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Stuart Bailey

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  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for joining us for another week of Northamptonshire Live.

    That's it for now, but don't fret - we'll be back again on Monday from 08:00 with all the news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

    Keep an eye on the  BBC Northampton website  for any news over the weekend - and have a good one!

  2. A mix of weather for the region tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A mostly cloudy night, with some outbreaks of patchy rain and drizzle across the BBC East region.

    Temperatures falling to 7C (45F).

    Weather graphic for Saturday morning

    It's a mixed bag of weather for the region tomorrow.

    Some parts will remain cloudy with further outbreak of patchy rain - and other areas could have a mainly dry day with sunny intervals.

    Winds will ease, with temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

    BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

  3. Shedding light on the darkness

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    The Spring Equinox marks the start of astronomical Spring - and that's on Monday.

    But today's the Spring Equilux.

    Confused? This tweet explains:

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  4. Edinburgh talks of 'tough task' for Cobblers

    Cobblers manager Justin Edinburgh says they know tomorrow's game at Bolton Wanderers will be a "tough task". 

    Northampton Town are on the back of three consecutive wins - Bolton have scored eight goals in their last two, both away from home.

    Edinburgh says it will be one of the hardest games since he's be in charge.

    Justin Edinburgh

    "It's going to be extremely hard - a difficult game, very good opponents.

    "We know it's a tough task, but we're in good form ourselves, we go there full of confidence."

    BBC Radio Northampton will have full commentary tomorrow from 15:00 and all the build-up from 14:00 from the Macron Stadium, on 104.2 / 103.6 FM.

  5. Tractor among items stolen from farm

    It may have been a rather slow getaway, but a tractor similar to this was among a number of items stolen from a Northamptonshire farm.


    Between 16:20 yesterday and 09:15 today, containers on a farm off Earls Barton Road, Great Doddington, were broken into. 

    A Kubota B7001 tractor, similar to that pictured, two aluminium loading ramps and a red Honda rotavator were taken.

    Witnesses can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 111 555.

  6. Eight swords handed in during knife amnesty

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Well this is certainly a terrifying sight...

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    The last in a series of knife amnesty sessions is being held by Northamptonshire Police today.

    Over the past week it's been encouraging people to surrender weapons anonymously.

    Officers are at Semilong Road until 16:00 and, already this afternoon, they've been handed eight swords.

  7. A look at the papers

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

  8. Cobblers midfielder set for trip to 'languishing' former club

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Northampton Town make the trip to Bolton tomorrow.

    Cobblers midfielder Matt Taylor says he's surprised his former side have ended up in League One.

    Bolton are third in the table, just a point off the automatic promotion places, and have scored 8 goals in the last two games. 

    Matt Taylor

    Taylor, who scored his second goal in as many matches on Tuesday night, said: "It's disappointing as a former player to see them languishing in the lower reaches of English football, but they've got a good, strong squad.

    "They've managed to hold on to the majority of their players from last season and I assume they have one of the biggest budgets in the league, so they'll be looking to bounce back at the first opportunity. 

    "For me it'll only be a good day if we go there and get something. If we go there and get nothing it won't be enjoyable."

  9. Weather: A cool and cloudy afternoon

    BBC Weather Watchers

    A cloudy and windy end to the working week with some patchy rain by this evening.

    Temperatures falling to 7C (45F) overnight.

    A field in Pattishall

    Saturday will be a largely cloudy and breezy day, with a risk of a little patchy rain.

    Sunday will be windy again and wet for a time, though it will turn brighter and colder later.

    BBC Weather  has more details for where you live.

  10. Cars set alight in Northampton

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Two cars were set alight in the Kings Heath area of Northampton overnight.

    Church Green in Northampton

    It happened between 03:00 and 03:30 in Church Green.

    Police are treating the incident as arson and are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

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  11. Village McVillageface?

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    We reported earlier that "Tresham" is the proposed name for the new 1,500-home development planned at Deenethorpe Airfield.

    East Northamptonshire Council has invited comments on the name, but has warned that the consultation is not intended for people to suggest alternative names. 

    So, hard luck if you were hoping for "Village McVillageface".

    Deenethorpe Airfield site
    Image caption: The Deenethorpe Airfield site

    A note on the  council's planning website  says: "The purpose of this consultation is to make sure that the name chosen by the promoter is not offensive, misleading or likely to cause confusion." 

    This could be wise, as we all know what happens when you  ask the British public to name something .

    If you want to comment on the name "Tresham" then you can contact the council until 30 April.

    Of course, if you have any alternative names for the village, you can always contact us on emailFacebook  or  Twitter .

  12. Saints' Dylan Hartley 'excited' by Six Nations tie

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    England look to make some sporting history in Dublin tomorrow.

    A Six Nations win against Ireland would set a new record of 19 wins in a row. 

    It would also be back-to-back Grand Slams, something England have only ever done once in 1991 and 1992 when Will Carling captained.

    Dylan Hartley

    The current captain, Saints' hooker Dylan Hartley, said: "I've had Will Carling texting me reminding how great his team was! 

    "We're not seeing it as a daunting thing going to Ireland, we're very much excited by the opportunity, and why not? We should be excited. 

    "There's a certain level of expectation or pressure, as you might call it, but we're excited by it."

  13. Daventry 'badly hit' by bus problems

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    We've reported recently about congestion in Northampton town centre and how roads around Northgate station often struggle to cope with the number of buses.

    The boss of Stagecoach Midlands has acknowledged it's having a knock-on effect on buses elsewhere in the county.

          Temporary traffic lights have caused delays between Northampton and Daventry
    Image caption: Temporary traffic lights have caused delays between Northampton and Daventry

    Steve Bird said it's planning a "major review" of bus services in Daventry, which have become increasingly unreliable of late.

    He said: "Daventry has been badly hit in recent months because of traffic problems in Northampton town centre and a series of roadworks between Northampton and Daventry.

    "We're now running a shuttle bus, stationed in Daventry, to run services across the town when buses are late arriving from Northampton.

    "We are also planning changes to bus services in Daventry to try and improve reliability."

  14. Blues v Saints: Hooker Charlie Clare says Blues 'got me where I am now'

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Sport

    Northampton Saints' hooker Charlie Clare says his three-year stint at Bedford Blues "got me back on track" after a number of injuries.

    Clare helped Bedford reach the Championship's top four at the end of last season, prior to joining Saints.

    Before he joined the Blues, the 24-year-old was a member of the Leicester Tigers academy, where he had loan spells with Nottingham, Jersey and Loughborough Students.

    Charlie Clare

    Speaking about this evening's friendly, he said: "It's an East Midlands derby. We are probably closer to Bedford than Leicester.

    "Back in the old days it was those three who would battle it out."

    Clare said he has some "great memories" of his time at Goldington Road.

    "I kept my head down and worked hard, and everyone always looks after you," he said.

    "It is what happened there that got me where I am now." 

  15. Northampton Saints' visit to Bedford will feel like a homecoming for Charlie Clare

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Sport

    From re-acquainting himself with the unique sloping pitch to preparing to take on his housemate, Northampton Saints' hooker Charlie Clare is looking forward to tonight's clash with Bedford Blues .

    Saints travel to Goldington Road for an evening friendly. It is a ground Clare, 24, is familiar with after spending three seasons with the Blues.

    Charlie Clare

    "It's quite special [playing at Bedford], mainly because of the slope," he said.

    "There are not many other pitches like that. It is right in the centre of town. Bedford is very similar to Northampton in that it is a rugby town.

    "They get 2,000 people to most games."

    Clare said he has more reason than most to put in a big performance: "I still live in Bedford and my housemate is a Bedford player."

  16. Name proposed for new Northamptonshire village

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A new village planned for east Northamptonshire could be called "Tresham". 

    The village, with 1,500 homes, is due to be built on the site of Deenethorpe Airfield.

    Map of Deenethorpe Airfield

    The landlord, Brudenell Estates, wants it to be named after Sir Thomas Tresham; a prominent, Catholic landowner in Elizabethan times.

    He was responsible for Triangular Lodge at Rushton, Market House in Rothwell and Lyveden New Bield near Oundle. 

    The Deenethorpe Airfield development would also include new shops, business premises and green spaces.

    East Northamptonshire Council will hold a public consultation on the plans between July and September.

  17. Weather: A cool and cloudy day

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    A cool end to the working week, with the best of any sunshine this morning.

    Turning cloudy, but staying dry, with freshening winds.

    Temperatures reaching a high of 11C (52F).

    BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

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    Video caption: Elizabeth Rizzini has the forecast for the east of England
  18. Good morning, Northamptonshire

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Happy St Patrick's Day and welcome back to our regular updates for the county.

    We'll have all the news, sport, weather and travel you need between now and 18:00.

    Coming up we'll look ahead to tonight's rugby derby, Saints v Bedford.

    First though, a full weather forecast for today and the weekend. Expect a lot of cloud.

    Cloudy skies near Flore
    Image caption: Cloudy skies near Flore
  19. Weather: Chilly overnight and some sunshine tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    This evening will turn increasingly cloudy from the west of the BBC East region.

    BBC East weather graphic

    Staying mostly dry, but with some showers developing later and moving through overnight. 

    A chilly start to Friday but with some sunshine and highs of 11C (52F).

    BBC Weather  has more details for where you are.