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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday, 28 June 2016
  2. Construction skills shortage warning in Northamptonshire
  3. Newspaper calls for calm following 'unpleasant' Facebook comments on Brexit
  4. PCs who faced man wielding samurai sword nominated for bravery award
  5. Pedestrian dies after being hit by car
  6. Kelmarsh biogas plant approved by county council
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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Live updates finished for today

Our live news page for Northamptonshire has now finished.

Tomorrow we'll be looking at more Brexit fallout and also what Labour figures in Northamptonshire make of the Jeremy Corbyn "no confidence" vote.

We'll have more on the waste-to-energy power plant planned for the St James area of Northampton, plus all the other news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

See you again at 08:00. Have a good evening.

Weather latest: Rain... and then a bit more rain

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will be turning cloudy with outbreaks of rain. Some heavy, with lows of 9C (48F).

weather
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It will be dry at first tomorrow with sunny spells, but turning cloudy with rain pushing in from the west. Highs of 18C (64F).

BBC Weather has the latest.

Biogas plant approved despite protests

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Even though the county council approved the biogas plant near Kelmarsh Hall, there were several objection raised earlier at the meeting.

Tony Price, from Clipston Parish Council, said it was "seriously huge" and would have a visual impact on residents. 

Field
BBC

Rosanne Steadman, chair of Great Oxendon Parish Council, told the meeting that building the plant along the Brampton Valley Way would be a "degradation of a much loved amenity".

Leadsom: Leaving EU will mean a 'cut' in immigration

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Immigration was one of the big issues of the EU referendum campaign.

Andrea Leadsom says when the UK exits the EU the government "can control it with a controlled system", later clarifying that "control does mean a cut".

Andrea Leadsom
BBC

However, the MP for South Northamptonshire told BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour she is a "huge fan of immigration" but that free movement within the EU "only benefits 8% of the world's population".

She was asked by host Jane Garvey whether there was ever a discussion in the Leave campaign about the possibility that victory would increase racism. Ms Leadsom admitted she had voiced "grave concerns" on the issue during the campaign.

Leadsom: Boris Johnson 'worked his butt off' for Leave campaign

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Andrea Leadsom continued that before Boris Johnson joined the Leave campaign she "didn't know him very well", but he "did work his butt off" for the campaign.

Boris Johnson and Andrea Leadsom
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She told the BBC he had "divided his family and he is a family man" and that he "genuinely believes [the UK] is better off outside of the EU and is not a careerist".

Ms Leadsom also said Mr Johnson was in the Commons yesterday for the prime minister's statement "but couldn't get a seat".

Leadsom: '£350m can go to the NHS'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Andrea Leadsom has defended the Vote Leave pledge to spend £350m of EU contributions on the NHS, saying the figure was the "gross amount due to the EU" from the UK and that it "can go" to the health service.

Vote leave
BBC

She appeared BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour alongside fellow Conservative MP Dr Sarah Wollaston, chair of the Commons Health Committee, who said the NHS was in more danger following the vote to leave the EU and it would be an "albatross around the neck" of the health service.

But Ms Leadsom, the MP for South Northamptonshire, disagreed, saying leaving the EU would allow the government to "contribute more".

Kelmarsh biogas plant approved by county council

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Plans have been approved for an £8m biogas power plant to be built near Kelmarsh Hall.

At the plant 46,000 tonnes of manure and crops will produce enough bio-methane to power 2,500 homes.

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A committee at Northamptonshire County Council approved the plans despite hundreds of local people objecting.  

No free movement or EU budget contribution, says Leadsom

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Andrea Leadsom says she "genuinely believes the opportunities are massive" for the UK outside the EU.

Speaking to Woman's Hour, she dismissed suggestions of a second referendum or even staying the European Union, saying people "have to get their will".

Andrea Leadsom
BBC

There have been some who campaigned for the UK to leave the EU who have suggested the country will stay in the single market and therefore accept free movement of people.

But the South Northamptonshire MP denied both points would happen, adding the UK will also not contribute to the EU budget, describing them as "red line issues".

Leadsom still undecided on leadership contest

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

MP for South Northamptonshire, Andrea Leadsom, told BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour she is "not sure" whether she is going to run for the leadership of the Conservative party.

However, she did admit she "absolutely wanted to part of the negotiation team for Brexit".

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The MP, who became a well-know face of the Leave campaign after the referendum TV debates, said she was "so disappointed the prime minister resigned", adding she "didn't think that was good for the country".  

Where does HS2 go through in Northamptonshire?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham will open in 2026 if everything goes to plan.

Here is the route through south Northamptonshire...

HS2
South Northamptonshire Council

National Audit Office report on HS2: An analysis

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

The NAO report was written before the Brexit vote, so it doesn't speculate on what effect, if any, it could have on HS2.

Still, this behemoth of a project involving £56bn of public money would appear to be safe, for now.

The Department for Transport is very keen to send out a "business as usual" message, promising that planned investment in our roads and railways won't suffer.

MPs are due to vote on phase one of HS2 later this year. If they approve the bill, that's effectively the green light to start building the line from London to Birmingham. And MPs approved the project overwhelmingly the last time they had a vote.

The company building the line, HS2 Ltd, is also about to hand out £11bn-worth of contracts in the next couple of months. The winning companies can't begin building work until the HS2 bill has royal assent, due by the end of the year, but they will be looking to recruit, hire vehicles, get plans in place.

Having said all of that, who'd be brave enough to predict anything right now?

National Audit Office says HS2 faces 'time pressures' and chair admits time is 'tight'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office (NAO), said HS2 is "a large, complex and ambitious programme which is facing cost and time pressures." 

The NAO said phase one of HS2 was currently forecast to cost £27.4bn, exceeding available funding by £204m.

HS2
HS2 Ltd

However, David Higgins, the non-executive chair of HS2 Ltd, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the timetable was "tight", but added: "We know the project can be delivered in that time."

He said the projected overspend on phase one represented less than 1% of the cost, which was not excessive "on a project of this scale at this stage".

HS2 has 'unrealistic timetable', says National Audit Office

BBC News England

The HS2 high-speed rail project, which cuts through south Northamptonshire, has an "unrealistic timetable" and faces major cost pressures, a report by the National Audit Office has said.

The £56bn programme has too ambitious a schedule and rising costs could mean not all its intended benefits are delivered, the NAO said.

HS2
Other

It added the 2026 target opening date for the first phase was "at risk, despite good progress".

But HS2 Ltd said it was confident it could achieve its objectives.

County hurdlers in Great Britain team for the European Championships

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire's William Sharman and Lucy Hatton are in the Great Britain team for the European Athletics Championships.

Both have been picked in the sprint hurdles and will race in Amsterdam between the 6 and 10 July.

William Sharman
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Kettering's Hatton finished third at this weekend's British Championships, while Corby's Sharman pulled out of the final with injury.  

'No increase in hate crime' in Northamptonshire following EU referendum

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire Police tell me that although other parts of the country have seen an increase in hate crime following the EU referendum result, Northamptonshire has not.

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BBC

It comes after the Northampton Chronicle & Echo said it was "utterly staggered by the sheer unpleasantness of some comments" left on its Facebook page following the Brexit vote.

However, police say they have "been in contact with different community leaders to offer reassurance" and urged any victims to come forward.  

South Northamptonshire MP and prominent Leave campaigner Andrea Leadsom has admitted that during the campaign she had "grave concerns" about increases in racism post-referendum.

I'll bring you more of her comments later.

Temporary classrooms at Wootton Hall approved

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Plans have been approved to allow temporary classrooms to be put in place at Northamptonshire Police's headquarters.

A new school is set to open at the Wootton Hall site this September, which is moving into permanent buildings in 2019.

wootton hall
BBC

There were objections based on a lack of sports facilities and traffic congestion, but a committee of county councillors approved the plans.

The Tory councillor responsible for schools, Matt Golby, told the meeting demand for school places in Northamptonshire is increasing and spaces are desperately needed.

Back row forward Fisher leaves Saints for Bristol

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Jon Fisher has left Northampton Saints for Bristol.

The 27-year-old, who can play across the back row, made 25 appearances in two seasons at Franklin's Gardens.

jon fisher
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Fisher earned an England Saxons cap in 2009 and has also represented his country at U20s and Sevens.    

Plan for £8m biogas plant at farm site in Kelmarsh

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

An £8m scheme to turn crops into biogas at a site near an historic hall is going before planners today.

Kelmarsh
BBC

Raw Biogas Ltd has put in plans for the facility at Wormslade Farm, Kelmarsh.

The company hopes to process 46,000 tonnes of manure and crops each year to power thousands of homes.

But Clipston Parish Council objects on the grounds it's inappropriate, being so near to Grade I-listed Kelmarsh Hall.

Pedestrian dies after being hit by car

A pedestrian seriously injured after being hit by a car last week in Byfield has died.

Police said the 44-year-old man from Oxfordshire died this morning at University Hospital, Coventry.

Byfield
Google

The crash happened on Woodford Road on 20 June. A silver Toyota Prius travelling into Byfield drove past a stationary bus and collided with the victim.

Police have spoken to the driver and are appealing for witnesses.

Newspaper calls for calm following 'unpleasant' Facebook comments on Brexit

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The Northampton Chronicle & Echo has called for calm and tolerance after being "utterly staggered by the sheer unpleasantness of some comments that have been made" on its Facebook site following the Brexit vote.

In a long comment piece on the social network, it told readers they "must not fall into the trap of thinking Northampton and its values are changed". 

Northampton
BBC

In last week's EU referendum, 58% of people in Northampton voted to Leave compared to 52% nationally. Since the result there's been a surge in hate crime around the UK.

The newspaper said the unpleasant comments it received had been made "by all sides of the debate".

The post goes on to say: "Inclusiveness, fairness and the willingness not to be judgemental - these have not changed. Respect for each other and the resolve to treat our neighbours, of whatever background, as we ourselves would wish to be treated - these have not changed either. 

"These are the values Northampton was built on and are justifiably the source of great pride."

PCs who faced man wielding samurai sword nominated for bravery award

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Two Northamptonshire police officers, one of whom was stabbed in the leg with a samurai sword, have been nominated for a Police Bravery Award.

The actions of PCs Gary Liddle (left) and Rob Monk (right) will be recognised at a ceremony on 14 July. 

Gary Liddle (left) and Rob Monk (right)
Northamptonshire Police

Mr Monk was stabbed in the leg in November 2014 while he attempted to enter the house of a man suspected of damaging cars with a baseball bat in Northampton.

Mr Liddle pulled Mr Monk, who was bleeding heavily, from the doorway and improvised a tourniquet, while Mr Monk used his Taser to afford some protection to his partner until further help arrived.

The injured officer later made a full recovery.

Weather: Bright start but turning wet later

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

After a dry morning with sunny spells for many, cloud will soon thicken as outbreaks of rain arrive later. Highs of 18C (64F).

Here's my forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Will the UK leaving the EU impact the construction industry?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A leading house builder with sites across Northamptonshire says the vote to leave the EU in last week's referendum will have an impact and it will now "have to take stock and re-calibrate".

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John Lougher, from Bovis Homes, told BBC Radio Northampton "housing schemes in Northamptonshire will still go ahead", but said if there were changes in free movement of labour they "may not be delivered in the same time frame".

Employers and colleges need 'better bridge' to plug construction skills gap, says lecturer

Carroll Weston

BBC Radio Northampton

A college lecturer in Corby says the skills shortage in the construction industry isn't down to a lack of interest, telling BBC Radio Northampton the county's colleges "are training a lot of students".

House building
Getty Images

However, Dave Roberts, who's head of construction and engineering at Tresham College, said there needs to be a "better bridge between employers and colleges", as not everyone that studies construction goes into the industry once qualified.

Construction skills shortage warning in Northamptonshire

Carroll Weston

BBC Radio Northampton

Northamptonshire is likely to see a major skills shortage in the construction industry unless more can be done to attract people.

The county's expected to produce 80,000 new homes by 2030, but with an ageing workforce and not enough young people showing an interest in construction, finding the workers to meet that target will be a big challenge.

House
PA

Figures from the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership suggest an 80% shortage in professions like site management and quantity surveying.  

Professionals say more focus needs to be made on improving the image of the industry and making it more appealing for young people.

Live updates for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Let's do a deal. If you don't mention the football, I won't mention the football.

So today we'll be looking at further fallout from the other European exit - the one that happened last week.

We'll also be looking at HS2, the construction industry and the biogas plant planned in Kelmarsh.

Plus, all the other news, weather, sport and travel for the county between now at 18:00.