Radio Northampton

Archaeologists are trying to establish where Northampton Castle was built, after Northampton Borough Council commissioned a survey of the site.

Built in the 11th Century, the castle was situated on part of the current train station site and Parliament sometimes sat there between 1131 and 1380.

Castle dig
Medieval relics, believed to be linked to the castle, have been unearthed in previous digs, including during the redevelopment of the Northampton train station in 2014

The English Civil War (1642-1651) and a fire left it largely derelict by the end of the 17th Century, before part of the site was bought by London & North West Railway in 1852.

Experts believe many of the remains were destroyed over time as the railway developed.

An area presumed to encompass the north gate and part of the northern barbican (the outer defence - often a double tower above a gate or drawbridge) was surveyed by technicians from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) at the beginning of the week.

"The events that took place there will always be an important part of our history, so it’s wonderful to have a chance to explore that heritage further." said councillor Tim Hadland.

"The results of the survey should provide us with a rough map of what may still lie beneath the surface.

"This will be very valuable for interpreting the layout of the castle for future generations."

The work is being undertaken in tandem with the Friends of Northampton Castle.

Northampton Station
It's believed that Northampton Castle stood on the site which is occupied today by Northampton railway station

Dr Marie Dickie, chairwoman of the Friends group, said it was important that places don't lose touch with their history.

"It was hugely important," she said. "It was one of the castles that the barons, when they were at war with King John, were deeply determined to keep for themselves.

"They knew that, if they had Northampton Castle, they could keep the king under control. It was of big national significance."

It's hoped that the survey will outline the castle's footprint, with plans to help visualise how it may have looked.

Cricket: Preview of Northants v Worcestershire

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

You can hear ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

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Kettering General Hospital 'fiddled' waiting time records

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

Thousands of patients were removed from a hospital's waiting lists in a bid to "fiddle" the system, it has been claimed.

Kettering General Hospital

David Phelan, a hospital trust governor, said it was "apparent" to him that "a systematic fiddling of the waiting list figures was taking place," and claims patients were removed from lists because national targets were being missed.

The hospital admits there had been "anomalies" and that a thorough review of data had been carried out.

Weather: Sunny and warm

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It is going to be another sunny and warm day across Northamptonshire.

There's a possibility of some more cloud around this afternoon, but staying dry.

The expected high is 24C (75F).


Get the full forecast where you are, from BBC Weather.

Northampton boxer weighs in ahead of professional debut

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Last week we told you how a female boxer from Northampton had turned professional with boxing promoter and former world champion Barry McGuigan.

Chantelle Cameron, 26, got into the sport at a club in Far Cotton having also taken part in kickboxing and Thai boxing and had enjoyed a successful career as an amateur, narrowly missing out on qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

She makes her professional debut tonight at Cardiff Arena against Poland's Kristina Polovikin, and as this video shows, she's just completed the weigh-in for the lightweight division bout...

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The women's bout is on the undercard - the main attraction is the vacant British cruiserweight title fight featuring Cardiff’s undefeated Craig Kennedy and Blackpool’s former British and Commonwealth title challenger Matty Askin.

Good morning Northamptonshire

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Friday, 26 May.

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

It has been a glorious week of weather, but - as we move into the bank holiday weekend - will the sunshine be sticking around? The forecast is coming up.

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

Our live coverage across the day

That's it for another day here on the Local Live news feed for Northamptonshire.

We may have finished, but we'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday.

You can read all the days updates by scrolling down through this page.

Enjoy the rest of the sunshine.

Overnight weather: Not the most comfortable night for sleeping

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A warm and humid night in store, with temperatures remaining in the mid-teens in many areas.

Friday's weather map

Friday will again be hot with long spells of sunshine, continuing to feel humid, although it'll be cooler on the coast with an onshore breeze.

Highs of 26C (79F).

Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Plans to renovate historic house near Corby

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Plans have been submitted to renovate one of Corby's most historic houses.

East Carlton Hall, a Grade II listed building, was built in 1870 in the style of a French Chateau.

East Carlton Park

Originally a home to the Palmer family, it was later owned by the Stewarts and Lloyds steel makers. It sits alongside East Carlton Country Park.

The current owner, Dutch company LHM Rotterdam, says that over the years rain has penetrated the building, damaging the roof, internal ceilings, floors and walls.

Urgent repairs are required to prevent further decay, and an application has now been to submitted to Corby Borough Council to undertake the work.

The owners say that otherwise there will be further damage and deterioration.

Manchester attack: Video as Northamptonshire pauses for victims

At 11:00, people across the United Kingdom - including here in Northamptonshire - paused for a minute's silence to remember the victims of Monday's Manchester terror attack.

BBC Radio Northampton reporters were in Corby, Daventry and Northampton as the community came together...

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Cigar box owned by Nazi leader sells for £3,200 at auction

A silver cigar box that belonged to Nazi leader Hermann Goering has sold at auction for £3,200 - roughly three times more than its catalogue estimate of £800-1200.

The item was bought by an anonymous phone bidder at JP Humbert Auctioneers in Whittlebury as part of an "international militaria auction".

Goering's cigar box

The box was given to Goering for his 50th Birthday in 1943 by German Field Marshall Milch whose father was Jewish and thereby lived in Goring’s "protection" from persecution by the German state.

"These results show the continued fascination with high-ranking members of the Nazi Party and the excesses they indulged in," said auctioneer Jonathan Humbert.

"Many of these items have now been purchased by museums and private collectors and will continue to both fascinate and revile people in equal measure."

Hermann Goering
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Seven other Goering-related items also sold well above their estimates, totalling £9,300.

These included a large silver bowl presented to Goering by the German Hunting Association for £2,220, a silver desk set for £1,000 and an ivory letter opener given to Goering by the Japanese government c.1943 which sold for £680.

Goering committed suicide while awaiting execution for crimes against humanity following the Nuremburg trials after World War Two.

Local papers round-up: College complain to Ofsted, improved rating for NGH, Kettering town centre wins award

Here's a look at what else is making the news around Northamptonshire:

  • The Northampton Chronicle & Echo report that bosses at Northampton College have lodged a formal complaint after Ofsted downgraded their good rating to 'requires improvement' in their latest inspection
  • Elsewhere, NNBC has more on a story we brought you the other day about Northampton General Hospital has been given an improved rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • And the Northamptonshire Telegraph has news that Kettering town centre has retained an award for its evening economy

Northampton man, 22, dies a week after motorbike crash

A 22-year-old man from Northampton has died after a collision involving the motorbike he was riding and a car, police have confirmed.

Kingsthorpe junction

Stuart Hutchings, 22, of Southfields, died at University Hospital, Coventry yesterday, as a result of head injuries sustained in the collision which happened in Eastern Avenue North, Kingsthorpe, close to the junction with Eastern Close.

Police say Mr Hutchings' white motocross bike collided with a red Ford Fiesta at about 20:30 on Thursday, 18 May.

The two occupants of the Ford Fiesta were uninjured.

Police are appealing for witnesses who saw the collision or either of the vehicles involved prior to it.

Two road accidents cause delays for motorists

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

We've just received more information about two serious road accidents in Cambridgeshire.

Police say the A141 by RAF Wyton should reopen shortly after an accident between a motorbike and a car.

A woman has been airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious injuries.

There are also still long delays on the A1 northbound at Wittering after the police were called at about 12:05 to an accident involving two vehicles.

The East of England Ambulance Service says three patients were taken to Peterborough City Hospital with minor injuries.

The road remains partially blocked.

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Formula 1: Hamilton fastest in Monaco GP first practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Monaco

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton headed title rival Sebastian Vettel in first practice at the Monaco Grand Prix as Jenson Button finished 14th on his return to F1.

Hamilton, who drives for Brackley-based Mercedes, led Vettel's Ferrari by 0.196 seconds as Red Bull's Max Verstappen took third from the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton spent the first part of the session swapping fastest times with Bottas, but edged clear by 0.366 seconds.

Second practice in Monte Carlo is under way, and you can follow live text coverage here.

On this day: Saints lose 2013 Premiership final

It's four years to the day since Northampton Saints contested rugby union's Aviva Premiership final for the first time.

The Saints - who had their captain Dylan Hartley sent off for using abusive language - lost 37-17 to rivals Leicester Tigers at Twickenham on Saturday, 25 May, 2013...

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Northampton Saints
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There was a happier ending for Saints in the 2014 final, though, as they beat Saracens 24-20 to become English champions for the first time.

Severe accident: A510 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A510 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, at A14 J11.

A510 Northamptonshire - A510 blocked and slow traffic in both directions at Finedon, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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