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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 23 June 2017
  2. Grenfell Tower fire: People in Mawsley organise donations for victims
  3. Nursing home places fall
  4. Delapre Abbey restoration spend to exceed £8m
  5. Weather: Highs of 18C (64F)

Live Reporting

By Kris Holland

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

That's the end of our live updates for Northamptonshire.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Have a good weekend.

Evening forecast: Overcast night

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a rather cloudy night with an odd spot of rain and moderate west to south westerly winds. It’ll be mild with temperatures falling to around 15C (59F).

Weather forecast
BBC

Saturday will remain rather cloudy, with some very patchy light rain in the morning. A few bright or sunny spells should eventually develop and there may be a few afternoon showers too.

There’ll be a mainly moderate south-westerly wind and highs around 23C (73F).

Go-ahead given for Eleanor Cross repairs to begin

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Work could soon start to repair one of Northamptonshire's most well-known landmarks, after Historic England gave the go-ahead for the borough council to get things under way.

The Eleanor Cross is one of only three remaining crosses built by King Edward I and has been a feature of Northampton's skyline since the 13th Century.

Eleanor Cross
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However, the monument is in urgent need of repair and although ownership of the sculpture is shrouded in mystery, Northampton Borough Council agreed to take responsibility.

In May it applied to Historic England for permission to work on the scheduled monument on the edge of Delapre Abbey, near Northampton, and that has now been granted.

"Scheduled Monument Consent has been granted for works to the monument and we are in ongoing discussions with Historic England about the best way to now progress the repairs," a council spokesman told the BBC.

Edward's wife, Queen Eleanor, died near Lincoln in 1290, and the king constructed 12 crosses to mark each of the places he stopped at on his way back to London for her funeral.

Dog day afternoon

Helen Burchell

BBC News

It's national Bring Your Dog to Work Day and police dog handlers across the UK have been showing off - because they get to do that every day!

Here's another happy handler and police pooch celebrating with a sloppy kiss.

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If PC Thorpe from Northamptonshire Police goes to work, he's always got faithful partner PD Nesi with him.

They don't need the excuse of a gimmicky "day" to encourage them.

Dean Bowditch

Northampton Town sign forward Dean Bowditch on a two-year contract after he left MK Dons at the end of last season.

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Afternoon weather: Cloudy and breezy

We have a rather cloudy and breezy afternoon in store.

Though mainly dry, there will be a few outbreaks of rain possible from time to time.

Highs of 18C (64F)

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BBC

BBC Weather has more details.

Nursing home places fall

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The number of nursing home places in Northamptonshire has fallen by more than 200 in the past three years.

It comes at a time when the number of people aged 85 or over is growing.

The figure comes from an analysis of Care Quality Commission statistics for BBC Sunday Politics East.

Elderly person
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The number of nursing home beds in the county fell by 7% from 2014 to 2017.

John Rayner, chair of the Northamptonshire Association of Registered Care Homes, said: "We all know that nursing homes are struggling because they are competing against NHS hospitals for staff. International recruitment is a permanent problem."

Councillor Bill Parker, who is responsible for adult social care at Northamptonshire County Council, said: "There is only one care home that has closed so far this year.

"There has not been a tremendous amount of care homes that have closed, certainly in the last six months, because of financial pressures."

You can see more on this on Sunday Politics East on BBC One this Sunday at 11:00.

Azerbaijan GP practice: Verstappen goes fastest in Baku

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Baku

Dutchman Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in a disjointed and unrepresentative first practice session at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku.

Title contenders Sebastian Vettel, for Ferrari, and Lewis Hamilton, racing for Brackley-based Mercedes, were third and fifth, not setting times on the quickest tyre.

Meanwhile, there was drama as Sergio Perez, of Silverstone-based Force India, had a sizeable accident after misjudging the tight section in the old town of Baku.

Video: Delapre Abbey restoration spend to exceed £8m

Earlier this week we told you how Northampton Borough Council had been told an extra £490,000 was needed to complete the restoration of Delapre Abbey.

The sum is on top of an extra £930,000 the authority approved last year and another £650,000 approved earlier this year.

On Wednesday the council decided to allocate the extra money. BBC Northampton has been along to Delapre to speak with the borough's leader, Jonathan Nunn...

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Grenfell Tower fire: People in Mawsley organise donations for victims

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

A woman from Mawsley has paid tribute to the generosity of her community, after people who live there donated in their droves to a charity effort for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Joanna Murphy put an appeal on the village's Facebook page and was inundated with donations of clothes, toys and money.

Mawsley
BBC

"From the day that the fire happened, the response has been massive," Mrs Murphy told me.

"We have decided that we are going to be in direct contact with the families via social media. It will be an ongoing process so if clothes are too small for a child, and we have more, they will be going over.

"We have arranged transport for that to be done."

Any remaining donations will be sold, with all the proceeds going directly to the Grenfell Tower appeal, she said.

Mawsley
BBC

Mrs Murphy's eight-year-old son Ross (pictured above) said he had contributed "Lego, trains and other stuff".

Asked why he thought it was important to get involved, he added. "It makes me feel a bit sad that people don't have anything else after the fire."

Weather: Cloudy and cool but remaining mostly dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Dry, cloudy and breezy with a few sunny spells possible throughout the day.

It's going to feel cooler and fresher than in recent days.

Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F)

More details from BBC Weather.

Good morning

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Friday, 23 June.

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

It's been a fairly cloudy and breezy start, although that didn't stop Coleole, one of our Weather Watchers, taking this beauty...

Irthlingborough
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We'll take a look at the regional forecast shortly.

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

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Live updates for Thursday are over

That's it for Thursday's live updates for Northamptonshire, thanks for joining us.

You can scroll back here to read any stories you may have missed, including:

Any breaking stories will appear here overnight, otherwise we'll back tomorrow from 08:00.

Countryfile comes to Rushden

The TV cameras have been in Rushden today, as the BBC 1 show Countryfile came to the county to film.

They met volunteers and members of the Wildlife TrustBCN, who are part of the massive regeneration project.

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Campaigners acquire Rushden goods shed

Rushden's Historical Transport Society (RHTS) is celebrating after it was announced the group had completed the purchase of a railway shed in the town from Northamptonshire County Council, after years of campaigning.

The shed played a vital role in the socio-economic development of Rushden at the end of the 19th Century, allowing the town to expand through the boot and shoe industry.

More recently, it was used by the local highways department, before they moved to new premises in the summer of 2013.

Rushden shed
Google

The Transport Society expressed an interest in taking the building on, but was told by the county council that a price tag of £500,000 would need to be met - despite the local council estimating the value of the shed at £250,000.

It is not clear what financial arrangement was met between the society and the council.

In a statement on their Facebook page, campaigners said they "would like to thank East Northamptonshire Council and Rushden Town Council for their support throughout the purchase process".

They added: "The building is considered to be one of the largest and finest in the area. The society and supporters felt that it was important that the site and building should be saved as part of Rushden’s heritage."

The RHTS says it intends to develop the site and building as a "heritage community hub" for the people of Rushden and surrounding areas.

David Miller murder: Accused made 'crude attempts to conceal actions'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

The trial of four people accused of murdering a Northampton man in his own home has begun today.

David Miller, 56, was found dead at his flat in Boothville in June last year.

David Miller
David Miller family

The jury at Northampton Crown Court was told that Mr Miller was vulnerable and had long-standing problems with alcohol.

His body was found by police who forced entry into the flat on Patterdale Walk.

A post-mortem examination found he'd been stabbed multiple times.

Ian Cuthbertson, 49, Michael Hallett, 37, Joseph Catlin, 30, and Zena Kane, 35, all of no fixed address, have gone on trial today

The prosecution said they'd all had long periods of homelessness and used Mr Miller's flat as a place to drink alcohol.

Patterdale Walk
BBC

The court was told that - after his death - they'd spent days making crude attempts at destroying his body.

They all deny murder and the trial continues.

Afternoon weather: Feeling cooler

It's feeling a bit fresher across the county today.

However, it'll brighten up a bit this afternoon with some sunny spells into the evening.

The high will be 20C (68F).

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BBC

BBC Weather has a more localised forecast for where you live.

New Saints signing called up to Australia squad

Northampton Saints have just tweeted to say that back Rob Horne, who will join the club from the 2017-18 season, has been called up to the Australia side to face Italy this weekend...

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Cobblers play opens for public performances

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Last month we told you about a brand new theatrical experience being created at the Sixfields Stadium - the home to the Cobblers.

Well, after a handful of previews last month, the show, titled The Twelth Player, officially opens today.

It's all about Northampton Town and tells the story of an imaginary family and their love of football, through a show which blends video, live performances and mobile app technology.

Playwrights Susanne Thomas and Sophie Jump said their work was inspired by the club's "dark days" in 2015.

Twelth Player directors
BBC

"We're trying to attract people who like football and want to come and see their stadium," Ms Thomas (right) told the BBC.

"But also obviously people who normally go to the theatre maybe would like to come to see things that are not inside a theatre building.

"A different type of theatre."

Despite problems off the pitch, 2015-16 was a vintage season for the Cobblers, who claimed the League Two title with 99 points from their 46 games.

The show runs until 12 July.

Video: New attractions for Irchester Country Park

Carroll Weston

BBC Radio Northampton

Last week, we told you how visitors to Irchester Country Park can now discover the history of ironstone quarrying in the area.

It's part of a new heritage project highlighting geological finds that date back millions of years. The £120,000 initiative has been paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The new attractions include a viewing platform, which is shaped like one of the old dragline diggers.

BBC Northampton have been to take a closer look...

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Northampton Town players report for pre-season training

Northampton Town players have been getting back to business with the start of pre-season training today.

The Cobblers, who yesterday found out they will start the League One season away at Shrewsbury Town, shared these images on their Instagram account...

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Kings Heath stabbing: Boy, 17, charged with GBH

A 17-year-old boy from Northampton has been charged with grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent after a 30-year-old man suffered multiple stab wounds in the town on Tuesday.

A 31-year-old woman, who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with the incident, has been released under investigation.

Kings Heath
BBC

Officers were called to Kings Heath at 04:00 after reports of a man stumbling outside an address close to the junction of Mill Lane and Nene Way.

The victim suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest, back and abdomen and was taken by paramedics to Northampton General Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

Severe accident: A43 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A43 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between Overstone Road and Sywell Road.

A43 Northamptonshire - A43 Kettering Road in Moulton closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Overstone Road junction and the Sywell Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Saints pair miss out on Lions squad for first Test

Neither Northampton Saints lock Courtney Lawes nor wing George North will feature for the British and Irish Lions in Saturday's first Test against New Zealand in Auckland.

Courtney Lawes; Geroge North
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Lawes always looked unlikely, having picked up a head injury 10 days ago, but he had impressed in Tuesday's match against The Chiefs.

North has lost out to England's Elliot Daly.

Coach Warren Gatland has chosen Ireland flanker Peter O'Mahony to captain the Lions against the All Blacks, with tour captain Sam Warburton on the bench.

People asked to avoid A43 near Moulton after crash

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue service is advising road users to avoid the A43 - at the roundabout for Moulton and Overstone - after a crash this morning.

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Man injured after being shot with 'air weapon' in Desborough

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was shot with what they describe as an "air weapon" in Desborough.

The 56-year-old victim suffered a minor injury to his leg in the incident, which happened while he was walking his dog on the area of grass between Sycamore Drive and Redwood Close in the town.

It happened at around 21:00 on Saturday.

Desborough
Google

Last week a man in Northampton required treatment after being shot at with an air pistol near Wellingborough Road - though it is not known if the incidents are linked.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.

David Miller murder: Trial of four to begin

The trial of three men and a woman charged with murdering Northampton man David Miller will begin later.

Northampton Crown
BBC

It had been due to start yesterday, but a jury is now being sworn in today instead.

Mr Miller, who was 56-years-old, was found dead at his home in Patterdale Walk in Boothville on 14 June 2016.

Ian Cuthbertson, 49, Michael Hallett, 37, Joseph Catlin, 30, and Zena Kane, 35, all of no fixed address, are accused of murder.

Weather... The heatwave is coming to a close

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

If it's been too hot for you, then good news at last. The heatwave will end today.

Most places will stay dry and bright, but there could be a few thunderstorms around - heavy at times.

Temperatures peaking at 23C (73F).

BBC Weather has a more localised forecast for where you live.

Good morning

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Thursday, 22 June.

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

Pattishall field
BBC

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

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Julian Sturdy

BBC Look East

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Severe accident: A47 Cambridgeshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Cambridgeshire westbound severe accident, at A1 Great North Road.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 in Wansford closed and queuing traffic westbound at the A1 Great North Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Live updates for Wednesday are over

That's it for Wednesday's live updates for Northamptonshire; thanks for joining us.

You can scroll back here to read any stories you may have missed, including:

Any breaking stories will appear here overnight, otherwise we'll back tomorrow from 08:00.

Your photos: 'Hottest day of the year'

BBC Weather Watchers

Our BBC Weather Watchers have had their cameras out on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year. Thanks to this effort from Anne in Allestree...

Allestree
Anne

This was sent in by scrappy in Shepshed.

Deckchairs in shepshed
scrappy

Thanks as well to Tony the TA for this pic from Wollaton Park.

Deer in Wollaton Park
Tony the TA

Weather: Warm and dry with potential for thundery rain

BBC Weather

We've got another very warm sunny evening ahead.

Weather graphic
BBC

Staying dry for most this evening and overnight but with a risk of thunderstorms developing later.

Where they do occur there is potential for heavy downpours bringing sudden localised flooding and disruption to power supplies from lightning strikes.

Lows of 18C (64F).

Tomorrow will see more risk of a thundery shower first thing but it will become drier and brighter and feel much fresher. Highs of 25C (77F).

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

Afternoon weather: It's still really hot

Unless you're in a suitably air conditioned room, you probably don't need reminding that weather is sunny, hot and humid.

The hottest spot in the county is likely to be Northampton town centre (below), where it is even warmer than the 28C temperatures we experienced on Tuesday.

Highs 30C (86F).

Graphic
BBC

To get your local weather forecast, go to BBC Weather.

Northamptonshire's newspapers: Housing plan appeal rejected, Crick village plan, Northampton sausage and cider festival

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

  • The Northamptonshire Telegraph report that an appeal against the decision to reject a bid to build 147 houses in Desborough has been thrown out.
  • Meanwhile, the Daventry Express says people are being invited to have their say on a planning document which will help shape the development of Crick village.

David Miller murder: Trial of four people delayed

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

The trial of three men and a woman charged with murdering Northampton man David Miller has been delayed by a day.

The 56-year-old was found dead at his home in Patterdale Walk in Boothville on 14 June 2016.

Ian Cuthbertson, 49, Michael Hallett, 37, Joseph Catlin, 30, and Zena Kane, 35, all of no fixed address, are accused of murder.

Northampton Crown Court.
BBC

Their trial was due to start today at Northampton Crown Court but the jury is now expected to be sworn in tomorrow morning.

Northampton Town: Players to report for pre-season training tomorrow

The build-up to the new League One season began in earnest with the release of Northampton Town's 2017-18 fixtures, earlier.

The Cobblers squad return for some pre-season testing on Thursday, with the squad spending two days undergoing fitness tests this week, before resuming full training on Monday.

Northampton Town's first pre-season friendly takes place on Saturday, 8 July away to Sileby Rangers.

The club start their new League One season with a trip to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday 5, August.