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  1. Updates on Monday, 6 June 2016
  2. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Patrick Byrne

All times stated are UK

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Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Northamptonshire Live team on Monday, so we'll wish you goodbye and goodnight.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Shopmobility in Northampton to close down over grant cuts

BBC Radio Northampton

Shopmobility in Northampton, which provides mobility scooters for hire in the town centre, says it has no choice but to close down after funding from the borough council was cut for the second year in a row.

Mayorhold car park

The organisation, based in the Mayorhold car park, says it will stop its service in the autumn.

Anna King, Northampton Borough Council's cabinet member for community engagement, said the authority always has "difficult decisions to make" when giving grants, adding Shopmobility was given £8,000 and offered help from Voluntary Impact Northampton to look at further funding streams, "but unfortunately didn't move forward with the offer".

One day cricket: Northants facing 400 plus total at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire have passed 400 in today's Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Northants.

The huge total has been built on the back of Michael Lumb's 184 and 146 from Riki Wessels.

They are currently on 417-5... and there are still three overs left.

Police Scorpion operation aims to sting incidents before they worsen

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Police in Northamptonshire have launched a summer-long operation to tackle violent crime and anti-social behaviour.

Police on patrol
Northants Police

Operation Scorpion will focus additional resources at times where it's been identified crime or anti-social behaviour is more likely to happen.

While supporting regular policing of the main town centres and the night time economy, the operation will see extra officers patrolling hot spot areas.

Weather: Warm evening followed by a dry night

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

After a warm evening with plenty of sunshine, it will be a dry night with long clear spells.

Weather chart

Tuesday will see early mist and low cloud quickly clearing to leave a warm day with plenty of sunshine.

There is the risk of showers, which could turn heavy and thundery, but for many it will be another dry day. Maximum Temperature: 23C (73F).

One day cricket: Wicket! Notts 346-1

Northants have finally made the breakthrough in today's 50 over clash against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

That's the good news. the bad news is that Notts are 346-1, and there are still ten overs left in their innings.

Steven Crook made the breakthrough, dismissing Riki Wessels for 146.

Ramadan meditation period 'best time to learn more about Islam'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during daylight hours, raise alms and meditate on their religion more earnestly is a good time for non-Muslims to learn more about Islam.

Muslims at prayer

Chowdhury Halim, from the Wellingborough Mosque, said many Muslims come together late at night during the month to recite a longer than usual prayer.

"But Ramadan is also a good time for people to find out what Islam is all about as many people are meditating on the Koran and it is the holiest month in the calendar for us," he said.

One day cricket: Wicket for Northants? Notts a chance

How much for a wicket?

I ask because Northants can't buy one at the moment.

A rampant Notts have just passed 300 at Trent Bridge, with Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels having made hundreds.

Trent Bridge

Brexit will bring 'bonfire of workers rights,' Labour campaign claims

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

A Northamptonshire MEP says there will be a "bonfire of workers rights" if the country votes to leave the EU.

Labour in for Britain bus

East Midlands MEP, Glenis Willmott, was speaking as the "Labour IN for Britain" battle bus visited Corby and Northampton today.

Leave campaigners say the UK government can protect workers rights without the country needing to be in the EU.

One day cricket: Notts opening pair dominating

Fun in the sun... but not for Northamptonshire's cricketers.

The county are being put to sword by Nottinghamshire's opening pair in today's One Day Cup match.

Notts are currently 170-0 off 26 overs, with Michael Lumb closing in on a hundred and Riki Wessels unbeaten on 71.

Riki Wessels
Getty Images

Rugby Union: Early season ticket sales for Saints reach 9,000

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

More than 9,000 "early-bird" season tickets for Northampton Saints rugby matches at Franklin's Gardens have been sold for next season - but the club says there are spaces still available all round the ground.

Luther Burrell
Paul Rogers/Getty Images

Ticket holders from last season who have not yet applied for a renewal have been put on a reserve list, the club said.

It has also warned fans at least one game during the season will be played at Milton Keynes' stadium:mk, where capacity doubles from 15,000 at Franklin's Gardens to 30,000. The move will  boost revenue.

Weather: Clear skies and sunshine grace county

BBC Weather Watchers

Clear skies and warm sunshine have at last graced the county and here are some pictures from our Weather Watchers to prove the point.

prixbon/Weather Watchers

Forecasters say it will feel rather humid, but at Flore (pictured) it looks and feels like a June day. 

Maximum Temperature: 23C (73F).

Ziggy's Wood/Weather Watchers

After a fine end to the day, it will be a dry evening with clear spells, but cloud will thicken up in places toward the east like Oundle (pictured).

Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F) 

More details from BBC Weather:

One day cricket: Lumb hits half century to put Northants on the back foot

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Former England international Michael Lumb has just completed a half century for Nottinghamshire.

The home side are currently 58-0 off ten overs with Northants' bowlers toiling in the sun at Trent Bridge.

Michael Lumb
Getty Images

Travel: Building fire and accident hits Northampton traffic flow

BBC Travel

A building fire and road accident has partly blocked the A508 St George's Street in Northampton and traffic is moving very slowly.

More details from BBC Travel.

EU referendum campaigners due in county later today

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Glenis Willmott, the East Midlands MEP and Labour's Leader in Europe (pictured), will be in Northamptonshire later today to campaign about the European Referendum poll on 23 June as the In for Britain Campaign Bus visits Corby and Northampton.

Glenis Willmott

Campaigners who want Britain to leave the European Union are warning a vote to stay in could see the UK having to pay billions of pounds more towards budget rises in Brussels and Eurozone bailouts.

The Remain camp denies these claims and says Britain has a veto on budget increases, as well as a promise it won't have to contribute to bailouts.

Student presents 'crazy and wacky' designs at Graduate Fashion Week

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A budding fashion design student from the University of Northampton's School Of The Arts will present her work at Graduate Fashion Week in East London today.

Shanel Brown
University of Northampton

Shanel Brown, 22, said inspiration for her designs came from the mysterious and unexplained Myam people and crop circles.

"I wanted my collection and prints to be a bit crazy and wacky and have a used a lot of velvet, which is a bit of a challenge to sew but the finished pieces look amazing," she said.

Aaron Phillips reveals delight over joining Cobblers

BBC Sport

Northampton Town's new signing, right-back Aaron Phillips, who said he had been a Coventry fan since the age of seven, has revealed his delight at his arrival at Sixfields in a new video released on the club's website.

Aaron Phillips
Pete Norton/Getty Images

He was surplus to requirements at Coventry and simply said when the transfer was revealed: "The manager did not want me." 

He now hopes to bolster a Cobblers side that has just won promotion to League One

Raiders threatened Corby newsagent staff with crowbars

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Two robbers threatened staff at a newsagents in Corby with crowbars before stealing a large quantity of cash and escaping.

Police cordon

They went into McColl's in the Danesholm Centre on Saturday at 17:15. The two robbers, believed to be male, were using bikes and both wore black, hooded tops.

One had faded jeans, a dark-blue and yellow scarf and carried a bag. The other wore dark grey jogging bottoms and a baseball cap with a light coloured peak, police said.

Physically demanding Ramadan daylight fast 'takes concentration'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Muslim councillor, who has been a police officer and footballer, says he does not prepare for Ramadan, but gets a great deal of satisfaction from the month of fasting.

Wellingborough Mosque

Abstaining from food during the hours of daylight is especially difficult during the long summer days, Wellingborough councillor Tony Aslam said: "It's physically very testing for the body so you have to concentrate your mind away from that aspect."

Ramadan for the Muslim community began at day break today and many will be giving alms or fundraising for charity and visiting their Mosque.

Sport: Northants begin Royal London campaign at Trent Bridge

BBC Sport

Northamptonshire Cricket Club begins its Royal London one-day competition campaign later today, with a visit to Trent Bridge to face Nottinghamshire.

Wantage Road
Getty Images

The match starts at 14:00 and you can find all the latest on the BBC Sport website.

At stake is an appearance at Lord's for the final on 17 September, but the side must get through the group stage into the quarter finals to progress. 

Disability assessment was 'rushed form-filling exercise', ex-nurse claims

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

A former nurse, from Kettering, claims she was given insufficient time to explain her medication practices - leading to a cut in her Personal Independence Payment, which is replacing the Disability Living Allowance, that she said allowed her to live a normal life.


The woman, who only wanted to be known as Jane, said the interview seemed to be a rushed, form-filling exercise which didn't give a true picture of what her life was like

"I tried to say to them I do not take painkillers for my condition because I use them for my arthritis," she said. "I cannot take more painkillers because that would be overdosing." 

The Department for Work and Pensions said: "Personal Independence Payment assessments are based on how someone's disability affects their day-to-day needs."

Disability assessment branded 'not fit for purpose' by former nurse

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

A former nurse from Kettering has told BBC Radio Northampton the new benefit assessments being given to people like her are not fit for purpose.

Disabled sign

PIP, or Personal Independence Payment, is replacing Disability Living Allowance and is a means tested benefit to help with additional costs such as adapting a home, running a car or paying for the help of a carer.

After a recent assessment, Jane, who did not want to give her surname, has been told she won't get the higher rate of PIP and will lose her motability car. 

The Department for Work and Pensions said assessments were undertaken by fully trained, qualified health professionals.

Your pictures of the Flying Scotsman

As we've been reporting, the Flying Scotsman paid a visit to Northamptonshire this weekend.

Readers of the BBC Northampton Facebook page sent in their images of the famous locomotive - here are just some of them.

Thanks to Gemma Vinci, Janette Shores, Keith Cheasman and Ray Stewart for sharing their pictures.

Flying Scotsman at Headlands in Kettering
Gemma Vinci/Facebook
Flying Scotsman leaving Wellingbrough Station
Janette Shores/Facebook
Flying Scotsman at Irchester
Keith Cheasman/Facebook
Flying Scotsman in Mill Road, Wellingborough
Ray Stewart/Facebook

Excitement for Flying Scotsman fans cheering famous steam locomotive

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

A sense of excitement spread through Northamptonshire over the weekend as the Flying Scotsman chugged through the county.

Hundreds of people lined the route and packed stations along the line, although a few strayed on to the tracks which brought safety warnings from Network Rail and British Transport Police.

But fans relished the day and many will be looking forward to June 25, when it returns to do it all again.

Hundreds turn out to greet Flying Scotsman

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

Hundreds of people lined the route of the Flying Scotman train and packed station platforms as the engine steamed through Northamptonshire over the weekend.

Flying Scotsman

There had been warnings for people not to trespass on the tracks, but although around 20 were reported to British Transport Police there was no repeat of the eight hour delays caused by similar activity in near-by Biggleswade in Bedfordshire earlier in the year.

Weather: Fine and warm after cloud lifts

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Any early low cloud and mist will rapidly clear this morning to leave the whole county with a dry and sunny day.

Temperatures will rise to become warm by the afternoon. 

Maximum Temperature: 23C (73F). More details from BBC Weather.

Travel: Disruption on M1 southbound and A14 westbound

BBC Travel

There is currently slow traffic southbound on the M1 between J16 for the A45 Daventry and J15a for the A43 Northampton Services.

Elsewhere, a broken down vehicle on the A14 westbound is causing disruption at Cranford St John between J11 for Finedon (A510) and J10 for Burton Latimer (A6003).

Good morning and welcome to Northamptonshire Live

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The long summer days are upon us and we're promised warm sunshine over the next few days.

For the Muslim community in Northamptonshire, the days may seem longer than for the rest of us as they will be fasting during the daylight hours from today when their season of Ramadan begins.

As well as abstaining from bad habits they will also be fundraising for good causes. Tony Aslam, a councillor in Wellingborough, and a member of the town's Mosque will tell us later how he copes.