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  1. Updates on Friday, 24 March 2017
  2. Lewis Hamilton dominates Australian Grand Prix practice
  3. Tyres worth £78,000 stolen from lorry at Watford Gap

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Lachlan McCaffrey of Leicester

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport

Leicester take a big stride towards the play-offs with a breathless derby victory over top-four rivals Northampton.

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That's all from us

Live updates from Northamptonshire have now finished. Thanks for joining us this week.

You can follow the weekend's football, rugby and Formula 1 via the BBC Sport website , or on our Twitter feed .

And we'll be back on Monday from 08:00, with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Northamptonshire.

See you then.

Northampton Town, Northampton Saints, Lewis Hamilton
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Weather: Chance of frost tonight, but sunshine tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry night with mainly clear skies and possibly a few fog patches. 

There could be a touch of frost in sheltered spots, with a low of 2C (36F).


After a chilly start, Saturday should be fine and dry with long spells of sunshine. 

There'll be a light to moderate north-easterly wind and inland temperatures could reach about 14C (57F).

There's more at BBC Weather .

Families using relatives' hospital stay 'to go on holiday or do home improvements'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Bosses at Northampton General Hospital say people are using their relatives' hospital stay to go on holiday or make home improvements "without considering whether they will be back or building work will be complete when the relative is ready to be discharged".

The hospital says families are also "failing to turn up for meetings with staff from the hospital and social care to discuss and agree discharge arrangements".

Northampton General Hospital

There are currently 15 patients who are medically fit for discharge but are unable to return home because their families are "unwilling" to take them home, or they are "arguing and refusing a transfer of care to the community", the hospital claims.

Bosses say they admitted their highest number of emergency patients over a seven-day period last week, and the failure to discharge healthy people added to that pressure.

Corby Urgent Care Centre bosses prepared to keep it open, despite £30k a month loss

Willy Gilder

BBC Radio Northampton

The saga around Corby's Urgent Care Centre has taken another turn this afternoon...

The organisation that runs it says it would be prepared to continue operating the service while it negotiates with the local clinical commissioning group (CCG) over funding.

Earlier in the week Lakeside Plus said it would close the centre on the last day of March. 

corby urgent care

Lakeside Plus said the Corby CCG doesn't pay it enough per patient, causing the centre to run at a loss of £30,000 a month.

For its part, the CCG said this week that if necessary it would find another provider to keep the service running.

But now Lakeside says while the two sides try to thrash out a deal, it would be prepared to continue.

It has written an open letter to the CCG outlining its plan to keep the centre open.

This is no doubt not the last we'll hear on the matter...

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Alastair Cook

Former England Test captain Alastair Cook is available for Essex's three opening County Championship games of the season.

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Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J12 for B4451 and J11 for A361.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M40 southbound between J12, B4451 (Gaydon) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Travel: Train lines around Milton Keynes re-open

BBC News Travel

After emergency services dealt with an incident by Kings Langley, lines have now reopened. 

All services by London Midland and Virgin Trains are getting back to normal, but delays and cancellations are expected throughout the afternoon. 

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Priors Hall 'an expensive disappointment'

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

The Priors Hall development was a major part of a "North Londonshire" marketing campaign, which featured adverts voiced by Sandi Toksvig and described the area as "idyllic".

However, homeowner Julie McCallum (pictured) said: "When I look at the advert now it actually makes me laugh."

Julie McCallum

She continued: "It cost us a lot of money to move. What we thought we were buying and what we actually got were two very different things.

"It's been an expensive disappointment for us".

Hughie Coull, who has lived at Priors Hall for five years, told me: "It looked nice and I thought there'd be country walks, a pub, shops and play areas for the kids, but we've got nothing."

Priors Hall and its 'stunning' countryside...

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

The website advertising houses at Priors Hall in Corby says the development is "set in 1,200 acres of parkland in Northamptonshire".

It says it offers "acres and acres of green open spaces and parkland", "woodland walks" and a "stunning eight-acre lake".

However, it's fair to say, visiting the site paints a very different picture...

Priors Hall
Priors Hall
Priors Hall
Priors Hall

Corby Developments Limited and BeLa Partnership Limited called in administrators Deloitte in October 2016.

Delloite said in a statement it was "now working to find a new investor to complete the development of the site".

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, at J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J18, A5 (Rugby), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Priors Hall residents 'frustrated' by Corby's 'North Londonshire' housing development

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

People living at Priors Hall Park in Corby say they've given up waiting for amenities to be provided.

The development was a major part of a marketing campaign that branded Corby and the surrounding area "North Londonshire", to encourage commuters to Northamptonshire.

Priors Hall

The first residents moved on to the development in 2010 and planning permission has been granted for 5,100 homes.

Only about 600 have been built so far.

The companies behind the development went into administration last October.  

Administrators Delloite said "material progress" was being made, although it acknowledged some residents were "frustrated".

We'll bring you homeowners' thoughts shortly...

Corby health bosses say Urgent Care Centre 'will not close'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

In the last couple of days we've been discussing the confusion over whether an urgent care centre in Corby will remain open, with the current operators looking to pull out by the end of the month.

And I'm afraid it's getting more confusing than ever...

The Corby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has said in a new statement it is "working to ensure that the Urgent Care Centre will not close and that staff who deliver the services will continue after 31 March 2017".

It says it will, if necessary, bring in a new provider if Lakeside Plus vacates the site.

Corby Uregnt Care Centre

However, yesterday Lakeside Plus said the centre would close next Friday  when its contract ends, unless funding from the NHS increased.

It said Corby CCG had not put forward another provider and it owned the building and either owned or leased much of its equipment - so if a new provider came in it would need to work with Lakeside Plus. 

It added it also employed the staff, not the CCG.

Corby CCG said: "Lakeside Plus has made a number of claims on which the CCG and their legal advisers do not agree", but did not give any specific examples.

So whether you'll still be able to use the centre next week, or have to go to A&E in Kettering for your ailments, remains unclear.

The FA People's Cup is back!


It's the semi-finals stage of the FA People's Cup this weekend and you'll be able to keep up with all the action on our live text pages from 10:00-18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 

There'll be loads more cracking goals like these ones, analysed by the Football Focus team after the first round.

People's Cup goals analysed by the pros

Saints recall Six Nations internationals for Tigers derby

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

England Six Nations-winning trio Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood are back in the Northampton Saints side this weekend to face Leicester Tigers at Franklin's Gardens.

France's Louis Picamoles and Wales' George North also return for the East Midlands derby.

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Red Nose Day: Northampton opticians put on the red nose

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton opticians Sheinmans have been getting in the Red Nose Day spirit. 

Luckily the photo is in focus, at least I think it is...

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Find out how you can raise money for Comic Relief here .

Weather: Breezy with sunshine

BBC Weather

The cloud will continue to break up during the afternoon, so it will become sunny and mild later with a high of 12C (54F).

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There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Travel: Train lines blocked

BBC News Travel

Due to the ongoing incident at Kings Langley, coaches will be running between Northampton and Watford Junction on all London Midland services.

Alternative transport will also run between Northampton and Wellingborough.

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Virgin Trains  has also cancelled services between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction.

Tickets are now being accepted via other routes.

Travel: Delays on London Midland and Virgin trains

BBC News Travel

There are more train problems in and out of London...

Due to emergency services dealing with an incident close to Kings Langley, all lines are currently blocked.

It's affecting services on London Midland and Virgin trains through Beds, Bucks, Herts and Northants. 

Delays of up to 30 minutes are expected until 14:00 and services may be cancelled.

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Tyres worth £78,000 stolen from lorry at Watford Gap

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

About £78,000-worth of tyres have been stolen from a lorry park at the Watford Gap services on the M1.

The lorry was parked in the northbound service area of the services, located between junctions 16 and 17.

At sometime between 19:00 on Wednesday and 02:00 on Thursday, two holes were cut in the side and the tyres were taken, police said.

Officers are appealing for witnesses .

Red Nose Day: School in for 'pug-tastic' treat

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Karen Ferguson, a teaching assistant at Pytchley Primary School, has gone "pug-tastic" for this year's Red Nose Day.

That is an impressive mask...

Karen Ferguson
Karen Ferguson

You can send us your Red Nose Day pictures via  email , Facebook or Twitter .

Force India debut pink car

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Meanwhile, Silverstone-based Force India are hoping their new pink livery will win them over some new fans.

The Vijay Malia-owned team unveiled the new colour scheme last week, after they announced a new sponsor.

The new look was being seen for the first time today as the Formula 1 season began in Melbourne .

force india

The teams chief operating officer, Otmar Szafnauer, said the car was "striking" and that "you'll know a Force India from all the other [teams]".

He added that he hoped the performance would "stand out" like the car.

Lewis Hamilton dominates Australian Grand Prix practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Melbourne

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton put in a scintillating performance to set the pace in second practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

He was 0.547secs clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in second, who was just 0.009secs quicker than Hamilton's Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton's margin over Bottas will raise questions over whether it is car or driver that has the advantage.

Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in first practice earlier.

Rugby: Tigers 'pumped' for Saints clash

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Tigers winger Tom Brady has said the squad are in no doubt about the importance of tomorrow's midlands derby with Northampton Saints.

Tom Brady
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Both Tigers and Saints are still in the  hunt for the final Premiership play-off place.

The former Sale Sharks winger said: "It does not take too much motivating, the lads are already pumped for it.

"Leicester versus Northampton is embedded in you when you come to this club. It goes unsaid - it is a must win game for this club."

Aaron Mauger names his final Tigers side at lunchtime. 

Weather: Cloudy at first, breezy with sunshine later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

This morning will be cloudy and breezy, but dry. The cloud will gradually break up during the afternoon, so it will become sunny and mild later with a high of 12C (54F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Good morning

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Northamptonshire.

It's a packed weekend of sport with football, rugby and Formula 1 and we'll build up to those.

Plus we'll be looking at Priors Hall in Corby.

And it is of course Red Nose Day, and if you have a Comic Relief event going on today the please email us or tweet us .


Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, at J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 exit slip road closed northbound at J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

That's all from us

Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, with a look at Priors Hall in Corby, the Saints and Cobblers both at home this weekend and the start of the new Formula 1 season.

And, of course, it is Comic Relief.

We'll see you then.


Overnight weather: Turning cloudy from the east

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A chilly but bright end to the day with sunny spells across the BBC East region.  

It will turn a little cloudy from the east during the evening and overnight, but the breeze will keep temperatures a little higher, with lows in the west dropping to 3 or 4C (37-40F).

Friday afternoon's weather map

On Friday, any early cloud will clear to give brighter weather with sunny spells.  

Feeling warmer than today in many places, but still cooler on the coast in the north-easterly wind. 

Top temperature 12C (54F).

Wherever you live, you can get a full forecast from BBC Weather .

Have your say on plans to dual more of the A47

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

If you're wondering what the latest is on plans to dual the A47 in Cambridgeshire - nip over to the Haycock Hotel this evening. 

Highways England is putting all the plans on display until 20:00.

It's all part of a massive improvement programme for six sections of the 115-mile A47 between Peterborough and the east coast.

Among the proposals - dualling the 1.5-mile single carriageway between Wansford and Sutton - and improving the A47 junction at Guyhirn. 

If you're a regular motorist round there you know how congested they get.

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Closure of Corby Urgent Care Centre 'not an option', say councils

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Corby Borough Council says the closure of Corby Urgent Care Centre "is not an option and we are talking to both parties to see if they can come together to resolve the issue".

John McGhee, the councillor responsible for health, said that if Lakeside Plus, which currently runs the centre, can't reach an agreement with the clinical commissioning group then there should be a "seamless transition" to another provider.

Corby urgent care centre

Lakeside Plus has said that the centre will close in eight days' time, while the CCG denies this will happen.

Mr McGhee said that should the centre close it would put a "real strain on Kettering General Hospital".

Internationals have 'added edge' to Northampton Saints, says Luther Burrell

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell says they will be "right in the mix" for a top-four finish if they can beat Leicester Tigers on Saturday.

Saints are sixth in the Premiership, four points behind fourth-placed Bath.

England international Burrell, 29, is available to make his comeback after eight weeks out injured.

"The contacts are a little bit more physical because everyone is getting themselves mentally into the place they need to be to compete," he said.

Luther Burrell
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Saints, who missed out on last season's play-offs, finishing fifth in the table, five points adrift of Leicester, will also be boosted by the return of members of England's Six Nations title-winning squad.

"We are in a position where if we put in a good performance this weekend we are right back in the mix," Burrell told BBC Radio Northampton.

"We can't get ahead of ourselves. The story of our season has been like a rollercoaster but we've got our internationals back - they've added a bit of edge in training this week."

Man stabbed in Higham Ferrers

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A 23-year-old man was stabbed as he walked home from a shop in Higham Ferrers last night.

It happened between 22:10 and 22.30 on the corner of Stimpson Avenue and Newman Street. The victim was approached from behind by two males, police said.

He suffered a 1cm wound to his right rib cage and cuts to his right hand.

The victim was then wrestled to the ground before his head was then stamped on, leaving a mark.

The offenders then fled the scene without stealing anything or making any further threats.

Police have posted a description of the alleged attackers on their website .

London attack: Corby MP in 'close proximity' to attacker being shot

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Tom Pursglove, the MP for Corby and East Northants, has posted a statement on his Facebook page about yesterday's attack in London .

It reads: "I can confirm that I was witness to part of the attack and saw, at close proximity, the assailant being shot by a police officer, in what was a great act of bravery in order to protect the lives of others.

"This was obviously a very unpleasant and upsetting experience for all those who bore witness to it and I was particularly grateful to the prime minister who took the time to call me last night - this was extremely kind of her, given all that was going on.

"Yesterday's events come as a real shock, but I am pleased the House of Commons is sitting today and quite rightly paid tribute to the remarkable PC [Keith] Palmer [who was killed] and all those caught up in this tragedy.

"The prime minister summed up the situation extremely eloquently in her statement earlier and I associate myself with every word that she said - our democracy will never be silenced, or our values defeated."


Directors at Corby Urgent Care Centre say IT WILL close at the end of the month

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The situation surrounding the fate of the Corby Urgent Care Centre has again become rather unclear.

Yesterday, Lakeside Plus, which currently runs the centre, said it would close the facility at the end of the month, but health bosses in Corby say it's staying open.

However, a new statement sent to us from Lakeside Plus says it is "dismayed by the total lack of negotiations as the countdown clock for closure reaches eight days to go".

Corby urgent care centre

Lakeside Plus says it is not pulling out of the contract to run the centre early, and indeed has provided extracts of the contract for us to see. This states its agreement with the local clinical commissioning group runs out on 31 March.

It also says that the CCG has not put forward a new provider for the centre, nor does the CCG own the building or many pieces of equipment in the centre.

It ends by saying it does "not want to close" and thanks people who came to protest this morning.

News round-up: No more free beer, magical Mother's Day, and waste mix up

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire...

Weather: Turning dry into the weekend, with plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

Cloud will gradually start to clear through the afternoon, with increasing amounts of sunshine. A stiff, rather chilly north-easterly wind will develop, making it feel cool with a high of 12C (54F).


There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

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Wales wing George North says he is disappointed no action was taken over an alleged bite on him in their defeat by France.

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