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  1. Updates on Friday, 21 July 2017
  2. More than 80 'home alone' children reports in two years, says charity
  3. Abington Park Museum gets a facelift
  4. Weather: Highs of 20C (68F)

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By Kris Holland

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    That's it for this week on Local Live Northamptonshire.

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

    Have a good weekend.

  2. The latest regional weather forecast

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Outbreaks of rain will move eastwards this evening and overnight, heavy at times and accompanied by gusty winds.

    It may stay dry in the extreme east until the early hours of tomorrow.

    Temperatures falling to 12C (54F).

    Weather graphic for 05:00 tomorrow, showing rain across parts of East Anglia

    A wet start to tomorrow for many eastern areas, but drier and brighter in the west for a time.

    Eventually widespread showers will develop, and some of these could be heavy and thundery. Onshore winds could prevent these showers towards the coast, and there will be spells of sunshine.

    Temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

    Sunday will see sunny spells and scattered showers, which could be heavy and thundery.

    Take a look at BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast for where you are.

  3. Campaigners attempt to take proposed warehouses development to High Court

    Campaigners against warehouses planned between Raunds and Stanwick have reached a fundraising target of £6,000 to fight the application in the High Court.

    The extension to Warth Park was approved by East Northamptonshire councillors in March.

    Some people living nearby have now applied for a judicial review into the decision, which they claim is flawed.

    Warth Park

    "There are still people putting in to the fund," campaigner June Longhurst said.

    "It's amazing because Raunds is a small town and the village of Stanwick is even smaller. It's really heart-warming."

    The court action, if it goes ahead, will challenge the way the council reached its decision.

    In response, the council issued a statement saying: "We've been informed that a request for a Judicial Review of the Warth Park planning application decision has been submitted.

    "We cannot comment any further on the nature of the review, so as not to prejudice the process."

    The developer, Roxhill, has also been approached for comment.

  4. Steelbacks travel to Leicestershire in T20 Blast

    Northamptonshire's cricketers are back in Twenty20 action this evening.

    The Steelbacks face Leicestershire at Grace Road, with play due to start at 18:30.

    Leicestershire are top of the North Group in the T20 Blast, with four wins from their four matches so far.

    Northamptonshire are fourth, and could go second with victory.

    We'll have live commentary available here, with build-up from 18:00.

    Leicestershire's Grace Road
  5. Homeless charity make a plea for pants

    Remember that unwanted underwear you were given by your aunt for Christmas last year?

    Probably gathering dust in their original packaging ever since?

    Well, the Northampton Hope Centre want to take them off your hands.

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    The charity, which works with homeless people at Oasis House in the town, have issued a plea for pants.

    If you can help, their number is 0845 519 9371.

  6. Northamptonshire's newspapers: Songs of Praise in Northampton, near miss for balloon, sports awards

    Here's what else is making the news around Northamptonshire on Friday, 21 July.

    • The Northampton Chronicle and Echo report that producers of the BBC's Sunday night television staple Songs of Praise are due to film a special edition of the show in Northampton to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death
    • Meanwhile, the Northamptonshire Telegraph have obtained dramatic dashcam footage of a hot air balloon that had a near miss with traffic on the A6
    • And the Daventry Express carry news that people are being encouraged to nominate their local sporting heroes for the annual Daventry District Sports Awards
  7. Afternoon weather: Sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It'll remain mainly dry with some bright or sunny spells this afternoon.

    There is the chance of a shower, though - especially in the west of the county.

    The high is 20C (68F).


    For more, go to BBC Weather.

  8. Northampton sign ex-Wycombe defender Pierre

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport

    Northampton Town have signed former Wycombe Wanderers centre-back Aaron Pierre on a three-year deal.

    The 24-year-old Grenada international was out of contract at Wycombe, where he made 149 appearances after joining from Brentford in 2014.

    He was offered a new deal at Adams Park and had recently been on trial with Championship side Bristol City.

    "He is a strong and powerful centre-back and is improving all the time," said Cobblers boss Justin Edinburgh.

    Aaron Pierre
  9. How do you avoid holiday traffic jams?

    BBC News England

    How do you avoid holiday traffic jams?

    Traffic jams are an unavoidable feature of any British holiday - or are they?

    These tips might help you reach your destination more quickly.

    Video content

    Video caption: How do you avoid holiday traffic jams?
  10. More than 80 'home alone' children reports in two years, says charity

    The NSPCC has referred more than 80 cases of children being left home alone in Northamptonshire to the police and social services in the past two years.

    The referrals follow calls from concerned members of the public to the children's charity.

    Although the law doesn't give a minimum age at which children can be left on their own, parents and carers can be prosecuted for neglect if children are put at risk of suffering or injury.

    "Our advice is that children under the age of 16 should not be left alone overnight," Emily Cherry, from the NSPCC, told the BBC.

    "Children under 12 are rarely mature enough to cope in an emergency, and of course babies and very young children should never be left home alone."

    Home alone boy

    Worried callers to the NSPCC helpline have reported children being left alone overnight and young children having to feed themselves and use dangerous kitchen equipment.

    Fifteen calls or emails from people in Northamptonshire asked for guidance on when a child could be left unattended. However, a further 84 were considered so serious by the NSPCC that they were passed on to Northamptonshire Police or social services to be followed up.

    "We do know and understand that this is a really difficult time for parents," Ms Cherry said. "And where you don't have the clarity in the law and availability of child care, we know that parents will be making these decisions.

    "But it must be done really clearly with the child's needs at heart, and their protection at heart."

  11. Video: Abington Park Museum gets a facelift

    A newly-refurbished part of the Abington Park Museum in Northampton will open this weekend.

    Work has been under way since April to improve the Great Hall and function room at the 500-year-old Manor House.

    BBC Radio Northampton has been along to take a look...

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  12. Weather: Mostly dry with sunny spells

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    Most parts of the BBC East region should see a dry day with sunny spells.

    Cloud may thicken later, with the chance of a few showers for some.

    Temperatures will reach 23C (73F).

    BBC Weather will have more details for where you are.

  13. Good morning

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Friday, 21 July.

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


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

  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, at J15A for A43 affecting J16 for A45.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound at J15a, A43 (Northampton Services), because of an accident involving lorry and two cars. Congestion to J16, A45 (Daventry).

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

  15. Our live coverage across the day

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Regular updates have finished for the day and we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday.

    Scroll down for today's news, sport and more which has included the discharge of the jury in the trial of Northamptonshire's former police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds after it failed to reach a verdict...

  16. Weather: A dry night

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    A fine end to the day with some late sunshine across the BBC East region.

    It'll stay dry overnight with temperatures dropping to 9C (48F).

    Weather grahic for Friday afternoon

    Tomorrow will be fine and dry, with sunny spells. Cloud will increase later, with outbreaks of rain overnight, heavy at times.

    Temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

    You can find a more detailed forecast on BBC Weather.

  17. Mixed review as government scraps rail electrification plans

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    As we reported earlier, the government today announced that the electrification of the Midland Mainline (London-Sheffield) north of Kettering will no longer be going ahead.

    They said it was "no longer necessary" because new modern bi-mode trains, will run instead.

    At the moment the line between Bedford, Kettering and Corby is being electrified and this work is set to continue.

    Whoever the wires will now stop just north of Kettering, at the junction for Corby and will not continue to Leicester, the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.

    Midland Main Line

    Sim Harris, editor of Railnews says the announcement means "new trains through to Sheffield on the Midland Main Line will be welcome, as they will be faster and offer more seats, but they won't be as good as the fully electric trains which were promised a few years ago".