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  1. Updates on Friday, 23 June 2017
  2. Grenfell Tower fire: People in Mawsley organise donations for victims
  3. Nursing home places fall
  4. Delapre Abbey restoration spend to exceed £8m
  5. Weather: Highs of 18C (64F)

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By Kris Holland

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    That's the end of our live updates for Northamptonshire.

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Evening forecast: Overcast night

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be a rather cloudy night with an odd spot of rain and moderate west to south westerly winds. It’ll be mild with temperatures falling to around 15C (59F).

    Weather forecast

    Saturday will remain rather cloudy, with some very patchy light rain in the morning. A few bright or sunny spells should eventually develop and there may be a few afternoon showers too.

    There’ll be a mainly moderate south-westerly wind and highs around 23C (73F).

  3. Go-ahead given for Eleanor Cross repairs to begin

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Work could soon start to repair one of Northamptonshire's most well-known landmarks, after Historic England gave the go-ahead for the borough council to get things under way.

    The Eleanor Cross is one of only three remaining crosses built by King Edward I and has been a feature of Northampton's skyline since the 13th Century.

    Eleanor Cross

    However, the monument is in urgent need of repair and although ownership of the sculpture is shrouded in mystery, Northampton Borough Council agreed to take responsibility.

    In May it applied to Historic England for permission to work on the scheduled monument on the edge of Delapre Abbey, near Northampton, and that has now been granted.

    "Scheduled Monument Consent has been granted for works to the monument and we are in ongoing discussions with Historic England about the best way to now progress the repairs," a council spokesman told the BBC.

    Edward's wife, Queen Eleanor, died near Lincoln in 1290, and the king constructed 12 crosses to mark each of the places he stopped at on his way back to London for her funeral.

  4. Dog day afternoon

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    It's national Bring Your Dog to Work Day and police dog handlers across the UK have been showing off - because they get to do that every day!

    Here's another happy handler and police pooch celebrating with a sloppy kiss.

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    If PC Thorpe from Northamptonshire Police goes to work, he's always got faithful partner PD Nesi with him.

    They don't need the excuse of a gimmicky "day" to encourage them.

  5. Afternoon weather: Cloudy and breezy

    We have a rather cloudy and breezy afternoon in store.

    Though mainly dry, there will be a few outbreaks of rain possible from time to time.

    Highs of 18C (64F)


    BBC Weather has more details.

  6. Nursing home places fall

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    The number of nursing home places in Northamptonshire has fallen by more than 200 in the past three years.

    It comes at a time when the number of people aged 85 or over is growing.

    The figure comes from an analysis of Care Quality Commission statistics for BBC Sunday Politics East.

    Elderly person
    Image caption: The number of nursing home beds in the county fell by 7% from 2014 to 2017.

    John Rayner, chair of the Northamptonshire Association of Registered Care Homes, said: "We all know that nursing homes are struggling because they are competing against NHS hospitals for staff. International recruitment is a permanent problem."

    Councillor Bill Parker, who is responsible for adult social care at Northamptonshire County Council, said: "There is only one care home that has closed so far this year.

    "There has not been a tremendous amount of care homes that have closed, certainly in the last six months, because of financial pressures."

    You can see more on this on Sunday Politics East on BBC One this Sunday at 11:00.

  7. Azerbaijan GP practice: Verstappen goes fastest in Baku

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Baku

    Dutchman Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in a disjointed and unrepresentative first practice session at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku.

    Title contenders Sebastian Vettel, for Ferrari, and Lewis Hamilton, racing for Brackley-based Mercedes, were third and fifth, not setting times on the quickest tyre.

    Meanwhile, there was drama as Sergio Perez, of Silverstone-based Force India, had a sizeable accident after misjudging the tight section in the old town of Baku.

  8. Video: Delapre Abbey restoration spend to exceed £8m

    Earlier this week we told you how Northampton Borough Council had been told an extra £490,000 was needed to complete the restoration of Delapre Abbey.

    The sum is on top of an extra £930,000 the authority approved last year and another £650,000 approved earlier this year.

    On Wednesday the council decided to allocate the extra money. BBC Northampton has been along to Delapre to speak with the borough's leader, Jonathan Nunn...

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  9. Grenfell Tower fire: People in Mawsley organise donations for victims

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A woman from Mawsley has paid tribute to the generosity of her community, after people who live there donated in their droves to a charity effort for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

    Joanna Murphy put an appeal on the village's Facebook page and was inundated with donations of clothes, toys and money.


    "From the day that the fire happened, the response has been massive," Mrs Murphy told me.

    "We have decided that we are going to be in direct contact with the families via social media. It will be an ongoing process so if clothes are too small for a child, and we have more, they will be going over.

    "We have arranged transport for that to be done."

    Any remaining donations will be sold, with all the proceeds going directly to the Grenfell Tower appeal, she said.


    Mrs Murphy's eight-year-old son Ross (pictured above) said he had contributed "Lego, trains and other stuff".

    Asked why he thought it was important to get involved, he added. "It makes me feel a bit sad that people don't have anything else after the fire."

  10. Weather: Cloudy and cool but remaining mostly dry

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    Dry, cloudy and breezy with a few sunny spells possible throughout the day.

    It's going to feel cooler and fresher than in recent days.

    Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F)

    More details from BBC Weather.

  11. Good morning

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Friday, 23 June.

    We'll be here until 18:00 keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, sport, weather and travel as it happens.

    It's been a fairly cloudy and breezy start, although that didn't stop Coleole, one of our Weather Watchers, taking this beauty...


    We'll take a look at the regional forecast shortly.

    As ever, don't forget that you can get in touch with the team by email, Twitter and Facebook.

  12. Video content

    Video caption: Doing your degree at a race track

    Student Katie Leverton steps into the male-dominated world of motor sport.

  13. Live updates for Thursday are over

    That's it for Thursday's live updates for Northamptonshire, thanks for joining us.

    You can scroll back here to read any stories you may have missed, including:

    Any breaking stories will appear here overnight, otherwise we'll back tomorrow from 08:00.

  14. Countryfile comes to Rushden

    The TV cameras have been in Rushden today, as the BBC 1 show Countryfile came to the county to film.

    They met volunteers and members of the Wildlife TrustBCN, who are part of the massive regeneration project.

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  15. Campaigners acquire Rushden goods shed

    Rushden's Historical Transport Society (RHTS) is celebrating after it was announced the group had completed the purchase of a railway shed in the town from Northamptonshire County Council, after years of campaigning.

    The shed played a vital role in the socio-economic development of Rushden at the end of the 19th Century, allowing the town to expand through the boot and shoe industry.

    More recently, it was used by the local highways department, before they moved to new premises in the summer of 2013.

    Rushden shed

    The Transport Society expressed an interest in taking the building on, but was told by the county council that a price tag of £500,000 would need to be met - despite the local council estimating the value of the shed at £250,000.

    It is not clear what financial arrangement was met between the society and the council.

    In a statement on their Facebook page, campaigners said they "would like to thank East Northamptonshire Council and Rushden Town Council for their support throughout the purchase process".

    They added: "The building is considered to be one of the largest and finest in the area. The society and supporters felt that it was important that the site and building should be saved as part of Rushden’s heritage."

    The RHTS says it intends to develop the site and building as a "heritage community hub" for the people of Rushden and surrounding areas.

  16. David Miller murder: Accused made 'crude attempts to conceal actions'

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    The trial of four people accused of murdering a Northampton man in his own home has begun today.

    David Miller, 56, was found dead at his flat in Boothville in June last year.

    David Miller

    The jury at Northampton Crown Court was told that Mr Miller was vulnerable and had long-standing problems with alcohol.

    His body was found by police who forced entry into the flat on Patterdale Walk.

    A post-mortem examination found he'd been stabbed multiple times.

    Ian Cuthbertson, 49, Michael Hallett, 37, Joseph Catlin, 30, and Zena Kane, 35, all of no fixed address, have gone on trial today

    The prosecution said they'd all had long periods of homelessness and used Mr Miller's flat as a place to drink alcohol.

    Patterdale Walk

    The court was told that - after his death - they'd spent days making crude attempts at destroying his body.

    They all deny murder and the trial continues.

  17. Afternoon weather: Feeling cooler

    It's feeling a bit fresher across the county today.

    However, it'll brighten up a bit this afternoon with some sunny spells into the evening.

    The high will be 20C (68F).


    BBC Weather has a more localised forecast for where you live.