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  1. Updates on Friday, 4 August 2017
  2. Bypass plans 'lunacy and will not ease congestion' in Northampton
  3. Tory leader on Corby council resigns

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By Adam Jinkerson

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Our live coverage across the week

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Our live updates have now come to an end for another week.

You can scroll down to catch up with any stories you might have missed.

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel updates at 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Video: Cobblers kick off the new season

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BBC Northampton looks at the new-look Cobblers Northampton Town team:

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Weather: Dry tonight, but a few showers and hail possible

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

The last of any showers dying away to leave a dry night across the BBC East region with clear spells and mainly light west to north-westerly winds.

Temperatures for many of us staying in double figures, but some spots could fall to around 9C (48F).

Apart from a few light showers, Saturday should begin largely fine and dry with some sunshine but eventually heavier showers will move west to east and some of these could produce hail and thunder.

The winds could become quite blustery for a time with isolated gusts of 40mph. Top temperatures around 21C (70F).

Sunday should be fine and dry with sunny spells. Cloud is expected to eventually thicken from the west and temperatures again climbing to around 21C (70F).

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For a more detailed forecast for where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Northampton Town: Top ten a realistic target

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's been a rather busy summer at Sixfields - there's been investment from Chinese firm 5U Sport - the team headed to Spain for a weeks training and twelve new players arrived.

Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh
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Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh

The Cobblers face Shrewsbury in their opening game of the League One season - the last time the two teams played each other was back in April. Of the match day squad that day, only half the players still remain on the books at Northampton Town.

I feel there's some real intent for progression this season.

Manager Justin Edinburgh has brought in Regan Poole, the teenage defender from Manchester United on loan; Ash Taylor, who has so far impressed in central defence, he's ex-Aberdeen; and most recently striker Chris Long, who has played for England at every age group from under 16s through to under 20s.

There's still much discussion around the need for a goalkeeper to challenge David Cornell after the departure of Adam Smith to Bristol Rovers.

The Cobblers have been linked to Newcastle United's Freddie Woodman - Edinburgh says he's got a couple of targets in mind -- but he's going to wait until they get the right person.

I'm going to go for a top ten finish this season -- I think that'll be the progression the club deserves.

We'll be at every Cobblers match home and away this season, but commentary is restricted to your radio as the BBC does not have the rights to webstream matches.

There's also the return of Thursday Night Football from 18:00 on BBC Radio Northampton.

Northamptonshire wicket keeper David Murphy to retire

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Northamptonshire wicket keeper David Murphy has made the decision to retire from professional cricket.

The 28-year-old is to leave Wantage Road at the end of the season in order to pursue a career outside the game.

David Murphy poses in the Specsavers County Championship kit during the Northamptonshire County Cricket photocall held at The County Ground on 5 April, 2017 in Northampton, England.
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Murphy joined the Northamptonshire Academy in 2007 after representing Hertfordshire at age-group level.

He graduated to the county’s first team in 2009 – whilst still studying at Loughborough University.

"After some careful consideration, I have decided that the 2017 season will be my last as a professional cricketer," he said.

"Although I still feel I have something to offer Northamptonshire as a player, I have received an extremely attractive proposal to work in law in London beginning in 2018."

Phil Mustard of Durban cuts the ball for four runs as wicketkeeper David Murphy looks on during the second day of the LV County Championship Division One match between Northamptonshire and Durham at the County Ground on 14 April, 2014 in Northampton, England.
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Severe accident: A5 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, at B5385 Station Road affecting Kilsby Road.

A5 Northamptonshire - A5 in Watford closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the B5385 Station Road junction, because of a serious accident. Congestion to the Kilsby Road junction.

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

County backs down over opening hours cuts to Northamptonshire archives

Willy Gilder

BBC Radio Northampton

Northamptonshire County Council has backed down from its decision to change the opening hours of the County Record Office.

Some 3,000 people had signed a petition against the changes, which had included the suggestion that people should pay a fee of £31.50 to access the archives out-of-hours.

Northamptonshire Records Office

The record office, at Wootton Hall Park, Northampton, is where all the archives for the county are kept.

Historians and family history researchers were furious about the restriction in opening hours that was due to come into force on 21 August - from four days a week to three mornings.

They were dismayed at the idea of having to pay the new hourly fee for a service that is currently provided free of charge.

Now the council has said it will continue with the existing opening hours of three days a week - but that it will review this before setting next year's budget.

It has also promised to consult on any future changes.

Corby Tory group leader talks about decision to step down

Craig Lewis

BBC News

We reported earlier that Rob McKellar has announced he is stepping down as Conservative group leader at Corby council to take up a new job at a property law firm.

Corby council

He has served as the elected council member for Weldon, Gretton and Priors Hall since 2011, and has led the opposition Conservative group for the past two years.

He said: "My new professional role will be an incredibly demanding one requiring an enormous amount of focus and commitment.

"Something will have to give and it is only right and proper that I take a step back from my political duties rather than sacrificing the service that I give to my constituents.

"I have massively enjoyed my time spent as Conservative group leader and I am incredibly proud of the group's record on shaping the direction of Corby and its local authority."

Tory leader on Corby council resigns

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The Conservative leader on Corby Borough Council has announced he is to resign.

Rob McKellar has been the opposition leader in Corby for the past two years, but has revealed he will be stepping down in November after accepting a new job at a property law firm.

Corby council offices

Mr McKellar will continue to serve as councillor for Weldon, Gretton and Priors Hall - a role he has held since 2011.

Corby Conservatives will hold a leadership election during September, but Mr McKellar's deputy David Sims has already ruled himself out of the running.

Bypass plans 'lunacy and will not ease congestion' in Northampton

A community group, which has concerns over a proposed new bypass to the north and west of Northampton, say the plans are illogical.

More than 500 people have contributed to a consultation asking for views on two proposed routes for the northern orbital road, which ends today.

Road into Moulton alongside map of propose bypass
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The new road would take traffic from Moulton on the A43 around the edge of Northampton, and join up with Harlestone Road.

Some 10,000 new homes are to be built at sites such as Dallington Grange, Buckton Fields and Northampton North and developers are being asked to contribute to the building of new roads.

The first stage would cost £32m, but it's not known what the cost of the complete scheme will be.

Some local residents have come together to campaign against the proposals.

Brenda Ludlow, who farms between Boughton, Pitsford and Moulton, said: "It won't ease the congestion. If they build the houses as well, the congestion's going to remain and then they'll push on for another bypass and it'll go on and on."

Charlotte Mackaness, from Boughton, said: "It's lunacy to build a road to ease congestion and pay for it by building more housing.

"The road is going to have to be elevated over floodplain and across this steep valley - it's going to cost so much money and they're gong to have to build so many houses in order to get the developer contributions."

A Northamptonshire County Council spokesman said: "These two routes are enormously important not just for Northampton but for the county as a whole as they will help unlock housing and economic growth.

"With the county and Northampton in particular continuing to grow rapidly it is important to get the infrastructure in place and this scheme will be funded by central government and developer contributions, which is how the vast majority of major infrastructure projects are funded.

"Further to that, Kingsthorpe is already very congested with existing traffic levels and these roads will alleviate a great deal of pressure there."

Forecast for the day ahead: Cloudy but dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a largely fine day across the BBC East region, with some sunny spells, especially at first.

However some cloud is expected to bubble up through the day, and whilst this could bring one or two light showers, most places should stay day.

Here's my full forecast:

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather where you are with BBC Weather.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Friday, 4 August.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from around the county.

Coming up first, a full forecast for the day.


You can get in touch by email, Twitter and Facebook.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, at J15A for A43.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 exit slip road blocked northbound at J15a, A43 (Northampton Services), because of an accident.

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

Our live coverage across the day

Kris Holland

BBC News

That's the end of our live updates for Northamptonshire - scroll down through the feed to look at today's stories.

Don't forget that you can follow live coverage of Northamptonshire Steelbacks' T20 Blast match with Lancashire here. Play begins at 18:30.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Friday - enjoy your evening.

Weather: Dry with isolated showers overnight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Mostly dry tonight across the BBC East region, but breezy with a mixture of clear spells and occasional cloud, perhaps bringing an isolated shower.

Staying mild with temperatures only dropping to 13C (55F).

Friday will be quite breezy, but much of the day will be dry with sunny spells and occasional cloud and just the small risk of a shower. Feeling warm in the sun with temperatures peaking at 23C (73F).

Look East weather map

Visit BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast where you are.

Opening hours changes at Northamptonshire records centre

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Some 3,000 people have signed a petition criticising changes to opening hours at the Northamptonshire County Record Office, which is based at Wootton Hall Park, Northampton.

The office is currently open for four days, free of charge.

But from 21 August the record office will be open for just three mornings a week, and a Saturday morning once a month.

Northamptonshire County Records Office

People wanting access outside of these times will be charged an hourly fee of £31.50.

Graham Band, a military historian, said the plans were "absolutely bonkers".

He added: "If people are having to come here to follow up on their family history, they will have to cough up £31.50 and pay for overnight accommodation as they will have to wait for staff to turn up with their orders and they are only allowed one item at a time."

Mike Ingram, a local historian, explained the importance of the archive to the county.

"It is absolutely huge. It contains not only the town's history and the history of the county, but also important family histories," he said.

A county council spokesman said: "In light of the immense budget pressures, we have reluctantly made the decision to reduce the opening hours for free access to our archive service.

"This is also in light of the reducing number of on-site visitors over the past two years, and we will be redirecting our limited staff resources to developing online access to the archive."

T20 Blast: Northamptonshire to entertain Lancashire

Northamptonshire Steelbacks are back in T20 Blast action, later.

The county welcome Lancashire to Wantage Road, in a rematch of the 2015 final, which the visitors won.

Northants, the 2016 champions, are fourth in the North Group following Tuesday's two-run defeat against the Birmingham Bears.

The top four clubs progress to the quarter-finals of the competition, along with four clubs from the South Group.

BBC Radio Northampton has live coverage of the match, with build-up from 18:00 and commentary at 18:30.

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Fatal B1040 crash suspect sent back to jail

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A man arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving following a fatal crash near Peterborough on Tuesday has been released under investigation by police.

However, he has now been sent back to prison, as it emerged he was out on licence for an unrelated offence at the time of the crash.

Rugby player Mark Collin, 51, died in the head-on collision on the B1040 near Whittlesey at about 04:20.

Mark Collin pictured with his team, fourth from the left on the back row
Mark Collin pictured with his team, fourth from the left on the back row

Officers arrested the driver of an Audi, which had been stolen in Northamptonshire.

He has been released under investigation, but recalled to jail for breaching the terms of his licence.

Police are still looking for two other people who they believe fled the scene.

University of Northampton's new Waterside Campus
A topping out ceremony marks one year until the University of Northampton's new Waterside Campus opens.

Women's British Open: Kettering golfer Hull's major bid begins later

The British Women's Open - the fourth women's golf major of the year - got under way at Kingsbarns in Scotland this morning.

Kettering's Charley Hull, 21, tees off at 12:27 at the course, which is near St Andrews.

Charley Hull
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Hull is ranked 25th in the world and is Britain's number one female golfer.

She's previously won tournaments on both the LPGA and Ladies' European Tour, has played in two Solheim Cups and at the Olympics.

Her career-best finish at the British Women's Open was when she tied for 12th at Royal Birkdale in 2014.

Vehicle seized after driver with no insurance drove onto path

Northamptonshire Police's proactive team, which is a group of plain clothes officers operating throughout the county, has tweeted this picture of a car seized in Northampton after they found its driver was not insured.

They say their suspicions were raised when the motorist ended up driving onto a path while completing a three-point turn...

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Video: Boughton House opens to the public

One of the county's most important stately homes opens to the public today for its summer season.

Boughton House in Geddington, between Kettering and Corby, was built in the 18th Century and contains a world-class collection of art and antiques, including paintings by El Greco and Van Dyck.

The house, which is known by some as "England's Versailles" and was used in the film version of the musical Les Miserables, is only ever open to the public during the month of August.

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Thursday's weather: Mostly dry and windy

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today's weather will be a lot nicer than yesterday's.

Instead of all that heavy rain, we may see just one or two passing light showers, especially in the west of the region.

It is, however, going to be quite windy with a blustery south-westerly wind, which will become very gusty as we head through the afternoon.

Highs of 21C (70F).

Good morning

Kris Holland

BBC News

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Thursday, 3 August.

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


You can get in touch with the team by email, Twitter and Facebook.

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M40 Oxfordshire - Queuing traffic and two lanes closed 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

Our live coverage across the day

Kris Holland

BBC News

That's it for Wednesday's Local Live; we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday.

Scroll down the feed to look back at today's stories...

Have a good evening.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch affecting J19 for M6.

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an overturned car. Travel time is 30 minutes. Congestion to J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange).

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

Evening weather: Warm and muggy night

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

It will be cloudy this evening with occasional outbreaks of rain, but this gradually easing overnight to leave a few clear spells later.

Southwesterly winds will ease somewhat during the early hours, and feeling quite warm and muggy with temperatures only dropping to 13C (55F) at the end of the night.

Thursday will be windy with sunny spells and occasional cloud, and just a few isolated fast-moving showers. Temperatures will peak at 22C (72F).

Weather outlook

Find the latest weather where you live on the BBC Weather site.

New £330m university campus topped out

A topping out ceremony has marked one year until the University of Northampton's new £330m Waterside Campus opens.

The campus at Nunn Mills Road will replace the university's current sites on St George's Avenue and at Moulton Park in the town.

University of Northampton's new Waterside Campus

Damage revealed after digger driven into lake

A wildlife trust says trees were damaged when a digger was stolen and driven into a lake at a nature reserve in Northamptonshire.

Police were called to Ebbw Vale Road between Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers at about 07:00 on Tuesday after the digger was spotted in the water.

The Beds, Cambs and Northants Wildlife Trust has released a statement on its Facebook page, revealing the extent of the damage:

"Unfortunately there is damage to trees, some of which have been felled, and to the hand rails on the walkways of the reserve. Whilst the digger was removed from the lake last night, the railway line was also damaged, which has been repaired today.

"On the advice of the Environment Agency, the Trust has been using a boom and pads to soak up the diesel that leaked from the digger into the lake. Due to the prevailing winds, the fuel has fortunately remained in a small corner and therefore we hope that any possible disturbance to wildlife is minimal, but we are monitoring the situation.

"The fencing over the handrails was pulled down last night, so repairs have again been made today, but these will need to be permanently fixed."

The trust thanked local volunteers for their help.

Severe disruption: A14 Northamptonshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Northamptonshire eastbound severe disruption, between J2 A508 Harborough Road and J3 A6.

A14 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on A14 eastbound between J2, A508 (Kelmarsh) in Kelmarsh and J3, A6 (Desborough) in Orton, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Afternoon weather: Wet and windy

It'll become increasingly windy this afternoon, with the potential for heavy rain at times.

Tonight, the rain will clear but more showers are expected by dawn.

The high is 18C (64F).


BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

Third man dies after Crewe crane collapse

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A third man who was hurt when a crane collapsed in Crewe has died, more than a month after the incident happened, police say.

The crane after collapse

Two building workers, David Newall, who was 36, from Bradford, and 18-year-old Rhys Barker, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, had already been named as having been killed when the collapse happened on 21 June on Dunwoody Way.

Today, Cheshire Police said David Webb (pictured), who was 43, and originally from Northampton but living in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, had died from the injuries he suffered.

David Webb
Cheshire Police

His family have described him as a "fun loving character who lived his life to the full".

Cheshire Police say their investigation, alongside the Health and Safety Executive, the local authority and building control, is still ongoing.

Man assaulted in Northampton town centre

Police say a man was assaulted as he walked along Sheep Street in Northampton.

It happened at about 18:30 on Monday, 31 July when the 37-year-old victim passed three men and one of them punched him before chasing him towards Greyfriars.

Sheep Street in the direction of Greyfriars

The offender was white, around 40, 6ft, of athletic build and wearing a light coloured t-shirt.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

Pictures: Digger pulled from nature reserve

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire has just shared these images from its operation to salvage a digger which was discovered in a lake at a nature reserve on Tuesday.

Digger in the lake at nature reserve
Wildlife Trust BCN
Digger is pulled from the water by recovery vehicles
Wildlife Trust BCN
Digger leaving the site of the nature reserve
Wildlife Trust BCN

The digger had arrived on the site on Monday and had been left in a compound along with a number of cranes and lifting equipment.

It was being used to help replace a bridge girder near the Rushden Lakes shopping centre and to build a foot and cycle path linking the reserves to Stanwick.

Cobblers chairman and manager to attend open forum

Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas and manager Justin Edinburgh will take questions from supporters at an open forum, later.

The event, which is taking place at the club's Sixfields Stadium, starts at 19:00.

Justin Edinburgh
Justin Edinburgh took over as Northampton Town manager in January

On Saturday, the Cobblers begin their new League One season with a trip to Shrewsbury Town having made 12 signings so far in the summer transfer window.

It's also been a busy summer off the pitch, with a Chinese sports development and education firm has agreeing to purchase a 60% stake in the club.

Stolen digger recovered from nature reserve lake

A digger which was driven into a lake - after it was stolen from a nature reserve in Northamptonshire - has been recovered.

Police were called to Ebbw Vale Road between Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers at about 07:00 on Tuesday, but the recovery of the vehicle was not completed until about 23:30.


Describing the damage, reserves manager for Beds, Cambs and Northants Wildlife Trust, told the BBC: "The damage that was done was mainly due to fuel leaking out of the machine.

"There was an effort to put a boom and pads to soak up all the fuel and the prevailing wind was blowing any spillage into one corner [of the lake], so the weather conditions were in our favour luckily."

The digger had arrived on the site on Monday and had been left in a compound along with a number of cranes and lifting equipment.

It was being used to help replace a bridge girder near the Rushden Lakes shopping centre and build a kilometre of foot and cycle path linking the reserves to Stanwick.

Council complaints handling a 'cause for concern', says ombudsman

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

There is "considerable cause for concern" about how Northamptonshire County Council deals with complaints, according to a watchdog.

A report by the local government ombudsman has catalogued a series of concerns about the authority.

It gives examples of complainants waiting more than seven weeks for a response and how documents couldn't be accessed because no one knew a computer password.

Northamptonshire County Council chambers

In another case the ombudsman had to threaten to issue legal documents to get a response.

The council said it acknowledges and takes the findings seriously.

It says it has improved its systems over the last year.