Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 21 July 2017
  2. More than 80 'home alone' children reports in two years, says charity
  3. Abington Park Museum gets a facelift
  4. Weather: Highs of 20C (68F)

Live Reporting

By Kris Holland

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

That's it for this week on Local Live Northamptonshire.

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

Have a good weekend.

The latest regional weather forecast

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Outbreaks of rain will move eastwards this evening and overnight, heavy at times and accompanied by gusty winds.

It may stay dry in the extreme east until the early hours of tomorrow.

Temperatures falling to 12C (54F).

Weather graphic for 05:00 tomorrow, showing rain across parts of East Anglia
BBC

A wet start to tomorrow for many eastern areas, but drier and brighter in the west for a time.

Eventually widespread showers will develop, and some of these could be heavy and thundery. Onshore winds could prevent these showers towards the coast, and there will be spells of sunshine.

Temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

Sunday will see sunny spells and scattered showers, which could be heavy and thundery.

Take a look at BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast for where you are.

Campaigners attempt to take proposed warehouses development to High Court

Campaigners against warehouses planned between Raunds and Stanwick have reached a fundraising target of £6,000 to fight the application in the High Court.

The extension to Warth Park was approved by East Northamptonshire councillors in March.

Some people living nearby have now applied for a judicial review into the decision, which they claim is flawed.

Warth Park
Google

"There are still people putting in to the fund," campaigner June Longhurst said.

"It's amazing because Raunds is a small town and the village of Stanwick is even smaller. It's really heart-warming."

The court action, if it goes ahead, will challenge the way the council reached its decision.

In response, the council issued a statement saying: "We've been informed that a request for a Judicial Review of the Warth Park planning application decision has been submitted.

"We cannot comment any further on the nature of the review, so as not to prejudice the process."

The developer, Roxhill, has also been approached for comment.

Steelbacks travel to Leicestershire in T20 Blast

Northamptonshire's cricketers are back in Twenty20 action this evening.

The Steelbacks face Leicestershire at Grace Road, with play due to start at 18:30.

Leicestershire are top of the North Group in the T20 Blast, with four wins from their four matches so far.

Northamptonshire are fourth, and could go second with victory.

We'll have live commentary available here, with build-up from 18:00.

Leicestershire's Grace Road
Getty Images

Homeless charity make a plea for pants

Remember that unwanted underwear you were given by your aunt for Christmas last year?

Probably gathering dust in their original packaging ever since?

Well, the Northampton Hope Centre want to take them off your hands.

View more on twitter

The charity, which works with homeless people at Oasis House in the town, have issued a plea for pants.

If you can help, their number is 0845 519 9371.

Northamptonshire's newspapers: Songs of Praise in Northampton, near miss for balloon, sports awards

Here's what else is making the news around Northamptonshire on Friday, 21 July.

  • The Northampton Chronicle and Echo report that producers of the BBC's Sunday night television staple Songs of Praise are due to film a special edition of the show in Northampton to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death
  • Meanwhile, the Northamptonshire Telegraph have obtained dramatic dashcam footage of a hot air balloon that had a near miss with traffic on the A6
  • And the Daventry Express carry news that people are being encouraged to nominate their local sporting heroes for the annual Daventry District Sports Awards
Kettering General Hospital

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

A report says Kettering General Hospital may have lost track of patient waiting times for nine years.

Read more

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells

BBC Weather

It'll remain mainly dry with some bright or sunny spells this afternoon.

There is the chance of a shower, though - especially in the west of the county.

The high is 20C (68F).

graphic
BBC

For more, go to BBC Weather.

Northampton sign ex-Wycombe defender Pierre

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Northampton Town have signed former Wycombe Wanderers centre-back Aaron Pierre on a three-year deal.

The 24-year-old Grenada international was out of contract at Wycombe, where he made 149 appearances after joining from Brentford in 2014.

He was offered a new deal at Adams Park and had recently been on trial with Championship side Bristol City.

"He is a strong and powerful centre-back and is improving all the time," said Cobblers boss Justin Edinburgh.

Aaron Pierre
Getty Images

How do you avoid holiday traffic jams?

BBC News England

How do you avoid holiday traffic jams?

Traffic jams are an unavoidable feature of any British holiday - or are they?

These tips might help you reach your destination more quickly.

How do you avoid holiday traffic jams?

More than 80 'home alone' children reports in two years, says charity

The NSPCC has referred more than 80 cases of children being left home alone in Northamptonshire to the police and social services in the past two years.

The referrals follow calls from concerned members of the public to the children's charity.

Although the law doesn't give a minimum age at which children can be left on their own, parents and carers can be prosecuted for neglect if children are put at risk of suffering or injury.

"Our advice is that children under the age of 16 should not be left alone overnight," Emily Cherry, from the NSPCC, told the BBC.

"Children under 12 are rarely mature enough to cope in an emergency, and of course babies and very young children should never be left home alone."

Home alone boy
Getty Images

Worried callers to the NSPCC helpline have reported children being left alone overnight and young children having to feed themselves and use dangerous kitchen equipment.

Fifteen calls or emails from people in Northamptonshire asked for guidance on when a child could be left unattended. However, a further 84 were considered so serious by the NSPCC that they were passed on to Northamptonshire Police or social services to be followed up.

"We do know and understand that this is a really difficult time for parents," Ms Cherry said. "And where you don't have the clarity in the law and availability of child care, we know that parents will be making these decisions.

"But it must be done really clearly with the child's needs at heart, and their protection at heart."

Video: Abington Park Museum gets a facelift

A newly-refurbished part of the Abington Park Museum in Northampton will open this weekend.

Work has been under way since April to improve the Great Hall and function room at the 500-year-old Manor House.

BBC Radio Northampton has been along to take a look...

View more on facebook

Weather: Mostly dry with sunny spells

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Most parts of the BBC East region should see a dry day with sunny spells.

Cloud may thicken later, with the chance of a few showers for some.

Temperatures will reach 23C (73F).

BBC Weather will have more details for where you are.

Good morning

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Friday, 21 July.

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

Kettering
BBC

Don't forget 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, at J15A for A43 affecting J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound at J15a, A43 (Northampton Services), because of an accident involving lorry and two cars. Congestion to J16, A45 (Daventry).

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

Our live coverage across the day

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Regular updates have finished for the day and we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday.

Scroll down for today's news, sport and more which has included the discharge of the jury in the trial of Northamptonshire's former police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds after it failed to reach a verdict...

Weather: A dry night

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A fine end to the day with some late sunshine across the BBC East region.

It'll stay dry overnight with temperatures dropping to 9C (48F).

Weather grahic for Friday afternoon
BBC

Tomorrow will be fine and dry, with sunny spells. Cloud will increase later, with outbreaks of rain overnight, heavy at times.

Temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

You can find a more detailed forecast on BBC Weather.

Mixed review as government scraps rail electrification plans

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

As we reported earlier, the government today announced that the electrification of the Midland Mainline (London-Sheffield) north of Kettering will no longer be going ahead.

They said it was "no longer necessary" because new modern bi-mode trains, will run instead.

At the moment the line between Bedford, Kettering and Corby is being electrified and this work is set to continue.

Whoever the wires will now stop just north of Kettering, at the junction for Corby and will not continue to Leicester, the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.

Midland Main Line
Alan Thrippleton/Geograph

Sim Harris, editor of Railnews says the announcement means "new trains through to Sheffield on the Midland Main Line will be welcome, as they will be faster and offer more seats, but they won't be as good as the fully electric trains which were promised a few years ago".

Kettering Hospital

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

A whistleblower had alleged patients were removed from lists at Kettering General Hospital because national targets were being missed.

Read more

Police cite 'forensically aware' culprits as 30,000 burglaries go unsolved

Police say that "forensically aware" offenders are making it harder for them to resolve investigations into burglaries in Northamptonshire.

New data released by the official police data website shows that no suspect has been identified in more than 30,000 burglaries across the county since 2012.

File image of a burglar in a house
Getty Images

"It's one of those crimes where, as time has gone on, people have become incredibly forensically-aware," said Det Supt Dennis Murray.

"So finding forensic evidence [of the sort] that we used to find is probably less [likely] now."

The same figures also revealed that the total number of unsolved crimes in Northamptonshire since 2012 is just short of 235,000.

"We do have dedicated teams looking at things like burglary," added Det Supt Murray. "For example we have a team looking at a series of distraction burglaries.

"But it is an area where it is incredibly difficult, because you can never predict exactly where the offence is going to happen."

In Northamptonshire, the figures reveal that over the five year period, just 5% of burglaries remain under investgation - with nearly 25,000 cases of burglary closed due to no suspect being identified.

The figures also reveal that the total number of unsolved crimes in Northamptonshire since 2012, is just shy of 235 thousand.

Adam Simmonds trial: Prosecution to consider case for a retrial as jurors deadlocked

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The jury in the trial of former Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner (PCC) Adam Simmonds has failed to reach a verdict.

Mr Simmonds pleaded not guilty to a charge of recklessly passing on details of a fraud investigation into Wellingborough MP Peter Bone to other Conservatives.

That investigation was dropped by police.

Earlier, the jurors had been told by judge, Mr Justice Green, that he would accept a majority decision if 10 of the 12 agreed on the verdict.

But the jury of nine men and three women could not reach the required number and the judge discharged them.

Adam Simmonds
BBC
Adam Simmonds' trial was held at Southwark Crown Court

The judge thanked them for their time and efforts and remarked that it had been "a very novel, complex and sensitive case".

He added that it may be "a court record for the number of notebooks used".

The prosecution asked for seven days to consider a retrial - which was granted.

BreakingAdam Simmonds trial: Jury deadlocked and discharged

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The jury at the Adam Simmonds trial has failed to agree on a verdict and has been discharged by the judge Mr Justice Green.

Adam Simmonds trial: Judge to accept 'majority decision'

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Mr Justice Green has just told the jury he will accept a majority decision in the trial of former Northampton Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Adam Simmonds.

At least 10 of the jury of nine men and three women must be agreed.

Mr Simmonds, 40, denies recklessly passing on details of a fraud probe which featured Wellingborough MP Peter Bone.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A361.

M40 Oxfordshire - Stationary traffic on M40 southbound at J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a rolling road-block and a police incident.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J11 for A361.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 northbound at J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a police incident.

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

Andrea Leadsom's Jane Austen slip

The leader of the House of Commons and MP for South Northamptonshire, Andrea Leadsom, has provoked laughter by accidentally referring to Jane Austen as "one of our greatest living authors".

Leadsom calls Jane Austen 'one of our greatest living authors'

Ms Leadsom was welcoming a new plastic £10 note featuring a portrait of the author, who died 200 years ago.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, before Watford Gap Services affecting J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 northbound before Watford Gap Services, because of a broken down car. In the roadworks area. Congestion to J16, A45 (Daventry).

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

Afternoon weather: Rain to clear

BBC Weather

After a downpour this morning, patchy rain will clear from the west across Northamptonshire.

This afternoon, it'll be brighter and fresher with sunny spells.

The high 19C (66F).

graphic
BBC

For more, go to BBC Weather.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J15 for A45 and J14 for A509.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, after J15 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 southbound after J15, A45 (Northampton), because of an accident.

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

Video: What will happen to Corby's Urgent Care Centre?

BBC Radio Northampton

Last week it was announced that the firm which runs Corby's Urgent Care Centre will not be re-bidding when their contract to maintain the service expires in September.

With no alternative bid on the table, BBC Radio Northampton has been looking at what happens next...

View more on facebook
Seekkuge Prasanna

Northants spinner Seekkuge Prasanna will miss the entire 2017 T20 Blast competition with a hamstring injury.

Read more

Gang slash tyres of 'up to 14' vehicles in Northampton

Police are investigating after a number of cars had their tyres slashed in Northampton.

Up to 14 vehicles were damaged in Hertford Court in Little Billing between 02:30 and 03:00 yesterday.

Hertford Court in Northampton
Google

Officers say that four males wearing hooded tops were seen running away from the scene after a car alarm sounded.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101.

Midland Mainline electrification plans scrapped

The electrification of the Midland Mainline (London-Sheffield) north of Kettering is "no longer necessary" according to the government.

In a statement issued in the past hour, the transport secretary Chris Grayling said new modern bi-mode trains, which can operate on diesel or electric, will be introduced on the line, meaning "disruptive" electrification work on the line to Nottingham and Sheffield won't be needed.

The government says passengers will benefit from more seats and faster journey times.

Kettering Railway Station
Google
Kettering Railway Station

Kettering hospital 'cleared' over waiting list allegations

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

The chief executive of Kettering General Hospital says the hospital has been cleared of allegations of fraud following claims made by a 'whistle blower'.

NHS Protect - which is the health service's counter-fraud body - investigated claims that the hospital deliberately removed patients from its waiting lists.

The hospital has always denied the allegations.

Fiona Wise
BBC
Fiona Wise will act as the hospital's interim chief executive until December

"There has been a lot of concern about fiddling the waiting list," the hospital's interim chief executive Fiona Wise told me at the hospital's annual meeting last night.

"[But] NHS Protect have been looking at the issues, and they've confirmed - absolutely - that there was no fraud."

Ms Wise's predecessor David Sissling was one of two senior figures at Kettering General Hospital to resign earlier this month.

Meanwhile, it was also announced at last night's meeting that the hospital's deficit has increased to £24.6m, with a 10% increase in admissions to A&E cited as being partly responsible.

The figure was 7% more than predicted.

Diamonds record pre-season win over Cobblers

Goals from Tom Lorraine and Ben Farrell helped Southern League East side AFC Rushden & Diamonds to a 2-0 pre-season win over Northampton Town last night.

The Cobblers went into the game at Hayden Road in Rushden just a day after playing another non-league side Frome Town in Somerset.

James Goff of Northampton Town saves a shot from Chris Dillon of AFC Rushden & Diamonds during the Pre-Season Friendly match between AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Northampton Town at Hayden Road on 19 July
Getty Images

Northampton continue their preparations for the new League One season - which starts on 5 August - with a match against Kettering Town in the Maunsell Cup final at Wellingborough Town's Dog & Duck ground on Saturday, 22 July.

Adam Simmonds trial: Jury continue deliberations

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The jury in the case of a former police and crime commissioner (PCC) accused of passing on details of a police investigation to Conservative colleagues is continuing to consider its verdict.

Adam Simmonds, 40, the former PCC for Northamptonshire, denies recklessly passing on details of a fraud probe into Wellingborough MP Peter Bone.

Adam Simmonds
PA
Adam Simmonds is on trial at Southwark Crown Court

The allegations date back to 2013 and 2014 when Mr Simmonds had conversations with leading Conservative politicians in Northamptonshire about an investigation into Mr Bone.

They included MPs Michael Ellis and Christopher Heaton-Harris.

The prosecution said Mr Simmonds "used his powers for an improper political purpose" and to aid the Conservative Party.

Defence barrister Mark Harries said the former PCC had acted as he had been concerned about the amount of time the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had been taking to review the case.

The CPS later decided not to take any action against Mr Bone.

Peter Bone
BBC
Wellingborough MP Peter Bone was questioned by police before the case was dropped

The jury of nine men and three women at Southwark Crown Court began their deliberations at 14:30 on Tuesday.

We'll let you know when we get a verdict.

Thursday's weather: Continuing unsettled

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It's fairly cloudy this morning with some showers as well, fairly heavy at times, perhaps thundery.

They'll be moving off to the north east, taking most of the cloud with them. The further west you are, the more chance you've got of seeing some sunny spells by the end of the day.

Temperatures up to about 19C (66F).

Watch my full forecast for the BBC Eastern region here: