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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 8 September 2017
  2. Second Northampton soldier arrested into anti-neo Nazi terror inquiry
  3. Man in hospital after 'targeted attack' with 'noxious substance'
  4. Jeremy Corbyn visits Northampton
  5. Northants beat Sussex by six wickets in County Championship

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By Katy Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

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    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Northampton beat East Midlands rivals Leicester for the first time since December 2014 at Franklin's Gardens.

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  2. Our coverage across the week

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    That's it for another week of live updates for Northamptonshire.

    You can scroll down here to catch up with anything you might have missed.

    We'll be back with more news, weather, sport and travel for the county at 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

    Stanwick.
  3. Weather: Thundery overnight showers possible

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Further showers during the first part of the night could be heavy and thundery in places across the BBC East region, but everywhere should become dry with clear spells and isolated fog patches.

    Temperatures in rural areas are likely to drop.

    Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)

    Weather chart

    Saturday should get off to a dry start with some sunshine, but eventually cloud will thicken and there'll be the risk of showers - some again turning heavy and thundery.

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F)

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  4. Jeremy Corbyn in Northampton: 'Children are let down by housing system'

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

    The money has to be found to help homeless people - according to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

    I spoke to Mr Corbyn during a visit to Northampton's Hope Centre earlier today.

    Jeremy Corbyn at The Hope Centre

    He told me housing is a "national crisis" and a "waste of resources".

    He said: "Children growing up in expensive, badly-run private rented accommodation, being made homeless every six months or a year, changing schools, moving around, don't achieve in school.

    "They don't achieve so much as they could in life."

  5. Second soldier from Northampton arrested by anti-terror police

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A second man from Northampton has been arrested as part of a terrorism investigation centred on the Royal Anglian Regiment of the British Army.

    He was originally detained by the Royal Military Police in Cyprus and is now being questioned by the West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit on suspicion of links to the banned neo-Nazi National Action group.

    Another 24-year-old man from Northampton and three other serving members of the Army were arrested on Tuesday. Three of them are believed to be from the Royal Anglian Regiment; the fourth with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

    Police say the arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led and that there was no threat to the public's safety.

    The men are being held on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000; namely on suspicion of being members of a proscribed organisation.

    National Action, described by the Home Office as "virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic", became the first extreme right-wing group to be banned under terrorism laws in December 2016.

  6. Northamptonshire beat Sussex by six wickets

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Northamptonshire have beaten Sussex on day four of their County Championship match against Sussex at Wantage Road.

    The final scoreboard: Northamptonshire 426 & 140-4 v Sussex 172 & 393 (f/o).

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  7. Jeremy Corbyn in Northampton: Labour leader pledges to build more council housing

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

    Jeremy Corbyn has been visiting the county today as part of his summer campaign tour.

    The Labour leader has been to the Northampton's Hope Centre, which works to tackle the causes of homelessness, and the Pen Sure Start Centre in Corby.

    Jeremy Corbyn at The Hope Centre
    Jeremy Corbyn at The Hope Centre

    While there he spoke to homeless people and volunteers at the centre.

    Mr Corbyn told me homelessness was increasing due to "expensive private rented accommodation, a lack of new-build council accommodation and individual cases of family break-up".

    He said he is determined to regulate the private rented sector and build more council housing.

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    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A45 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Slow traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

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  10. Jeremy Corbyn visits Northampton

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

    I'm at The Hope Centre in Northampton where Jeremy Corbyn MP, leader of the Labour Party, is visiting in the final two days of Labour's summer marginal campaign.

    There'll be more on this later...

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  11. Daventry council urged to remove under 14 ban from school building

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The mayor of Daventry has urged district council officials to remove a restriction on pupils using a new school building in the town.

    The Parker E-Act Academy has taken over the former University Technical College building and had hoped to house its new Year 7 students there - but there's a covenant which states it can't be used by pupils under the age of 14. Year 7s are aged 11 and 12.

    Mayor Lynne Taylor said: "I know that parents are concerned [as to why their children can't go to that building] because they were supposed to come here from September and now they're not and when I see the facilities I think it's disappointing that they can't.

    "I think those who have the power to do something about it should listen very carefully to the parents of 210 children."

    Daventry District Council said that the lease included a requirement that the site is used primarily for students age 14-19 and following discussion about options, the council received assurances from E-Act and The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) that these terms would be complied with.

    Business manager Simon Bowers said: "E-Act was well aware of the requirement for 14-19 use back in April 2017.

    "The council was content with this arrangement.

    "However it would appear that the message received by parents may have been somewhat different to the position reached by the council, E-Act and the ESFA.

    "The council remains happy to discuss a way forward with E-Act.”

  12. Tigers team for Northampton trip announced

    BBC Sport

    The season may only be a week old, but Leicester Tigers will be itching to get a first win after their disappointing defeat at home to Bath.

    The Tigers have announced their team for tomorrow's trip to nearby Northampton, with England's Dan Cole, George Ford, Jonny May and Ben Youngs all starting.

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    Quote Message: Everyone enjoys derby day, the intensity around it is fantastic and hopefully it brings out the best." from Matt O'Connor Leicester Tigers head coach
    Matt O'ConnorLeicester Tigers head coach
  13. Date set for Eleanor Cross emergency maintenance

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    We've told you before about the concern over the dilapidated state of Northampton’s Eleanor Cross.

    The scheduled and Grade I listed monument has been a feature of the town since the 13th Century and it is now in urgent need of repair.

    Eleanor Cross, Northampton

    The good news is that comprehensive survey work and emergency maintenance will start on 16 October.

    The cross, situated at the southern end of London Road close to Delapre Wood, is one of just three surviving monuments of 12 commissioned by Edward I between 1291 and 1294.

    Each cross marks one of 12 nightly resting places of his wife, Queen Eleanor of Castile, during her funeral procession from Harby, near Lincoln, to London.

    The cross itself is missing from the top of the one in Northampton.

    Northampton Borough Council claims it does not own the cross. The county council says the same, but with the cross deteriorating, the borough has taken responsibility for its maintenance.

    It said it is continuing to investigate ownership, but in the meantime has taken the decision to carry out emergency maintenance work and commission a full condition survey to inform any necessary future work.

    Councillor Tim Hadland said: "We continue to work with Cliveden Conservation and Historic England to ensure this project is carried out in the right way and to the monument’s benefit.

    "We all want to see the cross protected and that is precisely why the borough council has pushed ahead."

    A Historic England spokesperson said: "We welcome the commissioning of a condition survey by Northampton Borough Council to assess what works are required to safeguard the town’s nationally important Eleanor Cross for our own and future generations."

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    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  15. County cricket: Match against Sussex to resume

    BBC Sport

    It's the fourth and final day of Northamptonshire's county championship match against Sussex at Wantage Road.

    The visitors are 382-9 in their second innings, following on, and lead Northamptonshire by 128 runs.

    Play resumes at 10:30, with full online commentary through the BBC Sport website.

  16. Rev Richard Coles: Same-sex dance couples 'might be appropriate'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Reverend Richard Coles, has said same-sex couples on this year's show might be appropriate.

    Reverend Richard Coles

    The Anglican vicar of Finedon near Wellingborough, said: "It's an interesting one... particularly this year when we mark the 50th anniversary of the change in law and the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

    "I've heard nothing yet, but it might be perhaps this year some sort of gesture in that direction would be appropriate."

    The former keyboard player in The Communards is one of 15 contestants on this year's programme - and the launch show can be seen this Saturday on BBC One at 19:00.

  17. Man in hospital after 'targeted attack' with 'noxious substance'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been arrested after a 25-year-old man was taken to hospital suffering from skin irritation following a "targeted attack" involving what's been described as a noxious substance in Northampton.

    Thenford Street, Northampton

    Emergency services were called to Thenford Street at 04:45 on Thursday and a 24-year-old man was detained for possession of an offensive weapon.

    Northamptonshire Police said the incident is being linked to another which took place nearby.

    Det Sgt Johnny Campbell said: "The noxious substance used was not believed to be an acid.

    "We have made one arrest and believe this was a targeted attack."