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Summary

  1. Northamptonshire election results latest
  2. Conservatives hold all seven constituencies
  3. Kettering first seat to declare, with Philip Hollobone holding seat
  4. Peter Bone, Tom Pursglove, Andrea Leadsom and Chris Heaton-Harris all keep seats
  5. Michael Ellis clings on in Northampton North, with Andrew Lewer keeping Northampton South
  6. Conservative leader of Northamptonshire County Council describes 'bruising night'
  7. Corby UKIP candidate Sam Watts calls for other party bosses to follow Paul Nuttall in resigning

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By Orla Moore and Kris Holland

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J12 for B4451 and J11 for A361.

M40 Warwickshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M40 southbound between J12, B4451 (Gaydon) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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Goodnight Northamptonshire

That's it for live updates for Northamptonshire this weekend. Scroll down the feed to look back at any stories you may have missed.

We'll resume our live updates at 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Overnight weather: Misty in places with the chance of some light rain

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

There will be thicker cloud and outbreaks of light rain and drizzle spreading eastwards through this evening and overnight.

It'll turn misty in places, with light south to south-westerly winds.

Temperatures under clear skies initially dropping to about 9C (48F), but by the end of the night everywhere will have risen back into double figures.

Overnight weather map
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A grey and mild start to Saturday, with some patchy mist, rain and drizzle.

As the day goes on, drier and brighter conditions should gradually spread northwards.

Some northern parts of the region may hold on to some very patchy rain until late afternoon.

Temperatures will range from 15C (59F), where we keep the cloud, to 19C (66F) in the best of any sunshine.

Get a full forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

Northamptonshire Police launches new policing model

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Today I'm at Northamptonshire Police's shiny new £21m building near Kettering, where the force is launching a new way of working.

Northamptonshire Police HQ
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But before we go into that, here's what the new custody suite looks like.

Firstly, here's where you check-in...

Custody suites entrance
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Suspected offenders then walk along this corridor...

Custody suites
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Before arriving at their destination...

Inside a custody suite
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Chief Constable Simon Edens says this new "policing model" is based on "thorough research and in-depth analysis of the demand for our services".

So what does that mean?

More resources to investigate crime and protect the most vulnerable, says the force. However - this doesn't mean more officers, just them being deployed differently.

The new model also means separate teams - so neighbourhood officers will concentrate on community relations, while another team responds to 999 calls and a third team investigates crime.

There'll also be a team dedicated to tackling cyber crime, as well as a new domestic abuse prevention and investigation unit.

The changes are being made without extra funding - instead Northamptonshire Police is using its annual budget of nearly £116m differently.

Police and crime commissioner Stephen Mold says he believes the changes will improve the service the public receives.

You can see more with me on BBC Look East, at 18:30 on BBC One.

Rory Kleinveldt

Rory Kleinveldt has match figures of 13-98 as Northants throw the promotion race wide open with a 124-run win over Notts.

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Northants defeat Notts in County Championship

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Resuming on 107-3, Notts have been bowled out for just 189.

Gleeson did much of the damage, which means Northants' promotion hopes are still alive. They face Leicestershire next week.

Notts meanwhile need a maximum of 12 points to be promoted in their last game of the season against Sussex.

Patel & Read have a big task for Notts

Northants 194 & 270 v Notts 151 & 166-7 (60.2 overs)

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

What a fabulous morning for the final day's play at Wantage Road this season. Perfect weather and a vital fixture perfectly poised.

But it's Northamptonshire who have seized control of it, taking four wickets for 33 runs. Rory Kleinveldt extended his match haul to 13 wickets with two strikes around 30 minutes into play - and now has 50 Championship wickets for the season.

And Ben Sanderson finally struck after a luckless time so far in the game, with the huge wicket of Riki Wessels - so often Northants' nemesis - for just 4.

Samit Patel and Chris Read now have a big task to try and get Notts back into the game but it's still up for grabs here.

Wantage Road
BBC Sport

Strictly: 'Father Richard is just so normal'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The village of Finedon is getting ready to cheer on its vicar in BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

Rev Richard Coles and Dianne Buswell
BBC

Broadcaster, writer and former pop star Richard Coles is also the vicar of St Mary's Church and is one of 15 celebrities taking to the dance floor on Saturday night - with partner Dianne Buswell.

Villager Joan Cale said there's much excitement around.

"It's quite a different thing for Finedon to be facing and I think having seen the dance in church on Sunday, some people might have been a bit surprised to watch something like that, but everybody really enjoyed it," she said.

"It was nice for us to be the first audience to see it."

Meanwhile, Louise Lawrence said she thinks it will put the village on the map.

"Finedon really needs this," she said.

"It's just brilliant having him around and he's just so normal to us.

"My kids don't know him as anything more than Father Richard, so for them to see him on the telly is just fantastic."

Rev Richard Coles looks forward to Strictly

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

So, it's finally here - the first live show of the latest Strictly Come Dancing series will be on our screens this Saturday night.

Fifteen celebrities and their professional dancing partners will take to the floor on the BBC One show - and the vicar of St Mary's Church in Finedon will be one of them.

The Reverend Richard Coles and Dianne Buswell
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Rev Richard Coles - priest, broadcaster and former pop star - will be performing a Cha Cha Cha with partner Dianne Buswell to There Must Be An Angel by Eurythmics.

He said: "When they offered it [Strictly] to me I thought about it very carefully for about 1.2 seconds and then resolved that after reflection, yes I would like to do it.

"Of course I'd love to be part of Strictly - it ticks so many of my boxes and I've always enjoyed the show, so to be part of it is very exciting."

Cricket: Can Notts seal promotion?

BBC Sport

It's getting to the business end of the cricket season now, and Nottinghamshire fans will hope their side can get over the line and ensure promotion from the County Championship Division Two today.

They play at Northamptonshire knowing that a draw will be enough, and as things stand they need 207 more runs to win the match outright.

Notts will have to beware of Rory Kleinveldt, who's taken 11-88 so far in this match.

Rory Kleinveldt Nottinghamshire Northamptonshire cricket
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Severe accident: A45 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A45 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between A5 and B4037.

A45 Northamptonshire - A45 High Street in Weedon Bec closed in both directions between the A5 junction and the B4037 junction, because of an accident involving a car and an arctic trailer. Diversion in operation - via A5 heading towards Norton. Traffic is coping well.

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

Northants cricket: Last day of last home game of the season

BBC Sport

It's the final day of Northamptonshire's last home championship match of the season.

Nottinghamshire resume later on 107-3, needing 206 runs to win.

Play starts at Wantage Road at 10:30 and you can follow the action live on BBC Sport.

Today's weather: Dry with plenty of sun

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a rather cool start, today will be a dry day with plenty of sunshine around, although a bit more cloud will develop in the afternoon.

Early patches of mist and fog should have gone by about 09:00.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Welcome back to live updates

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Northamptonshire where we'll be here until 18:00 keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, sport, weather and travel as it happens.

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As always, if you want to get in touch you can by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A43 Brackley and J11 for A361.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Our live updates across the day

Kris Holland

BBC News

That's it for Thursday's live updates for Northamptonshire. Scroll down the feed to look back at any stories you may have missed.

We'll resume our live updates at 08:00 tomorrow, but any breaking news stories will appear here in the meantime.

Have a good evening.

Severe accident: A361 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A361 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, before A425 Northern Way.

A361 Northamptonshire - A361 Ashby Road in Daventry blocked and queuing traffic southbound before the A425 Northern Way junction, because of an accident involving two lorries.

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

Rory Kleinveldt

Rain ruins day three of the match between promotion-chasing Northants and Nottinghamshire with only 25.3 overs bowled.

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Video: Spirit of Corby awards ceremony

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Earlier we told you how a man who's volunteered for more than 10 years in a local park had won the Spirit of Corby award for this year.

I was at last night's awards, so here's a look back at some of the winners...

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Northamptonshire's newspapers: Firefighters 'slow-clapped', estate agent fined, fundraising

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

Notts making Northants nervous

Northants 194 & 270 v Notts 151 & 82-2 (29.2 overs)

This is not what Northants had in mind for the first hour. Nightwatchman Luke Wood is one of the more capable on the circuit, averaging 29 in first-class cricket. He is unbeaten on 37, with Jake Libby on 20. They're partnership is worth 66 runs.

Just 232 more runs to get.

Nightwatchman Wood off to a flier

Northants 194 & 270 v Notts 151 & 51-2 (17 overs)

Luke Wood is enjoying an excellent game. The Notts bowler took eight wickets and now he's adding valuable runs with the bat.

He's already taken Rory Kleinveldt for two fours, with Notts adding 18 from the opening three overs. They still need 263 more runs though.

Rare bats to be protected as part of work on A120 bypass

A rare species of bat found in the Bishop's Stortford area will be protected as part of ongoing work to build a new bypass on the A120, Hertfordshire County Council say.

The Bat Conservation Trust estimate that there only 5,000 barbastelle bats, which are characterised by pug-shaped noses, in the United Kingdom

Specialist radio tracking surveys have been carried out to understand the behaviour of the bats, with mitigation measures designed to keep the bats away from the proposed new road incorporated into construction plans.

Barbastelle bat
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Luke Casey, who has been tracking the bats and undertaking ecology surveys on behalf of the county council, said: “This is a great example of the county council, the environment agency, ecologists and a local wildlife group working in harmony to protect a rare species of bat that could otherwise have become extinct in Hertfordshire.

"The changes to the design of the bypass such as specially designed lighting, extensive hedgerow planting and a new underpass will ensure that the bats continue to thrive in their natural habitat here.”

Corby park volunteer named Spirit of Corby winner

A man who's volunteered for more than 10 years in a local park has won the Spirit of Corby award for this year.

The annual awards, organised by Corby Borough Council, go to people who've done something exceptional in the town.

"I'm very, very grateful," said winner Cyril Sellars, who was recognised for his work as chair of the Friends of Coronation Park.

"I am thoroughly a Corby boy and I want the best for Corby. I will give every hour I've got because people tell me daily how much they enjoy that park.

"It encourages me for every hour I spend there."

Award winner Cyril Sellars
BBC

Welcome back to live updates

Kris Holland

BBC News

Welcome back to live updates for Northamptonshire on Thursday, 21 September.

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

Eydon
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As always, if you want to get in touch you can by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Severe disruption: A5123 Northamptonshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A5123 Northamptonshire eastbound severe disruption, between A4500 Lower Mounts and A4500 Raglan Street.

A5123 Northamptonshire - A5123 Abington Square in Northampton closed eastbound between Abington Square and the A4500 Raglan Street junction, because of a police incident. Also affecting A4500 Raglan Street between A5123 Kettering Road and Victoria Road and A4500 Wellingborough Road between Victoria Road and Abington Square.

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

Rory Kleinveldt

Northants all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt takes a career-best 9-65 to set up a good chance of victory against Nottinghamshire.

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Our live updates across the day

Kris Holland

BBC News

That's it for Wednesday's live updates for Northamptonshire. Scroll down the feed to look back at any stories you may have missed.

We'll resume our live updates at 08:00 tomorrow, but any breaking news stories will appear here in the meantime.

Have a good evening.

Weather: Mainly dry, some rain possible

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening will stay mainly dry with clear intervals. It will turn cloudier later in the night with some light rain or drizzle.

Light winds and lows of 11C (52F).

Weather map
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It will be a fine and dry start to Thursday, with outbreaks of rain later.

Light to moderate winds and highs of 21C (70F).

BBC Weather has more.

Memorial marks birthplace of local VC hero

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

A memorial stone has been unveiled marking 100 years since a local hero was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Captain Harry Reynolds was born in the village of Whilton, near Daventry. He served with the 12th Battalion, The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) during World War One.

He won the VC in September 1917 at the age of 38 for his bravery during a heavy bombardment in the Battle of Passchendaele.

But he appeared to be something of an established hero, having already won the Military Cross the previous spring.

His grandson Nick says he didn't know much about his grandfather's experiences until now.

harry reynolds
Jamie Cooper

"I knew he'd won the Victoria Cross and I wore his medals for the Buckinghamshire Advertiser when I was about 10," he told BBC Radio Northampton.

"The medals are now with the Regimental Museum. But I didn't know a great deal of the detail."

Harry reynolds
Jamie Cooper

Tata merger: Things are 'on the up' for Corby, says union

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Community, the union that represents steel workers at Tata in Corby, has given a "tentative welcome" to the news the company is to merge with German rival, Thyssenkrupp.

The deal would create Europe's second-largest steel group after ArcelorMittal.

Job losses are expected as the merger takes place, but the Corby plant, which produces tubes, is considered a valuable asset, according to Community's Corby rep, Douglas Fairbairn.

"We've had a difficult two years with Tata," he said.

"But potentially things could improve with this merger with Thyssenkrupp. There are some things that need to be ironed out, some guarantees for the UK side of the business but we look forward to seeing what this brings.

"At Corby we are a value added side of the business - potentially it could be good news and open new markets for us.

"Things have improved over the last year - we are on the up."

Tata Corby
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Immediate future of urgent care centre secured

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Corby Urgent Care Centre has been threatened with closure for months after a disagreement over funding between the Corby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which holds the purse strings, and Lakeside Plus, which runs the centre.

However, the CCG says agreement has now been reached to keep the centre open.

Corby Urgent Care Centre
BBC

The contract has been extended that will allow Lakeside Plus to continue running the site, but that will expire again on 31 March 2019.

Either party may give four months' notice to terminate the contract before that point.

A consultation is due to start later this year looking at the future of health services in the Corby area. This will determine the long-term future of the centre.

The site opened in 2012 and was created to help relieve the strain on A&E at nearby Kettering General Hospital.

'Helter-skelter game at Wantage Road'

Northants 194 & 109-1 (25 overs) v Notts 151

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

What a helter-skelter game this has been so far. 20 wickets have fallen in four sessions but from nowhere, Northamptonshire have began to assert themselves with the bat to move to a strong position, Richard Levi going past fifty in just 40 balls.

But Northants could be a couple of batsmen light in this second inning with Ben Duckett and Alex Wakely both needing treatment for hand and face injuries sustained in the morning session.

This morning saw Rory Kleinveldt take the remaining five Notts wickets in an unbroken 13-over spell for a career-best 9-65 and the eighth instance of a nine-wicket haul in an innings for Northants. A fine achievement.

Unfortunately they're now off for bad light at Wantage Road, with an early tea taken and Northants 152 runs ahead.

Wantage Rd
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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, at J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 exit slip road closed and queuing traffic northbound at J18, A5 (Rugby), because of an accident involving lorry. Congestion to J16, A45 (Daventry).

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

Agreement reached to keep Corby Urgent Care Centre open

The future of Corby's Urgent Care Centre - which had been at threat of closure - has been secured until 2019.

Lakeside Plus' contract to run the centre was due to end on the last day of September, leaving its future in doubt.

Corby Urgent Care Centre
BBC

In a statement, the NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: "The contract will be subject to an extension from 1 October 2017 that will allow it to continue up to but not beyond 31 March 2019.

"Either party may give four months’ notice to terminate the contract before that point. The agreement has been signed by Lakeside Plus and it will be signed by the CCG this week."

The statement added that: "Both parties are seeking a period of stability to enable engagement and consultation with staff, patients and public about the future shape of local services."

Northamptonshire's newspapers: New road to 'save seconds', centre appeals for extended hours, new display at visitor centre

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

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