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Summary

  1. Police e-fit of a man wanted after a 95-year-old woman was the victim of a distraction burglary is ridiculed on social media
  2. Factory manufacturing solar panels at the former Chelveston airfield is granted planning permission
  3. A proposal for cinema and leisure complex at Rushden Lakes is granted planning permission
  4. Two companies have been awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise to mark the Monarch's 90th Birthday
  5. Updates for Thursday, 21 April 2016

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By Pete Cooper

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Local Live is finished for the day but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, with all the latest news, weather, sport and travel for Northamptonshire.

Weather: Dry overnight, cooler tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

There will be spells of hazy sunshine to end the day, and cloud cover will keep temperatures higher than last night, with lows of 4C (39F).

weather
BBC

It will be mainly dry tomorrow, but much cooler than today with highs of 11C (52F).

Northampton woman shares Queen's birthday

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

I've been to see Joyce Embrey, from Northampton, who was born on the same day as the Queen.

She received a card from the Queen to mark her 80th birthday, and told me about when she met Her Majesty.

Corby council to be asked to 'support' steelworkers

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

A motion goes before a full meeting of Corby Borough Council this evening, calling for support for Corby's steelworkers.

Steelworker statue
BBC

It's proposed by conservative group leader Rob McKellar. The motion also asks the council to actively promote the preservation of jobs.

Corby's steel plant is up for sale as part of Tata Steel looking to offload it's UK business.

Education secretary says county's victim support service should be 'copied elsewhere'

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Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says a service for victims of crime in Northamptonshire should be introduced in other areas of the country.

Voice Northants was set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner in 2014 to help victims and witnesses of crime, anti-social behaviour and road accidents.

Nicky Morgan
BBC

Ms Morgan visited the Voice Northants offices in Riverside Way this morning and says other PCCs could "copy and adapt" the service to implement it their counties.

Government willing to buy stake in Tata Steel is 'positive news' says Corby MP

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Tom Pursglove, the MP for Corby, has said that it's "very positive news and a welcome step forward" the government has said they willing to buy a 25% stake in Tata Steel UK business, including the plant in Corby.

Tom Pursglove
BBC

Mr Pusglove told me: "In recent weeks, I have pressed for ministers to keep all the options on the table - anything that helps to secure a buyer for Tata's UK operations can only be a good thing. 

"Rest assured that I'll continue to do all I can to help secure the future of steelmaking in Corby."

Northampton Town boss given handmade shoes fit for a championship winning manager

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Fresh from being crowned champions of League Two, Cobblers boss Chris Wilder received his new bespoke shoes courtesy of Barker this week.

Northampton Town have three players in League Two's top 15

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The Football League have revealed who are the top 15 players in each division as voted for by the league's managers. Champions Northampton Town have three players in the list for League Two.

Ricky Holmes
Getty Images

Top scorer and captain Marc Richards is at number 13, midfielder and cult hero John-Joe O'Toole is number 9 and winger Ricky Holmes (pictured) was voted into second place, behind Oxford's Kemar Roofe.

Two lane closed on the M1 northbound between junctions 16 and 17

BBC Travel

There are two lanes closed on the M1 northbound between junction 16 (Daventry) and 17 (Dunchurch) because of an accident involving and car and lorry.

'Employment park' at Rockingham Motor Speedway given go-head

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Planning permission has been granted for a new industrial estate near Corby.

The so-called "employment park" would include space for industrial units and warehousing.

Rockingham
Getty Images

It could be built on land at Rockingham Motor Speedway, including some of the car park.

UK government prepared to take 25% stake in Tata Steel

BBC News UK

The government has announced that it is willing to take a 25% stake in any rescue of Tata Steel's UK operations, including the plant in Corby.

The business department said it was preparing a support package "worth hundreds of millions of pounds" available to potential buyers.

Corby steel
BBC

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said the money would be offered on commercial terms, but the government would not take any control over the business.

At least two potential buyers have shown interest in buying the business.

Plans for Rail Central to go on display to the public next week

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The plans for a rail freight terminal between Blisworth and Milton Malsor will be put on display to the public next week as part of a public consultation on the development.

rail central
Rail Central

Along with the plans, there will also be members of Ashfield Land, promoter of Rail Central, and the technical project team at the venues in Blisworth, Roade, Collingtree, Towcester, and Milton Malsor.

The plan has been strongly opposed by nearby residents and local politicians, but the developers say it'll create 8,000 jobs.

Solar panel factory to be built on former Chelveston airfield

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

A factory manufacturing solar panels at the former Chelveston airfield has been granted planning permission.

Solar panel
PA

Local people objected, claiming it would lead to more lorries, noise and a loss of farmland - but last night East Northamptonshire councillors approved the plans

The council’s officers had highlighted the need for a "prosperous rural economy".

Specialist car part manufacturer in Daventry given Queen's Award

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Red Arch Manufacturing in Daventry has been given a Queen's Award for Enterprise recognising a huge increase in overseas sales for the firm.

Red Arch
Red Arch Manufacturing

The company make specialist part for cars. They are one two companies in Northamptonshire given the award to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

Weather: Sunny and dry

BBC Weather Watchers

It's sunshine across Northamptonshire today. Here's Oundle captured by BBC Weather Watcher 'PandA'.

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BBC

It will be another mainly dry afternoon with some warm sunny spells and a high of 14C (57F).

There more details on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire say the Queen has 'seen it all'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Sir John Robinson, Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, says that the Queen has "seen it all" and over the course of her reign has been "steady".

Queen
Reuters

Today marks the Queen's 90th birthday.

Sir John said that through the course of he life she has seen the "decline of the British Empire, the Second World War, and the return of confidence in Britain".

Headlines: Tributes to Queen on 90th birthday... Solar panel factory given go-ahead

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  • The Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire has been paying tribute to the Queen on her 90th birthday
  • A factory manufacturing solar panels at the former Chelveston airfield has been granted planning permission
  • Kettering's Kyren Wilson leads world number 10 Joe Perry 5-4 going into the final session of their first round match the World Snooker Championship

Beacons lit across the county for Queen's 90th Birthday

There will be a special beacon-lighting ceremony to mark the Queen's 90th Birthday on Daventry's historic Borough Hill this evening. The event starts at 19.00 and will feature a live performance by Daventry Brass.

There is also a beacon being lit at Wootton Community and Sports Centre at 19.30 and other across Northamptonshire

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Kettering councillors will still get free parking after motion defeated

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The plan to remove free car parking passes from borough councillors in Kettering that we mentioned yesterday... has been defeated.

kettering borough council
BBC

The motion was put forward by Labour's Clark Mitchell who'd argued the passes mean some councillors don't know the true cost of parking in the town, which is most expensive in the county for a two to three hour stay.

Young performers launch petition calling for Wellingborough theatre to be saved

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Young people who use a town theatre have gathered hundreds of names on a petition calling for the venue to be saved.

Police say if 'Zippy' e-fit helps catch offender it has 'done its job'

Northamptonshire Police have said they are "glad" that their e-fit, which has been ridiculed on Facebook, is "grabbing peoples' attention".

Banbury Lane
Goo

The force say the distraction burglary on Saturday of a 95-year-old in Banbury Lane, Rothersthorpe, was "a despicable crime against a vulnerable, elderly lady" and they say that "if the e-fit helps jog somebody's memory and this goes on to help catch the offender then it's done its job".

People have likened the man featured in the e-fit to the 1970s TV puppet Zippy, the Joker from the Batman comic series and a melon.

Snooker: Wilson take one frame lead into conclusion of first round match

BBC Sport

Kettering's Kyren Wilson leads world number 10 Joe Perry 5-4 going into the final session of their first round match the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Kyren Wilson
PA

Wilson also hit the highest break of the match with a 130. They will conclude their match at 19:00 tonight.

Police ridiculed on social media for 'Zippy' e-fit

Northamptonshire Police have drawn criticism on their Facebook page for an e-fit issued after a distraction burglary in Rothersthorpe.

e-fit
Northamptonshire Police

Users have compared to the alleged offender to Zippy from the 1970s children's television show Rainbow.

He has also been likened to a melon, a pillar box and the Batman baddie the Joker.

Panesar makes another step towards making return for Northamptonshire

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Monty Panesar had another lengthy bowl at Wantage Road yesterday as Northamptonshire drew with Leicestershire in the second eleven championship.

Monty Panesar
Getty Images

Panesar sent down 17 overs for just 28 runs as the visitors battled to safety at 178 for 4 after Northamptonshire has earlier declared on 499-9.

Sport headlines: Wilson has narrow lead in first round... Monty Panesar has bowl for second XI

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Here are the top sport headlines:

  • Kettering's Kyren Wilson leads world number 10 Joe Perry 5-4 in his first round match at the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible
  • Monty Panesar has another lengthy bowl at Wantage Road yesterday as Northamptonshire drew with Leicestershire in the second eleven championship
  • Northamptonshire's Gary Boyd is currently seven shots off the lead during the opening round of the Shenzhen International in China

Desborough shoe company rewarded with Queen's Award after rise in exports

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Two Northamptonshire companies have been given the Queen's Award for Enterprise to celebrates the Queen's 90th Birthday.

They're Red Arch Manufacturing in Daventry and Cheaney's Shoes in Desborough (pictured).

Cheaney's Shoes
BBC

The joint-managing-director of Cheaney's William Church says turnover has more than doubled and exports have trebled since a management buy-out in 2009.

Weather: Dry with sunny spells

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It will be another mainly dry day with some warm sunny spells with a top temperature of 14C (57F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are also more details on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Planning permission granted for cinema and leisure complex at Rushden Lakes

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Planning permission has been granted for a 12-screen cinema at Rushden Lakes, which will also include a bowling alley, indoor climbing structure, cycle hire and restaurants.

Rushden Lakes
BBC

This leisure complex replaces the proposed garden centre, and the developer LBX properties say that it'll open a few months after the shopping development which should be completed next Spring.

Headlines: Two companies given Queen's Award...Rushden Lakes cinema given planning permission

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories:

  • Red Arch Manufacturing in Daventry and Cheaney's Shoes in Desborough have been awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise to mark the Monarch's 90th Birthday
  • A proposal to build a cinema at the new Rushden Lakes development has been granted planning permission
  • The candidates to be the county's next Police and Crime Commissioner have been setting out their views on police numbers

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Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

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