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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 23 March 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Martin Borley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Thanks for joining us for our live coverage of news, sport, weather and travel in Northamptonshire. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

    Remember, you can contact us with stories and photos by email, Twitter or Facebook.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Man arrested after alleged burglaries in Rothwell

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    A 21-year-old man from Rushden has been arrested on suspicion of burglary following an alleged attempted break-in at a garage on Burditt Close and a break-in at a garage in Vickers Close, both in Rothwell.

    Burditt Close, Rothwell

    The incidents are said to have happened between 03:00 and 04:00 yesterday.

    Police are looking for another man believed to have been in the area at the time. He's described as white, 16-30-years-old and wearing a dark-coloured hoodie.

  3. Service to celebrate life of Northampton's Zac Forskitt - and dress code is 'wear checkshirts'

    Northants Herald & Post

    A 'celebration of his life' service will be held in memory of the face behind the #BacZac campaign, who passed away earlier this month after a battle with two cancers.

  4. Staff at The Castle theatre 'waiting for answers'

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    The 35 people employed by The Castle theatre in Wellingborough are waiting to hear if they will keep their jobs after the local council decided to terminate its contract.

    The Castle

    Wellingborough Borough Council leader, Councillor Paul Bell, said The Castle Wellingborough Ltd has been given six months' notice because of "poor financial management".

    Shows will continue at the theatre for now, but its Board is due to meet this evening to consider its response. A member of staff told me it's "a bleak day".

  5. Seats installed at Sixfields East stand

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Just over a week before the East Stand at Sixfields stadium is brought back into use, the seats are being installed.

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    Video caption: Seats installed in the beleagured Sixfields East stand.

    In all, 2,000 seats are being fitted. They will be used for the first time on 2 April when Northampton Town plays Notts County.

  6. Baby R case review: The safeguarding board's recommendations

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A report into the death of nine-week-old Baby R has made a number of recommendations.

    The child died after sleeping on a sofa with his mother.

    The Safeguarding Board

    The Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board's recommendations include:

    • All professionals should know what to do when there is a concealed pregnancy and they should know the procedures for reporting neglect
    • The dangers of adults sharing a bed with children should be highlighted
    • Training should be given to schools to ensure teachers and others identify neglect in children and report it to agencies
  7. Baby R case review: Mother 'did not known' she was pregnant

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The mother of 'Baby R' - the subject of a serious case review this morning - gave birth to him on the bathroom floor, not realising she was pregnant.

    The details were contained in a Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board report produced after the baby died, aged nine weeks old, as he slept on a sofa with his mother.

    The Safeguarding Board

    The review also said her children had missed some health checks and immunisation appointments, and there was a history of the mother not attending meetings to discuss their child’s progress.

  8. Baby R case review: 'Many people concerned' about mother's care

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A number of people contacted social services to raise concerns over a mother whose nine-week-old child waskilled as they slept on the same sofa.

    Safeguarding document

    Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board's review reports many people were concerned over the way she cared for her children. Children’s Social Care had decided a health visitor would monitor the situation.

    The father of her first two children had contacted Children’s Social Care to report there were large areas of mould on the floor in the kitchen and on the cooker, and alleged the mother would fall asleep leaving the children unsupervised. He told social services the mother was pregnant again and not coping well.

    The review said Children’s Social Services had advised him to seek legal advice.

  9. Travel: Foam sheets cause delays on M40

    BBC Travel

    There are severe delays on the M40 due to foam sheets on the road. The motorway is partially blocked on the northbound carriageway between J11 and J12.

  10. BreakingTravel: One lane closed on M1 Southbound

    BBC Travel

    One lane has been shut on the M1 southbound between J15 and J14. It follows an accident involving a lorry and a car. There are severe delays.

  11. Dylan Hartley unsure when he will return to action

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley says he is "unsure of when he will return to action" after suffering a blow to the head in the final moments of England's Six Nations Grand Slam triumph on Saturday.

    Dylan Hartley lies on the floor after the clash with Atonio

    He said he is "taking it day-by-day" and will be having scans today.

    Hartley said he was being closely monitored when he picked up the Six Nations trophy: "If you look closely there's this strange man always lurking about 10 metres in the background - that's actually the England rugby doctor who's keeping a close eye on me."

  12. Hartley's memory loss after Six Nations blow to the head was 'like a drunken night'

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    England captain and Northampton Saints star Dylan Hartley says he cannot remember lifting the Six Nations trophy after a blow to the head.

    England celebrate

    The 29-year-old hooker was taken off after being knocked out by the knee of France's Uini Atonio, before returning to lift the Grand Slam winners' trophy.

    "Trying to piece the night together I can't remember certain things so it's almost like a drunken night," he said. "I'm looking at photos, trying to remember things. I can't remember the post-match presentations."

  13. Wellingborough's theatre loses contract with council

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    The Borough Council of Wellingborough has terminated its contract with the town's Castle Theatre.

    Stage lights

    The decision was made at an extraordinary council meeting last night.

    The Castle Wellingborough Ltd, a charity, has been running the arts centre since 2011.

  14. Agnes Road death no longer being treated as suspicious

    Detectives investigating the death of a woman at an address in Agnes Road, Semilong, Northampton, on Monday evening, are no longer treating it as suspicious.

    Agnes Road

    A forensic post-mortem examination took place at Leicester Royal Infirmary yesterday and a file is now being prepared for the coroner.

    A 41-year-old man from Northampton arrested on suspicion of murder has been released without charge.

  15. Wellingborough Council accuses theatre of 'poor financial management'

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    The leader of Wellingborough Borough Council has accused the town's theatre of "poor financial management".

    Castle Theatre

    Conservative, Councillor Paul Bell, was defending a decision by the council to terminate the authority's contract with The Castle Wellingborough Ltd which runs The Castle venue.

    In a statement, he said: "I really hope that, by giving The Castle Wellingborough Ltd six months’ notice, the council will have time to find another way of running the theatre."

    We have asked The Castle to comment.

  16. Brussels attacks: Flags at half-mast in Wellingborough and Kettering

    Those who lost their lives in yesterday's terror attack are being honoured across Europe, with many famous buildings lit up in Belgium's colours including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Rome's Trevi Fountain and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

    In Welingborough and Kettering, the local councils are currently flying the Union Flag at half mast in memory of the victims of the Brussels attacks.

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  17. Baby R case review: Mother of nine-week-old baby put 'her children at risk'

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board's review into the death of nine-week-old Baby R, who died after co-sleeping with his mother, said she had been warned of the danger of co-sleeping with her baby which, it said "led to Child R's tragic death".

    The board said the mother had not engaged with health services and thereby "knowingly put herself and her children at risk".

  18. Baby R case review: School 'negated responsibility' says safeguarding board

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    A report into the death of nine-week-old Baby R said the school at which his siblings went to "negated their responsibilities" in not reporting issues with them to the authorities.

    Northamtonshire Safeguarding Children Board

    The children had attended school in dirty and damp clothes, had head lice and repeatedly complained of not being given breakfast.

    Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board's report said: "The school's actions and 'good intentions' in what they saw as helping the children not to be ostracised by their peers, were misguided."

  19. Baby R case review: Child's sibling 'picked food off the school dining hall floor'

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    One of the siblings of a nine-week-old baby who died after sleeping on a sofa with his mother had been "observed to be picking food off the school dining hall floor".

    Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board

    The Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board, sitting at a serious case review this morning, said staff had decided that did not indicate hunger.

    "These incidents raise serious questions as to the level of understanding school staff had of the indicators of neglect, the need to listen seriously to children and for appropriate action to be taken," the board's report said.