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Summary

  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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  1. 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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  2. 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 .

  3. 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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    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. 

  7. 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 .

  8. 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 .

    Irthlingborough
  9. Envelope update

    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

  10. 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.

    Pattishall
  11. 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 .

  12. 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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  13. 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".

  14. 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

    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."

  15. 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 .

  16. 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."

    Westminster
  17. 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.

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

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Elsewhere in Northamptonshire...

  19. 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).

    Braunston

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website .