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  1. Updates on Friday, 1 September 2017

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  1. Weather: Drier and brighter after dull start

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    After a dull and damp start with cloudy skies and some light rain and drizzle the afternoon will be drier and brighter across the BBC East region.

    Weather chart

    It will become warmer as sunny spells develop across the west of the region.

    Maximum temperature: 20C (70F)

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  2. Welcome to a new week of live news for your area

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A new week of live updates for Northamptonshire starts here as autumn approaches and gardens are still full of life and colour.

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

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    We'd love to know what's going on in your area and you can contact the team here easily by the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

    It's Sara Thornton next with the weather...

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    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J19 for M6.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked on M1 northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of a broken down car and recovery work. In the roadworks area. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Video content

    Video caption: Corby park's litter collected and turned into art

    An artist is helping a town turn discarded paper into things that can be sold.

  5. Michael Emons

    BBC Sport

    Sean Maitland

    Michael Emons

    BBC Sport

    European champions Saracens begin their 2017-18 Premiership campaign in style with a nine-try thrashing of Northampton Saints.

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    Video caption: Corby teacher selected for Global Teacher Prize

    Raymond Chambers is one of 10 teachers contesting the Global Teacher Prize final in Dubai.

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    Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

    M1 Leicestershire - Heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  8. Our live updates across the week

    Kris Holland

    BBC News

    I'm afraid our live updates for Northamptonshire are coming to a close.

    Scroll down to see any stories you may have missed, but we'll be back once again with the latest news updates from 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

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    Severe accident: A14 Northamptonshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A14 Northamptonshire eastbound severe accident, between J8 A43 and J9 A509.

    A14 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic on A14 eastbound in Kettering between J8, A43 (Kettering) and J9, A509 (Kettering), because of an accident involving car earlier on. Travel time is around 40 minutes. Congestion to J4, B669 (Rothwell) and on A6900 Rockingham Road to the A43 junction.

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

  10. Hartley vows Saints will learn lessons as Premiership returns

    Northampton Saints' captain Dylan Hartley says they'll learn from their mistakes last season as they face Saracens in the season opener tomorrow.

    Dylan Hartley

    Kieran Brooks will make his 50th appearance for the club, Mitch Eadie will make his debut and Lewis Ludlam will get his first Premiership appearance in the back row.

    Harry Mallinder will start at 10, with injuries to Piers Francis and Stephen Myler.

    Hartley says they'll be ready to take on one of the best teams in Europe.

    And you can catch all the action on BBC Radio Northampton sport, on air at the earlier time of 13:30 tomorrow from Twickenham.

  11. Northants pick Procter for promotion push

    Northamptonshire have signed Lancashire all-rounder Luke Procter on loan in a bid to ease their injury problems ahead of their promotion push.

    The 29-year-old has been drafted in for the rest of the County Championship season following injuries to Adam Rossington (broken thumb), Ben Sanderson (hamstring) and Nathan Buck (side strain).

    Luke Procter

    Northants are fifth in Division Two with four matches remaining. They're 40 points behind second-placed Worcestershire who have played one game more.

    Head coach David Ripley told the club's official website: "It's great to have Luke with us for the final push.

    "He is an experienced cricketer who can come into the team and provide runs and wickets. I have always been impressed with his competitive nature.

    "We have several injuries at the moment and his signing is a real boost for us."

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    Severe accident: A5 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A5 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, around A45 High Street.

    A5 Northamptonshire - A5 in Weedon Bec blocked and queuing traffic northbound around the A45 High Street junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to the Furnace Lane junction.

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

  13. Rev Richard's dogs help with Strictly training

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    It's all hotting up in the Coles household this week as Reverend Richard prepares for his stint on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.

    It seems that three pooches at his Northamptonshire home are helping him with his "staircase descending technique".

    Let's hope they also help him with his paw-sodoble - I'll get my coat!

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  15. BBC Northampton update

    There's good and bad news following our earlier technical problems.

    Bear with us - we're back on air, but are still unable to play any of our usual jingles and tracks, or recorded voice reports.

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    Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A43 Brackley and J11 for A361.

    M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 northbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of an overturned vehicle and recovery work.

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