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Summary

  1. Boothville murder victim named
  2. Eddie Izzard in Corby to make Remain case
  3. Burglary arrests falling in Northants
  4. Cobblers' Ricky Holmes hands in transfer request
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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Updates for Northamptonshire have finished for today

Thanks for joining us today.

The big news across the day has been the naming of a man found murdered at a property in Northampton as 56-year-old David Miller, while Northampton Town have been rocked after winger Ricky Holmes handing in a transfer request.

We'll be back tomorrow with more from 08:00. See you then.

Weather: Heavy shower tonight and tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Scattered heavy showers and a few thunderstorms are possible this evening with sunny spells. Lows overnight of 9C (48F).

Weather
BBC

Sunny spells and scattered heavy showers are expected tomorrow. A few thunderstorms are possible with highs of 18C (64F).

New head for Daventry's UTC after sudden departure of principal

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

A new principal has been appointed at Daventry's University Technical College (UTC) following the sudden departure of its principal.

David Edmondson had been in charge since the college opened in 2013, but it has recently been struggling with poor exam results and low pupil numbers. In a statement, the UTC says Mr Edmondson has left to "pursue new opportunities".

Russell Ball
BBC

An interim principal, Russell Ball (pictured) has been appointed and is meeting parents this evening.

Last year, inspectors reported teaching was inadequate and the college required improvement. The college is only about a quarter full.

No Northamptonshrie non-league derby in Southern Premier League

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

This is a bit confusing, but stick with me...

Corby Town were relegated from Conference North last season and were due to return to the Northern Premier League.

However, due to another club, Cinderford Town, not wanting to go into the Southern Premier League - Corby were moved into that division, the same league as Kettering Town.

But then, one of the clubs affected by this, Evesham, appealed the decision to the FA and it has been overturned.

And so Corby Town are back in the Northern Premier League and Kettering remain in the Southern Premier.

Make sense? I hope so.

Police 'not where they want to be' on burglary, says new crime boss

The new police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire, Stephen Mold, says all cases of burglaries "have to be attended within something like 48 hours".

Stephen Mold
BBC

The number of people being arrested for burglary has fallen by almost half in the last three years, despite the number of incidents remaining steady.

He said police are "heading in the right direction, but are not where they want to be yet".

Mr Mold, who was elected last month, said he wanted "more feedback" from victims.

Police looking for stolen tortoise

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Earlier today Northamptonshire police told us they were taking burglary seriously, despite the falling number of arrest for the crime.

And already today they have issued an appeal for information about a theft in Daventry...of a tortoise

Target the tortoise
Northamptonshire Police

The two-year-old tortoise, called Target, is believed to have been stolen from a garden in Arnull Crescent, Daventry sometime on Thursday last week.

Coach driver banned from professional driving after going wrong way up the M1

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Do you remember this from last year?

One of those pictured performing illegal u-turns on the M1 at junction 18 was a driver for Reays Coaches. He has now been disqualified from professional driving for nine months.

Mark Ingleton, 35, of Westhaven, Thursby, had his professional driving licence revoked by the North West region’s deputy traffic commissioner, Simon Evans.

The industry regulator concluded Mr Ingleton had let himself, his passengers and his employer down and his "actions were not what the travelling public would expect from a professional driver".

Luther Burrell set to be dropped for second test against Australia

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter in Australia

George Ford is set to be rewarded for his performance off the bench in Brisbane with a place in the starting XV for Saturday's second Test against Australia in Melbourne - at the expense of Northampton Saints star Luther Burrell.

Luther Burrell
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The Bath fly-half was an early replacement for Burrell, setting up two tries in England's 39-28 win. Owen Farrell is expected to move from fly-half to Burrell's position of inside centre.

England will name their team tomorrow.

Police keen to speak to people who knew murdered David Miller

The officer leading the investigation into the murder of David Miller said police are still keen to speak to anyway one who knew the 56-year-old.

boothville
BBC

Det Chief Insp Louise Hemmingway said she was "especially keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of Patterdale Walk or Oasis House in Campbell Street, Northampton town centre, between Friday 10 June evening and Monday 13 June".

She also confirmed there would be a police presence at the Mr Miller's house, where he was found stabbed, for "some time".

Police confirm identity of man found dead in Northampton yesterday

The body of a man discovered at a property in Patterdale Walk, in the Boothville area of Northampton, yesterday has been named by police as 56-year-old David Miller, who lived at the address.

A post-mortem examination confirmed Mr Miller died as a result of stab wounds.

boothville
BBC

Five people remain in police custody as detectives continue to investigate the murder.

Three men from Northampton, aged 30, 49 and 57, and a woman from Northampton, aged 35, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.

A 27-year-old woman, from Northampton, was also arrested yesterday on suspicion of assisting an offender and remains in police custody.

Road in Corby inaccessible due to flooding, say police

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire Police have asked motorists to avoid some roads in Corby because of the heavy rain.

These roads are currently inaccessible due to flooding:

  • Cottingham Road, by Tesco 
  • Gainsborough Road
  • Oakley Road
  • Rockingham Road
  • Blake Road
  • Kings Cliffe to Blatherwycke and the A43 Corby bypass between Stanion and Barford Bridge

Why are showers so hard to forecast?

BBC Weather

Some parts of Northamptonshire have been hit by showers this week, while others haven't. So why are these little pockets of, sometimes heavy, rain so difficult to predict?

Tomasz Schafernaker explains...

Eddie Izzard comes to Corby to make case for remaining in EU

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Comedian Eddie Izzard is at Corby Business Academy to make the case for Remain to the students here in the Stand Up For Europe Remain campaign.

Eddie Izzard
BBC

His visit comes with just over a week to go until the EU referendum. The Booke Weston Trust, which runs the academy, will also be hosting a Brexit event before 23 June.

However, the visit of Eddie Izzard to Corby to urge people to vote Remain is not the most bizarre thing that happened in the EU referendum campaign today.

New police commissioner to explain how he'll make burglary a police priority

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

This morning we heard how the number of arrests for burglary has almost halved over the past three years despite the number of reported offences remaining the same.

Stephen Mold
BBC

Stephen Mold, the county's new police and crime commissioner is coming into the BBC Radio Northampton studio at 17:00 to talk about plans to make cracking down on burglary a policing priority.

It'll be his first broadcast interview since taking office.

Saints Brookes to start again for England second string

On Friday, England's second string, the Saxons face South Africa A, and there is another start for Northampton Saints prop Kieran Brookes.

England Saxons beat South Africa A 32-24 in the first of their two match series last week.

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English fans in Iceland bags are 'on fire' at Euro 2016

We've heard a lot about bad behaviour among fans in France, so a video posted by Icelandic website RUV brings a little bit of light back into the world of football.

Northampton footie fan Matt Pool - far right below - was among the lads interviewed by the outlet ahead of Iceland's clash with Portugal last night.

They wore Iceland carry bags and sang a version of the now famous Will Grigg's on fire song.

The boys were also captured in the below tweet...

Class from England fans supporting Iceland tonight.

Class from England fans supporting Iceland tonight.

French authorities 'have enough to deal with,' says Kettering MP

The MP for Kettering Philip Hollobone has said a "few trouble-makers are catching the headlines" after clashes between England supporters and Russian fans last week.

French police
AP

French authorities are restricting the sale of alcohol and drafting in 4,000 extra police in Lille ahead of England and Russia's next Euro 2016 matches.

Philip Hollobone told the Commons the French authorities "had enough to deal with" preventing any terrorist attacks during the tournament and efforts should be redoubled to make sure the French have "all the intelligence they need".

Northants Herald & Post: Northampton couple forced to flee attack by Russians at Euro 2016

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

French authorities are restricting the sale of alcohol and drafting in 4,000 extra police in Lille ahead of England and Russia's next Euro 2016 matches.

It comes after violent scenes before and after England's game against Russia, and the Northants Herald & Post have an account from two England fans from Northampton forced to flee when a group of Russian Ultras attacked supporters in Marseille on Saturday.

England fans
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Danny Ion, who turns 23 tomorrow, and Rebecca Clarke, 22, described the experience as "terrifying".

On this day: The rugby and football heroes who gave their lives for their country

A45 at Brackmills re-opened

Well that was over quickly. The A45 has now been re-opened.

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But there are still delays in the area. This picture was taken by a passenger five minutes ago.

We'll bring you more when we find out what the "police incident" was about.

A45
BBC

A45 closed due to 'police incident' at Brackmills in Northampton

One-Day Cup: Adam Lyth ton helps Yorkshire beat Northamptonshire

BBC Sport

Adam Lyth scored a century as Yorkshire beat Northamptonshire by two wickets at Scarborough to secure their first One-Day Cup victory of the season yesterday.

David Willey
Getty Images

Northamptonshire's Ben Duckett scored a 113-ball 121, while skipper Alex Wakely hit 71 from 79 balls as the visitors made 310-7.

But in the end, Northamptonshire's former white-ball star David Willey (pictured) hit his third six to win the game.

Weather warning of rain for Northamptonshire

BBC Weather

The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for rain in Northamptonshire.

Scattered heavy, thundery showers are expected to develop yet again, leading to slow-moving downpours.

The warning is for possible localised flooding and disruption to travel, with 15-25mm of rain "likely".

Holmes under the hammer: Who could be interested in Cobblers winger?

It seems one particular club's interest in Ricky Holmes prompted the winger to hand in a transfer request, but although Northampton Town haven't named them, the club has confirmed it has turned down various offers for Holmes.

But where might he be going?

Ricky Holmes
Getty Images

One persistent rumour is Charlton Athletic. It originally surfaced when it looked like Chris Wilder would be heading to the Valley, but remains after Russell Slade took charge.

Given former Cobblers boss Wilder is now at Sheffield United, that club is also rumoured to be interested in the 28-year-old, as are Barnsley, who were recently promoted to the Championship.

Holmes' impressive season brings potential move

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It no surprise Ricky Holmes has had clubs interested in him. The player was nominated for the League Two player of the year.

He missed the first few months of the season, but the Cobblers impressive run to the title coincided with his return to the team...

20 goals Holmes was involved in last season 11 scored and 9 assists
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Fans 'gutted' and 'baffled' following Holmes transfer request

Here's some of the reaction from fans on the news Cobblers winger Ricky Holmes has handed in a transfer request...

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View more on twitter

Club hoping to buy Holmes 'must meet' Cobblers valuation

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Discussions will continue with an unnamed club over the next few days on the future of Ricky Holmes, according to Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas.

Ricky Holmes
Getty Images

Mr Thomas said: "Both understand that if anything is going to happen then the club's valuation will need to be met."

Cobblers winger Ricky Holmes hands in transfer request

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town have said they've rejected various offers for winger Ricky Holmes, but now the player has now handed in a formal transfer request.

Ricky Holmes
Getty Images

Chairman Kelvin Thomas said they rejected offers because the club "don’t want to lose Ricky," but his request is "a bit of a game changer".

BreakingCobblers star Holmes asks to leave club

Northampton Town's Ricky Holmes has handed in transfer request.

Weather: Cold and rainy later

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It will be a mostly cloudy start to the day, with outbreaks of showery rain during the afternoon and highs of 19C (66F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Major design award for University of Northampton student

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Fed up of hot desking? Want your own personalised space at work? You may want to check this out...

Raluca Babua, a student at the University of Northampton, has won the award for best product at the RSA Student awards for her design of a portable office space.

In addition to £2,500 prize money, she has also been granted Fellowship to the Royal Society of Arts.

She's in esteemed company - previous winners including Apple Design Chief, Jonathan Ive, and renowned fashion designer, Betty Jackson.

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Northamptonshire's 'Three Brexiteers' stand against Osborne's 'emergency budget'

Is there anything the ever more divided EU camps will agree on? Not likely - even when they're in the same party.

George Osborne
PA

Today, three of Northants' Conservative MPs - Peter Bone, Tom Pursglove and Philip Hollobone - have dismissed Chancellor George Osborne's suggestion a Brexit would prompt an emergency Budget to tackle a £30bn "black hole".

The three Brexiteers are among 57 Tory MPs who say his position would be "untenable" if he tried to cut the NHS, police and school spending.

Murder inquiry continues after body found in Northampton yesterday

BBC News England

Police are continuing to question four people being held on suspicion of murder after a body was found at a property in Northampton.

Officers were called to Patterdale Walk in Boothville at 05:00 yesterday.

Boothville
BBC

The cause of death is not yet known, but is being treated as suspicious. An investigation by officers from East Midlands Special Operations Unit is underway and the property remains sealed off.

Targeting burglary not all about arrests, says head of local policing

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Arrests "aren't the only measure of success" when it comes to tackling crime - that's according to the man who heads up local policing in Northamptonshire.

Supt Chris Hillary said police had other powers available to them, especially around "youths and restorative justice".

Burglary
Thinkstock

He also claimed some of those criminals involved in burglary may have been eventually arrested for other crimes, while some victims do not want the perpetrator arrested - for example, when they are a relative.

However he did admit the force needs to improve its "follow-up" with victims.

Victims of burglary say crime is not 'taken seriously'

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Victims of burglary have called for police to treat the crime more seriously.

They include Paula on our Facebook page, who said after her garage was broken in to she "didn't hear anything" from police and felt the crime "wasn't taken seriously".

However, Northamptonshire Police insisted it takes all crime seriously, pointing to response rates at "over 90%".

There were 2,521 dwelling burglaries across Northants last year
BBC

Police didn't attend 155 dwelling burglary reports last year

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

The number of burglary arrests made in 2014-15 was almost 200 less than two years previously.

Freedom of Information figures I obtained from Northamptonshire Police showed police did not attend 155 out of 2,521 dwelling burglaries last year.

Over the last few years, the number of burglary arrests have fallen from 687 to 363
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Fall in burglary arrests despite number of offences staying the same

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Have you ever been burgled? If so how important was it to you that the person responsible was caught?

The number of burglars arrested by Northamptonshire Police has dropped by almost half in the last three years, despite there being no significant fall in the number of burglaries.

The figures were revealed in a freedom of information request submitted by the BBC.

Dwelling burglaries and arrests in Northamptonshire
BBC

Welcome to Wednesday's live updates for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Good morning. We'll be bringing you live updates on what's happening in Northamptonshire throughout the day.

First up, I've got some news about the number of burglars being arrested by police in the county.

Has former police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds' policy of shifting resources elsewhere made any difference?