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Summary

  1. Closing headlines on Thursday 30 July 2015
  2. An investigation into claims ex-MP Cyril Smith was found with child abuse images has been closed due to a lack of evidence
  3. Prosecution and defence teams have been summing up in the murder trial of Danny Beaumont, accused of stabbing his friend to death
  4. The new Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police says he supports a combined police and fire service
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper and Craig Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Have a good evening

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    That's all from Local Live for today. We've been talking about the late MP Cyril Smith. An investigation into claims the former Rochdale MP was found with child abuse images in his car boot has now been closed, and Northamptonshire's Police boss has now called for an apology from Simon Danczuk MP for making the allegations.

    And we've brought the news that Newcastle United are closing in on a deal for Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney.

    Join us again tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. George North in 'great shape'

    The Guardian

    Northampton Saints winger George North is fit to play in Wales's World Cup warm-up matches after missing the final 10 weeks of last season on the advice of a specialist having been concussed three times in less than five months.

  3. Fifty jobs being created in Corby

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Utility Bidder - which helps business customers find cheaper gas and electricity providers - is moving to the Corby. Managers say they've outgrown their original base in Market Harborough and will move to Corby in September. They'll be based at the Pearson Academy on Bangrave Road.

    Electricity pylons

    The company is looking to double its staffing levels and increase the services it provides. Managing director, James Longley, says the relocation "reflects the rapid expansion of the business".

    An open evening for job hunters will take place at 18:00 on 12 August at the Pearson Academy.

  4. Kettering East development named

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    The Kettering East development - which is earmarked for 5,500 homes - has been given a new name. House builders and marketing experts have agreed to call the development Hanwood Park. It refers to the historic manor of Barton Hanrad, which existed near Barton Seagrave.

    The new name will be used to sell the new houses once they are built. The first building to be completed on the new development is the Hayfield Cross Primary School, due to open in September.

  5. Hull completes first round

    BBC Sport

    Burton Latimer Golfer Charley Hull has completed her first round in the Women's British Open at Turnberry, finishing at 1-over-par.

    Charley Hull

    Two birdies, but three bogies mean Hull is eight shots off the lead, held by Korea's Hyo Joo Kim at 7-under-par.

  6. If you're catching up

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are the latest headlines...

    • Northamptonshire's police and crime commissioner is calling for an apology from an MP who alleges his force did not properly investigate child abuse claims against the late Cyril Smith MP
    • Fifty jobs are being created in Corby. Utility Bidder - which helps businesses customers find cheaper gas and electricity providers - is moving to the town
    • It is understood Newcastle United are closing in on a deal for Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney
  7. Interest in Corby knife attack footage

    Pete Cooper

    Northamptonshire Live

    Northamptonshire Police have said they have had a lot of people get in touch with them following the Corby knife attack footage which was shown on Crimewatch on Tuesday. Footage of PC Alex Prentice being attacked by a man wielding an eight-inch knife was released by the force earlier this week.

    Lee Vickers with the knife

    The images from the PC's body-worn camera show Lee Vickers thrusting the knife towards officers, catching the officer's protective vest. The video was trending on Facebook and has been shared many times on social media. You can view it here.

  8. Northampton Town fans ‘generally positive’

    Northampton Chronicle & Echo

    Eighty-three percent of Northampton Town fans who completed the club's annual survey said the atmosphere in Sixfields was "very good, good or average", according to new figures.

  9. Cyril Smith: MP Danczuk critical of 'self-congratulatory' Simmonds

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    The MP who claimed former Liberal Parliamentarian Cyril Smith had been stopped by Northamptonshire Police on the M1 with a boot full of child abuse images has criticised the county's police and crime commissioner.

    Simon Danczuk

    Northamptonshire Police has closed its investigation into the allegations made in a book by Rochdale MP, Simon Danczuk. And PCC Adam Simmonds said Mr Danczuk should apologise for "maligning" the force.

    But the Labour MP said: "I accept incidents like this are difficult to investigate... but if police had investigated Cyril properly in the first place, which everyone now acknowledges didn't happen, then we wouldn't have police commissioners congratulating themselves for failing to prove the M1 incident didn't take place."

  10. Cyril Smith M1 claim 'not disproved'

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    MP Simon Danczuk, who claimed the late Cyril Smith MP was stopped on the M1 in Northamptonshire with child abuse images in his car, has said the claim had not been disproved and he would not apologise.

    Cyril Smith

    Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds has asked for an apology from Mr Danczuk after Northamptonshire Police closed its investigation into the claims saying no record of the incident had been found nor witnesses located.

    Mr Danczuk said: "Adam admits the police cannot disprove [the M1 claims] and what he doesn't acknowledge is it's beyond doubt Cyril Smith was investigated by [unspecified UK] police for possession of obscene publications."

  11. Northants Police 'maligned' by Cyril Smith claims

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, is calling for an apology from an MP who alleges his force did not properly investigate child abuse claims against the late Cyril Smith MP. Simon Danczuk MP claimed Smith was stopped on the M1 in Northamptonshire with child abuse images in his car, but Northamptonshire Police closed its investigation into the claims saying no record of the incident had been found nor witnesses located.

    Cyril Smith

    Mr Simmonds, said the force was being "maligned". He said: "Northamptonshire Police are not guilty of covering up a crime and indeed letting someone go on to perpetrate more. Everything in that book's got to be evidence-led and -based, otherwise you are alerting people to the wrong information."

  12. Cable theft in Desborough

    Pete Cooper

    Northamptonshire Live

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a break-in at a building site on Christopher Close in Desborough, just off the Rothwell Road.

    They stole 35 reels of electrical cable, a generator, power leads, a power adaptor and a bag of tools. The burglary happened overnight between Monday, 27 July and Tuesday, 28 July.

  13. Newcastle close in on Toney

    Pete Cooper

    Northamptonshire Live

    It is understood Newcastle United are closing in on a deal for Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney.

    Ivan Toney

    The 19-year-old forward, who became Northampton's youngest ever player at the age of 16 in 2012, is set to be in the North East tomorrow ahead of any potential transfer.

  14. Travis Perkins new HQ will 'create 1,000 jobs'

    Northampton Chronicle & Echo

    A new headquarters for Travis Perkins has been approved, which the firm says will lead to 1,000 new jobs.

  15. Cyril Smith witnesses 'could be fearful'

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC East home affairs correspondent

    Northamptonshire's police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds says MP Simon Danzcuk got much right in his book about Cyril Smith.

    Cyril Smith

    He also told me he is very supportive about what he has done to help fight child abuse. But he says the force has been "maligned" over the claim Smith was stopped on the M1 with child pornography in his car boot.

    He said: "I guess it is possible Cyril Smith was stopped on the M1 and the people that know about it haven't come forward or are fearful. But the fact is we've gone to quite some lengths to prove whether it is true or isn't true".

  16. 'Both involved' in fight, say defence in Rushden murder trial

    Elinor Cross

    Northamptonshire Live

    At Northampton Crown Court, the defence has been summing up at the murder trial of 27-year-old Danny Beaumont, who is accused of stabbing his friend Steven Smith, 23, to death on 25 October last year.

    The defence barrister told the court: "It is palpably obvious that these two men had a fight over something - both were involved.'' The trial continues.

  17. Combined police and fire service: Your comments

    Pete Cooper

    Northamptonshire Live

    Northamptonshire Police's new chief constable, Simon Edens, speaking to BBC Radio Northampton, says 'blue-light integration' - a combined police and fire service - "can be done and will be done".

    Simon Edens

    You've been having your say:

    Sue Liubertas writes on Facebook: Absolutely no way. Another way to save money. Leave it out

    Paul Davis writes on Facebook: Why should they not combine back end?

    You can leave a comment on our Facebook page or you can tweet us.

  18. Cyril Smith analysis

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC East home affairs correspondent

    Cyril Smith was arrested on a motorway by police after they found child abuse images in his car. Fact or fiction? Answer: Don't know.

    Cyril Smith

    After a lengthy investigation involving a detective sergeant and three experienced civilian investigators - led by the assistant chief constable of Northamptonshire, police say they have been unable to uncover a single shred of hard evidence.

    Amid continuing rumours about cover-ups at the top, police insist they faced no pressure from above during the course of their investigation. But the outcome will not quell continuing speculation.

  19. Our top stories this afternoon

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here's what we are looking at:

    • Simon Edens, the new chief constable of Northamptonshire Police, says he "absolutely supports" a combined police and fire service
    • The Kettering East development, which is earmarked for five and a half thousand homes, has been given a new name - Hanwood Park
    • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is to install six brand new electric vehicles for staff and the public
  20. Charity donation helps Danetre Hospital patients

    Daventry Express

    Patients and staff at Danetre Hospital in Daventry will benefit from a new mattress paid for with donations from a charity.

  21. Minimum seat size for Kettering taxis approved

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    A proposal to introduce a minimum seat size for taxis and private hire vehicles in Kettering has been approved.

    Taxis

    Kettering Borough Council's licensing committee agreed taxi seats should be no less than 400mm (16in) wide.

    Local taxi drivers objected saying it would mean some cars would carry fewer passengers and their costs would increase. The council said the new rule would apply to "taxi vehicle licenses issued going forward".

  22. Academics say Sekhemka statue sale 'sets dangerous precedent'

    Pete Cooper

    Northamptonshire Live

    In a letter to the Guardian newspaper published today, three prominent academics say the sale of Sekhemka by Northampton Borough Council last year "destroyed public trust in the borough council".

    Sekhemka statue

    Professor Stephen Quirke and Dr Richard Bussmann from the UCL Institute of Archaeology and Dr Alice Stevenson from the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology say the council's decision "tarnishes the international reputation of the country and its museums."

    Can the public, museums and media act on these issues? Or must we prepare for further losses from our public collections?"

  23. Football commentary 'woven into the fabric' of BBC Local Radio

    BBC Sport

    Ahead of the new football season next week, Charles Runcie, the Head of Sport at BBC English Regions has written a blog about the importance of football coverage to BBC Local Radio.

    Northampton Town

    He writes: "The behemoths of the Premier League may command most attention, but it's further down the footballing food chain where BBC Local Radio comes into its own. Sports coverage is woven into the fabric of our 38 stations."

    There will be full coverage of Northampton Town and our non-league teams on BBC Radio Northampton and online.

  24. Rushden fire station could have police officer

    Northants Telegraph

    Plans to refurbish and extend Rushden fire station so police officers can also be based there have been submitted.

  25. 'Knife wielder took it to another level,' court hears

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    I'm at Northampton Crown Court for the murder trial of 27-year-old Danny Beaumont, accused of stabbing his friend Steven Smith, 23, to death on 25 October last year.

    Northampton Crown Court

    The prosecution barrister in the case has just told the jury: "This man is guilty of murder. He is a knife wielder and he wielded a knife against a man who he thought was starting on him and he took it to another level."

    The trial continues.

  26. Murder accused 'has no remorse'

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The prosecution in the case of Danny Beaumont, accused of murdering Steven Smith, 23, say he "exploded" before stabbing his friend in the chest and back.

    The jury at Northampton Crown Court heard Mr Beaumont, 27, "intended to seriously injure" Mr Smith, and "has no remorse... his only regret is that he is in the position that he is in - he is charged with murder".

    Mr Smith died at Trafford Road in Rushden on 25 October last year. The trial continues.

  27. Prosecutors say Rushden murder defendant is a 'liar'

    Elinor Cross

    Northamptonshire Live

    I'm at Northampton Crown Court where prosecutors summing up in the trial of Danny Beaumont, charged with killing 23-year-old Steven Smith, say the defendant is a "fabricator" and "selfish liar".

    Mr Beaumont is accused of stabbing Steven Smith once in the chest and again in the back during a row at the victim's Rushden home last October. Mr Beaumont denies murder and says Mr Smith "came at him" while he held the knife.

    The prosecuting barrister said: "If this case weren't so serious you would have to ask if this defendant was joking". The trial continues.

  28. New chief constable is a Posh fan

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The new Chief Constable for Northamptonshire Police, Simon Edens has revealed he is a fan of Northampton Town's biggest local rivals Peterborough United.

    Peterborough United

    He told BBC Radio Northampton: "I'm a season ticket holder at Peterborough United. I have been asked about rugby, but I prefer a round ball."

  29. In the news this afternoon

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are the latest headlines...

    • The new Chief Constable for Northamptonshire has said there will be no major change of direction in local policing
    • An investigation by Northamptonshire Police into claims former MP Cyril Smith was found in the county with child abuse images has been closed
    • Northamptonshire's Charley Hull is on the course in her opening round of the Women's British Open at Turnberry
  30. Anti-Semitic incidents rise in UK, but not in Northants

    Pete Cooper

    Northamptonshire Live

    The number of reported anti-Semitic incidents in the UK has increased by more than 50%, figures released by a charity have suggested. There were 473 recorded incidents between January and June this year, a 53% rise from 2014, according to the Community Security Trust, but that wasn't the case in the county.

    Police and locals in Stamford Hill

    In Northamptonshire there were 14 recording anti-Semitic incidents last year, but only one so far this year.

  31. Cyril Smith: 'Someone is trying to suppress information'

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Journalist Don Hale, who has investigated Cyril Smith (pictured) over child sex abuse allegations, has told the BBC "someone is trying to suppress information" on the former Rochdale MP.

    Cyril Smith

    He was speaking in the wake of a decision by Northamptonshire Police to close an investigation into claims the late Liberal MP, who died in 2010, was found with child abuse images in his car boot on the M1 in the county.

    A book written by current Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk says Smith was released after making a telephone call to an unidentified third party in London. Mr Hale said: "The initial investigation was that the whole thing was covered up... it is quite apparent it has gone full circle."

  32. Rushden murder trial resumes

    Elinor Cross

    Northamptonshire Live

    I'm at the trial of a man charged with stabbing his friend to death, which has resumed at Northampton Crown Court this morning. Danny Beaumont, 27, denies murdering 23-year-old Steven Smith.

    The pair had been drinking together at the victim's home in Rushden last October. Mr Beaumont says there was a row and that Mr Smith "came at him" and effectively impaled himself on the knife.

  33. New hospital white coats welcomed

    Willy Gilder

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A recently qualified doctor from Northampton General Hospital is welcoming the idea that in future she'll have to wear a white coat while on her rounds. The hospital says patients sometimes find it hard to identify doctors when they wear their own clothes to work.

    Dr Emily Mail

    Dr Emily Mail told me: "I think it's a really good idea, I think they look really smart and professional and show patients and other members of staff who we are. In an emergency situation people will know who we are and be able to call for help."

  34. Weather: Sunny spell but showers

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    Presenter, BBC Weather

    There will be a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers this afternoon, the latter falling especially across eastern parts.

    weather

    It will feel warmer in the sunshine with light winds and a top temperature of 18C (64F). You can see my full forecast on the BBC Look East Facebook page.

  35. Women's British Open: Hull 'one to watch'

    Iain Carter

    BBC golf correspondent

    Burton Latimer golfer Charley Hull's chances are pretty good at the British Open. I watched her play last week at the Women's Scottish Open, where she had a top ten finish. She almost feels that Turnberry is a slightly easier test than the one at Dondonald. She has contented majors already this year.

    Charley Hull

    She comes in with plenty of confidence and is one of the players from Britain that everyone will be watching and she loves to be centre of attention. She's got a later tee time today, 11.48, and as long as the weather doesn't deteriorate there is every chance of getting off to a positive start.

  36. Sekhemka export bar expired, but may be extended

    Pete Cooper

    Northamptonshire Live

    The export ban on the 4,000-year-old Sekhemka statue, which was sold for £15.76m by Northampton Borough Council, expired at midnight. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) imposed the bar, which prevented it being taken overseas.

    Sekhemka statue

    However, earlier this week, A DCMS spokesman said: "The temporary export bar may be extended to 29 March 2016 if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase the statue is made."

    We have asked DCMS if the export bar has been extended and they told us a decision will be made in due course. More when we get it.

  37. Women's British Open: Hull ready to win first major

    BBC Sport

    The Women's British Open has got underway at Turnberry this morning, with Kettering's Charley Hull teeing off at 11.48. She says she's ready to win her first major.

    Charley Hull

    "I've got to be patient," the 19-year-old said. "I've just got to dig down and if I hit a bad shot think, 'oh well'".

  38. University to release new music

    Pete Cooper

    Northamptonshire Live

    Young Northamptonshire musicians are being offered the chance to have their material professionally produced and released via a project supported by the University of Northampton. The Best of Northants will see original music being released on The University's own record label, Avenue Music, and other professional outlets.

    Guitar playing

    The project is a collaboration with InMusicInMedia, a social enterprise company set up by university graduate Daniel Johnson and Professional DJ and Popular Music student at the University Steph Smith, who is co-ordinating The Best of Northants.

  39. Travel: A45 closed at Barnes Meadow

    BBC Travel

    The A45 Nene Valley Way westbound is closed due to an accident involving three vehicles at the Barnes Meadow Interchange. Congestion goes back as far as Riverside.

    The flyover has been closed and there is a diversion in place.

  40. Cyril Smith: Journalist in "no doubt" over M1 incident

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A freelance journalist, whose work includes looking into child sex abuse allegations against Cyril Smith, says he has "no doubt" an incident on the M1 in which the former Rochdale MP is said to have been stopped by police with a car boot full of child abuse images took place.

    Cyril Smith

    Don Hale was talking after Northamptonshire Police dropped an investigation into Smith due to lack of evidence. Mr Hale said: "Several witnesses have come forward. There is information to say this happened."

  41. Work moving forward on Wellingborough development

    Northants Telegraph

    Discussions have taken place over work progressing on a plot of land earmarked for major re-development in Wellingborough town centre.

  42. Oundle are Northamptonshire T20 champions

    Andrew Radd

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Oundle Town are this season's Northamptonshire League Twenty20 champions. They beat Finedon by six wickets in last night's final, which was reduced to 17 overs a side because of rain.

    Oundle cricket side

    Finedon posted 130-8, but Oundle reached their target with three balls to spare with man of the match, Mark Hodgson, hitting 53. The Badgers will now represent Northamptonshire against Loughborough in the regional stages of the national competition on Sunday.

  43. What we're talking about

    Andrew Radd

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are our top stories:

    • An investigation by Northamptonshire Police into claims former MP Cyril Smith was found in the county with child abuse images has been closed due to a lack of evidence
    • The new Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, Simon Edens, says he "absolutely supports" a combined police and fire service
    • Northamptonshire's Charley Hull tees off later in the opening round of the Women's British Open at Turnberry
  44. Police must prioritise 'greatest harms'

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The new Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, Simon Edens, has been responding to comments from Sara Thornton, head of the new National Police Chiefs' Council, that officers may no longer attend burglaries.

    Simon Edens

    Sara Thornton said budget cuts and the changing nature of criminality meant police have to prioritise, and Mr Edens told BBC Radio Northampton: "We want to provide a great service when the public have a need for that service, but if we're dedicated to protecting people from harm then our priority is the greatest harms."

  45. Northamptonshire win in One-Day Cup

    Alex Winter

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northants opener Josh Cobb struck 86 to set up a 55-run One-Day Cup win over Leicestershire at Northampton yesterday. Cobb hit 10 fours against his former county and shared half-century stands with Ben Duckett and Richard Keogh (50) as the hosts made 244-9.

    Josh Cobb

    Leicestershire folded to 189 all out as pacemen Steven Crook and Olly Stone took three wickets each. Stone ripped through Leicestershire's top order to reduce them to 7-3, before Crook picked up vital wickets in the middle order, including Niall O'Brien for 34. Northamptonshire travel to Derbyshire on Friday in the One-Day Cup.

  46. Police and fire integration 'can be done'

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The new Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, Simon Edens, has been speaking to BBC Radio Northampton, having started at the force on Monday. When asked about 'blue-light integration' - a combined police and fire service - Mr Edens said he "absolutely supports that".

    Simon Edens

    Mr Edens, who was previously the Deputy Chief Constable at Leicestershire Police, said: "Potentially [blue-light integration] can happen, it can be done and will be done in my time as chief constable."

  47. Who was Cyril Smith? 'Mr Rochdale' used power to evade prosecution

    Pete Cooper

    Northamptonshire Live

    We've been looking into the background of former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith this morning following news an investigation into claims he was found with child abuse images in his car boot on the M1 in Northamptonshire has been closed.

    Cyril Smith

    Smith had been knighted for his public service in 1988 - the same year he announced he would not stand again for Parliament. When Smith died in 2010, hundreds of mourners turned out to a memorial service in Rochdale for the man known as a "champion" of his hometown and "Mr Rochdale".

    But Simon Danczuk, Rochdale's current Labour MP, claims Smith used his powerful position to evade prosecution for sexually abusing boys. Investigations into those claims are continuing.

  48. Who was Cyril Smith? The 'blunt speaking Liberal'

    Pete Cooper

    Northamptonshire Live

    A probe into claims former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith was found with child abuse images in his car boot on the M1 in Northamptonshire has been closed because of a lack of evidence, but who was Cyril Smith?

    Cyril Smith

    Cyril Smith, who died in 2010, had been one of the most distinctive figures in the House of Commons due to his 75in (1.9m) waistline, Lancashire dialect and capacity for blunt speaking. He served first as a Liberal, then a Liberal Democrat MP.

  49. Weather: Sunny but a chance of showers

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    Presenter, BBC Weather

    It will be a fine morning with good spells of sunshine. Most places will stay dry throughout, but a few showers are likely to develop during the afternoon, especially across eastern parts.

    Morning weather

    Feeling warmer in the sunshine with light winds and a top temperature of 18C (64F).

  50. Cyril Smith M1 case 'could have happened'

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC East home affairs correspondent

    A probe into claims former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith was found with child abuse images in his car boot has been closed because of a lack of evidence. However, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Adam Simmonds, told me there could still be evidence that it is being covered up.

    Cyril Smith

    It was claimed the Liberal MP, who died in 2010, was stopped on the M1 in Northamptonshire during the 1980s, but then released.

    Mr Simmonds said: "I'm very alive to the fact that we have a system at the moment which is under incredible scrutiny on whether it tells the truth or not so I'm not saying that this didn't happen because I don't know whether it did or not. At the moment the evidence tells me it didn't."

  51. Cyril Smith M1 case could re-open

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC East home affairs correspondent

    Even though a probe into claims whether former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith was found with child abuse images in his car boot has been closed due to a lack of evidence, police have said should any new evidence come forward then the case could be re-opened.

    Cyril Smith

    The claim that Smith was stopped on the M1 in Northamptonshire during the 1980s was made in a book on Smith, who died in 2010, written by current Rochdale MP, Labour's Simon Danczuk.

    Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds told me: "I think the police will still say if you do know something and you are hiding that information or you are fearful of your career or your current circumstances, regardless of that please come forward so they're not closing this investigation in the sense that we are never looking at this again - if someone does come forward then they will look at it."

  52. 'No evidence' Cyril Smith was stopped on M1

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC East home affairs correspondent

    The Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire Adam Simmonds told me allegations former MP Cyril Smith, was found with child abuse images in his car boot on the M1 in Northamptonshire during the 1980s "just couldn't be left alone". However, the case has now closed because Mr Simmonds said there was "no evidence to suggest that Cyril Smith was stopped or indeed let go by Northamptonshire police officers."

    Cyril Smith

    The claims surfaced in a book on Smith, who died in 2010, written by current Rochdale MP, Labour's Simon Danczuk.

    Mr Simmonds said: "The police have reviewed extensively their own records, they've asked lots of questions, they've put out an amnesty for people to come forward to say they saw it, knew about it, perhaps they might be fearful of repercussions on themselves, come forward, tell us everything."

  53. In the news this morning

    Andrew Radd

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are our top stories...

    • An investigation by Northamptonshire Police into claims the former MP Cyril Smith was found in the county with child abuse images has been closed due to a lack of evidence
    • A recently-qualified doctor who works at Northampton General Hospital is welcoming the idea that in future she'll have to wear a white coat while on her rounds
    • Northamptonshire's Charley Hull tees off later in the opening round of the Women's British Open at Turnberry
  54. Cyril Smith M1 child abuse probe closed

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC East home affairs correspondent

    A probe into claims the former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith was found with child abuse images in his car boot has been closed because of a lack of evidence. It is understood the Liberal MP, who died in 2010, was stopped on the M1 in Northamptonshire during the 1980s.

    Cyril Smith

    It has been claimed in a book on Smith written by current Rochdale MP, Labour's Simon Danczuk that he was then released after making a telephone call to an unidentified third party in London,

    But Northamptonshire Police said no witnesses had been found and no reports of the alleged incident were uncovered.

  55. Hello

    Pete Cooper

    Northamptonshire Live

    Morning and welcome to Local Live for Northamptonshire.

    Until 18:00 I'll bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the county from the BBC newsroom in Northampton - including breaking news that an investigation into claims the late Rochdale MP Cyril Smith was found with child abuse images in his car boot has been closed.

    If you have something to share, feel free to email me, tweet us or head to Facebook.