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  1. Updates for Thursday, 3 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Local Live has finished for today but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 will all the latest news, weather, sport and travel.

  2. Weather: Rain clearing and dry tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    There will be rain spreading in this evening, along with a strong wind, but it will clear soon after midnight with lows of 5C (41F).

  3. Cobblers' assistant manager says Northwich will be a 'difficult game'

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton Town face the lowest-ranked team left in the FA Cup, Northwich Victoria from Division One North of the Northern Premier, in the second round.

    Assistant manager Alan Knill told me any changes they make to the side will be enforced.

    We want to put out our strongest team. We want to make sure we win and it's going to be a difficult game, so we need to be at our best. Alan Knill
  4. Police create system to allow people to use sign language to contact them

    Willy Gilder

    BBC Northampton

    Northamptonshire Police are the first in the country to introduce a scheme enabling deaf people to communicate with the control room using sign language.

    Northamptonshire Police

    Using a webcam or the camera on a tablet or phone, deaf people can call a interpreter and use sign language to communicate. The interpreter would then relay the information to the police control room.

  5. Northampton Town staff fully paid for October and November

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Staff at Northampton Town has been paid their wages for October and November the club has confirmed. They hadn't been paid for two months due to the, now dismissed, winding-up petition over unpaid taxes.


    Cobblers Chairman Kelvin Thomas said: "It was a priority for us to pay the wages as soon as technically possible for our employees especially in the build up to Christmas."

  6. Headlines: Fairline staff unsure of jobs... Police introduce scheme to help the deaf

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you're catching up here are our top stories:

    • Hundreds of workers in Northamptonshire, some who have been laid off or not been paid for ten weeks, are now unsure whether they have jobs to go back to after Fairline Boats went into administration
    • Northamptonshire Police are the first in the country to introduce a scheme enabling deaf people to communicate with the control room using sign language.
    • Staff at Northampton Town Football Club have been paid their wages for October and November
  7. Saints' Hanrahan happy to 'bide his time' in squad

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Saints fly-half JJ Hanrahan - who joined from Munster over the summer - has featured in five of the seven games so far this season, but has started just once.

    He told me he's happy to wait for his chance...

    At the moment it's about training well and taking the minutes you have, bedding into the squad and bide your time until later. JJ Hanrahan
  8. Man who died on a 'boys' holiday' could have had drink spiked with heroin, inquest hears

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The body of Aaron Edwards, 31, from Burton Latimer, who was on a "boys' holiday" in Egypt, was found in another guest's hotel room in Sharm El Sheikh on 7 March 2014.

    Sharm El Sheikh

    A pathologist found he died as a result of heroin use, but his friends insisted he had not taken drugs and there was no evidence of him injecting heroin.

    The coroner said it was possible he had come to have heroin in his system through having his drink spiked and returned a narrative verdict.

  9. Northampton Town winger Holmes to return in FA Cup second round

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Cobblers assistant manager Alan Knill says winger Ricky Holmes will return to the team for the first time in almost four months to face Northwich Victoria on Saturday in the second round of the FA Cup.

    15 August the last time winger Ricky Holmes featured for Northampton Town
  10. Unite union says Fairline Boats administration is 'devastating news'

    Mike Cartwright

    BBC Look East

    Fairline Boats, based in Oundle and Corby, has gone into administration, threatening hundreds of jobs.

    Unite regional officer Mick Orpin told me it is "devastating news"...

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    Video caption: The Unite union says Fairline Boats administration is 'devastating news'.
  11. The loan to Northampton Town will cost more than £10.25m, says council

    Northampton Borough Council says the outstanding £10.25m loan to Northampton Town will end of costing them more as they try to recoup the money.

    Council leader Mary Markham says the authority asked several times about where the money had gone, but found getting information out of Northampton Town "difficult".

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    Video caption: The loan to Northampton Town will cost more than £10.25m, says council
  12. People encouraged to volunteer in Corby by Radio 1

    BBC Radio 1's Chris Stark is in Corby today to get people to sign up to Radio 1 and 1Xtra's  #1MillionHours campaign.

    Chris Stark

    It's a year-long volunteering campaign where both stations will be asking people to pledge one million hours of time to good causes over the next 12 months.

  13. GP practice in Burton Latimer 'requires improvement' says inspector

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a further 34 reports on the quality of care provided by GP practices and have found the Dr Spencer and Partners practice in Burton Latimer "requires improvement".

    The CQC says it "expects the practice to take the necessary steps to address the issues". It will reinspect at a later date to check the improvements have been made.

  14. Borough council leader doesn't regret Cobblers loan

    The leader of Northampton Borough Council, Mary Markham, says she doesn't regret helping Northampton's sports clubs, including with the £10.25m loan to Northampton Town, which remains unpaid....                     

  15. Weather: Dry until late afternoon rain

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry and mild day with some sunny spells, but with rain coming by the late afternoon.

    Weather map

    Top temperature today of 13C (55F).

  16. Silverstone says they've had no bid from Jaguar Land Rover

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) has said "there has been no formal offer" received from Jaguar Land Rover to buy Silverstone Circuit.


    The Financial Times reported that Jaguar Land Rover had prepared a bid for the home of the British Grand Prix and a spokesman for the circuit said that "should an attractive offer be received from any party, the BRDC Board would seek a mandate from Club members before progressing it."

  17. Headlines: Council aim to recoup Cobblers loan... Fairline administration 'devastating'

    Andrew Radd

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are the latest headlines in Northamptonshire...

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    Video caption: BBC News headlines for Northamptonshire on Thursday, 3 December 2015.
  18. Reports that Jaguar Land Rover is considering bid for Silverstone Circuit

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    There are several reports suggesting that Jaguar Land Rover is considering a bid for the Silverstone Circuit.


    The company, owned by Indian conglomerate Tata, is is also reported to be looking to set up a base at the home of the British Grand Prix.

    More on this when we get it.