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  1. Updates on Friday, 8 September 2017
  2. Second Northampton soldier arrested into anti-neo Nazi terror inquiry
  3. Man in hospital after 'targeted attack' with 'noxious substance'
  4. Jeremy Corbyn visits Northampton
  5. Northants beat Sussex by six wickets in County Championship

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By Katy Lewis

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Northampton beat East Midlands rivals Leicester for the first time since December 2014 at Franklin's Gardens.

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That's it for another week of live updates for Northamptonshire.

You can scroll down here to catch up with anything you might have missed.

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

Have a great weekend.


Weather: Thundery overnight showers possible

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Further showers during the first part of the night could be heavy and thundery in places across the BBC East region, but everywhere should become dry with clear spells and isolated fog patches.

Temperatures in rural areas are likely to drop.

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)

Weather chart

Saturday should get off to a dry start with some sunshine, but eventually cloud will thicken and there'll be the risk of showers - some again turning heavy and thundery.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F)

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Jeremy Corbyn in Northampton: 'Children are let down by housing system'

Craig Lewis

BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

The money has to be found to help homeless people - according to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

I spoke to Mr Corbyn during a visit to Northampton's Hope Centre earlier today.

Jeremy Corbyn at The Hope Centre

He told me housing is a "national crisis" and a "waste of resources".

He said: "Children growing up in expensive, badly-run private rented accommodation, being made homeless every six months or a year, changing schools, moving around, don't achieve in school.

"They don't achieve so much as they could in life."

Second soldier from Northampton arrested by anti-terror police

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A second man from Northampton has been arrested as part of a terrorism investigation centred on the Royal Anglian Regiment of the British Army.

He was originally detained by the Royal Military Police in Cyprus and is now being questioned by the West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit on suspicion of links to the banned neo-Nazi National Action group.

Another 24-year-old man from Northampton and three other serving members of the Army were arrested on Tuesday. Three of them are believed to be from the Royal Anglian Regiment; the fourth with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Police say the arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led and that there was no threat to the public's safety.

The men are being held on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000; namely on suspicion of being members of a proscribed organisation.

National Action, described by the Home Office as "virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic", became the first extreme right-wing group to be banned under terrorism laws in December 2016.

Northamptonshire beat Sussex by six wickets

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Northamptonshire have beaten Sussex on day four of their County Championship match against Sussex at Wantage Road.

The final scoreboard: Northamptonshire 426 & 140-4 v Sussex 172 & 393 (f/o).

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Northamptonshire damage Sussex's prospects of reaching Division One, beating them by six wickets at Northampton.

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Jeremy Corbyn in Northampton: Labour leader pledges to build more council housing

Craig Lewis

BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

Jeremy Corbyn has been visiting the county today as part of his summer campaign tour.

The Labour leader has been to the Northampton's Hope Centre, which works to tackle the causes of homelessness, and the Pen Sure Start Centre in Corby.

Jeremy Corbyn at The Hope Centre
Jeremy Corbyn at The Hope Centre

While there he spoke to homeless people and volunteers at the centre.

Mr Corbyn told me homelessness was increasing due to "expensive private rented accommodation, a lack of new-build council accommodation and individual cases of family break-up".

He said he is determined to regulate the private rented sector and build more council housing.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - Slow traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

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Jeremy Corbyn visits Northampton

Craig Lewis

BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

I'm at The Hope Centre in Northampton where Jeremy Corbyn MP, leader of the Labour Party, is visiting in the final two days of Labour's summer marginal campaign.

There'll be more on this later...

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Daventry council urged to remove under 14 ban from school building

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The mayor of Daventry has urged district council officials to remove a restriction on pupils using a new school building in the town.

The Parker E-Act Academy has taken over the former University Technical College building and had hoped to house its new Year 7 students there - but there's a covenant which states it can't be used by pupils under the age of 14. Year 7s are aged 11 and 12.

Mayor Lynne Taylor said: "I know that parents are concerned [as to why their children can't go to that building] because they were supposed to come here from September and now they're not and when I see the facilities I think it's disappointing that they can't.

"I think those who have the power to do something about it should listen very carefully to the parents of 210 children."

Daventry District Council said that the lease included a requirement that the site is used primarily for students age 14-19 and following discussion about options, the council received assurances from E-Act and The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) that these terms would be complied with.

Business manager Simon Bowers said: "E-Act was well aware of the requirement for 14-19 use back in April 2017.

"The council was content with this arrangement.

"However it would appear that the message received by parents may have been somewhat different to the position reached by the council, E-Act and the ESFA.

"The council remains happy to discuss a way forward with E-Act.”

Tigers team for Northampton trip announced

BBC Sport

The season may only be a week old, but Leicester Tigers will be itching to get a first win after their disappointing defeat at home to Bath.

The Tigers have announced their team for tomorrow's trip to nearby Northampton, with England's Dan Cole, George Ford, Jonny May and Ben Youngs all starting.

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Everyone enjoys derby day, the intensity around it is fantastic and hopefully it brings out the best."

Matt O'ConnorLeicester Tigers head coach

Date set for Eleanor Cross emergency maintenance

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

We've told you before about the concern over the dilapidated state of Northampton’s Eleanor Cross.

The scheduled and Grade I listed monument has been a feature of the town since the 13th Century and it is now in urgent need of repair.

Eleanor Cross, Northampton
Geograph/John Apperley

The good news is that comprehensive survey work and emergency maintenance will start on 16 October.

The cross, situated at the southern end of London Road close to Delapre Wood, is one of just three surviving monuments of 12 commissioned by Edward I between 1291 and 1294.

Each cross marks one of 12 nightly resting places of his wife, Queen Eleanor of Castile, during her funeral procession from Harby, near Lincoln, to London.

The cross itself is missing from the top of the one in Northampton.

Northampton Borough Council claims it does not own the cross. The county council says the same, but with the cross deteriorating, the borough has taken responsibility for its maintenance.

It said it is continuing to investigate ownership, but in the meantime has taken the decision to carry out emergency maintenance work and commission a full condition survey to inform any necessary future work.

Councillor Tim Hadland said: "We continue to work with Cliveden Conservation and Historic England to ensure this project is carried out in the right way and to the monument’s benefit.

"We all want to see the cross protected and that is precisely why the borough council has pushed ahead."

A Historic England spokesperson said: "We welcome the commissioning of a condition survey by Northampton Borough Council to assess what works are required to safeguard the town’s nationally important Eleanor Cross for our own and future generations."

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

County cricket: Match against Sussex to resume

BBC Sport

It's the fourth and final day of Northamptonshire's county championship match against Sussex at Wantage Road.

The visitors are 382-9 in their second innings, following on, and lead Northamptonshire by 128 runs.

Play resumes at 10:30, with full online commentary through the BBC Sport website.

Rev Richard Coles: Same-sex dance couples 'might be appropriate'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Reverend Richard Coles, has said same-sex couples on this year's show might be appropriate.

Reverend Richard Coles

The Anglican vicar of Finedon near Wellingborough, said: "It's an interesting one... particularly this year when we mark the 50th anniversary of the change in law and the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

"I've heard nothing yet, but it might be perhaps this year some sort of gesture in that direction would be appropriate."

The former keyboard player in The Communards is one of 15 contestants on this year's programme - and the launch show can be seen this Saturday on BBC One at 19:00.

Man in hospital after 'targeted attack' with 'noxious substance'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested after a 25-year-old man was taken to hospital suffering from skin irritation following a "targeted attack" involving what's been described as a noxious substance in Northampton.

Thenford Street, Northampton

Emergency services were called to Thenford Street at 04:45 on Thursday and a 24-year-old man was detained for possession of an offensive weapon.

Northamptonshire Police said the incident is being linked to another which took place nearby.

Det Sgt Johnny Campbell said: "The noxious substance used was not believed to be an acid.

"We have made one arrest and believe this was a targeted attack."

Today's weather: Scattered showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's getting to look a lot like autumn!

After a cloudy, wet and blustery start it will get slightly brighter but there is a chance of scattered showers in the afternoon, some of which could be heavy.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).


For a more detailed forecast for where you are, or where you're going, visit BBC Weather.

Welcome back to live updates

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome back to Local Live across Northamptonshire.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for your local area.

A weather forecast will be with you shortly, but possibly keep an umbrella close by today!

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J15A for A43 and J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J15a, A43 (Northampton Services) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an accident.

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

David Wiese

Sussex's batsmen stage a late fightback to maintain hope of salvaging an unlikely draw or win against Northamptonshire.

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Stuart Bailey

BBC News

That's it for another day of live updates for Northamptonshire.

You can scroll back here to catch up with anything you might have missed.

Any breaking stories will appear here overnight, otherwise we'll be back with more news, weather, sport and travel for the county at 08:00 tomorrow.

Have a good evening.

Cloudy skies over Irchester.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J18 for A5 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a rolling road-block and an accident.

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

Weather: A damp night ahead

BBC Weather

A dull, damp end to the day with outbreaks of rain and brisk south westerly winds across the BBC East region as it dips to 13C (55F).

Rain will clear towards the end of the night.

Weather forecast.

Friday will be a mixture of sunny periods and scattered blustery showers, possibly thundery.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

More details from BBC Weather.

Cricket: Play suspended at Wantage Road

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Bad light has suspended play on day three of Northamptonshire's County Championship match against Sussex at Wantage Road.

Sussex are 362-8 and lead Northamptonshire by 108 runs.

Cricket score
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Police investigation 'requires time' after van damaged 30 cars

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Northamptonshire Police has tried to reassure people whose cars were damaged by a van last Thursday afternoon that "a lot of work is being done" in the investigation.

About 30 vehicles were hit by the van, which witnesses described as being driven "erratically on three wheels" on Oliver Street in the Kingsley area of Northampton.

Several residents have told me they don't feel like the case is being taken seriously enough and want more to be done.

Damaged cars in Northampton.

Insp Dave Rayfield said: "This remains very much a live investigation and a lot of work is being done to obtain statements from potential witnesses.

"We have conducted calls to the list of witnesses and victims that have so far come forward and they have identified further witnesses.

"All avenues of inquiry remain open and investigations such as this, with multiple victims, often require time to complete."

One man arrested was cautioned and a second was released under investigation.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J16 for A45 and J15 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - Heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J15, A45 (Northampton), because of an accident involving lorry and a car earlier on. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Four arrests after shotgun reports

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Four people have been questioned by police after reports of people carrying shotguns in Corby.

Armed officers were called to the Gretton Brook Road area on Tuesday and they arrested two men and two teenage boys.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: "An extensive search of the local area has taken place and a shotgun has been recovered.

"Officers from CID investigating the incident would like to hear from anyone who may have any information about it."

The four people arrested have been released under investigation.

Northants heading for victory against Sussex

It's the third day of Northamptonshire's County Championship match against Sussex at Wantage Road and Northants are on course for victory.

Sussex are 240-7 following on, still trailing by 14.

Tea is due at 15:30

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You can click here to listen to full commentary.

Adam Simmonds: Where are all the evangelical police commissioners?

Craig Lewis

BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

Adam Simmonds was a controversial figure during his time as Northamptonshire's first police and crime commissioner (PCC).

Plans to sell part of the force headquarters to house a new free school, merge the police and fire service and the introduction of an Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives divided opinion.

Adam Simmonds

Many of his ideas have since been scrapped by his successor and fellow Conservative, Stephen Mold.

Mr Simmonds was also considered something of an evangelist for the role, held up by government as an example of how it should work.

His view on how the PCC position is developing is therefore of interest.

He said crime commissioners should stand out "against the status quo" rather than "taking on huge bureaucracy" and "simply agreeing with how the police operate".

"I find it very hard looking round the country now to see any people who believe that," he added.

Adam Simmonds: Former PCC says Northants should have an elected mayor

Craig Lewis

BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

Northamptonshire should have an elected mayor similar to those in London, Manchester and the West Midlands, says the county's former police and crime commissioner (PCC).

Adam Simmonds

Adam Simmonds, who was PCC 2012-16, said the notion someone should just run the police service is out of date.

"We should be looking broader to public services," he said.

Mr Simmonds called for "less county councils, less local councils, more directly elected individuals".

Railway 'scrap metal' in Northampton University bomb scare

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A "suspected explosive device" that brought work on a £330m university construction site in Northampton to a halt on Wednesday was, in fact... scrap metal, and it probably came from an old railway track, bomb disposal experts believe.

Scrap metal found at construction site
Royal Air Force

Two suspected World War Two mortars were discovered at 09:45 at the University of Northampton's new Waterside campus development, close to an old railway line at Malthouse Close.

The site was evacuated and cordoned off while bomb disposal experts from RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire examined the items.

Bomb squad at building site

They quickly established they were "not mortars" and not explosives.

The site was reopened on Wednesday afternoon, but what were the items that caused this alert?

To the untrained eye they certainly do resemble mortars, but here's what a real one looks like:

Rusty mortar bomb
Getty Images

There are two differences between the items on the building site and the real deal above, that can easily be seen if you know what to look for.

The ends of the Northampton "devices" are "crimped", unlike genuine mortars, Ed Palmer, spokesman for the RAF's bomb squad at Wittering says.

Also, from the "tail" end of the building site items, "you can tell these things were never intended to fly".

Although they do look a bit like mortars, Mr Palmer said they are either "track or point pins - something used to either secure or identify tracks on railway points".

Construction worker with scrap metal

However, he added: "Don't take the chance. If you find something suspicious do not attempt to touch it or move it. Call the police and we will come out and deal with it."

Strictly Come Dancing: Reverend Richard Coles is "Strictly-fied".

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

It's just two days to go until we find out which professional dancers this year's Strictly Come Dancing contestants are are going to be paired with.

To get us in the mood, the Reverend Richard Coles has tweeted a tantalising picture of his costume being "Strictly-fied".

The Northamptonshire vicar is one of 15 contestants on this year's programme - and the launch show can be seen this Saturday on BBC One at 19:00.

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MP questions delay in finding new sponsors for failing academy schools

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Teaching unions and politicians are saying it's taking too long for nine schools in Northamptonshire to have new sponsors appointed to run them.

It's been six months since the Education Fellowship Trust announced it'd be giving up all the nine schools it manages due to poor performance in five of them, but still no new trust has been appointed.

Wrenn Academy, Wellingborough
Wrenn Academy in Wellingborough is one of the schools still seeking a sponsor

The government - via its Regional Schools Commissioner - is looking for another academy trust to take them on but all those negotiations go on behind closed doors, due to confidentiality.

The Conservative MP for Wellingborough, Peter Bone, has seven of the affected schools in his constituency and says he has asked the schools minister what is happening.

"Everyone from the schools minister down expected this to be done prior to September and I don't know why there is a delay," he said.

"There are a lot of confidentiality agreements floating around so it's rather difficult to get information.

"I've written to the schools minister asking for clarity on what is happening and more importantly when a final decision is to be made."

The Department for Education says there will be "an announcement in due course".

Detectives have more time to question Royal Anglians arrested on suspicion of terror offences

Detectives have been given more time to question four men, who serve with the Army's Royal Anglian Regiment, who were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

The men, including a 24-year-old arrested in Ipswich and a 24-year-old arrested in Northampton, were detained on Tuesday on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

They were also arrested on suspicion of being members of National Action - a proscribed neo-Nazi organisation.

The other two suspects were a 22-year-old arrested in Birmingham and a 32-year-old arrested in Powys.

All four men are being held at a police station in the West Midlands.

Detectives have been given a further five days to question them.

The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led, and police say there was no threat to the public's safety.

Northampton Saints training

Northampton must use the loss to Saracens to spur them on for the rest of the season, says attack coach Alan Dickens.

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Horton Hospital cuts: Authorities can seek judicial review

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Politicians in the south of the county have welcomed a step forward in the challenge to cuts in services at an NHS hospital.

Horton Hospital

A judge has ruled that four local authorities, including South Northamptonshire Council, can seek a judicial review into plans to reduce things like maternity services and critical care at the Horton Hospital in Banbury - which serves patients from Northamptonshire.

The councils have argued that the two-part consultation exercise carried out by health managers was "fundamentally flawed".

South Northamptonshire council leader Ian McCord said: "We've always argued that you cannot split this consultation into two halves because decisions taken in the first part could have a direct effect on something in the second.

"That's the point we've been trying to make to them and it has been ignored hitherto.

"We had a bit of a setback when the initial request was turned down, but we did push on for a hearing at court and we were very lucky to get someone who said 'yes, let's proceed to a full hearing'."